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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

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  1. Plan your weekend Feb. 5-7: Florida State Fair, orchestra salutes Final Fantasy video game music, Monster Jam returns


    Plan your weekend

    Food on a stick

    Florida State Fair: The fair returns today and runs through Feb. 15 with rides, exhibits, entertainment, animals and of course lots of deep-fried food on a stick. Admission is $11-$13 at the gate at 4802 U.S. 301 N in Tampa. You can save money if you buy tickets in advance for $9, $5 ages 6-11 at Concerts this weekend include Lazy Bonez, 3 p.m. Feb. 6 and 1 p.m. Feb. 7 on the Coca-Cola Headline Stage. An '80s rock tribute band. and Beatlemania, 7 p.m. Feb. 6 on the Coca-Cola Headline Stage. Included with admission....

    Stage Masters of Illusion The family-friendly spectacular features grand illusions, vanishes, escapes, comedy magic, sleight of hand and audience participation. Performers, from the hit CW television show Masters of Illusion, include Jonathan Pendragon, who was on Magic Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential magicians; Greg Gleason, above, who makes a helicopter materialize on stage; Las Vegas favorite Michael Turco, who was a finalist on America’s Got Talent; and magic-comedian Nathan Phan. $22-$52 at Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Pete. 8 p.m. Friday. (727) 893-7832.
  2. 5 things to do under $5 Feb. 4-10: Dali and 'Alice in Wonderland,' Plant Museum anniversary, Lightning watch party


    1 Alice in Wonderland: If you've seen the new exhibit examining the friendship between Walt Disney and Salvador Dalí and the surrealist's influence on Disney films, you might want to check out this week's free showing as part of the Dalí and Beyond Film Series. The 13th animated feature film by Walt Disney, Alice in Wonderland, reflects the surrealist influences with wild images, out-of-proportion characters and 3-D effects. See it at 1 p.m. Saturday in the museum's lobby theater. Free. 1 Dalí Blvd. (Bayshore Drive and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg. If you want to check out the multimedia exhibition through June 12, admission is $24, $22 seniors, $17 students and children ages 13-17, $10 children ages 6-12. There's a price break on Thursdays when admission is $10 from 5 to 8 p.m. (727) 823-3767. (To read a review of the "Disney and Dalí" exhibit, see Sunday's Latitudes section.)...

    Alice in Wonderland, 1951.
  3. Things to do Planner: Renaissance Festival, Masters of Illusion, Undy Run


    HUZZAH! Bay Area Renaissance Festival

    Verily, alas, 'tis opening weekend for the 38th annual Bay Area Renaissance Festival, which runs hither and yon weekends through March 20 in a time-travel village of kings, queens, jousting, jugglers, mimes, madrigals, archery contests and a human chess match. This weekend's theme is "Pillage the Village," with an arm wrestling, tattoo and pirate costume competition. $17.95 advance, $20.95 day of; $9.95 advance, $12.95 day of for ages 5-12; $16.95 seniors/students; $10 dogs. It's held on the grounds next to the Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  4. Florida cool brings hot deals at Disney, Busch Gardens and more


    Aside from the lack of snow and ice, it's great to be a Floridian in winter for the deals theme parks and attractions roll out during the slow time. The bargains come when the weather and the crowds are tepid.

    Some of this year's Florida resident deals, especially at Walt Disney World, are pricier than in years past. With parks adding more-elaborate attractions every year, and with one-day tickets climbing over the $100 barrier, some theme park veterans worry that the days of deep discounts are dwindling....

    Winter visitors can ride the Colossal Curl at Adventure Island for free. Busch Gardens is using an Adventure Island water park pass as incentive.
  5. 'Dinosaurs in Motion' exhibit brings ancient life to struggling MOSI


    The metal dinosaurs look more like pieces of art than the dusty fossils you'd expect in a museum. Controlling the ferocious chomp of T. rex jaws gives the new "Dinosaurs in Motion" exhibit at Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry a primal thrill.

    The show, which opened Saturday, runs through May 8, with a collection of 14 metal sculptures inspired by actual fossils. They are brought to life in steampunk fashion with modern tools like pulleys, springs, gears, gaskets, using parts of old motorcycles for hip bones and pieces of screen doors for wings. ...

    A collection of 14 metal sculptures, inspired by actual fossils, are brought to life in steampunk fashion with modern tools like pulleys, springs, gears and gaskets at the new “Dinosaurs in Motion” exhibit at MOSI in Tampa. [MOSI]
  6. Plan your weekend Jan. 29-31: Gasparilla, country mega show, MOSI dinosaurs


    Plan your weekend


    Gasparilla: Arr, mateys, it be that time again for the booze and the beads and that pirate costume buried in your treasure chest. Festivities include Pre-Invasion Celebration on Friday in Curtis Hixon Park with The Voice winners the Swon Brothers ($20). On Saturday, events start at 10 a.m. with live music on stages at Curtis Hixon Park and at MacDill Park for the Pirate Fest, which runs until 6 p.m. The flotilla shows up at the Tampa Convention Center between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., and the parade of pirates along Bayshore Boulevard is from 2 to 5 p.m., from Bay to Bay Boulevard north into downtown Tampa. You can reserve a seat starting at $45 at

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 14:  Actor Jim Jefferies (L) and FX Network president John Landgraf pose at the after party for the screening of FX's new comedy series 'Legit' on January 14, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)
  7. Things to Do Planner: Dancing With the Stars, dinosaurs at MOSI and a 3-D arty party



    OFF THE WALL: Visual Mayhem 3-D art party


    The Bloom Art Center in downtown St. Petersburg will hand out 3-D glasses for its arty party on Saturday called Visual Mayhem, a night of eye-popping, multidimensional murals, live music, live screen printing, open artist studios, a donation bar and a book shop. The $5 admission includes 3-D glasses and a maze of artwork by nearly a dozen local artists. Some of the 2-foot and 4-foot panels from the murals created for the show will be for sale, managing partner Mitzi Gordon said. Set in the right light, she said, you can have the 3D experience at home. It's not a matter of special paint, but technique. "It's how you apply the colors," said Gordon, who, along with partner muralist James Oleson, made over the nondescript St. Petersburg warehouse almost two years ago into what's become like a community art center. "The blues will sink into the background and the reds and warm colors will pop forward. So the way the artist uses the paint creates the 3-D effect," Gordon said. There will be some black-light areas of the gallery but often it merely takes dim lighting and 3-D glasses to make the art come off the wall, she said. 910 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 6-11 p.m. Saturday. (352) 777-3723....

    Using gears and levers, visitors to MOSI’s Dinosaurs in Motion exhibit can take control of life-size metal dino skeletons, including a 44-foot-long T. rex.
  8. 5 things to do under $5 Jan. 28-Feb. 3: Naughty by Nature show, Sims Park reopens, home show


    1 Naughty By Nature: The '90s hip-hop heroes embark on their 25th anniversary tour and their show Saturday at Jannus Live is free for 21 and older, thanks to sponsor Bud Light. 8 p.m., 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0550.

    2 Sims Park Grand Reopening: The landmark wooden playground built more than 20 years ago in Sims Park in New Port Richey was demolished, and the park has been closed for months while the city completed long-anticipated renovations including a new playground. It's now fully accessible to the disabled with a wheelchair swing to boot. The free event is from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday 5547 Main St., New Port Richey....

    Using gears and levers, visitors to MOSI's Dinosaurs in Motion exhibit opening Jan. 30 can take control of life-size metal dino skeletons, including a 44-foot-long T. rex.
  9. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 27


    Real Music Series: The Drifters: The Busch Garden series of classic acts today will have shows by the doo-wap masters The Drifters. Performances held at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Included with daily admission. Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. $97, $92 for ages 3-9. (888) 800-5447;

    Ana Popovic: The blues guitarist and singer blends electric funk and slide guitar, jazzy instrumentals and tight blues groove with soulful vocals. 7:30 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $25-$30. (727) 791-7400;

    Times files (1998)
The Drifters.
  10. All In: A Gasparilla 2016 guide and insider tips


    More than 200,000 carousers are expected to gather for the pirate invasion of Tampa that is Gasparilla 2016. It takes a special breed of swashbuckler to wade into that sea of humanity and say, "Blimey! I have a fierce fire in me belly to go."

    All the fuss centers around the legend of Jose Gaspar (nicknamed Gasparilla), a mythical Spanish pirate captain who supposedly operated in southwest Florida. The festival was founded in 1904 by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla — the prominent bunch of Tampa citizens who were the first to dress up as pirates to "invade" the city....

    Thousands of Gasparilla revelers pack Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa to watch the parade that stretches from t Bay to Bay Boulevard to Cass Street in downtown Tampa. [OCTAVIO JONES, Times]
  11. Interactive dinosaur exhibit coming to MOSI in Tampa


    An interactive dinosaur exhibit is coming to Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry, officials announced Thursday.

    Dinosaurs in Motion uses gears and levers to let visitors take control of life-size, massive metal skeletons, including a 44-foot-long T. Rex.

    The traveling exhibit last shown at the Arizona Science Center opens Jan. 30 and will run through May 8, included with MOSI admission. ...

    Using gears and levers, visitors to MOSI's Dinosaurs in Motion exhibit opening Jan. 30 can take control of life-size metal dino skeletons, including a 44-foot-long T. rex.
  12. Plan your weekend Jan. 22-24: Gasparilla Children's Parade, Billy Joel, The Lion King, Mozart


    Plan your weekend

    Take the kids

    Children's Gasparilla Extravaganza and Parade: Before the raucous pirates take over Tampa, Saturday's G-rated parade brings an alcohol-free day of family activities, including a bicycle rodeo at 11 a.m. on Bayshore Boulevard followed by a preschooler's stroll at 1:30 p.m. along Bayshore between Howard Avenue and Rome. Then the parade kicks off at 3:30 p.m. on Bayshore at Bay to Bay Boulevard and proceeds north to Edison Avenue with more than 100 units with dance groups, marching bands, Krewes, an air invasion and a fireworks extravaganza about 7 p.m. It's free, but there's reserved seating for $35-$49.

    Billy Joel The piano man returns with a show Friday at Amalie Arena that will be his second Tampa show in two years, indicating he’s no longer so reluctant to hit the road. Most important, it really seems like he’s having fun out there — letting fans vote on his setlist, and busting out covers and rarer gems like All for Leyna, Where’s the Orchestra? and The Ballad of Billy the Kid. As Joel nears his 67th birthday, we may be no closer to his first proper pop album since 1993’s River of Dreams, but at least we know his heart is still in the game. $39.50 and up. (813) 301-2500.
  13. 5 things to do under $5 Jan. 21-27: David Bowie movie, best-selling authors, motorcycle expo


    1David Bowie Tribute: The Hunger: In tribute to the creativity and life of David Bowie, Tampa Theatre presents a free screening of The Hunger, in which he plays the husband of a vampire who tricks him into believing he will live a blissful immortal life. Bowie co-stars with Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon in the R-rated flick. Tickets are not required, but seating is limited. Free. 9:30 p.m. Friday. 711 Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-8982.

     Thousands of vintage postcards like these will be on display and for sale Saturday at the Sunshine Postcard Club's fall Postcard and Ephemera Show in Tampa.
  14. Things to Do Planner: Gasparilla Children's Parade, WWE Smackdown, Peppa Pig on stage


    PINT-SIZED PIRATES: Children's Gasparilla

    Before the raucous pirates take over Tampa, Saturday's G-rated Children's Gasparilla Extravaganza and Parade brings an alcohol-free day of family activities including a bicycle rodeo at 11 a.m. on Bayshore Boulevard between Rome Avenue and Dakota Street, and a preschooler's stroll at 1:30 p.m. along Bayshore between Howard Avenue and Rome. Then the parade kicks off at 3:30 p.m. on Bayshore at Bay to Bay Boulevard and proceeds north to Edison Avenue with more than 100 units with dance groups, marching bands, Krewes, an air invasion and a pyrotechnic extravaganza of fireworks about 7 p.m. It's free but there's reserved seating for $35-$49.

    Clay Goodison of Brandon pulls sons Parker and Davis and wife Krissy in a pirate ship float after the 2015 Gasparilla Preschooler’s Stroll, which preceded the Children’s Gasparilla Parade.
  15. Pearl Jam tour coming to Tampa


    Pearl Jam is going back on the road, Eddie Vedder & Co. announced Tuesday, and that includes a stop in Tampa.

    It's been more than two decades since Pearl Jam beat its angsty flannel heart as the other great Seattle band of the grunge movement. And while most of their early '90s counterparts are gone or doing nostalgia tours, Pearl Jam is still rocking arenas like it will April 11 in Tampa's Amalie Arena....