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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: Florida Orchestra pays tribute to young composers in breakout works


    TAMPA — One of the most engaging moments in The B-Sides, a remarkable composition by Mason Bates for orchestra and electronica, and in the Florida Orchestra's concert this weekend, comes through the sandpaper voice of astronaut Edward White, the first American to step out of a capsule and into space. …

    Known for his fusion of orchestral and electronic music, Mason Bates is the second most frequently performed modern composer in the United States. Courtesy of Mason Bates.
  2. Though life gives and takes, 85-year-old piano phenom never loses control

    Human Interest

    CLEARWATER — It's Joseph Schwartz's 85th birthday.

    Pianist Joseph Schwartz, 85, plays his Steinway grand piano at home in Clearwater on his birthday. Schwartz is playing Chopin and other classical works at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, April 30.  SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
  3. People are paying good money to watch other people play video games in Tampa



    Times Staff Writer

    A troupe of performers will walk on stage Sunday.

    The cast of Achievement Hunter on stage for a Let's Play Live tour event in 2016. Gavin Free is standing.[Rooster Teeth]
  4. Movie Planner: 'The Circle,' 'How to Be a Latin Lover,' 'Sleight' open



    Tom Hanks and Emma Watson are box office roadkill this weekend, as The Fate of the Furious roars while The Circle (PG-13) looks like a zero.

    Tom Hanks, Emma Watson and Patton Oswalt in a scene from James Ponsoldt’s sci-fi thriller The Circle.
  5. For the 30th anniversary of 'Spaceballs', 5 more epic parodies to watch


    The scene made much more sense when I finally saw Alien.

    Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) salutes his unscrupulous leader, President Skroob (Mel Brooks), in "Spaceballs."
  6. Things to do Planner: Broadway's Aaron Tveit, gamer comedy Let's Play Live, Egypt Shrine Circus


    BROADWAY WONDER: Aaron Tveit

    The handsome star of Grease: Live! and Les Misérables, Aaron Tveit brings the best of his on-stage charm and voice to Ferguson Hall at Tampa's David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. His career is like a theater kid fantasy, …

    Sprint racers leave the water after finishing the swimming portion of the 32nd annual St. Anthony’s Triathlon in 2015.
  7. Art Planner: Contemporary fiber art showcase, Construct celebrates architectural art

    Visual Arts


    Assent by Laine Nixon is part of the “Construct” exhibition at Gallery AIA, opening on April 28,2017.
  8. Stage Planner: Culture clash in 'The King and I', a bittersweet 'End of the Rainbow' at Freefall



    The name stops short of household status. But I challenge anyone to listen to Laura Michelle Kelly sing and make the case that her instrument is anything other than top-shelf.

    Laura Michelle Kelly, who plays teacher Anna Leonowens in the national tour of The King and I, has played Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and the title role in Mary Poppins on Broadway.
  9. Music Planner: Red Hot Chili Peppers, 98 Rockfest, Spoon, Sheryl Crow, Ben Harper

    Music & Concerts

    LOLLAPALOOZA REVISITED: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden

    Soundgarden will headline 98 Rockfest on Friday at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  10. 5 things to do under $5: Fabulous Thunderbirds in Clearwater, Dragon Boat Races


    1Blast Friday: You get a free concert at this downtown Clearwater block party. This month brings the Fabulous Thunderbirds, the quintessential American band on such barn-burners as Tuff Enuff and Wrap It Up. Co-founder Kim Wilson still spearheads the group. 5:30-10 p.m. Friday. 400 block of …