Michael Haskins

#Column: Behind the scenes of Fantasy Fest with Bill Murphy

Bill Murphy came to Key West in 2002 and opened his adult-themed store Fairvilla Megastore at 520 Front St. Murphy also has stores in Orlando and Cape Canaveral and had looked for a location in Key West for a couple of years. Once in Key West, Murphy got involved in...

Lodging industry undergoing change

Jodi Weinhofer has been at the helm of the Lodging Association of the Florida Key and Key West going on 10 years. While the association represents hotels throughout the Keys, The Weekly Staff sat down with her last week to discuss the future of lodging in Key West. “I think...

Key West’s comedy scene is growing

After 20 years in the Navy, Victor Lopez retired and put down roots in Key West. “I spent a lot of time on watch,” he said, recalling his nights onboard ship. “My mind wandered and it usually went in the direction of funny stuff. I’ve always liked comedy. I’d write...

#Review: Shameless Lounge a blushing success

The Shameless Lounge, 610 Greene St., opened in mid-July and it only took days for the rumors to spread about it’s fabulous food and signature cocktails. Owners, Dion Contreras and Sarita Bandita smiled when asked about the bar’s popularity, almost viral in nature. “All true,” said Contreras, a native of Puerto...

Jeanne Selander – Animal Farm Supervisor

When Jeanne Selander walks into work at the county jail on Stock Island, her “inmates” are happy to see her. “They talk to me,” Selander said. “You just have to listen.” Selander is the Monroe County Sherriff’s Animal Farm supervisor. Most of her “inmates” have four legs — goats, miniature horses,...

Restauranteurs open second eatery

John and Judy Correa own the successful Café Solé on Southard Street, where Chef Correa offers fine dining during the evenings. So why, with 19 years of running the unique eatery, did the couple decide to open Bistro Solé on White Street? “I wanted to offer French food for everyone,...

International jazz star Howard Alden visits Key West – He’s studied with the masters

Howard Alden has studied with some classic teachers of the jazz and blues world after teaching himself the guitar, and he has played and recorded with many others artists. Alden tours in the United States and Europe. He comes to Key West yearly, plays solo, and with others at...

Adam Cooley brings ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ to TSKW

I have heard that Key West is known to have some pretty wild partiers and eccentric personalities so hopefully a show like “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” will be right up their alley.

Visiting aerial artist tells Alzheimer’s story

I don’t think I defy gravity, as much as I partner with it to tell a story. My work integrates circus arts with acting to create stories, text, and characters, which explore the rich interplay of imagination between air and ground.

Annie Miners is living the dream – Actress has a part in Barn’s ‘Bingo’ production

Why a trawler? “I didn’t think I could single-hand a sailboat,” she said. “I wanted to cruise and knew I’d be doing a lot of it alone, so a trawler with engines made sense to me.”

Chalk festival set for next week – Fans encouraged to watch the ‘process’

The imagination of Key West’s artist community may not be as broad as the Universe, but it’s large and diverse and comes in a close second in size and vision. To wit, Art in Public Places presents its second annual Key West Chalk Fest at the Truman Waterfront, Thursday,...

Gravy Flavored Kisses is a ‘head-on collision of blues and rock

The best description of our style has been “a head-on collision of blues and rock n’ roll.”