Civil WAR HERITAGE DAYS brings history to life

You’ll want to clear your schedule Friday through Sunday, Feb. 3-5, for the Civil War Heritage Days celebration at Fort Zachary Taylor. Now in its 31st year, Civil War Heritage Days is one of the most unusual annual events in Key West. That’s saying a lot on an island as extraordinary as this. Beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, […]

‘A Trip to Bountiful’ set to charm Waterfront Playhouse audiences

It’s 1953. The place is southeastern Texas. Carrie Watts, an elderly widow, is suffocating spiritually in the cramped apartment she shares with her fretful son, Ludie and his domineering wife, Jessie Mae. Carrie yearns to return to her childhood home of Bountiful, reasoning that if she can just get home, everything will be all right. But Ludie and Jessie Mae […]

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) […]


Jason Giddings will knock you out

You might not want to walk out on your tab when Jason Giddings is behind the bar at the Blue Macaw. He enjoys boxing, has a black belt in Taekwondo and Jiu Jitsu, and he isn’t a small guy. He’s the kind of guy who, when you’re working with him behind the bar, you might have to make a special […]

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 […]


SPECIAL EVENTS Key West Burlesque 10 YearAnniversary ShowFeb. 2 and 3, 8 p.m.The Key West Theater512 Eaton St.Tickets available at “The Trip to Bountiful”Feb. 2-4 and Feb. 7-8, 8 p.m.Waterfront Playhouse310 Wall Hate MailFeb. 2-5, 7 p.m.Little Room Jazz Club821 Duval 731-0581 Murder for TwoFeb. 2-5 and Feb. 7-8, 8 p.m.The Red Barn Theatre319 Duval St., RearTickets […]

Key West burlesque celebrates 10 years

The 2017 Key West Burlesque Anniversary Show is a celebration and showcase of favorite Key West burlesque characters, costumes and crowd-pleasing moments. Guest will relieve favorite acts from the original Red Rooster Revue with Denis Hyland and The Ho Ho Ho Holiday Show Spectacular starring Mucho Macho Grande as Santa Claus and see the greatest moments of recent productions, including […]


Drag Queen Bingo at 801 Bourbon

This isn’t your ordinary bingo in the church or synagogue social hall. Drag Queen Bingo is smutty and irreverent and hilarious. (You’ll know that when you hear the ruckus when “69” is called.) It takes place every Sunday afternoon, still benefitting local charities and good causes “after 32 years, who knows?” says QMitch Jones. A local bigger-than-life current caller, QMitch […]


Key West icon Mary Spear shares her hippie heart, angelic voice and optimism

“What a long, strange trip it’s been.” Mary Spear rolled into Key West in 1977 for the first time, and has called this island home ever since. That’s a lifetime to many of you readers. You’ll never meet a kinder, sweeter, gentler soul. Quick to share a smile or a story, her thoughts and words often return to the topic […]

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