Picks Of The Week – June 19, 2013

It’s official, this weekend is the first weekend of summer and sadly the days start getting shorter from here on so you’d better make the most of them!

Jazz: Nikki Yanofsky, Herbie Hancock, Macy Gray, Jim Byrnes, Bettye LaVette are just a few of the artist to perform at this year’s Vancouver International Jazz Fest when it gets underway this weekend in venues across Vancouver.

avenue-qStage: Often described at Sesame Street for adults, Avenue Q is a hilarious mix of puppetry and in-the-flesh actors as they sing and act out the day to day lives of the occupants of Avenue Q. The musical runs at the Arts Club Theatre until August 3

Show: On Saturday June 22, Portland’s Dandy Warhols take over the Commodore Ballroom stage for a unique show as they perform their album “13 Tales From Urban Bohemia” live in its entirety

Football: The BC Lions kick off their 2013 season with their final preseason test as they host Edmonton Eskimos at BC Place on Friday June 21.

Change: Saturday marks the end of “Be The Change” a fundraising drive for Vancouver Friends For Life. West End establishments, Celebrities, Oasis, Fountainhead and 1181 have donation vases where you can drop off your now out-of-cirulation pennies. Pennies may also be donated at The Diamond Centre at the annual Bake Sale & BBQ (see below)

Sale: Saturday, The Diamond Centre for Living at 1459 Barclay Street hosts their annual Bake Sale and Bbq raising funds for Vancouver Friends For Life. Buy or donate baked goods, purchase a hot dog or burger while you tour the house and visit with friends and neighbours from the community

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