Winding down in September!
Alas, summer has come and gone so quickly. The days are getting shorter and the air is getting colder! We must admit, we will miss the sunshine, but not the heatwaves… We don’t have many updates for you as we are winding down from a busy summer, and taking a bit of a break before we dive into our next project.
Again, we would like to thank everyone who participated in or watched In Bloom, and more recently, the debut of our latest series, Petal Projects. This August, we produced “Songs for a Beautiful Evening” performed by Emily Rocha and Joy Lee. We were fortunate enough to film this project in a physical space (finally outside of our homes!!) with beautiful lighting and enchanting songs. If you have not watched the performance yet, you can find the video on our Facebook page. Our goal with Petal Projects is to create a platform in which people are able to practice the art of storytelling through many means. The possibilities of storytelling are boundless and we want to share all forms of it! This is an open-ended series that we plan to return to whenever the opportunities arise! First avenue? Opera! Next? Only time will tell!
Also, a few of our team and community members are headed back to school and starting new jobs this September, so we wish them lots of luck in their new and continuing endeavors! September can feel a bit overwhelming after a summer of fun in the sun or much needed relaxation, so during this time, please remember to take care of yourself physically and mentally. Practice self-care, stay active, and take every day one step at a time. If you find yourself needing to unwind after a long day of school or work, check out this month’s recommendations from our team!
Here you can find recommendations from Dandelion’s team members! Each diary will include a new list of our updated favourites! Have you watched or read something that you think we should know about? Shoot us a message on our facebook, instagram, or twitter with your recommendations!
The World of Edena by Jean “Moebius” Giraud
“If you’re an artist who doesn’t know the name Moebius, you should. The groundbreaking graphic novel and comic book artist is behind some of the most iconic imagery in the science fiction canon. From Blade Runner to Tron, Alien, The Fifth Element, and Dune, the French artist has his fingerprints all over classic film storyboards. In addition to lending his talents to the world of cinema, his graphic novels are equally influential. The World of Edena is probably the best introduction to Moebius’ work. It possesses the artist’s distinct style of fluid lines and bright pastel colours, all while telling a story of exploration and the relationship between an ecosystem and those that inhabit it. While not as explicitly cerebral as some of the artist’s other work (like The Incal for example, written with Alejandro Jodorowsky), we are still brought face to face with questions of devotion, responsibility, and the nature of reality. Coupled with frame after frame of gorgeous illustration, this graphic novel makes for an experience that is grandiose, immersive, and theatrical to its core.” - Max Ackerman (Artistic Director)
The Green Knight
“The Green Knight stars Dev Patel and is easily one of the weirdest movies I’ve seen. It’s based on an old 14th century Middle-English chivalric romance. The movie is only about two hours long and doesn’t have the most linear story. By the end of my first viewing, I didn’t really know what I had just watched. The more I thought about the movie after leaving the theatre, the more I wanted to watch it again. All I could think about was how amazing the cinematography was, how unforgettable Dev Patel was as Sir Gawain, and how damn weird it was. If you’re looking for a unique and unforgettable fantasy story, you need to go see The Green Knight. It’s truly something special.” - Joshua Sidlofsky (Executive Director)
“Okay, first of all, I know this show came out in 2020 and won like a bunch of Emmys but I only started watching when I saw the ads for season 2, and let me tell you it is amazing!!! The episodes are like 30 minutes of happiness, the show contains so much beautiful optimism, and kindness it makes my heart very happy. And on top of that, the acting is incredible and the characters are so beautifully crafted, all of them are so well established and their relationships keep you wanting to binge it all in one sitting. I know the show is still on and very successful but I find myself watching and wishing for a gender-bent version so I can play Ted Lasso and exist in the world. Maybe one day I could write an impartial and eloquent review but for now, I can only tell you it’s pretty darn great.” - Reid Martin (Outreach Coordinator)
Irish Potato Bread (Farls): Submitted by Emily Doucette (Managing Director)
This recipe is from my mum’s side of the family and has been a brunch staple for as long as I can remember. Likely the simplest recipe in the world and the perfect way to use leftover mashed potatoes. It’s like a hybrid flatbread and potato pancake. It’s a traditional Irish recipe, but made best with your already prepared mashed potatoes to get extra flavour - adding things like garlic and hot sauce are a must, and you can even add some cheese if you’re feelin’ the dairy. Though I give a specific amount here, you can make the recipe as big or small as you want because the bread freezes really well!
2 cups of mashed potatoes
1 ½ cups of flour (add more as needed)
3tbsp of oil for cooking (cook in bacon fat for extra fun and flavour)
Extras: Add salt, pepper, garlic, hot sauce, cheese, etc. if your mashed potatoes aren’t already seasoned well
Combine mashed potatoes, flour, and added extras
When stable, roll out dough onto a floured surface
Roll to 1-inch thickness and cut into desired shapes
Cook in pan on medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes on each side
Serve! (Best with fried egg and bacon, but that’s just one girl’s opinion!)