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Irma relief, Charlie Pickett, King Palace | The Monday Hit List

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Good morning, South Florida. Is everyone back?

(Photos: Google Maps and NOAA)

1. The Keys

Last week, a team of our reporters checked in on iconic Florida Keys sites in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The news, of course, was often more bad than good. Snappers in Key Largo is in "tatters." Postcard Inn Beach Resort at Holiday Isle is in "shambles." But the sun continued to shine amid the wreckage. “Please know that the Lorelei is mostly still in one piece," a post on the Facebook page for the decades-old restaurant and bar read. "We are so thankful that we were spared from significant damage. Our Mermaid even made it through and is still standing!"

Recommended listening: "The Other Side of This Life" by Fred Neil

(Photo: The Washington Post)

 2. Get up

Live through enough hurricanes in South Florida, and you'll know that hunkering down does not lead to staying down. Talia J. Medina offers a list of benefit concerts and parties whose proceeds go to victims of the storm. Several took place this past weekend, but you can still do good during a Rooftop Relief Concert in Miami, a food drive at the Frost Museum of Science and an evening of drag at Lips nightclub in Fort Lauderdale.

Recommended listening: "Blue Skies Again" by Jessica Lea Mayfield

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(Photo: Mike Mayo)

3. We could be royals  

Mike Mayo managed to get in a restaurant review before Irma arrived, proclaiming, "with all the authority of an arrogant native New Yorker who constantly carps about the overall sad state of Chinese food in South Florida, that King Palace is good. Perhaps not San Francisco good, but certainly New York Chinatown good." The restaurant gods continued to smile on King Palace during and after Irma, as Mayo reports that the restaurant suffered no damage and reopened this past Wednesday after a brief loss of power. 

Recommended listening: "Work Hard/Play Hard" by Palace Music

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(Photo: George Wentzler)

4. Avalanche on Disco Mountain 

How good could a musical based on "Saturday Night Fever" be? Not very, Christine Dolen admits in her review of the adaptation of the 1977 disco film playing Stage Door Theatre in Margate. "Seldom will you wish so fervently that the characters would just keep singing and dancing, already, and skip the dialogue entirely," Dolen writes.

Recommended listening: "Tony's Theme" by Pixies

(Photo: Mike Stocker)

5. Everybody hurts

"I woke up in that nether land between sleep and wake, and I went, ‘Oh, my God, of course,’ ” South Florida rock veteran Charlie Pickett tells Ben Crandell of the moment he decided to release his song "What I Like About Miami" as a single, proceeds from which will further Hurricane Irma recovery. Directions to download the song, recorded in the past year with Pickett's old pal Peter Buck of R.E.M., can be found here.

Recommended listening: "What I Like About Miami" by Charlie Pickett

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

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