Hello Picks People… showers on a Tuesday mean that I wasn’t tempted outside by the sunshine and got to my picks list.
April is absolutely bursting with interesting and worthwhile events so as usual this list represents only a smattering of things to enjoy in and around Vancouver.
As usual apologies to anyone/event not mentioned. Please check with venues for updates/changes.
CAPTURE Photography Festival April 1-28 The annual not-for-profit Festival strives to nurture emerging talent, engage community, and spark public dialogue about photography as an art form and a vessel for communication.
The April 2016 edition will present photography at over 50 esteemed galleries throughout Vancouver, and include public installations, tours, films, and a Speaker Series with artist talks and panel discussions.
Some very interesting exhibitions (and receptions)!!
Sakura Days Japan Fair April 9/10
The sakura (Japanese cherry blossom) has long been a traditional icon in Japanese culture and is a symbol of spring. In 2008, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF) started the Sakura Days event. Enjoy delicious Japanese food and sake, cultural performances, arts and crafts and learn about Japanese culture and business.
Rio Theatre April 3-8
Michael Moore’s Where to Invade Next
To learn what the USA can learn from other nations, Michael Moore playfully “invades” them to see what they have to offer. He visits various countries to examine how Europeans view work, education, health care, sex, equality, and other issues. From cafeteria food to sex ed, Moore looks at the benefits of schooling in France, Finland and Slovenia. In Italy, he marvels at how workers enjoy reasonable hours and generous vacation time. In Portugal, Moore notes the effects of the decriminalization of drugs.
Rio Theatre April 8-11 (saw it already, recommend it)
Born to be Blue
Less a conventional biopic than a bittersweet, melancholy tone poem, Robert Budreau’s portrait of an artist hovering between greatness and oblivion, love and despair, is very possibly the finest jazz movie of the decade. As the avatar of West Coast cool, Ethan Hawke has never been better: his Chet Baker is charismatic, charming, sensitive, and oblivious to the wreckage he leaves in his wake.
6th Annual South African Film Festival April 8-10
Presenting features and documentaries that explore the culture, history and politics of South Africa – films that entertain and inform. All of the proceeds from VSAFF go towards Education without Borders, an organization that provides students living in South African townships with after-school education opportunities.14 films, 9 features and 5 shorts, many of which are award winners in Africa and around the world.
***This week at Frankie’s 765 Beatty St***
Nightly events as usual, including Evan Arntzen who is in town and playing the music of Don Byas!!
Tuesday April 5
Dalannah Gail Bowen Blues Benefit @ Fairview 7p.m. $15
Wednesday April 6
The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
NO MUSIC THIS WEEK
Brentwood Presb. Church Burnaby 8p.m. Donation
Wanda Nowicki 4tet
Studio Records 919 Granville 5.30p.m. No cover
BC Book Prizes Soiree
A few weeks prior to the official awards ceremony for the 13th annual BC Book Prizes Soirée, a free casual celebratory event to kick off the festivities.
Mix and mingle with the nominees, bid on on weekend getaways, gift certificates, and many other treats in our fabulous Silent Auction while enjoying complimentary appetizers. (No host bar)
Thursday April 7
Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Paul Rushka’s Present Past
Bassist and composer Paul Rushka’s new trio “Present Past” Explores the music of legendary jazz musician Kenny Wheeler, who was a teacher and great influence on Paul. This drummerless group focuses on lyrical improvisation and group interplay.
With Jon Bentley – saxophone, and Tristan Paxton – guitar
Fairview Pub 898 W.Broadway 7p.m. $5
Don Stewart with Ron Johnston Trio
Friday April 8
Out of town gig… SWG’s debut performance
Porter’s Bistro 21611 48th Ave Langley $15 (or $25 including dinner)
***also on Saturday*** Reservations recommended 604 530 5297
Siobhan Walsh Group
Siobhan-vocals, Jason de Couto-keyboards, Adam Rohrlick -guitar, Cameron Hood-bass, Jamie Fraser-drums
Jazz and R&B.
St. James Hall 3214 W10th Ave 7.30p.m. $25 Benefit for the Rogue Folk Club & St James Hall
Help support the renewal of St. James Hall recently saved by The City of Vancouver who will be matching funds raised. Featuring The Rocket Revellers – Texas Rockabilly Swing: Jimmy Roy – Lap Steel, Stephen Nikleva – Guitar, Sam Shoichet – Bass James Badger – Drums, Mike Van Eyes – Piano, Dennis Brock – Vocals. Put on your dancing shoes, gather up a group of friends or go on your own.
Saturday April 9
Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Campbell Ryga 4tet
Campbell Ryga plays originals and standards like no one else.
Cam Ryga – saxophones, Chris Sigerson – piano, Miles Hill – bass, Blaine Wikjord- drums
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts Deer Lake Burnaby 6p.m. $25
There is a Way Cabaret (fundraiser)
pataSola dance is hosting a Cabaret-style Fundraiser to support the realization of an upcoming show – UMBRAL There is a Way –premiering at the Roundhouse July 27-29, 2016. Enjoy an evening of music, dance & artistry, delectable finger foods and drinks. Bid on silent auction items and participate in raffles.
Blue Martini 1516 Yew St 8p.m. No cover
Bill Runge 4tet
Sunday April 10
St Andrews Wesley Burrard & Nelson 4p.m. Donation
Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 6.00p.m. Donation
Chris Fraser Trio
23-year-old guitarist Chris Fraser is quickly becoming an important voice in the local music scene. His playing is influenced by classic guitarists such as John Scofield and Jim Hall, yet his unique contemporary sound shines through.
With Eli Davidovici – bass and Mili Hong – drums
Bayside Lounge 1755 Davie St 7p.m.
(Suggested Live Music Contribution $5-$20)
Black Gardenia Vintage Jazz Band
Featuring Daphne Roubini with her Ukulele joined by:
Patrick Metzger on Bass, Chris Davis on Trumpet, Andrew Smith on Guitar and Ukulele
Paul Pigat on Guitar
Verve 1072 Denman St 8p.m. No Cover
Don Stewart 4tet