Romance novelist and English professor Mary Bly once quipped, “Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you later.” Felines are returning our missed calls en masse with an evening devoted exclusively to the beloved species — as fickle, curious and confounding as it is. Cat-meets–Black Sabbath tribute band Cat Sabbath headlines Catopia, which features a cat seance conducted by the reputed white witch of L.A., Maja D’Aoust. There’s also a lecture on cats, demonology and witchcraft by art historian and author Dr. Paul Koudounaris, while occult-inspired art-rockers Clowns and Fetuses perform a tribute to the Royal Cats of Burma and Cat Museum provides furball-themed visuals. Alexandra Crockett, musician, jewelry designer and author of Metal Cats, also drops by, with other “cat-tastic” surprises along the way. Of course, the evening wouldn’t be complete without a live appearance from the kitties themselves, and so a clowder of actual cats up for adoption are promised to appear. (Yes, a group of cats is “a clowder,” as well as the slightly more appropriate “a glaring.” Some proceeds go to G.R.A.C.E. Animal Rescue, so even though cats won’t always come when they’re called, at least some will have a safety net. Trepany House at the Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Wed., Nov. 5, 8 p.m.; $12 (cash only at door). (323) 666-4268,

Wed., Nov. 5, 8 p.m.-midnight, 2014
(Expired: 11/05/14)

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