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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. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5 April 30-May 6

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    Free Comic Book Day: There are 50 titles available this year in the annual publishing industry effort to showcase titles and bring a new generation of fans into comic book stories. At Heroes' Haven in Carrollwood, 4339 Gunn Highway, the first 150 people in the store Saturday get all 50 free comics, instead of the usual limit of three, when the store opens at 10 a.m. Then it will be a block party atmosphere until 3 p.m., with food and an artist alley behind the store with pros and local artists selling their pieces and signing. Emerald City Comics, 4902 113th Ave. N just north of Pinellas Park, opens at 11 a.m. Saturday for sales and raffles. The Happy Hour with Johnny & Duce podcast will be broadcasting live and an artists' row will be set up from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. selling prints from comic pros on site. From 3-5 p.m., Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner of DC's popular Harley Quinn monthly series will have a meet-and-greet and free signing. Go to freecomicbookday.com to find the shop nearest you. Free....

    Steve Guttenberg plays a young boat captain who becomes involved with visitors from a distant galaxy in 20th Century Fox’s science-fantasy Cocoon.
  2. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 28

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    Alanis Morissette: You Oughta Know the singer was inducted in March into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Now she will perform an intimate, acoustic show in St. Petersburg. 7:30 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. Though it is close to selling out, the theater released some more seats for sale on Monday. $49.50-$99.50.

    Paramore: The Grammy-nominated rock band brings Writing The Future to Clearwater, an intimate evening of music accompanied by their friends, Copeland. 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. $43.25-$78.75. ...

  3. 'Book of Mormon' coming to Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall

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    The Book of Mormon, the bawdy Broadway smash from the makers of South Park, will hit the Ruth Eckerd Hall stage for the first time in February.

    The Clearwater theater is getting a limited run Feb. 16-21 of the show, which won nine Tony awards including Best Musical. The popular production has been at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa twice, but this is the national tour's first Clearwater stop. ...

    Monica L. Patton, David Larsen and Cody Jamison Strand star in "The Book of Mormon."
  4. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of April 27-May 3

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    RiverFest: Tampa shows off its freshly finished Riverwalk with activities (mostly free) at 11 locations, including the Mayor's Mac and Cheese Throwdown on Saturday and a Bloody Mary Festival on Sunday at Curtis Hixon Park. tampariverfest.com.

    Ruby Bridges: On Tuesday, the civil rights icon's talk, part of the Norman Rockwell exhibit at the Tampa Museum of Art, will feature her story, which Rockwell depicted, of integrating an all-white New Orleans school. Sold out, but the exhibit runs through May 31....

     Pedestrians use the newly opened Riverwalk near Curtis Hixon Park  and the Tampa Museum of Art Friday, March 27, 2015.
  5. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sunday April 26

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    The Price Is Right Live: The hit interactive stage show gives audience members the chance to "come on down." 7 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $38.50. (727) 893-7832; themahaffey.com.

    John Leguizamo: Latin History for Dummies: The performer is working on another in his long line of award-winning one-man shows. 7 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $25. (813) 864-4000; www.improvtampa.com....

    The Price is Right Live. [Times files, 2012]
  6. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Saturday April 25

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    John Leguizamo: Latin History for Dummies: The performer and star of stage and screen calls this a work in progress at the Tampa Improv tonight, but we are guessing it's progressing toward another award-winning one-man show. 7:30 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $25.

    Pets in the Park: You had us at Twiggy the water skiing squirrel, but this pet festival also includes a dog dock jumping competition, pet costume contests, pet (and person) psychic readings and a cool down area. Takes place in Parking Lot 6 of Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Free. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ...

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 02:  Actor John Leguizamo arrives to AARP The Magazine's 14th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 2, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
  7. John Leguizamo gives lots of Tampa love while filming 'The Infiltrator'

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    One of the perks of Bryan Cranston filming his new movie The Infiltrator here is that one of his co-stars, actor and comic John Leguizamo, is using his time in town to work on his newest one-man show at the Improv in Centro Ybor. Maybe this should be added to the economic analysis of luring movie productions to the Tampa Bay area: It makes everything else cooler....

    John Leguizamo, seen here in April at the Tribeca Film Festival, is kicking it in Tampa this week for The Infiltrator.
  8. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Friday April 24

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    98Rockfest: Tampa's hard rock station will celebrate 25 years during this year's annual shred-a-thon featuring headliners, Five Finger Death Punch along with Rise Against, Breaking Benjamin, the Pretty Reckless and Nothing More. A free pre-show with Sleepwave, Beartooth, Young Guns and DJ Skratch n Sniff will take place outside the Arena at 2 p.m. 6 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $25-$59....

    Rise Against. [Luis Santana | Times, 2012]
  9. Plan your weekend April 24-26

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    Plan your weekend

    Theme park

    Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival With rocker Daughtry coming this weekend, we can say It's Not Over (Yet). Chris Daughtry is bringing his band to Busch Gardens for the last weekend of the theme park's first Food & Wine Festival. The 35-year-old American Idol fourth-placer is headlining Saturday's festivities (witty and charming local boy Forrest Hoffar handles opening duties). On Sunday, things are turned over to I Need A Dollar singer Aloe Blacc, The festival opens at noon Saturday and Sunday, concerts start at 6 p.m. 0165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. It's free with park admission, which is $95, $90 for children,...

    Green Thumb Festival Feed the fever at this festival with free mulch, more than 2,000 trees for sale for $5 and some 500 free butterfly plants given out each day. Bring your dull tools to the tool sharpening booth and your gardening questions to “Ask an Arborist.” Lots of colorful flowering plants, fruit trees, orchids, herbs and garden art and accessories for sale. Walter Fuller Park & Center, 7891 26th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7441. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.
  10. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 23

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    Tampa Bay Lightning Watch Party: The Tampa Bay Lightning are fighting for their lives in the Stanley Cup playoffs. They face the Red Wings again in Detroit and you can still cheer them on tonight among fellow fans at a watch party with food and drink specials, giveaways and appearances by Thunderbug and the Lightning Girls. 5 p.m., Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa.

    Roberta Flack: The Grammy winner will be killing us softly tonight at 7:30 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $55-$85. ...

    Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette (13) celebrates his third goal, a shorthanded goal, completing the hat trick, during the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Thursday evening (01/29/15).
  11. Rays will bring a fish to the mound Wednesday against Red Sox for Earth Day

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    The Tampa Bay Rays are celebrating Earth Day today and also playing the Red Sox at home. Raymond the Rays mascot will have a guest, a mascot fish named Meloy from the global conservation group Rare. He is a panther grouper and the "chief finspiration officer" at Rare, a global conservation organization. Meloy will throw out the first pitch and also hand out his own baseball cards, pull fan stunts and pass out water bottles with information inside. Another avenue in the Rays Earth Day drive is a $39 ticket package that includes seating in the lower level and a Rays Earth Day recyclable tote bag at raysbaseball.com/specialevents. The game is at 7:10 p.m., Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. — Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer...

    For Earth Day, the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednseday will welcome a mascot fish named Meloy from the global conservation group Rare. Meloy will throw out the first pitch and also hand out his own baseball cards, pull fan stunts, pass out water bottles with information inside.
  12. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 22

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    American Stage in the Park: It's "pay what you can" tonight to see a preview of In the Heights, the Tony Award-winning Best Musical that opens Friday as American Stage's annual play in the park. 8 p.m., Demens Landing, 100 First Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529; www.americanstage.org.

    Tampa Bay Rays: The Rays are celebrating Earth Day and also playing the Red Sox at home. Raymond the Rays mascot will host a mascot fish named Meloy from the global conservation group Rare. Meloy will throw out the first pitch and also hand out his own baseball cards, pull fan stunts, pass out water bottles with information inside. A $39 ticket package includes seating in the lower level and a Rays Earth Day recyclable tote bag at raysbaseball.com/specialevents. The game is at 7:10 p.m., Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg....

    (left to right) Sir Brock Warren, Ericka Womack-Brown, Renata Eastlick, Justin Gregory Lopez, Christie Prades, and Kathryn Huxtable, for our preview of American Stage's In the Heights.
JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  TIMES
  13. 'Mythbusters' live show will get fans into the action in Tampa

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    You'd better be ready to join in when the MythBusters duo of Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman bring their live show to Tampa on Thursday. The show promises no less than a dozen chances for audience members to swing a sledgehammer or match wits with the Discovery Channel's most popular wizards of weird science.

    Because it's in an enclosed theater at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, there won't be fire and explosions like on the long-running TV show in which the hosts use scientific methods to prove or debunk rumors, myths and pop culture legends. ...

    Yes, hanging from the ceiling is one of the ways Jamie Hyneman, left, and Adam Savage teach the principles of physics and more in their live show.
  14. Ruth Eckerd Hall's Broadway lineup brings Kristin Chenoweth, 'Bullets Over Broadway'

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    Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth, the Broadway smash The Producers and the movie-turned-musical Saturday Night Fever are among the shows announced Tuesday by Ruth Eckerd Hall for its 2015-16 Broadway season.

    Ruth Eckerd CEO Zev Buffman said he was proud the venue could offer "such a wide variety of stellar musicals this season," which will also bring Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway and some classic Broadway shows. ...

    Actor and singer Kristin Chenoweth performs Feb. 26.
  15. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5 April 23-29

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    1 Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races: With Asia Fest Tampa Bay in nearby Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, paddlers from across the country will compete in this 2,000-year-old sport Saturday. It's free for spectators to watch, and races start at 8 a.m. Saturday at 700 S Florida Ave., Tampa.

    2 Healthy Kids Day Tampa: The day to help families develop healthy routines at home includes bounce houses, fitness demonstrations, arts and crafts, water safety tips, healthy snacks, music by DJ Jake Dela Cruz and sports giveaways. It's free at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday....

    Twiggy, the water-skiing wonder, will be at Pets in the Park in Lot 6 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on April 25.