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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. At 100, Tampa's opera king Anton Coppola celebrates a life's work


    Anton Coppola was 10 when they died in the electric chair.

    Maestro Anton Coppola conducts during a rehearsal in Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. He will be conducting a concert to celebrate his 100th birthday at the Straz on Saturday. EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times
  2. Review: Rebooted 'CHiPs' will have you speeding for the exits


    Everything you need to know about the Hollywood reboot of CHiPs can be summarized in the first words the audience sees on the movie screen: "The California Highway Patrol does not endorse this film. At all."

    Michael Pena and Dax Shepard take over for their beloved TV counterparts  Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox  in a groan-wrothy reboot of CHiPs. (Warner Bros.)
  3. Review: 'Life' movie takes 'Alien' formula and runs with it


    Life is surprising, which isn't easy for such an obvious descendant of Alien. There are only so many ways of trapping dead meat in a spaceship and introducing a malevolent life form to eat them.

    Ryan Reynolds as Rory Adams in a scene from the movie "Life" directed by Daniel Espinosa. (Alex Bailey/Columbia Pictures/TNS)
  4. Plan your weekend: Tampa Pride, Disney on Ice, Tampa's Fourth Fridays, Drumline Live


    Plan your weekend


    Tampa Pride: Even though Tampa's modestly sized Pride parade and festival is affectionately known in the community as the "baby pride," this year's event is expected by organizers to top last year's crowd of 30,000. Things get started Saturday at the …

    Tod Macofsky and Gina Young in "It Gets Better" at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on October 10th, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.
  5. Movie Planner: 'The Last Word,' 'Life,' 'CHiPs' and 'Power Rangers'



    Shirley MacLaine joins a gratifying trend of aging legends finding work in independent films like The Last Word (R). MacLaine's vehicle lands somewhere between Sally Field's smartly oddball Hello, My Name Is Doris and the maudlin egotism of Jerry …

    From left, Amanda Seyfried, Shirley MacLaine and AnnJewel Lee Dixon star in The Last Word.
  6. Empire Oyster popup raises the raw bar in St. Petersburg

    Food & Dining


    Kevin Joseph stands behind the counter wearing farmer's overalls, his 1967 Chevy Sportvan 108 Deluxe "Shuck Truck" pulled up outside.

    Kevin Joseph imports his Empire Oyster bar to Intermezzo Coffee & Cocktails in St. Petersburg four nights a week.
  7. Music Planner: St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Don't Stop St. Pete, Charlie Wilson

    Music & Concerts

    SOUL REBELS: St. Paul and the Broken Bones

    Courtesy of Kwaku Alston
  8. Things to Do Planner: Disney on Ice, Drumline Live, National Geographic photographer


    DISNEY ON ICE: Worlds of Enchantment

    The Disney On Ice show coming to the Amalie Arena March 24-26 is called Worlds of Enchantment.
  9. Stage Planner: St. Pete native comes home with Momix, Anton Coppola turns 100



    For one member of the acrobatic dance troupe Momix, this tour date is a stopover close to home. Autumn Burnette, right, who performs a variety of gravity-defying feats, was born in St. Petersburg 30 years ago.

    Autumn Burnette, who studied gymnastics and dance at Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School, joined the MOMIX dance troupe in 2010.
  10. 5 things to do under $5: Chasco Fiesta, Tampa's Fourth Fridays, Easter egg hunt


    1 Chasco Fiesta: This year's nine-day festival runs Friday through April 1 with a carnival midway. There are also a series of events surrounding the festival including a street parade at 1 p.m. Saturday, a car show around Orange Lake 1-8 p.m. Sunday, concerts, a Native American Festival (March 30-April 1) …

    The Chasco Fiesta runs March 24-April 1 in downtown New Port Richey featuring 9 days of activities including carnival rides, music, boat and street parades, a Native American Festival and more.