The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends March 4th, 2019
The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends
March 4th, 2019
Michael Cheval's "Cross Over The Silver Age" 24 X 36 Oil on Canvas
Bill Mack's "Curly Top Shirley Temple
Both Michael Cheval (Wyland Gallery) and Bill Mack (Key West Gallery) were in Town Last Week Visiting their Galleries where they Hang Year Round. These two are on the Short List of my Favorite Artists. More Below
World Renown Russian Concert Pianist returns with the South Florida Symphony Orchestra on 3/10 at The Tennessee Williams Theater & 3/12 at the Broward Performing Arts Ctr.. (Must See)
Coffee Mill Young Dance Collective to Perform at Tennessee Williams Theater 3/15
Jazz in the Gardens at Kate Miano's Resort The Gardens Hotel..Every Sunday at 5pm. A few Weeks ago a Brilliant Ensemble : Terri White, Joe Dallas, Marc Ross & Tim McAlpine
So Many Literary Events in Town : KWLS, The KW Library and Their Many Series ( "Author Talk", "Friends of the Library", "Cafe Con Libros"), & "Books and Books" ( Part of TSKW). These Two above are from the Key West Library (L) Rozalind Brackenbury (R) Carrie Jo Howe
Cheval at Wyland
Campbell at Frangipani
Callahan at Dog Tired
LaRance at Salt Island
In the Middle of PEAK / HIGH Season in The Keys; SO MUCH ART to SEE. These 4 Galleries + More in the March 11th. Issue.
"Paloma" Dove by Juan Moreire 34 X 34 Oil on Canvas
Part 4 "Visions of Cuba" Curated by Alean Ledesma Fernandez at The Florida Keys Council of the Arts at Gato
Our Weekly The City of KW and MCSO Features
The Next MCSO Animal Farm 3/10 & 3/24
Mario Sanchez Exhibition at Gallery on Greene "Jewish Friends & ConchTown Neighbors" 3/9-14
Photo by Carol Tedesco
"Under the Mayan Stars" by Carlos Mejia 2/21-3/21 Zabar Lobby Gallery with Reception at TSKW 3/7
The American Bombshells at the Harry S. Truman Little White House 3/28 & 29. Fairly Sure the Young Lady on the Right is the Ed Swift's Daughter
Photo by Carol Tedesco
Justin Nichols, pictured here with daughter Lydia, is a participant in the recently launched Southernmost Fatherhood Initiative program, which provides cost-free parenting skill coaching and other support services for dads. More Info. Below
The Annual FKCC Ceramic Class Presents the "Mud Pi" Dinner and Sale on March 6
Womankind & Monroe County Health are Teaming Up in March to Provide Teen Health Clinics. More Below.
Gildea Contemporary Fine Art Gallery Presents Michele Byrne & Mariyah Sultan "Juxtaposed" 2/25
One of the Many Tennessee Williams Annual Birthday Celebration Events Kicks off at The Tropic Cinema for a Month Showing Films by penned by TW. Also TW's Museum Founder's Dennis Beaver & Bert Whitt's Annual Party at their Home on 3/6. Bob Bowersox & Melody G. Moore Usually Perform Excerpts from his Works.
The Final Part of the 2019 IWFFA ( International Women's & Girls Flag Football Association) Championships in KW
Priscilla Coote Opened her "Blue Vista" Exhibition at Gallery on Greene
This Issue will be Shorter then Usual due to Time Constraints as well as Template Changes Taking Place in the next Two Weeks. Many of our weekly Features Will be Left Out. The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends Going out to 8010 Weekly. This Issue March 4, 2019 : Artists Michael Cheval & Bill Mack were in town Last Weekend, Coffee Mill Young Dance Collective at TW 3/15, Authors Rozalind Brackenbury & Carrie Jo Howe, "Books & Books"-"Authors Talk"-"Friends of the Library"-"Cafe Con Libros" (Many Literary Events ALL Year Round, Pt. 4 The Florida Keys Council of the Arts & Curator Alean Ledesma Fernandez Present at Gato "Visions of Cuba", World Renown Russian Concert Pianist Svetlana Smolina at TW 3/10 & FTL 3/12, Currently at Gallery on Greene Priscilla Coote ; Next Exhibition Mario Sanchez 3/9-14, "Under the Mayan Stars" by Carlos Mejia at TSKW 3/7, Commissioner Kaufman Meeting 3/11, Next Two MCSO Animal Farm Openings 3/10 & 24, Sheriff Ramsay & MCSO Helping The Keys, SouthernMost Fatherhood Initiative, FKCC "Mud Pi" Ceramic Department's Annual Dinner and Sale 3/6, The Key West Theater, Womankind and Monroe Co. Health Team Up for Teen Health Clinics, Gildea Contemporary Fine Art has Michelle Byrne and Mariyah Sultan, Many TW Birthday Celebration Events inc. the event that is anxiously awaited The Home Party Celebration by TW Museum Dir. & Founders Dennis Beaver & Bert Whitt 3/6, Final Pt. of (IWFFA) Woman & Girls Football (So Much Fun), WWW.FLA-KEYS.COM "Keys Traveler" Extensive On-Line Material from the Tourist Development Council (TDC)
Wk. 3 of the Mall on Duval, American Bombshells at Harry S Truman Little White House 3/28 & 29, Easter Egg Roll at The Little White House 4/6, Artisan Market Next 3/10 & 24, Roberta DePietro & Peter Arnow's Key West Playbills, Plein Air KW Celebration at The Key West Art Center 3/8 & 9, Island House Videos, Sneak Preview of our Features in the 3/11 Issue, FKSPCA Yappy Hour 3/15, KW Tropical Forest & Bot. Garden "Migration Mania" Family Fun 4/16, "Autumn in Venice : Ernest Hemingway & His Last Muse" by Author Andrea DiRobilant 3/13, Jazz in the Gardens 3/3 Peter Diamond & Friends & 3/10 Scott Marischen & Friends + This Week Photo Feature on Last Week's Jazz Ensemble Featuring Terri White-Joe Dallas-Marc Ross-Tim McAlpine, Author & Mixologist Philip Greene 3/15 at KWT (Presented by KWAHS as 1 of the Many TW Birthday Celebration Events), + "Happy Hour with the Historians" Presents Cori Convertito PHD 4/10 at BottleCap Talking about The Navy in KW, Hometown "Call for the Candidates" 4/1 at Salute,
Debra Dean Trio with Skipper Kripitz 3/8 at Little Room, TSKW has Michael Marrero's New Play "Alligator Alley" 3/5-16, The TSKW Resident Artists this Month, The Tropic Cinema's Art Gallery : Stuart Davis "In Back of Four Real", Impromptu Classical Concerts of KW on 3/3 Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein & 3/17 Amernet String Quartet, Fringe Extensive Line Up, WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM , KWBG Next Mixer 3/13 Havana Cabana Hotel & Next Luncheon 3/6 at Marriott Beachside Featuring Dennis Beaver & Heather Carruthers, Complete "Cafe Con Libros" KW Library Author Schedule + on 3/20 "History Talks" from Key West Treasure & Historian Tom Hambright + 3/22 Music in the Palms by Squirrel Hillbillies + "Holi Festival" for the Kids 3/16, Next "Books & Books" Signing and Presentation 3/9 with Cathy Salutri ""BackRoads of Paradise" & 3/16 Betty Heiser-Samuels "Last Minute to Havana" (Both Presentations Sat. Morning), "Singing the 60's" at TW 3/23 & 24 from Eric Haley-Michael Robinson & Michael Mulligan, Fla. Keys Council of the Arts "Connections Projects" City Commission Meeting to discuss Kots & The Citizen Bld., & More
To see Part 1 of this Feature ; The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Pics of some of the people that turned out Click the Feb 25th Issue Link https://conta.cc/2E7bOL3
Here is one of the latest Press Release from this Organization that is helping with the City to make this Happen. This Issue will Present Photos of Citizens Enjoying a Traffic /Noise Free Duval Street.
CDD - CENTRAL DUVAL DISTRICT500 Block to the 700 Block of Duval St Key West, FL 33040
CDD is a Business League currently comprised of businesses from the 500 600 & 700 blocks of Duval Street who are responsible for the marketing of Mall on Duval
February 21, 2019
Mall on Duval Grand Opening Was a Huge Success! About Week 2
MALL ON DUVAL WAS LOVED BY ALL
The citizens of Key West, their guests and visitors came out in full force to celebrate the inauguration of Mall on Duval during its Grand Opening weekend Feb 15, 16 and 17. Three blocks of world-famous Duval Street was transformed into a pedestrian-only mall. It was a huge success! The weather cooperated all three nights. Key West's newest radio station, Party 105.7FM, broadcasted remotely near Petronia Street and helped give away $200 to three lucky winners across three night plus 15 other gifts generously provided by the businesses of Duval Street.
The pilot program continues this weekend and every Friday and Saturday night from 5pm to 12am through April 26 & 27. That's the rest of February and all of March and April.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony kicked-off a spectacular weekend. Mayor Teri Johnston and City Commissioners Jimmy Weekley, Sam Kaufman and Mary Lou Hoover celebrated the launch of Mall on Duval. The streets were crowded but comfortable, with not a vehicle in sight. It gave everybody the opportunity to slow down and talk and enjoy the evening air, friends and new acquaintances.
There was an electricity in the air on Duval Street from Fleming to Petronia. If you were there, you felt it. If you weren't there, well.... there is always this week!
The thru streets will remain open (Fleming, Southard, Angela and Petronia) and police will begin to close down the 500, 600 & 700 portions of Duval Street starting at 4:30pm and then they will re-open those sections by 12:30am. Approximately 7 portable bathrooms will be provided each weekend, including one for the handicapped.
**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
Plein Air Key West is happening Saturday, March 9th. A kickoff celebration is scheduled on Friday, March 8th from 4PM-6PM, where celebrated artist John Clayton from Provincetown, MA, will give a demonstration and talk at the Key West Art Center, 301 Front Street, followed by a happy hour with the opportunity to preregister for the next day's paint out. Key West Art Center doors open at 8:30AM Saturday for registration-$35 per artist-$30 for members, to benefit the nonprofit Art Center. Painters choose their location and paint outdoors or en plein air. Past artworks have featured conch houses, houseboats, and iconic Key West places like Blue Heaven, Key West Lighthouse, Hemingway House depicted in watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, or coloreds pencil. Happy Hour Show and Sale for the 11th Annual Plein Air Key West will be held from 5-7PM, with music by Skipper Kripitz. This year, all attendees for the happy hour show are invited to cast a vote for their favorite painting. Prizes will be awarded accordingly. This event is free and open to all! Elizabeth Chamberlain 305.619.0802 email@example.com
SPECIAL FEATURE in the Next Few Weeks. 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.
The March 11th. Issue will have Photos from these Galleries Receptions / Painting Demonstrations. The March 11th. Issue will also have Photo Features from these other Events
WWW.WYLANDGALLERIESOFTHEFLORIDAKEYS.COM 623 Duval St. 305-292-4998 One of my Favorite Artists Michael Cheval was in town this Past Weekend at Wyland Galleries ( Where he hangs Year Round in ALL the Wyndland Galleries).
CoffeeMill's Young Dance Collective pre-professional student dance company to perform at Tennessee Williams Theater Friday, March 15
On Friday, March 15 at 8:00pm, the Young Dance Collective, CoffeeMill's pre-professional student dance company, will take the stage at Tennessee Williams Theater for "An Evening of Dance." Under the direction of the company's Artistic Director Joesph Goodman and dedicated CoffeeMill teacher/choreographers Kara Querio and Marissa Ajamian, the company will offer excerpts from the ballet "Sleeping Beauty" plus original works from their award-winning repertoire.
Now a non-profit under Merging Ideas Developing Arts (MIDA), the Young Dance Collective (YDC) is comprised of dedicated student dancers ages 9-17 that include Vivian Carper, Ryan Fossum, Madison Harding, Reese Kight, Khassidi Marsh, Anissa Nieves, Isabella Nodal, Savannah Oropeza, Alannah Shanle, Nela Sulak, Ella Toppino, Zyanya Santiago, Julia Bakalarska, and Ervin Gallo-Tumm. The company has already garnered numerous gold standard awards and scholarships at NUVO Dance Competition in Orlando, and travels to dance workshops and competitions regionally and nationally.
Led by the classically-trained ballet dancer Joseph Goodman, the selected young dancers are offered an academy-like study and discipline with a rigorous syllabus in the Russian-based Vaganova technique and rehearse six days a week for multiple performance opportunities throughout the year, including street fairs, parades, nursing homes, Fantasy Fest's Coronation and Children's Day, and March and November performances at the Tennessee Williams Theatre.
Proceeds from the upcoming Tennessee Williams Theater performance will support the company's costs of attending workshops and competitions while also affording them the chance to include additional performances throughout Key West and Monroe County and to build upon their current programming to offer new outreach programs. With their new 501c3 status, they also seek tax-deductible donations as they continue to grow in their dance education and develop their powerful company repertoire.
CoffeeMill Dance Studio, Key West's premier instructional dance studio for over 35 years, is located at 'The Annex' at 605a Simonton Street and 'By the Bay' at 3340 North Roosevelt Blvd. #2 and offers a full roster of weekly professional and recreational dance and fitness instruction.
Get your tickets for the Friday, March 15 performance at the Tennessee Williams Theater Box Office (305-295-7676) or keystix.com; tickets are $20, $25, and $30. For more information call Penny Leto at 305-296-9982 or visitcoffeemilldance.com.
Join us for this pet friendly event at Rum Row at The Gates Hotel, 3/15/19, from 5-8pm! Raffles, meet & greet shelter animals and specialty drinks to benefit the Florida Keys SPCA! Bring your pups for a tail wagging good time!
A Positive Step Monroe County Welcomes New and Experienced Dads to Southernmost Fatherhood Initiative program
A Positive Step Monroe County invites dads of all ages to participate in a cost-free program that provides parenting skill coaching and other support services for dads who want to take their parenting skills to a higher level. Called the Southernmost Fatherhood Initiative, the program consists of twelve two-hour sessions and is available to dads throughout the Florida Keys.
According to APSMC founder Billy Davis, the program, which helps dads develop new skills in parent, co-parent and child relationships, anger management, health, and substance abuse awareness among other topics, has been developed for closed groups of six to ten dads, and is "evidence based," meaning that it has been tested and validated through educational and social service organizations.
In addition to parenting-skill building, Davis says the program has also been designed to offer support in the form of introduction to 12-step programs if needed, GED referrals, OSHA training, job coaching, construction job referrals, and case management. "We are also providing pre and post program testing, so that dads can evaluate their progress from start to finish," he said.
One group has already launched in Key West, "and more will be added throughout the Keys, based on the needs of participating dads," said Davis. "A Positive Step Monroe County is committed to breaking the cycle of absentee dads, and this is partly accomplished through teaching better skills to men who might not have had a role model-or a good role model-on which to base their own parenting," he said.
A Positive Step Monroe County is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving Monroe County's highest risk kids and their families since 1999. To register for the Southernmost Fatherhood Initiative, which is funded in part by the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida, contact Billy Davis at 305-304-1969 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. A similar, though not identical, program is also available to dads currently in detention situations. For more information about A Positive Step of Monroe County and its programs visit apsmc.org.
Sheriff's Office donates truck to environmental nonprofit
Really Appreciate Sue Harrison sending The Blast ALL the Great Activities that the Women & Men (& ALL their Community Helpers) of the MCSO are involved in. Sue sends regards and Tells Us :
Sheriff Rick Ramsay presented Conch Republic Marine Army President Brian Vest and crew with a Dodge pickup truck Thursday.
The Conch Republic Marine Army nonprofit was formed by Vest and myriad others in Big Pine Key following Hurricane Irma. They tasked themselves with cleaning the waters and marine habitats of the Florida Keys. Keeping Monroe County clean and litter-free is important to Sheriff Rick Ramsay and the Sheriff's Office as deputies and employees often hold clean-ups throughout the island chain. The Conch Republic Marine Army has joined the Sheriff's Office on more than one occasion for such projects.
The Sheriff's Office previously used the pickup truck for various tasks within the community. Now the truck will help in the continued removal of the some 74 refrigerators and hundreds of thousands of pounds of paint cans, gas cans and other waste materials the Conch Republic Marine Army has lifted from Florida Keys waters since Hurricane Irma.
"The Conch Republic Marine Army shares the Sheriff's Office vision of clean and healthy neighborhoods as well as our waters," said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. "The Sheriff's Office is always happy to support the community in such ways and I know they will put this truck to good use keeping paradise clean for all of us."
Priscilla Coote gives us more of what we're craving, that sunny afternoon at the beach whenever we want it. Her large and vivid oil paintings draw us into her glorious reality of warm sun-dappled sands draped with lush palms. Our fantastical beach cottage may be in the picture, or perhaps some colorful skiffs to take us away. And always, the transparent waves lapping the shoreline, as only Priscilla can paint them.
She is known as the Water Painter of the Keys, having made the liquid that surrounds us into her own area of special study over the past two decades. She delights in portraying it in various lights, angles and depths, gladly accepting its challenges to describe its ever-shifting forms and colors with oil-based pigments on a two-dimensional surface. Many viewers say that they have the sensation of water lapping at their toes as they gaze at a Coote canvas.
Included in the show are several large studio pieces compiled from numerous studies made onsite, "en plein air". Accompanying them are some of the studies themselves, which provide a glimpse into the mind of the artist.
In addition to exhibiting regularly at the Gallery on Greene and teaching locally, Priscilla exhibits in marine art shows in museums and galleries around the country. She is a signature member of the American Society of Marine Artists.
More of Priscilla Coote Up Shortly
Then Mario Sanchez :Jewish Friends & Conchtown Neighbors Gallery on Greene 3/9-14 606 Greene St. 305-294-1669
Due to Constant Contact Upgrading their "Third Generation" Editor Changes taking place the next few weeks; Many of our regular weekly features have been left out or greatly shortened ; The KWT is one of them; please go to their website & FB Urls to see their Extensive Schedule of Events
Please Note Below that Rates May have Changed & I'm using below Photos for Info. Purposes. The 3/11 Issue will Correct any Changes
Key West Sunset Dinner Cruise. Dine in A/C Large Main Cabin. View Famous KW Sunset from Upper Deck. On-Line Special Not $69 ONLY $59. Adults $59, Children 12 & Under $39.95, & Children 5 & Younger FREE. Includes Tropical Food Buffet with Upper Deck Free Margaritas, Rum Runners, Well Mixed Drinks (Premium Mixed Drinks Extra Cash Bar). Also FREE Champagne & Soft Drinks
EXCITING PRIZES, EGG HUNTS, LIVE ANIMALS, BOUNCE HOUSES, GAMES, CRAFTS, FACE PAINT, LIVE MUSIC!
Join us for our huge annual celebration of Spring!
$5 for Children 3 years old and older.
FREE for Members, Adults, and Children under 3 years old.
(Crafts, games, bounce house, egg hunts and activities all included with admission! Raffle tickets, food and drinks available for purchase.)
***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:
Author Andrea di Robilant will discuss his 2018 Hemingway biography, "Autumn in Venice: Ernest Hemingway and His Last Muse," at 6PM, March 13 at the Key West Public Library, 700 Fleming St. The book is an intimate look at Hemingway in his later years when he wrote the seminal short novel, "The Old Man and the Sea," which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Andrea di Robilant is a journalist and writer who lives in Rome and Venice. He is the author of five books of nonfiction, including "A Venetian Affair," and "Lucia: A Venetian Life in the Age of Napoleon." Free and open to the public. Seating is limited. For more information, contact the library at 305-292-3595.
, Jazz In The Gardens! Peter Diamond & Friends, 5-7:30 pm,
Monday, March 4, James King, III, 5-7pm, Tuesday, March 5, Megan Clay, 5-7 pm, Wednesday, March 6, Megan Clay, 5-7pm, Thursday, March 7, Jimmy Olson, 5-7pm, Friday, March 8, Michael Robinson, 5-7pm, Saturday, March 9, Jimmy Olson, 5-7pm,
Sunday, March 10, Jazz In The Gardens! Scott Marischen & Friends, 5:30-8 pm (New Time)
A few weeks ago ; this Ensemble was Brilliant : Terri White-Joe Dallas-Marc Ross-& Tim McAlpin. When Terri sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" Not a Dry Eye in the SRO Crowd.
Celebrate Tennessee Williams during an evening of anecdotes, literary excerpts, and craft cocktails with acclaimed mixologist Philip Greene
Raise a glass to celebrate the birthday of Tennessee Williams and enjoy samples of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's favorite drinks, the folklore behind them, and recipe demos on Friday, March 15 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street, during "An Evening with Tennessee Williams" presented by Philip Greene, acclaimed mixologist, cocktail columnist, and co-founder of the Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans.
"The evening will be a sophisticated and entertaining celebration of bookworms and barhopping, literary style," says Greene, author of the best-selling "To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion," "The Manhattan: The Story of the First Modern Cocktail," and "A Drinkable Feast: A Cocktail Companion to 1920s Paris."
Greene will intoxicate guests with entertaining excerpts from Williams' pages and serve cocktail samples based on the drinks mentioned in them, along with favorites imbibed by friends and literary greats F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ian Fleming, Raymond Chandler, Truman Capote, William Faulkner, Dorothy Parker, and Ernest Hemingway. Taste and learn how to make literary libations that include the Rum-Coco, a drink Williams likely invented and featured in the pages of his 1959 play "Night of the Iguana," his favorite New Orleans classic, the Sazerac, and Hemingway's favorite's, the Americano, the Negroni and his classic daiquiri.
After, Greene will be on hand to sign books, which will be available for purchase at the event.
The event is part of Key West Art & Historical Society's month-long Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration, which includes special presentations, film showings, a plein-air painting contest, curator tours of the Tennessee Williams Museum in Key West, performances of Williams' one-act plays, a Lunchtime Lecture illuminating Williams' later one-act plays, and a limited-ticket kick-off party. For a full event roster, visit kwahs.org/events. Tickets for "An Evening with Tennessee Williams" are available at kwahs.org/tickets: $35 for members, $45 for nonmembers. For more information contact Society Event Coordinator Dani Holliday at 305-295-6616 extension 114. Sponsored in part by The Helmerich Trust, Southernmost Beach Resort, Hemingway Rum Co. makers of Papa's Pilar, Campari, Bulldog Gin, Haus Alpenz for Dolin Vermouth. Your museums. Your community. It takes an island.
Next Week More Info on this Event : Just Announced Happy Hour with the Historian (Cori Convertito PHD) at BottleCap The Blue Room 1128 Simonton St. 4/10 4:30-5:30pm
GRAND OPENING A FEW WEEKS AGO TO A PACKED CROWD AT FLORIDA KEYS COUNCIL OF THE ARTS BUILDING (GATO CUBAN CIGAR FACTORY) 1100 SIMONTON ST. Curated by Alaen Ledesma Fernandez
Hometown Key West is Calling ALL Members, Future Members, Candidates, Incumbents, Prospective Candidates & Those Merely Testing the Waters. CALL FOR CANDIDATES on Monday April 1 at Salute on the Beach 5PM (Higgs Beach). As Usual Admission is FREE with Light Apps and Cash Bar.
On Wednesday March 6th,& also, Friday & Saturday , 8th & 9th, the Debra Dean Trio will blast into the Little Room (821 Duval), from 8pm, with the amazing Pat Lawler, on keyboards and guitar, and his equally talented,(and even more glamorous!) consort, that sultry songstress, the one and only Miz Debra Dean on vocals, and skippo on the drums. From Ella Fitzgerald classic American songbook jazz, to Beatles, Blues, Alicia Keys, Amy Winehouse & disco dance grooves, the Pat 'N Deb Quartet covers it all. Come witness the big fun & amazing musical flexibility of this trio for a limited engagement at the
Oscillating between bitingly funny and charmingly heartwarming, this play follows two childhood friends as they navigate the dystopian sprawl of Florida City and the wilds of the Everglades. The play centers on the headstrong Mayar, who relies on both her sense of humor and her close friend, Becca, as she attempts to escape her current surroundings and start a new life outside of Florida City.
Sponsored by Key West Vacations & Supported by Betty Rubinstein
March 5 -16
TSKW ------------------------- TSKW
This Month Due Artists Conflicts the "Artists on the Deck" Pot Luck Networking Party was CXL; please look forward to the Last Wed. of Every Month.
607 Ashe StreetThe Studios' Artist Residency Cottages
In 2012, these charming Conch cottages were carefully renovated under the direction of local architect and artist Guillermo Orozco. Since then, the cottages, with live/workspaces that can accommodate up to four artists at a time, have been home to nearly 250 artist from around the globe.
We invite you to tour the cottages and garden, and enjoy the work of the following artists and writers who are in residence during the tour:
"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
On Thursday, March 7, from 6:00-8:00pm, The Studios of Key West, located at 533 Eaton Street in Old Town Key West, invites the public to a "First Thursday" event to meet multi-award winning artist Carlo Mejía, whose exhibition "Under the Mayan Stars" is on display from February 21 through March 21 in the Zabar Lobby Gallery.
Mejía, a Salvadorian exile of Mayan descent whose works have been collected world-wide, creates powerful, symbolic images on porcelain, wood, ingres paper, and other mediums that characterize the ancient Mayan quintessence, evoking the complexities and mysteries of a sophisticated society whose reverence for both the natural and super-natural worlds was vividly expressed in its passion for artistry.
"Mejiá is the last of a breed," wrote Peter Hastings Falk, Editor and Chief Curator for DiscoveriesInAmericanArt.com, in a recent email. "He's a descendent of the ancient Mayans and a survivor of genocide. Tutored by shaman elders as a boy, his imagery is unique owing to the significant spiritual role of art in Mayan culture. All of the key superlatives that describe mastery of composition, color, and subject certainly apply but upon closer examination one discovers a complex iconography begging for meanings to be revealed."
The "Under the Mayan Stars" exhibit and "First Thursday" artist meet & greet reception is sponsored by Keys Wealth Management. There will also be a special invitation-only reception and art sale on February 28, to benefit "Hugh's View," The Studio's rooftop terrace coming next season. The Studios of Key West was established in 2006 and supports the creative community as a multidisciplinary presenter, arts center and artist residency provider. For more information visit tskw.org.
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 Info@Tropiccinema.com and/or 305-396-4944
The Priscilla Coote Exhibition at Gallery on Greene
Bound by their Israeli roots, pianist Alon Goldstein, cellist Amit Peled, and clarinetist Alex Fiterstein formed the Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio in 2005. Today, the ensemble's performances reflect both the special gifts and originality of the three artists as soloists as well as their marvelous sense of ensemble and love of chamber music. The New York Times praised the ensemble for displaying "the kind of spotless technique that keeps the attention focused on the score rather than the vagaries of the performance." Next Event after 3/3 is
Due to Constant Contact Upgraded "Third Generation" Editor Changes taking place the next few weeks; many of our regular weekly features have been left out or greatly shortened ; The Blue Paper is one of them; please go to their website to see Hundreds of Local Stories-Photos-& Videos
Thursday March 14 at The Custom House Noon-1PM Tickets ONLY $5
Presented by Stephen Kitsakos
A discussion that illuminates the playwright's later one-act plays. In the canon of American dramatic literature, Williams is one of the leading writers of plays, short stories and poetry. Influenced by the socio-cultural underpinnings of American society, both pre-and-post WWII, he captured a realism and exposed a harsh brutality expressed in his characters: women and men searching for love and acceptance in a world that was relentingly hostile. His life in Key West, where he lived between 1941 and 1983, was a canvas for his artistic achievement and many of his most famous works were conceived at his house on Duncan Street. When he fell out of favor with critics and audiences in the late 1950's, he continued to develop his craft and write plays that flirted with the post-modern art movements that were were reactions to the socio-political dichotomy of the 1950's. His later one-act plays, in particular, were erotic and experimental, often presenting characters whose motivations and desires did not hide behind the coded and veiled references that were part of Williams' earlier works. About the Presenter: 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.
Due to Time Constraints we are pushing Back the 2019 Anne Mckee Artists Fund Auction Feature to March 11. This was so much fun ; and the Art was Brilliant ( I did miss both William Welch and Jon McIntosh Very Much and the Crew and attendees had the same feeling)
March 6th Complimentary Concert at the Palms Garden
Our Good Friend Michael Nelson One of the Executive Team at KW Library Tells us about the Upcoming Cafe Con Libros Events at 700 Fleming St. Every Tues. 10:30am
3/5 Kristina Neihouse was awarded an Anne McKee Artist Fund Grant to publish her debut novel, "Knowing When to Leave," a near-future dystopian novel about a world coping with catastrophic climate change. Neihouse moved to Key West in 1995 and is a full-time librarian. When not reading, writing or feeding cats, she participates in 5K runs and triathlons.
3/12 Katharyn Howd Machan is a poet and professor at Ithaca College. She has published 30 poetry collections, and her work has appeared in numerous magazines, anthologies, and textbooks. In 2002 she was named the first Poet Laureate of Tompkins County, New York. Every March she leads a five-day workshop, "Writing in the Garden," as part of the Mana Project, Inc. in Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden, located in the heart of Old Town, Key West.
3/19 Laura Albritton, along with Florida Keys historian Jerry Wilkinson, is the author of the histories "Marathon: the Middle Keys," "Key West's Duval Street," and the 2018 book, "Hidden History of the Florida Keys." Albritton has written for publications such as the Miami Herald, Sculpture magazine, Harvard Review, the Houston Chronicle, and the Times Literary Supplement.
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.
PLUS SOME ADDITIONAL SPECIAL EVENTS
March 20 6pm HISTORY TALK WITH BELOVED KEY WEST TREASURE & HISTORIAN TOM HAMBRIGHT
March 22 MUSIC IN THE PALMS 4pm SQUIRREL HILLBILLIES
Join us from 11am to 1pm every Saturday to meet a new author. On March 16th we welcome Betty Heisler-Samuels. Heisler-Samuels will be in the store to meet with customers and discuss her book The Last Minyan in Havana.
Diane Glorie and Her Staff Wanted to give Thanks.
First of all, I would like to thank the Wednesday, February 20th team who endured torrential rains during our painting efforts!!!!
You did a fantastic job and, got a lot of work done before the rain unfortunately ended our day early!
Thank you to the city employees who completed the task once the sun came out and shined again.
I have attached a few pictures of this day and I hope you enjoy the photos.
I would like to thank all the wonderful volunteers who have over the course of this project showed the spirit of community. You all worked very diligently.
I am proud to have met all of you.
At this time, I have completed my commitment I made to our community to improve navigating around our special Island.
It has been a rewarding experience and anyone who would like to take this project to the next phase, please email me and I will be happy to share my experience.
I sincerely want to thank Mayor Teri Johnston, Greg Veliz, Marcus Davila, Kim Romano and, all the city employees who assisted us on every outing.
I look forward to running into all of you in the future and look forward to our paths crossing again.
Teen health fairs to reach Monroe county high school students in March
The Monroe County Health Department and Womankind are partnering to put a new twist on the traditional health fair, aiming to not only support teens with information on the risk behaviors typically found among high school students, but also advocating for and providing wellness opportunities and resources from the local communities in which they live. "What The Health: A Wellness Fair for Florida Keys Teens" will take place this March at Marathon High School (March 4), Key West High School (March 5), and Coral Shores High School (March 11), reaching nearly 3,000 high school students throughout Monroe County.
"Our mission is to help teens recognize healthy and unhealthy habits, know what their resources are, and make it easy for them to reach out for help when they need it," says Cali Roberts, Womankind Executive Director. "We also want to remind them that there are many activities and volunteer opportunities available to them that are not only fun, but very unique to our subtropical region."
Today's teens face mounting pressures like no other generation- social media overuse, mental health challenges like anxiety, depression, and suicide ideation, substance abuse, sexual activity, pregnancy, and STD's, obesity, peer pressure, smoking and vaping, bullying or being bullied, boredom, bulimia, anorexia, and nutritional issues, and academic challenges. State and county Youth Risk survey statistics are alarming: 14% carry a weapon, 18% vape or smoke, 35% text or email while driving, only 57% used a condom during last sexual intercourse, 14% have seriously considered suicide.
The fairs will provide students with opportunities to explore topics they might otherwise feel too nervous or "cool" to ask about and to discover the many resources available that can help support them on their adolescent journey. Some will be health-related while others will be about what's both fun and safe: places to go on a Friday night, entertaining but healthy ways to spend a Saturday afternoon, discounted activities they can enjoy with their peers, and volunteer opportunities they may not know about. Students will receive a discount card good for use at local business sponsors, valid after visiting a certain amount of the booths, and will also include them in a grand prize drawing for Bluetooth ear pods, paddleboard adventure outings, and other certificates of teen interest.
So far, the collaborative community partnership includes Womankind, Monroe County Health Department, Florida Keys Area Health Education Center, Walk Safe/Bike Safe, Advanced Urgent Care, Rural Health Network, Guidance Care Center, Lazy Dog Adventures, and they are looking for other local businesses and organizations to participate or donate in support of the health and wellness of Monroe County teens.
To participate in or be a sponsor of What The Health: A Health Fair for Florida Keys Teens, contact Cali Roberts at email@example.com. Womankind is located at 1511 Truman Avenue, across the street from Bayview Park, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm.
We now have the Final Part of the Kelly McGillis IWFFA Classic ; Featuring Women & Girl's Flag / Touch Football with 30 Teams that come to KW Every Year ; many from other Countries. Diane Beruldsen Does an amazing Job. The IWFFA is Based out of Key West.
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.
We now continue with "Visions of Cuba" from the Florida Keys Council of the Arts at The Gato Building
GRAND OPENING A FEW WEEKS AGO TO A PACKED CROWD AT FLORIDA KEYS COUNCIL OF THE ARTS BUILDING (GATO CUBAN CIGAR FACTORY) 1100 SIMONTON ST. Curated by Alaen Ledesma Fernandez
Tribute to Versace by Octavio Cuellar Embossing & Welding Bag 23H X 20W X 12. Shoes 5H X 23W X 10D
"Eras Dificil Descirar: You are Difficult to Decipher
"Guajira + Gutaji" by Hector Molne 20 X 16
More of the "Visions of Cuba" in the March 11th Issue.
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. The next opening reception is Friday, March 1 at the Shady Palm Art Gallery, located at 2888 Overseas Highway in Marathon, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Art lovers can make a $50 donation for one individual canvas or a $125 donation for three at any reception or online at keysarts.com. 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: keysarts.com or 305-295-4369
We Continue with Jazz in the Gardens with the Brilliant Ensemble of Terri White-Joe Dallas-Marc Ross & Tim McAlpine
Florida Keys Community College's student ceramics club, Mud-Pi, invites the community to its annual Mud-Pi Dinner on Wednesday, March 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Tennessee Williams Theatre on the Key West Campus. As per tradition, attendees of the fund-raiser will select their own student-crafted ceramic bowl to keep as a commemorative souvenir. Admission is $30. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at Keystix.com.
The funds raised will be used to purchase materials and equipment that allow Mud-Pi to continue to beautify and enrich the community. For more than 20 years, the students of Mud-Pi have created dozens of ornate ceramic wall murals and fountains that grace many locations in the Keys and provide the College's Key West Campus its signature aesthetic. The department also hosts young students, elementary through high school grades, as well as special needs groups to introduce them to the fine art of pottery.
For more information about this year's Mud-Pi event, contact Ann Labriola, FKCC Fine Arts instructor, at 305-809-3132 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration month-long series of events set to begin March 4
In celebration of Tennessee Williams, the Pulitzer-prize winning literary icon that moved to Key West in 1949 and remained a resident for 34 years, Key West Art & Historical Society presents the "Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration," a month-long series of arts and cultural events set to take place from March 4 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."
This yearly festival of events includes a limited-ticket, kick-off celebration, plein air painting, poetry and short story writing contests, lectures, museum tours, film showings, live theater events, and a birthday party complete with cake and bubbly to honor the life and accomplishments of Williams, whose rise to stardom began with "The Glass Menagerie," and continued with "A Streetcar Named Desire," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," and other dramatic masterpieces.
Literary and visual artists can immerse in creativity while competing for cash prizes and acclaim by entering the Tennessee Williams Plein Air Painting Contest, taking place in downtown Key West on Saturday, March 16, and/or poetry and short-story writing contests, both of which are accepting online submissions until March 1.
On Friday, March 6 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Tennessee Williams Museum founders Dennis Beaver and Bert Whitt will open their Whitehead Street home for a celebration kick-off party with an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, and entertainment. Tickets are $90 for Society members and $100 for non-members.
On Friday, March 14 from noon to 1:00pm, at the Custom House Museum, theater director, dramaturge, and author of opera librettos Stephen Kitsakos presents a Lunchtime Lecture illuminating Williams' later one-act plays. Titled "Tennessee Williams: Eroticism & Experimentation," tickets are $5; seating is limited, and early registration advised.
On Friday, March 15 from 7:00-9:00pm at Key West Theater, guests can raise a glass to the literary giant with acclaimed mixologist and cocktail columnist Philip Greene, co-founder of the Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans, during his spirited presentation "An Evening with Tennessee Williams." Green will mix and share recipe demos of Williams' favoritedrinks and the folklore behind themalong with preferred selections enjoyed by his friends F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ian Fleming, Raymond Chandler, Truman Capote, William Faulkner, Dorothy Parker, and Ernest Hemingway. Advance ticket purchase suggested.
Other upcoming Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration events include Curator-led tours of the award-winning Tennessee Williams Museum (the largest collection of Tennessee Williams memorabilia available in the world) at 513 Truman Ave., Monday night showings of Williams' classic films at the Tropic Cinema, performances of two one-act plays at The Studios of Key West, and a March 27 Tennessee Williams birthday party at the Tennessee Williams Museum, to include contest award presentations, bubbly beverages, and birthday cake.
Visit kwahs.org/events for full schedule and advance ticket purchases or contactDani Holliday at email@example.com 305-295-6616 x 114.Sponsored in part by Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, Neal Ruchman and Melissa Jean McDaniel, and Bert Whitt.Your Museums. Your Community. It takes an Island.
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 CoriConvertito, Ph.D., firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
Commissioner Sam Kaufman is hosting a community meeting to discuss the City's proposed purchase of the Citizen Building to be decided by the April 16
thelection, as well as the status and future of the City's emergency homeless shelter known as "KOTS." The meeting will be held on Monday, March 11
th at 6:00 PM at the VFW at 2200 N. Roosevelt Blvd. in Key West. For more information, call: (305)809-3868.
Executive Assistant to
Mayor Teri Johnston
& City Commissioners
CITY OF KW ------------------------CITY OF KW
The Key West City Commission, during Wednesday's meeting, made some adjustments to a couple of different meetings in order to make them more accessible to the community.
Beginning with the March 14th meeting, the Sustainability Advisory Board meeting will be televised live on Comcast Channel 77 and live-streamed on the City's website. The meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month at 3:30 in the Commissioner Chambers at City Hall, 1300 White Street.
The Commission also agreed to change its start time from 6 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mayor Teri Johnston introduced the resolution, reasoning that most of the elected officials work during the day, and that an earlier start time would mean fresher minds for decision making. The new rules also state that no new agenda items will begin discussions after 10 p.m.
This is the first major change to the City Commission meeting procedure since 2010, and the first time in several decades that a new start time has been introduced. The new 5 p.m. start time goes into effect for the March 5th meeting.
The March 5th meeting also kicks off the community's first opportunity to comment on agenda items online via the City's new eComment feature.
To utilize this new open government feature, citizens can log onto cityofkeywest-fl.gov prior to a meeting, and click on "Agendas & Minutes" on the homepage. To submit comments, click the eComment link next to an upcoming meeting's agenda. One can then indicate their position on an item, add any additional comments related to that particular item or leave general comments for City staff. The City Clerk's Office will then route comments to staff and elected officials, giving City Commission members time to review and consider citizen input prior to a meeting. This feature will also allow community members to sign up ahead of time if they'd like to comment in person before the commission.
City Commission meetings are generally held on the first and third Tuesday of the month. The meetings are televised live on Comcast Channel 77 and live-streamed on WWW.CITYOFKEYWEST-FL.GOV , The meetings are also re-played on Comcast as well as being available in the web site archives.