FOR PROOF THAT COMPETITION BREEDS excellence, bring your appetite (and, depending on your table manners, a bib) to this year’s Key West Lobsterfest, the massively popular celebration of Florida’s favorite crustacean that kicks off Thursday, Aug. 11. Now one of South Florida’s most well-known culinary events, Key West Lobsterfest was born of decidedly humble beginnings, when a friendly rivalry between […]

Tropical Heat: Hot Hot Hot!

Looks like the Key West Business Guild has cranked the temperature up a notch for the 12th annual Tropical Heat weekend happening tonight through Sunday night — four nights and three full days of gay male erotica, with the occasional art show, trolley tour or nightclub act at which women would be welcome. The Guild has recruited participation from every […]

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 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., Key West (305) 294-5161 or (888) 916-8687 conchtourtrain.com The Conch Train has been winding its way through the […]


Aquanettes: ‘Reality is a (fabulous) drag,’ every single night

One thing you’ve got to say about the Aquanettes, Aqua Nightclub’s talented six-pack of drag queens, is that they are certainly organized. Perhaps that speaks to the fabled Scandinavian efficiency of leader of the pack, the towering Inga, female persona of the super-efficient Roger Hultman. When told of the assignment to feature the Aquanettes as a performance troupe, with a […]


SPECIAL EVENTS LobsterfestAug. 11-14Complete schedule atKeywestlobsterfest.com Tropical HeatAug. 11-14Complete schedule at Tropicalheatkw.com Beat Poetry Slam Open MicAug. 12, 7 p.m.Little Room Jazz Club & Wine Bar821 Duval St.Littleroomjazzclub.com A Night of Key West Soul WithCoffee Butler and FriendsAug. 13, 8 p.m. Key West Theater512 Eaton St.Tickets at thekeywestheater.com Fish Out of Water —Live at the PorchAug. 14, 8 to 11 […]

Larry Blackburn — Meet the photographer

Local photographer Larry Blackburn is coming OUT! At least his sexy side is, anyway. Join us at In Touch at 706 Duval St. from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, in conjunction with Tropical Heat for a special showing of his original photos of some of Key West’s most “entertaining” men. See a side of Larry’s work that you may not […]

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 […]


You never know what Missy Bendik is going to do

Have you ever met someone with a personality that is just bigger than life? That’s Missy Bendik in a nutshell. Traveling from El Paso, Texas, to Louisville, Ky.; North Kingstown, R.I.; Albany, N.Y.; Fort Myers; to Orlando, Missy has finally found a home in Key West, arriving here in September 2009, a place where she can be herself. And being […]

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 […]

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