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I F YOUR MUSIC KNOWLEDGE is limited to the autotuned rubbish streamed on your local airwaves, chances are you’ve never heard of Red Dirt music. Born in Stillwater, Okla. and so named for the color of the soil found there, Red Dirt is a rebellious, boot stompin’, guitar pickin’, impossible to define mix of blues, folk, country, rock, bluegrass and […]

Pottery and photography soothe at Shade and Shutter



Serenity is in woefully short supply these days. Between the talking heads barking from our boob tubes and the constant stream of information and misinformation in our news feeds, the quest for peace and quiet can sometimes be more stressful than the onslaught we’re trying so desperately to escape. The collective need for safe, tranquil spaces is why places like […]

Comedy Key West presents Erin Jackson at the Bottlecap


On Thursday, Jan. 31, and Friday, Feb. 1, Comedy Key West presents stand-up comedian Erin Jackson, who will be performing with Key West locals at Bottlecap, located at 1128 Simonton St. Armed with a megawatt smile and a pocket full of dreams, Ms. Jackson is poised to conquer the world of stand-up. In fact, she’d probably be a superstar by […]

Solar Eclipse 2019: Travel to totality in Argentina


Witnessing a solar eclipse in totality is truly a rare and awe-inspiring experience. The 2019 solar eclipse will happen on July 2, 2019 and the line of totality will occur in a limited area through Chile and Argentina. The TREE Institute is offering a once in a lifetime trip to experience totality in the Argentine slopes of the Andes, a […]

Civil War Heritage Days bring history to life



Do you have plans next weekend? If not, you’ll want to clear your schedule from Friday to Sunday, Feb. 1-3 for the War Heritage Days celebration at Fort Zachary Taylor. Now in its 33rd year, Civil War Heritage Days is one of the unique annual events in Key West. That’s saying a lot on an island as extraordinary as this. […]

CAUGHT IN KEY WEST THIS WEEK

Hemingway’s Key West legacy and six-toed cats


The crown jewel of Key West’s rich literary legacy, which has attracted writers such as Tennessee Williams, Ralph Ellison, Robert Frost and Carson McCullers, is Ernest Hemingway’s old home at 907 Whitehead St. The sprawling two-story property is a National Historic Landmark where Mr. Hemingway lived and wrote during most of the 1930s. It is also famously home to about […]

Two avian Audubon Society events this week


Fans of winged creatures foreign and domestic have two opportunities to explore the skies this week. First, the Florida Keys Audubon Society will hold a Super Bowl Sunday Bird Walk on Sunday, Feb. 3 beginning at 2 p.m. Participants will meet in the parking lot at Indigenous Park at 1801 White St. “We figure everyone will be home or in […]

‘I’m Gonna Pray for You So Hard’ burns through the Studios



From the beginning of time, parent/child relationships have been fraught with complications and conflict. Oedipus slew dear old dad Laius so he could marry his mother, Jocasta, without impediment; Electra and her brother Orestes killed their mother and stepfather to avenge the murder of their father, Agamemnon; Darth Vader cut off Luke’s hand; and Homer tries to strangle Bart at […]

BARTENDER OF THE WEEK

Simply Smithers


Many of us who live here in Key West are on a first name basis. In fact, probably a good percentage of us only know each other by our first names, even those we’ve seen about town and even worked with for years. It’s just the nature of this place. Before Facebook, most people didn’t know Melissa Smithers by anything […]


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