by Naja and Arnaud Girard By the final days of 2014, the in-custody death of Charles Eimers had left many Key Westers with an uneasy feeling. “It’s as though every agency we rely on,” said community advocate Christine Russel, “failed, one after the other, to shed any light on what happened. Instead, the cloud over that man’s death has only gotten bigger and darker.”
by Naja and Arnaud Girard Old Man Chapman What became of Old Man Chapman – the one man lighted parade – who goes up and down Duval Street on his musical tricycle? Thousands of people read our story of how Mr. Chapman was seemingly conned out of his family home [the home his father had built with his own hands] and was about to become homeless. Locals organized fundraisers, Key Westers and tourists from as far as Japan sent in their donations. Over $35,000 was [continue reading…]
by Alex Symington……. I took part in a march for police accountability last Sunday with about fifty other concerned citizens of Key West. It isn’t as if I WANTED to. I had plenty of more interesting things I could have done on a Sunday afternoon; projects backed up or books to be read or just a nice civilized afternoon nap with my dog. Movies, shopping, biking, sight seeing, picture taking, visiting friends or hanging out at the beach. You name it; it probably is more [continue reading…]
by Michael Alan……. I am sure you have noticed them lying there, alone and forlorn at the side of the road. I don’t know about you, but I feel a twinge of guilt as I pass by and wonder if it could have worked out differently somehow. Was there something I could have done to help, some Good Samaritan-like act that would spare the carnage and shame?
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Friday, January 2 thru Wednesday, January 7 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS / EXHIBITIONS Friday Upper Duval Art Stroll, 6 PM Special art exhibitions and receptions at galleries and shops along Upper Duval from United to Truman. Including Irene Stanton, Circular Patterns Opening Reception at Frangipani Gallery, SoDu Gallery Partners’ Show, Cocco & Salem, Dog Tired Studio & Gallery (Whitehead & Julia), Island Arts, Key West [continue reading…]
The Key West Art & Historical Society exhibits Suzi dePoo: The Art of Hand Printing at their Custom House Museum until Friday, January 2, 2015. Visitors will learn how Key West Hand Print Factory, under the direction of local artist Suzie dePoo, became one of the most recognized industries in Key West during the late 20th century and was directly linked to fashion icon Lilly Pulitzer’s success. The exhibit also features how the handprints were made, with a colorful array of examples from the Factory’s [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!
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 Chief Billy or Cindy Jefferson on bass, 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’. Tandhey will be making sure everyone can let the good times roll at B.O.’s Fish Wagon [continue reading…]
The Smile Makers of the Rotary Club of Key West will hold a fundraiser on Friday, January 9th from 6:00 to 8:00pm hosted by Hard Rock Café, 313 Duval Street. All proceeds raised at this event and at the Club’s 12th Annual Golf Tournament on January 18th will benefit the Club’s “Help a Child Smile” Dental Fund. Trolley service will be available from the Key West High School parking lot to the Hard Rock Café the evening of January 9th.
The Isle of Bones Bones, Key West’s jazz trombone ensemble, will give its annual concert on Wednesday, January 7, at 7:30 p.m. The venue, as always nowadays, will be the One Island Family Unitarian Universalist Church, at Georgia and Petronia Streets.