Every year local favorite Larry Smith rings in the season with musical performances ranging from classic jazz to Santa Claus set pieces. Arguably more than any other musician, Smith has built a reputation on offering something for everyone, packing in surprise cameos and guest participants. We dare you to resist singing along.
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. This month features a first-ever retrospective of the O, Miami Poetry Festival, along with portraiture by Rhonda Bristol, Annie Dillard's take on young writers' portraits, and local artists' reimaginations of Larry Blackburn's photography.
The U.S. premiere of the smash hit from Paris is told in a series of letters and e-mails exchanged between two characters on a journey to help a young disabled man, robbed of all his senses but one, live his passion for travel through the sense of smell.
Dar Williams, a beloved folk singer, presents an impassioned account of the fall and rise of the small American towns she cherishes through her book What I Found in a Thousand Towns, A Traveling Musician’s Guide to Rebuilding America’s Communities—One Coffee Shop, Dog Run, and Open-Mike Night at a Time. Followed by a book signing.
We could all use less bad news and more good times. Tatah Dujour leads the charge with a Sunday ‘service’ offering live music, dancing, comedy and other light-hearted variety fare. Check the bad vibes at the door and join Dujour and company for an uplifting, riotously funny end to the weekend.
Over the course of a boozy evening, fiercely competitive actress Ella and her father David deliberate over whether to read the reviews of her Off-Broadway debut…and things unravel from there. This darkly humorous, probing play mines their deeply complicated relationship and sheds new light on the eternal struggle of parents and children to find common ground.
Internationally-known playwright, screenwriter & director, Calvani screens his short film The View From Up Here, starring Melissa Leo, about an encounter between a Syrian refugee, resettled in a New Jersey apartment building, and a suspicious neighbor. A discussion about islamophobia and ethnocentrism will follow along with a Q&A from audience members.
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. This February features a breadth of new work that synthesizes past and present from Roberta Marks, as well as a multi-media project hoping to inspire social justice, historic Key West homes imagined with color and whimsy by Maggie Ruley and the annual Anne McKee Artists Fund Auction preview.
Called “one of the most innovative songwriters working today,” (Chicago Tribune), Werner crafts lyrics as sharp as thistles, and every bit as funny as they are on point. A giant on the acoustic scene, Werner is by turns wry and passionate on stage, and famous for her live shows.
Acclaimed yogi and activist Michelle Johnson illustrates how small actions serve as the catalyst for meaningful change. Johnson imparts her experiences, but also allows for hands-on learning, leading her audience through breathing and movement exercises, storytelling prompts and spirited discussions on the internalization of institutional racism, privilege, and planning for action.
Children of Bal Ashram documents the life's work of Sumedha Kailash, who spent forty years rescuing children from bonded labor and child marriage. At Bal Ashram, a refuge built by Kaliash, newly arrived child laborers enter a new community, their nightmarish pasts receding amid rough and tumble play, under the careful eye of Sumedha.
With almost a quarter century of “artists helping artists” behind them, The Studios is proud to host the annual Anne McKee auction, where aficionados gather for one of the most popular art parties of the year. Proceeds help fund the vital grant program for Keys artists.
Rosenblum fine-tuned his skills at Juilliard before becoming a fixture of the NYC jazz scene. A pianist and composer, Rosenblum has graced the stages of The Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Blue Note and many others. Accompanied by two talented cohorts, he presents a special Valentine’s Day concert, featuring music from his latest album, which Jazziz Magazine calls “richly romantic”.
A year from now we’ll be partying on the roof, but this year we bring the night sky indoors, transforming The Studios into a glittering vision of the heavens for our annual blowout fundraiser. Costumes are absolutely encouraged, or just dust off your old tuxedo; we expect Hollywood Stars, celestial bodies, and the occasional extra-terrestrial. Plus plenty to eat and drink, and a dance floor that’s out of this world!
Hailed by NPR as a “lyrical and raw” singer-songwriter, Mancari followed a circuitous path to success – working as a janitor in South Florida, hopping trains with down-and-out songwriters in Virginia, seeking spirituality in India. It’s a route that’s worked, landing her several successful tours and an album that recently hit Rolling Stone’s ’40 Best’ list.
Cooper has logged millions of miles engaging audiences with his quick wit, insightful stories and commanding presence. He has performed on Austin City Limits, received the Spirit of Folk Award, and perfected a strumming style that is legend among guitarists. Celebrating the release of his 26th(!) album, this folk mainstay brings his storytelling to Key West.
One of most popular annual events, the Artists Studio Tours takes you to the neighborhoods of Old Town this season with a carefully curated collection of creative work spaces. Spend the afternoon peeking into the homes and studios of some of the island’s most fascinating artists. More details and information to come!
The Studios is graced with its first royal visit thanks to the Key West Garden Club. Emma Manners, the 11th Duchess of Rutland discuses the landscape restoration of her homestead, Belvoir Castle, a fairy-tale castle that had sat dormant since WWII. Manners utilized long-lost plans drafted by Lancelot “Capability” Brown in 1780 to realize a radical design, resulting in a modern masterpiece.
Oscillating between bitingly funny and heartwarming, Alligator Alley follows two childhood friends as they navigate the dystopian sprawl of Florida City and the wilds of the Everglades. Headstrong Mayer and her close friend Becca attempt to escape their current surroundings and start a new life beyond the Glades.
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 to view the Tribute to Wood exhibition during the month-long, island-wide event this March, along with new work by locals Mark Hedden, Emma Starr and Carlo Mejía.
The contemporary quartet, Otherworld, blends jazz, classical and Middle Eastern influences into a unique sound that defies easy categorization, featuring intricate, cinematic compositions and soaring improvisations. This concert features music from their new album and favorites from their debut album, which placed in the top 10 at the Global Music Awards.
Continuing to present lesser unknown works by the great American playwright, Key West Art & Historical Society presents the rarely performed comedy Lifeboat Drill and steamy threesome Kingdom of Earth - two intriguing plays with characters trapped, both physically and metaphorically, by rising waters. With Alaina Albertson, Michael Catlege, Kitty Clements, Arthur Crocker and Jeffrey Johnson.
Famed long distance swimmer Diana Nyad captured the heart of Key West in 2013 when she emerged on Smather’s Beach, having completed her historic swim from Cuba to the US, Havana to Key West. As an athlete, author, former sports broadcaster, and fitness icon, Nyad’s life reads like a riveting collection of stories. The Courage to Fail gives audience members the opportunity to absorb the tales of an incredible public figure in an intimate setting.
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. This April features one of the most anticipated exhibitions on the island, Lemonade Stand Gallery's Small Works Show, plus Key West portraits painted by a visiting artist, Brenda Zlamany, dreamy mixed media images by Lisa Esposito and a true artist of the Keys, Kerry Hoeppner and her palm art.
World-class performers, cheeky comedy, and aerial acrobats come together to create an extraordinary production that has become a tradition in Key West. In its 12th year, Key West Burlesque, founded by Christa Hunt (aka Tatah Dujour), is still finding fresh ways to continue its legacy of burlesque art.
The ReMARCable Dance Project combines the talents of Dance Key West and MARC, a local non-profit serving adults with developmental disabilities. The MARC clients nurture their creative voices, work on coordination and develop the courage to present their work. Join us for one of the most popular programs of the year!
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.
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 LaRance presents a series of digital images transferred, burnished and varnished onto wood.
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.
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 “at home” on the back deck of the residency cottages for a unique springtime show.
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.
"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)