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Rah, sun! | The Monday Hit List

Good morning, South Florida. As we all point to the sky today, remember to ignore anyone who tells you, "The sun's not yellow -- it's chicken."

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1. See and don't see 

Phillip Valys offers 10 places to watch the eclipse with your kids or drinking buddies. If you, like me, weren't able to, or didn't try to, get your hands on a pair of "solar specs," don't fret: The sun will pull another disappearing act tonight at 7:50.

Recommended listening: "Waiting for the Sun" by Jolie Holland

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2. Constructive summer correspondent Susan Bryant reports that the West Palm Beach dining and entertainment complex CityPlace is offering discounts on food, beer, wine and cocktails for three hours on Wednesday nights through October. Are any of the participating restaurants among those our critics consider to be the best in Palm Beach County? Click here to find out.

Recommended listening: "Staring at the Sun" by TV on the Radio


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3. Still shining 

The next project for Oscar-winning "Moonlight" screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney, which just may be "the greatest film made in or about South Florida," doesn't have a title or a premiere date, but it does have a home: OWN, aka the Oprah Winfrey Network. Phillip Valys shares the news that the cable series will, like "Moonlight," draw from McCraney's experiences growing up in Miami.

Recommended listening: "The Moon" by Cat Power


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4. Brother Hubbard

Singer-songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard, Oklahoma-born and Texas-raised, released a fine new album last Friday titled "Tell the Devil I'm Gettin' There as Fast as I Can." As the title promises, Hubbard raises a fair degree of hell on the album (this is the guy, after all, who wrote the outlaw-country classic "Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother"), but he opens it with a retelling of the Book of Genesis, "God Looked Around," that beats anything I ever heard in CCD. It will be a treat if he performs it at next February's Mile 0 Fest, which Ben Crandell reports will bring Hubbard, Old 97's, Shooter Jennings and dozens of other "red-dirt" country acts to Key West. Who's up for a road trip?

Recommended listening: "A Pin-Light Bent" by Joanna Newsom


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5. Hey, bartender's mother

“We have a Venezuelan bartender. I went to her and asked if she knew any Venezuelan comedians. She just looked at me with a blank stare. I said, ‘Look, let’s go ask your mother.’ So I went to the bartender’s mother and asked her for a list of names. And the mother sent to me names of people she would love to see. And that’s how it started.” That's Randy Singer, co-owner of Boca Black Box Center for the Art, explaining to Rod Stafford Hagwood how the theater came to host a Venezuelan-comedy series that begins this Saturday

Recommended listening: "Sunloathe" by Wilco and "Who Loves the Sun" by the Velvet Underground

Recommended viewing: Seriously, friends, protect your peepers.

— compiled by editor Jake Cline, 

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