Jeni’s Picks Week of November 11-15, 2015

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12th Annual Diwali Fest Nov 3-15
Celebrated across the world, Diwali is the biggest, brightest and most popular event in the Indian calendar. The word diwali means “row of lighted lamps”, with light symbolizing the triumph of good over evil, prosperity over poverty and knowledge over ignorance.
Diwali Fest is an annual South Asian arts & culture festival celebrating the universal light that exists in everyone.  Each year’s festival engages dozens of artists in events across the city, the majority of which are open and free to the general public, by suggested donation, or at very affordable ticketed prices.




42nd Annual Circle Craft Fair Nov 11-15
Circle Craft is proud to present its 42nd annual Christmas Craft Market! Generations of locals and visitors have attended and enjoyed a Market where they come face to face with fine BC and Canadian artisans and their work.

Wednesday Nov 11 (Remembrance Day)

Fraserview Cemetery 5455 Fraser St 11 a.m. Free
11- A community history & music project (15 mins plus archival photos of WW11)
The Little Chamber Music Series That Could is proud to again present this unique music and history project, “11”. In the Celebration Hall an arrangement for 11 string players and solo trumpet. Part of a Field House Residency with the Vancouver Park Board, “11” was developed for over two years to honour and celebrate 11 veterans from Vancouver. By having each of the 11 instruments in the musical work represent a specific veteran, and is a musical tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of an entire generation.







WISE Hall 11882 Adanac Street 1p.m. Free I think)
Remembrance Day Film
Z (1969)
Director: Costa-Gavras
Writers: Vasilis Vasilikos (novel) (as Vassili Vassilikos) , Jorge Semprún,
Stars: Yves Montand, Irene Papas, Jean-Louis Trintignant
Costa-Gavras chronicles the overthrow of the democratic government in Greece. When a liberal politician is murdered in an attack during a peace demonstration, the right wing figures it is military and the police try to hide not only their parts in it, but also to cover up the murder as well. The magistrate acts as an investigator in order to reveal the cover up. Historically accurate, it is told as a combination murder mystery and thriller.

Pacific Cinematheque 1131 Howe St 7.30p.m. $12
Remembrance Day movie – Stella Polare
For this Remembrance Day screening, DIM Cinema presents Stella Polare, an immersive essay film on the nature of war, terror, and resistance; memory, loss, and forgetting. The soft voice of an anonymous narrator addresses the audience in the second person, situating us behind the camera as an unseen flâneur casting a stranger’s gaze across an unnamed European city. We encounter some of the town’s inhabitants as they stroll along the jetty in the fading evening light, peer into shop windows in half-deserted streets, and drift through the interiors of 19th-century apartments and museums, following the “dusted faded traces of a glorious imperial past.”





The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
** No music this week**

Rodriquez – Folk singer-songwriter, otherwise known as the subject of “Searching for Sugar Man”, at Vogue… SOLD OUT

Thursday Nov 12

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
This adventurous trio explores a far ranging repertoire from Duke Ellington to originals. Featuring Montreal’s Ted Crosby on saxes, James Meger on bass & Omar Amlani on drums.







Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 7p.m.
Cold Case Book Launch
Cold Case: The city’s most baffling unsolved murders.
There are literally hundreds of murders that remain unsolved in Vancouver, some dating back decades; their victims are now essentially invisible, forgotten by everyone except family and friends. Sometimes their cases are looked at again with a fresh set of eyes and the benefit of new technologies; sometimes they are even solved. Most often, the crimes are consigned to the city’s dark history. Part history book, part true crime story, Cold Case Vancouver delves into 50 years of some of Vancouver’s most baffling unsolved murders.

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Merge NE Corner of Clark & Powell (ring the bell) 9p.m. $10
Greasy G and The Poole Party! featuring JACKITO!
with The James Danderfer Trio ….Double Bill
**please note earlier start than normal**
The James Danderfer Trio
James Danderfer – Clarinet, Chris Gestrin – Piano, Joe Poole – Drums
At times sultry, at times jubilant, but always classy, James Danderfer’s swinging trio transports the listener back in time to the small 1930’s cabarets of New Orleans and Chicago. Reminiscent of the great Benny Goodman and Jelly Roll Morton trios, this ensemble performs classic New Orleans repertoire as well as original music inspired by the genre.

Greasy G and The Poole Party! featuring JACKITO!
Greasy G (Chris Gestrin) – Hammond Organ / Moog / Visuals, JACKITO (Jack Duncan) – Percussion, Poole Party (Joe Poole) – Drums
Driving latin, swing and funky grooves + Greasy Hammond Organ = Good Times! After many years of playing together as part of larger ensembles, the spontaneously combustible trio of Gestrin, Poole and Duncan are sure to deliver the goods.

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WISE Hall 1882 Adanac St Bar 7.30p.m. Performance 8.30p.m.
Allies & Angels
An interactive community exhibit with music, dance and art materials for the community to create art. This will be the second Allies & Angels Interactive Community Exhibit which will include paintings, drawings, and sculptures by 13 local artists
Mojgan Abolhassani, Katherine Soucie, CR Avery, Ben Roback, Christie Rose. Performance by dance artist, Salome Nieto accompanied by pianist, Adam Farnsworth. After 9.30p.m. Felonious Punk & Chelsea D E Johnson will play.





Friday Nov 13

Merge NE Corner of Clark & Powell (ring the bell) 10p.m. $10
If you missed them on Thursday at Tangent here is another chance…

Frankie’s Italian Kitchen 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15 (also on Saturday)
Mike Allen 4tet
Mike Allen and his quartet of long time musical partners—Miles Black piano, Steve Holy bass, Dave Robbins drums—will be playing a mix of lush jazz standards and spiritual original works from their release A Hip Cosmos.

mike allen







Saturday Nov 14

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Paul Rushka 6tet
Paul Rushka returns to play original compositions for Jazz @ The Pat. Paul Rushka – bass with Jon Bentley – tenor & soprano saxophones, James Danderfer – clarinet & bass clarinet,
Dave Sikula – guitar, Chris Gestrin – piano & Joe Poole – drums.

paul rushka






Uva Wine Bar 900 Seymour St 9p.m. Free (get there early)                                                  James Danderfer Trio – 2 year anniversary
UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar and James Danderfer are pleased to invite you to the Two Year Anniversary of “The James Danderfer Trio (sometimes quartet, even quintet!)”
James on clarinet & sax, Victor Noriega-keys, Joe Poole-drums

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Rio Theatre 1660 East Broadway 8p.m. $45                                                                                Richard Thompson Trio
Solo acoustic first set followed by electric trio. Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson (founder of Fairport Convention) is also one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for Songwriting on both sides of the Atlantic – from the Americana Music Association in Nashville to Britain’s BBC Awards as well as the prestigious Ivor Novello. In 2011, Thompson received an OBE (Order of the British Empire).

richard thompson





Sunday Nov 15

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 4p.m. Donation
Bill Coon Trio
Led by guru Bill Coon the trio has been performing together for over a decade. Expect brilliant interplay and beautiful improvising. With Darren Radtke on bass and Dave Robbins on drums.

St. Andrews Wesley Burrard & Nelson 4p.m. Donation
Jazz Vespers
The Bonafede Cashe 5tet
Luigi Bonafede is flying in from Torino, Italy. Joining will be Cory Weeds, Russ Botten, Julian McDonough. And in front is Leora Cashe. Lots of original music.

leora cashe








Bayside Lounge 1755 Davie St 7p.m. suggested donation $5-20
Black Gardenia  (1st year anniversary of residence Bayside Lounge)
Vintage Jazz, Old Country and Blues featuring Daphne Roubini and her Ukulele
with her Vintage Jazz Band.

Frankie’s Italian Kitchen 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Ron Johnston Trio
Sublime on the Steinway… a gifted and prolific pianist Ron Johnston was inspired by Canadian jazz pianist Tommy Banks and later studied with the “Maharaja of the keyboard” Oscar Peterson. He has worked and recorded with many great musicians including Paul Horn, Moe Koffman and was a founding member of the influential jazz-fusion band, Pacific Salt. Performing with Cameron Hood bass, Buff Allen drums.

ron j