Jeni’s Picks of the Week August 3-7, 2016

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Hello Picks People… hope you have all enjoyed a very fine long weekend. Festival season continues unabated, but also there are some interesting music and film options this week also.

Please check venues for last minute changes and apologies to any event not listed.

Pacific Cinematheque’s 2016 Film Noir Festival August 4-22
Doomed romanticism, dark city streets, double-crossing dames, disillusioned anti-heroes, murderous hoodlums, cynical cops, hard-boiled dialogue, head-spinning Expressionist style — it’s time for The Cinematheque’s annual summer celebration of the giddy, gloomy, seductive glories of Film Noir!

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Artful Sundays 2016 August 7- Sep 4
In Napier Greenway (at Britannia Community Centre) 12-5p.m.
Outdoor multi-media visual arts market. Local artists, workshops, live music, tea leaf readings and more!

artful sundaysHarmony Arts Festival West Vancouver July 29-Aug 7
Music, film + fiction, arts, food etc.
Lots of free outdoor music including Coco Love Alcorn, Wil Campa, Soulstream, Deanna Knight, Van Django, Paul Pigat & many more.

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YVR Food Fest Olympic Village Aug 6/7
Experience the BIGGEST food event of the Summer as your favourite Vancouver restaurants and food trucks showcase their best food in a giant outdoor market full of live music and DJs, beer & wine gardens, pop-up cocktails bars, a city-wide food competition, and much more!

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Vancouver Bach Festival August 2-12
Early Music Vancouver presents its first ever Vancouver Bach Festival, taking place in the heart of the city at the Christ Church Cathedral. The festival offers local enthusiasts a veritable ‘Best of’ collection of the German composer’s masterworks, from exquisite chamber music to monumental orchestral undertakings. Also intimate recital offerings around town. ***Tickets going fast.

Musical Nooners at CBC are back for the 7th year!
Free, live music concerts will be happening every weekday on the CBC Vancouver outdoor stage on Hamilton Street from 12-1p.m.


23rd Annual Enchanted Evenings Concert Series at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden June 30-Aug 25
One of the city’s most magical places to catch a concert (and the option of a gourmet pre-show picnic). A live stage for fiery trumpets and spacious flutes, mainstream jazz and swing tunes, funky folk-jazz and classical piano tunes.


Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival to September 24
27th season outdoors in Vanier Park which includes The Merry Wives of Windsor, Romeo & Juliet, Othello, Pericles and more.

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Frankie’s Jazz Bar Happy Hour in August 4-6p.m. No cover
August 3             Cory Weeds Quartet with guest Chris Sigerson (piano)
August 4/5         Diane Lines
August 10           Cory Weeds Trio with guest Nick Peck (organ)
August 11/12     Willie MacCalder
August 17           Cory Weeds Trio with guests Chris Gestrin (organ), Jack Duncan (congas)
August 18/19     Diane Lines
August 24           Cory Weeds Trio
August 25/26     Jennifer Scott
August 31           Cory Weeds Quartet with guest Steve Kalestad (tenor sax)
Wednesday August 3

Rio Theatre 1660 East Broadway 7p.m. $12
The Lobster
Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (perhaps best known for his astounding, indelible arthouse hit Dogtooth) took home the 2015 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize for The Lobster, an equally odd and wildly entertaining follow-up set In a similarly off-kilter dystopian society where single people (including Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, and John C. Reilly) must find mates within 45 days or risk being transformed into animals. Also starring Léa Seydoux and Ben Whishaw.

Provence Marinaside Restaurant 1177 Marinaside Crescent at Davie Street 4:30 – 7:30pm no cover
Hip Pocket Quartet 
A mix of swinging’ Jazz, Latin Jazz, contemporary instrumentals and Blues a beautiful patio overlooking the seawall on False Creek. Plus great appies and 135 wines by the glass!

Thursday August 4

Gallery Cafe at VAG Summer Musica 4-8p.m. No cover
Siobhan Walsh Group
The summer musica series is happening again on the patio outside the Vancouver Art Gallery. Sitting in a beautiful secret garden in the middle of the city, sipping on a cold drink while listening to good music is hard to beat. The sunset skies are pretty spectacular too.


Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $20
Dan Tepfer Trio
Born in Paris to American parents, “tremendously gifted” (LA Times) pianist-composer Dan Tepfer has translated his bi-cultural identity into an exploration of music that ignores stylistic bounds. His 2011 Goldberg Variations / Variations, which pairs his performance of Bach’s work with improvised variations of his own, has received broad praise as a “riveting, inspired, fresh musical exploration” (New York Times). He has worked with the leading lights in jazz, including extensively with saxophone luminary Lee Konitz, while releasing seven albums as a leader.
For this special trio date, Dan will be joined by Carmen Rothwell on bass and Ted Poor (Bill Frisell, Pat Metheny, Cuong Vu, Myra Melford) on drums.

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Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
David Blake Trio
Guitarist David Blake’s trio debuts some new music before recording a follow up to David’s 2013 release “Next Year People”. With Darren Radtke – bass and Joe Poole – drums

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Blue Martini 1516 Yew St 8p.m. No cover
Max Zipursky Quartet
All we know is that it is Max on keyboards plus 3 others! Although he plays your typical Jazz standards and lounge tunes, Max specializes in Hip Hop, Jazz and Soul. He plays old favorites, new and originals with a special twist.

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Friday August 5

Try one of the festivals above!
Saturday August 6

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Jazz @ The Pat’s August piano trio series
Miles Black Trio
Miles on piano obviously. Bass & drums tbd. It’s always a treat to hear Miles Black, in any format, with any sidemen. Say no more.


Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival 2016
An eclectic showcase of world class music on 3 stages.Colin James, Frazey Ford, and Cyril Neville and the Royal Southern Brotherhood top the bill this year.Also scheduled to perform are Como Mamas, Lindi Ortega, Cecile Doo-Kingue, Shred Kelly, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Dawn Pemberton, Ben Rogers, and Wes Mackie.

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Sunday August 7

St Andrews Wesley Burrard & Nelson 4p.m. Donation
Jazz Vespers
Ron Johnston Trio with special guest Dylan Kramer
Ron-piano, Cameron Hood-bass, Buff Allen-drums and Dylan Kramer on sax.

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Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 6p.m. Donation
Steve Kaldestad Trio
Vancouver based saxophonist Steve Kaldestad plays soaring improvisations, deeply informed by the traditions of jazz yet always pushing into exciting new territory. His own bands have featured the likes of Renee Rosnes and Mike Ledonne, and he is a long time member of seminal Vancouver groups such as the Jodi Proznick quartet and The Nightcrawlers. With Steve Holy – bass and Joe Poole – drum







The Bayside Lounge @ The Sands Hotel 1755 Davie Street 7p.m. No cover
Ron Johnston Quartet
This is a new residency on Sundays each week until the end of August.
Featuring the legendary Ron Johnston on piano, Jeff Mahoney on trumpet, Cameron Hood on bass, and Buff Allen on drums. Plus weekly guests….