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Saturday, March 23, 2019

The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends March 25, 2019

The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends
March 25, 2019

"Gale" by Sandra Rodriguez 28 X 38 Oil on Canvas

Pt. 7 "Visions of Cuba" at the

The Keys Blast is Honored to have the Anna Sweet Galleries in Key West as a New Addition. Thank You. This Issue is a Part 1 Tease with 3 Additional Weeks to Follow.

The March REEF RELIEF E-Newsletter Link along with Just a Few Of their Features (Successful Ban on Sun-Screen Using Certain Ingredients) in this Issue of The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends. Above is the Boca Chica Beach Clean Up; (More Info. & Link Below).

Pt. 3 The 2019 Anne McKee Artists Fund Fine Art Auction

"Photos of the Week" from  Executive Contributing Editor" Peter Arnow

Karri Daley

Skipper Kripitz with Chris Burchard on guitar,  Joe Dallas  on acoustic bass

Skipper Kripitz Does so Much Work for the Non Profits. As my Regular Readers Know I try to always Feature the Many Ensemble Gigs that Skipper Puts in Place for two Reasons  : The Talent is Amazing + Skippo Deserve the Extra Publicity Due to His Excellent Service to the Communities.

MCSO Animal Farm Opens Every 2nd & 4th. Sunday of the Month. Next Opening March 24 1-3P

Photo by Ralph DePalma
The Next Paradise Big Band of Key West Concert ( Not to be Missed) at Tennessee Williams Theater March 31

Malceon Sunset 16 X 20 Oil on Board
Pt. 2 The Latest Exhibition "Out of Focus" by Mike Rooney is at The Gallery On Greene

Sheriff's Office Receives 16th Consecutive Perfect Financial Audit

The Final Meeting for the 2018 / 2019 Season of the Key West Garden Club is April 4 ( More Below)

Libby York and Friends Appearing on 3/24 as the Next Great Ensemble Jazz Group to play The Jazz in the Gardens Series at Kate Miano's The Gardens Hotel 5:30p-8pm Every Sunday (More Below)

Mark White
Javiar Lopez Barbosa
Suzanne Betz
Suzanne Donazetti
Mark Horst
Nancy Ortenstone
Gildea Contemporary Fine Art Gallery Just Opened the "Sante Fe Six" Exhibition. This Issue will have Part 2 of 2 Featuring ALL 6 Artisans.

WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM ; Extensive Calendar of Events and Hundreds of Photo Galleries.

Many Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebrations ALL Over Key West for Another Month

Fringe Theater presents the quirky comedy 
The Clean House, March 20 - 30, in the Parish Hall of St Paul's Episcopal Church PLUS ALL Their Productions in March & April

 Martin Senterfitt, Fire Deputy Chief and Emergency Management Director, Monroe County, will speak on Emergency Management in the face of rapid intensification storms (More Below)

Pt. 2 of 2 : 2019 Key West Orchid Society's Orchid Fair. Lots of Photos. 

March 27  :Jefferson Starship : One of the Many Key West Theater Concerts ( Many Concerts Below). Wow Grace Slick Amazing how Young You Look.

Our Weekly Feature Link to WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM with their Hundreds of Local Keys News Features-Photos-Videos

So Many Events, Exhibitions & Classes at TSKW

Impromptu Classical Concerts of Key West : Last Concert of the 2019 Season March 31 Lomazov Rackers Piano Duo

Kitty Clements & Jeff Johnson Starring in "The Kingdom of Earth"
One of the Many TW Birthday Events is the One Act Plays Dir. by TSKW Board Pres. Stephen Kitsakos.  "Lifeboat Drill" & "The Kingdom of Earth" at TSKW 3/31 & 4/1 (More Below)

"Singing in the 60's" 3/23 & 24 from L-R Michael D. Robinson, Eric Haley, & Michael Robinson at TWT

"Aquaculture for the Home Aquarium, From Collector to Cultivator."  The presentation, led by Travis Knorr, Aquaculture and Renewable Energy Lab Technician at FKCC, is on Wednesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. in the Tennessee Williams Theatre on the Key West Campus.  PLUS OPEN HOUSE INFORMATION FOR ALL 3 CAMPUSES.

South Florida Symphony Orchestra & Cellist Julian Schwarz Presents : MasterWorks IV on 4/13 at TWT (More Below)

Gabriella Fiabane
Chris Calivas
Janet Mueller
Pt. 2 of 2 The Latest GingerBread Square Gallery Exhibition

Two of the Many Events Events from the KWAHS is The Call for Artists for the 4th. Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture & Bike Parade.  Also One of the 2019 Major Exhibitions : April 19- July 7 "You Don't Know Dick :The Lesser Known Early Works of Richard Peter Matson (More Below)

The KWPD Finds & Captures a National Fugitive (More Below in the Weekly City of KW Section) + The City Proclaims March 29th. as National Vietnam Veteran's Day.


The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends ; Going out to 8020 Weekly. This Issue March 25th. 2019 : Pt. 7 "Visions of Cuba" at Gato Curated by Alaen Ledesma Fernandez & Presented by the Fla. Keys. Council of the Arts + "Connections Project", The Blast is Privileged to Welcome the Anna Sweet Galleries as a Regular Contributor ( This week we start Pt. 1 of 4), Pt. 3 from the 2019 Anne McKee Artists Fund Fine Art Auction + Their Grant Application, Dance KW & KW Theater Team Up, "Photos of the Week" from Executive Contributing Editor Peter Arnow, MCSO Receives 16th Consecutive Perfect Financial Audit, Libby York & Friends 3/24 at Jazz in the Gardens, Next Paradise Big Band of KW at TWT 3/31 (Must See), Pt. 2 "Out of Focus" Latest Mike Rooney Exhibition at Nance Frank's Gallery on Greene, Pt. 2 "Sante Fe Six" Exhibition Featuring 6 SW Artisans at Paul Gildea's Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, A few TW Birthday Celebration  Events Still to Come, Frangipani Gallery Presents "Pearls Before Chickens", Salt Island has Photographer Jean LaRance, Sean Callahan Presents "Platforms at his Dog Island Gallery, KWBG Presents The Key West Pride Street Fair (Info on Obtaining a Booth),   WWW.MYSTERFESTKEYWEST.COM Presents the Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition, The Last Key West Garden Club Meeting of the Season 4/4,

 WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM Hundreds of Local News Features-Videos-& Photos, WWW.JUSTDOITKEYWEST.COM Extensive Calendar of Events,
WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM Hundreds of Photo Galleries + Extensive Calendar of Events, American Bombshells at Little White House 3/28 & 29 + Easter Egg Hunt 4/6, Skipper Kripitz Gigs Everywhere, Emergency Management Talk : Rapid Intensification of Storms 4/4, Pt. 2 of 2 KW Orchid Society's Orchid Fair, Jefferson Starship at KWT 3/27 + Add. Info. on Upcoming Gigs, Many Classes-Exhibitions & Events at TSKW & KWAHS, The Last Impromptu Classical Concert of 2019 on 3/31 at St. Pauls Featuring the Lomazou Rackers Piano Duo, FKCC VIP Lecture series on 3/27 "Aquaculture for Home Aquarium : From Collector to Cultivator" + Open House at ALL 3 Campuses, , S. Fla. Symp. Orch. Presents Masterworks IV 4/13 Featuring Cellist Julian Schwarz, Pt. 2 GingerBread Square Gallery Featuring Fiabane-Calivas & Mueller, KWAHS "Call to Artists" + New Exhibition 4/19-7/7 Featuring Richard Matson, Helen Harrison Gallery from Last Weeks Walk on White "Collected Works" inc. Cole Harrison's Underwater Photography + Wood Works, 

WWW.ABSOLUTELYAMAZINGEBOOKS.COM , Zazoo Fine Art & Photography, Key West Gallery, Key West Preserve Island Life on 4/6 Hazardous Waste Collection + Schedule of Events, KW  Playbills from Roberta & Peter ( Outstanding Upscale Disposable Income Demos), The Next Artisan Market 3/24, Every Thurs. Bayview Park "Green Market",WWW.ISLANDHOUSEKEYWEST.COM
 Great Videos, 3 Photo Features Pushed Back Just 1 More Week to the April 1st. Issue : The Annual TW Birthday Celebration from The Co-Founders & Curators of the TW Museum Exhibit House Party-S. Fla. Symp. Orch & Svetlana Smolina's Brilliant Performances in KW & FTL--& The 2019 Annual Plein Air Competition & Sale from The KW Art Ctr.. KW Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden's Fun for the Whole Family "Migration Mania" 4/6, "Books & Books"-"Author Talk"- "Friends of the KW Library"-"Cafe Con Libros"-& KWLS Many Literary Events, News from REEF RELIEF,

"Young Frankenstein : The Musical 2/26-3/23 at Waterfront Playhouse, Steve Martin's "Meteor Shower" 3/26-4/20 at Red Barn Theatre, TSKW Board Pres.Stephen Kitsakos Directs Two One Act Plays from TW Earlier Works 3/31 & 4/1 Featuring Kitty Clements & Jeff Johnson, KWBG Next Mixer 4/10 at 801 Bourbon St. & Next Luncheon 4/3 at Marriott Beachside,   Q-Magazine, "Singing in the 60's" at TWT from Eric Haley-Michael Robinson & Michael Mulligan 3/24 & 3/25 at TWT,, Aids Help CC, Monroe County Health, The Tropical Cinema's Photographic Gallery Presents "In Back of 4 Real" by Stuart Davis + Dress for the Occasion in Roaring Twenties Garb on 3/27 for the Screening of Bob Fosse's "Chicago",, WomanKind March E-Blog, WWW.-FLA-KEYS.COM Extensive On-Line E-Magazine "TDC Traveler" from the TDC ( March Link), WomanKind Monthly E-Blog March Link, The Weekly City of KW Section (This Week Our KWPD Officers Find a National Fugitive) + The City Proclaims March 29th. as National Vietnam Veteran's Day, TSKW Presents "Resident Artisans Pot Luck on the Porch" Wed. 3/27 + "Under the Mayan Stars" Exhibition by Carlos Mejia + "With the Grain : Contemporary Approaches to Wood Art"  & Much More in the March 25th. Issue. Enjoy Ed


Pt. 2 : The 2019 Anne McKee Artists Fund Auction was the Best Ever.
  This Issue will have the last batch of the Artists Standing in Front of their works; as well as a few of the pics at the start of the auction. Go to Part 1 ( Last Week) March 11 & Pt. 2 3/18

More Anne McKee 2019 Artists Fund Fine Art Auction Photos Up Shortly +
at the End of this Issue is Information about the GRANT APPLICATIONS for this Year 

Anna Sweet Gallery is located @ 513 Duval St KW
Anna Sweet Studios is located @ 417 Southard St KW

The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends Met Anna Sweet & a Few of her Staff a few weeks ago and made arrangements to have Ms. Sweet's Expanding Galleries in Key West as a Regular Featured Additional to the Many Outstanding Galleries in the Magazine. Thank You ; Ed.
.  Here is Part 1 of 4 ; with the next 3 Issues Featuring More of Her works Each Week, The Environments that are Home to some of them, and More on Anna.

"Charlotte" : Freedom From Within . One of the Many "Babes and Waves" Series
This piece is a part of a limited edition of fifty and available in four varying sizes.  24x36 l 30x45 l 40x60 l 48x72. Dye sublimation print overlaid with resin, minerals, and diamond dust. 

Madelyn - Beachwood Series by Anna Sweet Art Gallery

"Playfully Colorful". Madelyn is bright and playful reminding us it's always a good time to have fun. This piece is a part of a limited edition of two hundred and fifty and available in three varying sizes 24 X 32 , 30 X 40, 42 X 56. Aluminum print mounted to wooden box frame.

More Anna Sweet in the April 1st. Issue

by Alyson Crean

During this week's regular meeting, the Key West City Commission recognized the service of the armed forces by proclaiming March 29 
th as National Vietnam War Veterans' Day. The commemoration also salutes the contributions by American citizens and highlights the technology, science, and medical advances made during the war.
"We, as a grateful city," reads the proclamation, "recognized the 36 local individual names etched on our Vietnam Killed in Action Monument at Bayview Park."
In addition, the commission and the community thank and honor the more than 400 Key West men and women who proudly served, and whose names are etched on the Vietnam Living Memorial.
"We hereby pledge to bring home the 52 Floridian service members still missing in action," reads the proclamation.
Throughout the Vietnam War, 9 million people served our country, more than 58,000 gave their lives, 304,000 were wounded and 1,600 are missing in action.
At the end of this Issue is the Regular Weekly Feature from The City of Key West : This Week KWPD Captures a Nationally Wanted Fugitive.

We now Continue with Pt 2 of 2 Key West Orchid Society's 2019 Orchid FairWWW.KEYWESTORCHIDSOCIETY.ORG

More Orchids Up Shortly


Walk on White was March 21 and the  Exhibition Current  :
Harrison Gallery invites you to Collected Work by Helen Harrison, in conjunction with the Tom Majors Tribute to Wood island-wide wood celebration.

Also featured will be Cole Harrison, underwater photographer and wood artist, showing his latest custom-made spearguns and photography.
Thursday, March 21, 6-8pm
825 White Street, Key West, FL 33040

"Untitled" 34 X 24 X 3.5
Cole Harrison : White Shark 16 X 30 X 1

PARADISE BIG BAND of Key West  March 31 at Tennessee Williams Theater
Don't miss the last Paradise Big Band concert of the 2019 season: The Big Band Theory, featuring visiting horn soloists, fabulous local vocalists, and the 18 piece Big Band sound that fills the Tennessee Williams auditorium. Tickets at, or at the Tennessee Williams Box Office at 305 296-1520. Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 8 pm. Tickets $25-$35
The 18 member Paradise Big Band was formed in 1998 and is a truly "local" organization consisting of local professional and semi-professional musicians.
Here is the Direct Ticket Link
Event Page on FB
and Paradise Big Band of KW Page

Photos by Ralph DePalma : 
Ralph De Palma Productions


MasterWork IV April 13 at TWT 7:30PM
Ravel : Alborada del Gracioso. Libermann : Concerto for Cello + Orchestra; Julian Schwarz on Cello. Shostakovich Symphony#5.  Here is the Direct Link for Tickets


The Key West Business Guild : A very Cool Chamber / Organization has their Annual Key West Street Fair.. Go to their Usual Weekly Section Section Below for additional Information. Excellent Disposable Active/Going Out Demographics


Tues. 4/2 Upper Keys Center 5:30p ,  Wed. 4/3 Middle Keys Center 5:30p, Sat. 4/6 10am Key West Center

Future students will meet faculty, staff, and current students and learn about bachelors' and associate degrees as well as career training programs.  Additional information shared will include: financial aid and scholarship opportunities; learning support resources; and student clubs and activities. 
The Key West Campus Open House will feature a campus tour with stops along the way that exhibit each college program followed by lunch.  FKCC President Dr. Jonathan Gueverra will host a "President to Parent" talk with family members about guiding and supporting soon-to-be college students. 
The regular $30 application fee will be waived for those who attend one of the events.  Future students are asked to R.S.V.P. at  For more information, contact FKCC Recruiter Marissa Owens at305-809-3207 or


"Aquaculture for the Home Aquarium, From Collector to Cultivator."  The presentation, led by Travis Knorr, Aquaculture and Renewable Energy Lab Technician at FKCC, is on Wednesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. in the Tennessee Williams Theatre on the Key West Campus.

Some Earlier Works

North Harbor Reflections  30 X 40

Keeper of the Light 8 X 10

From Above 24 X 30

St. Paul's Church Key West 30 X 40 Oil on Canvas

United Street  16 X 20 Oil on Board

Breezy Palms 8 X 8 Oil on Board
More from Mike Rooney Up Shortly including works from Key West and Cuba


WWW.KEYWESTGARDENCLUB.COM 305-294-3210 1100 Atlantic Blvd.

The final meeting of the Key West Garden Club for the 2018-19 season will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 1:30 pm. The meeting will be held in the Pavillion located in the Fort West Martello on Atlantic Blvd. 

John David of Keez-Beez will be our presenter. John will be discussing the importance of bee keeping and the production of Florida Keys raw honey. His expertise and experience has gained him the title of America's southernmost professional bee-keeper. 

The Key West Garden Club's meetings are free and open to the public. For further information contact: Jane Tiedeman at 305-923-3820.

Pt. 7 "Visions of Cuba"

The Florida Keys Council of the Arts encourages all to attend the ongoing show: "Visions of Cuba", an exhibition of contemporary Cuban Art, curated by Alaen Ledesma Fernandez. This collective exhibition represents the artwork of more than 50 prominent Cuban artists who now live in cities throughout the world.
This presents a unique opportunity for both the artists and the audience, in that the Gato Building itself is steeped in Cuban Heritage. Jose Marti gave a historic presentation during his first visit to Key West in 1891, and the building was originally a Cuban Cigar Factory. "Visions of Cuba" showcases a variety of community artists, ranging from students to professionals, and promotes the significant cultural connection between Cuba, Key West, the Gato and Artists.
The exhibit is part of the Arts Council's Art in Public Buildings program, designed to offer an opportunity for artists to exhibit their work beyond a traditional gallery space and enhance the environment of those who work and visit the Gato Building. The show will continue through April 26th, and the Gato Building is open daily, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m. daily.
This exhibit was sponsored in part by the Florida Keys Council of the Arts, the State of Florida: Division of Cultural Affairs, as well as other supporters. Additional support comes from donations by show visitors. For more information, please call the Arts Council at 305-295-4369 or email

"Cefecto" by Sandra Dooley Oil & Collage on Canvas  34 X 12
"Osowbe Insagua" by Zaida DelRio 47 X 47 Mixed Media on Canvas
"Codes" by Sandra Rodrigues and Emmanuel Diaz Valdez  31 X 23 Oil on Canvas
"Los De Sombrillis : Series Multitude Crowded Series" by Juan J. Blanco 46 X 36 Acrylic on Canvas
Untitled by ?

More Visions of Cuba Shortly

Here is the Complete March E-Newsletter Link
and is just a few of the Features in it :

Successful Clean Up at Boca Chica Beach

Thank you to the 37 volunteers that helped Reef Relief clean up Boca Chica Beach last weekend. We picked up over 730 lbs of marine debris in less than two hours!

A majority of the trash we found were small plastics such as bottle caps, straws, cigarette butts, and cutlery. We would not be able to clean up our near shore waters without the help of our dedicated volunteers.

If you are interested in participating in any future clean up events, please contact us at or call us at 305-294-3100.
Once Again ; More Info on this and other Features in the March 2019 E-Newsletter ; Click above Link


WWW.ZAZOOARTGALLERY.COM 622 Duval 305-294-8925


WWW.KEYWESTGALLERY.COM 601 Duval St. 305-292-9339


**Gate & Event opens at 7pm - Show begins at 8pm** March 29

Join us for Key West's most spectacular concert featuring the American Bombshells...the country's best patriotic show. The American Bombshells, a modern day twist on the Andrews Sisters, serve as Ambassadors of America's Gratitude, traveling the globe with an All-American show that dazzles in three part harmony!
Click BOMBSHELLS Link to be taken to Page for this Event
also for Members Only on March 28th SouthernMost Air Spectacular Flight Social with the American Bomshells 3/28 Here is the Harry S. Truman Little Whitehouse Schedule of Events



Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration continues with array of arts and cultural events
Key West Art & Historical Society's month-long Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration, which remembers the Pulitzer-prize winning literary icon with an array of arts and cultural events, continues through April 1 at multiple Key West venues.  In recognition of Williams' patronage and devotion to the Monroe County Library in Key West, this year's celebration theme is "The Library." For tickets and information on all upcoming events, visit Still to come:  
Monday, March 25, 6:30pm - 8:30pm the Tennessee Williams Monday Night Classic Film Series at the Tropic Cinema presents "Sweet Bird of Youth,"a drama based on the Broadway play by the same name starring Paul Newman, Golden Globe-winner Geraldine Page, Shirley Knight, Madeleine Sherwood, and Ed Begley. Film tickets available exclusively at Tropic Cinema or
Wednesday, March 27, 5:30-7:30pm, KWAHS invites the public to a party at the Tennessee Williams Museum celebrating what would have been Williams' 108th birthday. The evening will include contest award presentations, bubbly beverages, and birthday cake. $10 donation.
Sunday, March 31 and April 1, 7:30-9:30pm at The Studios of Key West: Stephen Kitsakos directs two one-act theatre productions of Williams' work, the rarely performed comedy "Lifeboat Drill," and the steamy threesome, "Kingdom of Earth." Tickets are $45 general admission, $60 preferred seating.
Visit  for full schedule and advance ticket purchases or contact Dani Holliday at
or 305-295-6616 x 114. Sponsored in part by the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, The Helmerich Trust, Southernmost Beach Resort, Neal Ruchman and Melissa Jean McDaniel, Bert Whitt Hemingway Rum Co. makers of Papa's Pilar, Campari, Bulldog Gin, Haus Alpenz for Dolin Vermouth. 
Your museums.  Your community.  It takes an island.


Pt. 7 "Visions of Cuba"

"My Arcadia" by Estaban Machado 56 X 118 Acrylic on Canvas

"Camino De Las Aguas / Way of the Waters" by Alexis Lago  Mixed Media on Canvas 16 X 16

"Untitled" by Sandra Rodriguez  & Emmanual Diaz Valdez 15 X 15 Oil on Canvas

"Pienso En Elca Aunque No : Bikini in the Forest" by Piense Evmi

We Continue with "Visions of Cuba" in the April 1 Issue
PLUS at the End of this Issue is Info. About the Annual Connections Project : A Mosaic of the Keys"


April 6 : The monthly Household Hazardous Waste Collection at Indigeous Park 9a-Noon

Please go to their Facebook Pages and Website for way more Information.  

Pt. 2 of 2
 1207 Duval St. 305-296-8900

Here are a Few Paintings from Gabriella Fiabane

Summer Solstice 30 X 40 Oil on Canvas

Unfolding Memories  11 X 14 Oil on Board

Morning Shadows  12 X 9 Oil on Linen 

 Up Shortly in this Issue Works by Chris Calivas & Janet Mueller
To View the Works from Gabriella Fiabane, Chris Calivas & Janet Mueller from Part 1; click the March 18th Entire Issue Link

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Click the Link that is below to see COMPLETE E-Mail Campaign that Peter and Roberta Just did for their Playbills
Here are some of the Upcoming Issues
Key West Songwriters:  Deadline  March 7
Mystery Fest Key West: Deadline: May 1
Florida Keys Guitar Summit: Deadline: May 1
Key West Summer Stage: Deadline:  May 1

The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends are in Many of the Playbills Every Year.  Target Market Visibility to an UPSCALE Disposable Income Demographic.

3428 N. Roosevelt Ave.

The Blue Paper has Hundreds of Local Keys News Features-Photos & Videos.  Here is just 6 of them : Taste of Key West at Mallory Square 4/15, Proposal Requested for Douglass Gym Art,Celebrate Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebrations with  Many Events, McKee Artist's Fund Application Grants, Sheriff's Office Receives 16th Consecutive Perfect Financial Audit, Coast Guard Rescues 2 from Sinking Ship Off of Key Largo, KWAHS Presents Retrospective of KW Wood Artist in "Out of the Woods"
We Now Continue with "Out of Focus" by Mike Rooney 

Cuban Cigar Store 16 X 20 Oil on Canvas

Havana Stroll 16 X 20 Oil on Board

Blazing Light 16 X 20 Oil on Board

Mid Tide  18 X 24 Oil on Panel

Marsh III 30 X 40 Oil on Panel

Flowing In 36 X 48 Gallery Wrapped Canvas
More Mike Rooney Up Shortly

March 24 Art of the Arts Edition
April 7 Ocean Awareness Edition


More of the 2019 Key West Orchid Society's Orchid Fair


WWW.ISLANDHOUSEKEYWEST.COM 1129 Fleming St. 800-890-6284

SPECIAL FEATURE  Note for our Out of town many readers ; One of the remaining Gay Hotels in Key West is a Resort called Island House. It's a Fun Resort. They have a Great Marketing Department ; and every year will produce a new batch of Videos. They have graciously agreed to share these Videos with others beside their Database. These Videos show how amazing Key West is. Of course regardless of your Lifestyle choice/s you'll enjoy the videos Very Much.

"Pearls before Chickens" Exhibition at Frangipani Gallery

Fran Decker's Frangipani Gallery's  "Pearls Before Chickens" Featuring Jessica Wilson, Suzanne Holt, & JodyRae  Campbell. Parts 1 & 2 were 3/11 & 3/18 Issue Here are the Links to see ALL 3 Artisans Works; as well  as Sean Callahan's Last two weeks in the Magazine : March 11 & March 18th.

 JodyRae Campbell

Jessica Wilson

 Suzanne Holt


 "Platforms" from the Brilliant Mind of Sean P. Callahan
Sean Callahan's "Platforms" His Latest Batch of Works at His Gallery : Dog Tired Studio & Gallery 1011 Whitehead St. 802-989-5910 WWW.DOGTIREDSTUDIO.NET


An educational presentation by Jonathan Rizzo, Warning    Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service

Martin Senterfitt, Fire Deputy Chief and Emergency Management Director, Monroe County, will speak on Emergency Management in the face of rapid intensification storms

APRIL 4 AT 6PM SUGARLOAF FD 17097 OS Hwy. Sugarloaf Shores.

Jeane LaRance has her Latest Photographic Exhibition at Salt Island Provision Gallery
Parts 1 & 2 were 3/11 & 3/18 Issue Here are the Links to see her Works : March 11 & March 18th.

 WWW.SALTISLANDPROVISIONS.COM 830 Fleming St. 305-896-2980. 


More of the 2019 Anne McKee Artists Fund Auction

More Anne McKee Up Shortly

. Next "Meteor Shower" by Steve Martin 3/26-4/20

Currently : "Young Frankenstein The Musical" 2/26-3/23
Here is a Brief 3 Minute You Tube Video they sent over as a Sneak Preview ; Click SNEAK

3 Photo Features that I had to Push Back a Few Weeks.
The April 1st. Issue will have a Photo Feature from the Annual Tennessee Williams Kick Off Birthday Gala Celebration from Dennis and Bert's House. One of my Favorite Events.
ALSO PUSHED BACK JUST 1 MORE WEEK to the April 1st. Issue : The Photos of Svetlana Smolina and The South Florida Symphony Orchestra Performing at The Tennessee Williams Theater and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Also Pushed Back 1 More Week : The Plein Air Competition from The Key West Art Center  WWW.KEYWESTARTCENTER.COM  301 Front St. 305-294-1241

The Two below are The Polar Plunge and 2019 Women's March

They have hundreds of Photo Galleries and an Extensive Calendar of Events. Happy Birthday Johnny White.


WWW.FKSPCA.ORG 5230 College Rd. 305-296-1504


The Key West Theater & Dance Key West team up to offer weekly dance and technique classes to the students of the Bahama Village Music Program. The outreach program has been met with great success - more than 15 students show up each Tuesday evening to explore movement and deepen their relationship to music. BVMP Dance + Technique class includes ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, composition, dance history and more, with two levels of class offered to these students, free of cost.
BVMP Dance + Technique Classes are every Tuesday (Level One 5-6pm & Level Two 6-7pm), led by Kyla Piscopink & Kristen Huffman 

5525 College Rd. 305-296-2424

Sheriff's Office receives 16th consecutive perfect financial audit 

Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay is pleased to announce the Sheriff's Office has received its 16th consecutive perfect audit. 

A perfect audit means financial auditors did not find any irregularities, questionable spending or anything out of the norm for an accredited law enforcement agency. The audit is performed every year by independent auditors with no ties to the Sheriff's Office to ensure public trust between the agency and taxpayers. 

"I am happy to report our latest perfect audit, but frankly, I'm not surprised," said Sheriff Ramsay. "Everyone in the Sheriff's Office Finance Division knows how important transparency is to me and this agency. Every year, I expect excellence and they never cease to deliver. And though I'm not surprised, I remain grateful for their continued efforts every year. I have made it clear to everyone in the agency that transparency is of the utmost importance in terms of keeping the public trust and that means financial transparency as well."  

The Sheriff's Office is Triple Crown Award winner regarding its accreditation status. The Triple Crown Award is given to Sheriff's Offices which achieve simultaneous accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of the American Correctional Association, The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. Financial excellence is required in keeping such accreditation status.



 305-293-7500 1100 Simonton St. 33040

Mystery Fest Key West Announces 2019 Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition-Entry Deadline is April 15
Key West, Florida Keys -- Do you have a finished, but unpublished, mystery genre manuscript? Mystery Fest Key West has announced a call for entries for the 2019 Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition. The winner will claim a book-publishing contract with Absolutely Amazing eBooks, free Mystery Fest Key West 2019 registration, airfare, hotel accommodations for two nights and a Whodunit Award trophy to be presented at the 6th Annual Mystery Fest Key West, set for June 28-30 in Key West, Florida.
Sponsored by Absolutely Amazing eBooks, candidates wishing to compete are invited to submit the first three pages (maximum 750 words) of a finished, but unpublished manuscript to
no later than April 15, 2019. There is no fee to enter, finalists will be notified by May 1, and will have until May 10 to submit full manuscripts.
"Why just the first three pages? That criterion is a nod to late author Jeremiah Healy, a terrific mystery writer and great judge of mysteries," said Fest co-founder Shirrel Rhoades. "Healy often said a book either captures a reader in the first three pages...or it doesn't. The competition judges agreed with that assessment, and decided to use it as a yardstick for the competition."
Contest judges for 2019 are Dr. Toby Armour, whose credits include the murder mystery book "Blood Tells" and play, "Is This 24 Lily Pond Lane?"; Carol Lazar, an author, columnist, photojournalist and former senior editor for South Africa's Independent Newspapers; Captain Reef Perkins, author of "Sex, Salvage and Secrets," Screwed, Blu'd and Tattooed," and the mystery novel "Deep Air"; Robin Robinson, an author, syndicated newspaper columnist, educator and horticulturist; and Rhoades, an author, film critic, media consultant and publisher of Absolutely Amazing eBooks.
The 2019 Mystery Fest Key West, featuring Keynote Speaker Jeffery Deaver by popular demand, will include multiple presentations, panel discussions and social events at landmark Key West locations where attendees mingle with acclaimed mystery, crime fiction and true crime writers.
Whodunit Writing Competition guidelines and submission details, complete schedule of Mystery Fest Key West events and a Fest registration form are all available at  WWW.MYSTERYFESTKEYWEST.COM 


 305-296-6196 1434 Kennedy Drive 33040

Just a few of the Skipper Kripitz Ensemble Gig around Key West

   At Virgilio's, on Tuesday, March 26th @ 9pm, Skipper's weekly "League of Crafty Musicians" series will present a performance of the Keys premier fusion band, the CRZBs.   Featuring Pat Metheny-inspired, Brazilian-grooved originals, and plenty of Steely Dan, Sting, Boz, John Mayer, Marvin Gaye, Herbie, Chick, John Scofield, Hall&Oates, Jon Cleary, Sly, etc.   Chris Burchard, blazes on guitar, Rob DiStaci plays keyboards and sings every note from the heart, Gary Rivenson grooves on the  bass, and skippo drives it home, on drums. So, catch a great nite of soulful rock, brazilian, and funk fusion, with the one and only CRZBs, on March 26th, at Virgilio's, 524 Duval (rear). Call 296-1075 for more info. 

Skipper Kripitz above
Rob DiStaci Top Right
Marty Stoneley Bottom Right
Above Rob DiStaci Below Marty Stonley
At Salute Sunset Happy Hour,  on the patio at Higgs Beach , the talented / intriguing music combination of Karri Daley (guitar /vocals), Megan Clay (keybds.) Marty Stonely (saxes/flute) & skippo (drums) will be featured on Friday March 29th, from 5:30pm.  The music will be soulful, grooving, & waay fun.  Call 292-1117 for more info.
Megan Clay with Skippo (R)
Karri Daley (L)

Michelle Dravis, is the featured, powerhouse songstress, at this spring  edition of the weekly  "Tuesday League of Crafty Musicians" series, at Virgilio's, on Tuesday April 2nd, from 9 pm.   For this post April Fool's  outing, Michelle will turn up the melodic heart flames, as only she can do, on acoustic guitar, and soaring vocals.  Backup support comes from Marty Stonely on saxes & flute, & skippo on drums.  Expect to hear cutting-edge interpretations of tunes you know and love, by "the Drave Trio".  Join us  at the martini-infamous Virgilio's, 524 Duval, on Appelrouth Lane.  Call 296-1075 for more info.
Michelle Dravis

Chris Burchard on guitar,  Joe Dallas  on acoustic bass, & skippo on drums. 
At the Little Room, 821 Duval, the CRZBs Consort trio, will appear every Wednesday in April, beginning on April 3rd @8pm.  Playing  Brazilian & classic  jazz standards, along with some originals, and groove fusion tunes by Chick, Herbie, Metheny, Scofield, etc., will be Chris Burchard on guitar,  Joe Dallas  on acoustic bass, & skippo on drums.  


 Sun. 4/7 Songwriters Speaker Series : Gabrielle Wright, Clint Bullard & Jack Wolf

Wed. 4/10 Night Ranger (Shows 6:30 & 9:30p)

Fri 4/12 Local Spotlight Les Green + River Seine of the Swayzees ( Back Stage Listening Room)

Sun 4/14 Richard Marx


Tues. 4/16 Edwin McCain




Go to their website and Facebook Page for their complete really extensive Schedule of Concerts and Events

Our Weekly Feature from Executive Contributing Editor Peter Arnow "Photos of the Week" 
(Bottom-L) Stars of the New York City Ballet performed  in a spectacular performance at the Tennessee Williams Theatre (and also went fishing while in Key West.) Show are Susan Walter, pianist; Russel Janzen, Joseph Gatti, kneeling; Sterling Hyltin, Ask La Cour, Tyler Angle, Teresa Reichlin, Denys Drozdyuk, kneeling; Ann Reynolds, President of TWT; Abi Straford, Danielle Diniz, Tyler Angle and Dance  Tour Director Daniel Ulbricht.
Photo by Pete Arnow.
(Bottom-R) Misha McRae, Executive Director of the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, second from left, met with Board members and friends for a fundraiser at the Aqua Side Bar.  The Garden is seeking donations for a matching fund up to $50,000 for Irma storm relief. Photo by Pete Arnow

(T- Left) Kevin Theriault ,left, and Dorian Patton, right of the Key West Business Guild with Misha McRae of the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden at the Garden's Aqua Sidebar fundraiser. Photo by Pete Arnow.
(Top- R)2018 King of Fantasy Fest King Larry Blackburn with his queen, Bernadette Restivo, at the March Key West Business Guild Mixer held at the Havana Cabana Hotel. Photo by Pete Arnow.


For further information contact Harry Schroeder at 305 504-3970 
            Trombone Concert April 1 at the Little Room Jazz Club
The Isle of Bones 'Bones is back for its 12th annual trombone concert. Highlighting three tenor trombones, the group will perform at the Little Room Jazz Club, 821 Duval Street, on Monday, April 1, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Featuring Joe Dallas, Jr., his father Joe Dallas, Sr., and Harry Schroeder on tenor trombones, the bass trombone slot will be filled by Georges Hemund on baritone sax, which adds a fine soloist to the group. The rhythm section is Mike Emerson, guitar, Gary Rivenson, bass, and Skipper Kripitz, drums.
     Most of the musicians are regular players with the Paradise Big Band, which sponsors the concert. Joe Sr. is a regular visitor as trombone soloist.
     Trombone quartets go back many years, to Beethoven and beyond. They became popular in the Fifties and Sixties, when the great jazz trombonists J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding put several such groups together. For this concert, all the charts were written by Schroeder for the group; most of them have never been heard before. "There's a great advantage to writing for people you know, whose playing you're familiar with," he says. "That way you can write to their strengths." The selections include up-tempo swing, Latin rock, blues, an original, and some standards. A feature of the concert will be a tribute to Hurricane Irma.
   Since its inception more than a dozen years ago, this Isle of Bones 'Bones concert has become a local favorite for jazz fans.
Little Room Jazz Club, 821 Duval Street, on Monday, April 1, from 7:00 to 8:30. Donations at the door.

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Part 2 of 2
SANTE FE SIX  522 Southard St. 305-797-6485
 Exhibition on until 4/1
The Exhibition Features : Mark White, Javiar Lopez Barbosa, Suzanne Betz, Suzanne Donazetti, Mark Horst, Nancy Ortenstone
Mark White
New works by six award-winning artists spanning decades working in Santa Fe will be featured at Gildea Contemporary Gallery.  Contemporary paintings by Javier Lopez Barbosa, Suzanne Betz, Mark White, Suzanne Donazetti, Mark Horst, and Nancy Ortenstone, will be celebrated at a public opening on Monday, March 18th from 6 to 8 p.m. with a show titled "SANTE FE SIX" and remain on view through April 1. A self-taught artist, Barbosa's process of abstraction stems from the connection between his emotions and the blank canvas, creating works to elicit joy and happiness. As an equestrian turned painter, Betz's connection with horses is channeled into her luminous paintings. Donazetti communicates with color through the refractive lens of weaving and painting, representing sunlight and shadows on copper. For Horst, painting is a way of breaking time's grip and setting loose something wild and strong. First a clay artist, after earning his PHD in Theology from Yale University, Horst turned to painting as a practice, not unlike prayer, of paying attention to the world and its contours. Dreams and intuitive logic inform every area of Ortenstone's fresh impressionistic canvases, and White's ethereal landscapes engraved on aluminum, capture the intensity and rich palette of the Southwest. "Each artist has been delicately selected to represent the best of the best of the leading painters working in Santa Fe today. We are excited to share their new works with the seasoned traveler and sophisticated collector of Key West," states Paul Gildea, owner of the prestigious gallery, now in its fifth year in Old Town. Gildea Contemporary Gallery specializes in abstract and contemporary art by over 30 artists. Visit our online store at Gildea Contemporary Gallery is located at 522 Southard Street in Old Town, Key West, 305-797-6485 and Is open daily in season.

Here are a few works from Mark White

Here are a few from Javiar Lopez Barbosa

"Elixer" 16 X 12
"Vision of Possibilities 16 X 12

More from "Sante Fe Six" Exhibition at Gildea Contemporary Fine Arts with Artisans : Suzanne Betz, Suzanne Donazetti, Mark Hortz, & Nancy Ortenstone Up Shortly
To View the Works from ALL 6 Artisans from Part 1; click the March 18th Entire Issue Link

We Continue with the 2019 Anne McKee Artists Fund Fine Art Auction

More Anne Mckee Auction in the April 1 Issue + Information on the Latest Anne McKee Grant Availability at the Very End of this Issue.

We Now continue with the Opening of the March 11th Exhibition with a few Works from Chris Calivas & Janet Mueller

 1207 Duval St. 305-296-8900
Here are 4 from from Chris Calivas All Below are Oil on Canvas

Saturday Morning 12 X 22

Hauling Nets 22 X 24

Reefing Down 22 X 24

Kamina Boatyard

Here are a few from Janet Mueller ALL Acrylic on Canvas

Outside the Window 48 X 48 Acrylic on Canvas
The Frying Pan 26 X 26 Acrylic on Canvas

This Next Two are from her Sculptures 

"Scruffy" Cardboard. Bike Parts, Metal & Duct Connector 22 X 24 X 4
"Equality" 11 X 24 X 3 Rusty Clamps, Dowel Rods, Nail, & Board

 Fiabane-Calivas & Mueller's Exhibition at GingerBread Square Gallery should be up for a few more Weeks.

 We Now Continue with the Key West Orchid Society's Orchid Fair
Lou from the Key West Orchid Society


WWW.THEKEYWEST.GARDEN  5210 College Rd. 305-296-1504

Migration Mania at the Key West Tropical Forest
KEY WEST, Florida Keys -Migration Mania will be taking place at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden on April 6th from 10 am to 2 pm.  Join us for our huge annual celebration of Spring.   Migration Mania is the Education Department's only fundraiser that helps keep our state standard aligned field trips free for our local Monroe County students! 1,500 students participated in our free Living Lab STEM program last school year, and we strive to increase that number this year!
The day features Egg Hunts, Farmer Jeanne with the Sheriff's Animal Farm animals, the Key West Mounted Police with their horse, a Sea Turtle from the Turtle Hospital, Nancy Forrester & her parrots, Bounce Houses, Aquarium Touch Tank, Games, Crafts, Face Painting and Live Music with the Bahama Village Music Program and Gina Masserati.  Attendees will also enjoy environmental education booths, raffles with great prizes plus food and beverages available for purchase.    The event is FREE for Members, Adults and Children under 3 years old.  $5 for Children 3 years old and older.  Memberships available on site.
The Garden is located at 5210 College Road on Stock Island.  For more information please call the Garden at 305.296.1504 or visit the website at
***Your support makes a difference!*** 
Migration Mania is the Education Department's fundraiser that helps keep our state standard aligned field trips free for our local Monroe County students! 1,500 students participated in our free Living Lab STEM program last school year, and we strive to increase that number this year!
For information about volunteering for the event, just enter your name and email at this link:

Children 3 years and older each receive a free ticket with admission to our Kids' Mini Raffle.  
Super Raffle tickets will be sold for exciting grand prizes!
The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is excited to once again partner with the Key West branch of the Monroe County Library to make this the best Migration Mania yet!


Allison Rich
Sr. Library Assistant
Monroe County Public Library
700 Fleming Street
Key West, FL  33040

Dr. Siegfried Haug will discuss his novel, "Bad Sleep," a Key West mystery of pharmaceutical intrigue at 6PM, Mar. 27 at the Key West Library, 700 Fleming St. Haug is also the author of the nonfiction work, "I Want to Sleep: Unlearning Insomnia." This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact the library at 305-292-3595.  


 WWW.GARDENSHOTEL.COM 526 Angela St. 305-294-2661

A few weeks ago ; this Ensemble was Brilliant : Peter Diamond Ilacqua, vocals & percussion; Mark Rose, saxophone & flute; Tim McAlpine, guitar; Bubba Lownotes, bass; Hal Howland, drums. 

Sunday, March 24 
, Jazz In The Gardens! Libby York & Friends, 5:30-8 pm (New Time)  Monday, March 25, James King, III, 5-7pm. Tuesday, March 26, Megan Clay, 5-7 pm. Wednesday, March 27, Megan Clay, 5-7pm. Thursday, March 28, Jimmy Olson, 5-7pm. Friday, March 29, Valerie Elam, 5-7pm. Saturday, March 30, TBA, 5-7pm. Sunday, March 31, Jazz In The Gardens! Terry White & Friends, 5:30-8 pm

Monday , April 1, James King III 5-7pm,Tuesday, April 2, Megan Clay, 5-7 pm. Wednesday, April 3, Megan Clay, 5-7pm. Thursday, April 4, Jimmy Olson, 5-7pm. Friday, April 5, TBA, 5-7pm. Saturday, April 6, Jimmy Olson, 5-7pm. Sunday, April 7, Jazz In The Gardens! Peter Diamond & Friends, 5:30-8 pm


More from the "Sante Fe Six" at Gildea Contemporary Fine Art Gallery

Here are some Works by Suzanne Betz

"Painted Threesome"
"Meeting of the Hearts"

"Transcendence #16"


Here are a few from Suzanne Donazetti

Emerald Shadow

Sunset Reflection

We Continue Up Shortly with Two More Artisans of the "Sante Fe Six" at Gildea Contemporary Fine Art Gallery with Mark Horst and Nancy Ortenstone

 Happy Hour with the Historian (Cori Convertito PHD) at BottleCap The Blue Room 1128 Simonton St. 4/10 4:30-5:30pm

Underwater: Two One-Act plays by Tennessee Williams

Two performances: March 31 and April 1, 7:30pm
Directed by Stephen Kitsakos
Continuing to present lesser known works by the great American playwright, Key West Art & Historical Society presents the rarely performed comedy Lifeboat Drill and steamy threesome Kingdom of Earth - two intriguing plays with characters trapped, both physically and metaphorically, by rising waters. Starring Alaina Albertson, Michael Catlege, Kitty Clements, Arthur Crocker and Jeffrey Johnson.
Lifeboat Drill, penned in 1979 and published in 1981, was one of the last plays to premiere in Williams's lifetime. It concerns an elderly married couple, who occupy a stateroom on the Queen Elizabeth II crossing from Cherbourg to New York. Unhappily married, they bicker fiercely and when they discover that they have been deliberately prevented from attending a lifeboat drill by two mischievous stewards, decide to rehearse their own "drill" all by themselves. Mayhem and personal turbulence ensure. It is a "short, grotesque comedy that explores the panic, isolation, sense of abandonment and confusion that accompany old age." Set adrift in their stateroom, their marriage becomes a metaphor of the disaster of a sinking ship.
The Kingdom of Earth is a one-act play that was published in Esquire Magazine in 1967 and based on a short story Williams wrote in 1942. It bears an ominous epigraph from the Old Testament concerning the Great Flood. It tells the story of a strapping young man named Chicken, living in a Mississippi Delta farmhouse, and preparing for a flood from the rising river when he is unexpectedly visited by his sickly half-brother, Lot, and his newlywed of one-day, Myrtle, a woman whose sexual desire and personal fulfillment force her to make a choice about survival as flood waters approach as the three characters are forced to evacuate. The play was eventually expanded into a full-length play and opened on Broadway in 1968 at The Seven Descents of Myrtle.
Kitty Clements & Jeff Johnson Starring in Kingdom of Earth
Both The Kingdom of Earth and Lifeboat Drill encounter their themes in the idea of the unexpected rising of water: not only what lies beneath, but also what lies ahead. The performances will be staged at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street, Key West, FL 33040 

Presented in part by the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, Florida Keys Council of the Arts, Neal Ruchman & Melissa Jean McDaniel, and Bert Whitt.



Hometown! Key West is calling all incumbents, candidates, prospective candidates and those merely testing the waters to raise their hands for Good Government by participating in the CALL for CANDIDATES on Monday, April 1, 2019, 5 pm at Salute Restaurant, Higgs Beach, Key West. Attendance is free with light appetizers and cash bar. All are invited and encouraged to attend.

"Local elections matter," says Hometown Chair Todd German. "In this unusual political climate voters are engaged, and campaigns are already underway. Before we know it, the books will close, and the primary ballot will be set for federal, state, county and local races."

The 2020 local elections in Monroe County include State Senate, State and U.S. Representatives, three County Commission seats, Clerk of Courts, Sheriff, Appraiser, Supervisor of Elections, Tax Collector, State Attorney, Public Defender and four judgeships. City of Key West Mayor and three Key West City Commission seats, two Monroe County School Board and two Florida Keys Mosquito Control District seats will also be on the 2020 ballot. Lastly, we will also be voting on the second KEYS Energy Lower Keys representative. (LINK to FULL LIST) 

Support Good Government! Go to, or email for more information on the election, how to get on the list to speak at the April 1 Call for Candidates, as well as membership details.



WWW.MANGIA-MANGIA.COM 900 Southard Street 305-294-2469

Here is the Menu Link 


We Now Continue with the "Sante Fe Six" Exhibition at Gildea Contemporary Fine Art Gallery 

Here are Three from Mark Horst

"Boys on Bike #30"
Injambakkam #30

"This One is Walking Besides Me #2"

Here are a Few from Nancy Ortenstone

"Tangerine Delight"


Paul at Gildea Contemporary Fine Art Would Love for you Stop Over for a Glass of Wine and have the sensation of Being in Sante Fe New Mexico by viewing "Sante Fe Six"
 Mark White, Javiar Lopez Barbosa, Suzanne Betz, Suzanne Donazetti, Mark Horst, Nancy Ortenstone


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 "Artists on the Deck" Pot Luck Networking Casual Event : Last Wed. of Every Month. ( next 3/27)

607 Ashe StreetThe Studios' Artist Residency Cottages

So Much Going on at TSKW ; Click LINK1 for one of their Latest E-Newsletters to see Two of the Opening Exhibitions for March During "First Thursday" Last Week; as well as see other events going on.

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"Under the Mayan Stars" showcases visionary artist Carlo Mejía and his works
Artist Carlo Mejía creates his powerful, symbolic images on porcelain, wood, ingres paper, and other mediums.
Photos by Carol Tedesco
"Under the Mayan Stars" to showcase visionary artist Carlo Mejía and his works. Through March 21 in the Zabar Lobby Gallery

 The Other Larger Exhibition Opening for First Thursday on March 7 "With The Grain : Contemporary Applications in Wood Art".
WWW.KEYWESTWOODART.COM TO Find out what's Going on with Wood in Key West

Just a few of the many Classes at TSKW : Drawings made easy with Mike Rooney, UnderPainting with Mike Rooney, Paint Pouring with Sandy Trupcevic-West, Dirty Words Pretty Lettering With Margot Griffin, Summer Solstice with Susan Sugar, Charcoal it's Not All B&W with Laurel Oswald Clark, Writing : Memoir by Chris Daley, Artisan Soap Making by Angela Berube. Please note due to Time Constraints ; some of the above classes may be Over or in the Middle of their run..I will try my best to update these thumbnail Images in the April 1 Issue ; Of course if you to go their Extremely well done website ; you'll be able to see ALL the Upcoming Classes.


WWW.TROPICCINEMA.COM 305-396-4944 416 Eaton St.
KW Photographer Stuart Davis is Exhibiting from 3/4 to End of April at the Tropic Cinema Gallery "IN BACK OF 4 REAL" Consists of 35 Constructed Photographs for you to View Before or After a Movie.  This will be Stuart Davis's 5th Exhibit at The Tropic Cinema Gallery. You can Find His 7 Photographic & 10 Story / Photo Books on AMAZON .
We are Proud to Feature Florida Keys Artists in Our Tropic Art Gallery. If you're Interested in Exhibiting at The Trop : E-Mail and/or 305-396-4944
Wed. March 27 at 8PM ; Screening of the Bob Fosse Musical 
"Chicago" Dress Up for the Occasion in Roaring Twenties Garb 
Last Concert of the 2019 Season

Kathy Hooper at

The Lomazov Rackers Piano Duo garnered wide attention as the Second Prize Winners of the Sixth Biennial Ellis Duo Piano Competition in 2005. Since then, they have performed as recitalists and in concert with orchestras throughout the United States and Europe, including performances at the Kiev International Music Festival (Ukraine), Varna International Piano Festival (Bulgaria), Moulin d'Andé Arts Festival (France), Burgos International Music Festival (Spain) and Infiorata di Genzano (Italy) in addition to appearances in every region of the United States. 

We Continue with the Key West Orchid Society's 2019 Orchid Fair.

We Look forward to the 2020 Orchid Fair

The Lee Roy Reams Concert has been CXL; contact Fringe for refunds.
5/1-3 at B'Nai Zion Synagogue (750 United Street)
Fringe Theater presents the quirky comedy 
The Clean House, March 20 - 30, in the Parish Hall of St Paul's Episcopal Church.
The Pulitzer Prize nominated play, written by contemporary American playwright Sara Ruhl, takes place in "metaphysical Connecticut." It is a concoction of real and surreal story lines that take the audience on a fantastical journey that searches for meaning among life's messier moments.  
Lane, an accomplished physician, wants her house clean. Lane's Brazilian maid wants to write jokes. Lane's surgeon husband wants to live happily-ever-after with his dying patient. Lane's sister Virginia wants to clean up all the mess everyone is making, if only they would let her!
"It's hard to put The Clean House tidily into a genre," says the show's director, Rebecca Tomlinson. "It's an unexpected mix of realism and fantasy, minimalism and spectacle."
The ensemble of diverse and whacky characters drives the play's action which stops periodically to allow the characters to say things directly to the audience. The play twists and turns through betrayal, loss, illness, and death yet manages to tell an unexpectedly life-affirming and funny story. It is, after all, laughter that sustains us through the muck, mire, and mess of our lives.
The New York Times called the NYC premiere of the play "visionary, tinged with fantasy, extravagant in feeling, and maybe a little nuts."
"I was drawn to the play's journey toward forgiveness," Rebecca shares.  "It resonated with me. I think it will resonate with the audience, too."
The cast features Wende Shoer as Lane, Diane May as her sister, Francesca Silva as the maid, Tim Dahms as Lane's husband, and Camille Toler as his soulmate.  
The Clean House runs March 20 - 30 at 7pm in the Parish Hall of St Paul's Episcopal Church, which is located at 401 Duval Street. (The Parish Hall sits at the back of the property.) Tickets are $35 general admission and $45 reserved seating. Seating is limited. Tickets are available online at www.fringetheater.orgor by calling 305-731-0581.

The Crew at Fringe Theater
Fringe Theater Key West


Stephen Kitsakos is a theater director, dramaturge and author of opera librettos with the American composer Sheila Silver including the adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns, commissioned by American Opera Projects, premiering with the Seattle Opera in 2020 season. A professor of Theatre Arts for fifteen years and Asst. Chair at SUNY New Paltz in New York, he has been a dramaturge and director of many new plays. At Theatre Row in NYC, he directed the premiere of Red Masquerade by Jack Wade and Suddenly Last Summer for The Tennessee Williams Project. He directed Life Story: Two One-Act Plays by Tennessee Williams "Green Eyes" and "The Traveling Companion" for KWAHS in 2018 and will direct for them Underwater: Two Later Plays by Tennessee Williams - "Lifeboat Drill" and "Kingdom of Earth". Currently he serves as the President of the Board of The Studios of Key West.
Cash-prize plein air painting contest with Key West Art & Historical Society: 
Recreational and professional painters are invited to participate in Key West Art & Historical Society's Saturday, March 16 cash-prize plein air painting contest, part of the month-long celebration honoring Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Tennessee Williams, who took up painting in the later part of his life. Reflecting Williams' devotion to the Key West Library - and this year's Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration theme of "The Library," -the painting subject is the Key West Library, located at 700 Fleming Street. There will be a $200 and a $100 winner in each category, blind-judged by four arts community leaders. A $20 entry fee includes choice of canvas or watercolor paper; artists supply their own painting materials and easels. Event hours are 9:00am-4:00pm. Register at KWAHS.ORG/EVENTS
 by March 15 or in person at the Library on March 16. For more information, contact Cori Convertito, Ph.D., at 305-295-6616 x 112 or 
Tennessee Williams film celebration at Tropic Cinema: A photo from the DeWolfe and Wood Collection / Monroe County Public Library shows Burt Lancaster, Anna Magnani's secretary, Tennessee Williams, and Magnani on the porch of the Key West home known as "The Rose Tattoo House." As part of the month-long Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration, Key West Art & Historical Society presents a series of films based on Williams' plays at the Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street. Still ahead: March 11, "The Rose Tattoo," March 18, "Boom," and March 25, "Sweet Bird of Youth." All showings start at 6:30pm. Visit KWAHS.ORG/EVENTS
for ticket links and a full schedule of Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration events, a month-long series of arts and cultural happenings at multiple Key West venues.

Artist Richard Peter Matson celebrated in upcoming exhibit at Custom House Museum. KWAHS : BRYAN GALLERY "You Don't Know Dick : The lesser Known Works of Richard Peter Matson. April 19- July 7 Contact : Cori Convertito PHD 305-295-6616 X 112
Key West Art & Historical Society celebrates the work of painter Richard Peter Matson in "You Don't Know Dick: The Lesser Known Works of Richard Peter Matson,"which opens with a special reception on Friday, April 19 from 6:00pm -7:30pm in the Bryan Gallery at the Custom House Museum. The exhibit will reveal Matson's masterful handling of paint, color, and imagery and his ability to capture the essence of the island with his trademark tropical light, saturated colors, and mysterious shadows.
"You Don't Know Dick: The Lesser Known Works of Richard Peter Matson" will run through July 7. For more information call Cori Convertito, Ph.D., at 305-295-6616 x112, email her at, or  Your Museums.  Your Community.  It Takes an Island. 
Above Painting 'Butch', a painting that will be featured in Dick Matson's upcoming exhibit at the Custom House Museum, was created in 1987, and is in the artist's private collection. 
Call for Artists for the Key West Art & Historical Society Fourth Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade
Key West Art & Historical Society invites artists, builders, and assemblers to put their creative and engineering genius to play and on display for the Fourth Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade (think art with parts that move), set to kick off at the Custom House Museum in Key West, Saturday, May 4 at 12:00pm. Small and simple or elegantly engineered, teams of any number and age can enter this pedaled or pushed sculpture parade.Human-powered Kinetic Sculptures and Art Bikes can be simple, whimsical, futuristic, or fantastical-the only requirement is that they are physically moved by you (and/or a teammate(s)). Recycling is highly encouraged, wit and humor loudly applauded. Cash prizes will be awarded in multiple categories, including a youth/school category. 
Inspired by and named for the late Keys artist Stanley Papio, a humorous rebel metal-artist who explored the value of recycled materials long before it was hip to be rusty, a full weekend of kinetic revelry kicks off Friday, May 3 and runs through Sunday, May 5.  
Registration is $25 for kinetic sculpture floats and $15 for art bikes, with registration fees waived for Society members. Registration deadline is WHEN for kinetic sculpture floats and WHEN for art bike entries. For registration information and guidelines and a full event schedule, visit   The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade is supported in part by the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, The Helmerich Trust, and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council. Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island. 


From the Key West Business Guild
 808 Duval St. 305-294-4603
WWW.KWBGONLINE.ORG 808 Duval St. 305-294-4603.
Next Mixer Wed. April 4/10 at 801 Bourbon St. Club 5:30-7pm
Next Luncheon April 3rd at Marriott Beachfront

Call Kevin at Above Contact Info. for details and to get involved


Applications are now available for the 2019 Anne McKee Artists Fund grants. 
Grant monies are generated by the Fund's annual fine art auction which was held on February 13th with the donating artists receiving 50-percent of the proceeds from the sale of his or her work and the McKee Fund receiving the remainder to go toward grants to Florida Keys artists.
The McKee Fund awards grants each year in amounts of up to $2,000 to assist with project-based endeavors by individual visual, performance, and literary artists who live in Monroe County.  Grant monies are intended to cover costs specific to the project for which they are proposed.  Typically acceptable expenses include project materials, framing, publishing expenses and advertising.  The Fund also designates grants to be awarded to students and young adults to assist in the development of their talents in the arts.  Founded by longtime Key West resident and art patron, Anne McKee, the not-for-profit Fund has awarded nearly $300,000 in grants since its inception in 1994.   
Applications and instructions will be available on March 1, 2019 at  Completed applications must be submitted no later than midnight EST on Saturday, March 31, 2018.  Grant recipients will be notified of their application status on or before April 13, 2019.  
Thank you!!!. 
Stephanie Hellstrom

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Our Good Friend Michael Nelson One of the Executive Team Members at KW Library Tells us about the Upcoming Cafe Con Libros Events at 700 Fleming St. Every Tues. 10:30am

This was from a few events at the Library Featuring Kristina Neihouse  and Rosalind Brackenbury

Next : 3/26 Michael Haskins recently published the tenth novel in the popular Mick Murphy Key West Mystery series called "Mistaken Identity." Haskins' short stories have appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and the Saturday Evening Post.  


Book signing
Join us from 11am to 1pm every Saturday to meet a new author.  A few Saturdays ago Author Cathy Salustri came for a Visit

The Next Saturday Morning Signing 
Join us from 11am to 1pm every Saturday to meet a new author. On March 30th we welcome Mya O'Malley. O'Malley will be in the store to meet with customers and discuss her books in the Maggie Trilogy; Maggie, Naomi and Lillie.

Books & Books @ the Studios of Key West - 533 Eaton St, Key West 33040.  
305-320-0208 Emily@TSKW.ORG
Here is a Partial April Listing of Events

Literary Reading and Book signing
Anne Beattie - A Wonderful Stroke of Luck
Tuesday, April 9th. 
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Anne Beattie will read from and discuss her new book A Wonderful Stroke of Luck. In this new novel Beattie explores the connections among a group of people who attended a boarding school in the very early aughts and fell under the spell of an enigmatic, manipulative teacher. Book signing to follow.

Literary Reading and Book signing
Pam Jenoff - The Lost Girls of Paris 
Wednesday, April 17th. 
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Pam Jenoff will read from and discuss her book The Lost Girls of Paris, a suspenseful and inspiring read about the brutality of war, the scars left on its survivors and the inspiring tenacity of the human spirit. Book signing to follow.

Media Presentation and Book signing
Jason Dewees - Designing with Palms 
Friday, April 19th. 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Jason Dewees will give a presentation on his award winning book Designing with Palms. Book signing to follow.


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March 23 & 24 "Singing the 60's" at TWT
  March 23 & 24, 2019 at 8pm Tennessee Williams Cabaret Theatre, 5901 College Rd. Join Eric Haley, Michael Mulligan, and Michael D. Robinson on a journey through one of the most musically diverse decades of all time, the 60s. With songs from the stars our parents loved like Debbie Reynolds and Percy Faith and his Orchestra, and hits that rocked our radios and record players, like Donvan and We Five. This show will touch your heart and reach all the way down to your dancing feet. Don't miss it! General Admission Tickets still available at KeysTix or the box office.

As well as being connected by the iconic Overseas Highway, the 125-mile-long Florida Keys island chain also is connected by a vibrant community of artists. From now through May 3, art lovers can view a travelling 24-foot mural featuring the work of close to 400 creative spirits during a series of exhibitions throughout the Keys. "The Connections Project: A Mosaic of the Keys" comprises nearly 400 individual canvases measuring 6 inches square that were provided to artists and arts-minded residents.
Their resultant works - produced in mediums ranging from oils and watercolor to photography, mixed media and quilting - showcase subjects including birds and sea life, palms and waterfront scenes, abstract visions and local landmarks.
"The mural's 'road show' tour from Key Largo to Key West celebrates the longstanding connections between the communities of the Keys," said Elizabeth Young, executive director of the Florida Keys Council of the Arts, which spearheaded the project.

Art lovers can make a $50 donation for one individual canvas or a $125 donation for three at any reception or online at Each donor will receive a randomly selected, unique piece of the mosaic by mail with an artist statement sharing their inspiration. Proceeds from the Connections Project benefit local artists and arts organizations through arts council grants. To participate in the Connections Project, or for more information: or 305-295-4369

Florida Keys Community College continues its VIP Series with "Aquaculture for the Home Aquarium, From Collector to Cultivator."  The presentation, led by Travis Knorr, Aquaculture and Renewable Energy Lab Technician at FKCC, is on Wednesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. in the Tennessee Williams Theatre on the Key West Campus.
Knorr will discuss the history of aquarium-keeping and the role aquaculture has on the sustainability of the trade.  Aquariums come in all shapes and sizes, but have one thing in common: the fish have to come from somewhere.  For decades, aquarium fish have been collected from the wild, in some instances using destructive fishing practices.  For many reasons the aquarium fish trade has been considered a destructive commodity.  While aquaculture as a whole has had some blunders through history, farming fish can and should be done sustainably.  Knorr will talk about the numerous ways to accomplish this and the many reasons it should be done-for aquariums as well as the seafood industry.
Once a fish collector, Knorr is now dedicated to cultivating sustainably-raised fish.  As FKCC's Lab Technician, he oversees the College's Aquaculture Lab and works with students in the College's Tropical Ornamental Mariculture Technician (TOMT) program to maintain the health and safety of hundreds of fish raised on campus.  Knorr is an alumnus of FKCC with TOMT and Research Diving certificates.  He is also the owner of Summerland Ocean Life, a home-based ornamental aquaculture company.
The acronym in FKCC's VIP Series stands for "visions, ideas, and perspectives;" the series invites the community to learn from speakers of local, regional, and national prominence.  Tickets are $5 at the door.  Admission is free for students at FKCC and Monroe County schools. For more information, call FKCC at 305-296-9081 or visit

Key West Art & Historical Society to present retrospective of Key West wood artists in "Out of the Woods"
 Key West Art & Historical Society joins artists, galleries, and organizations across the island in the Tom Majors Tribute to Wood- a month-long, island-wide celebration of the creative potential of wood.  "Out of the Woods: A Retrospective of Key West's Wood Artists," Key West Art & Historical Society's contribution, will feature several celebrated Key West woodworking artists including Papito Suarez, Frank Balbontin, Mario Sanchez, Norma Renner, Tony Barcelo, and George Garcia in the foyer of the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street. 
A B-25 bomber during World War II, followed by a long career in public works, Majors spent his retirement crafting simple yet elegant functional objects in wood.  The Fund established in his name serves and honors Key West artists and programs that work with wood. The celebration is coordinated by The Studios of Key West and made possible by the Tom Majors Endowment for Wood Artists.
"Out of the Woods: A Retrospective of Key West's Wood Artists," runs March 1 - April 1. For more information, contact curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D., at or 305-295-6616 x112. Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.  
This wood carving of the Mary Immaculate Convent by artist Norma Renner, recently acquired from the Estate of David Wolkowsky, is one of the works that will be featured in "Out of the Woods" A Retrospective of Key West's Wood Artists,' March 1 - April 1 in the Custom House Museum Foyer. The exhibit is a component of the Tom Majors Tribute to Wood, a month-long island wide celebration of the creative potential of wood. (Image courtesy Key West Art & Historical Society)

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By Alyson Crean

A fugitive wanted in Massachusetts on two counts of sexual assault on a disabled person was arrested in Key West thanks, in part, to state-of-the-art technology.
Two officers last week were conducting a search for illegal campers in the area of Government Road when they encountered a man sitting in a campsite outside of a tent and surrounded with cooking and camping gear. The officers explained that camping within city limits is illegal. During a discussion of where the man was from, officers asked him if he had any weapons. He turned over a knife from his pocket. However, they also spotted a large machete partially hidden in a backpack.
The man told the officers he was a military veteran named Roger Williams from Hawaii, and gave them a false social security number. Because the officers were concerned that there was no record of the man's identity through any driver's license and because he had a concealed weapon, they radioed for another officer to come to the scene with a fingerprint scanner.
The rapid ID system identified the man as 51-year old Donald D. Myotte with a Massachusetts driver's license. At this point Myotte dug a hidden driver's license from the bottom of his pack.
When his information was run, it turned out that Myotte has an active felony fugitive warrant out of Haverhill, Massachusetts for two counts of sexual assault on a disabled person.
When the officers attempted to handcuff Myotte, he fought them and was eventually tasered.
In addition to the out-of-state felony charges, Myotte was charged with illegal camping, carrying a concealed weapon and resisting arrest.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office provided the Rapid ID scanners to the Department.
"Thanks to our partnership with the MCSO, we are able to more quickly identify suspects," said Key West Police Chief Sean Brandenburg, "even when they try to conceal their identity. It's a great opportunity to work together to ensure a safer community."

    Thanks for Reading ; and have a Great Week; Ed

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