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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. Ruth Eckerd Hall scores another record-breaking year, gears up for another


    CLEARWATER — Since establishing itself in the 1980s as a key player in the Tampa Bay performing arts scene, Ruth Eckerd Hall has staked out a niche with popular music, jazz and hit musicals. That formula appears to be working.

    CEO Zev Buffman said the hall will continue to expand in programming and new construction.
Photo by Gregg McGough
  2. Vinoy reinvents Fred's Cellar for one night Thursday as a fundraiser for Puerto Rico

    Food & Dining

    The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort's Fred's Cellar has been underutilized for some time, starting as a private club for members and more recently re-envisioned as a speakeasy. But here's something — for one night only — that seems to be a glorious repurposing of the grand space.

    The pink tower of the historic Mediterranean Revival-style Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort and Golf Club. SCOTT KEELER    |      TIMES
  3. Plan your weekend Oct. 13-15: Oktoberfest, Florida Georgia Line and Nelly, free shows at Tampa Theatre, Florida Orchestra pops


    Plan your weekend


    Oktoberfest: It's time to hoist a stein and yell, "Prost!" (cheers) for Oktoberfest in Tampa Bay. Tampa's competition-heavy party this weekend in Curtis Hixon Park expects some 10,000 people for the largest Oktoberfest gathering in the area. There will be a …

    TP_361086_WALL_Oktoberfest_4 (10/13/2012  Tampa) Game host Erik Cattelle (CQ) demonstrates how to hold a stein for the beer stein holding competition portion of the Mr. and Mrs. Oktoberfest Tampa at Curtis Hixon Park on Saturday. Between brews, visitors can play in Oktoberfest Games, like stein holding, carry the wench, cornhole, tug-of-war and others. The event continues Sunday from 11-6, admission starts at $10. [DANIEL WALLACE, Times]
  4. Top things to do this week: Shopkins Live, Florida Birding and Nature Fest, authors Lisa Under, Rhonda Shear, Friday the 13th


    AUTHOR TALKS:Lisa Unger, Rhonda Shear

    Clearwater author Lisa Unger.
  5. This week's best Tampa Bay concerts: Florida Georgia Line, Hispanic Heritage Festival, more

    Music & Concerts

    PARTY DOWN: Florida Georgia Line, Nelly

    Nelly is still scheduled to perform Friday, Oct. 13, at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre with Florida Georgia Line, amidst recent rape allegations against the singer.
  6. Somehow Thurgood Marshall isn't even the star in his own biopic 'Marshall'


    Truth is an obstacle that the Thurgood Marshall biopic never overcomes.

    Sam Friedman (Josh Gad, left) takes center stage standing in for a banned Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) during 
a 1941 case against a black chaffeur (Sterling K. Brown).
  7. Dali Museum will have $10 admission on Saturday


    The Dalí Museum is giving art aficionados a treat this Saturday, when admission at the door will be reduced to $10, more than half off its regular admission price of $22.

    Salvador Dali's "Archeological Reminiscence of Millet's Angelus" is among the St. Petersburg museum's permanent collection.
Image courtesy Dali Museum

  8. What's in theaters this week: 'Marshall,' 'The Foreigner,' 'Happy Death Day'



    Professor Marston & the Wonder Women stars, from left, Bella Heathcoate, Luke Evans and Rebecca Hall.
  9. 'Professor Marston and the Wonder Women' is comic book heroine's R-rated back story


    Wonder Woman was a PG-13 blockbuster but her real origins are for adults only, as depicted in Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (R). Writer-director Angela Robinson dramatizes her comic book creator's erotic inspirations; you'll never think of Wonder Woman's …

    From left, Bella Heathcote stars as Olive Byrne, Luke Evans as Dr. William Marston and Rebecca Hall as Elizabeth Marston in the film, "Professor Marston and the Wonder Women." (Claire Folger/Annapurna Pictures) 1212629
  10. Things to drink at Oktoberfest that are not beer

    Bars & Spirits

    International Bitterness Units. Dry hopping. Fermentable sugars.