THE BIG STORY
BY RICK BOETTGER
It keeps getting worse for the county, and our tax dollars, regarding the disastrous lawsuit our county commissioners are losing against Stand Up For Animals. History: Four years ago, George Neugent initiated an attack on Marathon’s animal shelter, getting then-county Clerk Danny Kolhage to freeze SUFA’s operating accounts, putting them out of business.
They then did a Draconian, utterly incorrect “audit” of SUFA and broke the law by releasing the preliminary, one-sided version to a generally gullible press, before SUFA’s director, Linda Gottwald, had any opportunity to respond. While she was being slandered in the corporate media, they sicced the State Attorney and FDLE investigators on her, holding felony charges over her head for a year. Continue reading
BY IAN BROCKWAY
The Wind Rises
The Maestro of Manga, Hiyao Miyazaki gives us another bunch of cinematic chrysanthemums with “The Wind Rises”. This animated film is loosely based on the life of Jiro Horikoshi, creator of the Japanese Zero fighter planes.
The film was nominated for an Oscar this year and was last year’s runaway hit in Japan. In the American version, Joseph Gordon-Levitt voices Jiro and seems a forthright and empathic Johnny Depp persona. In a 1920s Japan, Jiro is an idealistic boy with his head in the clouds, or more specifically, planes. Continue reading
Sheriff has new mobile app
SPECIAL TO KONK LIFE
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office has a new way to communicate with the public. A new mobile application for smartphones is now available on Google Play and the Apple Store.
“We think it is important to let people know what we are doing, and this is just one more way for us to do that,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “This app will give people immediate information about traffic accidents via our WebCAD feature as well as information about arrests and news and events from the Sheriff’s Office.” Continue reading
Big Band Time Machine: A blast at TWT
BY CS GILBERT
Paradise Big Band’s annual seasonal special, Big Band Time Machine, was a blast at the Tennessee Williams Cabaret Sunday night — and that’s in more ways than one.
Full disclosure: I am a huge and long-time fan of the band. My real musical beginnings are rooted in forays from Columbus, Ohio to Buckeye Lake in one sultry summer in the mid-1950s to hear the maybe fifth incarnation of Woody Herman and the Third Herd (or was that Heard?). Elvis was OK but that was music! It swept me away — and so does, in its best times – Paradise Big Band. Continue reading
Conchs rally in sixth inning to stop Carrollwood
BY RALPH MORROW
Tortured into the sixth inning by a catch that wasn’t, the Key West High baseball team exploded for six runs in that frame and stopped Tampa Carrollwood Day’s march through the South, 7-3, Tuesday night at Rex Weech Field.
In the third inning, Frank Furey drove a fly ball between Conch center fielder Steven Wells and right fielder Andy Perez. Both Key West players took off for it and it appeared that Wells had caught it, but after initially ruling he had, the two umpires decided he hadn’t and Furey ended up on second base. Continue reading
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