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Tri-C Presents ...
A Salute to Joni Mitchell
For Cliffie Jones, putting together tonight's tribute to music icon Joni Mitchell has been a labor of love. "I've always had a lot of admiration for Joni," says the Tri-C JazzFest staffer. "As a singer-songwriter in the 1960s, she launched herself into a field dominated by men, and then went on to give so much to the world through her music, poetry, and paintings." So when the opportunity arose to produce a concert for Tri-C Performing Arts, Jones was ready to rumble. On her to-do list: everything from researching Mitchell's sometimes oblique lyrics to partnering with the Rock Hall, where Mitchell was inducted in 1997. For tonight's tribute, Jones divided the featured material into three genres — jazz, rock, and folk — and then recruited some of the best voices in Cleveland to perform them: New Folk finalist Vicki Chew, veteran jazz singer Evelyn Wright, and Scene's own 2009 pick for Best Vocalist, Robin Stone. Backing the gals will be an eight-piece band under the direction of lead guitarist Christina Dupré. Besides the 12 songs, Jones promises some multimedia surprises — "but if you want to know more, you have to buy a ticket!" Those cost $20 by phone or online. Curtain is at 8 p.m. at Tri-C Metro Campus' Main Stage Theater. Free, secure underground parking is available nearby in Lot 5. — Cicora
2809 Woodland Ave., 216-987-4444, tricpresents.com.
Flying, Fashion & Free Admission
Possibly, you have never heard of Cleveland's International Women's Air & Space Museum. Probably, you have never heard of Harriet Quimby. Today, you can remedy both shortcomings once and for all — and it won't cost you a dime. Occupying the terminal building at Burke Lakefront Airport, the Air & Space Museum is celebrating the lovely Miss Quimby today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Turns out, the early-1900s fashion plate was also the first American woman to earn a pilot's license, the first woman to fly across the English Channel, and tragically enough, the first woman to die while performing in a Boston airshow. Special exhibits and activities during today's free family open house include a pilot's license photo booth, a "design your own fashion" station, and visits from a Harriet Quimby reenactor. Check out the website for details. — Cicora
1501 North Marginal Rd., 216-632-1111, iwasm.org.
Saddle Up in Lakewood
Film buff Terry Meehan is debuting a new series of free movies at the Lakewood Public Library tonight. Western Movies: The Early Years kicks off at 6 p.m. with two of the earliest — 1903's The Great Train Robbery (an 11-minute masterpiece based on the real-life exploits of Butch Cassidy and his gang), and William S. Hart's 1925 offering Tumbleweeds, about the 1893 Oklahoma land rush. Both flicks make a fitting jumping-off point for a study of the classic American-film form. The first, by Edwin S. Porter, is generally considered to mark the birth of the genre. And while Tumbleweeds is credited with inspiring 1931's Oscar-winning Cimarron, Meehan claims "no other movie captured the infamous land rush better than this one." As usual, the show begins with a short introduction and viewing suggestions from Meehan. Afterward, stick around for friendly discussion. The monthly series continues through August. Tonight's screening starts at 6 p.m. in the library auditorium. — Cicora
15425 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-8275, lkwdpl.org.