Jeni’s Picks of the Week January 20-25, 2015

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Some suggestions to aid with surviving the January blahs…..

Winter warmer recommendation
We’ve been warding off the chills by taste testing various rye whiskies for making Manhattans.


Forty Barrel Select gets our #1 rating. Smooth enough for sipping but perfect with red vermouth and a dash or two of Angosturas in a classic Manhattan. $24.96 at the BCLCB.
And let’s hear it for real maraschino cherries … Luxardo Originals $16.50 at Modern Bartender in Chinatown.




The Cultch 1895 Venables from $19 to January 25     Saw it. Recommend it.
All that Fall by Samuel Beckett
For more than 50 years no one has been allowed to stage this thoroughly entertaining Irish play. At last the ban has been lifted and audiences in London and New York have been treated to the double delight of seeing a radio play produced on the stage. Now Vancouver’s Blackbird Theatre has secured the rights

Dine Out Vancouver Jan 16- Feb 21
Canada’s largest food and drink festival dishes up unlimited ways to enjoy the flavours of the city. Choose from a 17-day calendar of culinary events and experiences, hundreds of restaurants throughout the city and dozens of hotel options to create delicious dining experiences.

Street Food City IV Jan 19-25
For seven days, gather and feast on delicious food prepared by over 20 of Vancouver’s food truck vendors at North Plaza Vancouver Art Gallery.Tents, tables, seating and music make for a festive mid-winter outdoor festival.

PuSH Festival Jan 20-Feb 8
The international Performing Arts Festival is one of Vancouver’s signature events. Produced over three weeks each January/February, the PuSh Festival presents boundary pushing theatre, music, dance and multimedia performances by artists from around the world at various venues.

Vancouver Turkish Film Festival Jan 23-25
Celebrating 100 years of Turkish cinema.VTFF’s commitment to showcase the best of contemporary Turkish Cinema is reflected in its film selection — featuring internationally acclaimed, award-winning films straight from Cannes and Venice to popular mainstream favourites fresh out of the Turkish box office.

Wednesday January 21

Tony W.The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
Let the Monkeys Dance
Tony Wilson – guitar, Cole Schmidt – guitar, James Meger – bass, Dan Gaucher – drums.



Thursday January 22

Vancity Theatre 1161 Seymour St 6.30p.m. $11 (also Jan 23 & 26 diff times)
Winter Sleep
The latest from Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia; Three Monkeys) is simply a masterpiece – a worthy recipient of the Cannes Palme d’or. The film largely takes place in the Hotel Othello, carved out of a rocky outcrop in the stunning Cappadocia region of Anatolia. The owner is Aydin (Haluk Bilginer), a retired stage actor of some repute. Aydin considers himself an enlightened individual and an intellectual – he writes a weekly opinion column in the local paper – but he is not regarded in quite such a glowing light by his pretty, younger wife Nihal (Melisa Sozen), nor his recently divorced sister Necla (Demet Akbag), nor yet by some of the local villagers who are his tenants…
NOTE: 3hrs & 15 mins long

Calabash Bistro 428 Carrall St 9p.m. $8
Holly Burke & The Naturals (with special guest Hugh Fraser)
Runaway to the Carribean for the night. You’ll hear fresh Jazz, World Beat and Pop music. You’ll hear Hendrix. You’ll hear SERENGETI. Holly & band are inviting the greater Vancouver jazz community to come out and support this event, in the hopes of establishing a larger series for more bands at Calabash.

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Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Chad Makela Trio
Chad is an unmistakable voice on the sax and an integral part of the city’s jazz scene. He swings with authority & excitement and will be accompanied by Paul Rushka on bass and Joe Poole on drums.

Friday January 23

Rio Theatre E. Broadway 7p.m. $12 (also Jan 24 & 26)    Saw it. Recommend it.
Oscar nominated. A promising young drummer enrolls at a cutthroat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential.
Saturday January 24

Patricia Hotel 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Tony Wilson 5tet
Rolling in from Denman Island, Tony Wilson 5tet. With Skye Brooks drums, Russell Sholberg bass, Dave Say sax, Kevin Elaschuk trumpet and Tony on guitar. And yes, we can expect a Beatles tune!

Cafe Roma 1510 Commercial Drive 8p.m. No cover
Harpdog Brown Trio
Harppdog-vocals/harmonica, Dave Webb-keys, Pat Darcus-bass,

X-Site/El Barrio Grill & Bistro 2270 E.Hastings St 8p.m. Donation
Swing Shift
Jacynthe Beaudoin & community band.


Joe’s Cafe 1150 Commercial Drive doors 8p.m. $20 (also on Jan 31)
C.R. Avery (with Melody Mangler & Violet Femme)
The Georgia Straight presents local poet, rapper and singer-songwriter, C.R. Avery, in his rock show Some Birds Walk for the Hell of It




Sunday January 25

Kino Cafe 3456 Cambie St 2p.m. Donation
Roots n’ Shoots n’ Jazz Series
Brighter Lights & Thicker Glasses

St.Andrew’s Wesley Burrard & Nelson 4p.m. Donation
Jazz Vespers
Adam Thomas Group