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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. Jeremy Denk dazzles; Florida Orchestra adapts to late program change



    One of the world's foremost pianists performed brilliantly Friday with the Florida Orchestra. Jeremy Denk, a winner of the Avery Fisher Prize and Musical America's instrumentalist of the year award, showed a surprisingly sparse audience at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts what a …

    Pianist Jeremy Denk performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 with the Florida Orchestra.
  2. Amid the election, American Stage produces French imposter play 'Tartuffe'


    An opinionated man with passionate followers and detractors makes an unwanted sexual advance. When the woman objects, he blames her for being attractive and tempting him.

    Left to Right: J. Elijah Cho who plays Val and Abigail Cline, who plays Maryann, rehearse a scene at American Stage, St. Petersburg from the play 'Tartuffe' by Moliere. The production is a modernized adaptation crafted around issues pertaining to the 2016 Presidential selection. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
  3. Jay Cridlin: Kesha has always deserved our attention, especially now

    Music & Concerts

    I was backstage at the 2009 Jingle Ball, chatting with a band in a narrow corridor at what is now Amalie Arena, when a blur of blond and black slipped between us en route from the stage to her dressing room.

    In the years since hit Tik Tok, Kesha has been forced to reconstruct her broken life with a reinvented sound and some much smaller shows. She and her band the Creepies play the Ritz Ybor this week.
  4. Review: 'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back' shouldn't have gone back


    Tom Cruise may be an A-list action star, but the Jack Reacher films are beginning to feel like the B-movies of his career.

    Tom Cruise, left, and Cobie Smulders star in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.
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  5. Plan your weekend Oct. 21-23: Halloween parties, Mike Mills classical show, Stone Crab Weekend, MarineQuest and science festival


    Plan your weekend


    Mike Mills and Robert McDuffie: One of the founders of R.E.M., Mills has created a classical collaboration with violinist Robert McDuffie. Their ensemble of string and rock musicians will perform Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra at 8 …

  6. Movie Planner: 'Jack Reacher' sequel, 'Keeping Up With the Joneses,' 'A Madea Halloween'



    What Tom Cruise wants, Tom Cruise gets, even if it's a needless sequel even by Hollywood standards. One of his frequently unsuccessful box office performers between Mission: Impossible windfalls was 2012's Jack Reacher, based on a character created by …

    Gael Garc?a Bernal stars in the kinetic, violent Desierto.
  7. Column: Trumpkins, celeb divorce and other ideas for your pumpkin this year


    Carving a pumpkin in Florida is a tricky thing. If you do it too early, the gourds dissolve into a disgusting puddle on your front porch steps, eaten by bugs and inhabited by frogs. If you do it too late, you're rushing the process, pitting it against finding time to finalize your Voldemort wand made from polymer …

  8. Art planner: Walking mural tours in St. Pete and new gallery shows around Tampa Bay

    Visual Arts


    Now that the worst muggy days are over (we hope), the Central Arts District in downtown St. Petersburg has resumed its popular Saturday mural walking tour. It covers those within a four-block area with about 30 examples. These are not all the newest ones from the …

    A mural completed by Brazilian artist Arlin Graff adorns a wall in St. Petersburg’s Central Arts District. The popular mural walking tour  will resume on Saturday.
  9. Things to do planner: Tampa Pig Jig, stone crab party, MarineQuest science festival, Rowdies bring 'Fight Song' singer


    GET CRACKING: Stone Crab Weekend

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  10. Stage planner: Acclaimed pianist Jeremy Denk, choreographer Victoria Marks perform



    Dancer and choreographer Victoria Marks premiers a new film, Captiva, at Hillsborough Community College’s Ybor City campus.