Ode to Color: the ten essential palettes for living and design
by Lori Weitzner
My favourite decorating book, Ode to Color, is so much more than just a colourful coffee table book to flip through. Instead, it reads like a magical novel, a beautiful art and textile book, as well as being an enthralling social history account.
Author Lori Weitzner has brought together the most wonderful combination of cultural anecdotes, personal stories and decorating tips. I was captivated by literary quotes from Harry Potter books, A.A. Milne’s poems, Dr. Seuss, and lots of non-fiction books including Thoreau’s Walden.
The quotes are set on pages with stunning artwork and photography along with interesting stories weaving history, books, people and advice into a kaleidoscope experience for all your senses. Even the chapter headings invite you to experience the sensations of hearing the Waterside…seeing the Silverlight…experiencing the Garden Party or smelling the Fragrant Woods. For a real treat, check out a copy of Ode to Color.
- Anne, Information Services
What We're Watching
Avengers: Infinity War
directed by Anthony and Joe Russo
Avengers: Infinity War is the culmination of ten years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), encompassing 18 prior films. In it, we finally meet Thanos, a powerful alien being who believes the universe is overcrowded and its resources are in danger of being used up. His solution is to exterminate half of all living creatures, thus returning things to a more balanced state. To this end, he seeks to harness the power of the six Infinity Stones, vessels for the energies that create existence. The heroes of the MCU learn of Thanos’ plan and try to stop him.
I am a big fan of the superhero genre, and I think this film delivers in every way, living up to the considerable hype going in. The writers manage to work in just about every hero we’ve seen in the MCU so far. The action scenes are tremendous with great pacing and incredible special effects. There is some humour sprinkled in, and even a few genuine emotional moments. I think the depiction of the villain Thanos is excellent, portraying him not as a bloodthirsty madman, but as a righteous believer in his cause, and sympathetic to the lives he looks to wipe out.
My only complaint about this film is the same as anyone else who’s seen it: it is clearly a part-one-of-two movie, so we are left hanging with the story incomplete. We’ll have to wait until May 2019 to see how it all ends.
In a nutshell: if you are willing to ignore the fact that it is the first half of a larger movie, Avengers: Infinity War is an awesome film in the superhero genre, one of the best I’ve seen.
Belmont Village will be hosting their second annual Bestival on September 15th from 10 am to 10 pm.
Bestival is free street festival that promotes local artists and musicians, and will also include a number of other vendors and community organizations.
Featuring groups like the Penderecki String Quartet, Safe as Houses, and a number of concert bands, Bestival is a great opportunity to enjoy one more free outdoor music experience before the cold weather sets in!
Additionally, Kitchener Public Library’s Book Pedaler will be at the festival, bringing books, library cards, and an assortment of musical instruments!
The festival is located at 700 Belmont Avenue, and free parking will be available.
For more information about Bestival, visit their website here.
- Joseph, Information Services
Like She Owns the Place
Cara Alwill Leyba
Like She Owns the Place is a body and mind positive experience where Cara delves into her own past as she helps you delve into your life to embrace your own confidence.
Finishing this book gave me a mental and emotional boost as I reflected on her built in self-reflection exercises and reveled in her frank attitude which was inspiring for a person struggling with confidence and personal positivity.