Tuesday, March 20, 2018


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.

UberEats will sustain us all. Photo from UberEats.

A list of things I will never leave the house for again.

Toys R Us is closing every store. It's easier and cheaper
Published: 03/16/18
Watch that episode of The Office where Michael Scott (Steve Carell) tries to get everyone free from the CEO on St. Patrick's Day.

St. Patrickís Day is on Saturday, but feel free to celebrate by staying home

The Party Gods have dispensed a pot of gold.St. Patrickís Day, one of the biggest drinking holidays in America, falls on a Saturday this year. That means no waking up after a few too many pints of green beer to go to work. That also means...
Published: 03/14/18
Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s search for love has taken him from Los Angeles to Peru. Credit: Paul Hebert, ABC

Arie Luyendyk Jr., maybe most hated Bachelor of all time, coming to St. Pete for Grand Prix

Any Bachelor fans in the Grand Prix stands this weekend?They probably won't be cheering for Arie Luyendyk Jr. The most recent Bachelor is expected to come to St. Petersburg for the race festivities. He's scheduled to be here...
Published: 03/09/18
OSCARS FASHION RECAP: Color is back, baby

OSCARS FASHION RECAP: Color is back, baby

After so much call to action, the 90th Academy Awards red carpet was a call to individuality and representation.
Updated one month ago
FILE - In this March 2, 2014 file photo, an Oscar statue is displayed at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Nominees for best films for the 90th Academy Awards can be viewed in a variety of places, including in theaters, via streaming services and video rental services. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File) NYET607

Do your homework, make a viewing plan for Sunday's Oscars

Preparing for the 90th Annual Academy Awards requires mental and physical endurance, lots of studying, a bit of deep breathing and some good faith stomach stretching.
Updated one month ago
LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
The Wyrdwood Vikings demonstrate Viking shield fighting techniques during the Bay Area Renaissance Festival in Tampa. [Saturday February 11, 2018] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]

From 5Ks to festivals, things to do outside in spring

What’s that smell? Could it be the fragrance of leggings going back in the drawer? The faint perfume of flowers drinking in sunshine, and you drinking in a mojito?
Updated one month ago
Saffron aioli.

Explore mayo's upscale friend: aioli

Mayonnaise does not have to be pedestrian. Mayonnaise, like life, is what you make of it.
Updated one month ago
It's time we defend mayo. PATTY YABLONSKI   |   Times

In defense of mayonnaise

It weighed heavy, spread across my soul like a creamy white burial shroud. I would never admit it, not in a million years.My husband wondered, what was on the chicken? He ate it willingly, then enthusiastically.
Updated one month ago
Siesta Key is blanketed with Amish and Mennonites in traditional garb and bikinis during spring break from places like Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. They're drawn to the familiarity of the Pinecraft community in Sarasota, but many of them let their hair down. [Melissa Lyttle | Tampa Bay Times photo]

Reality TV absent when Amish, Mennonites head to Siesta Key for Spring Break

The woman shuffled from the snack stand at Siesta Key toting cheese fries. She wore a head covering, a green modesty swim dress and the footwear that transcends religion and culture, Crocs.Here, near Sarasota's Amish and Mennonite community of...
Updated one month ago
This image released by Disney shows Michael B. Jordan, left, and Chadwick Boseman in a scene from Marvel Studios'

ĎBlack Pantherí has Tampa Bay ready to hit theaters

We can feel the rawr all over Tampa Bay this weekend.Black Panther, Marvelís hotly anticipated superhero movie, opens today. Itís expected to gross $150 million over Presidentsí Day weekend, more than all...
Updated one month ago