Los Cat-geles: a history of L.A. cats!

Dr. Paul Koudounaris at Hyperion Tavern in Silver Lake on July 5th!…


Cynthia is mindlessly Facebooking when an Event Invite for Los Cat-geles pops up in her feed.

Cynthia:  OMG (Oh My Gato)! Dr. Paul Koudounaris, ” bon vivant historian and receptacle of obscure knowledge” –

Dr. Paul Koudounaris


Cynthia:   -is giving a talk and slideshow about the “strange and storied history of Southern California cats”.

At the hipster bar, Hyperion Tavern in Silver Lake.

On July 5th.

At 9:30 pm.

OMG! Who’s going with me?

Marcy:  Me.

penelope kitten (squeak):  me me me.

Cynthia:  Okay but we gotta be cool and laid back and interesting. The Hyperion Tavern is a hipster joint in the most hipster – est place in Los Angeles, you know. Can you two look like this hipster cat by fab artist, Korikian? He’s got that cool, intelligent vibe down pat. Complete with one ear nonchalantly peeking out from his beanie. Kinda implying he may have once been a feral even though everyone knows he grew up in the suburbs. We gotta be hip!


Marcy:  Okay well then you can’t go. You are the opposite of hip. You are a Hop.

Cynthia:  A hop?

Marcy:  Hopelessly Oblivious Poindexter.

penelope kitten (squeak dancing):  a hip a hop a hippity hop hop ya don’t stop …

Marcy:  And Penelope can’t go either.

Penelope Kitten stops dancing.

Penelope Kitten


Marcy:  The two of you are not cool and I don’t want you to ruin my cred. Obviously, Dr. K is going to talk about me – the most famous of all Los Angeles cats – and I’m getting a kick-back from the Star Maps people. I expect an influx of tour buses driving by our apartment after his lecture mostly on me.

Cynthia:  Oh… um… I don’t think you are going to be mentioned in Dr. Paul  …

Marcy (continuing):  The last thing I need is to have you two childish and unabashed nerds getting me kicked off the tour bus routes because of your over the top shenanigans and Bee Gees dance parties. Or whatever it is you might spontaneously do to embarrass me.

Cynthia: Wait. Are you saying that the tour buses are making a detour from Beverly Hills to come to a generic apartment complex in West L.A.? To see … you?

Marcy:  Yes. I promised to sit in the window from 2 to 5 so my adoring fans can catch a glimpse of me. Here look –

Marcy shows Cynthia the Star Maps tour brochure.

Cynthia reads it. She squints and reads it again.

Marcy:  What?


Cynthia:  Okaaaay. Yeah …

She puts the map in her back pocket.

Marcy:  Ahem…

Cynthia:  Oh! May I keep it?

Marcy:  Fine. I have plenty. I’m going now. I need to practice my nonchalant paparazzi pose in the window sill.

penelope kitten (padding after her):  going with you. need my nap.

Marcy:  Ugh. Why do you always have to nap with me, P?

penelope kitten:  it’s nice to nap with a neighbor.

Cynthia takes out the Star Maps from her back pocket as the kitties walk away.

In it she reads –


Penelope Kitten

World Famous Cute Black Kitty

11112 Generic West Los Angeles Apartment.

Sightings between 2pm-5pm, Monday-Sunday



Cynthia (confounded):  Sigh… I mean… I knew Penelope Kitten was more famous than Marcy but…

Shaking her head, Cynthia hastily puts the map back in her back pocket.

She addresses her readers.

Cynthia (brightly):  So. Who’s going with me to hear Dr. Paul Koudounaris talk about Los Angeles Cats next Wednesday?! I can’t wait and I promise to try not to embarrass you.

Hey, I’ll bring the cat ears! Meowza!

More info about Los Cat-geles here.  In addition to the cat talk, there will be live music by Sister Calypso and Gianna Gianna. Admission is Free!

You going? Let me know!




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  • Reply Patty June 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    OH, I so wish I could go!!! It sounds awesome. This story really had me riveted and the pictures are great! I hope Marcy doesn’t find out the truth about the star map.

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch June 28, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      I hope not too!!

  • Reply Big Momma June 28, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Great photos of you kitties. Annie Leibovitz?
    Your attitude of perceived superiority strikes fear into those gazing at this portrait, Marcy.
    And Penelope, your innocence is palpable. We want to protect you from all the angry cats in your life.
    I’m moving to Los Cat-geles. I can rub elbows with the rich and famous (Marcy and Penelope), I can learn about the struggles of your species from Dr. Paul Koudounaris while observing hipsters, then in August I can go to CatCon. I will throw myself into the culture of LA cats!

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch June 28, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      Wonderful! Your room is all ready for you!
      xo and meow and squeak,
      cynthia + marcy + penelope kitten

  • Reply Vik June 28, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Great pics and fun news! Such is my unhipster lameness, is that I immediately thought, that event is way too late (and far away). I must live vicariously through you three hipsters- in -the -making. Report back!

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch June 28, 2017 at 5:00 pm

      Awwww… bummer! You will be missed! But, I will definitely report back!!

  • Reply TheLadyK July 2, 2017 at 7:49 am

    I’m IN!!!
    As you know, I am tragically uncool. I think Bee Gees dance parties are awesome.
    Should I wear my cat ears, too??
    PS — PKitty, you look svelte in that pic.. how did you angle it? (Asking for a friend. An 18 pound furry friend.)

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch July 2, 2017 at 11:58 am

      Woo hoo! Yes – wear your cat ears. I’m bringing some so if you forget or need a different color I will have ’em!
      thank u. all in the angles. every cat is different. try lots of angles til u get the best 1
      squeak, penelope kitten

  • Reply Liz July 6, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Oh, I hope you went! What fun! From one Hop to another, we need these hipster-cool events every once in awhile to keep up ours façades of with-it-ness.


    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch July 6, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      I did! Paul was awesome – so interesting and funny! In fact, he needs a bigger venue.

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