In addition to revealing new iPads and free software updates today (October 16), Apple also unveiled a new iMac desktop computer with the world’s highest resolution display.

The iMac with Retina display is a 27-inch monitor with the computer built into a chassis that is only five millimetres thick. 

The new Retina 5K display has a resolution of 5120 x 2880 and 14.7 million pixels, which is seven times more pixels than a standard high definition television, and 67 percent more than 4K displays that currently sell for around $3,000.

Apple today (October 16) announced free upgrades to some of its software as well as new models of iPad and Mac computers.

The announcements were made to media assembled at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California. 

Yosemite, the newest version of Apple’s OS X desktop operating system, has a completely new look and feel that echoes the changes made last year to iOS. A number of the programs built into the operating system have also been redesigned, including iTunes, Mail, Messages, and web browser Safari. 

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed Los Angeles-based singer Banks at the Commodore. Aida Esmaili was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Banks at the Commodore Ballroom on October 15, 2014. Thanks Aida.

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. 

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.

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