The Beat - Volume 37
We're Going To Be Friends
Lyrics by Jack White

Fall is here, hear the yell
Back to school, ring the bell
Brand new shoes, walking blues
Climb the fence, books and pens
I can tell that we are going to be friends
Yes I can tell that we are going to be friends
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Rubbish Pet Portraits - Get Your Own!
From the BBC News: A father from West Sussex has raised nearly £5,000 for a homeless charity by drawing "rubbish" pictures of pets.

It all started when Phil - who operates under the spoof alias "acclaimed artist Hercule Van Wolfwinkle" - doodled his pet dog while coloring with his son.

He put it on Facebook and offered commissions at a joke price of £299, but genuine requests flooded his inbox.

Yusuf/Cat Stevens: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Many of us were introduced to Cat Stevens through the classic 1971 film Harold and Maude. He wrote nine of the songs on the soundtrack, including the hit "If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out." Fun fact! Did you know he also wrote the song "The First Cut is the Deepest"? He was paid $30 for it, and it went on to be a huge hit for four other artists.
Harold and Maude is a dark comedy that shows how an unexpected friendship turns into an even more unexpected May/December romance. If you've never had the pleasure of watching this film, we suggest you do so asap.
Cat People Have Been Around a Long, Long Time
Archeologists discover 2,000-year-old cat figure
carving in Peru's Nazca Lines site 

Wow, cat people of the Capital Region, check this out! From the NYT:

"The Nazca Lines were first discovered by a Peruvian aerial surveyor in 1927. Images of a hummingbird, a monkey and an orca were unearthed at the site. UNESCO has designated the Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Palpa a World Heritage Site since 1994.

The cat etching is believed to be older than any of the prehistoric geoglyphs previously unearthed at Nazca."
SNL Calls Us Out - We've Been Home 8 Months And...
The staff is feeling very "seen" with this skit. We love the disclaimer: "This commercial doesn't apply to you if you've worked or have kids."
The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Presents
Just Announced!

Patty Griffin
A Residency Streaming Live From The Continental Club

Three Unique Shows to be Broadcast Live:
  • Saturday, November 7th,
  • Saturday, November 21st,
  • Saturday, December 5th
All shows at 8:00 PM

The Jayhawks - XOXO
November 29 - The Sound of Lies album performed in its entirety + other Jayhawks classics.
January 10, 2021 - A special matinee show focused on the band’s favorite cover songs.

Rufus Wainwright
Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright announces a virtual live-stream tour through all of the acclaimed musician’s groundbreaking studio albums.

October 30 - From “Grey Gardens” to “In a Graveyard”
November 06 - From “Oh What a World” to “Vibrate” 
November 13 - From “14th Street” to “Dinner at Eight” 
November 20 - From “Agnus Dei” to “Hometown Waltz” 
November 27 - From “This Love Affair” to “Old Whore’s Diet”
The Perfect Scrambled Egg
Two different chefs, two radically different ways for making perfect scrambled eggs. Ina Garten embellishes hers before a low and slow cooking method, while Gordon Ramsey adds only butter before he cooks them in a saucepan, frequently taking them on, then off, the heat. Which recipe do you prefer, are you Team Ina or Team Gordon?
Where There Are Pandas, There Is Trouble
These adorable Panda cubs were born in Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in 2015. Any parents that are still currently homeschooling may feel Nanny Mei's pain as she tries to get some work done with her adorable charges underfoot.
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