Events in Key West
Event calendar provided with the courtesy of the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.
Taking inspiration from the famous Cole Porter musical, the Custom House will display a wide array of knickknacks, curios, ornaments, trinkets, baubles, tchotchkes and artwork owned by members of the local community. Their unique and quirky collections will be showcased alongside a narrative from the owners. Custom House Museum is located at 281 Front Street, and open daily 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed Christmas.
Tropical Botanic Artists are the creative force behind "Botanical Exploration in the Everglades: Braving One of North America's Last Frontiers," and the exhibit is to be displayed at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, 33 E. Quay Rd., Key West, during open hours Tues - Sat., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Sunday & Monday). Admission to the exhibit is free and open to the public. The special exhibition features 28 original portraits of plants discovered in the Everglades by botanists in the 19th and 20th centuries, and given common and scientific names that reflect the identities of those intrepid plant explorers. The show includes graphite drawings of lichens that were discovered and named quite recently, and informational panels about botanical exploration, field collecting, how plants are named, and ways Everglades plants were and still are used by native peoples.
Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, this is a hilarious spoof of siblings living in Bucks County, Pa., and their movie star sister who comes for a visit with her newest boy toy. Throw in a psychic housekeeper, for good measure. Visit website for show times, tickets.
Agnes and her passive husband, Tobias, and Claire, her alcoholic sister, have settled in for a homey evening of genteel sniping in their well-to-do suburban home when they are confronted by invaders. First are their best friends, Harry and Edna, who are seized by a nameless terror and have decided to move in with them. Not far behind is Julia, their daughter, on the run from her fourth marriage. Their life is upended as the dialogue stings and tickles. Show time 8 p.m., at Custom House, Custom House, 281 Front Street. Visit website for show dates and tickets.
Emerging local artist and graphic designer Marky Pierson is to exhibit new paintings and designs focusing on three distinct categories: 'Conch Night' Series featuring the Hemingway House, Custom House and Curry Mansion; 'Squishy Femme' Series explores soft, squishy and everything womanly; 'Graphic Design' Series features graphic posters of iconic Key West images and large format paintings inspired by vintage tourism posters. Custom House Museum is located at 281 Front Street, and open daily 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
At Bayview Park in Historic Old Town Key West from 11 a.m to 10 p.m., vendors are to be selling arts and crafts of every imaginable kind among other treasures. A host of activities are planned for native Conchs, Freshwater Conchs, Non-Conchs, and Conch Wanna-be's. Sample foods for sale including conch fritters, conch salad, pork, and other more traditional fare. There will be childrens' activities, entertainment and much more. Free admission
The Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit (315 Truman Ave., off Duval St.), in cooperation with the Tropic Cinema, Key West Art and Historical Society, and Artist William Welch are celebrating the 103rd birthday of Tennessee Williams during the month of March. Events planned include a series of four classic movies adapted from Tennessee Williams' award winning plays being shown at the Tropic, a Poetry Contest, an Artist Challenge, two receptions and an exhibit of original paintings by Tennessee Williams at the Custom House. Wednesday, March 26, a reception honoring the 103rd birthday of Tennessee Williams and his life in Key West is to be held at the Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Poetry Contest winners will be announced and read their poems; an exhibit of the paintings done during the Artists' Challenge are to be displayed; and birthday cake, wine and other light refreshments. A suggested donation of $10 from attendees is appreciated.
Contact: Dennis Beaver
An Old Island Days tradition, this unique contest features novel sounds produced by contestants in several age categories as they attempt to make "music" on fluted conch shells. Contest located in the garden of the Oldest House, 322 Duval Street, free and open to all ages. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and contest begins at noon.
Roberta Marks creates collages, constructions, and paintings. As well as being widely collected, her pieces appear in museums around the United States as well as abroad. Key West?s Lucky Street Gallery, renowned for the quality of its contemporary art by emerging and established artists, is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at 540 Greene St. A gala reception is planned from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 7.
The New Yorker Magazine noted the great potential of the union of flute and guitar and named Cavatina Duo the best of its kind. The review noted Cavatina's style, sympathy and technical aplomb, asserting that it is doubtful their sophisticated and artistic playing could be surpassed. Tickets $20 per person. Performance at 4 p.m., at the San Carlos Institute.
Nominated for 5 Tony Awards (including Best Musical), Xanadu joyously spoofs the outrageously campy 1980's film starring Olivia Newton-John. A beautiful muse descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach and inspires a struggling artist to create his biggest dream... the first ROLLER DISCO! Showtime 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
Ten performances only. It's a fascinating true tale of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a German transvestite who is a collector of culture and above all, a survivor. Directed by Stuart Meltzer. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, Starring Tom Wahl who recently won the Carbonnell Award for this role.
A free lecture, presented by museum archaeologist Corey Malcom as he "reveals history" with a multi-media story about the Wreck of the Guerrero, the Cuban pirate-slaver which sank in 1827. Starts at 6:30 p.m., in the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum Courtyard, 200 Greene Street. Chairs provided. Public Welcome. March is Florida History month, an ideal time to showcase some of the unique stories uncovered in the Museum's research and conservation of shipwrecks and their artifacts.
Contact: Corey Malcom 305-294-2633 ext 20
Celebrate the Symphony's 2014 season with "The Splendor of Old Key West." Join Dr. Shirley Freeman & Harvey Server as they host superstars Natasha Paremski & Zuill Bailey for a private reception at their historic Freeman-Curry House. Tickets $150 per person; starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets available online.
Celebrate the Symphony's 2014 Season with "Passion Unleashed," as cellist Zuill Bailey, and pianist Natasha Paremski unleash their passion on Key West as they perform some of the world's most passionate works. This package includes premium concert seating at Tennessee Williams Theatre and entrance to the post-performance Freeman/Harvey party honoring Zuill and Natasha for their support of the Symphony in the Florida Keys. All-access pass $450 per person. Tickets available online. Performance begins 7:30 p.m.
The Museum recently opened its new Science of Shipwrecks exhibit, featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the excavation and conservation of shipwrecks. Join museum archaeologist Corey Malcom as he "reveals history" with a multi-media look at the Spanish galleon, Santa Clara, which sank in 1564. This wreck is the focus of the museum's ongoing research. Free lecture starts at 6:30 p.m., in the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum Courtyard, 200 Greene Street. Public welcome, chairs provided.
Contact: Corey Malcom 305-294-2633 ext 20
Tour a series of elegant and unique private homes of Key West, ranging from exquisite restorations to creative renovations, and the interior design that complements each. March tours are offered 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Proceeds help benefit the Old Island Restoration Foundation.
This year's Rising Star took top honors in the senior division of the 15th Sphinx Competition in 2012 as well as the Audience Choice Award. As soloist he has played with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony and the New World Symphony among others. His debut with the Cleveland Orchestra was described as "remarkably poised and elegant." Performance is at 4 p.m., at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Tickets are $20.
MFMM has been active in revealing the story of the Key West African Cemetery at Higgs Beach since 2002, and it is home to an exhibit that tells its story. Join museum archaeologist Corey Malcom as he "reveals history" with a multi-media story of the Key West African Cemetery at Higgs Beach and the lesser known South Beach Cemeteries. Free lecture starts at 6:30 p.m., in the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum Courtyard, 200 Greene Street. Public welcome, chairs provided.
Contact: Corey Malcom 305-294-2633 ext 20
Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play. This comedy explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification. Directed by Carole MacCartee. Visit website for show dates, times and tickets.
The South Florida Symphony is a unique gathering of professional symphonic musicians. Performance starts at 7:30 p.m. at Tennessee Williams Cabaret Theatre. Program includes Mozart: Sympohony No. 35 Haffner; Zwilich: Shadows for Piano and Orchestra. Also featuring Jeffrey Biegel, piano; Schumann: Symphony No.1 Spring. Tickets available online.
The unique marine environment of the Keys island chain, which includes the continental United States' only living coral barrier reef, is to be celebrated at this festival. Presented by Florida-based Mote Marine Laboratory, the family-friendly free-admission Ocean Festival is set for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Scheduled attractions include live music, arts and crafts, kids' activities including face painting, educational displays, food and beverages, a silent auction and more. The festivities take place at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, located on Key West's Truman Waterfront past the end of Southard Street. The visitor center for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the facility houses exhibits that showcase the region's unique ecosystem including a living reef exhibit created by Mote Marine Laboratory. A fishing seminar is planned for kids ages 5-11 that features instruction and barge fishing. To participate, youngsters must register online. A Tuna Trot 5k run/walk is also to be a part of the festivities.
Located at the Eco-Discovery Center, 32 East Quay Road, Truman Waterfront Old Town, the festival is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., for all ages and celebrates the Keys' marine environment. It is a fundraiser for Mote Marine Laboratory's Coral Reef Restoration Programs. Highlights include kids' activities, a fishing seminar for kids -- the first 100 kids under age 12 who are registered online receive a free rod -- live entertainment all day, more than 70 arts, crafts, food vendors & exhibitors as well as a silent auction. Howard Livingston and the MM 24 Band are to headline the day of fun.
Contact: Roberta 305-292-7963; Jason 305-393-6022
A Key West Southernmost Runners sanctioned 5K race, the event starts at 8 a.m. from Eco-Discovery Center, 32 East Quay Road, Truman Waterfront Old Town. Race day registration is at 7 a.m., adults $30, age 13-18 years $20, 12 & under free with an adult. Awards are to be given to Male and Female Overall Winners, Masters (over 40) winners and more. Walker Awards will go to the first five male and female walkers. First 200 participants are to register receive a free t-shirt. Register online at active.com. Also, a Kids Fun Run follows after the race, along a half-mile course.
Contact: Roberta 305-292-7963; Jason 305-393-6022
The monthly artisan market is to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Restaurant Store parking lot. The event is to give residents and visitors alike a chance to shop fresh and local as the parking lot at 1111 Eaton St. is transformed into a showcase of art, photography and unique local handicrafts and gifts made exclusively in the Keys in one convenient location. Entertainment includes a singer and songwriter showcase, local authors, Key West Fringe theater performances, chef demonstrations, kid's activities and live street art murals. Guests are able to taste and buy local specialties, and enjoy concessions, beer and wine. Guests are encouraged to BYOB (bring your own bags).
Contact: Sean Krikorian 573-619-2200
Chamber Orchestra Kremlin is renowned for violins, and their music will take you soaring. The New York Times states, " . . . warm, full-blooded and virtuosic playing with colorfully shaped, gleaming phrases." Performance is at 4 p.m., at Tennessee Williams Theater. Tickets $30 and $50, and are to be available online.
Contact: Box office 305-295-7676