Conch Republic the Musical!

Conch Republic, the Musical! opens tonight. #RESIST Special to Florida Weekly Celebrate Conch Republic Independence with the hysterical, historical, and mostly true tale of the birth of the Conch Republic! Don’t miss Fringe Theater’s latest version of Conch Republic, the Musical! which runs April 19-21 and 24-28 at The Studios of Key West. Don’t know the story of how the […]


Official Celebration of Key West’s secession from the United States and birth of the micro nation “The Conch Republic” returns April 21-30

ANYWHERE ELSE IN OUR great nation, it’s not uncommon to see the red, white and blue of Old Glory flapping over white picket fences that surround perfectly manicured lawns bordered by hedges of hydrangeas in blues and purples. Here at the end of the road, you’re far more likely to see our own brand of banner blowing amongst the palm […]

Drag Races offer hell on heels on Duval

If your upbringing was anything like mine or if you’ve seen the movie “Grease” (what hot-blooded woman doesn’t still have the hots for Danny Zuko?) you’ve seen a drag race or two. A hot chick with the scarf at the starting line, two badass dudes in souped-up hot rods trying to settle some inconsequential score and one high-speed race down […]


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 nine 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 […]


Joanne Martin and her Audubon House oasis

“On our right hand were the Florida Keys, which… rose to view as if by enchantment, clad in the richest livery of spring, each variety of color and hue rendered soft and delicate by a clear sky and a brilliant sun overhead. All was like a fairy scene; my heart leaped up in delight admiration.” ~ John James Audubon Joanne […]


SPECIAL EVENTS “Cry it Out”  April 19, 20, 21, 24 and 28, 8 p.m. The Red Barn Theatre 319 Duval St. “Hot Island Nights and Tropical  Delights”  April 20, 8 p.m. The Key West Theater 512 Eaton St. “Conch Republic – The  Musical”  April 19, 20 and 21, 7 p.m. The Studios of Key West 533 Eaton St. […]


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 […]

‘Cry It Out’ at the Red Barn Theatre

Two women in a shared back yard — with baby monitors and coffee mugs in hand — find mutual longed-for companionship as they weave their respective ways through the landscape of new motherhood. Admittedly, this could be a bit narrow a storyline for a stage play if it weren’t for the fact that this particular play — “Cry It Out,” […]


Jesse Wagner is a Happy Dog

Jesse Wagner was born in Montgomery County, Pa., which at the time “…still had patches of farms spread throughout the growing suburban Philadelphia sprawl. It was a nice mix of old farmers and suits and lower middle class average Joes populating the area. First, we lived in Lansdale which was more developed, then we moved to what I consider my […]

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