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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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Tall ship replica in St. Pete is the stage of a 'spectacle opera'



    If you're driving along Third Street S, or just happen to be taking in the view of Bayboro Harbor behind the University of South Florida St. Petersburg's library, you might have noticed a mysterious black ship tied off on the seawall. Glance inland, across tiny Poynter Park, and you'll see a …

    Members of the Caravan Stage Company, who are Amara Zee crew members, act, sing, dance and perform stunts.
  5. Interview: WWE's Bayley talks defending her title at WrestleMania in Orlando


    Women's matches in professional wrestling once endured a regrettable reputation as popcorn breaks, bra and panties pillow fights populated with so-called "divas."

    As kids, Bayley and her brother wrestle and make up names.
  6. From a megafan, reasons to see WrestleMania 33 in Orlando


    It's not just a wrestling match.

    When World Wrestling Entertainment brings its largest event of the year, WrestleMania, it is a pop culture extravaganza. All the drama, the glitz and the pageantry that surrounds the ring is just as important as the athleticism inside. It's six hours of elaborate …

    Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar 
w/ Paul Heyman
  7. Performance artist squeezing oranges for 140 hours in St. Pete — then he'll wash your dishes

    Visual Arts

    ST. PETERSBURG — Curtis Bryant was walking alone Friday morning along Central Avenue when he saw a sign outside the Morean Arts Center reading "free juice."

    Orlando-based artist Brian Feldman squeezes Florida oranges into juice, Friday, 3/24/17 at the Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, as part of the "Fresh Squeezed, Emerging Artists in Florida" exhibit. Feldman is one of six Florida artists whoes work is on display through April 30th. On Friday, Feldman squeezed Florida orange juice for visitors who created drawings of oranges and other citrus scenes. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
  8. Outback Steakhouse out, giant Bloody Marys and local food in at Tropicana Field

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rays and Centerplate trotted out the Trop's new menu items on Monday and the big shock-and-awe food was a liquid refreshment.

    Some of the new glasses for the new Green Bench Brewing Co. beer seen during an event showcasing food that will be available during the upcoming baseball season at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Monday, March 27, 2017. The Home Opener for the Tampa Bay Rays is Sunday, April 2. EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times
  9. Review: 'T2 Trainspotting' deftly ages a drugged-out bunch


    The other needle drops in T2 Trainspotting, Danny Boyle's berserker encore for four Scottish heroin junkies.

    Simon (Jonny Lee Miller) and Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) in " T2: Trainspotting." Credit: Jaap Buitendijk
  10. Review: 'The Boss Baby' needs someone to raise it right


    The Boss Baby is a bun needing more time in the oven, some rethinking of what sort of animated comedy it wishes to be.

    Photo from The Boss Baby starring Alec Baldwin. 20th Century Fox.