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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. Dining news: More poke coming, Frogman Feast raises money for SEALs and Gold Star families

    Food & Dining

    FUNDRAISER: FROGMAN FEAST

    Last year, the first celebrity chef charity event called Frogman Feast raised more than $12,000 for Navy SEALs and their Gold Star families. Ken Bowen is spearheading the effort again this year from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at 3 Daughters Brewing in St. Petersburg. This year's …

    The Frogman Feast last year raised more than $12,000 for Navy SEALs with a casual, family-friendly station meal prepared by more than a dozen local chefs.
  2. 4 art exhibits to check out with family (or on your own) over Thanksgiving weekend

    Visual Arts

    Perhaps you have relatives in town for the weekend, and you're running out of ways to entertain them. Or maybe you're wondering what to do with your long weekend. There's a perfect solution for either scenario: Go see some art. There's plenty on view, inside and out. Here are a few suggestions.

    Princess Leia’s Jabba’s Slave Bikini, 1983.
  3. Top things to do this weekend: Lindsey Stirling, Faizon Love, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live

    Events

    PULLING STRINGS: Lindsey Stirling

    Dubstep violinist Lindsey Stirling will perform from her new Christmas album Friday, Nov. 24, at the Straz Center.
  4. This week's best Tampa Bay concerts: Brian Setzer, Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith, 21 Savage, more

    Music & Concerts

    SWINGIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE: Brian Setzer Orchestra

    Jimmy Herring and John McLaughlin at soundcheck at the Paul Reed Smith 30th Anniversary Celebrations held at Ram’s Head Live, Baltimore.
  5. 'Fun Home' opens at the Straz, 'The Little Prince' at Freefall

    Stage

    LIFE AND DEATH: FUN HOME

    Every year, the Straz Center tries to mix it up a little, injecting a not-quite-so-safe show into an otherwise bankable lineup. Last year, that was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. This year it's Fun Home, a coming-of-age musical set in a …

    Fun Home, a musical built around Alison Bechdel’s autobiographical novel, will run Nov. 28 through Dec. 3 at the Straz Center in Tampa.
  6. What's in theaters for Thanksgiving: 'Coco,' 'Last Flag Flying,' 'The Man Who Invented Christmas'

    Movies

    NOW IN THEATERS:

    COCO

    Disney-Pixar's animated dramedy Coco (PG) is inspired by Mexico's annual Dia de los Muertos, the "day of the dead" when departed ancestors are celebrated. Good for diversity, although the movie isn't as good as its intentions.

    Saoirse Ronan stars in Lady Bird, the directorial debut of actress Greta Gerwig.
  7. Some ways to celebrate Thanksgiving that aren't Thanksgiving

    Events

    Happy Turkey Day!

    Or is it? Sometimes life just doesn't come together at 2 p.m. on Thursday.

    Shrimp and scallops in white sauce at Yummy House restaurant. Popular Tampa Chinese restaurant Yummy House has opened a second location in Tampa on E. Hillsborough Avenue. The restaurant is much more upscale than its original Waters Avenue location.
  8. Can toy stores create Toys 'R' Us kids in an Amazon world?

    Consumer

    Stefanie Dunlop is pinning high hopes on her Fingerlings.

     Stefanie Dunlop, owner of two Learning Express Toys chain stores in Tampa and Clearwater, helps customers at the Learning Express Toys store inside the Westfield Citrus Park mall in Tampa , FL, on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. As more people turn to online for their toy-shopping, businesses from big corporate stores to smaller chains to independents are doing what they can to stay in the black. Gabriella Angotti-Jones  | Times
  9. If you're going to see 'A Christmas Carol' redo, make it 'The Man Who Invented Christmas'

    Movies

    The last thing this world needs is another rendition of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, likely the most remade, reimagined and ripped off literary property ever.

    Christopher Plummer, center left, stars as Ebenezer Scrooge and Dan Stevens, center right, stars as Charles Dickens in “The Man Who Invented Christmas.”
  10. Plan your weekend: Indie shopping, Lindsey Stirling, ice skating, Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Shopping

    Black Friday: Avoid the madness of the malls at a variety of indie shopping experiences this weekend. Skatepark of Tampa has one of the best sneaker selections in Tampa Bay and free skating all day Friday to celebrate. They'll open at 7 a.m. at 4215 E …

    Thousands of Christmas lights light up Lowry Park Zoo during their Christmas in the Wild holiday display.  [Friday, December 2, 2016] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]