by Katherine Ray
The cat’s out of the bag in once sleepy Cranberry. Remember Wilshire’s? Right across from Cranberry Pottery? Where you can get yourself and your dog a haircut just two doors apart? Around the corner from local veggies at Mitchell’s? Now you’ll have an even better reason to hit the high road north—6762 Cranberry Street.Katz Meow Café and Emporium plans to enlarge the tradition of historic Wilshire’s as a place where the community can gather and enjoy company with fresh food (preferably from within 100 miles). Once a store and soda fountain, the location will now be an eatery and performance venue where musicians, writers and theatre people can amuse and amaze us with their craft and aspiring artists can try out their stuff on the stage. There will be eye candy aplenty, too, in the form of art and crafts by local creators. The walls will be graced by the works of a new artist every month or so, with “closing parties” at the end of the show. Meghan Hildebrand’s work is now on view, with Louise Gloslee and then Skye Morrison in the line-up. The Live Poets’ Guild will meet at Katz Meow on Tuesday evenings, 5 to 7 p.m., for poetry sharing, sometimes followed by Open Mike, a spoken-word performance or a book launch. Wednesdays, Randy Pinchbeck will host a jam night for musicians of all stripes. August 6 the café will welcome Slim Milkie and his music. Check Powell River Direct, or Facebook’s page for Katz Meow, to keep up with events.