Jeni’s Picks of the Week May 4-8, 2016

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Such a heartbreaking situation in Fort McMurray. My thoughts are with all affected.
As a former Red Cross worker, I cannot imagine the scope of disaster response the organization will be asked to mount with its volunteers. Please consider donating… you can go to the website

To donate $10, text the word FIRE to 45678
To donate $5, text the word REDCROSS to 30333

And meanwhile in Vancouver… I’ve signed up for the Red Cross “Be Ready” app (because although I have been involved in many disasters around the world I am totally unprepared at home!). It is free, full of practical information for many different emergency situations, and it features a geo-targeted alert system to your cell phone for a range of hazards.

This week..

15th Annual Doxa Documentary Film Festival May 5-15
85 eye-opening documentaries from 26 countries









Frankie’s Jazz Bar
Cory Weeds Wednesday Residency continues. 8p.m. Two sets. No cover. Lots of specials.
May 4th – Steve Kaldestad Trio
May 11th – closed for private function
May 18th – guest Bill Coon (guitar)

Happy Hour also continues. 4p.m. No cover. Lots of specials.
May 5/6 – Diane Lines
May 12/13 – Sharon Minemoto

50 things to do in Vancouver this May

Wednesday May 4

The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
Hejira’s Brew
*Joni Mitchell inspired tunes, a bitch’s brew*
Ron Samworth – guitar
Mike Dowler – bass clarinet
Peggy Lee – cello
Lisa Cay Miller – keyboard
James Meger – bass
Skye Brooks – drums







Thursday May 5

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. Donation
David Sikula Trio
Guitarist David Sikula leads an introspective trio through a cross section of the jazz cannon. Often found exploring the works of Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman and Duke Ellington, David’s playing is always rich and thought provoking.
With James Meger – bass and Dan Gaucher – drums

dave sik








Vancity Theatre 1181 Seymour St 8p.m. $11
Written and directed by Irishmen in Havana, Cuba, this is an outsider’s outsiders’ story, the irresistible tale of an 18-year-old wannabe-drag artiste learning to put over a song and ultimately winning over his homophobic ex-con father. It’s a little bit Billy Elliot, and a little bit Pedro Almodovar, all shot in what one character calls, “the most beautiful slum in the world.”
18-year-old hairdresser Jesus (Héctor Medina) helps with the wigs of the drag performers in a glamorous (to him, anyway) Havana club, and dreams of taking the stage himself. Breathnach’s romanticism may be a smidgeon rose-tinted, but the movie is tender and touching and leaves you wanting to pull on your gladrags and belt out a torch song.






Imperial 319 Main St 9p.m. $25                                                                                                      Pokey Lafarge with guests The Cactus Blossoms
American country blues singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, on tour with a 6 piece band to support his latest release “Something In The Water”.







Friday May 6

Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Dylan Cramer Quartet
Cramer’s quartet returns after a sold out concert last January.  The band will perform material from Dylan’s four albums along with new ones from his imminent release.  Audiences can expect to enjoy a distinctive take on blues, Latin, and swing tunes. With Ron Johnston piano, Rene Worst bass, John Nolan drums.  Reservations recommended.

dylan cramer






Saturday May 7

Britannia Community Centre 1661 Napier 12-5p.m.
21st Annual Stone Soup Festival
Stone Soup Festival is a celebration of food, art, environment and community and includes a food market, local artists, community groups, talks and workshops, live music, tea leaf readings, children’s activities, free soup and more!

stone soup





Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Tom Keenlyside Quartet
They’ll be playing assorted standards AND tunes from the Skywalk songbook!
Tom Keenlyside sax, flute, vocals
Chris Gestrin, piano
Miles Hill, bass
Bernie Arai, drums

tom k








CBC Studio 700 7.30p.m. $20
Dave Robbins Sextet and Andrew Thomson’s Breakslate
Part of Legacy Jazz Series
Dave Robbins Sextet plays high-energy, hard bop jazz in the style of Art Blakey’s classic 3-horn bands.
Andrew Thomson’s Breakslate plays contemporary electric jazz with rock influences.

dave r








Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Steve Kozak Band
Vancouver-born Steve Kozak has been a mainstay on the western Canadian blues scene since the mid-eighties. Backed by some of Vancouver’s top musicians, Kozak has built a reputation as one of Canada’s top blues acts and the go-to guy in the city for blues. An accomplished and tasty guitar player with a relaxed vocal style, Kozak has been winning over fans performing his up-tempo brand of jump, swing and working man’s blues to enthusiastic audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. Gaining national recognition in 2013 Steve Kozak won a Maple Blues Award for New Artist or Group of the Year.

steve k





Sunday May 8 Mother’s Day

If you are lucky enough to have a mother with whom you can share the day, here are a few options….

East Van Mother’s Day Bazaar Wise Hall 12 noon

Jennifer Scott Quartet Frankies 11a.m. (brunch)

Karin Plato Ensemble Jazz Vespers St Andrews Wesley 4p.m.

The Soda Crackers Kino Cafe 3p.m.

Natasha D’Agostino and Meghan Gilhespy Tangent Cafe 6p.m.

Black Gardenia The Bayside Lounge 7p.m.

Don Stewart Quartet Enigma 7p.m.

June Katz & Miles Black Trio Frankie’s 8p.m.



Tuesday May 10

Brandi Disterheft Homecoming Show at the Backstage Lounge Hot Jazz Jam
with the Hot Pockets
Brandi has performed at jazz festivals around the world and for the First Lady, Michele Obama. With influences from New Orleans, big band swing, trad jazz, and blues, Brandi inspires jazz fans & Lindy hop dancers alike.

brandi may 10