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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. 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.

    Dylan Minnette, left, and Stephen Lang in a scene from "Dont Breathe." (Sony/Screen Gems via AP)
  2. 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. 
  3. 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. 
  4. Movie Planner: Two local horror shows, plus 'Hands of Stone,' 'Mechanic Resurrection' opening



    Robert 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.
  5. 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)
  6. 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.
  7. Music Planner: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler goes solo, Fifth Harmony, Brantley Gilbert roll into Tampa

    Music & Concerts

    GIRLS EMPOWERED: Fifth Harmony

    Before Fifth Harmony's Work From Home hit No. 1 in May, it had been 15 years since a girl group had snared the top spot on Billboard's airplay chart.

    For music planner on 8/25/16: Handout photos of Dillon Francis, performing at Beach Bar in Tampa on 8/28/16. Credit: Sony Music.
  8. Tampa institution returns as Goody Goody opens in Hyde Park Village (w/video)

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA — Goody Goody is officially back in business.

    Mike Smith of New Tampa waits for doors to open at Goody Goody about 5:30 a.m. He was first in line at 4 a.m. for the grand opening of the new restaurant at 1601 W Swann Ave. in Hyde Park Village. Smith, who was born in Tampa in 1952, says some of his earliest childhood memories are of Goody Goody. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times] 
  9. Drake, bound for Tampa Saturday, tries to please the masses

    Music & Concerts

    Your friendly Canadian rap god is a people person. He aims to please, and largely does. He works well with others, mostly, aside from the odd beef here and there. His songs are the 2016 definition of music for the masses — insanely popular, largely free of controversy, a fit on any playlist. He's like that old ad: …

    Drake, left, performs with fellow rapper Gucci Mane at a July show in Atlanta. The two reportedly have collaborated on a mixtape.
  10. Interview: 'Southside with You' director Richard Tanne talks casting the perfect Obamas


    What this election year needs now is love, sweet love.

    Writer-director Richard Tanne, center, poses with cast member and producer Tika Sumpter, left, and cast member Parker Sawyers , from the film, "Southside With You" at The London West Hollywood hotel in West Hollywood, Calif. The film opens in theaters on Friday, Aug. 26. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)