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“Marijuana Madness” — The True Story of Marijuana Prohibition in the Jazz Era in Santa Monica
April 26, 2018 @ 8:30 pm$20 – $85
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Marijuana Madness is an innovative burlesque and live music show coming to the oldest music venue on the Westside — Harvelle’s in Santa Monica — on April 26.
Via the art of burlesque, you’ll travel back in time to 1937, when National Marijuana Prohibition became American law. Learn the truth behind the mass propaganda that insisted that cannabis led to moral decay and debauchery, resulting in persecution of marijuana users.
The Commissioner of Narcotics targeted transgressors of this new law, in particular one group: jazz geniuses like Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway. These avid marijuana smokers were undoubtedly persecuted due to racism and fear-mongering.
Gracing the stage during Marijuana Madness will be beautiful burlesque performer Miss Dakota, along with Miss Marquez, the show’s artistic director and innovator of cannabis-themed burlesque performances. Marquez is known for her OTT cannabis-themed wardrobe and the billowing clouds of smoke that accompany her when she appears around Los Angeles.
Live music will be provided by a group of sought-after jazz musicians that make up The Mad Reeefers, while the show’s emcee, Tito Bonito (aka Cuban Missile Crisis) was deemed one of LA Weekly’s People of the Year in 2016 and recently won the award for “most comedic” at the Burlesque Hall of Fame.
Admission is $20 for the show only, $35-40 for general admission tickets plus the Viper Lounge experience, or $85 for VIP access, which gets you reserved prime seating, a CBD cocktail, Viper Room access before and after the show and at intermission, and a non-medicated gift provided by a sponsor. Tickets and more details can be found via the link below.
The separate VIP-only Viper Room will be open before the show, during intermission, and after the show. Enjoy the signature GRASSFED vape-bar and delectable health conscious treats and get an intimate introduction to the show’s cast and penthouse views of the city.