Jeni’s picks of the week Mar 4-9, 2014

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9th Annual Women in Film Festival  March 6-9

Recent statistics show that women constitute only four per cent of feature-film directors, 11 per cent of writers and 13 per cent of editors!!   Founded in 2006, the Annual Vancouver Women in Film Festival is one of only three film festivals in Canada featuring women filmmakers. 33 films,  gala and industry events, workshops, visiting filmmakers, and panel discussions.

Chutzpah Festival Feb 22-Mar 9

 Including remarkable dance from Italy’s ImPerfect Dance Company, Israel’s Idan Sharabi & Dancers, BODYTRAFFIC from L.A., and Vancouver’s own Donald Sales’ new company;  electrifying world music such as the wildly unpredictable Yemen Blues and the subtle brilliance of The Idan Raichel Project, or Israel’s Uri Gurvich and his ensemble, Dudu Tassa and the Kuwaitis and Russian-American Lev ‘Ljova’ Zhurbin and his band the Kontraband; or theatre showcasing the revolutionary sound design musical Tiny Music and the Stratford Festival hit Hirsch; or laughing along and empathising with comedian Brad Zimmerman in My Son the Waiter, A Jewish Tragedy and with two-time Emmy award-winning actress and comedian Judy Gold in her off-Broadway hit 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother…it’s all part of Chutzpah!


Tuesday March 4

Seventeen89 1789 Comox St  8p.m. $10

****First  instalment of new Tuesday Jazz  series at Seventeen89!!  (formerly the Three Greenhorns and Delilah’s)

Weeds/Minemoto Quartet

Cory Weeds-saxes, Sharon Minemoto-Fender Rhodes,  Jodi Proznick-bass, Jesse Cahill-drums


Central Library Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level  350 West Georgia Street  7p.m.  Free

Arts Club Theatre Talks in the Library

World-renowned visual artist Stan Douglas and acclaimed screenwriter/producer Chris Haddock are collaborating to create “Helen Lawrence”, a cinematic theatrical presentation that is at the frontier of new media use in performance art.  Inspired by post-war Film Noir and set in the Vancouver of 1948,
“Helen Lawrence” intertwines theatre, visual art, live-action filming and computer-generated recreations of historical backgrounds for a groundbreaking multi-media showcase.
To celebrate the burgeoning neo noir movement, three authors who explore the genre in the soon-to-be-released anthology, Vancouver Confidential, published by Anvil in Spring 2014 will be reading.
Aaron Chapman, author of “Liquor, Lust, and The Law: The Story of Vancouver’s Legendary Penthouse Nightclub.”  Diane Purvey, co-editor of “Vancouver Noir: 1930-1960.” And Catherine J. Rose, Lead researcher and guide for the Vancouver Police Museum’s “Sins of the City” walking tours.

 Wednesday March 5

Ten Ten Tapas 1010 Beach Ave   7-9.30p.m. No cover

Cory Weeds (sax) Oliver Gannon (guitar)

The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue   9p.m.  Donation

****First instalment of Cole Schmidt’s new NoSchMo Wednesday Jazz series at the Emerald

DED Trio

Dave Sikula – guitar, Eli Davidovici – bass, Dan Gaucher – drums

the DED trio plays straight up jazz with a modern twist. tunes by Monk, Ellington, and others act as vehicles for a deeper discussion into the meaning of life, jazz, and the number 3.

 Thursday March 6

TANGENT CAFÉ  2095 COMMERCIAL DRIVE (@ 5TH AVE) 8.30p.m.  No cover.

Ihor Kukurudza Trio
Guitarist Ihor Kukurudza with Eli Davidovici – bass, Mili Hong – drums

Ihor is a masterful guitar player, and a guru of improvisation.

 Friday March 7

Prophouse Café  1636 Venables   7.30p.m.  $8

Deanna Knight & the Hotclub of Mars

High-energy acoustic 7-piece band inspires toe tapping and dancing to some fabulous old Gypsy jazz tunes of the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s.


Rio Theatre 1660 E.BroadwayDoors at 11pm /Show at 11:30 Tickets: $6 in costume/ $8 door 19+

Friday Late Night Movies at the Rio… this week “Almost Famous”

The Rio Theatre and Black Dog Video are pleased to present Almost Famous Written, co-produced, and directed by Cameron Crowe, telling the coming-of-age story of a teenage journalist writing for Rolling Stone magazine while on the road with a fictitious 1970s rock band named Stillwater. The film is semi-autobiographical, Crowe himself having been a teenage writer for Rolling Stone. Starring Kate Hudson and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Hosted by Sara Bynoe.



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

Quatuor Andre Lachance
André Lachance: guitar: Brad Turner: Fender Rhodes, Chris Gestrin: Moog, Joe Poole: drums


China Cloud 524 Main St (at Pender) 9.30p.m.  $10 at door ($20 with CD)

David Blake Trio ”Next Year People” CD release

David Blake-guitar, Wynston Minkler-bass, Dan Gaucher-drums


MERGE  N.E. Corner of Clark & Powell (ring door bell next to Merge sign) 10.30 p.m.$10

Jeff Younger’s Devil Loops

The Devil Loops are fully improvised, solo guitar with electronics and extended techniques explorations into the primordial and the unknown. Sometimes they’re beautifully lyrical and sensitive. Other times, they’re intense sonic maelstroms.

Hildegard’s Ghost

Enter the musical world and mind of Roisin Adams as she and her three daring band mates unveil it. Together, they explore the sensitive yet bold material that marries composition and improvisation and is often captivated by spontaneity.
Elisa Thorn, Harp, Roisin Adams, Piano, Lyle Hopkins, Bass, Justin Devries, Drums


Sunday March 9

Trout Lake Community Centre Grandview Room 3660 Victoria Drive 11.30a.m $25 (including brunch)

The EastVan GoGo’s  5th Musical Brunch Fundraiser

(to benefit the Gogos project of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, helping African grandmothers who are raising children orphaned by AIDS)

Featuring AUGUST

Linda Kidder, Rae Armour, Beverley Elliott

3 vivacious life-experienced singer/songwriters

Reservations required

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

Ken Speller Trio
A longtime resident of Japan, Ken Speller has a particularly pleasing sound on the alto saxophone.
He’ll be joined by Bill Coon on guitar and Darren Radtke on bass.


Luxe Lounge  1180 Howe St   6p.m. (dance lesson) 8p.m. (live band)  $10

Jump & Swing Sunday featuring Swing Aggregration with guest vocalist Andrea Superstein

Derry Byrne – trpt, Rod Murray – trombone, Chris Startup – tenor, Dave Say – alto, Ron Johnston- piano, Buff Allen – drums and Dave Guiney – bass – will be playing the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey and other big bands from the 1930s to 50s, for dancing and listening.

Central Bistro 1072 Denman St  7p.m. No cover

Uno Mas

Guitar by Kelly Brown, bass by Dino DiNicolo and drums by Travis Nelson,

Soul, Jazz, Drum & Bass, Reggae, Hip Hop and Latin music with a twist of funk.

Rio Theatre  1660 E.Broadway  Mar 9 5p.m. Mar 10/11 7p.m.(only $6 on 10 & 11)

Inside Llewyn Davis

Joel & Ethan Coen’s latest film, the critically acclaimed (Golden globes, Oscars, BAFTAs) Starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, and Justin Timberlake.

Follow a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles — some of them of his own making. 


 Ironworks Studio 235Alexander Street  7p.m.$30  Thursday March 13 (ALWAYS worth the price of the ticket) Arrive early for a seat!

Atira’s 7th Annual Strong Women Strong Music Concert


Proceeds to Atira Women’s Resource Society.

Advance tickets a must, sells out fast.

Renegade Studios 125 E.2nd Ave 8p.m.   $16   March 12-23

Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me

An Englishman, an Irishman, and an American find themselves hostages in Lebanon. With no idea why they’re there or if they’ll ever be released, they must find a way to survive their situation, their enemies, and each other…  Inspired by the true story of Brian Keenan’s captivity in Lebanon in the 1980s, Dancing Monkey Presents brings you this thrilling and intimate production of Frank McGuinness’ celebrated play. Featuring Ashley O’Connell, Kirk Smith and Jay Clift, and directed by Julie McIsaac, come see why McGuinness is – and will doubtless remain – one of Ireland’s most celebrated playwrights.


Chelsea Hotel is returning to Firehall Arts Theatre March 18-29

If you haven’t seen it yet you should!

Chelsea Hotel,The Songsof zleonardCohen is touring nationally in early 2014 before returning to Vancouver for its encore! Leonard Cohen’s powerful and inspirational music is the heartbeat of Chelsea Hotel, as six performers play seventeen different instruments in a rollicking tribute to the remarkable writer. Through Cohen’s transcendent songs and the honesty of his lyrics, you will be transfixed by this eclectic cabaret of loves won and lost.