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Private booths with curtains provide customers with privacy while at Ciro's Speakeasy. That's pretty fancy.Photos by LUIS SANTANA | Times file

From fancy to thrifty, Tampa Bay date ideas that will cause heart eyes

Sometimes you want date night to be fancy, and are willing to spend some extra dollars to get there. And sometimes, you want nothing to do with that noise. There's no special occasion required for getting dressed up and doing something extravagant, just like there's no reason that having a special night out has to  …

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  1. How to vamp out for Buffyfest in St. Petersburg

    Music & Concerts

    Who's your favorite superhero? I always answer Buffy.

    Photo illustration RON BORRESEN, Photo by Warner Brothers, Photo by SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
Members of the Florida Bjorkestra rehearse, Monday, 3/13/17, at the Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg for their upcoming concert. In the foreground is percussionist Joe Coyle.

Sarah Michelle Gellar
  2. Key performances and a sizzling script elevate Heather Theatre's 'Disgraced'

    Stage

    TAMPA — When you step into the world of Disgraced, Ayad Akhtar's taut drama centered on two couples at a Manhattan dinner party, you never feel secure about where you sit. No one really can.

    The cast of Disgraced, Ayah Akhtar's Pulitzer-winning play at the Heather Theatre, includes (from left) Peter Alexander Kostis, Lynn Single, Shrey Neil, and Krystal Nicole Watts. Photo courtesy of the Heather.
  3. 'Stronger' a sobering, sap-free survivor tale from the Boston Marathon bombing

    Features

    What didn't kill Jeff Bauman made him Stronger, surviving not only the Boston Marathon terrorist bombings but a crush of well-meaning yet corrosive attention for doing it.

    Jake Gyllenhaal in “Stronger.” The inspiring real life story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who became a symbol of hope following the infamous 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
  4. Philanthropists give storm-damaged Freefall Theatre a boost

    Stage

    ST. PETERSBURG — The sun has come out for Freefall Theatre.

    The roof peeled back at Freefall Theatre due to winds from Hurricane Irma at 6099 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. DIRK SHADD   |   Times
  5. See ghost tours and scary movies at Tampa Theatre leading up to Halloween

    Movies

    Neat trick, Tampa Theatre, packing so many Halloween treats into the fifth annual Nightmare on Franklin Street.

    While Tampa Theatre was sure to include some classics, the lineup also features some exciting detours from nostalgia. 
Universal Pictures and Times files
  6. Why don't certain bands and tours come to Tampa? Here are five reasons

    Music & Concerts

    Richard Reed Parry has never been to Tampa. You don't need to remind him. He knows.

    Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons performs live on stage at Autodromo de Interlagos on March 12, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mauricio Santana/Getty Images)
  7. Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry talks finally coming to Tampa, the band's creative process

    Music & Concerts

    For a band that's never been to Tampa, Arcade Fire has a lot of love for the Gulf Coast.

    “It’s all extremely intuitive and super from-the-heart,” Richard Reed Parry, pictured, says of Arcade Fire’s music. After years of festival-headlining performances, the band will perform in Tampa for the first time on Friday.
Getty Images (2014)
  8. Darren Aronofsky's 'Mother!' is intriguing but ultimately frustrating

    Movies

    Mother!, Darren Aronofsky's tour de force of allegorical misdirection, is about many things, in succession and simultaneously. What begins as a creepily insinuating chamber piece of domestic discord quickly takes on more metaphorical meanings, with drama giving way to outright horror: Here, a parable of marital anxiety …

    This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Jennifer Lawrence in a scene from "mother!" (Paramount Pictures and Protozoa Pictures via AP) NYET105
  9. Interview: Stan Lee is coming to MegaCon Tampa Bay to raise funds for Hurricane Irma relief

    Events

    The co-creator of Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man wasn't planning to come back to Florida after his appearance at MegaCon Orlando in May.

    Stan Lee, creator of comic-book franchises such as Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk and X-Men, is coming to Tampa later this month to raise money for Hurricane Irma relief.  
Associated Press (2002)
  10. Before Clearwater concert, Luis Fonsi talks Florida roots, 'Despacito'

    Music & Concerts

    It's possible, just maybe, that without the spark of young love in Tampa, the world might not have Despacito.

    What brought Luis Fonsi, who lived in Orlando, to the bay area in his younger days? A girlfriend in Tampa, and his parents’ small beach apartment.