IT’S OFTEN EASY to tell when someone is up to no good — a twinkle in the eyes, a mischievous smile, a soul vibration at an atomic level that touches anyone within reach. Looking at Marky Pierson, one of Key West’s most eccentrically creative minds, one might assume that he is perennially misbehaving. His eyes sparkle with what I can […]

Civil War Heritage Days bring history to life

Do you have plans next weekend? If not, you’ll want to clear your schedule from Friday to Sunday, Feb. 2-4 War Heritage Days celebration at Fort Zachary Taylor. Now in its 32nd year, Civil War Heritage Days is one of the unique annual events in Key West. That’s saying a lot on an island as extraordinary as this. Beginning at […]

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 […]


Andre Amador has the moves

Within a week of moving to Key West with his girlfriend of eight years, Lindsey Johnson, André Amador had already found a job as a bartender and server at Sandbar Sports Grill, at 511 Greene Street just off of Duval Street, in an area famously referred to as the “200 block.” This end of town is known for its alcohol-induced […]


SPECIAL EVENTS Civil War Heritage Days  Feb. 2-4 Fort Zachary Taylor 601 Howard England Way 20th Century Blues  Feb. 1-3, 6 and 7, 8 p.m Red Barn Theatre 319 Duval St. (rear) Tickets at “1776” The musical in concert  Feb. 1-4, 8 p.m. The Waterfront Playhouse 407 Wall St. Boys and Girls Club Fundraiser  Feb. 2, 6-8 […]


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 […]

Priscilla Coote’s ‘Afternoon in Paradise’ opens Feb. 3 at the Gallery on Greene

Priscilla Coote’s work continues to evolve in fascinating ways. As a result of the extremes of this year, her evolution was catalyzed by several experiences, which she is still integrating into her newest work. Her palette was deepened by plein air work in northern England and France. She learned a new vocabulary of brushwork as a result of several days […]


The Green Parrot Bar: The House of Music

Once upon a time, Key West was a lot different than it is today. So maybe we will never get to see the magic of a Duval Street lined with mom and pops or see creative legends like Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams walking the streets, but the stories are still being told. This place isn’t like it used to […]


For a comprehensive guide and map to Key West’s finest art galleries, visit connections/ gallery_ guide.pdf. SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEK The Key West Gallery  601 Duval St. Alex Butirskiy show  and appearance  Feb. 2, 10 a.m. to Feb 4, 10 p.m. Key West Gallery will host Alexei Butirskiy and a large collection of his original paintings and limited-edition pieces. […]

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