Thursday, December 14, 2017


Stephanie Hayes

Stephanie Hayes

Stephanie Hayes is the features editor for the Tampa Bay Times, directing features coverage and the Times' staff of critics. Previously, she was arts and entertainment editor, and before that, performing arts critic, covering plays, musicals, classical music, dance, comedy and more. She also blogs about fashion for the Times' style blog, Deal Divas. She started writing for the Times in 2003, covering everything from suburban politics to zoning to snack foods to Britney Spears. She wrote the Times' feature obituary column, Epilogue, and went on to work as a general assignment reporter, entertainment reporter and higher education reporter. She grew up near Cleveland and graduated from St. Petersburg College and the University of South Florida.

CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times
Cobb Luxury Theatre lobby area Tuesday, 3/16/16 during a sneak peak of the freestanding Cobb Theatre facility opening on the Tyrone Square Mall property next month.

Six places to see a movie and eat dinner at the same time

Back in my day ...Go on. Say the words. Apply it to the cost of movies. Once a casual weekend outing, seeing a flick can be an enormously expensive experience in streaming-happy 2017. Tickets can climb upwards of $15 these days, depending on...
Published: 12/11/17
Updated: 12/13/17
I watched Netflix's A Christmas Prince so you don't have to, unless you want to, which you probably do.

I watched Netflix's A Christmas Prince so you don't have to, unless you want to, which you probably do.

No one knows you better than your Netflix queue, so I had no choice but to acquiesce when it showed a 96 percent match for A Christmas Prince. This is a Netflix original to end all Netflix originals, created in the vein of every Lifetime and...
Published: 12/05/17
Lady Gaga accepts the award for

We love Lady Gagaís talent, but letís not forget her outfits

The queen is here, and if you donít already have tickets, good luck finding them.The Lady Gaga concert at Amalie Arena on Friday has been sold out since it went on sale, a frenzy we can attribute to a couple of possibilities:A. People...
Updated one month ago
(08/09/2011 Tampa) Shrimp and scallops in white sauce at Yummy House restaurant. Popular Tampa Chinese restaurant Yummy House has opened a second location in Tampa on E. Hillsborough Avenue. The restaurant is much more upscale than its original Waters Avenue location. [Edmund D. Fountain, Times photo]

Some ways to celebrate Thanksgiving that arenít Thanksgiving

Happy Turkey Day!Or is it? Sometimes life just doesnít come together at 2 p.m. on Thursday.Circumstances mean itís not always possible to sit around the table on Thanksgiving, a family in a Publix ad smiling over a glistening bird. Maybe...
Updated one month ago
KIM SALT   |   Special to the Times

Five reasons to check out the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading

For 25 years, readers and authors have been mingling on a very special day in St. Petersburg.The Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading is back this weekend, organized painstakingly by our book editor, Colette Bancroft, and the Times marketing...
Updated one month ago

Now that itís not sweltering in Florida, some things to do outside

A few weeks ago, when the temperature dropped below 80 degrees for the first time, I broke out the opaque tights and boots.*"Itís tights* season!" I said, gleeful, full of hope for a sweat-free tomorrow."Weíre not quite there yet," my...
Updated one month ago
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 19:  Musicians Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne arrive at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Mrs. Roper to George Michael: Throwback pop culture costume ideas

Put down the Donald Trump wig, and back away slowly.Itís not hard to find a pop culture costume for 2017, given the whirlwind year of politics, entertainment and general options. Unicorn Frappuccino, pregnant Instagram Beyoncť, Wonder Woman,...
Updated: 2 months ago

Things to drink at Oktoberfest that are not beer

International Bitterness Units. Dry hopping. Fermentable sugars. Beer, once the pale, watery symbol of casual consumption, has become bigger than itself. Everyone is an expert. The craft beer craze has Taylor from accounting explaining her home...
Updated: 2 months ago
Designs by Elizabeth Carson Racker.

See the runway looks from Tampa Bay Fashion Week

It's hard to believe Tampa Bay Fashion Week is 10. Yes, our local fashion event is now a decade old, and a birthday party it did have. I've been attending the festivities for probably eight of...
Updated: 2 months ago
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26:  Actors Michelle Williams (L) and Busy Philipps attend the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

With Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen coming to Tampa, could these celeb BFFs be next?

Get out your emergency Cuteness Survival Kit and prepare to be charmed.This week's dual interview with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen — that's right, we talked to both of them — is going to make you want to pour a hot tea,...
Updated: 2 months ago