Jeni’s Picks of the Week April 13-17, 2016

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Dear Picks people.. lots of ways to dodge the spring showers and stay dry and entertained this week.

Please double-check with venues in case of rescheduling and apologies to anyone/any event I missed including.

Have a great week….

Craft Brewery Tasting… a fun spring time activity!

craft beer






VanEast Cultural Centre to April 23 (getting good reviews)
The Invisible Hand
When playing the stock market means life or death…Directed by Richard Wolfe, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced)’s provocative play follows a kidnapped American trader in Pakistan playing the market for his life. Taut scenarios unfold as the trader works to earn his release while unwittingly handing the tools for financial chaos and political vindication to his captors. Who will decide his fate? His captors, or the whims of the market?








VanCity Theatre
Canadian Film Week April 15-22
A week long celebration of great Canadian film. Audiences will be treated to dozens of Canadian films new and old along with Special Guest appearances and Q&As with Filmmakers all week long!And on April 20th, join the rest of Canada to celebrate Canadian Film Day with ALL DAY Screenings and Guest Appearances. $5 Films until 5pm!

canadian film week






Frankie’s Jazz Bar update…
Cory Weeds Wednesday Residency continues. 8p.m. Two sets. No cover. Lots of specials.
This week’s special guest is Chris Gestrin (piano). With Russ Botten on bass and Craig Scott on drums.
April 20 – Cory Weeds Trio plays Sonny Rollins
April 27 – guests Darren Radtke (guitar) and Nick Peck (organ)
May 4th – Steve Kaldestad Trio
May 11th – closed for private function
May 18th – guest Bill Coon (guitar)

Happy Hour also continues. 4p.m. No cover. Lots of specials.
April 14/15 – Brad Turner
April 21/22 –  Willie MacCalder
April 28/29 – Jennifer Scott
May 5/6 – Diane Lines
May 12/13 – Sharon Minemoto

Rio Theatre 1660 W.Broadway April 16-21
Embrace of the Serpent
Director Ciro Guerra’s masterful and highly acclaimed (it is the first Colombian film to be nominated for a Best Foreign Picture Oscar), “El Abrazo De La Serpiente” has been described as both “blisteringly poetic” and a “soulful, strange, and rare discovery.” Visually stunning and thematically rich, the film is inspired by the actual diaries of two early 20th century explorers hunting for a rare Amazonian plant. Shot on location in the Colombian Amazon, the film takes place in 1909 and 1940 and tells two stories; Karamakate is an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his tribe who travels with two scientists, German Theodor Koch-Grunberg and American Richard Evans Schultes, to look for the rare yakruna, a sacred plant.







Wednesday April 13

The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 10p.m. Donation (Back Room)
Chronicle Infinitas feat. Peggy Lee
Chronicle Infinitas (Montreal) is:
Mike Bjella – Clarinet and Saxophone
Simon Millerd – Trumpet
Dan Reynolds – Piano
Peggy Lee – Cello
Anh Phung – Flute
James Meger – Bass
This will be a special night of music in an intimate space, written by some wonderful musicians out from Montréal who will be collaborating with some wonderful musicians from Vancouver*









Pats Pub Wednesday Blues & Brews
This week’s guest Willy MacCalder on Piano







VPL Main Branch 350 W. Georgia 7.30p.m. No cover
INCITE: A talk with Carrie Saxifrage, Micah White & Andrew Niciforuk
Resource extraction, embracing a more sustainable lifestyle, and the future of democracy: writers Andrew Nikiforuk (Slick Water), Carrie Saxifrage (The Big Swim) and Micah White (The End of Protest) weave compelling tales to investigate these themes in their crucial works of non-fiction.





Thursday April 14

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
*From Seattle*
Alex Pinto Quartet
An active guitarist in the Pacific Northwest, Alex Pinto leads a quartet that takes inspiration from his Indian and American roots. His music integrates South Indian classical music concepts with modern jazz and improvisation.
With Levi Gillis – saxophone, Luke Bergman – bass and Evan Woodle – drums

Friday April 15

Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $20
James Danderfer’s Cross-Border Quintet
Having recently recorded his “Time and Tide” album in New York, clarinetist James Danderfer is bringing some of that NYC energy back to Vancouver for one night. This all-star quintet features NYC heavyweights John Stetch piano, Joel Ross vibraphone (Christian McBride), Vicente Archer bass (Robert Glasper, Nicholas Payton) and Vancouver’s own Joe Poole drums.

james danderfer








Ellis Building 1024 Main St 6-10p.m. $3
Advance Opening of Eastside Flea
Cocktails * Select Vendors * Deejays * Tacofino Tacos * Glazed & Confused Donuts * Dickie’s Ginger Beer * Good times!
ESF Opening weekend Sat/Sun 10-4
50+ curated local vendors selling a diverse array of goods from vintage to handmade, artisan foods and craftsmen goods. 5 artisan studios / showrooms to check out & explore!

east flea







VAG 750 Hornby St 8p.m. $24
FUSE … This is now
Guest-curated by Joyce Rosario (Associate Curator, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival), this edition of FUSE is in conjunction with the Gallery’s current exhibition MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture, the biggest exhibition ever mounted at the Gallery to date, featuring 371 artworks by 156 artists from around the world. This evening will feature an exciting lineup of performers, artists, dancers and musicians, including Justine A. Chambers, Project Soul, Natalie Gan, RARUFU, Milton Lim, Remy Siu and Jacob Krupnick.





WISE Hall 1882 Adanac 8p.m. $10/$15
An evening of live Latin & African Music with MNGWA & Zimbamoto
Mixing in elements of psychedelic rock, dub, African rhythms, and vocals in four languages, MNGWA injects the local music scene with a fresh global perspective. They call it “Vancumbia Ambush”.ZimbaMoto lays down mesmerizing and energetic grooves coming out of Zimbabwe via Vancouver, BC. Led my mbira/marimba master Kurai Mubaiwa, the band’s mix of traditional/ contemporary African music, vocal chants and infectious rhythms dare you to stay seated and still.









Saturday April 16

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Dave Sikula 4tet
Guitarist Dave Sikula with Steve Kaldestad sax, Paul Rushka bass, and Nino Dipasquale drums. Most excellent.

dave sikula






Goldcorp Centre for the Arts SFU Woodwards 149 W.Hastings 8p.m. $20/$12
Hard Rubber Orchestra
Spring Breakage
The first concert of the year by John Korsrud’s 18 piece Jazz Powerhouse band with special guest Sal Ferreras on the Chromarimba, a 31-note microtonal glass marimba. Music by Mike Allen, John Korsrud, Mariah Mennie, Freddy Mercury, Dean Thiessen & Eric Wettstein.









Sunday April 17

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 1p.m.-5p.m. No cover
Steve Lloyd Smith Trio
Chris Gestrin (piano), Steve Smith (bass), Jesse Cahill (drums)
Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 6p.m. Donation
Saul Berson Trio
Saul (alto sax), Nick Peck (keys), Steve Holy (bass)

steve s








Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 6p.m. Donation
Saul Berson Trio
Saul (alto sax), Nick Peck (keys), Steve Holy (bass)









April in Paris

april in paris








Vancouver World Music Festival

van world music festival april






DOXA Film Festival