Flamenco singer Diego El Cigala makes his Vancouver debut at UBC’s Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Road) on Friday (October 25) at 8 p.m.

Heralded as one of Spain’s most electrifying and innovative performers, El Cigala has transfixed audiences around the world with his deeply emotional performances that seamlessly blend flamenco, tango, Latin jazz, bolero, and son.

“Vancouver possesses a thriving hotbed of flamenco culture and I am thrilled to bring one of the great voices of our century here,” Joyce Hinton, Chan Centre’s co-managing director, stated in a news release. “Diego’s earthy and richly emotive voice is guaranteed to resonate strongly with audience members.”

After the coffee house chain JJ Bean angered many Cambie Village residents last August by destroying a popular mural on the side of their new Cambie Street location, the established Starbucks coffee house a block away has created a pleasing new mural of its own.

The mural is on the south side of the Sturbucks coffee shop on the southeast corner of Cambie Street and 19th Avenue. It depicts a view looking north down Cambie Street towards Vancouver’s downtown skyline.

The mural seems finished but for a large white oval hole which is the exact shape needed to contain a Starbucks logo. In fact the entire mural is painted almost exclusively in the colour palette of the Starbucks logo: black, white, and green.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed psychedelia-swirled shoegazers The Horrors at the Rickshaw. Melanie Talkington was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. The Horrors at the Rickshaw Theatre on October 19, 2014. Thanks Melanie.

You’ll see a lot of people going through the Dumpsters in the back alleys of Vancouver but you won’t see a lot see them doing it wearing a long black overcoat topped with a black fedora.

I only ever knew one Dumpster diver who made a habit of dressing like this and I haven’t seen him for at least four years.

His name was Daryl—a very nice, soft-spoken fellow. Eccentric and artistic. He made interesting things with many of the interesting things he scavenged.

But lo and behold the man in black I saw on Friday was Daryl. He was back! As laconic as ever and still dressing like an extra from the old television show Dragnet.

In the early hours of October 17, a Russian cargo ship lost power and began drifting toward B.C.'s coast.

The vessel is carrying  500 metric tonnes of bunker fuel and 60 tonnes of diesel. At the time of writing, it remained without power and continued to slowly move in the direction of land.

At 5 p.m., the Haida Nation released an update on the situation. The unedited text of that statement appears below.

Be careful if you encounter one of these bright red, luscious looking mushrooms.

Amanita muscaria, as it's known to mycologists, is considered to be poisonous, though detoxification can supposedly occur if thin slices are boiled in water.

These toadstools are growing all over Vancouver as a result of recent downpours.

According to the Pulpfiction Books Twitter feed, there's a large crop beside the former east wing of Vancouver City Hall.

Poison near the seat of city government? Say it ain't so.

The Vancouver Native Housing Society opened its doors Thursday (October 16) for a tour of Skwachàys Lodge, a facility that the organization says is the first aboriginal arts and culture hotel in Canada.

The newly revamped boutique hotel on West Pender Street has been open for business since August, hosting visitors in 18 rooms that feature original work from aboriginal artists.

Vancouver Native Housing CEO David Eddy said the hotel was at about 75 percent occupancy in August. Seasonal rates for the rooms, which each feature different designs, start at $149 a night.

Earlier this year, Vancouver-based restaurant chain Earls Kitchen + Bar unveiled a test kitchen at one of its downtown locations and a product-development team that included some of the city’s most accomplished chefs.

Every weekday, the Straight highlights a great local shot as the Photo of the Day. Interested in submitting your photos for consideration? Check out our Flickr group.

Ottawa dance troupe Bboyizm presents Music Creates Opportunity at the Cultch (1895 Venables Street) from October 21 to 26. Performances start at 8 p.m. from October 21 to 25 and at 2 p.m. on October 26.

Music Creates Opportunity features a new hybrid of rocking and b-boying, brilliantly transitioning hip-hop and breakdancing from the street to the stage.

Tickets for Music Creates Opportunity start at $19 and can be purchased online in advance.

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