Dec 152017
 
Review of Arlo Haskell's New book, "The Jews of Key West (1823-1969)"

Review by Malcolm Robert Willison ……. Arlo Haskell, the annual Key West Literary Seminar’s executive director, has just published a fascinating work of historical reconstruction. His interestingly-organized book, well-designed and -illustrated by David Janik, covers much of the previously by-passed, almost-lost history of Key West’s Jewish population, from the town’s founding through its post-war boom. Haskell is not a professional historian but an accomplished writer, poet, and administrator. His straightforward prose is highly readable without sacrificing careful and wide-ranging research and 14 pages of careful citation [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #247, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 152017
 
Save the Date - 2018 McKEE FINE ART AUCTION

The Board of Directors of the Anne McKee Artists Fund, Inc. announces the date of Friday, February 9, 2018 for their annual fine art auction.  The auction will again take place at The Studios of Key West.  Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the auction, led by Tom Luna, will begin at 8:00 p.m.  Champagne and desserts will be included in the $25 ticket price and there will also be a cash bar.  VIP seating is available for $50.  The auction preview will be from January 26th until [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Art, Issue #247, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 152017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Hosts Holiday Concert & Bazaar at Custom House Museum

Get into the holiday spirit at Key West Art & Historical Society’s Holiday Concert & Bazaar on Thursday, December 21st from 5PM to 9PM, located on the sweeping historic porch and promenade of the Custom House Museum.  The celebration will feature Key West’s finest artisans, musicians and choirs, along with a spectacular holiday light show presented by Key West High School’s ‘Conch 5 Studios’ students, with proceeds to benefit the Bahama Village Music Program & Society educational programs. Visitors can browse hundreds of unique gift options at this signature [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #247, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 152017
 
Master Chefs Classic to Blend Cuisine Competition and Key West Flavor

Awards and prizes await winning Florida Keys culinary artists at the annual Master Chefs Classic, but the real winners are the event attendees who sample and savor the dishes presented for judges’ consideration. A Key West tradition for food fanciers, the 2018 cuisine competition is scheduled for 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, on the harborside pier at the Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina, 245 Front St. The elegant feast for the senses typically draws chefs from leading Florida Keys restaurants, who vie for first-, second- [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #247, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 152017
 
There’s Trouble in Paradise

When a scurrying horde of giant Gambian rats threaten to bring chaos to the easy living, fun-loving Conch nation, who will step forward to save the day? A lightning-zapped veterinarian now trying his hand as a street-fair fortune teller. A Scottish monk whose ambition is to rehab the rats, and ship them off to South America where they can selflessly serve humanity by sniffing out landmines and disease? A pampered runaway Hemingway house cat who teams up with an aspirational Gambian rodent seeking a greater [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:23 am Issue #247, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 152017
 
The Skinnydippers Upcoming Appearances

Key West Bite, 920 Caroline Street, Key West The Skinny Dippers Saturday 12/23   7-9 The Skinny Dippers are a bunch of loons, who believe in the magic of music, who believe that music is meant to be enjoyed for the way it can move the hearts, spirits, and thoughts of those who hear it – not just sell drinks and food. The fun they have performing transfers to the audience, and a good time is had by all. Unusual instrumentation including mandolin, ukulele, and dulcimer, even [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #247, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 152017
 
Annual Key West Dachshund Walk is Sunday, December 31

On December 31st Dachshund’s, Dachshund impersonators, and their human companions will parade through downtown streets lined with adoring fans during the annual Key West Dachshund Walk. People and pets are invited to gather Sunday at noon at the corner of Fleming and Whitehead Streets before undertaking a three-block journey which will proceed down Fleming Street to Duval Street to Appelrouth Lane and back to Whitehead Street. Registration is not required. Costumes are encouraged, as are donations of dog and cat food for the Community Pet Pantry. The annual [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #247, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 152017
 
Big Pine & Lower Keys Nautical Expo to Offer Maritime Merchandise Jan. 13-14

BIG PINE KEY, Florida Keys — Attention, water enthusiasts: boats, motors and nautical items galore are to be available at the 14th annual Big Pine & Lower Keys Nautical Expo. A popular annual “pop-up” outfitter of supplies for a wide variety of water activities, the open-air market is set for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 13-14. The bargain-lover’s event typically features merchandise for sailors and boaters, anglers, kayakers, fans of the Florida Keys’ underwater realm and others who enjoy experiencing the island chain’s unique seafaring environment. [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #247, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 152017
 
“Sugar Rum Cherry: A Burlesque Nutcracker,” Kicks Off at Key West Theater on Thursday, Runs for Three Nights Only

Key West Burlesque performers Scarlett Jai, Ooh La La, Rouge La La and Miss Zurima rehearse a scene on Tuesday night in which they portray a bevy of dazzling Dancing Daiquiris (Waltz of the Flowers in the original Nutcracker) for the production of “Sugar Rum Cherry: A Burlesque Nutcracker” which runs Thursday, December 14 through Saturday, December 16 at Key West Theater. “Sugar Rum Cherry: A Burlesque Nutcracker,” is for adult audiences and is one of many festive and colorful events taking place during the city-wide Key West Holiday Fest [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #247, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 152017
 
OIRF Home Tour December 27th & 28th

December 27th & 28th, 2017, 3pm – 7pm SURPRISE PACKAGES GREAT AND SMALL Key West houses – from shotguns to mansions – are like holiday gifts:  delights can be found in packages of any size, shape or wrappings.  The Old Island Restoration Foundation presents five homes that are fine examples of surprises inside.  They are offered as the premier for the Home Tours’ 58th season. The tour is scheduled for Wednesday & Thursday, December 27 and 28, from 3pm to 7pm.  Tickets are $30 in advance; $35 on tour days.  For credit [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #247, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 152017
 
Savor Local Seafood and Salute Commercial Fishermen at Key West Festival

Attendees at the 13th annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival scheduled Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 13-14, can celebrate the region’s world-renowned fresh seafood and the commercial fishermen who devote their careers to harvesting it. Presented by the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen’s Association, the family-friendly community feast is set for 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Key West’s Bayview Park, located at Truman Avenue and Jose Marti Drive. The savory seafood menu features fresh grilled Florida spiny lobster, “pick and peel” Key West pink shrimp, stone crab claws, [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #247, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 152017
 
Celebrity Artist Adam Scott Rote to Appear at Exhibition

December 21 through December 24, 2017 and Meet the Artist 11am – 2pm and 7pm – 11pm Daily During the Shows Stella Stevens calls him a Pop Culture Icon. Debbie Reynolds says Adam is truly gifted with an eye for composition and imagination. Angie Dickinson called him her “Warhol.” Al Pacino stated, upon signing his Scarface painting, that it was the best he had ever seen. Adam has worked with Academy award winners Martin Landau, Ernest Borgnine, Al Pacino, Joan Fontaine, Patricia Neal, and Goldie Hawn. Along with screen legends Jerry Lewis, [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Art, Issue #247, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 082017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Presents “On the Waterfront: Truman Annex Artists” Exhibit at Custom House Museum

Key West Art & Historical Society’s exhibit “On the Waterfront: Truman Annex Artists” opens with a special reception on Friday, January 12th from 6:00pm-8:00pm, in the Bryan Gallery at the Custom House Museum located at 281 Front Street.  The exhibit features historic and contemporary works of some of Key West’s celebrated artists that rented spaces between 1974-1986 in the decommissioned naval warehouses, machine-shops, and residential facilities for use as studios after the U.S. Navy abandoned their base on the present-day Truman annex. Artists include John Martini, Helen Harrison, [continue reading…]

 December 8, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Art, issue #246, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 082017
 
Decimos (We Say), A Lliterary Collection of the Florida Keys is Requesting Submissions

Elegant Publications Company (EPCO) is excited to announce the development of a new publishing project: Decimos (We Say). This monthly literary magazine representing the work of the Florida Keys, is now accepting submissions of poetry and short fiction on our website decimos.org or directly via email atcontact@decimos.org. Submissions must be 1-5 pages in a word document attachment. This collection will provide local authors and readers a fresh platform for original fiction, poetry and professional craft commentary generated by the Keys community. Print copies are already for sale [continue reading…]

 December 8, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am issue #246, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 082017
 
Warm Weather and Scenic Course Mark 20th Key West Half Marathon

Runners seeking a picturesque warm-weather challenge this winter can find it Sunday, Jan. 14, during an event acclaimed as one of the United States’ leading winter half-marathons. Several thousand runners are expected for the Key West Half Marathon & 5k Run in the continental United States’ southernmost island city. Event organizer Barbara Wright encourages interested runners to register soon, since the popular event is fast approaching its 4,600-entrant sell-out capacity. Now in its 20th year, the race has earned prestigious kudos including being noted as a [continue reading…]

 December 8, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am issue #246, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 082017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Hosts Holiday Concert & Bazaar at Custom House Museum

Get into the holiday spirit at Key West Art & Historical Society’s Holiday Concert & Bazaar on Thursday, December 21st from 5PM to 9PM, located on the sweeping historic porch and promenade of the Custom House Museum.  The celebration will feature Key West’s finest artisans, musicians and choirs, along with a spectacular holiday light show presented by Key West High School’s ‘Conch 5 Studios’ students, with proceeds to benefit the Bahama Village Music Program & Society educational programs. Visitors can browse hundreds of unique gift options at this signature [continue reading…]

 December 8, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am issue #246, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 082017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Distinguished Speaker Series Guest Craig Pittman to Share Weird and Wonderful Florida Stories at Tropic Cinema

On Thursday, December 14 at 6:00pm, Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes Distinguished Speaker Series guest and journalist Craig Pittman at the Tropic Cinema where he is to present selections from “Oh, Florida! How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country,” a book that recently won the gold medal for Florida non-fiction from the Florida Book Awards. The Tampa Bay Times environmental journalist and author of four books is a native Floridian with a bevy of top-tier reporting awards and a resume of newspaper [continue reading…]

 December 8, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am issue #246, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 082017
 
Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Photo Club Meeting:  Wed. Dec 13th, 2017

Looking for a new adventure?  We invite you to attend the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Photography Club meeting.  We welcome everyone, from beginners wanting to learn, to experienced photographers who want to share their expertise.   Together we’ll explore the natural areas of the Florida Keys looking for great photography opportunities and stories to share. Bring 3-5 photos to share.  Learn about our upcoming field trips and photo classes.  The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec 13th, 6:30-8:00 P.M. at the National Key Deer Refuge Visitor Center in the Winn-Dixie plaza on Big Pine Key.  For more information, contact Kristie @ 305-304-9625.  Facebook: [continue reading…]

 December 8, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Art, issue #246, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 072017
 
Believe It or Not! Florida Residents Get 1/2 Off at Ripley's Until Dec. 20

Florida residents can get all the fun that Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has to offer for half the price. Ripley’s Florida attractions are offering half price tickets for Florida residents at all Ripley’s Florida attractions from now through December 20. Participating attractions include: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Key West Odditorium Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium Ripley’s Believe It or Not! St. Augustine Odditorium, daytime Red Train Tours and Ghost Train Adventure Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Panama City Beach Odditorium Residents will need to [continue reading…]

 December 7, 2017  Posted by at 11:40 pm issue #246, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 012017
 
Book Launch at B'nai Zion December 10

  Congregation B’nai Zion will host a community event to celebrate the publication of Arlo Haskell’s new book, The Jews of Key West: Smugglers, Cigar Makers, & Revolutionaries (1823-1969), on Sunday, December 10. Haskell will read from the book and discuss his research beginning at 11:00 am in the sanctuary of the synagogue at 750 United St., followed by brunch, conversation, and a book signing in the social hall. Admission is free, although donations to B’nai Zion are welcome. Haskell’s book chronicles the oldest Jewish community in South Florida and [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #245, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 012017
 
Jules’ Undersea Lodge, Nation’s Only Underwater Hotel, Reopens in Key Largo

KEY LARGO, Florida Keys — Jules’ Undersea Lodge, the United States’ only submerged recreational hotel, is to reopen to overnight divers Friday, Dec. 1. The famed lodge, located at Key Largo Undersea Park, sustained no damage when Hurricane Irma struck the Florida Keys Sept. 10. At the park, however, the Category 4 storm damaged a property generator, gift shop, office and above-ground rooms, temporarily discolored its Emerald Lagoon and scattered debris from downed tree limbs and foliage. The lagoon reopened to divers and snorkelers in early November after [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:27 am Issue #245, Water World, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 012017
 
Menorah Lighting Ceremony at Bayview Park, Thursday, December 14

The community is invited to attend a traditional Menorah lighting ceremony hosted by the City of Key West at Bayview Park, Thursday, December 14, from 5:30-6:30pm, with blessings offered by Rabbi Shimon Dudai from Congregation B’Nai Zion and Rabbi Jacob Zucker from Chabad of the Florida Keys. Conducted just before sunset, the lighting signals the beginning of Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights. The Lighting of the Menorah is one of many celebrations that occur during the island-wide Key West Holiday Fest, which is presented in part [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #245, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 012017
 
Free Messiah Performance this Sunday

KEY WEST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ANNUAL PERFORMANCE OF MESSIAH Once again, the holiday season will kick off with the 35th annual performance of Händel’s Messiah at the Key West United Methodist Church, on Sunday, December 3, at 7 pm, corner of Eaton and Simonton. “This year will be our 35th consecutive annual performance of the world’s most famous and beloved oratorio. We hope that people can take a little time out their very hectic holiday season to listen to the glorious music and remember the [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #245, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 012017
 
SALT Gallery Presents Karen Luknis’ “Mystical Entities”: Opening Reception Dec. 1

For the month of December, SALT Gallery (830 Fleming St., www.saltislandprovisions.com) will feature “Mystical Entities”, a new collection of unique mixed media sculptures by local artist and Captain Karen Luknis. To celebrate the opening of the show, SALT will be hosting an opening reception at the gallery from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1st. Karen is a self-taught artist who has lived in Key West since 1990. In 2014, she was the First Place Winner in Mixed Media at “From a Woman’s Hand,” a juried showing at [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Art, Issue #245, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 012017
 
Christa Hunt Creates “Spirited” Holiday Magic with “Sugar Rum Cherry: A Burlesque Nutcracker”

Many know Key West resident Christa Hunt as the saucy, sexy Key West Burlesque performer “Tatah Dujour.” But what they might not know is that this dynamic single mother is also the Creator/ Director/ Producer of the Burlesque, crafting and overseeing the many aspects of the company totally solo, a role that she wholly embraces. This year, Hunt decided it was time to craft a production that she’d long dreamed of – “Sugar Rum Cherry: A Burlesque Nutcracker,” an outrageously cheeky take on the classic Nutcracker holiday ballet. The [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #245, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 012017
 
KWAHS Distinguished Speaker Series Guest Craig Pittman to Share Weird and Wonderful Florida Stories at Tropic Cinema

On Thursday, December 14 at 6:00pm, Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes Distinguished Speaker Series guest and journalist Craig Pittman at the Tropic Cinema where he is to present selections from “Oh, Florida! How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country,” a book that recently won the gold medal for Florida non-fiction from the Florida Book Awards. The Tampa Bay Times environmental journalist and author of four books is a native Floridian with a bevy of top-tier reporting awards and a resume of newspaper [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #245, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 012017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society exhibits Florida Keys Residents’ Curious Collections at the Custom House Museum

Key West Art & Historical Society presents “Key West Collects,” an exhibit of unusual and wonderful collections of knickknacks, curios, ornaments, trinkets, baubles, tchotchkes, artwork and other objects collected by Key West/Florida Keys residents, with a special reception on December 8, 2017, from 6:00pm-7:30pm in the Bumpus Gallery at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street. The unique exhibit offers something of interest for everyone “no matter what their age range, nationality or education level,” says Curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D. Objects were selected from an “overwhelming response” to [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #245, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 012017
 
Key West Naval Air Station Centennial to be Celebrated at Custom House Museum

Key West Art & Historical Society hosts Naval Air Station Key West’s centennial celebration on Thursday, December 7, from 5:00-8:00pm at the Custom House Museum, with a special exhibit and reception kicked off with opening remarks by Commanding Officer Capt. Bobby Baker promptly at 5:00pm. The public is invited, with a special call to active and retired military, who are encouraged to wear their uniforms to be photographed in front of Seward Johnson’s sculpture, “Embracing Peace,” a 25-foot tall bronze rendition of the iconic picture of a sailor kissing [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #245, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 012017
 
All Animal Clinic Sponsors Pet Pictures with Santa at the Historic Seaport

Friday, December 1, from 6-8 pm, bring the critters and the kids for the annual All Animal Clinic “Pet Pictures with Santa” event at the Christmas tree located at the foot of William Street at the Key West Bight Marina – Historic Seaport. Part of the island-wide 2017 Key West Holiday Fest and Key West “Bight” before Christmas celebrations, a $20 (cash only) donation gets a professional high-resolution photo with Santa, plus goodies including pet bandanas, dog treats, gift cards, and candy for the kids. Proceeds benefit the [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #245, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 012017
 
Two Nights of Holiday Historic Inn Tours Offer Romantic Enchantment

Holiday Historic Inn Tours 2017 Offer Romantic Enchantment During two enchanted Friday evenings, December 8 and 15, the annual Historic Holiday Inn Tours offer an opportunity for locals and visitors alike to immerse in the unique architecture and history of some of Key West’s most charming inns while making merry with tasty holiday treats and libation samplings. From 6:00pm to 8:00pm revelers may avail themselves of free trolley transportation or use their own bikes, trikes and motorized vehicles to travel to the various properties, enjoy self-guided tours, and delight [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #245, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 242017
 
New Book Explores Key West's Jewish History

Sand Paper Press announces the release of Arlo Haskell’s new book, The Jews of Key West: Smugglers, Cigar Makers, & Revolutionaries (1823-1969).  Leading scholars praise The Jews of Key West as a groundbreaking addition to regional and Jewish histories. Bancroft Prize-winning historian Robert D. Richardson says, “Haskell’s new book uncovers in fascinating and vivid detail the story of the immense impact the Jewish community has had on the basic culture of Key West.” Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, an expert on American Jewish history, praises Haskell’s “deep research and [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #244, Literature, What To Do 1 Response »
Nov 242017
 
The Key West Poetry Guild is Proud to Present Our Ongoing Open Mic Series

1st Sunday, Every Month, 7pm December 3, Open Mic Featuring the work of Arida Wright Arida Wright, President of Powerlines Healing by the Sea Ministries lives her philosophy of self-empowerment, which for her is a lifelong mission of spirituality. She is a Minister of Metaphysics and a Traditional Reiki Master. Arida is a columnist with Key West The Newspaper (The Blue Paper). Her work has also been published in the Key West Citizen. An example of Arida’s poetry will be featured in Key West Laureate, Flower Conroy’s upcoming anthology [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #244, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 242017
 
Florida Keys Celtic Festival Returns to Marathon Jan. 5-7

MARATHON, Florida Keys — Celtic rock and traditional music await attendees at the fifth annual Florida Keys Celtic Festival set for Friday through Sunday, Jan. 5-7, 2018, at the Marathon Community Park, mile marker (MM) 49. A return of the Scottish band Albannach headlines a diverse musical lineup for the family-friendly event. Also to be featured are The Screaming Orphans, an encore performance from West of Galway and a live acoustic performance by Marcille Wallis & Friends. A free-admission “Kilts in the Keys” celebration kicks off the weekend, featuring [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #244, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 242017
 
Key West Burlesque’s “Sugar Rum Cherry: A Burlesque Nutcracker” at Key West Theater

Slip into your stockings and pull out your sugarplums for Key West Burlesque’s outrageously cheeky production of “Sugar Rum Cherry: A Burlesque Nutcracker” on Thursday, December 14 through Saturday, December 16 at Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street. This naughty holiday 2-act reverie, set to a combination of big band versions of various Nutcracker suites and classic holiday songs, features eight of your favorite local performers, four international burlesque superstars, and a bevy of sweet “drinks” in the land of libations. “To say that I’ve been in love with the Nutcracker [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #244, Theater, What To Do No Responses »