Firehall Arts Theatre 280 E.Cordova 8p.m. to April 26
Award-winning playwright Michael Healey takes on his biggest subject yet: The Right Honourable Stephen Harper. His sexy, cheeky and surprising play will have you rolling in the aisles – regardless of your politics. Proud imagines a different outcome to the last Federal election – the Tories took Quebec and won a huge majority. A young, attractive and very inexperienced female MP provides the Prime Minister with a new tool in his arsenal. Unfortunately for him – she may be the smartest man in the room! http://firehallartscentre.ca/onstage/proud/ http://www.showyougo.com/events/6886-proud
Tuesday April 15
Seventeen89 1789 Comox St 8p.m. $10
James Danderfer 4tet
James Danderfer-clarinet, Josh Robert-guitar, Steve Holly-bass, Joe Poole-drums
Wednesday April 16
VPL Central Library AliceMacKay Room 7.30p.m. Free
INCITE: An exploration of books and ideas
Join authors Kim Fu, Brian Payton, and Audrey Thomas as they read from their latest novels.
Kim Fu …For Today I am a Boy is Fu’s debut novel and a coming-of-age tale like no other. Peter Huang the only male in a family of daughters, is destined to fulfill his father dreams but Peter himself knows he is a girl.
Brian Payton …The Wind Is Not a River is a gripping tale of survival and an epic love story in which a husband and wife separated by the only battle of World War II to take place on American soil. They fight to reunite in Alaska’s starkly beautiful Aleutian Islands. A powerful, richly atmospheric story of life and death, commitment and sacrifice.
Audrey Thomas … Local Customs concerns Letitia Landon who at thirty-six believes she will never marry. She then meets George Maclean, the governor of Cape Coast Castle on the Gold Coast of West Africa. George and Letty marry quietly, eight weeks later Letty is dead. Letty speaks from beyond the grave to let the reader see the world through her eyes.
The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
Tom Wherrett – guitar, Jillian Lebeck – piano, James Meger – bass, Omar Amlani – drums
Thursday April 17
TANGENT CAFÉ 2095 COMMERCIAL DRIVE (@ 5TH AVE) 8.30p.m. No cover
Jared Burrows Trio
Jared is a riveting guitarist and composer. This past summer he opened for John Scofield with the Dave Robbins Electric band, and his own projects have been featured at jazz festivals across the country.
With Kerry Galloway – Bass and Joe Poole – Drums
Rio Theatre E Broadway 7p.m. $10 at door (also on April 20 & 24)
The National’s Mistaken for Strangers
Hailed by Michael Moore as “one of the best documentaries about a band that I’ve ever seen” and by Pitchfork as “the funniest, most meta music movie since SPINAL TAP,” MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS is a truly hilarious, unusual, and moving film about two brothers, Matt (lead singer of The National) and Tom Berninger. Matt, the lead singer of the critically acclaimed rock band The National, finally finds himself flush with success. His younger brother, Tom, is a loveable slacker – a filmmaker and metal-head still living with his parents in Cincinnati. On the eve of The National’s biggest tour to date, Matt invites Tom to work for the band as a roadie, unaware of Tom’s plan to film the entire adventure.
Fox Theatre 2321 Main St 9p.m. Cover unknown
Dark Blue World
The grand styling’s of Amy Denio and the most wonderful Pugs & Crows
with James Meger-bass//Cole Schmit-guitar//Elizabeth Fischer-vocals//Skye Brooks-drums//Tony Wilson-guitar//Ben brown-drums//Meredith Bates-violin//Russell Sholberg-bass//Amy Denio-tba//
Friday April 18
Pyatt Hall 843 Seymour Street 7p.m $30 (also on April 19)
PJ PERRY QUARTET featuring Renee Rosnes – piano, Neil Swainson – bass, Terry Clarke – drums, PJ Perry saxophones
PJ PERRY has done it all. He has shared the spotlight with Michel LeGrand and Dizzy Gillespie. As lead saxophonist on the highly successful 1980s TV series In Concert, PJ played for such luminaries as Ray Charles, Henry Mancini, Aretha Franklin, and Tom Jones.
MERGE N.E. Corner of Clark & Powell (ring door bell next to Merge sign) 10p.m. $10
Unaccompaniments Vol II
Volume II of solo sets by some of Vancouver’s most acclaimed musicians.
Peggy Lee – Cello, Ron Samworth – guitar, Lisa Cay Miller – piano, Bernie Arai – drums
After the solo sets, the musicians will come together for a group set.
Saturday April 19
Patricia Hotel 403 E.Hastings 3-7p.m. No cover
Jesse Cahill 4tet
Jesse Cahill-drums, Ben Henriques-sax, Tristan Paxton-guitar, Jeff Gammon-bass
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts 149 W. Hastings St. 8p.m. $25
Hard Rubber Orchestra Greatest Hits
Vancouver’s 18-piece powerhouse jazz orchestra plays crowd-favourites of the past few years, featuring the music of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Kenny Wheeler, John Korsrud and others.
Patricia Hotel 403 E.Hastings $15
Eclectic and original Latin music with musical elements that draw on Latin American popular tradition, jazz, pop and more.
Sunday April 20
TANGENT CAFÉ 2095 COMMERCIAL DRIVE (@ 5TH AVE) 4-7p.m. No cover
Cory Weeds Trio
Saxophonist, club owner, record producer and radio host, Cory Weeds will be featured in a chord-less trio with the swinging’ rhythm team of Jodi Proznick on bass and Joe Poole on drums.
Seventeen89 1789 Comox St 8p.m. $10
Jaclyn Guillou Band
Jaclyn Guillou-vocals, David Blake-guitar, Bruno Hubert –piano, James Meger-bass, Andrew Millar-drums
Luxe Lounge 1180 Howe St 6p.m. (dance lesson) 8p.m. (live band) $12
Jump & Swing Sunday featuring Swing Aggregration with guest vocalist Deanna Knight
Derry Byrne – trpt, Rod Murray – trombone, Chris Startup – tenor, Dave Say – alto, Ron Johnston – piano, Buff Allen – drums and Dave Guiney – bass – will be playing the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey and other big bands from the 1930s to 50s, for dancing and listening.