Nutcracker KEY WEST

History in the making

IT’S ABOUT 88 DEGREES INSIDE THE SMALL church outbuilding that abuts Duval Street. Outside, hundreds of tourists stroll past, oblivious to the small miracle taking place in a sweltering room just footsteps away. Inside a nondescript multipurpose room, Joyce Stahl is directing a school of tiny girls wearing large fabric fish heads, their skinny arms linked as they prance about […]

It’s a most wonderful time of the year — for movies

Ah, the holiday season. Rudolph, Frosty, Hanukkah candles and Oscar contenders filling movie theaters in what is always the best movie-going time of the year. Here’s a look at what’s coming to theaters between now and the start of 2017. Note that some films are in limited release in December for a 2016 Oscar-qualifying run before expanding in January. Such […]

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 Streetwww.southernmostpointwebcam.comThe city of Key West erected this now-famous concrete buoy in 1983 to denotethe southernmost point in the continental United States. 2. Conch Tour Train303 Front St., Key West(305) 294-5161 or (888) 916-8687www.conchtourtrain.comThe Conch Train has been windingits way through the streets of Key Westsince 1958. 3. Sloppy Joe’s201 Duval St.(305) […]

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 […]


Christopher Peterson: The one and only EYECON

Sometime in the early 2000s I was visiting a Canadian cousin and was invited to attend a poetry conference in Ottawa, the capital. The conference was held in a convention hall attached to a grand theatre (British spelling), and some workshops were reached via the lobby. There, I was stunned to discover, was a bigger-than-life-sized poster of a gorgeous, formally […]


SPECIAL EVENTS Holiday Shopping at Isle CookWith Gilded Peach InspiredStudioDec. 8, 6 to 7:30 p.m.Isle Cook Key West218 Whitehead St. Bad Santa Adult Night: Movieand photos with SantaDec. 8, 6 p.m.The Marker 200 William St. Alexei Butirskiy paints at KeyWest GalleryDec. 9, 1 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m.601 Duval St.(305) 292-9339 (RSVP) Eric Anfinson Paintings 2017Calendar ReleaseDec. […]

Comedy Key West’s weekly comedy show

Every Thursday at 8 p.m., the Bottlecap’s Blue Room on Simonton Strett is home to Key West’s only weekly comedy show. Billed as the Downward Dog Comedy Showcase, the show features standup comedy from rising local stars, household names and visiting comics from around the country. The showcase offers something unique with each week’s show, from live music to funny […]


Bill Blue: The king of crazy town

There are a number of musicians in Key West I’ve written about. With some, I went in knowing it wasn’t about what I put into the story that would matter as much as what I left out, because their lives and careers were (and are) extensive. Each of them are worth a book, not some half-page article. So, I’m left […]


Chegui’s revolución

Chegui’s father was from Argentina. He admired the rebel guerrilla fighter Che Guevara so much that he named his son after him, combining both the first and last names together: Cheguevara Andre, better known around town simply as Chegui. Chegui himself is a conch (born and raised in Key West), who graduated from Key West High School. That isn’t to […]

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