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KEYS CHORAL ARTS OFFERS CHORUS OF MOTHER’S DAY WISHES

Chorus. Glee Club. Choir. Call it whatever you’d like, as long as you also listen to it. The blending of harmonies, melodies and ranges creates a powerful collective voice that you can’t help but enjoy. As anyone knows who has stood on risers to sing in a school auditorium that doubled as a cafeteria, there’s something fundamentally enjoyable about choral music. Those glee club students have all grown up and are now part of Keys Choral Arts, a nonprofit chorus that performs two concerts a year — one in the spring and one at Christmastime — under the direction of Tim Peterson. Keys Choral Arts...

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TOP 10 REASONS BIDEN’S FAMILIES PLAN MAY NOT WORK FOR YOU

President Joe Biden is getting ready to unveil another $1.8 trillion plan to support education, child care and paid family leave during his first address to Congress this week. The massive package, dubbed the “American Families Plan,” is supposed to provide an equitable recovery from the COVID pandemic. The plan includes $1 trillion in spending and $800 million in tax credits for the middle class.  Top 10 reasons Biden’s American Families Plan may not be good for you:  The name of your boat is “Buck Fiden.” The Child Tax Credit doesn’t apply to your 28-year-old son who refuses to move out...

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KEY WEST CONCERT BENEFITS MUSIC ICON BILL BLUE

The musical lineup read like a Who’s Who of the Key West music scene. Dozens of performers, producers and sound technicians shared their sound and donated their time and talent for the April 17 Bill Blue Most Exceptional Benefit Concert, which raised money to help legendary bluesman Bill Blue, who lost his voice to cancer. Performers included CW Colt, Barry Cuda, Mick Kilgos, Kim Jad? Fry, Gabriel Wright, Chris Rehm, Adrienne Z, Claire Finley, Ray West, Tony Baltimore, Tony Roberts, Dani Hoy, Joey Marchiano, Kenny Fradley, The Happy Dog, Larry Baeder, Gary Hempsey, Ericson Holt, Julianna MacDowell,...

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BOOKS: WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS

If you find yourself daydreaming about the city of lights, pick up one of these fabuleux novels to take you away for the day. Armchair traveling at its best with historical fiction, mystery, romance and always a bit of bubbly — you don’t need to speak French to enjoy the language of love. The Paris Apartment By Kelly Bowen When Aurelia Leclaire walks through the door of a lavish apartment she recently inherited, she is both shocked and astounded. Her grandmother not only left Lia an apartment that no one knew of — but it has also been deserted since 1943. The apartment is overflowing with magnificent...

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PHOTOGRAPHER CJ GROTH CAPTURES THE KEYS

In recent years, the world of photography has seen a bit of a renaissance. The age of camera phones and digital photography sprouted a significant uptick in images posted on countless platforms and apps. Few of us can say we do not like to share our photos – maybe even oversharing on occasion, or so we’re told. Being a 24/7 digital clicker, a social-media addicted selfie-master, or filtering one’s face into a younger, sexier image with the aid of a phone or pad, hardly makes a photographer. Even with all the nifty tricks and treats the digital world has bestowed upon modern society, most of...

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A tribute to tribute bands

The current situation surrounding the pandemic has caused many folks to get creative in how they go about their business. Conch Records founder and TV88 Executive Producer Cliff Rydell is no different.  “I have a need to keep putting on events,” said Rydell. “I just had to find a way to put on something unique involving my passion for documenting great music.” Due to safety and restrictions, it had become difficult to pull off the typical large-scale live music events that Conch Records is known for hosting. Cliff reached out to his friend Ray West, a talented local musician, to help him brainstorm...

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CELEBRATING NATURE’S BEAUTY EVERY DAY

Our theme for APRIL is MOTHER NATURE. We’re showcasing how gorgeous, scary, incredible and finicky weather in the Keys can be. Just in time for Earth Day, send us your favorite rainbows, April showers, Key deer, flowers blooming or ways to spend a day out in nature.  Photos, captions and photo credit can be emailed to moc.ylkeewsyek@ynaffit.  Rules, schmules: All photos must be original work and feature something or someone related to the Keys.  Photos can be images that have been published before. No third party may own or control any materials the photo contains, and the photo must not infringe...

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What’s trending?

Sign us up. We love the supernatural and super easy way to do our nails. BUY | Nimble Still in the pre-production stage, but this Nimble machine looks like it has a lot of promise. Essentially, it’s a robot that will paint your nails. It’s a cube, about a foot square, that uses 3-D mapping technology to paint nails “flawlessly,” according to the manufacturer. The product is listed on Kickstarter, and consumers can buy in now with a $229 investment, which includes one set of polish. According to the website, construction is set to begin this summer, and the product will be to market in January...

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SOUTH FLORIDA ARTIST SHOWCASES ‘ILLUSTRATED IDIOMS’ AT BIG PINE GALLERY

A fun distraction recently became an obsession for watercolor artist Helen Sandow, who took a break from her self-described “serious paintings” to create a series of “Illustrated Idioms,” combining figurative language with literal images.  “Idioms often pepper our conversations, adding color and description to our speech,” said Sandow, whose Illustrated Idioms series will fill the display window at Artists in Paradise gallery on Big Pine Key April 15 through May 15.  “We’ve all heard expressions like ‘two peas in a pod,’ ‘cold feet,’ or ‘bite the bullet,’ but many people don’t know they’re called...

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HAWKS CAY RESORT ATTRACTS NATIONAL MUSIC ACTS

In late February, Lee Brice, one of country music’s most transcendent stars, performed live at Hawks Cay Resort’s “Keys To Country Live Music Series.” Just over 200 fans sat in lawn chairs under a picturesque island sky, as moonlight bounced across the glassy waters of Tom’s Harbor on Duck Key.  But for Hawks Cay, and much of the Middle Keys, hearing one of the biggest stars in the nation was more than just a memorable evening. It was proof that Marathon and the Middle Keys can, and do, showcase world-class music in the Florida Keys. Brice’s performance was the second installment of “Keys To...

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