Jeni’s Picks of the Week Feb17-23, 2014

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**The Kozmik Zoo is sold and will be called Seven Dining Lounge.  They are supposedly going to continue having live music.  Will keep keep you updated**


Talking Stick Festival Feb 18-Mar 2

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


Human Rights Watch Travelling Film Festival Feb 20-23  (most events are free)

The Festival bears witness to human rights violations and creates a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference. The films bring to life human rights abuses through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all people. Each year highlights from our London and New York festivals are presented.

Monday Feb 17

 Vancity Theatre Seymour St   7p.m. $11

Black History Month

Calypso Rose: The Lioness of the Jungle

An exuberant and inspiring ambassador for the Caribbean, Calypso Rose is the uncontested and much decorated diva of Calypso music. With more than 800 recorded songs, she continues to be a pioneer and champion of women’s rights, as she travels the world making music. French-Cameroonian filmmaker Pascale Obolo spends four years with Calypso Rose traveling to Paris, New York, Trinidad and Tobago and to her ancestral home in Africa, we learn more about Calypso Rose in each place, and the many faces and facets of her life. This creative film is not only about memory and the exchange and discovery of world cultures, but also about the journey of a remarkable woman, an Afro-Caribbean soul and an exemplary artist.


Tuesday Feb 18


Rio Theatre   1660 E.Broadway  9.15p.m. Cheap Tuesdays $6

The Wolf of Wall Street

A Martin Scorsese Picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill

 Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio), from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. Also starring Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Rob Reiner, Kyle Chandler, Jon Favreau. THE WOLF OF WALL STREET has won numerous Golden Globes (Best Actor, Leonardo DiCaprio) and is currently nominated for five Oscars



Wednesday Feb 19

 VPL Downtown Alice MacKay Room 7p.m. Free

INCITE Reading Series

Catherine Bush…author of four novels. The Rules of Engagement was a national bestseller and was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book and a Globe and Mail Top 100 Books. Her third novel, Claire’s Head, was shortlisted for Ontario’s Trillium Award. Her latest book is Accusation. An Accusation, regardless of truth, has its own life when let loose in the world. While in Copenhagen, Sara Wheeler happens upon a touring Ethiopian circus called Cirkus Mirak. Later, she drives its founder, Raymond Renaud, through the night from Toronto to Montreal. Such chance beginnings lead to later fateful encounters, as Bush artfully confronts the destructive power of allegations.

Adrianne Harun… Adrianne Harun teaches at the Rainier Writing Workshops, an MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University, and is the author of the acclaimed short story collection The King of Limbo. She lives in Port Townsend, Washington.A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountainweaves together folklore, mythology, and elements of magical realism to create a compelling and unsettling portrait of life in a dead-end town.

Andrew Steinmetz…Born in Montréal, Andrew Steinmetz is the author of a memoir, Wardlife, and two collections of poetry, Histories and Hurt Thyself. His novel, Eva’s Threepenny Theatre won the 2009 City of Ottawa Book Award and was a finalist for the 2009 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. In This Great Escape, Andrew Steinmetz tenderly reconstructs the life of a man seen by millions yet recognized by no one, whose history—from childhood flight from Nazism to suspicious death twenty years later—intersects bitterly, ironically, and often movingly with the plot of Sturges’s great war film.


Commercial St Café  3599 Commercial St  7.30p.m. No cover

C.R.Avery & friends

An evening of art (by C.R.) and poetry

C.R. Avery | Chelsea Johnson | RC Weslowski | Christi Rose Magpie | Adam Farnsworth | Alessandra Naccarato | Chris Gilpin | Bob Sumner | Adrian Glenn | Jess Hill

Taf’s Café 829 Granville St 9p.m. Donation

Astrid & friends

Astrid playing some music with the boys in the band.

Astrid Sars-sax/vocals, Tim Sars-sax/tuba, Nathan Detroit Barrett- trumpet, Brian E Phillips-drums



Thursday Feb 20


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

Don Stewart 4tet

Don- vocals, Ron Johnston-piano , A-Train –bass , Buff Allen-drums



Electric Owl 926 Main St   8p.m.    $10


Formed a couple of years ago as a musical response to the fantastic HBO series by David Milch, Deadwood, it has since evolved into its own entity and features a good number of favourites from the Vancouver creative music/improv scene including:

Jesse Zubot (violin), Kevin Elaschuk (trumpet), Chris Gestrin (fender rhodes), Ron Samworth (guitar), André Lachance (electric bass), Torsten Muller (acoustic bass), Dylan van der Schyff (drums), Peggy Lee (cello)

 Friday Feb 21


CBC Vancouver, 700 Hamilton St  7.30 $25 (includes canapés and 1 drink)

BEAT: Film & Music (DOXA fundraiser)

BEAT is a celebration of Vancouver’s dark coffee past. An era when smoky joints hosted poets and singers, protest anthems and folk standards permeated the city, and images of the changing times found a home on CBC television.  The evening will feature a performance from folk legends Fraser Union (, as well as a selection of films drawn from Vancouver’s fabled coffee house history, a time when neon still lit up Granville Street, hobos slept sweetly in the sand, and sailors flirted with the girls on the strip. Vintage Vancouver.

Friday Night Late Movies at the Rio: Clockwork Orange – Stanley Kubrick’s ultra-violent, ultra-sarcastic, and ultra-visionary film set in a futuristic Britain follows the misadventures of charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge (Malcolm McDowell), who  volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society’s crime problems while he is in prison… but not all goes according to plan. Beer, buttery popcorn, and grilled cheese sandwiches available. $6 in costume, $8 regular. 11pm.

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

The Electric Monks

Alex Flock – Guitar, Evan Bates- Bass, Brendan Krieg – Drums, Dan Shook – Tenor Saxophone


Sat Feb 22


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

Vocalist month  sadly comes to an end ….

Karin Plato

Karin Plato-vocals Miles Black – piano, Laurence Mollerup – bass, and Dave Robbins – drums.

Expect a few surprises!


X-Cite El Barrio 2270 E. Hastings 9p.m. Donation

John Nicholson 4tet

John Nicholson – Sax, David Blake- Guitar, Mili Hong – Drums, Eli Davidovici – Bass

play originals by everyone, plus some excellent standards and other great tunes.



Sunday Feb 23

 Patricia Hotel  403 E.Hastings   3-7p.m.  No cover  1-4p.m.

Henry Young Quartet in Concert.. back by popular demand

Henry Young-guitar, Doug Louie-keyboard, Paul Blaney-bass, Chris Nordquist-drums

Funk, R&B, Blues & Jazz

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

*From Toronto* Morgan Childs
An exuberant and swingin’ presence at the drums, former Vancouverite Morgan Childs, has quickly established himself as a top performer on the national jazz scene. For this date he’s reunited a trio that was a mainstay on the drive for many years. With Chad Makela on saxophones and Adam Thomas on bass.

Pourhouse Restaurant  162 Water St  No cover  7p.m.   604 568 7022 reservations

The Flora Scott Trio

The trio features Flora on vocals and guitar, Graham Clark on bass and Buff Allen on drums.