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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

Email: shayes@tampabay.com

Twitter: @StephHayes

Blog: Deal Divas

  1. 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. tamparep.org....

    Emilia Sargent in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal at Tampa Repertory Theatre.
  2. 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. stageworkstheatre.org....

    Tia Jemison and Frank Edmondson III star in Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Stageworks Theatre in Tampa.
  3. 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:...

    Not to be outdone, Kim Kardashian showed up curvy, clingy and see-through, and Kanye West showed up looking resigned to it.
  4. 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
  5. 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)
  6. 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)
  7. 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....

  8. 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]
  9. 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.


  10. 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 whitehouse.gov, "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....

    White House pastry chef Susan Morrison holds up desserts for 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. Behind her are items in the new Obama state china service, featuring a fluted band of "Kailua Blue" framed by a textured gold rim.
  11. Contouring: A guide to doing it without looking like a pinched Real Housewife


    "I have concerns about Britney's face," I told Hilary.

    "IT'S CONTOURING," Hilary replied angrily, the way she always replies when it comes to matters of instantly aquiline noses, of any magazine title that boasts, "YOU WON'T BELIEVE HER TRANSFORMATION!". While I tend to be suspicious of celebrities who show up with faces that look drastically new, as Britney Spears did on the cover of Women's Health not too long ago, my friend Hilary is a staunch believer that a different demon is on the loose....

    Finished product. Eat your heart out, Hollyweird.
  12. Walter White? Is that you? Bryan Cranston spotted at Tampa Bay Rays game


    Lookie loo who showed up to the Tampa Bay Rays game Tuesday night. Times photog James Borchuck got the photo, and Times movie critic Steve Persall has the scoop. Be sure to follow Steve through the week at @StevePersall for coverage of the filming of The Infiltrator in Tampa Bay....

    Walter White in his Blues and Reds.
  13. National treasure John Stamos announces Netflix 'Full House' spin-off: 'Fuller House'


    John Stamos is such a prize for America, because he's so secure in who he is. He is a raven-haired stud, a faithful Oikos representative, an honest tippler, someone with a terrifying belly button. And above all, he is and will always be Uncle Jesse Katsopolis....

  14. Lululemon and Athleta coming to International Plaza


    Calling all fans of overpriced yoga pants: Lululemon Athletica is coming to International Plaza.

    Sean Daly reports the brand is joining Athleta and jeweler David Yurman, as well as an expanded Michael Kors store in the mall. Lululemon already has a location in Tampa's Hyde Park Village, and it always intimidates me. Anyone a fan of these brands? All my workout clothes come from Target. ...

    The wares inside an Athleta store. Time to do some squats.
  15. Florida Orchestra plays 'Scheherazade,' plus a modern piece with wine glasses


    Safe to say, members of the Florida Orchestra don't typically shop for their instruments at Pier 1 Imports. But for the next masterworks concert, orchestra librarian Ella Fredrickson went shopping with her tuner in hand to find the perfect set of eight wine glasses, which the brass musicians will play for contemporary composer Jennifer Higdon's ethereal Blue Cathedral. In addition to glasses filled with water, listen for musicians rolling Chinese meditation balls to create a shimmering sound. Next, hear Bartok's Piano Concerto No. 3, full of Hungarian dance rhythms and optimism with solo work from 2013 MacArthur Fellowship winner Jeremy Denk. And the main event for the night is the lush, symphonic poetry of Rimsky-Korsakov's most popular work, Scheherazade, which recalls the tale of Arabian Nights: the wife who warded off execution by telling her husband interesting stories night after night. See the program conducted by Mei-Ann Chen at 8 p.m. Friday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337. floridaorchestra.org. ...

    Two of the “instruments,” with notes marked in tape, which will be used to play Jennifer Higdon’s modern Blue Cathedral.