Jeni’s Picks of the Week October 29-November 3, 2014

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Russian Hall 600 Campbell Ave 8p.m. Oct 29-Nov 9 8p.m.
$22 General Adult • $17 Students/Seniors (October 29th pay-what-you-can, 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.”
Tickets are always available at the door

11th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival Oct 29-Nov 9
90 events at over 25 venues throughout the Downtown Eastside
12 days of music, stories, songs, poetry, cultural celebrations, films, theatre, dance, processions, spoken word, forums, workshops, discussions, gallery exhibits, mixed media, history walks and an array of artists. This years theme is “Keeping the Home Fires Burning”.

The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden 578 Carrall St 7-10p.m. (entry every 2 minutes) $12 to October 31
Judge Dee’s Chinatown Haunted House (presented by Seven Tyrants Theatre)
The Classical Chinese Garden transformed into a terrifying Haunted House. Featuring over a dozen actors, dancers and musicians, this one-of-a-kind experience is inspired by the gruesome stories of Judge Dee: China’s Sherlock Holmes.
***Not suitable for children ***

Wednesday October 29

Sylvia Hotel 1154 Gilford 8p.m. No cover
Colleen Savage/ Ron Thompson Duo

The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
Sendero Luminoso (*trio version*)
Jon Bentley – sax, Tommy Babin – bass, Bernie Arai – drums
Bassist and Composer Tommy Babin’s ensemble “Sendero Luminoso “ performs compositions by Babin that are inspired by both the musics of South America during the 1960s and 1970s and the revolutionary music of North America during the same period.

Revue Stage 1601 Johnston St Granville Island 8p.m. $25 and up (to Nov 1)
Based on writer and performer Carmen Aguirre’s remarkable life, Blue Box is a story of terror and romance that takes you from the Chilean resistance movement during Pinochet’s dictatorship to a passionate affair with a Hollywood TV star to present-day Vancouver. Funny, sensual, and moving, Blue Box reveals a woman committed to a cause for which she would have sacrificed everything, and committed to a man who refused to sacrifice anything for anyone.

Thursday October 30

Sylvia Hotel 1154 Gilford 8p.m. No cover
Jennifer Scott (with Michael Creber)
Jazz, Blues, World Music

Libra Room 1608 Commercial Drive 7p.m. No cover
Deanna Knight & The Hot Club of Mars

The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. $10
Live in the Back Room
Battle Trance & Tommy Babin (Solo Set)
Travis Laplante’s genre-defying tenor saxophone quartet makes its Canadian debut at the Emerald. Battle Trance is Travis Laplante, Matthew Nelson, Jeremy Viner, and Patrick Breiner. The group is receiving rave reviews and is in the midst of a North American tour in support of their debut full length release ‘Palace of Wind’.
The evening will start with a solo bass set from bassist & composer Tommy Babin. Currently a graduate student at the University of California in San Diego, Tommy has recorded and performed worldwide with a wide and varying array of artists.

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Tristan Paxton Quartet
Extraordinary guitarist Tristan leads a new quartet of old friends.With Jon Bentley – saxophone, James Meger – bass, Omar Amlani – drums

Friday October 31 HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Performance Works 1218 Cartwright Granville Island 8p.m. $25
Plastic Acid Orchestra Halloween ….A live rock symphony orchestra performance
The spine-tingling lineup includes:
-Plastic Acid Band original compositions
-The Living – an “Exotic Symphonic Rock” band who meld classical chamber sounds with rock, metal, funk, and world music
-Boundary-pushing new music from composer Giorgio Magnanensi
-Celtic-Gypsy party rockers The whiskeydicks
-The melodramatic chamber-pop of The End Tree
-Jazz vocalist and trumpetess Anita Eccleston of Anita Eccleston Jazz
…all backed by a full professional symphony orchestra!
Additionally, the orchestra will be performing their renditions of Michael Jackson’s Halloween classic, “Thriller,” and excerpts from Bernard Herrmann’s soundtrack for the movie “Psycho.”

Norman Rothstein Theatre 950 W41st 7p.m. & 10.30p.m. $29.99 General
Evil Dead:The Musical
Reprise of the popular 2009 Downstage Right production. Bigger! Better! Bloodier! A hilarious camp fest based on Sam Raimi’s 80s cult film trilogy. Features a live band, a splatter zone, and musical numbers.

Saturday November 1
Patricia Hotel 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Two Tenor Sax Band   Mike Braverman-tenor sax  Chris Startup-tenor sax with Sharon Minemoto-piano, Steve Holly-bass, Bernie Arai-drums

Sunday November 2

1789 Restaurant 1789 Comox Street 7.30p.m. $10 cover + $20 minimum
Jennifer Scott 4tet
with Dave Sikula-guitar, Rene Worst-bass, Joe Poole-drums
Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 4-7P.M. No cover
T.B. A.

Central Bistro 1072 Denman St 8p.m. No cover
Uno Mas
Soul, Jazz, Drum & Bass, Reggae, Hip Hop and Latin music with a twist of funk

Monday November 3

The Lido 518 East Broadway 9p.m. No cover
Sick Boss Mondays
Sick Boss (The Full Band)
Peggy Lee – cello, Jeremy Page – clarinet, Tyson Naylor – accordion, Cole Schmidt – guitar, James Meger – bass, Dan Gaucher – drums with Debra-Jean Creelman – voice