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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. Column: If you're consciously uncoupled or bitter, some Valentine's Day ideas


    Have you recently met someone you really like, who actually likes you back? Are you in a healthy, vital relationship? Are you married and trying to keep the spark alive? Are you planning a hot date for Valentine's Day weekend?

    Good for you! This issue should help quite a bit. Our critics and writers have a whole bunch of date night suggestions you can use this Valentine's Day weekend, or any weekend, really. We have romantic ideas from movies to concerts to fresh air fun to acting like a big kid with your grown-up love....

    Embrace drinking wine at a spot like A Taste For Wine on Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg.
  2. Unlimited blowouts for $99? Where's my wine?


    A few weeks ago, I had a beauty chair revelation. Getting a blowout is the actual best.

    For our friend and co-worker Eve's wedding, I had to consider my guest-status hair. I didn't want to get an updo or anything too formal (that's reserved for bridesmaids, IMO, or the bride's Crazy Aunt Lucille with the birds in her basement). But I was also chilling on the lazy tip that weekend and wanted some help. I decided to book a blowout at the mall. ...

    When you get your hair blow dried by a professional, you're able to strangle annoying men with it!
  3. My Outfit Monday: That time I tried on the stuff someone left behind in the dressing room


    I have a real problem with people who leave piles of clothes in the dressing room. Like, how hard is it to bring the stuff out and put it on the return rack? The store pays people to put the clothes back for you! You don't even have to do it! You just have to move them from a hook to a rack slightly outside the dressing room. SINCE IT'S RANT TIME, I have the same problem with people who just drop their shopping carts in the middle of the parking lot at the grocery store. There is a cart bay LITERALLY RIGHT THERE!!!!11! PUSH IT TEN FEET! Think of all the good the Publix cart retriever could be doing with his life if he didn't have to squeeze between a Cadillac Escalade and a motorcycle with a side car to wedge a cart out of a bush because you were too busy to move it back to the designated spot! He could be inside kindly helping an elderly soul find an extra BOGO chicken of a similar weight! Pushing the cart into the cart bay and removing the clothes YOU selected and bringing them back out of the dressing room is a small but meaningful metaphor for the eventual collapse of society! This is a minimum expectation, and furthermore it is not at all challenging! Do we have to start leaving cookies near the return rack? I AM GOING TO STROKE OUT....

    Single White Female, Part 2: The Reckoning.
  4. Friday afternoon love note: RMS Eye Polish


    I used DD Katie's RMS eye shadow at some point, though I can't remember when. Maybe her bachelorette party? Maybe one night before hitting happy hour in a desperate attempt to freshen? 

    One thing I do remember, however, was loving it. It was a brand I had never heard of that Katie received from a classy friend in the know. I just made the leap and got my own pot this week. RMS's "eye polish" is all organic and non-toxic with ingredients that are purportedly good for skin. It goes on smooth and is very nicely pigmented. I've been swiping the shade "Magnetic" on with my fingers either solo, or packing in darker powder shades from my Urban Decay Naked kit for more dimension....

    RMS Eye Polish in Magnetic
  5. Column: Insights from attending Gasparilla sober


    Intimate confession:

    I have only ever been to Gasparilla as a journalist, never for fun. When you are a newsperson in Tampa Bay, covering Gasparilla is an inevitable fate. You'd need some decent blackmail pictures of your editor at wine night to get out of it.

    Working Tampa's annual pirate parade/debauched behemoth can be a lively and creative assignment. Some people slog every day in cubicles. We're blessed to observe life in fresh air, with the "Apple Bottom jeans" song blaring from giant, mobile poop decks....

    Stephanie Hayes (center) poses with promoters from the Hard Rock Casino during the Gasparilla parade on Saturday, January 26, 2013.
  6. How the spirit of the times led me to Kat Von D: A case study


    I was driving back from Sephora the other day, because I have a problem, when I started mentally taking stock of what was on my face. I realized I was a walking billboard for about half a dozen different brands.

    Foundation: Bare Minerals
    Blush: Sonia Kashuk
    Eyebrows: MAC
    Eye shadow: Urban Decay
    Eyeliner: MAC
    Mascara: Cover Girl

    It made me think. Women, mostly millenials (by some accounts I barely qualify as one and by others I am too old, who even knows?) aren't really loyal to makeup brands, are we? We're loyal to certain products within a brand. Take away my MAC brow pencil and die. But buying every single item you need from, say Clinique or Estee Lauder is something that has gone the way of having your "colors done" at the makeup counter. A quick Google of my hypothesis proved true. The Washington Post in 2015 wrote that stores like Sephora and Ulta have transformed the makeup world from a one-stop shop to a multi-brand wonderland....

    She's cool and edgy, just like that girl who would never be friends with you in school.
  7. Jewel coming to the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater


    Were you meant for her? Will she save your soul? Will you follow your hearrrrrt and your intuition to this concert?


    Jewel is coming to the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on March 13, the venue announced Tuesday. She will sing her hits and share stories from her memoir Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story during the intimate performance....

    Jewel will sing her hits and tell stories in Clearwater.
  8. Keith Urban will bring his new tour to Tampa in June


    American Idol judge and all-around country dreamboat Keith Urban announced the schedule for his RipCORD World Tour 2016 today. Urban will hit the road with Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris starting June 2 in Kansas City. The guitar whiz and John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16 singer will play more than 50 U.S. shows, including one at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on June 17....

    Keith Urban performs at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. in Nov. 2015. He's coming to Tampa in June 2016.
  9. Stomachs, sleeves and capes: A Golden Globes red carpet recap


    It's always disconcerting when celebrities start trotting out a trend such as "skin cutouts around the abdomen," because it means inevitably the rest of the normal sandwich-eating world will get brainwashed into thinking "Maybe I should wear stomach cut-outs, too..." And before we know it, Forever 21 has a line of formalwear made from non-fraying poly-nylon with star-shaped ravines around the navel, and girls all over the country are getting sent home from school wearing an XXL school mascot sweater from 1987....

    If someone were to draw an iconic caricature of Cate Blanchett in a Very Cate Blanchett outfit, this would be it. The pink, the fringe, the devil-may-care freedom of it all. Obviously I love it.
  10. Join the Deal Divas for Golden Globes live-tweeting Sunday!


    The Golden Globe Awards could not have snuck up more sneakily this year. But, we'll be darned. It's indeed time to pop open a pint of Ben and Jerry's and get to armchair QBing the red carpet.

    Join us at 6 p.m. Sunday at @dealdivas for a live tweetfest. If there is any grace in the world, Taraji P. Henson will come dressed in full Cookie Lyon, and Cate Blanchett will wear some kind of breastplate that we will agonize over for at least two days (FASHIONY OR WEIRD, WHO CAN TELL?). We'll be watching E!'s show, but we usually flip around, and we have plenty of readers who watch red carpet live streams from their laptops or tablets, so cable is not a must to join in the fun....

    It's tiiiiiiiiiiiiime!
  11. Beyonce will perform at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show


    For anyone lamenting a snoozer of a Super Bowl 50 half time show featuring Coldplay, here's some news of a game changer: Beyonce.

    Beyonce will perform at the halftime show at the Super Bowl on Feb. 7, the Associated Press reported Thursday. It'll be her second halftime show since performing at the big game with her Destiny's Child mates in 2013 (how could you forget?). Read more here. ...

    Beyonce is joining Coldplay at the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 7, the AP reported Thursday.
  12. Facebook congratulates everyone on their 46-year friendships


    Did you get a message from Facebook today congratulating you for knowing your 27-year-old friend for 46 years?

    You're not the only one. Facebook is ringing in the New Year with what seems to be an entertaining glitch. People are sharing heartwarming photos of each other with dry, deadpan captions like, "It's been a  special 46 years." And somewhere Mark Zuckerberg is probably doing a hilarious comic-style spit take of his New Year's Eve mimosa (we like to imagine that, anyway)....

    Mark Zuckerberg at the F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco this year, possibly making similar hand gestures this morning.
  13. From lovely lobs to puffy lips, trends to keep or toss in 2016


    We made it to the end of the year, our closets bursting with new acquisitions and some we'd rather forget. Here at Deal Divas HQ, we are reflecting on the hits and misses of 2015, grateful high-waisted pants were not so much of a thing this year, but concerned for the lip health of the youth of tomorrow. So, what should stay in 2016, and what should go? Here are some proposals:

    KEEP IT: The Lob

    The lob, or "long bob" was the haircut du jour this year, a pleasant length between Rapunzel and Imperator Furiosa. Usually angled to be a little longer in the front, the lob looks sleek when styled straight or sassed up with the help of a curling wand. This classy cut has legs into the new year. In fact, Deal Diva Katie just got herself a fresh lob a week ago, and she has been working it like it's her last hair day on Earth. *snaps*...

    Please Help Us, God, What Have We Done To Deserve This Clip On Man Bun?: A 2015 Story. Lose.
  14. Column: Look back on your favorites from this year. It's fun!


    Who wants to live in the past? That's like flipping through your college photos, wishing to be in Size Never Again jeans (you can't; sorry; it's over).

    We're all about looking ahead here. In that spirit, our critics and writers offer this guide to the biggest, most interesting arts and entertainment stories coming our way in 2016, from the Dixie Chicks tour to new art museums to restaurants padding our already bursting scene....

    Late singer Amy Winehouse performs during the Rock in Rio music festival in Arganda del Rey, on the outskirts of Madrid. The documentary 'Amy' wowed critics and crowds in 2015.
  15. Nation going crazy trying to find panda in the snowmen


    Here's something to do while you're running out the clock at work today.

    People everywhere (everywhere being "The Internet") are stressing out looking for a panda in this illustration of snowmen by Dudolf, a.k.a. artist Gergely Dudás. I have to admit I found it pretty easily, but some people are going insane in the style of Ethan Suplee's character in Mallrats, trying to see a schooner in a Magic Eye poster and spiraling into hopelessness in the process....

    Screengrab of the art from Dudolf's Facebook.