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SUP'ing with dogs, listening to Sam Cooke and looking ahead to FLIFF | The Monday Hit List

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Good morning, South Florida. If you plan to watch tonight's presidential debate, you may want to attend this event first.

(Photo: Barbara Corbellini Duarte)

1. Drop the leash

For various reasons, I haven't surfed in 44 days. I'm not happy about that. So looking at these photos of dogs riding paddleboards off Fort Lauderdale beach, even on an ocean as flat as ours was this weekend, left me itching for waves. Judging by Barbara Corbellini Duarte's photos from the PawSUP and Surf Competition, the pooches were jonesing for a little bumpy water, as well.

Recommended listening: "Gremmie Out of Control" by Pearl Jam

(Photo: FLIFF)

2. Enter 'Dreamland'

The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival -- "FLIFF" to the monosyllabic -- on Sunday announced the movie that will open its 2016 cavalcade of indie, foreign and potentially Oscar-winning films. As Ben Crandell reports, the comedy "Dreamland" will kick off the 17-day festival Nov. 4 at Hard Rock Live. The movie, Crandell writes, involves "a scuffling Los Angeles musician who begins a May-December romance with a wealthy woman that turns his life upside-down." If that doesn't exactly sound like "The Godfather," note that it was directed by Robert Schwartzman, brother of "Rushmore" star Jason Schwartzman, son of "Godfather" and "Rocky" star Talia Shire and -- you saw this coming -- nephew of Francis Ford Coppola. You know who he is. He's the guy who directed this classic piece of cinema.

Recommended listening: "Blueside" by Rooney

(Photo: Joe's Stone Crab)

3. Eat my stardust

SouthFlorida.com dining critic and Eat Beat blogger Michael Mayo has yet to review a restaurant worthy of four stars, our highest rating. "Perhaps I'm too tough," he writes. "I prefer to consider myself demanding." When a restaurant finally does impress Mike enough to earn four little spots in the firmament, you can expect him to write about it in his weekly newsletter, handily titled "The Eat Beat Newsletter." The first edition went out to inboxes last week, and a new one will arrive this Wednesday. Sign up for it by clicking here.

Recommended listening: "You Get What You Deserve" by Big Star

(Photo: Bonefish Johnny)

4. Paradise 'Lost'

A South Florida story: It's nighttime in late October 2005, Hurricane Wilma has come and gone, and I'm sitting in the living room of my crummy duplex apartment in Dania Beach. The storm flicked a tree into the power lines behind the building, so the apartment is hot and sticky, the only light coming from a pop-up camping lantern and a votive candle I discovered in the back of a kitchen drawer. I'm half listening to "Fresh Air" on a battery-powered boom box and half psyching myself up to take my second cold shower of the day. On the radio, Terry Gross is interviewing Peter Guralnick, the acclaimed music writer who has just published "Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke," a biography. Midway through the interview, they pause to listen to what Gross describes as "a lesser known solo recording" titled "Lost and Lookin.' " Of course, I know Sam Cooke. I know his story, or think I do. I know about his death. I know "You Send Me" and "A Change Is Gonna Come." I don't know this Sam Cooke. I don't know this voice that comes out of the near darkness to still the air and quiet my discomfort. The words are simple, the music spare, nothing but a brushed cymbal and a few bass notes. "I'm lost and lookin' for my baby," Cooke sings. "Wonder why my baby can't be found." Every word is pregnant with mystery. What happened to his baby? Where did she go? Did she leave him? Did someone take her? Did he do her wrong? I want to know the answers. I want to know this Sam Cooke. I don't care that the batteries are dying and the power's out. I want to hear this song again.

Another South Florida story: John Stacey, aka Bonefish Johnny, has released a new album titled "Bonefish Johnny Sings the Blues." It is, as Bob Weinberg writes in his profile of Stacey, "the culmination of a long-held obsession for the 59-year-old musician."

"Throughout a 10-song set," Weinberg writes, "[Stacey] interprets the funky blues-rock of Albert Collins, the rave-up R&B of Joe Tex and the hard-bitten Chicago blues of Little Walter. A connoisseur of vintage soul, he also performs deep cuts, such as the slinky 1962 Jerry 'Count' Jackson and the Dominos' single 'Band Doll' and the 1963 Sam Cooke gem 'Lost and Looking.' " 

Stacey's voice is more mournful than baleful here, and it's cracked and worn to the point of breaking. He only seems a touch scared. But he doesn't attempt to solve the mystery. He gets the song. I want to hear it again.

Recommended listening: "Lost and Lookin' " by Sam Cooke, "Lost and Looking" by Bonefish Johnny and Terry Gross interviews Peter Guralnick on "Fresh Air"

(Photo: Joan Quinn)

5. Joan Quinn?

Andy Warhol painted Joan Quinn. Jean-Michel Basquiat drew her. Robert Mapplethorpe photographed her. Who's Joan Quinn? "She's a driving force that encouraged all these contemporary artists to achieve what they wanted to achieve," the curator of the Cornell Museum of Art tells Phillip Valys of the subject of the new exhibition "Who Is Joan Quinn? A Life in Portraits." That Joan Quinn? Yes, that Joan Quinn.

Recommended listening: "Andy Warhol" by David Bowie

6. "You know, we just don't recognize the most significant moments of our lives while they're happening. Back then, I thought, 'Well, there'll be other days.' I didn't realize that that was the only day."

RIP, Jose Fernandez, a dream.

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

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Note: In the version of the Monday Hit List sent to subscribers this morning, I mistakenly wrote that Hurricane Wilma hit South Florida in 2015. Why? Because I'm a bonehead.

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