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Date Night

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. Review: 'Love & Friendship' is full of biting wit, but not your typical Austen


    Consider the 2010s, and his partnership with Amazon Studios, the tale of how Whit Stillman got his groove back.

    Chloe Sevigny, left, and Kate Beckinsale in Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship. The period piece is based on an obscure, posthumously published novella by Jane Austen. 
Amazon Studios-Roadside Attractions
  2. Mary Anne Hamilton, a relative of Alexander Hamilton, gets the trip of a lifetime

    Human Interest

    As the lights came up at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York, Aaron Burr was rapping ruminations about his rival, Alexander Hamilton.

    Mary Anne Hamilton, 82, shows photos of her late husband, Laurens, and memorabilia from Hamilton.
  3. A new era of 'Weird Al' Yankovic launches on tour in St. Petersburg

    Music & Concerts

    Here is a fact that might astound you: In a career that has spanned the past 40 years of pop music, "Weird Al" Yankovic never once parodied David Bowie or Prince.

    “Weird Al” Yankovic is faux talk show Comedy Bang! Bang!’s new bandleader and co-host.
  4. Plan your weekend: Memorial Day fun, MOSI meteorite, R. Kelly, EDM at Sunset Music Fest


    Plan your weekend


    Memorial Day weekend: The long weekend brings family-friendly parties, military salutes and Light Up Tampa Bay, a free celebration and summer kickoff party with live music, family-friendly activities and a fireworks display at Channelside Bay Plaza …

    A dancer gets ready for the evening at last year’s Sunset Music Festival at Raymond James Stadium’s parking lot in Tampa.
  5. Review: 'Alice Through the Looking Glass' a useless, boring cash cow

    If Lewis Carroll couldn't dream up a decent sequel to Alice in Wonderland, what makes Disney believe it can be done?

    While the Mad Hatter was never mentioned in Lewis Carroll’s follow-up novel, here again is Johnny Depp at center stage.
  6. 5 things to do under $5: U-Pick tomatoes, Tampa's Fourth Friday, Corvettes in the park


    1 U-Pick Tomatoes: Time to make some marinara! At Bradenton's Hunsader Farms, you pay $2 and pick up to a half bushel of tomatoes, about the size of a 5-gallon bucket. The farm also has U-pick eggplant for 89 cents a pound, home-grown cantaloupe for $1, watermelon for $5 and hard squash such as acorn and …

    A farmer shows some organic tomatoes on the vine.
  7. Things to do planner: Margarita Festival, 'Realish Housewives' parody, MegaCon




    For its fourth go-round, the Tampa Bay Margarita Festival promises more shade and seating in Curtis Hixon Park. Also new are cashless wristbands designed to make lines move faster and an entrance setup under the shade with more staff to get partygoers in faster. Feeling ambitious? Earn …

  8. Movie planner: 'X-Men: Apocalypse,' 'Alice Through the Looking Glass,' 'A Bigger Splash' and more


    OPENING THURSDAY: X-Men: Apocalypse

    Olivia Munn joins the X-Men universe as Psylocke in the franchise’s latest chapter.
  9. Art planner: New art shows at area galleries and Sarasota's Ringling Museum

    Visual Arts


    Circus poster for Le Cirque d’Hiver de Paris, c. 1954.
  10. Stage Planner: Real story behind 'Alice in Wonderland,' 'Jersey Boys' returns, Chingo Bling



    To create something new about Alice in Wonderland, you have look where no one else is looking. That is how Roxanne Fay, a familiar presence on Tampa Bay stages, approached the show she created around Alice Liddell, the child who inspired the Lewis Carroll …

    Roxanne Fay plays an 80-year-old Alice in Dream Child: The Trial of Alice in Wonderland.