The Studios of Key West

How one small nonprofit is putting Key West art on the map

PAINTINGS OF DOLPHINS JUMPING OVER sunsets, an airbrushed T-shirt proclaiming Spring Break Forever, seashell Christmas ornaments, last minute knickknacks picked up at the airport before boarding a flight back to snowy Baltimore: These are a few things that might spring to mind when the words “Key West” and “art” are mentioned together. True, the list of famous creatives who have […]

Conch Republic Days Bed Races

‘As much fun as you can have in bed with clothes on!’

On Saturday, April 30, the Bourbon Street Pub will host the annual Conch Republic Red Ribbon Bed Race, reportedly, the celebration’s oldest and most famous event. The still immensely popular Bed Race takes as its motto “As much fun as you can have in bed with your clothes on!” Current sponsor Joey Schroeder, of Bourbon Street, calculated that this year’s […]

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

1. Southernmost Point The corner of South Street and Whitehead Street 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., Key West (305) 294-5161 or (888) 916-8687 The Conch Train has been winding its way through the streets […]


Christopher Peterson: The one and only EYECON

Sometime in the early 2000s I was visiting a Canadian cousin and was invited to attend a poetry conference in Ottawa, the capital. The conference was held in a convention hall attached to a grand theatre (British spelling), and some workshops were reached via the lobby. There, I was stunned to discover, was a bigger-than-life sized poster of a gorgeous, […]


SPECIAL EVENTS Conch Republic Days After Parade Party and Awards Ceremony April 28, 9 p.m. Conch Republic Days Victory Party April 29, 10 p.m. Schooner Wharf Bar 202 William St. 2016 Key West Songwriters Festival Kickoff party Sunset Pier 0 Duval St. May 4 6 p.m. Rhett Akins Band 8 p.m. Claire Finley and Friends for tickets Misty […]

Its namesake never saw it, but Audubon House still worth a look

It’s midway through the tour of Key West’s stunningly pretty Audubon House and Tropical Gardens that the truth comes out: John James Audubon — famed naturalist painter, whose lifelike paintings of bird portraits line the walls of the museum — never actually lived in the Audubon House. But don’t let this spoiler keep you from visiting; indeed, a visit to […]


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. […]


Landon Bradbary – bartender, thespian and Cicerone extraordinaire

Writer, director, actor and bartender Landon Bradbary immediately exudes a big presence and vivacious personality when you meet him. He’s gregarious and bold behind the bar as well as on the stage. He’s been bartending at the ultra-trendy Porch at the corner of Duval and Caroline since the day it opened nearly six years ago, and is well-suited to the […]


Gypsy minstrel Jeff Clark

In January of 2004, seeking warmer weather, Jeff Clark packed his belongings in a van and left his home of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, making his way south in the early stages of a gypsy minstrel life. When he arrived in North Carolina, it was snowing, and he found himself at a crossroads. It was either New Orleans or Key West. He […]

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