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Good afternoon, South Florida. Did anyone else pick up a new iridescent bomber jacket this weekend?

(Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for PMK)

1. Everybody movin', if they ain't already there

As I noted in last week's newsletter, the Dixie Chicks are performing some interesting covers on their DCX MMXVI world tour. These include Beyonce's "Daddy Lessons," Patty Griffin's "Don't Let Me Die in Florida," Ben Harper's "Better Way" and Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U." The Chicks played all these songs when they appeared this past Saturday night at Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, but even knowing the band's set list ahead of time didn't prepare me for just how well they would play them. As I wrote in my review of the show, the surprise of the evening belonged to "Mississippi," the Bob Dylan song that Natalie Maines and her bandmates made sure I'll never be able to hear the same way again. Few covers of Dylan songs have that power. This one does.

Recommended listening: "Mississippi" by Dixie Chicks

(Photo: Talia J. Medina)

2. Local? If only

Last week, Phillip Valys called shenanigans on Drink Like a Local, a beer festival organized by the Downtown Himmarshee Village Association in Fort Lauderdale that featured no locally brewed beer on its bill. "It's really more of a drinking local, staycation kind of thing," argued Kitty McGowan, the association's executive director. "It's about people enjoying their last weekend before the craziness of school starts. I wish I could tell you who came up with the event name." Think about that quote while flipping through these photos of the event taken by Talia J. Medina.

Recommended listening: "Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down" by Cracker

(Photo: Claire Perez)

3. Speakeasy, and carry a big shtick

I'm not sure why we're all about romanticizing Prohibition these days, what with all the Tommy guns, unavailable liquor and Cherry Poppin' Daddies songs. But first with the Stache nightclub in Fort Lauderdale and now with CWS Bar + Kitchen in Lake Worth, a local hospitality group seems bent on ensuring we all develop a taste for fedoras and sloe gin fizz. Restaurant critic Claire Perez recently visited CWS, and found employees behaving not like latter-day Al Capones, but like people who understand the meaning of hospitality, even if their place of employment, Perez writes, "feels a bit like a cross between Disney's Haunted Mansion and a Roaring '20s man cave."

Recommended listening: "Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens" by Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five

(Photo: Sun Sentinel file)

4. Muzzling Yelp

In his most recent post, Eat Beat blogger Michael Mayo asks, "Can Yelp and other crowd-sourced review sites be trusted?" My answer: Of course not. Mike's answer: It's complicated.

Recommended listening: "Asking Me Lies" by the Replacements

(Photo: Barbara Corbellini Duarte)

5. Next stop: Funkytown

The annual Miami Soul Train party on the Metromover returned last Thursday night, and Barbara Corbellini Duarte brought her camera along to catch the rare sight of people enjoying Miami-Dade County's public transportation system.

Recommended listening: "Train in Vain" by the Clash

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

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