SOMEWHERE BETWEEN THE BREAKAWAY success of TLC’s “Extreme Couponing” and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg’s refusal to deviate from a plebeian uniform of gray hoodies and tees, it became clear: Frugality is officially cool again. Yes, jumping on your private yacht and sailing ing off to Capri for the afternoon might sound luxurious, but what could be more satisfying than knowing you’ve enjoyed […]

Tropic Cinema bids farewell to longtime executive director

For 10 successful years, Key West’s Tropic Cinema — consistently voted one of the best in the state of Florida, thanks to its dynamite mix of special programming, charming décor, dedicated volunteer staff, curated film schedule and mouthwatering concessions — has soared under the watchful leadership of executive director Matthew Helmerich. After the announcement that he will step down from […]

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 […]


Hocus Potus — the kickoff for king and queen of Fantasy Fest

Every vote counts. But only in Key West does that mean going to the polls again and again — and again — where stuffing the ballot box is encouraged and a little hocus potus will work its magic for a queen and a king. While the platforms will stress unity and education, expect a fair amount of political clowning for […]


SPECIAL EVENTS The E’ClairesAug. 25, 7-9 p.m.Sunset Pier0 Duval St. The Birds — A WLRNRadio PlayAug. 25, 7 to 9 p.m.The Tropic Cinema416 Eaton St.Tickets at Custom Made — A Historyof the Custom HouseExhibition OpeningAug. 26, 6-7:30 p.m.Key West Art and Historical Society281 Front St. The Kickoff: The King andQueen of Fantasy Fest 2016Aug. 26, 6 p.m.The Southernmost House1400 […]

This week at the Green Parrot

Dave Jordan and The NIA bring NOLA roots and rock to the Parrot Stage Dave Jordan & the Neighborhood Improvement Association in support of their new album, No Losers Tonight, brings a team of seasoned New Orleans players to The Green Parrot with shows at 5:30 and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 26 and 27, and at 5:30 […]

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 […]


SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEK For a comprehensive guide and map to Key West’s finest art galleries, visit connections/gallery_ guide.pdf Key West Art Center 301 Front St.Aug. 26, 5 to 7 p.m.Opening reception“Poinciana” by Richard Peter Matson The Historic Armory Studios600 White Str.Paintings by Michael J. 819-2487Mixed media work by Sherry The Studios of Key West533 Eaton […]

Hemingway’s Key West legacy and six-toed cats

The crown jewel of Key West’s rich literary legacy, which has attracted writers such as Tennessee Williams, Ralph Ellison, Robert Frost and Carson McCullers, is Ernest Hemingway’s old home at 907 Whitehead Street. The sprawling two-story property is a National Historic Landmark where Mr. Hemingway lived and wrote during most of the 1930s. It is also famously home to about […]

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