NASHVILLE MAY LAY CLAIM TO THE nickname “Music City,” but this week Key West is mounting a serious challenge to that moniker. Back for its 23rd year, the 2018 Key West Songwriter’s Festival began Wednesday, May 9, bringing a sea of cowboy hats and country music hitmakers to the Southernmost town for a week of concerts, Corona Light, and fans […]

Inmates help care for critters at Monroe County Animal Farm

For Jeanne Selander, a typical day at work always begins the same way: She travels to Stock Island and picks up inmates at the Monroe County Sheriff’s Stock Island Detention Center. From there, things can go a number of ways. Perhaps the sloth needs some extra attention, or the African spurred tortoises need weighing. Maybe the alligator needs her mouth […]


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 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 […]

History sails onward with Key West Art and Historical Society’s schooner Hindu Harbor tours featuring Mark Hedden

On Saturday, May 12, launching at 10 a.m., writer, photographer and birder Mark Hedden will offer passengers “A History of the Natural History of Key West” during a 90-minute seafaring excursion presented by Key West Art and Historical Society in partnership with Hindu Charters. “It’s easy to think about Key West as sort of a backwater, a really out-of-the way […]


SPECIAL EVENTS G. Love – One night only  May 10, 7:30 p.m. Coast 6404 Front St., Stock Island “The Legend of Georgia McBride”  May 10, 11, 12, and 16 8 p.m. The Waterfront Playhouse 407 Wall St. Steve Earle and the Dukes  May 14, 8 p.m. The Key West Theater 512 Eaton St. Tickets available at Songs […]


    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 Aqua  711 Duval St. 2-6 p.m. $5 well drinks, $3.75 domestic beers 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 […]

It’s anything but a drag at the Waterfront Playhouse

Poor Casey. He’s just been fired from his job as an Elvis impersonator in a dive bar in the panhandle of Florida. But wait! There’s more… his wife is pregnant, the rent is due and unpaid bills are piling up. What’s a young dude to do? What else but trade in his Elvis jumpsuit for a sparkly dress, lip-sync some […]


From ugly duckling to ferocious Jack Wolf

“I was born a poor black child,” Jack Wolf began his interview playfully. Whereas most people try to sugarcoat a life of hardship, Jack embraces his matter-of-factly. Parental failures, bouncing around the country with different relatives, drugs, the Navy, sleeping in cars and closets, and playing music on the street has all been instrumental in making Jack Wolf the man […]


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