SEEING THE LINE-UP OF THE NEW season at a theater company is akin to being served an exquisite menu of superb dishes, each appealing in its own way, and each instilling a desire to taste the dish. Such is the new season put together by Artistic Director Joy Hawkins at the Red Barn Theatre in Key West — its 38th […]

Billy and Me

Teachout play explores the relationship between playwrights Inge and Williams.

SOME WORKS OF ART ARE born in a long gestation period of mulling almost in the unconscious; others leap gloriously to life in an exultant flash that is one of the joys of being a creative person. “Billy and Me,” a play about the relationship between playwrights William Inge and Tennessee Williams premiering this month at Palm Beach Dramaworks, is […]

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 […]

Getting around Key West

1. Southernmost Point The corner of South Street and Whitehead Street The city of Key West erected this now-famous concrete buoy in 1983 to denote the southernmost point in the continental United States. 2. Conch Tour Train 303 Front St., Key West 305-294-5161 or 888-916-8687 The Conch Train has been winding its way through the streets of Key […]

Old Island Restoration Foundation home tour

Surprise packages great and small

Key West houses — from shotguns to mansions — are like holiday gifts: delights can be found in packages of any size, shape or wrappings. The Old Island Restoration Foundation presents five homes during their 58th season of home tours that are fine examples of surprises inside. The next tour is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 27 and 28, […]


Dennis Kearney: A bartender who’s done it all

Dennis Kearney tells me that he’s shy, but the fact that he had just talked his way into getting behind the bar so that he can show me how to pour a proper pint of Guinness with a perfect stenciled shamrock tells me otherwise. The bar, which will remain unnamed so as not to cause anyone any trouble, is not […]


SPECIAL EVENTS Founders Brewery Ugly Sweater  Tap Takeover  Dec. 21, 5 p.m. The Porch 429 Caroline St. Custom House Holiday Concert  and Bazaar  Dec. 21, 5-10 p.m. The Custom House 281 Front St. Hedwig and the Angry Inch  Dec. 26 and 27, 8 p.m. The Key West Theater 512 Eaton St. Tickets at Dancing Lessons  Dec. 21, 22, 23, […]

Sunset Green Event Lawn opening at the 24 North Hotel

Key West — the land of frozen tiny umbrella drinks, statuesque palm trees and enough live music to make your head spin. From dive bars like the Green Parrot, where you can hear world-class music with a side of $2 beers and free popcorn that never seems to run out, to state-of-the-art theaters like the Tennessee Williams on Stock Island […]


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 […]

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 […]

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