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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. Plan your weekend Aug. 18-20: Elvis in concert, Jason Aldean, Monster Jam Triple Threat, Sing-Along Grease

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    The king

    Elvis: Live in Concert: This year marks the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, and Ruth Eckerd Hall will have a Graceland-produced Elvis concert on a movie screen, accompanied by a full live orchestra. Graceland calls it the closest audiences …

    Handout photos of Elvis: Live in Concert, a tour spectacle featuring a live orchestra backing the voice of Elvis Presley, projected onto a movie screen. The tour comes to Ruth Eckerd Hall on 8/18/17. Credit: Graceland.
  2. Iconic Ballet Nacional de Cuba ballet will perform at Straz in May

    News

    Besides fine tobacco, Ballet Nacional de Cuba is considered by many to be the island nation's most distinctive export.

    Ballet Nacional de Cuba, one of the world’s top companies, will perform at the Straz in May.
  3. Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson can't keep 'The Hitman's Bodyguard' on-target

    Movies

    The Hitman's Bodyguard is an assault tank on semi-automatic pilot, spraying jokes and bullets with only the ammo consistently hitting its targets. The irresistible teaming of Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson might be even funnier if they missed once in a while.

    Samuel L. Jackson plays a master assassin testifying against a dictator, and Ryan Reynolds plays a bodyguard tasked with keeping him alive.
  4. What's new in theaters: 'The Hitman's Bodyguard,' 'Logan Lucky,' 'Wind River'

    Movies

    OPENING FRIDAY:

    THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD

    Loving the trailer for The Hitman's Bodyguard (R) poking fun at quotes from reviewers prone to phrases like "It's a roller coaster ride!" for better chances to see their names in TV ads.

    Salma Hayek and Samuel L. Jackson in The Hitman’s Bodyguard.
  5. There's a local memorial for Linkin Park's Chester Bennington this weekend

    Music & Concerts

    Because he sang so often, and so passionately, about the trials of pushing through pain and desperation, Linkin Park fans have taken the July 20 suicide of singer Chester Bennington really hard.

    Chester Bennington, left, performs during the MMRBQ Music Festival 2015 in Camden, N.J. Hundreds of Linkin Park fans are gathering to pay tribute to late singer weeks after his death. (Associated Press [2015])
  6. Top shows on stage this week: 321 Improv Festival, Andrew Dice Clay

    Stage

    JUST POPPED UP: 321 IMPROV FESTIVAL

    Improv duo From Justin to Kelly spend most of the show in silence.
  7. This art show celebrates the '90s nostalgia with a DJ bumping jams

    Visual Arts

    THROWBACK: KID AT HE(ART)

    Artist collective He(Art) puts together art exhibits around Ybor, and their latest one — Kid at He(Art) — happens Saturday at the Creative Loafing event space. The show features the work of 14 artists, including Sebastian Coolidge, Daisy Robles

    Emiliano Settecasi’s work is part of the Young at HeART exhibit.
  8. Where to pig out for National Bacon Lovers Day

    Food & Dining

    That's right: Sunday is the national day devoted to all things bacon, National Bacon Lovers Day. Which, really, isn't too different from the other 364 days of the year. But here's a little roundup of some special places to celebrate everyone's favorite meat snack (seriously, even vegans have a grudging respect …

    A creme-filled doughnut topped with maple frosting and bacon at Dough on MacDill Avenue in Tampa.
  9. This week's best Tampa concerts: Jason Aldean, Elvis: Live, Cheat Codes and more

    Music & Concerts

    HUNK O' BURNIN' LOVE: Jason Aldean

    Country singer Jason Aldean, pictured at a benefit concert in August, will hit up Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Friday, Aug. 18.
  10. This weekend in Tampa Bay: Monster Jam, Sing-Along Grease, Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest

    Events

    POWER PLAY: Monster Jam Triple Threat

    Speedsters in the new arena show Monster Jam Triple Threat coming to Amalie Arena Aug. 19. Each competitor will drive three customized high-powered vehicles: Speedsters, ATVs and the famous Monster Jam trucks.