Iowa City Weekender: July 10-12

The weather has ruled my summer. The past month has been spent preparing for and recoiling from the floods…that one’s a given. But from rained-out softball games to the perfect-sky of the jazz fest, I’ve been watching the sky more than ever. This weekend will be no exception.

Thursday, July 10

Bike-In Theater | PATV, 206 Lafeyette St. | Sunset | Free

Forecast: Mostly sunny, mid-70s, hilarious. The first Bike-In Theater event of the summer is a collection of (mostly) comedic short films, including “Heat Vision & Jack” a send-up of the 70s/80s action classics like Knight Rider, The Incredible Hulk and Six Million Dollar Man. Directed by Ben Stiller and starring a young Jack Black and Owen Wilson as a talking motorcycle. Other shorts include “What To Do On A Date” and “Elvis Meets the Beatles.”

Friday, July 11

Camp Euforia | 5335 Utah Ave SE, Lone Tree | 4:30-Bedtime, Saturday all day | $45 / $40 advance

Another weekend…another music festival. If you’re going to spend the dough, you might as well make a weekend of it. Bring your tent, your favorite snacks and beverages (in aluminum and plastic only) and other wookie necessities down to Lone Tree for a weekend of music and camping. Jam with a crammed line-up featuring local mainstays Euforquestra, Public Property, Bob Dorr, the Gglitch and The Diplomats plus out-of-towners Cornmeal and Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad. Many others as well.

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A Winter’s Tale | Opstad Auditorium, City High | 8:00pm | $25-37

Riverside Theatre wraps up the annual Shakespeare run this weekend with showings of both Comedy of Errors and A Winter’s Tale. As everyone knows, the venue has changed, but the show is still top-notch. Besides, with so many of our cultural institutions suffering, it’s our civic duty to show our support with our entertainment dollars.

Saturday, July 12

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All Call #2 | Westdale Mall parking lot, Cedar Rapids | All Day | Free + lunch

Okay, not exactly entertainment, but a can’t-miss nonetheless. Cedar Rapids leaders have issued their second all call for volunteers. There’s still plenty of clean-up needed in the City of Five Seasons and affected home owners are growing weary. Help them out. The All Call continues on Sunday.

Johnny Nobody | The Picador | 9:30pm

Being labeled “Buffalo’s best band” by a number of publication ought to count for something. While I don’t think of myself as an expert on the Lake Erie music scene, I do know that I like what I hear. The New York power trio brings their powerpop to the Picador with openers The Wheelers and Lipstick Homicide.

Friday, July 11-Sunday, July 13

Twisted: A Balloonamentary | Iowa City Public Library | Multiple showings (below) | Free

Little Village is pleased to hear that our good friends over at the Bijou Theatre have found a home for some of their films. According to the latest Bijou press release, Twisted: A Balloonamentary is first on tap, playing this weekend at the Iowa City Public Library…for free. LV’s own Scott Samuelson calls it “airy and delightful as the crazy creations it serves.”

Friday, July 11: 6:00 & 8:00
Saturday, July 12: 3:00 & 5:00
Sunday, July 13: 4:00
Wednesday, July 16: 6:00 & 8:00

If that’s not enough to-do’s for you, there’s always the free Friday night music with the Beaker Brothers and Saturday Night’s gratis popcorn flick National Treasure.