Jeni’s Picks of The Week May 19-25, 2014

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Spur Festival May 22-25
Canada’s national festival of politics, art and ideas. Join today’s most provocative thinkers and scholars, artists and activists, journalists and entrepreneurs – from across the country and beyond – to share ideas worth spurring into action

rEvolver Theatre Festival VanEast Cultural Centre May 13-25
The latest evolution in Upintheair Theatre’s ten-year history of Festival production. rEvolver: presents adventurous, high energy, and sophisticated new work by emerging companies and artists

York Theatre 639 Commercial Drive 8p.m. May 23, 27 29 & 31 $22-65
PAULINE (presented by City Opera)
Premiere of a new opera by Margaret Atwood and Tobin Stokes
Writer and performer Pauline Johnson (1861-1913) was the child of a Mohawk chief and a Quaker Englishwoman who lived her last years in Vancouver, and died a terrible death of breast cancer. PAULINE is set in March 1913. Haunted by failure, torn by her dual identity as both Mohawk and white, Pauline Johnson fights to confront her past before the end, as her doctor tries to control the pain and her sister tries to control the story that will be told.

Tuesday May 20
Pacific Cinematheque 1131 Howe St 7p.m. $12
Vancouver Latin American Film Festival
Best of VLAFF Screening
Gordo, Calvo y Bajito (Fat, Bald & Short) in Spanish w/subtitles
Highly innovative, animated film tells the story of Antonio Farfán, a middle-aged man who works in a notary office. He believes that his dull personal and professional life is the result of his looks: being fat, bald and short. One day his new boss arrives: a fatter, balder and shorter man who, unlike Antonio, is both successful in his career and happily married. In spite of Antonio’s deep-seated shyness and insecurity, he can’t help but see that it is time for things to change. The question is: How is he going to do it?
but see that it is time for things to change. The question is: How is he going to do it?

Wednesday May 21
Vancouver Central Library, Alice MacKay Room 7.30p.m.Free
Three of Canadian literature’s freshest voices. Scotiabank Giller Prize-winner Lynn Coady, brings her award-winning book Hell Going. Eufemia Fantetti’s debut collection of stories A Recipe for Disaster & Other Unlikely Tales of Love, is a delicious blend of dark humour and edgy insight. And Nancy Lee reads from her debut novel, The Age, a heart breaking journey through adolescent recklessness and desire, a portrait of a generation shaped by nuclear anxiety.

Seven Dining Lounge 53 W.Broadway 8p.m. Donation
Anita Eccleston Quartet
Anita Eccleston – Vocals & Trumpet , Andrew Smith – Guitar, Graham Clark – Bass, Graham Ellsworth- Drums

The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
Peggy Lee – cello, Tyson Naylor – accordion, Jeremy Page – clarinet, Cole Schmidt – guitar, James Meger – acoustic bass, Dan Gaucher- drums

Thursday May 22
PAL Studio Theatre 581 Cardero St. 8p.m. $25
Don Stewart & Miles Black in Concert
DonStewart (vocals) and Miles Black (piano/guitar) with special guests Miles Foxx Hill (bass), Dave Say (sax), Holly Burke (flute) and Krystle dos Santos (vocals)
A special evening of original songs plus groovy new arrangements of Motown and British Invasion numbers in the intimate setting of PAL Studio Theatre or 1 800 838 3006

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Victor Noriega Quartet
Victor Noriega – piano, Chris Davis – trumpet, Joe Poole – drums, TBA – bass
Award-winning pianist, and composer Victor Noriega is an original voice in jazz has been described as having “the sensitivity of Bill Evans, the propulsion of Horace Silver and the experimentation of Thelonious Monk,”

Friday May 23
Generations 1 House Concert with Ron Johnston, Cameron Hood & Ben Henriques SOLD OUT!!
Thank you to everyone who is supporting this event.

Saturday May 24
Patricia Hotel 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Dave Say 4tet
George McFetridge (piano), Tom Foster (drums), Paul Blaney (bass) and Dave Say (saxophones) – will play tunes by Dave & George plus Joe Henderson, Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, Sam Rivers and more…

Imperial Vancouver 319 Main St 9p.m. $15 Tickets at Highlife or
Petunia & the Vipers (Inside of You album release)
Petunia-vocals..The Vipers Stephen Nikleva – guitar, Jimmy Roy – lap steel, Patrick Metzger- bass, Paul Townsend – drums as well as some of Vancouver’s heavy hitters; Paul Rigby – guitar, Paul Pigat – guitar, Lache Cercel – violin, Kathleen Nisbet – violin, JP Carter – horns, and Frank Fairfield – guitar/banjo/violin.
A collection of Petunia originals with The Vipers and several other renowned players filling in the sound. Western swing, rockabilly and a punk twist!

Café Deux Soliel 2096 Commercial Drive 9p.m. $7 at door
MIS-FIT LIT Magazine Launch
Featuring spoken word artist KAGAN GOH performing SURVIVING SAMSARA
Also featuring Pata Sola Butoh dancer MARIA SALOME NIETO, Cellist composer NICHOLAS EPPERSON, Singer-Songwriter FRASER MACKENZIE

Sunday May 25
Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 4p.m.
Jillian Lebeck Trio
Jillian Lebeck-piano/vocals, Billy Mendoza- bass/vocals, Nino Dipasquale-drums.
A variety of material from the American songbook to John Lennon to Jillian’s own compositions

Vancouver Fanclub 1050 Granville St 8p.m.$10 at door
Getting’down to the Motown
with the sisters of soul Candus Churchill & Sibel Thrasher
and Soultrax
Fran Jare-organ/piano, Olaf de Shield-guitar, Dave Say-sax, Cameron Hood-bass, Don Powrie-drums

Branas 617 Stamps Landing 6p.m. Donation
Lolo Bianco
Lory White-vocals/melodian, Ron Thompson-guitar, Ray Ayotte-drums

Gospel Music Workshop and Concert June 5-7
with Darriel Menefee of Pacific NorthWest Community Choir (Washington State)
(for the singers and/or would be singers on the list… you know who you are!)
Fairview Baptist Church 1708 West 16th Avenue & West Point Grey United Church 4395 West 8th Avenue
Workshop fee $35 early bird (includes all 3 sessions plus concert) After May 30, $45
To register email