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Things to do around Metro Vancouver Aug. 11-17

This week’s events around Metro Vancouver include the Cinematheque’s annual film noir series and the inaugural Vancouver Int’l Polo Fest.

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Whether you’re looking for date-night ideas, free things to do or just something fun to do with the kids, you can’t go wrong with our list of events happening around Metro Vancouver between Aug. 11-17. Headlining this week’s picks is the inaugural Vancouver Int’l Polo Festival.

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Here are 5 things to do in Metro Vancouver this week:

Vancouver International Polo Festival

When: Aug. 13, 2:30-10 p.m.

Where: Southlands Riding Club, 7025 Macdonald St., Vancouver

Tickets: $25 at vancouverpolofest.com

Co-presented by the Vancouver Polo Club and Southlands Riding Club, the inaugural year of the Vancouver International Polo Festival features polo matches, a divot stomp — where spectators replace the mounds of dirt torn up by hoofs during the game — a band, DJs, custom polo-themed art installations and gallery-style art walk. The themed event also includes tango dancers and Argentine cuisine. General admission tickets offer access to a Veuve Cliquot Champagne tent, a beer lounge with games, a complimentary wine tasting, and a curated cocktail program. In addition, polo clinics and interactive games will be held, with 100 per cent of proceeds going to B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Southland’s Horse Rescue Program.

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The original 1947 version of Nightmare Alley screens as part of Cinematheque’s annual noir festival.
The original 1947 version of Nightmare Alley screens as part of Cinematheque’s annual noir festival. jpg

Film Noir 2022

When: Until Aug. 22

Where: Cinematheque, 1131 Howe St., Vancouver

Tickets: $14/12/10 at thecinematheque.ca

It’s August, and that means easy marks, doublecrossing dames, and smoking gats. This year’s film noir selection at the Cinematheque includes, among others, the 1947 movie Nightmare Alley, recently remade by Guillermo del Toro; Billy Wilder’s classic Sunset Boulevard; I Wake Up Screaming, with Victor Mature and Betty Grable; and two Raymond Chandler adaptations, The Big Sleep and The Long Goodbye. The former is the 1946 Howard Hawks feature with Bogie and Bacall, the latter Robert Altman’s dissolute, sun-drenched 1973 film with Elliott Gould as private eye Philip Marlowe. The Cinematheque is also hosting a film noir two-day filmmaking workshop Aug. 13 and a 50th Anniversary Film Noir Party at Performance Works Aug. 19.

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Corey Payette (pictured), Chelsea Rose, Merewyn Comeau, and Desirée Dawson perform selections from the delayed musical Sedna Aug 12 at York Theatre. Photo: Ryan McDonald.
Corey Payette (pictured), Chelsea Rose, Merewyn Comeau, and Desirée Dawson perform selections from the delayed musical Sedna Aug 12 at York Theatre. Photo: Ryan McDonald. Photo by Ryan McDonald /jpg

Guide My Way: A Celebration of the Music from Sedna

When: Aug. 12 at 8 p.m.

Where: York Theatre, 639 Commercial Dr., Vancouver

Tickets: $5-$29.99 at tickets.thecultch.com

Postponed due to COVID-19 and loss of puppets, Urban Ink’s new musical Sedna gets a soft rollout with this concert. Sedna creator Corey Payette performs music from the show along with Chelsea Rose, Merewyn Comeau, and JUNO-nominated singer-songwriter Desirée Dawson. The concert also features dancers with choreography by Shion Skye Carter. The full-scale production of the Urban Ink presentation was delayed by the pandemic and then by the November 2021 flooding in Abbotsford, which damaged production materials, including large-scale lantern puppets. Payette is the creator of the acclaimed 2017 musical Children of God.


L.A. rockers The Regrettes play Fortune Sound Club Aug. 17. Photo Lissyelle Laricchia.
L.A. rockers The Regrettes play Fortune Sound Club Aug. 17. Photo Lissyelle Laricchia. Photo by Lissyelle Laricchia /jpg

The Regrettes

When: Aug. 17 at 7 p.m.

Where: Fortune Sound Club, Vancouver

Tickets: $29.50 at ticketweb.ca

Led by vocalist Lydia Night, Los Angeles indie-rock band the Regrettes comes to town fresh off a well-received set at Lollapalooza 2022 in Chicago. The quartet is touring in support of its third album, Further Joy, which follows their 2017 debut, Feel Your Feelings Fool!, and its critically acclaimed followup, 2019’s How Do You Love? According to Washington Square News, the new album “is a significant departure from the garage punk-rock sound that coated their previous works … and instead leans into sweeping synths and bouncing pop beats.”

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Jana Seale is among the buskers who have returned to local farmers markets this summer. Photo: Lisa King, Twins Lens Photography.
Jana Seale is among the buskers who have returned to local farmers markets this summer. Photo: Lisa King, Twins Lens Photography. Photo by Lisa King Twins Lens Photography /jpg

B.C. Farmers Markets

When: Ongoing

Where: Various locations

Info: bcfarmersmarkettrail.com

Buskers have returned to local farmers markets for the first time since the pandemic. Some of the folks providing a soundtrack to purchasing fruit, fish, and homemade delicacies include Ranj Singh, Jana Seale, and Caden Knudson. Singh, at Port Coquitlam Farmers Market Aug. 11 and Surrey Urban Farmers Market Aug. 14, blends Eastern rhythms and melodies with Western folk. Chilliwack’s Seale plays and sings coffee house pop/folk. She’ll be at Abbotsford Market Aug. 13, White Rock Aug. 14, and Coast Valley Market Civic Plaza North Vancouver Aug. 17. Knudson, from Maple Ridge, is one-half of the duo Knudson & Connaughton. He’s at Haney Farmers Market Aug. 13 and Surrey Urban Farmers Market Aug. 20.

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