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Musician Gordon Ross Returns to Key West

On Friday, May 18th at 8:00pm, the talented and popular Gordon Ross will return to the Studios of Key West for a one-night-only concert, with tickets already selling fast!

Accompanied by his new Musical Director, Mr. Michael Robinson, the show will bridge a wide spectrum of styles– from jazz to show tunes, blues and even the Beatles! It’s an evening that is sure to enchant both new fans and old ones. This much-loved local vocalist is scheduled to perform only two musical projects this year — both certain to sell out — so get your tickets now, before it’s too late!

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This Week: Local Art on Display

Venture down to the Studios of Key West this week and prepare to be impressed: on view is the artwork of fifteen incredibly talented students from Key West’s own High School Arts Program.

From now until May 31st the public is invited to visit the Historic Armory, located at 600 White Street, to discover drawings, paintings, photographs, and ceramics from our island’s next generation of artists. On Thursday, May 17th, the studios will host an official reception for the students, which will be open to the public from 6-9pm. Come mingle with Key West’s art fans and appreciate just how talented our little island is.

For more information, contact the studios of Key West at 305-296-0458 or visit www.tskw.org.

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Arts and Culture Update: Weekend of May 10-13

While a bar crawl on Duval is always fun, we know that many of our Parrot Key Resort guests also enjoy the finer things our little island has to offer. From wine tastings to tango lessons, Key West offers a wide variety of activities for those of us who are more partial to Picasso than Piña Coladas. Below, some local activities to get you through the weekend without having to come near a jello shot.

On Thursday, May 10th, The Wine Cottage on Eaton will be hosting a wine tasting & artist’s reception for painter Susan O’Neill. Call 772-216-5933 for details & directions.

On Friday, May 11th, visit the Wyland Gallery for the opening of Jim Warren’s most recent exhibit of whimsical, satirized animal paintings. For more information, call 305-292-4998.
Afterward, why not indulge in a beginner’s Salsa Dancing lesson from “Learn to Dance with Lucy & Leon” at 7:00pm?  For directions, call 305-296-6348.

On Saturday, May 12th, you’d be sorry to miss the evening performance of Hy Conrad’s new mystery play “Home Exchange,” which opened on May 5th to rave reviews. Visit www.waterfrontplayhouse.org for tickets and details.
Or else catch an independent movie at Key West’s favorite little movie theatre, The Tropic – where else can you buy a bottle of wine and a slice of key lime pie to take with you into your movie? visit www.tropiccinema.com for showtimes.

On Sunday, May 13th, stroll through the lushly landscaped home of Key West’s garden club, the West Martello Tower. Entry is free and gets you meandering shady paths, beautiful foliage and stunning water views from the gazebo on top of the hill.
Later, enjoy the musical stylings of the Mike Emerson Trio as they perform their weekly Jazz in The Gardens gig, located at 526 Angela Street.

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Key West Songwriter’s Festival is happening now!

Looking for something to do tonight?

The Key West Songwriter’s Festival is currently under way, and the line-up for the next few days looks outstanding. With performances at some of the island’s best restaurants and venues, this event is sure to keep your ears happy. The festival runs today through Sunday, with performances beginning  at 12:00 noon each day and continuing on until midnight– so check out the festival’s official schedule online and go see some local talent!

Go to http://www.keywestsongwritersfestival.com/WEB_2012_SCHEDULE.pdf to see the full list of who’s playing when. Grab the family, some friends or your favorite music-loving dog; this event is a crowd-pleaser!

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Meet the Artists of Lucky Street Gallery

On March 29th from 6:00 to 8:00pm the public is invited to “ENCORE at Lucky Street,” a reception hosted by Lucky Street Gallery that will highlight many of this iconic Key West gallery’s incredible artists. Meet some of your favorites and hear them discuss their new works, with appearances by Rebecca Bennett, Claudia Richards, Helen Colley and more. New works from Michael Haykin, Michel delGado, Roberta Marks and Susan Sugar will be on display as well and are sure to delight and inspire. Head on down to 540 Greene Street and enjoy the music, snacks, wine, and of course– fabulous art!

For more information, contact: Lucky Street Gallery 305-294-3973
Email: luckystreetgallery@gmail.com
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Upcoming Key West Events

Tomorrow night at the Tennessee Williams Cabaret Theatre the Johnny Rogers band returns to Key West for a performance of jazz, blues and other American musical styles. The band makes its highly anticipated return having just finished a tour of Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands as music ambassadors for the Jazz at Lincoln Center and U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs.  Tickets are available here or at the door.

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Sunset Festival Performers: Dominique’s Circus Cats

One of the most interesting and original parts of Sunset festival, and probably its longest running act, is Dominique the Catman and his Flying Circus Cats. Growing up in Key West Dominique’s act was my absolute favorite.  This act is like nothing else you can imagine; it includes cat acrobatics, cat herding, cat comedy, flaming rings, tightropes, juggling and much more.  Dominique is an expert performer himself, telling jokes, keeping all of his performers moving at once, and making sure everyone is very entertained.  Parrot Key is only a short bike or cab ride away from Mallory square, where you can catch the Catman almost every day for three performances before, during, and after sunset.  Trust me, it’s well worth seeing.

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Four local Artists Featured in Sculpture Key West

Sculpture Key West kicked off its annual exhibition in various locations around Key West, and this year the festival features four locals: Randy Detrick, Jiwan Noah Singh, Jon McIntosh and  Susan Johnson.  The exhibition opened January 15th and will be on view until April 15th. You can catch these wonderful pieces in scenic locations all around the city; the festival is definitely  worth checking out when you visit the Island.  Here are photos of the four local artist’s pieces, more to come as they become available.

Jiwan Noah Singh

SKW 2011, Ft. Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

Title:  Hard Place, 2011

Material: Large rock, FM radio transmissions.

from Woodstock, VT and Key West, FL

This large, breathing granite rock was selected by the artist and placed on location overlooking Key West’s main shipping channel.  Get out your FM radio and tune into the frequency posted.

Randy Detrick

SKW 2011, Ft. Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

Living-Room, 2011

Steel, composite material; 2 units, 3’ x 4 ‘ picture frames, variable height

Key West, FL

Welcome to the Living Room, where the viewer decides what subject matter is contained within the floating frames.

Jon McIntosh

SKW 2011, Ft. Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

#2 Tree, 2011

Wood, steel, paint, canvas; 13’ tall, various widths

Key West, FL

Illustration, a significant vocation of this artists past is the inspiration for this humorous three dimensional pun on the growth of the artist within.

Susan Johnson

SKW 2011, Key West Garden Club at West Martello Tower

Wall of Wisdom, 2011

Cement vermiculite blocks in various dimensions:  33″  x 78″ x  6″ overall

Key West, FL

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