Jeni’s Picks of the week for April 9-12, 2015

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Enjoy the sun while you may but just in case some suggestions below for staying warm & dry… and entertained!


The York Theatre 639 Commercial Drive Tx from $19 …to April 19
Famous Puppet Death Scenes
From Old Trout Puppet Workshop.
Say goodbye to anxiety about difficult choices, to dreading birthdays, and to desperate pleas for immortality through fame, art, or progeny. Through a collection of famous scenes culled from the absolute best puppet shows in history, the Old Trouts will deconstruct your traumatized psyche and reconstruct you so that death means nothing to you anymore. In a way, they promise ever-lasting life. Through a puppet show!
A big hit with both critics and audiences.







Vancouver South African Film Festival April 10-12 (5th annual at SFU downtown)
The best in South African films and documentaries.Experience the people, culture, politics, and history of the “Rainbow Nation”.

Thursday April 9

Roedde House Museum 1415 Barclay St 7p.m. $15
Kate Hammett-VaughanTrio
with Tristan Paxton guitar, Jon Bentley-sax. (Paul Rushka was booked to do a Kenny Wheeler Tribute but he is ill and it has been postponed.)

Calabash Bistro 428 Carrall Street 9p.m. $10
Holly Burke & the Naturals Jazz & Jammin’
First set – Kristian Alexandrov – piano, Bill Runge – saxophones, Randall Stoll – drums,
Kerry Galloway -bass, Holly Burke – flute and vocals. Following is a jazz jam with whomever from the jazz world shows up. Usually an array of Vancouver’s best.

Holly B






Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Dan Gaucher’s Monks Music
Juno award winning drummer Dan Gaucher explores the compositions of Thelonious Monk. This project started when Dan lived in Toronto, and we are delighted he brought it with him to Vancouver! With James Meger – bass, Dave Sikula – guitar

Friday April 10

Merge N.E.corner Clark & Powell (ring the bell) 10p.m. $10
1st set- Tom Wherrett solo
2nd set- Moondle
Emma Postl on vox, Cary Campbell on guitar, Thomas Hoeller on guitar,
Mili Hong on drums, Eli Davidovici on bass, Stefan Thordarson on a bunch of different stuff

China Cloud 524 Main St 9p.m. $10  (also at Skinny Fat Jacks tomorrow)
Blue Moon Marquee (opener Khingfisher)

Blue Moon


A.W. Cardinal (vocals, guitar, harmonica.) and Jasmine Colette (vocals, bass, drums.)
Swing, ragtime and delta blues blend with a scratchy voice and a sense of gypsy freedom





Saturday April 11

Patricia Hotel 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Paul Keeling 4tet
The Pat presents a fresh face, Paul Keeling, a relatively recent arrival from San Diego. Paul plays piano with bandmates Jon Bentley Saxophone, Bernie Arai Drums and Paul Rushka Bass.







Renaissance Books 43-6th St, New West 7.30p.m. $15
The Soda Crackers
Vancouver based trio, The Soda Crackers offer up a spicy gumbo of vintage country, bluegrass, swing and jazz. Sue Malcolm – vocals and guitar; Don Fraser – guitar, dobro and vocals; and Stu MacDonald – vocals and bass.
Reservations are a must as seating is limited. Please call Renaissance Books at 604-525-4566.

Soda Crackers








Fox Cabaret 2321 Main St 7p.m. $20
Lemon Bucket Orchestra (with MAZ)
15 piece band serving up paprika-infused blend of Romani, Balkan music, klezmer, and more. Big hit at last year’s Vancouver Folk Festival.

Sunday April 12

St. Andrew’s Wesley Jazz Vespers is t.b.a.

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 4-7 p.m. No cover
Steve Lloyd Smith Trio
Local bassist and composer Steve Smith has a fresh and engaging approach to modern jazz.With Dave Sikula – guitar and Joe Poole – drums

Sands Hotel 1755 Davie St 7p.m. Suggested music contribution $10
Black Gardenia
Daphne Roubini on vocals & Ukulele, Andrew Smith on Guitar & some Ukulele, Paul Pigat on Guitar, Bonnie Northgraves or Chris Davis on Trumpet, Steve Charles on Bass
Unique, darkly-relaxed blend of vintage jazz, country, folk and blues from the 20′s, 30′s and 40′s, Black Gardenia take listeners on a journey to an age where cool meant classy and noir was the norm.