Unusual Events & Things Good to Know in Pittsburgh

This month: cat videos, making your pooch more secure, and more.

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Each month, PM contributor Amy Whipple attends an out-of-the-ordinary happening somewhere in the region.

What: 2015 Internet Cat Video Festival
Where: Hollywood Theater
When: Nov. 13, 2015

Okay, don’t tell my boss this, but I’ve maybe taken in an internet cat video or two at my desk. Maybe every day. Whatever. That’s not the point.

The point is cognitive dissonance. There’s watching the cat video your mom shared with you, snorfling in delight, calling over your coworker to watch the video six more times and then pretending you haven’t done any of that when your boss walks by — that’s business as usual. And then there’s intentionally traveling to a sold-out Hollywood Theater on a Friday night and spending 70 minutes watching a curated collection of the best cat videos. With other people. People who love these videos so much that they have dusted off their tails from the Anthrocon last summer for the occasion.

The Hollywood Theater was a natural venue for the festival, with its mission of silent films, documentaries and other niche showings. The selections included cats cuddling guinea pigs, cats stunned into non-cat-like behavior, cats acting like humans, film noir cats and (of course) the ubiquitous Grumpy Cat. More than 85 cat videos in all. It was almost too much feline curiosity to take.

The festival began in 2012 in Minneapolis, Minn., debuting to a crowd of 10,000. (I know, right? That’s as many attendees as there are students at Duquesne.) The festival hit up almost 50 cities in 2015, from Pittsburgh all the way to Australia and the UK. It proves that while dogs may be man’s best friend, cats are definitely man’s best distraction.



Make your pooch more secure (and silent) by springing for a Pawdentify polymer ID tag and LINKS-IT tag connector (links-it.com). Created by Pittsburgh native Doug Danforth, the tag prevents jingling, wear and irritation, and the connector allows you to change Fido’s ID without wrestling with a tiny keyring. —Sean Collier

The Homewood-Brushton YMCA (ymcaofpittsburgh.org) is getting ready to transform into the Creative Youth Center, a community arts and technology
hub. To help it along, the Heinz Endowments on Dec. 8 announced it would be kicking in a grant of $1,542,000. —SC

photo by Randy Minamontez / Shutterstock


Congrats to a pair of local (repeat) Grammy nominees. Wiz Khalifa received three nominations for “See You Again,” his hit collaboration with singer Charlie Puth from the “Furious 7” soundtrack. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s recording “Bruckner: Symphony No. 4” is up for Best Orchestral Performance. —SC

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