Jeni’s Picks of the Week November 4-6, 2016

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Dear Picks People… short but sweet selections for the upcoming weekend.

Please check with venues for any changes and apologies to events not listed.

20th Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival Nov 3-6
A celebration of Asian diaspora and diversity in 12 films. This year’s theme is “Homecoming,”



28th Annual Jewish Film Festival
Nov3-10 Fifth Avenue Cinemas
Nov 11-13 Rothstein Theatre
Comedies, narrative features and thought provoking documentaries. Guest filmmakers, directors, writers and producers.








Happy Hour At Frankie’s in November (this week)
Nov 3/4 Jillian Lebeck

101 Things to Eat and Drink in Vancouver Before You Die!

15 Food Events in November                                       

Friday November 4

Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
MAZACOTE is a hard hitting six piece latin dance band, playing horn-driven New York salsa dura and beats from Colombia, Puerto Rico and Cuba. Based in Vancouver, the band features Nicaraguan singer-songwriter David Lopez, with Grammy Award-winning percussionist Toto Berriel on congas, latin jazz trumpeter Malcolm Aiken, and a groove-heavy rhythm section featuring David Lopez – vocals/guitar, Carlos Arias – bass/vocals, Chris Couto – Timbales, Robin Layne – congas/percussion, Niho Takse – Piano and Jeremy Vint – Trumpet



Kay Meek Centre 1700 Mathers Ave W. Vancouver 8p.m. Various prices
Award-winning Malian singer/songwriter Rokia Traoré defies convention and has been blazing new trails in world music for almost twenty years. Her father was a diplomat and much of Traoré’s childhood was spent traveling. Perhaps her multi-country upbringing paved the way for the musical style which she created, blending blues, rock, jazz, folk and traditional Malian sounds forging a new genre that is soulful and nostalgic yet modern and fresh.é/889961757776368



Vancouver Playhouse 600 Hamilton St 8p.m. $40
Vancouver Latin Americal Centre presents… Club Habana an Evening of Latin Jazz
Club Habana An Evening of Cuban Jazz features one of the most influential figures in modern Afro-Cuban jazz – the exceptional saxophonist, composer, arranger and Grammy award winner – Alfred Thompson. He will be joined by leading Canadian-Cuban Jazz musicians Miguelito Valdés (trumpet), Israel Berriel (bongo & congas), Pablo Cárdenas (piano), José Sánchez (percussion), Danay Sinclair (vocals) and Roberto Riverón (bass). Audiences can expect outstanding instrumental performances and riveting new improvisations.



Saturday November 5

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Rugcutter Jazz Band
The music of the 1920s and 30s, comes to life again with the hard-swinging eight-piece Rugcutter Jazz Band. Think Benny Goodman, Chick Webb, Artie Shaw, Cozy Cole, Bob Crosby, Jimmie Lunceford, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Cab Calloway…
Michael Coury – trumpet/bandleader
Will Goede – alto saxophone
Ben Lockwood – tenor saxophone/clarinet
Robin MacLulich – trombone
Josh Roberts – guitar
Matt Lam – piano
Michael Wagler – bass
Mike Ferguson – drums



followed by at 9p.m. $10 cover
The Colorifics
The Colorifics are a band infused with the exciting flare of bohemian-cabaret and originally-spun tributes to the dirty 30’s, 40’s jazz, and 60’s surf and Beatles pop era. The four members make use of three and four part vocal harmony, acoustic and electric guitar, and latin-jazz-rock percussion; giving a sizeable amount of sound layering to their songs. The tunes are catchy, danceable, and seamlessly multi-genre in basis, and these high calibre musicians bring light to any stage and movement to any audience. Executed with poise, class, professionalism and a lot of sass, the music of the Colorifics is a welcome refreshment for the musical soul.
Bernard Boulanger – Guitar, Vocals, Composer, Arranger
Sarah Kennedy – Vocals, Flirtatious Banter, High Heels
John Rule – Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Alex Kelley – Electric and Upright Bass, Vocals

Sunday November 6

St Andrews Wesley Burrard & Nelson 4p.m. Donation
Jazz Vespers
Geoff Claridge Quartet
Geoff Claridge – reeds
Nick Peck – piano
Eli Davidovici – bass
Bernie Arai – drums

and at..
Northwood United Church… Don Stewart with the Ron Johnston Quartet

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 6p.m. Donation
Tony Wilson
An active voice in the jazz and improvised music community, guitarist Tony Wilson has contributed his voice to groups led by Peggy Lee, Cole Schmidt and Dan Gaucher. His own groups are often featured at the Vancouver Jazz Festival and other important venues.
With Tyson Naylor – keyboards, Russell Sholberg – bass and Skye Brooks – drums






Sylvia Hotel 1154 Gilford St 8p.m. No cover
Sunday Jazz Jam hosted by Gabriel Mark Hasselbach

Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Van Django
Van Django is an acoustic string ensemble made up of four of Canada’s most talented and eclectic musicians: violinist Cameron Wilson, guitarist Budge Schachte, guitarist/cellist Finn Manniche and bassist Brent Gubbels. The music is punchy, driving and rhythmically inventive, combining a wealth of musical influences while maintaining their roots in the gypsy jazz made famous by the 1930’s Quintet of the Hot Club of France.











Say hello to Big Band Mondays at Frankie’s!
Starting November 7th, a series of affordable big band concerts will be held Monday nights at Frankie’s Jazz Club. Music begins at 8PM nightly with two sets, ending at 10:30pm. $15 tickets/$5 for students with a valid ID.
November 7- Jill Townsend Jazz Orchestra $15
The Jill Townsend Jazz Orchestra features several Juno award winning musicians and outstanding soloists including Bill Coon, Steve Kaldestad, Rod Murray, Cory Weeds, Dave Robbins, Dennis Esson, and many more.


November 8
Rio Theatre 1660 E.Broadway 9p.m. No cover
Hillary vs. Donald Live at the Rio
Final season finale!! “It’s the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine).”
It’s Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump in the Ultimate Showcase Showdown: The 2016 US Presidential Election. .
Hosted by Jacques Lalonde! Prizes for Best costume!