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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

  1. Here's how you can get tickets to see Jimmy Fallon at Universal Orlando

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    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. You have to be at least 16 years old and have an ID that day to be admitted. ...

    The new Universal Studios theme park ride Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon opens on April 6 in Orlando. To mark the occasion the Tonight Show will be taped at the theme park April 3-6. [Universal Orlando]
  2. Plan your weekend Feb. 17-19: Renaissance Festival, Florida State Fair, Beer, Bourbon and BBQ


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    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)
  3. Disney's Rivers of Light show opening Friday after long delays


    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.
  4. 5 things to do under $5: Mutt Derby returns, '80s parties, Quiet Riot at Motorcycle Expo


    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.
  5. Classic music superstar André Rieu coming to Tampa


    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....

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


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    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....

    Will Vragovic, tbt*
  7. Internet star Hayes Grier, blues man Taj Mahal cancel shows this week


    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.
  8. 5 things to do under $5 Feb. 9-15: Wallenda on high wire, ArtWalk, Sing Out with Florida Orchestra, strawberry picking


    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. ...

    Terrence L. (T.L.) Williams, a former operations officer for the CIA, is the author of “Zero Day: China?  s Cyber Wars.”
  9. Things To Do Planner: S'mores and Zombies, Florida State Fair, Sant' Yago Illuminated Knight Parade


    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....

    Pinellas Pioneer Settlement
  10. Jazz guitarist Nate Najar launches new album in St. Pete


    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....

  11. Schwing! It's the 25th anniversary of 'Wayne's World'


    How did this happen? Feb. 14 marks the 25th anniversary of the day Wayne's World hit theaters in 1992. Party time! Excellent! We don't feel old at all.

    There are special showings of the movies in theaters this week, including in the Tampa Bay area today and Wednesday. You can see the showings here. The screening will have an introduction by Peter Travers from Rolling Stone magazine as well as a recorded discussion with director Penelope Spheeris and cast members....

  12. What to know: Florida State Fair guide and tips


    TAMPA -- Midway madness returns starting Thursday when the Florida State Fair fires up its deep fryers and midway rides and readies farm animals for 12 days of nostalgia-scented exhibition.

    Thanks to Florida's balmy weather, this is the first state fair of the year in the nation. So Tampa's showcase gets first crack at blowing our minds with what can come out of a deep fryer, and this year the funnel cake will never be the same. ...

    This year's Florida State Fair the Nutella Oreo Funnel Cake among other midway goodies. It's the first state fair of the year in the nation, the Florida State Fair opens Feb. 9- 20

  13. John Legend to bring his tour to Clearwater's Coachman Park


    John Legend is everywhere these days. He's on the La La Land soundtrack playing the kind of jazz music that Ryan Gosling's character hates. He's remaking the Beauty and the Beast theme song with Ariana Grande for the movie coming out next month when the classic animated tale gets a live-action redo starring Emma Watson as Belle.

    And come May, the crooner will be in Clearwater's Coachman Park for a stop on his newly announced Darkness and Light Tour.  The show will also feature Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Gallant as the opening act. (His debut album, Ology, is nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the Grammy Awards this week,  up against Beyoncé and Rihanna.)...

  14. Angry about Emoji, the dead baby manatee? Here's what you can do to help


    The sadness and anger arising from the death of a baby manatee nicknamed Emoji, who was brought to Lowry Park Zoo with a stomach full of trash and plastic bags, has prompted manatee fans to lash out at the human cause and ask: What can we do?

    There are a number of wildlife organizations, including the zoo itself, that welcome volunteers and donations in their efforts to save the threatened sea cows and clean up trash-choked waterways....

    The garbage cans along the waterfront in St. Petersburg's Demens Landing park don't have a lid, the parks director says, because he's found people won't throw away their trash otherwise. A manatee that recently died at Lowry Park Zoo was found with a stomach full of trash.
  15. Plan your weekend Feb. 3-5: Rays Fan Fest, orchestra performs Bowie, Impractical Jokers, sand mandala


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    The Music of David Bowie: The Florida Orchestra will bring on singer Tony Vincent to pay tribute to the legend whose music defied genre. The singer, who has performed alongside Paul McCartney before Queen Elizabeth II, will headline the orchestra concert at the Mahaffey Theater. 8 p.m. Friday, 244 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $35-$65. (727) 892-3331. floridaorchestra.org....

    Singer Tony Vincent, welcomed the opportunity to lead the Florida Orchestra concert, The Music of David Bowie at the Mahaffey Theater. Courtesy of the Florida Orchestra.