Jeni’s picks of the week March 30-April 6, 2014

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Vancouver South African Film Festival April 5-6


Monday March 31

VanCity Theatre  1181 Seymour St  6.30p.m.and 8.15p.m.  $11  (also showing April 1/2)

Finding Vivian Maier

A mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and discovered decades later, is now considered among the 20th century’s greatest photographers. Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never before seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.  She had lived an anonymous life, a spinster estranged from her family and virtually friendless, a professional nanny who had failed to forge lasting, long-term relationships. She was secretive, private and obsessed with her hobby, photography – though typically she kept her photos to herself. It was only when amateur historian John Maloof happened to pick up a job-lot of her belongings in a thrift auction that anyone had the first inkling Vivian was an artist, a photographer whose astonishing images merit comparison with such giants as Diane Arbus, Weegee, Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Interviewing the families she lived with and some of today’s top photographers, Maloof constructs a compelling and eye-opening introduction to a major body of work.


Tuesday April 1

Seventeen89  1789 Comox St  8p.m. $10


Bill Coon and Oliver Gannon-guitar, Darren Radtke-bass, Dave Robbins-drums

 Wednesday April 2

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

Green with Envy –Tribute to Grant Green
Bill Coon & Tony Wilson guitar, James Meger bass, Dylan van der Schyff drums


Calabash Bistro 428 Carrall St  9p.m $5 at door

Latin Groove Night Spring Edition

Stephanie Pedraza (just back from tour in Columbia) guitar/vocals, Andre Stepanianon –guitar, Lyndon Dewitt – percussion

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


Eastern European influences with a hint of Quebec traditional music.

GADJI-GADJO est un groupe de cinq musiciens Montréalais, tous compositeurs, passionnés de musique d’Europe de l’Est. Leur œuvre est éclatée, festive, empreinte à la fois d’humour et de profondeur. Avec violon, accordéon, guitare, harmonicas, contrebasse, et percussions. Un groupe instrumental qui après dix ans, continue de colorer le tableau de la musique du monde.

 Patricia Hotel  403 E.Hastings   8p.m. No cover posted

Florian Hoefner 4tet CD release tour “Falling up” 

Florian Hoefner, New York City based jazz pianist and two-timer winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award. With Mike Ruby tenor sax, Peter Konreif drums & Sam Anning bass.

 Thursday April  3

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


Peggy Lee – cello, Jon Bentley – Saxophone, Tony Wilson – guitar

York Theatre 639 Commercial Drive  8p.m.  from $18.52  (also April 4,5 & 6)

Cabaret Brise –Jour  (L’orchestre d’hommes-orchestres Quebec City)  

After their 2012 sold-out run of L’orchestre d’hommes-orchestres Performs Tom Waits, the Quebec music-theatre collective returns, this time dipping into the repertoire of Kurt Weill. From Berlin cabaret and Parisian nostalgia to New York’s Broadway, this 8-piece orchestra retraces the path of the musician in exile with rare instruments and music-objects, conjuring Weill’s dramatic and musical world and the best and worst of the human condition.

 Friday April 4

Van East Cultural Centre from $29.62 (but selling out) to April19

Meis Julie  (presented by Baxter Theatre as part of S.African Film Festival)

Mies Julie, the explosive new adaptation of Strindberg’s classic play set in the remote, bleak beauty of South Africa. In the sweltering heat of a Cape Karoo kitchen, a deadly battle unfolds over power, sexuality, memory, mothers, and land. This newly menacing, passionate, and relevant allegory for a post-apartheid state in transition was named one of 2012’s Top 5 productions by The Guardian, UK and the Top 10 of 2012 by The New York Times.

 Saturday April 5

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

Jaclyn Guillou 5tet

Jaclyn –vocals, Bruno Hubert-piano, David Blake-guitar, James Meger-bass, Andrew Millar-drums

  Western Front 303 W8th 8p.m. Donation

Music for Carl- celebrating the life of Carl Chinn 

A community gathering at the Western Front in honour of Carl Chinn.
Kevin Elaschuk, Peggy Lee, Paul Plimley, Ron Samworth, Cole Schmidt, Dylan van der Schyff and DB Boyko are just some of the musicians who will be playing Music for Carl.  Anyone who knew Carl is welcome.

Pyatt Hall 843 Seymour Street  7p.m. $35

Jill Townsend Big Band with guest vocalist Denzal Sinclaire

A tribute to Sinatra at the Sands with the Count Basie Orchestra

Jill Townsend Big Band along with Canada’s preeminent vocalist Denzal Sinclaire, will tribute the 1966 recording, Sinatra at the Sands with Count Basie and his Orchestra. This recording is described as “a blend of superb chemistry, sparkling arrangements, infallible singing and contagious energy” and considered to be “…the definitive portrait of Frank Sinatra in the ’60s” by reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine. Denzal Sinclaire, known for his rich baritone voice and elegant delivery of lyrics, is a multiple Juno nominee and National Jazz Award winner.  The Jill Townsend Big Band features several Juno award winning musicians & outstanding soloists including Brad Turner, Bill Coon, Dennis Esson, Dave Robbins, Rod Murray and many more.

Sunday April  6

TANGENT CAFÉ  2095 COMMERCIAL DRIVE (@ 5TH AVE) 4-7p.m.  No cover

Mike Allen Trio

Mike Allen-sax,  Adam Thomas-bass, Andrew Millar-drums


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

Don Stewart 4tet

Don Stewart-vocals, Ron Johnston –piano, Olaf de Shield-guitar, Cameron Hood-bass, Nick Apivor-vibes

 Luxe Lounge  1180 Howe St   6p.m. (dance lesson) 8p.m. (live band)  $12

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

Derry Byrne – trpt, Rod Murray – trombone, Chris Startup – tenor, Dave Say – alto, Bill Sample – 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.…242175?fref=ts