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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. Review: 'Miss Sloane' is a political soap opera with an identity crisis


    Miss Sloane makes being a Washington, D.C., lobbyist look like a pretty good gig for women. You get a killer wardrobe and all the condescending men you can eat, a personal Uber guy and a gigolo on call who really wants to know who you are and how you feel.

    Jessica Chastain plays Elizabeth Sloane, the best in D.C. at what she does, which is lobbying politicos for deep-pocket clients.
  2. Plan your weekend Dec. 9-11: Adam Sandler and friends, Fray at Mistletoe Show, Ybor parade


    Plan your weekend


    Adam Sandler and friends: Adam Sandler's Here Comes the Funny comedy tour surrounds him with old friends David Spade, Rob Schneider, Nick Swardson and a "surprise special guest." 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the Straz Center's big Morsani Hall. The only tickets …

  3. Art Planner: 80 artists interpret 'Yes!', Tour de Clay, Carol Mickett-Robert Stackhouse exhibition

    Visual Arts



    Artists Carol Mickett and Robert Stackhouse have been collaborators for more than 16 years, creating large-scale paintings, prints and monumental sculptures that come together as site-specific installations. They won't have the room to go big for their show at the Leslie Curran …

    The YES! exhibition at Studio@620 features more than 80 artists’ interpretations of the word.
  4. 5 things to do under $5: Steampunk Christmas, grilled cheese fest, 'snow' in Ybor


    1 Steampunk Victorian Christmas: The Pinellas Pioneer Settlement is trying something new this year. There's already an old-timey look thanks to its historic buildings, blacksmith shop and sawmill. This year they are bringing in costumed actors from Wyrd Brothers Productions for a gothic "steampunk" …

    The Pinellas Pioneer Settlement is bringing in costume actors for A Steampunk Victorian Christmas on Saturday.
  5. Things to Do Planner: Adam Sandler, Tom Brokaw, Jingle Bell Run


    COMEDY: From Sandler tour to Keillor's tales

    David Spade and Adam Sandler are on a Netflix-sponsored comedy tour that stops in Tampa this weekend.
  6. Stage Planner: 'It's a Wonderful Life' at American Stage, 'Peter Pan' at Freefall



    It's a Wonderful Life, an evergreen holiday story, gets a fresh coat of paint in a two-week run at American Stage. It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play brings a classic story to life in a play within a play.

    Jim Sorensen plays George Bailey in American Stage’s It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.
  7. Music Planner: Holiday fun from the Fray, Beach Boys; heavy metal from Five Finger Death Punch

    Music & Concerts

    KISS THIS: Mix 100.7 Mistletoe Show

    The Fray, who perform at the Mix 100.7 Mistletoe Show on Friday at the Mahaffey Theater.
  8. Movie Planner: Casey Affleck on 'Manchester by the Sea'; Lightning players attend 'Ice Guardians'



    Lee Chandler can't go home again in Manchester by the Sea (R) but the actor in line for an Oscar nomination playing him practically did.

    Casey Affleck poses with his Best Actor award at the IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards for Manchester by the Sea. 
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  9. Small tweak to actor rules could end St. Petersburg's A Simple Theatre


    The email that changed everything arrived in mid-October, two days before the opening of A Bicycle Country.

    A Simple Theatre of St. Petersburg staged Miracle on South Division Street with, from left, actors Becca McCoy, Georgia Mallory Guy, Bonnie Agan and Stephen Ray, in 2014. After that production, the company switched to doing staged readings exclusively.
  10. Review: Plodding adaptation of 'The Great Gatsby' is a shadow of the real thing


    TAMPA — Like any other adaptation of a great novel, getting The Great Gatsby to the stage requires ambition and steel nerves.

    Cast member in Stageworks Theatre's The Great Gatsby include (from left) Lauren Buglioli as Daisy, Nathan Jokela as Nick Carraway, Dahlia Legault as Jordan Baker, R. James Faurote as Gatsby, and Jamie Jones as Tom Buchanan. Courtesy of Stageworks Theatre.