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INSIDEParade route, times and parties to enjoy. A10-11 

Music The gypsy artist Kristen STANLEY McNamara. A16 

COURTESY PHOTO The entrance to the Studios on Eaton Street. The Studios of harnessing island’s creative energy Local focus

BY LAURA RICHARDSON Michael Geida talks Key West Weekly Correspondent history. A6 

Imagine, if you will, this all-too-famil- iar scenario: you’re on vacation hav- ing the time of your life, accumulating dozens of tiny drink umbrellas to add to your impressive collection and it’s not until you get to the airport and scope out the insanely depressing last-minute knick-knack shop that you realize dan- git! you completely forgot to pick up something to remember your trip to Key West by. We’ve all been there and we all know that an airbrushed T-shirt or a seashell Christmas ornament just isn’t going to cut it when you’re staring out your 43rd floor office window at the gray mist hovering above Lake Michigan Chomp down and wondering why you ever left Para- dise in the first place. And though Key Crocodile trapper to speak at West is typically associated with Spring Audubon Society. Break T-shirts and wind chimes made of A21  salvaged seashells, we have a lot more to offer in the artistic realm than the BY LAURA RICHARDSON average suitcase-friendly tchotchke. Out Florida Weekly Correspondent past the “Everything $5!” shops hawk- Kinetic ing shot glasses and the frozen daiquiri TROLL DOWN DUVAL STREET stands, there lies a vibrant and impact- THIS Saturday after- ful art scene overflowing with world- Sculpture noon and you may feel class talent and programming. And at like you’ve entered the the center of it all sits a pink and white Grinch’s worst Christmas striped building, once the home to the morning nightmare. The Scottish Masons, now the epicenter of Parade Sstreet will teem with tin- all things art-related on the island: The gling jing-tinglers, floo- Studios of Key West. floobers a-blowing, banging tar-tin- Over 10 years ago, The Studios of Key gears up kers and beating trum-tookas aplenty. West (known simply as The Studios to But no, we’re not in Whoville and Theater those in the know) was born out of a SEE PAPIO, A10  It’s anything but a drag at the SEE STUDIOS, A14  Waterfront Playhouse. A13  A2 WEEK OF MAY 3-9, 2018 FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST OFF OFF DUVAL Editor Owen Killian The most traveled and visible street wife Lillah. The current building was rim-job. Lick it good. [email protected] in Key West is only the beginning, the built in 1894. Publisher surface, of what the town has to offer. Deuces “Off the Hook” Grill, 728 Niall Geoghegan Ask the locals about their favorite spots, The Reverend Long organized the Simonton St. 305-414-8428; www. [email protected] stroll through quiet neighborhoods or Bethel A.M.E Church in 1870 at 712 Tucked in down alleyways off Duval and you’ll Duval St. It was destroyed by a fire in a quiet neighborhood, Off the Hook begin to dive deeper into the quieter, 1922 and the congregation then moved serves breakfast and lunch, but the cre- Reporters more diverse and less readily apparent to the corner of Thomas Street. and ative and well-executed dinner menu Bucky Montgomery offerings. Here are nine spots that you Truman Avenue. The building features featuring fresh seafood is especially Laura Richardson might not see at first glance. masonry walls, twin towers in front and enticing. Grouper in a French bouilla- Jennifer White pointed-arch windows reminiscent of baisse broth, Fish and Chips featuring Presentation Editor The Café, 509 Southard St. 305-296- the Gothic Revival Style. mahi-mahi, and slow roasted Jamaican Eric Raddatz 5515; This cozy, Jerk chicken thighs are recommend- [email protected] innovative restaurant has been redefin- Key West Island Bookstore, 513 ed along with dark chocolate covered ing vegetarian cuisine for over 13 years. Fleming St. www.Keywestisland- banana bread for dessert. The Duck Assistant Presentation Editor With a warm Bohemian décor that, 305-294-2904. This BLT pizza is also delicious. It’s a small Hannah Kruse includes local art adorning the walls, its decades-old boutique bookstore offers a space so reservations are recommend- menu offers a variety of options to suit surprisingly varied wealth of current and ed. Production Manager all tastes along with craft beers, organic used titles, from best sellers to rare titles. Alisa Bowman wines and an array of sangria flavors Often open late, it’s an inviting place to La Rubia Fine Hats, 510 Fleming St. [email protected] plus fresh juices, flavored house-made browse among the crowded stacks. 305-296-6059; www.larubiakeywest. tonics or Café kombucha on tap. Omni- com. The Florida Keys’ only importer Graphic Designers vores will appreciate seafood dishes like Cuban Coffee Queen, 284 Marga- of authentic Panama hats. The owners Chris Andruskiewicz blackened mahi-mahi and P.E.I. mussels. ret St. 305-292-4747; www.cubancof- developed this boutique to carry on the Paul Heinrich • Scott Sleeper The famous veggie burger is not to be The strong Cuban cof- centuries-old tradition of hand weaving missed along with the falafel, house-made fee at this hole in the wall is also rich in hats, which come from Ecuador and not Circulation Manager spring rolls, quinoa and avocado salad, Key West heritage. A Café Con Leche Panama, by the way. There are styles Michael Gagliardi stir-fries or fresh fish chimichurri tacos. paired with a classic Cuban sandwich or for both men and women in a wide [email protected] Finish with vegan key lime cheesecake some Havana rice and beans will keep array of colors and weaves. They also Business Office Manager or vegan carrot cake. Everything is made you going long into a Key West night. offer a nice selection of wearable, fair Kelli Carico from scratch, so be sure to check out the trade crafts such as jewelry, ikat wraps nightly specials. The Café also has an Better than Sex, 926 Simonton and shigra bags. extensive weekend brunch menu with St. 305-296-8102; www.betterthan- Published by bottomless mimosas. Grab a comfy, col- A great place for Little Pearl, 632 Olivia St. 305- Florida Media Group LLC orful seat in front of the window, or opt couples. Swing by this dessert only, 204-4762; www.littlepearlkeywest. 100 Grinnell Street • Key West, FL 33040 for takeout. They even deliver. adults only restaurant late in the eve- com. Nestled in the heart of Old Town 305.363.1310 ning. Indulge your senses with choco- Key West and away from the bustling Cornish Memorial African Meth- late-dipped wine glasses and cheeky, downtown streets sits an excellent spot odist Episcopal Zion Church, 702 homemade desserts and beverages such for fresh local catch and innovative Whitehead St. Established in 1864 by as an Ephemere Apple Spiced Ale in a cuisine with a tropical twist. It’s new, Copyright: The contents of the Florida Weekly are copyright 2017 former slave Sandy Cornish and his tall beer glass with a signature caramel it’s hot and reservations are required. ■ by Florida Media Group, LLC. No portion may be reproduced without the express written consent of Florida Media Group, LLC.


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A6 WEEK OF MAY 3-9, 2018 FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST LOCAL FOCUS Michael Geida talks Key West history

BY JENNIFER WHITE the organization,” Michael says, “It’s a Florida Weekly Correspondent diverse job with an abundance of pro- grams.” Some folks come to Key West for the The nonprofit that is reliant on fund- bars, the beaches, the music or the food, raising and donations began by preserv- but others like, Michael Gieda, come ing and restoring the Custom House for the history. He took one look at the Museum next to Mallory Square, and islands, “fell head over heels in love then the Lighthouse and Keeper’s Quar- with the Florida Keys” and promptly ters Museum across from the Heming- made the move down from Trucksville, way House, the East Martello Tower Pa., along with his wife, their two chil- near the airport and it also has respon- dren and their dog whom they affection- sibility for the Tennessee Williams The- ately named Bowie. ater on . They are all land- “It’s Key West history, Florida Keys marks in the community. history, the state’s history and the “The East Martello Tower was built nation’s history,” he muses of the Cus- around the time of the civil war but was toms House pivotal significance. We never completed because the type of are meeting in his office at the Customs cannons that were built in the civil war House, an impressive building with made its use obsolete, so it became a slanted roofs that is home to the Key surplus property for storage, barracks, West Art and Historical Society. and a training facility,” he says. “In 1950 Michael discovered his passion for it became the first museum of Key West. the past while traveling around the The hurricane of 1847 destroyed the country “Kerouac” style and taking a original lighthouse, so a second was break from college. In other words, he built inland on higher ground. What’s dropped out. Every bit the modern- day important about it is that it is one of the romantic, his eye-opening adventure only lighthouses that was mostly tended on the road eventually led him back by women. The innkeeper was in her into the classroom where he pursued 80s and had to climb up the 88 steps a masters in secondary social studies wearing what women had to wear back education followed by a short stint as then. It was decommissioned with the a teacher at a charter school, and ulti- arrival of Navy Systems. In 1969 the Art mately leading to his passion for history and Historical Society assumed man- and education. JENNIFER WHITE / FLORIDA WEEKLY agement and in the 1980s made a restor- Since then, he started as director of Michael Geida, executive director of the Key West Art and Historical Society. ative effort to make it what it looked like communications, then moved too assis- it did in the 1800s. tant director and is now the executive House. Here he gets to live his dream “in and “informing people of the history and The Customs House was erected in director of the Key West Art and Histori- a historical building, looking out of the importance of Key West.” the 1800s at a time when Key West had cal Society with an office in the Customs window at the ocean and palm trees” “My role is overall management of one of the richest economies in the



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Check the schedule at SPECIAL EVENTS “Cry it Out” Green Parrot Bar May 3, 4 and 5, 8 p.m. 601 Whitehead St. The Red Barn Theatre Live Music Nightly 319 Duval St. Check the schedule at AT THE KEY WEST THEATER “The Legend of Georgia Smoking Tuna McBride” 4 Charles St. May 3, 4, 5 and 9, 8 p.m. Live Music Nightly The Waterfront Playhouse Check the schedule at 407 Wall St. Sloppy Joes “Legally Blonde, Jr.” 201 Duval St. May 4, 5, 6, 7 p.m. Live Music Nightly May 5, 2 p.m. Check the schedule at 05.14 STEVE EARLE 05.19 CARBON LEAF The Key West Theater & THE DUKES 512 Eaton St. Irish Kevin’s Tickets available at 211 Duval St. Live Music Nightly Kentucky Derby Party Check the schedule at May 5, 2 p.m. Sidebar at Aqua Mary Ellen’s 504 Angela St. 420 Appelrouth Lane Open Mic with Comedy Key West, Monday’s, 9 p.m. 05.26 HOWIE MANDEL 06.01 PATTY SMYTH Drunken Spelling Bee, First Monday & SCANDAL of each month, 9 p.m. Trivia, Tuesday Nights, 6:30 p.m. SIN Night (Service Industry Night), Wednesdays 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. COMEDY Comedy Open Mic Night Mondays, 9 p.m. 09.30 LOUIE ANDERSON 10.14 WHO’S BAD Mary Ellen’s Bar and Restaurant THE ULTIMATE MICHAEL JACKSON EXPERIENCE 420 Appelrouth Lane Comedy Key West PHOTOGRAPHY Thursdays and Fridays, 7:30 to 10 p.m. The Blue Room Photographs from the 1128 Simonton St. permanent collection Tickets available at Ongoing Key West Art and Historical Society Custom House 281 Front St. 11.17 OTTMAR LIEBERT 11.15 THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER Homegrown Photographs by Michael Marrero Ongoing Gallery on Greene 606 Greene St. MUSIC Berlin’s Cigar and Cocktail Lounge CINEMA 11.16 LIVINGSTON TAYLOR 11.28 KINGSTON TRIO A&B Lobster House Tropic Cinema 700 Front St. LEGACY TOUR 416 Eaton St. Bria Ansara, Fridays and Saturdays, 7 to 10 p.m. Check the website for ongoing films The Porch 429 Caroline St.


COURTESY PHOTOS Two women in a shared back yard — with baby monitors and coffee mugs in hand — find mutual longed-for companionship as they weave their respective ways through the landscape of new motherhood. “Cry it Out,” May 3, 4 and 5, 8 p.m., The Red Barn Theatre, 319 Duval St., FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST WEEK OF MAY 3-9, 2018 A9 CALENDAR OF EVENTS #KW LGBT Aqua Nightclub 711 Duval St. Aqua Idol for the VFW Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. Drag Shows Nightly, 7 and 9 p.m. Karaoke Monday through Thursday, 11 p.m. Bobby’s Monkey Bar 900 Simonton St. Karaoke, Nightly, 9:30 p.m. Bobby’s Monkey Bar on Facebook Bourbon St. Pub 724 Duval St. Just Jeff (Moss), Thursdays through Sundays, 8 to 10 p.m. Bria, Monday through Wednesdays 8 to 10 p.m. ■ Get your hats and outfits ready for the Kentucky Derby Ronnie, Mondays through Wednes- Party, May 5, 2 p.m., Sidebar at Aqua, 504 Angela St. days, 3 to 8 p.m. The Men of Bourbon, Nightly — 5.5 801 Bourbon Bar 801 Duval St. Drag Shows, Nightly, 9 and 11 p.m. 5.3-5,9 Happy Hour Drag, 5 p.m. Saturdays Drag Karaoke, 4 p.m. Sundays Messy Mondays with Mulysa, 1 a.m. Mondays Fierce and Fabulous/Dragalicious, 1 a.m. Wednesdays ■ Get drunk and try to spell words Island House at the Drunken Spelling Bee, 1129 Fleming St. May 7, 9 p.m., at Mary Ellen’s, 420 Appelrouth Lane. La Te Da 1125 Duval St. 5.7 Christopher Peterson, May 8, 9 p.m. Randy Roberts, May 3 and 5, 9 p.m., Sundays 4 to 6:30 p.m. ■ This comedy ■ Key West High School Drama Club presents the all-ages has three show “Legally Blonde, Jr.”, May 4, 5, 6, 7 p.m., May 5, 2 things folks p.m., The Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. love about Key — West: an Elvis impersonator, big laughs and drag queens. See “The Legend AROUND KEY WEST of Georgia McBride,” May 3, 4, Ghost Tours and Ghost Hunts 5 and 9, 8 p.m., The Waterfront Nightly Playhouse, 407 Wall St. 301 Whitehead St. and 1102 Duval St. 305-395-1435 — ■ 5.4-7 A10 WEEK OF MAY 3-9, 2018 FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST PAPIO From page 1 you’re not hallucinating. This crazy col- lection of colorful creations is the Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade, a moving dis- play of kinetic artwork so whimsical and creative it could only have been thought up by a modern-day Dr. Seuss by the name of Stanley Papio (more on that later). Look closely at the floats’ con- struction and you’ll see dozens of pieces of trash and parts repurposed from abandoned bicycles and other manner of machinery. Today, the old adage is true: One man’s trash really is another man’s treasure and these treasures are truly a sight to behold. After a smashing debut in 2016 and an even more enthusiastic turnout for 2017’s event, the Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade has returned to inspire artists across the island to follow in the foot- steps of the rebel sculptor, whose refus- al to conform to society’s ideas regard- ing art and social norms, paired with a legacy of interactive, whimsical sculp- tures, inspired the Key West Art & His- torical Society and Wonderdog Studios to mount a kinetic parade in the artist’s honor. Conceived in coordination with the KWAHS’s taking over ownership of Papio’s sculpture collection, the bulk of which is now installed at historic COURTESY PHOTO Fort East Martello, 2016’s Papio Kinetic The parade begins at the Custom House Museum. Sculpture Parade kicked off with a bang — or, rather, with a series of creaking era peace train, and a bubble-spewing gears, cogs, and cheers — when over 30 underwater scene on wheels. human-powered sculptures made their After two years of explosive kinetic way down Duval Street 2017’s parade creativity, expectations for this year’s saw at least two dozen works of art parade are running high, with local art- rolling from the Custom House to the ists calling out across social media chan- Southernmost on the Beach. Many nels for help amassing recycled materi- participants incorporated Key West’s als to pay homage to Papio’s thrifty favorite mode of transportation, utiliz- style. And as Key West’s various mas- ing bicycles to power a series of fantas- querades and festivals have continued tical floats, including a life-size replica to skew toward the adult end of things, of Max’s sailboat from “Where the Wild the Papio parade stands out as one of Things Are,” a rotating carousel, a ’60s the few truly family-friendly events in Key West that encourages artistic cre- ativity and collaborative engineering — a far cry from the perfunctory bouncy house and face painting set-up at most events in town. “The Key West Art & Historical Society is thrilled to host the third annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade,” says Key West Art & Histori- cal Society Executive Director Michael Gieda. “This family-friendly parade is a The parade route continues down Duval Street. perfect way to celebrate the creative and rebellious spirit of legendary Florida and “Greedy Grit the Contractor” were Keys folk artist Stanley Papio.” placed prominently at his property’s In the years since his death in 1982, roadside, drawing the eyes of both his Papio is remembered for being as prolif- detractors and new fans. ic an artist as he was divisive a neighbor. In time, like so many great rebel art- After completing his service as a welder ists before him, the increasing levels during World War II, Papio returned to of ire that Papio’s work provoked were Papio Kinetic Sculpture the United States and chose to settle responsible for a growing community down in Key Largo. He purchased a of artistic supporters who appreciated Parade small plot of land, where he promptly the works Papio continued to display >> When: May 4-6 opened up his own welding shop and in his newly-rechristened Stanley’s Art >> Where: Key West Custom House, 281 Museum. A 25-cent admission fee gave Front St. began to build a name for himself as visitors entry to what had become a Friday, May 4 an in-demand tradesman. Never one 6 to 7 p.m. – Distinguished Speaker Se- to see good material go to waste, he bona fide roadside attraction, with local ries talk by famed kinetic artist Steve King, encouraged people passing by his prop- travel tours adding his museum to their on kinetic art and Stanley Papio erty to drop off their junk metal — old itineraries not long after. 7 to 8 p.m. - Reception on the porch of cars, broken dishwashers, rain gutters, Museums and private collectors came the Custom House bits of wire — anything that he could calling, and Papio began to exhibit his take apart and re-weld. For many years, work outside the junkyard, including a Saturday, May 5 Papio remained blissfully alone with his European tour in 1981 as part of the U.S. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Parade lineup between mountains of scrap, until encroaching State Department’s exhibition America Margaritaville Resort and the Custom House Stanley Papio. Now. Papio’s name was recorded in 5 p.m. - Parade kicks off in front of Custom developments brought neighbors close encyclopedias of native and folk art and House and proceeds down Duval Street to enough to take notice of his unusual Southard Street, then to Truman Waterfront yard decor. His new neighbors were less and local code enforcement officers offers to buy his sculptures climbed Park Amphitheater than enthusiastic; they viewed Papio’s and, instead, began to repurpose the into the thousands. At the height of his 5:30 p.m. – Cinco de Papio Family-Friend- property as blight on the increasingly various mounds of scrap into fantastical career, Papio began plans for a nation- ly Party begins with DJ Untamed Shane upscale landscape, and they demanded works of art. Old cars and twisted lumps wide tour — until, at the age of 67, a 6:30 p.m. – Awards ceremony begins he remove the junk from his yard. When of rebar were reborn as enormous satiri- sudden heart attack cut his blooming 7:30 p.m. – Poi Dog Pondering takes the he refused to comply, they had him cal sculptures. A self-taught artist, his career short. stage repeatedly arrested for code violations. After his untimely death, Papio’s fami- whimsical designs quickly improved Papio, who in his youth had enjoyed ly decided to donate his work to the Key Sunday, May 6: and over time became politicized, as West Art & Historical society, which has 9:30 am.-4:30 p.m. - Free admission to amateur careers in boxing and wres- he was relentlessly harassed to dis- now installed more than 100 pieces at Fort East Martello all day tling, was not one to bow down in the continue his work. Anthropomorphized face of a fight. He ignored the increas- car hoods and refrigerator bodies with the East Martello Museum here in Key ingly adamant demands of his neighbors titles such as “Local Hassles No. 1” West. It is in memory of this iconic Keys artist’s wacky and wonderful career that FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST WEEK OF MAY 3-9, 2018 A11 the inaugural Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade was created. A lover and defend- er of art that seeks to amuse, inspire and stand up to those who might deem it otherwise lowbrow, Papio’s legacy will live on in the inevitably eccentric entries to this year’s parade. Kinetic sculptures are, for those unfamiliar with the art form, human- powered art that moves. Forget the pickup truck-pulled floats of Fantasy Fest; a kinetic sculpture is built around bikes, wheeled platforms, hand-pedaled cruisers or any other kind of people- powered base. These ingenious cre- ations mix wheels with whimsy, and with kinetic parades being staged year-round across the globe, it’s clear that they’re a guaranteed good time. Parade themes and rules vary from place to place; some even specify that the sculptures be amphibious, or attempt (and rarely succeed, to great amusement) to become airborne. Uni- cycles, bicycles, tricycles, quadricy- cles, skate boards, little red wagons — the list of possible sculpture bases goes on and on, making it easy for people to cobble together a sculpture without spending a fortune. (For those roughly no taller than 11 feet. There Amphitheater for the inaugural “Cinco drink tickets and a signed Poi Dog Pon- feeling especially ambitious, the East are no limits on the number of team de Papio Family-Friendly Party.” The dering poster. Parade entrants get free Coast Kinetic Sculpture Race Cham- members who may participate, and the Papio Kinetic Parade After Party Festi- general admission entry to the festival pionships are held each year in central establishment of separate categories for val & Concert will feature DJ Untamed and concert. More information about Maryland, where participants’ kinetic either art bicycles or kinetic sculptures Shane followed by Poi Dog Pondering, the after party can be found and tickets sculptures must traverse 14 miles of is sure to produce a wide variety of an eclectic outfit of “musical voyag- can be purchased online at http://www. pavement, sand, mud, and the waters of work, including rumored double-decker ers” that combines rock, soul, folk and Chesapeake Bay.) Thankfully, the Key and four-wheeled creations from a few electronica to ear-pleasing effect. There The KWAHS will also host a lecture West kinetic parade’s 1.5-mile road trek local artists known to impress. will also be food trucks for the famished on Papio’s legacy by notable parade is far less strenuous, and the require- On Saturday beginning at 3 p.m., sculp- (parade-watching always makes me rav- contributor Steve King and an all-ages ments for participating floats mercifully tors both amateur and advanced will enous), a kids’ zone with face-painting party on Friday night from 6-8 p.m. loose: there are no thematic mandates, gather at the Key West Custom House and a recycled art workshop and a dis- during which those who haven’t already no minimum speed one must be able to push, pedal or otherwise propel their play area for all of the floats. General can pre-register for Saturday’s parade. to achieve while parading down Duval. art down Duval Street until they reach admission tickets run $25, while VIP Those who aren’t interested in submit- The only prerequisite is that each float Southard Street, whereupon they will tickets run $75 and ensure the bearer ting an art bike or kinetic sculpture can or art bike be human-powered and be divert course and head for the newly VIP front row section seating, access also sign up to volunteer for the event. ■ constructed Truman Waterfront Park to a private VIP “lounge” and bar, two A12 WEEK OF MAY 3-9, 2018 FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST KEY WEST HAPPY HOUR GUIDE Key West HAPPY HOUR GUIDE brought to you by: CRAZY LADY Brewed iinn KeyWest, HONEYHO BLONDE ALE ThisThThi blonde ale brewed with local honey is good as it gets. A niniceicee clean ale with a subtle honey-like sweetness that lingers Drank ! jujustustt long enough. Very drinkable and smooth. 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(A worthy cause, no to share their knowledge by having out doubt, which has only increased in its of town visiting artists teach workshops importance over the years — a 2014 or participate in artist talks during their report listed that Key West had official- residencies. ly surpassed New York as the fifth most Recognized for their efforts in bring- expensive city in the U.S. for entry-level ing high caliber art to the commu- apartment rentals.) nity, The Studios has been credited For Peyton Alexander, former journal- as the creative heart of Key West by ist and Key West artist, there was no publications such as The New York reason that Key West couldn’t house an Times, Lonely Planet and CNN Inter- iconic artist’s retreat, on par with Yaddo national. Recent performances have or the MacDowell Colony. Between 2001 COURTESY PHOTO included groundbreaking and non-tradi- and 2006, Peyton and a small group of The gallery at The Studios hosts local Key West artists. tional theatre and dance acts, including like-minded local patrons, profession- a comedic opera troupe, an exhibition of ners open to the public, visitors are art being created inside its walls, in als, artists and civic leaders formulated Nepalese Quilts with proceeds to ben- invited to meet current artists in resi- 2015 they moved into their new home, a plan for a series of studios in Key efit a children’s charity, a provocative dence and tour their respective studios, a 14,000-square-foot pink and white West that would remain free and open installation by the three-man Cuban art offering the opportunity for intimate striped monolith located steps away to those dedicated to expanding the collective “Stainless,” a circus camp for dialogue between the artists and their from Duval Street at 533 Eaton St. The island’s art collective. These Key West local children, and a one-woman perfor- public. Thanks to its alluring location, building features a 200-seat theatre, studios would bring together artists mance by long distance swimmer Diana The Studios’ Key West residency now multiple gallery spaces, classrooms from near and far, inspiring the creation Nyad, who came ashore at Key West’s receives hundreds of applicants a year, for art classes, artist’s studios, a book of new work and conversations about Smathers Beach after successfully com- with those accepted covering a wide store, and — if their fundraising efforts art’s power in a community. pleting her record-breaking swim from range of mediums — past residents have go as planned—will eventually offer What began as a small, donor-sup- Cuba to Florida. included writer Coleman Barks, NYC the only free rooftop terrace in Key ported set of artist studios quickly For a community whose official street artist MOMO, parade-coordinator West, where the organization plans to evolved into something much larger. motto, “One Human Family,” is often Katrina Brees, and hundreds more. host concerts, free art exhibitions, and Thanks to generous donations by like- mentioned alongside its unofficial one, The list of performances, lectures, more. Having more space to stretch minded patrons, a series of charming “Key West: Where the Weird Go Pro,” symposiums, concerts, curated exhi- out has resulted in a dramatic increase bungalows on quiet, residential streets it’s a matter of principle for Director Jed bitions and community outreach pro- in programming. In 2017, The Studios were transformed into a hugely cov- Dodds that his organization live both grams completed by The Studios since expanded its already extensive offering eted artist-in-residency program. Today, mottos as a kind of mission statement, its official designation as a 501(c)(3) of concerts, residencies and exhibitions creative minds from a mind-bogglingly never making anyone feel unwelcome or non-profit in 2004 is too long to list to include groundbreaking events like long list of creative arenas flock to The inexperienced. in any publication, and the company opera, a naughty adults-only after-hours Studios’ residences for one-month stays, “At The Studios, we try to blur the shows no signs of slowing down. After story hour, collaborative outdoor per- where they can tap into the restor- lines between who’s an artist, and who’s years spent in a building too small formance art, and a diverse series of ative spirit of the island and focus on the audience. Who cares? We’d rather to contain the veritable explosion of board member-sponsored private “Arts their work. With monthly potluck din- see someone picking up a paint brush

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Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, FL 33040 305-293-3555— WEEK OF MAY 3-9, 2018 A15 themselves, or writing their first short story,” says Dodds. “And whether it’s from on stage, or in their studios, we try to create opportunities for people to meet and talk to the artists themselves, to see how they do it.” It is Dodds’ firm belief that one shouldn’t need a prior knowledge of art in order for it to have a transformative effect on their life; as a result, the pro- gramming at The Studios is constantly scrutinized to ensure that it is simulta- neously challenging and approachable, with the goal of persistently identifying new audiences and tailoring a season’s worth of events to be as inclusive as possible. “Our goal is not just to hang art on the walls to be looked at,” says Dodds. “We use art to start conversations, spark new ideas, and build a sense of community. People are hungry for that, especially here in Key West, so it’s become a fan- tastic scene. You never know what you’ll see or hear, or who you’ll meet, but it’s likely to make for an experience you won’t forget.” It wasn’t long after The Studios moved into its new home at 533 Eaton that resi- dent members began to notice something that, decades ago, would have sounded less plausible than Duval Street banning beer: tourists were returning to Key West specifically for cultural reasons, and not just to take in a week of sun, sand and sin- ful fun. They were arriving from all man- ner of places and choosing to spend their vacations taking plein air painting classes in Old Town and their nights attend- ing concerts, avant-garde theater perfor- mances and gallery openings. It seemed that Key West’s audience was evolving, and The Studios was well positioned to receive that audience into its new home; whatever the temperament or skill level, interested parties could flip through the 80-page catalogue of going-ons and find something to do that didn’t involve a pub crawl. This Thursday, May 3 from 6–8 p.m., as part of The Studios’ ongoing First Thursdays series, The Studios will pres- KEY WEST’S BEST ECO-EXPERIENCE ent the opening of three new exhibi- tions: “Sights Unseen: New Paintings,” featuring the paintings of beloved Key West muralist Rick Worth; “Beach Day,” &=LK a series of playa-themed paintings by Go artist Lucy Paige; and “Sitting in the Explore Shade,” featuring poems and illustra- tions by Key West native Kate Divoll. The perennial winner of “Best Artist” awards, Rick Worth is among the defin- ing Key West artists of his generation, and likely the most productive. From his “shingle paintings,” which frame snip- pets of Old Town architecture on frag- ments of metal roofs, to the dozens of murals bearing his signature all across the island, Worth is a fountain of cre- ativity. For this not-to-be-missed event, Worth fills the gallery with recent work and installation-sized paintings. 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BY BUCKY MONTGOMERY I got to go to the Grand Ole Opry. They Florida Weekly Correspondent said ‘we would like you to stand where the greats have stood’ on the stage, and I Kristen was born in Templeton, Calif., said, ‘hell, no. You can’t stand there. Elvis, where she lived for two years until her Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash have all mother got a job in Napa, California at stood there. I’ll wait until it’s my time.’ I Howell Mountain. “I was there for seven thought, ‘I’ll go for the next Nashville Star’. years. There was 21 acres. It was not great Chris Young and I became best friends, the then but now there are grapes planted and only two underage contestants. I told him you can ride horses. I used to sell chicken that his song ‘Drinkin’ Me Lonely’ could eggs on the corner to help pay for my be a hit.” It was one of two songs off his sister Shannon’s diapers. It made me busi- self-titled album that hit the Billboard Hot ness-minded. My family is all still there.” Country Songs, reaching number 42. But living on a small ranch, fishing, She has since toured and opened for hunting and selling chicken eggs on the Kenny Chesney, Big and Rich, Adam Lam- corner was not enough. At age 9 she start- bert, Alan Jackson, Wynona Judd, Mont- ed performing and writing, then moved gomery Gentry, and Glen Campbell. You out at age 16 to pursue her music career. would think that, with these credentials, Starting with funerals and small venues this would make her a country singer, but such as the Blue Bird Café in Nashville, she’s not so easily categorized. “I’m like a to a packed 72,000-seat arena which was Christmas tree with too many ornaments, the home of the San Francisco 49ers and and my branches are starting to sag,” she San Francisco Giants, then ending up as a said, referring to her mountains of acco- top 3 finalist on CBS’s “Star Search” with lades and stories. Arsenio Hall in 2003. She also competed on She headed to Louisville, Ky., for the try- “Nashville Star, season four and “American COURTESY PHOTOS out for “American Idol.” Out of thousands, Idol,” season five. There are plenty of You- Kristen holds the Smokin Tuna sign. She’ll be playing at the bar this month. she made it to the cut before it came down Tube videos you can Google to watch her to between 14 and 17 contestants. “That’s performances, which will blow you away. into another, each recounting things that heartedly. when I decided reality TV is not right for She is a free-spirited gypsy artist, fearless may have been previously missed. There’s At 16, Kristen moved to Branson, Mo., me. I want to write. Be real. Be truthful.” but fragile, worldly but innocently naive, so much to tell, for this pixie so diminutive, where she began playing the Ray Stevens Five years ago, the BMI Key West Song- strong yet vulnerable, incredibly soulful, and a titan so grand. It’s almost exciting Theater two time a day, seven days a week. writers Festival brought Kristen to the and very photogenic. A girl with ambition, just to listen to her try. You feel as if you’re Then, onward, naturally, to Nashville, the island, and she immediately found it inspi- a songwriter’s heart and a sultry captivat- not getting a tenth of all there is behind the epicenter of country and pop music in the rational. She fell in love with a fighter pilot, ing voice that when you hear it, you’ll words. Whether she won those contests United States for young, aspiring singer/ and he convinced her to stay. “I was here never forget it. When asked a question, or not is irrelevant; it put her out there for songwriters. “I got a job with DreamWorks with friends from Nashville. He grabbed she responds non-linearly, in an artist’s America to see. And for five years now, she after a major label deal fell through, wear- me up, we fell in love, and I stayed.” Her stream of consciousness, with stories and has called Key West home. “Key West was ing a business suit and stockings, HR for song ‘Duval Street’ is an homage to him. conversations, one line of thought leading the answer to those ‘failures,’” she said light Gaylord, Opryland. On orientation day, She now splits her time between Key West


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