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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  …

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  1. Sunscreen Film Festival brings stars and indie films to St. Pete

    Movies

    BY STEVE PERSALL

    Times Movie Critic

    Escaping the heat in a dark movie theater this weekend?

    Don't forget the Sunscreen.

    Members and fans of the film industry gather outside of the Palladium during opening night of 11th annual Sunscreen Film Festival at  in St. Petersburg in 2016. LUIS SANTANA  |   Times
  2. Review: American Stage's park venue well suited for a peppy production of 'Hairspray'

    Stage

    ST. PETERSBURG — What do you want in a park production? Hopefully something fun, big and loud.

    The ensemble cast of Hairspray poses for a portrait on the set of Hairspray in Demens Landing Park on April 12, 2017. The annual American Stage in the Park performance runs through May 14th. EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times
  3. Review: 'T2 Trainspotting' deftly ages a drugged-out bunch

    Movies

    The other needle drops in T2 Trainspotting, Danny Boyle's berserker encore for four Scottish heroin junkies.

    Dealing with the consequences of misspent youth, Renton (Ewan McGregor, right) returns to Scotland after running out on his mates with drug money, and Simon (Jonny Lee Miller), still wanting payback, runs a failing pub.
  4. Interview: Kenny G comes to Clearwater, the perfect sax solo always on his mind

    Music & Concerts

    Thinking of picking up the saxophone? Great! Wonderful! Kenny G 100 percent supports your decision!

    Just don't ask him for lessons.

    UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Musician Kenny G performs at the 2015 LA’s Promise Gala at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 30, 2015 in Universal City, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
  5. Plan your weekend: 'Hairspray' in the park, Mainsail art fest, Neil Diamond, Earth Day

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Stage

    Hairspray: There's a pay-what-you-can preview at 8 p.m. today, and then the American Stage in the Park production starts at 8 p.m. Friday and runs through May 14 at Demens Landing Park, St. Petersburg. Artistic staff are planning a concert-like experience. …

  6. March for Science heads to Washington, St. Petersburg and around the globe

    Events

    On Earth Day, an unprecedented outpouring of science advocates will march on Washington, D.C., and fill the streets of more than 500 cities across the world — including St. Petersburg's Poynter Park.

    Cancer researcher Sinéad Aherne is the coordinator of Taste for Science, an annual festival that features local scientists who will speak at coffee shops and pubs about their research and the importance of science to the community. JAMES BORCHUCK  |   Times
  7. In honor of American Stage's 'Hairspray,' 5 shows with the biggest hair

    Stage

    What's that smell?

    That's the smell of big hair, baby. Slightly tinny, slightly chemical, somehow soothing to the soul. That's hairspray for you. And that's Hairspray for you.

    Neil Patrick Harris performs in Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Belasco Theater in 2014. [New York Times (2014)]
  8. Review: Brie Larson is too good for 'Free Fire' shoot-em-up

    Movies

    "Wait, I forgot whose side I'm on!" yells someone in the line of Free Fire, Ben Wheatley's lunatic shooting gallery and not much else.

    Noah Taylor, Jack Reynor, Sharlto Copley and Armie Hammer in a scene from "Free Fire." (Kerry Brown/A24 via AP)
  9. Art Planner: Three artists to see as Mainsail Art Festival returns to Vinoy Park

    Visual Arts

    While art festivals have begun to regularly sprout up in St. Petersburg, none can boast the longevity of Mainsail. The show Saturday and Sunday at Vinoy Park (701 Bay Shore Drive NE ) will mark the juried festival's 42nd year showcasing the cream of the crop of local and national artists working in fine …

    Lilian Delgado’s oil paintings will be on display at the Mainsail Art Festival on April 22-23, 2017.
  10. Movie Planner: 'Colossal,' 'The Lost City of Z,' 'Born in China,' 'Unforgettable,' 'The Promise'

    Movies

    INDIE FLICKS

    COLOSSAL

    Two types of movies we've seen too many times merge to imaginative effect in Colossal (R). One is monster-stompers like Godzilla, the other any indie dramedy featuring a washout returning home. Writer-director Nacho Vigalondo shows they have more …

    Jason Sudeikis and Anne Hathaway in Colossal.