Jeni’s Picks of the Week Dec 9-13, 2015

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Happy Chanukah to all those celebrating.

Star of David Hanukkah menorah
Star of David Hanukkah menorah







Another Christmas gem from the lovely & talented Katherine Penfold. Just charming! She is posting a new song every day of advent as a gift…
Winter Wonderland






And light up your life…where to see Christmas Lights

Entertaining and informative documentary on History of Granville St






Beat the Blues with Boozy Beverages









Lumiere Festival Vancouver Dec 11/12 after dusk!
For two nights in the darkness of December, the West End will brighten up and offer local and international artist’s interpretation of light through interactive, colorful and magical installations on the streets and in parks.
In addition to the lighting installations, visitors can expect free hop-on, hop-off trolley tours, free horse-drawn carriage rides, and free entertainment on Davie, Denman, and Robson streets.

Vogue Theatre Christmas Movie Series
Starting Sunday, December 13th The Vogue Theatre will be screening your holiday
favourites to help collect for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
Doors open at 1pm, movie starts at 1:30pm.The Vogue staff will be serving an assortment of beer and wine along with traditional movie snacks. All AGES WELCOME!
Admission is FREE with a donation of a non-perishable food item for the Vancouver Food Bank. Cash donations will also be accepted.
THIS WEEK… The Polar Express

And always highly recommended…
East Van Panto at the York Theatre … to January 3
Hansel & Gretel
An East Van Panto is back! Theatre Replacement steps way off the beaten path for this year’s edition with the weird and wonderful Hansel and Gretel. Complete with an edible house, a butt-kicking brother and sister team, and a cute little cannibal witch, Hansel and Gretel lures you deep into the East Van wilderness to deliver a fantastic holiday treat.
The draw: Panto favourites Veda Hille, Allan Zinyk, Dawn Petten, and Charlie Demers return
*** several performances already sold out so book early









Wednesday Dec 9

The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
Waxwing with Kill Ugly Radio
Peggy Lee – cello, Tony Wilson – guitar, Jon Bentley – saxophones
Kill Ugly Radio
Joe Williamson – bass, Tony Wilson – guitar, Dylan van der Schyff – drums







Special guest this week… Paul Pigat

Thursday Dec 10

Blue Martini Jazz Cafe 1516 Yew St 8p.m. No cover
Sharon Minemoto Trio
with SHARON MINEMOTO keyboard, ADAM THOMAS bass & JOEL FOUNTAIN drums on Dec. 10and BERNIE ARAI drums and cymbals on Dec 11 & 12







Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
David Blake Trio
Guitarist and composer David Blake and his Trio have been very active in the last several months. This past summer, they performed at the jazz festival in Montreal, and just last month they performed at the Yardbird suite festival in Edmonton. They will be playing standards and originals. With James Meger – bass and Joe Poole – drums

Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Cory Weeds Tribute to the Tenors
A tribute to some of the masters of the tenor saxophone including Sonny Rollins, Gene Ammons, Hank Mobley, Dexter Gordon and more.  With Miles Black piano, Russ Botten bass, Julian MacDonough drums.







trova thursday





Friday Dec 11

paul & Brad








Studio 1398 Cartwright St (Granville Island) 7.15p.m. $20
A Very Merry Fringemas
A spectacular evening of spirited brouhaha featuring some of your favourite Fringe performers!
Join host Fringe Legend Jayson McDonald (Magic Unicorn Island, Giant Invisible Robot) as he and his gang of Merry Misfits smash their various creative aesthetics together! It’s a no-holds-barred cabaret of seasonal shenanigans! Sketch, song, story, maybe a little dance, maybe a little pantomime, all rolled up into a delightful Yule Log that you can eat with your hands.









Saturday Dec 12

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
all the way from Saturn, Star System plays the music of Sun Ra.
Daniel ‘Star Time’ Gaucher – drums and effects
JP Carter – trumpet and effects, John Paton – sax, Tony Wilson – guitar, Tyson Naylor – keys and effects, Colin Edward Cowan – bass, califone and effects
Space is the place!

sun at pat






Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15b (and on Sunday)
PJ Perry Quartet
Juno Award winner and Broadway feature soloist, PJ Perry has long been recognized by critics, colleagues and listeners as one of North America’s greatest saxophonists. Don’t miss this rare Vancouver appearance by a master player, swinging improviser and Canadian jazz giant. With Tony Foster piano, Jodi Proznick bass, Craig Scott drums.






Sunday Dec 13

St. Andrews Wesley Burrard & Nelson 4p.m. Donation
Jazz Vespers
Deanna Knight

deaNNa vespers








Vancity Theatre 1181 Seymour St 3p.m. $11
That’s Life! A Frank Sinatra Centennial Celebration
To paraphrase The Voice’s 1966 hit song, That’s Life — “He’s been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king . . .” and the greatest popular entertainer of the 20th century! To celebrate the centennial of superstar performer Frank Sinatra (born 12 December 1915), Vancouver film scholar Michael van den Bos has curated and will host a special presentation of clips featuring Ol’ Blue Eyes singing, dancing, and acting in his own inimitable style. Culled from a variety of Sinatra’s movies – both musical and dramatic – plus television specials, Michael will introduce each of the clips, highlighting the Chairman of the Board’s flair and artistry over a remarkable seven-decade career.




Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 4p.m. Donation
Cole Birney-Stewart quartet
Gifted bassist and composer, Cole Birney-Stewart recently returned to Vancouver after finishing at McGill University’s jazz studies program.
With Chad Makela – saxophones, Tom Wherrett – guitar, and Jesse Cahill – bass








Studio Records 919 Granville St 7.30p.m. $12
Swing Aggregation
Dance to the swingin’ sounds of the 8-piece “little big band”.