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JONI 75
Film

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Date: March 2, 7:00 pm-10:00pm
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Location: Center for the Arts
Details: Here's my Joni Mitchell story: the year is 1983, I am living in Wellington, New Zealand. For "Liar's Night" I would say I was twelve years old at the time. I hear that Joni Mitchell is playing a concert at Victoria University. I board the scenic hillside tram to the show. It is a large, plain music hall, somewhere you'd hear a recital. A grand piano is downstage right and Joni Mitchell hunkers down there for hours. As the venue has a large aisle down the left side, I inch my way closer and closer, until for the last few songs, I am fifteen feet away her. If God is a woman (and many say she is, or certainly should be) Joni Mitchell is her: her aura emanating from her like stage lights; her voice and presence, completely angelic. She is also, as everyone knows, humorous and self-deprecating, stemming from her Canadian roots. I am transfixed, in the presence of an other-worldly being. An angel if ever there was one. Later on, a film friend from LA said he would have regular, hours-long conversations with Joni Mitchell, the two of them alone, sitting at the bar in Venice, California. I thought him the luckiest man alive. I wanted to move to LA, just in hopes I could join them. On November 7th of last year, Joni Mitchell turned seventy-five. Luckily for us, they threw a giant, two-night musical tribute concert for her in Los Angeles and had cameras rolling. On Saturday, March 2nd, Crested Butte Film Festival will present the birthday present / film made from that concert, the wondrous, JONI 75, the queen of all musical-tribute films, 7pm at The Center for the Arts. Tickets are $20 and are available at cbfilmfest.org, the Center, and any remaining, at the door. A hand-selected group of peers and protégés including James Taylor, Graham Nash, Seal, Rufus Wainwright, Brandi Carlile, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones and more will perform her music and speak of her influence, creating an intimate portrait of one of contemporary music's most popular and reclusive performers. The film is sponsored by Joel Benisch. On March 21st, Crested Butte Film Festival partners with Mountain Roots Food Project for Dinner and A Movie: a farm-to-table dinner 5:30 at The Depot, an 8pm showing of the back-to-farming film, THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM. Tickets are $50 for Dinner and the Movie, $12 for the film, cbfilmfest.org The 9th annual Crested Butte Film Festival brings 100 films and 30 visiting filmmakers and actors to town, September 26 -29. cbfilmfest.org
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Upcoming Events
  TIME   EVENT   LOCATION
Saturday, Mar 2
  9:00am-11:00am Veterans Coffee Social American Legion Building
  10:00am-2:00pm Regenerations Sampler TBD
  2:00pm-6:00pm Colorado Crafted Elevation Hotel
  2:00pm-3:30pm Historic Walking Tour Meet in front of The CB Mountain Heritage Museum
  2:00pm-3:30pm Historic Walking Tour Meet in front of The CB Mountain Heritage Museum
  4:00pm-8:00pm Mardis Gras Bash Edesia Warehouse, 395 Clark, Paonia
  6:00pm-10:00pm Gunni Gras Pub Crawl Timbers Sports Bar
  6:00pm-10:00pm Gunni Gras Downtown Gunnison, Colorado
  7:00pm-9:00pm Winter Night Skies South Rim - Visitor Center
  7:00pm-10:00pm JONI 75 Center for the Arts
Sunday, Mar 3
  10:00am-12:00pm Sunday Puzzle! Townie Books
  8:00pm-10:30pm Donavon Frankenreiter Center for the Arts, 606 6th Street
Monday, Mar 4
  4:30pm-6:30pm Discover Drawing (Ages 8-14) GAC Kids Art Studio
  5:00pm-7:00pm Spayghetti and No Balls Dinner Palisades Restaurant- 820 N. Main Street, Gunnison
Tuesday, Mar 5
  5:30pm-8:00pm Gunni Gras Fat Tuesday Parade Main Street Gunnison
  5:30pm-6:30pm Crested Butte Mardi Gras Parade Elk Avenue
  5:30pm-8:00pm Gunni Gras Main Street Gunnison
  6:30pm-8:00pm Beginning Ukulele GAC Music Studio
Wednesday, Mar 6
  5:30am-7:00am Town Park Public Art Public Meeting Crested Butte Center for the Arts
  4:00pm-5:15pm Girl Talk 407 4th Street #3 Downtown Crested Butte
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