Thursday, April 28 thru Wednesday, May 4
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Key West Happenings
The Connections Project: A Mosaic of the Keys 2016 – Closing Reception, 5:30 PM
Last chance! Come see 400 original 6×6 canvases. Hors d’oeuvres and libations, free parking. Make a permanent Connection by making a Donation and Collecting a canvas. Historic Gato Building, 1100 Simonton St. 305-295-4369. keysarts.com
In Focus: Photographs from the Permanent Collection – Opening Reception, 5:30 PM
A photography exhibition that Key West Art & Historical Society has been collecting since 1949, revealing the transformation of Key West from the Civil War-era to the present day. The Custom House, 281 Front St. 305-295-6616. kwahs.org
FESTIVALS and FUNDRAISERS
Zonta Radio Day 34th Annual, 5 PM
Outdoor block party and a live remote broadcast on WEOW 92.7, music by Total Recall, food, games and silent auction. Benefitting women and girls in the lower Keys. Bottlecap Lounge, 1128 Simonton St. 305-797-6558.
Key West Songwriters Festival 21st Annual
The festival revolves around five days of live music, new voices and stories behind the songs. Various times and locations in Key West. kwswf.com
Tuesday – Opera on Screen: Lucia di Lammermoor, 6:30 PM
Tuesday – 4 Nights for Justice Series: From this Day Forward, 6:30 PM
416 Eaton St. tropiccinema.com
Wednesdays-Sundays (Apr 27-May 1)
In the Cabaret and Jazz in the Gardens, 5 PM
Wed: Dom Carelli, Thurs: John Benson, Fri: Michael Robinson, Sat: Jimmy Olson, Sun: Skipper Krippitz & The Krizbees. The Gardens Hotel, 526 Angela St. 305-294-2661.
Tuesday, May 3rd
Lenore Troia, Marty Stonely & Skipper Kripitz, 9 PM
Bluesy jazzy roots, funky soul, classic rock, classy disco, and plenty of originals. Virgilio’s, 524 Duval St. 305-296-1075.
Nightly Entertainment – Tavern N’ Town, 5 PM
Carmen Rodriguez, Mike Emerson, Bobby Nesbitt, Rob DiStasi, Michael Thomas. Marriot Beachside, 3841 N. Roosevelt Blvd. 305-296-8100.
Thursday-Saturday, April 28-30; Wed-Sat, May 4-7, 11-14
The Cripple of Inishmann, 8 PM
The people of Inishmaan learn that a Hollywood director is coming to a neighboring island to film a documentary. No one is more excited than Cripple Billy, an unloved boy whose chief occupation has been gazing at cows and yearning for a girl who wants no part of him. Red Barn Theatre, 319 Duval St. (rear) 305-296-9911. redbarntheatre.com
Wednesdays-Saturdays, thru April 30th
Enchanted April, 8 PM
When two frustrated London housewives decide to rent a villa in Italy for a holiday away from their bleak marriages, they recruit two very different English women to share the cost and the experience. There, among the wisteria blossoms and Mediterranean sunshine, all four bloom again—rediscovering themselves in ways that they could never have expected. Waterfront Playhouse, 310 Wall St. 305-294-5015. waterfrontplayhouse.org
Middle Keys Happenings
ARTISTS RECEPTIONS / EXHIBITIONS
Artists in Paradise Gallery, 10 AM-6PM
Anne Schroeder Featured Artist of the Month; and Connie Hauk’s Students art work from Big Pine Academy. Artists in Paradise Gallery, Winn-Dixie Shopping Center, Big Pine. 305-872-1828. artistsinparadise.com
FESTIVALS & FUNDRAISERS
Grimal Grove Gourmet Gathering, 7 PM
Culinary event to showcase fresh locally-sourced foods. Demonstrations led by Chef Chris Lordi and Chocolatier Eric Gilbert. Live music. 258 Cunningham Lane, Big Pine Key. 305-923-6663. thegrimalgrove.org
Thurs-Sat, April 28-30, Thurs-Sun, May 5-8,
Taking My Turn, a Musical, 8 PM
One of the first musicals to deal with aging. The spoken words were collected from interviews with people “in their prime”, which became the basis for the non-linear book. Marathon Community Theater, 5101 Overseas Hwy, MM 47.5, oceanside-behind Plaza Grill. 305-743-0994. marathontheater.org
Upper Keys Happenings
Florida Keys History & Discovery – Mid Week Matinee: Tomorrow Never Dies, 2 PM
Keys History & Discovery Center, MM 82, Islamorada (located 3 on the property of the Islander Resort).
MUSEUMS, HISTORY & NATURE
Meet Navy world-record setting freediver, Bob Croft, 2 PM
Testing the Waters: My Career as an Underwater Research Subject. This is a focus on Croft’s career as a test subject and collaborative investigator for the US Navy. Book signing following the presentation. The History of Diving Museum, 82990 Overseas Hwy., MM 83, Islamorada. 305-664-9737. divingmuseum.org
Move Over Mrs. Markham, 8 PM
Move over Mrs. Markham exposes the intricacies and complications which ensue when different sets of hopeful lovers all converge on the bedroom of the Markhams’ supposedly empty flat. The complications and deceptions which follow assure a hectic and hilarious evening. Key Largo Lions Club, MM 99.4, oceanside behind Capital Bank. 305-942-4339. thekeyplayers.org
-Theo and Ganine’s Dance Center. American and International styles, wedding dance, swing, salsa. Beginner’s welcome, no partner required. Ballroom and Latin Dance Instruction. 5800 Overseas Hwy., Suite 40, Marathon. 305-766-3428. keysdancecenter.com
-Salsa and Salsa Rueda too Dance Class, FRIDAYs/WEDNESDAYs, 7 PM/8 PM. All levels, drop in class, no partner needed. Paradise Health and Fitness Dance Studio, 1706 N Roosevelt Blvd. 305-296-6348. Lucy@DanceKeyWest.com
-Key West Country Western Dancers, TUESDAYs, 7:45 PM. Texas 2-step, swing, waltz, cha cha. Free line dance lessons. Blue Room at BottleCap, 1128 Simonton St. 724-333-4137.
CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
– Life Drawing Workshops with Annamarie Giordano, Thursdays, 11 AM. Weekly 3-hour long class. Models wanted. Private Home – 325 Catharine St, Key West. RSVP 609-884-3474.
-The Studios of Key West – Classes and Workshops: Painting and drawing, writing and reading, Photo and Mixed Media, Culinary Arts, Kids and Teens, Music Performance and movement. 533 Eaton St. 305-296-0458. tskw.org
-Morada Way Arts and Cultural District – Classes and workshops: Playing with Abstraction, Beer 101, Plein Air to the Next Level, Creating with Clay, Underwater Realism, Palm Frond Boats, Write Your Story, Exploring Paint with Taylor, Keeping Images Alive. 151 Morada Way, MM 81.5, 305-900-9023.
-Tuesday League of Crafty Musicians, 9 PM, Virgillio’s, 524 Duval St., Key West. 305-296-1075.
-Denis Hyland Quartet, Fridays at 8:30 PM, Little Room Jazz Club, 821 Duval St., Key West.
-Nightly Entertainment at Tavern N’ Town, featuring Michael Thomas, Carmen Rodriguez, Mike Emerson, Bobby Nesbitt and
Rob DiStasi. Call for weekly line-up 305-296-8100. Marriot Beachside, 3841 N. Roosevelt Blvd.
-In the Cabaret and Jazz in the Gardens, Wed-Sun 5 p.m. The Gardens Hotel, 526 Angela St.
-Dave Feder, Thursdays, 9 p.m. oo-tray Restaurant, 80939 Overseas Hwy., Islamorada. 305-922-2027.
-Rock Solomon and Tim McAlpine, Fridays, 3 p.m. Patio Bar, 525 United St. 305-292-1450.
-Melody Cooper, Fridays/Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Bistro Sole, 1019 White St. 305-296-4288.