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Photo-book tells the story of COVID Spring in Key West

ALTHOUGH WE’VE ALL LAMENTED THAT each month since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis has felt like a year unto itself (and the sum of those months an eternity), it somehow feels disorienting to think that we’ve already been living in this dystopian, nonfictional universe for upward of six months — half of the year gone, lost to Zoom […]

Three MARC House events celebrate autumn

Key West may not experience the characteristically chilly weather that signals the beginning of fall across the country, but there is one event we can rely on annually to herald the beginning of pumpkin spice season: the Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens ReMARCable Pumpkin Patch. Now in its 12th year, the patch will be open and chock full of gourds […]

New art in public places

Left: Key West philanthropist John Padget and the late Jacob Dekker provided a new sculpture at the Truman Waterfront Park. “Wave Henge,” by artist Damon Hamm, is one of 11 installations throughout the Keys, donated by Mr. Padget and Mr. Dekker and coordinated by The Florida Keys Art in Public Places projects. The sculpture is a sundial which, at each […]


City officials were on hand Sept. 30 to cut the ribbon at Bahama Village Food Pantry, at the Frederick Douglass Gym complex. Dorian Patton, executive assistant to the city manager; Leah Stockton, Florida Keys area president, United Way of Collier & the Keys; Emily Nixon, deputy director, SOS; City Commissioner Clayton Lopez, Assistant City Manager Patti McLauchlin, Mayor Teri Johnston, […]

Get set for Key West’s “Big Bawdy Boo-lesque Show”

Fans of Key West Burlesque favorite “Mona Amour” will be delighted anew when the “Polish Dynamo” takes the stage in the troupe’s latest extravaganza, “Big Bawdy Boo-lesque Show” which kicks off at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at the Key West Theater. “I think that burlesque doesn’t get as much credit as other art,” she said. “Perhaps some assume that […]

Key West Film Festival readies for 9th annual event

Many events have been canceled, courtesy of COVID-19. But the Key West Film Festival revealed its plans for the ninth annual festival, set for Nov. 18-22. Building off the mantra of “Passion Meets Paradise,” the festival will be embracing its tropical paradise setting by moving all screenings to outdoor venues across the island. Each venue will feature socially distant seating […]

McKee Artists Fund issues call to artists

The Anne McKee Artists Fund of the Florida Keys Inc. has announced a Call to Artists for its 2021 Fine Art Auction. To observe social distancing, the auction will be held online, Feb. 4-17. The submission period for artwork continues through midnight Nov. 15. Applications are available and submitted online with accompanying photo(s), at Artists will be notified of […]

Strong women, difficult lives

Bestselling novelist Christina Baker Kline to give keynote talk at online Sanibel Island Writers Conference

“There’s a great quote by writer Jill Lepore, who had a piece in the New Yorker,” says novelist Christina Baker Kline. “In it she said, ‘Fiction does what history doesn’t, but should. It tells the story of ordinary men.’ And then she goes on, ‘And who are these ordinary men? Well, a lot of them are women.’ “That’s that I […]


Your guide to al fresco Key West music venues

WHEN IT COMES TO THE ARTS, Key West is linked with literary legends like Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams and Judy Blume. But the cultural buck doesn’t just stop at the local library. The island’s musical depth and history extend far beyond Jimmy Buffett’s first performances to the pirates falling off their barstools in the Pier House’s Chart Room Bar. Today, […]

‘Pandemic in Paradise’: Current history by everyday people

“This is all a stark reminder that we never know when the ‘last’ time will be. I think we are all, as a global world, learning that it is not enough to ‘live in the now.’ You have to live as if today is the last chance you’ll have to say what you mean and do what you dream. We, […]

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