KEY WEST EVENTS

Glow Hours on Hugh’s View

Our Hugh’s View roof terrace offers the best views in town, and an ideal spot to catch the sunset and a drink with friends. The bar is open, admission is free, and everyone looks great in the golden twilight. Capacity is limited, so come early!

Scary Ghost Stories: A History of the Holiday’s Spooky Tradition with Aaron Sagers

Until relatively recently, Christmas was a time for “scary ghost stories” with its lore, traditions and mythology leaning to the dark side. Former Artist in Residence, Travel Channel/Discovery+ host and paranormal expert Sagers explores the spookier side of the season.

StudioWorks presents: “Unstuck As F*ck”

Stream “Unstuck As F*ck,” an irreverent, insightful and unique play. Part TED talk, part stand-up routine, part heartbreaking drama, this performance tells the fascinating story of TV writer and actor Orlando Bishop’s life. Featuring great stories and showcasing remarkable contemporary talent, the StudioWorks series includes an exclusive mix of virtual world premiere productions.

Campbell Cawood Art Auction

In anticipation of a surefire highlight of our holiday season, we present over 40 selections from the fabulous art collection of Campbell Cawood, the longtime philanthropist and friend of Key West, who died in 2022. The mark of a true collector, Campbell’s home was filled with art in every corner, and the works on display include local icons such as Sal Salinero, Jack Baron and Jeff Beal, alongside modernist masters like Alexander Calder, Jon Kuhn and Frank Holiday.

La Chicharra (The Cicada) Story Slam III

A live storytelling competition featuring a line up of Key West locals, each with a chance to tell a story, based on a chosen theme.

Jazz on the Roof with Libby York

Critically acclaimed vocalist Libby York is known for her swinging renditions of Great American Songbook classics, bossa nova gems and obscure treasures. She’s appeared at top venues in New York, Chicago, LA, and Paris. These intimate concerts will feature her trio in the beautiful setting of Hugh’s View.

Susan Werner in Concert

Over the course of her twenty five year touring career, Susan Werner has built a reputation as one of the country’s most compelling live performers. With formidable chops on guitar and piano along with a graduate degree in voice performance, her shows are a one-woman master class in musicianship. Her songs are noted for their poetry and sharp wit, and also for their astonishing stylistic range.

The Sounds of Sun Hee Kil

With Broadway & theater credits ranging from “The Color Purple” to “Choir Boy”, “Sunny” Kil sits down with Stephen Kitsakos, Studios Artistic Associate, to talk about her journey from Seoul to New York to Key West.

StudioWorks presents: “Repair”

“Repair” by Michael Marrero and Julio Trinidad is a theater/film hybrid tragicomedy of two men locked in a no-win situation as they navigate the price of justice, fatherhood and revenge. Featuring great stories and showcasing remarkable contemporary talent, the StudioWorks series includes an exclusive mix of virtual world premiere productions.

Loudon Wainwright III in Concert

Loudon Wainwright III is a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and occasional actor. He has released twenty-four studio albums, four live albums, and collaborated with Judd Apatow on the soundtrack for his film Knocked Up.

First Thursday: February 2023

Friends new and old are invited to join us for this 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. Rubén Alpízar, the school of Mario Sanchez, Nathan Heverin and Jeff Ware are on view this February.

Jazz on the Roof with Libby York

Critically acclaimed vocalist Libby York is known for her swinging renditions of Great American Songbook classics, bossa nova gems and obscure treasures. She’s appeared at top venues in New York, Chicago, LA, and Paris. These intimate concerts will feature her trio in the beautiful setting of Hugh’s View.

Miss Tess in Concert

When most people think of defiant music, they think of punk rock or outlaw country. Defying genres is hard to pin down when it comes to artistry—unless you’re Miss Tess. She has employed all of her influences (jazz, country, blues and old school rock and roll) and talents, while cleverly taking standard perspectives, like the definition of a love song, to task.

See Jane Run!

A fast paced and funny new musical in which a trio of leading ladies plays over 20 roles in delightful scenes and songs about today’s every woman, Jane, learning to run in her big girl shoes.

Chicago Farmer in Concert

The son of a small town farming community, Cody Diekhoff logged plenty of highway and stage time under the name Chicago Farmer before settling in the city in 2003. Profoundly inspired by fellow midwesterner John Prine, he’s a working-class folk musician to his core.

First Thursday: March 2023

Friends new and old are invited to join us for this 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. Michael Ross, Sandra Williams, B Lucy Stevens and the Anne McKee Auction preview are on view this March.

Artist Studio Tours

Hop on a bike or carpool with friends and spend an art-filled afternoon exploring the homes and studios of Key West artists. Produced by The Studios of Key West, the annual Artist Studio Tours take you on a self-guided journey through the secret lanes and hidden alleys of Old Town.

Jazz on the Roof with Libby York

Critically acclaimed vocalist Libby York is known for her swinging renditions of Great American Songbook classics, bossa nova gems and obscure treasures. She’s appeared at top venues in New York, Chicago, LA, and Paris. These intimate concerts will feature her trio in the beautiful setting of Hugh’s View.

Zoë Lewis in Concert

As much known these days for her storytelling as for her songs,  Zoë Lewis’s performances are upbeat and fun, almost circus-like yet poignant and oftentimes political. She plays vintage jazz and world beat grooves on anything from the piano to the spoons.

Cabaret with Amanda McBroom

Amanda McBroom has been called “the greatest cabaret performer of her generation, an urban poet who writes like an angel and has a voice to match,” by the New York Times. She first came to the attention music lovers when Bette Midler’s version of her song “The Rose” hit number one all over the world in 1979. In addition to Midler, her songs have been recorded by a wide variety of artists including Amy Poehler and Jack Black, Barry Manilow, Judy Collins, and dozens of others.

Anne McKee Fund Fine Art Auction

The Studios is proud to host the annual Anne McKee Auction now celebrating its 29th year. Join us as one of the most popular art events of the year returns as a live in-person cause for celebrations. Proceeds fund grants exclusively benefiting Keys artists.

John Gorka in Concert

John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse and musician mecca, Godfrey Daniels, in eastern Pennsylvania in the 1970s. His rich multifaceted songs full of depth, beauty and emotion caught the attention of critics and audiences across the country, as well as in Europe.

The Dinner Party

Chantal Pavageaux’s The Dinner Party offers a deliciously tart take on the intersections of women’s experiences, art, fame, trust, truth and…dinner theater. The meta, campy play-within-a-play pulls inspirations from wildly flung sources and has a good time doing it.

Robert Capa and the Hemingway Image

Brian Carso explores the complicated relationship between preeminent war photographer Robert Capa and Ernest Hemingway, whom he met during the Spanish Civil War. Carso’s illustrated lecture offers compelling insights into the creation of the Hemingway image—both the recognizable pictorial image and the hyper-masculine reputation that informs the popular conception of Hemingway.

First Thursday: April 2023

Friends new and old are invited to join us for this 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. The Ilvedson Brothers, David Berg, Bria Ansara and the Horace O’Bryant students are on view this April.

The Hudson River School of American Landscape Painting

This illustrated lecture serves as an introduction to the Hudson River School, a group of nineteenth-century American landscape painters, and by extension, the larger movement of Romanticism that exalted natural scenes as a response to the Industrial Revolution. Kerry Carso will examine the contrast of technological progress and the lure of nature.

I Confess

Inspired by Confessional by Tennessee Williams, Albertson’s I Confess brings to light the things that we fear about ourselves, but often have in common with our neighbor. The result is exciting, funny, devastating and cathartic.

Jake Shimabukuro in Concert

While versatility for any musician is impressive, what’s remarkable about Shimabukuro’s transcendent skills is how he explores his seemingly limitless vocabulary – whether it’s jazz, rock, blues, bluegrass, folk or even classical – on perhaps the unlikeliest of instruments: the ‘ukulele.

Vance Gilbert in Concert

Vance Gilbert burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early 1990s when buzz started spreading in folk clubs about a former multicultural arts teacher who was knocking ‘em dead at open mics. His star has risen steadily since then, and he’s made an indelible mark on the folk and acoustic music scenes with his free spirited performances, powerful lyrics, and pop-friendly melodies.

First Thursday: May 2023

Friends new and old are invited to join us for this 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. Vera Vasek, MARC House clients, Steven Bickis and Fiona Morehouse are on view this May.

Tangos to Tarantellas

The Music Room presents Tangos to Tarantellas, an annual children’s welfare fundraiser showcasing the best classical musicians in the Keys. The twist? They’re all under 18 years old.