5 Things To Know This AM — Dec 12 2011

Pearl Restaurant & Champagne Lounge makes a comeback, kid. Read all about it. (Thrillist)
Yep, Midtown is experiencing an identity crisis. And writer Christian Cipriani explores where the problem started in this column. (Biscayne Times)
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The Miami International Film Festival announces the first 10 films set to screen in next year’s festival. (Indiewire)
What makes this time of year so special? Beached Miami’s annual Top 50 South Florida Songs of the year list. See who made the cut. (Beached Miami)
Texting while driving might not be legal for long. Legislators try to ban the distracting act once again. (Miami Herald)
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Photo: Courtesy of Pearl Restaurant & Champagne Lounge.
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