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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. Shakespeare would have found something to like in Jobsite's 'As You Like It'


    TAMPA — Ambition in theater is nothing if not respectable, and Jobsite Theater has achieved at least that much with Shakespeare's As You Like It.

    Roxanne Fay (left) plays Touchstone and Emily Belvo plays Rosalind in Jobsite Theater's As You Like It. (Pritchard Photography)
  2. Review: McDonald's saga 'The Founder' has everything to admire and regret about capitalism


    McDonald's is part of the American family, sharing closet space with our cultural skeletons.

    Michael Keaton, center, in a scene from, “The Founder.”
  3. Review: 'Grounded,' a small production with one actor, delivers a powerful message


    TAMPA — From the opening seconds of Grounded, Tampa Repertory Theatre's production of George Brant's one-act play, you know who will be flying this plane.

    The one-woman show stars Emilia Sargent as an Air Force fighter pilot reassigned to flying drones from the ground.
Photo by Desiree Fantal
  4. Review: 'Silence' is a masterful theological mystery from Martin Scorsese


    Only Martin Scorsese could shepherd a theological mystery like Silence to life. Only a devoted yet questioning Christian would try.

    In Silence, Andrew Garfield, center, plays Father Rodrigues, a priest searching for another priest in 17th century Japan. [Paramount Pictures]
  5. Plan your weekend: MLK Day, Monster Jam, Treasure Island Kite Festival


    Plan your weekend

    MLK Day

    Parades and more: As we head into the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. Day events, Tampa's Allen Temple AME Church on Sunday hosts a Bay Black Heritage Festival Gospel Night at 6 p.m., 2101 Lowe St., Tampa. And on Monday, Tampa's 28th annual community parade …

    tbt* files (2014)
  6. Music Planner: Rare gigs by Van Morrison; returns of Sunshine Music Fest, Winter Jam

    Music & Concerts

    DEEP JAM: Sunshine Music Festival

    Van Morrison (Getty Images)
  7. Art Planner: Female Persuasion, Flights of Fancy and more

    Visual Arts

    Girl Power: Female Persuasion

    This week is St. Petersburg's Second Saturday ArtWalk. Among the many offerings is the opening of the Female Persuasion exhibit at the Cider Press Cafe, 601 Central Ave. The exhibit features concise bodies of work from four local women who represent a range of …

    Tessa Moeller’s painting Violetta will be on display as part of the “Female Persuasion” exhibit at the Cider Press Cafe on Saturday, Jan. 14.
  8. Things to Do Planner: Monster Jam, 'Sully' Sullenberger, new Epcot and Legoland attractions


    BIG WHEEL: Monster Jam

    Just when lesser cars thought it was safe, Monster Jam returns to Raymond James Stadium. These custom-designed beasts are about 12 feet wide with tires so large that singer Bruno Mars, at 5-foot-5, could stand in the wheel well with an inch of head room left over. Like the …

    Monster Mutt goes off a jump at the Monster Jam show on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 at Raymond James Stadium.
  9. Movie Planner: Premiere for Ybor-centric 'The Weight of Remembering'; plus 'Patriots Day,' 'Silence'



    Ybor City’s Spanish-Cuban heritage inspires The Weight of Remembering.
  10. Stage Planner: Jobsite extends its reach with grant funds, chamber music and dance at the Palladium



    A large cast in Jobsite Theater's present-day production of Shakespeare's As You Like It includes (from left) Lauren Field as Celia, Emily Belvo as Rosalind, and Derrick Phillips as Orlando. Photo by Pritchard Photography.