Weekend Picks

With the summer almost gone, we think that it’s about time for you turn on, tune in, and grab this installment of Weekend Picks.

Spark: A Burning Man Story

Each year, 60,000 people from around the globe gather in the Nevada desert for the week-long Burning Man festival, where they party and collaborate on large-scale art before burning a giant effigy in a ritual frenzy. Rooted in self-expression, self-reliance and community effort, Burning Man has grown famous for stirring ordinary people to shed their nine-to-five existence and act on their dreams.

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Festival Express

In 1970, such names as Janis Joplin, The Band, The Grateful Dead, and Buddy Guy traveled by a customized train for five days to Toronto, Calgary, and Winnipeg for a mega-concert at each stop. This experience was filmed and some footage was locked away, until now.

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Science Fiction Picks

This month I chose something that’s a little older to share.  One urban fantasy, and one high fantasy series.

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

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Harry Dresden’s Yellow Pages ad reads:

Harry Dresden–Wizard
Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations.
Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates.
No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, no-one else does what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things — and most of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a — well, whatever. There’s just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name. And that’s when things start to get… interesting. Magic. It can get a guy killed.

In Fantasy reader circles, Harry Dresden is sometimes known as ‘the other wizard named Harry’.  Storm Front is the first book in a series of 15 books (so far) detailing Harry’s adventures with magic in the city of Chicago.

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

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The book starts off with the lives of Rand, Perrin, and Matt, three young men in a small village at the end of the road.  Evil takes notice of the village, and one of the three will become the Dragon, destined to save the world, as well as destroy it.  What follows is a high adventure, complete with good vs. evil, magic, a bit of a love story, and close escapes.  Robert Jordan excels at world building, so the setting of this fantasy epic is very vivid.

The Eye of the World is the first book of the Wheel of Time series, a 14 book series.

Weekend Picks

With questionable weather upon us this weekend, we’re taking this as an opportunity to feature two of film’s most memorable pessimists:

Travis Bickle, is a taxi driver running the hardest routes of New York City. Jep Gambardella, is a resident loafer and King of Rome’s nightlife. Both are in search of purpose somewhere between the inconstant beauty and wretched squalor of life.

Taxi Driver

A mentally unstable Vietnam war veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a teenage prostitute in the process.

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La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty)

For decades, journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the glittering nightlife of Rome. Since the legendary success of his only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and elite social circles. But on his sixty-fifth birthday, Jep unexpectedly finds himself taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries.

Academy Award Winner – Oscar, Best Foreign Language Film, 2014 .

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This Book Has Pictures! | Safari Honeymoon

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Far from the comfort and safety of their condo, a couple explore the wild in Jesse Jacob’s Safari Honeymoon. Surrounded by slithering, slimy, bizarre and dangerous creatures, and the only things keeping them at bay is their trusty guide.

“Jacob’s art blew me away when I first opened the book. As I began reading I kept seeing more and more details tucked away in the corner that I would have to give my full attention. Jacob’s captures the cute, terrifying and unsettling with his pen in a way that won’t let you put the book down.” -Drew

Jesse Jacobs was born in Moncton, New Brunswick, but now draws comics from his home in London, Ontario. In 2009, his books Small Victories and Blue Winter were short listed at the Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning.