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Robbyn Mitchell, Times Staff Writer

Robbyn Mitchell

Robbyn Mitchell covers pop culture, entertainment, night life, local events and arts for tbt* and the Times. She is a native of Washington, D.C., and a 2007 graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee.

Phone: (813) 226-3373


Twitter: @RMitchellTimes

  1. Beyoncé Week: What to Wear to the #Formation World Tour


    (Welcome to Beyonce Week, our countdown to Beyoncés concert on Friday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. For all our Beyonce Week coverage, click here.)

    There's no way you can look like Beyoncé. So let's just scrap that costume idea right now....

  2. 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' teaser trailer brings another heroine to the galaxy (w/video)


    This week apparently didn't have enough geek in it, so Disney and Lucasfilm decided to drop off an early Christmas present.

    The teaser trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hit the internet Thursday monring and every news site is buzzing about it. In the minute and change clip, we get Hong Kong action legend Donnie Yen wielding a staff, Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker narrating/monologuing like he's starring in King Lear, and Felicity Jones channeling her inner Katniss Everdeen to rebel -- even against the Rebellion....

    Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) stars as Jyn Erso in the new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
  3. My Outfit Monday: Easter weekend dress sales are a near religious experience


    I knew I needed a white dress for Easter, so I trekked to the old faithfuls, J.C. Penney and Marshall's last week. 

    The sale at Penney's yielded me a great little white lace number for $26 with a coupon, but it was the haul I picked up a Marshall's that reminded me of the magic that is an Easter sale. On the Marshall's dress clearance rack sat this lonesome navy/gold accent Sharagano shirt dress looking for a home. ...

    Me, so happy I can afford to eat lunch after the damage I did shopping this weekend.
  4. Second City comedians bring The Realish Housewives of South Tampa to Straz Center May 31


    Purse dogs and air kisses for everyone, darlings. 

    Comics from Chicago's famed Second City improv are bringing a satirical romp through Bravo TV's most recognizable reality franchise to the Straz Center for the performing arts this May. 

    The Realish Housewives of South Tampa: A Parody is a stage play that tells the story of  the vaguely foreign baroness Rovanka, shady Claudia Louise, neck model Desiree, tycoon Brooke and Everyman Gwen as they try and live out their lives in Tampa's ritzy enclave. ...

  5. 'The Bachelor,' Season 20, Episode 11: Lying to women who love you for sport


    Fact: Hearts are always broken on The Bachelor

    But this finale was brutal. JoJo, honey, we love you -- even if Ben doesn't.

    Thanks for being the type of girl who asks the questions we all do when we break up with someone.

    "Where did it go wrong?"

    "What doubts do you have?" 

    "Why did you tell me you loved me?"

    JoJo was so obviously in love with Ben that even his parents, Amy and Dave, felt impressed by her. "She has fallen in love with you and considers you almost a best friend," said Dave. ...

    Lauren B. and Ben are engaged and preparing to fade into obscurity.
  6. Adam Lambert cancels tonight's show at Ruth Eckerd Hall


    An unidentified illness has tanked the Pi Day plans of Tampa Bay's Adam Lambert fan base. 

    The singer canceled his The Original High tour date scheduled for Monday night at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall on doctor's orders. 

    Lambert needs at least 48 hours rest to prevent serious vocal damage, according to a release from Ruth Eckerd Hall.

    There was no announcement rescheduling the gig, but refunds are being offered at the point of sale. Lambert's next performance is scheduled for Thursday on Fox's American Idol.  ...

    The Original High" Tour stops at The Ryman Auditorium on March 10 in Nashville, Tennessee
  7. 'The Bachelor,' Season 20, Episode 10: 10 takeaways from the attack of the also-rans


    Monday night was The Women Tell All episode and like most of this season it was less than satisfying. Some women (Jubilee and Caila) crept right up to the line of calling Ben on his foolishness, but backed off after hearing more self-esteem pep talks from America's Little League Coach. 

    So without further ado, here are the 10 things I learned from last night's finger pointing session:...

    Lace, we know, we'll be seeing this summer on Bachelor in Paradise. The guy with the Lace tattoo? Probably bound to make the local news somewhere.
  8. Marvel's Jessica Jones, Krysten Ritter, joins the Tampa Bay Comic Con Celebrity lineup


    Tampa Bay Comic Con's first female celebrity guest also happens to be Netflix's toughest super heroine. 

    Krysten Ritter, star of Marvel's Jessica Jones, will appear alongside Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine), Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon of The Walking Dead), Jack Gleeson (King Geoffrey of Game of Thrones), Ray Park (Darth Maul), and Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton of Game of Thrones). ...

    Krysten Ritter arrives at the 18th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
  9. Riding music: Lil Wayne and Kendrick Lamar drop new music before big concerts in Florida this weekend


    Just in time for you Tampa Bay area concert goers, Lil Wayne and Kendrick Lamar released new music last night.

    Lil Wayne, who will be headlining Saturday's Wild Splash at Clearwater's Coachman Park, teased fans Thursday afternoon by premiering the single, Gotta Lotta, from his upcoming collaboration with 2 Chainz, Collegrove. ...

    Here's the cove to 2 Chainz's new album with Lil Wayne, Collegrove.
  10. Finnish fashion company Marimekko is coming to Target in April


    Remember that time Banana Republic discovered bold prints via Finnish fashion design company Marimekko?

    It was a hot ticket full of drool worthy items, and the country club style retailer couldn;t keep the limited edition, 27-piece collection on the shelves. ...

    Marimekko for Target collaboration launches April 17.
  11. 'The Bachelor,' Season 20, Episode 9: Those words don't mean what you think


    Can we address the tiny budget on this season of The Bachelor?

    It says a lot about the casting that the most exotic trips the writers could dream up were Mexico, the Bahamas and Jamaica. *sad trombone noise*

    Farm boy Chris Soules got to take his ladies to Indonesia. And jerky, soccer hunk Juan Pablo Galavis had dates in South Korea, Vietnam and New Zealand. Even Kaitlyn Bristowe got to take her guys -- including Ben -- to Ireland....

    Ben trying to dump Caila while she curses her luck.
  12. 'The Bachelor,' Season 20, Episode 8: Real recognizes real


    Ben Higgins has gotten so predictable, watching the show requires a drinking game.

    Take sip if he kisses her. Take shot if he cries. Chug the penalty glass if he chooses the single mom of two.

    Just like we knew Emily and Becca weren't going to make it to hometowns, it was obvious that Amanda and her adorable little moppets were not making it to fantasy suites week.

    It’s frustrating to watch the end of this season play out because there isn’t any mystery left. To quote the late great B.B. King, “The thrill is gone.”...

    Amanda brought her girls to the beach to meet Ben. It made for pretty pictures, at least.
  13. 'The Bachelor,' Season 20, Episode 7: Paying your debts in tears


    Becca Tilley should have known when she got the casting call. 

    She'd just finished a season of The Bachelor where she'd made it all the way to seeing Chris Soules' family. He wanted her to commit to moving to Iowa. She wanted to remain long distance until she was sure. He proposed to someone else. She wished him well. 

    It wasn't enough to quench the thirsty Bachelor universe -- an entity that survives solely on tears. ...

    Becca Tilley finally seems heartbroken after chasing two different bachelors.
  14. Patti LaBelle talks 'PattiPies,' cooking on tour, her favorite health foods and more


    Singing hasn't taken a backseat to Patti LaBelle's burgeoning food empire.

    The 71-year-old R&B legend will bring her tour to the Straz Center in Tampa on Sunday, with a long line of hits including Lady Marmalade and New Attitude. But in the past year or so, she's become almost equally famous for her wildly popular line of pies sold exclusively at Walmart under the brand name Patti's Good Life....

  15. The Bachelor, Season 20, Episode 6: Finding sense in the senseless


    What are the rules to this game, Ben?

    I'm asking because, as the officiant, you've been sort of arbitrary lately. 

    This week's four eliminations make perfect sense and no sense at all if you measure them against everything that happened up to this point. 

    Jennifer got cut because she hadn't spent enough time with Ben, but Leah, who'd never had a one-on-one date remained. Leah got cut because she spent her precious time with Ben ragging on Lauren B. instead of making her case, but Emily, who started the Olivia witch hunt, got to stay. Olivia got cut because she said she was in love with Ben and he couldn't reciprocate, but every girl has said this in some form for the past two weeks and most of them got another shot. And Lauren H. got eliminated for reasons unknown because Ben couldn't even dignify her with a cocktail party or proper explanation as he walked her to the car. ...

    This is the face of the betrayed. We hated Olivia but even we agree this was random.