Jeni’s picks of the week Feb 24-Mar 2, 2014

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Venue update… THREE new weekly live venues coming in March!!!


Though we sadly bid adieu to the Cellar this week, as most of you already know, Cory  Weeds will be holding a jazz series in the near future at the Pyatt Hall on Seymour Street.  On  March 4 he will be starting Jazz Tuesdays at 1789 Restaurant on Comox Street.

Cole Schmidt  will be starting his NoSchMo jazz evenings on Wednesdays at The Emerald Supper Club in Chinatown also starting in March.

And David Blake will be starting a new weekly jazz series at Tangent on the Drive starting on Thursday March 6.

Also, it looks like Seven Dining Lounge (formerly Kozmik Zoo) will be honouring the March live music schedule. Will keep you posted on that one.


Talking Stick Festival Feb 18-Mar 2

50 shows- explore aboriginal culture through the arts/music/drama etc


Vancouver International Wine Festival Feb 24-Mar 2

36th Annual this year featuring French Wines.  At various venues around town.  Tickets selling out fast!

Chutzpah Festival Feb 22-Mar 9

 Including remarkable dance from Italy’s ImPerfect Dance Company, Israel’s Idan Sharabi & Dancers, BODYTRAFFIC from L.A., and Vancouver’s own Donald Sales’ new company;  electrifying world music such as the wildly unpredictable Yemen Blues and the subtle brilliance of The Idan Raichel Project, or Israel’s Uri Gurvich and his ensemble, Dudu Tassa and the Kuwaitis and Russian-American Lev ‘Ljova’ Zhurbin and his band the Kontraband; or theatre showcasing the revolutionary sound design musical Tiny Music and the Stratford Festival hit Hirsch; or laughing along and empathising with comedian Brad Zimmerman in My Son the Waiter, A Jewish Tragedy and with two-time Emmy award-winning actress and comedian Judy Gold in her off-Broadway hit 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother…it’s all part of Chutzpah!


Festival de Bois  Feb 28,Mar 1 & 2

The largest francophone festival on Canada’s West Coast, is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in Mackin Park, Maillardville.Great music, amazing artists, outstanding performers, entertaining activities and authentic food. Quebecois, Celtic, World and Folk Music


New Spanish Cinema Week Feb 22-27 (at VanCity Theatre)

Visiting the Vancity Theatre for the third time, the Festival of New Spanish Cinema has established itself as an exciting and authoritative showcase for the best contemporary Spanish films across North America. Co-presented by VIFF, Iberoamerican Images, PRAGDA, and the Embassy of Spain in Ottawa, this year’s festival includes some of the riskiest and most original movies of the year.



Mon Feb 24

Vancity Theatre Seymour St   7p.m. $11

Black History Month

BlackStrathcona Project

From the early 1900s to the 1960s, the East Side neighbourhood of Strathcona was home to Vancouver’s first and only black community. These 10 video stories celebrate some of the remarkable people and places that made the community vibrant and unique. Stories like Jimi and Nora, featuring musician Jimi Hendrix who as a boy lived in Strathcona with his grandmother in the late 1940s, and Vie’s Chicken and Steaks, featuring Vie Moore who ran a soul food haven on Union Street frequented by both locals and big name celebrities like Billie Holiday and Sammie Davis Jr.

When Moses Woke

Winner of the Gemini Award for Best Direction of a Performing Arts Program, When Moses Woke is a dramatic masterpiece inspired by the collective experiences of Harriet Tubman and many Freedom Seekers who traveled to Canada through the Underground Railroad.


Tuesday Feb 25

The Revel Room 238 Abbott St 7p.m. No cover

Steve Kozak Trio (every Tuesday)


Wednesday Feb 26     Goodbye to the Cellar!!

Check out one of those festival schedules.

Thursday Feb 27

Sylvia Hotel Lounge 1154 Gilford St  8p.m. No cover

Colleen Savage Duo

Colleen Savage-vocals, Ron Thompson-guitar

MERGE  N.E. Corner of Clark & Powell (ring door bell next to Merge sign) 8p.m.(or shortly after!) $10

Selina Martin/The Fits/Veda Hille

An early show featuring out of town talent, Selina Martin, and very special guests, The Fits (Veda Hille and Patsy Klein)

Friday Feb 28

Patricia Hotel  403 E.Hastings   8p.m $10 at door

Four Corners

Tony Foster -piano, Jesse Cahill -drums, Jeff Gammon –bass, Steve Kaldestad –saxophone

The Imperial 319 Main St 9.30p.m.$18

The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer (with guest Rich Hope)

Armed with a sack of harmonicas, a mess of foot percussion and a road-­‐worn Telecaster, Shawn “The Harpoonist” Hall and Matthew “The Axe Murderer” Rogers kick out raw and primal blues.

Rich Hope

Rich Hope has gone back to the country! Funky, cosmic, and almost always on the right side of wild.

Friday Night Late Movies at the Rio: Donnie Darko – Jake Gyllenhaal’s career took off after his turn as the titular Donnie Darko, a troubled teen plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident. Donnie Darko has quietly emerged as a huge cult favorite following its initial release, and features strong supporting performances from an incredible cast. Beer, buttery popcorn, and grilled cheese sandwiches available. $6 in costume, $8 regular. 11pm.


Saturday Mar 1

Patricia Hotel  403 E.Hastings   3-7p.m.  No cover

Saul Berson’s No Drum Quartet

Saul Berson-alto sax, Tony Wilson-guitar, Tyson Naylor-accordion, Paul Blaney-bass


Enigma Restaurant  4397 W10th Ave 7p.m No cover

Don Stewart Trio

Don Stewart-vocals, Ron Johnston-piano, Cameron Hood-bass


Sunday Mar 2

TANGENT CAFÉ  2095 COMMERCIAL DRIVE (@ 5TH AVE) 4-7p.m. Donation



Rio Theatre  E.Broadway    Doors 4p.m.Show 5.30p.m. No cover  19+

86th Annual Academy Awards Live at the Rio…Oscar Party

Dress up and have your photo taken as you pose on the red carpet. Contests include Oscar trivia, Best Costume, and Best Acceptance Speech. Special Prize for whoever correctly picks the TOP 6 Oscar categories: Actor, Actress, Director, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Best Picture

More info to come on Rio website…