I can’t help but draw a parallel between Michael Brown’s death at the hands of a law officer in Ferguson, MO and the death of Charles Eimers at the hands of law enforcement in Key West, FL. Michael and Charles belonged to two different demographics, yet both are demonized and profiled by law enforcement. Michael’s profile was that of young black male “thug” and Charles’ profile was that of “homeless”. As evidenced by video from around the entire country I see a common and not-so-subtle shift in perception of these two groups and their treatment by civilian police. Continue reading
Key West Poetry Guild will, on Sunday, Dec. 7, spotlight the much published international traveler and snowbird Malcolm Willison. The meeting will be held at Andy’s Cabana, a new outdoor venue at 308 Petronia St., beginning at 7 p.m.
As featured poet, Willison will read a selection of work that ranges, in his words, “from the personal to the political, across time, place, community, and family, people and relationships, myth, history and events, hours, seasons, and weather, skies and clouds, cities and countrysides, mountains and waters, geology and evolution, and voyages by road, rail, water, and air, with the arts and dreams, and some songs in various styles.” Continue reading
Photo: Pete Arnow
The Love Lane Gang is a homegrown band that charms and thrills both locals and visitors with their rollicking raucous ruckus. With an age range among the members of over thirty years, they bring a wide variety of experience and musical tastes to bear and appeal to music lovers of all ages. They’ve brought back skiffle and updated it for the present. It’s impossible to keep from smiling amidst their mirthful musical mayhem!
The emphasis is on ragtime and swing from the 1930s and 1940s, done in a refreshing new style that melds Hot Club gypsy jazz with island flourishes. Also, Dust Bowl ballads, old school country from Hank Williams and Dolly Parton, rockabilly and surf music classics and rarer gems, tunes from Sixties stars like The Beatles, The Kinks, and The Rolling Stones, and carefully chosen songs from current artists like Andrew Bird, Mason Jennings, and The White Stripes all fit in alongside original songs that sound like they could have come from any of those eras.
Offbeat instrumentation, including mandolin, fiddle, accordion, ukulele, washboard, and a kazoo horn section, added to familiar guitar, bass, and harmonica, creates a broad musical palette which they use to color their performances.
But you needn’t pay too much mind to all that serious musical analysis – they’re just plain fun!
They will be playing regular gigs at Saluté On The Beach Sundays at 5:00 PM and Sunset Pier Wednesdays at 4:00 PM.
Scheduled Appearances: Continue reading
As tourists head south for the winter season in search of warm weather and outdoor activities, Environment Florida and Gulf Restoration Network stood together to highlight the tens of thousands of Floridians and over 5,000 Tampa Bay residents who submitted comments in support of restoring Clean Water Act protections to all of Florida’s wetlands and streams. The groups were joined by Shahra Anderson, Regional Director for U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, Vito Sheeley, Outreach Director for U.S. Representative Kathy Castor, Michael Connors, the Director of Sustainability and Green Initiatives for the City of St. Petersburg, and local business owner Woody Pershing. Continue reading
This is in response to last week’s article on the public memorial service for Charles Eimers on Thanksgiving night at South Beach. The service was appropriate and reflective of Key West’s philosophy of “One Human Family”. I’m sure his family appreciated our gesture.
Regarding the tangential issue of police brutality which is associated with Eimer’s untimely demise, I came up with an idea that could identify like-minded citizens on their commitment toward anti-violence.
There could be a new, viral “solidarity gesture” among American citizens who oppose over-zealous authority figures, especially practitioners of brutality. Whenever like-minded friends meet in public they can raise their hands in a gesture of surrender and say: “Don’t shoot, Bro.” to each other. Or, if you’re really good friends say: “Don’t tase me, Bro.” Continue reading
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5 thru WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10
Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys.
Key West Happenings
ARTISTS RECEPTIONS / EXHIBITIONS
Upper Duval Art Stroll, 6 PM Continue reading
Superintendent of Schools Mark T. Porter has announced that Seth Landry from Marathon High School will represent the Monroe County School District at the Sunshine State Scholars Program in February 2015. Each year the local high schools nominate a junior who is distinguished in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to be their representative as the District Sunshine State Scholar. One outstanding student represents each high school, and the three nominees were Natalia Gonzalez from Coral Shores High School, Kevin Coward from Key West High School, and Seth Landry from Marathon High School. Continue reading
After the presidential election of 2012 I wrote an essay where I said, “The Republican Party could find itself wandering in the wilderness for quite some time”. With their victory in the mid-terms of 2014, this statement might be put into serious doubt. But the situation could be more nuanced than that. Mid-term elections are local battles shaped by each little fiefdom’s particular brand of politics. A presidential election, where the nation acts more as an integral whole than as splintered pieces, is a different animal, one where the Republican Party will have to confront the deep schism in its ranks between the social conservative-Tea Partiers and the traditional oligarchs of wealth protection. Some kind of excrement will have to hit the fan because this problem has still not been resolved. In fact, these mid-terms have strengthened the Party’s more radical right. This plays well in Peoria, but does it play well from coast to coast? But none of this lets the Democrats off the hook for the limp wristed form of politics they play and their inability to defend even their most obvious successes. As with all large organizations, the leadership sets the tone and the “Great Black Hope” must take much of the blame. Before getting into that, I’d like to launch off in another direction that will eventually lead us back to where we’ve just come. Continue reading
With season upon us, Impromptu Classical Concerts announces its much-anticipated 43nd season of inspired chamber music performances. In the recent past, Impromptu Classical Concerts were held exclusively at St. Paul’s Church on Duval Street. During the 2014 season, the cultural organization spread it’s wings, concertizing at the San Carlos Institute, as well as St Paul’s Church. Mixing the music venues proved so successful, the concerts will continue to be held at both locations. All concerts are Sundays at 4:00 p.m.
This year, Impromptu Classical Concerts salutes much beloved Honorable Board Member Vera Schiff as the organizations “Unsung hero”. Ms. Schiff – well-known as Key West’s very own indomitable Auntie Mame – will be honored at the annual Community Foundation of The Florida Keys (CFFK) Unsung Hero Awards Luncheon on January 30th. Continue reading
The Intuitive Arts Co-op of the Lower Keys presents an Intuitive Arts and Psychic Fair on Saturday, December 27th from 10-4 at Good Food Conspiracy Health Food Store at mile marker 30.2 Oceanside on Big Pine Key.
The Co-op is a local group of intuitive readers, body therapists, artists and vendors. The fair features intuitive insights offered by experienced practitioners and vendors. Tarot, life path readings, jewelry, metaphysical gifts, crystals, and more will be available. Come enjoy the delicious homemade soups, sandwiches and healthy smoothies in the tropical backyard garden. Bring a friend and enjoy a day filled with insights and delights.
“The Intuitive Arts Fair welcomes in the New Year and is an annual event for the community. Start 2015 with fresh insight, inspiration, intention and imagination at the Intuitive Arts Fair” said Rev. Marney Brown, one of the Fair’s organizers and owner of Good Food Conspiracy.
Admission is free. For more information call Rev. Marney Brown, at 305- 872-9119.