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Private booths with curtains provide customers with privacy while at Ciro's Speakeasy. That's pretty fancy.Photos by LUIS SANTANA | Times file

From fancy to thrifty, Tampa Bay date ideas that will cause heart eyes

Sometimes you want date night to be fancy, and are willing to spend some extra dollars to get there. And sometimes, you want nothing to do with that noise. There's no special occasion required for getting dressed up and doing something extravagant, just like there's no reason that having a special night out has to  …


  1. Review: 'Logan' is a gripping Wolverine story to take seriously


    James Mangold's Logan is an uncommonly mature comic book movie, practically from another universe unto itself. It's a movie demanding and deserving to be taken seriously, an elegy for a mutant.

    Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) tries to protect the young mutant Laura (Dafne Keen) in "Logan." (Ben Rothstein)
  2. Plan your weekend Feb. 24-26: Gasparilla Distance Classic, Mardi Gras pops, dinos at the zoo


    Plan your weekend

    Road runners

    Gasparilla Distance Classic: One of Tampa's best-known road races floods Bayshore Boulevard with runners this weekend for the Gasparilla Distance Classic. The race attracts elite runners and first-timers alike for the lovely route that the 15K takes …

    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 12:  TV personality Steve-O attends the 10th annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert at Club Nokia on May 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
  3. Review: Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' a smart allegory wrapped in a horror flick


    Jordan Peele's Get Out isn't Oscar material, yet it's a razored rebuttal to the movie industry's so white, so what reputation. Nothing is more Hollywood than horror movies, nor more show-business-as-usual than cultural appropriation.

    Rose Armitage (Allison Williams) takes boyfriend Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) to meet her potentially ill-meaning parents in Get Out.
  4. Interview: Internationally renowned artist Alex Katz brings works to Tampa Museum of Art

    Visual Arts

    When leaders at the Tampa Museum of Art got surprising news that Alex Katz would be stopping by to see his exhibit and mingle, it was a big deal.

    Alex Katz, Ariel, Black and White, 2016. Courtesy of the Tampa Museum of Art.
  5. Music Planner: 311 cruises in, plus Justin Hayward, Lee Greenwood and more

    Music & Concerts

    COME ORIGINAL: 311 Cruise

    If you're floating around Ybor City next week, keep an eye out for seafaring reggae-rock fans. They're in town for the annual 311 Cruise from Tampa to Cozumel and likely hitting up a handful of pre-parties in Ybor. The two biggest — concerts at the Ritz Ybor by alternative …

    The annual 311 Cruise leaves Tampa for Cozumel on March 2. Before that, there will be pre-parties across Ybor City, including a private concert at the Ritz Ybor on Feb. 28, during which 311 will celebrate the can release of 311 Amber Ale, a collaboration with Tampa’s Rock Brothers Brewing.
  6. 5 things to do under $5: Florida Orchestra, Black Arts Festival, Peter Max and Fiesta Day


    1Florida Orchestra Family Concerts: This family-friendly "pay what you can" show brings husband-and-wife musicians Anna Kate Mackle, principal harp for the Florida Orchestra, and John Shaw, principal percussion, who will demonstrate their instruments and play together. Arrive early for art activities and the …

     John Shaw, principal percussionist and his wife, Anna Kate Mackie, principal harpist, both of the Florida Orchestra, pose at home in St. Petersburg.
  7. Movie Planner: 'Get Out,' 'Rock Dog,' Oscars goodies galore



    Remember that Eddie Murphy standup routine about haunted houses and ghostly whispers urging visitors to leave? You can bet Jordan Peele does, lifting Murphy's riff for the title of Get Out (R), his directing debut.

    Daniel Kaluuya in a scene from Get Out.
  8. Watch the Oscars in style Sunday at Tampa Theatre's Hollywood Awards Night


    Tampa Theatre ended its official Oscar Night affiliation with the academy years ago, but the party goes on. Now it's called Hollywood Awards Night, the way sports bars throw "Big Game" parties on Super Bowl Sunday to avoid copyright infringement.

    Tampa Theatre signature red carpet touches: a limo ride around the block; adoring "fans" and "paparazzi" lining the entrance; movie-themed costumes. Formalwear or glam are welcome. [Times file (2012)]
  9. Here's where to let the good times roll for Mardi Gras


    Just about every party this month gets called Mardi Gras, but next week brings the actual Fat Tuesday celebration of Carnival that is supposed to be your one last hurrah before Lent. If you can't make it to New Orleans, there are plenty of Cajun-flavored goodies to "laissez les bon temps rouler" (let the …

     Bryana Armstrong and friend Chelsea Castleberry scream to get the attention of bead tossers during Dunedin's Mardi Gras parade in 2012.  [Luis Santana | TIMES]
  10. Stage Planner: St. Pete Jazz Festival at the Palladium, STOMP at Ruth Eckerd, Freefall opens 'Red Velvet'




    For jazz lovers, the big kahuna in recent decades has been the Clearwater Jazz Holiday. But the Palladium is making a run at bringing St. Petersburg into that conversation. The St. Pete Jazz Festival runs through Tuesday, bringing a range of acts over the weekend, from a hat tip to …

    STOMP, an eight-member percussion group, performs Feb. 25, 2017, at Ruth Eckerd Hall.