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: @SharonKWynne

Blog: Whoa, Momma!

  1. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 20

    Events

    Mainsail Arts Festival: This annual festival is one of the area's best outdoor shows with more than 250 artists on display. Today features music by Shaun Hopper (1-2 p.m.), Come Back Alice (2:15-3:30 p.m.) and TC Carr and the Bolts of Blue with Josh Nelms (3:45-5 p.m.). It starts at 10 a.m., Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free.

    Family Favorites Film Series: Kids get to see some of their parents' most beloved childhood films on the big screen. This week it's The Karate Kid with Ralph Macchio, learning life lessons from Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita). Rated PG. 3 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $10, $8 12 and younger. (813) 274-8982....

  2. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 19

    Events

    Record Store Day: Today is a glorious all-day bonanza for geeked-out vinyl and music fans, with lots of exclusive one-day-only merchandise at indie record shops. Daddy Kool, Mojo Books and Music in Tampa, Bananas Music and Movies, Microgroove Records and more will be spinning, selling, even serving up drinks and live music. See recordstoreday.com for a full list. And for tips on navigating the day, watch the #PlayTampaBay video at tampabay.com/things-to-do. ...

  3. Bollywood star to throw out first pitch at Rays game

    Events

    Wednesday is Bollywood Night at the Tampa Bay Rays game, when the Rays play the Twins and the team has enlisted Bollywood star Shahid Kapoor to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Think this comes out of left field? Not when the area is celebrating the International Indian Film Academy making its first U.S. stop in Tampa next week. You can get a discounted seat in the Press Level and a Rays Bollywood-themed T-shirt for $25 at raysbaseball.com/specialevents. Use promotion code JAIHO1. Kapoor, 33, is a Bollywood heartthrob who has appeared in dozens of Hindi films. He will co-host the IIFA award show — the "Bollywood Oscars" — with actor-director Farhan Akhtar, a charming duo who hosted the award show when it was in Singapore in 2012. — Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer...

  4. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 18

    Events

    Jamie Lynn Spears: At the Clearwater Threshers game against the Lakeland Flying Tigers you get a free concert by aspiring country singer Jamie Lynn Spears (yes, Britney's sister). Also, a Jimmy Rollins Bobble will be handed out to commemorate his induction into the Florida State League Hall of Fame. Game is at 6:30 p.m. at Bright House Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. $5-$9.50....

  5. Rhonda Shear to revive 'Up All Night' on Tampa's Ch. 38

    Blog

    Rhonda Shear is about to go up all night again.

    The comedian and B-movie actor, who now runs a fast-growing shapewear and intimates firm in St. Petersburg, became a cult classic in the ‘90s on the USA Network show Up All Night, a show that bookended comedy bits around truly awful movies like Vampires on Bikini Beach that played in the wee morning hours....

    Rhonda Shear during Up All Night's heyday
  6. Evan Longoria home runs will once again benefit animal shelter

    Events

    As the Rays prepare for their first home stand against the Yankees this season, All Star third baseman Evan Longoria will once again be swinging for the puppies. For the third season, Longo has promised that every home run he hits will benefit the Pet Pal Animal Shelter, a no-kill, nonprofit shelter in St. Petersburg. So for every dinger, Bright House Sports Network, the Rays and Ducky's Sports Lounge will each donate $100 to the shelter. Despite missing more than half the 2012 season with a partially torn left hamstring, Longoria's 49 home runs the past two seasons have generated more than $20,000 for Pet Pal. Longoria and his fiancee, Jaime Edmondson, have two rescue dogs, Jango, a 9-year-old bull terrier and Tatum, a 5-year-old Boerboel mastiff. To donate or for additional information, visit petpalanimalshelter.com or call (727) 328-7738. The Rays play the Yankees at home Thursday through Sunday and the Twins at the Trop next week. —Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer...

  7. 5 things to do under $5 April 17-23

    Events

    1 The Organizing Queen: Professional organizer Betty Arnold will demonstrate simple tips and practices from her organizational therapy program, "The Queen Wears Prada," that she promises will make life easier and more manageable. She will also share ways to reduce clutter, free up time and energy and enhance living space, both physical and emotional. It's free at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Bloomingdale Regional Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. (813) 273-3652. ...

  8. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 15

    Events

    Live Radio Theatre Project: Be part of the live studio audience and watch actors present the latest chapter in the ongoing series The Continuing Adventures of Noel Berlin Cabaret Detective. It's at 7 p.m. at Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Pay what you can at the door.

    The Sounds: The Swedish indie rock band plays with Blondfire and Ghost Beach tonight at 7 p.m. at State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 895-3045....

  9. Tip of the hat (and wag of the finger) for Colbert as Letterman's replacement

    The Feed

    Well that was fast. Just days after David Letterman shocked fans and even family with his decision to retire from the Late Show in 2015, CBS has announced that Comedy Central satire king Stephen Colbert, 49, will take over his desk.

    Colbert has helmed an award-winning fake news show on Comedy Central since 2005. He is known for his right-wing mockery, once famously quipping in a performance for President George W. Bush that "reality has a well-known liberal bias." And he introduced us to the word "truthiness" to explain why pundits have a gut feeling they are right despite all evidence. ...

    David Letterman will pass the Late Show helm next year to Stephen Colbert, who already hosts a late-night Comedy Central show.
  10. Breaking News: Colbert picked to replace Letterman

    Blog

    Well that was fast. Just days after David Letterman shocked fans and even family with his decision to retire from the Late Show in 2015, CBS has announced that Comedy Central satire king Stephen Colbert will take the desk when Dave departs....

  11. Why Colbert was picked to replace Letterman

    Blog

    Now that we have digested the news that another white guy has been picked to helm a network late-night talk show, we will steal one of the Colbert Report's signature bits "Tip of the Hat, Wag of the Finger" to mull why Stephen Colbert has been picked to replace David Letterman on the Late Show. Read it here. ...

  12. William Shatner beams into Tampa for sci-fi convention

    Events

    William Shatner, the original Star Trek captain, will join his fans at the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore this weekend for an intimate sci-fi convention along with several other actors and authors, while actor Leonard Nimoy (Spock) will be making a convention presentation via Skype.

    Unlike huge comic cons, the Away Mission sci-fi conventions are planned around a more relaxed and sociable atmosphere of autographs, photo opportunities, panel discussions and entertainment, promising not to be one long line after the other. As a result, many of its packages are already sold out. ...

    Leonard Nimoy will be making a convention presentation via Skype.
  13. Let the judging begin! Extreme parenting as a reality show

    Blog

    Bravo just released news of its many reality series coming soon to the cable channel but the one that caught my eye was Extreme Guide to Parenting premiering in July.

    Having been one of the mom bloggers on TampaBay.com's now-defunct Whoa Momma! parenting blog, I can tell you that judging a person's parenting choices have become a popular spectator sport....

    In August of 2013, this group of kids were given free range to explore their neighborhood. (Seriously, this is a big deal to some parents) Jewely Smith, 10, counts money that she and her friends, left to right, Morissey Montgomery, 7, Josie Smith, 7, and Asher Montgomery, 9, found hidden in a palm tree after following directions to a hidden treasure.  CAROLINA HIDALGO | Times (2013)
  14. Tours bring 'Walking Dead' and 'The Voice' to Tampa

    Blog

    As our colleague Steve Persall reports here, pop exploitation, like zombies, simply won’t die.So that means fans of The Walking Dead can now pay $150 to act like an undead VIP. And while it would be awesome if the audience had chairs that swiveled around, The Voice has just announced plans for a 31-date tour that will hit Tampa's Straz Center for the Performing Arts on June 25....

  15. 5 things to do under $5 April 10-16

    Events

    1 USF Bullstock: Pop-rap duo Karmin (Brokenhearted), emo favorites Panic! at the Disco, brooding rockers the Neighbourhood and Tampa's own New Cathedral will close down USF Week about 6 p.m. Friday at the USF Sun Dome parking lot, 4202 E Fowler Ave., on the Tampa campus. And it's free to all, not just students.

    2 H&R Train Show: The kids love this annual competition, now in its 66th installment, with a judged layout competition and exhibits of every scale of model railroading. There will be lots of train-related vendors, how-to classes, seminars, demonstrations, children's activities, a wooden derby race, train painting and door prizes. And it's all free from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at H&R Trains, 6901 U.S. 19 N, Pinellas Park. (727) 526-4682. ...