Jeni’s Picks of the Week November 25-29, 2015

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Not sure why but seem to have spent many more hours than usual compiling this week’s list… and I know I have missed events I’d have liked to share with you. However, if I don’t send something out today there is no point… so here it is

YIMBY’s have taken over Commercial Drive

Recommended.  Kept me on the edge of my seat and it was hard not to get involved and shout aloud!!
Interurban Art Gallery 1 East Hastings 8p.m. Nov 18-29 $20/$17
12 Angry Jurors
Based on the play/film of “12 Angry Men” Theatre in the Raw’s exciting production of “12 Angry Jurors”! Relocated in time to a hot summer day in late 1970’s New York City, and featuring a gender and racially mixed cast,”Twelve Angry Jurors” crackles with all the excitement found when a group of ordinary citizens are thrown together to decide the ultimate fate of a boy accused of murder. It is spring-loaded with tension, full of surprises, sprinkled with humour, and moves relentlessly toward an explosive and emotional finale.









PAL Studio Theatre 581 Cardero St 8p.m. Nov 19-29 $20
Agnes of God (presented by Alchemy Theatre Ensemble)
A powerful drama….Summoned to a convent, Dr. Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist, is charged with assessing the sanity of Agnes, a novice nun accused of murdering her newborn child. Further arousing Dr. Livingstone’s suspicion, Mother Superior Miriam Ruth tries to keep her young charge away from the doctor’s pointed questions. In trying to find out who killed the infant as well as attempting to identify the father of the tiny victim, Livingstone forces all three women to re-examine the meaning of faith, the power of love, and the authenticity of miracles.








18th Annual EU Film Festival Nov 27- Dec 9
This year’s event is Pacific Cinematheque’s largest yet, with entries from all 28 of the EU member states. A lively, provocative, stimulating, and entertaining state-of-the-Union celebration of the diversity, dynamism, and accomplishment of contemporary European filmmaking. In the festival for the very first time is Malta, an EU member since 2004, but largely without an active domestic film industry.





Wednesday Nov 25

The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
Paul Rushka 6tet
Paul Rushka – double-bass, James Danderfer – clarinet & bass clarinet, Jon Bentley – tenor & soprano saxophones, Dave Sikula – guitar, Dan Reynolds – piano, Joe Poole – drums
Award-winning bassist Paul Rushka’s interactive, exploratory quintet has developed a notable rapport, seamlessly melding ensemble passages and formidable, intricate improvisations into a vivid group sound.
and an article about The Emerald

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Thursday Nov 26

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 8p.m. No cover
** NEW Thursday nights at the Pat**
Don Stewart 4tet
The smooth vocal stylings of Don with Ron Johnston on piano, Cameron Hood on bass and Buff Allen on drums. PLUS dancing….

Don at Pat's Nov 26








Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Evil Three
Tom Wherret-guitar, James Meger-bass, Omar Amlani-drums
Expect thought provoking music you can also bob your head to!

Friday Nov 27

Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Tribute to the Weather Report
with Brad Turner, Dave Say, Chris Couto, Sean Drabbit & Randall Stoll
The influential band Weather Report defined the jazz-fusion genre throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Their initial style mixed jazz and rock with a strong rhythmic pulse. Latin influences and funk-oriented rhythms evolved as they embraced successive generations of technology adding synthesised textures to their unique sound.

Merge NE Corner Clark & Powell (ring the bell) 10p.m. $10
Lone Bear & Braveheart
LONE BEAR has been lurking in the dark edges of Vancouver for what seems like forever… prowling, foraging, hunting… and playing tweaked out versions of Black Sabbath, The Beatles, Neil Young, and Ozzy Osborne… and mauling adventuresome, original modern jazz and country tunes. Jeff Younger -guitar, James Meger – bass, Skye Brooks – drums

BRAVEHEART Exploring new compositions and improvisations.
Ted Crosby (Montreal) – sax and clarinets, James Meger – bass,
Omar Amlani – drums







Live on the Drive this week

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Saturday Nov 28

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Lisa Cay Miller
Assertive, energetic, adventurous… just some of the words that describe the piano playing of Lisa Cay Miller. With James Meger bass and Kenton Loewen drums.

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Rio Theatre 1660 East Broadway 8.30p.m. $20
Hard Rubber Orchestra (with Star System opening)
John Korsrud’s jazz powerhouse Hard Rubber Orchestra makes its historic first appearance at The Rio, East Van’s cinematic hotspot. The 18-piece big band will perform music from its acclaimed CD, Crush with visual projections by Brian Johnson and Ryan McCann. The cosmic 10-piece Star System: A Tribute to Sun Ra led by drummer Dan Gauthier will open the show.

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Sunday Nov 29

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 1p.m. No cover
Phil Boniface-Baixablue- album release
Phil’s first album… with Alvaro Rojas guitar, Tyson Naylor piano, Nino DiPasquale drums

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Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 4p.m. Donation
Jeff Gammon 4tet
Since moving to Vancouver 4 years ago, Jeff has become a very busy bassist. His own music draws on the rich tradition of chordless groups of the 60’s. With James Dandifer on clarinet, Mike Allen on tenor sax and Joe Poole on drums.








Jazz Vespers this week….

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And if you missed him above….

Verve (formerly Central Bistro) 1072 Denman St 7p.m. No cover
Come & check out new venue & menu and possibly dancing!
Don Stewart 4 tet (or more)
Don -vocals, Ron Johnston-piano, Cameron Hood-bass, Buff Allen -drums

don at verve








Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Hugh Fraser Trio
New York style contemporary hard swinging classics and original compositions informed by McCoy Tyner and Oscar  Peterson’s trios.

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Bayside Lounge 1755 Davie St 7p.m. suggested donation $5-20
Black Gardenia
Vintage Jazz, Old Country and Blues featuring Daphne Roubini and her Ukulele
with her Vintage Jazz Band. Paul Pigat, Chris Davis, Patrick Metzger and Andrew Smith.