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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times Staff Writer

Sharon Kennedy Wynne

Sharon Kennedy Wynne is a Tampa Bay Times writer and editor who focuses mostly on events and fun Things To Do, but also veers off into stories of parenting on the Whoa, Momma! blog, as well as cool gadgets or whatever captures her short attention span. A lifelong St. Petersburg resident, she has been a journalist since 1988 and joined her hometown Times in 1994. She is married and has two sons.

Phone: (727) 893-8595

Email: wynne@tampabay.com

Twitter: @SharonKWn

Blog: Whoa, Momma!

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  1. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sunday April 26

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    The Price Is Right Live: The hit interactive stage show gives audience members the chance to "come on down." 7 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $38.50. (727) 893-7832; themahaffey.com.

    John Leguizamo: Latin History for Dummies: The performer is working on another in his long line of award-winning one-man shows. 7 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $25. (813) 864-4000; www.improvtampa.com....

    The Price is Right Live. [Times files, 2012]
  2. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Saturday April 25

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    John Leguizamo: Latin History for Dummies: The performer and star of stage and screen calls this a work in progress at the Tampa Improv tonight, but we are guessing it's progressing toward another award-winning one-man show. 7:30 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $25.

    Pets in the Park: You had us at Twiggy the water skiing squirrel, but this pet festival also includes a dog dock jumping competition, pet costume contests, pet (and person) psychic readings and a cool down area. Takes place in Parking Lot 6 of Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Free. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ...

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 02:  Actor John Leguizamo arrives to AARP The Magazine's 14th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 2, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
  3. John Leguizamo gives lots of Tampa love while filming 'The Infiltrator'

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    One of the perks of Bryan Cranston filming his new movie The Infiltrator here is that one of his co-stars, actor and comic John Leguizamo, is using his time in town to work on his newest one-man show at the Improv in Centro Ybor. Maybe this should be added to the economic analysis of luring movie productions to the Tampa Bay area: It makes everything else cooler....

    John Leguizamo, seen here in April at the Tribeca Film Festival, is kicking it in Tampa this week for The Infiltrator.
  4. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Friday April 24

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    98Rockfest: Tampa's hard rock station will celebrate 25 years during this year's annual shred-a-thon featuring headliners, Five Finger Death Punch along with Rise Against, Breaking Benjamin, the Pretty Reckless and Nothing More. A free pre-show with Sleepwave, Beartooth, Young Guns and DJ Skratch n Sniff will take place outside the Arena at 2 p.m. 6 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $25-$59....

    Rise Against. [Luis Santana | Times, 2012]
  5. Plan your weekend April 24-26

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    Plan your weekend

    Theme park

    Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival With rocker Daughtry coming this weekend, we can say It's Not Over (Yet). Chris Daughtry is bringing his band to Busch Gardens for the last weekend of the theme park's first Food & Wine Festival. The 35-year-old American Idol fourth-placer is headlining Saturday's festivities (witty and charming local boy Forrest Hoffar handles opening duties). On Sunday, things are turned over to I Need A Dollar singer Aloe Blacc, The festival opens at noon Saturday and Sunday, concerts start at 6 p.m. 0165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. It's free with park admission, which is $95, $90 for children,...

    Actors Giovanni Ribisi, left, John Leguizamo and director Reed Morano attend the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere of "Meadowland" at the SVA Theatre on Friday, April 17, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) NYEA118
  6. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 23

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    Tampa Bay Lightning Watch Party: The Tampa Bay Lightning are fighting for their lives in the Stanley Cup playoffs. They face the Red Wings again in Detroit and you can still cheer them on tonight among fellow fans at a watch party with food and drink specials, giveaways and appearances by Thunderbug and the Lightning Girls. 5 p.m., Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa.

    Roberta Flack: The Grammy winner will be killing us softly tonight at 7:30 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $55-$85. ...

    Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette (13) celebrates his third goal, a shorthanded goal, completing the hat trick, during the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Thursday evening (01/29/15).
  7. Rays will bring a fish to the mound Wednesday against Red Sox for Earth Day

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    The Tampa Bay Rays are celebrating Earth Day today and also playing the Red Sox at home. Raymond the Rays mascot will have a guest, a mascot fish named Meloy from the global conservation group Rare. He is a panther grouper and the "chief finspiration officer" at Rare, a global conservation organization. Meloy will throw out the first pitch and also hand out his own baseball cards, pull fan stunts and pass out water bottles with information inside. Another avenue in the Rays Earth Day drive is a $39 ticket package that includes seating in the lower level and a Rays Earth Day recyclable tote bag at raysbaseball.com/specialevents. The game is at 7:10 p.m., Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. — Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer...

    For Earth Day, the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednseday will welcome a mascot fish named Meloy from the global conservation group Rare. Meloy will throw out the first pitch and also hand out his own baseball cards, pull fan stunts, pass out water bottles with information inside.
  8. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 22

    Events

    American Stage in the Park: It's "pay what you can" tonight to see a preview of In the Heights, the Tony Award-winning Best Musical that opens Friday as American Stage's annual play in the park. 8 p.m., Demens Landing, 100 First Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529; www.americanstage.org.

    Tampa Bay Rays: The Rays are celebrating Earth Day and also playing the Red Sox at home. Raymond the Rays mascot will host a mascot fish named Meloy from the global conservation group Rare. Meloy will throw out the first pitch and also hand out his own baseball cards, pull fan stunts, pass out water bottles with information inside. A $39 ticket package includes seating in the lower level and a Rays Earth Day recyclable tote bag at raysbaseball.com/specialevents. The game is at 7:10 p.m., Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg....

    (left to right) Sir Brock Warren, Ericka Womack-Brown, Renata Eastlick, Justin Gregory Lopez, Christie Prades, and Kathryn Huxtable, for our preview of American Stage's In the Heights.
JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  TIMES
  9. 'Mythbusters' live show will get fans into the action in Tampa

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    You'd better be ready to join in when the MythBusters duo of Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman bring their live show to Tampa on Thursday. The show promises no less than a dozen chances for audience members to swing a sledgehammer or match wits with the Discovery Channel's most popular wizards of weird science.

    Because it's in an enclosed theater at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, there won't be fire and explosions like on the long-running TV show in which the hosts use scientific methods to prove or debunk rumors, myths and pop culture legends. ...

    MythBusters: Jamie and Adam Unleashed is coming to the Straz Center on Thursday.
  10. Ruth Eckerd Hall's Broadway lineup brings Kristin Chenoweth, 'Bullets Over Broadway'

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    Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth, the Broadway smash The Producers and the movie-turned-musical Saturday Night Fever are among the shows announced Tuesday by Ruth Eckerd Hall for its 2015-16 Broadway season.

    Ruth Eckerd CEO Zev Buffman said he was proud the venue could offer "such a wide variety of stellar musicals this season," which will also bring Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway and some classic Broadway shows. ...

    Actor and singer Kristin Chenoweth performs Feb. 26.
  11. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5 April 23-29

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    1 Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races: With Asia Fest Tampa Bay in nearby Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, paddlers from across the country will compete in this 2,000-year-old sport Saturday. It's free for spectators to watch, and races start at 8 a.m. Saturday at 700 S Florida Ave., Tampa.

    2 Healthy Kids Day Tampa: The day to help families develop healthy routines at home includes bounce houses, fitness demonstrations, arts and crafts, water safety tips, healthy snacks, music by DJ Jake Dela Cruz and sports giveaways. It's free at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday....

    The Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races will be April 25 in Tampa.
  12. For April 20, 4/20 has turned into weed appreciation day

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    Today is April 20, or 4/20, the unofficial holiday of marijuana fans, and while other cities have some pretty big 420 Day parties — Atlanta has Snoop Dogg as the headliner and weed-friendly Colorado braced for an influx of tourists this weekend — the Tampa Bay area has a few touches of reefer madness today.

    The phrase "420" is a longtime code for marijuana users, who work it into dating profiles to show their shared interest. The origin is said to be the time stoners planned to meet up for a smoke and the code was used to talk freely in front of parents and teachers. ...

    Partygoers listen to music and smoke marijuana Saturday in Denver's downtown Civic Center Park during the annual 4/20 festival. It was the second time the event had been held since retail marijuana stores began selling in January 2014. [Associated Press]
  13. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of April 20-26

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    MythBusters: "Jamie and Adam Unleashed," the wizards of weird science, hit the Straz Center in Tampa Thursday. $45-$125.

    St. Anthony's Triathlon: Fitness expo opens at noon Friday in Straub Park, and world-class athletes and Olympians race through St. Petersburg Sunday.

    'The Price Is Right Live': The interactive stage show returns, so "come on down" at 7 p.m. Sunday to the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $38.50....

    Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, Mythbusters. Photograph by Robert Fujioka Studios Inc.
  14. Rays lineup for summer concerts: Jacksons, Steve Aoki, KIDZ BOP, more

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    The Jacksons, pop star Cody Simpson, country artists Lee Brice and Kacey Musgraves, superstar DJ Steve Aoki and the kids from KIDZ BOP don't have much in common except this: They've all been signed by the Tampa Bay Rays for the 2015 Summer Concert Series.

    The Rays on Friday announced the series of free concerts that take place on the field after the Rays game and are included with admission. ...

    THE BLACK LIST: VOL. 1 Toni Morrison. photo (c) Timothy Greenfield-Sanders/courtesy HBO. Image may not be altered.
  15. Topiaries spruce up Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival

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    The best thing about Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival might be the collection of new topiaries that dot the park, from a huge octopus rising from a fountain to a ginormous spring maiden to a funny collection of "topirazzi" photographers — so you have bushes snapping pictures from the bushes.

    When the festival was first unveiled for the media March 6, Busch Gardens president Jim Dean was excited to see the Spirit of Spring, a topiary of a woman that stands serene and immense in Bird Gardens, with her forearms wrapped around a pond. ...

    Naga’ Zira’ the Green Boa Constrictor is a sidewalk serpent made from more than 25,000 of red St. Joseph’s coats, green ficus’ and yellow alternantheras located near the park’s Conservation Cabin, where several snake species reside.
Credit Busch Gardens