FRIDAY

I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s my cats’ world; I just happen to live in it. Sure I feed them and take care of their general health and welfare, but I’m not the one in charge. They’re the ones with total run of the house, and they’re just so cute all the time, how could I possibly get them to do what I want, let alone train them? So I’d like to know who the Friskies Cat Team’s trainers think they’re going to fool with feats they claim will prove that all cats can, in fact, be trained. Do they suppose that a few tricks by the “stars” (such as the adorable little Spencer, pictured) of films (Star Trek: Generations), television shows (Murphy Brown), and commercials will make me believe that my independent little pudding pops would listen to me even if I were holding the most delicious catnip? As if! My little girls are a little more wild than mild, I’m afraid, but I’m willing to give the Friskies folks the benefit of the doubt—maybe I can use the promised training tips. The performances launch “Cats! Wild to Mild,” a comprehensive exhibit on felines exotic and domestic that includes a giant model of a cat’s tongue, 25 taxidermic specimens, and an interactive display on the endangered Sumatran tiger. Performances at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 19; open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, to September 7, at the National Geographic Society’s Explorers Hall, 1145 17th St. NW. Free. (202) 857-7588. (Tina Plottel)