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Good afternoon, South Florida. How is your Monday going?

(Photo: John McCall)

1. 25 kicks, give or take

Kings of Leon appeared this past Friday night at Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, and photographer John McCall was there to get these up-close shots of the band during the opening minutes of a career-spanning 25-song performance. Of course, the Kings reportedly played "Use Somebody" and "Sex on Fire," songs that elevated them from nightclub musicians to arena headliners in 2008, but they also seem to have rewarded longtime fans with music from their first three and, I believe, best albums: "Youth and Young Manhood," "Aha Shake Heartbreak" and "Because of the Times." Yeah, I'm one of those annoying people who'll tell you he prefers the band's early, less-known work.

Recommended listening: "Charmer" by Kings of Leon

 

(Photo: Rolando Otero)

2. Smooth operator

Sun Sentinel photographer Rolando Otero saw Santana on Saturday night at Hard Rock Live. Given that the average length of a Santana guitar solo is 17 hours, if you hurry, you may still catch him onstage at the Hollywood venue.

Recommended listening: "Soul Sacrifice" by Santana

 

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3. 'Holy' rolling

Ben Crandell recently interviewed John Cleese about the 1975 film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," which the British comedian will discuss this Wednesday and Friday at, respectively, the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach and the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale. The film, Crandell writes, is "an unrelenting stream of erudite subversion and lowbrow clowning that introduced the Knights Who Say Ni, a bloodthirsty bunny, cow catapults and snooty Frenchmen anxious to 'fart in your general direction.' ” Would that I found any of it funny. (I'm more of a "Fish Called Wanda" man, myself.) While I do like Cleese, I shudder at the idea of being in a room as "Grail" fans fart — er, ask — him questions about the movie. But as the actor told Crandell, he's game for anything: "It doesn’t matter what people ask,” he says. “I am perfectly happy to provide answers." 

Recommended listening: "Tinseltown Swimming in Blood" by Destroyer

 

 

(Photo: Rodrigo Balfanz)

4. Touch of Greystoke

"Your enjoyment of this show may depend on whether you’re the kind of person who buys into dancing apes." So you mean to say that I'm going to love it?

Recommended listening: "Jungleland" by Bruce Springsteen

(Photo: Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival)

5. Burst your bubble

Evgeny Afineevsky is the Los Angeles-based maker of the documentary “Cries From Syria,” which Ben Crandell reports includes "hundreds of hours of film footage from Syrian activists, citizen journalists, doctors, high-ranking military defectors and ordinary citizens" and is aimed at inspiring viewers to do something — anything — to help to put an end to the nightmare that has gripped the country for far too long. “As Americans, we live in a bubble, a horrible bubble," Afineevsky tells Crandell of our general "lack of knowledge" regarding the Syrian crisis. Afineevsky's film screened this past weekend as part of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, and it will return Nov. 10 to the festival's Cinema Paradiso Hollywood. Go see it. 

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

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