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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. Rays lineup for summer concerts: Jacksons, Steve Aoki, KIDZ BOP, more

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    The Jacksons, pop star Cody Simpson, country artist Lee Brice, 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.

    First up in the series is the remains of the original Jackson Five — Jermaine, Tito, Jackie and Marlon — playing May 23 after the 4:10 p.m. game against the Oakland Athletics. The brothers of the late "king of pop" Michael Jackson will celebrate 50 years in the entertainment business, a legacy that landed them in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame and gave us hits to sing along to, including ABC, I Want You Back and I'll Be There....

    Singer Cody Simpson, seen at Nickelodeon's 26th Annual Kids' Choice Awards, joins the Tampa Bay Rays summer concert series.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for KCA)
  2. 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. ...

    Spirit of Spring is a 20-foot tall garden maiden with her arms wrapped around a 23-foot pond. The topiary is made up of more than 165,000 plants of six different species.
  3. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sunday April 19

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    Mainsail Art Festival: One of the biggest art shows of the year brings 250 professional artists, a student show, kids activity tent, live music and a variety of food vendors. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free.

    Chef Robert Irvine Live: More than just a cooking demo, this is an interactive show with audience participation while witnessing the challenging nature of the TV show Dinner: Impossible come to life. 7 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $30-$50; $100 VIP....

    Robert Irvine, Food Network
  4. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Friday April 17

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    The Ting Tings: British pop duo of Katie White and Jules De Martino of the massive hit That's Not My Name bring underground party energy to the State Theatre stage. 7 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15-$18.

    Lita Ford: The founding member and lead guitarist of the girl group will have special guest, Faster Pussycat. 8 p.m., Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $29.50. ...

  5. Kennedy Space Center salutes 25 years of Hubble with special events

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    The Hubble Space Telescope was first launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in April 1990, and the visitor center at Cape Canaveral will celebrate 25 years of the observatory with three days of special activities and events April 24-26.

    Hubble has captured thousands of breathtaking images of nebulae, star nurseries, black holes, quasars. It remains in orbit today, long exceeding its life expectancy thanks to five servicing and repair missions performed by space shuttle crews....

    The Hubble Space Telescope is shown following its release from the space shuttle Discovery in 1997. (NASA)
  6. 'Mythbusters' star: Bring back band, shop class if you want better test scores

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    In a week when Florida students were logging on to another round of standardized tests, one of the stars of Mythbusters on the Discovery Channel clearly touched a nerve.

    "If you want the kids' test scores up, bring back band and bring back shop and get kids actually learning stuff instead of teaching them how to take a test," TV personality Adam Savage said in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times....

    Adam Savage said you need to add art to get a complete education.
  7. Plan your weekend April 17-19

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    Plan your weekend

    Date night

    Chillounge This year's outdoor lounge party in Tampa takes on a Cirque du Soleil twist, adding contortionists, aerialists, jugglers, hand balancers, a high-flying daredevil and from America's Got Talent, John Nock's Aerosphere Aerial Balloon Show with the artist floating under a giant helium orb. There will also be live music, a fashion show, fireworks, outdoor furnishings and chic daybeds, all set on the downtown waterfront. $25 advance, $35 at the gate, $100 VIP. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. (941) 448-0995. 6-11 p.m. Saturday....

    Raymond Wirick from East Kennett, England, gets ready for the 2015 Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival’s Sand Walk Exhibit.
  8. 'Sopranos' wiseguy will be in Clearwater to meet fans, sell pasta sauce

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    Actor Steve Schirripa, better known as kind-hearted mobster Bobby Baccalieri on the HBO series The Sopranos, will be in Clearwater on Saturday peddling his new line of organic pasta sauces, Uncle Steve's Italian Specialties, and signing autographs at Nature's Food Patch. Baccalieri said he created his pasta sauces as a tribute to his late mother, with a healthy twist on his mother's traditional Italian recipe. "Our products are USDA certified organic, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and contain no added sugar," Schirripa said in a news release. "My mother cooked her sauce for six hours, and unlike the others, we are doing the same." The sauce made Prevention magazine's list of the "cleanest" packaged foods of 2015. "And the fact that the sauce's creator was Bobby from The Sopranos makes for better dinner conversation," the magazine said. You can sample the sauces on Saturday and take photos with Schirripa from 3 to 5 p.m. (time permitting) at the store at 1225 Cleveland St. in Clearwater. — Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer...

    Actor Steve Schirripa attends a screening of "Oldboy" presented by FilmDistrict & Complex Media with the Cinema Society on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
  9. Festival of Chocolate returns to MOSI in Tampa with expanded cocoa fashion show

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    Sweet! The Festival of Chocolate returns to MOSI this weekend.

    Now in its fifth year, the festival that threatens to put chocolate lovers in a coma returns to the science museum with lots of confections for sale, a live cake-decorating competition, wine and chocolate pairings and this year the Cocoa Couture fashion show, which brought us dresses made with Reese's Peanut Butter Cup wrappers in 2014, expands to a Junior Cocoa Couture Fashion show. The chocolate-inspired designs created by artists 5 to 15 years old will walk down the "Yumway" at 3 p.m. Saturday and will be on display at MOSI throughout the event weekend....

    Victoria Hefner dips a strawberry in a chocolate fountain as her cousin Ryan Froug dips marshmallows at the Schakolad Chocolate Factory booth during MOSI's Festival of Chocolate exhibit in 2012.
  10. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5 April 16-22

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    1 All Art, All Day, All Clearwater: In celebration of Clearwater's 100th birthday, this citywide open studio day will feature galleries participating in the 100 Plus Artists for 100 Plus Years art show. There will be art demonstrations, open houses, classes, free food and beverages, performances and more into the evening. The Jolley Trolley will have a free route starting at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave., at 4 p.m. that will travel to a number of Clearwater art galleries and studios until 8 p.m. so visitors can enjoy the festivities at each location. See a map and event details at canvaszoo.com. Free. ...

    A medical marijuana plant is shown at the Northwest Patient Resource Center medical marijuana dispensary, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Seattle. After voters weighed in on election day, Colorado and Washington became the first states to allow legal pot for recreational use, but they are likely to face resistance from federal regulations. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) WATW203
  11. You can get free tickets for kids in Florida Orchestra's Masterworks series

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    The Florida Orchestra has shows coming up that appeal to kids and a price that appeals to parents: Kids 18 and under get in free with a paying adult to masterworks concerts. As many kids as you have with you are free, though there are a limited number of kids tickets reserved for each concert, and children under 5 are not encouraged to attend. These tickets are available only through the orchestra's ticket center by calling (727) 892-3337 or toll-free 1-800-662-7286. There are the three Masterworks concerts left in the season:...

    The Florida Orchestra .
  12. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 15

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    The Who: Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey bid a final farewell to fans as part of what Townshend calling a "long goodbye" tour. The fact that the Brit rockers are launching a 21-date, two-month tour right here in Tampa is a pretty big deal. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts open. 7:30 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $36.25-$136.25.

    Celebrate Me Home: Tropicana Field opens up for a night of food, entertainment and auction items on center field to benefit the Heart Gallery of Pinellas-Pasco and to raise awareness of children in foster care in Pinellas and Pasco counties available for adoption. 6 p.m., Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. $125. ...

    FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2010 file photo Roger Daltrey, left, Zak Starkey, center, and Pete Townshend of The Who perform during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl XLIV football game between the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints in Miami. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File) OLY117
  13. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 14

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    Matt Pond Pa: The indie rock band is embarking on the Several Arrows Later 10-year anniversary tour where they will perform the album in its entirety, plus jams from their upcoming album, The State of Gold. 7 p.m., The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $12.

    Unhappy Hour: The Business and Professional Women of St. Petersburg-Pinellas invite anyone interested to celebrate Equal Pay Day with a cash bar and light appetizers. Why this day? April 14 is the date when women's earnings "catch up" to men's from the previous year. 5:30 p.m., Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg....

  14. 'Rush Hour' comic Chris Tucker coming to Tampa's Straz Center

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    Chris Tucker, the fast-talking comic best known for the Rush Hour films, is bringing his standup comedy tour to Tampa in June. Tucker, who was one of the defining voices of the Def Comedy Jam in the 1990s, was last here in 2012, selling out two shows at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. He has since taken his comedy tour around the world and also set to release his first standup comedy special on Netflix in July. He takes the stage at Tampa's Straz Center for the Performing Arts on June 12, and expect tickets to sell briskly for this popular comic who is also becoming a respected actor, last appearing in Oscar favorite Silver Linings Playbook. Tickets are $45.75-$65.75 and go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. online at strazcenter.org or by calling (813) 229-7827. —Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer...

    Getty Images (2010)
  15. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sunday April 12

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    Smokey Robinson: With a career spanning more than 50 years, there's a deep catalogue of megahits — Shop Around, You've Really Got a Hold on Me, Tears of a Clown, Cruisin' — as the legendary singer takes the stage at 7 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $59.50-$89.50.

    Tampa Bay Blues Fest: One of Tampa Bay's largest music festivals wraps up today with a set from the Damon Fowler, Victor Wainwright and J.P. Soars supergroup Southern Hospitality, which closes out the day after NoLa's Bryan Lee and a three-pack of Florida faves (The Lee Boys, Albert Castiglia, and Betty Fox) take the stage. A wheelchair accessible red open air trolley runs to Vinoy Park every 15 minutes from the parking lot at Progress Energy Park and the Sundial parking garage. 12:30 p.m., Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $20-$175. ...