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Illustrations by ALLI ARNOLD   |   Special to the TImes

Great Tampa Bay date ideas for Valentine's Day or all year long

You want to take your sweetie on a great date on Valentine's Day, of course. And rest assured, there is some pretty fun stuff happening around town this weekend. But why limit yourself? Here, from the brains of the Tampa Bay Times entertainment and lifestyle experts, are some original and lovey-dovey Tampa Bay date …


  1. Interview: Jill Scott, bound for St. Pete show, opens up on growing up

    Music & Concerts
    To explain how she found love, Jill Scott wants to take you on safari.
    Jill Scott is one of modern soul’s great philosopher poets, a three-time Grammy winner who’s made a career of mindful meditations on love and relationships.
  2. Review: 'Equity' rises above corporate melodrama with staunchly feminine perspective

    Acting life after Breaking Bad is going well for Anna Gunn, with a key role in the upcoming Sully and her shrewd portrayal of a she-wolf of Wall Street in Equity.
    Anna Gunn stars as a she-wolf of Wall Street in "Equity." (Sony Pictures Classics)
  3. Steven Tyler still rocking, still surprising at 68

    Music & Concerts
    Nine seconds after hopping on the phone, Steven Tyler is already promising a night of unfiltered, uncensored, bacchanalian delight.
    Steven Tyler performs at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville in June. In July, Tyler released a country album, We’re All Somebody From Somewhere, his first big project outside Aerosmith.
  4. 'Phantom Bodies' show at Ringling Museum brings substance to the ephemeral

    Visual Arts
    SARASOTAThough its name might suggest it, don't look for an examination of the paranormal in "Phantom Bodies: The Human Aura in Art" at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.
    Adam Fuss, Medusa, from the series Home and the World, 2010, gelatin silver print photogram, edition 3 of 9.
Courtesy of the artist and Cheim & Read, New York. Copyright Adam Fuss
  5. Review: 'Don't Breathe' a tense thriller for the senses

    The home invasion thriller gets a violent shift in perspective — emphasis on violent — in Fede Alvarez's new film Don't Breathe.
    A group of robbers including Alex (Dylan Minnette, left) meet their match in a blind Gulf War veteran (Stephen Lang), who serves both as victim and villain in Don’t Breathe.
  6. 5 things to do under $5 Aug. 25-31: Fourth Friday Tampa, latte art, train show

    1 Fourth Friday Tampa: The museums and businesses along the Tampa Riverwalk have free and cheap deals, as well as free water taxi rides for this month's Fourth Friday party. There's $5 admission at the Glazer Children's Museum from 4 to 6 p.m. Bestselling author Dawn Tripp will give a free talk about her …
    DAKOTA MOYER | Times The Glazer Children’s Museum will offer $5 admission from 4 to 6 p.m. for this month’s Fourth Friday party. 
  7. Art show: New work at Florida CraftArt, Dunedin's Wearable Art returns

    Visual Arts
    The Wearable Art fashion show will showcase designs, many consciously exaggerated, at Dunedin Fine Arts Center Saturday. 
  8. Movie Planner: Two local horror shows, plus 'Hands of Stone,' 'Mechanic Resurrection' opening

    OPENING FRIDAY: HANDS OF STONERobert De Niro is starring in another boxing movie, so the immediate question is: How does it measure up to the Oscar winner's previous boxing flick?
    Roberto Dur?n biopic Hands of Stone stars ?dgar Ram?rez, left, Robert De Niro and Ruben Blades.
  9. Things to do Planner: Wayne Brady at Busch Gardens, Burger & Beer Bash

    Cerveza Service: Beach blanket beer delivery
    WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 21:  Iliza Shlesinger attends the 11th Annual COMEDY FOR A CAUSE Benefiting The Hollywood Wilshire YMCA at The Laugh Factory on October 21, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images for Hollywood Wilshire YMCA)
  10. Stage planner: Mini dinner theater, Florida Orchestra Brass Quintet, a comic opera

    Florida Orchestra Brass Quintet members include Kenneth Brown, rear left, Dwight Decker and Robert Smith, and William Mickelsen and Andrew Karr.