www.FloridaWeekly.com INSIDEWEEK OF SEPTEMBER 6-12, 2018Vol. 3, No. 23 FREE Real estate1100 Johnson Street. A22 Top PicksSoul Man, Robert Albury and other great things to do on the island this week. A9 MusicThe Strickland Taddiken duo is back. A18 Bartender of the WeekCaptain Comedy Shaun Griffin. A13 Rick Springfield Rocks Sunset Green Event LawnIf you told me youve never danced around in your bedroom belting You know I wish that I had Jessies girl into your hairbrush, I would look you right in the face and call you a bold-faced liar. Its actually physically impossible to hear one of Rick Springfields many hits songs the like of Jessies Girl, Love Somebody, Affair of the Heart and Dont Talk to Strangers and not feel compelled to sing along. For those of you unashamed of your bedroom vocal gymnastics, the crooning coveter of his best friends girl will be performing on Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Sunset Green Event Lawn, the newest addition to Key Wests growing lineup of first-rate concert venues, and the more the merrier when it comes to singalongs en masse. Rick is also touring his newest album, RENATA HEARN / COURTESY PHOTORick Springfield will be performing Sept. 9 at the Sunset Green Event Lawn. BY LAURA RICHARDSONFlorida Weekly Correspondent SEE ROCKS, A14 BY LAURA RICHARDSONFlorida Weekly Correspondent SEPTEMBER. JUST THE MERE MENtion of the month sends shivers down every hot-blooded Americans spine. The advent of September means back-towork, back-to-school, sharpened pencils and brand-new backpacks and briefcases that is to say, summer vacation is over and its back to the daily grind. And somehow, despite all of our best efforts to make the most of every summer day, there are still untaken boat trips and squandered three-day weekends that will be haunting our dreams until winter break. But theres still time! So how does a tropical island like Key West celebrate the chang-SEE WOMENFEST, A10 WOMENFEST INSIDE: INSIDE: Where to Where to celebrate the ladies celebrate the ladies This week. This week. A10-11 A10-11
A2 WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 6-12, 2018 www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST EditorOwen Killianokillian@floridaweekly.comPublisherNiall Geogheganniall@floridaweekly.comReportersBucky Montgomery Laura Richardson Jennifer White Presentation EditorEric Raddatzeraddatz@floridaweekly.comProduction ManagerAlisa Bowmanabowman@floridaweekly.comGraphic DesignersChris Andruskiewicz Paul Heinrich Scott SleeperCirculation ManagerMichael Gagliardimgagliardi@floridaweekly.comSales and Marketing AssistantTiffany NagleOperations ManagerKelli CaricoPublished by Florida Media Group LLC100 Grinnell Street Key West, FL 33040305.363.1310www.FloridaWeekly.com Copyright: The contents of the Florida Weekly are copyright 2018 by Florida Media Group, LLC. No portion may be reproduced without the express written consent of Florida Media Group, LLC. OFF OFF DUVALThe most traveled and visible street in Key West is only the beginning, the surface, of what the town has to offer. Ask the locals about their favorite spots, stroll through quiet neighborhoods or down alleyways off Duval and youll begin to dive deeper into the quieter, more diverse and less readily apparent offerings. Here are eight spots you might not see at first glance. Better than Sex, 926 Simonton St. 305-296-8102; www.betterthansexkeywest.com. A great place for couples. Swing by this dessert-only, adults-only restaurant late in the evening. Indulge your senses with chocolate dipped wine glasses and cheeky, homemade desserts and beverages such as an Ephemere Apple Spiced Ale in a tall beer glass with a signature caramel rim-job. Lick it good. Mellow Caf and Gastro Pub, 1605 Roosevelt Blvd. 305-745-3874; www. mellowventureskeywesst.com. Near the water in Old Town Key West, the caf is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers unique island fare with a mellow atmosphere to match. The menu items are crafted with fresh, locally sourced ingredients and include a fresh catch, Havana roasted pork, romaine leaf plates and caramelized banana chocolate tacos. Drink options include a large selection of craft beers, 11 rotating tap beers, wine, house-made sangria, and champagne cocktails. They have a great happy hour daily from 5-7 p.m., and delivery is available. Cuban Coffee Queen, 284 Margaret St. 305-292-4747; www.cubancoffeequeen.com. The strong Cuban coffee at this hole in the wall is also rich in Key West heritage. A caf con leche paired with a classic Cuban sandwich or some Havana rice and beans will keep you going long into a Key West night. Firefly, 223 Petronia St. 305-8490104; www.fireflykeywest.com. Being that Key West is home to the southernmost point of the continental United States, its fitting that the island is home to a very southern-inspired restaurant. Fireflys plantation-style look and Southern-inspired cuisine give it the most down-home feel of any culinary experience on the island. The shrimp and grits, fried chicken and bacon-wrapped meatloaf are a few fan favorites. Key West Island Bookstore, 513 Fleming St. www.Keywestislandbooks.com; 305-294-2904. This decades-old boutique bookstore offers a surprisingly varied wealth of current and used titles, from bestsellers to rare titles. Often open late, its an inviting place to browse the crowded stacks. La Rubia Fine Hats, 510 Fleming St. 305-296-6059; www.larubiakeywest.com. This is the Florida Keys only importer of authentic Panama hats. The owners developed the boutique to carry on the centuries-old tradition of hand weaving hats (which come from Ecuador and not Panama, by the way). There are styles for men and women in a wide array of colors and weaves. Theres also a nice selection of wearable fair trade crafts such as jewelry, ikat wraps and shigra bags. Little Pearl, 632 Olivia St. 305-2044762; www.littlepearlkeywest.com. Nestled in the heart of Old Town Key West and away from the bustling downtown streets sits this excellent spot for fresh local catch and innovative cuisine with a tropical twist. Its new and its hot. Reservations are required. Nancy Forresters Secret Garden, 518 Elizabeth St. 305-294-0015; www.nancyforrester.com. Ms. Forrester has a secret, and its not her garden, per se: Its what she keeps there. The longtime environmentalist has been caring for orphaned parrots for more than 30 years. She invites the public to meet them, take pictures, hold them and listen as she educates the community about her fine feathered friends. COURTESY PHOTOThe Mellow Caf and Gastro Pub is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A COZY UPSCALE CRAFT COCKTAIL BAR & LIQUOR STOREWITH CLASSIC COCKTAILS, FINE WINE & SMALL BITES!FULL RETAIL LIQUOR SPECIALTY STORE, STOCKING LOCAL DISTILLED SPIRITS, FINE WINES, LOCAL FLORIDA BEERS, RARE FINDSASK ABOUT DAILY SPECIALS! CRA F HAPPY HOUR 3-6 DAILY 1/2 PRICE CAVIAR $10 STOLI ELITE MARTINIS & COSMOS $8 SELECTED WHITE, RED AND SPARKLING WINES $6 CRAFT COCKTAIL ON TAP
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A4 WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 6-12, 2018 www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST MAP IT OUT Getting around Key West1. Southernmost Point The corner of South and Whitehead streets www.southernmostpointwebcam.com The city of Key West erected this now famous concrete buoy in 1983 to denote the southernmost point in the continential United States. 2. Conch Tour Train 303 Front St. 305-294-5161 or 888-916-8687 www.conchtourtrain.com The Conch Train has been winding its way through the streets of Key West since 1958. 3. Sloppy Joes 201 Duval St. 305-294-5717 www.sloppyjoes.com The historic bar has been a Key West tradition since it opened in 1933. Its most famous patrons were Ernest Hemmingway and the rum runner Habana Joe. 4. Mallory Square Sunset Celebration 1 Whitehead St. 786-565-7448 www.sunsetcelebration.org This nightly festival begins at the waters edge an hour or two before sunset and includes street performers, local artisans, food carts, palmists and psychics. 5. Truman Little White House 111 Front St. www.trumanlittlewhitehouse.comThe Little White House adds a presidential luster to the Conch Republic. Originally built for Naval officers in 1890 and used as a command headquarters in three wars, the Little White House later served as lodging for President Harry S. Trumans winter retreats fr om 1946 to 1952.6. The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum 907 Whitehead St. 305-294-1136 www.hemingwayhome.com Take the tour and say hello to one of the 40-50 six-toed cats, all descendants of Hemingways cat, Snowball. 7. The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory 1316 Duval St. 305-296-2988 or 800-839-4647 www.keywestb utterfly.com More than 50 butterfly species from around the world and 20 exotic bird species coexist in this climate-controlled, glass-enclosed habitat that includes waterfalls, flowering plants and trees. 8. Mel Fisher Maritime Museum 200 Greene St. 305-294-2633 www.melfisher.org Exhibits include treasures from the Spanish galleons of 1622 discovered by Mel Fisher and his crew. 9. Mile Marker 0 Sign 490 Whitehead St. (corner of Fleming Street) U.S. 1 begins here in Key West and continues 2,369 miles north up the East Coast before ending in Fort Kent, Me. Stop here to commemorate your visit to Key West with a photo next to the iconic Mile Marker 0 sign. 10. Key West Express Ferry Terminal 100 Grinnell St. 239-463-5733 www.Keywestexpress.net Traveling via the Express is truly the best way to get between Key West, Fort Myers Beach or Marco Island. Youll enjoy air-conditioned interiors, exterior sun decks, couches, tables and even reclining airline-style seating. Theres a full-service galley, full-service bar and flat-screen TVs with satellite television. 11. Audubon House and Garden 205 Whitehead St. 305-294-2116 www.Audubonhouse.comOriginal lithographs by John James Audubon are on display in this former home of shipwreck salvager Capt. John Geiger.12. Key West City Cemetery Bordered by Angela, Frances and Olivia streets and Windsor Lane 305-292-6718www.Friendsofthekeywestcemetary. comStop by the sextons office near the entrance at Passover Lane and Windsor Lane for a map containing a free walking tour.13. Fort Zachary Taylor State Park and Beach At the ocean end of Southard Street and bordering the Naval Reservation. 305-295-0037 www.Fortzacharytaylor.com Fort Zach is known to locals and tourists alike as one of Key Wests best beaches. In addition to the expansive beach, the 54-acre park has nature trails, bike paths, picnic tables and grills and Historic Fort Zachary Taylor. Enjoy the beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean and the Key West Shipping Channel.
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A6 WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 6-12, 2018 www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST NOTTOMISS ATTRACTIONSAudubon House & Tropical Gardens205 Whitehead St. 305-2942116 or 877-294-2470 www.audubonhouse.com Original lithographs of John James Audubons drawings are on display at this former home of shipwreck salvager Capt. John Geiger.CityView Trolley Tours of Key West 1045 Whitehead St. 305-294-0644 www.cityviewtrolleys.com These open-air trolleys offer hop-onand-off tours that incorporate narration of the history of Key West. Conch Tour Train303 Front St. 305-294-5161 or 888-916-8687 www.conchtourtrain.com The Conch Train has been winding its way through the streets of Key West since 1958.Custom House281 Front St. 305-295-6616 www.kwahs.org The Custom House was originally home to Key Wests customs office, postal service and district courts. The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum907 Whitehead St. 305-294-1136 www.hemingwayhome.com Take the tour and say hello to one of the 40-50 six-toed cats, all descendants of Hemingways cat, Snowball. Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center35 E. Quay Road 305-292-0311 or 305-809-4750 www.Floridakeys.noaa.gov/eco_discovery.html Sponsored and operated in part by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and NOA. Fort East Martello Museum3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd. 305-296-3913 www.kwahs.com This Civil War fort was built in the late 1800s and is now home to a sculpture garden and museum with a collection of relics from the Civil War. Ghost Tours and Ghost Hunts301 Whitehead and 1102 Duval Street 305-395-1435 www.hauntedkeywest.comDiscover the haunted history of one of the most haunted cities in the United States. Harry S. Truman Little White House 111 Front St. 305-294-9911 www.trumanlittlewhitehouse.com This historic building famously served as the winter White House for President Harry S. Truman in 1946. Key West AIDS MemorialFoot of White Street and Atlantic Boulevard www.keywestaids.org At the entrance to the White Street pier, the Key West AIDS Memorial commemorates Florida Keys-friendly people who died from AIDS-related causes.Key West Aquarium1 Whitehead St., at Mallory Square, 800-544-5927 www.keywestaquarium.com The aquarium is home to alligators, jellyfish, sharks and many other marine animals. Guided tours and feeding presentations are available.The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory1316 Duval St. 305-296-2988 or 800-839-4647 www.keywestb utterfly.comMore than 50 butterfly species from around the world and 20 exotic bird species coexist in this climate-controlled, glass-enclosed habitat that includes waterfalls, flowering plants and trees. Key West City Cemetery Bordered by Angela, Frances, Olivia streets and Windsor Lane 305-292-6718 friendsofthekeywestcemetery.comStop at the sextons office near the entrance at Passover Lane and Windsor Lane for a map containing a free walking tour from the Historic Florida Keys Foundation. Key West Historical Memorial Sculpture Garden401 Wall St. (at Mallory Square) 305-294-4142 www.keywestsculpturegarden.org This original sculpture garden, at the site of the original shoreline in Mallory Square, features 36 bronze busts of the most influential men and women from Key Wests past. Key West Lighthouse & Keepers Quarters Museum938 Whitehead St. 305-294-0012 www.kwahs.com The lighthouse opened in 1848, was decommissioned by the Coast Guard in 1969, and now stands as a museum dedicated to Key Wests maritime heritage. Key West Shipwreck Museum1 Whitehead St. 305-292-8990 www.keywestshipwreck.com At the Shipwreck Museum, you can walk up the 65-foot lookout tower for a 365-degree view of Key West and its harbor. Key West Theater 512 Eaton St. www.thekeywesttheater.com The Key West Theater is a newly renovated performing arts center that presents original plays, musicals, films and concerts. Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden5210 College Road, Stock Island 305-296-1504 www.keywestbotanicalgarden.org This natural conservation habitat is home to many endangered flora and fauna as well as two of the last remaining freshwater ponds in the Keys. Key West Wildlife Center1801 White St. 305-292-1008 The Key West Wildlife Center is in the 8-acre Sonny McCoy Indigenous Park and includes a nature walk with a freshwater pond and two aviaries. Mallory Square Sunset Celebration 1 Whitehead St. 786-565-7448 www.sunsetcelebration.orgThis nightly festival begins at the waters edge about and hour or two before sunset and includes street performers, local artisans, food carts, palmists and psychics. Mel Fisher Maritime Museum200 Greene St. 305-294-2633 www.melfisher.org Exhibits include treasures from the Spanish galleons of 1622 discovered by Mel Fisher and his crew. Mile Marker 0 Sign490 Whitehead St., corner of Fleming Street U.S. 1 begins here in Key West, continues 2,369 miles north up the East Coast and ends in Fort Kent, Me. Stop here to commemorate your visit. Old Town Trolley Tours of Key West 1 Whitehead St. 305-296-6688 or 888-910-8687 www.historictours.com/keywest Historic Tours has been running sightseeing trolleys in Key West for more than 25 years. Red Barn Theatre319 Duval St. 305-296-9911 www.redbarntheatre.com The Red Barn Theatre has been producing plays and musicals in Key West for more than 35 years.Ripleys Believe It or Not!108 Duval St. 305-293-9939 www.ripleys.com/keywest Ripleys contains more than 550 odd, bizarre and unusual exhibits housed in a historical building. San Carlos Institute 516 Duval St. 305-294-3887 www.instituteosancarlos.org This historic landmark serves as a Cuban museum, library, art gallery and theater. The Southernmost PointThe Southernmost Point Corner of Whitehead and South streets This colorful anchored concrete buoy was erected in 1983 to commemorate Key West as the southernmost point of the continental United States. The Studios of Key West533 Eaton St. 305-296-0458 www.tskw.org The studios of Key West is a local nonprofit dedicated to nurturing artists and the artistic process. Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit513 Truman Ave. 305-842-1666 www.twkw.org Learn about Tennessee Williams literary accomplishments and life in Key West.Tennessee Williams Theatre 5901 College Road, Stock Island 305-296-1520 or 305 295-7676 (tickets) www.tennesseewilliamstheatre.com The Tennessee Williams Theatre presents national tours, concerts and local and national cabarets.The Tropic Cinema416 Eaton St. 877-761-FILM (3456) www.tropiccinema.com The Tropic Cinema is a nonprofit movie theater that shows independent films and documentaries in addition to hosting a wide variety of community cultural events. U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum and National Historic Landmark0 Southard St. 305-292-5072 www.uscgcingham.org With more than 50 years of service around the world, the USCGC Ingham offers a portrait of Coast Guard history from 1936 to 1988. It is the only Coast Guard cutter afloat today to receive two Presidential Unit Citations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy. Waterfront Playhouse310 Wall St. 305-294-5015 www.waterfrontplayhouse.org The nonprofit Waterfront Playhouse produces plays and musicals in its 150seat theater, located right next to Mallory Square. West Martello Tower1100 Atlantic Blvd. 305-294-3210 www.keywestgardenclub.com The West Martello Tower is a former Civil War-era fortification that is now home to the Key West Garden Club and the Joe Allen Garden Center. The historic Key West Lighthouse and Museum located on Whitehead Street.
FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 6-12, 2018 A7 Its namesake never saw it, but Audubon House still worth a look BY MAXINE LOPEZ-KEOUGHFlorida Weekly Correspondent Its midway through the tour of Key Wests stunningly pretty Audubon House and Tropical Gardens that the truth comes out: John James Audubon famed naturalist painter, whose lifelike paintings of bird portraits line the walls of the museum never actually lived in the Audubon House. But dont let this spoiler keep you from visiting; indeed, a visit to the Audubon House offers so much beauty, charm and historical interest, youll be left feeling only that it was Audubons loss that he was never able to inhabit such a magical place. Amassing a fortune from treasure gathered from the ruins of shipwrecks might seem like a job description for a storybook pirate, but in 19th-century Key West, it was a lucrative and respectable way to make a living. The busy passage between the Eastern Seaboard and the Gulf Coast was a dangerous place for ships to sail, and each year saw many boats wrecked on offshore reefs during the frequent storms that pummeled the area. Finders keepers might not mean much today, but for those in the wrecking industry of Key West, it was law. When a ship ran aground, the first man to reach the boat became the wreck master, who after saving the crew and passengers, if possible directed the salvaging of the ship and its cargo. Back on land, the recovered haul was auctioned off, with the wreck master taking the largest cut of the profits. It was a dangerous, highly competitive and regulated industry, the spoils of which helped solidify Key West as the richest city in the country by the mid-1800s. For Capt. John Huling Geiger, a maritime pilot whose shipwrecking success had made him one of the richest men in the Florida Keys, such wealth demanded a home of appropriate grandeur. In 1846, after the rest of the ilsand was mostly flattened in a hurricane, Capt. Geiger chose a prominent lot on which to build his familys new home a lavish American Classic Revival mansion of tropical wood at the intersection of Green and Whitehead streets, with an unobstructed view of the ocean (and any new potential shipwrecks). It was a grand, busy estate encompassing 6 acres, home to Capt. Geiger, his wife, his children, and a number of slaves who, in addition to domestic chores, were made to assist in the wrecking business that fueled Geigers wealth. For over a century, Capt. Geigers home remained in the familys possession, until Capt. Geigers great-grandson, Capt. William Bradford Smith, took up residence. Smith, a Key West Harbor pilot, lived in hermit-like seclusion without indoor plumbing, electricity or cooking facilities, and by the time of his death in 1956, the house had fallen into ruin. Slated for demolition, it was saved in 1958 by Mitchell and Frances Wolfson, who were compelled to purchase the property after hearing it was destined to become a gas station. The Wolfsons had heard the same folklore that speculated James Audubon might have conceived many of his bird portraits during a visit to the gardens of Dr. Benjamin Strobel, whose home was located on the property where the Geiger family mansion would later be constructed. The Wolfsons began a two-year process of painstaking renovation, the first historical renovation of its kind in Key West, at the end of which marked the rechristening of the Geiger home as the Audubon House Museum. They filled the house with antiques, including many items from the Geiger family, as well as numerous original hand-colored lithographs by Audubon. Today, Key West is known for having one of the most colorful and well-protected historical districts in the United States, with the highest density of historic frame buildings in the nation. Yet few who visit know that it was the Wolfsons renovation of the Audubon House that began this now-priceless movement to protect and preserve the islands oldest architecture. To this day, the property is cared for through the Mitchell Wolfson Trust, and remains a reputable dealer of original Audubon work. The three-story home is filled with precious antiquities and, of course, with Audubons work, as well as information about the artists life and career. An acre of lush tropical gardens surrounds the home, featuring hundreds of orchids, a koi pond and a replica of the propertys original 1850s outdoor kitchen building. Visitors are encouraged to wind their way through the quiet brick pathways, taking note of the rare tropical plants (carefully labeled for those without extensive botanical knowledge) and view the medicinal and herb garden, a staple of 19th-century upscale homes. Though the museum and its grounds are located in the bustling downtown district, once inside the protective foliage of the grounds, the sights and sounds of the outside world are muffled. Visitors are transported back in time to an island without tour buses or T-shirt shops, where fame and fortune awaited any man brave enough to watch the sea for a wrecked ship, and beat his fellow wreckers to the prize. The Audubon House>> Location: 205 Whitehead St. >> Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. >> Tickets: The museum offers discounted museum tickets to locals. >> Contact: For more information, call 305 294-2116 or visit www.audubonhouse.com.COURTESY PHOTO HAPPY HOUR 5PM TO 7PMHALF OFF APPETIZERS, BEER, WINE AND COCKTAILS!Speciality Martinis: Espresso Martini Key Lime Martini Lychee Martini 314 Duval Street Key West 305.292.4740 www.grandcafekeywest.comENJOY AN ECLECTIC FUSION OF TRADITIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CUISINE OVERLOOKING DUVAL STREET. RELAX ON OUR PORCH OR INSIDE OUR HISTORIC BUILDING Visit us online www.KeyWest.FloridaWeekly.comwww.facebook.com/KeyWestFloridaWeeklyTHERES A LOT TO LIKE
A8 WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 6-12, 2018 www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST KEY WEST CALENDAR OF EVENTSSPECIAL EVENTSThe Soul Man-Robert AlburySept. 6, 6:30 p.m. Sunset Pier Zero Duval St.Jerrod Isaman and Friends LiveSept. 6, 10 p.m. Mary Ellens 420 Appelrouth Lane www.maryellensbar.comLive Music with Dave BootleSept. 7, 9 p.m. Mangoes 700 Duval St. www.mangoeskeywest.comSummerish Fun Movie Series: Finding NemoSept. 9, noon. The Key West Theater 512 Eaton St. www.thekeywesttheater.comCOMEDYComedy Open Mic NightMondays, 9 p.m. Mary Ellens Bar and Restaurant 420 Appelrouth LaneComedy Key WestThursdays and Fridays, 7:30 to 10 p.m. The Blue Room 1128 Simonton St. Tickets available at www.comedykeyw est.comMUSICGreen Parrot Bar601 Whitehead St. Live Music Nightly Check the schedule at www.greenparrot.comIrish Kevins211 Duval St. Live Music Nightly Check the schedule at www.irishkevins.comMary Ellens420 Appelrouth Lane Open Mic with Comedy Key West, Mondays, 9 p.m. Drunken Spelling Bee, First Monday 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.Mellow Caf and GastropubBike Nights-Live Music Ride your bike and get half off your meal Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. 1605 North Roosevelt Blvd. www.mellowkw.comSmoking Tuna4 Charles St. Live Music Nightly Check the schedule at www.smokingtunasaloon.comSloppy Joes201 Duval St. Live Music Nightly Check the schedule at www.sloppyjoes.comPHOTOGRAPHYPhotographs by Jorge de la TorrienteOngoing De La Gallery 419 Duval St. www.delagallery.com 305-395-2210HomegrownPhotographs by Michael Marrero Ongoing Gallery on Greene 606 Greene St. www.galleryongreene.comCINEMATropic Cinema416 Eaton St. www.tropiccinema.com Check the website for ongoing films COURTESY PHOTOThe Key West Art & Historical Societys Permanent Collection includes more than 25,000 objects spanning from postcards, photographs, paintings, artifacts, textiles, ordnance and archives highlighting the people, places and events which have shaped the Florida Keys. Items are available through the generous support of donors. See it at Key West Art and Historical Society Custom House, 281 Front St., www.Kwahs.org.
FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 6-12, 2018 A9 LGBTAqua Nightclub711 Duval St. Aqua Idol for Fantasy Fest King and Queen Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. Drag Shows Nightly, 7 and 9 p.m. Karaoke Monday through Thursday, 11 p.m. www.Aquakeywest.comBobbys Monkey Bar900 Simonton St. Karaoke-Nightly, 9:30 p.m. Bobbys Monkey Bar on FacebookBourbon St. Pub724 Duval St. Just Jeff (Moss), Thursdays through Sundays, 8 to 10 p.m. Ronnie, Mondays through Wednesdays, 3 to 8 p.m. The Men of Bourbon, Nightly www.BourbonSt.pub.com801 Bourbon Bar801 Duval St. Drag Shows, Nightly, 9 and 11 p.m. 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 www.801bourbon.comSidebar at Aqua 504 Angela St. Kristen McNamara, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. www.sidebarkeywest.comLa Te Da1125 Duval St. Christopher Peterson, Sept. 6, 8 and 13, 9 p.m. 3Sum, Sept. 6, 7, 8 and 9, 8:30 p.m. Ronnie Lively, Sept. 10, 8:30 The Fabulous Spectrelles, Sept. 11 and 12, 8:30 p.m. Tea Dance, Sundays 4 to 6:30 p.m. www.Lateda.comAROUND KEY WESTLocal Farm StandWednesdays, 5 to 7 p.m. Mellow Caf and Gastropub 1605 North Roosevelt Blvd.Ghost Tours and Ghost HuntsNightly 301 Whitehead St. and 1102 Duval St. 305-395-1435 www.hauntedkeywest.com KEY WEST CALENDAR OF EVENTS #KW Dont miss this Dont miss this performance of Key performance of Key Wests legendary Wests legendary Soul Man, Robert Albury, Sept. 6, 6:30 Sept. 6, 6:30 p.m., Sunset Pier, p.m., Sunset Pier, Zero Duval St. Zero Duval St.9.6 Xyxyxy yxyxyx yx yxyxyx Xyxyxy yxyxyx yx yxyxyx yx yxyx yxyxy yx yxyx yxyxy Main Event: Goes Here txyxyx yxyxy txyxyx yxyxy yxyxyyx yxyxyxy yxy xyxyxy yxyxyyx yxyxyxy yxy xyxyxy www.webaddress.com www.webaddress.com Jerrod Isaman and Friends Live, Sept. 6, 10 p.m., Mary Ellens, 420 Appelrouth Lane www. maryellensbar.com9.6 Live music with Dave Bootle. Come out and catch this multitalented Key West favorite. Sept. 7, 9 p.m., Mangoes, 700 Duval St. www.mangoes keywest.com9.7 Bring the whole family to the Summerish Fun Movie Series: Finding Nemo, Sept. 9, noon, The Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. www. thekeywesttheater.com9.9 Or check out our other 8 SWFL LOCATIONS!VISIT US IN EY WEST! 712 Duval 305.440.2179 REE PARKING behind the restaurant for patrons!
A10 WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 6-12, 2018 www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST ing of the seasons when the seasons dont actually change all that much? The ultimate end-of-summer girls weekend: Key West WomenFest, which runs from Sep. 5 9. For decades, Key Wests WomenFest weekend has drawn thousands of lesbians and their friends to what is arguably the premier gay vacation destination in the country (sorry, Provincetown, but the weather up north is already a little too nippy for our taste). WomenFest weekend has a simple goal: to serve as a gathering for women who want to mix, mingle, feel comfortable being themselves, soak up some rays and then party their faces off. Since its debut more than 20 years ago, Key West WomenFest has grown to become a worldwide standard for lesbian gatherings. Couples, singles and families arrive in the southernmost town each year to enjoy the famously gay-friendly atmosphere that the Key West Business Guild the nations first ever gay-oriented chamber of commerce works tirelessly to maintain. With Lilith Fair a mere memory (Im still grieving the lack of Alanis in my life) and Palm Springs Dinah Shore Weekend already come and gone, the streets of Key West (complete with LGBTQ-themed rainbow sidewalks) are guaranteed to be overrun with women looking to celebrate in all their Sapphic glory against the lushly tropical backdrop of our remarkable island paradise. While this years schedule of events ranges from raucous pool parties to intimate art openings, much of the draw of WomenFest is the simple promise of lazy days spent poolside, or else strolling through the sun-dappled historic neighborhoods of Key West with the comfort of knowing you can hold your girlfriends hand without some psychopath yelling hateful slurs from across the street. Key West is a city where gay couples dont just vacation; they settle down, procreate and then send their children to the local Montessori school. While many arriving for WomenFest will invariably take advantage of Key Wests picturesque state park, its wideranging culinary scene, unique museums and world-famous watering holes, its the official WomenFest events that keep the ladies coming back year after year. This years schedule has been curated to appeal to a wide audience, with both family-friendly events and those decidedly adult in nature. Weve got the full schedule, so read on to learn whats happening when and plan your ideal itinerary for the weekend. This years WomenFest party headquarters is Key Wests quintessential drag bar, Aqua Nightclub (711 Duval St.), whose Reality is a Drag shows and open-air Back Bar make it the perfect spot to take in a show or enjoy cocktails under the stars. WomenFest kicked off on Wednesday Sept. 5 with a Welcome Party at Sidebar (504 Angela St.), Aqua Nightclubs adjunct little sister, at 7 p.m. If you didnt party hard enough Wednesday night, fear not. Thursday, Sept. 6, starts with the Get Leid Party from noon until 3 p.m. at The Green Room (501 Greene St.) and Tiki House (430 Greene St.). For three whole hours, you can get totally leid at the Green Room and Tiki House while winning additional prizes just for drinking. A mere $20 allows you entry into this fantastic event that starts at The Green Room, where you will receive a free drinking cup, two free drinks, two raffle tickets and some party swag. After that, it is your mission to bounce between The Green Room and Tiki House and collect an equal number of leis from each bar one lei for every alternating drink. Each drink you buy at a discounted price will get you another lei and a raffle ticket for some truly epic prizes. At the end of the party, the lady that got leid the most (i.e. the chica with the most faux flower garlands around her neck) wins. Bonus: your first drink at both The Green Room and Tiki House are on the house. After youve nabbed your tropical trophy, hitch a ride out to Havana Cabana Hotel (3420 N. Roosevelt Blvd.) for the Girls Just Wanna Have Rum Pool Party. From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., listen to the allfemale Latin band Las Divas with an ice-cold mojito by the gorgeous pool (which honestly looks more like a Balinese oasis than a hotel watering hole). When youve had your fill of pool time (is that even a thing?), grab a solid meal because Sidebars Glow Party kicks off at 9 p.m. and youll want all the energy you can muster to dance and glow all night long. After the last of your glow sticks have died, hop down the street to Pandoras Party at Viva Saloon (903 Duval St.) where DJ Rude Girl will be spinning tunes from 10 p.m. until you just cant dance anymore. We suggest you spend the next morning recharging your batteries, because Friday, Sept. 7 is chock full of great events and is going to require some stamina. If youre feeling bright-eyed and bushy tailed (and miraculously unhungover from Thursdays late-night antics), hit one of the IWFFA Flag Football Clinics held from 10 a.m. to noon at Bayview Park and get in some practice for Saturday mornings friendly game. After you sweat a little, soak your tired muscles in the pool at Alexanders Guesthouse (1118 Fleming St.) during BAM and KATs R U Wet Pool Party with DJ Rude Girl from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Later that evening, enjoy a sunset dinner cruise hosted on one of Sunset Watersports deluxe catamarans, with hors doeuvres, top-shelf drinks and a pulse-pounding dance party to round out the trip. At night, flit back and forth between a mix of ladies night lounge specials and a Stop Light dance party WOMENFESTFrom page 1Since its debut more than 20 years ago, Key West WomenFest has grown to become a worldwide standard for lesbian gatherings. Couples, singles and families arrive in the southernmost town each year to enjoy the famously gay-friendly atmosphere that the Key West Business Guild the nations first ever gay-oriented chamber of commerce works tirelessly to maintain. COURTESY PHOTOJoin Spikey Van Dykey at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, for Fury Water Adventures three-hour Reef & Ritas tour.
FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 6-12, 2018 A11 at Sidebar. The party starts at 9 p.m., when legendary drag queen Spikey Van Dykey and DJ Citizen Jane step on stage and behind the decks to deliver their patented brands of hilarious drag and impossible-to-resist beat-murdering music. Your feet (and laugh muscles) have been warned. You can party all the way into the next morning, then sweat out the toxins with a friendly game of IWFFA Flag Football in Bayview Park at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 8. If youve overslept, you can still hit the WomenFest Pool Party at noon at the typically male-only Bourbon St. Pub (724 Duval St.). There will be games and prizes, and in true Key West spirit, clothing is completely optional. If you havent gotten enough sun, join Spikey Van Dykey at 1 p.m. for Fury Water Adventures three-hour Reef & Ritas tour. No, this is not the S.S. Minnow redux; $47.95 plus tax gets you three uninterrupted hours of sun, surf and all the margaritas your tequilaloving tummy can handle. Once youve snorkeled yourself silly, nap off that tequila buzz and head back downtown to the White Party at Aqua Nightclub. DJ Citizen Jane starts spinning at 11 p.m. Are you one of those ladies who wakes up early on vacation all brighteyed and bushy-tailed (you lucky duck)? Roll out of bed and head to Jazz Brunch on Sunday Sept. 9 at the Hard Rock Caf (313 Duval St.) from 10 a.m. until noon. If youre like the rest of us (which means you need a long nap, a heavy meal and a bloody Mary to make you feel whole again), the BackBar at Aqua is hosting Hot Dog Church, a weekly ladies tradition here in Key West. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be in ample supply starting at 1 p.m. A hot dog with a little hair of the dog? Sounds like a marriage made in hangover heaven. If sausage isnt exactly your cup of pre-Tea Dance tea (see what we did there?), hit the Tatas & Tequila Pre-Tea Mixer from 1 to 4 p.m. at The Rumbar/ Speakeasy Inn (1115 Duval St.). From there, its a short skip to the traditional Sunday Tea Dance at Key Wests gay mainstay, La Te Da (1125 Duval St.), in the heart of Duval St. And if youve made it to the end of the day and youre still looking for more (we seriously envy your stamina), cap off your weekend with the Victorias Dirty Little Secret Lingerie Tea Dance After Party at Mangoes beginning at 7 p.m. With such a wide variety of activities all weekend long, youll be forgiven if you return home on Monday a little worse for the wear. But the exhaustion is well worth the price of admission to Key West WomenFest. For more information, ticket prices and contacts, visit.www.womenfest. com. COURTESY PHOTOWomenFest kicked off on Wednesday Sept. 5 with a Welcome Party at Sidebar (504 Angela St.), Aqua Nightclubs adjunct little sister.COURTESY PHOTOEnjoy the traditional Sunday Tea Dance at Key Wests gay mainstay, La Te Da (1125 Duval St.), in the heart of Duval St. Cultural Day ps to Havana Cuba!PLAN YOUR TIP OAY!305-923-4033 Dont Mis the Oportuniy! Cal Us Toay!Find us onlie at AIRKEYWEST.comOur mission is to facilitate the experience that only Cuba can offer through its culture, history, natural beauty, and people. We are proud to offer full-service travel arrangements to individuals, groups, families, educators, students, professionals, and organizations under the General License categories issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. i i i f f i i li l h i h h l C C b b ff O SCHEDULbt DAY-TRIPS TO HAVnNA EVbRY MONDAY nND FRItAY!
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A12 WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 6-12, 2018 www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST Alonzos700 Front St. 4-6:30 p.m. Half-price appetizers www.alonzoysterbar.comAqua711 Duval St. 2-6 p.m. $5 well drinks, $3.75 domestic beers www.aquakeywest.comBagatelle115 Duval St. 4-6 p.m. Half-price drinks $5 appetizers www.Bagatellekeywest.comBlackfin 918 Duval St. 4:30-6:30 p.m. $7 menu www.blackfinbistro.comBlue Macaw Island Eats and Bar804 Whitehead St. Every day with live music 4-7 p.m. $3 well drinks, domestic beers and house wines www.Bluemacawkeywest.comBoathouse Bar and Grill400 Greene St., #408 4-6 p.m. Half-price well drinks and beers www.Boathousebarandgrill.comBobbys Monkey BarNoon-8 p.m. $3 well drinks $2.50 domestic beers $3 imports $2 Pringles and $2 Slim JimsConch Republic Seafood631 Greene St. 4-7 p.m. 2-for-1 drink specials www.Conchrepublicseafood.comDantes951 Caroline St. Monday-Friday, 4-8 p.m. Half off domestic beers and well drinks $3.50 Jagermeister and Fireball $4 Jameson www.Danteskeywest.comGeiger Key Marina5 Geiger Road 4-6 p.m. Drink specials and special happy hour menu www.Geigerkeymarina.comGreen Parrot Bar601 Whitehead St. 4-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday 4-5:30 p.m. Fridays Discounts on selected drinks and beers www.Greenparrot.comThe Grand314 Duval St. 5-7:30 p.m. Half-price wine, cocktails and beer Half-price appetizers www.grandcafekeywest.comHalf Shell Raw Bar231 Margaret St. 4:30-6:30 p.m. 2-for-1 drink specials Special happy hour food menu www.Halfshellrawbar.comHard Rock Caf313 Duval St. 5-7 and 10 to closing Half-price appetizers and drinks www.hardrockcafe/keywestHogfish Bar and Grill6810 Front Street 4-6 p.m. Drink specials and special happy hour menu www.Hogfishbar.comIsland Dogs Bar505 Front St. 4-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday Half-price well drinks, bottled beer and wine by the glass Half-price oysters, special $5.95 menu www.Islanddogsbar.comLucys Retired Surfer Bar and Restaurant320 Grinnell Street 4-7 p.m. Half-off appetizers, $3 well drinks, draft beer and house wine www.Keywest.lucysretired surfers.comMartins917 Duval St. 4-6 p.m. Half-price drinks and tapas www.Martinskeywest.comMary Ellens Bar420 Appelrouth Lane 3-6 p.m. 2-for-1 wells and drafts, $5 Jameson, $5 Titos www.maryellensbar.comMellow Ventures Caf and Gastropub1605 North Roosevelt Blvd. 5-7 p.m. Half-off starters 2-for-1 draft beer, wine, sangria and mimosas www.mellowventureskeywest.comOld Town Mexican Caf609 Duval St. 4 -7 p.m. Half-price appetizers Half-price beer, wine and well drinksPepes806 Caroline St. 4-6 p.m. Half-price raw and baked oysters $5 fresh-squeezed Margaritas Discounted well drinks, beer and wine www.Pepeskeywest.comThe Perry Hotel7001 Shrimp Road Stock Island Salty Oyster Dockside Bar & Grill 4-6 p.m. daily Half off all food and premium drinks Matts Stock Island Kitchen & Bar 6-8 p.m. daily $3 drafts, $6 cocktails and wine, $2 oysters, $5 appetizers and crudo www.perrykeywest.comPinchers Crab Shack712 Duval St. 3-6 p.m. Oysters, clams, shrimp, wings 99 cents each www.Pinchersusa.comThe Roost508 Fleming St. 3-6 p.m. $10 Stoli Elite MartinisRoostica Pizzeria5620 MacDonald Ave. 4-6 p.m. Drink specials and special happy hour menu www.Roostica.comSand Bar Sports Grill511 Greene St. Check the website for daily specials Sandbarkeywest.com www.Sand Bar Sports Grill Key West on FacebookSantiagos Bodega207 Petronia St. 3-6 p.m. Half-price drinks $5 tapas www.Santiagosbodega.comSidebar at Aqua504 Angela St. 4-8 p.m. $5 well drinks, $3.75 domestic beers 9 p.m.-close, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, drink specials www.sidebarkeywest.comSouthernmost Beach Caf1405 Duval St. Sunday-Thursday $5 small bites bar men, $5 draft beer, house wine, well drinks and house margaritas www.Southernmost beachcafe.comSquare Grouper Bar and Grill and My New Joint Upstairs.22658 Overseas Highway, Cudjoe Key Square Grouper 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday Lunch Specials and $7 well drinks My New Joint 4:30-6:30 p.m. 25 percent off bottled and canned beers $1 off draft beer and wine by the glass $6 cocktail specials daily Happy hour menu and late-night menu Check the websites for details www.Squaregroupbarandgrill.com www.Mynewjoint420lounge.comSunset Tiki Bar at the Galleon Resort617 Front St. 10 a.m.-noon (except Sundays) 2-for-1 Bloody Marys 4-7 p.m. daily 2-for-1 margaritas or well drinks www.Galleonresort.comTattoos and Scars512 Greene St. Stella on draft $4 all day www.Tattoos andscarssaloon.comTiki House430 Greene St. 4-6 p.m. 2-for-1 wells, drafts and Zombies www.tikihousekw.comTurtle Kraals231 Margaret St. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Half off bottled beers, well drinks and house wines Special happy hour menu www.Turtlekraals.comTwo Friends Patio Restaurant512 Front St. 4-6 p.m. Early bird dinner specials www.Twofriendskw.comVinos on Duval810 Duval St. 4-7 p.m. $5 sangria Sundays $5 mimosas www.Vinosonduval.comViva Saloon903 Duval St. 4-6 p.m. $3 well drinks, $1 off all beer and house wine, $5 appetizers www.Vivakeywest.comThe 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FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 6-12, 2018 A13 BARTENDER OF THE WEEKCaptain Comedy Shaun Griffin BY BUCKY MONTGOMERYFlorida Weekly CorrespondentI had been working at Danger Charters for about a week, when a friend of mine, Wade, said if you like draft beer, check out the Porch. I went in, saw a big TV and thought it was sports. When I saw that it was the Muppet Show, I knew this was going to be my favorite bar, bartender Shaun Griffin says. I got my job here in the worst way possible. By being the drunkest, most obnoxious guest ever. I believe they only gave me a job bartending to watch me fail. The Porch was Shauns first bartending gig and although he has since moved on, to his credit he still holds one of the longest running tenures at the iconic craft beer and wine bar. Today, he bartends at the newly established fast food joint Sinz Burritos most Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 5 to 10 p.m. Here he serves up a distinct collection of craft beers that pair well with the likes of tacos and tostados from the comfort of a small circular countertop facing the gateway intersection to Duval at Truman Avenue. Shaun was born in Baltimore, Md., where he lived until he was 21 when he discovered that he had a love for sailing. I realized that I didnt have to only sail where I grew up. I could go anywhere there was water. His first jaunt away from home was to Maine during the winter. I lived on a little island (Sugar Island) in the middle of a lake (Moosehead Lake). Needless to say, there wasnt much sailing going on. Then I was offered two boat jobs. One in Hartford, Conn., and one in Key West. I did seriously consider Hartford. Instead, in 2006, he headed to Key West. My wife was the very first girl (my own age) I met in Key West. She was coming in on a sailboat. Once they got tied off, it was a common custom for the crew to take their shirts off and go topless. It was getting dark, but I could see her in her white bikini, glowing in the setting sun. The captain (who also had a crush on her) said, Margot, why dont you go show Shaun where the dumpster is? And the rest was history. To this day, she says she has never owned a white bikini. Mustve been tan lines then. Shaun and Margot had only been dating three weeks when they both took off in different directions. She to go to boatbuilding school for a couple of years, and he off to get his captains license. I wrote her letters all the time, the old-fashioned way, snail mail, he said. Then, on different boats, they both sailed and met in Hawaii where they lived together for six months. They eventually came back to Newport, R.I., for a stint, then, to celebrate Shaun getting his captains license, the two of them headed to Thailand for three months. I applied for my job at Danger Charters here in Key West while we were in Thailand. I knew I wanted it because I love sailing, and I love teaching about the environment. So, besides bartending, he still holds down his day job as an eco-tour guide for Danger Charters three days a week. Its good to teach people about birds and fish, and to get tips for taking off my shirt. You can find out more at www. DangerCharters.com, or check it out on Trip Adviser. When not working, you may see Shaun out with his three-legged dog Fenway, or hanging around the Blue Room when the Comedy Key West takes the stage. If you miss me at the bar, you can come see me at the comedy club. He also presents himself as somewhat of a cook. The only reason my wife keeps me is that I keep her fed. He says of himself, I am neither friendly or nice, yet everyone not only tolerates me, but even acts like they like me. Shaun points out what he says are the two proudest moments in his life. The first was the first date with my wife behind the dumpster at the Westin, he says. And also, in the seventh-grade I was voted the Most Creative Student in Maryland, by the Odyssey of the Mind Association, which is a real thing. (I looked it up. Sometimes when youre exchanging information with someone who also performs comedy, you cant always be sure if youre getting your leg pulled.) I like the people here in Key West, the community. People treat each other better here than anywhere else Ive ever been, he said, in regards to what he likes most about living and working in Key West. And if I couldnt get out on the water two or three times a week, Id murder everyone. My wife was the very first girl (my own age) I met in Key West. She was coming in on a sailboat. Once they got tied off, it was a common custom for the crew to take their shirts off and go topless. It was getting dark, but I could see her in her white bikini, glowing in the setting sun. 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A14 WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 6-12, 2018 www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST The Snake King, a bluesy take on rock n roll steeped in dark and evocative imagery. In advance of what I can only assume will be a spirited display of seasoned musical prowess and perhaps less-seasoned (but no less enthusiastic) audience participation, this lucky reporter got to sit down with Mr. Springfield to chat about what makes him tick. Florida Weekly Key West Edition: How does it feel to play a show and have multiple generations singing all of the lyrics to your songs? Rick Springfield: Its pretty great to see it. I was fortunate to be writing in a time of radio when a good song had a chance to be heard just because it was a good song. That doesnt exist anymore. Its all corporate and short playlists and new rock radio is basically dead. I think thats why people love live shows. They can still commune with like-minded people in the church of rock and roll. FWKW: When you started making records, did you ever think youd be performing well into your 60s? (You look and sound amazing, by the way.) RS: I never thought about an expiration date. I still dont. I think well all just do it until we drop. As long as youre enjoying it, why stop? FWKW: How do you think the music industry has changed since you started performing? RS: Night and day. I feel for all these great bands and artists that I hear who are making amazing music and have no real outlet other than touring in a van or performing peer to peer. Radio doesnt want to know. If it isnt rap or some pop song written by a thousand people it wont be heard on modern radio. The business side has always been full of leeches and talentless jerk-offs, but the positive side is that the artists are mostly pure and true and just want to do what they love FWKW: How did you transition from music to TV and film? Whats your favorite role youve played? RS: I dont really know how anything happened or happens other than I have a desire to do it and just go forward, head down, damn the torpedoes. I think acting and music feed the same beast in artists, which is why you get so many actors trying to transition to music and vice versa. Playing with Meryl Streep and having Jonathan Demme direct (in Ricki and the Flash)has been a highlight so far. I love them both. FWKW: Ive watched clips of some of your recent live performances and youre a madman on stage where do you get the energy?! How do you keep it fresh and exciting for yourself and for the audience? RS: I draw energy from the music and from the audience. I love to play guitar which was really what started it all when I was 14, but the energy thing is just something I feel. Theres no real premeditation to it and some nights are better than others. ROCKSFrom page 1 LUCY APPLE / COURTESY PHOTORick Springfield will be performing songs from his new album The Snake King. CURATING YOUR WAY OF LIFE THROUGH DESIGN, FURNITURE & ACCESSORIES FOR THE HOME & GARDENOFF SEASON HOURS: WEDNESDAY 10AM TO 3PM THURSDAY SATURDAY 10AM TO 5PM AND HAPPILY BY APPTIN THE HEART OF STOCK ISLAND5700 4th AvenueR at Chicos, R at Fishbusters Block and a half on your L305.916.5042 SOULHOUSEKEYWEST.COM This is how we roll in KEY WEST! 3424 N. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, FL 33040305-293-ww.keystjep.cmAre you ready for a Key West Jeep Adventure? Now, all you have to do is choose which Jeep you want. Weve got a wide selection of Jeeps to choose from. Whether you want a 2-door or 4-door, soft top, hard top or no top at all, weve got the perfect Jeep to suit your style and needs. Scroll through the photos of our Jeep eet and pick the one you want. We also have minivans and basic cars available! ADVENTUR PACKbGES: Beach Padtlenoard Adventur Custom Are You Ready for a Key Wst Jep Adventur? CNTAfr US! from Fery Teminal, Airpt FRE SHUTL
FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 6-12, 2018 A15FWKW: How long have you been playing with your current band lineup? RS: The last member joined about two years ago. Its the best band I have ever played with. They are monsters!! FWKW: What do you want the audience to leave with after they come see one of your shows? RS: A very expensive Rick Springfield T-shirt :) I want everyone to walk out feeling better than when they walked in. FWKW: How do you think your own personal style has evolved from Beginnings to Snake King? Where did all the blues/gospel influence on Snake King come from? RS: I have always loved the blues. Most musicians my age are blues-based players. Thats the music we copied as kids and its still inside us, the love of it. Yeah, Beginnings to The Snake King is a pretty big jump. Just life, really. FWKW: What do you do in your down time when youre not touring? Any weird hobbies? RS: I collect stuff. Toys, antiques, religious artifacts and I buy stuff online that I have absolutely no use for. Mostly I write. Thats my relaxation. FWKW: And finally who are you listening to these days? Who inspires you? RS: Every song, every book, every article, every person I meet inspires me. As far as what Im listening to, it varies. My last playlist last night was: Porcupine Tree, Christine and the Queens, Zoot (my old Aussie band, were putting together a retrospective from 1969 to 1971), Beck Ola (Jeff Beck and Rod Stewarts band from the 60s), Tom Petty, Gerry Rafferty, the 1975 and a bunch of other stuff I may have been too buzzed to remember. Well, at least hes honest. Ricks concert will take place on the Sunset Green Event Lawn, an expansive, multipurpose event space located at the 24 North Hotel on N. Roosevelt Blvd. Maybe its the wannabe flower child in me, nostalgic for the era of concerts on open lawns, picnic blankets spread and barefoot music lovers dancing, but lately Ive been craving an outdoor venue where I can lay back, listen to songs I love and stare at the stars pretending Im in the middle of the woods (although the middle of the ocean aint so bad either). According to Lee Sheehan, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Keys Collection (of which 24 North is a participating hotel), Our vision behind the concert space was to create an immersive experience for guests and locals to congregate underneath the colorful Key West skies. The verdant landscape and laid-back environment invites guests, visitors, and locals to take their shoes off and experience the best of Key West with live music and tapas-styled food. The lawn is designed to accommodate comfortable seating with Adirondack chairs, cabanas, or hammocks for enjoying events. In the next year alone, Sunset Green will also host Michael Franti and Spearhead, Lyle Lovett and Earl Keen, JJ Grey & Mofro, Air Supply and The Beach Boys, all thanks to Rams Head Promotions, an Annapolis-based restaurant and entertainment company that currently owns and operates five locations in Maryland and provides programming for the Key West Theater on Eaton Street. Rams Head has been responsible for bringing dozens of renowned bands and musicians to town, including Marshall Tucker Band, Lee Ann Womack and Citizen Cope. Surrounded by luxurious pools and lush greenery, Sunset Green Event Lawn is a natural addition to the Rams Head cache that provides the ultimate escape to indulge in the Key West lifestyle. And being able to relax and listen to music in an open environment away from the sounds of trolleys and incessant scooter horns is something I think we can all appreciate no matter how you feel about Jessies Girl. You can buy tickets for all of the Sunset Green shows at www.keywestconcertseries.com or at the Key West Theater Box Office, located at 512 Eaton St. COURTESY PHOTO RENATA HEARN / COURTESY PHOTO
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FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 6-12, 2018 A17 Little White House holds wealth of history BY MAXINE LOPEZ-KEOUGHFlorida Weekly CorrespondentStep inside the Harry S. Truman Little White House, and youll be forgiven for feeling the sudden urge to solve domestic policy issues while on vacation. Its here, inside this spectacular circa 1890 home, that some of the nations most influential leaders have retreated from the public eye to rest, recuperate and bring new meaning to the term working vacation. And while history buffs might know that former U.S. President Harry S. Truman spent so many hours hammering out deals inside the home that it was rechristened the Little White House, few know the full history of this remarkable place, and just how much our lives today benefit from the secret meetings that happened inside its hallowed walls. Before Truman himself had stepped foot inside the Truman Little White House, the building served as a residence for the Key West Naval Stations base commandant and paymaster. Borrowing from both Victorian and West Indian architectural traditions, the home offered its residents a secluded and breezy retreat from naval station life. The beginning of World War I saw the Key West Naval Station take on a vital role in the U.S war effort. Inventor Thomas Edison volunteered to aid the U.S. war effort, living at Little White House for six months while he developed a total of 41 weapons. After Mr. Edisons departure, the house remained command headquarters through World War II, when Key West was tasked with protecting Allied ships off the Straits of Florida. At the end of the war, then-President Harry S. Truman was both physically and emotionally exhausted, prompting his doctor to prescribe a vacation somewhere warm and secure. At the recommendation of his friend, Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz, the president headed south. He was immediately taken with the charm and restorative climate of Key West, and that first trip in 1946 began what would amount to 11 total working vacations spent at the naval base commanders home. While on-island, White House staff from Washington was flown into Key West for important meetings (or, on occasion, poker games and fishing trips) and documents sent from the Little White House were stamped as having been sent from The White House, U.S. Naval Station, Key West, Florida. In total, President Truman would spend 175 days of his presidency governing from the Little White House. President Truman also used the Little White House as a base from which to formulate the Marshall Plan, the recognition of the state of Israel, the Truman Doctrine, a civil rights executive order requiring federal contractors to hire minorities, and a two-week cease fire agreement for Korea. After his presidency, he would return to Key West five more times each time staying in a downtown private residence, but making sure to visit his beloved Little White House. The Little White House continued to serve as a White House of America; in 1955, Presi dent Dwight D. Eisenhower used the Little White House as a place to convalesce after a heart attack, while six years later, President John F. Kennedy hosted British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan at Little White House for a oneday summit before the Bay of Pigs crisis. After the failed invasion, President Kennedy returned to the Little White House in 1962 to perform inspections following the resolution of the Cuban Missile Crisis. After President Trumans death in 1974, the Navy Base (renamed the Truman Annex) on which the Little White House stood was closed, and the house abandoned. It remained unoccupied for 12 years, during which unscrupulous residents of Key West were rumored to have broken in and helped themselves to the former presidents furniture. Developer Pritam Singh purchased the annex at an auction in 1986 and immediately took out an ad in a local newspaper requesting that all those who had borrowed furniture from the Little White House return the items, and thanked the residents of Key West for looking after the antiques for so long. Much of the original furniture was returned, and Singh transferred ownership of the Little White House to the state of Florida for its use as a museum, after which he privately funded the buildings restoration. Today, approximately 78,000 visitors tour the house annually. The Harry S. Truman Little White House is located at 111 Front St., and is open to the public every day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with frequent tours. For more information, call (305) 294-9911 or visit www.trumanlittlewhitehouse.com. COURTESY PHOTOSFormer U.S. President Harry S. Truman spent so many hours hammering out deals inside the home that it was rechristened the Little White House.
A18 WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 6-12, 2018 www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST MUSIC SCENEThe Strickland Taddiken duo is back BY JENNIFER WHITEFlorida Weekly CorrespondentNot long before moving back to his hometown of Charleston, S.C., Larry Strickland met Ben Taddiken during one of Bens shows at Captain Tonys Saloon. Entirely devoid of high-maintenance fuss and fluff, the easy-going musicians struck up a harmonious chemistry right away. As such is the test of life, serendipity often moves in right before a departure and even though the distance would make entertaining as a duo rather difficult for them, they decided to do it anyways by traveling thousands of miles just to play together. Its been six years and they are still going strong. Ben and I played our first set together a month before I left to go back to Charleston Larry explains. When I left in 2012 we started playing here six to eight times a year. Its been fun. We dont take anything too seriously and its always fun. I love when Larry gets on percussion and shakes an egg instrument, while playing the bongos and the tambourine at the same time, Ben adds. Without missing a beat, the conversation shifts back to Larry as if on rhythmic cue. Ben still astounds me after all these years. One of the compliments we get a lot is that there might just be two of us playing, but it sounds like a full band, he boasts cheerfully. Their sets include a variety of genres from tropical to s alternative. Thanks to an unofficial artist residency at Margaritaville, Larry and Ben have always had a place to come back to and consistently perform even though they were never able to rehearse as much as they would have liked to. At the time of this writing they had just finished a three-week record-breaking run at the Jimmy Buffet famed joint. This sort of home base has allowed them to keep their roots firmly planted in the Key West community and continue to develop the sound and reputation that would set the stage for their return to the island. It was June of 2017 when I called Larry and said Im moving back and would you be interested in joining me and doing the duo thing full time? Ben says, I barely got the words out of my mouth and Larry was on the other end saying yes, yes of course. Again, it seems that their cosmic union was meant to be. If timing is everything then that phone could not have rung at a better time. The mortgage company that I was working for wasnt really working out and then while I was sitting there and thinking about coming back Ben calls me, Larry recalls. And Id already been thinking about it for a while so my business partner from back home and I decided to open another mortgage company based out of Orlando which would allow me to do my work right out of the Keys. The theme of music and mortgages has been my own personal theme and now Im able to do them both here so thats going to be our thing. Ben is learning about mortgages a little bit, too. But their common ground will always be music before anything. Bens story officially begins at church gospel sings and in school choirs while Larry got a late start after watching several of his band friends doing their thing and thinking, I want to do that. Experience happened quickly for Larry and he immediately got invited into the Diesel Brothers Band which was actually what landed him at Margaritaville in the first place. Meanwhile, Ben was busy with a modest debut of solo gigs at Mallory Square and on Duval Street and then at places like the late Rumrunners and of course Captain Tonys where he would eventually meet Larry. These days Ben is happy to be back where he can ride his bike with his guitar securely in his backpack. Larry is happy to get back to his laid-back lifestyle. Together they are ready to take this thing to the next level now that they are, in fact, together again.We play here by choice. Its cheaper and easier to play somewhere else but we play here because we want to, Ben says.The gist of the whole thing is that we are thankful to be playing here, Larry chimes. You can find the band schedule for Strickland Taddiken Duo on Facebook by searching for @ben.taddiken.music and yes that is an acronym STD to go along with their slogan the only one you want to catch in Key West. You can also learn more about Larrys mortgage business by visiting his website, www. themortgagefirm.com/larrystrickland. I guess you could say that they have finally come full circle, bringing everything back to where they started. Now they get to have hopeful plans for future bookings at more places and to do the things that most working couples like to do like rehearse or maybe even record an album and dare I say stop denying that this is the place for them. Welcome home, Larry and Ben. It was June of 2017 when I called Larry and said Im moving back and would you be interested in joining me and doing the duo thing full time? I barely got the words out of my mouth and Larry was on the other end saying yes, yes of course. Ben Taddiken We play here by choice. Its cheaper and easier to play somewhere else but we play here because we want to. Ben Taddiken Visit us online at www.FloridaWeekly.com Download our FREE Apps for tablets and SmartphonesAvailable on the iTunesTM and Google PlayTM App Stores.
FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 6-12, 2018 A19 Wild Bill Charters: Wild Bill Charters: Fun family this afternoon, tuna for dinner. Fun family this afternoon, tuna for dinner. Capt. Artie Duplessis 1801 S. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West 305-744-7957 www.wildbillkeywest.com Blind Squirrel Charters: Blind Squirrel Charters: TBT: A really fun trip with Rob Fordyce and TBT: A really fun trip with Rob Fordyce and Charlie Schiffer. Charlie Schiffer. Key West Harbour Yacht Club 6000 Peninsular Avenue, Key West 305-395-3474 Gulfstream Fishing Key West: Gulfstream Fishing Key West: Another successful day of making smiles. Another successful day of making smiles. Gulfstream Fishing Key West 1801 N. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West 305-296-8494 www.gulfstreamkeywest.com Fishbusterz Retail Seafood Market: Fishbusterz Retail Seafood Market: Sword fish at the market $14 pound. Sword fish at the market $14 pound. 6406 Maloney Ave., Key West 305-294-6456 www.keywestseafooddepot.com High Stakes Charters High Stakes Charters: Sailfish on the High Stakes! Sailfish on the High Stakes! Capt. Jason Jonas Oceanside Marina 5950 Peninsular Ave, Slip #659, Key West 305-294-8040 http://highstakescharters.com/ Key West Florida Fishing: Key West Florida Fishing: Charter fishing trip with Capt. Mike. Charter fishing trip with Capt. Mike. Capt. Mike Weinhoffer 305-395-3474 www.keywestfloridafishing.com CAUGHT IN KEY WEST THIS WEEK
A20 WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 6-12, 2018 www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST KEY WEST GALLERY GUIDEFor a comprehensive guide and map to Key Wests finest art galleries, visit www.keysarts.com/artist_connections/ gallery_guide.pdf.SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEK:De La Gallery419 Duval St. The photography of Jorge de la Torriente Ongoing www.delagallery.com 305-395-2210Key West Art and Historical SocietyCustom House 281 Front St. Key Energy Services: Powering the Keys for 75 Years Ongoing www.kwahs.orgThe Gallery on Greene606 Greene St. Peter Vey Ongoing www.galleryongreene.com 305-294-1669The Historic Armory Studios600 White St. Paintings by Michael J. Phillips Ongoing firstname.lastname@example.org 704-819-2487 Mixed media work by Sherry Sweet Tewell Ongoing www.Sherrysweettewell.com or Artbabe00@aol.com 859-533-1874 COURTESY PHOTOSThe works of Michael Phillips are featured at The Historic Armory Studios. 606 GREENE STREET KEY WEST, FLORIDA, USA 305.294.1669 | FAX 305.294.7747 email@example.com www.galleryongreene.comMichael J. Harrell "Salute to Stock IslandOil on Canvas 14" x 20"
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