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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. Why Kendrick Lamar will beat Taylor Swift and other Grammy predictions

    Music & Concerts

    Taylor Swift's 1989 has sold more than five million copies, spawned five Top 10 singles (and counting), and launched the most celebrity-studded pop tour of all time. Since the day it was released in October 2014, it's been the safe bet to win Album of the Year at this year's Grammys.

    I'm here to tell you …

    FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2015 file photo, Kendrick Lamar performs at Power 106’s ‘Cali Christmas’ 2015 in Inglewood, Calif. Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly,” is nominated for a Grammy for album of the year. His song “Alright,” is also nominated for song of the year and best rap performance. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File) NYET240
  2. Review: So last season, 'Zoolander 2' gives us nothing to laugh about


    How can anything come back in style if it was never fashionable? Fifteen years ago, director/co-writer Ben Stiller inflicted Zoolander on moviegoers, who understandably resisted. With the movie opening soon after the 9/11 attacks, few were in a mood for jokes, and Stiller's fashion industry spoof didn't offer …

    Owen Wilson, left, Ben Stiller and Penelope Cruz are investigating celebrity murders in Zoolander 2, the unfashionable next chapter that has no chance of being a cult favorite.
  3. Acrobats fly, Bowie is remembered in Florida Orchestra's 2016-17 season


    An energized Florida Orchestra will increase its number of concerts starting in the fall while retaining a mix of classical and pops, including tributes to David Bowie.

    The Florida Orchestra’s first 2016 pops concert will be Cirque de la Symphonie, featuring aerialists, acrobats and more.
  4. Review: 'How to Be Single' is decent indecent date flick for Valentine's Day


    How to Be Single, a guide to life, liberty and the pursuit of free drinks in clubs, is Carrie Bradshaw brand sex, but funnier, messier and closer to real.

    Robin (Rebel Wilson), right, is a perpetual party girl who guides newly single Alice (Dakota Johnson) in How to Be Single.
  5. PostSecret show at the Straz reveals the inner life of millions


    Perhaps you've heard the story. Frank Warren, an American businessman who was visiting Paris, awoke from a vivid dream.

    Courtesy of the Straz Center. An impulse by Frank Warren, the creator of PostSecret, has connected the lives of millions of strangers.
  6. Plan your weekend Feb. 12-14: Sant' Yago Knight Parade, Valentine's Day ideas, Hillsong United


    Plan your weekend


    Sant' Yago Illuminated Knight Parade: Just as we are recovering from Gasparilla, the Sant' Yago Illuminated Knight Parade hits the streets of Ybor City Saturday with a night-time parade of floats, marching bands, krewes and their royalty. Before the parade, there will …

    The Knights of Sant’Yago Parade is Saturday night in Ybor City.
  7. Feel the love: Valentine's Day events in Tampa Bay


    Total Eclipse of the Heart

    Enjoy a light "love themed" dinner as the planetarium shows scenes of Paris, Buenos Aires and Fiji and you hear tales of ancient love stories. $120 per couple, $90 per couple members (registration required). Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) …

  8. Stage planner: 'Book of Mormon' returns, PostSecret on stage, plus 'Rita Hayworth: The Heat Is On'



    Photo courtesy of Quinn Lemley. Actress Quinn Lemley embodies the late movie legend in Rita Hayworth: The Heat Is On!
  9. Things to do Planner: Sant' Yago Knight Parade, Tweed Ride, Florida State Fair continues


    BEAD IT: Sant' Yago Illuminated Knight Parade

    Jim Arnold strikes a pose during the 2015 Sant’ Yago Illuminated Knight Parade in Ybor City. 
  10. Movie planner: Michael Moore's 'Where to Invade Next' is soft, 'Zoolander 2' and 'How to Be Single' open


    INDIE FLICKS: Where to Invade Next

    Where to Invade Next takes Oscar-winning documentarian Michael Moore to a number of countries he has cherry-picked to promote his notion that the United States isn’t doing all it can for its citizens, and that other nations are.