Jeni’s Picks of the Week February 7-12, 2017

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Dear Picks People…. diversion definitely a necessity this week if you are loathing the weather as much as I am. Hopefully there will be no cancellations, but please check with venues before braving the elements.

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


2017 Hot Chocolate Festival (to February 14)
61 kinds of Hot Chocolate!!!

Plus… 15 food events in Vancouver in February

A shout out for this one as it is one of the few good things to come out of the town where I was born…
QE Theatre February 7-12
Kinky Boots
Winner of 6 Tony Awards, Kinky Boots is Broadway’s over the top, huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentleman’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.










Happy Hour at Frankie’s this week…
Feb 8 Mike Allen Trio
Feb 9  Bill Coon
Feb 10 Bill Coon

Tuesday February 7

Gold Saucer Studio 211-207 W.Hastings 9p.m. $5-10 donation
Sawdust Collector Series… this week
Garbo’s Hat
Kate Hammett-Vaughan-voice, Paul Blaney-bass, Graham Ord-saxes, flute
Sara Kim-voice, Thomas Hoeller-guitar, Marcos Flo – bass,Jesus Caballero-drums

The Heatley 696 East Hastings 8p.m.
3rd Instalment of Scott Smith’s Adventures in Steel Guitar
The music of pedal steel innovator Sneaky Pete Kleinow. Most famous as the pedal steel guitarist in the Flying Burrito Brothers, Sneaky Pete also played on dozens of albums by artists such as Little Feat, Gene Clark, Linda Rondstadt, Jackson Browne, Sandy Denny, John Lennon etc.
Scott Smith – Pedal Steel, John Sponarski – Electric Guitar, Jeremy Holmes – Bass, Liam MacDonald – Drums
and an incredible lineup of singers induding Rich Hope, Dustin Bentall, Marin Patenaude, Bob Sumner, Ettiene Tremblay, Nick Colebrook, Erik Nielsen, Debra Jean Creelman, Matt Kelley, Chris Woudstra, Wendy Bird and Barney Bentall














Wednesday February 8

Hycroft House 1489 McRae Ave 6.30p.m. Opening Reception
Exploring Urban Forms: Axel Breutigam, Fine Art Photography

Studio 1398 Granville Island 7p.m. & 9p.m. $14-30 (also on 8, 9, 10 & 11th February)
Theatre Conspiracy presents Foreign Radical
Foreign Radical draws participants into an intriguing theatrical game world exploring security, profiling and privacy in the age of cyber surveillance.   Mobile throughout the performance, participants collaborate and compete, investigate and debate, gather evidence and spy on each other. Depending on personal and group decisions, they are at times in divided in groups to witness different perspectives on dramatic scenes.




Thursday February 9

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Chris Fraser Trio + 1
Guitarist and composer Chris Fraser is an exciting new voice in Canadian jazz guitar. His unique sound draws influences from figures such as John Scofield and Bill Frissell as well as classic influences such as Jim Hall. Chris often explores original compositions as well as his own intricate arrangements.
With Jeff Gammon – bass, Jesse Cahill – drums and Ben Frost – trumpet

Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Geoff Claridge Quintet: Benny Goodman Tribute
Coming off his first album release as a leader last year, clarinetist Geoff Claridge turns his attention the music of Benny Goodman in this heartfelt salute to one of the jazz world’s biggest icons. From his band’s early years featured on the Let’s Dance radio program through to his countless collaborations with a who’s who of six decades of jazz legends, many of whose fame he personally had a hand in, a taste of the many eras in which Benny performed.
With Nick Peck on piano, Josh Roberts on guitar, Andre Lachance on bass, and Bernie Arai on drums.


Pacific Cinematheque 1131 Howe St 7p.m. $11
Good Night, and Good Luck
George Clooney’s take on the battle between Joseph McCarthy and newsman Edward R. Murrow featuring a Grammy award winning soundtrack by Dianne Reeves


Friday February 10

Mt. Seymour United Church 1200 Parkgate 7.30p.m. $10
To Marcus with Love
A benefit concert for Marcus Mosely while he recovers from surgery

Rio Theatre 1660 E. Broadway 8p.m. $20/25
East Van Valentine Concert
An East Van -style Valentines event as part of the Affordable Concert Series. Roots, rock, rhythm and blues with Brickhouse, Roots Roundup and the Grames Brothers.


Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $20
From New York: The Stryker/Slagle Band
Guitarist Dave Stryker and alto saxophonist Steve Slagle have collaborated together since the 1980s. Together with Downbeat Rising Star winner Jared Gold on organ and drummer Jesse Cahill (Vancouver) they will be bringing their burning New York sound to the Frankie’s stage.


Saturday February 11

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Vocal month continues with Leora Cashe
With Sharon Minemoto – Piano / Dave Say – Sax / Darren Radtke – Bass / Dave Robbins – Drums. For a good table get to The Pat early. And get ready for an emotional roller-coaster


Blue Martini 1516 Yew St 8p.m. $10
Vince Mai Quartet
Vince on trumpet & flugelhorn. Band t.b.a.

Sunday Feb 12

Dunbar Heights United Church 3p.m.  $20 including CD
Ron Johnston/Dylan Cramer Blue Prelude CD Release                                         Ron Johnston-piano, Dylan Cramer-sax                                                                           with special guest pianist Henri-Paul Sicsic performing Chopin




Northwood United Church 88th Ave & 156th St Surrey 4p.m. Donation                   As part of Black History Month…
Jazz Vespers.. A Tribute to Ella & the Duke
featuring Candus Churchill with the Mighty Fraser Big Band  4p.m. Donation












Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 4p.m. Donation                                       Tony Wilson Longhand Trio                                                                                                              Acclaimed west coast guitarist and composer Tony Wilson has been an integral part of Canada’s jazz and improvised music community for many years. His work with groups such as the Peggy Lee band and Pugs and Crows display his beautiful sound and thoughtful approach to the guitar.
With Russell Sholberg – bass and Skye Brooks – drums

Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Katherine Penfold Quartet
After spending the year expanding her music career in the UK, Katherine Penfold returns to Vancouver for her debut show at Frankie’s. Creating a captivating evening with her originals and beloved standards you’ve heard performed by Ella Fitzgerald, Amy Winehouse, and Ray Charles, this quartet’s energy is sure to lift your heart. Miles Black piano, Jodi Proznick bass, Joel Fountain drums.

Blue Martini 1516 Yew St 6p.m.-9p.m.
Jazz Jam with Gabriel Hasselbach & Bruno Hubert


Winterruption 2017 February 17-19
Music, Arts, Film, Performance, Food on Granville Island


Talking Stick Festival 2017 February 16-26
A 2 week festival exploring Aboriginal Culture through the Arts

3rd Annual KDocs 2017 February 16-17
Documentary film festival from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in partnership with VIFF at VanCity Theatre. The festival showcases award-winning documentary films, speakers, filmmakers, panelists, exhibitors, and community members. Participants engage in lively discussion, debate, and dialogue as they investigate today’s most pressing global issues



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

**Please confirm details with all venues and apologies to any event not included**