HOUSTON VOICE • NOVEMBER 16, 2001
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by ELLA TYLER
Local gay man among
those to show felines at
Cat Show in
"I became addicted the first time my child won," laughs Wil Johnson,
as he confesses how, 15 years ago, he joined the world of cat shows.
The openly gay Johrison is a bartender at EJ's and a sometime cat
breeder. Two of his cats, Elusions Black Pearl and Elusions Enchantress, will
be shown at this weekend's Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc. International Cat
Show at the Brown Convention Center. The highlight of the show will be Ihe
naming of the "World's Most Beautiful Cat" on Sunday afternoon.
"This show," Johnson says, "has only pedigreed cats, unlike many shows
that have a household pets category."
There will be more than 1,000 cats, representing 40 different breeds, being
shown, he says. Each cat entered in this show qualified at one of 11 regional
shows held last month.
"When cats get to this show, they compete as equals," Johnson notes. "They
don't have any points and previous wins don't matter."
Black Pearl is a part of the Championship Class for adult un-neutered cats.
Enchantress is a kitten and competes in the Kitten Class, of course.
Cats that have been neutered compete in a separate class, called Premiership.
Johnson is excited about the event. "This is the best part of the year because people
come from all over the world to this show. You don't get to see them any other
place," he says.
Black Pearl and Enchantress are Cornish Rex, a breed that attracted
Johnson because their unusual coat did not set off his allergies.
"Most cats have three kinds of hairs, but these don't have the
coarse guard hairs. They only have the short, fine undercoat,"
The cat's unusual coat attracts attention, and makes
getting them ready for a show relatively easy.
"Some breeds can be work, but these are
self-maintaining" Johnson says. "You can
wash them if you want, or put on
some powder so the white stands
out, but generally all you need
to do is comb them and
maybe add some tex-
Cot-lover Johnson admits that he
lets his rats — including Elusions
Great Expectations or 'Handsome'
— have free run of his house.
friday, nov. 16
Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS
(DIFFA) presents the sixth annual Wreath
Collection and auction benefitting DIFFA/Houston,
one of the largest sources of private funds for
HIV/AIDS care in this area. The collection features
a number of one-of-a-kind wreaths created by
notable talents from the areas of interior and floral design, art, and local celebrities. A cocktail
reception, buffet and auction of wreaths is included. 7-10 p.m. Hotel Derek, 2525 West Loop South.
Saturday, nov. 17
Houston Masterworks Chorus kicks off its 16th
season with a musical feast featuring great vocal
works sung in Hebrew, English and Latin. "The
Promise of Living: A Concert for Peace and
Unity" benefits several arts organizations damaged by flooding from Tropical Storm Allison.
Works to be performed include those by Leonard
Bernstein and Aaron Copland. Joining the
Houston Masterworks Chorus are Grammy
Award winner Cynthia Clawson and Houston
musical colleagues Joby Bell and Wendy
Wentland. 8 p.m., First Presbyterian Church,
5300 Main St. 713-529-8900.
through Sunday, nov. 18
Circus Chimera brings its big top to Houston from
Friday, Nov. 16, through Sunday, Nov. 18.
Entertainment includes aerial contortion, juggling,
tumbling, flying trapeze, theater and more. 1402
Spencer Highway, adjacent to Storage USA and
Fiesta Mart in South Houston. 1-888-ONE-RING.
Several artists will present displays at the sixth
annual Flrehouse Art
Show from NOv. 16-18,
hosted by White Oak
Artists Collective. Master
Seabrook will be on
hand wrth examples of
his porcelain vessels and
jewelers and mixed
media artists will join
the show. Admission is
free. 6-9 p.m. Friday, 10
a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10
a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
A number of pieces will be
available at the White Oak
Artists Collective sixth
annual Firehouse Art Show
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Firehouse Community Center, Houston Heights,
12th and Yale streets. 713-869-0441.
National Leather Association: Houston is kicking off
its annual toy drive to bring holiday joy to children
affected by HIV/AIDS. The NLA:H partners with AIDS
Foundation Houston and the Red Ribbon Toy Drive
to collect toys and distribute them at sites including
the Texas Children's Hospital, Thomas Street Clinic
and UT Health Science. Monies collected during the
toy drive help send HIV-positive children to Camp
Hope, an AIDS Foundation Houston program that
includes a week-long camping getaway for youth
ages 7-17. Contact: Dennis R. Watson, NLAH toy
drive co-chair, 713-741-2273, ext. 1873; or C Brian
Keever, NLAH toy drive co-chair, 713-520-5126.