Jan 162015

by Naja and Arnaud Girard The worst picture you could ever imagine of your car would probably be the one where it’s stopped in the middle of the highway, at night, with the handlebars of a bicycle sticking out from beneath your tires. “I didn’t see him. A guy on a scooter just started yelling at me….So I looked over there.” the driver told us. He said he just heard the kid bump the car and out of the darkness a shirtless kid went tumbling and [continue reading…]

Jan 162015
Last Minute Moratorium Saves Offshore Islands From Deregulation

by Naja and Arnaud Girard The elephant was back in the room during last Wednesday’s County Commission meeting. Its name is Wisteria Island, but everyone pretended they were innocently debating the issue of restrictive development on offshore islands without ever mentioning the $100 Million + aspirations that Roger Bernstein has for the famous desert island in Key West harbor. What had occurred was a remarkable exercise in special interest maneuvering followed closely by counter measures made by opponents. Let us explain. The County has spent over [continue reading…]

Jan 162015
Cuba Abierto

by JD Adler After confirmation of the release of 53 political prisoners earlier this week, the US  Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) published official amendments to its Cuban regulations today. This publication, in turn, arrives just one week prior to the Assistant Secretary of State heading to Havana to discuss potentially re-opening the US embassy there. For airlines, travel agents, telecom companies, banks and Cuban citizens, these changes are tremendously beneficial. For anyone else, little has changed.  The White House is [continue reading…]

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Jan 162015

by Dennis Reeves Cooper This is a followup to my letter to the editor that was published last week. It was in reference to the massacre of eight employees at a small newspaper in Paris by Islamic terrorists. The newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, which specializes in satire, had published cartoons that made fun of the Prophet Muhammad. Reportedly, however, the newspaper’s editors are equal opportunity satirists, routinely ridiculing powerful people in government and business as well as political, corporate, social– and religious organizations. All religious organizations, [continue reading…]

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Jan 162015
The New Illuminati

by Rick Boettger The original Illuminati was a Bavarian secret society, kind of like Yale’s Skull and Bones, created to spread the enlightenment in Bavaria in 1776. It lasted only ten years, but in that short time got people to believe it had such power it survived to mastermind the French Revolution, the Battle of Waterloo, the French Revolution and President John F. Kennedy’s assassination –as well as encouraging a communist plot to hasten the New World Order by infiltrating the Hollywood film industry. So [continue reading…]

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Jan 162015

by Ronnie Sands Friday finally came, not just any Friday, but one of the so too few twice-a-month payday Fridays. So begins the ritual in my home. I hand over my paycheck to my wife Cheryl, who also doubles as the family accountant. Thank God for her gifted talents of paying the bills and going to the market. If not for this bi‑weekly ritual, my wife and I would probably be living under one of the already too crowded bridges of Key West. But this was [continue reading…]

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Jan 162015
Key West Literary Seminar 2015:  How The Light Get's In

by Alex Symington Our little island city has many charms to crow about; gentle warm weather in January, an exciting swashbuckling and idiosyncratic history, New-England-meets-the-South architectural style, great theater and music venues, but the crown jewel, I submit, is the Key West Literary Seminar. Our near century long history as a refuge for artists and writers is well documented, making Key West the most natural place on the planet for literary greats to gather once a year, (this being the thirty-third) and talk shop to [continue reading…]

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Jan 162015
"World Worshippers" Proffer Dissociative Paradigms...Promulgating Despondency & Angst...

by John Donnelly Good and bad, corrupted or “effective crisis management”, terrorist or freedom fighter; choose your flavor, they’re all expressions of a ‘relativism’ that’s an intricate mixture of culture, conditioning, economics and evolutionary stature. One’s ‘conscience, instincts and intuition’ are integral attributes enabling us to establish a foothold, as we gradually progress towards a state of Self-Realization. As these characteristics stir and awaken, they can form a foundation upon which the hard wiring for self-fulfillment can be actualized. They clear the way for individuals [continue reading…]

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Jan 162015
Key West & Beyond

Opening reception: Monday Jan 19th, 5-8PM Gildea Contemporary Gallery Paul Gildea’s newest show at 522 Southard Street, ”Key West and Beyond”, featuring Key West nightscapes by Stephen LaPierre and abstracts by Miami-based Cuban artist Vincente Dopico Lerner opens Monday, January 19th , from 5pm to 8pm. There is something for every type of contemporary art lover in Gildea’s show. LaPierre’s oils, including “Margaritaville “, “The 900 block-Duval”, and other familiar nightlife scenes, present a sharp contrast with Dopico Lerner’s mystical scapes. Local artists Dick Buckheim [continue reading…]

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Jan 162015

New York based Classical Jam brings their polished, imaginative ensemble sound to San Carlos Institute on January 25th at 4:00 pm. Presented by the venerable Impromptu Classical Concerts, Classical Jam includes Chern Hwei Fung, violin; Katie Kresek, viola; Marco Granados, flute; Wendy Law, cello; and Justin Hines, percussion. In addition to ensemble work, each is sought-after soloist, as well as instructor. Classical Jam will present an ambitious program featuring compositions by Astor Piazzolla (whose work is enjoying a much-deserved revival), J.S. Bach, Heitor Villa-Lobos and [continue reading…]

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Jan 162015
LaPierre’s Blue Heaven & Linden’s Fish Sculpture

Two Anne McKee Fine Art Auction pieces now on exhibit “Blue Heaven”, an original oil painting, by Stephen LaPierre, the popular Key West street artist and two-time Ann McKee Artist Fund Recipient, along with a palm fish sculpture by the contemporary Keys sculptor, Steve Linden, will be one of many pieces offered to the highest bidders at this year’s Anne McKee Fine Arts Auction, Sunday Feb 8th, at Fort East Martello. LaPierre’s Blue Heaven, a 24” x 18” framed nightscape, from the artist’s Key West [continue reading…]

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Jan 162015
Love Lane Gang!

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 and swing from the 1930s and 1940s, [continue reading…]

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Jan 162015
Southernmost Magnolia!

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 6:30 [continue reading…]

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Jan 162015
Introducing The Greens

New Key West Group offers Civil War Jazz and Blue Grass Nothing green around the ears when it comes to Key West’s newest band, The Greens. Each member of the group came down from Tennessee last month. Now they have joined forces to bring a fresh country sound of Civil War Jazz and jam to the lower Keys. Steve LaPierre… the popular Key West street painter, and cofounder of the Love Lane Gang, is back from recording a CD of original songs and work with [continue reading…]

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Jan 162015
Public Defender Topic of  Jan. 22 League of Women Voters Civics Lesson

In the continuing series of Civics Lessons demystifying the workings of government departments and officials, Lower Keys League of Women Voters on Thursday, Jan. 22 turns the spotlight on the Office of the Public Defender of Monroe County. Chief Assistant Public Defender Patricia Dockerty-Gibson is guest speaker at the 7 p.m. meeting at One Island Family, the Southernmost UU Congregation, at the corner of Georgia and Petronia streets. The meeting is free and open to the public. Dockerty-Gibson, known familiarly and in the press as [continue reading…]

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Jan 162015
Southernmost Car Club Monthly "Show & Shine" This Sunday

  The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club will hold their monthly “Show & Shine” Sunday, January 18th from  Noon till 4 at the Sugarloaf Lodge Parking lot (West end) MM17.  Antique, classic, hot rod, specialty cars, trucks & motorcycles will be on display at this FREE event. There will be great music, a 50/50 drawing, and t-shirts and tanks for only $12. New members are always welcome. Contact Dick Moody (305) 942-1758 Visit Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club on FACEBOOK.

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