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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. Consider your weekend planned with our new feature


    Can you imagine my incredible fortune? The tasty knowledge sauce in which I marinate daily?

    Right behind me sits the movie critic. Catty-corner, the performing arts critic. A few desks away, the food critic. On and on it goes, a panacea of experts who report privileged inside information, who try out good, bad and otherwise esoteric things so others don't have to first. Our arts and entertainment critics basically wrote the book on Having A Really Superior Time....

  2. Bubble wrap doesn't pop anymore, so there is no point to life.


    The Sealed Air Corp. has just introduced a specially made bubble wrap called iBubble Wrap sold in flat plastic sheets, that doesn't pop, we repeat, DOESN'T POP, according to this Wall Street Journal report.


    These women need their popping bubble wrap, and they need it NOW.
  3. Donna Karan steps down from her own brand


    Everyone bust out your 90s graphic block lettering DKNY shirts!

    Donna Karan has stepped down as the chief designer at her company, Donna Karan International, Women's Wear Daily reports. She's going to focus on her charitable organization, Urban Zen, which is all about healthcare, education and preserving cultures. Urban Zen collections feature "seasonless basics in a neutral color palette and corresponding jewelry, accessories and home decor handmade by artisans employed by Urban Zen," WWD writes....

    Donna Karan in her studio upstairs from Urban Zen in New York, Feb. 21, 2014.
  4. 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....

    My mermaid style, with man-cessory, Josh.
  5. 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.
  6. 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?). ...

    Kristen Wiig is really upset, you guys. But she should be proud. Proud to be a part of this movie magic.
  7. 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.
  8. 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....

    Back in black (and a little color) with friends on the beach.
  9. 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. ...

    Barbie's flats! A delicate gold slingback, not bad.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. 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.