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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. Little Big Town part of a major lineup for the Florida Strawberry Festival

    Music & Concerts

    LAKE BUENA VISTA —

    Kimberly Schlapman stood back in the shadows, watching a group of Orlando-area high schoolers rehearse during a performing arts workshop at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort. And she couldn't help but reminisce about her own days in high school and college choir.

  2. Patrick Wilson to be honored at Gasparilla International Film Festival

    Movies

    Plenty of movies, but not as many stars as usual, are slated for the 11th annual Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival, opening Thursday at various Tampa locations.

    Patrick Wilson as Lou Solverson in Fargo. Chris Large/FX
  3. Where to drink up this week for Tampa Bay Beer Week

    Events

    The official kick-off party for Tampa Bay Beer Week is Friday at Tampa's Pour House at Grand Central, featuring 40 beers from Florida breweries. But there are dozens of other events running through March 12, ranging from large-scale festivals to beer tastings, classes, beer dinners and more. It's no coincidence that the …

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  4. Review: Freefall's 'Red Velvet' delivers a message both timely and long overdue

    Stage

    ST. PETERSBURG — A backstage scene in Red Velvet, Freefall Theatre's production of a recent play that is turning heads, spells out the pre-Victorian social climate as well as any.

    Jose Rufino, left, plays Ira Aldridge, the first African-American professional actor to play Othello, and Douglas S. Hall plays theater manager Pierre LaPorte in Freefall Theater's production of Red Velvet. Photo by Thee Photo Ninja.
  5. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Feb. 27-March 5

    Events

    Florida Strawberry Festival: In Plant City, the red berry is king but the music lineup is pretty sweet, too. Willie Nelson, Little Big Town and 3 Doors Down will be there, along with a midway of rides, exhibits and free daily entertainment starting Thursday. $10, $5 ages 6-12, free for 5 and …

    Chef Tony DeFrancesco carefully prepares a four-pound pile of strawberry shortcake for the Strawberry Shortcake Eating Contest sponsored by St. Clement's at the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City Thursday. Contestants were give ten minutes to attempt to finish the portion, a feat that no one managed to complete.
  6. Freefall's 'Red Velvet' tells remarkable true story of Ira Aldridge, who changed theater

    Stage

    ST. PETERSBURG — Jose Rufino earned a master's degree in theater without hearing of Ira Aldridge, the character he portrays in Red Velvet starting this weekend at Freefall Theatre.

    Jose Rufino plays Ira Aldridge, the first black professional actor to play Othello the Moor, in Freefall Theatre’s production of Red Velvet.
  7. Review: 'Logan' is a gripping Wolverine story to take seriously

    Features

    James Mangold's Logan is an uncommonly mature comic book movie, practically from another universe unto itself. It's a movie demanding and deserving to be taken seriously, an elegy for a mutant.

    Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) tries to protect the young mutant Laura (Dafne Keen) in "Logan." (Ben Rothstein)
  8. Plan your weekend Feb. 24-26: Gasparilla Distance Classic, Mardi Gras pops, dinos at the zoo

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Road runners

    Gasparilla Distance Classic: One of Tampa's best-known road races floods Bayshore Boulevard with runners this weekend for the Gasparilla Distance Classic. The race attracts elite runners and first-timers alike for the lovely route that the 15K takes …

    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 12:  TV personality Steve-O attends the 10th annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert at Club Nokia on May 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
  9. Review: Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' a smart allegory wrapped in a horror flick

    Movies

    Jordan Peele's Get Out isn't Oscar material, yet it's a razored rebuttal to the movie industry's so white, so what reputation. Nothing is more Hollywood than horror movies, nor more show-business-as-usual than cultural appropriation.

    Rose Armitage (Allison Williams) takes boyfriend Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) to meet her potentially ill-meaning parents in Get Out.
  10. Interview: Internationally renowned artist Alex Katz brings works to Tampa Museum of Art

    Visual Arts

    When leaders at the Tampa Museum of Art got surprising news that Alex Katz would be stopping by to see his exhibit and mingle, it was a big deal.

    Alex Katz, Ariel, Black and White, 2016. Courtesy of the Tampa Museum of Art.