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Thursday 18

GENS HELLQUIST SEXUAL HEALTH CLINIC This clinic is queer and trans positive and provides free STI testing, rapid HIV testing, pap tests and birth control.  OUTSaskatoon, Thursdays from 5–8 p.m. OUTSaskatoon also offers a range of social and support groups for people who identify with different communities on the gender spectrum. See outsaskatoon.ca for details.

LET’S GET KNOTTY Weekly drop-in session for people interested in knitting, crocheting and other fabric arts. Frances Morrison Library, 7 p.m. See saskatoonlibrary.ca.

SASKATCHEWAN RATTLERS VS GUELPH NIGHTHAWKS SaskTel Centre, 7 p.m. See therattlers.ca.

HOT SUMMER NIGHTS Each Thursday evening throughout the summer Broadway District is hosting a range of family-friendly workshops on subjects such as yoga, composting and other community activities. Broadway District, 7–9 p.m. See broadwayyxe.com.

COMEDY LAB Weekly open mic with stand-up, sketch and improv hosted by the Williamson brothers and Dakota Ray Hebert. Crazy Cactus Loft, sign up at 7:30 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m. $5.

WHIPP-LASH Live drag show featuring local performers. Pink Lounge & Nightclub, 10 p.m.

Friday 19

STORYTIME WITH SASKATOON ZOO SOCIETY This family-friendly event runs throughout the summer, and features a guest animal. Alice Turner Library, 10:30–11:30 a.m. See saskatoonlibrary.ca.

SASKATOON DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL Over 1100 rowers take to the South Saskatchewan River in teams of 22 to raise funds for charity by paddling their buns off, while the laziest/least fit crew member beats out time on a drum. The event includes cultural and social activities, with proceeds to Children’s Wish Foundation of Saskatchewan and Ronald McDonald House Charities Saskatchewan. July 19–20. See facilitymarketing.com.

BRIDGE CITY BRAWL IV This two-day competition was rescheduled from June. It features radio controlled vehicles is hosted by Saskatoon Off-Road Radio Control Club. Near Wyant Raceway, July 19–21. See skoffroad.ca.

THOROUGHBRED RACING Marquis Downs. Post time at 6:35 p.m. See marquisdowns.com.

THE ATLAS FIGMENT Live contemporary dance performance presented by Free Flow Dance. The work by choreographer Jackie Latendresse, with dancers Rachel Saufert, Kyle Syverson and Miriam Edghill, and music composed and recorded by Cliff Burns. Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Community Stage, 6:45 p.m. See shakespearesask.com.

Saturday 20

BATTLE OF THE BUNNOCKS This second annual one-day bunnock tournament is hosted by the Saskatoon & District Kinettes. Proceeds go to Pride Home for LGBTQ youth. UMEA Vast Park, 10 a.m. See saskatoonkinettes.com.

FAMILY FUN DAY This outdoor event includes a petting zoo, dunk tank, inflatables, games and more. Proceeds go to Child Find Saskatchewan. Kinsmen Park, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $3 per wristband. See childfind.sk.ca.

WILD WEEKENDS This summer-long event includes a morning presentation on brown bears and North American porcupine and an afternoon presentation the python (or other reptile) in the Affinity Learning Centre. Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo, July 20–21. See saskatoonzoosociety.ca.

FIBA 3X3 WORLD TOUR MASTERS This tournament is sanctioned by the International Basketball Federation and will feature three-person teams from Canada and other countries. It also includes a dunk and shooting contest and other on and off-court entertainment. July 20–21. See fiba.basketball/3x3worldtour/2019.

BEADING 101 This workshop offers an introduction to beading. Freda Ahenakew Library, 10:30–11:30 a.m. See saskatoonlibrary.ca.

SHS PASSPORT GARDEN TOUR This self-guided tour of some of Saskatoon’s finest gardens is hosted by the Saskatoon Horticultural Society. The tour runs from noon to 4 p.m., and goes rain or shine. $15 per passport, with children under 12 free. See saskatoonhortsociety.ca.

APOLLO 11 MOON LANDING To celebrate the golden anniversary of this historic event the University of Saskatchewan Astronomy Department is hosting a screening of Todd Douglas Miller’s 2019 documentary Apollo 11 which features restored NASA footage from the mission. That will be followed by a star party. Neatby-Timlin Theatre (Arts 241), doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.

WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? Live improvised comedy and song featuring Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, Dave Foley and Joel Murray. Dakota Dunes Casino, show at 8 p.m. See dakotadunescasino.com.

BORED OF DIRECTORS: JULY SPECTACULAR! Live performance by Saskatoon-based improv troupe. La Troupe du Jour (914 20th St.), 9 p.m. $10.

THOROUGHBRED RACING See July 19.

Sunday 21

INTERNATIONAL WHEAT CONGRESS Opening Day. See Ongoing.

PACIFIC NORTHWEST ECONOMIC REGION: SUMMIT Opening Day. See Ongoing.

SASK FLEA MARKET The market includes antiques, records, collectibles, games and more. German Cultural Centre, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. $2 at door. 306-370-0012.

MARR RESIDENCE: OPEN HOUSE Opportunity to tour this house, which was built in 1884. 326 11th St E., every Sunday in July and August from 1–4 p.m. See themarr.ca.

NUTANA/BROADWAY WALKING TOUR This tour is hosted by Saskatoon Heritage Society and will be led by Dianne Wilson. Departs from Nutana Collegiate, 2–3 p.m. See saskatoonheritage.ca.

Monday 22

AN EVENING WITH EDEN ROBINSON This event involves a conversation between the award-winning Indigenous author of such books as Traplines, Monkey Beach and Blood Sports with Tenille Campbell. McNally Robinson, 7 p.m. See mcnallyrobinson.com.

WEST COAST SWING This weekly event has a beginner dance lesson at 8 p.m., with social dance at 9 p.m. Toon Town Tavern. See westcoastswingsaskatoon.com.

Tuesday 23

NASCAR PINTY’S SERIES This two-evening event includes races in different vehicle categories culminating in the Pinty’s Series race. Wyant Group Raceway, July 23–24. See wyantgroupraceway.ca.

WOODSHOP 101 Introductory workshop on woodworking. Saskatoon Makerspace, 5–8:30 p.m. See saskatoonmakerspace.com.

SWINGIN’ ON THE SASKATCHEWAN River Landing Amphitheatre, every Tuesday until Sept. 24. Beginner lesson at 7 p.m., dancing from 8–10 p.m. No partner required, all skill levels welcome. See saskatoonlindyhop.ca.

JAMES DAVIDGE: 1ST LEGION OF UTOPIA Launch for a new graphic novel that examines the roots of the CCF/NDP. McNally Robinson, 7 p.m. See mcnallyrobinson.com.

SHOW BOAT Live production of the classic musical set on a Mississippi river boat with book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and music by Jerome Kern. Presented by La Troupe du Jour, although this show is in English. Flint Saloon, 9 p.m. See latroupedujour.

Wednesday 24

1ST LEGION OF UTOPIA Launch for a new graphic novel by James Davidge that looks at the history of the CCF/NDP. 8th Street Books & Comics (1006 8th St. E.), Noon–7 p.m. See jamesdavidge.ca.

MOSAIC TILE SERVING TRAY This two-part workshop will involve creating a tray from scratch. Saskatoon Makerspace, today from 6–10 p.m., July 25 from 7–9:30 p.m. See saskatoonmakerspace.com.

WRITE ON WEDNESDAYS Weekly drop-in session for local writers. Presented in partnership with Saskatoon Writers’ Collective. Frances Morrison Library, 6:30–9 p.m. See saskatoonlibrary.ca.

READINGS BY THE RIVER Public readings by Saskatchewan authors. The line-up includes host Alasdair Rees with readings by Rees, Lucas Regazzi and a third author t.b.a. Presented by Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild. Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan community stage, 6:15–7:15 p.m. See skwriter.com.

Thursday 25

SUMMER SOCCER SERIES This friendly pits the Sask Selects against the Vancouver Whitecaps U23 Football Club. Gordie Howe Sports Centre, 7:30 p.m. Adult $16, Youth & Seniors $12, children 12 and under free. See sksss.ca.

RISOGRAPH PRINTING WORKSHOP This workshop is hosted by Chris Morix and Meagan Hong. Void Gallery, 312 Ave. B S., 6:30–9:30 p.m. See creativecommonsyxe.com.

THE BURNING BLACK: THE LEGEND OF BLACK SHUCK Launch for a new comic book by Mark Allard-Will that is set in medieval England. McNally Robinson, 7 p.m. See mcnallyrobinson.com.

LET’S GET KNOTTY See July 18.

HOT SUMMER NIGHTS See July 18.

COMEDY LAB See July 18.

Friday 26

NSBA CLUB CONNECT This breakfast features a presentation by Mike Horvath (Saskatoon Police Services) titled “In Today’s World, If Your Business Plan Doesn’t Include a Security Plan, Then It’s Not a Business Plan”. Saskatoon Club, 7:10 a.m. See nsbasask.com.

FOOD TRUCK WARS This family-friendly festival is held in Riversdale neighbourhood. It’s billed as Zero Waste, and includes live entertainment, buskers, hot dog and pie eating contests and a Food Truck Flavour Challenge. July 26–28. See foodtruckwarsyxe.com.

SOCCER DAYS IN SASKATCHEWAN This weekend celebration of soccer includes indoor and outdoor competitions in various game formats for youth, adults and masters. SaskTel Soccer Centre, July 26–28. See sasksoccer.com.

MARR SUMMER DANCE This social dance includes the opportunity to take a lesson from 7–7:30 p.m., followed by dancing to live music. Marr Residence (326 11th St E.). $15, children 12 and under free. See themarr.ca.

BACK ALLEY ANTICS This outdoor event is presented by Free Flow Dance Centre. It includes dance, performance art, spoken word and theatre at various locations with artists Tina Bertoncini, Kyle Syverson, Miriam Edghill, Mitchell Larsen, Veronique Emmett, Jackie Latendresse and Ryan Bradshaw. Start point is University of Saskatchewan Sculpture Garden at 6:30 p.m. Free admission, but donations accepted. See freeflowdance.com.

YUK YUK’S COMEDY Guest comics are Scott Dumas and Tommy Mellor. Park Town Hotel, show at 9 p.m. See parktownhotel.com.

STORYTIME WITH SASKATOON ZOO SOCIETY See July 19.

THOROUGHBRED RACING See July 19.

Saturday 27

CANADIAN SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS Opening Day. See Ongoing.

SPIKEBALLATHON This one-day spikeball tournament is hosted by Outter Limits. Registration deadline is July 25. Rotary Park, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. in Saskatoon.

SHOREBIRD VIEWING TRIP This day-long field trip is hosted by Saskatoon Nature Society. The meeting point and departure time are t.b.a. See saskatoonnature.org.

3D DESIGN 101 Introductory workshop on 3D design. Saskatoon Makerspace, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. See saskatoonmakerspace.com.

THOROUGHBRED RACING See July 19.

WILD WEEKENDS See July 20.

Sunday 28

2019 BLACKSTRAP BITER This mountain bike race is hosted by the Northern Bush Rastas cycling club. Blackstrap Provincial Park, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. See nbrcycling.ca.

NEST SECRET GARDEN TOUR Self-guided tour of nine local gardens with proceeds to support Nest Saskatoon which assists with refugee resettlement. The tour runs from 1–5 p.m., and goes rain or shine. Get ticket information at nestsaskatoon.net.

SUPERINTENDENT’S RESIDENCE OPEN HOUSE This event includes a walking tour at 2 p.m. Saskatoon Forestry Farm, 1:30–3:30 p.m. See saskatoonheritage.ca.

SHOW BOAT Live production of the classic musical set on a Mississippi river boat with book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and music by Jerome Kern. Presented in French by La Troupe du Jour. Studio 914, 7 p.m. See latroupedujour.

MARR RESIDENCE: OPEN HOUSE See July 21.

WILD WEEKENDS See July 20.

Monday 29

SISTERS FOR SALE Screening of an award-winning documentary about the human trafficking of girls in Vietnam to China to be sold as brides. Breathe Cycle and Yoga, 7:30 p.m. E-mail dustinmain.com/sistersforsale for free tickets.

WEST COAST SWING See July 22.

Tuesday 30

SWINGIN’ ON THE SASKATCHEWAN See July 23.

Wednesday 31

GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG CHAMPIONSHIP & SIEGER SHOW Opening Day. See Ongoing.

WRITE ON WEDNESDAYS See July 24.

READINGS BY THE RIVER See July 24.

Thursday 1

PLANET S: NEW ISSUE DAY

NUTRIEN FRINGE FESTIVAL Opening Day. See Ongoing.

SLO-PITCH NATIONALS Opening Day. See Ongoing.

LET’S GET KNOTTY See July 18.

HOT SUMMER NIGHTS See July 18.

COMEDY LAB See July 18.

Friday 2

RIBFEST Opening Day. See Ongoing.

SASKATCHEWAN RATTLERS VS FRASER VALLEY BANDITS SaskTel Centre, 7 p.m. See therattlers.ca.

STORYTIME WITH SASKATOON ZOO SOCIETY See July 19.

THOROUGHBRED RACING See July 19.

Saturday 3

DOUGLAS PARK DUNE HIKE This day-long field trip is hosted by Saskatoon Nature Society, and is open to members only. But if you take out a membership in advance, you can participate. Meet at Western Development Museum at 8:15 a.m. See saskatoonnature.org.

THOROUGHBRED RACING See July 19.

WILD WEEKENDS See July 20.

Sunday 4

ZENITH this family-friendly market and fair features over 20 local vendors plus a range of activities and presentations including the Sask. Reptile show. German Cultural Centre, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $5 admission. Proceeds support Ronald Macdonald House Charities.

INDIAN CLASSICAL DANCE Live dance performance by the Saskatoon classical Indian dancer Sumetha. Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Community Stage, 6:45 p.m. See shakespearesask.com.

MARR RESIDENCE: OPEN HOUSE See July 21.

ONGOING

INTERNATIONAL WHEAT CONGRESS While wheat is no longer the dominant cash crop it once was in Saskatchewan, it’s still a big player in provincial agriculture. This international conference will focus on the on-farm genetics and growing conditions of wheat. TCU Place, July 21–26. See 2019iwc.ca.

PACIFIC NORTHWEST ECONOMIC REGION: SUMMIT This annual gathering features a mix of political leaders, business representatives, policy experts and more from 10 provinces and states that make-up the northwest region of North America. There are presentations and panel discussions on various economic and societal issues at multiple venues in Saskatoon. July 21–25. See pnwer.org.   

CANADIAN SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS Saskatoon is hosting a triple-header of softball championships this summer. They include U14 Boys (July 27–31), U16 Boys (July 31–Aug. 4) and U23 Men (July 30–Aug. 4). Games are at Bob Van Impe Stadium and Joe Gallagher Field at Gordie Howe Sports Complex. July 27–Aug. 4. See softball.ca.

GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG CHAMPIONSHIP & SIEGER SHOW This canine competition is hosted by Central Plains Schutzhund Club, and will showcase some of the “top” dogs in Canada in sport tracking, obedience and protection. Gordie Howe Sports Complex, July 31–Aug. 4. See saskschutzhund.ca.

SHAKESPEARE ON THE SASKATCHEWAN This year the festival is presenting two comedies. Directed by Anita Smith, As You Like It will have an Alice in Wonderland vibe. Under director Joshua Beaudry, The Comedy of Errors will get a twist too, with the play being set in the U.S. Deep South. The festival is also hosting a residency with Saskatchewan playwright Yvette Nolan, and there is pre-show live music on select days. Until Aug. 18, with Sunday matinees at 1 p.m. and evening performances at 7:30 p.m. See shakespearesask.com.

A TASTE OF SASKATCHEWAN Gourmet grub from 30+ Saskatoon restaurants and local producers is featured, along with chef competitions and Saskatchewan bands spanning the spectrum from country and pop to folk, rock and reggae. So there will be plenty to sink your teeth (and ears) into. Kiwanis Memorial Park, until July 21. See tasteofsaskatchewan.ca.

THEATRE IN THE PARK This is a free outdoor presentation of a child-friendly play with an environmental theme called The Young Ones. The play is written by Yvette Nolan and adapted by Sum Theatre Ensemble. Multiple city parks until July 25, with evening shows at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. See sumtheatre.ca.

NUTRIEN FRINGE FESTIVAL The festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2019. So it’s certainly a pillar of Canada’s fringe community. It’s produced by 25th Street Theatre and features over 30 acts from Saskatchewan, Canada and around the world. There are also buskers, arts and craft vendors and great food from neighbourhood restaurants. Aug. 1–10. See 25thstreettheatre.org.

SLO-PITCH NATIONALS This national tournament features co-ed slo-pitch teams from across Canada. The games will be held at William S. Reid Park, and a range of social and cultural events are also planned in the city. Aug. 1–5. See slo-pitch.com.

RIBFEST Anyone can season a rack of ribs, throw them on the grill, slather on some sauce, and serve up a respectable meal. But with this Diefenbaker Park festival you’ll be able to sample some truly delectable fare. Throw in children’s activities such as a petting zoo and bouncy castle, along with music from The Wolfe, Hollywood Persuasion, Brewster and the Roosters, Dukes of Fire and Hot Tamales, and it adds up to a smokin’ time. Aug. 2–5. See saskatoonribfest.com.

COUNTRY FARMS MARKETPLACE Market and tea room. Confederation Mall, Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. See countryfarmsmarketplace.com.

SASKATOON FARMERS’ MARKET 19th St. & Ave. B, Saturdays from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. and Sundays/Wednesdays from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. See saskatoonfarmersmarket.com.

CANADIAN LIGHT SOURCE SYNCHROTRON Free public tour every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2:30–3:30 p.m. Advance booking required at lightsource.ca or 306-657-3644.


LIVE MUSIC

Thursday 18

REEL BIG FISH with The Aquabats at Coors Event Centre. See coorseventcentre.com.

VAL HALLA (vinyl pre-release) at Capitol Music Club, show at 7 p.m.

FIVE DAYS IN JULY Third of five benefit concerts with proceeds to support the Saskatoon Refugee Action Network. Tonight: Jen Lane & John Antoniuk. Christ Church Anglican, doors at 7 p.m., music at 8 p.m. 306-222-3844.

Friday 19

THE 100TH MERIDIAN with Clockwork at Capitol Music Club.

SPACEMINTS with G.B. Loon and MamazBoiz at Black Cat Tavern.

RIFF RAFF at Buds on Broadway. See buds.dudeaone.com.

RELIABLE TOASTERS at Prairie Ink, 8 p.m. See mcnallyrobinson.com.

PERVCORE with KRASH and Mr. Awesome at the Dogg House, 9 p.m. $10.

JETT RUN at Stan’s Place.

Saturday 20

GIRLS ROCK SASKATOON SHOWCASE at Broadway Theatre, show at 2 p.m. See broadwaytheatre.ca.

ALL AGES JAM at Buds on Broadway, 3–8 p.m. See buds.dudeaone.com.

JESSE ROADS with Cadillac Black and I Fell Tower at Capitol Music Club.

RIFF RAFF at Buds on Broadway. See buds.dudeaone.com.

PHOO PHIGHTERS (Foo Fighters Tribute) with Lolairei at the Dogg House, 9 p.m. $5.

JETT RUN at Stan’s Place.

Sunday 21

NORTHERN LIGHTS BLUEGRASS & OLD TIME MUSIC BRUNCH at Bon Temps, noon–2 p.m.

SUNDAY JAM at Buds on Broadway, 8 p.m. See buds.dudeaone.com.

TEN FOOT POLE with Me the Guts and Swayze at Black Cat Tavern.

Monday 22

AMANDA FISH BAND at Buds on Broadway. See buds.dudeaone.com.

Tuesday 23

OPEN JAM at Capitol Music Club, 8 p.m.

AMANDA FISH BAND at Buds on Broadway. See buds.dudeaone.com.

Wednesday 24

QUEEROAKE This benefit is hosted by Kasador with proceeds going to OutSaskatoon. Capitol Music Club, 8 p.m. By donation.

BRENNEN BIRD at Buds on Broadway. See buds.dudeaone.com.

Thursday 25

FIVE DAYS IN JULY Fourth of five benefit concerts with proceeds to support the Saskatoon Refugee Action Network. Tonight: Eileen Laverty. Christ Church Anglican, doors at 7 p.m., music at 8 p.m. 306-222-3844.

ROAD WAVES at Buds on Broadway. See buds.dudeaone.com.

Friday 26

THIS WAY NORTH with The Great Fuss and Brodie Moniker at Capitol Music Club.

A GHOST IN DRAG with Pythonic, LJ Tyson & the Haus of Nonsense and Yarbo at Amigos Cantina. See amigoscantina.com.

KUSCH PARK with guests at Coors Event Centre, doors at 7 p.m. See coorseventcentre.com. All ages.

ROCK CANDY at Buds on Broadway. See buds.dudeaone.com.

UKLECTIC FRED at Prairie Ink, 8 p.m. See mcnallyrobinson.com.

RIDGE RYDER at Stan’s Place.

Saturday 27

GIRLS ROCK SASKATOON SHOWCASE at Broadway Theatre, show at 2 p.m. See broadwaytheatre.ca.

ALL AGES JAM at Buds on Broadway, 3–8 p.m. See buds.dudeaone.com.

DEF LEPPARD with Tesla at SaskTel Centre, 7 p.m. See sasktelcentre.com.

ROCK CANDY at Buds on Broadway. See buds.dudeaone.com.

TWIN VOICES with Lyzanne Foth and Little King at Black Cat Tavern.

RIDGE RYDER at Stan’s Place.

Sunday 28

NORTHERN LIGHTS BLUEGRASS & OLD TIME MUSIC BRUNCH at Bon Temps, noon–2 p.m.

SUNDAY JAM at Buds on Broadway, 8 p.m. See buds.dudeaone.com.

MY SON THE HURRICANE with Minivandal and DRFTR at Black Cat Tavern.

DECEMBER AVENUE with Dusted and guests at Broadway Theatre, 6 p.m. See broadwaytheatre.ca.

Monday 29

TYLER SEARS BAND at Buds on Broadway. See buds.dudeaone.com.

WILLIE WATSON with Eliza Mary Doyle at Amigos Cantina (Back Room). See amigoscantina.com.

Tuesday 30

OPEN JAM at Capitol Music Club, 8 p.m.

TYLER SEARS BAND at Buds on Broadway. See buds.dudeaone.com.

Wednesday 31

TYLER SEARS BAND at Buds on Broadway. See buds.dudeaone.com.

Thursday 1

FIVE DAYS IN JULY Fifth of five benefit concerts with proceeds to support the Saskatoon Refugee Action Network. Tonight: The Waverley Pickers featuring Kacy & Clayton and friends. Christ Church Anglican, doors at 7 p.m., music at 8 p.m. 306-222-3844.

Friday 2

THE 100TH MERIDIAN at Buds on Broadway.

MITCHELL DORAN at Prairie Ink, 8 p.m. See mcnallyrobinson.com.

Saturday 3

ALL AGES JAM at Buds on Broadway, 3–8 p.m. See buds.dudeaone.com.

THE BUZZARDLINE with The Lunatic Touch and Monika Gerow at Amigos Cantina. See amigoscantina.com.

ALTARS OF GRIEF with Votov and Exits at Black Cat Tavern.

TWO TALL DUDES at Prairie Ink, 8 p.m. See mcnallyrobinson.com.

Jazz & Classical

Saturday 20

TRIO/JAZZ at Prairie Ink, 8 p.m. See mcnallyrobinson.com.

Wednesday 24

SUMMER PROMS 2019 presented by Saskatoon Opera with Kim de Laforest (violin), Mark Turner (piano), Jim McLean (guitar) and Eric Regnier (djembeat) at Christ Church Anglican (515 28th St. W.), music at 7:30 p.m. Free admission. See saskatoonopera.ca.

Saturday 27

RECITAL presented by Saskatchewan Orchestral Association and Canadian Federation of Musicians (local 553) with 14 guest conductors directing a professional string orchestra with guest pianists Michelle Aalders and Deborah Buck. Grosvenor Park United Church, 2:30 p.m. Free admission.

TIM SHIA 3 featuring Trent Reschny at Prairie Ink, 8 p.m. See mcnallyrobinson.com.

Sunday 28

SASKATOON BACH FESTIVAL featuring a program devoted to the music of German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750). Christ Church Anglican, 3–5 p.m. Admission by donation.

Wednesday 31

SUMMER PROMS 2019 presented by Saskatoon Opera with percussionists Darrell Bueckert and Fraser Krips at Christ Church Anglican (515 28th St. W.), music at 7:30 p.m. Free admission. See saskatoonopera.ca.


MOVIES

Opening

Friday 19

THE LION KING This “photorealistic computer-animated” film isn’t a shot-for-shot remake of Disney’s 1994 wilderness musical. But it’s got all the important scenes, including the one where Mufasa… you know.

Friday 26

ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD And now for something completely Tarantino. QT’s latest is set in 1969 and follows actor Leonardo DiCaprio and his stunt double Brad Pitt as they somehow get messed up with the Charles Manson killings. Looks great, and it’s got pretty good reviews. Margot Robbie plays Sharon Tate.

Friday 2

FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW Dwayne Johnson can’t get along/work with Vin Diesel anymore so the producers gave Johnson his own spin off franchise with Jason Statham. I imagine this will make a ton of money whether it’s good or not. Meanwhile, I’m just proud of the fact I’ve never seen a Fast and Furious movie.

Cineplex Flashback Film Series

Friday 19

7:00 THE GOONIES Kids in Oregon search for pirate treasure to save their homes from foreclosure in this classic adventure directed by Richard Donner. Additional screening July 21 at Noon.

Friday 26

9:30 JAWS Duunnn dunnn… duuuunnnn duun… duuunnnnnnnn dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dunnnnnnnnnnn dunnnn! Additional screenings July 27, July 30 and Aug. 5 at 9:30 p.m.

Broadway

Thursday 18

7:00 GIRLS OF THE SUN Loosely based on true events, this Cannes Palme d’Or nominated movie sees a French war correspondent embed with some female Peshmerga fighters battling the Daesh in Iraqi Kurdistan. Additional screening July 19 at 9 p.m.

9:00 LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT This acclaimed Chinese film by Bi Gan sees a man (Huang Jue) return to his hometown of Kaili in Guizhou province for his father’s funeral. While there, he searches for his lost love (Tang Wei). Heavy on atmosphere, the film concludes with an amazing 59-minute scene done in a single take. It’s in 3D too, I believe, although this showing is in 2D. Additional screening July 19 at 7 p.m.

Saturday 20

7:00 THE 3RD ANNUAL NY CAT FILM FESTIVAL This compendium of cat videos premieres in New York each December, then tours to support local animal welfare groups. Additional screenings July 21, 23, 25 at 5 p.m., and July 22, 24, 26 at 7:15 p.m.

9:30 THE THIRD WIFE A 14-year-old girl becomes the third wife of a wealthy land-owner in 19th century Vietnam where the only path open to her gaining status over the other wives is to produce a male heir. Additional screenings July 21–27 at 9:30 p.m.

Sunday 21

7:15 THE 3RD ANNUAL NY DOG FILM FESTIVAL Ditto re: the cat film festival above, except featuring dogs. Additional screenings July 22, 24, 26 at 5 p.m.; July 23, 25 at 7:15 p.m., and July 27 at 7 p.m.

Roxy

Friday 19

THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO Based on a story by Jimmie Fails and director Joe Talbot, this film offers a poignant look at urban displacement and gentrification as a working class African-American man (Fails) dreams of reclaiming his childhood home (built by his grandfather) in the now uber trendy Fillmore District.

Sunday 21 

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY Special screening of the 1989 Rob Reiner rom-com classic with screenplay by Nora Ephron and starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal.

Friday 26 

MAIDEN Inspirational documentary about a young British cook on charter boats named Tracy Edwards who went on to skipper the first all female crew in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race in 1989.

MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE A documentary about Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen who spent several years together on the Greek island of Hydra in the 1960s when Cohen was transitioning from a poet to singer-songwriter.