Vancouver Moving Theatre in association with Carnegie Community Centre and the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians presents the 11th annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival. Over 90 events take place at more than 25 locations throughout the DTES from October 29 to November 9.

This year’s festival theme is “keeping the home fires burning” and includes 12 days of music, stories, songs, poetry, cultural celebrations, films, theatre, dance, processions, spoken word, workshops, discussions, gallery exhibits, mixed media, art talks, history talks, walking tours, and artist showcases.

Chor Leoni presents their 22nd annual Remembrance Day concerts, A Great Service from November 8 to 11. The November 8 concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Queens Avenue United Church (529 Queens Avenue, New Westminster). The November 11 concerts will take place at 1 p.m. at West Vancouver United Church (2062 Esquimalt Avenue, West Vancouver) and at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church (1012 Nelson Street).

The choir will perform works by Holst and Schmitt, as well as Agnus Dei by Ghedini from Mass in D and Dies Irae by Stroope. Along with the choir, concerts will feature a reading from Christopher Gaze, organist Ellen Ay-Laung Wang, and pianist Ken Cormier.

The Vancouver Cantata Singers open their 2014-15 season with Frank Martin Mass, Baroque Heritage, and Modern Age at Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard Street) on Saturday (October 25) at 8 p.m.

The concert explores choral masterpieces and features Frank Martin’s Mass for Unaccompanied Double Choir. This work is universally regarded as one of the great choral masterpieces of the 20th century. The concert will also include works by Bach, Stravinsky, Block, Poulenc, and Orban.

Tickets to Frank Martin Mass, Baroque Heritage, and Modern Age are $25 to $30 and can be purchased online in advance.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed indie-soul singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata at the Biltmore. Lizzy Chun was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Rachael Yamagata at the Biltmore Cabaret on October 21, 2014. Thanks Lizzy.

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.

Jonathan Rogers Park is less than two block away from the Go Green bottle depot, so I ride by it a lot. I also stop and enjoy it from time to time.

The park boasts a washroom, soccer goal posts, a small children’s play area, a concrete wading pool which has not deliberately been filled in living memory, and a small community garden. Mostly it is a one block rectangle of grass fringed on two sides by trees—and residents seem to like it that way.

Looking at it, big picture-wise

Jonathan Rogers Park is a good illustration of why I think fields of green are irresistible to cash-strapped cities.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed Grammy-winning Vancouver pop vocalist Sarah McLachlan at the Orpheum. Alex Schibli was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Sarah McLachlan at the Orpheum Theatre on October 20, 2014. Thanks Alex.

Correction: This photo was actually taken at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria. Our bad.

Sometimes you want some freebie a website is offering—a music file, a report, perhaps a technical preview of their new operating system. Often as not the website requires you to sign up and provide personal details such as your name and email.

Quite likely the whole point of offering the freebie is to harvest your personal information.

Before it will hand the thing over, the website may further insist on sending you a message with a link you have to click on to verify the email address you supplied.

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.