Summer in the Keys

It’s a party every weekend at the vacation spot for Floridians

WHILE THE REST OF THE STATE IS SLOWING down as temperatures rise, Key West and the Keys are just getting started. “Florida is the vacation destination for the United States, but the Keys are the vacation destination for Floridians,” says Sean Bacon, revenue manager for Tranquility Bay Hotel in Marathon, and Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada. Bacon says that contrary to […]

What to read this summer to keep up with the critic

Truman Capote’s public betrayal of his friend, New York socialite Babe Paley. A marriage seen from his and her viewpoints. Two widowed neighbors who find comfort in each other later in life. Melanie Benjamin’s “The Swans of Fifth Avenue,” Lauren Groff’s “Fates and Furies” and the late Kent Haruf’s “Our Souls at Night” are among the 30 titles on Elaine […]

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 White head Street The city of Key West erected this nowfamous 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 […]


Doing well by doing good: Aqua Nightclub’s gay history and good vibrations

If vibrations from past decades persist in a finite space throughout time, the space at 711 Duval St., site of Aqua Nightclub, is awash in the laughter of past LGBT clubbing. The site is historic in the Key West community’s history, and Laurie Thibaud, Aqua Idol’s peerless current emcee and dominatrix of the Back Bar, is its historian. Actually, to […]


SPECIAL EVENTS Fringe Theater presents ‘Hate Mail’ June 16 to 19, 7 p.m. Little Room Jazz Club 821 Duval Street Tickets at Pencil me in: The Sketches of Mario Sanchez Exhibit opening June 17, 5:30 p.m. Key West Art and Historical Society 281 Front Street Laney Jones Concert June 17, 8 p.m. The Studios of Key West 533 Eaton […]

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 […]


The quirky Alan Gold — magic, rum and serial killers

On an island filled with quirky birds, Alan Gold is quirkier than most, and he wouldn’t be ashamed to let you know that. Besides bartending, he is an accomplished magician, competes in chili cook-offs, is an avid bike rider, collects funky hats, is politically progressive, and has an unusual collection at home on a bookshelf. “I enjoy reading about serial […]

Good times in the Conch Republic

Here are three attractions for the whole family that capture Key West’s artistic inclinations, diverse history and whimsical beauty. Mallory Square The nightly Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square is the best free show in town, a center of Key West commerce and performance art ( The square’s history dates back to the town’s early years when it was incorporated in […]


For a comprehensive guide and map to Key West’s finest art galleries, visit connections/gallery_ guide.pdf SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEK The Historic Armory Studios 600 White Street(704) 819-2487Conchead2@yahoo.comPaintings by Michael J. Phillips,OngoingMixed media work, SALT Gallery SALT Island Provisions830 Fleming StreetSALT Island on FacebookFeatured artist Jill CaldwellOngoing through June 30 Key West Art and Historical Society Custom House281 Front […]

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