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What to do in Oklahoma on July 26, 2014: See the Internet Cat Video Festival today at the Myriad Gardens

by Brandy McDonnell Published: July 26, 2014
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David Bizzaro sits on a bench at the vet's office with his cat, Toby. Bizarro filmed "The Girl From Normandy,"which will be shown at Oklahoma City's Internet Cat Video Festival on Saturday. The video features a different cat, Rita. Photo provided
David Bizzaro sits on a bench at the vet's office with his cat, Toby. Bizarro filmed "The Girl From Normandy,"which will be shown at Oklahoma City's Internet Cat Video Festival on Saturday. The video features a different cat, Rita. Photo provided

Today’s featured event:

As previously reported, the nationally touring Internet Cat Video Festival will be sauntering into Oklahoma City today at the Great Lawn of the Myriad Botanical Gardens.

Curated, compiled and edited by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Internet Cat Video Festival has been lauded by NPR, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and others. It is billed as a raucous, 75-minute romp through the Internet’s finest cat video offerings and it brings thousands of people together each time it’s shown, according to a news release.

The screening of the film will begin at 9 tonight, but folks are invited to grab the family, put on their whiskers, and arrive at 7 p.m. to enjoy the pre-screening festivities including food trucks, live music, Coop Ale Works, an array of official merchandise for purchase, painting activities provided by Pinot’s Palette, ice cream, face painting, and a pre-show live band provided by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City.

The Internet Cat Video Festival is touring the country, and each location it visits adapts it slightly. Most locations charge a fee for patrons to enjoy the show, however thanks to Tinker Federal Credit Union, the Myriad Botanical Gardens leg of the tour will be free to the public.

David Bizzaro, a videographer and puppeteer who recently left Oklahoma City for Manhattan in New York, had the Internet Cat Video Festival circuit pick up his video, “The Girl From Normandy,” reports my fine colleague Paighten Harkins. When Bizzaro attended the event in Brooklyn, he noticed that people — no matter their age, gender, religion, creed, race, beliefs or interests — connected to the videos, as if the videos transcended human barriers or prejudices.

“For some reason, cat videos brought us all together, and it didn’t matter,” Bizzaro told Paighten. “If there was a way to use that to bring peace to the rest of the world.

To read more of Paighten’s preview of the fest, including all about local cat-lebrity, Mercury, the two-legged cat, click here.

To read more about the festival, go to www.myriadgardens.org.

For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

-BAM

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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