An evening celebrating the artistic range of Joni Mitchell with the artist herself, who will introduce a screening of The Fiddle and the Drum. This film of the eponymous ballet is set to the songs of Joni Mitchell and choreographed by Jean Grand-Maître of the Alberta Ballet Company. The ballet reflects Mitchell’s lifelong concerns about the Earth’s ecological destruction and human warfare through sound, movement, and video installation. This evening is presented on the occasion of Mitchell’s birthday, and a celebration in the Hammer Courtyard will follow the screening.
Please note that while Joni Mitchell no longer performs, she will be present for a film screening, an audience Q&A, story telling, and chatting with fans. Joni will not be signing box sets or other memorabilia.
6:30PM – Billy Wilder Theater box office opens for free tickets, available on a first come, first served basis
7:30PM – Screening of The Fiddle and the Drum, with an introduction by Joni Mitchell. A simulcast of the film will be shown on multiple screens in the courtyard.
9:10PM – Post-screening audience Q&A in the courtyard
9:45-11PM – Birthday bash in the courtyard featuring box set sales, digital projections of Joni Mitchell’s paintings, and cash bars
AMMO at the Hammer will be open until 7:00PM for food and drink service. You may enjoy food and drink in the Annex, the courtyard, and Lindbrook Terrace during the program.
Program subject to change.
Due to the popularity of the program, the Billy Wilder Theater and Annex are expected to reach capacity.
Free general admission tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis at the Billy Wilder Theater Box Office starting at 6:30PM. As a benefit for their support, Hammer Members enjoy priority ticketing at all programs, subject to availability. Ticketing for general admission will begin following member ticketing. Should you not be able to find a seat in the theater, we will be sending a simulcast to the courtyard and Lindbrook Terrace. If you would like to enjoy the program in the courtyard or Lindbrook Terrace, there is no need to wait in line.
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Location: Billy Wilder Theater
Ticketing: Tickets are required and available at the Box Office one hour before the program. General admission tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis following member ticketing. Early arrival is recommended.
Member Benefit: Members receive priority ticketing (until 15 minutes before the program) by skipping the general admission line and can choose their seats, subject to availability.
Parking: Under the museum, $6 flat rate after 6 p.m. Cash only.
Food and drink may not be carried into the Billy Wilder Theater. Read our food, bag check, and photo policies.
All Hammer public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from the Dream Fund at UCLA.
Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, an anonymous donor, and all Hammer members.
The Hammer’s digital presentation of its public programs is made possible by the Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.