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Stephanie Hayes, Times Arts and Entertainment Editor

Stephanie Hayes

Stephanie Hayes is the arts and entertainment editor for the Tampa Bay Times, directing features coverage and the Times' staff of critics. Previously, she was 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.

Phone: (727) 893-8716


Twitter: @StephHayes

Blog: Deal Divas

  1. My Outfit Monday: The Most Special Diva Wedding Edition Ever


    It's going to be hard to top this My Outfit Monday.

    Deal Diva Katie got married on Friday (which, in an appropriate newshound universe for Katie just so happened to also be a super historic day for marriage). Several of us Deal Divas had the pleasure of attending and watching Katie take vows with her handsome hubby (!) and our friend, T.J.. And while the focus was mostly on the bride and groom and their love, we couldn't help but focus a little on the clothes....

    All green all the time! Lisa, me and friend, Molly.
  2. Brocante Vintage Market plus 3 Daughters Brewing? Yes, please.


    Vintage hounds know Brocante Vintage Market is always open the first weekend of each month inside a 15,000-square-foot former piano factory in St. Petersburg. Last time I stopped in, I snagged a rad set of 1970's jelly jar glasses featuring my favorite comic book superhero, Archie, plus an exact copy of the monk cookie jar my grandmother used to have. And I came dangerously close to walking out with a chandelier (happens to everyone at Brocante)....

    A vendor's display display at Brocante Vintage Market, 2200 2nd Ave S. The market is held every month for two days.
  3. Will Saturday's 'A Deadly Adoption' be the best Lifetime movie in history?


    I'm due for a good Lifetime cleanse, and that cleanse is called A Deadly Adoption.

    See, I'm an avid viewer of Lifetime original movies, from the salad days of Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? to the illustrious "17" series (Betrayed at, Fugitive at, Dead at, Missing at, Accused at, Guilty at, Full From a Big Dinner at, Suffering Split Ends at, Abusing Self Tanner at...). There's nothing better than being in your 30s and not getting invited anywhere cool, then curling up on your couch with your cat and settling for a night of inappropriate dalliances, L-shaped sheets, runaways with too much eyeliner and desperate calls from pay phones in the night (who uses pay phones?). ...

    Jessica Lowndes is the classic Lifetime bad girl in A Deadly Adoption. Just look at that eyeliner-gun combo.
  4. New details emerge about Disney's Frozen ride at Epcot


    Here's a chance to spend even more money on Frozen!

    The Wall Street Journal got an exclusive look at Disney's new Frozen ride, which we previously reported is replacing the old Maelstrom at Epcot (R.I.P.) and is set to open next year. It places the fictional land of Arendelle among Epcot's replicas of real countries....

    Anna, left, and her sister Elsa from the animated film "Frozen" at Princess Fairytale Hall at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
  5. My Outfit Monday: Birthweek fashions


    I really don't mean to do it. I promise.

    Alas, it seems like every year when my birthday arrives, schedules necessitate I celebrate about six different times in a week. I'm perfectly fine with this, of course. As an obnoxious tween lass, I was the one who loved standing on a chair in the restaurant while the wait staff of Horky's Krab Shack danced around me in tie-dye waving a tray of hush puppies and singing a made up song in which they tried to rhyme "clarified butter" with "celebrate like no other." Birthdays are great! They're an unabashed way to celebrate, well, just basically doing nothing except surviving another year. Sometimes it feels like that's no small feat....

    Making it rain coupons inside a Subway is my lifestyle.
  6. It's a miracle: Barbie can finally wear flat shoes


    Someone is celebrating a triumph for toe comfort these days, and that someone is Barbie.

    Everyone's favorite frenemy with the malformed feet is finally being afforded an opportunity for ergonomic relief, for freedom of the phalanges. Certain Barbie dolls can now wear FLATS (seems to just be the Fashionista dolls, though I couldn't get any official word from Mattel). She was shown off at a toy fair a few months back, but the dolls are now available. ...

    This is a Barbie we can get behind.
  7. Get Lisa's Theme Park Look right with Nasty Gal sale


    Did you read Lisa's post about how to dress for the theme park? Well, you should. It's informative, funny, and contains several references to jorts, so there are no losers here.

    Now, what to buy? I stumbled upon an option today that made perfect sense for the current discussion. If you need help finding a bralette, or maybe a festive flower crown, check out Nasty Gal. The site's sale wares include some very theme park-oriented items. I'm a fan of this billowy flower top, on sale from $68 to $47.60....

    Feel the breeze on your back while waiting in the 86-minute line for Butterbeer.
  8. Get an early peek at David Letterman's final Late Show entrance


    Can't wait for 11:35 p.m.? CBS has released a little tease of David Letterman making his final entrance on tonight's Late Show with David Letterman (taped earlier today). Not too much happens, but it's kind of emotional nonetheless to see the legendary comic run out onto the stage for the last time. See it below.


    Thanks for the laughs, Dave.
  9. Low-rise denim might be back in style; hold us, we're scared.


    Apparently the fashion forecasters are real excited for everyone's thongs to stick out of their pants in junior college classes across the land again.

    Here's one of those things I saw third-hand (it happens), from a friend on Facebook who linked to Jezebel who linked to Vogue. But however we arrived at this harrowing news, the point is ever as chilling. The mag's Kelly Conner suggested that the ultra low-rise denim favored by the early 2000's Spears set (see also: Aguilera, Knightley, anyone on TRL) might be making a comeback, in an inevitable swing of the pendulum away from high-waisted and skinny silhouettes populating the market over the past few years....

    This is not ok.
  10. KFC brings back Colonel Sanders in the form of Darrell Hammond


    The Feed is here for you, bringing you all of your breaking fast-food mascot news.

    First, McDonald's brought back The Hamburglar (sexy/scary? vote early and often). Now, it's time to welcome back Colonel Sanders.

    KFC announced Tuesday that everyone's favorite mustachioed chicken fan would be reborn via Saturday Night Live's Darrell Hammond (good to know there are a variety of roles for men in Hollywood). Watch the commerical here....

    The new Colonel Sanders, played by Darrell Hammond. He has a modern swagger but has not forgotten his chicken roots.
  11. New Hamburglar: Creepy or dateable?


    Remember him?

    Well, forget him. This poor little chubby-cheeked charmer has been cast out to pasture in favor of a much studlier model. McDonald's has reimagined Hamburglar, and he is here to steal not only your burger, but your heart....

    Hold onto your all-beef patties. It's Hamburglar!
  12. Who? It's music of The Who with the Florida Orchestra


    Tampa Bay has a fever for the Who these days. Fresh off the legendary band's April tour stop through the Amalie Arena, the Florida Orchestra will present Windborne's the Music of the Who program as a part of its rock series Friday. Conductor and arranger Brent Havens will lead the program he scored with the orchestra and vocals from Brody Dolyniuk, singer with the classic rock band Yellow Brick Road and vocalist on Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. The two-hour show is full of Who jams like Baba O'Riley, Won't Get Fooled Again, Substitute and more. See it at 8 p.m. at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. $35-$75. (727) 892-3337.

    Brody Dolyniuk will sing with the Florida Orchestra in its tribute to the music of The Who. Performance photo by Ken Howie.
  13. Harold Pinter's 'Betrayal' takes the stage at Tampa Repertory Theatre


    Tampa Repertory Theatre continues its season of treachery and deceit when Betrayal by Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter opens today. The production of Pinter's emotionally biting 1978 play stars Emilia Sargent, Ned Averill-Snell and Greg Thompson as Emma, Robert and Jerry across a seven-year extramarital affair. See it at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays through May 24 at the Studio Theatre on the Hillsborough Community College Ybor City campus, E Palm Avenue and N 14th Street, Tampa. $15-$20.

    Emilia Sargent in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal at Tampa Repertory Theatre.
  14. Ain't Misbehavin' sings through Stageworks Theatre


    Head to the Cotton Club when Stageworks Theatre continues its run of Ain't Misbehavin', the stage tribute to the music of Fats Waller and the black musicians of the 1920s and '30s Harlem Renaissance. The show, directed by Erica Sutherlin and choreographed by Rodney Hamilton, includes favorite songs like Honeysuckle Rose, Handful of Keys and Mean to Me. See it at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through May 17 at the theater, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., No. 151, Tampa. $30. (813) 374-2416.

    Tia Jemison and Frank Edmondson III star in Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Stageworks Theatre in Tampa.
  15. The weirdest and most wonderful looks from the Met Ball


    Ah, the Met Ball, a.k.a., the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala, a.k.a. the most cringe-inducing fashion spectacle of the year. Anna Wintour's signature event has a theme each year based on a museum exhibit, and this time it was "China: Through the Looking Glass." As Kameel and Katie watched the stars try to interpret this for better or worse Monday night, I received a flurry of text messages. A sampling:...

    I remember reading New York Magazine in the airport a while ago, because that's the kind of place you read New York Magazine, and there was a cover story about whether or not Kim Kardashian and her ilk had a place in the legit fashion world, and there was still some push back from folks about really embracing her. I just feel like at a certain point, Anna Wintour just kind of folded and let the KardashiJenners come to her parties because frankly it was easier than being like, "Oh, it's just a small get together, we probably won't even go out..." and then having them see all the pictures on Facebook the next day.