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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. Renowned chef Ferran Adrià talks food as art at the Dalí Museum

    Cooking

    ST. PETERSBURG — Often described as "the Salvador Dalí of the kitchen," Catalonian chef Ferran Adrià, who some call the world's greatest chef, stood before giant video screens at the Dalí Museum on Friday morning. In town for the debut of the exhibit "The Invention of Food," an homage to Adrià …

    Chef Ferran Adri? looks at the Jamon Iberico being served during a media preview of the special exhibit “The Invention of Food” at the Dal? Museum. The exhibit focuses on Adri? and the connections that can be made between his work and the work of Salvador Dal?.
  2. SHINE Mural Festival in St. Petersburg and its many meanings

    Visual Arts

    ST. PETERSBURG — St. Petersburg recently became more vibrant now that the second SHINE Mural Festival has concluded, adding 21 new murals, four of them created as projects with community participation. Those from the first festival have remained, remarkably, since murals often are short-lived.

    More than 20 new works were added for this year’s SHINE Mural Festival in St. Petersburg. Clients and an art teacher at Creative Clay crafted this on the north side of the building at 2914 First Ave. N.
  3. Florida Orchestra season lineup features world-class talent, a mix of classics and new work

    Stage

    As a conductor of the Florida Orchestra, Michael Francis spends time on the details. He is the border collie nipping at the herd, the proofreader who preserves accuracy to the text, the timekeeper.

    Florida Orchestra music director Michael Francis, shown conducting the Florida Orchestra in October, says,  “I just feel that we are on the cusp of something absolutely wonderful here.”
  4. For hot indie band Merchandise, coming home to Tampa is complicated

    Music & Concerts

    ORLANDO — The gear is loaded in, the instruments set and tuned. The band is lingering near the back of Park Ave CDs, watching fans trickle in from the rain. Carson Cox nods to a small group hovering near the makeshift stage.

    David Vassalotti, guitarist for Tampa rock band Merchandise, left, performs alongside singer Carson Cox for an audience of about 90 at Mojo Books and Records in Tampa. The band's new album, "A Corpse Wired for Sound," will release on Sept. 23. ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times

  5. Plan your weekend Sept. 23-25: Howl-o-Scream, Free Museum Day, Lightning Fan Fest, the Illusionists

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Halloween

    Howl-O-Scream: Halloween attractions and haunted houses are already popping up. Busch Gardens brings an Evil Encore theme to its annual scare fest starting Friday. Tickets start at $45.99; buschgarden …

  6. Sunshine City Opera, a new professional company, brings a fresh approach

    Stage

    A new professional opera company focusing on new or little known work holds its second concert Thursday. At a time when established opera companies tend to rely on proven war horses or eternal favorites, Sunshine City Opera is already offering a change of pace.

    Sunshine City Opera will focus on new or rarely heard works. Courtesy of Erin Houlskamp.
  7. 5 things to do under $5: Free Florida Orchestra concert, Central Avenue festival

    Events

    1Sebastian Junger: The author (Perfect Storm) and Oscar nominee (Restrepo) will give a free talk at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts today, thanks to the University of South Florida's Frontier Forum Lecture Series. Admission is free for the 7:30 p.m. event, and doors open at 6:30. …

    Author-filmmaker Sebastian Junger will give a talk at USF on Tuesday.
  8. Movie Planner: Reviews of Jerry Lewis' 'Max Rose,' John Krasinski's 'The Hollars'

    Movies

    INDIE FLICKS: MAX ROSE

    Two diversely remarkable performances make a cloying pair of indies tolerable this week. One comes from a certified Hollywood legend; the other by a quintessential character actor.

    Columbia Pictures
  9. Stage planner: The Illusionists do the impossible , 'Unelectable You' rolls with political realities

    Stage

    NOW YOU SEE IT: THE ILLUSIONISTS

    The Illusionists are blowing through Tampa like superheroes, each endowed with special powers. The Anti-Conjuror (Dan Sperry), a Goth apparition with black fingernails and lipstick, multiplies birds and nearly beheads himself with dental floss. The Escapologist (Andrew …

    Yu Ho-Jin, a member of the Illusionists known as the Manipulator, is a master at sleight of hand.
  10. Art Planner: Free museum admission, Fashion Week art, new shows at Syd Entel, Clayton Galleries

    Visual Arts

    IT'S HOT OUTSIDE: GO TO A MUSEUM (FOR FREE)

    A show of fashion photography is at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts for Fashion Week Tampa Bay.