YOU MIGHT HAVE SEEN IT: VICE PRESIdent Elect Mike Pence, having decided to take in an evening of theater by way of the zeitgeist-dominating, record ticket sale-setting musical “Hamilton,” was getting up to leave at the end of the performance when the entire cast converged onstage to read aloud a kind of desperate plea/letter to the editor, addressed to the […]

Paula Poundstone brings thoughtful comedy to the Key West Theater

For a woman who has been in the comedy business for about 37 years, Paula Poundstone is as down to earth as they get. Describing her early years as a comic, Ms. Poundstone says with a laugh, “I was living in Boston busing tables for a living, so it’s not like I turned my back on a law career to […]

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) […]

Old Island Restoration Foundation hosts December home tours

Each year, Key West hosts millions of tourists interested in its renowned historic district, the boundaries of which enclose an astounding collection of more than 3,000 wooden buildings, making Key West’s Old Town the largest historical district on the U.S. Department of Interiors National Register of Historic Places. The architectural styles that make up the island’s so-called Conch Houses, the […]


Bria — the belle of Bourbon Street

The title of “Belle of Bourbon Street” was bestowed recently during a lively birthday party for song stylist Bria Ansara during her weekly Monday night gig at Bourbon Street Pub. The talented and versatile performer was turning 32, with a little help from her friends, including local burlesque hotties Erin McKenna and Chris Tanner. As the lone gal act at […]


SPECIAL EVENTS Paula PoundstoneDec. 22, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.The Key West Theater512 Eaton St.www.thekeywesttheater.comTickets available at Picasso at the Lapin AgileDec. 22, 23, 26, 27 and 28, 8 p.m.The Red Barn Theatre319 Duval St., RearTickets available It’s Only a PlayDec. 22, 23, 27and 28, 8 p.m.WaterfrontPlayhouse310 Wall St.Tickets available at Pilar RumHappy Hour with Pirate RadioDec. 22, […]


Libby York swings!

“I first heard Libby York in the best way you can hear somebody. Totally unexpectedly, and as a surprise. I was listening to that wonderful Singers Unlimited show on a Sunday morning from a great jazz station in Newark, and I heard a voice singing ‘Sunday in New York.’ I sat up from my waffles and said, ‘Who is THAT?’ […]


Lauren Oed: A free spirit

The newest bar in town, Mary Ellen’s, has just officially opened. Co-owner Chris Schultz describes it simply as a neighborhood bar. Mary Ellen’s offers six different artisan grilled cheese sandwiches, various soups and salads, frozen Irish coffee, draft beer (including Pabst), canned beer (even Old Milwaukee) liquor, wine and what they call “the best French fries in town.” Co-owners Keith […]


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 […]

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