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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. Plan your weekend May 29-31

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Dance

    Kill Paris The Skrillex-approved producer Corey Baker (aka Kill Paris) has a brand new LP to show off this go around, and while Galaxies Between Us does have a lot of the big drops we're all very accustomed to hearing in modern dance music, the 10-track effort also builds on Baker's affinity for working soulful passages and samples into his signature smooth attack. He even flirts with the world of ambient music on the atmospheric album. With Louis Futon, Dvnk Sinatrv, Christian Alexander open Friday with Louis Futon, Dvnk Sinatrv, Christian Alexander at 10 p.m. Amphitheatre Event Facility, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 873-8368....

    Florida Georgia Line The mega-selling country duo — Brian Kelley, left, and Tyler Hubbard — takes the stage Friday at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Tickets are $25-$59.75. Luis Santana/tbt* (2014)
  2. Wedding will cap Swim Across America cancer fundraiser Saturday

    Events

    Swimmers of all ages and skill levels will dive into the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday at 7 a.m. for a 2.4-mile open-water swim for cancer research, and this year the Swim Across America — Tampa Bay event will end with the wedding of two local participants. Shawn Jolly, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma four years before his first date with Alexandria Reynolds, will exchange marriage vows following the event at Clearwater Beach. Both have participated in the event and will be volunteering there this year, said a release from Moffitt Cancer Center, which is benefitting from Swim Across America....

    Swimmers competing in the 1-mile swim cross the starting line for Swim Across America on Clearwater Beach in 2013. WILL VRAGOVIC | Times 

  3. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for May 28

    Events

    Music and Movies in the Park: Bring a picnic and enjoy the water view. The live music starts at 7 p.m. with Boxcar Hollow and Saturday Night Fever starts at dark, about 7 p.m. Free and secure valet bicycle parking available at North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg. Free (donations appreciated).

    Josh Gracin: For a Military Appreciation Concert, the country singer and former Marine performs from the venue's "Stage in the Sky." 7 p.m., Ferg's Live, 490 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $10, $5 military. (813) 443-8403....

    Catch Saturday Night Fever on Thursday night. Paramount Pictures
  4. High-speed shark-themed thrill ride Mako coming to SeaWorld next summer

    Florida

    Opening next summer next to its shark encounter, SeaWorld Orlando announced on Wednesday that its newest roller coaster named Mako will be a killer ride, the tallest, fastest and longest coaster in Orlando.

    Mimicking the quick turns and speeds of a shark on the hunt, Mako will exceed 70 mph to propel riders across a track almost a mile long at 4,760 feet with a 200 foot drop. It's a "hyper coaster," the industry phrase for rides that reach at least 200 feet high, with relentless "air time" thanks to a high-speed launch of up to 70 mph. ...

    SeaWorld has announced that Mako, a new coaster coming in 2016, will mimic the quick turns and speed of sharks - and will be the tallest, fastest and longest coaster in Orlando.  Mako will be a 200-foot-tall hypercoaster that will reach 73 mph along 4,760 feet of steel track (that's nearly a mile long) and leave riders feeling both breathless and weightless. [SeaWorld Entertainment Inc.]
  5. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5 May 28-June 3

    Events

    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....

    Dinosaur Train Live: Buddyâ  s Big Adventure: Join Buddy, Tiny, King, Don and more for an interactive trip back in time to an age when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Wait, they rode in trains too? $25-$35. Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday.
  6. Patton Oswalt, 'Breaking Bad' and WWE all coming to Tampa

    Blog

    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....

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

    Events

    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 ticketmaster.com.

    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)
  8. Before 'Menopause' in Tampa, Cindy Williams recalls sitcom fame, Andy Kaufman

    Events

    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.
  9. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for May 26

    Events

    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. strazcenter.org....

    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

Synopsis:
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


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

    Events

    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. ...

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

    Events

    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; rush.com.

    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)
  12. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Saturday May 23

    Events

    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]
  13. Florida Orchestra lands singer Michael Feinstein for January gala concert

    Stage

    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)
  14. Universal will double down on Halloween Horror Nights scares this year

    Florida

    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. ...

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

    Florida

    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)