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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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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:...

    This is apparently a French model named Constance Jablonski, and I just wanted to say to her, I don't know you or anything, but try harder.
  9. E! plans two-part Kardashian special about Bruce Jenner


    The Kardashian silence finally makes (dollars and) sense.

    E! on Monday announced a two-part special of Keeping Up With the Kardashians: About Bruce will air May 17 and 18. Family including Kris Jenner, Kim, Kourtney, Khloe and more will discuss their personal reactions to Jenner, who came out in a recent Diane Sawyer interview as a transgender woman. According to E!, the special will “take an earnest look at the family’s struggle to process their own feelings as they work through hearing from Bruce directly about finally living life as the person he’s always known himself to be.”...

    Bruce Jenner interview with Diane Sawyer
  10. Charlotte Elizabeth Diana lights up Twitter; everyone has jokes


    Now that the palace has released the name of the newest royal baby, Twitter is predictably alive with jokesters. Meanwhile, sources report the princess appears laid back and unfazed. No comment yet from Prince George.

    Some of this morning's Twitter action:

    The newborn baby princess, born to parents Kate Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, is carried in a car seat by her father from The Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, in London Britain's newborn princess has been named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana it was announced on Monday May 4. (John Stillwell/Pool via AP, File)
  11. Royal Baby Watch: And the name is...


    Her Royal Highness Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge! Here's the full story

    Britain's Prince William, left, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, hold their newborn daughter as they as they leave St. Mary's Hospital's exclusive Lindo Wing, London, Saturday, May 2, 2015. The Duchess gave birth to the Princess on Saturday morning. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
  12. Kate White talks Cosmo, careers and life


    When I got invited to the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce's Iconic Women luncheon (Times sponsored), I was interested in the event on its face. It honors local businesswomen and leaders in the community, rewarding them for their hard work in a fun and feminine environment (Lipstick Lounge, anyone?). When I heard Kate White was the keynote speaker, you couldn't keep me away....

    Kate White's book, Iconic Women, fabulousness, etc.
  13. Florida Orchestra goes multi-sensory with The Planets


    It's a multi-sensory treat when the Florida Orchestra adds visual dimensions to its masterworks concerts. This weekend, experience a hybrid of sights and sounds with Holst's The Planets, each movement representing a different planet in the solar system.

    Real images from space will move across a large screen, photos and videos from the 25-year-old Hubble Telescope and more.

    The program conducted by Marcelo Lehninger includes Barber's The School for Scandal Overture, nodding to the play by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, plus Mozart's Bassoon Concerto featuring Florida Orchestra principal bassoonist Anthony Georgeson (fun fact: he's an avid runner, so he should have good breath control). Bonus: The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay's ensemble singers will perform during the orchestra's pre-concert conversation one hour before curtain. ...

    This undated handout image provided by NASA, released Sept. 9, 2009, taken by the refurbished Hubble Space Telescope, shows a celestial object that looks like a delicate butterfly. [AP Photo/NASA]
  14. Guess what? It's Gonna Be May


    Do you know what happens in two days? 

    That's right, Timberfans. Get ready to be bombarded with pictures of Justin Timberlake, and excerpts from *NSync's 2000 song, It's Gonna Be Me.


  15. See the new Obama State China design, Hawaiian style


    In case you were feeling smug about that set you nabbed from your Macy's wedding registry, the Obamas have us all beat. Bye, basics.

    The White House today unveiled the new Obama State China. According to, "The First Lady chose a blue inspired by the waters off the President’s home state of Hawaii, calling it 'Kailua Blue.'" It's a mix of historic, traditional and modern, designed to work with food of this decade (no sun dried tomatoes or parsley bombs, we guess). Also -- hold onto your hats -- THERE'S A TUREEN. The First Lady has been working with staff to design it since 2011....

    An individual tureen that can be used for soup or dessert, part of the new Obama state china service, feature a fluted band of "Kailua Blue" framed by a textured gold rim, is seen during a preview ahead of Tuesday's State Dinner hosted by President Barack Obama for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Monday, April 27, 2015, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington.