[Updated] Pussycat's Puppets: Miss Pussycat's puppets remind me of Dr. Seuss because like his characters, the design of hers dictates the world they live in. I can't always tell one rodent species from another when she renders them as puppets, but their deliberately stylized, handmade quality necessitates a world decorated with foil and Christmas lights.
When I last wrote about Quintron and Miss Pussycat in OffBeat, photographer Elsa Hahne shot a photo of Miss Pussycat in bed reading a story to her puppets. That image has stayed with me as it captured for me her parental relationship to her creations.
Miss Pussycat - Panacea Theriac - has one of the most distinctive and charming artistic voices in New Orleans as seen in her puppet shows. Most of us first saw her work in 2001 when Cox Cable aired her half-hour Christmas special, North Pole Nutrias.