Jeni’s picks of the week May 6-11, 2014

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2014 Doxa Film Festival May 2-11

More than 90 films, and 78 screenings, DOXA 2014 proves that documentary knows no bounds!

Balkan Brass Celebration  May 9-10

The annual Springtime Balkan-Roma Brass Celebration is back for a 5th consecutive year at the Russian Hall in Strathcona, hosting 4 diverse West Coast Balkan bands, 2 dance troupes, and special guest trumpet master from Serbia, Demiran Cerimovic, who will perform with all 4 bands! A full weekend of festive performances, workshops, and offerings of delicious food and beverages.

BC BUDS 10th Annual Spring Arts Festival  May 7-11

20 Shows. 4 days. Firehall Arts Centre.  Donation.

Over thirty different music, theatre, dance, interdisciplinary artists and everything in between take over the every conceivable nook and cranny of the Firehall, turning it into a giant arts factory for three days of inventive and innovative live site-specific performances from emerging and established BC artists. This year’s BC Buds explores the theme of Myth, Magic & Mystery.


Sound of Dragon Music Festival May 9-11

At the Roundhouse, Vancouver’s first festival devoted to “Chinese music”, showcasing very diverse musical styles: ancient folk and classical repertoire, contemporary compositions, jazz, world, fusion, and avant-garde improvisation in solo, chamber, and orchestral performances. While presenting authentic traditional music, the festival promotes creativity and innovation in imaginative new ensembles and projects, utilizing unusual cross-cultural instrumentations. By presenting musicians, ensembles and composers from different ethnicities, nationalities, and musical genres, Sound of Dragon re-defines “Chinese music” and reflects Vancouver’s growing multicultural environment, representing a highly creative music scene.  Free & ticketed events.



Tuesday May 6

Seventeen89  1789 Comox St  8p.m. $10  (plus $20 minimum) 604 428 0705 reservations

Kate Hammet-Vaughan 4tet

Kate H.V. –vocals,  Gillian Lebeck-piano, James Meger-bass, John Bentley-saxes


Havana Theatre 1212 Commercial Drive 8p.m. $15 cash at door   (to May 17)

Oleanna (by David Mamet)

A female student charges her male professor with sexual harassment after what he would say was a seemingly innocent meeting. David Mamet’s drama, which examines explosive contemporary issues — the assumption of power, intellectual freedom and sexual politics.


Wednesday May 7

House concert  Sharman King residence, 1728 W.68th Ave (at Wiltshire) 7.30p.m. $30 cash at door

Microcosmos String 4tet

The 4tet, (Marc Destrubé, Andrea Siradze, Tawnya Popoff, Rebecca Wenham),  will be performing Béla Bartók’s Second String Quartet and Leos Janacek’s First Quartet, “Kreutzer Sonata” (after the novella by Tolstoy), as well as the charming Five Pieces by Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff. The players will speak about the music, wine will be served.
Please reserve a seat by RSVPing to

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

Mes Trio

Stefan Thordarson-violin, Eli Davidovich-bass, Millie Hong-drums

Calabash Bistro 428 Carrall Street  9p.m. $5

Latin Groove night with the Stephanie Pedraza Trio

Stephanie Pedraza vocals and guitar, Andre Stepanian guitar, Lyndon Dewitt drums and percussion


Thursday May 8

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

Jesse Cahill Trio

 Jesse Cahill – drums, Dave Sikula – guitar, Chris Gestrin – B3
This groovy trio is the foundation of The Night Crawlers, Vancouver’s critically acclaimed organ-jazz band. This is some gritty, soulful, down home music that’s all about having a good time.

Roedde House Museum 1415 Barclay St  7p.m.  $12

Jaclyn Guilou & David Blake Duo

Singer Jaclyn Guilou will be accompanied by David Blake on guitar in what promises to be an evening of soul-stirring musical enjoyment.  Jazz in the Victorian parlour room at the Roedde House Museum.

Sylvia Hotel  1154 Gilford St  8p.m. No cover

The Hot Mammas

Friday May 9

MERGE  N.E. Corner of Clark & Powell (ring door bell next to Merge sign) 9.30p.m. $15 at door

Birth of the Cool Tribute Night

A fresh-faced performance of an all-time great and game changing album. Miles and Gil Evans’ earliest collaboration as performed by members of the Mackenzie Jones Big Band and the Mack Jones Nonet.

Adam Jones – Bass, Brendan Krieg – Drums, Matt Lam – Keys,  Jeremy Vint – Trumpet , Brent Mah – Alto Sax,  Bryan Milks – Baritone Sax, Nick Anderson – French Horn, Drew Dumas – Tuba, Jim Hopson – Trombone

Performing the music of Monk and Mingus will be The Underdog.

Jimmy Baldwin – Guitar, Craig McCaul – Guitar, Matt Reid – Bass, Brendan Krieg – Drums,  Bryan Milks – Tenor Sax


Saturday May 10

Britannia Community Centre 1661 Napier St  noon-5p.m. Free

Stone Soup Festival

The 19th Annual Stone Soup Festival, a celebration of food, art, environment and community, including a food market, local artists, community groups, talks and workshops, live music, tea leaf reading, children’s activities, free soup and more!

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

Bernie Arai 5tet

brad turner – trumpet, mike braverman – tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, sharon minemoto – piano, steve holy – double bass, bernie arai – drums and cymbals

A tribute to Lee Morgan’s Live at the Lighthouse album recorded in the summer of 1970, a few months after the release of Miles Davis game-changing Bitches Brew album. Gone are the Blakey era suits and ties, replaced by dashikis, electric upright bass and bass clarinet.


Seven Dining Lounge 53 West Broadway  7.30p.m. $12

MONICA SIU Shades of Jazz “Celebrate Life! Celebrate Mom!” Show

Band Leader/Composer/Pianist/Singer: Monica Siu, Saxophonist: John Paton, Drummer: Enmanuel Moreno,and a Guest Bassist
Mother’s Day is once a year.  ALSO It’s Spring: Celebrate Life! with yourmother, loved ones or a group of friends! The night will be filled with Swing and Bossa Nova fun! This Show will also Pre-View some “Original Songs” from the upcoming 2014 MONICA SIU Shades of Jazz CD release…ts-11362035153


Sunday May 11  Happy Mother’s Day

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

Andrea Superstein
Her sound is both hauntingly familiar yet compellingly new. She’s Sarah Vaughan, meets Blossom Dearie, meets your favourite martini.

Branas  617 Stamps Landing 6p.m. Donation     Reservations (604) 568-6707

Lolo Bianco Mother’s Day Special

Lory White-vocals, Steve Ranta-piano, Ray Ayotte-drums

Jazzy interpretations of Lory White’s favourite songs from the 30s and 40s on thru to now.

Enigma 4397 W10th Ave  6p.m.   No cover Reservations (604) 222-6881

Don Stewart Trio

Don Stewart-vocals, Ron Johnston-keys, Dave Guiney-bass

Smooth  jazz  stylings for Mother’s Day

Central Bistro 1072 Denman St  7p.m. No cover  Reservations (604) 689-4527

Kentish Steele & the Shantelles

Kentish Steele, vocals, Michael Aiyoshi, guitar and backup vocals, Rob Blackburn, keys and vocals, Terry Williams, drums and vocals, Cameron Hood, bass, Andrew Davies, Sax