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Good morning, South Florida. Let's all go out tomorrow and save democracy, shall we?

(Photo: Barbara Corbellini Duarte)

1. One ring to rule them all

If you like Hula-Hooping, and I'm pretty sure you do, you're going to enjoy Barbara Corbellini Duarte's photos from Florida Flow Fest in Lake Worth. If you don't like it, then imagine the Hula-Hoops in these photos are doughnuts. That should help.

Recommended listening: "Life Is a Carnival" by the Band

(Photo: Talia J. Medina)

2. Curtain up

The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival -- FLIFF, if you're lazy -- began this past Friday with an opening-night party at Hard Rock Live that featured the stars and cast of "Dreamland," the Robert Schwartzman-directed comedy Ben Crandell recently told us all about. Schwartzman was at the party (that's him in the photo above). Who else was there? Click here to find out. The festival continues Monday with a pre-Election Day freakout featuring "Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party," a sure to be nutso bit of scaremongering from professional cuckoo bird Dinesh D'Souza. (I'm not going to link to it, but the movie's trailer makes it look like a cross between "National Treasure," "Atlas Shrugged" and "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." Like I said, nutso.) See it if you must. Also screening tonight is a film that appears to be as prescient as D'Souza's is paranoid. As Crandell explains, "Chief Zabu" is "a low-budget comedy about an awkward New York real-estate developer in a frantic scramble for money, social standing, political influence and the power to put his name on the sides of buildings." Yep, its lead character bears a strong, if unintentional, resemblance, to you know who. The kicker? The movie was filmed in 1986.

Recommended listening: "Livin' in the Future" by Bruce Springsteen

3. Point me to the microwave

Mike Mayo reviews Gabose Korean and Japanese Restaurant in Lauderhill, a restaurant that has pulled off the neat trick of getting customers to cook their own meals. Do they tip themselves, too?

Recommended listening: "Despierta" by Filthy Friends

4. The beat goes on

Johnny Diaz interviews Emily Estefan, the 21-year-old daughter of Gloria and Emilio Estefan who in February will release her debut album, "Take Whatever You Want." Of her parents, Estefan tells Diaz, "They don't like to get involved if I don't want them to. They are encyclopedias of incredible information, careerwise and musically, but when I make my music, it's very isolated and very much on my own." In fact, Diaz reports, Estefan's album "features 13 songs that she wrote and composed as a student at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Estefan plays all the instruments on the album -- drums, guitar, bass and keys -- except the horns."

Recommended listening: "Reigns (Every Night)" by Emily Estefan

(Photo: Barbara Corbellini Duarte)

5. Vote

And vote smart.

Recommended listening: "The Answer" by Savages

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

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