Jeni’s Picks Week of December 9-14, 2014

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So many offerings and so little time! Here is a sampler as I have run out of time. Thursday evenings are becoming quite ridiculous.

Firehall Arts Centre December 13-Jan 3, 2015
Chelsea Hotel (return of the smash hit)

Robson Square Ice Rink now open …to February 28, 2015
Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available.

York Theatre December 3-28
Cinderella: An East Van Panto
Attended on opening night. Highly recommended. A hilarious evening’s entertainment.

The Cultch December 9-21
Dylan Thomas : Return Journey
Wednesday December 10

The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
Gord Grdina Trio
Gord Grdina – Guitar/Oud, Tommy Babin – Bass, Kenton Loewen – Drums
“Grdina Trio is based out of Vancouver, BC and has been a working touring ensemble since 2005. The Trio consists of Gord Grdina (guitar, oud), Kenton Loewen (drums) and Tommy Babin (bass). They have collaborated with many of the world’s top improviser’s such as Fredrik Ljungkvist, Eric Boeren, Wilbert De Joode, Michael Moore, Jerry Granelli, Michael Blake, Jeb Bishop, Kent Kessler, Mark Helias, Ingebrigt Haker- Flaten and Fred Longberg-Holm. They have toured throughout North America and Europe regularly since 2005.”

Thursday December 11

Lido 518 East Broadway Free 9p.m. December 11
Native North America CD release
An event/gathering to celebrate the release of Light in the Attic Records’ Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966-1985 compilation (2-CD/3-LP) featuring a live performance from Willie Thrasher & Linda Saddleback. Largely unheard, criminally undocumented, but at their core, utterly revolutionary, the recordings of the diverse North American Aboriginal community will finally take their rightful place in our collective history.
Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Brent Mah Quartet
With David Blake – Guitar, Eli Davidovici – Bass, Jesse Cahill – drums
Saxophonist Brent Mah has performed at venues around the world. He plays with boundless energy and fiery passion. Tonight he makes a rare appearance as leader in his home town.

MERGE, NE Corner of Clark & Powell (ring bell) 7.30p.m. Music at 8p.m.
$15 (includes a CD)
NOW Society celebrates a Love Supreme
1st set: A performance of Onomatopoeia by Orkestra Futura
DB boyko – voice, Skye Brooks – drums, Mike Dowler – bass clarinet, Chad MacQuarrie – guitar, Lisa Cay Miller – piano, Russell Sholberg – bass
2nd set: Inspired by the music of John Coltrane
John Paton – tenor sax, Lisa Cay Miller – piano, André LaChance – bass, Dylan van der Schyff – drums
(Proceeds go towards the upcoming recording of Onomatopoeia)








The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. $10
Live in the Backroom
Sick Boss with Debra-Jean Creelman (and special guest Khingfisher)
SICK BOSS is a new ensemble that charts the broad musical landscape of contemporary music. Performing beautiful and cerebral originals, with a smattering of unexpected covers, Sick Boss draws together influences from creative improvisation, rock, folk, and modern jazz. The band’s dazzling musicianship is rounded out by a cherry-picked cast of Vancouver all-stars who are recognized for their creative prowess as both bandleaders and collaborators.
The Main 4210 Main St 9p.m. Small cover
Anita Eccleston Jazz Trio









Friday December 12

Christchurch Cathedral Burrard at Georgia 7.30p.m. $25/20
Good Noise Gospel Choir Making Spirits Bright (with Daniel Lapp)
Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir host a joyful evening of boisterous holiday song in Making Spirits Bright at Christ Church Cathedral and at Fraserview MB Church. This year’s annual holiday celebration has the endlessly energetic ensemble joined by Canadian folk & fiddle icon Daniel Lapp with Gail Suderman, Artistic Director and musicians Michael Kalanij, Laurence Mollerup, Elliot Polsky, and Ingrid Stitt

Rio Theatre 1660 E. Broadway 7p.m. $25
Nightmare Before the Nutcracker: A Very Burton Xmas Show
Imagine the holiday classic you know & love reimagined by Tim Burton…
This gothic twist on the Nutcracker will be told through the music of Tchaikovsky and Danny Elfman, featuring characters from The Nutcracker suite and your favourite Tim Burton films. Sugarplum fairies, or evil trick-or-treaters? Dream guide, or Betelgeuse? This dramatic comedy is full to the sparkling brim with burlesque, circus, music, and theatre.









Saturday December 13

Patricia Hotel 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Mike Allen 4Tet

Mike A_n








Fox Cabaret 2321 Main St 7.30p.m. $10 at door
The Honky Tonk Holiday Cabaret with Rich Hope & The Blue Rich Rangers
Performing the classic Waylon Jennings album “Honky Tonk Heroes” in its entirety! In addition to other boot stomping’, whiskey-fuelled hits! DJ Elliot Way holding down the turntables inbetween.
Sunday December 14

St Andrews Wesley 1012 Nelson St 4p.m. Donation
Jazz Vespers
(free parking in parkade under church..enter from laneway)
Karin Plato
Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 4p.m. No cover
Dave Sikula Trio
Don’t let his youthful appearance fool you, Dave Sikula is a seasoned veteran of the Vancouver jazz scene. His tasteful and versatile guitar will be complimented by the rhythm team of Jesse Cahill on drums and Jeff Gammon on bass.
Central Bistro 1072 Denman St 7p.m. No cover
Flora Scott Quintet
Flora-guitar/voice, Nick Apivor-percussion/vibes, Al Johnson-bass, Buff Allen-drums