Jeni’s Picks of the Week May 27-June 1, 2014

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Another good week ahead with eclectic choices.. and there could be more to come once the June schedules are posted.

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.

Vancouver Agave Week
Third Annual Vancouver International Tequila Expo (VITE) is Western Canada’s largest festival dedicated to Mexico’s number one export spirit. Tequila seminars, master classes, and pairing dinners at venues around Vancouver to further promote tequila and other agave spirits


East Van Taco Safari various locations $69.95
First ever East Van Taco Safari starting in Yaletown and then you will be transported to points east to enjoy tacos with tequila and mezcal pairings at Los Cuervos Taqueria, Cuchillo, La Mezcaleria, and Tacofino, before returning to El Azteca to end the night with…you guessed it – more tacos and mezcal!
Location: Start and Finish at El Azteca Mexican Kitchen and Bar, 1130 Mainland Street,
Featuring: T1 Tequila Uno, Mezcal Nuestra Soledad, Agave de Cortes Mezcal, Azunia Tequila, & Fidencio Mezcal

Seventeen89 1789 Comox St 8p.m. $10 (plus $20 minimum) 604 428 0705 reservations
Mike Allen 4tet
Mike Allen-saxes, Miles Black-Fender Rhodes, Adam Thomas-bass, Dave Robbins-drums

Wednesday May 28

The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
Debra-Jean and The Dreams
Debra-Jean Creelman – vocals, Noah Walker – guitar, Jeremy Holmes – bass,
Niko Friesen – drums

Seven Dining Lounge 53 W. Broadway 8p.m. Small cover or donation
Ian Shaw Sextet Here, The Material Culture Project
Ian Shaw -tenor & alto saxophones , Sasha Olynyk -piano, Peter Carruthers -bass, Nino DiPasquale -drums , Adrian Smith -trumpet, Brian Harding -trombone
Original compositions and material from artist like Alan Matheson, Mary Lou Williams, Donald Byrd, Yusef Lateef, Dave Douglas

Thursday May 29

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Leo Bae Trio
Leo Bae – piano, Eli Davidovici – bass, Omar Amlani – drums
Pianist and composer Leo Bae has been leads and writes for groups ranging from duos to his own jazz orchestra. Hear some of his lyrical compositions in the intimate setting of a piano trio.

Pyatt Hall 843 Seymour St 8p.m. $15
East Van Morrison
Dalannah Gail Bowen-vocals, Karen Graves-sax/flute/vocals, Paul Bergman-bass, and Simon Kendall-piano
Release for new CD Old Old Woodstock. Partial proceeds to the Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts. Interpretations of the Van Morrison songbook.

Vancity Theatre 1181 Seymour St 6.30p.m. (also on May 31) $11
Final Cut Ladies & Gentlemen (Hungary 2012)
In English, Hungarian, French, Cantonese with English subtitles
Comprised of moments taken entirely from hundreds of the greatest films of all time, visionary Hungarian director György Pàlfi tells a single story of a man and a woman. To make this astonishing cinematic feat, Pàlfi devoted over three years in the editing room expertly blending genres, decades, countries, and stars into a unified whole. From Marilyn Monroe to Jackie Chan, from Ozu to Lynch, and from the 1920’s to the Millennium and back again, this incredible collection illustrates the history of romance as told by the movies.

Friday May 30

VCC College Auditorium 1155 E.Broadway 8p.m. $24
Shubendra & Saskia Rao – sitar & cello duet
The music of Pandit Shubhendra Rao and Saskia Rao-de Haas has been hailed as “taking Indian Music to a brave new era”. New York Times described their music as “movingly meditative”. Together they carry Indian music towards new horizons with their strong belief in the unifying power of music. On stage, their effortless musical communication and improvisation is a joyful experience

Merge N.E. Corner of Clark/Powell (ring the bell downstairs) 9.30p.m.$10
Blue Duo + Nautical Miles
Blue Island reunion. Brendan Krieg (drums) and Tim Tweedale (steel guitar) reunite for some hot duo action
The Nautical Miles – an adventurous four-piece alt-roots band (catch them now – last gig before they play the Vancouver Folk Festival)

Saturday May 31

VPL Central Branch 350 W.Georgia Alice McKay Room 2p.m. Free
Impressions Jazz Orchestra…featuring Miles Black performs the Kansas City Suite
The Impressions Big Band returns to the Vancouver Public Library with guest pianist Miles Black to perform the entire Count Basie Kansas City Suite. Experience the music and learn about the historical and musicological significance of this great work

Patricia Hotel 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Four Corners + One: An amalgam of the Night Crawlers and Four Corners
Jesse Cahill (drums) Tilden Webb (keys) Steve Kaldestad (sax) Jeff Gammon (bass) Dave Sikula (guitar)
Expect to hear hard-swinging jazz from Cedar Walton and beyond

Sunday June 1

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 4p.m. No cover

Backstage Lounge 1585 Johnston St (Granville Island) 8p.m. $12
Dave Guiney’s Swing Aggregation
Derry Byrne – trumpet, Rod Murray – trombone, Chris Startup – tenor & baritone sax, Dave Say – alto sax, Ron Johnston – piano, Buff Allen – drums and Dave Guiney – bass, with guest vocalist Ellen Kennedy
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
Deborah Ledon 4tet
Deborah-vocals, Boris Favre-bass, Graig Robertson-sax/guitar, Nick Apivor-vibes/percussion


Ruby & Smith | An Intimate Ukulele Concert
Date: Friday June 6th 2014 7.30pm
Place: Vancouver Live Sound, 525 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Cost: $12 Tickets:

Ruby & Smith is the Ukulele Duo, Daphne ‘Ruby’ Roubini and Andrew Smith,
who perform an enchanting repertoire of Vintage Jazz, Country, Blues, Folk and Original tunes.