Jeni’s Picks of the Week November 23-27, 2016

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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!”


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.




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.




Vancouver Turkish Film Festival Nov 25-27
Including opening film “The Turkish Way-Cooking up a Tribute”
Follows world renowned Spanish chef Joan Roca of El Celler de Can Roca [Three-Michelin, Best Restaurant in the World 2013], along with his brothers Jordi [pastry chef] and Josep [sommelier], in their quest to uncover the hidden gastronomical gems of Turkey, that is—everything savoury, sweet and wine. Filmed over two years, their culinary journey takes them to different parts of Turkey—from the majestic landscape of Cappadocia to the idyllic vineyards of Thrace—in an effort to learn about Turkish traditions first-hand from cooks, artisans and winemakers.




Happy Hour At Frankie’s in November (this week)
Nov 23 Ron Johnston/Dylan Cramer
Nov 24/25 Diane Lines

World’s Biggest Christmas Light Maze Opening in Vancouver
Enchant 2016 will bring the world’s largest Christmas light maze to the heart of the city, combined with a bustling local vendor market, live performances, warming seasonal eats and drinks, an outdoor fire pit, and much more.

Wednesday Nov 23

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…




Provence Restaurant 1177 Marinaside Crescent at Davie 6- 9pm no cover
Hip Pocket Quartet
Hip Pocket Quartet’s special guest this week and next is singer and pianist Diane Lines performing a mix of swinging Jazz, Latin Jazz, contemporary instrumentals and Jump Blues









Brentwood Church 1640 Delta Ave Burnaby 8p.m. Donation
Jazz Evensong
LJ Mountenoy

Thursday Nov 24

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Bill Coon & Friends
Guitarist Bill Coon has an immediately identifiable sound on the guitar. His presence in the west coast has influenced generations of young jazz guitar players, and you can easily hear why that is. His penchant for harmonic counterpoint and melodic interplay has captivated audiences across the country. Band TBA

The Main 4210 Main St 8p.m.
Milk Crate Bandits celebrate Louis Armstrong



Blue Martini 1516 Yew St 8p.m.
Ray Ayotte Impromptu

Friday Nov 25

Christ Church Cathedral 6.45p.m (talk) 7.30p.m. (concert) $18-$65
Toque of the Town: A Theatrical Celebration of French Music & Gastronomy
Toque of the Town is a theatrical celebration and tantalizing tribute to the history of French gastronomy. Boasting an on-stage chef, two singers, an instrumental ensemble, and a wonderfully convivial tasting menu at the end of the performance served up by the performers, this is a unique event to suit all lovers of food, wine, theatre and music.


Van East Cultural Centre 1895 Venables 8p.m. $35
Michael Occhipinti & The Sicilian Project
Michael Occhipinti’s JUNO-nominated Sicilian Jazz Project has been dazzling audiences world-wide with its intriguing mix of Sicilian folk material and the best elements of jazz, world music, funk, blues and reggae. The project is being hailed by critics as, “a masterpiece of cultural fusion.” The band will be joined by special guest artist, Italian singer-songwriter, Pilar.







Orpheum Theatre 601 Smythe St 8p.m. Donation at door (also Sunday at 2p.m at Centennial Theatre)
WCSO Goes to the Movies
The West Coast Symphony Orchestra welcomes back Hal Beckett to deliver film music from 2001: A Space Odyssey, Psycho and The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars and Avatar.


Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 8p.m. $15
Vancouver Legacy Jazz Orchestra: Tribute to Bill Holman
Bill Abbott (Lead)
Mo Miao
Chad Makela
Joshua Capri
Jerry Cook
Derry Byrne (Lead)
Michael Kim (Band Manager)
Brad Turner
Eric Weiden
Daniel Hersog
Rod Murray (Lead)
Brian Harding
Ellen Marple
Sharman King (Bass)
Fred Stride (Piano/Musical Director)
Alexander Flock (Guitar)
Graham Clark (Bass)
Bernie Arai (Drums)



Saturday Nov 26

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Sharon Minemoto Quartet
The centrepiece of The Pat’s Monday night jazz jam, the oh so generous Sharon Minemoto, has a new CD out and a great band that deserves your attention.
Sharon Minemoto – piano
Adam Thomas – bass
Bernie Arai – drums
Jon Bentley – sax







China Cloud 524 Main St 9.30p.m. $10
Star System: The Music of Sun Ra
One last journey into the depths of the universe that IS our collective unconscious, the Star System will employ the philosophy and composition of the wondrous prophet Sun Ra to help you get ALL the way OUT THERE!
Lee Hutzulak
Colin Cowan
Ben Henriques
Tom Wherrett
JP Carter
Tyson Naylor
Skye Brooks
Sam Davidson
John Paton
Dan Gaucher


Sunday Nov 27

St Andrews Wesley Burrard/Nelson 4p.m. Donation
Jazz Vespers
Jennifer Hayes

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 6p.m. Donation
Matt Skepasts Quartet
Up and coming drummer Matt Skepasts has spent the last few years studying at Humber College in Toronto, but is stopping at Tangent for this one off performance before heading to finish his studies in New York City. He has a forward thinking and contemporary approach to jazz drumming.
With Tristan Paxton – guitar, Dan Reynolds – piano, and Eli Davidovici – bass

Bayside Lounge 1755 Davie St 7p.m. Music contribution pay what u can
Daphne Roubini & Black Gardenia
Vintage Jazz, Old Country and Blues.
featuring Daphne Roubini and her Ukulele with her Vintage Jazz Band, ‘Black Gardenia’ and special guests


Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Christie Grace
Known for moving audiences with her sweet honey voice and smooth phrasing, Canadian jazz singer/songwriter Christie Grace is a natural entertainer who performs jazz standards and original compositions that infuse modern jazz with pop, folk and R&B influences. With  James Danderfer on woodwinds, Bill Coon on guitar, Rene Worst on bass, Buff Allen on drums




Monday Nov 28

Tom Lee Music 929 Granville 7.30p.m. $20
Brandi Disterheft with Harold Mabern and Joe Farnsworth
Bassist, singer, composer, Brandi Disterheft, has been under the apprenticeship of Miles Davis’ bassist, Ron Carter, since she relocated to NYC. It’s not only her fiery bass playing that make audiences stand-up and holler, but also her innovative live shows as she sings in both English and French showcasing her ambient and dreamy voice

Friday Dec 2

10th Annual Modelos Foodbank Fundraiser


Friday Dec 9 & Sat Dec 10

Universal Gospel Choir Sing Joy