Jeni’s Picks of the Week October 13-19, 2014

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Hope you are enjoying the long weekend. So much to be thankful for….

Vancouver Cuban Festival Oct 16-19
The world is invited to the first edition of the Vancouver Cuban Music Festival, a four-day-long celebration of the island’s superb musical legacy. An all-star lineup of artists comes directly from Cuba, featuring Azucar Negra, Pedrito Calvo. Tania Pantoja, El Indio, Gardi & Waldo Mendoza.

Vancouver International Film Festival repeat screenings
Festival favourites.
VIFF 2014 Repeat Screenings

2014 Vancouver Writers Festival Oct 21-26
Tickets now on sale! Events selling out quickly.
100 writers and over 60 events.

The Lido 518 East Broadway 9p.m. No cover
Sick Boss Mondays
Cole Schmidt-guitar, James Meger-bass, Dan Gaucher-drums plus special guests Ig Henneman on viola (from Amsterdam) & Cat Toren on piano (New York)
Tuesday October 14

SFU Woodward’s, 149 W. Hastings St 7p.m. No cover
Taxi Casablanca
Documentary about the daily life of Morocco’s first and only female taxi driver, Zakia Mezzour. An intimate portrait of a modern-day pioneer forging her way in a man’s job, and a glimpse into a fascinating Muslim society struggling with progress and old traditions. As we ride along with Zakia in her old white 1970’s Mercedes taxi, we meet many of her clients and family members, listening in on their ideas, dreams and hopes as they shed light on the situation of women in Morocco and all the issues that come into play: religion and cultural beliefs, poverty and education, modernization and traditionalism. We get to know Zakia as she tries to find freedom through her life and work as a female taxi driver, challenging the status quo as she transports city locals to all corners of Casablanca. But Zakia’s taxi is aging and constantly breaking down. We watch as her struggle for personal freedom becomes a struggle just to make ends meet in her day-to-day life. In Arabic/French with subtitles.

Cottage Bistro 4468 Main St 7p.m. No cover
Readings on Home (as part of homelessness action week)
Street newspaper Megaphone vendors writing about home – and the consequences of its absence. Also the launch of a redesigned and expanded Megaphone as a new monthly magazine (coming in November.
Wednesday October 15

Vancouver Academy of Music 1270 Chestnut St 10 a.m.
Music in the Morning
Alice Giles has been celebrated as one of the world’s leading harp soloists attracting international notice since winning first prize in the 8th Israel International Harp Contest at the age of 21. The Australian native has performed extensively around the world both in recital and with orchestras, and has an international reputation as a skilled teacher having given master classes in the Salzburg Mozarteum, Den Haag Conservatorium, the Royal Academy in London and the Juilliard School. Joining Ms. Giles to perform Fantaisie for Violin and Harp by Saint-Saëns is Barry Shiffman on violin.
The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
Dan Gaucher 4tet
Dave Say – sax, Tristan Paxton – guitar, Eli Davidovici – bass, Dan Gaucher – drums

Thursday October 16

Sylvia Hotel 1154 Gilford St 8p.m. No cover
Krystle dos Santos
Smooth Jazz & Soul

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Adam Thomas and Bill Coon Duo
Two of Canada’s most exquisite musicians join for an intimate evening of duo music. With Bill Coon – guitar, Adam Thomas – bass
Friday October 17

VCC Auditorium 1155 E. Broadway 8p.m. $20 general $15 members at door
NOW Society presents Orkestra Futura
Mentor & Telemachus … stories of wisdom
Extraordinary students and mentor pairs share stories of wisdom, generosity & strength. Featuring new works by Amsterdam composer Ig Henneman and Vancouver’s Juno & Rising Star Galaxy award winners Cat Toren & Cole Schmidt.
Orkestra Futura… John Paton- tenor sax, Jon Bentley- tenor sax, JP Carter- trumpet, Brad Muirhead- bass trombone, Lisa Cay Miller- piano, James Meger-bass, Skye Brooks- drums. With guest artists Ig Henneman- viola, & Tony Wilson- guitar.

China Cloud 524 Main St 10p.m. Donation
Dalava CD release
Dálava, a new band of Julia Ulehla and Aram Bajakian will be performing two sets featuring music from their highly anticipated album of Moravian folk music. A killer lineup of Vancouver musicians will be performing, including cellist Peggy Lee, drummer Dylan Van Der Schyff, pianist Tyson Naylor, bassist Colin Edward Cowan and violinist Jesse Zubot (who produced Tanya Tagaq’s 2014 Polaris prize winning album Animism).

Saturday October 18

Pacific Cinematheque 1131 Howe St 12.30p.m. & 2.30p.m. $12
(also on Oct 19 at Waterfront Theatre)
They Are We
Island of Music is proud to present the Canadian premiere of “They Are We”, the remarkable and moving story of the first Afro-Cubans who successfully traced their origins and made direct contact with the people of their ancestral African village. Part of the Vancouver Cuban Music Festival, this unique documentary is highly recommended for everyone with an interest in Afro-Cuban music and dances, as well as the transatlantic slave trade.
Patricia Hotel 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Dawn Aitken 4tet
Bill Sample returns to back vocalist Dawn Aitken with help from Brent Gubbels on bass and powerhouse drummer Jerry Adolphe.

Tangent turns Two
Apparently they have big plans.. t.b.a. but check out

Sunday October 19

Trout Lake Community Centre 3360 Victoria Drive 12.30p.m. Suggested donation $25
East Van GoGos Musical Brunch Fundraiser for the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmother to Grandmother Project featuring Brian Tate
Well known as a conductor of the City Soul Choir, Brian Tate is a singer, keyboard player and African drummer, whose repertoire includes jazz, gospel, soul and African music. Homemade brunch included.
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Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 4-7P.M.No cover (Note: return to winter hours)
Tony Wilson’s Longhand Trio
Noted composer and versatile guitarist Tony Wilson has been a key figure in the creative music community since 1987. His longtime trio consists of Russell Sholberg on bass and Skye Brooks on drums.

Seventeen89 1789 Comox St 7p.m. $10 cover & $20 minimum
Kate Hammet-Vaughan Trio
Kate-vocals, Jodi Proznick- bass, Jillian Lebeck- keys

Branas Meditteranean Grill 617 Stamps Landing False Creek 6.30p.m. Donation
LoLo Bianco
Lory White-vocals, Doug Louie-piano, Ray Ayotte-drums