Jeni’s Picks of the Week November 16-20, 2016

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It has been quite a week. Here’s to the healing power of music, poetry, literature, and film.

Everything possible has already been said about Leonard Cohen but I leave you with this hauntingly beautiful cover…
James Taylor & YoYo Ma Tribute to Leonard Cohen1934-2016




And remembering Leon Russell and Victor Bailey, two more musical icons lost this past week. Rest in Peace and Love To All.






The Wise Hall & Lounge … downstairs every Monday until Dec 12th
Petunia & the Vipers playing 2 sets starting at 8p.m.



Theatre in the Raw presents 3 Penny Opera Nov 16-27


19th Annual European Union Film Festival Nov 18-30
EUROPE WITHOUT THE JETLAG | The Cinematheque’s annual celebration of new cinema from the European Union is proudly presented with the Vancouver consulates and the Ottawa embassies of the member states of the European Union and the Delegation of the European Union to Canada. This year’s festival showcases entries from 23 EU members celebrating the diversity, dynamism, and accomplishment of contemporary European filmmaking while experiencing the work of Europe’s most provocative and entertaining filmmakers.


20th Anniversary Eastside Culture Crawl Nov 17-20
A 4-day visual arts, design and crafts festival receiving more than 25,000 visitors to 500+ artist studios in 80 buildings throughout Vancouver’s Eastside


Firehall Arts Theatre to November 26 (getting rave reviews)
Miss Shakespeare
The mad mind of Judith Shakespeare explodes in this saucy musical, which garnered a 2016 Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for “Outstanding Production”. It’s the 1600’s and women are banned from the stage, but the suppressed female mind is finding it difficult to stay…well, suppressed. Behind the dingy walls of The Cage Tavern, seven women explore the seductive power of the theatre. With a musical score influenced by underground European Cabaret, the women embrace their creativity, their voice, and their freedom. However, the law is not on their side, and if these artists are to truly have a voice, they must find the courage to get beyond the walls and in front of an audience.










Free in November

Comfort Food in Vancouver                                     

Happy Hour At Frankie’s in November (this week)

Nov 16 Nick Peck Trio
Nov 17/18 Willie MacCalder

Coastal Jazz Presents Jazz Legends Lost and Found
with Resonance Records Nov 17-21 at Frankie’s
A series of concerts celebrating jazz legends.Since 2008 the LA-based non-profit Resonance Records label has been bringing archival recordings to light. To celebrate a select number of these releases, Coastal Jazz presents five nights at Frankie’s featuring many of Vancouver best jazz artists. Prior to each concert Resonance’s Zev Feldman will speak about the particular recording that each band will honour in performance.

Nov 17 Steve Kaldestad plays Getz/Giberto featuring Luis Giraldo
Nov 18 Chris Gestrin Quartet plays Larry Young
Nov 19 Dave Sikula Quartet plays Wes Montgomery
Nov 20 Jaclyn Guillou Quartet plays Shirley Horn
Nov 21 Capilano University A Band plays Thad and Mel













Kettle Society Art Against Stigma Nov 17-20
Arts & Artists that fight stigma against mental illnes. Various events including gallery show & art sales, workshops and performance by The Kettle Choir with the Vancouver Opera.


Wednesday November 16

Provence Restaurant 1177 Marinaside Crescent at Davie 6- 9pm no cover
Hip Pocket Quartet
Hip Pocket Quartet plays a mix of swinging Jazz, Latin Jazz, contemporary instrumentals and Blues from 6 to 9pm at this award winning French Mediterranean Restaurant and Wine Bar overlooking the seawall on False Creek. Hip Pocket Quartet: Adam Rohrlick: electric guitar and tenor saxophone, Kristian Alexandrov: keyboards, Brent Gubbels: acoustic bass & Joel Fountain: drums & vocals.

Cottage Bistro 4468 Main St 4-7p.m.Donation
Happy Hour with Angela Verbrugge
This week also with Mark Bender on bass & Lawrence Woodall on sax in 2nd set


Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
William Taylor & Friends


Thursday November 17

H.R.MacMillan Space Centre 1100 Chestnut St 7p.m. $20
The Record Club presents David Bowie’s The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust
The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre is partnering with the creative minds behind Rain City Chronicles and Sensory Cinema to present their latest creative endeavour: Record Club. Record Club is an evening of curated stories inspired by a legendary musician and themes from their notable album.
First up a tribute to the science-fiction inspired album by David Bowie, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. The night begins with a happy hour listening party, before transitioning into a live storytelling event and musical act in the Planetarium Star Theatre. Beer and wine will be available for purchase before the show.
7:00pm – Happy hour listening party
8:00pm – Storytelling Planetarium event













Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover                                                           Darren Radtke Trio                                                                                                                                    Bassist and guitarist Darren Radtke has been an integral part of Vancouver’s jazz scene for two decades. His virtuosic bass playing can be heard in groups such as Two Much Guitar, The Brad Turner Trio and the Bill Coon Trio. Rarely heard as leader, this time Darren will be playing standards and some of his own tunes.

Museum of Vancouver 1100 Chestnut St 7p.m. $15/$12
Off the Record: Discussion with Rob Frith & Howie Vickers
A trip back to 1960s psychedelia and Vancouver popular music as All Together Now exhibition contributor / Neptune Records owner Rob Frith hosts a discussion with former front man of The Collectors, Howie Vickers. Once a key member of Vancouver’s most notable 1960s psych band innovators The Collectors (Lydia Purple), Vickers has contributed to multiple bands over his 40 year music career like Jimi Hendrix, The Doors & Pink Floyd!. Vickers left the group in 1969, the remaining members of the band reconstituting themselves as Chilliwack.


Vogue Theatre 918 Granville St 7p.m. $60
iHope Benefit Concert 2016
A historic music celebration with Buffy Sainte-Marie, Susan Aglukark & Andrea Menard
NationTalk proudly presents the ‘Indigenous Healing Our People Everywhere – iHope Benefit Concert 2016.’ Join Indigenous and other leaders in bringing worldwide awareness to suicide prevention through messages of Indigenous resilience, life promotion and reconciliation.


Cottage Bistro 4468 Main St 7.30p.m. Donation
Third Thursday Vocal Jam Hosted by Nancy Newman


Friday November 18

Vancity Theatre 1181 Seymour St 5.45p.m. $10/12 (& on other dates during November)
Landfill Harmonic
Landfill Harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical youth orchestra who live next to one of South America’s largest landfills, and play instruments made out of recycled garbage. Banding together with a local music teacher, they turn oil drums into violins, water pipes into flutes and packing crates into guitars. “The world sends us garbage… we send back music.” The documentary has won awards all over the world.
Check out the trailer and take kleenex…


Rogue Folk Club 3214 W. 10th Ave 8p.m. $30/$26 (tickets at Highlife, Red Cat, Rufus Guitars )
A Fundraiser for the Renovation of St. James Hall with Jim Byrnes, Paul Pigat & friends
All profits matched by the City of Vancouver. Jim Byrnes joins forces with Paul Pigat and friends to present a tribute to Chuck Berry’s 90th birthday and the memory of Chess Records founder Phil Chess. with Jeff Gammon (bass), Jesse Cahill (drums), Keith Bennett (harp), and Sojourners Marcus Mosely & Will Sanders along with Kristie McCraken on vocals.



















Saturday November 19

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Ingrid Stitt Quintet
Formerly with the groups Tchukon and Mother of Pearl, Ingrid steps away from her secondary school band teacher duties to grace the stage at The Pat. High-class cool-jazz.
Ingrid Stitt – alto sax
Steve Holy – bass
Bernie Arai – drums
Howard Chi – piano
Rod Murray – tromboneingrid-stitt



Blue Martini 1516 Yew St 8p.m. $10
Stephanie Pedraza Trio
Stephanie -vocals/guitar, Andre Stepanian- guitar, Lyndon Dewitt-percussion

Gold Saucer 211-207 W Hastings (instructions on door) 8p.m. $10
Tinyvic x Vocal Jazz Series presents: Sara Kim Group
Sara Kim is a versatile vocalist who draws inspiration from classic jazz vocalists such as Sarah Vaughan, and Ella Fitzgerald in her phrasing and melodic exploration and is also greatly inspired by iconic horn players such as Wayne Shorter, and Chris Potter in her tone and improvising. She recently returned to Vancouver after living in Korea for six months where she was trained in Korean traditional vocal music. 1st set-originals & standards. 2nd set based on Korean traditional music infused with elements of jazz, folk, and improvised music.
Dan Reynolds on piano
Eli Davidovici on bass
& Mili Hong on drums

















Red Lion 2427 Marine Drive W.Vancouver 8p.m. No cover                                       Randy Doherty Trio                                                                                                                         Randy piano, Brent Gubbels bass, Nick Apivor vibes/percussion

Sunday November 20

Beaumont Studios 316 & 326 W5th Ave 11a.m.
Beaumont Holiday Pop Up Boutique
Join the artists, designers, and dreamers of The Beaumont in the Grand Hall.Meet the artists, visit the gallery, tour the building, or have a bit of snack as you shop the expanded selection of Beaumont awesomeness! Admission is free, but if circumstances permit, please bring a tin of fish or meat for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank


Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 6p.m. Donation
André Lachance Trio
Guitarist, bassist and composer André Lachance has been an important part of jazz in Vancouver for many years. His guitar led groups are often featured at the Vancouver jazz festival, and his bass playing has been heard with musicians such as Seamus Blake, Brad Turner and P.J. Perry.
With Brad Turner – drums and Steve Holy – bass


East Van Panto Nov 23- Dec 31 (Highly recommended)
Little Red Riding Hood
Here she comes! Little Red Riding Hood is bombing down the Adanac bike trail to deliver a basket of goodies to her sweet little granny. Easy, right? Not in the East Van Panto where everything gets real wacky, real fast! Cheer Little Red along as she battles everything from bike thieves to distracted drivers to The Big Bad Wolf. And what the heck are Three Little Pigs doing here?!
Now in its fourth year, The Georgia Straight declares: “Theatre Replacement’s pantos just keep getting better because they keep getting wilder!”