It was a tumultuous week for Apple. After unveiling the latest iPhone model, dubbed the 4S, on Tuesday to a relatively lukewarm reception, its co-founder Steve Jobs died from complications of pancreatic cancer on Wednesday night, setting off an outpouring of grief and tributes from just about everyone. Jobs (pictured) was 56 years old.
After shrouding the entire operation in secrecy for months, hip hop icon Kanye West (pictured) unveiled his debut fashion line, Dw By Kanye West (named after his late mother), at Paris Fashion Week last weekend. Most critics said they found his line, which featured bright colours and tight leather with a profusion of zippers, to be 'confusing' and 'busy'.
Mainland rock fans celebrated the National Day holiday last week at the Strawberry Changjiang Music Festival, a four-day rock extravaganza featuring indie rock bands from around the globe. Standout acts included Blood Group (from Iceland), The Ocean (Denmark), The Koxx (South Korea), The Whip (UK), Tanya Chua (Singapore), and even Cheer Chen (pictured) and Sodagreen from Taiwan.
A Michael Jackson-themed Cirque du Soleil show, titled Michael Jackson the Immortal, premiered last Sunday at the Bell Centre. The show, set to run for two years around the world, covers Jackson's entire musical legacy, including his days with the Jackson 5. The show will stay in Canada throughout this month before hitting the US, including a long stint in Las Vegas in December.
Some of Pablo Picasso's most famous works, such as The Barefoot Girl, Woman in Red Armchair and Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (pictured), will be exhibited in the Shanghai Expo site's China pavilion next week. In all, 62 oil paintings, sculptures and block prints created by the legendary Spanish artist will be on display.
Fifty paintings by artists from the Dutch Golden Age are now being shown at the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art as part of the 'Communication: Visualising the Human Connection in the Age of Vermeer' exhibition. Much of the work are from Johannes Vermeer (pictured) and Pieter de Hooch, two of the leading painters from that era. The exhibition ends next Sunday.