The noir Jonathan Woods: A busy, busy man

The noir Jonathan Woods: A busy, busy man

 

A REVIEW BY CS GILBERT

“Recovering lawyer” turned lauded and awarded author of pulp noir crime fiction, Jonathan Woods has so many irons in the fire these days it’s impossible to know which rump to smack a brand on.

Woods is twisted — and I say that in the nicest possible way. A while ago I agreed to review his latest book, a new collection of pulpy noir tales, Phone Call from Hell & Other Tales of the Damned. It starts off with a bang: A story in which the protagonist is a revolver. Honest. The book is great fun, in a warped, violent sort of way, and I recommend it to all those with a penchant for that kind of fun. Continue reading

Conch Republic (The Musical!) is hilarious history

Conch Republic (The Musical!) is hilarious history

 

REVIEW BY CS GILBERT

Last year, albeit in another publication, the late, lamented Solares Hill, we noted that Key West Fringe’s homegrown, sell-out show Conch Republic (The Musical!) was a hoot. This year it’s a bigger, more polished and professional hoot that will have you humming “The Key West Way” all the way home.

Opening Friday and running only Saturday and Sunday at the San Carlos, we caught a Monday rehearsal; that far out, it was really remarkable that the new, improved show, with music and lyrics by Gayla D. Morgan and book by Fringe founder Monnie King, had already jelled into about 75 minutes of pure fun, without intermission — a change from last year’s premiere production that really contributes to the show’s cohesion. Continue reading

Understanding your property tax bill

Understanding your property tax bill

 

BY JOHN ANDOLA

NEWS WRITER

 

Let’s begin by getting a couple strange sounding terms defined. The term ad valorem is Latin for “according to value”. In the case of municipal property taxes, property owners have their property assessed on a periodic basis by a public tax assessor. The assessed value of the property is then used to compute an annual tax, which is levied on the owner by the municipality for a specified purpose. Ad valorem taxes are incurred through ownership of an asset, in contrast to transactional taxes, such as sales taxes, which are incurred only at the time of transaction.

The millage rate in local government language is synonymous with the property tax rate. “Millage” is based on a Latin word that means “thousandth.” So 1 mill is equivalent to 1/1000th. Continue reading

Wesley House, AIDS Help share behind the scenes

 

Wesley House, AIDS Help share behind the scenes

 

BY PRU SOWERS

NEWS WRITER

Doing good just got a bit easier for two local non-profit organizations.

Following a trend started 18 months ago, AIDS Help, which provides services to people living with HIV, and the Wesley House, which serves neglected and abused children, are combining parts of their back office operations. It’s a not a merger between the two very different organizations, according to executives at both agencies. It’s a way to cut costs in a world of shrinking donations. Continue reading

City cites food trucks for illegal operations

PHOTO/Pru Sowers

White Street Station, a new food truck at the corner of Truman and White streets, is one of two trucks that have been cited by the city for multiple code violations.

 

City cites food trucks for illegal operations

BY PRU SOWERS

NEWS WRITER

Got permit?

In the case of two local food trucks, the answer is no. And unless they come into compliance with city zoning and planning codes, each faces potential fines of hundreds of dollars a day.

Multiple code citations have been issued against Yebo Island Grille, 629 Duval St., and White Street Station, 1127 Truman Ave., according to Jim Young, the city’s senior manager in its code compliance department. The charges against Yebo Island Grille include not filing a minor development plan with the city, adding outdoor seating and commercial storage without city approval, and installing signs not approved by the city Historic Architectural Review Commission (HARC). Continue reading

Key West Kitchen / In A Parisian State Of Min

In A Parisian State Of Min

 

By Kerry Shelby

 

I recently returned from a short trip to Paris with my wife and I can’t stop thinking about how the French can turn minimal, simple ingredients into dishes that are transcendental. Some of our best meals (except for a traditional splurge at Le Grand Vefour!) were in nondescript but homey bistros with worn leather banquettes, wobbly benches and loud, wine-fueled conversation from a tightly-packed crowd of happy diners. Menus were simple, short lists of classic dishes: Onion soup, oysters, pate en croute, steak frites, duck with olives, or roasted codfish. Nothing fancy, but wow, how amazing when you take that first bite! Continue reading

High Notes / Keys Chorale Presents ‘Eclectic Range, From Genre To Genre’

Keys Chorale Presents ‘Eclectic Range, From Genre To Genre’

 

By Harry Schroeder

 

The FKCC Keys Chorale’s spring concert, at the Tennessee Williams Theater, was entitled “Amore: Songs of Love and Passion.” April is a bad time of year for concerts here; the group of singers listed on the program, after the departure of snowbirds, was down to 37. The price of that was an absence of the kind of vocal power which the Chorale at full strength has been noted for. Continue reading

Culture Vulture / Looking Back And Forth LWH, Woman’s Hand, Mating Game And More

Looking Back And Forth LWH, Woman’s Hand, Mating Game And More

 

By C.S Gilbert

 

Culture Vulture has in the past slobbered happily over the collaboration of Bobby Nesbitt, Carmen Rodriguez and the Little White House. Even more happily, the past sometimes becomes the future. The sellout show from this season’s Little White House Living Room Series is coming to the Middle Keys. “Thanks for the Memories: a Salute to the USO” is will be presented by Marathon Community Theatre on April 25 at 8 p.m. Tickets are a modest $25. Continue reading