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Best of South Florida voting, stone crab season, Mike Mills in Miami | The Monday Hit List

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Good morning, South Florida. Did we spot you this weekend on Virginia Key pretending you were in Coconut Grove celebrating a German holiday? Yeah, we thought that was you.

1. No. 1 with a ballot

Some people are saying this will be the most important, most tremendous election of our lifetimes. Yes, I'm talking about the 2016 Best of South Florida, SouthFlorida.com's annual poll of the top dining and entertainment venues in our punky little corner of the country. Voting began last week, will end Oct. 28 and covers four categories: "Drinking," "Going Out," "Eating" and "Best Dishes." As with that other election gobbling up so much of our time and attention, the Best Of can't abide undecided voters, so get off the fence and cast your votes today. And just as voter fraud doesn't exist in the real world, it doesn't exist in the Best Of. The right to vote is yours, and you can cast a fresh ballot every day until the 28th at SouthFlorida.com.

Recommended listening: "The One That I Love Best" by Jessica Lea Mayfield

(Photo: Joe's Stone Crab)

2. Stoned immaculate

Stone crab season began this past Saturday, and the Eat Beat's Mike Mayo is pretty excited about it. How excited? This excited: "I consider them a quintessential South Florida treat, a food that belongs to us and defines us as much as deep-dish pizza does for Chicago or hot wings do for Buffalo," Mayo writes in his most recent blog post. "Every year, I celebrate stone crab season's start by getting a couple of pounds and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. Stone crabs' arrival are a happy symbol of survival, a way to say we have made it past the brutal humidity of summer and have almost made it through another hurricane season." If you want to join Mayo in all this jubilation, he's compiled a list of the top places in South Florida to get your claws on some stone crabs.

Recommended listening: "It Was My Season" by Okkervil River

(Photo: Alex Irvin)

3. Why are you trying to second-guess me?

Are you holding out hope that R.E.M. will reunite? Do you tell yourself that, one day, you'll again be able to hear the band perform "Cuyahoga," "Country Feedback," "Orange Crush" and "Little America." Jefferson, I think you're lost. "We've done all we wanted to do," Mike Mills, the band's erstwhile bassist, tells Ben Crandell in a recent interview. "We couldn't think of anything else we wanted to accomplish, so we said this is a good time to shake hands and say goodbye and go try other things."  One of those other things is the concert Mills will perform Thursday in Miami with classical violinist Robert McDuffie. The show, titled "Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra," will find the childhood friends attempting to, as Mills says, "break down the barriers between classical and rock 'n' roll." The odds of them playing "The Flowers of Guatemala" are slim to none, but Mills tells Crandell that R.E.M. fans can expect to hear a new version of another old favorite. Click here to find out what it is. (Hint: It's not "Shiny Happy People.")

Recommended listening: "Unseen Power of the Picket Fence" by Pavement

4. On the turning away

I would pay good money to see Roger Waters walk onstage next summer at the AmericanAirlines Arena, pick up a guitar, grin madly at the audience, and launch into a set that comprises nothing but songs from Pink Floyd's "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" and "The Division Bell." As it is, if I want to hear him play songs from Pink Floyd albums on which he actually appears, I'll have to part with close to $200 a ticket. And so will you.

Recommended listening: "One of the Few" by Pink Floyd

(Photo: Mike Stocker)

5. Struttin'

The Strut, a breast-cancer awareness fundraiser that until this year was known as the Glam Doll Strut, celebrated its 10th year of bright-pink benevolence this past Saturday in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Photographer Mike Stocker caught the participants walking tall and doing good in and around Esplanade Park.

Recommended listening: "Pink Clouds" by Superchunk

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

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