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THE BAD NEWS: IT’S OFFICIALLY LAST MINUTE for planning your Fantasy Fest 1 costume. The good news: you’re in pretty good company, since most residents are just now pawing through the back-most corners of their closets, trying to figure out what combination of latex skirt + feather boa + face paint will work best for this year’s People’s Parade (which, […]

Business Guild presents 34th Headdress Ball, premier Fantasy Fest gay and lesbian event

Revelers hoping to make “headlines” in Key West can take center stage Thursday, Oct. 27 at the 34th annual Headdress Ball. The glamorous gala will be held under a gigantic tent at Key West’s Truman Waterfront, located at the end of Southard Street beyond Truman Annex. Entrants wearing elaborate masks, cowls, bonnets and other headgear — many deco- rated with […]

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 some 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 […]


Key West Halloween festival brings downfall to would-be queen

¦ “Killer Takeout” by Lucy Burdette. Obsidian/NAL. 304 pages. Paperback, $7.99. The titles that comprise Lucy Burdette’s Key West Food Critic Mysteries are always a delight. Her young protagonist, Hayley Snow, is one of those amateur sleuths who just can’t help sticking her neck out. She is always sure the professionals are overlooking something, and her curiosity and desire to […]

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 […]


THE 801 Girls: A rock ‘n’ roll walk on the wild side

Ask anyone in Key West and they’ll tell you that Sushi is the undisputed queen of drag in town and The 801 Bourbon Bar is her castle. Located at 801 Duval Street, 801 Bourbon is home to a dozen or so professional female impersonators who call the unmistakable pink building their drag sanctuary. 801 Bourbon has been a mainstay of […]


SPECIAL EVENTS 2016 Smallest Parade in theUniverseOctober 27, 5 to 9 pmThe Waterfront Brewery201 William Street Frisky Business at the SidebarOctober 27, 7 to 9 pmSidebar at Aqua Nightclub504 Angela Street Sexy Super Heroes PartyOctober 27, 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.Rumor Lounge430 Greene Street The Den of Desire BurlesqueOctober 28, 8 to 10 p.m.801 Caberet801 Duval StreetTickets available at keystix.com […]

Five Guys Newtown to donate portion of sales to Key West Montessori

Are you looking for an easy, tasty way to donate to a deserving local school? The First Wednesday of every month from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Five Guys Newtown will be donating 10 percent of its sales to the Key West Montessori Charter School. Please come support the children of our community and enjoy some delicious food on Wednesday, […]


Sweetheart of the Key West stage — Dora Gholson

Dora Gholson was born in Ypsilanti, Mich. After finishing high school in northern Michigan, she moved to Ann Arbor for a few years. She got her first guitar for Christmas in 1998, and began her music career by taking guitar and songwriting classes at her local community college. “That’s where I met my first guitar guru, Shari Kane (who incidentally […]

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