Neither leonine nor lupine will you be at this weekend’s ninth annual Key West Food & Wine Festival, where food will be plentiful, wine glasses overflowing, and friends — new and old — abundant. Mark Certonio, event director of the festival, is Key West’s modern-day Epicurus, preaching the gospel of gastronomic pleasures — best enjoyed poolside in flip-flops, naturally. The […]

Master Chefs Classic on tap

Lately, it seems as if every time I turn on the TV there’s a new cooking competition streaming through the airwaves. “Chopped”, “Top Chef”, “Master Chef”, “Iron Chef” and on and on. I cannot tell a lie. I watch them all and take copious mental notes about techniques that I will likely never replicate in my own desperately underutilized kitchen. […]

Sail into historic exploration with Key West Art & Historical Society, Hindu Charters and archaeologist Corey Malcom

On Saturday, Jan. 27, launching at 10 a.m., noted archaeologist and Mel Fisher Maritime Museum curator Corey Malcom will lead the first of a series of three historically illuminating, 90-minute seafaring excursions presented by Key West Art & Historical Society in partnership with Hindu Charters. Passengers aboard the beautifully restored 79-foot, wooden sailing schooner Hindu can enjoy mimosas or nonalcoholic […]

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 […]


Bradley Garrison: One of the best in the house

I’ve been asked several times why I haven’t written about Mary Ellen’s bartender and manager Bradley Garrison. Truth is I’ve avoided the question so much, shrugging it off like it was the most insane of ideas, that I’ve finally run out of excuses why I shouldn’t. He is, after all, my husband, which actually makes it very easy for me […]


SPECIAL EVENTS The Key West Food  and Wine Festival  Jan. 25-28 “20th Century Blues”  Jan. 25-27, 30-31, 8 p.m. Red Barn Theatre 319 Duval St. (rear) Tickets at “1776” The musical in concert  Jan. 25-27, 28 and 31, 8 p.m. The Waterfront Playhouse 407 Wall St. “Heisenberg”  Jan. 25-27, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28, 3 p.m. The Studios […]


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 […]

Tony Award-winning ‘1776’ opens at the Waterfront Playhouse

In the summer of 1776, Philadelphia was melting under a blazingly hot sun. Across the 13 colonies, the citizenry was clamoring for independence from the British monarchy. However, inside Independence Hall, the Founding Fathers were bickering, wasting time and refusing to compromise. Some things never change. “1776,” the Musical opened Wednesday at the Waterfront Playhouse. This powerful theatrical event will […]


Roots, rock and reggae with Jeff Clark

A video currently on YouTube with over 2 million views shows a young, fresh-faced, short-haired Jeff Clark doing a solo cover of Billie Jean on acoustic guitar and vocals. The performance is met by cheering and clapping so loud that you can’t hear the first few words that the veejays of the Clear Channel Superstar Contest that he is competing […]


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.Jill CaldwellOngoing through Key West Art and HistoricalSocietyCustom House Museum281 Front St.On the Waterfront:Truman Annex artists exhibitionOngoing“Tennessee Williams,The Playwrightand Painter” The Historic Armory Studios600 White St.Paintings by Michael J. PhillipsOngoingconchead2@yahoo.com704-819-2487Mixed media work by Sherry Sweet […]

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