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.”

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.

Live Nation has announced that English singer-songwriter Sam Smith will play a show at Rogers Arena on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, in support of his debut studio album, In the Lonely Hour.

When he reached number one on the singles chart last year, collaborating with London production wizard Naughty Boy, on the global hit single La, La, La, Smith says he felt relieved.

"It’s almost like a little gift," he says. "Now I’ve had a number one I don’t feel that pressure. Of course I want the songs to do well but it’s about making an artistic statement."

Vancouver Opera presents the world premiere of Stickboy on October 23. The opera by Neil Weisensel and Shane Koyczan runs until November 7 at the Vancouver Playhouse (601 Cambie Street).

Stickboy was written by spoken-word artist Koyczan and composed by Weisensel. The opera explores the inner life of a young boy transformed by bullying.

Tickets are available online in advance.

The Rio Grind Film Festival takes place at the Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway) from October 23 to 26.

The festival features a collection of alternative action, horror, science fiction, and fantasy short films, documentaries, and dramas from B.C. and around the world. The Rio Grind Film Fest will feature the B.C. premieres of horror anthology The ABCs of Death 2, The Tribe, Spring, and These Final Hours.

A detailed schedule and advance tickets can be found on the Rio Theatre website.

Dances for a Small Stage 31 takes place at the Ukrainian Centre (154 East 10th Avenue) from October 23 to 25. The live dance and music series presented by MovEnt and Music on Main will be headlined by composer John Oswald and choreographer Holly Small in their first-ever joint performance on the West Coast stage.

One Yellow Rabbit’s Denise Clarke presents her new solo show, wag, at the Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova Street) from October 21 to 25.

Wag is a blend of monologue and movement, and presents a candid mosaic of highly personal moments. The piece is inspired by Clarke’s own “cheering up program”, which includes a playlist, dance, and way of life.

The Calgary-based dancer sold out two runs of her show, A Fabulous Disaster, in 2004 and 2006, the last times that she performed in Vancouver.

Tickets to wag are $22 to $32 and can be purchased online in advance. 

The 2014 Modulus Festival presented by Music on Main takes place across Vancouver from October 23 to 29. This year, events and concerts will be help at Heritage Hall (3102 Main Street), The Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews), and the Ukrainian Centre (154 East 10th Avenue).

The Modulus Festival introduces leading musicians and composers to audiences in fun, intimate settings.

HUB's 2014 Fall Bike to Work Week will launch with a party at 6 p.m. tonight (October 15) for 200 Bike to Work Week team leaders, bike-friendly business supporters, and the media.

The event will feature a fall bike fashion show featuring 10 bike commuters from participating organizations (Vancity, Richards Buell Sutton LLP, the Georgia Straight, Vancouver Coastal Health, Modacity, Momentum Magazine, and HUB) who will demonstrate that biking to work is not only healthy, affordable, and green, but you can also look great doing it. 

The fall 2014 edition of the Gastown Shop Hop takes place this Thursday (October 16) from 5 to 9 p.m. During the event, some of Vancouver’s most stylish clothing, shoes, accessories, and home furnishing shops will offer discounts, in-store specials, and more.

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