Jeni’s Picks of the Week January 14-18, 2015

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Dear Picks People, Lots here to lift our spirits in the dull days of January following the celebratory season. Enjoy!

vinoWine Recommendation
Grey skies getting you down? Here is a suggestion to bring a little sunshine back to your table. Snap up a bottle or two of Gehringer Brothers Auxerrois on sale at the BCLCB for the next few days .. a steal at $12.99. Auxerrois grapes (white) are only grown at 2 wineries in the Okanagan Valley and Gehringer releases a small batch of their VQA Auxerrois every year. The 2013 is ever so slightly off dry with lovely fruity aromas and complex flavour.



Kudos to Derek Oelmann of Ten Ten Tapas who opens his restaurant to people in need…

New Live Music Series
Kino Cafe will be having Roots n’ Shoots n’ Jazz every Sunday between 2-5p.m. with rotating musicians. See Sunday January 18 below for this week’s band.

This Week…

2nd Annual VIFF Italian Film Festival Jan 9-15
Luxuriate in the glories of Italian Cinema, past and present. Presented in association with the Italian Cultural Centre, the Italian Consulate, Instituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto and VIFF Vancity Theatre presents a feast of comedy, drama, documentary and art film classics along with a special photo exhibition devoted to the legendary Sophia Loren.

The Cultch 1895 Venables from $19 to January 25 (excellent reviews)
All that Fall by Samuel Beckett
For more than 50 years no one has been allowed to stage this thoroughly entertaining Irish play. At last the ban has been lifted and audiences in London and New York have been treated to the double delight of seeing a radio play produced on the stage. Now Vancouver’s Blackbird Theatre has secured the rights

Dine Out Vancouver Jan 16- Feb 21
Canada’s largest food and drink festival dishes up unlimited ways to enjoy the flavours of the city. Choose from a 17-day calendar of culinary events and experiences, hundreds of restaurants throughout the city and dozens of hotel options to create delicious dining experiences.

Wednesday January 14

RuthThe Hellenic Community Centre 4500 Arbutus 7p.m. No cover
Shadow of the Lion: Blood on the Moon by W. Ruth Kozak Book Launch

The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
Simon Millerd and the Miracle Band
*out from Montreal*
Simon Millerd – Trumpet, Dan Reynolds – Piano, Conrad Good – Bass, Adam Cormier – Drums

The Main 4210 Main St 9p.m. No cover
Monk’s Dream
Music of Thelonius Monk played by Chris Potter- piano, Dave Chokroun-bass, Don Fraser-drums






Vancouver Public Library Central Branch Alice McKay Room 7.30p.m. Free
INCITE A celebration of west coast poetry that is fresh and startling—and doesn’t waste a word.
One of Canada’s most celebrated poets, Patrick Lane, with his new book Washita. Lane is joined by Arleen Paré, whose latest collection Lake of Two Mountains won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry. And newcomer Kayla Czaga, whose poetry is already making waves, will read from her debut collection For Your Safety Please Hold On.

Thursday January 15

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Cory Weeds Trio
Sax player Cory Weeds with a chordless trio. Paul Rushka on bass & Joe Poole on drums

Friday January 16

AndrewPatricia Hotel 403 E.Hastings St 9p.m. No cover
Arnt Arntzen Trio (A Farewell to Andrew)
The Arnt Arntzen trio will once again be holding court at Pat’s Pub, January 16th! Sadly, drummer Andrew Millar will be leaving for New York. Come out and wish him luck on his adventure, and help him exit Vancouver.

Blue Frog Studios White Rock (May be sold out. Check the website) 

CJBS Cellar Live: Tim Tamashiro and the Tilden Webb Trio do Drinky Jazz

Performance Works 1218 Cartwright (Granville Island) 8p.m. $25
Caravan World Rhythms Presents:
Gord Grdina’s Haram & Vashaan Persian Ensemble 
A special evening bringing together two of Vancouver’s most innovative and captivating world music groups. Opening the night will be the Persian-Sufi Vashaan Ensemble, with special guest Sufi singer Soleyman Vaseghi, The second part of the evening features Gord Grdina’s 12-piece powerhouse group HARAM, performing Arabic music, from Iraqi folk to Egyptian radio music, reinterpreted by Vancouver’s most creative jazz musicians

Saturday January 17

Patricia Hotel 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Bernie Arai 4tet featuring Chad Makela on baritone sax

Bernie A

Performance Works, Granville Island 8p.m. $15 online or pay what you can at door

Caravan World Rhythms 15th Birthday Celebration
also celebrating Robert Benroya’s birthday.. with world music and flamenco dancers from Vancouver, Victoria and Spain

caravan 15th








Rio Theatre 1660 E. Broadway 7p.m. Double bill $15 at door
David Bowie Is Happening Now 7p.m.
The Man Who Fell to Earth 9p.m.
BAFTA Award Winner Hamish Hamilton’s DAVID BOWIE IS HAPPENING NOW takes viewers on a tour of Bowie’s costume exhibit on its final night of exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Special guests like Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker, Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto and curators Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, offer background info about some of the singer’s music videos, costumes, handwritten lyrics, cover art, set designs and diary entries, showing the evolution of Bowie’s creative process.
Director Nicolas Roeg’s THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH is classic 70s sci-fi… with a rock star. Thomas Jerome Newton (Bowie) is a humanoid alien who comes to Earth to get water for his dying planet. He starts a high technology company to get the billions of dollars he needs to build a return spacecraft, and meets Mary-Lou (Candy Clakrk), a girl who falls in love with him. However, Thomas does not count on the greed and ruthlessness of business here… on Earth. Also starring Rip Torn, Buck Henry, and Bernie Casey.








Sunday January 18

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 4-7p.m. No cover
Mike Allen Trio
Noted for his patient lyricism, Mike’s sax playing is informed by Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson & John Coltrane. With Andre Lachance on bass & Andrew Millar on drums. (Andrew’s last gig before moving to NYC).

Kino Cafe 3456 Cambie St 2p.m. Donation
Roots n’ Shoots n’ Jazz Series
Royal Aloha Monday Orchestra