Yes, its really that pink. And Wednesday it will be fizzier.
  • Yes, it’s really that pink. And Wednesday it will be fizzier.

On Wed 6/5 Northdown Cafe & Taproom hosts its second yearly Lions, Tigers & Beers benefit for a nonprofit no-kill big-cat rescue center in Sandstone, Minnesota, called the Wildcat Sanctuary. It provides spacious habitats for its animals—not just lions and tigers but also cougars, jaguars, lynxes, bobcats, caracals, servals, and more—but don’t get any ideas about visiting, because it’s not open to the public.

The sanctuary also aims to obviate many of its own reasons for existing with a No More Wild Pets campaign—and “wild pets” doesn’t just mean, say, a declawed white tiger languishing at the end of a chain in some rich asshole’s backyard in Las Vegas. Savannah cats and bengals, which are crosses between domestic felines and, respectively, servals and Asian leopard cats, are increasingly fashionable as pets (in large part because they’re more manageably sized), but they also tend to make everyone involved pretty miserable if you try to keep them inside—especially when there have been fewer domestic crosses in their bloodlines.

Philip Montoro has been an editorial employee of the Reader since 1996 and its music editor since 2004. Pieces he has edited have appeared in Da Capo’s annual Best Music Writing anthologies in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011. He shared two Lisagor Awards in 2019 for a story on gospel pioneer Lou Della Evans-Reid and another in 2021 for Leor Galil's history of Neo, and he’s also split three national awards from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia: one for multimedia in 2019 for his work on the TRiiBE collaboration the Block Beat, and two (in 2020 and 2022) for editing the music writing of Reader staffer Leor Galil. You can also follow him on Twitter.