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Videographer: Leo Martinez Review by Jed Dodds As the group of three artists from Havana known as Stainless open their exhibition at The Studios of Key West, it will inevitably be seen against the backdrop of shifting US-Cuban relations, and misconceptions born out of a half century cut off from one another. It’s likely to be a shock. For one, the sex. Far from the dour Soviet state one might imagine, Cuba remains incredibly sexualized, with few of the hangups that other cultures bring to [continue reading…]
Firdavs Yuldashev is a sophomore at Key West High School. Firdavs Yuldashev was born in Uzbekistan on April 26, 1998. Firdavs is most adept at working with graphite and charcoal but also has done some work in acrylic. He enjoys creating various types of art but is especially interested in exploring surrealism. His artwork is influenced by his parents who have encouraged Firdavs to explore his creativity since early childhood. This year in art class Firdavs learned several sketching and painting techniques. His favorite thing about art class is being surrounded by the creativity of fellow students.
by Jerome Grapel Although I have not lived there for almost 50 years, I was born and raised in New York City and almost all my extended family still lives there. Anyone hearing the way I speak English can attest to the fact I still carry some of this place around with me — and always will. Bill De Blasio is the Mayor of New York City. People like him used to be considered a fairly normal strain of center-left Democrat, but since the appearance [continue reading…]
by Michael Alan It was one more in a succession of dreamy days. Alice drowsily looked down through the bougainvillea from her balcony perch to the narrow Old Town street below. She loved Key West in the summer, when time seemed to flow in that special sticky slow way and no one wanted to do anything in a hurry. As she gazed, she heard a nervous voice from the open window of a car below. It sounded so pathetic that she felt the urge to [continue reading…]
by Alex Symington Editor: Congratulations to Sheriff Rick Ramsay and his deputies on the 5.9 percent drop in crime in the areas of Monroe County under their jurisdiction. This may be anecdotal, but I haven’t heard of any of Sheriff Ramsay’s deputies involved in any questionable deaths of any civilians in their performance of their duties and yet crime is down. I may hear about something now, but again, they seem to be able to do their jobs of serving and protecting the citizens they [continue reading…]
We cannot risk the final deathblow to our fragile coastal reef system and fishery with the decision to inject inadequately treated sewage waste into the highly fractured regional karst aquifer system below us. The Florida barrier Reef is the third largest coral barrier reef system in the world expanding 4 miles wide and 170 miles long. Coral reefs need pristine, clear and nutrient-free waters to survive. There is no geologic barrier that prevents commingling of waters in this karst aquifer. The Commission should delay their [continue reading…]
A Cemetery Stroll honoring Black History Month is planned for Saturday, February 21st. During the stroll, three groups of visitors will be escorted to grave-sites where interpreters will tell the stories of the deceased in brief monologues. Grave-sites to be visited include: George Adderley; Willie Ward; Roosevelt Sands, Sr.; Thomas Romer; Sandy Cornish; and the U.S. Battleship Maine Memorial. The three groups will depart from inside the Frances St. gate every 20 minutes beginning at 9:30 am. The strolls will last approximately 90 minutes. This [continue reading…]
by Jed Dodds As the group of three artists from Havana known as Stainless open their exhibition at The Studios of Key West, it will inevitably be seen against the backdrop of shifting US-Cuban relations, and misconceptions born out of a half century cut off from one another. It’s likely to be a shock. For one, the sex. Far from the dour Soviet state one might imagine, Cuba remains incredibly sexualized, with few of the hangups that other cultures bring to the table. Second, the [continue reading…]
by Alex Symington We in Key West must surely wake up every day and pinch ourselves in disbelief at our good fortune to live, work and play in such a beautiful, warm and inviting community. (If you don’t, look again) There are many reasons Key West is a paradise, besides the weather and water. For a little dry spot in the ocean at the end of the road we are blessed with a plethora of artistic, literary and cultural outlets, but today I want to [continue reading…]
This year marks the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War—the deadliest war in American history. The Key West Art & Historical Society commemorates the anniversary by hosting an exhibition at the Custom House Museum that explores the city’s historical significance during the war and the island’s influence on Union operations. The exhibit opens Friday, February 13th, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. With more than 237 named battles between the Confederate and Union States, the four year war resulted in an estimated 750,000 soldiers and [continue reading…]
Jonathan Santlofer, artist and mystery writer, is next speaker in this season’s Friends of the Key West Library lecture series—Monday, February 16, 6:00 p.m., at the series’ temporary location, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 Duval St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Santlofer will discuss his recent writing and show slides of his drawings and paintings, some of which are illustrations in his own novels. He has written five novels, including the world-wide best seller The Death Artist, and is currently working on a new thriller [continue reading…]
Show and Shine Car Show The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club (FKSCC) holds its monthly SHOW & SHINE- CAR SHOW this Sunday, February 15th, Noon to 4pm. This event is for the lovers of classic, custom, and street rod automobiles of all years and makes. Fords, Chevys, trucks, sports cars, and chrome loaded motorcycles. If it cool and on wheels it will be here. This fun afternoon at our great location at the Sugarloaf Lodge, MM17, on Sugarloaf Key. Prizes, and cold beverages are [continue reading…]
Wine and Chocolate Reception for South Carolina Photographer George Petroupolus at Tired Dog Studio This Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14, Dog Tired Studio at 1011 Whitehead Street debuts “Convergence,” a showing of the latest works of South Carolina based photographer George Petroupolus. From 6-9 p.m., enjoy fine chocolates and wine on demand, presented by Key West Wine and Chocolates owner Mark Certonio from Lush Bar on Duval Street. Petroupolus, Dog Tired Studios featured artist for all of February, will be scheduling individual client photo [continue reading…]
The recently renovated Smuggler’s Cove Resort and Marina in Islamorada is proud to host the Tibetan monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery next Wednesday, Feb. 18, for their finale before departure back to southern India. Celebrations of peace aboard the Island Star, an on-site fishing boat docked at Smuggler’s Cove, will be at sunrise and sunset departing via the hotel’s 80-slip full-service marina. There will also be an opportunity to meet the eight Tibetan monks and purchase dharma supplies at their Tibetan marketplace during the [continue reading…]
Monroe County State Attorney Catherine Vogel presented Florida Highway Patrol Corporal Gary Dunick with the designation of “Officer of the Quarter” for his exemplary performance and dedication to the residents of Monroe County. Corporal Dunick is an outstanding example of someone who does their job well. His service has not gone unnoticed,” said State Attorney Catherine Vogel.
The Key West Public Library, 700 Fleming Street, welcomes Carol Tedesco, Roberta DePiero and Jane Newhagen, authors of “After Life – Images from the Key West Cemetery,” 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 17, for their Café con Libros program. Enjoy coffee and social time leading up to an author discussion at 10 a.m. Betty Darst will moderate. With photography by Tedesco and DePiero and prose by Newhagen, “After Life” captures the island’s final resting place in all its poignance, unique character and eccentricity. “After Life – [continue reading…]
Key West Art & Historical Society offers the second of their monthly Curator Series on Wednesday, February 18 from 12:30-1:30 pm at the Custom House Museum on 281 Front Street. The session, led by The Society’s curator Cori Convertito, will focus on “Collections Management,” which will delve into “the complex nature of having a permanent collection, how we keep track of it and how we care for it,” she says. “We have three museum sites, so this is no easy task,” she explains. Key West [continue reading…]
The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Foundation and the Florida State Chapter of the ASMBS will present a statewide obesity awareness campaign on February 22, 2015. The 2/22 Pedometer Challenge welcomes everyone to join in taking steps “2 Better Health, 2 a Better Life, 2 Fight Obesity.” There is no fee and all you need is a pedometer to participate. The objective of the 2/22 Pedometer Challenge is to bring attention to obesity in Florida by taking a virtual walk across the [continue reading…]
Coral Shores High School Teacher selected as Monroe County School District’s 2015 Teacher of the Year Mr. Wellington “Todd”Gideon, Science Teacher at Coral Shores High School was chosen as Monroe County School District’s 2015 Teacher of the Year for his immeasurable contributions to the lives of hundreds of students and families. A former student wrote “… Simply put, once upon a time you (Mr. Gideon) took the effort to try to inspire a below average student, and it has made all the difference, for that I am eternally grateful.” [continue reading…]
Old Island Restoration Foundation and Key West Botanical Garden Society combine for a look at life on our little island. Friday 13th and Saturday 14th from 10 am to 4pm, doors are open to seven beautiful Key West private homes at 5 locations. “Reusing” old houses was a tradition on Key West long before the environmental movement. One transformed featured home is even solar powered! Tickets are available in advance and during tour hours. The “green” theme overlaps with GardenFest at the Key West Tropical [continue reading…]
The Love Lane Gang is a homegrown band that charms and thrills both locals and visitors with their rollicking raucous ruckus. With an age range among the members of over thirty years, they bring a wide variety of experience and musical tastes to bear and appeal to music lovers of all ages. They’ve brought back skiffle and updated it for the present. It’s impossible to keep from smiling amidst their mirthful musical mayhem! The emphasis is on ragtime, swing, and jug band music from the 1930s and [continue reading…]
Southernmost Magnolia, the Key West version of the renowned New England band Magnolia, plays a unique blend of Cajun, country, and bluegrass music. Led by singer and guitarist Maggie Moniz, with local fixtures Steve Gibson on mandolin and Cindy Jefferson on bass,and world-famous Chuck Sherman on pedal steel, they play good time music sure to get your head boppin’, your toes tappin’, and your feet movin’. They will be making sure everyone can let the good times roll at B.O.’s Fish Wagon every Thursday 6 – [continue reading…]
February 19th at 12:30 pm at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden, Dr. Bill Irwin will present his exploration of aquaponic gardening as a means of inexpensively producing healthy food in an environmentally-friendly way nearly anywhere with very simple technology. Dr. Irwin is Professor of Biology at Florida Keys Community College since 2011 and the current Chair of the Department of Mathematics, Biological and Physical Sciences. Admission is FREE to KWBGS members and students; $5 for non-members. For more info, visit www.kwbg.org or call 305-296-1504.