MANY HAVE TRIED. SOME HAVE even come close. But in truth, no one’s said it better than Cyndi Lauper did back in 1983: Girls, they wanna have fun. As we cling to the last sun-soaked tendrils of summer — with Labor Day the symbolic end of the season, and therefore, of fun itself — it seems only right to celebrate […]

Suede: Simply too good to be true

Back in the heady early days of women’s (or womyn’s) music, my friends and I were midwifing the birth of a wonderful little festival called Campfest in a sleepy corner of Pennsylvania near the Delaware border. It was, especially in the very early days, too small for a full staff, so I morphed happily from publicist into program organizer or […]

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 […]


Vickie Shaw: Beautiful, blond, Southern Baptist and hilarious

What do you call a classy, gorgeous and beautifully made-up blond Texas princess who is also a Southern Baptistborn mom and grandma with a slight reputation as a potty-mouth? Vickie Shaw. And how is it that a woman with this constellation of anti-Birkenstocks and bare-faced bona fides became the toast of the LGBTI comedy circuit, appearing in Key West on […]


SPECIAL EVENTS WomenFestSept. 7-11Complete schedule at Womenfest.com Suzanne WestenhoeferSept. 8, 8 p.m.The Studios of Key West533 Eaton St.Tickets at tskw.org Luau in ParadiseSept. 9, 6-9 p.m.Sigsbee ParkKey West Naval Air Station800 Sigsbee Road King of WomenFestSept. 9, 8-11 p.m.801 Cabaret801 Duval St. Greg McGrady Memorial OrchidAuctionA benefit for Thomas Ryan for King ofFantasy FestSept. 10, 6 p.m.The home of Bryan […]

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 Key West Contemporary Art516 White St., entrance on Curry LaneSept. 8, 6 to 8 p.m.Opening reception“Anima /Persona”Photographs by A.E. FournetKey West Contemporary Art on Facebook Key West Art Center and Gallery301 Front St.Ongoing“Poinciana” by Richard PeterrMatsonKeywestartcenter.com The Historic Armory Studios600 […]

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 […]


Fine time for the surprising Ms. Lucille

The property was large, even for New Town, and enclosed by a tall concrete wall. Opening the gate, which revealed huge patio and a large, free-form pool, was a very attractive and welcoming young man. It took long split-minute to realize this was Kylie Jean Lucille. Kevin Odon, pronounced just like the Norse god Odin, (also known as the all-father […]

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