Monthly Archives: July 2012

Mark Your Calendars: Key West Lobster Fest is Coming Soon!

Start stockpiling napkins, the 16th annual Key West Lobsterfest is on schedule for Friday through Sunday, Aug. 10-12. Held each year to celebrate the official start of the Florida Keys lobster season, the festival includes events such as music, games, and a much-celebrated open-air lobster feast on the 100-500 block stretch of historic Duval street, held on Saturday August 11th from 12:00 noon until 11:00pm. There, visitors will be able to enjoy fresh caribbean lobster cooked in a variety of ways– baked, fried, you name it! With local chefs on hand to prepare specialties that range from classic to inventive, taste buds are sure to be left singing.

Vendors will offer a variety of arts and crafts for sale, while a free outdoor concert from 1 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the intersection of Duval and Greene streets will set the soundtrack for this fun-filled event.

Other Lobsterfest events include a kick-off party and a post-feast brunch, with proceeds to benefit a scholarship fund for Key West High School students.

For the full schedule of events, visit keywestlobsterfest.com or http://www.fla-keys.com/news/news.cfm?sid=8434

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“The Princess Bride” at The Tropic, one night only!

Where can you go tonight that is guaranteed to have an epic love story, a six-fingered assassin, a pirate with a nasty rap sheet, giants, a swamp full of fire, and R.O.U.S. (Rodents of Unusual Size)? To Key West’s own The Tropic Movie Theatre, of course! Tonight, for one showing only, catch the classic and beloved film The Princess Bride, showing at 7:00pm sharp. Tickets are a reasonable $10, while kids get in for only $6. This hilarious and iconic film is fun for both adults and kids, so bring the family and get there early to stake out the good seats! And if you’re interested, we’d love a slice of frozen key lime pie with our popcorn…you can pick one up for us at the concession stand.

See you tonight!

The Tropic is located at 416 Eaton St. For more information, call 877-761-3456.

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Local Art Night!

Key West’s favorite vegetarian & vegan-friendly restaurant, The Café, will host Local Art Night tonight from 6:00 – 10:00pm. Enjoy live music as you peruse work from local art stars such as Key West Honest Works Pottery, Marlene Konig, Clara Dara, Ginger Green and more. This fun & fascinating event is only for one night, so don’t miss it! Head down to The Café a 509 Southard Street..and by the way, we guarantee a big, happy post-feast smile after gorging on any of The Café’s fabulous dishes, so maybe make your visit tonight the first of many more. Truffled french fries, warm beet salad and wok-fired bok choy, anyone? We’ll take seconds.

For more information call:  305 296.5515

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Wine Tasting Benefit

Oenophiles and novice wine fans, take note: The American Red Cross is hosting a wine tasting tonight at beloved wine bar Grand Vin, located at 1107 Duval St.

Tickets are a bargain $15 per person, and with a variety of special, interesting wines on board and a mix of locals and visitors guaranteed, this event is sure to be a great time! Other goodies include a silent auction, raffles, prizes and more.

Stop by tonight from 6:00 – 8:00 and enjoy the festivities– with the proceeds going to such a good cause, this is one Key West bar event you can feel good about attending!

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Lobster Sport Mini-Season begins…

Lobster Sport Mini-Season, the annual two-day event that opens lobster fishing before the regular season and excludes commercial fisherman, is officially under way! This popular event is always held on the last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday of each year– so get out there and grab some bugs! The season ends at precisely midnight on Thursday, so don’t wait until it’s too late.

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Key West Summer Stage ends with “The Seafarer,” open now

Fans of Key West’s Summer Stage Theatre will be sad to learn that the final show of the three-week series begins tonight: head down to the Red Barn Theatre at 319 Duval Street to catch the Tony Award-winning play, Conor McPherson’s “The Seafarer,” which begins its five performances today, June 24th. This limited run will end July 28th, so buy your tickets now before they’re all sold out! “The Seafarer” follows James “Sharky” Harkin, an alcoholic tasked with taking care of his blind, aging brother over the Christmas holidays after being fired from his job. Set in a small town near Dublin, the play blends McPherson’s sardonic wit with magical realism, culminating in a high stakes poker game that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

Tickets are available by calling TheatreXP at 302-540-6102. ($40 for opening night, and $35 for the rest of the run.) For more information, visit www.keywestsummerstage.com or www.theatrexp.org .

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The Porch turns 2!

One of Key West’s most popular bars, The Porch, is proving that just because you’re old enough to celebrate with a drink does not mean you still can’t celebrate like a kid once in a while. Join the people behind The Porch as they toast their second year in business with a “Happy 2nd Birthday” themed anniversary party tonight, featuring all your childhood favorites (and some new ones, too!) Cake, balloons, champagne, cotton candy, a live DJ and more. Festivities begin at 5:00pm. Head on down to 429 Caroline St. and remember: just because you’re celebrating like a child does not mean you get to act like one.

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Tonight at the Tropic: The Cannonball Run

For one night (and one showing) only, catch the 1981 classic “The Cannonball Run,” starring Burt Reynolds and directed by Hal Needham. This gut-busting comedy features an all-star cast who go on a fast paced cross-country car race with hilarious results. Don’t miss this epic summer adventure! Head to the Tropic Cinema, located at 416 Eaton Street, at 7:00pm. Tickets are $9.50, members pay $6.50.

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Hemingway Lookalike Contest!

Stop by Sloppy Joe’s bar at 201 Duval St. tonight to check in on the 32nd annual Hemingway Lookalike Contest, whose second night of preliminary judging is happening this evening. This incredible event is not to be missed, with finalists gathering at Sloppy Joe’s through tomorrow evening. Come place your bets on which “Papa” has what it takes to bring home the big prize! For more information, check out www.sloppyjoes.com or visit hemingwaydays.net.

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Art Openings in Key West Tonight

Two fabulous shows open today in Key West, and you’re not going to want to miss either one of them! First, go see the new “Jack Baron – Celebrating the Colors of Key West” exhibit, which opens this morning and will run through October at The Custom House Museum, 281 Front St. Call 305-295-6616 for more information.

Then this evening at 5:00 pm, mosey on down to the Key West Art Center, a non-profit community art gallery located at 301 Front Street for “Cabrera & Varela — Historic Art & Poetry.” Enjoy the combined works of painter, Linda Cabrera, and poet, J.M. Varela. An opening reception from will go from 5 – 8 p.m.,  with Comparsa dancing at 7 p.m and readings by poet J.M. Varela.  This show celebrates  the talents of two Conch women whose art has become an integral part of the Key West art scene.  Call 294-1241 or visit www.keywestartcenter.com for more information.

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