Oct 202017
 
Call to Artists for Anne McKee Artists Fund Auction

The Anne McKee Artists Fund of the Florida Keys, Inc. announces a Call to Artists for the 2018 Fine Art Auction, to take place on Friday, February 9, 2018 at the Studios of Key West. The submission period for artwork opens on Sunday October 1st and closes on November 10th.  To submit an online application and an accompanying photo(s) via the online entry form, go to www.mckeefund.org.  Artists will be notified of acceptance no later than December 1st. Due to space and time limitations, we are only [continue reading…]

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #239, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 202017
 
Key West Burlesque Season Kicks off Friday with “Taking it Off to See The Wizard: A Burlesque Parody”

Fans of the famous ruby slippers are invited to follow the yellow brick road to Key West’s Waterfront Playhouse, 310 Wall Street, for “Taking it Off to See The Wizard: A Burlesque Parody” which kicks off at 8:00pm Friday, October 20th and runs for eight evening performances. Audiences will delight to a dazzling hit-list of favorite local performers, international burlesque superstars, amazing aerial acrobats, and all your favorite Oz icons, right down to a sparkling red pair of larger-than-life shoes. Despite losing three weeks of rehearsal, costume and [continue reading…]

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #239, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 202017
 
Key West Film Festival to Showcase Cinema Nov. 15-19

Movie aficionados can enjoy more than 30 films from genres including narrative features, documentaries, foreign language, and LGBTQ- and Florida-focused themes during the sixth annual Key West Film Festival. Launching the 2017 festival, set for Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 15-19, is the acclaimed film, “The Shape of Water,” starring actress Octavia Spencer in director Guillermo del Toro’s first offering to be produced in English. The movie is a romantic “creature feature” with an amphibious being and set in Cold War–era America. The closing film, “Last Flag [continue reading…]

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #239, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 202017
 
Custom House Museum to be Official Gateway and Hub for Fantasy Fest 2017

The grounds of the iconic Custom House Museum at 218 Front Street will be transformed into the official “Gateway to the Fantasy Zone” for this year’s “Time Travel Unravels” Fantasy Fest during six days of celebration starting Monday, October 23 through Saturday, October 28. Gateway revelers can avail themselves of a special information tent with a festival concierge featuring info on all things Fantasy Fest.  The hub will feature alternating DJ’s, streamed and live music, vendors offering souvenir and artisan goodies, a giant 12’ x 16’ [continue reading…]

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #239, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 202017
 
Church Announcements

Cornish Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church 702 Whitehead St. KW GOOMBAY SALE Friday 10/20/17 4:30 -7:30 Saturday 10/21/17 11am – 7pm Meats: BBQ or fried leg quarters/BBQ Ribs/Fish CHOICE OF 3 SIDES: Shrimp fried rice, Peas & Rice, Collard Greens, Green Beans, Black Beans, Macaroni and Cheese CONCH FRITTERS/SODA/WATER Halloween Train Ride Tuesday, October 31 at 6pm-9pm Boarding time:5:45 Donation: $8.00 Hosted by: Darlene Bennett FUN & TREATS AS YOU RIDE

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #239, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 202017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Waives Parent & Me Fees to Help Support Families Impacted by Hurricane Irma

Following hurricane Irma, Key West Art & Historical Society’s “Fort Adventure” Parent & Me classes at Fort East Martello will remain on schedule from 10:00AM to 11:30AM Thursdays, with the fee waived until January to better support families in the community. “While we all struggle to return to life before hurricane Irma, families with young children in particular are looking for a sense of normalcy and structure,” says Society Director of Education Adele Williams. “So, while the Society has had to cut back on some of our [continue reading…]

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #239, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 132017
 
History of Sex Presented by Key West Art & Historical Society’s Distinguished Speaker Series at the Tropic Cinema

Key West’s 10-day long extravaganza of exuberant and sensual Fantasy Fest parties and parades create the foundation for Key West Art & Historical Society’s adult-only Distinguished Speaker Series presentation on the History of Sex- an illuminating journey through centuries of human eroticism on Wednesday, October 25 from 5:30PM – 7:00PM, offered by psychologist, sexologist and sex therapist Dr. Pamela Stephenson Connolly at the Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street.  A 5:30PM champagne reception will precede the presentation. “Key West is not the only society that openly and ritually celebrates sexual fun and [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #238, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 132017
 
Marc House Pumpkin Patch

It was a busy morning at the Marc House, Key West Pumpkin Patch as all ages swarmed thru the stacks of thousands of pumpkins. A group of Senior Citizens from Bayshore Manor came by to pick some pumpkins, learn some recipes and pumpkin handcraft. They were followed by a busload of kindergarteners, and 1stgraders from Poinciana Elementary School, along with a group of little ones from Key West Pre-School Coop. The kids and their teachers picked out their pumpkins, got some Halloween tattoos and stickers and were treated [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #238, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 132017
 
There’s No Place Like Home:  Key West Burlesque Kicks Off Season with “Taking it Off to See The Wizard: A Burlesque Parody”

Fans of the famous ruby slippers are invited to kick off the season by following the yellow brick road to Key West’s Waterfront Playhouse, 310 Wall Street, for “Taking it Off to See The Wizard: A Burlesque Parody” which kicks off at 8:00pm Friday, October 20th  and runs for eight evening performances featuring a hit-list of favorite local performers, international burlesque superstars, amazing aerial acrobats, and all your favorite Oz icons, right down to a sparkling red pair of larger-than-life shoes. The post-hurricane Irma show [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:19 am Issue #238, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 132017
 
Half-Price Memberships for the Month of October at the Key West Theater 

The Key West Theater is excited to offer new membership packages for 2017/18 season. If purchased by October 31st, you will receive a fifty percent discount on a variety of memberships with regular pricing beginning at $50. Discounted tickets, 48-hour ticket pre-sales, and exclusive invites are just a few perks of membership. This season, in addition to the ongoing lineup of reputable touring music acts, will feature three main stage theatrical plays, a series of local musical productions, as well as plays, musicals, and variety shows [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #238, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 132017
 
Custom House Museum to be Official Gateway and Hub for Fantasy Fest 2017

The grounds of the iconic Custom House Museum at 218 Front Street will be transformed into the official “Gateway to the Fantasy Zone” for this year’s “Time Travel Unravels” Fantasy Fest during six days of celebration starting Monday, October 23 through Saturday, October 28 with a special Fantasy Fest Royal Retrospective exhibit opening October 16, in advance of the Gateway events. “The museum’s location, its connection to the Keys arts community, and the historic significance of the landmark building makes the Custom House a perfect Gateway [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #238, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 132017
 
Fantasy Fest Revelries to Launch from The Studios of Key West

Key West’s citywide explosion of Fantasy Fest revelries are set to launch this year from The Studios of Key West, with special opening events taking place from 6-8pm, Thursday, October 19, and running through October 26 on two floors of the landmark Art Deco building at 533 Eaton Street. Celebrating this year’s “Time Travel Unravels” theme, the ground floor Sanger Gallery presents a pop-up Fantasy Fest Parade Lab – part production shop, part exhibition space – where the festival’s exciting 38-year history of costumed marches, glamorous balls, street fairs, [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #238, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 132017
 
Florida Keys Gold Cup Sailfish Championship Kicks Off Nov. 30 with Islamorada Sailfish Tournament

ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys — For over 50 years, the Islamorada Sailfish Tournament has marked the start of the renowned triple-crown Florida Keys Gold Cup Sailfish Championship series. This year’s event is to challenge anglers Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 30 through Dec. 3. The all-release tournament, a primary fundraiser for the Islamorada Charter Boat Association, allows an unlimited number of anglers per vessel to participate. Tournament events are to be headquartered at the Whale Harbor Inn and Marina complex, located at mile marker 83 in Islamorada, and open [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #238, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 132017
 
Lavish Parade to Highlight Key West’s Fantasy Fest Oct. 28

Spectators can marvel at huge and extravagant floats, masked and costumed characters, and elaborately garbed marching groups Saturday, Oct. 28, during the Bud Light Fantasy Fest Parade through Key West’s historic downtown. The lavish procession is the traditional highlight of the annual Fantasy Fest masking and costuming celebration, set this year for Friday, Oct. 20, through Sunday, Oct. 29. Tens of thousands of people, many of them arrayed in outrageous costumes, are expected to throng the island’s downtown streets to view the internationally recognized parade. Floats and costumes [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #238, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 132017
 
2017 Headdress Ball

The Key West Business Guild presents the 35th annual Headdress Ball, the premier gay and lesbian event of the Fantasy Fest celebration, which proudly opens the brand new Key West Amphitheater at the Truman Waterfront Park on Thursday, October 26.  This area was undamaged by Hurricane Irma. Come experience your favorite Fantasy Fest event in a new waterside setting and help Key West celebrate a beautiful expanded park system. Mayor Craig Cates will open the ceremonies and famed Key West Musician Howard Livingston will perform a special [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #238, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 062017
 
Key West Burlesque's “Taking it Off to See The Wizard: A Burlesque Parody”

“Taking it Off to See The Wizard: A Burlesque Parody” Friday, October 20 – October 27 Waterfront Playhouse, 310 Wall Street, Key West For Tickets go to waterfrontplayhouse.org or call 305.394.7445 CONTACT: Christa Hunt, 305.619.2862 There’s No Place Like Home: Key West Burlesque Performance Season Kicks Off as Planned Fans of the infamous ruby slippers are invited to kick off the season by following the yellow brick road to Key West’s Waterfront Playhouse, 310 Wall Street, for “Taking it Off to See The Wizard: A [continue reading…]

 October 6, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #237, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 062017
 
Fantasy Fest Masquerade Marchers to Roam Key West’s Old Town Oct. 27

  Thousands of masked and costumed partiers are to unleash their free-spirited alter egos during the Fantasy Fest Masquerade March, a lively walking parade set for Friday, Oct. 27. The march through Key West’s historic Old Town is a highlight of the island city’s Fantasy Fest celebration, a lavish annual costuming and masking festival set for Friday, Oct. 20, through Sunday, Oct. 29. The 2017 festival is themed “Time Travel Unravels,” with participants encouraged to depict colorful characters from past and future eras. The masquerade march typically attracts [continue reading…]

 October 6, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #237, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 062017
 
Fantasy Fest Pet Masquerade to Star ‘Party Animals’ Oct. 25

Dozens of masquerade contests, parties and other spectacles are to challenge the creativity of mask and costume designers during Key West’s Oct. 20-29 Fantasy Fest — but none more than the Pet Masquerade. Scheduled Wednesday, Oct. 25, the family-friendly costume competition is designed for barking, meowing and squawking participants and their human companions. The offbeat event typically draws entries ranging from costumed pet-and-person duos to animal-and-human ensembles staging choreographed performances. Many entries are likely to reflect the 2017 Fantasy Fest theme of “Time Travel Unravels,” with furred and [continue reading…]

 October 6, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #237, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 062017
 
Key West’s Fantasy Fest Brings Costumes, Creativity and Craziness Oct. 20-29

Attendees at Key West’s renowned annual Fantasy Fest can anticipate creative costuming, offbeat artistry and a blend of colorful new events and longtime favorites for masked and costumed revelers. Themed “Time Travel Unravels” and scheduled Friday, Oct. 20, through Sunday, Oct. 29, the 2017 festival features several dozen masquerade balls, costume contests, exotic parties and showcases for quirky creativity, all climaxing in the lavish Bud Light Fantasy Fest Parade. Event organizers encourage participants to “time-travel” to any past or future era to find inspiration for their costume [continue reading…]

 October 6, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #237, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Sep 292017
 
Katie Holtkamp Held Over @ SALT

SALT Gallery, located at 830 Fleming St., will hold over local artist Katie Holtkamp’s newest offerings for the entire month of October. The show, entitled “The Little Things,” features Katie’s mixed media paintings, which exalt the simple things that continue to make her fall in love with Key West. To celebrate the extension of the show, SALT will be hosting an opening reception at the gallery from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6. Katie was born in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and grew up in [continue reading…]

 September 29, 2017  Posted by at 3:12 am Art, Issue #236, What To Do No Responses »
Sep 012017
 
SALT Gallery Hosts Katie Holtkamp’s “The Little Things”: Opening Reception September 1

  Beginning Friday Sep. 1, SALT Gallery, located at 830 Fleming St., will host local artist Katie Holtkamp’s newest offerings for the entire month of September. The show, entitled “The Little Things,” will feature Katie’s mixed media paintings, which exalt the simple things that continue to make her fall in love with Key West. To celebrate Katie’s newest pieces, SALT will be hosting an opening reception at the gallery from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sep. 1. Katie was born in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and grew [continue reading…]

 September 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Art, Issue #234, What To Do No Responses »
Sep 012017
 
The Global Impact of the Florida Keys: Commodore Porter, Pirates and the Navy

Key West Art & Historical Society Curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D., has been tapped to speak about the legendary Commodore David Porter (1780-1843) and his anti-piracy efforts at the McMullen Naval History Symposium at the U.S. Naval Academy, September 14-15, 2017, underscoring the importance of Key West in the context of America’s maritime history. This will be the fourth time that Convertito, a recognized maritime history expert, has been invited to present at the bi-annual conference, which brings together an international roster of scholars to discuss maritime [continue reading…]

 September 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #234, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Sep 012017
 
The Heritage of Our Underwater World: Key West Art & Historical Society Offers Heritage Awareness Diving Seminar

Key West Art & Historical Society, in partnership with the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research, is offering a Heritage Awareness Diving seminar Thursday, September 21 – Saturday, September 23, with classroom instruction in the Helmerich Research & Learning Center at the Custom House Museum and a day of open water diving. The three-day course will explain the advantages of conserving historic shipwrecks and other submerged cultural resources as they preserve information about our collective past as well as the vibrant ecosystems that grow around them. [continue reading…]

 September 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #234, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »