Cool cats

One of Samantha Martin's Amazing Acro-Cats

My college-age son enjoys volunteering with the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA, and often shares tales of the many cats up for adoption — who have looks and personalities as diverse, and intriguing, as their human counterparts. The organization holds its 2012 “Evening to Paws” at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas on Sat, March 10.

The Arizona Humane Society holds its 17th annual “Compassion with Fashion” event at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale on Sat, March 17. This year’s theme is “All you need is love.” Try telling that to the circus cats with an insatiable appetite for hoops and balls.

Think adoring fans will pester the acro-cats for pawtographs after the show?

Space 55 in Phoenix presents “Samantha Martin and the Amazing Acro-Cats” through Sun, Jan. 29. I’m told the little darlings are all well-trained and well-treated house cats. Thankfully they sent me a lovely collection of photos, so my own cat “Pink” didn’t have to pose with pint-sized props. She does a mean jumping act when errant rubber bands cross her path, but hardly seems destined for show business.

If only all set, prop and costume design were so simple...

Stray Cat Theatre in Tempe is gearing up for their third show this season. It’s a feline-free production titled “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.” Perhaps some of you have cats named after its characters, which include Mother Teresa and Sigmund Freud. (Don’t take the kittens.)

I wonder whether the acro-cats ever long to meet Andrew Lloyd Webber

The Stephen Adly Guirgis play is set in a “time-bending, darkly comic world between heaven and hell” and the production directed by Stray Cat artistic director Ron May will features ASU’s incoming class of M.F.A. theatre students. May is the proud companion of a black cat, so let’s hope this piece won’t inspire him to invest in cat-sized roller skates.

— Lynn

Note: No cats were harmed in the making of this post

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2 responses to “Cool cats

  1. There’s another great February kitty (and companion animal) fun-raiser: Have a Heart for the Animals on February 4, benefiting Altered Tails. http://www.alteredtails.org/featured-images/save-the-date/

  2. Kittymama: Thanks so much for sharing this–and for reading the post. Always love learning about new goodies from our readers! — Lynn

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