Lights, camera, ocean

AS DIFFICULT AS IT IS TO SAY THIS, OUR beloved, debauched Key West, long associated with bead-throwing, half-naked Fantasy Festers and spring breakers in shorts that are way too short, is kind of growing up. Over the past decade, Key West has found itself home to events as sophisticated as the Key West Food & Wine Festival (though it may […]

Waterfront Playhouse’s thrilling 2017-2018 season

Between the myriad live music options, multiple nightly drag shows and general nightlife temptations, choosing an activity when you visit Key West can be a daunting task if you don’t know where to start. Those in the know, however, typically begin their planning by checking out a tried-and-true option for world-class entertainment: The Waterfront Playhouse. Located in a gorgeous brick […]

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 Street, and you’ll begin to dive deeper into the quieter, more diverse and less-readily apparent offerings. Here are eight spots that you […]


Valerie Hines Grohol: Parrots and Eagles

If you were to look at Valerie “Val” Hines Grohol’s Facebook page at some point on a Sunday evening, there’s a good chance you will see a post about the Philadelphia Eagles. Sunday also means that Val will be working her one shift at Charlie Mac’s, the barbecue restaurant that is right next door to the Green Parrot, if it’s […]


Joal Rush: Home is where the music is

Joal Rush says that music was a normal part of his childhood. His parents were musicians, so becoming a musician himself just “felt like the natural thing to do.” For Rush, growing up in Camden, S.C. meant singing in church and performing in talent shows. Back then, all roads led to music as they still do for him to this […]


For a comprehensive guide and map to Key West’s finest art galleries, visit connections/ gallery_ guide.pdf. SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEK SALT Gallery830 Fleming St.Judi Bradford – The Sunny Sideof the StreetOngoing through November Key West Art and HistoricalSocietyCustom House Museum281 Front St.The Navy in Key WestOngoingTennessee Williams,The Playwright and The Historic Armory Studios600 White St.Paintings by Michael J. […]


SPECIAL EVENTS Literary Walking ToursNov. 17, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.Nov. 18, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.Monroe County Library700 Fleming Outdoor Movies: Angry BirdsNov. 17, at duskBayview Park1320 Truman Garden Club Plant SaleNov. 18 and 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Fort West Martello1100 Atlantic Blvd. Key West Film FestivalThrough Nov. COMEDY Comedy Open Mike NightMondays, 9 p.m.Mary Ellen’s […]


Your guide to where the locals go for happy hour drink and food specials. Alonzo’s 700 Front St. 4-6:30 p.m. Half-price appetizers Bagatelle 115 Duval St. 4-6 p.m. Half-price drinks $5 appetizers Blackfin 918 Duval St. 4:30-6:30 p.m. $7 menu Blue Macaw Island Eats and Bar 804 Whitehead St. Every day with live music 4-7 p.m. $3 well […]

A new book explores Key West’s Jewish history

Sand Paper Press announces the release of Arlo Haskell’s new book, “The Jews of Key West: Smugglers, Cigar Makers, & Revolutionaries (1823- 1969).” Leading scholars praise ‘The Jews of Key West’ as a groundbreaking addition to regional and Jewish histories. Bancroft Prize-winning historian Robert D. Richardson says, “Haskell’s new book uncovers, in fascinating and vivid detail, the story of the […]


Daria Kohler Stone: She’s got your back

There’s a popular saying that “you can’t truly love someone until you love yourself.” Most of us aren’t born thinking that we’ve got it going on. First, we have to learn who we are and then, here is the hardest part, we have to accept that we are of a certain character due to a lot of design and by […]

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