Apr 062018
Key West Art & Historical Society celebrates Captain Outrageous in “That’s Outrageous!” Exhibit  

The Key West Art & Historical Society celebrates the acclaimed late Key West artist Captain Outrageous in “That’s Outrageous!,” a retrospective featuring more than 40 works that explore his pop art style across several different mediums.  The exhibit opens Friday, April 13, with a special reception held from 6:00pm-7:30pm in the Bryan Gallery at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street.  The Green Parrot Bar kicks off the exhibit’s opening at 4:30pm with “The Last Straw” Happy Hour, celebrating what would have been Captain’s 78th birthday and named as an homage to his infamous White Street eatery. Attendees are [continue reading…]

 April 6, 2018  Posted by at 12:08 am ~ Artists ~, Art, Issue #263, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 242018

Undying Love | A Key West Musical from Wonderdog Studios on Vimeo. BUY TICKETS: tskw.org Writer Ben Harrison tells the true story of Count von Cosel and Elena Hoyos, and a passion that defied death. The richly reimagined, darkly humorous, true tale of the extreme lengths one man was willing to go for love. “Undying Love: A Key West Musical,” written by Ben Harrison, premiered February 14 at The Studios of Key West, and runs for a limited engagement of ten shows through March 3. It [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2018  Posted by at 12:39 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #251, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 202018
Bedazzled Southernmost Shimmies of Key West belly dancers to take the stage at The Studios of Key West

Shimmy your way over to The Studios of Key West on Sunday, February 4th from 2:00pm-4:00pm for “Romance and Belly Dance,” a fundraiser performance presented by the Southernmost Shimmies of Key West to benefit the island’s public May Sands Montessori school. Led by Judith Sahirah, the show features 20 bedazzled dancers from across the nation performing both traditional and modern styles of belly dance inspired by the theme of love. “Through our performances, we will share love in all of its manifestations,” says Sahirah, who teaches the [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2018  Posted by at 12:18 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #252, Special Events No Responses »
Jan 202018
Key West Burlesque’s “Key West, We Love You: A Love-Filled Revue” at Key West Theater

Elevate your romance or blast away your post-Valentine’s Day blues with your favorite burlesque performers as Key West Burlesque and guest stars present “Key West, We Love You: A Love-Filled Revue” on Friday, February 16 and Saturday, February 17 at Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street. The dazzling extravaganza incorporates the love of all things Key West in a follies-style storyline of high energy, humor, and glamour that takes the crowd inside the lives and loves of the Southernmost city. “The show is jam-packed with love and over-the-top, excellent performances,” says [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2018  Posted by at 12:17 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #252, Music, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 202018
Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuge's Photography Contest, Submissions Due March 1, 2018

USFWS is seeking submissions for its annual photography contest.  This free, fun event helps showcase our incredible natural resources here in the Florida Keys. USFWS keeps photographs on display at the Refuge Visitor Center until June 30th. Visitors love them! Attached is the Photo Contest Regulations.  The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2018. This year an additional submission category has been added specific to Key deer so we have four categories–Landscape, General Nature, Key deer and Birds.

Jan 202018
Key West Art & Historical Society Invites Writers to Enter Works in this Year’s Tennessee Williams Poetry and Short-story Contests

Keys poets and writers are invited to submit works for this year’s Tennessee Williams poetry and short-story writing contests – components of the annual Key West celebration of the great American writer and island resident’s birthday. Poets are invited to submit a 30-line or less poem about Williams’ life in Key West. Writers may submit a short story of 1500 to 4000 words, to include some reference to Williams’ life in Key West. Winners will be selected by blind-judging via a panel of professional, published [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2018  Posted by at 12:12 am ~ Artists ~, Art, Issue #252, Literature No Responses »
Jan 202018
Latin Jazz Takes Center Stage at Key West Theater

Rolando Rojas and the Southernmost Brass join together to perform an exciting evening of classic Latin Jazz replete with horns, flutes, congas, timbales, and even floorspace for dancing on January 20th at the Key West Theater. “I always thought we should do a night of Latin Jazz here in Key West.,” says event coproducer Ralph De Palma, who is thrilled to bring together Rolando Rojas and the Southernmost Brass for this unique, exciting evening of music. “Those horns are going to light the place up and the [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2018  Posted by at 12:11 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #252, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 202018
Curry Mansion Portrait by Stephen LaPierre: Pre-Irma Art

In this 2010 oil painting, Key West artist, Stephen LaPierre, captured Edith Amsterdam’s beloved Curry Mansion, along with her ’67 four-door Lincoln Continental convertible. A Key West icon, Mrs. Amsterdam died in February of 2016, at the beginning of her 93rd year. That once-in-a-lifetime Continental of hers had been put to rest a few years earlier. And when Irma blew through town this past September, the category four hurricane took down Mrs. Amsterdam’s huge and gorgeous sacred fig tree, out front on Caroline. Thankfully, Stephen [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2018  Posted by at 12:06 am ~ Artists ~, Featured Artist, Issue #252, Special Event 1 Response »
Jan 122018
"City of Arts" About to "Sell Out" Local Art and Artists...

  by Rick Boettger…….. The City Commission will decide at its next meeting on January 17th whether to exempt the new SPCA building on College Road from the requirement that they buy and display art.  Basically, the Art in Public Places Program has a noble goal: “To encourage the inclusion of works of art in public and private construction projects in order to expand citizens’ and visitors’ experience with visual art and enable them to better understand our community and their individual lives. By encouraging [continue reading…]

 January 12, 2018  Posted by at 12:26 am ~ Artists ~, Rick Boettger 12 Responses »
Jan 122018
Annual Key West Craft Show, Jan 27-28

On the subtropical island that has nurtured creative spirits dating back to John James Audubon, aficionados of artistry can discover offerings by more than 80 national and regional exhibitors Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 27-28. The Key West Craft Show, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, is to transform the island’s historic lower Whitehead Street into a lively open-air marketplace. Now in its 33rd year, the event is presented by the Key West Art Center, a nonprofit cooperative organization for local artists established in 1960. Artisan booths are [continue reading…]

 January 12, 2018  Posted by at 12:12 am ~ Artists ~, Art, Issue #251, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »