Key West Chalk Festival 2014 Sidewalk Celebration Moved to Sunday

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Kansas City based artist Joan Finn works on a Carmen Miranda inspired piece at the 2014 Key West Chalk Festival, taking place now along the promenade at Key West’s Truman Waterfront. Artists will continue chalking until Sunday afternoon, when judging and awards will take place. Sunday’s events also include a Sidewalk Celebration, with artisans, entertainment and a children’s chalking area.

Organizers of the 3rd Annual Key West Chalk Festival, a performance art event where artists use chalk as their medium and the pavement surface as their canvas, have announced that due to persistent rain, the festive Sidewalk Celebration featuring artisans and entertainment, originally scheduled for 10am to 5pm, Saturday, November 22 has been moved to Sunday, November 23.

Likewise, artwork judging and awards, originally set for Saturday have been rescheduled for Sunday, to allow the artists more time in which to complete their works. The public is welcome to come watch the artists create on Saturday as well as Sunday. All events take place on the promenade adjacent to the USCGC Ingham Museum at the Truman Waterfront.

Presented by the Key West Art in Public Places Board. For more information contact Michael Shields at 305-394-3804.

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Friday, November 14 thru Wednesday, November 19

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Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Thursday, November 20 thru Wednesday, November 26

Visit, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys.


Events Brochure for Jan/Feb/Mar 2015 – Deadline – Friday, November 21

Please check your listings on our calendar at, and verify that your event information for January, February and March 2015 is correct. If you do not see your event or need to make any updates, email your information to Include: Event Name, Start Date/End Date, Start Time/End Time, Location, Contact Info and a brief Description. Continue reading

The Women’s Journal Writing Group 4-Week Session – Begins December 4th

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Do you need a peaceful place to write out your jumbled thoughts or your unspoken dreams?  Do you want to write a family history or more poems?

The 4-week Women’s Journal Writing Group, beginning December 4th in Key West, is a place where women can safely let thoughts tumble out of their bellies, leaving their critics, their monkey minds, behind.

The group meets for one 90- minute session each week and is led by Key West writer, Susan Wadia-Ells.  The upcoming group will meet in Old Town, Thursday afternoons (3:30 -5PM) Dec 4, 11 & 18 and again on Jan 8. Continue reading

Equality Florida to Honor Aaron Huntsman and William “Lee” Jones at 2015 Equality Florida Key West Gala


Equality Florida, the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, will present the Voice for Equality award to Aaron Huntsman and William “Lee” Jones at the 2015 Equality Florida Key West Gala.

The gala takes place on Saturday, March 28 at The Gardens Hotel.

Past recipients include Constance Gilbert, Jon Allen, Jimmy Weekley, Rudy Molinet, Judge David Audlin, Heather Carruthers, Wayne LaRue Smith and Daniel Skahen.

Aaron and Lee are plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to overturn Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage.  They made history on July 17, 2014 when Judge Luis Garcia ruled in their favor; the first judge to declare Florida’s ban on marriage equality unconstitutional.  Their case has been consolidated with one in Miami-Dade County, where Equality Florida Institute and six plaintiff couples are plaintiffs in a similar lawsuit to overturn the discriminatory ban.  The consolidated case is now pending in the Third District Court of Appeals in Miami. Continue reading

THE LOVE LANE GANG! They’re Just Plain Fun!

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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, done in a refreshing new style that melds Hot Club gypsy jazz with island flourishes. Also, Dust Bowl ballads, old school country from Hank Williams and Dolly Parton, rockabilly and surf music classics and rarer gems, tunes from Sixties stars like The Beatles, The Kinks, and The Rolling Stones, and carefully chosen songs from current artists like Andrew Bird, Mason Jennings, and The White Stripes all fit in alongside original songs that sound like they could have come from any of those eras.

Offbeat instrumentation, including mandolin, fiddle, accordion, ukulele, washboard, and a kazoo horn section, added to familiar guitar, bass, and harmonica, creates a broad musical palette which they use to color their performances.

But you needn’t pay too much mind to all that serious musical analysis – they’re just plain fun!

They will be playing regular gigs at Saluté On The Beach Sundays at 5:30 PM and Sunset Pier Wednesdays at 4:30 PM.

Scheduled appearances:

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Salt Island Provisions Celebrates Eric Anfinson Paintings 2015 Calendar Release

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The new year is looming, and local painter Eric Anfinson knows just how to help people embrace the passing of time.

On Saturday, November 15, the artist’s 5th annual calendar of paintings will be released at Salt Island Provisions on 830 Fleming Street from 6pm – 9 pm, with a celebration to include refreshments and live music from acoustic singer-songwriter Lance Taylor.

The calendar features thirteen original oil paintings that celebrate Anfinson’s distinct figurative style with Synthetism influences- a post impression painting style based on two-dimensional areas of color, strong lines and symbolism as pioneered by artists like Paul Gaugin and Emile Bernard. Continue reading

Key West Chalk Festival Amps up for 3rd Annual Event


Renowned Italy-based artist Cuboliquido is one of several high-profile street artists signed on to participate in the 3rd Annual Key West Chalk Festival, set for November 19-23 along the promenade at the Truman Waterfront. Pictured here is Cuboliquido’s 2012 Sarasota Chalk Festival creation.
Photo by David Taylor

Registration is now open for Chalk artists and artisan vendors for the 3rd Annual Key West Chalk Festival, presented by the Key West Art in Public Places Board and set for November 19-23 along the Truman Waterfront promenade, adjacent to the USCGC Ingham Museum.

Chalk artists may download a registration form from the AIPP website at Artists of all mediums interested in participating in a limited Chalk Festival artisan market may email

Chalkers of all ages and calibers are invited to participate. Registration is free and prizes will be awarded in student and adult categories. Continue reading

Walking On Egg Shells…

Dear Editor:

This is my response to the feature story (Nov. 7)  “Charles Eimers Update: Police, Death, and Missing Videotapes” by Arnaud and Naja Girard.

After a cursory reading I’m rather out of breath – such an astonishing codification of events surrounding Key West’s most sickening incident of police violence, which has received national media attention.

After a second scanning I am left with a sense of thankfulness that (1) we have a citizen-authors concerned enough to research and articulate the topic, and that (2) we have a publisher who is willing to challenge Key West’s power base. Without this combo we’re at the mercy of the same sinister and corrupt government styles that thrive in all apathetic societies.  Thank goodness for our First Amendment guarantees of free speech and a free press. Continue reading

Paul Cotton’s Official CD Release Ceremony Saturday November 15th at Schooner Wharf Bar!


Local music legend Paul Cotton of Poco announces the release of his latest   Solo CD – 100% PAUL COTTON

The Paul Cotton Band will be performing at Schooner Wharf , Friday Nov. 14 and Saturday Nov. 15th from 7:30pm until 11:30pm.

* On Saturday November 15 * – at 8:00pm he invites the whole island to the Official CD Release Ceremony, complete with Mayor Craig Cates proclaiming “PAUL COTTON DAY”, and unveiling his CD along with performing with the widely acclaimed Paul Cotton Band.

In summarizing his new CD, Paul writes:

“By request of all of you wonderful fans and some songs that are personal favorites of mine, we have chosen this Volume 1 dedicated to you. Now you can have some of the songs you hear us perform – all in one CD. All of the songs have been recorded before, but I finally got to produce them the way they were originally conceived before they took a different shape in the studio.”

“In a way, I was challenging myself to dare to do them with a different attitude and sound, which I think we achieved. I hope they are received in the Spirit that they were recreated. Thank you is not big enough for my partner Russ Scavelli, who also put his heart and soul into this production.”