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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. Review: Dual shows at Leepa Rattner map beauty in Florida and beyond

    Visual Arts


    You can't blame Florida's landscape for being a little camera-shy.

    Rick Bravehart, “Companions Through Time,” Badlands National Park in South Dakota, archival pigment print on baryta,
  2. Former Scientologist Cathy Schenkelberg confronts the church on stage in Tampa



    There are some things Cathy Schenkelberg can't forget, memories that bring back the shame. They burn like lava from that volcano, the famous one on the cover of Dianetics, the bible of the Church of Scientololgy.

    Cathy Schenkelberg rehearses Squeeze My Cans — Surviving Scientology at the Stageworks Theatre in Tampa. 
  3. Plan your weekend: Cuban Sandwich Festival, Rays opening day, new food event at the zoo


    Plan your weekend


    Cuban Sandwich Festival: The sixth annual Cuban Sandwich Festival gets pressing at the Ybor campus of Hillsborough Community College this weekend. A team of Cuban sandwich professionals will attempt to break the record for the world's largest Cuban sandwich …

  4. Review: 'Personal Shopper' changes the conversation on Kristen Stewart


    Time for a reassessment of Kristen Stewart, a divisive actor with a penchant for appearing detached from everything around her in a movie.

    Kristen Stewart’s seeming indifference works as Maureen Cartwright, employed by a demanding supermodel-designer. French writer-director Olivier Assayas grasps her essence, her twitchy elusiveness. 
IFC Films
  5. A glossary to help you understand WrestleMania 33 in Orlando


    Working in a newsroom is the surest way to find out people's deepest, darkest secrets.

    Current WWE Raw women’s champion Bayley, right, shows off her moves. 
  6. Movie Planner: 'Ghost in the Shell,' 'The Zookeeper's Wife'




    Trainspotting isn't the only 1996 release getting a makeover this weekend. The same year, Ghost in the Shell proved Japanese anime to be theatrically viable in the United States. Stylish, futuristic sex and violence with subtitles …

    Scarlett Johansson appears in a scene from Ghost in the Shell, a live-action version of the Japanese anime film.
  7. Art Planner: Art in Bloom and Chihuly Studio Editions

    Visual Arts

    Fleur D'art: Art in Bloom

    Spring is officially here, and with it comes a local tradition, Art in Bloom at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. The event that transforms the museum into a floral beauty celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Presented by the Margaret Acheson Stuart Society, …

    Chihuly Studio Editions, like this one called Golden Topaz, are available for sale at the Chihuly Collection Store beginning April 1.
  8. Things To Do Planner: Car shows, Feast With the Beasts at the zoo, Gasp! Gasparilla Fringe Festival


    PARTY ANIMALS: Feast With the Beasts

    People check out the Ferraris on display at the 2012 Festivals of Speed in St. Petersburg’s North Straub Park. This year’s event is at Vinoy Park on April 2, featuring more than 300 exotic cars, motorcycles and luxury brands, as well as on-site cafes, smooth jazz, wine tasting, cigars and luxury lifestyle displays.
  9. Stage planner: Ex-Scientologist takes to the stage, acrobatic singers perform aboard a tall ship



    Cathy Schenkelberg practiced Scientology for years, giving more than $1 million to the church. After leaving Scientology, she has created a one-woman show about the experience, Squeeze My Cans. The show runs through April 2 at Stageworks Theatre.
  10. Music Planner: Safety Harbor SongFest returns, along with the Wilson Van, Flaming Lips and Lil Uzi Vert

    Music & Concerts

    FLAME ON: Flaming Lips

    Some 35 years in, two things remain clear about the Flaming Lips: (1) They're weirder than ever, to the point where their weirdness has drifted into self-parody; and (2) they could not possibly care less. Set aside the Oklahoma freakniks' first quarter-century, from the …

    The Flaming Lips will perform at Jannus Live in downtown St. Petersburg on Tuesday, April 4.