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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. Movie Planner: 'The Circle,' 'How to Be a Latin Lover,' 'Sleight' open

    Movies

    OPENING Thursday: THE CIRCLE

    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.
  2. For the 30th anniversary of 'Spaceballs', 5 more epic parodies to watch

    Movies

    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."
  3. Things to do Planner: Broadway's Aaron Tveit, gamer comedy Let's Play Live, Egypt Shrine Circus

    Events

    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.
  4. Art Planner: Contemporary fiber art showcase, Construct celebrates architectural art

    Visual Arts

    NEW THREADS: CONTEMPORARY FIBER IN FLORIDA

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

    Stage

    THE VOICE: LAURA MICHELLE KELLY

    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.
  6. 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.
  7. 5 things to do under $5: Fabulous Thunderbirds in Clearwater, Dragon Boat Races

    Events

    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 …

  8. Eaters will crown wieners at event-packed RiverFest in Tampa

    Events

    It's all about wieners and winners May 6 and 7 at RiverFest in downtown Tampa.

    "Tampa Bay's Best Hot Dog" will be crowned during the Hot Dog Festival at Riverfest in downtown Tampa. [Riverfest]
  9. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Greatest American rock band ever? Let's make the case

    Music & Concerts

    Florida can't lay claim to many cultural superlatives.

    Tom Petty is an icon, a Hall of Famer, one of the all-time great rock songsmiths. His Heartbreakers have mostly been with him since Day 1 back in Gainesville. Together they’ve produced several careers’ worth of epic American rock songs, a body of work few can match.
  10. 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