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May 30, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Nerdy pinup boys, and other stuff you might have missed this week

This week’s news featured nudity, music and marijuana. Seems only fitting for a week that included both Folklife and Sasquatch!

1 Colorado Symphony lights up fundraiser

Marijuana lobbyist Shawn Coleman lights up before the Colorado Symphony’s “Classically Cannabis” concert, sponsored by the marijuana industry, at an art gallery in Denver on Friday. (Photo by Kevin Moloney / The New York Times)

Marijuana lobbyist Shawn Coleman lights up before the Colorado Symphony’s “Classically Cannabis” concert, sponsored by the marijuana industry, at an art gallery in Denver on Friday. (Photo by Kevin Moloney / The New York Times)

Patrons of the arts are used to sipping a glass of wine before an orchestral performance. But toking up? That might be a new one.

The Colorado Symphony Orchestra’s audience did just that last week at a show dubbed “Classically Cannabis.” The event, which the symphony’s chief operating officer called “just another fundraiser,” raised $50,000.

Washington’s sinsemilla sister state has the jump-start on us when it comes to integrating marijuana into everyday life. First retail stores, then cooking classes and marijuana tours in the mountains. Now they’re combining pot with Puccini.

Anyone think the Seattle Symphony will get on board with this idea?

2 Biggest dinosaur?

Spanish paleontologist Jose Ignacio Canudo lies alongside a sauropod dinosaur femur, believed to be the largest in the world, in Trelew, Argentina. This photo from January was released last week by the Museo Paletontolgico Egidio Feruglio. (Associated Press photo)

Spanish paleontologist Jose Ignacio Canudo lies alongside a sauropod dinosaur femur, believed to be the largest in the world, in Trelew, Argentina. This photo from January was released last week by the Museo Paletontolgico Egidio Feruglio. (Associated Press photo)

Scientists have found a huge femur in Argentina that’s 43.3 inches around and taller than a full-grown man.

If, as they suspect, the bone does come from the thigh of a long-necked titanosaur, it would be the biggest dinosaur ever discovered: possibly as tall as a 6-story building.

3 And speaking of dinosaurs...

Families had prehistoric fun in Puyallup over Memorial Day weekend at Jurassic Quest, a dinosaur exhibit with some pretty up-close-and-personal activities:

Ten-year-old Devon Weir looks out from the mouth of a dinosaur. (Photo by Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

Devon Weir, 10,  looks out from the mouth of a dinosaur. (Photo by Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

Jurassic Quest is in Monroe this weekend.

4 Naked violinist jailed in Portland

If only he’d waited a few weeks.

A man playing violin outside a Portland courthouse was jailed after he refused to put on clothes or leave. Police could not verify his identity because he did not have identification on him (where would he keep it?).

Portland bans indecent exposure, but makes an exception for cyclists along the route of the World Naked Bike Ride. This year’s ride is June 7. Perhaps the exhibitionist can trade in his violin for a bike before then.

5 Baby bear charms cops

Elsewhere in Oregon, a teenager found a black bear cub and turned it in to Myrtle Creek Police, who kept the fuzzy little creature overnight.

Wildlife officials deemed the cub to be in good health, if a little underweight. She will end up at a zoo, but it’s not clear which one.

Although this cub’s mother was nowhere to be found, police warned against picking up bear cubs in general. Turns out mama bears don’t take too kindly to that.

6 New pinup calendar: 'Men of Game Development'

Between Microsoft, Nintendo and countless tech startups, men in the Seattle area have always had a nerdy sort of appeal.

Now, for the price of a Kickstarter pledge, you can have one of these dudes on your wall each month, peeking seductively over his black-rimmed glasses and wearing little more than a keyboard.

Pinup-style photos of game developers might not be quite the sell Bettie Page was… but then again, the group making the calendar has already far surpassed its fundraising goal. As Seattle Times reporter Mike Baker put it, “Give these guys a C++ for effort.”

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