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PAGE 1 INSIDEWEEK OF NOVEMBER 1-7, 2018Vol. 3, No. 31 FREE Grammy nomineeThe Key West Theater welcomes Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra. A7 New exhibitionsThe Studios of Key West opens three exhibitions during First Thursday event. A17 Top picksThe best of whats happening around town this week. A8 Music sceneMeet Bill Blue, the King of Crazy Town. A6 Jefferson Starship. Marshall Tucker Band. Three Dog Night. Donavon Frankenreiter. These are just a handful of the ber famous acts that have diverted their tours and maneuvered their gargantuan buses all the way down U.S. 1 to play to eager crowds at the end of the road. And for that, we have the ever-growing Key West Theater to thank. A multi-purpose not-for-profit cultural outfit, its yearly offerings run the gamut from Grammy Award-winning artists to charity events and intimate singer/songwriter shows. Looking at the pink building with bright turquoise Miami-reminiscent details that now houses the Key West Theater, you would never imagine the history the buildings walls hold. At 512 Eaton St., on the unassuming corner of Eaton and Bahama streets, the theater has quite the fascinating and bizarre past. Originally constructed in 1848, the building was opened on Jan. 2, 1849 as the First Baptist Church. In 1886, the church building was destroyed by fire and subsequently rebuilt. The Great Fire of 1886 started at the San Carlos Institute, which was located then in its current location on Duval between Fleming and Southard streets. On March 23, 1905, the Eaton Street Baptist Church opened for worship. The church sat undisturbed by fire for years until 1956, when it was burned down again by the serial arsonist Billy Watkins Moody. The building was then rebuilt for the third time and sat empty for a couple of decades until the late 1980s when a local businessman purchased it and turned it into the Club Chameleon, a hotspot for cultural events like the Key West Follies variety show until it closed for a long stretch in the early 2000s. In 2013, the enigmatic, eclectic and incredibly generous Tap Johnson bought the theater. Through the infamous Key Big changes at the Key West TheaterMEETINGof theSEE THEATER, A13 BY LAURA RICHARDSONFlorida Weekly Correspondent LNICK DOLL / COURTESY PHOTOThe Key West Theater. MINDSBY LAURA RICHARDSONFlorida Weekly Correspondent AST WEEK WAS INTENSE. We doused ourselves in fake blood and pedaled to Duval Street, brutal headwinds be damned. We danced with tens of thousands of our new best friends until the wee hours (which totally counts as cardio, by the way). We donned tutus and togas and tighty whiteys as we bounced from party to party. We had more fun PARROT HEADS PHLOCK TO PARADISESEE MINDS, A10 Weve still got a lot of new members coming in ... I keep getting emails from people who are brand new (to the event), and that makes me really happy. Andrew Talbert, Parrot Heads in Paradise, director of conventions


A2 WEEK OF NOVEMBER 1-7, 2018 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 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; 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. 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; 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; Being that Key West is home to the southernmost point of the continental United States, its fitting that the island is home to a Southern-inspired restaurant. Fireflys plantation-style look and its menu 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.; 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; 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, 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; 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; 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. 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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A4 WEEK OF NOVEMBER 1-7, 2018 FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST MAP IT OUT Getting around Key West1. Southernmost Point The corner of South and Whitehead streets The city of Key West erected this 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 The iconic train has been winding its way through the streets of Key West since 1958. 3. Sloppy Joes 201 Duval St. 305-294-5717 A Key West tradition since 1933, this bars famous patrons include Ernest Hemmingway and rum runner Habana Joe. 4. Mallory Square Sunset Celebration 1 Whitehead St. 786-565-7448 This nightly festival begins at 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 r etreats from 19 46 to 1952.6. The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum 907 Whitehead St. 305-294-1136 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 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 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 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.Friendsofthekeywestcemetery. comStop by the sextons office near the entrance at Passover and Windsor lanes and pick up a map that includes 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 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 NOVEMBER 1-7, 2018 FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST MUSIC SCENEBill Blue: The King of Crazy Town BY BUCKY MONTGOMERYFlorida Weekly CorrespondentAt 70ish, bluesmaster Bill Blue is a master showman, grabbing the audience by the cojones as soon as his rocking persona hits a stage. Hes toured with Arthur Big Boy Crudup (writer of Elvis Thats Alright Mama) and shared the stage with ZZ Top, The Allman Brothers, Albert King, Johnny Winter and Hank Williams Jr. Settled on the rooftop of the houseboat where he lives on Garrison Bight one morning (and into the afternoon), we chatted about music in general, the island, our mutual friends and whatever else came to mind, while his wife Bev served us Bloody Marys in between sunbathing down on the dock. One of Bills many stories was about being on a boat at Turtle Kraals with Bruce Springsteen the day he met Nils Lofgren ... but I digress ... I came to Key West in 1979 to check it out and see what the scene was, he told me. I was in a touring band at the time. I knew about Sloppy Joes. It was on what was known at the time as a white boys chitlin circuit. He had been playing places as far north as New York and even Maine, but mostly in the south, in R&B-type rooms. In North Carolina, there were plenty of places to play everywhere. Every town. Then the DUI laws killed them all. Once people were too afraid to go out and have drinks, it killed it. They all closed down. Theyre gone. So he considered life in the Southernmost City. Everybody wanted to play at Sloppys, he said. We got our first gig there Fourth of July week back in 1980, when it was twoweek gigs. The bands second gig in Key West was also at Sloppy Joes, during the third Fantasy Fest. And then, in 1983, the Green Parrot opened. We were the first band to ever play at the Green Parrot Bar, he said. If youve ever wandered up to the mens restroom at the Parrot, the life-size cut-out of the young rockstar affixed to the door is none other than Bill Blue himself. After nearly 20 years on the road, he decided to call Key West home. Key West after a divorce couldnt have come at a more perfect time, he said. His band at the time was an eightpiece band. I told them they could all come along, but they didnt. And here he has remained, playing his music and watching countless other musicians roll through. Some havent made it; others have. I was sitting with Jimmy Buffett in the Full Moon Saloon once (where Camilles Restaurant is now, on Simonton Street). and he said Im going to make $1 million dollars this year. Wasnt long till that was $1 million a week. Four years ago, Bill recorded Mojolation, his first new studio album in years, to great critical review. Ive never, as long as Ive lived here, written a song about Key West, he said, although that might change with his next release. One of the songs on the release, he explained, is called King of Crazy Town, and although its a metaphor, it could encapsulate the crazy Key West lifestyle. The new CD will offer 11 new songs, all originals except one. Im a big fan of Eddie Hinton, a Mussel Shoals guy who died a long time ago. Every CD I ever do from now on will have one of his songs on it. Hinton wrote Dusty Springfields 1969 hit Breakfast in Bed, which was also recorded by Shirley Bassey, UB40 and Joan Osborne. He ended up homeless, Bill said. Now an elder statesman of the Key West music community, Bill has time to oversee and observe the new kids on the scene, both critically and with praise. Unlike many other places, he said, You can make a living playing music here. And because theres never a cover charge to see bands in Key West, he added, music lovers can see every player in town every night for free. Bill contributed one of his songs, Sink or Swim to the Best of Key West CD, Vol. 1 (available at digitally and at retail outlets all over town). Seventeen fellow singer/songwriters did the same, and $1 from every CD sold benefits the Sister Season Fund. If you want some great Key West music, buy a copy. Bill prefers to keep his gigs around town nowadays, only venturing from the island on occasion to play festivals and to tour Europe. Do yourself a favor and expose yourself and your friends to a case of the Bill Blues. I guarantee itll be just what the doctor ordered. COURTESY PHOTO


FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST WEEK OF NOVEMBER 1-7, 2018 A7 Key West Theater welcomes Ottmar Liebert and his band Luna Negra SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLYGrammy nominee Ottmar Liebert and his band Luna Negra are coming to Key West to celebrate their latest release and delight fans with The Complete Santa Fe Sessions. A five-time Grammy nominee who has sold millions of records across the globe, Leibert is a skilled practitioner of contemporary flamenco guitar. Always filled with surprises, his performances incorporate a lot of textures that contrast traditional and electric instruments. Liebert and his band will play songs from prior albums as well as new numbers from The Complete Santa Fe Sessions. Coming home after a tour with Luna Negra XL in 2001, I recorded the music we had been playing live with that eight-piece band, songs that had previously been released on the albums Nouveau Flamenco. Borrasca. The Hours Between Night + Day and Opium. To these big band versions he added two new pieces Song 4 Pablo and So Paulo and in 2003 released a selection of 12 tracks under the album title The Santa Fe Sessions. In 2010 the band re-worked 13 of the songs for a new release simply called Santa Fe. For reasons I cannot explain, I was never really happy with either of these two albums, he told me. Then in the fall of 2017, I went into my studio in Santa Fe and on a whim pulled up the music of Song 4 Pablo. I radically edited the song, muting every track except for my guitars and Jons upright bass. I loved the resulting sound and during the next few months I worked with each of the pieces we had recorded in 2001 until I had new mixes of all 15 tracks. Perhaps this is the album I wanted to make, but couldnt get right. Or perhaps the years that passed gave me a different perspective that allowed me to tackle the project in a new way. In any case, I love this new album. Speaking about his previous release, Slow, Ottmar says: Sometime in 2015 Liebert decided to record by himself, without the band. He wanted to create slow music. I wanted to raise my guitar against the sound of billions of smartphones beeping with the latest news, mentions, likes and comments that keep us in a state of constant alarm. I also discovered that there has been scientific research into how slow music can relax the listeners heartbeat and lower their blood pressure. He made all of the music on the new album with just one guitar and one microphone. Working by myself in the studio felt like writing a very personal diary, he said. For example, I recorded Elegy just a day after Prince died. This is the beauty of instrumental music: Like the description of a tree in a book that requires your imagination so it can take form in your mind, instrumental music can take on different shapes and colors, depending on your experiences. Leibert was ordained as a Zen monk in 2009. Playing guitar is a practice, he said. So is zazen. I have played guitar since I was 11 and sat in meditation since I was 15. The two practices are so connected in my mind, that I cant tell where one stops and the other starts. Ottmar Liebert Nov. 7, 8 p.m. Key West Theater 512 Eaton St. COURTESY PHOTOOttmar Liebert #1 IN THE FLORIDA KEYS-Miami New Times 4/2017 305-396-7450 #


A8 WEEK OF NOVEMBER 1-7, 2018 FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST KEY WEST CALENDAR OF EVENTSSPECIAL EVENTSLyle Lovett and Robert Earl KeenNov. 3, 8 p.m. Sunset Green Event Lawn 3820 North Roosevelt Blvd. www.ticketfly.comKey West Powerboat ParadeNov. 4, 4 p.m. Duval St.Badfish-A tribute to SublimeNov. 5, 7 p.m. Sunset Pier 0 Duval St.NFL SundayNov. 5, noon Mary Ellens Bar 420 Appelrouth LaneMUSICGreen 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, 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 Thursday, 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. 305-395-2210HomegrownPhotographs by Michael Marrero Ongoing Gallery on Greene 606 Greene St. www.galleryongreene.comCINEMATropic Cinema416 Eaton St. Check the website for ongoing filmsLGBTAqua 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-Thursday, 11 p.m. Ride your bike and get half off your meal at Mellow Caf and Gastropub, Thursday, Nov. 7, 6-10 p.m., 1605 North Roosevelt Blvd.


FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST WEEK OF NOVEMBER 1-7, 2018 A9 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), Thursday-Sunday, 8-10 p.m. Ronnie, Monday, Wednesday, 3-8 p.m. The Men of Bourbon, nightly Bourbon Bar801 Duval St. Drag Shows, nightly, 9 and 11 p.m. Happy Hour Drag, 5 p.m. Saturday Drag Karaoke, 4 p.m. Sunday Messy Mondays with Mulysa, 1 a.m. Monday Fierce and Fabulous/Dragalicious, 1 a.m. Wednesday 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, Nov. 6, 9 p.m. Randy Roberts, Nov. 3, 9 p.m. 3Sum, Nov. 1-4, 8:30 p.m. Ronnie Lively, Nov. 3, 8:30 p.m. The Fabulous Spectrelles, Nov. 6-7, 8:30 p.m. Tea Dance, Sunday, 4-6:30 p.m. www.Lateda.comAROUND KEY WESTLocal Farm StandWednesday, 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.comFree Nutrition SessionsTuesdays through November, 5-6 p.m. Monroe County Library, Key West 700 Fleming St. KEY WEST CALENDAR OF EVENTS #KW11.3 Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen. Nov. 3, 8 p.m., Nov. 3, 8 p.m., Sunset Green Event Sunset Green Event Lawn, 3820 North Lawn, 3820 North Roosevelt Blvd. Roosevelt Blvd. www.ticketfly. www.ticketfly. com com Come kick off the 38th annual Key West Come kick off the 38th annual Key West World Championships at the World Championships at the Key West Powerboat Parade, Nov. 4, 4 p.m., Duval St. Nov. 4, 4 p.m., Duval St. Badfish: A tribute to Sublime. Badfish channels the spirit of Sublime with a fury not felt for some time. Nov. 5, 7 p.m., Sunset Pier, 0 Duval St. 11.411.5 NFL Sunday. The The kitchen opens at noon kitchen opens at noon so get here to claim a so get here to claim a TV for your game. Nov. 5. TV for your game. Nov. 5. Mary Ellens Bar, 420 Mary Ellens Bar, 420 Appelrouth Lane. Appelrouth Lane. 11.5


A10 WEEK OF NOVEMBER 1-7, 2018 FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WESTthan a 2-year-old in a bounce house, but 10 straight days of partying can really take it out of you. Post-Fantasy Fest, most of us would love nothing more than to kick back by the pool with a frozen drink (paper umbrella included, natch) with nothing more than mellow tunes in the background. So perhaps its no coincidence that the week after Fantasy Fest is dedicated to Jimmy Buffett, the poster child of island living. This year, the annual Meeting of the Minds a five-day, Trop Rock-fueled festival that brings together Parrot Heads near and far takes place Oct. 31-Nov. 4. For those of you who are a bit confused: If youve never been to Key West before and only know that Jimmy Buffett is some dude who really loves margaritas and blew out a flip flop that one time, Parrot Heads is the official moniker for lovers of all things Jimmy Buffet, including (and maybe especially) the island that inspired much of his music and probably more than a fair amount of his life philosophy. If you dig deeper than the whole Jimmy Buffett thing, the Parrot Heads actually hold themselves out as an organization whose purpose is to promote the international network of Parrot Head Clubs as a humanitarian group sharing information and social activities for mutual benefit. They may love to wear Hawaiian shirts and drink the island dry of Corona Light, but the Parrot Heads also raise money and volunteer hundreds of thousands of hours towards community and environmental causes across the country. In fact, over the past 16 years, the group has raised $50.5 million and volunteered a staggering 4,013,000 hours. Hard to believe that a group of rum-swilling Trop Rockers could be so motivated to do so much, but the Parrot Heads Key Westworthy dedication to having a great time is only matched to their fervor for competitive fundraising. If youre scratching your head wondering why avian enthusiasts are so philanthropic, take note: Parrot Heads are fans of Jimmy Buffett, a musician best known for his Key West-steeped brand of folksy confessional gulf and western Caribbean surf-rock music, whose lyrics conjure images of a life spent sailing the open sea and making port just to replenish his stash of rum, ice and limes. The official Parrot Head canon quotes Buffett himself explaining the origin of his fan clubs name:Timothy B. Schmit was in the band, and we were playing a venue outside of Cincinnati called Kings Island. People had already started wearing Hawaiian shirts to our shows, but we looked out at this Cincinnati crowd, and they were glaringly brilliant to the point where it got our attention immediately. I said, Look at that! Then Schmit says to me, They look like deadheads in tropical suits. Theyre like PARROT HEADS, he yelled to me in the middle of a song. I immediately took the term and threw it over the microphone people (have) identified themselves with the term from the get-go.Like Deadheads, Parrot Heads are famous for their willingness to follow their leader from concert to concert, setting up elaborate tropical tailgating parties in the parking lots of whichever venue Buffett is playing that night. Heck, these fans are so organized and so dedicated that theres even a documentary about their commitment to the man and the lifestyle. (Incidentally, The Parrot Heads Documentary had its very first national screening at 2016s Meeting of the Minds, with two sold-out showings at the Key West Theater.) That a group best known for unloading dump trucks of sand outside concert arenas to create a beach in the middle of, say, Mobile, Al., are in actuality some of the most prolific charitable fundraisers to ever grace the beersoaked shores of Key West may come as a shock to some. Outside the Parrot Head community, the group has acquired a wild, party-centric reputation, one that assumes they are simply a colorful bunch of working-for-the-weekend types who live vicariously through Buffetts Caribbean-styled songs, which detail a life spent eating cheeseburgers in paradise, drinking margaritas and generally enjoying the kind of relaxed, beach-based life usually reserved for actors in Malibu rumcommercials. In the (very misguided) opinion of many people outside the community, Parrot Heads are dissatisfied people trapped in fluorescent-lighted cubicle office jobs who use Buffetts music as a kind of escapism from the daily grind of their otherwise deeply un-tropical lives. And yet, while there is certainly an element of organized reverie to the Parrot Head community, the group official nonprofit title: Parrot Heads in Paradise Inc. exists to serve a much larger, more ambitious purpose: to advance the social issues of its international network of local Parrot Head chapters, membership to which requires participation in various charitable and educational activities meant to better each clubs respective community. In addition, the groups Lone Palm Foundation awards grants to any Parrot Head members who have themselves experienced loss due to natural disasters. Local chapters might choose a different charity or two to fundraise for each year, but the groups true pice de rsistance is its annual meeting in Key West, the storied Meeting of the Minds. To attend, Parrot Heads must first be independently verified to be in good standing with their local club, which usually means a member has completed a certain amount of community service and charitable work annually. For their 2018 meet-up, this years Meeting of the Minds will take over the Casa Marina hotel Oct. 31-Nov. 4. The event promises to be as raucous as it will be humanitarian. Attendees will continue the programs 13-year reign as the largest blood drive in the Keys (last year, they collectively donated over 200 pints of blood) as well as participate in the annual Zonta Breast Cancer 5K run/ walk and maintain a decades worth of support for the Salvation Army of Monroe County by holding a childrens toy and school supply drive. On the revelry side of things, theyll attend street festivals, Buffett memorabilia auctions, raffles and beach parties. Of course, the event is really about music appreciation and this years 30-band lineup will perform concerts spread across town, featuring big names like CMA Musician of the Year Mac McAnally, rising stars Brendan Mayer and Aaron Scherz and members of Buffetts Coral Reefer Band, as well as a few yet-to-be-announced surprise performances. When people hear surprise performance, they cant help but hope one performer in particular might casually MINDSFrom page 1 COURTESY PHOTOSAbove: Parrot Heads flock to the beach for the festivities. Left: Goody bags galore.COURTESY PHOTOJimmy Buffetts music is the inspiration for the Meeeting of the Minds.


FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST WEEK OF NOVEMBER 1-7, 2018 A11 swing by, though theres no word on whether the man himself will be making an appearance this year (not that there ever is that man is as elusive as the Loch Ness Monster). Buffett has been known to gift his fans with last-minute performances (most recently in 2011 and 2015) though, of course, his extreme fame means event organizers must work around the clock to insure ample security is in place before his arrival. This years staff of 132 security volunteers will work in tandem with local police to control crowds in case Buffett decides to stop by for a song or two. The whole thing takes thousands of hours to put together, a labor of love for Parrot Heads in Paradise Director of Conventions Andrew Talbert, who maintains the work is well worth it. I get excited watching people get excited, surprising people, making people happy, he explains. I just love it. Talbert, who balances a fulltime job at Proctor and Gamble alongside the timeconsuming demands of planning such a massive event, doesnt mince words. I cant tell you how many hours a year I spend on this event, but I can tell you that if Im not thinking about it, Im working on it, and that includes holidays Christmas, Thanksgiving, you name it. Talbert, a lifetime music aficionado, is a true Buffett fan, first discovering his music as a teenager in rural Mississippi while Buffett was attending college nearby. We thought he was just a local boy done good, he jokes, estimating that since then, hes seen Buffett in concert more than 100 times across the country. This years event is shaping up to be the largest Meeting of the Minds yet, with more than 5,000 registered attendees, plus hundreds more who will simply show up to watch the free concerts in the street. (The event has been sold out to Parrot Heads for a while now, but many of the events concerts are performed in public spaces like the corner of Duval and Fleming streets including when Buffett essentially shut down most of Duval during his impromptu concert there in 2011.) Although this years Meeting of the Minds has barely even started yet, Talbert admits that hes already working on 2019s Meeting of the Minds (in case you missed out this year, registration for next year opens on Jan. 1, 2019). Ive already been thinking about what were going to do for the next two years, he laughs, as the discussion turns toward the longevity of the Parrot Head clan as a whole. After all, Buffett turns 72 in December, raising the question of just how long he will continue to tour extensively and what will happen to the Parrot Heads when he stops. Weve still got a lot of new members coming in, he says, I keep getting emails from people who are brand new (to the event), and that makes me really happy. Apparently, though Buffetts tour schedule has slowed considerably over the years, his fan base continues to grow. The lure of his music and the charitable movement it has inspired is fated to carry on long after Buffetts ascension to that paradisiacal Margaritaville in the sky though Talbert isnt too worried about the group losing its leader to retirement any time soon. Jimmy loves the limelight, he says. He loves performing. He wont go away until he just cant do it anymore. Its late, and after an hour-long drive home from the office Talbert still hasnt started packing for Key West. Hes got hundreds of emails to finish, secret performances to arrange, endless calls to make, a million tiny worries before his fellow flock descends upon Key West in their full colorful glory. He sounds exhausted, with a 45-hour workweek ahead of him and no end in sight. But when he stops to explain why he chooses to devote so much of his spare time to ensuring that each Meeting of the Minds be as successful as possible, he could just as easily be describing the plight of every Parrot Head in every fluorescent-lighted cubicle working toward the biggest weekend of their whole year: When youre working your ass off in the middle of the night and you cant hardly see straight, and your computers blitzing on you or some spreadsheets giving you a headache, youre sitting there wondering, Why do I do this? and then you go down (to Key West) and you watch all this stuff happening, and you remember why you do it: because you walk away saying, That was incredible. And the most incredible part of it all is that underneath those Hawaiian shirts and despite their hard-partying reputation, the Parrot Heads are so much more than just music lovers who dream of an escape from the daily grind (honestly, dont we all need an outlet sometimes?). Theyre the definition of passion with a purpose (or, as they call it, party with a purpose). And if thats not the best way to live, then I challenge you to tell me what is. For more information about the 2018 Meeting of the Minds or Parrot Heads in Paradise, visit COURTESY PHOTOThe Parrot Heads are renowned for their colorful costumes. 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? 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draft beer and wine by the glass $6 cocktail specials daily Happy hour menu and late-night menu Check the websites for details 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 Waterfront Brewery201 William St. 4-6:30 p.m. daily 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FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF NOVEMBER 1-7, 2018 A13West coconut telegraph, news spread that the long-empty theater was under new ownership. Three innovative local artists cum writers cum producers jumped at the chance to take advantage of the reopened space. The venue had already been converted into a functioning theater for Club Chameleon, so it was the perfect venue for artists hungry for a place to produce their own work and the works of other artists. After hearing that Tap had bought the theater, local theatrical trio Juliet Gray, Mike Marrero and Landon Bradbary approached him about producing their own work in the space. That play was By Popular Demand, a riotous show-withina-show about a woefully underprepared theater (a theme perhaps not unfamiliar to the writers, directors and producers at the time). From there, the diversity of the Key West Theaters programming has skyrocketed. The venue has partnered with the Rams Head Group, a national concert venue manager, to bring in touring artists for concerts that have been lauded by locals and tourists alike as filling a niche not quite satisfied by the numerous smaller live acts that perform daily in Key West. This year the theater is on pace to host about 60 national artists and bands, including John Waters, Shawn Colvin, Travis Tritt and Jefferson Starship. In many ways, the Key West Theater is like a chameleon that changes its offerings to accommodate the needs and desires of the community and this years mutations are some of the most exciting to date. The excitement lately is that we are rolling out a whole new website, revealing our backstage listening room and opening the new location of The Grateful Guitar, where musicians can come for all of their guitar needs, from strings to lessons, says Kelly Norman, the theaters newly appointed executive director. Our new additions are very music driven, which fits the mold for what we embody here as a music venue. That said, we are still a performing arts center as well, Norman adds. We have the stateof-the-art dance studio on the second floor and weve brought on dance instructor Kyla Piscopink to head the studio. The studio will hold weekly classes and workshops and will provide rehearsal space for local productions like The Nutcracker. As a community-oriented arts center, the theater also hosts numerous nights featuring local musical talent, including the Sunday Ramble concert series. Ramble events specifically highlight local musicians and bring together artists who otherwise dont get to perform with one another. As far as the mainstage goes, weve added a lot of great local events to the lineup, Norman says. This December, Destiny Montgomery and Joe Tripp are producing a rock n roll Christmas show that will be so much fun. We are also participating in the Eaton Street Christmas Stroll that involves all of the nonprofits on Eaton Street. Every venue hosts a performance. Were always excited to collaborate with our artistic nonprofit brethren. The theater has also had great success bringing back the old-school musical talents of Key Wests past with events hosted by local music historian Ralph DePalma. On Nov. 25, DePalma presents a oneof-a-kind show celebrating local legends Coffee Butler and Cliff Sawyer. The show will be a magical evening of throwback tunes with two of Key Wests most original voices. For the Key West Theater, preserving the memories of Key Wests musical and theatrical pasts and giving voice to the islands musical future is paramount to its mission. And to further encourage local musicians to celebrate their talents, the theater is also home to the Back Room, a recording studio, alternative theater space and rental venue. The Back Room has state-of-the-art recording equipment that local musicians can rent to record professional quality albums. The intimate space is also home to the brand-new Songwriters Speakeasy concert series showcasing local songwriters and their original works. (Think VHIs Behind the Music meets MTV Unplugged, but much cozier.) Norman hopes the addition of The Grateful Guitar retail space at the front of the theater allows the venue to reach an even more diverse musical community. Aside from having the retail aspect of The Grateful Guitar, we are so looking forward to working with them on community events like the free ukulele night they hold on Wednesdays, she says. Daryl Brooke, owner of The Grateful Guitar, is very involved in the community as far as working with May Sands Montessori and the music programs in Key Wests schools. We love that. Weve already donated our dance space to The Nutcracker for the next few months and were excited to be even more involved with the youth arts community in the future. We have a music-driven mission, but we are still very much a holistic performing arts center. Perhaps most important to highlight is that the theaters nonprofit status, which means support from locals and tourists alike is crucial to ensure its continued contributions to Key Wests cultural landscape. In addition to concerts, plays and comedy shows, the theater is also avail-THEATERFrom page 1NICK DOLL / COURTESY PHOTOThe Key West Theater. SEE THEATER, A14 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! 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A14 WEEK OF NOVEMBER 1-7, 2018 FLORIDA WEEKLY COURTESY PHOTOAn evening in the Sunday Ramble concert series at the Key West Theater. COURTESY PHOTOThe theaters second floor is home to the dance studio. able for rentals for everything from burlesque shows, Polish folk dancing concerts and pole dancing competitions to private parties, seminars and corporate events. At the end of the day, the Key West Theater is all about celebrating the magic that exists in the artistic community here in the Keys. In the coming month, a new membership program will offer early access to concert tickets and discounts on classes, workshops, rental rates and even ticket prices. More information about the Key West Theater, the list of upcoming shows and contact information can be found at www. New shows are announced every Monday, so join the mailing list to stay up to date on the goings-on and make sure to check out the schedule while youre in town. THEATERFrom page 13 ULTIMATE SOUVENIR!theFor appointment 305-295-2556712A Duval Street, Key West www.conchink.comTATTOOS & PIERCINGS NEW USED RARE 305-294-2904 KEY WEST ISLAND BOOKS513 Fleming Street, Key NEWUSEDRA R E BOOK SIGNINGS DURING MOTM STREET FAIR! Two Book Signings Friday, November 2nd. Lucy Burdette from 4pm-6pm and John Cunningham from 5:30-7:30 Meet the authors and enjoy a glass of wine.


FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST WEEK OF NOVEMBER 1-7, 2018 A15 An Old Florida Fish Camp... the way the Keys used to be. Bring your boat and catch to our restaurant! 5 Geiger Road Key West, FL Voted one of the Best Seafood Dives in America!Well cook your catch!Step back in time and experience the way the Florida Keys used to befresh seafood, strong drinks, panoramic waterfront views, outdoor dining and plenty of local characters. THE REAL OLD KEY WEST...Located at the Historic Shrimp Docks 305-293-4041 6810 Front St., Stock Island, FL 305-296-4999 5620 Macdonald Ave, Key West,FL e r R o a d i g e d K e y W e s t F L World famous! CAUGHT IN KEY WEST THIS WEEK Wild Bill Charters: Wild Bill Charters: Great day on the water with great friends. Great day on the water with great friends. Capt. Artie Duplessis 1801 S. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West 305-744-7957 Key West Florida Fishing: Key West Florida Fishing: Nice-sized blackfin tuna, one great signal Nice-sized blackfin tuna, one great signal that fall has arrived. that fall has arrived. Capt. Mike Weinhoffer 305-395-3474 Gulfstream Fishing Key West: Gulfstream Fishing Key West: What a beauty! Mate Kyle on deck today! What a beauty! Mate Kyle on deck today! Fred reeled this in on his boat rod. Fred reeled this in on his boat rod. Gulfstream Fishing Key West 1801 N. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West 305-296-8494 Cowboy Cowgirl Fishing Charters: Cowboy Cowgirl Fishing Charters: Got some quality fish today on the Cowgirl! Got some quality fish today on the Cowgirl! Good thing we had an excellent crew Good thing we had an excellent crew from Atlantic Turfscapes. Great job today, from Atlantic Turfscapes. Great job today, Taylor. They had a memorable time, and we Taylor. They had a memorable time, and we really enjoyed having them. Thanks for an really enjoyed having them. Thanks for an awesome day, folks. awesome day, folks. Capt. Mark Baumgarten 305-294-5888 Fishbusterz Retail Seafood Market: Fishbusterz Retail Seafood Market: Fresh local large stone crab claws at our Fresh local large stone crab claws at our market, $25 per pound. market, $25 per pound. Fishbusterz Retail Seafood Market 6406 Maloney Ave., Key West 305-294-6456 Linda D Sportfishing Linda D Sportfishing: Needless to say, these anglers were very Needless to say, these anglers were very happy. Fresh fish to eat and to take back happy. Fresh fish to eat and to take back home. (Doggies welcome on board.) home. (Doggies welcome on board.) 1801 North Roosevelt Blvd, Dock 19 & 20 Key West, 33040 305-304-8102


A16 WEEK OF NOVEMBER 1-7, 2018 FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST SALT Gallery showcases photography, sculptures by Martha Hubbard and Karen Luknis SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLYFor the month of November, SALT Gallery presents A-MUSED, a collection of stunning new photography and mixed media sculptures by local artists Martha Hubbard and Karen Luknis. An opening reception takes place from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2. While celebrated for her culinary expertise and service to fine dining establishments that include 915, Louies Backyard and now her chef-led cooking instruction at Isle Cook Key West, Martha turned to photography a handful of years ago after experiencing a major life change forgoing alcohol which left her with a ton of free time, she says. Her work has since been exhibited with much fanfare in prominent galleries throughout the island, including Harrison Gallery, The Studios of Key West, SALT and SoDu. Marthas photographs clearly capture the color, light, texture and details that make Key Wests land and skyscapes so memorable. From the sweeping lines of the White Street Pier to the edgy clouds of a foreboding storm to the graceful arc of palm fronds and the playful shadows they cast on the sand below, her photographys design elements not only capture the islands authenticity but also create a graphic hallelujah thats a feast for the eyes and the perfect postcard to send home. As beautiful as her photographs may be, Martha also endeavors to present her work in an artisanal fashion. With all the photographers in this world I find it necessary to present my images uniquely, she explains. My focus is on enjoying the technology available to present my images like paintings or the feel of a painting. I enjoy the pursuit of exploring fun techniques and technology to create something more than an image. The apps available I have found help convey more depth to my images and some are just purely fun! I say why not? Karen is a self-taught artist who has lived in Key West since 1990. In 2014, she was the first place winner in mixed media in From a Womans Hand, a juried showing at the Frangipani Gallery. She is a 2015 recipient of an artist grant from The Ann McKee Artist Foundation. After the success of her Ann McKee show at The Studios of Key West, the Customs House Museum in Key West added one of Karens pieces to its permanent collection a great honor for an artist living and working in Key West. Karens mixed media sculptures are made with vintage tin games, industrial wooden molds, doll heads and parts from the 1930s and s, wooden cheese boxes, mirrors and various metal and wood objects. I like the look and feel of vintage objects, she says. Theyre rugged and show wear and tear from being in existence for so long. Their imperfections reveal an inner beauty that cannot be contrived or duplicated the look only comes from being real. They have, like myself, stood the test of time. The series she has worked on this year reflects Karens reactions to school shootings, environmental issues and sexual politics. Ive found some humor as well and incorporated mythology and psychedelics into the mix, she says. Im often surprised by the ideas that come to me when I approach my objects and materials with an open mind. I just have fun arranging things until I see where its going. SALT Gallery features an eclectic collection of local art, sea salts, jewelry, pottery, wine and Florida Keys honey. Gallery owners Maria Sharpe and Laura Richardson feature a new artist each month at SALT. Martha and Karens work remains on display through Nov. 30. Martha Hubbar and Karen Luknis Opening reception Nov. 2, 6-8 p.m. SALT Gallery 830 Fleming St. 305-517-6088 KEY WEST GALLERY GUIDE 606 GREENE STREET KEY WEST, FLORIDA, USA 305.294.1669 | FAX 305.294.7747 "Building a Conch House"Mario Sanchez technique demonstrations for: The Museum of the City of New York, American Folk Art Museum, & National Museum of Fine Art, CubaWayne Garcia


FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF NOVEMBER 1-7, 2018 A17 Hand-crafted nutcrackers, Portable Memories exhibition and a photography show Opening at The Studios of Key WestThe Studios of Key West opens three new exhibitions during this months First Thursday event on Nov. 1 from 6-8 p.m. Portable Memories and Rising Seas by Lisa Bulawsky and Laurencia Strauss opens in the Sanger Gallery, I Dont Want to Lose Her by Agnieszka Pestka opens in the XOJ Gallery, and Nutcracker Key West opens in the Zabar Project Gallery. Portable Memories and Rising Seas is a multi-media project about sea level rise presented by Fifty-Fifty, the artist collective founded by Bulawsky and Strauss. In an interactive forum, community members are asked to respond by creating simple drawings, which then become a part of the exhibition itself. Key West is a place of intense vulnerabilities and ingenuities that tells the story of rising seas better than most, says Strauss, who was captivated by the islands unique ecology when she was an artist-in-residence in The Studios of Key Wests early years. This exhibition uses memory and imagination to help address the challenging realities of climate change. Opening in the third floor XOJ Gallery, I Dont Want to Lose Her is a photography and mixed-media exhibition by Polish-Born, New York-based artist Agnieszka Pestka. Fascinated by themes of reality and fantasy, Pestka incorporates feminine subjects into many of her works. When we meet someone, we create somebody that doesnt really exist, says Pestka. As we get to know them, our fantasy is challenged and inevitably, that image disappears. Pestkas stunning imagery explores the question of whether we choose to keep that creation alive or replace it with reality. A collection of hand-painted, artisancrafted nutcrackers will be on display in the Zabar Project Gallery. Sculptor Tom Joris cast 12 plaster Conch Nutcrackers from the original mold of the nutcracker used in Nutcracker Key West. These nutcrackers inspired local artists and artisans, who have embellished, painted and re-imagined them as one-of-a-kind works of art. Everyone has a chance to own one by buying into the auction. Funds raised benefit Key Wests most enduring childrens production, Nutcracker Key West, and the restoration of its set. The public is invited to the opening reception at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street. The shows remains on view through Nov. 29. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. Hand-painted nutcracker by artist Carl Hower. Portable Memories and Rising Seas exhibition. Photograph by Angieszka Pestka. Curry Mansion InnA Historic Bed & Breakfast with a daily cocktail party and a nightly happy hour. Located half a block from Duval Street with renowned restaurants, legendary bars, live music, theater and shopping.Self-Guided Tours Daily 8:30AM to 5:00PM (Adults: $5.00 donation, Children under 12 are free. House tours available for non guests28 Unique Rooms To Choose FromAll Inclusive Price With Room & Breakfast (305) AMSTERDAMS


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