Halloween is still more than a month away, but an upcoming party in New York City wants to give you an excuse to break out your Catwoman costume a little early. On Wednesday, September 28, TIME reports that ailurophiles can attend the city’s “first annual purrrty for cat lovers,” hosted by local artist SuZen in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village.
SuZen is perhaps most famous for her iconic photo of the Empire State Building’s silhouette, as glimpsed through shutters, which was transformed into a Times Square mural in 1984. But she’s nearly equally well known for her love of cats. The artist released a photo book of her two Siamese kitties, Sushi and Sashimi, in 1990, and is currently raising funds on Indiegogo to create the “JacCAT,” a jacket emblazoned with her recently deceased cat Ari’s silhouette. Now, SuZen is celebrating her passion for all things feline (and promoting the JacCAT) by throwing a giant soiree.
SuZen’s “Cat Purrrty” will be held in the community space of Westbeth Artists Housing, a nonprofit housing and commercial complex for artists and arts organizations in Greenwich Village. (SuZen, herself, is a longtime resident.) According to DNAinfo, attendees will be provided with cat ears, and they’ll dance to "cat-themed music"—think "The Siamese Cat Song” from Lady and the Tramp (1955), or the soundtrack to the Broadway musical CATS. A face-painter will paint noses and whiskers, and partygoers can try on and purchase the JacCAT. (A portion of sales proceeds will be donated to cat rescue groups.)
The “Cat Purrrty” runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and is open to all members of the public. Tickets are available online. The event is free, but donations to cover overhead costs and support cat rescue groups are welcome.
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