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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. A coast away from her roots, American Stage's Stephanie Gularte is soaking up Florida

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    ST. PETERSBURG

    The last clear day before the storm, Stephanie Gularte looked at Milo, her 8-year-old Boston terrier.

    "You ready for action, bud?"

    Stephanie Gularte, who arrived in the Tampa Bay area 2 ? years ago to become producing artistic director of American Stage, strolls along Coffee Pot Bayou in St. Petersburg with Milo, her 
8-year-old Boston terrier.
  2. Tampa Bay theaters usher in a broadened vision, new works in 2017-18

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    By Andrew Meacham Times Performing Arts Critic

    The David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa will serve up the musical Waitress in April 2018.
  3. Plan your weekend: Sept. 22-24: Buffyfest, Arcade Fire, Howl-O-Scream, Wanderlust 108 and 'Rent'

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Pop show

    Florida Björkestra's Buffyfest: Pop culture meets pop music when the Florida Björkestra, a 20-piece alternative-classical ensemble that tributes ground-breaking pop artists, on Saturday will play with eight vocalists for "Once More with …

    The 20th anniversary tour of RENT, shown in 2016, comes to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts Sept. 19-24, 2017. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
  4. Poorly assembled 'Lego Ninjago Movie' waters down Lego movie franchise

    Movies

    Well, that didn't take long.

    After only three movies, the Lego franchise is already a shadow of its original self, less irreverent and go-for-broke bricky. The watering down of an ingenious formula comes with The Lego Ninjago Movie, the sort we expected all along from plastic construction toys.

    Master Wu (Jackie Chan) speaks of an Ultimate Weapon too dangerous to use that ends up being the funniest part of the movie.
Warner Bros.
  5. 'Rick and Morty' Rickmobile is coming to Tampa next week

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    We now have details on when and where Rick and Morty's belching Rickmobile will be when the rolling promo for the cult hit Adult Swim show swings through Tampa on Sept. 27.

    Ricky and Morty fans will head to the Lowry Parcade and Tavern in Tampa on Sept. 27 where a pop-up merch store that will operate out of a Rick Sanchez-shaped truck.
  6. Review: More than 20 years later, 'RENT' still matters

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    TAMPA — Two decades after Rent shook up Broadway with a starkly joyous musical that demanded to be recognized, a nostalgic tour is taking audiences back.

    The 20th anniversary tour of RENT, shown in 2016, comes to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts Sept. 19-24, 2017. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
  7. What's new in theaters: 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle,' 'Lego Ninjago Movie,' 'Stronger'

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    OPENING FRIDAY:

    KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

    Two years ago, Kingsman: The Secret Service sneaked up on audiences like a spy in the night, making an unlikely action hero of Academy Award winner Colin Firth. Director Matthew Vaughn mushed the secret agent genre's extremes — …

    Tatiana Maslany, left, and Jake Gyllenhaal in “Stronger.”  The film chronicles the story of Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman. 
Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions
  8. American Stage opens season with boxing-themed 'The Royale'

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    LIVE THAT FANTASY: THE ROYALE

    Three professional sports franchises pour millions of dollars into the Tampa Bay area, branding their images onto caps and T-shirts, flooding the broadcast and print media with every kind of marketing. And a recent study by five arts organizations found that arts and culture …

    The American Stage season opens with “The Royale,” featuring Aygemang Clay as boxer Jack Johnson.
  9. St. Petersburg's Il Ritorno, Cassis American Brasserie close for renovations

    Food & Dining

    Two downtown St. Petersburg restaurants are closing their doors for a bit and undergoing significant renovations.

    IL RITORNO

    Chef and owner David Benstock of Il Ritorno is adding space behind the current location.
  10. Top things to do this week in Tampa Bay: 'Rick and Morty' mobile, Wanderlust 108, Howl-O-Scream

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    WARP SPEED: Rick and Morty's Rickmobile