Copy Cat Festival: Somerville to host ‘feline extravaganza’ (UPDATED)

The introduction to the Walker Art Center's Internet Cat Video Festival.

Every dog may have its day, but cats have a whole festival thanks to Somerville.

The city will host its first Copy Cat Festival next month – a celebration of all things cat.

The Somerville Arts Council is organizing the event and inspiration for the feline festival came from Minnesota’s Walker Art Center, which put on its Internet Cat Video Festival last summer. It was anything but a catastrophe as more than 10,000 people attended the outdoor festival, according to news reports.

“I think historically dogs have received a fair amount of programming, but it’s time for the cats to be in the limelight,” said Rachel Strutt, the council’s program manager. “It will be fun to bring people together as a community to celebrate cats.”

Somerville’s “feline extravaganza” will feature cat videos – produced locally and globally – cat stories, cat limericks and a slideshow of local cats. There will also be a cat costume table and an appearance by a famous local cat.

Strutt said that the response was so overwhelming in the first 24 hours of publicizing the event that the location had to be changed to fit more people.

She said that the event will be successful in Somerville because of the city’s personality.

“There’s an appetite for the absurd. We like things that are idiosyncratic and different and we like coming together,” she said.

Jef Czekaj, the Somerville-based author of “Cat Secrets” will be the event’s host. He will kick off the event by reading from his book and will likely be dressed as a cat.

“It’s going to appeal to all different types of people, all ages of people,” he said. “I think it’s a good equalizer because everyone has some sort of relation to cats, they either hate them, or love them, or really hate them or really love them.”

The event will now take place at The Amory on Feb. 17 between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Applications to participate in the festival can be found here.

The “people’s choice” winner of the Walker Art Center’s inaugural festival last year was “Henri 2: Paw de Deux.” It can be watched below:


Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."


Chelsea Clinton pregnant with first child

Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child.


Divers struggle in search for South Korean ferry…

By Jungmin Jang and Narae KimMOKPO/JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - Rescuers struggled with strong waves and murky waters on Thursday as they searched for hundreds…


New Hampshire moves to decriminalize adultery

For the first time in hundreds of years, it's about to be legal to cheat on your spouse in New Hampshire.


Dick Wolf to bring fictionalized world of 'Law…

A&E has ordered a pilot called "D.O.A." from "Law and Order" mastermind Dick Wolf that will focus on real detectives reexamining cold cases. A trio…


Review: 'Transcendence' is not stupid but sometimes lacks…

The cyberthriller "Transcendence" explores artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and other ethical quandaries, but has too much ambition, if anything.


Shane West talks WGN America's 'Salem'

The actor on history lessons, a new network and showing his butt.


Both feet on the ground with Aimee Mann…

What began with a cool double-bill of Ted Leo opening for Aimee Mann morphed into a full-fledged collaborative project that they're calling The Both. “There…


2014 Boston Marathon preview: Elite American, International runners…

2014 Boston Marathon: Elite American, International runners to watch


2014 NBA Finals odds: Ranking which playoff teams…

2014 NBA Finals odds: Ranking which playoff teams have the best shot at a championship. The Thunder, Clippers, Heat and Rockets lead the way.


2014 Patriots, full NFL schedule release date announced

2014 Patriots, full NFL schedule release date announced


Fantasy basketball: Finding next year's NBA studs

Before we put the 2013-14 fantasy basketball season to bed, it’s worth thinking about next year’s breakouts while they’re fresh in our mind.


Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.


Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.


Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.


Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.