RISING JUST UNDER 100 FEET above sea level, Key West’s biggest pile of trash is hardly recognizable as such. The grass-covered landfill has remained dormant (not counting the barrels of methane it gasses out into the atmosphere each day) since a fancy incinerator installed nearby in the late 1980s put an end to the traditional dump. Since then, the scrubby […]

The Studios of Key West – An artist’s oasis

Paintings of dolphins jumping over sunsets, an airbrushed T-shirt proclaiming “Spring Break Forever,” seashell Christmas ornaments, last minute knick-knacks picked up at the airport before boarding a flight back to snowy Baltimore — these are a few things that might spring to mind when the words “Key West” and “art” are mentioned together. True, the list of famous creatives who […]

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 andWhitehead 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) 294-5717www.sloppyjoes.comThe […]


Mira Stamenic, aka ‘Mother Russia’

Although she was born in Belgrade, Serbia, Mira Stamenic is known lovingly to her friends as “Mother Russia.” “It’s because I take such good care of my friends,” she said with a thick Russian, er, Serbian accent. It’s actually not thick at all, but rather sexy, reminding me a little of Kristen Johnston’s “Ivana Humpalot” from Austin Powers’ “The Spy […]


SPECIAL EVENTS Short Attention Span Theater May 4, 5, 6 and 10, 8 p.m.The Red Barn Theatre319 Duval St., RearTickets availablewww.redbarntheatre.com Jewelry and Wine May 4, 6-7:30 p.m.Isle Cook218 Whitehead St. “Oklahoma Smith-The Musical” Extended, May 4, 5, 8 p.m.Christopher CrossMay 6, 8 p.m.The Key West Theater512 Eaton St.Tickets available atwww.thekeywesttheater.com 2nd Annual Key West KentuckyDerby Party May 6, 2-7 […]

Plein-air artist and published author shows Cuban work exclusively in Key West

Gildea Contemporary Gallery has been selected by Colorado artist Peggy McGivern as the exclusive representative for her new series of paintings from Cuba. Painted plein-air, her scenes capture the simplicity and beauty of the Cuban people as they live a life far removed from the hustle-and-bustle of American capitalism. The original oil paintings, now available for purchase at Gildea Gallery, […]

‘Oklahoma Smith’ at the Key West Theater extended through May 5

The hit play “Oklahoma Smith and the Pantheon of Annihilation” by local playwrights Michael Marrero and Christopher Shultz is extending its run with performances through May 5 at the Key West Theater. In this decidedly adult choose-your-own-adventure musical, the plot twists and turns in hilarious ways as each major decision is decided by the audience. The plot: famed explorer Oklahoma […]


Going Green with Emily Springsteen

And before you ask about the last name, no. No relation. When Emily talks about her music, you get the feeling it’s not the driver, but the vehicle. “I fell into playing music. I didn’t intentionally choose it as a career,” she said. “I use it because I feel a social responsibility. I have a sensitivity to environmental and sustainable […]


Towering Inga tops them all

Imagine a living, 6-foot-plus tall Barbie doll with the same relative bust-to-hip ratio and requisite long, flowing blond hair. That’s the Inga whom I have seen perform, admire and got to know almost two decades ago. She is a Swedish bombshell who arrived in Key West on Aug. 5, 1997, looking like a model for haute couture, albeit with more […]

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