Phantom Signal, Heart of the City Festival & Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook
Phantom Signal, Heart of the City Festival & Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook

This week Phantom Signal gets all oxymoron on us with a radio show live on stage, we celebrate the communities of the Downtown Eastside, and Stephen Schwartz (yes, that Stephen Schwartz) helps save a marriage with a box of photos and some music.

[dropcap]1[/dropcap]Just in time for Halloween, Phantom Signal is back “on the air” with Tales Too Terrifying to Take Seriously (Oct 26), a comedy-horror radio show performed live on stage at the Fox Cabaret. This month features special guest Deb Williams alongside regulars Jayson McDonald, Andrew Bailey and Tara Travis, plus an original score by Erin Hope-Goldsmith.

Phantom Signal
Phantom Signal presents an evening of comedy-horror radio live on stage.

[dropcap]2[/dropcap]The annual Heart of the City Festival (Oct 28-Nov 1) gets underway as it gives voice to the Downtown Eastside and builds bridges between its low income residents, and the cultural communities and neighbourhoods of the area. This year’s theme is ‘Nourished by Community’ in recognition of the abundance of talent, wisdom and power in the DTES.

Heart of the City Festival
The Heart of the City Festival takes inspiration from the words of the late much beloved Downtown Eastside poet and activist Bud Osborn: Our purpose is to live in community, and community is care, care for one another, care for those least able to care for themselves, care for all, care in action.

[dropcap]3[/dropcap]Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook (Oct 28-Nov 8) gets a return engagement with a production at Presentation House in North Vancouver. What our reviewer called beautifully realized in its 2014 run, the musical from Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin) and David Stern has a troubled marriage saved by a box of snapshots found tucked away in an attic.

Stephen Aberle and Annabel Kershaw in Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook
Stephen Aberle and Annabel Kershaw return for a remount of Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook, that repurposes music from Stephen Schwartz’s earlier works.