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The annual Leon Russell “birthday bash” returns in a new form April 1-2 at Circle Cinema with the Tulsa musician’s “75th Memorial Birthday Bash,” a fundraiser event with a film screening, live music and celebration.

Steve Todoroff, who for more than 25 years produced the annual “Leon Russell Birthday Bash” concerts at the Brady Theater, is now raising funds for a monument and plot that he said will be “the final resting place for Leon at Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa.”

One step toward that is the staging of this event at Circle Cinema, which will screen “A Poem is a Naked Person,” the acclaimed documentary showing off Russell’s groundbreaking music from the early 1970s as well as his Oklahoma home recording studio and home.

Tickets for these events are $20, and they will be for sale at the theater and online at

On April 1, the event kicks off at noon with a reception that includes the dedication of Russell’s medallion on Circle Cinema’s Oklahoma Walk of Fame as well as live music from the Leon Russell Band in the lobby, beverages and snacks, followed by the film showing at 1 p.m.

On April 2 — which would have been Russell’s 75th birthday — the reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with live music from the Leon Russell Band, beverages and snacks, followed by the documentary, which Todoroff will introduce on both days.

Proceeds will go towards the Leon Russell Monument Fund. More information about donating to the fund can be found at

Michael Smith


Twitter: @michaelsmithTW

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