Jeni’s Picks of the Week November 4-10, 2014

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Russian Hall 600 Campbell Ave 8p.m. Oct 29-Nov 9  8p.m. 

$22 General Adult • $17 Students/Seniors (November 5th 2for1 night)

The Raymur Mothers 

(They Wouldn’t Take No for an Answer) Presented by Theatre in the Raw

Some 43 years ago, a group of single mothers in an East Vancouver housing project carried out one of the most iconic and successful feats of direct action in Vancouver history, blockading and shutting down all rail traffic to the Port of Vancouver in a desperate measure to ensure their children’s safety. The women demanded that an overpass be built across nearby train tracks so that their kids could get safely to school. On Oct 29, a dramatized version of their inspiring story will premiere in a musical play, The Raymur Mothers, as part of the 11th annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival.

Featuring 14 original songs, the play is brought to you by Theatre In the Raw, the same people who created Bruce: The Musical and Yippies In Love and is the third original musical play in Bob Sarti’s “Untold Stories of Vancouver Series.”

26th Annual Vancouver Jewish Film Festival Nov 6-13

At 5th Ave Cinemas…Comedies, narrative features and thought provoking documentaries. A film festival that is inclusive encouraging multi-cultural interaction and discussion of relevant issues while presenting the best independent movies.

18th Annual Asian Film Festival Nov 6-9

At Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas, located in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown neighbourhood….This year’s theme is “What is your perspective?”.

Circus Fest Nov 6-9

Presented by 30 Circus West the festival features leading circus acts and performers, Main Stage shows, hands-on workshops, installations, cabarets, industry panel discussions, in a weekend of circus exploration and inspiration. All shows are held at the PNE, Wise Hall and The Cultch.


November 13

Fortune Sound Club 147 E.Pender  8.30p.m.  $20 (tickets at Zulu, Highlife etc but could be sold out!!)

SAY SOMETHIN’… Dawn Pemberton debut solo album release party

SAY SOMETHIN’ is the long awaited debut solo album from Vancouver based vocalist Dawn Pemberton and is the latest release from DoRight! Music. Join Dawn and her all-powerful band for a night of funk and soul you can’t and won’t forget!


November 19-22

Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby 8p.m. $15-$35

Camino al Tepeyac

Choreography & performance by Salome Nieto

An adventure of myths, legends and rituals, Camino al Tepeyac takes you into a journey of transformation and into the “Realismo Magico” of Mexico. Exploring the scope and depth of her Mexican culture and bringing her curiosity over its marvelous reality and surrealism as the starting point for this work, Vancouver’s Salomé Nieto uses religious iconography, beliefs and traditions as inspiration for this work. An investigation into the themes of devotion, ritual and myth, Camino al Tepeyac is a metaphor for the convergence of two cultural and religious beliefs in one female deity that is the origin and end of all things. The Mexicas called her Tonantzin (Our Mother Coatlicue) and after the conquest her name became Virgin of Guadalupe and the Mother of the Mexican people in the Catholic faith.


Wednesday November 5

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

Bill Coon/Kevin Elaschuk 4tet

Bill Coon – guitar, Kevin Elaschuk – trumpet, André Lachance – bass, Dylan van der Schyff – drums,

The group was originally inspired by Jim Hall’s great album These Rooms.They play their own original compositions, creatively improvise on standards and explore compositions by Jim Hall and Tom Harrell.

Thursday November 6

Rio Theatre 1660 E.Broadway 9p.m. $12 at door

Paul Anthony’s Talent Time

Vancouver’s Favourite (and only) televised comedy/variety/chat show, This week’s guests include Bus Driver/Song & Dance Man Amrit Bains, National Freestyle Yo-Yo Champion Harrison Lee (TedxKids), Stand-Up Comedian Jacob Samuel and more. Co-Hosted by Ryan Beil. House Band.

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover

*From Toronto* Allison Au Quartet

Toronto based saxophonist Allison Au presents a night of exciting modern jazz compositions. Her debut CD “The Sky Was Pale Blue, Then Grey” was nominated for a Juno Award in 2013,  Her band includes some of Toronto’s finest musicians. With Todd Pentney on piano, Jon Maharaj on bass and Fabio Ragnelli on drums.

The Centre 777 Home St 8p.m. $32 (use promo discount AUTHOR for discount to $20)

Between the Pages: An evening with the Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalists

A chance to peer inside the minds and creative lives of the writers on the 2014 shortlist.

David Bezmozgis, Frances Itani, Sean Michaels, Heather O’Neill, Miriam Toews and Padma Viswanathan. The event also features special guest appearances and entertainment.

Ironworks 235 Alexander St 8p.m. $15

Petr Cancura’s Down Home 

Known for bringing together roots music and jazz, Brooklyn-based group Down Home takes old time Mississippi blues and marinates it with New Orleans spices and a New York jazz vibe. The quintet is led by Czech-born, Ottawa-raised saxophonist and banjo player Petr Cancura (Danilo Perez, Julian Lage), a composer with a vast knowledge of jazz, Balkan, African and American folk traditions. The superlative cast that collaborate with Cancura are at the forefront of New York’s jazz scene: Kirk Knuffke cornet, Brian Drye trombone/piano, Garth Stevenson bass, Richie Barshay drums. Down Home sounds like a group of top improvisers from New York congregated on a porch, off the beaten path somewhere in Mississippi.


Friday November 7

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Saturday November 8

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

Ben Henriques 5tet

Ben Henriques-sax, Brent Mah-sax, Tristan Paxton-guitar, James Meger-bass, Dan Gaucher-drum

Seven Dining Lounge 53 W.Broadway 7.30p.m. $18 (prebought includes a CD)

Monica Siu “Alive” CD release

Band Leader/Composer/Keyboard/Vocals: Monica Siu, Guitar/Background Vocals: Jimmy Baldwin, Bass: Alex Kelley, Drums: Daniel Ruiz, and other Special Guests

Sunday November 9

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 4-7P.M. No cover 

Campbell Ryga 

Multiple Juno, Grammy and National Jazz Award winner Campbell Ryga marries a sweet, soothing sound with a fiery bebop approach. Any opportunity to hear Campbell play in an intimate setting is best taken. With Darren Radtke on bass and Andrew Millar on drums.

Orpheum Theatre  Granville St  7p.m.  $39-$175

The Blue Dot Tour with David Suzuki & Friends

A special evening of inspiration, music and learning. With Margaret Atwood, Neil Young, Feist, Raine Maida, Robert Bateman, Barenaked Ladies, Hey Ocean, Shane Koyczan, Raffi & Wanting Qu.

Monday November 10

Guilt & Co  1 Alexander St   9p.m.  No cover

Ron Johnston 4tet

Ron Johnston-piano, Dave Say-sax, Cameron Hood-electric bass, Buff Allen-drums

Sultry piano jazz

The Lido 518 East Broadway  9p.m. No cover 

Cow Trance 

Dan Gaucher – drums, James Meeger – bass, John Paton – tenor saxophone and cow call,  Sam King – guitar and green pastures