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The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends April 1, 2019

The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends
April 1, 2019

The Strand Theater Sign to be Restored. More in the Weekly City of Key West Section

We start a New Photo Feature this Week : "Amazing Photos"

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 2 of 4.

A Really Interesting Feature that Contributing Editor Carol Tedesco did with Photos on a WWI Hero that was Killed by the KKK. He Was Honored a few Weeks Ago.

Diana Nyad at TSKW April 3 + So Much Going on at TSKW & KWAHS ( Much Info. Below in MANY Sections / Features from both KWAHS & TSKW)


SHOW DATES: APRIL 9-11 (More Below with Additional Events / Plays)

"Ganaremos Nostros Los Mas Sencillos" by Hilda Vidal 39 X 39 Oil on Canvas

(Final Part 8 "Visions of Cuba" at the
Pt. 1 of the Tennessee Williams Annual House Party held at Dennis & Bert's House Founders & Curators of the Tennessee Williams Exhibit Museum ; Now Part of the Key West Art & Historical Society (KWAHS)

"First Thursday" on April 4th. TSKW (The Studios of Key West) always Comes Through with Spectacular Opening Receptions for their Spectacular Monthly Exhibitions. More Info. in a few Features from TSKW Below

Betty Gaye Opened a Large Exhibition at her New Location Last Week : Lucky Street Gallery 408 Greene St.

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. & Links Below).

Pt. 1 of The Annual Plein Air Competition and Sale at The Key West Art Center

Next Week in the April 8th Issue Part 1 A Visit to the Very Large Hicks Nursery & Landscaping on Glen Cove , LI

Pt. 4 The 2019 Anne McKee Artists Fund Fine Art Auction

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

Florida Keys Community College continues its VIP Series with "Invisible Island: Key West and the K.K.K."  The presentation, led by Arlo Haskell, award-winning author and historian, is on Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. in the Tennessee Williams Theatre on the Key West Campus

The Next Havana Biennial April 12-May 12 with Legal Visits Orchestrated by Key West Cuban Artist Guru Nance Frank with Renown Cuban Artists-Parties & Exhibits. The April 8th. Issue will have many Images.

Karri Daley plays All Around Town & Sometimes Appears with Skipper's Ensembles

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.

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

The Annual Ocean Fest at Truman Waterfront Park April 13 10-5PM + In this Issue Mote Battles Unprecedented Threat to Florida Coral Reefs (More Below)
Sheriff's Office Receives 16th Consecutive Perfect Financial Audit + Sheriff Ramsay-Chief Brandenburg & Commissioner Heather Carruthers attends The Marc House Mattheessen's Ice Cream & Fresh Fruit Social (More Below)

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

Zazoo Fine Art & Photographic Gallery ; Features a Large Collection of Year Round Talent Including the Iconic Fabio Napoleoni (More Bedlow)

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

United Way of the Florida Keys Offering Free Tax Filing ( More at the end of this Issue)

Cricket Desmarais Presents "Slow Flow Yoga" in TSKW (More Below)

 Martin Senterfitt, Fire Deputy Chief and Emergency Management Director, Monroe County, will speak on Emergency Management in the face of rapid intensification storms 4/4 (More Below)

Beach Boys 4/4
Edwin McCain 4/16
The Key West Theater : Amazing Year Round Talent. We have the Updated COMPLETE Schedule of events up to End of August

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

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

South Florida Symphony Orchestra & Cellist Julian Schwarz Presents : MasterWorks IV on 4/13 at TWT (More Below) + Pt. 1 of 2 : Photo Feature of the World Renown Russian Classical Concert Pianist Svetlana Smolina Performing a few Weeks ago at TWT. Pt. 2 in 4/8 will be their Performance at The Broward Performing Arts Center. (Brilliant)

Kyla Piscopink's Dance Key West is Involved with Many Projects & Events (More Below)

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)

Norbert Szilagyi Exhibition starts with Reception at Salt Island Gallery April 4 (More Below)

(L) Happy Hour with the Historian at Bottle Cap 4/10 "The Navy in Key West" Discussion from KWAHS Curator Cori Convertito PHD (R) "Underwater" Two : 1 Act plays from Tennessee Williams Earlier Works ; Dir. by Stephen Kitsakos at TSKW 3/31 & 4/1 (above Actors in Kitty Clements & Jeff Johnson in "The Kingdom of Earth"

"First Friday" Opens 4/5 with a few Venues around town inc. The Frangipani Gallery with "Our Town" Featuring (L-R Above : Karen Beauprie, Fran Decker & Helen Rebane) with Lanie Davia (More Below)

(AIP) Artists in Paradise Gallery in Big Pine Celebrates 25 Years on 4/14 (More Below)

The Many Classes that are still available to attend April to July at TSKW (More in their Sections / Features in this Issue)

The Tourist Development Council of the Florida Keys (TDC) Every Month Publishes "The Keys Traveler. We have the April Issue Link


The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends ; Going out to 8020 Weekly. This Issue April 1st. 2019 :  The Strand Theater (Walgreens on Duval St.) Gets a Facelift, Pt. 1 of "Amazing Photos", Pt. 2 of 4 Featuring Anna Sweet Galleries,  Slain WWI Hero Manuel Cabeza is Honored, Diana Nyad Talks at TSKW 4/3, Fringe Theater Presents "Air Heart" 4/9-11, Pt 8 ( Final Feature) from "Visions of Cuba" at Gato + "Connections Project" in Full Swing, Pt. 1 of 2 from the Annual Gala TW Birthday Celebration at Dennis & Bert's House ( Always Much Fun), "First Thursday" 4/4 Feature a Few Venues unveiling New Exhibitions Inc. TSKW with 4 New Ones, Betty Gaye's Lucky Street Gallery Just Opened a Large Group Exhibition, Our Weekly Features from Reef Relief + MOTE with MOTE's Annual OceanFest 4/13, Pt. 1 of 2 from The Key West Art Center's Annual Plein Air Exhibition-Contest-Sale, Pt. 4 of the Anne McKee Artists Fund Fine Art Auction, "Photos of the Week" from Executive Contributing Editor "Peter Arnow", FKCC VIP Lecture Series 4/3 "Invisible Island : Key West & The KKK" from Historian & KWLS Arlo Haskil, "Havana Biennial" 4/12-5/13 Of Course Cuban Art Guru Nance Frank at Gallery on Greene has Much Planned + Sail to Cuba with the "Race to Cuba : Conch Republic Cup",  
KWBG Presents The Key West Pride Street Fair (Info on Obtaining a Booth),   WWW.MYSTERYFESTKEYWEST.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.DOITKEYWEST.COM  Extensive Calendar of Events & Links, Hometown Key West "Meet the Candidates" 4/1 at Salute on the Beach, 
WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM Hundreds of Photo Galleries + Extensive Calendar of Events, Harrison Gallery's "Collected Works" inc. Cole Harrison's Underwater Photography + Wood Works,  Skipper Kripitz Varied Ensemble Groups ALL Over Town, Paradise Big Band of Key West at TW Sunday Night 3/31 ( Must See), Our Weekly City of KW and MCSO Sections, United Way of the Florida Keys Free Tax Filing, Emergency Management Discussions 4/4, Complete-Extensive Concert & Events Schedule from The Key West Theater, Impromptu Classical Concerts of Key West's Final Concert of the Season from Lomazou Rackers Piano Duo 3/31, Jazz in the Garden's at Kate's Place 3/31 (Terry White & Friends) Next After 4/7 Peter Diamond & Friends, MasterWorks IV from the South Florida Symphony Orchestra & Cellist Julian Schwarz 4/13, Pt.1 of 2 Photo Feature of World Renown Russian Concert Pianist Svetlana Smolina & The South Florida Symphony Orchestra Performing at TWT in KW & The Broward Center for Performing Arts in FTL, Kyla Piscopink's Dance Key West Involved in Many Projects,  

WWW.ABSOLUTELYAMAZINGEBOOKS.COM , Zazoo Fine Art & Photography this Week Featuring Fabio Napoleoni, Key West Gallery, Key West Preserve Island Life : 4/6 Hazardous Waste Collection + Schedule of Events, KW  Playbills from Roberta & Peter ( Outstanding Upscale Disposable Income Demos), The Next Artisan Market 4/7, Every Thurs. Bayview Park "Green Market", WWW.ISLANDHOUSEKEYWEST.COM
 Great Videos, Every Wed. Bingo on the US Coast Guard's Cutter "Ingham Museum", KWAHS & TSKW have Many Events-Classes & Exhibitions, The Custom House Next Large Exhibition has Reception 4/19 "You Don't Know Dick : Richard Matson Earlier Work" Up until 7/7, Salt Island Provisions Gallery's Next : 4/4 with Norbert Szilagyi, The TDC Just Published their April On-Line Campaign inc. "Keys Traveler" and we have the Links, Vendors Wanted for KWBG " KW Pride Street Fair" June 8 + Next Luncheon 4/3 Marriott Beachside & Next Mixer 4/10 at 801 Bourbon St. Club, Many Events at the Key West Library,

CFFK 2019 "Partners in Paradise" 4/5 at TWT, KW Library "Author Talk" 4/13 Michael Carroll + Free Computer Classes ( Windows OS 10), FKSPCA, KWAHS & AnnaMarie Giordano Every Tues. at Fort East Martello Gardens / Museum "Life Drawing Workshop" (Additional Models Considered), KWAHS Presents The Honorable Candido Croeis "The Spanish Presence in the Florida Keys 1512-1828 at San Carlos, Artists in Paradise Gallery in Big Pine Celebrates 25 Years 4/14, "Slow Flow Yoga" by Cricket Desmarais, Happy Hour with the Historian Series at BottleCap 4/10 Cori Convertito PHD "The Navy in Key West", "Underwater" Two : 1 Act Plays from the Earlier Works of Tennessee Williams on 3/31 & 4/1 Dir. by Stephen Kitsakos at TSKW, Vintners Dinner 4/14 & 15,  MOTE License Plates, Wyland Gallery of KW, Tropic Cinema  " In Back of 4 Real" Photographic Exhibition by Stuart Davis, Aids Help CC, Books and Books and KW Library Literary Events, Florida Health Monroe, Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Gardens "Migration Mania" Family Fun 4/6, Easter Egg Hunt 4/6 at The Truman Little White House. Enjoy & Thanks for Reading ; Ed

 This is a Pretty Large Issue ;  As my regular readers Know : You Can Stop and Start Reading or Check out the Many Links by Simply Re-Opening the E-mail.

The April 8th. Issue may be very short due to traveling and may not have any Additional Event Info. & May Have Mostly Photo Features OR I will not sleep ALL Week and do a Regular Issue.


Part 1 of 2 The 2019 Key West Art Center's Plain Air Exhibition / Competition & Sale
 WWW.KEYWESTARTCENTER.COM 301 Front St. 305-294-1241

Skipper Kripitz Everywhere

Katherine Arnold

Fran Decker

Margo Ellis
More Plein Air in the April 8th. Issue ( My Notes on this Event was not Available for this Issue) So will wait until April 8th. When I have my Notes to Give The Titles

 305-296-0458 533 Eaton St.
Diana Nyad

The Courage to Fail
An Evening of Storytelling with Diana Nyad
WED APR 3, 2019, 7PM
$60 Preferred, $44, 35 mbrs.

Famed long distance swimmer Diana Nyad captured the heart of Key West in 2013 when she emerged on Smathers Beach, having completed her historic swim from Cuba to the US, Havana to Key West. As an athlete, author, former sports broadcaster, and fitness icon, Nyad's life reads like a riveting collection of stories. The Courage to Fail gives audience members the opportunity to absorb the tales of an incredible public figure in an intimate setting.

Sponsored by Seven Seas Restaurant
This Issue has a few additional TSKW Sections 

Pt. 1 of 2 : Photo Feature from the Annual House Party Thrown by Co-Founders and Curators of the Tennessee Williams Exhibit Museum at Dennis Beaver & Bert Whitt's House

More Tennessee Williams Annual Birthday Celebration at Dennis & Berts House Up Shortly

Pt. 4 : The 2019 Anne McKee Artists Fund Auction was the Best Ever.
  Go to Part 1 March 11 & Pt. 2 3/18 Pt. 3 3/25

More Anne McKee 2019 Artists Fund Fine Art Auction Photos Up Shortly

Pt. 2 of 4

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 2 of 4 ; with the next 2 Issues Featuring More of Her Brilliant Photographs along with Verbiage on Her Famous Post Production Techniques. 

"Lily : Divine & Pure" by Anna Sweet Gallery.  Introducing the Second Image of a New Series Shot in Kona Hawaii. Lili is Beautiful in Elegant Form & Color. This piece is a Part of a Limited Edition of Fifty & Available in three varying Sizes : 20 X 20, 30 X 30, & 40 X 40.  Metallic C Print Mounted to Aluminum & Overlaid with US Resin, Minerals, Diamond Dust & Glow Pigment. Available for Purchase in Gallery

"Celine : Divine" by Anna Sweet Gallery. Divine Introduces the Whimsical "Celine". A Lenticular Photograph that Transforms as You Move to Appreciate Her Striking & Subtle Beauty. This Piece is a Part of Limited Edition of Twenty-Five & Available in 35 X 23.7 and 48 X 36. Available for Purchase in Gallery.

Introducing "Liquid" A line of Photo Realistic Aerial Scenes by Anna Sweet. Inspired by the Many Beaches Sweet has Scouted Throughout Her Years of Shooting Underwater. The Original Works are Created by Mixing Resin + A Combination of Acrylic Pigments and Minerals. The Colors are manipulated & Spread Across Wooden Art Panels Producing Effects of Lacing & Webbing to Mimic The Serenity & Life of the Ocean. Each Piece is Layered with Levels of Color and Translucent Resin Providing the Viewer with a Stunning Three Dimensional Representation of the Sea from Above. Custom Shapes , Sizes, & Surfboard are Available.

Pt. 3 Anna Sweet in the April 8th. Issue

by Alyson Crean

The iconic lights on the Strand Theater on Duval Street will soon be restored, thanks to the efforts of Key West city staff members Enid Torregrosa and Kelly Perkins from HARC and
Jim Young of Code Enforcement; Joana Pierce from Walgreen's; and Kevin Lancaster from Southernmost Signs.

Since replacing the original handblown neon lights was not possible, alternatives were researched and look-alike LED lights will be installed instead. 
Mayor Teri Johnston is thrilled, saying "I consider this repair an important step towards our overall goal of upgrading Duval Street. I'm very excited to get this fixed."

The City of Key West has completed work associated with a $10,000 grant provided by the Florida Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program.
The goal of the grant was to complete mapping of City owned streets, parks, and greenspace areas. Using the awarded money, the City hired E-Sciences, Inc., an environmental, engineering, and ecological consulting firm from Ft. Lauderdale, to GPS inventory the City owned parks and greenspaces.  There were 1,624 trees in 26 parks and greenspaces inventoried. Information including location, species, size and health of trees was also collected. 
E-Sciences reported that the parks and greenspace areas included a significant diversity of tree species with an equal amount of palms and dicot trees represented. The most commonly observed issues with the dicot trees were related to structural issues and discolored fronds were noted as the most common issue with palm fronds possibly related to nutrient or insect issues.
The Urban Forester for the City of Key West, Karen DeMaria, will present the findings of the report at the March 11, 2019, Tree Commission meeting. Funding for this project was provided by the USDA Forest Service through the Florida Forest Service's Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program.
Ambassador Academy graduates Meridyth McIntosh, Parlin Meyer, Mary Brady, Fran Decker and Brad Gottschalk will be singing in the Keys Choral Arts Spring Concert, and would like to invite you to attend.
Sunday, April 7, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT)
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
401 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040

Our Good friend & Contributing Editor Carol Tedesco sends this Info. & Photo She Took

For the third year in a row the Lily Pulitzer boutique on Front Street has donated 10% of one day's sales to A Positive Step Monroe County, which has been serving Monroe County's highest risk kids and their families since 1999. On Saturday, March 23, APSMC's founder Billy Davis welcomed shoppers to Lily P's and explained APSMC's programs. More than $3000 was raised during Saturday's event, which will help fund the APSMC's Idle Hands Summer Youth Employment program, which is partially supported by and run in partnership with the City of Key West. For more information on APSMC and its programs contact APSMC founder Billy Davis at or visit

 A Few Features Down is a VERY Interesting Feature with Photos that Carol Tedesco sent about Manuel Cabeza an Honored WW1 Vet that was killed by the KKK and the Memorial Service Held this Year by the City


 WWW.KEYWESTORCHIDSOCIETY.ORG We had a 2 Part Feature on their 2019 Orchid Fair ; Here are the Links to the Issues 

We Start Week 1 of Amazing Photos

A Hotel in the Netherlands

Under the IceBerg 

Sheep going Through San Baldo Pass Italy

Maple Ridge Japan

Doorway to Heaven
Part 2 of "Interesting Photos" in the April 8th Issue

825 White St. 305-294-0609

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

"Untitled" by Helen Harrison

Mark Lindquist's "Dust Bowl


Fringe Theater takes flight with its upcoming presentation of Air Heart. The production, written and performed by aerial actor Mara Neimanis, is based on the life and flight of Amelia Earhart. Audience and performer will share the stage of the Tennessee Williams Theater for this unique (and very Fringe-y) production to be presented, April 9 through 11 at 7pm. 
Who is Amelia Earhart?
She was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, the first woman to fly above 14,000 feet, and the first person ever to fly solo from Hawaii to the US mainland. In 1932, she became the first woman awarded by Congress the Distinguished Flying Cross for "heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight." 
In 1937, Amelia Earhart's plane disappeared. What happened? 
Mara Neimanis envisions an answer in her thrilling and beautiful production ofAir Heart. She combines theater and aerial performance to tell the story of a woman determined to get by on her own merits and determined to stay in the air.Air Heart, which was developed in collaboration with director Bryce Butler and sculptor Tim Scofield, takes place on, above, under, and around a spinning 13 foot steel airplane.  
Mara is a protégé of aerial pioneer, Terry Sendgraff. She trained at the San Francisco School of Circus Arts and the New England Circus Center. She was an instructor and company member with Dell'Arte International in California and has collaborated with a variety of national and international theater companies. Mara came to Key West for an Artist in Residence program with The Studios of Key West. She moved to Key West soon after! 
"I use aerial work as a storytelling device," she says. "The story of Amelia Earhart is a story of falling and flying, of taking risks and getting lost, but always from a place of heart and courage rather than threat or fear." 

Air Heart runs April 9-11 at 7pm On Stage at the Tennessee Williams Theater, located at 5901 College Road. Tickets are $35 general admission and $45 reserved seating. Tickets are available online at www.fringetheater.orgor by calling 305-731-0581.


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

Here are a Few Photos of the MasterWorks III a Few Weeks Ago Featuring World Renown Classic Concert Pianist Svetlana Smolina

More of The South Florida Symphony Orchestra & Svetlana Smolina Performing at The Tennessee Williams Theater (Masterworks III) ; Up Shortly


Artists in Paradise Celebrates Twenty Fine Years
When a few friends came together calling themselves artists in paradise to temporarily show their art work in a vacant store front, they could not know that they would begin a successful art gallery still thriving twenty five years later.
Success followed as the art friends formally created Artists in Paradise Gallery with 19 founding members. A unique feature of cooperative middle Keys gallery is member involvement in all aspects of running the business.
 All are invited to attend as Artists in Paradise hosts a twenty five year anniversary party to celebrate this landmark event with a brunch, Sunday, April 14 from 11am to 1pm at the gallery in the Winn Dixie Plaza on Big Pine Key.
From the original 19 members to almost 40 artists now, the gallery features oil, acrylic encaustic and watercolor painters plus a broad array of jewelry, pottery, weavers and sculpture with the focus still on fine art. Throughout the years and through many hurricanes, the gallery has survived and thrived. Long-time supporters of the gallery see the many positive changes; the addition of evening classes, visiting artists in the front windows and nearly weekly receptions in season.
Gallery members credit their longevity to community involvement. Artists in Paradise Gallery prides itself on inclusiveness inviting the Paradise Quilters, area schoolchildren and Florida Keys Council of the Arts Mosaic Project among many others to exhibit at the gallery. To discover events and classes, check the Artists in Paradise Facebook page.
Artists in Paradise Gallery is still in its original location on Big Pine Key in the Winn Dixie Plaza. For further information about the Twenty Five Year Anniversary Brunch or other gallery functions, call 305-872-1828 or check the Facebook page.


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


KWAHS AND AnnaMarie Giordano Presents "Life Drawing Workshops" Every Tuesday at Fort East Martello Museum 11a-2pm . 
 $25 for 3 hours. Any  609-884-3474
Model Positions Available


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

Florida Keys Community College continues its VIP Series with "Invisible Island: Key West and the K.K.K."  The presentation, led by Arlo Haskell, award-winning author and historian, is on Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. in the Tennessee Williams Theatre on the Key West Campus


WWW.LUCKYSTREETGALLERY.COM 408 Greene Street 305-294-3973  Opened a Large Group Exhibition Last Week; Must See.

Would Works. An group exhibition exploring the various depths and meaning behind the simple past tense and past participle of will.
This exhibition includes works by gallery artists John Martini, Susan Sugar, Michael Haykin, Rebecca Bennett, Seth Smith, AD Tinkham, Carol Munder, Jim Toia and more....Featuring selected works by Charles "Jupiter" Hamilton, Sally Wernicoff, Carlo Mejia and Richard Kemble. 


Mike Is closing Out his Current Exhibition ; and by the time the April 1st Issue is out ; it may be over ; here are the Links to the last two issues ; showing just a few of his works from Various Times.

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

Everyone's Good Friends Tom & Kathy Buckhard send regards and this info.. As many of you know the huge BIENNAL DE LA HABANA ART FESTIVAL is taking place in Cuba from April 12 through May 12th,.  If you own a boat here is a great opportunity to see beautiful art, visit a beautiful country and go the Cuba LEGALLY . The Conch Republic Cup is a fun sailboat race from Key West to Havana, Cuba.  Power boaters are welcome to come along.  The price is very reasonable.  If interested see the flyer below and contact Karen at
The Next Havana Biennial April 12-May 12 with Legal Visits Orchestrated by Key West Cuban Artist Guru Nance Frank with Renown Cuban Artists-Parties & Exhibits. The April 8th. Issue will have many Images.

The Honorable Cándido Creis, Consul General of Spain in Miami for Florida, to present on "The Spanish Presence in Florida from 1512 to 1821" at the San Carlos Institute
On Thursday, April 11, 2019, from 6:00-7:00pm, Key West Art & Historical Society presents the Honorable Cándido Creis, Consul General of Spain in Miami for Florida, who will discuss "The Spanish Presence in Florida from 1512 to 1821" at the San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street, Key West.
Cándido Creis, a career diplomat who has held numerous distinguished positions in the Spanish Foreign Office, will explain the establishment of Spanish La Florida in 1513 after the arrival of Ponce de Leon, the years when Florida was a territory of the Kingdom of Spain, and the impact of that heritage today.
Distinguished Speaker Series presentation tickets are $5 for KWAHS members, $10 for non-members, and are available at, click "tickets." Early ticket purchase is recommended.  
For more information, contact Society Director of Education Kristina Callaway at 305-295-6616 x 115 or at  Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.

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. 8 OF 8 "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

"Tell Her That I Think About Her, Even If She Does Not Think of Me" by Maria Sanchez 18 X 15 Oil on Canvas

"Noche Social" / Social Nights" by Andres Conde 30 X 22 Oil & 23K Gold Leaf on Canvas

"Untitled" by Jorge Santos Mixed Media on Canvas
"Personaje / Personage" by Vincent Dopico 50 X 40 Mixed Media on Canvas

HERE IS A REAL TREAT ; This Painting (Below) was on the Cover of this Magazine a few weeks ago ; I met the Artist and Model at the Extremely Packed Reception ; Photos of them Up Shortly in this Issue

"Confidence II" by Sandra Rodriguez and Emmanuel Diaz

More Visions of Cuba Shortly

Here is the Complete March E-Newsletter Link
and here 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

This is an amazing Gallery . The Iconic Photograph Collection is Brilliant and the Art Mostly by A List Celebs : Like Rolling Stones Ronnie Wood is so Interesting.  The Baby Boomers Like Myself will enjoy seeing what we grew up with ; and the Under 40s will be Treated to New Visions.  James and Jason the Managers and Photographic / Art Historians are so nice James and Jason ; and Love Chatting with the Locals and Visitors and certainly Never any Pressure to Purchase.  The Owner Don Oriolo is an Iconic Artist that has Secured the Rights to Most of the Cartoon Figures as well as his own Creations.

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

" Rebel "  

In this image Marcenivo is simply encouraging you to be a leader and not a follower. Rebel " is the 3rd image in the " Outcast " series ....  

22 x 27 Paper Giclee
Edition size: AP 52 - SN 225
Measures approx. 32" x 38" framed.
Hand signed by the artist, Fabio Napoleoni.

We have Artist Proof Edition 47/52Only one available 
as the Artist Proof edition is sold out! We also have signed and numbered edition 55/225.  Artist Proof Edition is gallery priced at only $995 framed and shipped within the continental US. Signed and Numbered Edition is gallery priced at only $795 framed and shipped within the continental US.© F.Napoleoni Artworks

Fabio Napoleoni
What the heart wants and the heart needs can be found in a FabioNapoleoni painting. Nostalga, sorrow and moments that lift the soul are all there for the world to see and experience along with him.  If you are interested in adding Rebel to your collection, please call me at 305.294.8925 or email me at 
The colors and captivating characters invite you into an emotional ride that is welcomed by the mind and the heart. Simple landscapes set the stage to the value of emotional attachment that can be compared to no other. Influences from some of this century's greatest artists are hard to find in his pieces, but are drenched deep in the fabric of what puts a Napoleoni painting together


Now we continue with MasterWorks III from the South Florida Symphony Orchestra with Special Guest the World Renown Russian Concert Pianist Svetlana Smolina

Up Shortly More from The South Florida Symphony Orchestra & Svetlana Smolina

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Our beloved Fastbuck Freddies is no longer, it still however lives on in our hearts. Due to the persistence of Tony Falcone, the philanthropy of CVS and the dedication of the Florida Council of the Arts, the corner windows have been dedicated indefinitely, to the artists of the keys. Located at 500 Duval St, crossed by Fleming Street you will find the work of a Dynamic Trio; Elizabeth Devries,  Karen & Jimmy Wray.
The show will hang thru April 6th!
Wood Work from 100 YO Shutters

Stock Island Tours & Studio Walk April 13 11a-4pm
3 - Stock Yard Studios - Soul House, Damon Designs, Pamela Kostmayer, Perry Arnold, Isabelle & George
4 - Collections Gallery - jewelry, sculpture, paintings, woodcrafts & antiques
5 - ShipWright Artisan - wood turnings & furnishings, paintings by Tommy Avery & Mally Weaver

7 - Washed Up / Made by Soto - wood art & fine jewelry

Collections, Key West - Special Showings:

Greater Goods Market - March 31st 11-4
(many vendors, just down the dock from Hogfish)
Stock Island Studio Walk - April 13th 11-4
(many artists, different studio locations)


Pt. 8 "Visions of Cuba"


Below in the Middle is the Curator of the Exhibition Alaen Ledesma Fernandez and to the right is the Artist and Model for the Painting
Below with Martha Resk of the Florida Keys Council of the Arts

"La Nina De Perela / The Pearl Girl" by Noel Dobarganes (Recreating the Master Series)  78 X 56 Oil on Canvas
"Apprendiendo A Volar : Learning to Fly" by Jesus Nordarce  47 X 35 Mixed Media on Canvas

WELL THAT'S IT FOR OUR 8 PART SERIES "VISIONS OF CUBA" I believe the Exhibit by the Florida Keys Council of the Arts ; Curated by Alaen Ledesma Fernandez will be up for a few more weeks Featuring over 80 Works from about 50 Cuban Artists. Next Up for Gato is "The Connections Project"

 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.  

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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 the 2019 Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration at Dennis & Bert's House

The April 8th. Issue will have Part 2

Here is a Really Interesting Feature that Contributing Editor Carol Tedesco did on Manuel Cabeza : A WWI Hero that was Killed by the KKK. He Was Honored a few Weeks Ago.

A KWPD and MCSO honor color guard stands at attention during a memorial service held at the City Cemetery on Saturday to honor World War I war hero Manuel Cabeza. Twenty-two of Cabeza's relatives from across the country joined City officials, local historians and some 50 attendees for an hour long service that, in City Commissioner Samuel Kaufman's words, served as 'a day of atonement' for the island-born man who was murdered by Ku Klux Klan members on Christmas morning of 1921 for the 'crime' of loving Angela, a woman of color whose last name still remains to be discovered.

Left to right, Key West Mayor Teri Johnston, Commissioners Clayton Lopez, Samuel Kaufman, and Gregory Davila, and Deacon Marvin Hunt stand as Wes Dudley, second from left, plays Silent Night during a memorial service held at the City Cemetery on Saturday to honor World War I war hero Manuel Cabeza.

Mayor Teri Johnston places a rose on a newly installed grave marker, underwritten by the Department of Veterans Affairs for Manuel Cabeza, which can be found in the Seventh Avenue area of the City Cemetery.

April 7 Ocean Awareness Edition


First Thursday Exhibitions & Reception April 4 6-8 PM and will be up 4/4-25; and don't forget about Artisans on the Porch : Pot Luck ( Last Wed. of Every Month) Very entertaining the casual hang with the Resident Artists for that month 4/24.

Click TSKW E-Mail Newsletter Link for the Complete Campaign as well as additional Links for Info..

"First Thursday" Will Have these 4 New Exhibitions at TSKW


(Bottom-L) The rules of the show are simple - nothing more than 10" in any direction - but the possibilities are endless. Since 2005, Lemonade Stand's annual Small Works Show has become one of the most anticipated exhibitions on the island. Sponsored by Jane Gardner Interiors


(Bottom-R) 10,000 Memories Deep consists of mixed media images that, like dreams, are fragmented yet connected, familiar yet uncertain. In Esposito's work, past meets present, form and color traverse time, and personal narratives prevail. Sponsored by Key TV


(Top-L) Stories are at the heart of Brenda Zlamany's project, The Itinerant Portraitist, which is an ongoing, multiyear project in which she explores the constructive effects of portraiture in communities around the globe. This chapter of her project, "100 + 1: Portraits in Key West" features familiar Key West faces captured in photographs and watercolors created during her residency at The Studios in January 2019. Sponsored by Historic Key West Inns


(Top-R) A true artist of the Keys, Kerry Hoeppner is known for his ability to turn palm fronds, coconuts and other natural bits into whimsical sculptural creations. "My art shows people what can be made from nature's debris, from Einstein's bust to a bumblebee. It stirs imaginations and entertains," Hoeppner says. Supported by Anne McKee Artists Fund. Sponsored by KilwinsWWW.MCKEEFUND.ORG
More from TSKW Up Shortly

Author Robert Coburn Sends regards and tells us :
Show some love for a few furry friends and buy a book for them. The Bow-wow Meow Book Signing takes place on Tuesday, April 16, at Andrews Inn from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. All proceeds donated to the Key West SPCA. Local authors include Reef Perkins and Rusty Hodgdon. Author Robert Coburn is flying in from California to be there. Andrews Inn is secluded at the end of Whalton Lane which is off Duval Street in the 900 block. Hint: it's right behind the Hemingway House. Owners Mike and Albena Dana are hosting the event and food and drinks will be served. Drop by and meet the writers. Buy a book and make a future pet happy. Good boy! for any additional Info. 305-294-7730. Address for this Event at the Andrews Inn is 0 Whalton Lane

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"Our Town" at Frangipani Friday April 5

Frangipani Gallery is pleased to present new Plein Air paintings by Karen Beauprie and Fran Decker at the First Friday Art Stroll on Upper Duval Friday April 5, 6-8 PM at 1102 Duval.  Lainie Davia and Helen Rebane will also feature Atocha coins,new jewelry and fused glass.  Show runs through April 30. 


Karen Beauprie is known for her en Plein Air watercolor paintings that capture the scenes around Key West and Stock Island.  Look for her dog Tucker in the paintings, which feature boats, beaches and bars.

Fran Decker has a series of sunrise paintings based on her morning bike rides and some sunsets from her travels.

Lainie Davia will be bringing her beautifully mounted shipwreck coins and is offering a special one night discount of 25%. Below Silver on Enamel

Helen Rebane has new jewelry and fused glass plates from recycled bottles in blue and green hues.


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.

 WWW.SALTISLANDPROVISIONS.COM 830 Fleming St. 305-896-2980. 
Norbert Szilagyi returns to art scene at SALT
            After a long hiatus from the art world, much-beloved Key West folk artist Norbert Szilagyi will make his triumphant return to the gallery scene this month. For the month of April, SALT Gallery (830 Fleming St.) will feature a new collection of Szilagyi's vivid acrylic paintings, entitled "Folk on the Border." To celebrate Szilagyi's triumphant artistic reemergence after so many years, SALT will be hosting an opening reception at the gallery from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 4.
As a child, Szilagyi immigrated to the U.S. with his family after escaping their native Hungary during a revolution attempt. He grew up in Ohio, served in the U.S. Navy and subsequently returned to Ohio to attend Kent State University.
In 1987, Szilagyi found his way to Key West and settled here to start creating art, where he became a disruptive force in the art scene in more ways than one. Driven by the lack of art in public places in Key West, Szilagyi took it upon himself to paint a city bus bench in his typical colorful style. To thank him for his service, the city issued him a police citation for vandalism, which was promptly rescinded and followed up with a request to paint more benches.


Part 4
More of the 2019 Anne McKee Artists Fund Auction

More Anne McKee Up Shortly

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


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.


We Now Continue with Part 1 of 2 The South Florida Symphony Orchestra with Special Guest Svetlana Smolina performing MasterWorks III. 

The April 8th. Issue will have the South Florida Symphony Orchestra and Svetlana Smolina Performing at the Broward Performance Center in Ft. Lauderdale


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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 
Dance Key West presents fourth ReMARCable Dance Project at The Studios of Key West on April 6
Dance Key West, the non-for-profit dance company founded and directed by Key West performer Kyla Piscopink in 2008, presents a very special afternoon of dance on April 6 at 4:00pm at The Studios of Key West with the fourth installation of The ReMARCable Dance Project, entitled "Heroes," featuring inspiring stories of unlikely heroes narrated by Steve Burns from Blue's Clues, clients from MARC-Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens, a Key West non-profit serving adults with who have developmental disabilities, and Dance Key West.
"The ReMARCable Dance Project helps MARC clients improve coordination, participate in mild physical activity, and provide an opportunity for socialization while learning the art of dance," says Piscopink. "They end up guiding us just as much -if not more- as we guide them, offering everyone involved palpable moments of awe where their uninhibited joy and willingness to go deep reminds us what it is really all for. It's a win-win for all involved."
Outreach programs are integral to Dance Key West's development as both dancers and community members, says Piscopink, and they are committed to sharing the joy of movement by guiding members of the island's  underserved populations to discover and express their own creativity and physicality through dance and dance-making, specifically those who may not typically be afforded opportunities to discover the art of dance.  
Other outreach programming includes weekly dance and technique classes free of charge for students of the Bahama Village Music Program and the launch of Autism Movement Therapy- a movement class that supports children on the autism spectrum. 
Dance Key West recently launched a new partnership with Key West Theater and are housed in the theater's second-floor studio space, where they rehearse and offer innovative dance workshops developed to make movement accessible and fun for all levels of experience.
For more information about the company or its programs and performances or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit or email Kyla at
Dance Key West Artistic Director Kyla Piscopink dances with Kelsey Schuetzler from Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens during last year's ReMarcable Dance Project.  This year's performance takes place Saturday, April 6 at 4:00pm at The Studios of Key West. 

5525 College Rd. 305-296-2424

ENCORE FEATURE + New One to Follow
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.

Sue Harrison has been sending us Great Material Year round from the MCSO; She tells Us :
As a MARC Board member, Sheriff Ramsay attended The ReMARCable Mattheessen's Ice Cream and Fresh Fruit Social on Saturday.  Thanks to KWPD Police Chief Sean Brandenburg and County Commissioner Heather Carruthers for bringing their families and supporting the Marc House.


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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, April 9th @ 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, Joe Dallas, Jr.  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 April 9th, at Virgilio's, 524 Duval (rear). Call 296-1075 for more info. 

Megan Clay with Skippo Below

Above Rob DiStasi Below  Chris Buchard

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.  

At the Little Room, [821 Duval], the CRZBs Consort trio, will appear on Wednesday April 10th,  @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,  Tim McAlpine on fretless Gaudin 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




 April 4th-The Beach Boys @Sunset Green Event Lawn- Doors 6:00PM/Show 7:30PM,    April 6th-The Revivalists @Key West Amphitheater- Doors 5:00PM/Show 6:30PM,   April 7th-Songwriters Speakeasy Series: Clint Bullard, Gabriel Wright, Jack Wolf- Show 7pm/Doors 6:30pm,   April 12th-Local Spotlight: Les Greene & River Seine of The Swayzees-Show 8pm/Doors 7pm, April 14 Richard Marx 8pm,     April 16th -Edwin McCain -Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,       April 19th -The Psychedelic Furs -Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,       April 20th -Local Spotlight: Tony Roberts in the Back Stage Listening Room-Show 7pm/Doors 6:30pm.   April 22nd -49th Earth Day with That Hippie Band-Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,     April 27th -Nashville Songwriters In The Round: Rob Hatch, Paul Jenkins, Justin Wilson-Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,       May 2nd-Martin Barre Celebrates 50 Years of Jethro Tull-Show 8pm/ Doors 7pm,       May 3rd -Off The Record with Britt Myers featuring Terri White, Bill Muehlhauser & Qmitch Jones-Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,   May 5th-Songwriters Speakeasy Series: Cliff Cody, Dora Gholson & Tony Baltimore- Show 7pm/Doors 6:30pm,       May 12th-Local Spotlight: Joal Rush-Show 7pm/Doors 6:30pm,     May 19th -Songwriters Speakeasy Series: On The Big Stage! -Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,    May 24th -David Crosby & Friends: Sky Trails Tour 2019 -Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,   May 25th -Key West Blues Festival Presented by Joel Barrios-Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,     June 7th -Key West Business Guild Presents Key West PRIDE: Steve Grand-Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,     June 9th -Slightly Stoopid: How I Spent My Summer Vacation Tour 2019 @Key West Amphitheater at Truman Waterfront- Doors 3:30PM/Show 4:30PM,     June 20th - Brian Imbus: Miracles of the Mind , Mentalist- Show 8:00PM/Doors 7:00PM,   August 17th -Havana Nights-Show 8pm/Doors 7pm

Go to their website and Facebook Page for any Updates ; Of course their staff tries really hard to keep The Keys Blast & Friends Up to Date

Festive community Celebration April 5th at TWT 5:30-7:30p
Outstanding Individuals : Dennis & Bert Whitt
Community Service Award : Habitat for Humanity KW & Lower Keys
Outstanding Business KW Marriott Beachside Hotel
Read above link for details

Our Weekly Feature from Executive Contributing Editor Peter Arnow "Photos of the Week" 

(Bottom-L) Anne Barnett and Teresa Wallace of the Southernmost Assistance League are joined by Centennial Bank's Jacqueline Luhta and Chef Ray Lamy at the Hot Dog Tent fundraiser at the bank's Whitehead Street Branch. Photo by Pete Arnow.
(Bottom-R) Michael Mulligan, Michael Robinson, and Eric Haley (and band) took the audience through a musical journey of the 60s during a performance at the Tennessee Williams Cabaret Theatre. Photo by Pete Arnow.

(Top-L) Friends of Wesley House gathered at the SideBar to raise money for their annual Royal Family of the Conch Republic fundraiser. Photo by Pete Arnow.
(Bottom-R) Edie Hambright and Julia Davis celebrate their fifth anniversary of being legally married to each other at the Tennessee Williams Theatre. Photo by Pete Arnow.


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The "Sante Fe Six" Exhibition Just came down.
To View the Works from ALL 6 Artisans from Part 1; click the March 18th Entire Issue Link and Part 2 Click

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

More Anne McKee Up Shortly 


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The  Fiabane-Calivas & Mueller's Exhibition at GingerBread Square Gallery may have Just Closed ; or perhaps on for a few more weeks. Go to the Gildea Section a few Up to click the Links to see a few of the works from this Exhibition

WWW.FLA-KEYS.COM The Tourist Development Council (TDC) does a Great Job in Producing their Monthly E-Mail Campaigns which include their Monthly "Keys Traveler" Hit the website URL as well as the TRAVELER Link to Bring this Information RIGHT NOW to You

America's Top Songwriters to Perform the 24th Annual Songwriters Festival May 8-12

Connect and Protect ; One of the Many Features that TDC insert in their materials to help with Conservation of The Keys

Islamorada's 28th. Annual Florida Keys Island Fest
Make sure to check out ALL the TDC Materials ; which Include Photo Galleries, Video, and Extensive Events and Information Materials

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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
The Key West Library at 700 Fleming Street is offering free workshops on Windows 10 Laptop Basics every Thursday morning at 10 AM and Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM in April. Each class can hold 10 students, and registration is required. Call to reserve your spot today! 305-292-3595.


Author Michael Carroll will discuss his new short story collection, "Stella Maris: And Other Key West Stories," on Saturday April 13 at 6:00pm, at the Key West Public Library, 700 Fleming St. Carroll's debut story collection, "Little Reef," won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was shortlisted for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction. Originally from Florida, he is married to writer Edmund White and lives in New York City. Free and open to the public. Seating is limited.  For more information, contact the library at 305-292-3595. 


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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 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
Monday, April 8, James King, III, 5-7pm, Tuesday, April 9, WINE CLASS! 6-7:30 pm RSVP 305-294-2661, Wednesday, April 10, Megan Clay, 5-7pm, Thursday, April11, Jimmy Olson, 5-7pm, Friday, April 12, Jimmy Olson, 5-7pm, Saturday, April 13, Jimmy Olson, 5-7pm, Sunday, April 14, Jazz In The Gardens!  Scott Marischen & Friends, 5:30-8 pm


 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.


People eager to savor the flavors of the multifaceted Florida Keys can do so at the 24th annual 'Taste of Key West', a tempting tasting set for 6-9 p.m. Monday, April 15. The eclectic feast takes place at Mallory Square, the waterfront home of Key West's world-renowned nightly Sunset Celebration.  Foodies can stroll edibles and drinkables, including seafood, tropical and Caribbean flavors, European dishes and desserts and buy tickets based upon what looks best. Restaurants and food vendors from across the Lower Keys and Key West donate their staffs' time and extraordinary culinary talents to create delectable small plates. A selection of wines from across the globe are provided by Republic National Distributing Company.  A vast selection of beers is also offered. In addition, a kids' zone is planned to entertain young attendees.
 General admission is free. Food/beverage tickets and packages are now available for purchase at There, for $25, you can obtain a foodie voucher to be redeemed for a collectible, imprinted wine or print glass and $20 infood/beverage tickets. Other specially-priced packages are also available, including Date Night and Company options. Money raised helps benefit The SMART Ride 16, the mid-November bike ride from Mimi to Key West that annually benefits participating Florida Agencies who specialize in healthcare and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. This year's Agencies include AH, Pridelines, Broward House, Children's Diagnostic and Treatment Center, Metro Wellness and Community Centers, Miracle of Love, Inc. and Compass Community Center.
The night prior, the Vintners Dinner at Café Sole, 1029 Southard Street, from 6 pm - 10 pm, will uncork a different kind of "passport to the palate," AH Executive Director Scott Pridgen notes. Participating chefs include David Fuhrman and John Correa; dessert will be presented by Lori Shubert of Cupcake Sushi. There will be of course, flowing grape, too. Wine representatives and winemakers from some of the top wineries and vineyards will be on-hand to pour and discuss their best labels in-depth. Tickets, at $125-per, are on sale NOW by accessing
"It's 48 hours of appreciating good food and wine while spending time with friends old and new," Pridgen explains. "Great food and drink...smiles, suntans, that waterfront defines 'Taste of Key West' in every way."


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.

Click this E-Mail Campaign Link to see the Entire Great Newsletter MARCH26LINK

Mote battles unprecedented threat to Florida's coral reefs

New research results, expanded restoration efforts target stony coral tissue loss outbreak

Ocean enthusiasts, eco­travelers and families can revel for the reefs at Mote's Ocean Fest: A Community Celebration from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Truman Waterfront Park in Key West.
Come for the great food, music, shopping and games; stay and learn from conservation and environmental exhibitors, including Mote scientists. Proceeds and donations from the festival support Mote's coral reef restoration and research programs.

Can't attend but want to help? Purchase the Protect Our Reefs license plate for Florida drivers: WWW.MOTEREEFPLATE.COM .
 For each plate sold, Mote's Protect Our Reefs program receives a direct $25 donation that goes straight to the restoration and research of coral reefs. I have Mine that Recently replaced Save The Courga .


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

Here is the Menu Link 


TSKW ------------------------- TSKW

 "Artists on the Deck" Pot Luck Networking Casual Event : Last Wed. of Every Month. ( next 4/24)

607 Ashe StreetThe Studios' Artist Residency Cottages


ReMARCable Dance Project
Performed by MARC clients
Choreographed by Kyla Piscopink & Dance Key West
SAT APR 6, 2019, 4PM
Donations benefit ReMARCable Dance & The Studios

The ReMARCable Dance Project combines the talents of Dance Key West and MARC, a local non-profit serving adults with developmental disabilities. The MARC clients nurture their creative voices, work on coordination and develop the courage to present their work. Join us for one of the most popular programs of the year! Sponsored by PREFERRED PROPERTIES OF KEY WEST

Below Just a Few of the Classes Available at TSKW Covering Many Categories of interest.. Here is the Link to the TSKW Website's Complete Class Schedule
Painting Boot Camp with Rick Worth Tues. April/May & June All levels, materials included. Paint along with Rick Worth and discover why he's one of the island's most beloved artists! Have fun, learn essential skills, and walk away with a brand new painting each week.
Summer Solstice with Susan Sugar Fri-Mon June 21-24: Welcome summer with this plein air class - a perennial favorite.
Sat. June 29 Workshop "It's Not all B & W with Laura Oswald Clark
Explore the many sides of charcoal for creating value and texture.

Now Accepting Poems for The Robert Frost Poetry Contest for Children and Teens..Through April 12
Sat & Sun April 27 & 28 Read, discuss and write essays exploring personal narrative with Chris Daley
Thur April 11 & Sat 4/13 Make a pendant or earrings with precious metal clay with Pat Henriques
Jan to End of May : "Slow Flow Yoga" with Cricket Desmarais in The Gallery at TSKW 


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
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 Now Continue with Part 4 of the Anne McKee Artists Fund Fine Art Auction

Check Out this Group that competed with each other for the above Painting

The Woman in Red had the Highest bid and there must have been at least 12 Bids
More of the 2019 Anne McKee Artists Fund Fine Art Auction in the April 8th. Issue (Pt.5)

The Lee Roy Reams Concert has been CXL; contact Fringe for refunds.
5/1-3 at B'Nai Zion Synagogue (750 United Street)



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. 
"Barefoot" Stanley Papio was a man whose ingenuity and spirit sparked our islands more than thirty years ago with his with a clever sense of satire, tenacity, and innovation, creating recycled metal sculptures that gained him attention and respect as one of the Florida Keys' pioneering folk artists.  He arrived in Key Largo in 1949, when the upper Keys were little more than an isolated stretch of Highway U.S. 1, and lived there contentedly for many years using his welding skills acquired in the U.S. Army during World War II for both commercial and creative purposes. Over time, his yard, piled high with old cars, washing machines, and other metal appliances surrounded by a welded bed spring fence, became a treasure trove of recyclable materials that he would transform into art.  
Unfortunately, as the area developed and the space between he and his neighbors diminished, what he saw as potential art, others simply called junk.   
"I don't have a junkyard," Papio once said. "That's all my future works out there, but you can't tell that to people with nothing in their heads.  Even when I'm done with something, they think it's just garbage because it's made out of junk." 
Despite disagreeable neighbors and the mounting pressure they imposed (which included his being jailed six  times for zoning violations), his innovative and rebellious spirit continued to evolve; Papio went on to create "satirical metal sculptures that depicted his neighbors, naysayers, and people he considered to be 'environmental rapists,'" says Key West Art & Historical Society Curator Cori Convertito.  Due to space Constraints this rather long yet extremely informative Press Release had to be edited ; perhaps their website has the missing info..

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; Click RSVP link to be connected to their website and Reserve a Seat

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



Dir. of Ops Rebecca Zehr Sends Regards and this Info.
There is Still Time to File Taxes for FREE with VITA
Florida Keys - The April 15 income tax deadline is fast approaching.  Don't pay to get your taxes done!  United Way of the Florida Keys is offering 2 FREE tax preparation options for Monroe County residents with limited incomes.  The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program assists qualified taxpayers with completion of their annual tax return, to ensure that families receive every available benefit, and MyFreeTaxes.comoffers online, easy to complete tax returns. 
VITA volunteer tax preparers are IRS-certified and prepared to complete simple tax returns, including identifying available credits for those earning less than $55,000 in 2018.  There is absolutely no charge to the taxpayer for this service. 
Residents may make a tax appointment online or by phone.  More details are available at Remaining VITA tax preparation sites are:
Marathon - 305-849-1095
Marathon Library - 3251 Overseas Highway - Mar 28; Apr 2, 9:  10 am - 2- pm
Key West - 305-849-6473
Key West Gato Building - 1100 Simonton St - Mar 27; Apr 3,10:  10 am - 2 pm
In addition to the VITA program, taxpayers earning less than $66,000 have a second free tax preparation option. makes it easy to complete taxes for free in less than an hour.  United Way partners with industry leader H&R Block to provide this service.  UWFK is pleased to offer the VITA and programs through grants from Volunteer Florida and Wells Fargo and in partnership with the IRS.  

Our Good Friend Michael Nelson One of the Executive Team Members at KW Library Tells us about the Next Upcoming Cafe Con Libros Events at 700 Fleming St. Every Tues. 10:30am Tues. April 2nd Is Edgardo Alzarado-Vazquez and Kenneth Michael. Here are some additional events for this week : 4/5 Friday Easter Egg Hunt 11am-Noon in the Palms Garden, 4/6 Sat. Book Sale 10a-1pm, April 3 Wed. at 6pm in The Palm Gardens Concert Featuring Sunny & Pearley "Great American SongBook". We should have the Complete April Schedule for ALL Events in the April 8th Issue.


Book signing
Join us from 11am to 1pm every Saturday to meet a new author.  
The Next Saturday Morning Signing 
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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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 "Invisible Island: Key West and the K.K.K."  The presentation, led by Arlo Haskell, award-winning author and historian, is on Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. in the Tennessee Williams Theatre on the Key West Campus.
During the 1920s, the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan became one of America's fastest growing social movements and a potent political force. In Key West, KKK members commanded the police department, the sheriff's office, the fire department, and the criminal courts. On the island where Cuban patriot José Martí had famously said "there are no races," Key West's representative to the state legislature now reigned as Grand Dragon of the Florida Klan, overseeing more than 100 outposts of the so-called Invisible Empire from his Eaton Street headquarters. Then, almost as quickly as it had emerged, the Klan fell into disarray, leaving a toxic legacy.
Haskell's talk will explore his efforts to unmask the century-old activities of the Klan of the Keys and uncover the complicated truth behind our "one human family."
Haskell is an award-winning author, historian, literary organizer, and publisher. He is executive director of the Key West Literary Seminar, publisher of Sand Paper Press, and author of The Jews of Key West: Smugglers, Cigar Makers, and Revolutionaries, which received the Florida Book Award's Gold Medal for Florida Nonfiction.
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
Left: Arlo Haskell, award-winning author and historian, will present "Invisible Island: Key West and the K.K.K" as part of FKCC's VIP Series on Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. in the Tennessee Williams Theatre.  Right: Historical news clipping depicting a south Florida visit from Klan Imperial Wizard.


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By Alyson Crean

 This Weeks Features were closer to the Beginning of the Issue

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