The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends
November 11 , 2019

On the Set of the "Wizard of OZ"
This Issue Starts a Photographic Feature for Many Weeks : "Rare & Historical Photographs"

Nance Frank's Gallery on Greene is One of the largest Privately Owned Art Gallery in the Keys.  This Issue has Many of her Artist's Works. Above is "Eastern Interior" by WB Thompson

Three Very Important Announcement from Last Stand : Protecting the Keys

KWAHS (Fort East Martello) "Archaeology" :The Heavenly Horses" (Children 6-12) 11/25-27 (More Below)

Sheriff Ramsay and the Women & Men of MCSO lending a Hand to the 2nd. Annual Islamorada Trunk or Treat Event (More Below)

"The Last Flapper" by William Luce Opens the 2019 / 2020 Fringe Theatre Season  11/19-23.  More Below (This Sounds Spectacular and Already Have my Ticket).

The Florida Keys Council of the Arts Opens a New Exhibition at GATO on Nov. 15 with Reception 5:30-7:30pm "Trees of the Florida Keys".  Above is "Backwater Rain" by Jim Salem (More Below)

The Key West Theater : Amazing Year Round Talent. (More below). Plus Just Announced "Sugar Rum Cherry : A Burlesque Nutcracker" at KWT Dec + Also Just Announced The NY RockaBilly Rockets March 12 & 13, 2020

Above Gallery Manager Jason Shows Frequent Purchasing Out of Town Customers the New Offerings at Zazoo Art & Photographic Gallery. Above a 1961 Rare Photo by Albert Marrion (Notice the Drummer Pre-Starr; Pete Best). This Issue has about 12 Items from the Hundreds on Display. Plus  Nov.12 A Benefit for FKSPCA "Art from the Heart" (More Below)

Marc's Executive Director Diane Flenard (R) gives Judge Wilkie Ferguson A Marc Lifetime Achievement Award

The Complete 2019 / 2020 Season Schedule for the WaterFront Playhouse (More Below)

Pt. 3 of 5 : More Photos from the 2019 Zombie Bike Ride 

Stephen Muldoon

Steve Harlan

Steve Barton

 Wyland Galleries in Key West 

MCSO Animal Farm. Next Two Opening Sun. Nov. 10 & Nov. 24 & Dec. 15 "Christmas on the Farm" + Sat. 12/14 "Parade of Paws" at Higgs Beach 10am. (More Below)  Some of the Photos by Ralph DePalma and Rob O'Neal

TSKW ( The Studios of Key West). Extensive Material  on the Two November Exhibitions (That Opened 11/7 5:30-8p) from Lisandra Ramirez & Osmeivy Ortega AND Silvia Rodriguez Rivero. This Issue also has Info. on the Exhibitions Opening Early 2020.


WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM Every Week we Enjoy Linking their Newspaper with our Magazine. They provide Hundreds of Local Features-Photos & Videos

Lisa Wilson

D. Arthur Wilson


Complete Schedule of Visiting Artists from The Key West Gallery

Live Music in their Cabaret EveryDay + Jazz in the Gardens on Sundays at Kate Miano's Gardens Hotel.  Sunday Jazz 2019 / 2020 Season Kicks off Last Week..Nov. 10 is Scott Marischen & Friends ; Nov. 17 is Libby York & Friends (More Below Inc. Cabaret Schedule)


Part 11 : The Gold Coast Cruisers Car Show Featuring 750 Cars in Glen Cove Long Island New York by WWW.GOLDCOASTCRUISERS.COM  .  I took 1001 Photos; an amazing Selection of Cars from 1921- Now.

(L) Perpetual Groove Concert Dec 12 at Ft. East Martello (R) Honoring Literary History (Long Term Exhibition) until 2/2020
The Key West Art & Historical Society (KWAHS) has a Tremendous Amount of Events the Next 3 Months.  In This Issue Many Features Through Out Inc. at The Very End : 4 Detailed Events Descriptions.

There are Many Local Musicians that give their Time and Talents to Many Non-Profit Organizations.  For that Reason We enjoy Promoting their Appearances at Virgilio's, Little Room Jazz Club, and Other Venues. More Below.

The TDC's ( Tourist Development Council)  On-Line November "Keys Traveler" and other Updates to their November Website (More Below). WWW.FLA-KEYS.COM 


"Photos of the Week" from Executive Contributing Editor Peter Arnow (More Below)

(R) "No Judgements" 11/4
(L) "Without Her" 11/12
(C) "Inheritance" 11/20
The Books and Books Season Kicks off with These Three of Many Author Events in November & December (More Below)

  WWW.KWFILMFEST.COM Nov. 20 - 24. (More Below) Including ALL of the 2019 Films + "Golden Key Award Recipients" Info. in Many Sections in This Issue.


The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends ; Going out to 8105 Weekly. In this Issue November 11, 2019 : Pt.1 of Many : Rare & Historical Photos, Key West Film Festival Nov. 20-24, Many Events & Much Info. from KWAHS & TSKW, The City of KW & MCSO Weekly Features, Fringe Theatre Kicks Off 2019/2020 Season "The Last Flapper" 11/19-23, Fla. Keys Council of the Arts Kicks of 2019/2020 Season with "Trees of the Florida Keys" 11/15, Updated KW Theater Schedule with Kevin Nealon, Zazoo Art & Photographic Gallery & FKSPCA event 11/12, Reef Relief Annual Meeting at Casa Marina Resort 11/13, Marc Gives Lifetime Achievement Award, Pt. 3 2019 Zombie Bike Ride, Wyland Gallery, Mangia-Mangia Giving 30% Back to Non-Profit Group Dinners,  WWW.KEYWESTORPEDICS.COM , "Last Stand : Protecting the Keys" Important Announcements, Beth Moyes Theme Runs Schedule ,  WWW.SUNSETWATERSPORTSKEYWEST.COM , WWW.HOMETOWNKEYWEST.COM ,
KWBG Next Mixer 11/13 at Oldest House + Next Luncheon & Annual Awards Ceremony 12/4, "Photos of the Week" from Executive Contributing Editor Peter Arnow, WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM , Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden Board of Dir. Seats Open + Scarecrows, Pt. 11 from The Gold Coast Cruiser Classic Car Show, Fla. Keys SouthernMost Car Club Show Sunday 11/17, Next MCSO Animal Farm 11/10-11/24 & Christmas on the Farm 12/15, 

In This Issue Nov. 11, 2019 Continued :  Tennessee Williams Exhibit Museum, Q-Magazine, WWW.OUR-KEYS.COM , Tropic Cinema & Executive Dir. Michael Marrero Letter, Past Blasts, South Florida Symphony Orchestra Opens 2019/2020 Season 11/18, Impromptu Classical Concerts of KW, South Florida Chamber Music Society, Preserve Island Life, Key West Playbills, Island House Videos, Aids Help Monroe Co., WWW.FLA-KEYS.COM ,   & Their Nov. On-Line "Keys Traveler", Key West Art Gallery, The Gardens Hotel Cabaret & Jazz in the Garden's Schedules 
+ Wine Class 11/19, Our Musicians Helping Out Non-Profits, "Books and Books" Author Readings Schedule, Sugar Rum Cherry A Burlesque Nutcracker Parody at KWT 12/21, The Annual Nutcracker at TWT Info., 

In This Issue Nov. 11, 2019  Continued  :
ALL 4 Have Excellent Events Schedules-Photos-Videos-Local News Stories,  WWW.ABSOLUTELYAMAZINGEBOOKS.COM
 Hundreds of Excellent On-Line Books ( Many from Local KW Authors),  Searle Brothers Nursery & RainForest Collection Landscaping Comes to Town Nov. 22 & 23 for the KW Garden Club Group Exhibition & Sale, Dr. Vaughan & 
Libby York FREE Concert at the KW Library 11/14 Celebrating 60 Years at Fleming St., Pam Hobbs "Women with Fish & Fresh New Paintings at Salt Island Provisions Gallery, Anne McKee Artists Fund Auction "Call to Artists", KW Artisan Market Next 11/17 + Every Thur. KW Farmers Market at Truman Waterfront, KW Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, Fla. Keys Eco Disc. Ctr. "Family Fun Saturdays", WWW.FAIRVILLA.COM Sexy Things, College of the Florida Keys, Bahama Village Music Program,  KW Art Ctr. & Jim Salem Plein Air Event + "Sip & Create", 

In This Issue Nov. 11, 2019 Continued : Mall on Duval,
 AnnaMarie Giordano Season Opener "Life Drawing Workshop" 11/12 at Fort East Martello,     Key West PlayBills (Outstanding Visibility with Upscale Demographics (PUT RIGHT INTO THEIR HANDS) of the Many Attending Events,San Carlos Institute,  WWW.KWLS.ORG , Florida Health Monroe Co., Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, WWW.THESMARTRIDE.ORG ,
Island House Videos,  United Way of the Florida Keys, NOW (National Organization for Women), Aids Smart Ride, Misha in the Morning at The Gardens Hotel, Kyla Piscopink's   WWW.DANCEKEYWEST.ORG ,  Extensive List of Art Galleries & Museums, & More,
Thanks for Reading Ed Krane & Friends ( The Many Associate Contributing Editors / Organizations ).



Here are Just a Few of the Year Round Artists Hanging; Besides the Current Artists in the Exhibition "Their Key West"
"St. Pauls" by Mike Rooney  30 X 40 Oil on Canvas

"Alamond Azul" by Michael J Harell  16 X 22 Oil 

"Pepe's" by Michael J. Harell  22 X 28 Oil on Canvas

"Mermaid" by Linda Rieke 22 X 28 CrossCut Mahogany

"Mermaid with Attitude" by Linda Rieke 36 X 14
(L) "Rose for My Love" 23 X 5
(R) "Fish Love" 23 X 8. Both from Suzie DePoo. Both Oil on Wood

"Lion" by Suzie DePoo 7 X 13  Mixed Media
Mabel Probet
More from Gallery on Greene Up Shortly

 Florida Keys Council of the Arts: 2020 Members Show "Trees of the Keys"

The Florida Keys Council of the Arts is proud to announce our 2020 Members Show, "Trees of the Keys". The Opening Reception will be held Friday, November 15, from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the historic Gato Building, 1100 Simonton Street, Key West. The exhibition will remain on display through January 2020.  This show encourages artists to celebrate our magnificent arboreal canopy- from the lush tropical hardwoods to the abundant fruit trees, palms, and fragrant flowering shade trees. The show will include 2 and 3-dimensional artwork.  The Gato building, which is home to many State and County offices, supports the Art in Public Buildings program which offers an alternate space for artists to display their work.   The Florida Keys Council of the Arts supports visual, literary and performing artists and cultural organizations throughout the Keys with several grant programs and scholarships.  We connect artists to each other and to their audiences.  Contact the Arts Council at 305-295-4369 with any questions.  Please join or renew your membership today. Visit  or call 305-296-4369.

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

Zazoo Welcomes Artist KAI. Last Week's Issue Featured a Few of the Works. Click the Link to see;  Better Yet Go to Zazoo to See in Person; Best Yet Do Both :

One More from KAI and Below We Start showing a Few of the Artist / Photographer Offerings

"Raging Bull" by Martin Scorsese  Original Theatre Poster

"Purr-Fect" by Owner of Zazoo & World Renown Cartoonist Don Oriolo

"The Usual Suspects" by Fabio Napoleoni

Here are just 4 of about 10 that are on Display : Guitars Used by Rock Stars
More from Zazoo Up Shortly Including their Teaming Up with FKSPCA on Nov. 12 for a Benefit; Up Shortly



 November 20-24, 2019

A few weeks ago the 8th. Annual SRO Kick Off Launch Event / Party at Mangoes.  The Nov. 3rd Issue had detailed Coverage from our Executive Contributing Editor Giancarlo Espinosa. To see ALL his Photos click this Link

Key West Film Festival to Present Community 'Freebie' Films | Full Fest Program Now Revealed

Along with announcing that the complete Key West Film Festival program, with events, dates, times and ticket information is now published and available at, producers of the Fest - which runs November 20-24 at the Tropic Cinema and other Old Town locations - have announced two 'Community Freebie' outdoor screenings to bookend the Festival, both ocean-side events taking place at Lagerheads Key West Beach Bar, 0 Simonton Street.
At 7:00pm on Tuesday, November 19, a good 'ol fashioned Florida fright-flick titled 'CRAWL' (rated R for 'bloody creature violence and brief language') sets a father/daughter team against a pair of alligators during a Cat 5 hurricane. Sit and watch on the beach, or in provided seats on the water - if you dare.

At 7:00pm Sunday, November 24, the Festival continues its tradition of closing with a free concert film, this year with a 20th Anniversary showing of the classic homage to Cuban music, 'Buena Vista Social Club.' Admission is free for both ocean-side showings, with happy hour priced drinks available for VIP and All-Access Pass holders.
While 'Buena Vista Social Club' marks the Festival's conclusion, it is not the only film on the program that celebrates Cuba and its cultural connections to Key West. This year, the first ever "Havana at the Key West Film Festival Shorts Program" makes its debut, showcasing four award-winning Cuban short films created by rising filmmakers living and working in Havana, the USA, and Spain, and starring some of Cuba's most renowned talent. The shorts, which will be screened on Saturday, November 23, will accompany a screening of the documentary "Errol Flynn's Ghost: Hollywood in Havana" by Florida filmmaker Gaspar González,  who transports the audience back to the 1940s and '50s Golden Age of Hollywood in Havana, when Cuba's capital boasted more movie theaters than New York City and showed mostly Hollywood fare.

And while most film experiences conjure up a taste for fresh buttered popcorn, some, of course, are destined for bagels, such as the KWFF 'Kibbitz With Critics' series, where audiences are treated to bagels prior to a film being introduced by a noted critic. Also just announced, Miami-raised Lulu Wang, writer and director of "The Farewell" a "funny, uplifting tale based on an actual lie,' will Skype in for a Q&A with Jen Yamato of the "Los Angeles Times" following a screening of the film on Friday, November 22 as part of the series. Yes, coffee will be served too.
Now in its 8th year, the Key West Film Festival, considered a vital stop on the award season's fall festival circuit, showcases dozens of curated cinematic offerings  while highlighting visiting filmmakers, actors, directors, and industry leaders through discussions and workshops, with access to some of the biggest names in the film business. Red-carpet events, parties and award ceremonies round out a world-class festival experience.
Stay abreast of KWFF announcements by signing up for e-blasts at , where event passes, including VIP, All-Access, and Auteur options are now available. ( Limited one-day passes and individual tickets are pending seat availability for all films and events.)  For more information, visit  or contact Carla Turner, Tropic Cinema Marketing Director at .

More from KWFF Shortly


Part 1 of Many : "Rare & Historical Photographs"

1969 Apollo 10 Commander Tom Stafford Pats the Nose of a Giant Stuffed Snoopy Prior to Launch.. How funny would it be if Commander Stafford Pats the Nose of the Young Lady Instead

Early Saloon Girls with Customers at their Denver Saloon

Astronauts James McDivitt & Ed White Inside the Gemini Spacecraft for a Simulated Launch at Cape Canaveral 

August 12, 1977 The Space Shuttle Enterprise (OV-101) Flies on it's Own for the First Time when it Seperated from a Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA)

Brigitte Bardot

Charles de Gaulle

British Comic Peter Sellers (1925-1980) & His Ferrari 275 GTB in 1965 
More Rare Photographs Up Shortly

Fringe Theater presents the hauntingly beautiful one-woman show The Last Flapper, November 19 - 23, at 7pm in the Key West Woman's Club, located at 319 Duval Street. This play, written by William Luce, is an evocative exploration of the life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, a woman whose strength - and frailty-- helped define a generation.   Outrageous. Spontaneous. Independent. Beautiful. Zelda  personified the carefree ideals of the 1920s Jazz Age. But her  tumultuous   marriage to F. Scott Fitzgeraldand her battle for mental health, took a toll.
The Last Flapper , set inside the long term care facility in which Zelda lived during most of the final years of her life, draws largely from her own writings as a middle-aged Zelda looks back on her life. Sorting through the details of its joys and losses.

"I love that the playwright used Zelda's own words - from her letters, dairies, and professional writings - to tell her story," says the play's director, Rebecca Tomlinson. "It's so clear that Zelda had a brilliant mind and an incredible grasp of language and imagery."  Zelda was also a dancer, painter, and published author before she died in a fire at the Highland Hospital in Asheville NC.
Zelda is  portrayed by Stephanie Miller, a part-time Key West resident who has worked in theatre, film and commercials in Montreal, Toronto, Los Angeles, and Key West. Audiences have seen her at the Waterfront in The Jewish Wife, and in the Fringe Theater's Alice's Parlor and It's a Wonderful Life. The play's director, Rebecca Tomlinson, is Fringe's Managing Artistic Director. Among her directing credits are Fringe's The Clean House, Regina Monologues, Conch Republic, the musical, and Glass Menagerie.   Playwright William Luce built his career showcasing historical figures in one-person plays that began with  The Belle of Amherst , based on the life and writings of Emily Dickinson. Luce also wrote critically acclaimed one-person plays about Charlotte Brontë, Lillian Helman, Isak Dinesen, and John Barrymore.   Last Flapper  runs November 19-23 at 7pm. Tickets are $35 general admission and $50 reserved.  The play is presented in the beautiful and historic Key West Woman's Club. Seating is very limited, so advanced tickets are encouraged.
Tickets  can be purchased at  or by calling 305-731-0581. Fringe Theater is Key West's community-focused theater who mission is to enrich, educate, and entertain through its mainstage, education, and outreach programs.

Pt. 3
2019 Zombie Bike Ride

Many Additional 2019 Zombie Bike Ride Photos in This Issue
Up Shortly

The Nov. 3rd Issue had a Fantasy Fest Event from FKSPCA (Clink this Link for the Feature
What a Fun event . The Band was Great and Always Love Rick's. This Issue Issue has a Few Pics from "Cocktails for Animal Tales" Great Job Mark Rossi and the team at FKSPCA

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


MCSO Animal Farm 5501 College Rd. 305-293-7300
The Next Two Openings are Sunday Nov. 10 & 24 1-3pm.
Some of these photos from Ralph DePalma and Rob O'Neal

"Parade of Paws" at Higgs Beach Sat 12/14 10am
"Christmas  on the  Farm"  Dec 15


281 Front St. 305-295-6616


Stephen Muldoon

Steve Harlan

Steve Barton

Michael Cheval
Michael ; So Sorry I couldn't drop in the Gallery to say Hello; Was Out of Town ; Look Forward to your Next Visit ; SO LOVE Your Work...

The Next Few Artists Scheduled to Appear in Key West

David Miller:  November 29 -30 & Dec 1

Stephen Muldoon: 28-29-30-31. Show times Friday & Saturday 12pm-3pm and 7pm-10pm, Sunday 11am-4pm

More from Wyland Gallery in Key West,  Up Shortly 


The "Sugar Rum Cherry : A Burlesque Nutcracker" at KWT 12/21. Here's Updated Info. from Joyce Stahl and Rosi Ware : On the Annual Nutcracker Key West Performance that is done at The Tennessee Williams Theater. This is an OFF Year and will return Next Year in 2020

Their Team : Joyce Stahl Exec. Prod. & Artistic Dir.,Kris Kennedy Exec. Dir., Peter Arnow Marketing Dir., Kathy Holtgrave Ballet Mistress, & Marky Pierson & WonderDog Studios Art Design & Office Mgr.

Up Next Gallery on Green  but First

Key West Library Celebrates 60th Anniversary

The Key West Library continues their 60th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday November 14th at 6:00pm 
with live jazz featuring the Libby York Quartet in the Library's Palm Garden.  There will also be brief remarks from dignitaries and admirers of this beloved public institution. Free. Seating is limited.  For more information, contact the library at 305-292-3595. 

Monroe County Public Library
700 Fleming Street
Key West, FL  33040


Part 2
Papito Suarez - Andy Thurber - Wayne Garcia Exhibition "Their Key West"

 The Last Two Issues had Photos from the Reception for Andy Thurber & Wayne Garcia "Their Key West" & Close Ups of their work.  Here are the Links Oct. 28 

We Continue with Just a Few of their Year Round Artists (Below) Besides the Three in "Their Key West" Exhibitions

He Fell in Love with The Moon by Ruben Alpizar  40 x 30 Pastel on Paper

"Vista Bella" by Peter Vey  24 X 18 Oil on Canvas

"Paradise Found" by Peter Vey  36 X 36 Oil on Canvas

"North Beach Home" by Peter Vey  10 X 8  Oil on Canvas

"Reclining Nude" by Osneldo Garcia  8 X 14 X 5  Bronze

More from Nance Frank and Gallery on Greene's Artists Next Week

1100 Atlantic Blvd.  305-294-3210, 914-393-2358


Sheriff Ramsay & the Women and Men of MCSO lending a Hand at Islamorada's 2nd. Annual "Trunk or Treat" Event

Sheriff Ramsay with Capt. Holroyd


WWW.TSKW.ORG 305-296-0458 533 Eaton St.
To see ALL the Current and Future Exhibitions at TSKW Click Exhibition Link from their Website


Part 11
Pres. Don

More Classic Cars from Gold Coast Cruisers and Morgan Park in Glen Cove, LI NY. Up Shortly

Next Show Sunday Nov. 17 Noon-3pm at the usual SugarLoaf Key Lodge MM17 Overseas Hwy.


 Here is the Exhibition Page on the KWAHS Website that will give you all the Current & Year Round Exhibitions 
Upcoming Exhibitions
The 4 Listed Right Now
"Literary History of Key West" Nov. 1-Feb 9, 2020
"Key West Collects : Our Community Treasures" Nov. 22 - Jan. 5, 2020
"From a Woman's Hand" Jan. 17- March 22
"Sanford Birdsey A Retrospective" Feb. 21 - April 22, 2020

More from KWAHS Up Shortly

Casino-Monte Carlo 1920

More Rare Photos Up Shortly but First

Important Presentation on Wednesday November 20th 6pm at The Studios of Key West

William Heyman, Ph.D. will present an educational talk titled "Multi-species Fish Spawning Aggregations: What Are They and Why Are They Important!" The presentation will feature amazing underwater videos by Dr. Heyman and others showing what he has learned over more than 20 years of research. Admission is free. The event is co-sponsored by Last Stand and Reef Relief.
Open Forum on Wednesday December 4th, 6pm at Metropolitan Community Church, 1215 Petronia St. Key West
Last Stand Board is hosting an open discussion forum on alternatives proposed in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary "Restoration Blueprint." This important document will update rules for and management of the waters surrounding Key West and the Florida Keys from Ocean Reef to the Dry Tortugas.
The board is formulating a response to the proposals and we want to hear from you about what is important to change or to keep the same.
We need your expertise to help us make a thoughtful, science-based reply.
Annual Meeting Thursday January 30th, 6pm at Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
The 2020 Annual Meeting will feature Jon Rizzo of the National Weather Service. His talk will review the 2019 storm season and give us better insights to hurricane forecasting. We will also wrap up the 2019 year with a review of Last Stand activities and election of new board members.

We Continue with Part 1 of Many : Rare and Historical Photographs

Class Contrast London 1920's

Dad George H.W. & Son George W Bush

On a Worm Farm in Russia
(Not Really : The Doktorskata Sausage Factory USSR)

Egypt "The Great Spinx" Circa 1900

Elvis & His Cousin Gene at the 1953 Mid South Fair
Next Issue will have Part 2 of Rare and Historical Photographs 

More from Zazoo Art & Photographics Gallery

Born in the USA Album Cover Signed by Bruce Springsteen

Pink Floyd at Hotel Casa Madrona Sausalito California..Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Richard Wright, & Syd Barrett

Original Grand Funk Railroad Concert Poster from the 1970 Quaker City Festival. Also appearing that Year at Quaker City was Small Races, Rod Stewart and Eric Burdon & War

"Liquid Gold Mermaid" by KAI Acrylic on Canvas
More from Zazoo Next Week; Including some Special Offers on Items.



 November 20-24, 2019

KWFF Top Execs : CEO Brooke Christian, Miranda A Very Entertaining Master of Ceremonies Each Year & Exec. Administrator & Program Dir. Michael Tuckman.. What an Amazing 2019 Movie Line Up.

Once again : A few weeks ago the 8th. Annual SRO Kick Off Launch Event / Party at Mangoes.  The Nov. 3rd Issue had detailed Coverage from our Executive Contributing Editor Giancarlo Espinosa. To see ALL his Photos click this Link

The Greatest Movie Festival Program Director in the World Michael Tuckman; and the KWFF has Him

More from KWFF Up Shortly

As Our Regular Readers Know I enjoy promoting the Musicians in Key West that give their Time and Talent to the Non-Profit Organizations; Skipper Kripitz is on the Top of List.  Skippo got back in town and sent much info; Here are a few Lines :
Skipper Kripitz and Friends Every Tuesday at 9pm at Virgilio's 
Nov 12 CRZBs
Nov 19. Raven Trio
Nov 26. Chris Thomas Trio

 Wednesday, November 13th, *& every Wed., at 8 pm at the  Little Room, 821 Duval- Larry Smith, Joe  Dallas, & skippo will accompany international jazz singing sensation, [now KW resident!], Victoria Horne, through classic swing & Brazilian standards, & select/stylized  interpretations of some  pop & soul tunes.

Returning to Virgilio's, on Tuesday, Nov. 12th @ 9pm, Skipper's weekly "League of Crafty Musicians" series will present an exciting performance of Key West's premier fusion band, the CRZBs. Featuring Pat Metheny-inspired originals, brazilian dance grooves, and plenty of Sting, John Mayer, Marvin Gaye, Herbie, Chick, John Scofield, and Steely Dan- type pop & soul favs. Chris Burchard, blazes on guitar, Rob DiStasi plays keyboards and sings it from the heart, Joe Dallas funks the bass, and skippo on percussives. So, catch a great nite of soulful rock, brazilian, and funk fusion, with the one and only CRZBs, Tuesday the 12th, at Virgilio's, 524 Duval (rear). Call 296-1075 for more info


Held over Until Mid November
Salt Island Provisions Gallery & General Store  WWW.SALTISLANDPROVISIONS.COM
830 Fleming St. 305-517-6088
"Women with Fish and Fresh New Paintings"
Last Issue we had a Lead Feature ; Click the Oct. 14 Issue to see it

 WWW.MANGIA-MANGIA.COM 900 Southard Street 305-294-2469
MANGIA MANGIA's Season of Helping Out the Deserving Non Profits with their Dinner Plans. Heather and  Michael send Regards and tells us :
Yes, we have already started our events for non-profits and giving 30% off to localsEditor's note : A Great Way to Give Your Organization Some Funds with a Peaceful / Relaxing Group Dinner for Friends, Family and Associates ; and as We ALL Know ; Excellent Food..Sit in their Backyard or enjoy Dinner in their Spacious Dinning Room.  ( More Below)










  The Anne McKee Artists Fund of the Florida Keys, Inc. announces a Call to Artists for the 2020 Fine Art Auction, to take place on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at the Studios of Key West.  

The submission period for artwork is open October 15th, and closes on November 15th.  Online applications and accompanying photo(s) can be submitted from our website at Artists will be notified of acceptance no later than December 1st.

Due to space and time limitations, we are only able to accept 50 entries. The Anne McKee Artists Fund of the Florida Keys, Inc., in its sole discretion, determines whether or not art submitted will be accepted for auction. 
 The annual art auction raises money for project-based grants to Keys visual, literary and performing artists.  Attendees can bid on original paintings, sculpture, photography, fiber art, ceramics, mixed media, jewelry and more.
 Each participating artist receives 50 percent of the proceeds from the sale of his or her work, while the McKee Fund receives the remainder to award to other Keys artists for select projects.  Founded by longtime Key West resident Anne McKee, the not-for-profit fund has awarded more than $280,000 since 1994.
 For more information about the Anne McKee Artists Fund and its annual auction and artist grants, visit .


Email to become a vendor or register here ==>
Keep up the Great Job Jill and Sean. Next Nov. 17 & December 1, 15, & 29

And Every Thursday at The Truman Waterfront Park is Key West Farmers Market 10am-2:30pm

WWW.KEYWESTBUTTERFLY.COM 305-296-2988  1316 Duval St.


 November 20-24, 2019

 Click This Link Below for one of their latest E-Mail Campaign Filled with Much Information
ALL Access VIP Passes on Sale ; Click VIP for Info. & Purchase

 One of the Go To KWFF Managers & On Stage Hosts : Ruth Reitan (Ruth@KWFILMFEST.COM)

 A New Member of the KWFF Family : Kim Walsh KWFF Sponsorship Coordinator 508-224-1879 (She Lives Here) KimWalsh@KWFILMFEST.COM  

Here is another GREAT Recent E-Mail Campaign from the KWFF Giving us Info. on some of this Year's Films. 

This Year there are 2 Specialty Film Series : Eco-Conservation-Green-Nature / Animal Films and Cuban Films 
Up Shortly Information from Carol Tedesco / Cricket Desmarais and Ruth Reitan inc. Info. on the 2019 KWFF GOLDEN KEY AWARDS Honoring Actor Tom Skerritt and Filmmaker Kimberly Peirce.



Ever Saturday Morning 10am is Discovery Saturdays for the entire Family

33 East Quay Rd. 305-809-4750


We Now Continue with the 2019 Zombie Bike Ride


Hosting the 2019 Key West Film Fest

Last Week Our Nov. 3rd Issue had a Message from Executive Director Michael Marrero. Click Link for that Feature which will appear at very end of the Nov. 3rd Issue.


The Key West Gallery

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

Peter Max May Collector's VIP Studio Event in NYC
Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 5:00 PM EST
Monday, November 18, 2019 at 3:00 PM EST

PETER MAX COLLECTOR'S FLING IN NEW YORK CITY Presented by Key West Gallery For additional details and to RSVP for your preferred date call 305-292-9339 Night 1 Complimentary Dinner Hosted by Key West Gallery Day 2 1 to 3 PM- Visit the Peter Max Studio
Peter Max Studio in New York City


Meet the Artists D. Arthur and Lisa Wilson
Friday, November 29, 2019 at 10:00 PM EST
Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 10:00 PM EST

Watch D. Arthur Wilson paint and sculpt in the gallery and meet the artists while viewing their newest originals and limited editions. Meet the Artists Friday 11am-2pm and 7-10pm Saturday 11am- 4pm and 7-10pm Sunday 12noon- 6pm RSVP today 305- 292-9339 or
Key West Gallery
"Soul Mates" by D. Arthur 30 X 20 Limited Edition Giclee on Canvas
"Ancient Jubilation" by Lisa Wilson  21CM X 48 CM  Original on Glass

Meet Alexei Butirskiy Appearance and Show at Key West Gallery
Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 10:00 AM EST
Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 10:00 PM EST

Key West Gallery will host Alexei Butirskiy & the Worlds Largest  Collection of his Original paintings & Limited Edition pieces. Butirskiy will be here for a showing of his artwork Dec. 12-15, 2019 at Key West Gallery & will paint live so clients will be able to witness how he builds one of his masterpieces. RSVP today or 305-292-9339
Key West Gallery

Meet Adam Scott Rote
Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 10:00 AM EST
Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 10:00 PM EST

Meet the Artist 11am-2pm and 7-10pm Daily. Adam Rote will unveil his newest original and limited edition paintings as he paints live in the gallery. Enjoy show specials and personalized dedications on all new artwork purchases.
Key West Gallery

Friday, December 27, 2019 at 10:00 AM EST
Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 12:00 AM EST

Welcome and meet renowned artists Bill Mack and Gary Welton December 27- 29 RSVP requested New original artwork and limited editions available for purchase. Click title to RSVP today /305- 292-9339/
Key West Gallery
Bill Mack
Gary Welton

Thanks Key West Gallery for bringing into Key West Amazingly Talented Artists. What a Treat Visiting Your Gallery


524 Front St. 305-292-0448

Your One Stop Location For ___________
In the Next Few Issues we'll do a Photo Feature Tour of Fairvilla


5201 College Rd.  

KEY WEST, Florida Keys - The Key West Botanical Garden Society, a 501 (c)3 non-profit corporation, is recruiting for 5 seats on its Board of Directors for the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden.  The Garden is an endangered ecosystem and is the only frost-free tropical humid forest and botanical garden in the continental United States.
Applications are now open for consideration with two-year terms starting in January, 2020.  The Board specifically seeks a Treasurer/Bookkeeper.  Other areas of expertise that are particularly relevant to the board include, but are not limited to:  Accounting, Law, IT, Education, Engineering, Public Relations and Fundraising.   We need you to serve -  to share your expertise, and contribute.  Board responsibilities include monthly board meetings and participation in committee work.
The Key West Botanical Garden Society was formed in 1988 taking over stewardship of the Garden which had been created in 1935 through WPA funding.  The Garden's mission is to preserve, develop, expand and maintain the historic Garden as an arboretum, botanical garden, wildlife refuge and educational center.
Send letter of interest to Key West Botanical Garden, 5210 College Road, Key West, FL  33040 or email:  Website:

Misha McCrae Sends Regards and Tells Us :
Show off your scary design skills and enter the "Scarecrows in the Garden" artist design contest.   All Scarecrow entries will be on display for two months from October through November 30, 2019 and the use of natural materials is highly encouraged.
3 Categories for Entries : Amateur, Creative Professional, & Business

3428 N. Roosevelt Ave.

5525 College Rd. 305-296-2424

Please take a look at this 2.5 Minute Video of Our Sheriff; Hit SHERIFF Link. Next Issue : More Great Deeds that Sheriff Ramsay and the MCSO Troops Perform.


WWW.REDBARNTHEATRE.COM 319 Duval St. 305-296-9911

First Play of the 2019 / 2020 Season

Dec 10, 2019 - Jan 4, 2020

Based on the book by Cheryl Strayed. Adapted by Nia Vardalos.

Directed By: Joy Hawkins

A struggling writer takes over as an online advice columnist who admits she doesn't have all the answers but mines her own mistakes to empathically respond to dilemmas that are at the heart of being human. The play was based on the best-selling book by Cheryl Strayed of "Wild" fame (a book and movie starring Reese Witherspoon) and was originally directed by Thomas Kail, the director of Hamilton. Tiny Beautiful Things is a luminous play about reaching when you're stuck, healing when you're broken and finding the courage and humor to take on the questions which sometimes have no answers.


5901 College Rd. 305-296-9081




Searle Brothers Nursery & The Rainforest Collection
has their Annual Fall Sale at the Nursery & KW
WWW.RAINFORESTCOLLECTION.COM  6640 SW 172nd. Ave., SW Ranches, Fla, 33331  Larry Searle 954-658-4319  Jeff Searle 954-658-4317 
They will be setting up Sales Booths at Fort West Martello Gardens in a Group Exhibition and Sale put on by the Key West Garden Club Nov. 22 & 23.


Here is another Truly Deserving Organization to Help
Direct Donate Link Below
24215 Carribean Dr. W., SummerLand Key, Fl. 33042.  Keep up the Outstanding Work Dr. David Vaughan and Staff.


Part 11
Pres. Don

Their Classic Car Group Holds Many Car Shows in the NY Area ; This One in Glen Cove LI NY at Morgan Park had 750 Classic Cars.  I have been featuring Most of them in many Issues. 

A few More Pics of Classic Cars Up Shortly



The Key West Art Center is excited to announce the addition of our "Sip and Create" series.  A series of fun, creative and unique classes are being offered beginning in October.  These classes are being taught by instructors who have much experience in their relative fields and have taught many classes through out the Keys.  The Key West Art Center has reached out to them to add Key West!  Classes include various types of Jewelry making, basket weaving, buoy painting and more.  More information can be found on the Key West Art Center Facebook page,  or by calling 305-294-1241
(A few things going below Involving Jim Salem, Plein Air, The Key West Art Center, The Key West Wildlife Center, Call to Artists); so if you enjoy any of those Please Read Below

The Key West Art Center holds a Charity Art Show each year to benefit an important organization in the community and this year is supporting the Key West Wildlife Center.  To kick off the fundraiser there will be a Plein Air event at the Wildlife Center with Jim Salem October 31st at 10 a.m.  Jim will be hosting his weekly Plein Air Class, cost $20, and everyone is invited to learn more about the Wildlife Center.  Art from either the Plein Air event or work done at home can be dropped off to The Key West Art Center on November 8th from 10 am til 5 pm.  All work will be hanging in a special show for which there will be an opening reception November 15th from 5-7 pm complete with refreshments.  The event is open to all members and associate members of the Key West Art Center.  Associate membership is $45 per year and includes, among other benefits, participation in two shows during the year and discounts on original artwork and classes.  Each artist is allowed two pieces of original art.  All 2D media is to be framed and wired, not to exceed 24"x30" including the frame.  Maximum size of 3D work must not exceed 70" total of the two longest faces, must be sturdy and have a complementary support stand.  Ten percent of sales will be donated to the Wildlife Center and a 20% commission will go to the Key West Art Center.  Please submit your intent to exhibit and a finished image of your art work by November 4th.  This event is a great way to have your work shown while supporting two important not for profit organizations in the Key West community.  If you don't participate in the show as an artist, please come for the opening reception and show your support.  For more information please call The Key West Art Center at 305-294-1241 or visit


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Tickets Now on sale for all 6 concerts

November 21, 2019 
A potpourri with all 10 SCMS artists offering a taste of the new season and featuring composers Bononcini, Handel, Leoncavallo, Schubert, Saint-Saëns and Sondheim.December 19, 2019 :
Get in the spirit as our artists present an evening of seasonal music. The event will be held in St. Paul's sanctuary which highlights the church's acoustics and magnificent pipe organ. January 16, 2020 :
Vocalists Barbara Staffen, John Baird, and Dean Warden perform Monteverdi, Schubert, Copeland and Weill. February 20, 2020 : Four-hand piano pieces by Dvořak, Chaminade, and Jongen with Ann McFarland and Tim Peterson. March 19, 2020 : An evening of Strings with Irie Monte, Pavla Houdkova and Mark Simcox performing Beethoven and Mozart accompanied by Tim Peterson. April 16, 2020 :  Enjoy 
Dvořak performed by Irie Monte, Pavla Houdkova, and Mark Simcox accompanied by Ann McFarland plus Bach sung by John Baird accompanied by Tim Peterson and Donna DeForrest


WWW.TSKW.ORG 305-296-0458 533 Eaton St.

Here are 4 More events from TSKW
Nov. 7-28 "Lisandra Ramirez & Osmeivy Ortega"

Nov.7-28 "Solo Dar Gracias : Just Give Thanks" by Silvia Rodriguez Rivero

Nov. 15-19 Havana's 500th Year Anniversary
Dec 5-26 (with Reception 12/5 (6-8pm) Outside the Lines : Winter's Members Exhibition

November 7-28 (Reception 11/7) Click Link
Lisandra Ramirez and Osmeivy Ortega

November 7-28 (Reception 11/7) Click Link


AnnaMarie Giordano : As our Readers know AnnaMarie has Life Drawing Workshops at the KWAHS (East Martello Tower / Museum. Her Season Kicks off Tuesday Nov. 12 11a-2p to Reach Out to AnnaMarie


Part 3 : The 2019 Zombie Bike Ride Continued

Our Next Issue will have Part 4 of Our Photographic Feature from the 2019 Zombie Bike  Ride

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Request for Grant Proposals, Deadline November 30
The Florida Keys Council of the Arts is seeking Monroe County artists of all genres (visual, music, dance, literary, etc.) to apply for two grant opportunities. The deadline for Artist in Schools and Special Project grants is November 30 at 5pm. Applications are accepted online, and can be found at 
The Artists in Schools Grant program invites teaching artists in the performing, visual, literary or historical arts into the classroom. Teachers and teaching artists are encouraged to collaborate on creative projects together to enhance the existing curriculum  or to teach a new topic integrating the arts. All Monroe County public and private schools, as well as other organizations that serve children ages 5-18, are eligible to be partners for the teaching artist. This application is for the spring 2020 semester. Artists in Schools grants are up to $2,000.
Special Project Grant is intended for arts organizations or individual artists in Monroe County. The grant is to provide short-term support to vital, creative projects that do not fit into the other grant categories. Special project funding is limited to once in three years, up to $2,000 per request.   
Contact information:
Please call the Florida Keys Council of the Arts for suggestions and assistance at 305-295-4369 or by email to The Florida Keys Council of the Arts is the leading arts and cultural organization in the Florida Keys. As the non-profit local arts agency in Monroe County it connects audiences from around the world to galleries, theaters, museums, festivals, dance, music and more from Key Largo to Key West. FKCA makes grants, supports Art in Public Places, and promotes the destination for its rich and diverse history in art and culture. The Arts Council provides services to visual and performing artists, arts organizations, students and the public, striving to instill a passion for and participation in the arts.



This Excellent On-Line Newspaper / Magazine has Hundreds of Local News Features-Photos-Videos and Fantastic Investigative Reporting.  Go to their Above Website to see ALL The Updated Features.


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


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

MANGIA MANGIA's Season of Helping Out the Deserving Non Profits with their Dinner Plans. Heather and Michael send Regards and tells us :
"Yes, we have already started our events for non-profits and giving 30% off to locals.  Editor's note : A Great Way to Give Your Organization Some Funds with a Peaceful / Relaxing Group Dinner for Friends, Family and Associates ; and as We ALL Know ; Excellent Food..Sit in their Backyard or enjoy Dinner in their Spacious Dinning Room."  ( More Below)

Mark Yeoman Art Work in the Main Dinning Room

Here is the Menu Link 


United & White St.
Due to Time Constraints this Week I was Unable to have Alyson Crean's Features from The City of Key West.  Next Week of Course ; We'll Have Her Usual Great Coverage from The City of Key West.

Tuesday November 12 th , 2019.  6 pm - 9 pm
Zazoo Fine Art Gallery on historic Duval Street is pleased to host the first annual  Art From the Heart fundraising event at the gallery - 622 Duval Street, Key West. Ph.305.294.8925
Portion of the days sales will benefit the SPCA and the night will be highlighted with a live auction of an original painting by Felix the Cat Artist Don Oriolo with the entire art auction proceeds benefiting the SPCA. Don will paint the artwork during the event!  Don Oriolo is well known across the entertainment spectrum, having been a fixture in the art, music, television, and film industries for decades. Oriolo is also widely admired for his charitable and philanthropic endeavours.  In June 2018, Don spearheaded the largest Cat Rescue in the North-Eastern states history. His nonprofit group ' Kittens With a Mission ' rescued 205 cats from horrific conditions at a dilapidated home, which didn't have running water or electricity.  Spending weeks at the home collecting the cats to be taken to for medical treatment, Don personally paid the $25 fee to have each cat spayed or neutered before having them put up for adoption.  Don also rescues horses and houses them at his Blue Arrow Farm in Pine Island, NY.  With his history of supporting animal causes - it is only natural that Don's Zazoo Fine Art Gallery partners with the Florida Keys SPCA. 
Zazoo Fine Art Gallery features Don Oriolo's artwork of Felix the Cat, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Betty Boop, Popeye and Elvis Presley. In addition Zazoo represents over 20 world-renowned Artists and Photographers ( Artists - Tom Everhart, Ronnie Wood, Dr Seuss, Fabio Napoleoni, Tracy 168 and Photographers - Terry O'Neill, Milton H. Greene, Bob Gruen, Douglas Kirkland, Baron Wolman ) as well as publishes art and photography. Zazoo has a wide range of art, photography and collectibles for the novice fan to the serious collector.     
For more information, please contact: Jason Cornely, Gallery Director Zazoo Gallery - Ph.305.407.7307 , Tiffany Dunsmore - Florida Keys SPCA Ph. 305.294.4857

Owner of Zazoo & Artist Don Oriolo


Part 11
Pres. Don

Part 12 From The Gold Coast Cruisers at the Annual Morgan Park 750 Classic Car Show Next Week.


Thank you for helping us support Monroe County students! 
or Mail check to United Way PO Box 2143 KW 33045

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


Click any of the Orange Links to be Taken to the Different Areas on their Website
Key West Sunset Dinner Cruise. Dine in A/C Large Main Cabin. View Famous KW Sunset from Upper Deck. On-Line Special "Dinner Cruise" 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

Mall on Duval :  The First Weekend of Every Month Non Profit Organizations are Featured

A Photo from the Grand Opening Event


Thanks Emily Berg for Sharing This Information with Our Readers

Books and Books at TSKW (Corner Simonton and Eaton)

Literary Reading and Book signing
Rosalind Brackenbury - Without Her
Emily Berg -
Books & Books @ the Studios of Key West - 533 Eaton St, Key West 33040
Tuesday, November 12th
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Rosalind Brackenbury will be in conversation with local author Jessica Argyle to discuss her new novel WITHOUT HER

Wed. Nov. 20
Literary Reading and Book signing
Dani Shapiro - Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love
Dani Shapiro will read from her beautifully written memoir INHERITANCE, a thought-provoking genealogical mystery. Book signing to follow.

Once again ; The complete Books and Books November Schedule will be included in the Next Issue ; but Why Wait go to their Website and Facebook Pages Anytime


 November 20-24, 2019

Key West Film Festival to honor "Boys Don't Cry" filmmaker Kimberly Peirce and MASH & "Alien" actor Tom Skerritt with prestigious Golden Key Awards at Eighth Annual Festival

Key West Film Festival announced that "Boys Don't Cry" filmmaker Kimberly Peirce and "Alien" actor Tom Skerritt will receive prestigious Golden Key Awards at this year's festival, running November 20-24, 2019 at the Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street.
Peirce, a writer, director, and Florida native who attended high school in Miami, will be honored on the 20th anniversary of the release of the groundbreaking film "Boys Don't Cry," which she co-wrote and directed.  The festival will screen the film on Friday, November 22, with Peirce joining Film at Lincoln Center Deputy Director Eugene Hernandez for a pre-screening discussion.
Two-time Golden Globe nominee and "Picket Fences" Best Actor Award winner Skerritt, who has appeared in more than 40 films including "Top Gun" with former Key West resident Kelly McGillis, will be interviewed by Rolling Stone's David Fear at a Thursday, November 21 40th anniversary screening of the seminal sci-fi film "Alien," in which Skerritt played the part of Captain Arthur Dallas. "Alien" will be preceded by a screening of the award-winning short film "The Phantom 52," which premiered at Sundance 2019 and stars Skerritt. Director Geoff Marslett will also be in attendance.
"We are beyond thrilled and humbled to be able to honor both Kimberly and Tom on major anniversaries of two films that broke boundaries and rules for their genre and paved the way for so many future voices to express their creativity," says Key West Film Festival Director of Programming Michael Tuckman.
Skerritt and Peirce join the Festival's past Golden Key Award winners Burt Reynolds, Marisa Tomei, Paul Verhoeven, Alan Cumming, Harmony Korine, Lois Smith, Mariel Hemingway, and many other celebrated actors and filmmakers. Now in its 8th year, the much-noted Festival is a showcase for dozens of cinematic offerings while highlighting visiting filmmakers, actors, directors, and industry leaders through discussions and workshops, with access to some of the biggest names in the film business. Red carpet events, parties and award ceremonies round out a world-class festival experience 'Where Passion Meets Paradise.'
VIP and All-Access Pass festival-goers can join the honorees in viewing and discussing their classic films. Limited one-day passes are pending seat availability for these events. The complete 2019 line-up of films will be officially unveiled to the public on Tuesday, October 29 during a Festival kick-off party held at Mangoes Restaurant, 700 Duval Street, from 7:30pm - 9:00pm.  Admission is free.
Stay abreast of Key West Film Festival announcements by signing up for their e-blasts at, where event passes, including VIP, All-Access, and Auteur options, are now available. For more information, visit or contact Carla Turner, Tropic Cinema Marketing Director at
Additional Extensive Info.  at the end of this Issue including the complete 2019 Line-Up

NOW is the largest organization of feminist grass-roots activists in the US. NOW has hundreds of chapters and hundreds of thousands of members and activists in all 50 states. Since its founding 1966, NOW's purpose is to take action through intersectional grassroots activism, to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life. 
Key West NOW meetings are held the fourth Wednesday of the month at 5:30 pm at Shanna Key and we welcome your presence.



Monday-Wednesday-Friday 7:45 AM 
(weather permitting). 
An invigorating blend of stretches, dance, Pilates and yoga for the body, mind and spirit for Individuals and Couples. Towels, Mats, Weights, Music & Instruction for ONLY $15.  526 Angela Street at The Gardens Hotel ( Corner Simonton and Angela). 305-294-3381.  Ask for Concierge as well if you don't see the Group in the Gardens.

WWW.DANCEKEYWEST.ORG Offices & Studios in the Key West Theater 2nd Fl. 512 Eaton St. Kyla Piscopink, Cricket Desmarais, and Kristen Huffman

 One of the ways to Support Dance Key West is of course Make a Donation to this Truly Deserving Non Profit; and Another Way is "Wine Bingo for Dance Key West" at Vinos 810 Duval St.. Contact Vinos and Dance Key West for their upcoming Events

717 Love Lane


 Key West Farmers Market at Truman Waterfront 10a-2pm
On July 16 the Key West City Council approved a weekly Farmers Market at Truman Waterfront. The decision came after new organizers came forward to fill the void left by the abrupt departure of the Green Market at Bayview Park. Jill Snodgrass and Sean Krikorian, owners of the event firm Daily Plan-it, already organize the popular seasonal Key West Artisan Market at Higgs Beach so it was a natural fit. "We feature many of the same vendors who came to us expressing a need and desire to continue serving the people of Key West," Krikorian explained. "Many of them participate in a market almost every day somewhere in the keys, so missing an option on Thursdays left a void for them as well as the patrons."  The Truman Waterfront Advisory Board reached out to encourage selection of that recently renovated area as the new location and both vendors and organizers agreed it is a perfect choice.
The new event  began August 1 and continue every Thursday from 10 am to 2 pm. The show will feature produce sold by the Homestead farmer who grows it, Rosie, the famous cheese lady, orchids and native plants, pickles, honey, handcrafted items and other specialties. Organizers are applying to make the show EBT/SNAP friendly so affordable fresh food will be available to more people. Working locals are urged to take advantage of the many prepared items and stop at the market during their lunch break to enjoy a seaside picnic while they shop. Parking is plentiful and free with a resident parking permit. Visitors are encouraged to use the free pink Duval Loop Bus which stops close by. The new splash park and tours of the Ingham are also available in the park.
"When the Green Market closed many locals were very vocal about wanting a farmers market option in their backyard." Krikorian said, "We hope everyone shows up to support this and helps make sure its sustainable."
For more information or to participate, contact Sean K at 305.731.3385 or visit facebook kwfarmersmarket
The Last Few Issues of The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends
APRIL 1 2019
APRIL 8 2019
APRIL 15 2019
April 29 2019
May 27 (Last Issue of the 2018 / 2019) Season
Special Edition Summer Issue #1 June 24
Special Edition Summer Issue#2 July 15, 2019
Special Edition Summer Issue#3 Aug. 5, 2019
Special Edition Summer Issue#4 Aug. 19, 2019
FIRST ISSUE OF THE 2019 / 2010 Season  Sept. 9
SECOND ISSUE OF THE 2019 / 2010 Season Sept. 23
September 30, 2019
Oct. 7, 2019
Oct. 14, 2019
Oct. 21, 2019
Oct. 28, 2019
Nov. 3, 2018


From the Key West Business Guild
 808 Duval St. 305-294-4603
WWW.GAYKEYWESTFL.COM  808 Duval St. 305-294-4603.
Next Mixer Nov. 13 5-7pm at The  Oldest House and Gardens  322 Duval Street (also sponsored by Hard Rock Cafe) & Dec. Mixer is at Alonzo's Oyster Bar 12/11. Their Dec. Luncheon also at Marriott Beachside is 12/4 & is the Annual Meeting & Awards  Below Click Link to Reserve for Luncheon  Click RESERVE 

Great Job on your Weekly Friday E-Mail Campaigns ; and ALL the Member's Businesses Special Event Flyers & Materials
Please call the Chamber for Pricing and to Reserve and Ad Spot


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

(Bottom-L) The William Weech American Legion Post 168 held their annual fundraiser at the Sidebar.  Shown are Glenwood Lopez, Commander, Cindy Wilson, Henry Fuller, Wendy Hovey, and Nancy Moulton. 
(Bottom Right) Key West Mile Markers Co-Team Captains Don Dotzauer and Fantasy Fest Queen Karen Frank-Noll thanks everyone attending their annual fundraiser for their Miami to Key West Bicycle ride to raise funds for seven South Florida AIDS Organizations. 

(Top-L) Claire Hiller and Sharon Hirsch from Wesley House thanked Key West Business Guild  members attending the November luncheon for their participation in their annual toy drive.
(Top-R) John Mayer and Juan Benitez are both participating in this year's SMART Ride bicycle ride from Miami to Key West to raise money for seven South Florida AIDS organizations. 

Peter Arnow's Photos can also be found Most Every Day in WWW.KONKLIFE.COM

WWW.THEMERUNS.COM 305-747-8563

11/16 7:30am Mariners Hospital 5K/10K Isla Morada. Benefits The Center for Excellence in Nursing. 11/28 9am Turkey Trot, Duck Key Benefits Local Law Enforcement. 11/30 8am Hog Trot 5K Key West Benefits KWHS Track and Cross Country. 
12/30 6pm illuminated 5K Key West Benefits MCBA Scholarship and Take Stock In Children
RACES 2020 
2/9 8am Red Hot Run 5K Key West Benefits Anchors Aweigh. 2/23 8am FINtastic 5K Key West Benefits Gerald Adams Elementary.  3/2 8am Sombrero 5K/10/15K Marathon. Benefits KAIR , 
4/23 7pm Duval Mile 1mile Key West Benefits KWHS Track and Cross Country. 4/27 8am Mariners March 5K Key West Benefits Basilica School. 5/4 8am Tutu 10K and Relay Key West Benefits KWHS. 6/29 8am PAL 5K Key West Benefits Police Athletic League. 7/4 8am Rotary 4th of July 5K Key West Benefits Rotary of Key West.  9/5 8am Heroes Salute 5K Duck Key Benefits Monroe FD. 9/19 8am One Human Race 5K Key West Benefits May Sands Montessori School. 10/3 8am Red Shirt Run 5K Key West Benefits AH Monroe. 10/26 6pm Heroes and Villains 5K Key West Benefits KWHS. 11/7 8am Zonta ABC 5K Key West Benefits Women's Health Mammograms.  11/8 or 15th (DATE TBD) 8am Childrens School 5K Key West Benefits The Children's School.  11/15 or 22nd 7:30am Mariners Hospital 5K/10K Islamorada Benefits The Center for Excellence in Nursing 11/26. 9am Turkey Trot Duck Key Benefits Local Law Enforcement. 11/28 8am Hog Trot 5K Key West Benefits KWHS Track and Cross Country.  12/30 6pm illuminated 5K Key West Benefits MCBA Scholarship and Take Stock In Children
Beth Moyes
President Theme Runs Inc.
Zombie Bike Ride Artist Coordinator
Fantasy Fest Parade Coordinator
(305) 747-8563
1277 1st St. Suite 1
Key West FL 33040


Next Week's Issue will have a few of their Most Recent Photo Galleries ; However Why Wait? Hit Above Link & Go to Their Website.


WWW.KEYWEST.GARDEN  305-296-1504
5201 College Rd.  

The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden on Stock Island is seeking volunteers to help with the Nursery, Garden and general office help.  No experience necessary and training is provided.  Volunteer hours apply toward Community Service for students, City, County & State Programs. For more information contact the Garden office at (305) 296-1504, email or go online to to sign up.  
The Garden is located at 5210 College Road, on Stock Island, Key West, Florida.  For information about visiting the Garden, please visit  or call 305.296.1504.


WWW.MARCHOUSE.ORG  305-296-9556
MARC Executive Director Receives Life Time Achievement Award
Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens Executive Director Diana Flenard recently received the Judge Wilkie Ferguson Lifetime Achievement Award.  It is in honor of the judge who touched many individuals with disabilities as a strong advocate, crusader and friend.  It was given to Diana for her extraordinary contributions that have made a lasting impact on the lives of individuals with disabilities.  It is only given by a nomination and vote of the past recipients .    
Photo: L to R: Les Leech, past recipient of the award, Suzanne Sewell, President of Florida ARF and Diana Flenard this year's 2019 recipient.


Q-Magazine from Neil Chamberlain 
WWW.QKEYWEST.COM 305-396-8227


 The Tennessee Williams Museum Exhibit 513 Truman Ave. 305-204-4527

The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends uses Constant Contact for our Database Management and Production. It's amazingly Easy and the Customer Support is second to none (With a Tie with Dell). WWW.CONSTANTCONTACT.COM 866-289-2101


Rebecca Tomlinson (Artistic Managing Director  305-587-8961)   Tickets at


WWW.INSTITUTOSANCARLOS.ORG 516 Duval St. 305-294-3887 




Click this  LINK1 for their Facebook Page

Annual Membership Meeting Nov. 13 at The Casa Marina; More Info in the Next Few Weeks; or Simply go to their Website.


Please go to their Facebook Pages and Website for Event Listings as well as Great Features

Here is a Video Link about "Car Free Key West & One Spot that they just added more Bike Racks

-------------------------------------   305-766-9727 Peter Arnow 305-923-9645

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

Roberta and Peter Say Reserve Early

To be seen in any of the 2019-20 Cultural Arts Publications

October 18 for  Red Barn Theatre, Key West Theater, Fringe Theatre, Waterfront Playhouse and South Florida Symphony, November 1 for Tennessee Williams Theatre and Truman Foundation, November 15 for Impromptu Concerts, Anne McKee Art Auction Program, February 15 for Key West Songwriter's Festival, May 1 for PrideFest Key West 2020,  Mystery Fest Key West, Key West Summer Stage 2020, May 15  for Key West International Guitar Festival, June 1 for Tropical Heat 2020, July 1  for WomenFest 2020



407 Wall St. 305-294-5015


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


WWW.DOITKEYWEST.COM 305-440-0529 2011 Flagler Ave. 
Gracy sends regards and tells us : This website was created to make easier to event goers to find times and dates. Companies can save time and always have updated/available events available to them and their customers. They don't have to search every local news paper to find what they need. They have ready and combined information on one calendar. It's also online and therefore very convenient. Most people are digital nowadays. Another selling point is that the calendar of events will provide useful information that can be used for scheduling. Any company who is having a special event can look at the global calendar and avoid clashing times/dates with other organizations. This also allows them to attract more people to their events by scheduling their own events when other organizations aren't scheduled. 

 305-293-7500  1100 Simonton St. 33040

(Formerly Known as and/or AKA Aids Help CC)

 305-296-6196  1434 Kennedy Drive 33040


Please go to their Website for the Most Accurate Schedule Including Additions
     November 10th - Who's Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience - Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,     November 13th - Wizards of Winter - Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,   November 23rd -World Guitar Rock N' Roll Festival: Tribute to Queen & AC/DC- Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,    December 1st - Max Weinberg's Jukebox - Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,    December 5th - Rumours: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute - Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,     December 7th  - Paula Poundstone - Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,      December 11th - A Peter White Christmas feat. Euge Groove, Vincent Ingala & Lindsey Webster - Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,   December 15th - Bret Michaels - Show 8pm/Doors 7pm, Sinbad - January 14th - Shows at 6:30pm & 9:00pm,    Tommy Castro - January 17th - Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,    Tommy Emmanuel - February 15th & 16th - Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,     Judy Collins - February 17th - Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,    February 22nd - Tom Papa - Show 7pm/Doors 6pm,   February 25th - John Lodge - Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,      February 27th - Beginnings: A Tribute to the Music of Chicago - Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,     February 29th - Firefall - Show 8pm/Doors 7pm, March 1st - John Tesh - Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,   March 16th & 17th -Get The Led Out- Show 8pm/Doors 7pm.
 RamsHead Productions Temptations April 5, 2020; and also Kool and the Gang with the Village People Feb. 21, 2020
Sugar Rum Cherry : A Burlesque NutCracker
December 19, 20 & 21.  Go to their website for Detailed Info.
March 12 & 13

DOORS 7:00P // SHOW 8:00P
The Kingston Trio began with Nick Reynolds, Bob Shane and Dave Guard in 1955... Home base: San Francisco. The three founded what turned out to be the most influential music band to emerge from the 1950s, only to be outdone by The Beatles. With talent and tenacity, they rose to become the undisputed kings of an acoustic musical genre that exploded onto the American scene, and still exists today!

10,000 MANIACS
DOORS 7:00P // SHOW 8:00P
The band has covered plenty of ground in its 35-plus years, from cult-herodom to international stardom, to their current status as a cornerstone alternative band. But the sound and spirit of 10,000 Maniacs remains consistent. The live shows embrace their entire catalogue, and the lineup is still anchored by four of the six original members.


SHOWS AT 6:30PM & 9:30PM

Kevin Nealon sets himself apart from other comedic performers with his unique sense of humor, dry wit and likeable demeanor. Nealon is best known for his nine-year stint as a cast member of NBC's Saturday Night Live, and has received critical acclaim for his role in the Showtime series, Weeds.



Hit the Blue Links for the Interface to Various Areas on their Site
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


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

TDC Photo Adventure Link Below

K ey West Old Island Restoration ( OIRF) Kicks Off 60th Anniversary Festivities

Eco Films to Be UnveIled at the 2019 Key West Film Festival

Stewards of the Keys Monthly Section "Reef's Alli Candelmo

Key Largo Bridge Run to Attract Distance Runners Nov. 9

November Featured Video : Keys Sunset Video
"Mallory Square Sunset Celebration"
2019 / 2020 Season Kicks Off in a Few Days (Nov. 18) Click this TDC Event Link

Make sure to check out ALL the TDC Materials ; which Include Photo Galleries, Videos, and Extensive Events and Information Materials. Great Job TDC Staff.  
For Many Additional TDC Features for November and December Hit

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

Cabaret ALL TIMES ARE 5-7 PM
Cabaret  @ d'vine Wine Gallery:

Sunday,  Nov 10, 5 - 7:30 pm
JaZz In The Gardens
With Scott Marischen & Friends !
Cabaret  @ d'vine Wine Gallery:
Monday, Nov 11, James King III, 5-7 pm
Tuesday, Nov 12, Nina Newton, 5-7 pm
Wednesday, Nov 13, Nina Newton, 5-7 pm
Thursday, Nov 14, Jimmy Olson, 5-7 pm
Friday, Nov 15, Michael Robinson, 5-7 pm
Saturday, Nov 16, Bobby Green, 5-7 pm
Sunday,  Nov 17, 5:30 - 8 pm
JaZz In The Gardens
With Libby York & Friends !

Monday, Nov 18, James King III, 5-7 pm
Wednesday, Nov 20, Nina Newton, 5-7 pm
Thursday, Nov 21, Jimmy Olson, 5-7 pm
Friday, Nov 22, Michael Robinson, 5-7 pm
Saturday, Nov 23, Bobby Green, 5-7 pm
Sunday,  Nov 24, 5:30 - 8 pm
JaZz In The Gardens
Jesse Ricca Quartet!

Wine Class Nov 19!


Nina Newton Playing on Multiple Days Each Week
 In fact; all the Talent at their Cabaret Lounge is Great.


MOTE'S Beach Condition Reporting System Expands to the Florida's East Coast
The Beach Conditions Reporting System (BCRS) provides daily updates on waves, currents, water and air temperature, algae and multiple other conditions at 38 beaches, including Lake Worth and 37 Gulf Coast beaches in Southwest Florida and the Panhandle. Each beach is monitored by trained volunteers including lifeguards, park rangers and others coordinated by Mote.  Much Additional Info. is in the E-Mail Campaign that this Feature is in ; Click
In the Next Few Issues I'll be Inserting some recent Links from MOTE. You Should go on the website and sign up for their E-Newsletters.


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

Here is the Menu Link 

MANGIA MANGIA's Season of Helping Out the Deserving Non Profits with their Dinner Plans. Heather and Michael send Regards and tells us :
"Yes, we have already started our events for non-profits and giving 30% off to locals.  Editor's note : A Great Way to Give Your Organization Some Funds with a Peaceful / Relaxing Group Dinner for Friends, Family and Associates ; and as We ALL Know ; Excellent Food..Sit in their Backyard or enjoy Dinner in their Spacious Dinning Room."


WWW.TROPICCINEMA.COM 305-396-4944 416 Eaton St.

Carla and Mike send Regards : 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. Below is a Message from  their Executive Director Michael Marrero

Hello Movie Lovers, 

High Season is almost upon us as the temperature drops to a chilly 85 degrees. What better way to escape the madness than enjoying a great film in a great theater. The Tropic staff and I are excited to announce the upcoming 2019/20 Tropic Season! Last season we had over 80 special screenings and we're looking forward to bringing you another diverse line-up of programming.   Monday Night Classics - It's back! One of our favorite series returns with a look at classic films, themed monthly, showcasing master filmmakers and film movements.

Arts & Cultural Series - After you hit up your favorite Sunday brunch spot, join us for a matinee screening of opera, museum exhibition, ballet or a theatrical production from around the globe.  Cinematheque Series- Cutting edge international films from around the world. Thursday nights starting in December, just in time for Christmas.

Cult Classics - It's Key West, and everything should be celebrated including film! Throw on a random costume, grab a drink and enjoy a beloved cult classic. Sing along to Grease, do the time warp to Rocky Horror, sip White Russians with The Big Lebowski and more!  Music on Films - The next best thing to being at an actual concert is watching it on the big screen without the crowds. Join us as we honor all things music, from concert films to musician documentaries.  Filmmaker Series - Inspiring filmmakers and documentarians present and discuss their work with Tropic audiences. Q&A discussion with these filmmakers swing from content questions to filmmaker how-to. This series includes the audience favorite, Southern Circuit Film Tour of Independent Filmmakers.

Key West on Film - Yes, movies are made in Key West, and yes, some of those people can still afford to live here. Come support local filmmakers and productions from around the Keys, including the always entertaining 72 Hour Film Challenge.  Beer, Wine, Booze & Movies - Key West loves booze. Key West loves movies. We have paired Classic films with your favorite wine, beer or spirits. 'Nuff said.  Kids Summer Series - Why chase your kid around the park when the entire family can be entertained in the cool A/C? Every Saturday, during the summer, enjoy discounted kid's programming. P.S. Mom, we have wine.   Attack of the B's - Hosted B-Movies from the 50/60/70's. So bad you can't help but love them. Saturdays, all summer long.   I'd like to take another opportunity to thank all the members for your continued support of the Tropic. None of this would be possible without you. You guys rock. 

We hope you enjoy this upcoming season and we look forward to seeing you at the Tropic!
Sincerely,  Michael Marrero Executive Director

Up Next a Listing of Many of the Art Galleries in Key West but First 

Key West Art & Historical Society Invites Public to Experience Free Key West Historic Marker Tours
Key West Art & Historical Society invites locals and tourists to experience a multi-platform, self-guided, and free tour program of Key West's historic sites designed to highlight the island's unique multi-cultural history and heritage through the Key West Historic Marker Tours website and phone app.
Originally designed and launched by Bruce Neff under the auspices of Key West Historic Markers Inc., the program merged with Key West Art & Historical Society in 2018 and consists of three primary elements: a map of cultural and museum attractions featuring 121 historic location markers that pay tribute to Key West's colorful past, phone apps that act as a personal museum docent to support those taking the self-led walking tours, and a comprehensive website at that provides a virtual tour of Key West, historic background and community information, digital collections of local postcards and cigar box art, and links to Google maps. 
Key West has one of the largest historic districts with the densest amassing of historic frame vernacular buildings in the country. The island's history encompasses unique architecture, Civil War forts, famous authors' homes, connection to wars and revolutions, once-thriving turtle and sponging industries, sunken treasure galleons, slave ships, Flagler's railroad, boom and bust economies, and much more.
To plan your own tour, visit the Key West Historic Marker Tour website at, download the free Key West Historic Marker Tour phone app at, or call 305-507-0300 for a free Key West "Voices of History" phone tour. For more information, contact curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D., at 305-295-6616 x112.
Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.  



HERE IS A PARTIAL LISTING OF THE ART VENUES IN KEY WEST. The Below Galleries & Museums are part of the "Friends" in The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends (Frequent Associate Contributing Editors)


WWW.COCCOANDSALEM.COM  1111Duval St. 305-292-0072


New Location "The Annex" 804 White St.
also "By the Bay" 3340 N. Roos. Blvd. #2

1207 Duval Street  305-296-8900

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

WWW.DANCEKEYWEST.ORG Offices & Studios in the Key West Theater 2nd Fl. 512 Eaton St. DanceKW@Gmail.comKyla Piscopink, Cricket Desmarais, and Kristen Huffman

221 Key Deer Blvd., Big Pine Key 305-872-1828

WWW.HARRISON-GALLERY.COM  825 White St. 305-294-0609

WWW.STONESOUPGALLERY.COM 802 White St. 305-296-2080

EFFUSION GALLERY (Just Opened July 5) 701 Duval St.
305-735-4345  WWW.EFFUSION.COM


WWW.AMANDAJOHNSONFINEART.COM   518 Fleming St. 305-414-8396

New Location at 408 Greene Street  305-294-3973

WWW.COLLECTIONSKW.COM 6810 Front St. 305-923-4778

Dog Tired Studio & Gallery 1011 Whitehead St. 802-989-5910  WWW.DOGTIREDSTUDIO.NET

Salt Island Provisions Gallery & General Store  WWW.SALTISLANDPROVISIONS.COM
830 Fleming St. 305-517-6088

ART@830  830 Caroline St. 305-295-9595

Guild Hall Gallery 614 Duval St. 305-296-6076

Alan Maltz Gallery  1210 Duval St. 305-294-0005

DE LA GALLERY 419 Duval St.  305-395-2210

4 KWAHS EVENTS IN GREATER DETAIL BELOW From Carol Tedesco and Cricket Desmarais
Key West Art & Historical Society honors the island's literary history with exhibit at Custom House Museum
Key West Art & Historical Society celebrates the "Literary History of Key West," an exhibit that opened with a special reception on Friday, November 1, from 6:00pm -7:30pm and runs through February 9, 2020 in the Byran Gallery at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street. The exhibit pays tribute to a selection of nearly 40 writers spanning generations and genres.
Among the earliest and most familiar are Ernest Hemingway, Robert Frost, and Tennessee Williams - literary luminaries that were drawn to the island's bohemian, tropical lifestyle.  Others might recognize Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, and John Dos Passos. Then came the 1970s - " a perfect storm of gorgeous weather, inexpensive housing, tranquility, and tradition," says Convertito - which further attracted writers Thomas McGuane, Jim Harrison, Hunter S. Thompson, James Merrill, Richard Wilbur, and Allison Lurie. Today, the island is home to celebrated writers Judy Blume, Robert Stone, Meg Cabot, Rosalind Brackenbury, Ann Beattie, and Edmund White, as well as the Key West Literary Seminar, the Key West Writers Guild and the Key West Poetry Guild.
"Once the tradition of writers living and working on the island had been established by these early luminaries, others began to follow in their footsteps," says Convertito. "Newcomers to the island embraced the reputation of those who came before them."
With a heavy focus on individual narratives that include their connection to Key West, the exhibit also aims to  serve as a springboard for discovering the island's cultivation of inspired works and the authors who penned them.
"Understanding our long-standing literary tradition is key,"  says Convertito. " There is such an infusion of people and cultures in Key West, and it furnishes an excellent backdrop for writers, particularly the eccentric perspectives in narrative."  Going further, she says, "this island sustains a genuine balance of magical and mysterious which continues to attract Pulitzer Prize winners, Poet Laureates and Nobel Prize winners."
Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs.  For more information call Cori Convertito, Ph.D., at 305-295-6616 x112, email her, or visit .  Your Museums.  Your Community.  It Takes an Island. 


Key West Art & Historical Society Call for Collections of Curios, Artworks, Baubles and Tchotchkes
Do you collect interesting and unusual objects? Is your home filled with knickknacks, curios, ornaments, trinkets, baubles, collectibles, artwork, and other objects of interest? Your unique treasures could be part of the upcoming "Key West Collects: Our Community Treasures" exhibit, one of Key West Art & Historical Society's popular returning exhibits, slated for the Custom House Museum from November 22, 2019 through January 5, 2020.
Keys residents who would like to have their own unusual or impressive collections considered for the exhibit should contact KWAHS Curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D. at 305-295-6616 x112 or send a description with photographs via email to The last "Key West Collects" exhibit, held in 2017, included objects such as exotic opium pipes, vintage dolls, World War I sheet music, scrimshaw from the 19th century, pre-Columbian artifacts, embroidered linens and other cherished objects collected by our local community. 
"Florida Keys residents are fascinated in so many facets of culture, history and the arts," says Society curator Cori Convertito. "Displaying a small representation of their interests allows the museum to generate conversation amongst its visitors."
"Key West Collects: Our Community Treasures" will open with a special reception on November 22, from 6:00pm-7:30pm in the Bumpus Gallery at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street and will run through January 5, 2020.Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs. For more information on Key West Art & Historical Society venues and events, visitkwahs.orgYour Museums.  Your Community.  It Takes an Island.
Key West Art & Historical Society seeks unusual or impressive collections - like this collection of scrimshaw from the late 18th through mid-19th centuries - to be considered for the next "Key West Collects" exhibit in November.  Contact KWAHS Curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D. at 305-295-6616 x112.

Key West Art & Historical Society Announces Live Music at Martello Concert Starring Perpetual Groove and opening act The Happy Dog
Tickets are now on sale for an evening of live music starring legendary "jam band" Perpetual Groove with opening act The Happy Dog, presented by Key West Art & Historical Society via its popular Music at Martello series. Set for December 12, 2019 on the grounds of historic Fort East Martello, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd., doors will open at 6:00pm with The Happy Dog band starting at 7:00 followed by headliners PGroove.
Perpetual Groove, known for a sound that fuses Southern rock, funk, jazzy improvisation, indie rock and synth loops, and whose hits include "Save for One," "Mr. Transistor," "Three Weeks," "Teakwood," and "Walking in Place," will be performing from their classic play list along with material from their newly released self-titled album.
Concertgoers are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for a "backyard casual" setup that will include food vendors and cash bar.  Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs.  General admission is $25; children under 12 admitted free. Limited parking is available; bicycling is encouraged.  Tickets are now on sale at Your Museums.  Your Community.  It Takes an Island.  

Key West Art & Historical Society presents Children's Heavenly Horses Archaeology 3-day Workshop at Fort East Martello Museum
Children aged 6-12 looking for a pre-Thanksgiving adventure can enjoy "Archaeology: The Heavenly Horses," a Key West Art & Historical Society workshop held Monday, November 25 through Wednesday, November 27 from 9:00am-4:00pm at Fort East Martello Museum. This 3-day workshop features puzzles, traps, obstacle courses, field games, ancient alphabets, costuming, and live-action role-playing.
Led by instructors Rick "Deadeye" Wheelus and Kevin Lisinski, "Archaeology: The Heavenly Horses" student adventure teams will travel along the Silk Road, across the Steppes, and over the Himalayas guided by historic personas like Julius Caesar, Attila the Hun, and the Emperors of China as they discover the connections between the East and the West, save the world, and solve the riddle of the Heavenly Horses.
The cost for "Archaeology: The Heavenly Horses" is $120 for Society members and $135 for non-members and includes all supplies. Register now for this limited space workshop at KWAHS.ORG, click "Tickets." For more information contact Education Specialist Kassandra Collett at 305-295-6616 ext. 114 or email at  Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs and Society benefactor Lee Garrison. 
 Your museums.  Your community.  It takes an island.  


 November 20-24, 2019

The Key West Film Festival Launch party, the exciting  8th Annual Key West Film Festival 2019 lineup was announced-- including major fall films from Noah Baumbach and Destin Daniel Cretton.
More than 115 films and V/R pieces will be shown during the 5-day festival, which runs November 20-24. Nearly half of the feature films at the festival will be Florida festival premieres.
Baumbach's MARRIAGE STORY (Netflix), starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, and Cretton's JUST MERCY (Warner Bros. Pictures), starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx serve as the marquee Centerpiece films, joining the previously announced Opening and Closing Night Films, Martin Scorsese's THE IRISHMAN (Netflix) and Trey Edward Shults's Hollywood, FL-basedWAVES (A24). The latter two films play as part of the festival's 5th Annual Critics Focus program, in which two of the nation's top critics curate the slots and have a pre-screening discussion. Shults will appear for a Q&A moderated by Collins and Yamato.
Director of Programming Michael Tuckman says, "We are once again elated to be showcasing some of the major contenders for the Oscars this year and giving audiences in Key West a first look at these films, which are sure to be talked about for decades to come. And we are equally proud of the spotlight we are placing on Florida-based stories, not just through our extensive local programming, but as seen through so many films in our main slate program that take place in or are connected to Florida." 
Other Spotlight films include the Florida premieres of Emily Taguchi and Jake Lefferman's AFTER PARKLAND, who will both attend the festival, and Bert & Bertie's TROOP ZERO, starring Viola Davis and Allison Janney and written by Florida native Lucy Alibar (Beasts of the Southern Wild). Another Florida native, acclaimed filmmaker Ondi Timoner, returns to KWFF with a special director's cut of her film MAPPLETHORPE, which took home the award for Best LGBTQ Film at KWFF 2018.
Film critics in attendance at this year's festival will include Collins, Yamato, and Eric Kohn, Executive Editor & Chief Critic of IndieWire; David Fear, Senior Editor and critic at Rolling Stone; Eugene Hernandez, Co-Publisher of Film Comment; Monica Castillo of; Tomris Laffly of Variety; Shirrel Rhoades of Adams Publishing Group, and Hans Morgenstern of the Miami New Times. These critics will participate in the 5 th Annual Critics Panel, moderated by Eric Kohn, and collaborate to decide the winner of KWFF's fourth annual Critics Prize. Unique in its nature, the Critics Prize, voted on by the critics in attendance, is presented to one film from the entire program.
Special events this year include previously announced appearances by Florida native Kimberly Peirce and legendary actor Tom Skerritt, who will be honored with the prestigious Golden Key Awards on the 20 th Anniversary of BOYS DON'T CRY and the 40 th Anniversary of ALIEN, respectively.
The fourth annual Golden Key for Costume Design will also take place, this time with an award honoring Arianne Phillips, whose recent work was showcased in Quentin Tarantino's ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD. Deborah Nadoolman Landis, a past president of the Costume Designers Guild and former Governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, will helm a video presentation of the award. 
New to the program this year is the Kibbitz with Critics series, in which the curating critics share two of their favorite films from the last year over brunch. Collins will present Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar's AMERICAN FACTORY and Yamato will present Florida-raised Lulu Wang's THE FAREWELL.
Additional films in the main slate with ties to Florida include PAHOKEE, A WOMAN'S WORK: THE NFL'S CHEERLEADER PROBLEM, and THE INFILTRATORS. Special guests from each of these films will appear at the festival. 
The festival will take place in Key West from November 20-24, and includes special event screenings and a curated selection of over 30 feature films and shorts programs encompassing narrative features, documentaries, foreign language cinema, LGBTQ cinema, VR, and works by Florida filmmakers. The shorts programs were curated from hundreds of submissions from Florida, the United States, and a dozen other Latin American, Caribbean, European, and Asian countries.
The complete line-up is as follows. Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks assisted in the curation of the LGBTQ programming and the Virtual Reality programming was curated by Matthew Bolish. Filmmaker Ruth Reitan, a graduate of the University of Miami MFA program and KWFF alumnus, directed the programming of the local and short films. Florida festival Premieres are designated with an asterisk:
The Irishman, Martin Scorsese
Waves*, Trey Edward Shults
Just Mercy, Destin Daniel Cretton
Marriage Story, Noah Baumbach
Kimberly Peirce
Tom Skerritt
Arianne Phillips
After Parkland*, Emily Taguchi and Jake Lefferman
Driveways*, Andrew Ahn
Saint Frances, Alex Thompson
Troop Zero*, Bert & Bertie
A Woman's Work: The NFL's Cheerleader Problem*, Yu Gu
Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn*, Ivy Meeropol
Midnight Traveler, Hassan Fazili
Pahokee, Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan
Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins, Janice Engel
The Infiltrators, Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra
Well Groomed, Rebecca Stern
And Then We Danced, Levan Akin
Circus of Books, Rachel Mason
Cunningham*, Alla Kovgan
End of the Century, Lucio Castro
Mapplethorpe (Director's Cut)*, Ondi Timoner
Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Céline Sciamma
Atlantics*, Mati Diop
Bacurau*, Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
Our Time Machine*, Yang Sun and S. Leo Chiang
Synonyms, Nadav Lapid
The Whistlers*, Corneliu Porumboiu
American Factory, Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar
The Farewell, Lulu Wang
FLORIDA FOCUSA Name Without a Place, Kenny Riches
 (preceded by Where's the Fire, short)Errol Flynn's Ghost: Hollywood in Havana, Gaspar González
 (preceded by Havana Shorts line-up)  Ice Palace, a Love Letter*, Mark C. Burns
 (preceded by Float 23, short)
World Comedy I:
Made Public
Now or Never
One Day Home
My Baby is a Bike Helmet
40 Minutes Over Maui
World Comedy II:
Little Town Blues
Space sharks
Untitled Groping Revenge Fairytale
The Right Choice
Always Remember Me
World Student Documentaries & Drama:
The Jacket
49 years from the House on the Left
Boxed In
Deaf Reach: Hope for Pakistan
On The Clock
The Night, Unsheltered
Off The Record
Animation + FL Student Docs & Drama:
The Phantom 52
Girl in the Hallway
In Human Kind
Shaky Ground
Heads Up
The Last Summer
Florida Docs:
Here For The Free Wine
Uncanny: The Dolls of Mariana Monteagudo
And The Brave Shall Rise
After Parkland (short)
Beyond Blue
World Drama, Thriller & Fantasy:
The Summer House
El Astronauta
The Beacon
Florida Mystery & Thriller:
La Visita
Dark Deco
A Doll For Edgar
The Things They Left Behind
Florida & World Student Comedy:
Old Myers
Clown College
Egg Belly
Enough Is Enough
Cult for a Day
Florida Student Comedy:
Steve And The Dead Girl
Dummy Love
Environmental Docs & Animation:
The Blues Crab
Phil & Grace | The World's Oldest Scuba Diving Couple
Underwater Senses
The Return of the Panther
Hanging Bear
John Pennekamp Cleanup
Toxic Algae Blooms
The Butterfly Effect
Of the Sea
Havana Shorts:
La Máquina (The Machine)
Gloria Eterna
Cerdo (Pig)
+ Virtual Reality shorts
The Key West Film Festival - where passion meets paradise - is an annual celebration of contemporary cinema in a historically rich, artistically vibrant, and culturally diverse island community.
KWFF strives to showcase the best of Florida filmmaking talent, while highlighting visiting filmmakers and industry leaders through discussions and workshops, with access to some of the biggest names in the film business. The festival also looks to support the next generation of local student filmmakers with scholarships and other key awards.
The Festival's Critics Focus program, enhanced with the juried Critics' Prize, together with the Costume Design Focus, marks the Key West Film Festival as a vital stop on the awards season's fall festival circuit, with programs designed to support film criticism and craft while giving audiences greater context and perspective through public conversations guided by expert voices. Key publications represented in KWFF Critic's Focus program and Critic's Prize at the festival include: Los Angeles Times,, Rolling Stone, Indiewire, Vanity Fair, Washington Post, TimeOut NY, and more.
Past guests have included: Burt Reynolds, John Waters, Mariel Hemingway, Harmony Korine, Marisa Tomei, Paul Haggis, Alan Cumming, Sebastian Junger, Tom Berenger, Paul Verhoeven, Billy Corben, Terry George, Corey Glover, Steven Bauer, Anson Mount, Celia Weston, Angus MacLachlan, Judy Blume, Ondi Timoner, Bob Wisdom, Val Lauren, Anne O'Shea, Lois Smith, Mark Bridges and many more.
**The Complete Schedule of Dates and Showtimes will be posted on the KWFF website next week**
Please remember, Tropic Cinema is hosting this event, for more information about the festival, visit:
Twitter - @keywestfilmfest
Instagram - @keywestfilmfestival
Facebook - Key West Film Festival
#kwff #kwff2019 #tropiccinema

Thanks for Reading and Your Comments.  Have a Great Week. 
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