Directed by Cynthia Biestek and Ruben Gomez, the 2018 musical documentary Eliades Ochoa: from Cuba to the World follows the path of a poor country musician from Eastern Cuba who rises to the challenge of spreading his beloved traditional music to the whole world, along the way finding success as a member of the legendary Cuban group the Buena Vista Social Club. Followed by a Q&A with Biestek and a reception.
Cortadito brings explosive energy to early 20th century Cuban arrangements, evoking a time when Cuban music was influencing sounds throughout the globe. Occasionally, guest musicians back Cortadito, creating a sound reminiscent of the Buena Vista Social Club. Celebrate the release of the ensemble’s latest album, Canciones de Julio, with house-made mojitos and cigars hand-rolled on site.
With exhibitions and cultural activities spread throughout the city you’ll experience Havana through the eyes of leading artists and curators, whom you’ll meet one-on-one over sumptuous dinners, studio visits and guided tours. Presented by The Studios of Key West and Gallery on Greene, the tour offers unique access to Cuba’s cultural scene.
Tara O’Grady’s music, which encompasses jazz, blues, folk and Americana, can be heard around the globe. The songstress channels the style of the 1920s and the energy of the 1950s in her foot-tapping live shows.
Friends new and old are invited to join us for each month’s First Thursday Open House event, when we keep our lights on late and throw our doors open to celebrate the newest work in our galleries. Stop in Thu May 2 for an opening of Michel Delgado's emotional and spiritual content, Alaina Plowdrey explores ideas of physicality, drive and determination in her portraits of active duty service members and Jeane La Rance presents a series of digital images transferred, burnished and varnished onto metal.
This interactive game show, hosted by radical mermaids, spills out of a parked Airstream allowing visitors the chance to strike up conversations with environmental experts. An irreverent approach to climate change conversation, this event is one-part game show, one-part science jam, and one-part mermaid magic. A wildly imaginative approach to tackling a difficult topic!
The largest festival of its kind in the world celebrates its 23rd year as both a tourist attraction and favorite of island locals. The festival revolves around five days and nights of big stars in intimate settings, introducing audiences to the faces, voices and stories behind the songs.
Merit awards, certificates, and prizes will be awarded, and participants with winning entries will be publicly recognized at a special ceremony on Saturday, May 11 at 1pm at The Studios of Key West at 533 Eaton Street.
Glier brings his congenial stage presence back to Key West to perfect his songwriting skills in an artist residency. Taking a break from the creative process, he presents a stripped down outdoor show featuring favorite foot-stompers and new works. Join Glier for an intimate outdoor concert in The Studios’ newest addition - the Carriage Trade Inn on Eaton!
Blake Hunter has penned a new musical following a female TV Executive in the 1970s who fights to keep her variety show afloat, her star husband in check and temptation at bay. Under the direction of Murphy Davis, the script takes off, propelled by commanding performances and a whiff of classic TV nostalgia.
The Pride, a contemporary British drama, written by Alexi Kaye Campbell, examines changing attitudes to sexuality between the late 1950s and current times. The story counterpoints two parallel love stories, one in 1958, the other in 2008. The Pride premiered in 2008 at Royal Court Theater to critical acclaim, winning the Laurence Olivier Award before making its Off-Broadway debut in 2010.
Every summer, we celebrate slowing down and heating up with a special Members’ Show and party. Mango Madness welcomes paintings, sculptures and assorted art objects that capture the color of Key West (or simply what our talented members are up to lately). Join us for one of Perry Arnold’s famous mango margaritas while checking out the latest works from our family of artists.
The hit of Summer Stage returns for a third round of dueling monologues! Can the same words mean more than one thing? Twice Told Tales provides a fresh twist on a theatrical staple. Each monologue is presented by one director, but two actors, giving two wildly different takes on the material.
Nichols and May. Abbott and Costello. Brooks and Reiner. Bob Newhart. Monty Python. Burnett, Korman, and Conway, and more! Theatre XP's Summer Stage celebrates the giants of classic comedy by faithfully recreating their most famous bits and sketches. Join us for a night of belly laughs...punctuated by a few awkward chuckles.
International bestselling and global multi-award winning author Jeffery Deaver returns by popular demand to headline a conclave of world-class mystery writers and celebrated authors during the 6th Annual Mystery Fest Key West.
"Mile Marker Zero" is a recital length solo marimba work comprised of fifteen short, audience friendly pieces - a potpourri of musical memories collected around Key West as part of the Residencies at Key West Studios program. Ranging from jazz, to rock, funk, classical and more, Ben Wahlund's eclectic voice on marimba and compelling storytelling for each piece is sure to engage audience members of all ages and backgrounds. (75 minutes)