Tuesday, April 24, 2018


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.

Picnic cover for Taste - at Crescent Lake Park

3 things to watch this weekend: Park picnics, Mainsail youth, No Shoes Nation

1 Elaborate picnics: American Stage presents its annual musical in Demens Landing Park, and this year itís The Producers (
Published: 04/18/18
Lorde did not disappoint with her sophomore album, Melodrama. It has been nominated for an Album of the Year Grammy. She will be in concert in Tampa on April 11. (New York Times)

Make your own playlist with Tampa Bayís summer concert stars

There are more than 50 major concerts in Tampa Bay between now and Labor Day. How can you begin to choose?You canít. You have to settle on one, maybe two, three if youíre a real passionate showgoer with deep pockets.
Updated one month ago
UberEats will sustain us all. Photo from UberEats.

A list of things I will never leave the house for again.

Toys R Us is closing every store. It's easier and cheaper
Updated one month ago
Watch that episode of The Office where Michael Scott (Steve Carell) tries to get everyone free from the CEO on St. Patrick's Day.

St. Patrickís Day is on Saturday, but feel free to celebrate by staying home

The Party Gods have dispensed a pot of gold.St. Patrickís Day, one of the biggest drinking holidays in America, falls on a Saturday this year. That means no waking up after a few too many pints of green beer to go to work. That also means...
Updated one month ago
Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s search for love has taken him from Los Angeles to Peru. Credit: Paul Hebert, ABC

Arie Luyendyk Jr., maybe most hated Bachelor of all time, coming to St. Pete for Grand Prix

Any Bachelor fans in the Grand Prix stands this weekend?They probably won't be cheering for Arie Luyendyk Jr. The most recent Bachelor is expected to come to St. Petersburg for the race festivities. He's scheduled to be here...
Updated: 2 months ago
OSCARS FASHION RECAP: Color is back, baby

OSCARS FASHION RECAP: Color is back, baby

After so much call to action, the 90th Academy Awards red carpet was a call to individuality and representation.
Updated: 2 months ago
FILE - In this March 2, 2014 file photo, an Oscar statue is displayed at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Nominees for best films for the 90th Academy Awards can be viewed in a variety of places, including in theaters, via streaming services and video rental services. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File) NYET607

Do your homework, make a viewing plan for Sunday's Oscars

Preparing for the 90th Annual Academy Awards requires mental and physical endurance, lots of studying, a bit of deep breathing and some good faith stomach stretching.
Updated: 2 months ago
LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
The Wyrdwood Vikings demonstrate Viking shield fighting techniques during the Bay Area Renaissance Festival in Tampa. [Saturday February 11, 2018] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]

From 5Ks to festivals, things to do outside in spring

What’s that smell? Could it be the fragrance of leggings going back in the drawer? The faint perfume of flowers drinking in sunshine, and you drinking in a mojito?
Updated: 2 months ago
Saffron aioli.

Explore mayo's upscale friend: aioli

Mayonnaise does not have to be pedestrian. Mayonnaise, like life, is what you make of it.
Updated: 2 months ago
It's time we defend mayo. PATTY YABLONSKI   |   Times

In defense of mayonnaise

It weighed heavy, spread across my soul like a creamy white burial shroud. I would never admit it, not in a million years.My husband wondered, what was on the chicken? He ate it willingly, then enthusiastically.
Updated: 2 months ago