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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. YouTube's Minecraft sensation Dan TDM brings live show to Clearwater

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    Dan Middleton's YouTube channel has had more than 10 billion views since 2012.

    Dan Middleton's Dan TDM live tour is set to stop in Clearwater on Sunday. [Photo by Emily Herogian]
  2. Florida Orchestra and Tampa Bay Master Chorale scrap search for a joint conductor

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    TAMPA — After a yearlong effort, the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay and the Florida Orchestra have abandoned their search for a conductor capable of leading both groups.

    Doreen Rao conducts a concert with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra in December 2010. Photo by Enid Bloch.
  3. New in theaters July 4 weekend: 'Despicable Me 3,' 'Baby Driver,' 'The House,' 'The Beguiled'

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    OPENING Thursday:

    DESPICABLE ME 3

    One of Hollywood's most successful animation franchises isn't about "me" anymore; it's about them.

    Gru (Steve Carell) squares off against Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker) in Despicable Me 3.
  4. Fewer Minions make things better in 'Despicable Me 3'

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    Despicable Me 3 doubles down on Steve Carell's silly way with words, a smart idea after too much Minions gibberish spoiled Part 2. They're still here, in smaller doses and somewhat funnier for it.

     voiced by Trey Parker, in a scene from "Despicable Me 3."  (Illumination and Universal Pictures via AP)
  5. Art Planner: Creatures inspire craft, and car culture collides with art

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    Since the first cave drawings, animals have been a favorite subject for artists. The tradition continues at Florida CraftArt's newest exhibition, opening Friday. A nationwide call went out for submissions to Creatures: Wild and Wooly, and more than 35 were selected by a jury. The creatures range from …

    Nate Greco is one of the exhibiting artists at Project 30 Pat, a car and art show.
  6. This week's best concerts: Metallica, Warped Tour, Chicago, Rick Ross and more

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    When it comes to the biggest bands of the last 40 years, Metallica is up there with U2 — so it's fitting they're both spending their summers on outsized stadium tours. Metallica's architecturally monumental stage is a suitable setting for the sprawling, epic riffs of their latest album …

    Metallica is performing at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Wednesday, July 5.
  7. The best things on stage this week: Miss D and her dancers, 'Into the Woods'

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    On the dance floor, this reality star carries a mystique born of excellence and swagger. Her eye-popping cuts on Lifetime's Bring It, as hard-edged as Michael Jackson's, coupled with an air of utter self-assurance, have made even her full name unnecessary. Some of her biggest fans …

    Miss D and her Dancing Dolls, from the Lifetime show Bring It, will perform Sunday at the Straz Center.
  8. 5 things to do under $5: Shark party, $5 for History Center, Bird Walk, Train Weekend

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    1 Tampa Bay History Center: Admission is $5 Tuesday as the History Center celebrates Independence Day with extended hours. Costumed re-enactors will share artifacts, uniforms, crafts and music representing the Civil War, Seminole War, Spanish American War, and WWII-era soldiers, sailors and …

    The Tampa Bay History Center will offer $5 admission and extended hours for Independence Day.
  9. Review: Dan Auerbach, Benjamin Booker plumb the past for inspiration on new albums

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    It didn't take Benjamin Booker long to get lumped in with the greats. The Tampa-raised singer-songwriter's 2014 self-titled blues-punk debut brought widespread acclaim, not to mention an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, a tour with Jack White and sessions with Mavis Staples.

    The cover of Benjamin Booker's new album "Witness." Credit: ATO Records
  10. How Sofia Coppola's 'The Beguiled' compares to the 1971 version

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    It was a man's world in 1971 when Clint Eastwood starred in The Beguiled, a Southern gothic thriller that's as misogynistic in hindsight as old movies can be.

    Nicole Kidman, left, and Colin Farrell in a scene from “The Beguiled.”