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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. Crafty Fest is back at ARTpool Gallery!


    Well, it may not be cooling down that much, but one of the bigger arts and crafts fairs in town is back from its dog days of summer hiatus.

    ARTpool Gallery’s monthly artisan craft fair returns to St. Pete this weekend. Check out wares from local Etsy sellers, plus vintage clothes, vinyl records, antique jewelry, plants and more. If you want to sell something, you can reserve a booth at The event is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at ARTpool Gallery & Cafe. 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 324-3878. Hopefully shop owner Marina Williams will be there in some awesome headgear toting her cutie-pie mini schnauzer....

    A little taste of the craft action at Crafty Fest.
  2. A trip through the hotel that inspired Stephen King's 'The Shining'



    It was raining as we drove into town, a cloud of mist hanging heavy over the mountains. GPS was spotty, but I was sure we would find the hotel without a map. Our inner voices would guide us there. Our shining, you could say.

    Besides, this was no squat motel that sat along the roadside. This was the historic Stanley Hotel, which despite its spooky reputation was supposed to shine white like a wedding cake against the landscape....

    The Stanley Hotel’s Room 217 is the hotel’s most requested room. It’s where Stephen King stayed on his spooky visit. The same room number appears in the book The Shining.
  3. Kermit the Frog has a new girlfriend, and she looks like a Kardashian


    This whole world is falling apart.

    We told you how Kermit and Miss Piggy split up back in August. Well, it's been one whole month and Kermit already has a Kardashian-looking jezebel at his side. His new girlfriend is named "Denise." And we're all like, GIANT EYE ROLL....

  4. BREAKING: Chico's $10 shoe sale is BACK


    Hey, remember that time the Deal Divas all collectively grasped our chests and flopped to the ground and the SOME OF US, NOT NAMING NAMES, might have maybe ordered 11 pairs of shoes at one time because Chico's was practically giving them away for $10 a pair?


    Hello, pretties. For a couple more hours, score these for $10.
  5. Column: Local mural lovers can enjoy some throughout Tampa Bay

    Visual Arts

    When did Tampa Bay become a mini Wynwood?

    Mural fans know that's the arts district of Miami, home to tens of thousands of square feet of public murals that have given new life to dreary warehouses. But you don't have to drive south to see public works of "wow" anymore.

    Murals have been a big deal in St. Petersburg for several years, popping up on our own warehouses and shops (you need only stroll behind the buildings on the 600 block of Central Avenue to sample the smorgasbord). But the upcoming SHINE Mural Festival, which art critic Lennie Bennett explores this week, tests the city's appetite for murals at new levels. As artists roll in from around the country, spectators will have a chance to slow down and watch the creation of art that's literally bigger than all of us....

    Stephanie Hayes stands by her dog, Stuart, in Dunedin.
  6. Important theories about Saturday's Unauthorized Full House Story on Lifetime


    Do you recognize the people in this photo?

    Neither does anyone. These actors hoping to hang onto their SAG cards one more week are portraying the venerable Tanner family on Saturday's The Unauthorized Full House Story on Lifetime. Seeing as how Full House was the primary entertainment source of my formative years, and that Lifetime movies are the primary entertinment source of my adulting years, I'm dipping into the sports cliches and "ready to get out there and leave it all out on the floor, give it 110 percent, earn those goals I don't deserve."...

    (L to R) Blaise Todd (Michelle Tanner), Shelby Armstrong (DJ Tanner), Justin Mader (Joey Gladstone), Garrett Brawith (Danny Tanner), Justin Gaston (Jesse Katsopolis) and Dakota Guppy (Stephanie Tanner) star in the all-new Lifetime movie, The Unauthorized Full House Story, premiering Saturday at 8 p.m.
  7. Tampa Bay Fashion Week is back with some major changes


    Hot off the presses (dresses?), we have information on this year's Tampa Bay Fashion Week.

    The headline this year: NO RUNWAY SHOW.

    The organizers have decided to swap the traditional runway show of fashions made by local and national designers in favor of trying something new: A designer trunk show at International Plaza. The aim is to get more people actually buying clothes from local designers, not just looking at them....

    Models walk the runway show (bye, bye, runway show) at the Hilton Tampa Downtown for Tampa Bay Fashion Week 2014. [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  8. My Outfit Monday: Mondays are bananas!


    Holy bananas. It's Monday!

    In addition to Mondays being, well, Mondays, they are also one of my busiest work days for a variety of reasons relating to deadlines. It's 6:30 and I'm just sitting down to write this My Outfit Monday post, considering the stale cookie on my desk as a viable dinner, perhaps a little too much.

    But I try to find bright spots, and one of them was definitely slipping out to Schakolad Chocolate Factory in downtown St. Pete. DD Katie and friend to Divas, Amy, said something about going out for a frozen banana. Did I want to go? Without asking any questions at all, I agreed....

    Elegantly eating a banana on a stick. (Update: It's actually not elegant.)
  9. Are you cold at work all the time? This could be why.


    Are you freezing your face off at work? Are you wearing the downy coat you keep in your desk drawer even though it's pushing 95 outside? Do you need gloves just to open a can of soda?

    Blame the patriarchy (my fave pastime)! All around me today I have heard women issuing cries of validation over this New York Times story reporting a study that found many office temperatures are set based on the metabolic rates of men who went before us decades ago. ...

    Just another day in the office.
  10. Jane Birkin wants her name off the Birkin Croco bag


    I'm going to make a couple assumptions.

    1. You are familiar with a Birkin bag, because as one of our readers, you are interested in fashion, broadly informed and culturally literate. 

    2. You do not own a Birkin bag, because you are reading Deal Divas. The sleek and elegant Hermès bags named after British singer and style icon Jane Birkin have a loyal celebrity fan base, a waiting list and a price tag that starts at more than $10,000 and can exceed $200,000. LOL WHAT IS EVEN THAT AND WHY....

    Jane Birkin
  11. How to dress for Tampa Bay Comic Con with little effort


    My first Tardis trip into the world of comic conventions was Orlando's MegaCon a few years back. It was a deep-end "nerd-u-cation."

    I wasn't too into con culture, but it seemed like something imperative to cross off a bucket list. As boldly celebrating comic books, video games and all things geek gained steam in the mainstream, more and more folks were donning costumes in sweaty convention center halls to take part. Why not me?...

    Have gun, will con: Stephanie Hayes went to a convention as Rose Tyler from Doctor Who.
  12. A dress addict cries, "Help, I need tops!"


    I fear I've become lazy.

    It's a rare morning when I don't reach for a dress, not because I'm doing super fancy things with my life. It's because I can't be bothered to choose two items when I can just reach for one. A dress involves really no thought whatsoever, other than shoes and accessories, which are always kind of a mish-mash afterthought for me ("Sure, purple looks great with green!" and I'm out the door). ...

    Work option 2: Sweet and swinging from LOFT.
  13. Idina Menzel and the songs of my youth


    Maybe some teenagers were out doing cool things, like … I don't know. What did cool kids do? Smoke in the beds of pickup trucks while some mouth-breathing driver did loops at 80 miles per hour?

    Who knows? I was too busy locked in my bedroom, listening to the original cast recording of Rent on repeat. Over. And over. And over. Jonathan Larson's musical had no doubt trickled into every high school theater troupe in the 1990s, and my own Countryside High in Clearwater was no exception. All the drama geeks loved it....

    Idina Menzel sings at Radio City Music Hall in 2014.
  14. You can do it: Learn stuff, don't buy stuff


    It's nice to get things sometimes (for instance, I'd really like a decent pancake griddle because my flapjack game is a laughing-hot mess). But in general, experiences are much more memorable, don't you think?

    I encountered that firsthand this year. Making stained glass art never crossed my mind, and actually, it seemed too daunting to ever really try. Still, my mother enjoyed it when she was in her 20s, and as her retirement loomed, she mentioned she'd like to get back into it....

  15. Amazon Prime Day: A sneak peek at some of tomorrow's deals


    We've heard much about Amazon Prime Day tomorrow, which promises to be bigger than Black Friday. (Amazon promises this, guys, so that's kind of like me promising I will be a bigger pop star than Ariana Grande, JUST BECAUSE I BELIEVE. Take it how you will.) Then we heard Wal-Mart is getting all up in Amazon's grill. ...

    Us, basically, at midnight.