Jun 162017
 
Simone & The Supercats

She can scream like Janis Joplin or purr like Chrissie Hynde. Simone “has one of the most unique sounds in Florida” (Wes Cambron, Tampa Examiner) and Steve Gilmore (Rebel Riffs) knows that “Simone has the look, has the voice, and has the songs”. Though born in Detroit’s Mt. Sinai hospital and educated in Windsor, Ontario, singer and songwriter Simone Star (née Taylor) discovered beauty and creativity on ‘both sides of the tracks’. Her biracial background provided her with varying viewpoints; fueling her artistry and initially leading [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:31 am Issue #223, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 162017
 
Rummage Sale at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden, June 17th

The Garden is doing a “spring cleaning”! In conjunction with the Native Plant Sale in the Nursery, the Visitor Center will be having a rummage sale to make room for new inventory in our Gift Shop.  Come see what treasures we have that you can’t live without.  Clay pots, ceramic pots, glassware, tablecloths and more – you never know what you might find.  The rummage sale will be held in the Courtyard of The Key West Tropical Forest, 5210 College Road on Stock Island Saturday, June [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #223, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 162017
 
Last Call for National Geographic Photographer Don Kincaid at SALT Gallery

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER LIGHTS THE WAY TO KEY WEST’S HISTORY AND BEAUTY: “Loggerhead Light in the Dry Tortugas” and “Northwest Channel Lighthouse” are among two dozen images presented by National Geographic Photographer and local legend Don Kincaid at SALT Gallery located at 830 Fleming Street. A filmmaker and photographer for more than 40 years, Kincaid’s images document the marine habitat of the Florida Keys and the heyday of treasure-hunting, crossing “photojournalism with graphic design elements,” he says.  His images offer historic moments and colorful observations of marine [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Art, Issue #223, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 162017
 
SAVE THE DATES: Key West Art & Historical Society to Contribute to Hemingway Days Events with Multiple Cultural Offerings

Literary icon and Key West legend Ernest Hemingway will be commemorated July 18-23 during the annual Hemingway Days celebration, with this year’s offerings featuring an array of cultural events presented by Key West Art & Historical Society that applaud not only Hemingway’s accomplishments but those that have been inspired by him.  “Hemingway Days is a perfect fit for our mission,” says Director of Education Adele Williams. “The event attracts a diverse audience to Key West and allows us to showcase a myriad of subject matter [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #223, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 162017
 
Trash or Treasure? Key West Art & Historical Society Offers Free Preservation Session on Personal Historic Objects

Do you have unique historic objects you would like to know more about, learn how to preserve, or be organized into a ‘life plan’ to pass on to friends and loved ones? Join Key West Art & Historical Society curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D., Monroe County Public Libraries archivist Breana Sowers, and Key West artist and architectural historian Sharon Wells during “Trash or Treasure” on Saturday, June 24 from 11:00am to 2:00pm at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street, as they share guidance on how [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #223, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 162017
 
Key Lime Festival Kicks Off at Key West Lighthouse with Gravity-Defying Key Lime Pie Drop

Key West Art & Historical Society helps to catapult America’s favorite citrus celebration – the Key Lime Festival – into the lime-light on Saturday, July 1 from 11:00am-4:00pm with a free Key Lime Pie Drop contest and party at the Key West Lighthouse, located at 938 Whitehead Street. Those with a taste for engineering adventures are invited to enter for a chance at fame, fortune, a trophy and a crisp $100 dollar cash prize. Food, drinks, live music from the funky/soul band 3sum and loads [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #223, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 162017
 
Free Music Class for Story Time

Music Together in the Keys will hold a free class at the June 28 and 30 Story Time sessions at the Key West Library, 700 Fleming St. The fun, playful classes will be at 10:30 a.m. June 28 and 11 a.m. June 30. Music Together is an international, science-based program that’s great for neural brain development! The classes are for newborns through 4-year-olds and the adults who love them. Our trained teachers will lead songs, dancing and a jam session for all. For more information on Story Time, visit www.keyslibraries.org or call (305) 292-3595. [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #223, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 162017
 
1st Annual “Keys Moths” Bio Blitz Events 

Want to help discover a new species?  In the past 10 years there have been almost 600 species of moths identified in the Florida Keys and through an ongoing survey, new species are being discovered all the time. The month of June is the best time of year to witness biodiversity in moths, so if you would like to be part of the first annual KEYS MOTHs BIO BLITZ, come join us and help play a part in further understanding the moth fauna in the [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #223, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 162017
 
Key West: Bohemia in the Tropics

The Matecumbe Historical Trust will host with month’s free presentation on Monday, June 19th at 6:30 pm at Island Community Church. Michael Shields will present, Key West: Bohemia in the Tropics, produced by Timothy Long.  This is an account of a largely unknown story of how a radical community-building experiment during the Great Depression led to the laid-back, anything-goes lifestyle of today’s Key West. The film opens during the darkest days of the Great Depression and goes on to explore how Key West, once the [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #223, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 162017
 
Hog's Breath Entertainment

The Coal Men Play the Hog’s Breath Saloon Dave Coleman’s Nashville smart-rock band, “The Coal Men,” play the Hog’s Breath Saloon’s late-shift, 10 p.m.- 2 a.m., June 19 – 25. Dave Colman recently played solo for the mid-shift on the Hog’s outdoor stage, and thrilled his fans with more of his original music and a whole lot of rock ‘n’ roll. The bands late-night fans have ask for more of the popular Nashville band and this gig is the Hog’s answer. The band’s CD, “Nowhere’s [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #223, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 092017
 
Q&A with Mystery Fest Key West Guest Author Randy Rawls

Soon to appear as a headlining author at the upcoming Mystery Fest Key West, June 16-18 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key Resort, author Randy Rawls is a man of mystery. He’s past-president of the Mystery Writers of America – Florida Chapter, author of the Ace Edwards, Dallas private-eye series, the Tom Jeffries South Florida private-eye series, and the Beth Bowman South Florida private-eye series, as well as short stories in various anthologies. His latest, “Justice Secured,” is a standalone featuring Josh Hawkins, ex-Army [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:35 am Issue #222, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 092017
 
It’s About Crime: The 4th Annual Mystery Fest Key West, June 16-18

How does one disarm a bomb? How many bullets does a particular type of firearm hold? What’s the perfect poison? Writers and fans of all genres can get the inside scoop on these questions and more at the 4th annual Mystery Fest Key West, running June 16-18 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key Resort, 3990 S. Roosevelt Blvd., in Key West, Florida. “Anyone who writes successfully knows that credibility in details is what separates the pros from the ‘cons,’” said Fest co-founder Shirrel Rhoades. [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:35 am Issue #222, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 092017
 
Key West Theater Announces 2017 Summer Series

This summer the Key West Theater will continue to host some of the biggest names in the entertainment business, along with a free movie series and a friendly island-wide artistic challenge. In addition, the Theater’s School for the Performing Arts will be holding a weeklong summer workshop from July 17-21. Dave Mason, The Dan Band, Puddles Pity Party and Donavon Frankenreiter are just a few of the popular acts already on the Theater’s exciting summer concert schedule. The Second Annual Summer(ish) Fun Movie Series kicks [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #222, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 092017
 
 Local FRLA Hosts "Rock Your Business to Success" Workshop Featuring Nationally-Renowned Speaker and Author Jim Knight

 -Jim Knight uses Rock ‘n’ Roll spirit to transform business on June 28th-  The Monroe Chapter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA), in partnership Key West Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce, is excited to feature Jim Knight, a nationally-renowned speaker and training and  development veteran of more than 30 years, at their upcoming Rock Your Business to Success Workshop. This half-day morning workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at the Casa Marina, a Waldorf Astoria Resort [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #222, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 092017
 
FREE Summer Program for Kids Pre-K – 5th Grade, June 26-30

Key West United Methodist Church is offering free Vacation Bible School (VBS) June 26-30 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at The Old Stone Church, 600 Eaton St. This year’s theme is Hero Central and children ages 4 through 5th grade are invited to join Captain Shield and Flame the Red Panda for storytelling, music, games, crafts, science experiments, snacks and more. Students who have completed 6th grade and up are eligible to volunteer. Adult volunteers are also needed. You can register your child or sign [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #222, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 092017
 
Summer Coral Camp is Just Around the River Bend!

Summer Coral Camp 2017 is less than a week away, and there are only a few spots left to register your kids for a week of a lifetime! Coral Camp is an interactive camp for 6-12 year old youths to explore and learn about our surrounding marine environment through exciting educational activities at the Reef Relief Environmental Center in Key West. Activities include science and art projects in addition to exciting field trips around Key West. Campers also experience four days of snorkeling: one day [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #222, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 022017
 
Author Kenneth D. Michaels to Debut “Only in Key West”: A Nick and Norm Gay Detective Novel on June 9 at 801 Cabaret

On Friday, June 9, from 5-7pm, author Kenneth D. Michaels will debut his latest mystery, “Only in Key West” at the 801 Duval Street Cabaret above the 801 Bourbon Bar in Key West. “Only in Key West” is a sequel to Michaels’ first novel, “The Gay Detective,” which earned kudos in 2016: the International Readers Favorite Book Award and the Reader Views Award. He was also a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards. “Only in Key West” reflects our local “One Human Family” philosophy,” [continue reading…]

 June 2, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #221, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 022017
 
Q&A With New York Times Best-Selling Author Clifford Irving, Mystery Fest Key West Keynote Speaker

Acclaimed American novelist and New York Times best-selling author Clifford Irving is set to appear as Keynote Speaker for the June 16-18 Mystery Fest Key West, an annual gathering of award-winning and high-profile mystery writers, true crime experts and fans, held at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Grand Key. His works have run a gamut from restless youth searching for hope and meaning – “On a Darkling Plain” (1956) and “The Losers” (1958), to history – “The Battle of Jerusalem: The Six-Day War of June, [continue reading…]

 June 2, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #221, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 022017
 
Experts’ Secrets Revealed at the 4th Annual Mystery Fest Key West, June 16-18

The 4th annual Mystery Fest Key West launches Friday, June 16, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key Resort, 3990 S. Roosevelt Blvd., in Key West, Florida. The “Murder & Mayhem in Paradise” themed weekend of total mystery immersion – open to published authors, aspiring authors and non-writing book lovers alike – includes panels, presentations, workshops and social events with a “killer” hit-list of some of America’s top award-winning and bestselling mystery writers and true crime experts. Headlining the 2017 author-roster are John Hemingway, [continue reading…]

 June 2, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #221, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 022017
 
Florida Keys Treasures Captured in SALT Gallery Exhibit by National Geographic Pphotographer Don Kincaid: Special Preview Party June 6

Shipwrecks, marine life, treasure—if the salt life in imagery speaks to you, SALT Gallery welcomes you to a special preview of images presented by National Geographic Photographer and local legend Don Kincaid from 6pm-8pm on Tuesday, June 6 at 830 Fleming Street. A filmmaker and photographer for more than 40 years, Kincaid’s images document the marine habitat of the Florida Keys and they heyday of treasure-hunting, crossing “photojournalism with graphic design elements,” he says.  His images offer historic moments and colorful observations of marine life [continue reading…]

 June 2, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Art, Issue #221, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 022017
 
Navy Battle of Midway Public Ceremony Monday, June 5 Bayview Park

75th Anniversary Battle of Midway Ceremony at Bayview Park June 5, 2017 9 a.m. Public is Invited Naval Air Station Key West invites the public to attend a ceremony in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway Monday, June 5 at 9 a.m. at the bandstand at Bayview Park. The ceremony will feature remarks from NAS Key West Executive Officer Cmdr. Gregory Brotherton, Command Chaplain Lt. Scott Mason, and Master Chief Petty Officer (Ret.) James King, NAS Key West’s Honor Guard, a [continue reading…]

 June 2, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #221, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 022017
 
Dance Production at Marathon Community Theatre

Marathon Community Theatre (MCT), located at 5101 Overseas Highway in Marathon, will present tah-DANCE on Saturday, June 10, 2017 beginning at 8:00 p.m. tah-DANCE is an all-dance production performed by the students of the various free dance classes offered throughout the year at Marathon Community Theatre to anyone wishing to participate. This year’s title for the show is “One More Time.” Similar to the TV show “So You Think You Can Dance,” tah-DANCE takes you behind the scenes to see what happens during the weeks, [continue reading…]

 June 2, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #221, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 022017
 
Retrospectacular Season Finale

–Jazz Noir Multimedia Concert–   Jazz-Age Retrospectacular: Jazz Noir Multimedia Concert info@Mixdeity.com or call 305-290-2796 Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St. Key West FL, 33040 Satruday, June 3rd, 2017 7:30 doors, 8pm Show http://www.Mixdeity.com Rock Solomon’s Jazz-Noir multimedia concert is the apex of Jazz-Age Retrospectacular, an out-of-the-box event series looking at Key West history & culture through the lens of the Jazz Age. Solomon and his company, Mixdeity Entertainmen t, combine narrative, music and technology to weave a story of 1930’s Key West, when rum runners were rampant, the [continue reading…]

 June 2, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #221, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 022017
 
Dog Wash Raises Money for SPCA

On May 27th, a group of Sheriff’s deputies organized a dog wash event in Marathon to raise money for the Marathon SPCA. Deputies Jamie Buxton, Michelle Swilley, Debbie Johnson, Jose Hernandez and Sgt. Spenser Bryan raised $810 washing dogs. They were helped out by a number of community volunteers who turned out for the fun event.

 June 2, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #221, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 022017
 
Acoustic Sunset Show with Nick Norman

Nick Norman will perform at the undiscovered rooftop terrace at Blue Macaw Island Eats & Bar for a sunset show overlooking Petronia Street and historic Bahama Village on June 11th, 2017. Immediately recognizable, Nick is known for two distinctive gifts: his soulful voice and infectious smile. It’s hard to imagine that as a young boy he was told he would never be good enough to sing in the church’s youth ensemble in Columbia, South Carolina where he grew up. Today he is truly the man [continue reading…]

 June 2, 2017  Posted by at 12:11 am Issue #221, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 022017
 
Hog's Breath Entertainment

Early shift bands At the Hog’s Breath Saloon Zack Seemiller, Monday, June 5, 1- 5 pm; Joel Nelson, Tuesday – Thursday, June 6 – 8, 1 – 5 p.m. Barry Cuda & Ken Fradley, Friday & Saturday, June 9 & 10, 1 – 5 pm. 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. June 5 – 11. “Chasin Whiskey,” Cody’s first recorded cut [continue reading…]

 June 2, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #221, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 022017
 
Literary Walking Tours Offered

The Key West Literary Seminar will be offering Literary Walking Tours every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer. Inspired by David A. Kaufelt’s original literary walking tour, this stroll through old town Key West features the former homes and favorite haunts of writers, including Tennessee Williams, Shel Silverstein, Elizabeth Bishop, and Robert Frost, and illuminates the life of letters in this island city. Tours begin at the Key West public library, 700 Fleming St., and finish near the foot of Greene Street. Tours depart Friday [continue reading…]

 June 2, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #221, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
May 262017
 
Transform Friday Nights with New Key West Band, "Ocean Theory"

A new band freshly formed from grit, coral dust, and sea foam washed up on Key West’s shores this week. Ocean Theory plays modern and alternative rock with colors of reggae, punk, surf, psychedelia, and blues mixed into their sonic palette. Sandbar Sports Grill 511 Greene Street, Key West Ocean Theory Friday nights, 10:30 PM – 1 AM  

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am What To Do No Responses »
May 262017
 
Q&A with John Hemingway – Special Guest Speaker at Upcoming Mystery Fest Key West

Event organizers have announced that John Hemingway, grandson of the late Nobel Prize winning American author Ernest Hemingway, is set to be a special guest speaker during the Mystery Fest Key West, an annual gathering of award-winning and bestselling mystery fiction and true crime authors and the readers who love them, set for June 16-18, 2017. The American-born, Canada-based writer and translator’s articles and short stories have appeared in American, Italian and Spanish newspapers and reviews. He was a contributor to the “Murder In Key [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #220, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
May 262017
 
Author Kenneth D. Michaels to Debut “Only in Key West”: A Nick and Norm Gay Detective Novel on June 9 at 801 Cabaret

On Friday, June 9, from 5-7pm, author Kenneth D. Michaels will debut his latest mystery, “Only in Key West” at the 801 Duval Street Cabaret above the 801 Bourbon Bar in Key West. “Only in Key West” is a sequel to Michaels’ first novel, “The Gay Detective,” which earned kudos in 2106: the International Readers Favorite Book Award and the Reader Views Award. He was also a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards. “Only in Key West” reflects our local “One Human Family” philosophy,” [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #220, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
May 262017
 
Last Call for June 1 Contest Deadline: One Mystery Fest Key West Guest Will Nab Cameo Role in Author Meg Muldoon’s Next Novel

Those who have registered to attend the upcoming Mystery Fest Key West by midnight June 1 will be entered in a drawing to win a cameo ‘walk-on’ role in bestselling author Meg Muldoon’s next “Christmas River” series novel, “Meltdown in Christmas River: A Christmas Cozy Mystery Book,” which is due out this August. Muldoon, a former news reporter and author of more than a dozen “cozy” mystery titles, is slated to be a featured panelist at the upcoming “Murder & Mayhem in Paradise” themed Fest, [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #220, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »