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. 

Virtually everyone knows about the ice bucket challenge, which raises funds for research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Now, the sextremist group Femen has introduced a twist to draw attention to Russian president Vladimir Putin's aggressive moves against Ukraine.

In response to his visit to Milan, two Femen protesters removed their tops and drenched themselves with buckets full of symbolic Ukrainian blood.

"The Hague tribunal's prison yard should be the only venue for Putin," Femen states on its website. "Dictatorship must die! No to the war in Ukraine! FUCK YOU PUTIN!"

Femen was founded in Ukraine in 2008 by Anna Hutsol. She's an economist who was born in Russia and moved to Ukraine in 1991.

Last night as I moderated a Vancouver candidates' discussion at St. James Community Hall, I learned that the Cedar Party's Glen Chernen is planning a new legal manoeuvre against the mayor.

Chernen told the crowd of about 350 people that he's going to court to challenge the legitimacy of Gregor Robertson's candidacy for reelection.

According to Chernen, there are allegedly irregularities in how Robertson filled out the official candidate form. It concerns the address that the mayor used in his declaration to the city.

I ran into Chernen and his brother Nicholas, who are both running for council, during a visit to Co-op Radio to appear on David Ball's Media Mornings show this morning.

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. 

It’s a fine how-do-you-do when a person sets out to write some light fluff about the squirrel they saw yesterday running along a wire—maybe with an eye towards a bit of wordplay about wires and wireless—only to discover that the United States Navy, of all things, has beat them to the punch.

But this is what we find:

“To enhance the security posture of DoD networks, Flying Squirrel provides a real-time wireless discovery, integrated visualization and mapping, and post-hoc analysis capabilities. These capabilities are provided in Flying Squirrel (interchangeably referred to as Flying Squirrel Wireless Assessment Tool Suite) via the Flying Squirrel, Caribou, Woodchuck, and MeerCAT-FS components.”

Oh stop. It hurts to laugh that hard!

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed Leeds indie-rock band Alt-J at the Orpheum. Steph Fong was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Alt-J at the Orpheum Theatre on October 14, 2014. Thanks Steph.

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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