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Look-Alike Contest is Hemingway Days’ most novel idea

FOR STOCKY OLD WHITE GUYS WITH BEARDS the color of fresh-driven snow and a penchant for day drinking, there exist a handful of costumed contests worth attending each year. One is SantaCon, that infamous red tide of jolly drunken grandpas (and youngsters with fake beards), in which swarms of red-suited, black-belted Santa Clauses descend upon the bar districts of cities […]

Florida Weekly earns top honors in state journalism awards

Florida Weekly took home three journalism awards at the 2016 Society of Professional Journalists Sunshine State Awards ceremony held July 9 in Miami. The contest is open to all professional print, broadcast and online journalists in the state of Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. “The commitment of our journalists, editors and designers to the best quality work […]

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 PointThe corner of South Street and Whitehead Streetsouthernmostpointwebcam.comThe city of Key West erected this now-famous concrete buoy in 1983 to denotethe southernmost point in the continentalUnited States. 2. Conch Tour Train303 Front St., Key West(305) 294-5161 or (888) 916-8687conchtourtrain.comThe Conch Train has been windingits way through the streets of Key Westsince 1958. 3. Sloppy Joe’s201 Duval St.(305) 294-5717sloppyjoes.comThe […]


RV Beaumont — In Drag Memoriam

Timothy Earl Swain II, aka RV Beaumont, Sept. 23, 1963 – Oct. 13, 2010 On Friday, Oct. 15, 2010, there appeared under the Key West Citizen byline of Mandy Miles possibly the most boisterous, irreverent Page One obituary every written — and it was perfect for the public personality of the outrageous and outrageously popular drag queen RV Beaumont. “She […]


SPECIAL EVENTS Hemingway DaysThrough July 24Complete schedule of events ‘Water by the Spoonful’July 21-24, 8 p.m.Red Barn Theatre Summer Stage319 Duval St., #2Keywestsummerstage.comTickets at (305) 540-6102 Leon RussellJuly 21, 8 p.m.Key West Theater512 Eaton Eddie’s Birthday andFundraiser for Making StridesAgainst Breast CancerJuly 22, 4-7 p.m.Bagatelle115 Duval St. Sister Season Fund ChiliCook-OffJuly 23, 3-10 p.m.Bourbon Street Pub724 Duval […]

Pulitzer winner ‘Water by the Spoonful’ at the Red Barn Theatre

What does it take to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama? Certainly a powerful story, told with heart and an understanding of the human condition. And rich, fully formed characters who engage from the first word and keep you entranced until the last syllable is uttered. Add in a totally unique staging and lighting that take you across the world […]

‘One Night Stand’ at The Studios of Key West promises night of theatrical magic

Talk about sleepless nights. That’s what five playwrights will have when they gather later this month to write 10-minute plays that will be performed for an audience the following evening at The Studios of Key West. “One Night Stand,” the lighting-quick theater project that develops five brand new pieces of theater from start to finish in only 24 hours, returns […]

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 […]


Christopher Aiello content to let the world come to him in Key West

The BottleCap Bar, nestled a block away from the hustle and bustle of nearby Duval Street, has been serving libations to tourists and locals in one form or another since 1934. The bar hosts more nonprofit, charity and fundraiser events than any other bar in town, and now, with the refurbished Blue Room, it continues to evolve to suit the […]

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