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FANTASY FEST 2018: WEEK ONE


Courtesy of Nick Doll Photography and Fantasyfest.com IS IT JUST ME, OR DOES IT SEEM LIKE FANTASY FEST 2017 WAS mere moments ago? It seems like my house is still covered in remnants of last year’s parties — glitter, feathers, tulle and the rest of the detritus that comes with playing professional dress-up. And as we speak, piles of boas, […]

Michael Franti and Spearhead bringing ‘Stay Human’ to Key West


After three months of successful dates this summer, including sold-out shows at Red Rocks Amphitheater, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Red Butte Garden and Salvage Station, Michael Franti and Spearhead keep adding dates to their “Stay Human” tour. The tour, which kicked off Oct. 4 at The Paramount in Huntington, N.Y., includes performances at Philadelphia’s The Fillmore with Thievery Corporation, Atlanta’s […]

OFF OFF DUVAL

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 you might […]

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Getting around Key West

1. Southernmost Point  The corner of South and Whitehead streets www.southernmostpointwebcam.com The city of Key West erected this concrete buoy in 1983 to denote the southernmost point in the continental United States. 2. Conch Tour Train  303 Front St. 305-294-5161 or 888-916-8687 www.conchtourtrain.com The iconic train has been winding its way through the streets of Key West since 1958. 3. […]

BARTENDER OF THE WEEK

Jessica Power: the darling of Ocean Key


If you are lucky enough to work with the people you love, then work doesn’t feel so much like work after all. It feels like fun. Add to that night after night of world-famous sunsets that drip magnificent hues of gold into the most beautiful shades of ocean blue and you’ve got yourself one of the best gigs on the […]

Spotlight on Key West Burlesque’s Nick Locapo: ‘the Hardest Working Magician in America’


Don’t blink, or you will miss it as Key West Burlesque presents “Madame Dujour’s Magical Game Show & Burlesque Experience.” An interactive burlesque extravaganza, the theatrical event incorporates TV game show antics and carnival-style games with a tantalizing twist of burlesque. At the Waterfront Playhouse, Oct. 19-26 as part of Fantasy Fest 2018, the show is hosted by magician Nick […]

KEY WEST CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SPECIAL EVENTS 10th annual Remarcable Pumpkin Patch  Oct. 18, 9 a.m. MARC House 1401 Seminary St. www.marchouse.org Fantasy Fest King and Queen Coronation  Oct. 19, 6 p.m. Key West Amphitheater East Quay Road www.ahi.ticketleap.com Cocktails for Animal Tails  A benefit for the Florida Key SPCA Oct. 23, 7 p.m. Rick’s 202 Duval St. Cher Karaoke-Hosted by Randy Roberts  Oct. 24, […]

KEY WEST HAPPY HOUR GUIDE

Alonzo’s700 Front St.4-6:30 p.m.Half-price appetizerswww.alonzoysterbar.comAqua711 Duval St.2-6 p.m.$5 well drinks, $3.75 domestic beerswww.aquakeywest.comBagatelle115 Duval St.4-6 p.m.Half-price drinks$5 appetizerswww.Bagatellekeywest.comBlackfin918 Duval St.4:30-6:30 p.m.$7 menuwww.blackfinbistro.comBlue Macaw Island Eats and Bar804 Whitehead St.Every day with live music4-7 p.m.$3 well drinks, domestic beers andhouse wineswww.Bluemacawkeywest.comBoathouse Bar and Grill400 Greene St., #4084-6 p.m.Half-price well drinks and beerswww.Boathousebarandgrill.comBobby’s Monkey BarNoon-8 p.m.$3 well drinks$2.50 domestic beers$3 imports$2 Pringles […]

Custom House Museum: the official gateway and hub for Fantasy Fest 2018


Starting Wednesday, Oct. 24, and through Saturday, Oct. 27, the grounds of the iconic Custom House Museum at 218 Front St. will be an official “Gateway to the Fantasy Zone” for Fantasy Fest 2018: “Oh, The Games We Play.” The museum hosts a special “Royal Retrospective” exhibit through Oct. 29. “The museum’s location, its connection to the Keys arts community […]

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 the Audubon House offers […]


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