Past Tributes & Events

Past tributes and events

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"Both Sides Now: A Joni Mitchell Musical Tribute"
Generic Theater under Chrysler Hall
215 St. Paul's Blvd
Norfolk, Virginia

Starring Cayley Waldo and Melanie Hudnall as Joni, and Saveras Anoia as Johnny Cash, "Both Sides Now: The Joni Mitchell Musical" is a musical tribute that recreates and celebrates many of Joni's memorable concert performances. Tickets are $15. More infomation here.

"Songs of Joni Mitchell" - 7 pm Sunday, May 31st, 2009.
Dizzy's @ the San Diego Wine and Culinary Center
Harbor Club Towers 2nd floor;
2nd Avenue and J Street
San Diego CA 92101

Price: $15 general admission $12 student

Featuring Robin Adler-vocals; Dave Blackburn-guitars,drums & percussion; Dave Curtis- Bass; Barnaby Finch-Keyboards

For information call 760-723-1056

The 10th Feminist Theory and Music symposium will take place on the University of North Carolina - Greensboro campus in historic Greensboro, North Carolina, from May 27-31. Those in the area won't want to miss Paper Session 7 on Saturday, May 30 from 2:00-4:30 PM. Lloyd 'Chip' Whitesell, author of the book The Music of Joni Mitchell will be giving a talk entitled The Influence of Laura Nyro on Joni Mitchell.

Here is Chip's own abstract on the talk:

While Joni Mitchell is usually sparing in her praise of her contemporaries (especially female figures), she has always spoken highly of Laura Nyro. Nyro's career was shorter-lived than Mitchell's, and awareness of the originality and importance of her music has faded. But in the late 1960s, when Mitchell was launching her recording career, Nyro was touted by critics and peers as a leading artist in the new singer-songwriter genre. Mitchell admits, "Laura exerted an influence on me. I looked to her and took some direction from her." My aim is to identify what this influence consisted of. Nyro's second and third albums (Eli and the Thirteenth Confession [1968], New York Tendaberry [1969]) will exemplify characteristics of her style. While one can point to a few specific mannerisms picked up by Mitchell, more crucial are general aesthetic directions as evident in matters of form, performance and artistic vision. Before the encounter, Mitchell tended to refine even the most painful subjects through a restrained, decorative filter. Piano-centered, Nyroesque songs first appear on Mitchell's third album, Ladies of the Canyon (1970), while Blue (1971) and For the Roses (1972) exhibit the most pervasive influence. By contrasting specific songs before and after 1969 I show how Mitchell explored a musical vein pioneered by Laura Nyro.

More info can be found at the Symposium's website.

Dave Blackburn and Robin Adler will be performing live and "unplugged" on SignOn Radio's "Fill in the Blank" program Friday, May 29th from 11:30am to 12:30pm PST. They will be playing and talking about Joni. Tune in (and call in at 888-642-2468 to comment) or catch the podcast.

The McGill University Mini-Music series will takes place every Tuesday evening from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 28 to June 9, 2009 at the Schulich School of Music's Tanna Schulich Hall. On May 5, Prof. Lloyd Whitesell, Musicology Area, Department of Music Research, discusses the Music of Joni Mitchell. Space is limited. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Lloyd is the author of the book by the same name, The Music of Joni Mitchell. For more information visit the Mini Music website.

Brisbane's multiple award-winning songstress, Katie Noonan, joins Topology for a joyous, musical collaboration with a very special homage to Joni and her album Blue.
Location: Brisbane Powerhouse Centre for the Arts
Address: 119 Lamington Street, New Farm
More information here.

Robin Adler and Dave Blackburn present "The Songs of Joni Mitchell" on Saturday, April 18th at 7.30pm at the Fallbrook House of the Arts, 432 E. Dougherty Street in Fallbrook, California. Tickets are $20 in advance from or $25 at the door. For information call 760-723-1056.

"The Songs of Joni Mitchell" - 3-5 pm. A House concert at the Encinitas home of sculptors T.J Dixon and Jim Nelson. A lovely salon setting surrounded by fine art and sculpture. Coffee and desserts will be served.

Robin Adler-vocals; Dave Blackburn-guitars/percussion; Dave Curtis-Bass/keys/vocals; Barnaby Finch-Keyboards/vocals

Address will be sent via private email upon ticket purchase. Price: $20. Reservations required. SOLD OUT. More info

There will be a 2nd (annual??) Joni Mitchell tribute at Hugh's Room in Toronto on Saturday, March 7th, 2009. A handful of very talented local singers/artists will be performing Joni's songs. This will be the second year in a row that Hugh's Room has hosted this event. Last year it sold out quickly. They expect the same response this year.

Hosted by Mia Sheard, other performers include Layah Jane, Lori Cullen, Valery Gore, Kevin Fox, Kurt Swinghammer, Sacha Williamson, David Celia, Snowblink, Troy Feener, Joan Besen and Chris Gartner. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 at the door. The show starts at 8:30pm. For more information, please contact Mia Sheard at by email.

SONGS ARE LIKE TATTOOS: A Tribute to Joni Mitchell
Hugh's Room - 2261 Dundas Street West, Toronto (416) 531-6604

Heads up, New Yorkers! Michael Arden, most recently seen on the New York stage in the City Center Encores! production of Juno, will salute the work of Joni Mitchell in October at Joe's Pub.
Arden will perform Mitchell's "Blue" album in its entirety. The 11:30 PM concerts Oct. 28-30 will feature new arrangements penned by Todd Almond.
Joe's Pub is located within the Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street. Tickets, priced $20, are available by visiting

Attention Floridians:
WMNF Presents: You Turn me on I'm a Radio: a Tribute to Joni Mitchell
WHEN: Saturday, November 1st, 6pm-Midnight
WHAT: 14 bands/solo performers do their versions of Joni Mitchell songs
WHERE: Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road (at Nebraska), Tampa
COST: Tickets $12 advance/$15 door

For more information you can visit the venue website.

On August 14, 2008 at 7:30 pm Strathmore Hall (Washington DC area) presents A TRIBUTE TO JONI MITCHELL in the Music Center at Strathmore. This will be the 5th Strathmore tribute show produced by Bandhouse Gigs, showcasing an amazing array of D.C. based talent to honor an esteemed musical artist. Previous Strathmore Summer Concert Series finales have paid tribute to the music of Nils Lofgren in 2004, The Band (2005), and Neil Young (2006). All were held on the Strathmore lawn and each drew crowds in excess of 4,000. In 2007 the show moved inside to the state of the art 1,970 seat Music Center for a sold out show paying tribute to the music of Bob Dylan.

This year's Tribute to Joni Mitchell will celebrate one of the most heralded songwriters and artists in popular music. Over the course of her remarkable 40+ year career, Joni Mitchell has explored and expanded the boundaries of folk, rock, pop, and jazz, crafting classics including Both Sides Now, Woodstock, & Help Me. Joni Mitchell has recorded more than 25 albums and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Her music continues to influence several generations of artists and fans.

Almost 50 area performers will be participating in the tribute, including popular veterans like Mary Ann Redmond, Jon Carroll, Naked Blue, and John Jennings (Mary Chapin Carpenter) ; respected artists such as Carey Creed, Chaise Lounge, Esther Haynes, Deeme Katson, Cal Everett, One Horse Town, and Diane Rosenthal; and electrifying new talents Luke Brindley, Laura Burhenn (Georgie James), LEA, Margot MacDonald, and Chelsea Lee. Other musicians performing in the show include current Eagles guitarist Steuart Smith (who recorded with Joni Mitchell on 'Turbulent Indigo'), drummers Timm Biery and Andy Hamburger, bassists Scott Ambush (Spyro Gyra) & Scott Giambusso, guitarists Dan Hovey and Keith Grimes (Eva Cassady), saxophonists Al Williams & Wayne Sulc, conguero Cesar Vanegas, and keyboardists Bill Starks, John Hurd, and Daniel Brindley.

Bandhouse Gigs is comprised of Ronnie Newmyer, Chuck Sullivan, David Sless, and Danny Schwartz. Newmyer and Sullivan are veteran musicians, Schwartz is a musician and ace audio engineer, and Sless has spent more than 33 years coordinating and stage managing live events and mixing sound at a variety of area venues.

The tribute series began in 2004 when Strathmore and WAMA partnered to present the Washington Timeline Concert Series, a yearlong event recognizing nationally acclaimed D.C. based musicians. Newmyer and Sullivan were asked to organize a tribute concert to honor guitarist Nils Lofgren as a finale to the series. That wildly successful effort has evolved into a popular annual event that serves to showcase the diverse and richly talented music scene in the D.C. area. Strathmore, under the guidance of artistic director Shelley Brown, has collaborated with Bandhouse Gigs to put together these unique and inspiring shows that cap off each Summer Concert Series.

For more information on Bandhouse Gigs contact: Ronnie Newmyer

Good news for Joni's many fans in The Netherlands and surrounding areas...Dutch singer Charlie Dée will be touring with her band for a Joni Tribute. Check her website for dates and locations, and enjoy!

Good news for Toronto-area Joni fans! Hugh's Room proudly presents "Songs Are Like Tatoos - A Tribute To Joni Mitchell" on Saturday, February 23. Scheduled performers include Mia Sheard, Harmony Trowbridge, Kurt Swinghammer, Caitlin Hanford, Dan Goldman, Joan Besen, Paul Linklater, Chris Gartner, Ryan Granville-Martin + special guests!

Get the new year off to a Joni start! The Raymond Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Florida will present "Blue: A Tribute to Joni Mitchell" January 2nd through the 4th. Included in the performance will be "Blue" performed in its entirety.

Passing through the Palm Springs, California area next month? The Dezart One Gallery presents Sherry Rayn Barnett's "Icons of Pop Music, Three Decades of Pop Music." The exhibit runs from November 8, 2007 to December 2, 2007. Sherry Rayn Barnett is a widely published music photographer, based in Los Angeles, who has been photographing our generation's finest musicians "in concert" for over three decades. From the early 70's to the present, Sherry has captured the essence of the live performance, spanning the world of pop, rock, jazz, folk, country and blues. Her dynamic onstage photographs & exclusive portraits have graced the covers of CD's, records, books and magazines and have featured musical legends as diverse as The Carpenters, Nina Simone, Janis Joplin, James Taylor, George Harrison, Joni Mitchell, Tina Turner, Bonnie Raitt, kd Lang, BB King, David Bowie and Prince at the height of their careers. This special showing includes never seen before images of pop icons from the 70's to the present, whose music has become the soundtrack of our lives. For more information, see both Sherry's website and the Dezart One website

The Skaneateles (NY) Arts Council is very honored and excited to present 'A Tribute to Joni Mitchell: A Concert by Maria De Angelis and Friends' on April 28, 2007 at the First Presbyterian Church in Skaneateles, NY. "Joni Mitchell is one of the most important figures in contemporary music of the past forty years. Her body of work as a composer, singer, painter, and poet is unparalleled, and we are so excited to perform her music in Skaneateles," Maria DeAngelis said.

DeAngelis will perform with five multi-talented musicians: Tori DeAngelis, Phil Flanigan, Karen Oberlin, Hanna Richardson and David Yaffe. Maria is a well-know NY jazz singer and songwriter who has produced four CD's of original songs. David Yaffe, who will play piano in the concert, recently interviewed Joni Mitchell for an article which appeared in The New York Times on Sunday, February 4, 2007. "Joni Mitchell is in possession of one of the most extraordinary song catalogs of the past half-century," he writes. "I couldn't agree more with Mr. Yaffe's view on the beauty and importance of Joni Mitchell's work, and I think the audience will be delighted and moved by the very respectful approach Maria DeAngelis has taken in interpreting the genius of her art song" said Joe Strodel, Jr., Arts Council president.

The Skaneateles Arts Council has partnered with the Everson Museum of Art, a leading museum in New York State designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei, on a pre-concert reception, titled Everson Museum of Art presents "Music, Martinis, and Joni Mitchell Masterpieces", to kick-off the concert. The venue for the reception will be announced in early March. A Tribute to Joni Mitchell is sponsored by; Auburn Public Theater; CNY Fertility & Healing Arts Center; Cultural Resources Council; Eagle Newspapers; Everson Museum of Art; Henry Diltz Photography, Leslie and Robert Neulander MD,, Michele Gardner Design; Robert Kiltz, MD; Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce; and the Skaneateles Press. Ticket information: 315-685-0552.

The Everson Museum of Art is pleased to announce a special gathering celebrating the arts, Music, Martinis and Joni Mitchell Masterpieces, to be held at the Skaneateles, New York home of Kimball and James Kraus on April 28, 2007 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Music, Martinis & Joni Mitchell Masterpieces is a gathering to celebrate the arts and the communities they impact. The event will combine the visual arts and music by serving as the pre-concert gathering for A Tribute to Joni Mitchell: A Concert by Maria De Angelis and Friends, a concert sponsored by the Skaneateles Area Arts Council. The pre-concert event will put concert-goers in the mood for a great evening with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and lively conversation in the setting of one of Skaneateles' most beautiful homes.

The Everson is pleased to partner with the Skaneateles Area Arts Council on this event, which is organized by the Skaneateles Committee for the Everson. The Skaneateles Committee for the Everson is a group of citizens dedicated to bringing the visual arts, in particular the Everson Museum of Art, to the community of Skaneateles. The committee includes: Jim and Kimball Kraus, Rick and Ann Capozza, Tim and Illysa Green, John and Kim Mezzalingua, Raz Rahman and Susie Birchenough, Jack and Stephanie Rudnick, Joseph Strodel, Jr. and Therese Verley Strodel.

Tickets are $125 per couple and $75 for individuals and include pre-concert cocktail reception, patron seating to A Tribute to Joni Mitchell: A Concert by Maria De Angelis and Friends (concert to be held at 8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church) and a Household Membership to the Everson Museum of Art. Advance reservations are required. Space is limited; reservations are requested no later than April 13, 2007. Proceeds of the pre-concert cocktail event benefit the Everson. Contact the Everson Museum of Art (315) 474-6064 to purchase ticket packages or for more information. To purchase concert-only tickets at $20.00 each (excludes the Everson Museum's reception package), please visit

About the Everson Museum of Art

The Everson Museum of Art, whose roots extend to 1897, is internationally recognized for its extensive and significant collection of ceramics, its pioneering art video collection and its distinctive structural design by the noted architect I.M. Pei. In addition to exhibitions, the Everson presents a monthly Contemporary Film Series, regular Artists Open events and a wide variety of art education programs for adults and children.

The Everson is open to the public Tuesday - Friday and Sunday Noon - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $5 per person. For more information please visit Eversons's website.

About the Skaneateles Area Council for the Arts

The mission of the Arts Council is to celebrate the visual and performing arts by creating an environment where cultural activity thrives in our community.The Skaneateles Area Arts Council is a 501 C (3) not-for-profit organization. To learn more about the Arts Council, To Learn more, please visit their website.

For more information, contact:
Sarah Tiedemann, Communications Associate
Everson Museum of Art
401 Harrison Street
Syracuse, New York 13202
315-474-6064 x307

The Skaneateles Area Arts Council is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, musician, composer, author, and editor, will Emcee "A Tribute to Joni Mitchell: A Concert by Maria De Angelis and Friends" on Saturday, April 28 at 8 pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Skaneateles.

"Joni is a creative giant," said Rodgers, whose book Rock Troubadours features an in-depth conversation with Mitchell on her craft as a guitarist, composer, and lyricist. "Interviewing her and exploring her creative process was one of the high points of my life as a music journalist. Her songs resonate through so much of contemporary music. I am delighted to participate as Emcee for this tribute concert to her in Skaneateles." Rodgers was the founding editor of the international monthly magazine Acoustic Guitar and still serves the magazine as a contributing editor. He also reports on the music scene for NPR's All Things Considered, and is the author, most recently, of The Complete Singer-Songwriter.

As a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter, Rodgers has scored a rock musical, performed at San Francisco clubs with the band Heavy Wood, and released a solo CD called Traveling Songs. He will also be performing his Skaneateles debut on April 21st at Creekside Books and Coffee at 7:30 pm. To learn more about Rodgers, please visit his website. To purchase concert tickets, please visit

Heads up to Joni fans in the DC area! The Institute of Musical Traditions has announced a Joni Tribute show coming up on Monday, March 19 at the Saint Mark Presbyterian Church in Rockville, MD. With a long list of confirmed and established musicians performing Joni's music it promises to be quite a show!

Those in the vicinity of Amherst, New York are in for a treat from January 11 through February 11, 2007. A poignant journey of life told through dance and the remarkable songs of Joni Mitchell, "Familiar Strangers" is a World Premiere theatrical presentation to be staged at the MusicalFare Theatre on the campus of Daemen College. You can find more information on the theater's website.

For Joni fans in the Pittsburgh, PA area - On Saturday, December 2nd, a great line-up of local and out-of-town artists will gather at the area's newest home for live music, the Make Your Mark Artspace & Coffeehouse in Point Breeze, to pay tribute to a music icon who has had a major influence on their songwriting, Joni Mitchell. The show's title, "It's Comin' on Christmas..." ~ A Joni Mitchell Tribute Concert is a reference to Mitchell's song "River" from her classic "Blue" album. Featured will be local artists Brad Yoder, Heather Kropf and Clark Slater, and making their Pittsburgh debut will be Baltimore's Joanne Juskus and a duo from New Jersey called Folk By Association.

"This show is not the typical tribute show," reports producer Maree Gallagher of TR Creative Services, "It will not be a marathon of Joni covers, but rather a showcase of each artist's originals while incorporating a few of their favorite Joni songs.Each of these artists cite Joni as a major influence on their music, and the best way to demonstrate that influence is by sharing their own works."

The Make your Mark Artspace & Coffeehouse, a cozy, non-smoking, vegetarian cafe, has been hosting live acoustic music once per month since May. Owners Hemi Braunstein and Amy Siebert, both Joni-philes themselves, are excited to host this special all ages show. "Admission is free, but tips are encouraged and go directly to the artists." remarked Braunstein. "We'll have our delicious food available by advance reservation and those over 21 are welcome to BYOB."

The concert runs from 5pm to 10pm and seating and space is limited, so Joni fans are encouraged to get there early. Starting things off will be emerging local artist Hayley, whose sound is a mix of Sarah McLachlan and Natalie Merchant, but whose writing is strongly influenced by Joni.

For more info, please contact the Make Your Mark Artspace & Coffeehouse, 412-365-2117.

Dave Blackburn and Robin Adler have a few dates planned for "The Songs of Joni Mitchell", their musical tribute to Joni. Be sure to catch them if you are in the California area!

April 1: Skye at Night, Idyllwild, CA
April 20: Hot Monkey Love Cafe, San Diego, CA 619.582.5908
June 3: House concert, Encinitas, CA 760.723.1056
November 4: Dizzys, San Diego, CA

If you're in the Encinitas, CA area - mark your calendar for 7:30 this Saturday, June 3 for "The Songs Of Joni Mitchell" - A House Concert by Dave Blackburn and Robin Adler.
Tickets $20; reservations required.

A House concert at the Encinitas home of sculptors T.J Dixon and Jim Nelson. A lovely salon setting surrounded by fine art and sculpture.

Only seating for 50 people.

Robin Adler-vocals; Dave Blackburn-guitars/percussion; Evan Stumpges-bass; Barnaby Finch-keyboards;Roger Friend-drums/percussion

Call 760-723-1056 or email for ticket info

The Storefront has announced the song list for its second production of 2006. Tales of Joni: The Storefront Sings Mitchell will be presented on Sundays, April 23rd and 30th at 7pm at The Duplex Cabaret Theatre (61 Christopher St., in the heart of New York’s West Village).

A stellar array of theatre and cabaret performers will present Mitchell’s work over the course of the two evenings.

The song list is as follows:

Ensemble – "The Circle Game"
Michael Holland – "A Strange Boy"
Sarajean Devenport – "All I Want"
Jeff Blumenkrantz – "My Old Man"
Suzanne Fiore – "A Case of You"
Baby Jane Dexter – "Be Cool"
Tim DiPasqua – "Woodstock"
Kate Pazakis – "River"
Rachel Ulanet – "California"
Nick Cearley – "Big Yellow Taxi"
Gabrielle Stravelli – "Woman of Heart & Mind"
Brandon Cutrell – "The Priest Song"
Liz McCartney – "Night Ride Home"
Jarrod Cafaro – "He Played Real Good For Free"
Ensemble – "Both Sides Now"

There is a $12 cover charge ($10 for members of MAC and Cabaret Hotline Online), as well as a two-drink minimum. Credit cards are accepted, and no one under 21 will be permitted. For reservations, please call 212.255.5438.

The Storefront announced a second song list for its second production of 2006. Tales of Joni: The Storefront Sings Mitchell was presented on Sunday, April 30th at 7pm at The Duplex Cabaret Theatre (61 Christopher St., in the heart of New York’s West Village).

The lineup of performers and songs for this performance:
Ensemble – "The Circle Game"
Michael Holland – "Conversation"
Baby Jane Dexter – "Two Grey Rooms"
Lisa Asher – "Raised on Robbery"
Tim DiPasqua – "Night in the City"
Ricky Ritzel – "Twisted"
Todd Almond & Pamela Bob – "You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio"
Karen Mack – "The Hissing of Summer Lawns"
Bobby Belfry – "California"
Brandon Cutrell – "The Priest"
Kate Pazakis – "River"
Brian Nash – "Last Time I Saw Richard"
Ensemble – "Both Sides Now"

San Francisco Joni fans have a chance to enjoy a new interpretation of her music this month when American Conservatory Theater's Young Conservatory (YC) presents Ladies of the Canyon: The Music of Joni Mitchell. In an A.C.T. press release, Creator/Director Craig Slaight says "I was drawn to Joni Mitchell by her immense skills as a musician and poet ... her music is universal, ageless, and the perfect source for dramatic interpretation." The entire program is sung, solo and in ensemble, with each of the 24 songs in the show presented as a dramatic scene.

Ladies of the Canyon: The Music of Joni Mitchell is the latest production in YC's New Plays Program, which focuses on "creating theatrical explorations of the works of contemporary composers, with the goal of creating pieces that look at the world through youthful eyes." Earlier productions have been conceived around the music of Simon and Garfunkel, as well as around the music of Bob Dylan (the Bob Dylan show was also staged at the National Theatre in London).

With musical direction by Krista Wigle and music adaptation by Naomi Sanchez, the show opens June 5 and runs through June 19 at Zeum Theater, at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. Tickets are available by calling 415.749.2228, online at the A.C.T. website, or at the door.

Coffee House, the new cabaret series presented at New York City's Daryl Roth Theatre Complex's D-Lounge, will continue Sept. 26 with an evening celebrating the music of Joni Mitchell.

Among those scheduled to interpret the tunes of the famed singer-songwriter are Lisa Asher, Brandon Cutrell, Sarajean Devenport, Baby Jane Dexter, Tim DiPasqua, Michael Holland, Karen Mack, Liz McCartney and Rachel Ulanet. Show time is 7 PM.

Phil Geoffrey Bond will direct the concert, which will feature musical direction by Ray Fellman.

Joni Mitchell's numerous songs include "Both Sides Now," "Eastern Rain," "A Case of You," "The Circle Game," "Big Yellow Taxi," "All I Want," "River" and "Chelsea Morning."

Liz McCartney starred on Broadway in Mamma Mia!, Taboo, Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and the short-lived musical Dance of the Vampires. She also spent nearly two years in the Boston production of Nunsense, and her regional credits include Paint Your Wagon, The Rocky Horror Show and Fifty Million Frenchmen. McCartney was recently seen Off-Broadway in the musical Bingo.

The Daryl Roth Theatre is located at 101 E. 15th Street. There is a $10 cover charge and a two-drink minimum for each evening. Call (212) 375-1110, ext. 3 for reservations or e-mail

The Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg unveils Joni Mitchell: River this weekend, a new production that PTE artistic director Allen MacInnis describes as a "theatrical concert." Using 28 of Joni's songs, the imaginitively conceived segments making up the production touch a variety of subjects Joni addresses in her deft descriptions of what she's called "the arc of human relationships." MacInnis's Joni-inspired creations include "Falling in Love," "Psych Ward" and "Wisdom," in addition to other segments devoted to Joni's world view on war, big business and morality. Instead of dialogue, the actors use lyrics in solo and group performances to tell their stories. Musical arrangments for the show's songs, which include Big Yellow Taxi, Carey, A Case of You, Shadows and Light, Help Me and Woodstock, are by guitarist Greg Lowe. Joni Mitchell: River runs through February 10.

Originally founded in 1973 as the Manitoba Theatre Workshop, The Prairie Theatre Exchange teaches theatre for adults and children, and began to produce adult works in 1981; notable past productions include a production of George Ryga's The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, with aboriginal actors playing the aboriginal roles.

Stumped: Joni was the subject of one of the clues (in the Grammy Award category) last night on Jeopardy! (All right, I know it's not exactly a major news flash, but things have been kind of slow lately.) The clue: "She won a Grammy in 2000 for her Both Sides Now -- we loved her in the 60s." The clueless: Contestant number one buzzed in with the question "Who is Barbra Streisand?" There's a couple hundred bucks up in smoke.

Tonight, there'll be a concert in NYC's Central Park called "Joni's Jazz." Well, it's more than a concert, it's a cultural event. Singers and musicians will be performing songs written by Joni, including a complete performance of the album Hejira! This should be quite special! The official JM.COM reporter for the show will be Patrick Leader, who will be sending in his review the morning after.

Here's what you need to know:

Thursday, July 1st (raindate, Friday, July 2nd), at Summerstage - tickets $10. - $30.

It's the Hissing of Summerstage - a Canada Day celebration of Joni Mitchell's most adventurous period as a recording artist - from Court And Spark to Mingus. Vernon Reid leads a stellar band (including percussionist Don Alias, who's worked with Joni) with a lineup of incredible guest vocalists in a one-time live performance, including the album Hejira in its entirety.

Central Park Summerstage - a special fundraiser event:

(line-up a/o 6/28/99)-

The final lineup of guest singers (not counting the unexpected) is Toshi Reagon, Dean Bowman (ex-Screaming Headless Torsos), Carl Hancock Rux, Jane Siberry, Christina Wheeler (David Byrne band), PM Dawn, Chaka Khan, Eric Andersen, Joy Askew (ex-Peter Gabriel band), Joe Jackson, Erin Hamilton (Carol Burnett's daughter / dance music star), Duncan Sheik, Holly Cole, John Kelly, and Jon Hendricks with Annie Ross.

The band is Vernon Reid - guitars, Jerome Harris - guitars (Sonny Rollins band), Matthew Garrison - bass (son of Jimmie Garrison - legendary bassist with Coltrane and Ornette Coleman), Ben Perowsky - drums, Don Alias - drums, Minu Cinelu - percussion (Pat Metheny band), Joy Askew - piano/lead& backing vocals, Brian Charette - keyboards, Leon Gruenbaum - keyboards, Ravi Coltrane - soprano sax, Don Byron - clarinet, Doug Weiselman - woodwinds (Lounge Lizards/Laurie Anderson band), Graham Haynes - cornet, Jane Scarpantoni - cello (Indigo Girls/Duncan Sheik), Christina Wheeler - lead / backing vocals, and Sheryl Marshall - backing vocals (Buster Poindexter band/Al Kooper band).