The mad rush for lobster is on again. Go get some.

THE PANULIRUS ARGUS IS NOT A PARTICULARLY beautiful animal, objectively speaking. It’s bumpy, mottled in color, often coated in algae, and is actually more closely related to a freshwater crayfish than to the cherry-red, giant-clawed crustaceans most often associated with the term “lobster.” True, they’ve been around the block a few times, with a fossil record that dates back 110 […]

Finding relaxation in Key West

Key West’s famously frenetic energy brings hundreds of thousands of tourists each year to the island. They make their way up and down Duval Street to the cacophonous tune of a seemingly endless number of bars’ bumping bass lines, each spilling out into the street. It’s a nonstop party, and everyone’s invited — and we mean everyone. Leather-clad daddies here […]

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 […]


Smart Ride Bingo: Definitely not your father’s Drag Queen Bingo

There’s another weekly bingo game in the community these days, The Smart Ride 2016’s Saturday Bingo, and for pace and ambience it should be called No Drag Bingo. It’s a cross between a PG-rated birthday party game with lots of neat prizes and nibbles and a speed exercise in eye-hand coordination. Perhaps fortunately, given the pace, no adult beverages are […]


SPECIAL EVENTS Democratic CandidateMeet and GreetJuly 28, 5 p.m.BottleCap1128 Simonton St.Bottlecapkeywest.com Yappy HourBenefit for the Florida Keys SPCAJuly 28, 5:30 p.m.Waterfront Brewery201 Williams St.Thewaterfrontbrewery.com Larry Blackburn’s ‘Men’Photography ExhibitJuly 28, 6 to 9 p.m.In TOUCH-with you706 Duval St. ‘Water by the Spoonful’July 28-31, 8 p.m.Red Barn Theatre Summer Stage319 Duval St., #2Keywestsummerstage.comTickets are free at (302) 540-6102. Jerry Garcia Birthday BashBenefit […]

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 […]


Jules Mavromatis

For the best pink taco in town, try a delicious tequila cocktail served up at Key West’s premier tequila bar, Agave 308, on Front Street. Jules Mavromatis has been bartending there since before its opening four years ago. She actually had a hand in its creative concept. After working at the Rooftop Cafe for four years, she helped entice the […]

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 (mallorysquare.com). 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 keysarts.com/artist_ connections/gallery_ guide.pdf SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEK The Historic Armory Studios600 White St.Paintings by Michael J. PhillipsOngoingConchead2@yahoo.com(704) 819-2487Mixed media work bySherry Sweet TewellOngoingSherrysweettewell.comArtbabe00@aol.com(859) 533-1874 Key West Art andHistorical SocietyCustom House281 Front St.Kwahs.orgRoberta Marks: A Retrospective30 years of mixed-media work ondisplay at the Custom HouseOngoing Key West Tropical […]

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