Jeni’s Picks of the Week March 17-21, 2016

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Hello Pick’s People… no I haven’t abandoned my picks as some of you thought. I was away for a month and since being back life can be summed up in two words… renovation contractors!! (Due to small flood in my kitchen). I finally managed to compile a few late week picks so go ahead and enjoy!
As usual please check with venues for last minute changes and apologies to anyone whose event I may have missed listing.

New at Frankie’s…a residency starting on Wednesday March 30th. Every Wednesday from 4pm – 6 Cory Weeds will be there with a quartet featuring a different special guest.  There is no cover and there are lots of happy hour specials.
March 30 – guest Ron Johnston (piano)
April 6 – guest Oliver Gannon (guitar)
April 13 – guest Chris Gestrin (piano)
April 20 – guest Russ Botten (bass)
April 27 – guests Darren Radtke (guitar) and Nick Peck (organ)

Plus … Happy Hour & Late night continue
Happy Hour (4pm – 6, no cover, lots of specials)
Mar 16 to 18 – Bruno Hubert, Mar 23 to 25 – Willie MacCalder
Late Night (11pm – 1am, NOW NO COVER!!!)
Mar 18/19 – André Lachance Trio, Mar 25/26 – Ben Henriques Trio

Festival Divercine at The Cinematheque March 18-19 & 26
Celebrating the creative and cultural diversity of the French-speaking world, Festival DiverCiné is an annual festival of acclaimed new cinema from around la Francophonie, the international community of countries and governments linked by their use of French as a common language and by their shared values.

Thursday March 17 Happy St. Paddy’s

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Mike Allen Trio
Tenor saxophonist Mike Allen has an enormously warm sound and a penchant for deeply moving improvisations. Deeply rooted in tradition, his playing pushes into contemporary realms.
Band t.b.a.









Rio Theatre 1660 E. Broadway 6.45p.m. $10 at door
The Commitments
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Rio Theatre with one of the most beloved Irish films (with one of the best soundtracks of all time featuring the soulful classics of Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Otis Reading and more.! Director Sir Alan Parker’s (FAME, EVITA) THE COMMITMENTS brought Roddy Doyle’s beloved novela about Ireland”s “Hardest Working Band” playing Dublin Soul to the world in 1991, and it’s remained a crowd-pleaser ever since.









Wise Hall 1882 Adanac St 8p.m. $15 advance $20 at door
Live at the WISE presents the return of a legendary Vancouver St. Patrick’s tradition with the one and only Shane’s Teeth (THE Pogues tribute band) and Special guests The Staggers & Jaggs and Flagpolers.

shane's teeth




Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Pram Trio
AllAboutJazz.Com describes Toronto-based Pram Trio as “edgy and interactive, often urgent, and very much in the school of the modern-leaning piano trios.” The award-winning group combines elements of the traditional jazz piano trio with contemporary styles of music beyond the jazz genre. Their music is “very contemporary, composed and multi-sectional,” writes Peter Hum of the Ottawa Citizen, “and puts a strong focus on collective improvisation, creating an experience that appeals to listeners both familiar and unfamiliar with jazz.”





Friday March 18

Cottage Bistro 4468 Main St 7p.m. $30 Attention rock fans….
The Authentics
THE AUTHENTICS live at The Cottage Bistro!! This band features iconic rock talents from the Lower Mainland: Al Harlow guitars and vocals from Prism, Ab Bryant bass player for Chilliwack and the Headpins, John Hall the keyboard sound of Prism and the Seeds of Time, legendary drummer Rocket Norton from Prism, the Seeds of Time and the Rocket Norton Band, Skip Prest, guitar master from Sweeney Todd, and percussionist and world-famous drum maker, Ray Ayotte!
Seating limited so book early by email or phone 778-688-1460






Saturday March 19

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Tony Wilson’s Longhand
Tony Wilson guitar, Tyson Naylor piano, Russell Sholberg bass, Skye Brooks drums

Fairview Pub 898 W. Broadway 4.30p.m. $6
Willy Ward’s Revenge                                                                                                                         The adventure continues… and there will be dancing.

WWR Fairview 19th Poster








Commodore Ballroom 868 Granville St 8p.m. $32 advance/$42 at door
Motown Meltdown (fundraiser for Seva)
Motown Meltdown is an exciting night of music and dancing  with over 30 talented vocalists: Backed by Motown band, The Scorchers and hosted by David Wills (Stonebolt) it is a fundraiser for Seva, Canada’s international eye care work. Sure to bring up the heat and get the audience movin’ and groovin’ on the dance floor.
Alexander A-train Boynton Jr., Joani Bye, Leora Cashe, Candus Churchill, Oliver Conway, Krystle Dos Santos, Olivia Steele Falconer, Warren Dean Flandez, Al Harlow (Prism), Angela Kelman, Linda Kidder, Jane Mortifee, Marcus Mosely, Tom Pickett, Don Stewart, Will Sanders, Danay Sinclair Charon, Kendra Sprinkling, Catherine St. Germain, Stephanie Standerwick, David Steele, Shari Ulrich, David Wills (Stonebolt), and more.
or at Highlife with no service charge.








Sunday March 20
Roedde House 1415 Barclay St 3p.m. $15
Bill Richardson
Reading with writer & former CBC host Bill Richardson. Tickets include admisioon to the museum for tea & tour 1-2.30p.m.

bill r








Rio Theatre 1660 E. Broadway 3.30p.m. $10
Spotlight (best picture and best screenplay 2016 Academy Awards)
Based on the true story of the tenacious group of investigative journalists at The Boston Globe whose work blew the lid off of years of widespread sexual abuse cover-ups within the Roman Catholic Church, SPOTLIGHT’s top-notch cast includes Oscar nominees Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo as well as Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci, John Slattery, and Billy Crudup.







Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 6p.m. Donation
Kelly Brown Trio
Guitarist Kelly Brown is an active member of the jazz community. Band t.b.a.

Monday March 21

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 8-11p.m. No cover
Jazz Vocal Jam
It’s vocal night at the Pat’s Pub jazz jam! Bring your charts & your friends. Instrumentalists welcome too!
Hosts: Sharon Minemoto – Piano, Joel Fountain – Drums, Steve Smith – Bass

voval jam