Jeni’s Picks of the Week Feb 3-9, 2014

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Hi all.. not exactly a stellar week it seems but here are some picks ……

Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – 25 Vancouver chocolate makers and artisans come together for this festival that brings 60 new and unusual hot chocolate flavours to Vancouver. Various locations around the city until Feb 14th.

CBC 700 Hamilton St 7.30-9.30p.m.  Free but you need to get there early to secure a seat.

5th Annual Toque Sessions

Running every Thursday and Friday evening from January 23 to February 28, has all the genres you’ll need to satisfy your musical palate.

Full schedule here…

Monday Feb 3

Vancity Theatre 1181 Seymour St  7p.m.  $11

Black History Month

Music for Mandela

FEATURING Soweto Gospel Choir, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Vusi Mahlasela, BB King, Bambatha Mandela, Katherine Jenkins

Presented in association with Black History Month, Music for Mandela explores the role music played in the remarkable life of one of the world’s few genuinely heroic politicians. The effects of this relationship continue to ripple through the poorest South African townships as well as the world stage even following his death. From Nelson Mandela singing at his own prison concert to the present day celebrations of his legacy, the music born out of his inspirational journey is commented on by his closest friends, former exiled musicians, current international artists and community volunteers who use music today to motivate and educate. The documentary also explores what music means to all South Africans and how it became both a unifying force and weapon against apartheid. 

Tuesday Feb 4

The Revel Room 238 Abbott St 7p.m. No cover

Steve Kozak Trio (every Tuesday)

Cottage Bistro 4468 Main St 7p.m. $5

Pandora’s Collective Presents A SPECIAL LITERARY EVENING
with Dennis E. Bolen and Renée Sarojini Saklikar Host: RC Weslowski
Dennis E. Bolen is a longtime prose writer — author of five novels and two collections of short fiction, variously published by Anvil Press, Random House and Arsenal Pulp — who has lately become obsessed with poetry. Renée Sarojini Saklikar, whose work includes poetry and non-fiction, also writes thecanadaproject, a lifelong poem chronicle about her life from India to Canada, from coast to coast.

The Gentlemen Hecklers – The Gentlemen Hecklers return to the Rio Theatre to provide live, hilarious commentary for the best bad movies! This month’s Movie Riffing Extravaganza is the 1988 action movie Bulletproof, starring Gary Busey. Comedians Eric Fell, Patrick Maliha, and Shaun Stewart are Vancouver’s masters of movie riffing, making so-bad-they’re-good movies even better by talking you through them. Rio Theatre at 9pm $9

Wednesday Feb 5

Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema at SFU Goldcorp Ctr. for the Arts – 149 W. Hastings St 7p.m. $10

DOXA film screening. The Stuart Hall Project: A film by John Akomfrah

One of the founding figures of the New Left and a key architect of Cultural Studies, Stuart Hall came to prominence at the BBC, and over the course of a 50 year career in radio and television established himself as one of the UK’s leading intellectuals.  The Stuart Hall Project marries clips of Hall’s work, drawn from more than 100 hours of archival footage, with the music of Miles Davis (a lifelong obsession of Hall’s). From the beginning of his career, the personal and political were intimately conjoined, but Hall credits his wife Catherine with introducing him to the integration of lived experience and ideology. “Feminism taught me the difference between a conviction in the head and a change in the way you live,” he explains. The film eschews standard biographical linearity in favour of a more expansive and free-floating approach that examines everything from the Suez Crisis to the Vietnam War.

Ten Ten Tapas 1010 Beach Ave   7-9.30p.m. No cover

Cory Weeds (sax) Oliver Gannon (guitar)

Calabash Bistro 428 Carrall Street

Latin Groove Night presents Stephanie Pedraza Trio  9p.m. $5

Stephanie Pedraza (vocals/guitar) will be performing with her amazing trio: Andre Stepanian (guitar)  and Lyndon Dewitt (drums)

Kozmik Zoo 53 W. Broadway 8p.m. Small cover

Tim Sars Trio Plus Nathan Barrett

Tim Sars – sax/tuba, Nathan Detroit Barrett – trumpet, Wynston Minckler – bass, Brendan Krieg – drums


Thursday Feb 6

Rio Theatre 1660 E. Broadway  7.30p.m. $20

String Fling Concert

Second annual event features performances by Four on the Floor String Quartet with guests Brandon Scott, Steve Bays, Parker Bossley, Jay Malinowski, Laura Smith, Ryan Guldemond, and Tonye Aganaba.


Friday Feb 7

Vancouver Dumpling Festival – Celebrate the dumpling, a Chinese culinary delight that has been an important dish to many Asian cultures. LunarFest welcome back the culinary celebration with the dumpling festival held at the Vancouver Art Gallery plaza from 11am – 7:30pm

Kozmik Zoo 53 W. Broadway 8.30 ish p.m. $10

Sljivovica Social Club

For one night each month, pretend you are on one of the infamous barge clubs on the Danube in Belgrade! Format includes a guest band and a jam session!  Things start happening by 8:30ish, with a set of new tunes and new variations on old stuff. Then around 10 it is the guest band,  Balkan Wind, old town music featuring virtuoso accordionist Milan Radovanovic.

MERGE  N.E. Corner of Clark & Powell   Doors @ 9.30 Music at 10.00p.m.    $10

New venue: often experimental music

Aeroplane Trio

JP Carter – Trumpet, Russell Sholberg – Bass, Skye Brooks – Drums

Pontius Pilots

Victor Noriega – Keyboards and ??


Saturday Feb 8

Patricia Hotel  403 E.Hastings   3-7p.m.  No cover

Kate Hammet Vaughan 4tet

band t.b.a.

MERGE  N.E. Corner of Clark & Powell   Doors @ 9.30 Music at 10.00p.m.    $10

Solyaris Sound Experiment

Chris Gestrin – Electronic Exploration A, Peggy Lee – Cello, Lee Hutzulak – Electronic Exploration B


Sunday Feb 9

TANGENT CAFÉ  2095 COMMERCIAL DRIVE (@ 5TH AVE) 4-7p.m. Donation

Jillian Lebeck Trio

Pianist/vocalist Jill Lebeck leads a new trio featuring Billy Mendoza on bass/vocals and Nino Dipasquale on drums. They will be performing a variety of material from the American songbook to John Lennon to her own beautiful compositions.

St. Andrews Wesley 1022 Burrard St (at Nelson) 4p.m. Donation

Jazz Vespers Where Jazz meets the Spirit!

Don Stewart featuring the Ron Johnson Quartet

Don-vocals, Ron Johnson-piano, Dave Guiney –bass, Dave Say-sax, Buff Allen-drums