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Licensing International Expo in New York in June…

The licensing agency Burnell & Betsy signed with, Moxie & Company, will be representing me with cool video and a great poster at the Licensing International Expo 2008 in New York at the Jacob Javits Convention Center from June 10-12. If you can make it, stop by the booth (#4725) and introduce yourself to Laura Becker, I guess you’d call her my agent. Betsy will also be there one of the days (not sure which one). I’ll be staying home to practice.

Licensing International Expo 2008
June 10-12, 2008
Jacob Javits Convention Center, NYC

It's official! I'm a catporation…

Carefree NoraYep. My human’s, Burnell and Betsy, have formed the NORA THE PIANO CAT, LLC. I’m not sure exactly what that means. But it sure sounds important. Maybe the "LLC" stands for "lovely, little cat."

I know there’s a book, or even books, in the works, and many other fun creative things to come. It makes me very happy to know my fame can be used to get a message out about music and creativity, and about animal intelligence and adoption.

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Notre Dame's "The Nora Trio"…

According to South Bend Tribune staff writer Andrew S. Hughes, pianist Nicholas Shaneyfelt, violinist Audrey Marier and cellist Monica Regnier – collectively known as The Nora Trio – took their name from yours truly. How cool is that? (Click thumbnail to view larger image – Tribune photo/Santiago Flores)

“If you go on YouTube and type in ‘Nora,’ you’ll see a piano-playing cat,” Shaneyfelt says. “That’s how we got our name. I think we tried to make it sound more academic by finding the origin of ‘Nora,’ which is ‘bright one.’ ”

Hmmm. Bright one, eh? I like the way that sounds.

You can read the article HERE.

Adopt A Shelter Cat…

As many of you may know, I was adopted from an animal shelter. My humans, Burnell and Betsy, and I are very concerned about the plight of cats in shelters around the world. So, if you’re looking to adopt a cat or cats, please check the animal shelters near you. I’m certainly glad that Burnell and Betsy did. And while not all cats can play the piano like me, we all need a loving home. In fact, Burnell created a new 11″ x 17″ poster of me saying exactly that! It’s the “Adopt A Shelter Cat” poster, and you can get one for yourself from my store by clicking HERE.

You can see the larger version by clicking the thumbnail.

Feline's A Philly Favorite…

Valerie Williams of Temple University spent a couple of hours with me recently. Mostly she was interviewing Betsy, which is understandable, I guess. Anyway, I was pretty occupied on the piano at the time. Valerie is a writer for TU’s PH Magazine, whose tag line is “Taking philly living to the next level.” Val’s article is called “The Feline Mozart.” And it’s part of a larger article on 3 Philadelphians who’ve become cyber stars – yours truly being one of them. You can download the pdf of the article complete with really cool photo of me with head on the keys taken by photographer Jimmy Giambrone. It’s kind of big download (416K) because of the photo, I guess, but it is pretty cool. Download it HERE.