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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. The new 'Baywatch' movie is basically about hot people in swimsuits

    Movies

    Baywatch is a running gag in slow motion, a thong-in-cheek TV retread swapping wholesome jiggles for dirty giggles. There are places for such humor but beaches don't have gutters.

    Kelly Rohrbach as CJ Parker, Alexandra Daddario as Summer, Ilfenesh Hadera as Stephanie Holden, Dwayne Johnson as Mitch Buchannon, Zac Efron as Matt Brody and Jon Bass as Ronnie in the film, "Baywatch."
  2. Will Brad Culpepper win it all on Wednesday's 'Survivor' finale?

    The Feed

    Heading into Wednesday's finale of Survivor: Game Changers, former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Brad Culpepper said his fans need to know there are still plays to make before the end zone.

    "The Tables Have Turned" - Brad Culpepper, Tai Trang and Hali Ford on the fourth episode of SURVIVOR: Game Changers on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Jeffrey Neira/CBS Entertainment
  3. Famous Lego exhibition coming to Tampa for a free show courtesy of the Viniks

    Events

    Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and his wife, Penny, have a fondness for modern, whimsical art. And Vinik and his partners have laid out plans to transform Tampa's Channelside area into a dynamic urban center full of parks, public art and amenities.

    Los Angeles-based artist Nathan Sawaya’s sculpture Yellow is one of his creations featured in the “The Art of the Brick” exhibition. The imaginative show has been drawing large crowds worldwide since 2007.
  4. Florida Orchestra season ends on a triumphant note with Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5

    Stage

    TAMPA — The Florida Orchestra ends its 49th season with a complete set of three qualitatively different pieces. They joined Beethoven and Tchaikovsky with a brand new work on a weekend that signals the departure of one of its longest-serving musicians and the ascent of first-year principals.

    Croatian pianist Dejan Lazic? plays Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto for the Florida Orchestra’s final concert of the season.
  5. Hat Trick Theatre's farcical 'The Three Musketeers' is about as much fun as losing a sword fight

    Stage

    CLEARWATER — For its last production of the season, Hat Trick Theatre has chosen an adaptation of The Three Musketeers. Two of its own, original director Joe Winskye and photographer Bianca Badia, wrote this farcical interpretation, which takes this baroque adventure by Alexandre Dumas and mashes the …

    Hat Trick Theatre's The Three Musketeers is a farcical interpretation, which mashes the accelerator to the floor. Courtesy of Hat Trick Theatre.
  6. After 44 years, principal clarinetist Brian Moorhead retires from the Florida Orchestra

    Stage

    TAMPA — He's had the same dream lately. Brian Moorhead is waiting for a bus carrying fellow musicians of the Florida Orchestra.

    Assistant principal clarinetist Erika Shrauger, left, and principal clarinetist Brian Moorhead rehearse Wednesday.
  7. Here's what 'Frozen' and Broadway star Idina Menzel is reading these days

    Books

    Nightstand

    Idina Menzel

    Menzel is known to some as the green-skinned Elphaba from Wicked. Other fans go farther back and think of her as Maureen from Rent, while her youngest fans recognize her as the voice of magical Elsa in the Disney movie Frozen. When we …

    Idina Menzel
  8. Debra Winger talks about shunning celebrity and why she's back for 'The Lovers'

    Movies

    Fifteen years ago, Rosanna Arquette's documentary went Searching for Debra Winger, or more accurately why a bankable Oscar nominee in her prime (or any woman) found less opportunity than men.

    Debra Winger, who turned her back on her career after performing major roles in several 1980s classics, has come to terms with celebrity and at 61 stars in the new film The Lovers.
New York Times
  9. 'Chuck' tells the story of what happened to Chuck Wepner, boxer who inspired 'Rocky'

    Movies

    Chuck Wepner was a tomato can, a heavyweight boxer who practically bled at the opening bell. The pride of Bayonne, N.J., could really take a punch as he proved time after hemorrhaging time.

    Liev Schreiber as Chuck Wepner in Philippe Falardeau’s “Chuck.” 
IFC Films
  10. Funding for arts in Florida suffers a continual downhill slide

    Stage

    Three years ago, Florida arts and culture organization celebrated a windfall. Gov. Rick Scott approved $42.9 million in grants through the Department of State's Division of Cultural Affairs. A wide swath made out, from the Tampa Theatre to the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, the Florida Aquarium to the Lowry Park Zoo.

    Melissa Minyard and Kelly Pekar take part in Freefall Theatre’s 2016 production of The Light in the Piazza, which sold out 96 percent of its seats. It made $6,745.