Maggie Duffy, Arts Writer

Maggie Duffy

Arts Writer

I have fun covering Tampa Bay's thriving arts scene and my other passion, shopping. I'm always on the hunt for art exhibits, indie markets and small businesses to write about, so if you have one, please share it with me! I graduated from USF in 2004 with a degree in Art History, which comes in handy not only when writing art reviews, but also for the cool history stories I've been covering lately. I also worked professionally in the local art scene for years as a gallery manager and curator, so it's a thrill to continue to support the arts. I came to the Tampa Bay Times in 2006 as an editorial assistant and have found my writing voice in the past few years.

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts moving to a new location in 2020

With the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts approaching on March 2 and 3 at Curtis Hixon Park, festival officials announced Wednesday that the event will change venues next year. For its 50th anniversary in 2020, the festival will move to Julian B. Lane Waterfront Park. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]
Officials say the new location allows for more parking, vendors and more.

This week on stage: Sarah Brightman, Bert Kreischer, Jo Koy, Marlon Wayans and more

Sarah Brightman will perform at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Feb. 19. (Photo by Simon Fowler)
Plus: The Florida Orchestra performs ‘The Planets,’ ‘The Odd Couple’ gets a female reboot, ‘Ready Steady Yeti Go’ and more.

Where to shop this weekend: Hello Kitty Cafe Truck, doll and bear shows
Don’t get your valentine a tired drugstore gift. We have ideas.

This week on stage: Louis C.K. slips in, Seal with the Florida Orchestra, Anton Coppola’s new opera and more
And don’t miss out on flamenco star Farruquito or the long-awaited St. Petersburg Celebration of the Arts, featuring a city-wide tribute to Shakespeare.

Where to shop this weekend: Valentine’s Day gifts, collectible teapots, vintage furniture

Elaine Hyde’s glass, silver and gemstone teapots are on display at Syd Entel galleries’ “Hot Teapots” show. (Courtesy of Syd Entel Galleries)
Whether your Valentine loves collectibles or jewelry, local shopping has you covered this weekend.