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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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Weather at Parrot Key

Today’s weather is cold and rainy. 59 degrees most of the day, getting a little nippier at night.  The good news is, after today the warmth is coming back: all of next week looks like sun.

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Fishing Report

Fishing reports have started coming in.  All of the Mackerel species have moved in and the fishing is really heating up for them. Look for King Fish, Spanish Mackerel and their big cousin the Wahoo. This is really dynamic and exciting fishery, highly suggested if you have never tried it. Expect to see explosive hits and really fast-paced fights.  Good numbers of Tarpon have been seen moving into the flats; their season looks to be shaping up really well. Mutton snapper have been a little slow (at least for the writer last Thursday) but plenty of Yellowtail and sporadic tuna.  Really exciting season so far, and it’s just getting better.  As always, the front desk can help you make reservations with the best guides for whatever fishery you want to target.

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The Bull

The bull is one of Key West’s classic establishments, with nightly entertainment that ranges from classic rock to the humor of Yankee Jack and regular appearances by Elvis.  Piggybacked on top of The Bull are two other establishments: the Whistle Bar and The Garden of Eden.  Whistle Bar is known for its panoramic views of historic Duval street, while the Garden of Eden is Key West’s only clothing optional bar.

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Key West Weather and Sunset for this Weekend

Key West is cooling a little this weekend to 70 degrees (warmest in America!).  There will be some clouds and a little rain, but in general it should be very nice, with a full week of sun starting Monday.  Sunset is going to be at about 6:20. The festivities at Mallory Square will be starting at around 4:00, or if you prefer a more intimate setting, Parrot Key’s Sunset Pier is now open for guests.

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Nightlife Update: Schooner Wharf

The ever popular waterfront bar Schooner Wharf will, as always, be hosting live music every day this month. Just a short cab ride from Parrot Key, music starts here every day at Noon and goes until at least 1 AM.  Performers this week include: Michael McCloud, Raven & Caffeine Trio, The Magic of Frank Everhart, Gary Hempsey and Will Hoppey, Christopher Dean and the Johnny Rawls Band. Scooner Wharf’s full schedule can be seen here and you can always check in on them via their webcam.

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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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Nightlife Update: Green Parrot

The Green Parrot has an exciting weekend scheduled, with shows Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  As always, America’s Oldest Bar will host a lively audience and classic atmosphere in its historic Whitehead Street location.  You can check out their full calender here or view the action online with their in-bar webcam.

Fri. Feb 11th, 2011   Sol Driven Train, 5:30 P.M. soundcheck and 10 P.M. show

Sat. Feb 12th, 2011   Paul Cebar, 5:30 P.M. soundcheck and 10 P.M. show

Sun. Feb 13th, 2011  Paul Cebar, 5:30 P.M. soundcheck and 10 P.M. show

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Upcoming Events in Key West

Feb 10, 2011 Michael Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance” (sold out!)

Feb 11, 2011 “Astor Piazzolla and…” : A Benefit Concert for The Studios of Key West… For tickets click here

Feb 11, 2011 John Prine- Live! at the Glynn Archer Center… Tickets Still available here

Feb 11, 2011 To Have and Have Another – with Philip Greene.  Silent Auction and talk on Hemingway’s writings, life and use of cocktails. Tickets available by calling 305-295-6616, ext 106. or at Custom House Museum Store.

Feb 13th, 2011  Impromptu Concerts – A Far Cry Orchestra at St. Paul’s Church… For tickets click here

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Today’s Weather at Parrot Key

Today’s Weather and Sunset at Parrot Key Hotel and Resort:

74° F Partly Cloudy falling to 68° F tonight

Light Winds with partial clouds clearing up later in the day

Sunset at 6:18 PM,  Sunset Festival starts at 4:00

Another gorgeous day in paradise!

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