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Tika Sumpter, left, and Parker Sawyers in a scene from "Southside With You." (Matt Dinerstein/Miramax and Roadside Attractions/AP)
Tika Sumpter, left, and Parker Sawyers in a scene from "Southside With You." (Matt Dinerstein/Miramax and Roadside Attractions/AP)

weekend round-up

What to watch, read, cook and drink this weekend Add to ...

What to watch: Southside With You

Leave your politics and cynicism at the door when you see Southside With You, a film chronicling the first date between Barack and Michelle Obama back in 1989. The Globe and Mail's film editor Barry Hertz says it’s a tricky business making a film about a sitting U.S. president, but writer-director Richard Tanne “puts a rom-com spin on Barack Obama’s legacy” as we follow a young Barack and Michelle Robinson around Chicago in the summer of 1989. “Southside with You is a simple film only designed to charm,” Hertz writes. Read the review.

Read Barry Hertz’s interview with Tika Sumpter – who plays Michelle in Southside With You (and is also one of the film’s producers) – about the imitation game, the Windy City and reaction to the film from the First Family.

What to read: News from the Red Desert

Kevin Patterson’s News from the Red Desert is a war novel that begins in Kandahar in December, 2001, during a conflict that many Canadians have already forgotten, or chosen to ignore, Globe contributor Robert J. Wiersema writes. The author intertwines storylines and characters to offer readers a glimpse of the day-to-day routine of serving in and covering the war in the Middle East, which at times can be mundane. Patterson’s own experience volunteering as a doctor for the Canadian mission serving in Kandahar in 2007 provides “an intimate depth, not just to the physical descriptions of the novel, but to its psychological reality, the interweaving of the individuals within the depersonalized khaki,” Wiersema writes. Patterson has crafted “one of the finest war novels this country has ever seen.” Read the book review.

What to cook: Granola-ish bars

With Labour Day and the start of school just around the corner, the thought of what to pack for lunch looms. But as mother-daughter duo Emma and Lucy Waverman advise: keep it simple. They recommend these easy-to-make granola bars that are held together by chocolate, but filled with wholesome ingredients so you won’t feel like you or your kids are just eating a bar of chocolate. Try the recipe.

What to drink: Orange wine

Orange is the new pink. Rosé has been having a moment as of late, but as Globe wine columnist Beppi Crosariol points out, there’s a fourth wine tint that is all the rage: orange. Although orange wines are based on white grapes, they’re made like red wines with skins and sometimes stems left in contact with juice during fermentation and aging, Crosariol writes. “The added solids impart not just a richer colour but also heady floral-herbal aromas, a creamy texture and a pleasing backbone of gently astringent tannins.” Read the column.

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