Friday, November 17, 2017


Stephanie Hayes

Stephanie Hayes

Stephanie Hayes is the features editor for the Tampa Bay Times, directing features coverage and the Times' staff of critics. Previously, she was arts and entertainment editor, and before that, performing arts critic, covering plays, musicals, classical music, dance, comedy and more. She also blogs about fashion for the Times' style blog, Deal Divas. She started writing for the Times in 2003, covering everything from suburban politics to zoning to snack foods to Britney Spears. She wrote the Times' feature obituary column, Epilogue, and went on to work as a general assignment reporter, entertainment reporter and higher education reporter. She grew up near Cleveland and graduated from St. Petersburg College and the University of South Florida.

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Five reasons to check out the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading

For 25 years, readers and authors have been mingling on a very special day in St. Petersburg.The Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading is back this weekend, organized painstakingly by our book editor, Colette Bancroft, and the Times marketing...
Published: 11/08/17

Now that it’s not sweltering in Florida, some things to do outside

A few weeks ago, when the temperature dropped below 80 degrees for the first time, I broke out the opaque tights and boots.*"It’s tights* season!" I said, gleeful, full of hope for a sweat-free tomorrow."We’re not quite there yet," my...
Published: 10/30/17
Updated: 11/07/17
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 19:  Musicians Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne arrive at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Mrs. Roper to George Michael: Throwback pop culture costume ideas

Put down the Donald Trump wig, and back away slowly.It’s not hard to find a pop culture costume for 2017, given the whirlwind year of politics, entertainment and general options. Unicorn Frappuccino, pregnant Instagram Beyoncé, Wonder Woman,...
Updated one month ago

Things to drink at Oktoberfest that are not beer

International Bitterness Units. Dry hopping. Fermentable sugars. Beer, once the pale, watery symbol of casual consumption, has become bigger than itself. Everyone is an expert. The craft beer craze has Taylor from accounting explaining her home...
Updated one month ago
Designs by Elizabeth Carson Racker.

See the runway looks from Tampa Bay Fashion Week

It's hard to believe Tampa Bay Fashion Week is 10. Yes, our local fashion event is now a decade old, and a birthday party it did have. I've been attending the festivities for probably eight of...
Updated one month ago
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26:  Actors Michelle Williams (L) and Busy Philipps attend the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

With Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen coming to Tampa, could these celeb BFFs be next?

Get out your emergency Cuteness Survival Kit and prepare to be charmed.This week's dual interview with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen — that's right, we talked to both of them — is going to make you want to pour a hot tea,...
Updated one month ago
It’s been said that the ghost of Jack Kerouac haunts Haslam’s.

5 spooky sites around Tampa Bay that aren't at theme parks

Don't yell at us. We know it's technically still September. But we also know, technically, that you've already seen Christmas lights for sale in your local discount store.That said, let's back up and indulge in some early Halloween chatter. The...
Updated: 2 months ago

Reschedule, regroup, recharge: Ways to spend the weekend after Irma

Well, it's safe to say some of your recent weekend plans got disrupted.Hurricane Irma put all of Tampa Bay on edge for days, and in the end, we were far luckier than others in Florida and the Caribbean. Still, it led to local closures,...
Updated: 2 months ago
Pocahotas in the Walt Disney animated film Pocahontas. (Disney via AP)

These critical darling films are now streaming in September

It's easy to get caught up in the blockbusters, the flashiest titles with the biggest stars.But for our Fall Movie Preview this year, critic Steve Persall took a different tack. He chose to focus on movies he thinks will be worthy of critical...
Updated: 2 months ago
Eddie Redmayne

In honor of Ed Sheeran's Tampa show, 5 more underrated redheads

“Is Ed Sheeran sexy?"Jay Cridlin, our pop music/culture critic, was on the phone with singer James...
Updated: 3 months ago