Jeni’s Picks of the Week February 25- 28, 2017

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Dear Picks People… free time was in short supply this week. A few weekend/early week suggestions.

**Please check with venues for any changes and apologies to any event not listed**

East Van’s New Brewery Passport

10 Must Try Wine Bars in Vancouver

Black History Month February 2017
A month-long celebration of contributions to history and culture by citizens of African and Caribbean descent… music, dance, film, poetry and more

Chutzpah Festival 2017 February 16-March 13
The Lisa Nemetz International Jewish Performing Arts Festival is the Lower Mainland’s winter music, dance, comedy and theatre festival presenting international, national and local artists

Saturday February 25

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Vocal month continues..
Sarah Kennedy Quintet
Sarah Kennedy – vocals
Nick Peck – piano
Cesar BenHur Madrigal – guitar
Marcos Fló – bass
Juan Encinales – drums











Sunday February 26

Peretz Centre 6184 Ash St 2p.m. $5
Saul Berson Trio
Saul Berson- alto, soprano saxophones, clarinet
Dave Ivaz- guitar
Sam Shoichet-bass
Delivering a unique sound melding Klezmer, Middle-Eastern
overtones and jazz improvisation, the Saul Berson Trio lays down
an engaging and impressive musical statement with an array of
beautiful Jewish melodies and original compositions.

St Andrews Wesley Burrard & Nelson 4p.m. Donation
Jazz Vespers
L.J. Mountenoy Quintet
Some jazz and pop selections from her new album Here in the Dark, as well as jazz standards this will be an afternoon sure to soothe the soul
With: Jon Roper, guitar, Graham Howell, sax and flute, Kristian Braathen, drums/percussion, and Nathen Aswell, Chapman stick bass

Vancity Theatre 1181 Seymour St 4p.m.$15
VIFF Oscar Party
Vancouver’s classiest big screen cinema offers the most comfortable seats in town, red carpet, step & repeat, and a fully licensed bar. Hosted with red carpet fashion commentary from Steven Schelling and awards emcee, Michael van den Bos.Ticket includes unlimited free popcorn and a free Oscar ballot bingo card with the opportunity to win VIFF and Vancity Theatre prizes.

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 6p.m. Donation
Winston Matsushita Quartet
Pianist Winston Matsushita has recently returned to his home of Vancouver after spending the last decade working and studying in Toronto. His contemporary style is steeped in the modern jazz schools of Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett. Tonight he will be exploring compositions from artists such as Thelonious Monk and Larry Young.
With David Blake – guitar, Eli Davidovici – bass and Joe Poole – drums

Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Karin Plato & Lorraine Foster
Vancouver vocalists Lorraine Foster and Karin Plato share a love of songs from the Great American Songbook: lyrics that tell stories of the heart and melodies that crave being sung. “Songs that swing, hearts that sing, joy will ring!” This might aptly describe the evening the ladies have planned with select favourite songs by composers  such as Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George & Ira Gershwin and Rodgers & Hart. Originally from Toronto, Lorraine sang with Dal Richards and his orchestra for 11 years. She performed and recorded with legendary pianists Linton Garner and with internationally acclaimed Oliver Jones. Karin, originally from Saskatchewan has called Vancouver home since 1985 where she continues to compose, record and perform a variety of music styles.  With Dan Reynolds on piano, Paul Rushka on bass and Buff Allen on drums

Monday February 27

Pat’s Pub 4-3 E Hastings 8.00p.m. No cover
Weekly Monday Vocal Jam
Hosts this week:
Sharon Minemoto – Piano
Joel Fountain – Drums
Darren Radke – Bass
Bring your charts & your friends. Instrumentalists welcome too

Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
M&M Jazz Orchestra
Lead alto saxophonist Mike Allen and pianist/arranger Miles Black guide their new big band of local jazz heavies through gorgeous original compositions and classics from Miles Davis’ iconic Kind Of Blue album. Miles’ orchestrations brim with rich, colourful sonorities and quirky rhythmic surprises.


WISE Hall 1882 Adanac St 8p.m. Donation
Live at the WISE presents.. Petunia & The Vipers

Tuesday February 28

Gold Saucer Studio 211-207 W.Hastings 9p.m. $5-10
Sawdust Collector weekly series…
Wooden Eye
Shane Krause – bass clarinet
Jeremy Page – tenor saxophone
Meredith Bates – violin
Dave Chokroun – bass
Kevin Romain – drums

April Fool’s Children
David Cowling

Pacific Cinematheque 1131 Howe St 9p.m. $12/$10… additional screening
VLAFF presents: Desierto
From Jonás Cuarón and Alfonso Cuarón, the acclaimed filmmakers of Gravity, comes a unique, modern vision of terror. Desierto, starring Gael García Bernal, is a visceral, heart-pounding suspense-thriller packed with tension from start to finish. A group of Mexican emigrants attempts to cross the Mexican-US border. What begins as a hopeful journey becomes a harrowing and primal fight for survival when a deranged, rifle-toting vigilante and his loyal Belgian Malinois dog chase the group of unarmed men and women through the treacherous borderland.


Thursday March 2

The Cultch 1895 Venables 7p.m. Suggested donation $20 at door… no one turned away
I, Daniel Blake- movie & Panel Talk (Saw it at Film Festival.. highly recommended) 
Raise the Rates BC, with others, is pleased to have a sneak preview of Ken Loach’s new film I, Daniel Blake. This is a hard-hitting look at the reality of the British welfare system. (Film buffs, take note: this movie has won major awards at the Cannes and Locarno Film Festivals!) After the film, there will be a panel discussion on comparisons with BC’s experience.

Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Chris Gestrin plays Bill Evans Live at the Village Vanguard
Vancouver-based pianist Chris Gestrin is unquestionably one of the major jazz talents in the country and is in high demand as a musician, composer, and producer. With an ear for texture and subtlety, Gestrin also swings hard and is equally comfortable playing straight-ahead jazz and free improv. This fantastic trio, which features bassist André Lachance and drummer Dylan van der Schyff, seamlessly combines original compositions, jazz standards and free improvisation

Saturday March 4

Ten Ten Tapas 1010 Beach Ave 7p.m. No cover
Wanda Nowicki Trio
Rare appearance in Vancouver by Wanda… with Steve Bagnell, Mark Bender, and Ken Dagliesh

March 6, 7 & 8

Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $30 (tickets sell out fast.. act now!)
In celebration of International Women’s Day on the 6th, 7th and 8th of March for the 11th annual Strong Women Strong Music concert series, featuring West Coast’s most prominent women jazz musicians singing up support for Enterprising Women Making Art (EWMA), a program of Atira Women’s Resource Society. Different line up each night.

Kino Cafe in March…