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Dancer Luke Willis’ THE SUMMER HOUSE

By Florida Weekly Staff | November 14, 2019

San Francisco Ballet and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet dancer Luke Willis makes the leap to a new kind of stage with his directorial debut of the LGBTQ+ short thriller, “The Summer House.” It’s slated to screen at the Tropic Cinema on Nov. 21 as part of the Key West Film Festival. Luke opens up about grappling with the church early […]

SMART Ride cycles through Florida Keys

By Florida Weekly Staff | November 14, 2019

On Nov. 15 and 16, the SMART Ride (Southern Most AIDS/HIV Ride), the annual two-day, 165-mile bicycle ride from Miami to Key West, will race through the Florida Keys to raise money for A.H. of Monroe County (formerly AIDS Help). Started in 2002, the SMART Ride was the creation of a number of individuals who had been impacted by AIDS/HIV […]

OFF OFF DUVAL

By Florida Weekly Staff | November 14, 2019

The most traveled and visible street in Key West is only the beginning, the surface, of what the town has to offer. Ask locals about their favorite spots or stroll through quiet neighborhoods and 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 […]

Chef Martin Liz is Stock Island’s Culinary Conch

By Florida Weekly Staff | November 14, 2019

Tucked away in downtown Stock Island in an area once saturated by commercial fishermen, shrimpers and herds of livestock, you’ll find a little gem called the Lost Kitchen Supper Club. Run by Key West native Martin Liz and business partners Bobby and Michelle Mongelli, the Lost Kitchen Supper Club offers family-style eating with curated themed dinners based on Liz’s travels […]

Monroe County Sherriff’s Office Animal Farm

By Florida Weekly Staff | November 14, 2019

Things are a little wild out at the detention center on Stock Island. The Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm features a variety of animals, including miniature horses, Mo the Sloth, Kelsey the Lemur, four alpacas (Snowflake, Arabella, Lilo and Stitch), an albino python and more. Many of the animals come from abusive or neglectful homes and they are cared for by […]

The Art Shack

By Florida Weekly Staff | November 14, 2019

The Art Shack, a gallery collective, opened at 6404 Front St. on Stock Island this past July. The artists’ community and studio space includes The Jerk food truck and works by Damon Designs Gallery, Cocky Key West, Kassy B. Fine Art and Under the Leaf.

KEY WEST CALENDAR OF EVENTS

By Florida Weekly Staff | November 14, 2019

SPECIAL EVENTS Comedy Key West presents Chris Cope  Nov. 14-15, doors open at 7:30 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m. Bottlecap 1128 Simonton St. www.comedykeywest.com John Paul White  Nov. 16, doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Key West Theater 512 Eaton St. www.thekeywesttheater.com Key West Artisan Market: Free the Pantry Edition  Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Higgs Beach 1052 […]

Dry Tortugas: Discovering Mudd, without water, in the Gulf of Mexico

By Florida Weekly Staff | November 14, 2019

The raspy pilot’s voice crackled over the headphones, propellers jumped into a musical frenzy, the engines rumbling with anticipation. Seventy miles away lay our destination, the Dry Tortugas, home of Fort Jefferson State Park and the story of Dr. Samuel Mudd. The 10-passenger seaplane, our mode of transportation, trundled down the sizzling tarmac of the Key West airport. My seat, […]

‘Joker’: When you can get a gun, but not your meds

By Florida Weekly Staff | November 14, 2019

If Travis Bickle had a son, he’d look a lot like Arthur Fleck. Bickle, a psychotic taxi driver in Martin Scorsese’s near-perfect 1976 film, is an ultra-outsider who comes to despise his city, so he becomes a vigilante. Fleck, a psychotic clown who ends up destroying a city, is an outsider dying to fit in somewhere in Gotham City — […]

Key West Artisan Market

By Florida Weekly Staff | November 14, 2019

Whether you find yourself in the real world or in our remote Key West bubble, Sundays are sacred. Nothing wards off the Monday scaries like a decadent brunch, a nap, and maybe an early dinner or a matinee at the Tropic Cinema. But if you’re one of the hundreds of artists and artisans who live in Key West, Sunday mornings […]