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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. 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

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  1. MOSI brings back pay for a day ticket deal starting Saturday

    Events

    Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry is bringing back its pay for a day ticket deal starting Saturday, giving guests free admission for the rest of the year with one admission ticket.

    You can score a Discovery Passport starting Saturday for the price of regular general admission, $26.95 for adults, $25.95 for seniors, and $20.95 for children 3-12. That gets you access to more than 400 hands-on activities and films in the Imax Dome Theatre with no blackout dates through Dec. 31....

    Finnegan Dunn and Gracen Cole play in a "glowing rocks" tunnel exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa in 2015. [LOREN ELLIOT   |   Times (2015)]
  2. Plan your weekend Feb. 24-26: Gasparilla Distance Classic, Mardi Gras pops, dinos at the zoo

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    Plan your weekend

    Road runners

    Gasparilla Distance Classic: One of Tampa's best-known road races floods Bayshore Boulevard with runners this weekend for the Gasparilla Distance Classic. The race attracts elite runners and first-timers alike for the lovely route that the 15K takes from downtown Tampa, out just across Gandy Boulevard and back again alongside the mansions and water views of Bayshore Boulevard. The 5K and 15K are Saturday starting at 6:45 a.m., and Sunday features an 8K and a half-marathon. $40-$105. tampabayrun.com....

    The Oscars party at the Tampa Theatre features a red carpet, a limo ride around the block and “fans” and “paparazzi lining the entrance.
  3. 5 things to do under $5: Florida Orchestra, Black Arts Festival, Peter Max and Fiesta Day

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    1Florida Orchestra Family Concerts: This family-friendly "pay what you can" show brings husband-and-wife musicians Anna Kate Mackle, principal harp for the Florida Orchestra, and John Shaw, principal percussion, who will demonstrate their instruments and play together. Arrive early for art activities and the instrument petting zoo. Concerts are at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the HCC Ybor Campus Performing Arts Building, 1304 E 11th Ave., Tampa. (727) 892-3337....

     John Shaw, principal percussionist and his wife, Anna Kate Mackie, principal harpist, both of the Florida Orchestra, pose at home in St. Petersburg.
  4. Things to Do Planner: Dinos Alive at the zoo, Gasparilla Distance Classic

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    RETRO REPTILES: Dinos Alive at the zoo

    On Saturday, Lowry Park Zoo opens a limited-time, outdoor exhibit called Dinos Alive that features towering dinosaurs that move, blink and roar. Open daily through August, the prehistoric park will also have activity areas with a Fossil Fun dig site, a new live show called "Dinos Among Us" and special food and drinks at the recently renovated Dino Grille. Included with admission, $32.95, $24.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. (813) 935-8552. lowryparkzoo.org....

    Runners await the start of the 5K race during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Feb. 20, 2016, in downtown Tampa.
  5. Here's where to let the good times roll for Mardi Gras

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    Just about every party this month gets called Mardi Gras, but next week brings the actual Fat Tuesday celebration of Carnival that is supposed to be your one last hurrah before Lent. If you can't make it to New Orleans, there are plenty of Cajun-flavored goodies to "laissez les bon temps rouler" (let the good times roll).

    The Dunedin Mardi Gras parade comes the closest to replicating the Big Easy on Tuesday with music in Pioneer Park at 1 p.m. that continues till the parade steps off at 7 p.m. with more than 50 colorful floats tossing beads to the crowd. dunedinmardigras.com....

     Bryana Armstrong and friend Chelsea Castleberry scream to get the attention of bead tossers during Dunedin's Mardi Gras parade in 2012.  [Luis Santana | TIMES]
  6. Here's how you can get tickets to see Jimmy Fallon at Universal Orlando

    The Feed

    Heads up, Jimmy Fallon fans: You can get on the waiting list this week for April tickets to Tonight Show tapings in Orlando, where the host is getting his own theme park ride.

    Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon opens April 6 in Universal Studios in Orlando, and Fallon will be taping at the theme park April 3-6.

    The wait list will open at 11:30 a.m. Friday at tbtim.es/fallon....

    The Tonight Show will be taped at Universal Studios April 3-6. The waitlist for tickets opens Friday at 11:30 a.m.
  7. Plan your weekend Feb. 17-19: Renaissance Festival, Florida State Fair, Beer, Bourbon and BBQ

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    Plan your weekend

    Olde school

    Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Huzzah! The time is anon for the return of the Bay Area Renaissance Festival this weekend through April 2. The field next to MOSI in Tampa will become a time-travel village of kings, queens, jousting, madrigals, archery contests and a human chess match. It kicks off with a Scottish twist this weekend. General admission at the gate: $20.95 adults; $12.95 ages 5-12; $16.95 seniors/students. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 4801 E Fowler Ave. bayarearenfest.com....

    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 03: Author and creator Michael Connelly attends Amazon Red Carpet Premiere Screening For Season Two Of Original Drama Series, 'Bosch' on March 3, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Amazon Studios)
  8. Disney's Rivers of Light show opening Friday after long delays

    Florida

    After months of technical delays, Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom on Friday will finally turn on the lights for its new nighttime show, Rivers of Light.

    The complex production, on the water in front of a new stadium, features live performers and music, floating lanterns, lasers and special lights, with images projected against a mist.

    It was supposed to debut in April 2016 on Earth Day, but was tripped up by unspecified technical issues. When it still hadn't opened by Memorial Day, Disney rolled out a show called "The Jungle Book: Alive With Magic" that received mediocre reviews and closed Sept. 5....

    The new nighttime show Rivers of Light at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park is a complex production, taking place on the water with floating lanterns, lasers and special lights, with images projected against a mist of water, live performers and music. It debuts on Friday, 10 months after it was originally scheduled to open.
  9. 5 things to do under $5: Mutt Derby returns, '80s parties, Quiet Riot at Motorcycle Expo

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    1 Mutt Derby: Back after a 20-year hiatus, the hilarious day of non-greyhound racing on the Derby Lane track opens at noon Sunday. It's free for spectators to watch pets line up by weight division to race (many choose to run the wrong way). If you want to enter your mutt, registration begins at 11 a.m. Bring proof of vaccinations and $25. There will be other pet-friendly activities and vendors on site. Greyhounds are welcome, but are not allowed to race. Benefits Greyhound Pets of America. 10490 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg. (727) 432-2514....

    The Mutt Derby at Derby Lane is back after a 20-year hiatus.
  10. Classic music superstar André Rieu coming to Tampa

    Blog

    Classic music superstar André Rieu is coming to Tampa's Amalie Arena on Nov. 1. Tickets go on sale Friday ("Just in time for Valentine’s Day," Amalie helpfully suggests) for the "King of Romance."

    A rock star of the classical set, he opened Season 23 of Dancing with the Stars playing My Heart Will Go On with his precious Stradivarius violin from 1732. Rieu has sold 40 million CDs and DVDs and notched 30 No. 1 chart positions worldwide....

  11. Plan your weekend Feb 9-12: Knight Parade in Ybor, State Fair, S'mores and Zombies, ArtWalk

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Parade

    Sant' Yago Illuminated Knight Parade: Saturday brings the annual nighttime Sant' Yago Illuminated Knight Parade in Ybor City, and this year the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Glazer Family Foundation are the grand marshals. The parade starts at Seventh Avenue and Nuccio at 7 p.m. It's free but you can get $25 bleacher seats at kreweofsantyago.com....

    The leisurely bike ride around downtown St. Petersburg ends with a party at the Shuffleboard Club.
  12. Internet star Hayes Grier, blues man Taj Mahal cancel shows this week

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    We're going to try not to take this personally but we've been jilted twice this week with two previously announced shows canceled or postpone on us. 

    Internet sensation Hayes Grier canceled his Feb. 15 show of hijinks and video at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre -- and the rest of his tour as well -- in a cryptic announcement Wednesday. The reason given was "due to the tour being rescheduled to a later date." Refunds will be issued at point of purchase. The 16 year old Vine star with 15 million adoring followers announced on Twitter, "I'm sad to announce my tour has been postponed to a later date. Refunds will be issued. I have some exciting stuff for you all ahead."

    We fared better with Taj Mahal who merely pushed his Feb. 8 show back by a month to March 8 at the Capitol Theatre. The composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist is one of the most prominent figures in blues and roots music. If you bought a ticket for his show tonight, it will be honored on March 8 at 8 p.m. The reason was again a bit cryptic, "Due to unforeseen circumstances, Taj Mahal has rescheduled all original Florida dates to March." We'll take that as, "It's not you it's me" and forgive the Grammy winner. Tickets are $35-$55.  Click here ...

    Internet fame landed Hayes Grier on Season 21 of Dancing with the Stars in 2015, shown here dancing with Emma Slater.
  13. 5 things to do under $5 Feb. 9-15: Wallenda on high wire, ArtWalk, Sing Out with Florida Orchestra, strawberry picking

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    1 Rick Wallenda High-Wire Walk: The aerialist from the world-famous tightrope walking Flying Wallendas family will traverse St. Petersburg's Sundial shopping and entertainment district on the high wire at 5 p.m. Saturday. Come early for other circus-themed performances and photos with Wallenda. Free. 151 Second Ave. N.

    2 Second Saturday ArtWalk: It's always a fun date night in downtown St. Petersburg when studios and galleries stay open late and have artists on hand for talks. Don't miss artist Nancy Cervenka's sculptures using film as a sculptural material. Her work will be paired with Taylor O. Thomas' mixed media works in an exhibition called Over Rules at ARTicles Leslie Curran Gallery, 1431 Central Ave. Both artists use unconventional materials and will be at the opening reception 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Free trolley available. Find an ArtWalk map at stpeteartsalliance.org. ...

    Michael Francis and the orchestra took a selfie at the 2016 sing-along.
  14. Things To Do Planner: S'mores and Zombies, Florida State Fair, Sant' Yago Illuminated Knight Parade

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    GASPARILLA: Sant' Yago IlluminatedKnight Parade

    You didn't think you were done with krewes tossing beads into a crowd for Gasparilla, did you? Saturday brings the annual nighttime Sant' Yago Illuminated Knight Parade in Ybor City, above, and this year the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Glazer Family Foundation are the grand marshals. Players, coaches, mascots and street team members will be marching in the parade of more than 100 illuminated floats, marching bands, krewes and their royalty. Judge Lynn Toler (Divorce Court and MTV's Decision House) and Steve Wilkos, the Jerry Springer bodyguard who got his own talk show, are back at Sant' Yago as special guests, holding a meet and greet at 4 p.m. before the parade in Centro Ybor. The parade starts at Seventh Avenue and Nuccio at 7 p.m. It's free but you can get $25 bleacher seats at kreweofsantyago.com....

    Aerial view of the Florida State Fair midway
  15. Jazz guitarist Nate Najar launches new album in St. Pete

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    St. Petersburg native Nate Najar is a rising star in jazz circles and his hometown isn't missing an opportunity to celebrate. The jazz guitarist will be joined by James Suggs, John Lamb and Mark Feinman on Thursday at the Studio@620 in downtown St. Pete celebrate the release of his newest recording. The album, This Is Nate Najar was  released Jan. 30 and received high praise on the national stage....