W E E K LY E N T E R TA I N M E N T G U I D E F O R K E Y W E S T Paradise December 18-24, 2014 393939 2 ◆ PARADISE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014 Paradise PAUL A. CLARIN Publisher GARY E. MAITLAND Editor TOMMY TODD Director of Sales and Marketing MIKE HENTZ Photo Editor ROB O’NEAL Contributor Reach Us Phone: 305-292-7777 Fax: 305-294-0768 Paradise This Week is published weekly by Cooke Communications, 3420 Northside Dr., Key West, FL. Second class postage paid by The Citizen, Key West FL, 33040. Postmaster: Send address changes to The Citizen, P.O. Box 1800, Key West FL 33041. Notice to Advertisers: Paradise assumes no financial responsibility for typographical errors in advertisements but when notified promptly will reprint that part of the advertisement in which the typographical error appears. All advertising in this publication is subject to the approval of the publisher. 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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES Paradise takes weekly entertainment submissions on the following schedule: All content must be submitted by noon on Monday to [email protected] in order to be considered. • Paparazzi • Music schedules • Art and gallery listings • Local entertainment news Find an electronic version of Paradise online at: 3 11 Walk on White Movies 5 12 Music Film Reviews 6 14 Feature Theater 7 The Arts PETE ARNOW/Special to Paradise Morgan Hulen gives a spectacular performance as a shark as he soars through space on the stage during the performance of Nutcracker Key West. 16 About Town COVER: MIKE HENTZ/The Citizen With Christmas just around the corner expect to see a busy Sant showing up at a variety of events. THIS JUST IN: 8th Annual Gingerbread House Making Party The 8th Annual Gingerbread House Making Party will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the garden of The Oldest House, 322 Duval St. All families are invited to this free event, and donations are welcome. For information, call 305-294-9501. Key West Library Christmas Party Saturday From 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Key West Library, 700 Fleming St., there will be crafts, snacks and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus during the library’s Christmas party. Then, at 1 p.m. on Dec. 27, all children and their parents are invited to a “Frozen” sing along. For information, call the library at 305-292-3595, or go tokeyslibraries.org. Pet Pictures with Santa Friday Bring the critters and the kids for Pet Pictures with Santa from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Historic Seaport Christmas Tree at the foot of William Street. Sponsored by All Animal Clinic, a $20 (cash only) donation gets a professional high-resolution photo with Santa, plus goodies and treats including pet bandanas, dog treats, gift cards for free nail trims and candy for the kids. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Keys. Island 107 FM will broadcast live on site. For information, go to KeyWestChristmas.org. Lobster Trap Art exhibit Lobster Trap Art is excited to introduce an exceptional new exhibit with Florida artist, Trudy Anderson. Anderson’s love for the Florida Keys has inspired her colorful and whimsical sea life pottery collection. Come “sea” for yourself at Lobster Trap Art Gift Shop and Gallery, Mile Marker 82.2 in Islamorada. Ho! Ho! Ho? Christmas with Christopher Peterson It’s the most fabulous time of the year. Celebrating it’s 15th Holly Jolly Season, it’s Christmas with Christopher Peterson’s “EYECONS” starring Marilyn Monroe, Julie Andrews, Reba McEntire, Liza Minnelli, Bette Davis, Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland and cameos from Cher, Eartha Kitt, Joan Rivers and a heavenly host of others. Celebrate with seasonal songs and MARYment in the way that only Mr. Peterson can bring to you. Oh come all ye faithful down to La Te Da, 1125 Duval St., or call for your tickets at 2966706. The shows will be at 9 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 25. So put on your toque and scarf, grab some mistletoe and kiss your significant other and join us in ringing in the shopping season. PARADISE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014 ◆ 3 WALK ON WHITE isit the residency cottages at 607 Ashe Street during Walk on White from 6-8 p.m. on Thurs. Dec 18 Meet our current Artists in Residence, and visit their open studios to see what they’ve been working on! Around the corner at the Armory and at 610 White Street you’ll find V Celebrate the holiday season at Harrison Gallery Harrison Gallery, 825 White St., is hosting a new group show featuring pieces by Joanne Klein, Debra Yates, Carrie Disrud, Coco Eriksen, Bradley Sabin, Pawel Kaczynski, and more! Painting by Coco Eriksen. our Studio Artists, who’ll also have their doors open that night. Pop in and say hello, you just might find gifts for the special people in your life. There’s something for everyone on your list: paintings, photography, sculpture, event stationery, fascinator hats, woven scarves, and books. STONE SOUP GALLERY Stone Soup Gallery, 802 White St., will be continuing the $150 show for this Walk on White. All works on the wall in the mail gallery are only $150. There is an array of artists including Elizabeth St. Hillaire Nelson, Jack Allen, Jack Houston, Katrina, Pam Bluth and various Cuban painters. Elizabeth St. Hillaire Nelson’s “Peonies.” New York residency artists featured at the Studios et a glimpse into the creative workspaces of The Studios of Key West from 6 to 8 p.m. during Walk on White. The Residency Cottages at 607 Ashe St. will feature three New York artists, including 3-D construction artist, Barbara Korman; writer, painter and filmmaker, Ilana Simons; and installation artist Mary Giehl. Throughout the evening, psychologist and filmmaker Ilana Simons will project pieces of her short animated films, which deal with topics in literature and psychology. During her residency in Key West, Simons is working on a film about alcohol addiction. She’s also the author of “A Life of One’s Own: A Guide to Better Living through the Work and Wisdom of Virginia Woolf.” Giehl was a Registered Nurse for 22 years, working in the Pediatric ICU. Known for her innovation with both materials and concepts, she currently is at work on a project in which she reproduces large neuronal networks in fine strands of have their doors open, with a wide variety of work on display such as paintings, art cards, prints and blingbling chickens by painter Dahlia Woods, books by writer Jessica Argyle and noir crime books and “The Curse of the Spongeman” T-shirts by writer/filmmaker Jonathan Woods. G Key West’s Only Beach Bar with LIVE MUSIC DAILY *DAILY DRINK SPECIALS* ALL DAY FOOD MENU Thur 12/18 12-3 pm Brian Roberts 4-7 pm Amandah Jantzen Fri 12/19 12-3 pm Chris Toler 4-7 pm Mixed media piece by Barbara Korman silk on layers of silk organza. Korman has spent her month on the island working on gesso panels, combining a variety of materials including paint, images of Key West, and salvaged beach and tree debris. “My work has always been inspired by relationships in nature,” said Korman. “Currently I’m juxtaposing a variety of elements to create unified statements that memorialize the scavenged materials and give them a new life.” Entry to the Residency Cottages is through the gate at 607 Ashe St. Studio Artists at the Armory and 610 White Street will also Joel Nelson Sat 12/20 12-3 pm Rusty Lemmon 4-7 pm Amandah Jantzen Sun 12/21 12-3 pm Amandah Jantzen Mon 12/22 12-3 pm Brian Roberts Tues 12/23 12-3 pm Chris Toler 4-7 pm Rob DiStaci Wed 12/24 12-3 pm Rob DiStaci 4-7 pm Chris Toler 1 Duval Street | Key West 305-296-4600 394235 4 ◆ PARADISE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014 music scene music scene music scene music scene music scene THE LOVE LANE GANG a wide variety of experience and musical tastes to bear and appeal to music lovers The Love Lane Gang is of all ages. They’ve brought a homegrown band that back skiffle and updated it charms and thrills both for the present. It’s imposlocals and visitors with sible to keep from smiling their rollicking raucous amidst their mirthful musiruckus. With an age range cal mayhem. among the members of The emphasis is on over thirty years, they bring ragtime and swing from the 1930s and 1940s, done in a refreshing new style that melds Hot Club gypsy Thu • Dec 18 • 9pm jazz with island flourishes. Green Parrot Annual Christmas Also, Dust Bowl ballads, old school country from Party Hank Williams and Dolly Key Lime Pirates Parton, rockabilly and surf “Reggae/Ska/Rock/Funk” music classics and rarer Fri, Sat • Dec 19, 20 • 5:30pm gems, tunes from Sixties stars like The Beatles, The Kinks, and The Rolling Stones, and carefully cho“Rock/Bluegrass/Gospel sen songs from current Country/Jazz” artists like Andrew Bird, Fri, Sat • Dec 19, 20 • 10pm Mason Jennings, and The White Stripes all fit in The Doerfels Photo courtesy of Carol Tedesco. Tim Williams and Chad Burtch will play the Hog’s Breath Saloon. Catch The Love Lane Gang around town. alongside original songs that sound like they could have come from any of those eras. They will be playing regular gigs at McConnell’s Irish Pub Fridays at 8:30 p.m., Saluté On The Beach Sundays at 5 p.m., and Sunset Pier Wednesdays at 4 p.m. ZOSO HOG’S BREATH SALOON 400 Front St. Key Lime Pirates Clair Finely and Jeff Clark, aka The Key Lime Pirates, will play from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Dec. 28. Since their worlds col- lided in Boston in 2010, Claire Finley and Jeff Clark have been entertaining tourists and locals alike with their infectious musical take on living the good life. Combined they have played countless solo, duo, and full band shows in the Florida Keys, as well as other national and international destinations. “Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience” World Famous T-Shirts • Raw Bar • Restaurant Happy Hour Daily • 5-7 pm Entertainment from 1pm til 2am NFL Sunday Ticket “See all your games here” 1pm Sunday Jazz Showcase Sun • Dec 21 • 5:30pm THURSDAY December 18 Caffeine Carl “House-Rockin’ Blues” 7pm Monday Night BINGO Wed • Dec 24 • 9pm Haywire KEY WEST “Rock-Classic/New/Old” FRIDAY December 19 SATURDAY December 20 SUNDAY December 21 MONDAY December 22 TUESDAY December 23 WEDNESDAY December 24 Joel Nelson Kenny & Cuda Kenny & Cuda Sunday NFL Zack Seemiller Joel Nelson Joel Nelson Cliff Cody Cliff Cody Cliff Cody Cliff Cody Chad Burtch & Tim Williams Chad Burtch & Tim Williams Uncle Daddy Chad Burtch & Tim Williams Uncle Daddy Uncle Daddy Uncle Daddy The Key Lime The Key Lime The Key Lime Pirates Pirates Pirates 400 Front Street • Across the street from Sunset Green Parrot http://hogsbreath.com • 296-4222 • Key West Also visit us in Destin, FL. Package Goods & Spirits Open Daily 11AM - 10PM • 609 Whitehead St 398123 FFamous Since 1890 890 on the corner of Southard & Whitehead Remember: Hog’s Breath is better than no breath at all! ur ! O s Try arita g o H 398122 Tim Williams and Chad Burtch Tim Williams and Chad Burtch are back from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Dec. 28. Tim and Chad come together four weeks a year, exclusively at Hog’s Breath Saloon, to put on their high energy, often times comedic, acoustic duo show. With an impressive mix of classic rock, modern country, singer/songwriter and top 40 songs, these two always have memorable night’s on the Hog’s Breath stage. Key West resident Chad Burtch has made a name for himself as a local favorite on the music scene. He has been featured on VH1 and spends two months every year performing on Martha’s Vineyard and all around New England. Philadelphia resident Tim Williams performs more than 300 live shows annually on stages ranging from NYC to Chicago to LA. He has released two albums – “We Begin” and “Blue Ribbon” - and has PARADISE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014 ◆ 5 music scene music scene music scene music scene music scene SCHOONER WHARF 90 MILE LOUNGE 300 Front St. All shows start at 8:30 p.m. Today: Moose and Bullet Proof Blues Band Friday: Ericson Holt Saturday: Woody Jenkins Project Sunday: Moose and Bullet Proof Blues Band Monday: Larry Baeder Tuesday: Moose and Bullet Proof Blues Band Wednesday: Woody Jenkins Project fun as Parrot regulars wonder, “Who’s that Mystery Santa?” The Doerfels The Doerfels will return to the Parrot stage with back-to-back Green Parrot The Raven Cooper Soundcheck appearances beginning at 5:30 p.m. Band Friday and Saturday. Friday and Saturday, 7 Their progressive acousp.m. to midnight. tic music is a blend of rock, Start off your Christmas bluegrass, gospel, country Week with The Raven and jazz. Their outstandCooper Band at Schooner ing musicianship and their Wharf Bar. enthusiasm seem to just Raven is a talented guidraw you in and make you tar player and singer, who VIRGILIO’S feel a part of the music lights up the stage with her 524 Duval St. itself. wide range of vocal styles. The Doerfels have perHer diverse singing ability Virgilio’s “League of formed in some of the rivals an earthy Janis Joplin, Crafty Musicians” series orchestral Julie Andrews will present Boston/Mexico most prestigious spots in the country with artists like and Bluesy Billy Holliday City sax and flute wonder Ricky Skaggs, Asleep At The and (yes!) the low growl of Tim Mayer, Larry Smith Wheel and The Isaacs. But Johnny Cash. on keyboards, Christine Backed by some of Key Cordone Smith with vocals when you listen to them, you still feel like you’re sitWest’s favorite musicians, and Skippo on the drums the show is an eclectic mix at 9 p.m. Tuesday. They will ting around the family living room experiencing an of jazz, country, blues, and play a mix of classic and impromptu jam of worldmore. Join us for some holiday tunes of reggae, class musicians. savory food, refreshing rock, blues, and burning drinks, and great entertain- originals. ment. Zoso, “The Ultimate 202 William St. THE GREEN PARROT 601 Whitehead St. Clair Finely and Jeff Clark Led Zeppelin Experience” Zoso, described as the “Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience” by Rolling It’s Ho-Ho-Holiday fun Stone Magazine, will play as The Green Parrot Bar hosts its annual Christmas at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Party at 9 p.m. today. Zoso was formed in Hailed as the holiday event 1995 to create the most of the season, don’t miss mesmerizing and accuthe party as this year’s rate portrayal of “the bigmusical guests, The Key Lime Pirates infuse holiday gest band of the 1970’s” - Led Zeppelin. Each standards with their own member was selected to brand of Reggae/Ska with Jazz,rock,and funk under- portray both the appearance and playing styles of tones. And don’t miss the Key Lime Pirates emergedfive musicians, all Key West locals who formed an awesome cover band playing rock hits from the 70’s to today. Screaming guitars, driving rhythms and great vocals cover alternative, classic rock, new rock, old rock, and even a country song or two will have you screaming for more. Local rock quintet Haywire returns to Green Parrot stage on Wednesday. THE GARDENS 526 Angela St. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham, and John Paul Jones. Zoso almost immediately developed an outstanding regional reputation and were awarded “Best Tribute Act in California” by Rock City News. In 1999, Zoso began touring nationally, playing a remarkable 2,400 live performances, honing their show to become one of the most musically and visually rewarding acts in North America. Their passion, musical ability, showmanship and precise attention to detail earned them critical acclaim, name recognition and a large loyal following. The Los Angeles Times hailed the group as being “head and shoulders above all other Zeppelin tributes,” and the Chicago SunTimes declaredZoso to be “the closest to the original of any tribute.” Caffeine Carl Caffeine Carl and The Buzz will bring their brand of blues/rock to the popu- lar Green Parrot Sunday Spoundcheck at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Haywire Local rock quintet Haywire will return at 9 p.m. Wednesday. In late 2012 a lightning bolt hit Key West and from the smoke and ash Today: Jimmy Olson, 5 to 7 p.m. Friday: Michael Robinson, 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday: Jimmy Olson, 5 to 7 p.m. Jazz In The Gardens Dec 21st, Sunday 4:30 to 7 p.m. (note early time), Skipper Krippitz and Friends. You’re in Key West to be on the Water Think Zero Duval Street Serving Waterfront Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Hot Tin Roof Dinner & Brunch Reservations Recommended Live Entertainment DAILY 305-296-7701 398124 opened for Of Monsters and Men, Better Than Ezra and Butch Walker. 6 ◆ PARADISE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014 Hidden away: Fringe Theater’s ‘The Price’ exposes Mel Fisher Museum’s garret BY MOLLY WILLIAMS Paradise Staff he Mel Fisher Maritime Museum at 200 Greene Street is a heavily trafficked, well-known tourist attraction in Key West, full of found treasures and historic artifacts. The building itself is an extraordinary beast built in 1911 by the Key West Navy Base to use as a storehouse. There are five floors with towering ceilings and winding corridors, a space perfect for the museum that currently resides there. Up on the fifth floor there is a previously unseen garret, which by definition is a small room or space just below the roof of a building, usually used for storage. Until 10 years ago, the garret had previously been used for storage space for the museum. Then, it was renovated to its original glory, skylights, exposed beams and all. For the first time in the history of the museum the public will be allowed to take in the glory of the garret during the Fringe Theater’s “The Price.” It’s a massive, gorgeous space that is a hidden masterpiece of architecture right in the middle of Key West. “Opening the space to other uses has been coming for some time now,” said Corey Malcom, director of Archaeology at the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum. “We’re hoping that with the use of the space by Fringe Theater will open it up to other educational uses as well. It’s a great space that should be utilized.” Complete with a vaulted ceiling, exposed woodwork, gigantic windows and antique furniture, it’s certain to be a magical setting for one of Arthur Miller’s greatest plays. The audience will be interspersed into “pods” around the set, tapping into Fringe Theater’s concept of immersion theater and creating an up-close and personal experience unlike anything found within a traditional proscenium arch. “It’s going to be a wonderful surprise T 398555 The fifth floor of the The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum during construction of the building. Circa 1910 The current rennovated state of the Mel Fisher garret for the audience,” said Fringe Theater’s Artistic Director Monnie King. “The garret is absolutely breathtaking. They [the audience] will definitely see the unexpected when they walk into the space.” “The Price” features an emotional reunion between two estranged brothers as they dust off and sift through an attic full family possessions, old scores, and drama, offering them to an ancient furniture appraiser who turns haggling into a commentary on life and consumerism. In this conflict between defending family values and fighting for one’s own success, the brother who became a cop, sidelining his career in order to care for his father,finds himself yearning to connect with the brother who escaped the yoke to become a famous surgeon. There will be shows at 8 p.m. Dec. 26-28 and Jan. 2-4. Fringe Theater’s shows typically sell out, and because of their unique strategy for finding performances spaces, they are unable to extend the run of a show. Fringe Theater of Key West is a nonprofit that creates, educates, and entertains with classic, innovative, intimate theater through programs such as Shakespeare in School, Fringe Benefits: Classic Short Plays, and main stage productions. For information, including tickets sales, go to fringetheaterkeywest.org. PARADISE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014 ◆ 7 the artsthe artsthe artsthe artsthe artsthe artsthe arts the arts Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, December 18 thru Wednesday, December 24 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS AND EXHIBITIONS Today Walk on White: Stone Soup Gallery Show, 6 p.m. 802 White St. 296-2080. stonesoupgallery.com. Season special with works by Elizabeth St. Hillaire, Jack Allen, Jack Houston, Katrina, Pam Bluth and various Cuban painters. DANCE Today through Sunday Nutcracker Key West 2014, 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tennessee Williams Theatre, 5901 College Rd. 295-7676. keystix.com. from Europe, the Caribbean, Israel and more. For beginners, all ages welcome. Tuesday Key West Country Western Dancers, 6:30 p.m. Free line dancing lessons with Marvin, plus Texas 2-step, swing, waltz, cha cha, etc. Cowboy Bill’s, 618 Duval St. 724-3334137. Monday The Fabulous Spectrelles and Southernmost Dance Theatre, 8 p.m. The San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval St. 295-7676. Keystix.com. Doo-wop and dance and holiday classics. FESTIVALS AND FUNDRAISERS Sunday Key West Artisan Market, 10 a.m. Friday The Restaurant Store, 1111 Eaton St. Jazz Dance Class with Denis Hyland, 294-7994. 10:30 a.m. Art, Food, Wine and Craft Beer, shopping CoffeeMill Dance Studio, 916 Pohalski and entertainment. Ln. 296-9982. coffeemilldance.com. Friday and Wednesday Salsa and Salsa Rueda Dance Classes, 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday. Paradise Health and Fitness Dance Studio, 1706 N Roosevelt Blvd. 296-6348. Drop in class, no partner needed. Harrison Gallery Group Show, 6 p.m. 825 White St. harrison-gallery.com. Featuring Joanne Klein, Debra Yates, Coco Sunday Eriksen, Bradley Sabin, Pawel Kackzynski Ballroom and Latin Dance Evening, and more. 7 p.m. Dance Factory, 906C Kennedy Dr. Artists at the Armory Holiday Faire, 6 p.m. 304-8184. dancefactorykeywest.com. Second Floor Gallery, 600 White St. faceMonday: Argentine Tango Practica at book.com/keywestarmoryartists. 8:15 p.m. Judi Bradford, Christie Sauer Fifer, Jeffrey Harwell, Mark Hedden, Pam Hobbs, Monday Michael Marrero, Lauren P. McAloon, International Folk Dancing, 7 p.m. Claire Perrault, Marky Pierson, Danette UU Fellowship Hall, 801 Georgia St. Baso Silvers, Sherry Sweet Tewell, Andy 207-939-0301. Thurber and Maureen Tracy Venti. With Nancy 3. Hoffman. Learn dances Friday Key West Outdoor Movies, 7 p.m. Visualize Entertainment, Bayview Park, Corner of Jose Marti and Truman Ave. keywestoutdoormovies.com. MUSIC Thursday In the Cabaret and Jazz in the Gardens, 5 p.m. The Gardens Hotel, 526 Angela St. 2942661. gardenshotel.com. Sunday Tim Mayer, 4 p.m. The Gardens Hotel, 526 Angela St. 296-2661. Larry and Christine Smith on piano and vocals and Skippo on drums. Artist profile: Jeffrey Cardenas ardenas is the mastermind of Como lo vemos a Usted, a collaboration of photographic portraits with Cuban photographer Yanela Piñeiro that was completed in July. The exhibition is scheduled to open at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana, Cuba on Dec. 26 Photo by Jeffrey Cardenas and Yanela Piñeiro Glass Fusing, Painting, Sculpture and more. The Art Studio 12535 Overseas Hwy, Marathon. 289-9013. keysartstudio.com. DANCE Nightly Entertainment Tavern N’ Town, 5 p.m. Marriot Beachside, 3841 N. Roosevelt Blvd. 296-8100. Michael Thomas, Carmen Rodriguez, Mike Emerson, Rob DiStasi and Bobby Nesbitt. Friday Love Lane Gang, 8:30 p.m. McConnell’s Irish Pub and Grill, 900 Duval St. Creating a broad musical palette such as swing, old school country, rockabilly and bluegrass. FILM Next week in Paradise… C Tuesday Holiday Rock, 9 p.m. Virgilio’s, 524 Duval St. 296-1075. Featuring Tim Mayer, Larry and Christine Smith and Skippo. THEATER Ballroom and Latin Dance Instruction Theo and Ganine’s Dance Center, 5800 Overseas Hwy, Suite 40, Marathon. 7663428. KeysDanceCenter.com. Experienced, world-class instructors. American and International styles, wedding dance, swing, salsa. Beginners welcome, no partner required, monthly dance socials. MUSIC Saturday Marathon Community Theater Holiday Concert, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. 5101 Overseas Hwy., MM 49.5. 743-0994. marathontheater.org. Sunday Key West Story Slams - Theme: Bad Date, Upper Keys Happenings 8 p.m. ARTIST RECEPTIONS AND Little Room Jazz Club, 821 Duval St. 302-540-6102. keyweststoryslams.com. EXHIBITIONS Daily Wildlife Showcase and Exhibit, 9 a.m. to Tuesday - Saturday, through Jan. 17 5 p.m. The Last Night of Ballyhoo, 8 p.m. The time is 1939, when the most impor- Lobster Trap Art Gift Shop and Gallery, tant thing in young Lala Levy’s life is the Islamorada. MM 82.2. 664-0001. Atlanta premiere of Gone With the Wind. lobstertrapart.com. Indigenous wildlife on canvas, tile and Red Barn Theatre, 319 Duval St. 296other media in various sizes. 9911. redbarntheatre.com. Tuesday - Saturday, through Jan. 10 Noises Off, 8 p.m. A delirious romp of slamming doors, bickering actors, pretty girls in their underwear, mayhem and errant sardines. Today: Opening Night. Waterfront Playhouse, 310 Wall St. 2945015. waterfrontplayhouse.org. Middle Keys Happenings ARTIST RECEPTIONS AND EXHIBITIONS Daily Joanne Jarzombek and Sandy West Exhibits, 10 a.m. Winn Dixie Shopping Plaza, Big Pine Key, MM 30. 872-1828. artistsinparadise. com. CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS Today Plein Air Painting Classes in Sugarloaf, 9:30 a.m. Jim Salem, 744-9880. [email protected] att.net. Daily Art Classes in Marathon: Pottery, Clay, Thursday Morada Way Arts and Cultural District: Walkabout, 6 p.m. MM 81.5, Islamorada. 664-9100. moradaway.org. Galleries include: Redbone Gallery, Gallery Morada, Pasta Pantaleo Signature Gallery and Morada Way Clay. MUSIC Today Jam Session/Open Mic, 9 p.m. oo-tray Restaurant, 80939 Overseas Hwy., Islamorada. 922-2027. keysice. com. Saturday Pops in the Park – Winter Wonders, 4 p.m. Keys Community Concert Band, Islamorada Founders Park Amphitheater. 853-7294. keyscommunityconcertband.org. Happy holidays! 8 ◆ PARADISE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014 PARADISE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014 ◆ Paparazzi aparazzi’ is a photo-driven entertainment feature compiled by Citizen staffers from in-house and contributed shots. Snaps of social events, arts and entertainment-related activities and other “wild art” will be welcomed as submissions to these pages. Send invitations to cover events to [email protected], and we’ll do our best to get a photographer to the event. If we can’t make it, send your photos and information of your shindig and we’ll try to publish them. ‘P PETE ARNOW/Special to Paradise Eddie Hambright congratulates Christopher Rounds at La Te Da’s anniversary celebration. Rounds and his partner Patrick Hegarty celebrated their one year of ownership on Dec. 13 and have been constantly remodeling and updating this iconic Key West Hotel/Cabaret/Bar. PETE ARNOW/Special to Paradise In Nutcracker Key West, the opening act takes place on Christmas Even in 1861 at the Home of Mayor Patterson during a party. These young ladies are admiring new dolls they received as Christmas presents. PETE ARNOW/Special to Paradise Morgan Hulen gives a spectacular performance as a shark as he soars through space on the stage during the performance of Nutcracker Key West. Cindy and Jim Cameron have been the House Managers at the Tennessee Williams Theatre for the past thirteen years and were very busy during Nutcracker Key West. PETE ARNOW/Special to Paradise PETE ARNOW/Special to Paradise Mary Ellen Beattie and Linda Shagena were very busy behind the counter at the Christmas boutique shop in the Tennessee Williams Theatre Lobby during the performances of Nutcracker Key West. PETE ARNOW/Special to Paradise PETE ARNOW/Special to Paradise Diana Aranda and Carolyn Cooper keep things running smoothly with your theatre seats in the box office of the Tennessee Williams Theatre. A publicity shoot with the dancers from Nutcracker Key West was arranged with the jewelers who sponsored the “Jewels of the Atocha” sequence. Over $5,000,000 is being modeled by the dancers. Contributing Key West jewelers were: Emeralds International; Blue Sophia, Neptune Designs, Pacific Jewelry, and Mel Fishers Treasures. PETE ARNOW/Special to Paradise There are hundreds of Nutcrackers in all shapes and sizes on sale at the Boutique shop in the lobby of the Tennessee Williams Theatre during Nutcracker Key West performances. 9 10 ◆ PARADISE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014 ‘Night at the Museum’ hits close to home Who says Jewish people can’t have a Christmas tree? ‘The Last Night of Ballyhoo’ gets the star treatment BY MOLLY WILLIAMS REVIEWED BY SHIRREL RHOADES Paradise Staff ast week Key West Art and Historical Society held a small fundraiser at its Custom House Museum, the main example of Richardsonian Romanesque Revival architecture in Florida. The soiree was designed to show off the building’s latest refurbishing: new windows, refinished floors and stairways, freshly painted walls, and a 60-seat Educational Learning Center. Dubbed “Night of the Living Museum,” the guests mingled with reenactors dressed as historic figures, including bearded gentlemen from the 1800s and Rosie the Riveter from WWII. And a live-sized Robert the Doll wandered the building, carrying his toy teddy bear and staring eerily at the partiers. It looked as if the exhibits had gone for a stroll. Hollywood has cranked out a series of movies that take a similar theme. “Night at the Museum” featured Ben Stiller as a doofus night watchman at the Museum of Natural History who’s taken aback when the exhibits come to life. Its sequel moved the story to the Smithsonian Museum. And the British Museum is the scene of a third entry, “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” playing this week at Regal Cinema 6. Here again is Larry the night watchman (Stiller), along with Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), a miniature cowboy (Owen Wilson), a Roman Centurion (Steve Coogan), Attila the Hun (Patrick Gallagher), a museum director (Ricky Gervais), plus Dexter the mischievous monkey (Crystal), animated statues, and rampaging T-Rex bones. There’s hat happens when a Jewish girl puts a star on the top of her family’s Jewish Christmas tree in 1939? Why, it sparks the hubbub of action that sends “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” flying into comedic raucous, of course. “Ballyhoo,” written by acclaimed playwright Alfred Uhry, who also penned “Driving Miss Daisy,” is playing at the Red Barn Theatre through Jan. 17, sending the theater into its 35th year. Set in Atlanta in 1939, the city is beside itself with the excitement for the movie premiere of “Gone With the Wind.” (Side note: Dec. 15 marked the 75th anniversary of that premiere, and coincidentally the Red Barn opened with a special preview of “Ballyhoo” that very night.) In Europe, Adolf Hitler is pounding his mark into the European countryside, but in Atlanta Adolph Freitag (Seth Yates) is trying to keep his nieces under control while heading up the family business, the Dixie Bedding Co. The play’s name refers to the big society event of the season for the well-to-do Southern Jewish teenagers at the exclusive Standard Club. It’s an abomination not to go, or to not be invited. Anxious spit fire Lala Levy (Lisa Elena Monda) is one of the daughters of the household, and has yet to snag a date for Ballyhoo. Her mother, Boo Levy (Karen Grant), is up in arms over her lack of suitors and doesn’t hesitate to express her disappointment, fretting openly that her daughter will never live up to her cousin, Sunny Freitag (Jessica Jackson). Sunny is the prettier, brighter, smarter cousin with a slightly airheaded mother W L also a funny back-from-extinction Neanderthal (also played by Ben Stiller). The plot is unimportant: Seems that the magic of the Tablet of Ahkmenrah is starting to fade and the gang must scour the globe for a way to rekindle that old spark, the one that brings museum exhibits to life after visiting hours. Yes, the idea that museum exhibits come to life is an appealing one, in that this is what museums aspire to do: bring history to life. While the “Night at the Museum” movies are comedies, there’s a serious side benefit in that they change people’s view of museums as dusty old attics. Kids now see museums in the light of their imaginations … and that is a good thing for these institutions that preserve our cultural heritage. (Full Disclosure: In addition to being film critic for Key West Citizen, I serve as president of Key West Art and Historical Society, a collection of three museums comprised of the Custom House, the Lighthouse and Keeper’s Quarters, and Fort East Martello.) [email protected] The cast of Ballyhoo stars Laurie Breakwell, Karen Grant, Jessica Jackson, Lisa Elana Monda, Kaleb Smith, Rock Solomon, and Seth Yates. named Reba (Laurie Breakwell). The women, along with bachelor Adolph, live in the family’s household in their own nuclear world located in the middle of Atlanta’s prospering societal scene. Into this comedic mix appears handsome Brooklynite, Joe Farkas (Rock Solomon), a new and highly valued employee at Adolph’s firm. He sets the family at a disadvantage on a number of levels, ultimately challenging their perception of what it means to actually be Jewish. Joe is immediately taken with Sunny, much to Lala’s dismay, but the wound is quickly patched over by the arrival of Peachy Weil (Kaleb Smith), a son of an elite Jewish family out of Louisiana. “Ballyhoo” has a contagious wit that can be noted as nothing less than a crowd pleasing show. The Red Barn cast scores with A+ comedic timing and a slight bitterness that comes with still prevalent political and religious issues. Directed by Joy Hawkins, the entirety of the cast succeeds at delivering Uhry’s snappy dialogue and upbeat candor. Monda’s Lala carries a childish presence while being pressed against Jackson’s mature and demure Sunny. Breakwell brings Reba to the stage as a half-abubble-off, clueless, well-meaning second in command of the household. Grant pulls off Boo’s character with remarkable snark that has the audience snickering from the second the lights go up. While the male characters of the play certainly carry their own weight, (Yate’s Adolph is lovable, Solomon’s Farkas is completely charming in an alley cat way and Smith’s Weil is played as Lala’s match to the truest definition), it’s clearly a woman run show, much like Uhry’s “Driving Miss Daisy.” “Ballyhoo” is the perfect way to get knock out a holiday show without the overabundance of Christmas greens and carols. PARADISE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014 ◆ 11 What’s up at the Tropic: Friday, Dec. 19 Through Thursday, Dec. 25 FEATURE FILMS OPENING FRIDAY: “Birdman” The critically-acclaimed black comedy Birdman tells the story of a washed-up actor (Michael Keaton)— “Wild” famous for portraying an iconic superhero—as Director Jean-Marc Vallée he struggles to mount a (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Broadway play. In the days Academy Award winner leading up to opening Reese Witherspoon (“Walk Matthew McConaughey, Anne night, he battles his ego the Line”) bring bestsellHathaway in “Interstellar.” and attempts to recover ing author Cheryl Strayed’s his family, his career and extraordinary and inspi(Rosamund Pike) has gone himself. Also starring rational adventure to the Zach Galifianakis, Andrea missing. Under pressure screen. After the destrucfrom the police and a grow- Riseborough, Amy Ryan, tion of her marriage and a Emma Stone, Naomi ing media frenzy, Nick’s heroin addiction, Strayed Watts and Edward Norton, portrait of a blissful union (Witherspoon) sets out to Birdman is directed and begins to crumble. Soon hike more than a thouBenedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley in “The Imitation Game.” his lies, deceits and strange co-written by Alejandro sand miles on the Pacific González Iñárritu behavior have everyone Crest Trail alone, with no asking the same dark ques- (“Biutiful,” “Babel,” “21 experience and haunted by cover whether mankind has “Sherlock”), leading a mot- “Inglourious Basterds”), Grams,” “Amores Perros”). tion: Did Nick Dunne kill memories of her mother who was one of the most a future among the stars. ley crew was instrumental Rated R his wife? Also starring Neil (Academy Award nominee Directed by Christopher financially successful in cracking the code for Patrick Harris and Tyler Laura Dern). Wild powerpainters of the 1950s and Nolan. Starring Matthew Germany’s World War II Perry. fully reveals her terrors and McConaughey, Anne early 1960s. The truth Enigma Machine, a seem“St. Vincent” Rated R pleasures—as she forges Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, ingly impossible code that would eventually be disahead on a journey that covered though: Keane’s Michael Caine. changed daily, and in the Maggie (Melissa maddens, strengthens and art was not actually creRated PG-13 process became a pioneer McCarthy), a single “The Theory of ultimately heals her. of modern-day computing. ated by him at all, but by mother, moves into a new Everything” Rated R Keira Knightley co-stars. An his wife, Margaret (Amy home with her 12-yearOPENING intense and haunting por- Adams, Oscar nominee for old son, Oliver ( Jaeden “The Theory of CHRISTMAS DAY: “American Hustle,” “The trayal of a brilliant, compliLieberher). Working long Everything” tells the “Interstellar” Master,” “The Fighter,” cated man, The Imitation hours, she has no choice extraordinary story of one “The Imitation “Doubt” and “Junebug”). Game follows a genius who but to leave Oliver in the of the world’s greatest living With our time on Earth Game” Golden Globe Nominated, minds, the renowned astro- care of their neighbor, under nail-biting pressure coming to an end, a team Best Actor and Actress and physicist Stephen Hawking, Vincent (Bill Murray), a helped to shorten the war of explorers undertakes the Alan Turing (Benedict Best Original Song. and, in turn, save thouretired curmudgeon. An who falls deeply in love most important mission in Cumberbatch, “The Rated PG-13 sands of lives. Nominated odd friendship soon bloswith fellow Cambridge human history; traveling Fifth Estate,” “Star Trek for 5 Golden Globes includstudent Jane Wilde. Once a soms. Together with a beyond this galaxy to disInto Darkness,” T.V.’s ing Best Picture. healthy, active young man, pregnant stripper named HELD OVER: Rated PG-13 Hawking (Eddie Redmayne, Daka (Naomi Watts), “Gone Girl” “Les Misérables,” “My Week Vincent brings Oliver With Marilyn”) received an along to the race track, a The haunting thriller “Big Eyes” earth-shattering diagnosis strip club and the local Gone Girl, directed by at 21 years of age. With Jane dive bar. Oliver begins David Fincher (“The Social “Big Eyes,” from direc(Felicity Jones, “Like Crazy,” to see in Vincent someNetwork,” “Fight Club”) tor Tim Burton (“Alice in and based upon the global “The Amazing Spider-Man thing that no one else is Wonderland,” “Ed Wood,” “Edward Scissorhands”), is bestseller by Gillian Flynn. 2”) fighting tirelessly by his able to: a misunderstood man with a good heart. On the occasion of his fifth side, Stephen embarks on based on the true story of Written and directed by wedding anniversary, Nick his most ambitious scienWalter Keane (Christoph Theodore Melfi. Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports tific work, studying time. Waltz, Oscar winner for Christoph Waltz, Amy Adams in “Big Eyes.” Rated PG-13 Rated PG-13 that his beautiful wife Amy “Django Unchained” and 12 ◆ PARADISE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014 FILM IN PARADISE Reese Witherspoon does walkabout in ‘Wild’ with Mother Nature FRONT ROW AT THE MOVIES Cooke Communications Film Review SHIRREL RHOADES e often talk about Hollywood stars who can “carry” a movie. Well, Reese Witherspoon has joined those ranks. Being the only person on screen for long stretches of “Wild,” Witherspoon will either hold your attention or lose you. Fortunately, her gritty, honest performance latches onto you like mud that’s difficult to wash off. Witherspoon — once the dainty princess in those “Legally Blonde” movies — proves she can carry a backpack too. Following a bad divorce and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed (played by Witherspoon) decides to take a thousand-mile W Laura Dern, Reese Weatherspoon in “Wild.” trek along the Pacific Coast National Scenic Trail, walking from the California desert to Oregon all by herself. “Wild” is playing at the Tropic Cinema if you want to join her on this arduous journey of self-discovery. Based on a book by Cheryl Strayed, “Wild” falls somewhere between “a grief memoir and a travelogue.” This solitary walk- about is fueled by a bit of advice from her late mother about “putting yourself in the way of beauty.” In the movie, Reese Witherspoon does just that, presenting a panting, sweaty, unglamorous hiker confronting a panorama of scenic wonder — majestic mountains, snow-covered vistas, lakes, verdant forests, ribbons of highway, rock-strewn trails. Fact is, a person’s troubles do get kinda dwarfed when put against the vast backdrop of Mother Nature. In the wilderness, a torn toenail takes on greater significance than her once-upon-a-time sex life. Needless to say, the men she encounters along the way are somewhat taken aback to see a lone woman hiking in the wilderness. Cheryl’s journey is punctuated with free-associative memories about her childhood, her disintegrating marriage, her relationships, offering up more of a mosaic of her life than a connect-the-dots plot line. Her mother (played by Laura Dern) appears almost as a magical apparition in her on-the-trail memories. Closely following the book’s structure, director Jean-Marc Vallée (“Dallas Buyers Club”) begins the story smack in the middle of the journey. Surprisingly, the film’s complicated flashback structure works, letting us share the solitary thoughts of this worldweary traveler as clearly as if we were rattling around inside her head. Cheryl Strayed, we discover, is not seeking redemption by this monklike pilgrimage. Rather, she’s looking for self-acceptance. Learning to live with herself. That’s a good goal for all of us. As an actress, Reese Witherspoon seems to have found it. [email protected] Top 10 nepotistic films S ometimes movie directors or producers cast relatives, friends or even girlfriends. Film buff Susan Server helped me pick out a Top 10 list of movies where an actor skipped the audition by going right to the top guy. For example, playwright-director David Mamet often casts his wife Rebecca Pidgeon in his movies and T.V. shows. And Rita Hayworth was still married to Orson Welles when she starred in “The Lady from Shanghai.” 10.) “Casablanca” (1942) — Only three of the actors in this classic film are Americans and the only one you never heard of (Joy Page) is the stepdaughter of studio honcho, Jack Warner. Pays to know the boss. 9.) “The Godfather: Part III” (1990) — Maestro Francis Ford Coppola cast his daughter Sofia (now a filmmaker in her own right) as Don Corleone’s daughter. 8.) “Father of the Bride” (1991) — Director Nancy Meyers used her parents as extras in the wedding scene with some dialogue for her father. 7.) “Meet Me in St. Louis” (1944), “The Pirate” (1948) — In these musicals, Vincent Minnelli directed his then-wife, Judy Garland. 6.) “Hannah and Her Sisters” (1986) — For this film Woody Allen not only cast his then-partner Mia Farrow, but several of her children who appear in the Thanksgiving scene shot in her New York apartment. 5.) “When Harry Met Sally” (1989) — In the famous deli scene it’s director Rob Reiner’s mother Estelle who says, “I’ll have what she’s having.” 4.) “Fading Gigolo” (2013) — One of the four films actor John Turturro directed that included his wife, actress Katherine Borowitz. See also “Romance & Cigarettes” (2005), “Illuminata” (1998), and “Mac” (1992). (Disclaimer: Susan says, “I’ve known her and her parents forever.”) 3.) “Maltese Falcon” (1941), “Treasure of Sierra Madre” (1948), and “Prizzi’s Honor” (1985) — John Huston is a double-dipper as he cast his father (Walter) in the first two films and his daughter (Anjelica) in the third. All three Hustons are Oscar winners. 2.) “Fargo” (1996) — Director Joel Coen is lucky to be married to the incomparable Frances McDormand … a perfect casting call. 1.) “Goodfellas” (1990) — Director Martin Scorsese is a momma’s boy after all. That’s his mother Catherine stirring the marinara for Mafia killers, Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro. He used her again in “Casino” (1995), another mobster movie. Two true “Top of the World, Ma” moments. After all that, Susan Server offers up another one that’s close to home. In “Valentine’s Day” (2010), director Garry Marshall’s own three-year-old granddaughter is seen flirting in the flower shop scene with a toddler who happens to be Susan’s partner Sheldon Davidson’s first cousin twice removed. Any other movie nepotism you want to add to the list? [email protected] PARADISE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014 ◆ 13 FILM IN PARADISE ‘Hobbit’ digs in, thanks to Jackson for ‘Battle of the Five Armies’ L “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” Hobbit known as Bilbo Baggins. He is hired by the wizard Gandalf to help Thorin Oakenshield and a troupe of dwarves reclaim a treasure from a fearsome dragon. In this just-released third film, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” Martin Freeman reprises his role as Bilbo. He’s joined again by Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey, Richard Armitage as Thorin, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, Christopher Lee as Sarumand the White, Elijah Wood as Frodo, and Andy Serkis as the Gollum. Benedict Cumberbatch belches fire as Smaug the magic dragon. Peter Jackson started off by making the three “Lord of the Rings” blockbusters before taking on the “Hobbit” prequel(s). Why three films squeezed out of one tiny book? Jackson says J.R.R. Tolkien would’ve wanted three films. “There were elements looking back at ‘The Hobbit’ that he wished he’d included,” Jackson explains. “So he did have a lot of notes for what he was going to revise but he never got that book done. Those notes were published after his death at the end of ‘Return of the King,’ so we were able to access a lot of that. All of the expanding and embellishment was based on the ideas Tolkien was exploring.” Translation: The “Lord of the Rings” trilogy has made nearly $3 billion, so why wouldn’t Warner Bros. go again for the gold? “A huge built-in and obsessed audience, divided by the cost savings in producing three films simultaneously, certainly equals more profit opportunity,” points out Hollywood executive Marrissa O’Leary. While some people see this as a money grab akin to Continued on page 15 398556 volume titled “The Hobbit” and managed to eke three movies out of it: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (2012), “The ately, we’ve seen book Hobbit: The Desolation of series stretched into Smaug” (2013), and now extra movies, as a way “The Hobbit: The Battle of of keeping ticket sales the Five Armies” (currently going. playing at the Regal Cinema “Harry Potter” was the 6). first film franchise to do A British university prothis. J.K. Rowling wrote fessor, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote seven books about the boy-wizard, but Hollywood “The Hobbit, or There and Back Again” in 1930, but stretched them into eight films (the final book, “Harry it wasn’t published until seven years later. It became Potter and the Deathly the precursor to his nerdHallows,” was divided into two parts). Not a bad deci- favorite “Lord of the Rings” sion, in that “Harry Potter” trilogy (actually six books squeezed into three volis now the bestselling film umes). series in history. These novels offer readers Suzanne Collins penned three books in the “Hunger an epic adventure that takes place in Middle-earth, a Games” series. We’ve fantasy world populated by already seen three movmen, elves, trolls, giant spiies, with a fourth still to ders, goblins, and dwarves. come (“Hunger Games: There’s also a race of diminMockingjay” got split into utive hominoids known as two parts). However, Oscar-winning Hobbits. They have hairy feet and live in holes. filmmaker Peter Jackson The same-named book claims the stretch-‘em-out focuses on a particular trophy. He took a slender REVIEWED BY SHIRREL RHOADES 14 ◆ PARADISE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014 The Waterfront kicks-off its 75th season with hilarious ‘Noises Off’ he Waterfront Playhouse will kick-off its historic 75th season with the classic comedy “Noises Off” by Michael Frayn at 8 p.m. today with an opening gala. This hilarious romp about the on, and off, stage shenanigans of a British acting troupe is a tour de force of precise timing and comic ability. Slamming doors, feuding actors, missed cues, girls in their underwear, guys in their underwear and errant plates of sardines are all part of the choreographed chaos. The New York Times called the show, “A spec- keeping track of the many plates of sardines that go on and off the stage. Act II takes place a month into the run. In a coup de theater the entire set revolves 180 degrees, and the audience is watching the action backstage during a performance. Physical altercations, misplaced props, pranks and a roving cactus plant are all part of the silently choreographed action backstage. By Act III, the tour is coming to an end, and the production descends into complete and hysterical chaos. The Daily News called it “Bumper car brilliance...If laughter is indeed the best medicine, ‘Noises Off’ is worth its weight in Cipro.” “Noises Off” manages to serve as both a send-up of the modern farce and a valentine to the form, mocking its triviality while simultaneously delivering an extremely well-crafted example of the genre. It has been a hit on Broadway and the West End–twice. It’s also been translated into dozens of languages and revived throughout the world, making it one of the most produced plays in the repertory. Directing the highenergy production will be the Waterfront’s Managing Artistic Director, Danny Weathers. St. Paul’s Episcopal church Annual Christmas concert Sunday, December 21, 7 p.m. Featuring: Various Soloists Also: The Key West High School Chorus, Brass Ensemble & Flag Corps, The Paradise Choristers, Chamber Ensemble, Jazz Band, & Nutcracker Key West Ticket Info stpaulschurchkeywest.org/events.html 401 Duval St., Key West • 305-296-5142 398149 T tacularly funny, peerless backstage farce.” “Noises Off” will have a gala opening night at 8 p.m. today with an after party sponsored by Susan and Stuart Kaufman. The production will run until Jan. 10 with all performances beginning at 8 p.m. “Noises Off” is a farce about putting on a farce with very funny insights into the challenges of putting on a play. Act I introduces the cast and crew during a spectacularly bad dress rehearsal for a mediocre sex farce called, “Nothing On.” The actors struggle with getting their lines, cues, entrances and exits right, as well as The cast of “Noises Off.” “‘Noises Off’ is the most challenging show I’ve ever taken on, and I’ve done some doozies,” said Weathers. “I think all of the actors who are bearing scrapes and bruises from rehearsals would agree!” The amazing cast includes David Black, Brandon Beach, Carolyn Cooper, Matt Hollis Hulsey, Tony Konrath, Erin McKenna, J. B. McLendon, Joan O’Dowd and Susannah Wells. The two-level set with nine doors has been designed by the Waterfront’s resident set designer, Michael Boyer. David Bird will design the lights and Carmen Rodriguez is in charge of costumes and props. Trish Manley will act as stage manager and traffic cop. Tickets for opening night are $50, which includes the after party. Tickets for other performances are $40. There are discounts for students, military and seniors, as well as the Friday night special of two tickets for a total of $60. Call 305-294-5015, or go to WaterfrontPlayhouse.org for the online ticketing service. Season tickets, subscriptions or individual tickets are all available by calling or going to the website. “Noises Off” is perfect for the whole family, and student rates are available. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014 FREE HOLIDAY PERFORMANCE ROB O’NEAL/The Citizen Funny-faced Fish Sculpture Steve Linden’s funny-faced Fish Sculpture The new fisherman in town doesn’t catch fish. He creates bonefish, blue marlin, lion fish and more, from palm fronds, coconuts, driftwood and his favorite screw gun. An accomplished sculptor, graduate of the Museum School, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Linden will be at the Artisans’ Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at The Restaurant Store, 1111 Eaton St. hawking his fish out-back at Bone Island Brewery’s garage, and encouraging you to sample a few of Jim Brady’s craft beers. Can’t wait for Sunday? Check out “Steve Linden Artist” on Facebook, or go preview the fish at The Restaurant Store today. For information, call 978-5781546. Hobbit Continued from Page 13 the greedy dragon Smaug, Jackson defends it as good storytelling. “The richness of the story of ‘The Hobbit,’ as well as some of the related material in the appendices of ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ allows us to tell the full story of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and the part he played in the sometimes dangerous, but at all times exciting, history of Middle-Earth,” Jackson posted on his Facebook page. “What people have to realize is that Tolkien did a lot more work on this tale in the decades that followed the original novel’s release,” says Corey Olson, who teaches J.R.R. Tolkien and medieval literature at Washington College in Maryland. London’s The Guardian floated a negative observation about this cinematic undertaking. “Splitting the story into three separate films takes the moribund self-absorption of the project to entirely new levels,” the paper criticized. “It looks as if Jackson is running entirely on empty, pushing this side project to ridiculous extremes because he has nothing else to offer.” Many fans don’t buy that. Jackson started out as a director of low-budget horror movies in New Zealand. Along the way he’s given us such films as “Heavenly Creatures” and the “King Kong” remake. Let’s hope once he gets this dweebish fascination with J.R.R. Tolkien out of his system, he’ll give us some memorable films that are of this Earth. [email protected] The children’s group — Violins in Motion — returns to the Historic Seaport from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday for their annual free holiday performance. This Fort Lauderdale based group of 4-18 year old musicians pay their own way to Key West to share the spirit of the holidays with classical violin and Celtic fiddle compositions. The performance is free and located at the Fishing Buoy Christmas Tree at Green St. and Lazy Way. Donations accepted for the fight against childhood diabetes. Part of the Key West “Bight” before Christmas Holiday Celebration. For more information, visit KeyWestChristmas.org. ◆ 15 Farmer’s Market today Bayview Park Key West, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Market offers fresh fruits, vegetables, pasta, free-range meats and other organic things from local vendors. 398563 PARADISE 16 ◆ PARADISE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014 Get into the holiday spirit with the Spectrelles ‘The Sexy Santa Sing-a-long’ inging, stories and striptease, all by the sexiest Santas you’ve ever seen. Join Key West Burlesque’s very own Tatah DuJour and Moana Amour as they host a hilarious Holiday Show Spectacular in the Blue Heaven Bordello. Accompanied by a live band and super star vocalists, this pageant of Christmas cheer is sure to have your belly shaking like a bowl full of jelly this year. Special guest, Franki Markstone, Addison Panic and Jenna Beth will dazzle the audience on stage. Special surprise Santas he Southernmost Dance Theatre along with The Anne McKee Artist Grant and The Monroe County Tourist Development Council presents “It’s A Fabulous Spectrelle Christmas!” at 8 p.m Saturday at the San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval St. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Those Diva’s of DooWop and producer Allison T S STARRY NIGHT ALL IN WHITE Mayer invite you to a family friendly evening of song and dance. Special guests include The Southernmost Dance Theatre, Denis Hyland, Clayton Lopez and many more with a special appearance by original Spectrelles Penny Leto and Melody The original Spectrelles will appear for a one night only event Cooper. Tickets are now will be held at the San Carlos Monday at 8 p.m. Doors open at available at Keystix.com. 7:30 p.m. Monthly Artisan Market this Sunday will fly into town for each of these performances. Join in the holiday fun at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 19. For ticket prices and reservations, call 305-2968666. he Key West Artisan Market is a vibrant, open air bazaar filled with artists, authors, chef-made cuisine, craftspeople, performers, fresh produce, baked goods, cheeses and flowers, craft beer & wine from residents representing the diversity of creativity, ingenuity and locally made products of the Keys & Key West. Held the first Sunday of the month, during season (thru May) outdoors at the Restaurant Store, 1111 Eaton. Free family & pet friendly event. T &OKPZBDSFBUJWFEJOJOH FYQFSJFODFBOEDPODFSU GFBUVSJOHUIF #MVF%PPS4USJOH2VBSUFU XJUIHVFTUDFMMJTU (BSP:FMMJO +BOVBSZQN Elizabeth St Hillaire Nelson “Peonies” Artists @ the Armory: 2nd Floor Gallery Holiday Faire January 17, 7:30pm February 5, 7:30pm Continuous Crescendo S Christopher Taylor, British Invasion piano Ravel: Boléro Barber: Piano Concerto Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition Favorite Beatles Songs Performing with the South Florida Symphony Orchestra Tennessee Williams Theatre 5901 College Rd, Key West, FL 394646 SouthFloridaSymphony.org 954-522-8445 For Tickets: 305-295-7676 Box Office: Keystix.com till searching for those elusive Holiday gifts? The Artists @ the Armory have what you’ve been looking for! Visit the Second Floor Gallery at the Historic Armory from 6 to 8 p.m. today during Walk on White and find distinctive gifts for the special people in your life. There is something for everyone on your list: paintings, photography, sculpture, event stationery, fascinator hats, woven scarves, and books. All expertly crafted and one of a kind.
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