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All-Star fun, Paul McCartney review, naked yoga | The Monday Hit List

Good afternoon, South Florida. Play ball.

(Photo: Barbara Corbellini Duarte)

1. Take me out to the bayfront

Barbara Corbellini Duarte hit Bayfront Park on Sunday to photograph a mass exercise class titled MLB All-Star Zumba. It was one of several events held this weekend to promote Tuesday night's All-Star Game at Marlins Park. I've never Zumba-ed -- surprise -- but Duarte's photos make it look more exciting than the average Marlins game.

Recommended listening: "They Played Baseball" by the Baseball Project

(Photo: Jim Rassol)

2. He's got a feeling

Ben Crandell on Paul McCartney's show Friday night at the AAA in Miami: "McCartney reached back to 'the very first song the Beatles ever recorded,' the loping, Roy Orbison-style rocker 'In Spite of All the Danger' (when the band was known as the Quarrymen), which the audience sang with unexpected vigor. McCartney’s Kanye West-Rhianna collaboration, 'FourFiveSeconds,' was also received enthusiastically by crowd members who may have shoes older than Rihanna."

Recommended listening: "In Spite of All the Danger" by the Quarrymen

(Photo: Barbara Corbellini Duarte)

3. Just breathe

“After the initial, ‘everybody take off your clothes,’ it’s pretty natural. Because you kind of forget everybody else is in the room, and you’re so focused on yourself and your own movements. It’s kind of really beautiful to see everybody moving, and you just kind of see bodies.” Barbara Corbellini Duarte reports on a naked yoga class in -- where else? -- Hollywood. What, you thought I was going to say, "Tamarac"?

Recommended listening: "You Can Leave Your Hat On" by Randy Newman

 

(Photo: Michael Laughlin)

4. Roughs in the diamond

As the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale prepares to turn 60, Phillip Valys looks at the history of Broward County's largest visual-arts institution. It has been anything but smooth, with periods beset by funding issues, fire, internal and external politics and puzzling exhibitions (remember "The American Lawn: Surface of Everyday Life"?). And now? "We’re not struggling anymore. We’re flourishing,” a museum board member tells Valys. The museum's new show, “Human Animals: The Art of CoBrA,” opened yesterday.

Recommended listening: "Tears at the Birthday Party" by Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach

(Photo: Taimy Alvarez)

5. Thai that binds

I still miss Sukothai, the Fort Lauderdale restaurant where I took my first, and far from last, bite of pad thai in the '90s. Eddie Watana, who seems to possess the enviable gift of remembering everyone he meets, closed the restaurant in June 2015. I was bummed. But as Mike Mayo reports, Watana never really went away. Four months after shuttering Sukhothai, Watana and his wife, Roberta, opened Eddie's Thai in Cooper City, where Mayo recently found that the restaurateur hasn't changed. "I tried to dine at Eddie’s Thai surreptitiously and anonymously, but that didn’t work out," Mayo writes. "I trailed the rest of my party when we walked in and lowered my head to avoid eye contact when we got seated. 'Mike?' Watana blurted. In the early 1990s, I frequented Sukhothai, but I hadn’t seen him in nearly 20 years. He didn’t miss a beat, asking about several colleagues." Watana's food is still good, too: Mayo gives Eddie's Thai 3 1/2 stars.

Recommended listening: "Stay Happy" by Broken Social Scene

— compiled by SouthFlorida.com editor Jake Cline, Twitter.com/jakefloridaFacebook.com/JakeCline

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