Jeni’s Picks of the Week Dec 20-15, 2016

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Just in case you have time to take in an event or two in the middle of all the preparations. If not, just take a deep breath and have a happy and safe holiday season.

Please confirm with venues. Cancellations/changes have been known to happen (especially weather related ones lately!). And apologies to any event not listed.

Happy Hour at Frankie’s… this week
No happy hour on Dec 21
Dec 22/23 Paul Pigat

Tuesday Dec 20

Gold Saucer Studio 207 W.Hastings 8p.m. No cover
Sawdust Collector Christmas Party… featuring
RECORDS w/ Invisible Taste (Colin Cowan and Dan Gaucher)
*A 50\50 DRAW

Wednesday Dec 21

Vancity Theatre 1181 Seymour St 11.45 p.m. $12
Best of 2016 presents… Eye in the Sky
London-based military intelligence officer Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren) is remotely commanding a top secret drone operation to capture a group of dangerous terrorists from their safehouse in Nairobi, Kenya. The mission suddenly escalates from a “capture” to a “K*ll” operation when Powell realizes that the terrorists are about to embark on a deadly suicide mission.
American drone pilot Steve Watts is poised to destroy the safehouse when a nine-year-old girl enters the K*ll zone just outside the walls of the house. With unforeseen collateral damage now entering the equation, the impossible decision of when to strike gets passed up the “K*ll chain” of politicians and lawyers as the seconds tick down. An edge-of the-seat thriller set on the cutting edge of modern warfare.

Brentwood Church 1600 Delta Ave Bby 8p.m. Donation
We Three Queens at Jazz Evensong
This engaging holiday season trio is comprised of three of Canada’s finest jazz vocalists—Jennifer Scott, Karin Plato and Kate Hammett-Vaughan. Their ever-growing repertoire of classic carols, holiday favourites, originals and international songs have been bringing joy and good cheer to audiences for almost a decade.

Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $20 (also on Dec 22/23) could be sold out
B3 Kings
The B3 Kings are a funky and festive jazz quartet formed in 2002 for a Christmas concert at THE CELLAR in Vancouver. The show was such a huge success that the concert has become an annual event. Canadian vocal sensation Denzal Sinclaire, an internationally known jazz star, doubles as vocalist/drummer, Hammond B3 organist Chris Gestrin brings wicked organ grooves and creative arrangements of Christmas classics, saxophonist Cory Weeds brings an unbridled enthusiasm to the saxophone, and guitarist Bill Coon is as funky as they come with a wonderful jazz sensibility. The quartet will be celebrating the release of their third Christmas CD.







Havana Theatre 1212 Commercial Drive 8p.m. Donation (also on Dec 22 and 23, 27, 28, 29 and 30
The Cabaret of Hope
A seven night adventure raising money for a family in distress!
Hosted by One Crazy Frenchman, Jacques Lalonde, each show will be unique. Over 40 artists are involved including Jay Brazeau, David C. Jones, Kat Wahamaa & Tony Reese, The Honky-Tonk Dilettantes, RC Weslowski, Award winning Magicians Care Elise Dyck and Jordan Vo, TJ Dawe, Patrick James Gallagher, Henry J. Mah, Paula Remple Spurr, stand up comic Alison Ogilvie, Jill Teed, Kempton Dexter, David Symons and The Tall Hot Mamas + over 25 other artists.

Thursday Dec 22

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Geoff Claridge Quartet
Multi woodwind player Geoff Claridge has a distinct voice that reveals itsself whether he’s playing clarinet, tenor or alto saxophone. His original compositions are intricate and thought provoking, while his improvising is fiery and inspired. This band will be playing music from his debut album released last year.
With Brad Turner – keyboards, André Lachance – bass and Bernie Arai – drums
Blue Martini 1516 Yew St 8p.m. No cover
Ray Ayotte Impromptu
Ray on drums with Andre Carrasquero piano and Allan Johnston bass

Friday Dec 23

WISE Hall 1882 Adanac St 5p.m.
The Wise Hall Night Flea
** Local Vendors
** Art, Tools, Clothes, Records, Soap, Posters, Plants, Underwear, Pottery, Witty Banter, Books, Coffee, Housewares, Photography, Woodworking, Jars, Boots, and soon a kitchen sink.
** No BS
** Live Musical Guests
** Food
** Over all good neighbourhood Xmas Season Hang Spot



Cottage Bistro 4470 Main St 8p.m. $15 at door
Christmas Belles at the Cottage
Three knockout vocalists – Ashleigh Somerville, Mandy Rushton and Karin Plato – are teaming up to celebrate the joy of jazzt and to help you ring in the holidays in a fun and festive, old-hollywood-glamour type of affair, as well as sharing a few Canadian holiday originals, written by the gals themselves.

Saturday Dec 24

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No Jazz today but…
**There will be afternoon jazz on Saturday Dec 31st with a band t.b.a. which could include Bruno Hubert if he is recovered sufficiently from his surgery. Get well Bruno!***

St Andrews Wesley Burrard & Nelson 3p.m. Donation
We Three Queens annual fundraiser
Jennifer Scott, Kate Hammett-Vaughan, Karin Plato

Enigma Restaurant 4397 W10th Ave   6p.m. No cover
Don Stewart Trio















Sunday Dec 25

A very merry Christmas to all of you celebrating this holiday….


Monday Dec 26

Last time to catch…
The Wise Hall & Lounge (downstairs)
Petunia & the Vipers playing 2 sets starting at 8p.m.

Thursday Dec 29

Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $20
Michael Blake’s Holiday Soul Party
The New York City based tenor saxophonist returns home to reign in the New Years (a little early) with a Holiday Soul Party! Backed up by Vancouver’s own Greasy G and the Poole Party and riding high from his latest release Red Hook Soul (Ropeadope), Michael will be bringing some new arrangements for this special holiday visit.  With Chris Gestrin – keys, Joe Poole -drums, Jack Duncan – congas