Presented by local impresario Bryce Wild, tonight's Meow Fest is a benefit for the Van Nuys–based Heaven on Earth Society for Animals, one of those rare shelters that takes care of disabled, feral, old or sick cats. With music by fringe rockers Bananamoose, Turbo Lightning, Gangrene Gang and Mothers of Gut, expect a bunch of yowling. You also should expect the unexpected — making attending this shindig somewhat akin to actually owning a cat. Wearing cat attire to the Meow Fest is “strongly encouraged,” Wild says — so even if that means covering yourself in a bunch of those “Hang In There, Baby!” posters, come on out to help those that otherwise could not help themselves. The Smell, 247 S. Main St., dwntwn.; Sun., Dec. 29, 9 p.m.; $5. thesmell.org.

Sun., Dec. 29, 9 p.m., 2013

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