Stephanie Hayes, Times Staff

Stephanie Hayes

Times Staff

When I say I’ve had almost every gig at the Tampa Bay Times, I mean it. I left my job at a mall CD store many moons ago to work here, stocking the bathroom with Lysol and distributing faxes. These days, I’m Deputy Editor, Features, overseeing arts, entertainment and culture coverage for the Times. I’ve covered everything from local governments to higher education to nightlife, originated the Epilogue obituary feature and was performing arts critic. My passion is the creative side of life, and how arts and culture inform humanity. I’m co-host of the Times’ Life of the Party podcast, a stepmom, fledgling novelist, amateur makeup artist and avid hoster of shindigs with too much food. Find me in Dunedin, coolest town in Florida.

Life of the Party podcast: Signs you’re watching a Hallmark Christmas movie

LifetimeBarry Watson and Melissa Joan Hart star in A Very Nutty Christmas on Lifetime.
Listen to this week’s Life of the Party podcast to explore the world of cable TV and Netflix Christmas movies, from perfect hair to small towns.

Travis Scott postpones his sold-out show tonight at Amalie Arena

Travis Scott performs at the Madness Fall Tour 2015 at Amalie Arena in Tampa. [Friday, December 11, 2015]  [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
Scott was scheduled to bring his Astroworld: Wish You Were Here Tour to Amalie Arena Monday. His management emailed the Times Monday afternoon.

From FitzMagic to Red Tide, 6 very Florida Halloween costumes

Tampa Bay Halloween Illustration by Cameron Cottrill
We’re here to help you put together costumes that portray sweaty life in the Sunshine State, with its stench of fish and cast of unforgettable characters.

I binged Julia Child and Jacques Pepin's 1990s PBS show, and here's what it taught me about cooking

SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
  Stephanie Hayes is watching Jacques and Julia on Amazon Prime, a classic cooking show from the 1990s with Julia Child and Jacques Pepin. She\u2019s preparing an appetizer, dinner and dessert from the show
It started when someone on Facebook posted a photo of Julia Child flashing an old-timey pistol at her friend Jacques Pepin and wrote, "Spoiler Alert: they drink in basically every...

In South Tampa, create a dinearound with stops at Bernís, Haven and the Epicurean Hotel

BRONTE WITTPENN   |   Times
Haven, which is about a three-minute walk from the Epicurean Hotel, has creative dishes, like this cauliflower carbonara, and drinks to match.
I had a specific vision for my 35th birthday. Relaxation mostly. Bathrobe. Wine. Maybe a massage or a pool. Food, food, food. A handful of close friends. I did some research at beach hotels..