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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  …


  1. A complete history of Twenty One Pilots performances in Tampa Bay

    Music & Concerts

    When Twenty One Pilots came onstage in their undies this month to accept a Grammy for their huge hit Stressed Out, many viewers probably wondered: Who were these weirdos, and how on earth did they get here?

    Twenty One Pilots
  2. Here's how you can get tickets to see Jimmy Fallon at Universal Orlando

    The Feed

    Heads up, Jimmy Fallon fans: You can get on the waiting list this week for April tickets to Tonight Show tapings in Orlando, where the host is getting his own theme park ride.

    The new Universal Studios theme park ride Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon opens on April 6 in Orlando. To mark the occasion the Tonight Show will be taped at the theme park April 3-6. [Universal Orlando]
  3. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Feb. 20-26


    Harlem Globetrotters: The exhibition basketball team rolls through Tampa's Amalie Arena on Wednesday, and will debut basketball's first 4-point line, located 30 feet from the basket ($20-$115). (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com.

    The Harlem Globetrotters will perform at Amalie Arena this week. [Times files]
  4. Calm of Debussy and Duruflé surrounds the storm of Beethoven's Symphony No. 2


    TAMPA — The latest offering by the Florida Orchestra begins with dewdrops and ends on a whisper. Between 20th century compositions by Claude Debussy and Maurice Duruflé bursts Ludwig van Beethoven, like an intruder yanking out all the drawers in the house and smashing everything that can be smashed.

    Harpist Anna Kate Mackle led the orchestra in Debussy’s Danse sacr?e et danse profane.
  5. Review: 'The Great Wall' is not-so-great, but full of wonderfully wacky visuals


    The Great Wall is a so-so movie with eye-popping images: giant ill-tempered iguanas munching medieval warriors, bungee-jumping China dolls spearing them, Matt Damon's man bun. Sights you can't forget.

    Matt Damon is a Hollywood face to place on the poster despite being totally wrong for the part of William, a mercenary searching China for gunpowder. Important guest appearance: Damon’s man bun.
  6. Take the Cross-Bay Ferry for free to these events in Tampa and St. Petersburg on Sunday


    “Are you driving, or am I?"

    You know the refrain. You and your partner swap it every time you head out on the weekend, to dinner, to a concert, to a parade. Someone has to bear the brunt of the steering wheel work.

    But what if you didn't?

    The Cross-Bay Ferry in port on the Seddon Channel near the Tampa Convention Center. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
  7. Here's the lineup for Tampa's Gasparilla International Film Festival


    Well, it's Academy Awards time, so moviegoers know what that means:

    Among the Gasparilla International Film Festival’s ticket options is $1,510 for VIP red carpet treatment for two throughout the festival.
  8. Review: Museum of Fine Arts takes to the highway with 'Open Road'

    Visual Arts

    The road trip: It's often the subject of a rueful and riotous experience, a maker of memories. It is a symbol of breaking free, finding the new and novel, searching for an adventure.

    Photos from Ed Ruscha’s Twentysix Gasoline Stations, published in 1962, include Phillips 66, Flagstaff, Arizona, a gelatin silver print.
  9. Plan your weekend Feb. 17-19: Renaissance Festival, Florida State Fair, Beer, Bourbon and BBQ


    Plan your weekend

    Olde school

    Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Huzzah! The time is anon for the return of the Bay Area Renaissance Festival this weekend through April 2. The field next to MOSI in Tampa will become a time-travel village of kings, queens, jousting, madrigals, archery …

    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 03: Author and creator Michael Connelly attends Amazon Red Carpet Premiere Screening For Season Two Of Original Drama Series, 'Bosch' on March 3, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Amazon Studios)
  10. Art Planner: Homage to Warhol, Paint It Forward and Tour de Shine

    Visual Arts

    Fifteen Minutes: Homage to Andy Warhol

    Tristan Eaton with his mural on the Bern’s Steak House wine warehouse wall facing Howard Avenue.