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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 …

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  1. Florida Orchestra concertmaster Jeffrey Multer shines as soloist

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    TAMPA — Every year, some of the world's best violinists play on our stages. This year, young sensations Simone Porter and Benjamin Beilman wowed Florida Orchestra audiences. Early next year, Joshua Bell and Itzhak Perlman pass through the bay area.

    Florida Orchestra concertmaster Jeffrey Multer showed the precision and expression that has distinguished his career.
  2. Review: 'Into the Woods' starts new tour at a pleasant if meandering walk

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    TAMPA — The unmistakable imprint of Stephen Sondheim shines through from the prologue of Into the Woods, in which fairy tale characters confess their deepest desires.

    Laurie Veldheer as Cinderella in Into The Woods. Photo by Joan Marcus
  3. Plan your weekend, Dec. 2-4: 97X Next Big Thing, Broadway's 'Into the Woods' and auto, boat shows

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Concert

    97X Next Big Thing: Enormous crowds will turn out Saturday for the British pinups the 1975. They'll be joined atop the bill by Americana outfit the Head and the Heart and dance-popsters Capital Cities. But keep an eye on Kongos or electro-folk singer …

    Families skate on glice at the Snowfest in St. Petersburg’s North Straub Park.
  4. Movie Planner: Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival, possession flick 'Incarnate'

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    Hollywood takes a breather this weekend, with only one new nationwide release that's definitely not awards material.

    Dale R. Murray, Mark Frost and Brett Murray star in the festival’s opening night selection, Shooting Clerks, about how Kevin Smith made his $27,000 film Clerks in 1994.
  5. Things to Do Planner: Boat parades, fun runs and big boat and auto shows

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    BOAT PARADES: Deck the hulls

    We may not have snow for Christmas, but we've got an armada of boat parades coming our way. There are six boat parades in the Tampa Bay area this weekend and more coming later. Tarpon Springs is making time before and after for a downtown festival from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. …

    This week features six boat parades around Tampa Bay.
  6. Art Planner: Popular virtual reality returns to Dalí Museum, holiday art tours and shows

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    IT'S BACK: DREAMS OF DALí

    The "Disney & Dalí" show at the Dalí Museum earlier this year was terrific, and a standout component was Dreams of Dalí, a virtual reality experience and feat of technical mastery. Visitors wore goggles and headsets that took them on a three-dimensional …

    Salvador Dal?’s Archeological Reminiscence of Millet’s Angelus is the inspiration for a virtual reality experience.
  7. Music Planner: 97X Next Big Thing, Lauryn Hill; Melissa Etheridge brings holiday cheer

    Music & Concerts

    HOLIDAY CHEER: Melissa Etheridge

    Melissa Etheridge performs Thursday at the Mahaffey Theater.
  8. Stage Planner: 'The Great Gatsby' at Stageworks, 'The Nutcracker' by St. Petersburg Ballet

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    GATSBY'S FLAME:LAUREN BUGLIOLI

    In her early 20s, Lauren Buglioli stood on the threshold of a dream. A triple threat who had trained at the Lee Strasberg school and acted alongside Wesley Snipes in Unstoppable, as well as on British sitcoms, she was close to inking a contract with the soap …

    Lauren Buglioli plays the role of Daisy in Stageworks Theatre’s The Great Gatsby.
  9. Column: Spending time with loved ones is the best gift

    Events

    Think about the last, oh, three things you got as gifts. Now think about who got them for you. Think about how you felt when you got them.

    Tough, right?

    Seeing culinary goddess Ina Garten. People in seats intensely studying herbed fromage blanc in her book. Woman next to us literally started sobbing when Ina came out. Thunderous applause from the theater on mention of lemon skillet chicken. And now we know Jeffrey’s favorite root veg is celery root.
  10. Holiday show highlights: Melissa Etheridge, Donny and Marie, Cirque Musica, 'Nutcracker'

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    Once the Thanksgiving leftovers are been put away, get out your calendars to make time for the top holiday concerts and stage shows coming to the Tampa Bay area.

    Donny and Marie Osmond bring their Holiday show to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Dec. 6.