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Japan Society
333 East 47th St. at First Ave.
Wednesday, May 20, $20, 7:30 (twenty-one and older only)

We are extremely frustrated that none of our absolutely adorable and outrageously funny photos and videos of our cats have become internet memes. But on May 20, you can see the past, present, and future of international online superstar felines at the Internet Cat Video Festival Screening & Party at Japan Society, being held in conjunction with the current exhibition, “Life of Cats: Selections from the Hiraki Ukiyo-E Collection.” The Internet Cat Video Festival premiered at the prestigious Walker Art Center in August 2012, then made its New York City debut in October 2013 at Warsaw in Brooklyn. The Japan Society evening, which includes admission to the seventy-minute screening and the exhibition (which continues through June 7), one drink, and light refreshments, is the festival’s Manhattan bow (wow-wow). The video is curated by Will Braden, the krazy kat behind the Henri, le Chat Noir sensation and winner of the festival’s first Golden Kitty Award. Although no live animals are permitted in the building, human guests are encouraged to dress up in their feline finest that will make others go, “Meow!” Among the other upcoming “Life of Cats” programs are Caturday Craft Day on May 16 and a Japan Cuts screening of Neko Samurai on May 30, followed by an Edo Cat Party.

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