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Get crazy for two straight days


With more than 500 years of history packed into a two-mile wide island famous for its shimmering teal waters, fresh seafood, dazzling night life and anything-goes bon-homie,  Key West has many layers. Put yourself on relaxed island time as soon ass you arrive and don’t try to see it all in one visit. There are, however, a few to do’s that should probably be on your […]

‘Free Beer Tomorrow’ opens at the Key West Theater




In “Free Beer Tomorrow,” The Key West Theater holds true to one of its primary missions; developing and showcasing new local talent. This time, that mission takes form as an evening of original short plays created entirely by local playwrights, local directors and local actors. Some of those involved are seasoned veterans of theater while others are promising newcomers, collaborating […]

An insider’s look at Key West




The most traveled and visible street in Key West is only the beginning, the surface, of what the town has to offer. Ask the locals about their favorite spots, stroll through quiet neighborhoods or down alleyways off Duval and you’ll begin to dive deeper into the quieter, more diverse and less readily apparent offerings. Here are eight spots that you […]

Getting around Key West

Area attractions

1. Southernmost Point The corner of South Street and Whitehead Street southernmostpointwebcam.com The city of Key West erected this now famous concrete buoy in 1983 to denote the southernmost point in the continental United States. 2. Conch Tour Train 303 Front St. (305) 294-5161 or (888) 916-8687 conchtourtrain.com The Conch Train has been winding its way through the streets of […]

Love, sparkle and merriment: What every wedding is made of



Nothing captures a diva’s fancy more than a wedding. It combines all of my favorite things: love, sparkle and merriment. I adore weddings so much that one can max out the photo storage limit on my iPhone faster than you can say, “I do.” And because I get so excited about weddings, I can tend to overthink my outfit. For […]

THEATER



Free Beer Tomorrow 8 p.m. on April 7, 8, 9. Key West Theater 512 Eaton Street (305) 985-0433 thekeywesttheater.com Out of the City 8 p.m. on April 7, 8, 9, and 11. Red Barn Theatre 319 Duval Street, #2 (305) 296-9911 redbarntheatre.com The Apple Falls 8 p.m. on April 7, 8, and 9. Fringe Theater Parish Hall of St. Paul’s […]

Hemingway’s Key West legacy and six-toed cats



The crown jewel of Key West’s rich literary legacy, which has attracted writers such as Tennessee Williams, Ralph Ellison, Robert Frost and Carson McCullers, is Ernest Hemingway’s old home at 907 Whitehead Street. The sprawling two-story property is a National Historic Landmark where Mr. Hemingway lived and wrote during most of the 1930s. It is also famously home to about […]

BARTENDER OF THE WEEK

Jay Graham, Dante’s

Jay Graham is a Key West islander made if not born, like many who have migrated here from the mainland. You’ll find him on any given day out by the pool mixing drinks and tending to his regular following at Dante’s, a bar and grill perched on the water, where he can take a moment to enjoy his favorite time […]

DRAG LIFE



Sushi: the house queen of 801 Cabaret




Spelled out on the wall behind the bar in huge letters lit with orange bulbs are the words DRAG ASYLUM. I’m at 801 Bourbon on Duval Street looking for an interview with Sushi, a drag queen who runs the upstairs Cabaret shows that have made it a Key West landmark. The bartender says Sushi will be here around 8 p.m. […]


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