Suzette Frey: On speaking the same language
BY ELIZABETH MEADE HOWARD
When Suzette Frey was 7 years old, she found herself translating between her English grandmother and Texas godmother. “They both understood me, but not each other,” she said. “I wanted them to be able to talk to each other.” At50, Suzette is still bridging language barriers to help others communicate. In 2013, she was voted Literacy Volunteers of America (LVA) – Monroe County, Inc.’s Volunteer of the Year. Continue reading
Xanadu full of fun, good vibes
BY DIANE JOHNSON
Bursting with music, magic and romance Xanadu is great entertainment ! This zany musical comedy is full of fun and feel good vibes.
Danny Weathers directs a talented cast and brings out the playful vitality of the actors as they sing and dance their way across the stage for a full 90 minutes with no intermission. Contemporary humor is woven throughout the dialogue. Xanadu combines the unlikely pairing of Greek mythology and roller skating disco. Imagine cabernet and cracker jacks, unique and just delicious. Continue reading
Newton didn’t know it all
BY MARK HOWELL
It’s a fact: The median age of the American population today is 37.
It’s a fact: Colossal mistakes made by some of the world’s greatest scientists are part and parcel of today’s understanding of life and the universe.
A new book called “Brilliant Blunders” by Mario Livio describes, for example, how Charles Darwin explained the evolution of life with his theory of natural selection but also believed in a theory of “blending inheritance” that made the propagation of new variations impossible. Continue reading
AT CITY HALL
Take a long, but not lingering, look at nudity
BY MARK HOWELL
“I have nothing against body painting at Fantasy Fest,” declared former City Commissioner Bill Verge at the public lectern. “However, I’ve never thought of going down there in body paint myself —”
“Thank you,” said Mayor Craig Cates (laughter).
“At least not right now,” continued Verge. “You know what cold temperatures can do to certain body parts” (more laughter). “Commissioner Clayton Lopez of course, never has that problem” (extended laughter). Continue reading
‘I Am My Own Wife’ exquisitely crafted
BY DIANE JOHNSON
This exquisitely crafted dramatic production playing at the Red Barn Theatre is a profound story of the resilience and survival of the human spirit.
Based on a true story, this Pulitzer Prize-winning play tells the fascinating tale of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, an East German man who survived the Nazis and the Communists while dressed as a woman. Perceived as a harmless eccentric by the authorities, underneath was a person who knew who he was. Despite the horrific risks, he was able to live his life without compromising his true self. Continue reading
Vietnam Memorial Plan gets OK at cost of $150,000
BY PRU SOWERS
Many of the remaining pieces of an effort to build a Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Bayview Park came together this week when the Key West City Commission voted to approve a conceptual site plan for the memorial and contribute up to $150,000 towards the construction.
The memorial would be located near the corner of North Roosevelt Blvd. and Jose Marti Drive. The lushly landscaped corner of Bayview Park would include a stone wall with the names of all Vietnam veterans who were either born or lived in Key West during the war years, including servicemen stationed in Key West Continue reading
Couple tries their success model
at Mattheessen’s White Street Grill
BY JOHN L GUERRA
Hotel employees, restaurant owners, and even watersports booth attendants pay close attention to TripAdvisor, where tourists grade everything online from the cleanliness of their lodgings to the amount of sprinkles they receive on their ice cream cones.
Any bar or tavern would love to get the TripAdvisor comments Shots and Giggles, the tiny locals bar at 201 Anne St. (next to Old City Hall) recently earned from a customer:
“Tried this new place (and we never try new places). Probably the best wine selection in a bar. Super friendly, great selection of beers as well. Dogs welcome, which is always sweet. Went back a few times. Fun Times! “
The irony is that Shots and Giggles is decidedly a locals bar; in fact, owners Steve Kibbe (pronounced “Kibbie”) and Hannia Rivera don’t allow tourists in the bar during Fantasy Fest. They want a place where locals can feel at home without strangers crowding the place. Continue reading
By Jeff Johnson and Paula Forman
LEAVE THE GUN, KEEP THE CANNOLI
Dear Short Answers: I got a present from my ex on Valentine’s Day and my current BF went crazy. He wants me to return the gift (nice earrings). I don’t want to and he won’t let it go. Penny
Dear Penny: Assuming old BF’s gift was a lovely gesture to a PAST romance, reassure current BF, keep the earrings and don’t wear them around him for awhile. If something else is going on, we bow out. Continue reading
Theft of parts slows down
N. Roosevelt Project
BY RALPH MORROW
Work will continue on the North Roosevelt Boulevard Project this week – as long as the workers have the equipment to do the job.
Overnight Thursday, more than $5,000 worth of parts were stolen from the Salt Run Chanel Bridge site, according to project spokesperson Dean Walters, who said the parts were specific in joining sewer and water lines at that site. He added that the theft will delay work on the project, which has a completion date in July. Continue reading
Tennessee Williams celebration awards poets, artists
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Pulitzer-prize-winning playwright and Key West resident Tennessee Williams, who was born March 26, 1911, had other talents: He was a published poet and an artist whose paintings are currently on exhibit at the Custom House. Deadlines loom for the poetry and painting contests produced as part of this year’s 103rd birthday celebration.
The Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit (TWKW), established in his honor, climaxes a month of homage and entertainment with a gala 103rd birthday reception and awards ceremony on Wednesday, March 26, from from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the exhibit’s home venue, 513 Truman Ave., just off Duval St. Continue reading