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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


Twitter: @SharonKWn

Blog: Whoa, Momma!

  1. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5 May 28-June 3


    1 Free Tuesday at Glazer Museum: The hands-on museum and the Children's Board of Hillsborough County sponsor a free day at the museum from 2 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Buddy from the PBS Kids show Dinosaur Train will be there, so bring your camera. Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861.

    2 $5 Mondays: Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis Center has started a summer special called $5 Mondays for nine holes of golf on the Par 3 course through the end of September. The golf course, 10315 Paradise Blvd. in Treasure Island, will charge $5 for adults and $2.50 for juniors. Normally, the course charges $8 for nine holes of golf this time of year and $10 for 18 holes. (727)360-6062....

    Golf club and ball
  2. Patton Oswalt, 'Breaking Bad' and WWE all coming to Tampa


    Three big show announcements on Tuesday could make the ultimate Venn diagram: comedian Patton Oswalt, WWE’s Monday Night Raw and a Breaking Bad parody that boils 60 episodes of the heralded TV show about a teacher-turned-meth dealer into a single stage send-up.

    All three have rabid fan bases, that’s for sure. But do any of them intersect?
    Why yes, they do. In a place called Tampa, where all three are coming in August and September....

  3. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for May 27


    Tig Notaro: The last time she came to Tampa Bay, she was a cult comic who had yet to pop on the mainstream radar. Now, she is one of the most acclaimed alternative comics and was nominated for a Grammy for her 2013 special Live. 7 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $31 on

    The Illusionists: With lots of stagecraft and razzmatazz, seven illusionists perform their unique stunts, tricks and magic acts with an army of sidekicks, a troupe of dancers and a live band in a show at the Straz Center in Tampa running through Sunday. Tonight's performance is at 7:30 p.m., $56-$82. (813) 229-7827....

    In this Jan. 26, 2015 photo, Tig Notaro poses for a portrait to promote the film, "Tig", at the Eddie Bauer Adventure House during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)
  4. Before 'Menopause' in Tampa, Cindy Williams recalls sitcom fame, Andy Kaufman


    Laverne & Shirley star Cindy Williams sees a lot in common between the women-get-it sense of humor in her 1970s hit TV show and her part in Menopause the Musical, coming to Tampa for a run starting Tuesday.

    "It just lifts up something that's been in the shadows and says, 'We are all in this boat, so let's make fun of it,' " Williams said in a phone interview. She's had a good number of husbands and boyfriends "dragged to the theater" to see Menopause who later thanked her: "I understand now. I'm not crazy. She's not crazy."...

    Cindy Williams will sign copies of her book Shirley, I Jest in the lobby after the show at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts.
  5. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for May 26


    The Illusionists: With Broadway-quality staging this show of seven illusionists — each with their own specialty such as the Trickster or the Escapologist — perform stunts, tricks and magic acts with an army of sidekicks, a troupe of dancers and a live band. The show opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. and runs through Sunday at Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa. $56-$82.

    Dan Sperry, The Anti-Conjuror, is one of the seven magicians coming to the Sraz Center with The Illusionist Tour from May 26-31. 

Photos Courtesy of Joan Marcus.

Illusionists, The: ? Witness the Impossible
Marquis Theatre

Seven illusionists enact mind-bending acts of magic and illusion; many have never been seen before. This critically acclaimed production is a mix of outrageous, jaw-dropping acts of grand illusion, levitation, mind-reading, disappearance and a full-view water escape. 

Cast List:
The Manipulator, Yu Ho-Jin
The Anti-Conjuror, Dan Sperry
The Trickster, Jeff Hobson
The Escapologist, Andrew Basso
The Inventor, Kevin James
The Warrior, Aaron Crow
The Futurist, Adam Trent

  6. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of May 25-31


    Memorial Day: Fox 13 anchor Kelly Ring will introduce speakers at a Memorial Day ceremony starting at 10 a.m. today at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center at 10000 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg. At 11 a.m., the local chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association will hold a ceremony at Freedom Lake Park in Pinellas Park. And there will be a sunset ceremony at 7 p.m. at Largo Central Park. ...

  7. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sunday May 24


    Rush: The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers celebrate 40 years and this is their only Florida show at 7:30 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $46-$151. (813) 301-2500;

    Sunset Music Festival: The festival of electronic music continues today with Porter Robinson and Armin van Buuren among many others on three stages starting at 2 p.m., Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $109-$194. ...

    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22:  Musician Alex Lifeson of Rush performs at the Barclays Center on October 22, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York, New York.  (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)
  8. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Saturday May 23


    Memorial Day Live with Flo Rida and Lunch Money Lewis: Ubiquitous hitmaker Flo Rida and Bills rapper LunchMoney Lewis headline this year's WFLZ Memorial Day Live concert at Shephard's on Clearwater Beach beginning at 9 p.m., 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. $35 weekend pass. (727) 442-5107.

    Tampa Bay Margarita Festival: Margaritas galore at this festival with live music headlined by Smash Mouth, games and a fireworks finale. It starts at noon at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $17, $75 (VIP), military free....

    Flo Rida attends 93.3 FLZ's Jingle Ball in 2013.  [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  9. Florida Orchestra lands singer Michael Feinstein for January gala concert


    Playing off the American theme running through the Florida Orchestra's coming season, the orchestra has landed one of the greatest American pops singers of all time: Michael Feinstein.

    The Florida Orchestra's second annual fundraising gala concert on Jan. 30 will bring the multiplatinum selling artist and master of the Great American Songbook to join new music director Michael Francis in his inaugural season. ...

    Musician Michael Feinstein in 2012.  (Getty Images)
  10. Universal will double down on Halloween Horror Nights scares this year


    It's no surprise that after the gangbuster business Universal raked in last year for its Halloween Horror Nights, the theme park announced it is expanding the scare-fest to a record 30 nights and doubling the number of actors roaming the park to startle visitors.

    Universal Orlando on Tuesday fired off an early Halloween Horror Nights 2015 tease, complete with video of Jack the Clown, an insane clown serial killer who has been a popular icon of the event over the years. ...

  11. Disney resort bar lets you see Magic Kingdom fireworks without park ticket


    A new bar has opened up at Walt Disney Word's Polynesian Resort, and you don't have to be a theme park or resort guest to take in this unusual watering hole. Trader Sam's Grog Grotto is a bar loaded with tiki-tacky Hawaiian kitsch, special effects that go off on the ceiling, walls and fake windows with a screen that gives the impression of a volcano outside. And then there are the sound effects of approaching thunderstorms and erupting volcanoes. The menu includes small plates and themed drinks with names like Mosquito Mojito that set off some interactive attractions around the bar when ordered. Wander outside to the Tiki Terrace, which features tables set along the waterfront and live music nightly. But best of all in this low-key area is a prime view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks, with the Wishes fireworks show music played on the terrace. Fireworks times vary, but it's generally around 10 p.m. — Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer...

    Reminiscent of a South Seas hideaway, Trader Sam's Grog Grotto at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort whisks away guests to a tropical oasis with a selection of exotic cocktails, small plates and scenic views. ? Located in the Great Ceremonial House, the themed lounge overlooks the resort's marina and Seven Seas Lagoon and features signature beverages such as the Polynesian Pearl and Castaway Crush and a? varied? menu? including? pork p‰tŽ b‡nh m“ sliders, Hawaiian poke, sushi and pan-friend dumplings. The lounge has 50 seats inside and 82 on the patio.? Disney?€™s Polynesian Village Resort? is located at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.? (David Roark, photographer)
  12. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Friday May 22


    Darius Rucker: The former Hootie and The Blowfish lead singer, now a respected country singer, performs with openers Brett Eldredge, Brothers Osborne, A Thousand Horses. 7 p.m., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $25-$$44.75, Country Megaticket.

    Chris Thomas King: The artist has been the vanguard of blues and roots music in the 21st century, and has been featured in O Brother, Where Art Thou? and had a recurring role in the HBO series Treme. 8:30 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $25 general admission; $35 reserved seating....

    INDIO, CA - APRIL 30:  Musician Darius Rucker performs onstage during 2011 Stagecoach: California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 30, 2011 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) 113291727
  13. Busch Gardens, SeaWorld raised ticket prices Thursday


    Busch Gardens and SeaWorld ticket prices went up $2 to $97, Busch Gardens announced Wednesday — the second ticket price increase in a year for the theme parks, which hiked prices $3 last May.

    Today's Weekend section featuring look at the new theme park attractions this summer is printed in advance, and features yesterday's prices.

    General admission to Busch Gardens and SeaWorld is now $97, $92 for ages 3-9. ...

    The Cheetah Hunt roller coaster at Busch Gardens.
  14. Plan your weekend May 22-24


    Plan your weekend


    Memorial Day Weekend The long weekend gets started early with parties, tributes and salutes to the red, white and blue. Among the events: Oldsmar Freedom Fest, Friday to Sunday with live music, food and craft vendors, children's activities and a ceremony at State and Fairfield streets. $2, 12 and younger free. Shephard's in Clearwater Beach brings the party all weekend with Memorial Day Live, but the main event is Saturday with Flo Rida and Lunch Money Lewis. $35 weekend pass. Find more events at

  15. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for May 21


    Music and Movies in the Park: Bring a picnic and enjoy the water view. The music starts at 7 p.m., and the films start at dark. Families are encouraged to ride their bicycles to the films. Free and secure valet bicycle parking available. The series continues with music by Sarasota Slim and a screening of The Blind Side. 7 p.m., North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg. Free (donations appreciated). ...

    PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT SpongeBob SquarePants and his Treat Truck will be in Tampa on Thursday.