Things to do this weekend in Johnson County include the Cat Film Festival

Raise your paws in the air for another weekend of free music, movies, and chats.

Yes, cats.

Cat lovers and begrudging friends or partners of a cat lover, expect to be seated at FilmScene this weekend for CatVideoFest, an annual event that hits theaters nationwide. Meanwhile, Summer of the Arts is continuing two series featuring free local entertainment, while Wildwood BBQ & Saloon is hosting a benefit concert.

Here are five things to do this weekend in Johnson County.

CatVideoFest 2022 at FilmScene

A promotional image from CatVideoFest 2022.

This weekend, FilmScene offers a screening that will delight lovers and admirers of our sophisticated whiskered feline friends.

CatVideoFest, which will be shown Saturday and Sunday at FilmScene at the Chauncey, is a 75 minute compilation of cat videos from submissions, music videos and the internet.

The silliness and intelligence of cats will be on full display for CatVideoFest fans, and one dollar from every ticket sold benefits the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center and other local animal welfare initiatives.

CatVideoFest was held in theaters across North America and Europe, with each screening benefiting a local animal shelter.

In 2019, over $50,000 was raised for local sheltersaccording to the CatVideoFest website.

CatVideoFest will air at 1:30 p.m. on both dates. Visit FilmScene website for more information or to purchase tickets.

Benefit concert at the Wildwood Smokehouse & Saloon

Friday night, five artists will take to the Wildwood Smokehouse & Saloon stage for a benefit concert presented by Repros for Iowa, a podcast about reproductive issues.

Donations will go to the Iowa Jane Collective, which provides free reproductive health care services and resources to Iowans.

Performers include:

  • Miss Christine, an Iowa City singer-songwriter and guitarist who performed at the Iowa City Pride Festival earlier this year
  • Ion Alexakis, musician and producer from Iowa City
  • Casual Disasters, a rock band from Iowa City
  • Funkatude
  • Rachel Saint, a musician from Iowa City

The concert is for all ages and starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Wildwood Smokehouse & Saloon’s website.

Arts Summer Northside Concert Series

A sign for the Northside Marketplace is seen on Jefferson Street, Wednesday, June 8, 2022, in Iowa City, Iowa.

For another Saturday, North Iowa City turns into a free outdoor concert, thanks to Summer of the Arts’ Northside Concert Series.

This weekend the Sons of Zebedee DooDah and Wave Cage will perform.

The sons of Zebedee DooDah formed in 2020 to revitalize Prohibition-era music, according to the Summer of the Arts website.

The sextet is made up of Lynne Hart, Manny Lopez, Peter Hart, Corey Kendrick, Dan Jacobi and Ron Wilson. Together they specialize in swing dance tempos.

Wave Cage is an Iowa City-based jazz fusion and electronic band. The four-piece band includes Jarrett Purdy, Ryan Garmoe, Nolan Schroeder and Chris Jensen.

The band performed at Big Grove Brewery earlier this year as part of the Mission Creek Festival and just wrapped up a tour in June that included stops in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines.

There are just two performances left in Summer of the Arts’ Northside concert series, including the Johnny Kilowatt Band on August 13 and the Dandelion Stompers on August 20.

The Arts Summer Northside Concert Series is 6:30-9:30 p.m.

“The Machine Stops” at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts

A new opera based on EM Forster’s sci-fi short, “The Machine Stops” premieres Saturday with an additional performance on Sunday.

“The Machine Stops” follows a mother and her son confronting a world where humans live underground, and a machine meets all of their needs right in their home. The short story was published in 1909.

The opera is by musician and composer John Lake and poet Cecile Goding, both from Iowa City.

The performance is produced by Ed Kottick, a former professor at the University of Iowa School of Music, and features a mostly local cast and crew.

“The Machine Stops” begins at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Visit the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts’ website to buy tickets.

Summer of the Arts Free Movie Series at Hills Park

If you’re looking to host events, Summer of the Arts is hosting another free fest at City Park in Hills.

The nonprofit will screen “Spiderman: No Way Home” as part of the organization’s free movie series, which has so far included films like “Cruella” and “Field of Dreams.”

The nearly 2.5-hour film picks up after the previous Spiderman installment, following the child-superhero as he battles foes from previous Spiderman films over the past two decades.

Be sure to bring your own chairs, blankets, and other comforts to enjoy the movie.

Hosted at City Park in Hills, located at 201 Main St., “Spiderman: No Way Home” begins at 8:45 p.m.

Paris Barraza covers entertainment, lifestyle and the arts at Iowa City Press-Citizen. Contact her at [email protected] or (319) 519-9731. Follow her on Twitter @ParisBarraza.

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