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The music of ’69

It may be 50 years old, but still good as gold

THE 1960S WERE A DECADE OF unsurpassed creativity in music as popular tunes evolved from sweet and simple pop songs such as “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows” to the heavy metal of Led Zeppelin and the raw, unrestrained wailing of Janis Joplin. The last year of that decade, 1969, saw the release of the Beatles […]

Rainbow Flag endures as a symbol of inclusivity

“One Human Family” not only is that the (un)official motto of Key West, but it’s also the pervading philosophy of our island home. Ever since its early days as a tourist hotspot, Key West has been a paragon of inclusivity and our universal acceptance is never on display more than during Pride, when individuals of all orientations are welcomed to […]


Wild Bill Charters: Fun day on the bottom. — Capt. Artie Duplessis 1801 N. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West 305-744-7957


Florida’s famous photographer and activist finds renewal in Myakka

THE RESURRECTION FERNS ARE everywhere in Myakka River State Park. They line the branches and cover the trunks of trees and fallen logs like a green carpet, little plants that curl up when dry and unfold green and new when it rains, again, and again, a cycle of renewal. They are on the massive oak tree Clyde Butcher is looking […]

A Piff-ormance you won’t soon forget

You sit onstage in a spot-lit hot seat, four cardboard boxes dangling 15 feet above your sweating brow. Each box is numbered, one through four. Inside one of those boxes sits a long-haired Chihuahua dressed in a pint-sized dragon costume; the other three are empty. You have no idea which box contains the precious pooch. Cut to the man standing […]


Ryan Knight: Mangoes’ sushi master

When it comes to sushi, Ryan Knight knows a thing or two about rolling. Sushi, that is. The Florida-born sous chef arrived on the island eight months ago with a backpack in hand from Wilmington, N. C. After Hurricane Florence ran through the state, Knight decided it was time for a change, so he bought a one-way Greyhound bus ticket […]


Wild Bill Charters: It mahi time !! Come fishing with us. — Capt. Artie Duplessis 1801 N. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West 305-744-7957

Key West Art & Historical Society invites public to Key West Historic Marker Tours

Key West Art & Historical Society invites locals and tourists to experience a multi-platform, self-guided and free tour program of Key West’s historic sites designed to highlight the island’s unique multi-cultural history and heritage through the Key West Historic Marker Tours website and phone app. Originally designed and launched by Bruce Neff under the auspices of Key West Historic Markers […]


Nyou visit, Key West is a perennial explosion of color. From the pastel-hued conch houses lining the narrow one-way streets to the neon green iguanas perched in the banyan trees to the drag darlings glittering outside Aqua and 801 Bourbon every night of the week, the island is a shining prism year-round. But every June, Key West fluffs its feathers […]

It’s big to us!: Little Room Jazz Club

Not too long ago, I would spend hours talking to Denis Hyland about what it was like growing up in New York City. He would tell me about his life between the Theater District and the streets of Hell’s Kitchen as a young free spirit. What he talked about the most, though, were his memories of being happily cramped into […]

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