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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 DivasShe 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. Slideshow: Tampa Bay Fashion Week melds national brands and local designers on one runway


    Another Tampa Bay Fashion Week is a wrap.

    The Deal Divas took in Friday night's show at International Plaza in Tampa, one of two runway shows organizers put on this year. The second was Saturday afternoon at IP (see the Tampa Bay Fashion Week Facebook page for some shots from that show)....

    Makeup artist Kizzy puts the finishing touches on model Valeria Bermudez's lips backstage.
  2. My Outfit Monday: What we wore to Tampa Bay Fashion Week


    Getting ready for Tampa Bay Fashion Week, in my mind, is always a luxurious exercise. It involves cucumber eye patches, blowouts, careful application of false eyelashes. In this fantasy, we roll up to Tampa Bay's most stylish annual event looking fresh and relaxed, ready to inspire and be inspired.

    In reality, your faithful Deal Divas typically work a full day at our jobs as journalists in everything from the arts to politics, and we get ready for Fashion Week by frantically putting on a high heel while running to the car, like something out of a rom com from 2002, and doing our makeup in the rear view at a stop light. By the time we get there, it's a miracle that we look good at all....

    Deal Divas looking all manners of surprised, weird, kind of offset from the backdrop and not ready for the photo. I think we stayed true to ourselves.
  3. Tampa Bay Fashion Week is live. Follow the Deal Divas.


    Tampa Bay Fashion Week is officially open. What is going on this year? Maggie wrote all about it in this story, which provides a full schedule and outlines not one, but two runway shows going down fer real.

    READ IT.

    There are events all week, starting with the Sip and Shop Soiree tonight (check the link for deets). Five of us will be at Friday's runway show at International Plaza tweeting from the stands, so please follow @dealdivas and check back Monday for a recap if you missed the show....

    Tampa Bay Fashion Week, 2014.
  4. 6 real-life haunted houses that would be scarier than theme parks


    It is time again to get really close to your friends inside a dark and twisty hallway. Yes, it’s only September, but most major Halloween scare attractions are running, ready to weird out otherwise functioning adults via mason jars of eyeballs. Chelsea Tatham tells you about the themes this year, which range from American Horror Story to flesh-eating zombies to that old standby — creepy marionettes....

    Ok, this is scene from Scream-A-Geddon in Dade City in 2015 is scary. But what could be even scarier?
  5. How do food delivery services like UberEATS, GrubHub, FoodNow and Doorstep Delivery stack up?

    Food & Dining

    Delivery meant pizza. Period. And not too often. Just for those kinds of cruddy days when maybe you'd been rear-ended or the dog had done something unconscionable on the rug.

    So the rise of app-based food delivery services has largely flummoxed me. What kinds of foods, beyond pepperoni-extra-cheese, travel well? Do you tip? How long does it take? Can you provide feedback or make special requests? Does the food even approximate what you would have been served in the restaurant? What if it doesn't show up? And doesn't the driver's car start to smell really weird after a few weeks of deliveries?...

    Jimmy Johns and Tijuana Flats fulfilled some fairly unusual delivery requests for us. [EVE EDELHEIT | Times]

  6. Tweet along with the Deal Divas for Emmys red carpet Sunday


    I think I speak for millions when I articulate this dream:

    Sarah Paulson and the real-life Marcia Clark walk the Emmys red carpet together Sunday night. They both have awesome hair, much better than the 90s would allow, certainly not the cropped perm of OJ lore. Then, when Paulson inevitably wins her Emmy for playing Clark in The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, they go backstage and do the presser with the statute WEARING the Marcia Clark wig from the program....

    We all know who the real fashion winner (and Emmy winner) is: RuPaul, seen here at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards last week.
  7. Review: Dear diary, watched 'Bridget Jones's Baby,' laughed much (w/video)


    It is a truth universally acknowledged that Bridget Jones fans are loyal. And it is probably true that some felt anxiety going into Bridget Jones's Baby, the third big screen turn for our beloved Bridge.

    We are protective of her, like an old friend. A third movie brought a feeling of cash-cow desperation, a fear that Bridget would not be cared for in the way we need her to be.

    I say we. In college, before I had cable, my world was a 12-inch TV/VCR combo and a dusty copy of Bridget Jones's Diary purchased from Blockbuster. I played it on repeat day and night, between reading the books. In those lonely apartment-dwelling days, something felt so comforting in Helen Fielding's character....

    Kanye West performs on a hanging stage during a Saint Pablo Tour stop at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016.
  8. From Sondheim to Cropsey: 11 documentaries you should be watching


    For fans of documentaries, the past year has been a bacchanal. We’ve been blessed with an abundance of flicks that document odd or sensational pockets of life lately, from Holy Hell on CNN (hold my calls), to Netflix’s Making a Murderer (hold my calls forever), to OJ: Made in America, the excellent five part ESPN series (never call)....

    A scene from Holy Hell, which documents the Buddhafield group, on CNN and Netflix.
  9. Tim Gunn is woke about the style needs of American women


    I don't like to brag, but Uncle Tim Gunn and I are thisclose. Surely he remembers the phone interview we did in 2011, in advance of his appearance in Tampa, and the special moments we shared. Surely!

    Well, maybe not. But I remember him. And I remember enjoying the heck out of him, and thought he was very honest, funny and open to the experience of the average American woman. So it came as not too much of a surprise to me when he penned an epic, truthy op-ed for the Washington Post. The headline goes:...

    Tim Gunn, seen here with non-average woman, Heidi Klum.
  10. Ask a binge watcher: How can I be better at watching TV?


    After recent nasty tropical weather, I imagine you all did a fair amount of television binge watching last weekend. Why stop now?

    In my house, we don't regularly consume a whole series at once. We'll do about two episodes at a time, three if we're feeling alive. But my friend and Tampa Bay Times features designer Brittany Volk lives the opposite way.

    Brittany watches more television than anyone I know. I am convinced she has miniature streaming devices inside her eyelids because I don't know how she finds the time. She was the natural person to lead our Fall TV Preview, which you'll find in Latitudes on Sunday, and here. Brittany, Chelsea Tatham and Christopher Spata have been busy rounding up new and returning shows, from Westworld to Son of Zorn to One Mississippi to Designated Survivor....

  11. Tampa Bay Fashion Week is back at International Plaza


    You have to give Tampa Bay Fashion Week credit for trying things and seeing what sticks.

    Each year's incarnation of the annual slate of fashiony events has been a little different. While last year saw runway shows swapped in favor of smaller trunk shows in International Plaza, this year organizers are offering not one, but two runway shows. They're back in the mall again, this time in the grand court by the elevators. There are seats available for purchase, but what's cool about this approach is that it exposes the event to a wide variety of folks, people who might just be passing through shopping. It kind of reminds me of the Florida Orchestra's mall efforts, designed to do the same....

    A scene from Tampa Bay Fashion Week in 2014.
  12. I was wearing chokers when you were a gleam in your mother's eye, maybe even your mother's mother's eye, depending on how young your mother was


    Most people can recall a parental figure saying something along the lines of, "Bell bottoms are back in style? I should have never gotten rid of anything! I'd be cool again!" When you are young, this kind of remark is annoying at best, something that elders say while discussing how many miles they walked to school and which directions the hills went, and how many warm potatoes they carried in their pockets because back then you were grateful for what you had. ...

    Taylor Swift at the BMI Pop Awards in May, probably pointing to all the old ladies who said, "Back in my day, when we wore chokers..."
  13. Column: Drake is the musical equivalent of salad and breadsticks

    Music & Concerts

    When it comes to Category: Spirited Debates, the arts and entertainment side of the newsroom has it in spades. While talk of politics and crime typically circulate around the building, pop music/culture critic Jay Cridlin and I recently had this Spirited Debate:


    Jay has become kind of fed up with the Canadian megastar's people-pleasing sound, which he explores in this week's cover story. "From the permafrost far below, your friendly Canadian rap god appears to be idling atop his Olympus," the story goes, "pleasing all kinds of people but going nowhere in the process." Drake, he posited, can only live in the middle for so long....

    St. Petersburg bar the Bends will host a Drake Night Friday, the night before Drake’s show at Amalie Arena Saturday.  
  14. Column: On deeply loving the Dixie Chicks for almost 20 years

    Music & Concerts

    The shortness was the thing.

    Natalie Maines' shortness, to be specific. As a short, blond teenager who was annoyed with everyone, I was intrigued by the short, blond woman who looked annoyed with everyone.

    She was the lead singer of a new country band called the Dixie Chicks. On the album cover, she walked with her tall, lithe bandmates, wearing all black, a devilish smirk on her face....

    From left: Emily Strayer, Natalie Maines and Martie Maguire of the Dixie Chicks perform during their DCX World Tour MMXVI on June 1, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Credit: Getty Images for PMK
  15. Column: School's back in, but the fun doesn't have to stop


    My primary memories from those long, lazy days of summer vacation involve waking up around noon and watching back-to-back episodes of The Price Is Right, Supermarket Sweep and Charles in Charge.

    However, occasionally the family would bust out and go somewhere thrilling, like a theme park. Add up everyone's "occasionally" and you have a Mouse House full of elbow-to-elbow fanatics, wearing out the finals days of freedom from academics....

    With kids back in school, Disney guests can look forward to more manageable crowds.