Jeni’s Picks of the week September 15-20, 2015

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It is rather grey & gloomy weatherwise, but lots here to brighten up your week….

Vancouver Fringe Festival Sep 10-20
108 diverse productions, plus free performances on the Barefoot Wine & Bubbly Stage at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar, and numerous special events.





5th Annual Hapa-Palooza Festival Sep 16-20
A vibrant fusion of music, dance, literary, artistic and film performances, Hapa-Palooza places prominence on celebrating and stimulating awareness of mixed-heritage and cultural hybrid identity.  Hapa-paplooza is the first mixed roots festival in Canada, and is currently one of the largest festivals celebrating mixed heritage in the world.Various events including an evening at VPL with 7 story tellers and an evening with Lawrence Hill (The Book of Negroes) at SFU Goldcorp Centre





Pacific Cinematheque 1131 Howe St Sep 17-21
Five for Film Lovers
Results of contest in June to choose film lover’s favourite films. Includes The Umbrellas of Cherbough, In the Mood for Love, Casablanca, A Matter of Life & Death, and Vertigo.





Vancouver International Flamenco Festival 25th Anniversary
Giving the stage to numerous local and national flamenco performers and companies such as Esmeralda Enrique (Toronto) and Fiona Malena (Calgary), as well as Vancouver’s own Flamenco Rosario presenting a new historical flamenco retrospective “Fast-Forward Rewind”, this September will also shine bright lights onto two Spanish masters of exceptional talent and reputation: Andres Peña from Jerez de la Frontera, and Pilar Ogalla from Cadiz, co-performing “Cadiz de la Frontera”, a uniquely reflective work about the poetic entanglements of the sea and earth elements in Andalusia viewed through the prism of their respective flamenco.






Vancouver International Film Festival Sep 24 – Oct 9
One of N.America’s largest film festivals. Program guides available at VanCity & other locations. Start planning now!
Tickets, Passes + Ticket Packs ON SALE NOW (online only at
In-Person Advance Vancity Theatre Box Office Sales SEP 12 (Noon – 7pm)






Wednesday September 16

The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
Cole Birney Stewart Band
Original music with great line-up and rumours of some new tunes.
Chad Makela – Saxophones, Tom Wherrett – Guitar, Cole Birney-Stewart – Bass & Compositions, Jesse Cahill – Drums








Thursday September 17

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
*From New York* Michael Blake Quartet
Based in Brooklyn for the past 25 years, saxophonist Michael Blake makes music that bristles with originality and vision. He is frequently touted by critics as one of the most original saxophonists of his generation.
With David Blake – guitar, André Lachance – bass and Bernie Arai – drums

michael blake








Orpheum Annex 823 Seymour St 8p.m. $20
Blue Tango Project (with Maria Volonte & Kevin Carrel Footer)
Hailing from the colorful and gritty La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Blue Tango Project is a ground-breaking exploration of the emotional and musical crossroads where tango and the blues embrace. It is a collaboration between Argentine Latin Grammy nominee María Volonté and California harmonica player Kevin Carrel Footer.

Maria Vol





Friday September 18

Vancity Theatre 1181 Seymour St Double header 6.15p.m. & 8.30p.m.
Crime night
Man from Reno (Japan)
This tantalizing, ingenious mystery thriller finds unexpected new notes in some familiar noir motifs. Aki (Ayako Fujitani) is a conflicted Japanese crime novelist who flees a press junket in Tokyo and hops a flight to San Francisco. She meets a handsome young man in the hotel bar, but his sudden disappearance propels her into a noir-tinged murder mystery worthy of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett .






A Hard Day (Korea)
Right in the middle of his mother’s funeral, homicide detective Ko Gun-soo (Lee Sun-kyun) is called out by his team members to hurry back to the station, as the rat squad (internal affairs) is raiding their office. While speeding down the pitch-black highway, he swerves to avoid hitting a beagle and ends up running over a man.



Saturday September 19

letter writing club







Thornton Park 1166 Main St (Terminal Ave @ Greyhound Bus Station) 10a.m.-7p.m. Donation
African Music Festival
1st UBCCA (United Black Canadians Community Association) music festival, a cultural event that enables Canadians to enjoy and learn about different cultures from different parts of Africa and also helps to promote local artists, including Zimbamoto, Ache Brasil, Kara Kata, Rio Samba & more. Organization booths, ethnic foods, music, dance. All monies raised will go toward the Edo Friends of BC new immigrants and refugees settlement and integration programs in the Vancouver Region.

African Festival








Pats Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Saul Berson 5tet
Saul Berson returns to The Pat this time focusing on TV theme songs from the 50s – 80s with Jamie Croil trumpet, Dave Ivaz guitar, Paul Blaney bass, and Buff Allen drums. Sounds like big fun!








Rickshaw Theatre 254 E.Hastings doors 7.30p.m. $15 (tickets at Highlife, Red Cat, Zulu &
Jim Byrnes-The Sojourners-Colleen Rennison
Looks like a great night of blues, roots and gospel music

jim b & sojourners








Sunday September 20

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 6p.m. Donation
Aaron and Friends
Bassist Aaron Andrada has put his own twist on one of jazz’s definitive features. Drawing from the best of both the classics and the contemporary, Aaron melds them into a single entity, resulting in a familiar yet innovative musical experience.
With Dean Thiessen – Piano, Miles Wong – Drums, and Natasha D’Agostino – Vocals