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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. Opera legend Sherrill Milnes keeps a quieter profile in Palm Harbor

    Features

    TARPON SPRINGS — The soprano sang an aria from The Marriage of Figaro about lost love, but she could have been asking the devil not to steal her soul. A couple dozen opera fans watched, including a silver-haired man with leonine features leaning back in his chair.

    American operatic baritone Sherrill Milnes, right, critiques a performance by Mariana Carnovali, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, during the Opera Voice competition on Monday  at the Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
  2. Plan your weekend July 28-30: Comic Con, Lady Antebellum, Margarita Wars, Tampa's Fourth Friday

    Events

    Geek out

    Tampa Bay Comic Con: The fan convention returns to the Tampa Convention Center this weekend, bringing actors Kate Beckinsale, Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek's Lt. Uhura), Khary Payton (Ezekiel in The Walking Dead) and the "inconceivable" Wallace Shawn from The Princess Bride. But best of …

    Ibri Day poses for a photo at opening day of the 2015 Tampa Bay Comic Con at the Tampa Convention Center. (Friday, July 31, 2015.) [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  3. Art Planner: Fashion superstars are on display at Tampa Museum of Art, and Fourth Friday offers up a ton of culture

    Visual Arts

    Susanne Bartsch: Art-a-Porter at the TMA

    NYC’s “Queen of the Night,” Susanne Bartsch,
  4. Top things to do in Tampa Bay this week: Margarita Wars, Tampa Bay Comic Con

    Events

    GEEK OUT: Tampa Bay Comic Con

    Now in its seventh year, Tampa Bay Comic Con returns to the Tampa Convention Center this weekend, bringing actors Kate Beckinsale, left, Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek's Lt. Uhura), Khary Payton (Ezekiel in The Walking Dead) and the …

    Seth Alderman, left, and Kieron Phoenix both dressed as the Spiderman at the 2016 Tampa Bay Comic Con.
  5. What new movies are out this week: 'Atomic Blonde,' 'The Emoji Movie'

    Movies

    OPENING FRIDAY:

    ATOMIC BLONDE

    The world's baddest Academy Award winner Charlize Theron kicks Cold War butt in Atomic Blonde (R), in a role more furious (and Furiosa) than ever. It won't win Theron another Oscar but maybe an MMA title shot.

    Charlize Theron in “Atomic Blonde.”
  6. A new app will help you find your favorite Tampa Bay food trucks

    Food & Dining

    What's new: Food tech

    Local food businesses are embracing new technologies and partnerships to bring us extra deliciousness.

    Michael Blasco of Tampa Bay Food Trucks says that everyone always asked about an app to help find their favorite food trucks. There is, available for iPhones and Droids.
  7. Atomic Blonde does not live up to its giant movie poster hype

    Movies

    Beware of movies spending money selling one scene, like the Atomic Blonde poster big enough to block a restroom entry, as it has for a while at AMC Westshore 14.

    Charlize Theron, left, and Sofia Boutella in "Atomic Blonde." (Jonathan Prime/Focus Features via AP)
  8. Fellow musicians and friends perform original clarinet-bassoon composition

    Stage

    SMOKIN' DUO: PREMIUM BLEND

    Florida Orchestra musicians Brian Moorhead and Mark Sforzini sat next to each other for 15 years. Moorhead was the orchestra's principal clarinet, Sforzini its principal bassoon. They knew each other's moves so well, they gave their musical partnership a name: "Premium …

    Brian Moorhead
  9. This week's best Tampa Bay concerts: Lady Antebellum, Nickelback, Foreigner and more

    Music & Concerts

    FAMILY CARAVAN: Lady Antebellum

    After spending most of 2016 at home with their young children, the trio of Lady Antebellum is ready to bring family life on tour. "Got all the kids on the road; lot of baby pools outside the tour bus," singer Charles Kelley said in a recent phone interview. "It's …

    Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum.
  10. Hillsong Young and Free's worship music is a lot like pop. That's no accident.

    Music & Concerts

    Press play on Hillsong Young and Free's Youth Revival, and everything you hear might sound familiar.

    Hillsong Young and Free are performing at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on Saturday. Credit: Rogers and Cowan