May 052017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Distinguished Speaker Series to Examine Historic Jewish Underground in Key West

Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes Distinguished Speaker Series guest Arlo Haskell, writer, historian, and director of the Key West Literary Seminar, to the Tropic Cinema on Thursday, May 18 at 6:00pm. Haskell’s presentation will explore the little known world of Key West’s former Jewish Underground, and the smuggling of refugees from Cuba to Key West from 1918-1939. During the 1920s, as Adolf Hitler rose to power in Germany’s Nazi Party, new immigration policies severely restricted the number of Jews allowed to immigrate into [continue reading…]

 May 5, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #217, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
May 052017
 
Blackburn to Showcase Photographic Works

Local photographer Larry Blackburn will show his photographic works on Friday, May 5th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. as part of the First Friday Upper Duval Art Stroll. The exhibit will feature new photographs of familiar sights around Key West as well as images captured in the South American country of Ecuador. The photographs are printed on different mediums including canvas, metal, metallic paper and acrylic. The exhibit will take place at the newest gallery in Key West, “The Salty Gallery” which is located [continue reading…]

 May 5, 2017  Posted by at 12:29 am Art, Issue #217, What To Do No Responses »
May 052017
 
Kinetic Coaches in Schools Program Helps Young Minds Move Forward

Adult artists, engineers, and other community creatives aren’t the only ones preparing their human-powered sculptures for the upcoming Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade. This year, multiple Key West schools and two “Kinetic Coaches” have joined in the craze, innovatively engaging in STEAM initiatives and the exploration of social commentary that parade namesake Stanley Papio was well known for— as they transform tricycles into Kinetic Sculpture Float entries for the May 6th parade. “A kinetic parade is the perfect amalgamation of STEAM subjects,” says Director of Education [continue reading…]

 May 5, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #217, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
May 052017
 
Kids Can Get Kinetic with These Family-Friendly Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade Events

With the Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade just around the bend, kids and their caregivers can easily join in on the fun with a bevy of events created just for them: “Kinetic Flash,” a free pre-parade workshop that also invites kids to march in the Saturday, May 6 parade, a Sunday, May 7 “Papio Picnic & Kinetic Kids Day” at Fort East Martello’s courtyard, and free museum entry into Fort East Martello Museum with a special exhibit tour of the Stanley Papio collection that same day [continue reading…]

 May 5, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #217, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
May 052017
 
The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade and 7 Great Reasons to Roll

Key West Art & Historical Society invites artists, builders and assemblers to put their creative and engineering genius on display for the Second Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade, set for Saturday, May 6th, with additional festivities on Friday and Sunday. Here are 7 great reasons you should roll yourselves there! IT’S FAMILY FRIENDLY, art-inspired, human-powered fun! Think art with parts that move. YOU CAN PUT SOME FUNK INTO YOUR JUNK. Excellent excuse for dumpster diving adventures and recycling your Fantasy Fest costumes [continue reading…]

 May 5, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #217, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
May 052017
 
May 13th Speaker, Matthew Martin

Saturday, May 13th at 1:30pm: “Protecting Plants and Wildlife at Boca Chica Naval Base” is the topic presented by Matthew Martin, Natural Resource Manager, Naval Air Station Key West. Martin is a conservation biologist whose previous experience includes National Park Service, EPA, and Fish and Wildlife. These assignments took him to diverse East-coast habitats where he worked on projects involving many threatened or endangered species from land, air and water. Large swaths of Lower Keys’ habitat lie within restricted military reserves. It may be reassuring [continue reading…]

 May 5, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #217, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
May 052017
 
Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Photo Club Meeting: Wed. May 10th, 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. We’ll have all photos from the 2017 Refuge Photo Contest on display for your enjoyment. The [continue reading…]

 May 5, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #217, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
May 052017
 
Key West Mystery Fest Welcomes Renowned Spinners of Suspense and Intrigue

Interested in bloodstain pattern analysis, forensic science, how to craft the perfect crime – or just like to hang out with fascinating storytellers? Then follow the clues to the 4th Annual Mystery Fest Key West, set for June 16-18, 2017 at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Grand Key. During a weekend of panels, presentations and social events, Fest guests will learn first-hand how to craft tales of crime, murder and mystery from a stellar line-up of mystery and suspense luminaries and true-crime experts and even [continue reading…]

 May 5, 2017  Posted by at 12:11 am Issue #217, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
May 052017
 
Jazz-Age Retrospectacular

Mystery Dinner Moves to Blue Heaven Jazz-Age Retrospectacular: Mystery Dinner Theatre info@Mixdeity.com or call 305-290-2796 Blue Heaven Restaurant, 729 Thomas St. Key West FL, 33040 Saturday, May 6th, 2017 6pm-8pm Join a Mystery Game & Live Music, with Interactive Theatre. http://www.Mixdeity.com Mixdeity Presents the Jazz-Age Retrospectacular’s “Mystery Dinner Theatre Game”. This costume party & show is hosted by local vocalist, Rock Solomon. Arrive early to get your “character package” because interwoven between plot twists & live music, we need your help to solve this whodunnit. [continue reading…]

 May 5, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #217, Music, What To Do No Responses »
May 052017
 
Hog's Breath Entertainment

Dan Harvey Band At the Hog’s Breath The Dan Harvey Band will be stopping by the Hog’s Breath Saloon’s outdoor stage May 8 – 14, 10 pm – 2 am. Dan Harvey’s high energy show, keep audience members on their feet and a drink in their hand, so expect an exciting week of music at the Hog’s Breath Saloon. With more than a 1,000 song set list, he is sure to know your favorite sing along. It’s the perfect blend of 80s, 90s Rock that [continue reading…]

 May 5, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #217, Music, What To Do No Responses »
May 052017
 
JIMMY BUFFETT: A Good Life All the Way, by Ryan White (on-sale May 9)

The weather is getting warmer and it’s 5 o’clock somewhere—which means there’s no better time for JIMMY BUFFETT: A Good Life All the Way (on-sale May 9; Touchstone), a rollicking, incisive biography of everyone’s favorite tropical troubadour by music critic Ryan White (also the author of Springsteen: Album by Album). This is the definitive, comprehensive account of Jimmy Buffett’s long-way-around road to success, his music, and the massive $1.5 billion-per-year Margaritaville lifestyle brand it spawned. Deeply researched—with interviews from friends, musicians, Coral Reefer Band members, [continue reading…]

 May 5, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #217, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
May 052017
 
3 Mother’s Day Weekend Family Friendly Fundraisers for FKHSC

This coming Mother’s Day weekend, there are 3 great events where you can take Mom to have some fun and support Keys families before, during, and after pregnancy. For 25 years, FKHSC has been serving families in the Keys, and the family–friendly fundraisers are guaranteed to entertain and pamper Mom this year on Mother’s Day Weekend. Friday night, May 12, start your weekend at the BottleCap Blue Room with Happy Hour and hors d’oeuvres. All bartender tips are donated to Healthy Start. For your enjoyment [continue reading…]

 May 5, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #217, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 282017
 
Six Short Plays on Key West Personalities to Be Performed by Key West Fringe Theater

“Who’s that Key West character?”  That’s the question that will be buzzing among those who attend next Tuesday’s Key West Fringe Theater performances of six short plays.  They were written by participants in the Fringe playwriting workshop these past three months.  Led by Toby Armour, playwright and actor, the six play writers have honed each of their plays written for the seminar into a ten-minute exploration of the life and character of particularly interesting Key Westers.  The audience will not be told who they are, [continue reading…]

 April 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #216, Theater 1 Response »
Apr 282017
 
"Art in the Garden" Opening May 3rd, 4-6pm

The famed gardens of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment included the art masterworks as counterpoint to the natural beauty of the botanical realm. Each year, the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden on Stock Island emulates those storied sites by adding sculptural works by local artist. But while the classical gardens are usually statements about the power of humankind over nature, “Art in the Garden” emphasizes harmony with nature. Works are earth-friendly in the selection of materials (including recycled and natural “debris”) and themes. [continue reading…]

 April 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Art, Issue #216, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 282017
 
Baltimore's Award-Winning Kinetic Sculpture Float Creator Frank Conlan to Give Special Presentation on Kinetics, Friday, May 5

Award-winning kinetic sculpture float creator Frank Conlan, shown here enjoying the view from “Fiah Twuck,” a Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race creation, will appear at the Custom House Museum Friday, May 5 at 6PM for a special Key West Art & Historical Society Distinguished Speaker Series presentation, followed by a short champagne reception on the porch. The self-taught artist and Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race veteran will discuss the history of the Baltimore race, its association with the American Visionary Art Museum and some of the in’s [continue reading…]

 April 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Art, Issue #216, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 282017
 
Opening Soon at Marathon Community Theatre

Marathon, FL – The final mainstage production of the season at Marathon Community Theatre is scheduled to open May 4 and run through May 21, 2017. Bathroom Humor is a hilarious farce written by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore, also the authors of Love, Sex and the I.R.S. The entire play takes place in the bathroom of a swanky home during an office party. Everyone feels obligated to attend even though most would rather not be there. To escape the drunks and usual dumb [continue reading…]

 April 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #216, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 282017
 
“29 Points of Interest” Historical Trolley Tours

The Matecumbe Historical Trust Presents the “29 Points of Interest” Historical Trolley Tours on the islands of Islamorada on Saturday, May 6th and May 20th starting at the Islamorada Moose Lodge, 81573 Old Hwy. A monitor is located at the front of the trolley showing photos of what things were like in the past and then you see what they are like today. The first tour begins at 10:00 am. Additional tours will be added to accommodate demand. Tours will take approximately one hour. Reservations [continue reading…]

 April 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #216, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 282017
 
“Be Happy Hour” at The Green Pineapple Wellness Center

The Green Pineapple Wellness Center’s “Be Happy Hour” — the Center’s mixer for like-minded people—continues on Wednesday, May 3rd from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, featuring a complimentary glass of champagne, organic wine and beer tastings, food and drink specials, music, special discounts on retail and services, and a place for those who are wellness-oriented to socialize and have some fun. Also featured will be live music from singer/songwriter Eric Levy, and a chance to learn more about the Key West holistic community and the people within [continue reading…]

 April 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #216, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 282017
 
Hog's Breath Entertainment

Jimmy Parrish at The Hog’s Breath Saloon Jimmy Parrish will be at the Hog’s Breath Saloon, 400 Front St., May 1 – 7, from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. A native Floridian, Jimmy has been singing and playing for twenty-seven years and performing actively along the east coast since 1990. After forming The Ocean Waves Band in 2000, his goal was to entertain the Parrot Heads and audiences throughout the region with an island style tropical flavor. Jimmy’s music has grown quite large in popularity over [continue reading…]

 April 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #216, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 212017
 
Last Call: Cuban Master Photographer Raúl Corrales Exhibit of Rare Hemingway, Cojimar, and Cuban Revolution Images at SALT Gallery

YOU SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION?— The work of late Master Cuban photographer Raúl Corrales is on exhibit until May 4 at SALT Gallery in Key West, featuring a portfolio of images that offer a compelling documentary and a rare opportunity for fine art collectors, Cuban history and Hemingway buffs, and photography enthusiasts alike. Included are images Corrales captured of Hemingway and his Cuban fisherman friend who inspired The Old Man and the Sea, and several from Corrales’ best-known work—the Cuban Revolution. Images like the [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Art, Issue #215, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 212017
 
Nation’s Kinetic Parade Craze Hits Key West with 2nd Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade Set for May 6

Key West has long been known for its kinetic energy, but on May 6 from 12:00PM-1:00PM, it’s about to become quite literal when the 2nd Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade rolls through downtown Key West with its cavalcade of art-inspired, human-powered, mobile sculptures and art bikes. The Parade celebrates creativity and innovation while honoring Stanley Papio, a Florida Keys’ pioneering folk artist whose recycled metal sculptures teem with a clever sense of satire, tenacity, and innovation— key ingredients in kinetic parades across the county. The [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #215, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 212017
 
Willie Drye, Author of “Storm of the Century: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935” to Appear as Key West Art & Historical Society Distinguished Speaker Series Guest

On Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 6:00PM– 7:00PM, Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes author and National Geographic News Contributing Editor Willie Drye to the Helmerich Research & Learning Center on the third floor of the Custom House Museum as Distinguished Speaker Series guest. Described by eminent meteorologist Kerry Emanuel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as “a reporter with decades of experience and a real knack for exploring the human dimensions of a natural disaster,” Drye’s book, “Storm of the Century: The Labor [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #215, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 212017
 
Youth Summer Sailing Camp

The Key West Community Sailing Center will be offering a youth summer program again this year for students ages 6 to 17. All classes will run from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. There will be ten, one week sessions, running Monday through Friday. The dates for these sessions will be: June 12 to June 16 – Beginner Class (9-17 years) June 19 to June 23 – Beginner Class (9-17 years) June 26 to July 30 – Intermediate Class (9-17 years) July 3 to July 7 [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #215, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 212017
 
Hog's Breath Entertainment

Randy McAllister Band At the Hog’s Breath Saloon Texas singer-songwriter Randy McAllister and his band will play the Hog’s Breath Saloon’s late-night gig, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m., April 24 – 30. McAllister’s brings a winning combination of great performance, original compositions and the credibility of a Grammy nominee to the Hog’s Breath. McAllister is one of the premier singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist to emerge from Texas. His music has been hailed as some of the most original and innovative being played today. While comparison’s are [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #215, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Offers In-Depth Look at “The Navy in Key West” Exhibit During Curator-Led Tour

On Wednesday, May 3, from 10-11am, Cori Convertito, Ph.D., will offer a special Curator-led tour of the acclaimed current Key West Art & Historical Society Custom House Museum exhibit “The Navy in Key West.” The tour is free, but museum admission rates apply (KWAHS members enjoy free museum admission). Reservations (maximum 15 guests) are required. The symbiotic relationship between the U.S. Navy and Key West extends as far back as the 1820s. For nearly two centuries, the two have journeyed through periods of menacing pirates, [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #214, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
It's National Poetry Month / Celebrating Black American Poetry

by Malcolm Willison……. The Key West Poetry Guild held its annual reading to celebrate Black American poetry at the AME Zion Church Fellowship Hall on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. It is also appropriate to consider this event as an important preliminary to the April celebration of National Poetry Month. Vicki Boguzewski, a coordinator of the Poetry Guild and organizer of this event, introduced each reader with brief relevant material on the development of Black American poetry. The first reader was Felix Pradas, who discussed the [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Art, Issue #214 No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
Fortunes Made and Lost in the Florida Keys

The Matecumbe Historical Trust will host this month’s free audio/visual presentation by the late historian and archaeologist Irving R Eyster on Monday, April 17th at Island Community Church, MM 83 at 6:30 P.M. The presentation will show many of the industries and businesses from the past going back to the early 1800’s through today. Many fortunes were made and lost in the Florida Keys. Indians had trade here long ago. Stories of the wreckers, the salt industry, the tobacco factories in Key West, pineapple farming, [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #214, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
Blues Legend Popa Chubby at the Green Parrot, April 21-23

After a sold out 5-country European tour Blues legend Popa Chubby brings it on home for some featured US dates in January and February. The Chubbster will be playing selections from his new release “The Catfish”, as well as selections from Chubby’s prolific 25 year career. www.popachubby.com. Green Parrot, April 21 and Alril 22, 5:30 and 10:30. April 23, 5:30 Soundcheck.

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #214, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
Hog's Breath Entertainment

Akron’s ‘Highway 61 Band’ Plays The Hog’s Breath Saloon Akron, Ohio’s “Highway 61 Band” returns to the Hog’s Breath Saloon, playing the late-shift gig, April 17 – 23, playing the late-night gig, 10 pm – 2 am The Highway 61 Band has not changed its commitment to the harmonica driven roots of rock and boogie blues. The bands line up today features: Mike Lenz: guitar, harmonica, vocals; Pat Hughes: bass and vocals;Paul Labins: drums, vocals, and Bob Moughler: vocals and harmonica. The Highway 61 Band [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:31 am Issue #214, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Distinguished Speaker Series to Highlight Cold War Archeology of South Florida

On Thursday, April 20 at 6:00pm, Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes Distinguished Speaker Series guest Sara Ayers-Rigsby, Director of the Florida Public Archaeology Network at Florida Atlantic University, to the Helmerich Research & Learning Center on the third floor of the Custom House Museum. Ayers-Rigsby will offer a presentation that will explore former top secret sites associated with the Cold War that were located in the Everglades and throughout South Florida. “Cold War archaeology is part of what archaeologists often refer to as [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #214, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
29 Points of Interest Trolley Tours

Matecumbe Historical Trust Presents “29 Points of Interest” A Trolley Tour through Time On the islands of Islamorada April 15th Islamorada Moose Lodge, 81573 Old Hwy. The tours begin at 10:00 and 11:30 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 will provide information, ticket purchase, books, t-shirts, historic photographs and memorabilia for sale. Join us for a colorful and much acclaimed historical [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #214, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
Sally Wernicoff Sculpture Show Held Over at Gildea Gallery

Local Sculptor Enjoys Big Sales with New Works in Stone Following on the tremendous success of her first one woman show, Visions in Stone, Gildea Contemporary Gallery on Southard St. has extended the show dates to allow more of Sally Wernicoff’s fans to view and purchase the unique works in alabaster, marble, and clay. “We couldn’t be happier with our sculpture,” says local art collector Sylvia Weinberg who showed up early for the opening with her husband Samy in order to get first pick of [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Art, Issue #214, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
Dr. Bill Irwin to Speak at Key West Botanical Garden, "GMOs, Neonics and Pollinators: Separating Fact From Fear"

Saturday, April 15 at 1:30pm at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, Dr. Bill Irwin, Professor of Biology at Florida Keys Community College, will give a presentation on “GMOs, Neonics and Pollinators: separating fact from fear.” Meet at the Chapel in the KWTF&BG on College Road – turn at the light on U.S. 1. Free for members and students; $5 for non-members. Call 305-296-1504 or visit kwbgs.org. As the human population continues to grow, efficient food production becomes increasingly important. Fortunately, the agriculture [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #214, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »