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Stephanie Hayes, Times Features Editor

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.

Phone: (727) 893-8716


Twitter: @StephHayes

Blog: Deal Divas

  1. Katy Perry's rainbow-colored shoe line is giving us life


    Did you know Katy Perry had a shoe line? It doesn't really matter. Everyone has a shoe line. My cat has a shoe line (it's kind of rote, to be honest, but she doesn't get out much).

    However, in the saturated realm of celeb shoe lines, Katy Perry's new collection is exceedingly on-point. The collection dropped in February, and the headline-making design has been one named for Hillary Clinton, pictured above (Perry is a noted supporter). But if you get past that political nugget, you enter a vast wonderland of multicolored foot confections. The styles, many of which are named after Perry's famous friends, are available at Macy's and online. I'll take ten!...

    Katy Perry's "Hillary," a shoe named after Hillary Clinton. $139.
  2. Happy Birthday, maestro Anton Coppola. A look back at 100 years.


    We're going to need a bigger cake. An operatically-sized cake, you could say.

    That's because Opera Tampa will be sending birthday wishes to the rafters for Anton Coppola, the legendary conductor from the famous family of Coppolas, who turned 100 on Tuesday.

    Performing arts critic Andrew Meacham interviewed Coppola before his return appearance at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa on Saturday, where the maestro will be conducting some of his original works and some old favorites. 5....

    Maestro Anton Coppola will celebrate his 100th birthday by conducting a concert of his own compositions at the Straz on Saturday.
  3. Get ready for the Florida Strawberry Festival with some fun facts


    If you're like me, you're buying them two or three containers at a time right now.

    It's strawberry season, and the fruit is abundant. The Florida Strawberry Festival kicks off this week as well, and we have little red jewels coming out of our ears.

    Food editor Michelle Stark has been home making quick strawberry jam, and has the recipe for you in a quick how-two video on our Tampa Bay Times — Food Facebook page. And as far as fun, we have everything you need to have a blast at the festival, including an interview with performers Little Big Town and a full schedule of entertainment....

    The new strawberry cultivar, Florida Radiance, was developed at the University of Florida’s Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Wimauma. 
Photo provided by the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center
  4. Review: Team Bette and Team Joan duke it out over FX's campalicious 'Feud'

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    Two women chasing after Oscar glory, but not ready to meet the finish line in their careers. Facing a sexist industry that had no idea what to do with aging actresses, they turned on each other, literally battling it out for the camera.

    The 1962 film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? reinvigorated their careers, if only for a moment. It also reinvigorated one of the greatest Hollywood feuds of all time....

    Judy Davis as Hedda Hopper in “Feud: Bette and Joan.”
  5. Oscars 2017 red carpet fashion recap (with video)


    Now with video! 

    At this hour in the day, after last night's late, late Oscars cast, reading feels like a tall order. As me how I know. If you still want a fashion recap but don't want to attempt to process words on a page, here I am describing it for you on video. Don't say we never do anything for you.

  6. Oscars fashion recap: Hardly a neck in sight!


    Well, well, well.

    Remember how Faye Dunaway read the wrong best movie winner? THAT WAS WEIRD.

    We're all in a chocolate haze of confusion here at the office, so it helps to focus on one thing in order to concentrate. Let's do that with fashion while others scramble to decode what just happened at the end of The Dullest Oscars In History Until the Last Three Minutes....

    Janelle Monae owns the red carpet before the 89th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Noel West/The New York Times
  7. Get Oscar-ready with these viewing-party themes


    Sunday is the special American holiday known as the Oscars.

    And what a year it's going to be. If the Golden Globes and Grammys were any indication, the 89th Academy Awards will be a cyclone of sparkle, political opinion and newsmaking moments.

    We'll be there to capture it all, of course. I'll be holding down the fashion coverage starting at 6 p.m. Sunday. Times movie critic Steve Persall will be a busy bee, reporting on the winners and losers and turning an eye toward host Jimmy Kimmel. Follow along with our live blog at And pick up Sunday's Latitudes section for Steve's thoughts on the battle for diversity on the big screen, plus predictions. Bonus — find out how one of our writers became brief pen pals with Oscar legend Olivia de Havilland, now 100....

    Roll otu the red carpet: It’s Oscars time.
  8. Your boyfriend probably wants you to wash your hair more often


    How often do you wash your hair?

    It's confusing, right? One minute, the pros are telling you to barely ever wash it, to let your natural oils do the work because all that shampooing can be drying. The next, as in, this moment, they're saying, wash more!

    The New York Times reports that the people who love women and have to smell them are begging stylists to advocate for more washing, because, well, you stink. A couple days is fine. Ten days of not washing, studded with frequent workouts and a spritz of dry shampoo is not delightful. (This story is from January, but just sailed into my FB feed this morning, so you're getting it now.)...

    Make hair washing more enjoyable by getting a young Robert Redford to do it for you.
  9. Take the Cross-Bay Ferry for free to these events in Tampa and St. Petersburg on Sunday


    “Are you driving, or am I?"

    You know the refrain. You and your partner swap it every time you head out on the weekend, to dinner, to a concert, to a parade. Someone has to bear the brunt of the steering wheel work.

    But what if you didn't?

    Our reporters Christopher Spata and Alexa Volland tried the Cross-Bay Ferry, the pilot program currently shuttling folks via water between St. Petersburg and Tampa. Much fuss was fussed when the ferry launched in November, but we wanted to test it away from the news conferences and fanfare. How much does it cost? How do you get around once you hit your destination? What is the time commitment? Is it fun, or a stuffy drag? Is it romantic? (Alexa would say yes — read on.)...

    Passengers on the Cross-Bay Ferry ride on the upper level as the ferry passes Harbour Island. [Christopher Spata | Times]
  10. Report: Amal and George Clooney are expecting twins (w/video)


    We're still awaiting any official word from the actual couple, but Julie Chen seems really sure of the news she announced today on The Talk. Chen said this morning that she could confirm (HOW? TELL US?) that George Clooney, actor, and Amal Clooney, human rights lawyer, are expecting twins. This would make these twins the second set of very famous celeb twins to be announced lately. You remember Beyonce? ...

    Amal and George Clooney in Venice, Italy for their wedding in 2014.
  11. Doughnuts, stuffed goats and more Valentine's Day gift ideas that aren't flowers


    We can all agree flowers are fun to receive on Valentine's Day. They're a feast for the eyes. They freshen up your stale cubicle. Someone has to parade them through the office in front of all your spiteful co-workers. What could be better?

    Well, a few things, maybe.

    This year, we're thinking outside the vase for the big, lovey-dovey day. We've got a giant list of date ideas that will hold up all year, from top-of-the-line fancy to a-few-bucks fun. We're talking everything from indoor skydiving to a multicourse meal with a rose in a bud vase....

    Valentine's Day gift ideas that are not flowers. This bouquet of doughnuts is made by the Mini Doughnut Factory in Tampa. Photo courtesy of the Mini Doughnut Factory.
  12. Entertainment is expensive! Here's how to get tickets cheaper


    It's a strange day when you're excited to score a "deal," and that "deal" is $78.

    That's what my ticket for Wicked at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts cost. A friend organized a group outing to the show, which opens Feb. 1, and was able to get a group rate at a discount. A discount! $78!

    Entertainment has gotten really expensive, everywhere, all the time, from concerts to live theater. Local professional theater can routinely reach $50 a seat. And I can't even talk about Hamilton. I have tickets to see it in New York City in July, a Christmas gift from my fiance, and we will be in debt forever. I know it will be worth it because I can't leave this green orb without seeing Hamilton, but, geez....

    Amanda Jane Cooper as Glinda and Emily Koch as Elphaba in Wicked. Courtesy of the Straz Center. (Times files)
  13. When you feel like eating an entire jar, this PEANUT BUTTER sweatshirt supports your cause


    Maybe because it's Monday, or maybe because the constant barrage of the news is making me want to lock myself in my house, close all the curtains and eat an entire jar of peanut butter with a spoon, I'm feeling the urge to purchase this PEANUT BUTTER sweatshirt from Rad. It is on sale for $31.90. You may also recognize said sweatshirt from the social media of one Kylie Jenner....

    Yep. What we all need.
  14. Column: 8 times you should actually have your phone taken away


    Oh, the phone. We use it for so much. For connection. For documentation. For catching up with old friends.

    For instance, we were thrilled when Tracy Morgan called us up to chat recently. It has been a long and tumultuous road for the Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock star since a 2014 traffic accident put him into a coma.

    He's doing much better now, as you'll read in Jay Cridlin's interview. But at Friday's Mahaffey Theater show in St. Petersburg, you won't be able to tweet live dispatches detailing Morgan's fresh glow. That's because you'll have to hand over your cellphone to an attendant, who will lock it in pouch designed by a company called Yondr. You'll keep your phone on you in the locked bag all night, but you won't be able to use it during the show....

    Yondr, a lockable pouch used at performances. Fans keep the pouch with them, but it is impossible for them to snap pictures, shoot videos or send text messages during the performance while the pouch is locked. (Yondr via The New York Times)
  15. Whoopi Goldberg is selling $139 ugly holiday sweaters


    Some years ago, I was asked to judge an ugly holiday sweater party at a night club, which is about as scientific as it sounds. Judging a bar full of people tipsy on lemon drops and all trying to be the most hideous one in the room is something most can only dream of. To outfit myself for the occasion, I stopped in a Bealls Outlet and found offending attire for something in the neighborhood of $15. Here we are....

    Whoopi Goldberg with the collection.