Aug 112017
 
Largest Turnout in Monroe History for the "Big Latch On"

~~~ The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County’s WIC program, in partnership with Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition and volunteers – Jessica Laino and Kimmie Matlock, participated in the Big Latch On, a synchronized breastfeeding event.  The events took place on August 4 in Marathon and August 5 in Key West and Key Largo.  Twenty eight babies successfully latched on at the same time along with 17,790 other babies around the world, breaking the worldwide breastfeeding record.  Last year there were nine latched on babies [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:29 am Issue #231, Special Events No Responses »
Aug 112017
 
Hog's Breath Entertainment

Maryland musician Oren Polak at the Hog’s Breath Saloon Maryland musician Oren Polak makes plays at the Hog’s Breath Saloon, 400 Front St., mid-shift gig – 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Aug. 14 – 20. Polak is touring clubs along the Southeastern United States and is looking forward to his gig at the Hog’s Breath Saloon. Come in for happy hour and give Polak a return welcome to Key West greeting. Austin’s Ben Balmer Band Plays the Hog’s Breath Saloon Austin’s Ben Balmer plays the late-night gig, 10 pm [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #231, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 112017
 
It's A ROYAL RENAISSANCE! The Kick-Off To The Royal Campaign of FANTASY FEST 2017 on Friday, August 25th!

Renaissance means rebirth in French and, with Fantasy Fest 2017 undergoing its own reinvention this year, it’s a natural that The Royal Campaign is entitled ‘A Royal Renaissance’. Beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 25th, at The Southernmost House, 1400 Duval, the evening’s poolside party renders official who is determined to become the 2017 King and Queen – and Duke and Duchess. With the Atlantic surf as their soundtrack and a sky going South Florida violet as their backdrop, reigning Queen Jane Rohrschneider and King Christopher Rounds [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #231, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 042017
 
Filmmaker Christian Fernandez’ New Project To Feature Cuban Struggle: Fundraising Event at San Carlos Institute

Key West Art & Historical Society and the San Carlos Institute invite the public to an evening of celebration and support for young, local filmmaker/director Christian Fernandez and his short-film project “Este Niño Lindo,” a fictional narrative of a treacherous journey two siblings endure as they flee Cuba for the U.S. in a makeshift raft.  The fundraising event takes place on Thursday, August 10, 2017, from 5:30-8:00pm at the San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street, Key West. A champagne welcome and presentation by Fernandez about his project and ramifications of the “wet [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #230, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 042017
 
 Key West Art & Historical Society Call for Collections of Curios, Baubles and Tchotchkes

Do you collect interesting and unusual objects? Are your shelves filled with knickknacks, curios, ornaments, trinkets, baubles, tchotchkes, artwork, and other objects of interest? Your unique treasures could be part of the upcoming “Key West Collects” exhibit, presented by Key West Art & Historical Society at the Custom House Museum in December. Keys residents who have their own unusual or impressive collections to loan should contact KWAHS Curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D. at 305.295.6616 x112. The last “Key West Collects” exhibit, held in December 2013, included objects [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #230, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 042017
 
Get Ready to Romp with Ceilidh Scottish Dancing During the Next Key West World Culture Dance Series Hosted by Key West Art & Historical Society

Add some movement to your summer groove with an international dance workshop experience presented by Key West Art & Historical Society in partnership with Brazouka Dance Key West. The six-week Key West World Culture Dance Series, produced by Dr Pamela Connolly, which happens every second Monday, continues on August 7, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street with a focus on Ceilidh Scottish Dancing. Following weeks will include Argentine Tango, Bachata, Brazilian Zouk, and East Coast Swing. Ceilidh Scottish Dancing is the centuries-old country dance of [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #230, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 042017
 
Aug 6 is Free Premiere Showing at Tropic Cinema of “Paradise” - A Short Film Produced In Key West

Sunday, August 6, at 11:00am, the Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street, welcomes the public to a free premiere screening of “Paradise,” a short film co-produced by Key West High Conch 5 Studios students Bronza Fox, Krzsyztof Madro, and T.J. Nitti, which has been selected for an upcoming screening at the prestigious American High School Film Festival in Times Square, NYC. Shot on several area islands utilizing the latest in 4K cinematography technology, the visually vibrant and rich film features stunning footage of the Florida Keys. The [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #230, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 042017
 
Hog's Breath Entertainment

Tim Williams & Clay McElwee At the Hog’s Breath Philly-based singer-songwriter Tim Williams and Clay McElwee, play the Hog’s Breath Saloon, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., Aug. 7 – 13. Williams has two CDs, “We Begin” and “Blue Ribbon.” His shows are often comedic as well as musical. Paired with McElwee, who can tell what will happen on stage. The Eclaires Premiere at the Hog’s Breath Saloon The all female band The Elclaires will premiere at the Hog’s Breath Saloon Aug. 7 – 13, taking over the late-night gig, 10 [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #230, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 282017
 
Florida Keys Man Discovers Rare Gato Cigar Progressive Proof Book, Now on Exhibit at Custom House Museum

Andrew Bulla, a Florida Keys man who discovered a regional treasure while shopping for vintage car parts on eBay, has placed his find into the hands of the Key West Art & Historical Society in a gesture to foster its cultural and historical preservation.  The one-of-a-kind, mint-condition cigar label progressive proof book created for and signed in 1897 by Eduardo Hidalgo Gato, founder of the E. H. Gato Cigar Factory, has been digitized for online viewing in the future, and is now on display in [continue reading…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #229, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 282017
 
The Zombies, Lorrie Morgan, Jesse Colin Young, Get the Led Out

THE KEY WEST THEATER’S CONCERT LINEUP CONTINUES TO GROW FOR 2017/18 SEASON The Zombies, Lorrie Morgan, Jesse Colin Young Band and Get The Led Out announced and on sale Wednesday, July 26th at 12pm Rams Head Productions has been pulling out all the stops to bring the best national entertainment to the Key West Theater and there are no signs of it slowing down. Just added to the current lineup are: The Zombies, Lorrie Morgan, Jesse Colin Young, and Get The Led Out. “This is [continue reading…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #229, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 282017
 
SALT Gallery Hosts Garth Holtkamp’s “Technicolor Tropic”: Opening Reception August 3

Beginning Thursday Aug. 3, SALT Gallery, located at 830 Fleming St., will host local artist Garth Holtkamp’s newest offerings for the entire month of August. The show, entitled “Technicolor Tropic,” will feature contemporary architecture and stylized landscape paintings that exemplify the vibrant colors and unique architectural styles of Key West. To celebrate Garth’s newest pieces, SALT will be hosting an opening reception at the gallery from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. onAug. 3. Garth is a self-taught painter native to Key West, making him a true [continue reading…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Art, Issue #229, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 282017
 
Get Ready to Romp with Ceilidh Scottish Dancing During the Next Key West World Culture Dance Series hosted by Key West Art & Historical Society

Add some movement to your summer groove with an international dance workshop experience presented by Key West Art & Historical Society in partnership with Brazouka Dance Key West. The six-week Key West World Culture Dance Series, produced by Dr Pamela Connolly, which happens every second Monday, continues on August 7, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street with a focus on Ceilidh Scottish Dancing. Following weeks will include Argentine Tango, Bachata, Brazilian Zouk, and East Coast Swing. Ceilidh Scottish Dancing is the centuries-old country dance of [continue reading…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #229, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 282017
 
Summer Smackdown: An Island-Wide Artistic Challenge

  Come sign up for an island-wide artistic challenge that calls for you to create original material around a specific theme in whatever artistic medium you want; visual arts (photography, film, sculpture, painting) or performing arts (short play, music, standup comedy, variety act, film). All are welcome! Kick-off and sign ups will take place at 512 Eaton Street on August 6th at 6pm. Final works will be shown at the Key West Theater August 23rd-26th to a ticketed audience.  For more information, please email juliet@thekeywesttheater.com

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #229, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 282017
 
Hog's Breath Entertainment

West Texas Singer-Songwriter Cliff Cody Plays the Hog’s Breath Saloon West Texas singer-songwriter Cliff Cody plays the Hog’s Breath Saloon, 400 Front St., mid-shift gig – 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. July 31 – Aug 6. “Chasin Whiskey,” Cody’s first recorded cut was recognized as a highlight of Julie Roberts’ album “Men and Mascara” by Rolling Stone Magazine. Since first playing the Key West Songwriters Festival, Cody has become a favorite and regular performer in the Keys. His soulful voice and story telling style of writing has helped [continue reading…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #229, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 212017
 
Get Ready to Romp with Ceilidh Scottish Dancing During the Next Key West World Culture Dance Series hosted by Key West Art & Historical Society

Add some movement to your summer groove with an international dance workshop experience presented by Key West Art & Historical Society in partnership with Brazouka Dance Key West. The six-week Key West World Culture Dance Series, produced by Dr Pamela Connolly, which happens every second Monday, continues on August 7, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street with a focus on Ceilidh Scottish Dancing. Following weeks will include Argentine Tango, Bachata, Brazilian Zouk, and East Coast Swing. Ceilidh Scottish Dancing is the centuries-old country dance of [continue reading…]

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #228, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 212017
 
LAST CALL: Martha Hubbard Photography Exhibit at SALT Gallery

PICTURE PERFECT “POSTCARDS”:  “I am inspired by the old style of postcards and what they tell you about a place,” says photographer and celebrity chef Martha Hubbard. More than two dozen of Hubbard’s images are served up “postcard style” at SALT Gallery, located at 830 Fleming Street, in her exhibit “Postcards from the End of the Road”- on display until August 2. Hubbard’s exhibit features a glimpse at the Key West she loves: “the old houses, rusty fences, old trees, and the always-different sunsets,” she says.  Her works—printed on watercolor paper to [continue reading…]

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Art, Issue #228, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 212017
 
National Night Out – Mark your Calendars and Have Some Fun!

On Tuesday, August 1st, the Sheriff’s Office will sponsor National Night Out events in the Upper, Middle and Lower Keys. All of the events will feature food, refreshments, and a great chance to meet your neighbors, members of the Sheriff’s Office from a wide variety of divisions, departments and special teams and many others who are involved in the field of public safety here in the Florida Keys. The goal of National Night Out is to bring the community together to discuss how we can all [continue reading…]

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #228, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 212017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Call for Collections of Curios, Baubles and Tchotchkes

Do you collect interesting and unusual objects? Are your shelves filled with knickknacks, curios, ornaments, trinkets, baubles, tchotchkes, artwork, and other objects of interest? Your unique treasures could be part of the upcoming “Key West Collects” exhibit, presented by Key West Art & Historical Society at the Custom House Museum in December. Keys residents who have their own unusual or impressive collections to loan should contact KWAHS Curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D. at 305.295.6616 x112. The last “Key West Collects” exhibit, held in December 2013, included objects [continue reading…]

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #228, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 212017
 
The Virginius Affair: Key West Art & Historical Society to Host Presentation and Reception of Rare Naval Painting

On Friday, July 28, from 5:30 – 7:00pm, Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes the public to a champagne reception and presentation of “The Virginius Affair,” the only known painting that depicts an unprecedented show of naval force that helped postpone war between the United States and Spain in early 1874.  As part of the champagne reception, Florida Keys historian Tom Hambright will offer brief observations about this extraordinary painting by I.H.F. Düksen that evening in the Bumpus Gallery at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street. “The [continue reading…]

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:07 am Issue #228, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 142017
 
"Tropical Summer" Paintings by Maggie Ruley

Colorful, vibrant and fun, these are the words most often used to describe the paintings of Key West artist Maggie Ruley. Ms Ruley’s upcoming show Tropical Summer highlights all the delights of mid summer here in Key West: the brilliant blue water, cloud filled skies, and island scenery. Her paintings remind us all of the joy of summer. Tropical Summer will be on exhibit at the Key West Art Center from July 14 through July 27. Join us for the opening reception Friday July 14 from 5 to 7 PM to meet the [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Art, Issue #227, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 142017
 
 Key West Art & Historical Society Celebrates Hemingway Days with Several Cultural Events

Fans of the legendary Ernest Hemingway can look forward to an array of new cultural offerings presented by Key West Art & Historical Society at the Custom House Museum during the annual Hemingway Days celebration, taking place July 18- July 23. The Society presents several days of signings, readings, a classical music performance and film viewing, and a gala. Tuesday, July 18 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street: “Hemingway & Harry’s Way” presented by author Ted Geltner.  Geltner’s “Blood, Bone and Marrow: A [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #227, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 142017
 
Summer Heats Up with New Key West World Culture Dance Series Hosted by Key West Art & Historical Society

Tango your mango and add some salsa to your sweet summer groove with an international dance workshop experience presented by Key West Art & Historical Society in partnership with Brazouka Dance Key West. The six-week Key West World Culture Dance Series, produced by Dr Pamela Connolly, which happens every second Monday, kicks off on July 24, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street with a focus on Salsa. Following weeks will include Ceilidh Scottish Dancing, Argentine Tango, Bachata, Brazilian Zouk, and East Coast Swing. With its mix of [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #227, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 142017
 
“The Hemingway Suite” Event Spotlights Key West Composer Bill Lorraine with Special Guests Cuban Virtuoso Pianist Lianne Vega, Conductor Zenaida Romeu and Film-maker Oscar Ortega

On Thursday, July 20, from 6:00-8:00pm, Key West Art & Historical Society supports the annual Hemingway Days celebration with a special cultural event spotlighting local composer Bill Lorraine who will offer “The Hemingway Suite,” a short film premiere with a live performance of classical music at the Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street. In 2007, Lorraine was inspired to begin work on an orchestral composition as a tribute to Hemingway. In 2014, the Key West-based artist and musician saw his musical and cross-cultural vision come to fruition [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #227, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 142017
 
 Key West Art & Historical Society Offers Free Night Sky Symposium at Eco-Discovery Center

Shutterbugs, night sky gazers and National Park lovers take note: Key West Art & Historical Society has created a symposium just for you.  The Society has partnered with the National Park Service and B&H Photography to welcome the public to a free “Night Sky Symposium” on Wednesday, July 26 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Eco Discovery Center, 35 E. Quay Road, featuring an astronomy talk about Florida Keys night skies, a brief history and overview of the Dry Tortugas National Park by the Park’s Cultural Resources Specialist Kelly Clark, and a showcase of [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #227, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 142017
 
Christmas in July to Benefit Sister Season Fund

Join the Sister Season Fund for Christmas in July on Wednesday, July 12th from 6-8pm on the upstairs balcony at Irish Kevin’s. The event is sponsored by Republic National and will feature photos with Santa, Live Auctions, and Raffles. Suggested donation of $10 includes 2 drink tickets for sponsored beverages. Proceeds from the event, including tips, benefit the Sister Season Fund, a local non-profit organization that assists qualified locals by paying utility bills and/or rent when they are unable to work for a short time due to [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #227, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 072017
 
KWPG Fusion Art and Lit Exhibit at the Key West Library, Opening: 5:30 PM, July 7

  The Key West Poetry Guild is excited to announce the opening of a fusion visual and literature art exhibit on display at the Key West branch of the Monroe County Library during the month of July. The formal opening will be held 5:30 PM, July 7 at the library. Key West native photojournalist, Jeane LaRance, will give a short presentation on her photos that members of the KWPG used as inspiration for original works of poetry, followed by a reading of the poems. These combination works are [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #226, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 072017
 
Hog's Breath Entertainment

Tim Williams & Rob Carroll At the Hog’s Breath Philly-based singer-songwriter Tim Williams and Rob Carroll, play the Hog’s Breath Saloon, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., July 17 – 23. Williams has two CDs, “We Begin” and “Blue Ribbon.” His shows are often comedic as well as musical. Paired with Carroll, who can tell what will happen on stage.   Atlanta’s Mike Veal Band At the Hog’s Breath Saloon The Mike Veal Band, Atlanta’s favorite party band brings its energy and excitement to the Hog’s Breath Saloon,  July 17 [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:13 am Issue #225, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 072017
 
Custom House Museum to Serve as Literary Headquarters for Hemingway Days Symposium, Signings, and Readings

Literary fans of the legendary Ernest Hemingway can look forward to an array of new cultural offerings presented by Key West Art & Historical Society at the Custom House Museum during the annual Hemingway Days celebration, taking place July 18- July 23. “Hemingway is an integral part of Key West’s cultural fabric and honoring his literary legacy during Hemingway Days is an opportunity  for us to showcase some of the country’s finest Hemingway scholars,” says Director of Education Adele Williams. Hemingway Days events kick off on Tuesday, [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #226, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 072017
 
“The Hemingway Suite” Event Spotlights Key West Composer Bill Lorraine with Special Guests Cuban Virtuoso Pianist Lianne Vega, Conductor Zenaida Romeu and Film-maker Oscar Ortega

Writers, fishermen, revelers- many have been inspired by literary legend Ernest Hemingway. This year, Key West Art & Historical Society supports the July 18-23 Hemingway Days festivities with an array of offerings that include not only literary events and a symposium featuring Hemingway-inspired authors, but a very special cultural event spotlighting local composer Bill Lorraine who will offer “The Hemingway Suite,” a short film premiere with a live performance of classical music dedicated to Hemingway at the Studios of Key West on Thursday, July 20 from 6:00pm-8:00pm. In 2007, [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #226, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »