Feb 242018
 
"UNDYING LOVE, A KEY WEST MUSICAL" PREMIERES AT THE STUDIOS OF KEY WEST

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 »
Feb 242018
 
Artist Eric Anfinson to Exhibit at The Studios of Key West: Special Preview Party on March 1

On Thursday, March 1, The Studios of Key West invites the public to celebrate artist Eric Anfinson’s newest exhibit “Without Within,” with a special opening reception in the Sanger Gallery from 6:00pm -8:00pm.  The exhibit features over 40 new works that showcase Anfinson’s archetypal figures and expansive narratives presented in two distinct series. The work, he says, began with two diverging portraits. “Response Time’ which is the exhibit card image, took me in a different direction of archetypes,” says the artist who exhibits internationally with work appearing [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2018  Posted by at 12:36 am Art, Issue #257, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 242018
 
Mud Pi Moves to The Studio - March 11, 5-8pm

This year, the perennial fund-raiser for the FKCC Ceramics Department has relocated to The Studios Key West, 533 Eaton Street.  On March 11th, from 5-8pm, a $25 ticket sold at the door will purchase a keepsake ceramic bowl or plate, appetizers and refreshments.  Other student works will be available for sale. Proceeds benefit the FKCC Mud-Pi student club and will be used to augment equipment and enrich instruction at the ceramic department.  For more information, e-mail ann.labriola@fkcc.edu  or call 305-809-3132.

 February 24, 2018  Posted by at 12:34 am Art, Issue #257, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 242018
 
The Third Annual Key West Art & Historical Society Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade

Artists, builders, assemblers and aficionado’s of the wild and wacky won’t want to miss the 3rd Annual Stanley Papio Kinetic Parade, presented by the Key West Art & Historical Society with events set for May 4-6, 2018 in Old Town Key West. Participants and spectators alike revel in the family-friendly, art-inspired, human-powered, mobile sculpture and art-bike parade (think art with parts that move) created in honor of the late Florida Keys rebel folk artist Stanley Papio. Want to participate? Small and simple or elegantly engineered, young or old, [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2018  Posted by at 12:32 am Art, Issue #257, News, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 242018
 
Historical Trolley Tours, March 3rd  

The Matecumbe Historical Trust “29 Points of Interest” Historical Trolley Tours on the islands of Islamorada will be on Saturday, March 3rd  starting at the Islamorada Moose Lodge, 81573 Old Highway.   A monitor is located at the front of the trolley showing photos of the past as you see them as they are today. The first tour begins at 10:00 am.  Tours will take approximately one hour.  Reservations are recommended.  Tickets may be purchased on site.  Adults are $15.00 a person, children six and under are free.  A staffed tent [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2018  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #257, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 242018
 
Writer Willie Drye to Speak at Friends of the Library March 5

On Monday, March 5, the Key West Friends of the Library will welcome distinguished author Willie Drye as the next speaker in their lecture series. Lectures are presented at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. Admission is free. His talk will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. Seating starts at 5:30 on a first-come, first-served basis. Willie Drye is an author with extensive knowledge of hurricane history and science who wrote Storm of the Century: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 and other works on recent [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2018  Posted by at 12:27 am Issue #257, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 242018
 
Author Barbara Ross is Guest Speaker at Friends of the Library Series March 12

Monday, March 12, the Key West Friends of the Library will welcome Maine crime author Barbara Ross to the podium at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. Admission is free. Her talk begins promptly at 6:00 p.m. Seating starts at 5:30 on a first come, first served basis. Barbara Ross is the acclaimed author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries: Clammed Up, Boiled Over, Musseled Out, Fogged Inn, Iced Under, and Stowed Away. Doreen Sheridan at criminalelement.com described the Maine Clambake Mysteries as “…the quintessential [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2018  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #257, News, Special Events No Responses »
Feb 242018
 
 Key West Art & Historical Society Historic Walking Tour Series:  Next Up - Key West Writers and Artists

Key West Art & Historical Society continues its series of educational and entertaining walking tours led by local artist and historian Sharon Wells on Saturday, March 10 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, spotlighting the lives and locales of Key West writers and artists. Said to have more writers per capita than anywhere else in the nation, Key West has long been synonymous with writers and artists, attracting the likes of Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, Elizabeth Bishop, John Dewey, Tennessee Williams, Robert Frost, Jose [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2018  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #257, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 242018
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Hosts 3nd Annual Key West Food Truck Festival at Fort East Martello

What could be better than a day-long concert in a field by the sea, complete with a bevy of food trucks for the choosing?  On Saturday, March 10 from 12pm-8pm, Key West Art & Historical Society presents the 3rd annual Key West food truck festival, “Food Trucks in Paradise 2018,” an event that transforms Fort East Martello’s parade grounds into a family-friendly musical feast with the tasty delights of Key West’s top-notch food trucks and the grooving tunes of local and international acts. “It’s a great excuse to get [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2018  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #257, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 242018
 
Library Book Sale

Friends of the Key West Library monthly book sale is on Saturday, March. 3, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Palm Garden next to the library, 700 Fleming Street. Lots of art, biography, history, hobbies, pet care, nature, geography, novels and non-fiction by favorite authors. DVDs will be on sale at half price. Baked goods supplied by Sigsbee Charter School’s National Junior Honor Society Chapter and Reading Buddies. Proceeds go to the library’s programs, books and equipment. Check out the ongoing in-library book sales. [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2018  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #257, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 242018
 
Tennessee Williams’s Paintings and Plays: Key West Art & Historical Society Distinguished Speaker Henry Schvey Reveals the Connection

Key West Art & Historical Society’s Distinguished Speaker Series welcomes guest Henry Schvey to Old City Hall, 510 Greene Street, on Thursday, March 8, 6:00pm as he presents “The Plastic Theatre of Tennessee Williams,” an examination of how the Pulitzer-prize winner’s lifelong preoccupation with painting provides a crucial key to understanding the iconic writer’s plays. Schvey, Professor of Drama and Comparative Studies at Washington University in St. Louis where Tennessee Williams was enrolled as a student from 1936-38, is a prolific writer, playwright, poet, mentor, and director of more than [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2018  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #257, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 242018
 
Judi Bradford Farewell Show

“It didn’t start out as a farewell when we planned the show last year, but then events occurred and this show comes after my move from Key West,” said Judi Bradford of her show, which opens Thursday at The Studios of Key West. Bradford has been a Key West artist for 40 years, starting out with commercial illustration and editorial cartoons.  She recently moved to DeLand, Florida.  She still has her studio at TSKW until May and will be back several times to finish up projects. The exhibit of [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2018  Posted by at 12:12 am Art, Issue #257, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 242018
 
Magnolia Band

B.O’s Fishwagon Caroline & William Sts. Key West, FL Thursday 3/1 6 – 9 PM Key West Bite 920 Caroline St. Key West FL Friday 3/2 7 – 9 PM Key West Bite 920 Caroline St. Key West FL Monday 3/5 7 – 9 PM Magnolia Band, the Key West version of the renowned New England band Magnolia, plays a unique blend of classic country, Cajun, and bluegrass music. Led by singer and guitarist Maggie Moniz, with local fixture Steve Gibson on mandolin, world-famous Chuck Sherman on pedal [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2018  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #257, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 182018
 
What We Save: Historic Scrapbooks Featured in Key West Art & Historical Society’s Distinguished Speaker Series with Archivist Breana Sowers

Kick off Women’s History Month with Key West Art & Historical Society’s Distinguished Speaker Series guest Breana Sowers on Thursday, March 1, 6:00pm at Old City Hall, 510 Greene Street. The Monroe County Libraries Archivist presents an exploration of late 19th century scrapbooks created mostly by women, using text, ephemera, and photographs to reflect on why individuals chose to save certain items and what that tells us about our island’s history. Sowers’ presentation showcases scrapbooks from the Monroe County Florida History Department Collection and reveals how they evolved from a rainy-day [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #256, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 182018
 
Joy Center in Tavernier Activities for Feb. 21

Come spend the day at the J.O.Y. Center, a free lifelong learning program at the Pearl House of Worship, 161 Pearl Ave., Tavernier.  A collaboration between the Upper Keys Life Enrichment Coalition (UKLEC) and Keys to Peace, the program will offer the following activities on Wednesday, February 21: 9:00 am – 10:00 am: Community Cafe Social Hour – Coffee & baked goodies, Scrabble and Cards 10:00- 11:00 – Mystery Writing: “Crafting the Cliffhanger” with Cathy Bosworth AND    “So You Think You Can’t Draw? Come Be Wrong” [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #256, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 182018
 
Katona Twins Give Impromptu Concert Performance at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Feb. 25

Hungarian guitar duo Katona Twins will appear in Key West for an Impromptu Concert performance at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 25, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 Duval St. The concert will be the fourth of the 2018 Impromptu Concert season, which is celebrating the centennial of the late composer Leonard Bernstein, a frequent visitor to Key West. This music act, comprised of Péter and Zoltán Katona, has been described as “the classical world’s best-known guitar duo.” These identical twins were born in Budapest, Hungary, where they [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #256, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 182018
 
Plein Air Painters Historic Sites Show

The Key West Plein Air painters will exhibit their works portraying twelve Key West historic sites at the opening reception in the Oldest House Garden on Thursday, Feb. 22 from 5-7pm. Based on the Florida Stories walking tour app created by the Florida Humanites Council, these sites include the Custom House, Clinton Square, Coast Guard Headquarters, Old Custom’s House, Sloppy Joe’s, Fogarty Mansion, Curry Mansion, Porter Mansion, the Oldest House, the Woman’s Club, the Patterson Baldwin House, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. A percentage of the art [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:20 am Art, Issue #256, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 182018
 
Tennessee Williams Celebration to Feature Classic Williams’ Film Showings

Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration features classic Williams’ film showings along with parties, poetry readings and contests Key West Art & Historical Society celebrates Tennessee Williams, the Pulitzer-prize winning literary icon that moved to Key West in 1949 and remained a resident for 34 years, with a series of arts and cultural events, launching February 28 and running through early April. On Wednesday, February 28, Tennessee Williams Exhibit (now Museum) founders Dennis Beaver and Bert Whitt will open their Whitehead Street home for a limited-ticket celebration kick-off party with [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:15 am Issue #256, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 182018
 
Carol Munder is Guest At Friends of the Library Series, Feb. 26

Monday, Feb. 26, the Key West Friends of the Library will welcome Carol Munder as guest speaker, in conversation with local photographer Mark Hedden. Ms. Munder’s appearance will be at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. Admission is free. Her discussion begins promptly at 6:00 p.m. Seating starts at 5:30 on a first-come, first-served basis. Carol Munder is a photographer and lithographer who creates hauntingly evocative monochrome images. Munder rolled into Key West in a Volkswagen Microbus in 1978. Her first job was with [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #256, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 182018
 
Save the Date Opening Reception Feb 19th 5-7pm

Opening Reception February 19, 5-7 PM Jean Pederson Jean will be teaching at The Studios of Key West Wed-Fri Feb, 22-24, Varied Hours Ground Breaking: Water Media with Jean Pederson Thurs & Fri, March 8 & 9, 9 AM – 4 PM Mixed Media with Jean Pederson Opening Reception February 19, 5-7 PM Mariyah Sultan ‘Has define and develope her particular vocabulary of line, form and color’ Gildea Gallery 522 Southard Key West 305-797-6485

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:08 am Art, Issue #256, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 182018
 
Tennessee Williams Birthday Events to Recall Late Playwright in Key West

Tennessee Williams first visited Key West in 1941, subsequently buying a house where he resided until his death in 1983. Fans of the PulitzerPrize–winning playwright can celebrate his legacy Feb. 28 through April 9 with cultural and creative events on the island he called home. Highlights are to include a March 26 “birthday party” recognizing the 107th anniversary of Williams’ birth, film screenings and play presentations, contests for writers and artists, a poetry reading and curator-led tours of the Tennessee Williams Museum at 513 Truman Ave. During his residence in Key West, [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:03 am Issue #256, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 182018
 
Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club SHOW & SHINE

The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club (FKSCC) holds its monthly SHOW & SHINE this Sunday,February,18th. Noon to 3pm. This event is for the lovers of classic, custom, and street rod automobiles of all years and makes. Fords, Chevys, trucks, Ratrods, lowriders, and chrome loaded motorcycles. If it cool and on wheels it will be here. This fun afternoon event is free to all, starts at noon till 3pm . The event continues at the Sugarloaf Lodge, on Sugarloaf Key.MM17. Prizes, good food and cold beverages [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #256, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 112018
 
Civil War Reenactor Addresses 650 HOB Students - "African-Americans in the Naval Forces"

Visiting law professor, practicing criminal attorney, historian and Civil War reenactor Bernard Siler addressed some 650 5th-8th grade students at Horace O’Bryant Middle School in Key West on Monday. The lecture, titled “African-Americans in the Naval Forces,” sponsored by Key West Art Historical Society, Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, focused on the experience of thousands of African-Americans who served in the Union Navy during the Civil War. Siler, who has been featured as an expert in documentaries about the military [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:37 am Issue #255, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 112018
 
Bizarre but True 'Undying Love' to Debut in Key West on Valentine's Day

BUY TICKETS: tskw.org In 1930s Key West, a man who called himself “Count von Cosel” fell in love with a terminally ill girl named Elena Hoyos. Her death was the start of a bizarre but true love story that unfolds for theater fans in “Undying Love: A Key West Musical,” debuting on Valentine’s Day at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St. Both macabre and darkly humorous, the stranger-than-fiction musical saga was written by Key West author and musician Ben Harrison. Harrison previously penned a nonfiction [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #254, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 112018
 
Pucker Up - the Second Flash-Mob “Kiss-In” at the Custom House Museum Happens on Valentine’s Day

Key West Art & Historical Society invites locals and visitors to a flash-mob style, mass Kiss-In event on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14, starting at 5:00pm, in front of the 25-foot-tall Seward Johnson ‘Embracing Peace’ sculpture at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street. The goal is to fill the street in front of the Museum with a crowd of couples emulating Johnson’s sculpture which was inspired by an iconic photo of a sailor and nurse celebrating the end of World War II in Times Square, New [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #255, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 112018
 
Explore “Porter and the Pirates” with Key West Art & Historical Society, Hindu Charters and Cori Convertito, Ph.D.

On Saturday, February 24, maritime historian and Key West Art & Historical Society curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D., will lead the second in a series of three historically illuminating 90-minute seafaring excursions presented by The Society in partnership with Hindu Charters. Passengers aboard the beautifully restored 79’ wooden sailing schooner Hindu, which launches from Key West Bight Marina, can enjoy mimosas or non-alcoholic beverages and salt spray as Convertito shares the historic back-story and personal insights on the day’s topic, “Porter and the Pirates.” A member of [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #255, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 112018
 
Friends of the Marathon Library Speaker Series, Feb 12th

The Friends of the Marathon Library Speaker Series welcomes Keys writer Michael Haskins to its February 12th meeting. Haskins is an ex-journalist and spent a few years as the City of Key West’s public information officer, before turning to writing fulltime. He has been a resident of the Keys for twenty-plus years. Originally from Boston, Haskins has lived in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, and Tijuana, Mexico before moving to the Florida Keys. His nine-book series features journalist Mick Murphy and an array of Keys [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:23 am Issue #255, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 112018
 
Stephen Kitsakos To Speak at Friends of the Library Series, Feb. 19

On Monday, Feb. 19, The Key West Friends of the Library will welcome Stephen Kitsakos, a writer, director, performing arts administrator, and professor of theater arts, as the next speaker in their lecture series. Talks are presented at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. Admission is free. His lecture begins promptly at 6:00 p.m. Seating starts at 5:30 on a first-come, first-served basis. Kitsakos’s work explores the connection between the healing power of the performing arts and the use of sacred texts to inspire [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #255, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 112018
 
Key West Burlesque’s Latest Extravaganza Hits the Key West Theater Stage February 16 and 17

Elevate your romance or blast away your post-Valentine’s Day blues with your favorite Key West Burlesque performers and visiting guest stars as they perform “Key West, We Love You: A Love-Filled Revue,” set for Friday, February 16 and Saturday, February 17 at Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street. “Key West, We Love You: A Love-Filled Revue,” stars nationally and internationally acclaimed performers, including Kitten N’ Lou, whose combination of burlesque, drag, dance, and theater make for a performance that has been called “brilliantly deranged” (Time Out New York) and “genius” (The Huffington Post); the hilarious, banana-throwing Evil Hate [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #255, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 112018
 
Artist Valerie Hoh to Present Latest Creations in Wearable Art and Sculpture

Nothing Ho-hum about it: Valerie Hoh to present latest creations in wearable art and sculpture at The Gardens Hotel, one day only. Valerie Hoh, former proprietor of the eclectic Pandemonium gallery on Duval Street, returns to Key West for a showing of unique, hand-crafted fashion art clothing, accessories and sculpture, to be displayed in the lobby of The Gardens Hotel, 526 Angela Street,Sunday, February 18, from noon to 7:00pm. Hoh, who is also recognized for her colorful house number tiles that adorn properties throughout Key West, [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:18 am Art, Issue #255, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 112018
 
Calling All Youth Annual Black History Festival

Cornish Memorial Ame Zion Church 702 Whitehead St Key West, Florida 33040 (305) 294-2350 Calling All Youth Annual Black History Festival Key West, FL, Saturday, February 24, 2018 12pm – 4pm Inviting Choirs, Poets, Praise Dancers It takes a village FREE 25th Annual Banquet Black History Program Key West, FL, Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 3pm Donation $10.00 Parade of Kings and Queens Please wear your African Attire Inviting Choirs, Poets, Praise Dancers If you would like more information about these events, please call Arida [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #255, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 112018
 

The 8th Annual Key West Authors’ Book Fair, presented by Seastory Press, is coming up again on Saturday, February 24th from 10am – 3pm, local authors interested in signing up kind find us at seastorypress.com, on Facebook, or contact us directly at seastorypress@gmail.com. This year’s event is being held during Old Island Days, on February 24. We are all looking forward to cooler weather and even better attendance, with more “seasonal” residents and visitors. We are expecting some popular regional authors who have not been able to participate in past years’ April [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #255, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 112018
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Distinguished Speaker Jay Barnes to Offer Riveting Hurricane History

Florida has been struck by hurricanes more than any other state throughout the centuries. On Thursday, February 22, at 6:00pm, Key West Art & Historical Society Distinguished Speaker Series guest, hurricane historian Jay Barnes, will reveal riveting accounts and historical data of Florida’s stormy past in his presentation “Florida’s Hurricane History” at Old City Hall, 510 Greene Street. Barnes will draw from his book of the same name, offering meteorological research as well as news reports, ship logs, historical journals and photographs to tell Florida’s hurricane history, spotlighting 400 years of storms [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #255, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »