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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


Twitter: @SharonKWn

  1. Morean Arts Center hires new director from National Endowment for the Arts

    Visual Arts

    St. Petersburg's oldest arts organization, the Morean Arts Center, has selected its new executive director.

    Michael Killoren comes from the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C., which President Donald Trump's budget proposes to eliminate.

    Killoren, 60, has worked at the NEA since 2010 as the head of Local Arts Agencies and Challenge America, programs that support arts and culture at the local level. Before that, he was the head of Seattle's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, where he led an initiative to restore arts education in public schools. In 2001, he was tapped to serve as Seattle's first director of cultural tourism....

    Michael Killoren has been named as the new executive director of the Morean Arts Center. He comes from National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. Since 2010, he has served as the head of Local Arts Agencies and Challenge America, programs that support arts and culture at the local level with NEA grants. Before that, he was the head of Seattle's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.
  2. Plan your weekend: Cuban Sandwich Festival, Rays opening day, new food event at the zoo


    Plan your weekend


    Cuban Sandwich Festival: The sixth annual Cuban Sandwich Festival gets pressing at the Ybor campus of Hillsborough Community College this weekend. A team of Cuban sandwich professionals will attempt to break the record for the world's largest Cuban sandwich at noon Saturday. There's also a kids Cuban sandwich smackdown and a Cuban sandwich eating contest. But at 11 a.m. Sunday, the grown-up smackdown features restaurants from around the world including London and Seoul, South Korea, competing for the title of world's best Cuban sandwich. Organizers are expecting 45,000 people to attend. Expect many an argument that day about what constitutes the perfect Cuban (We're on Team Mustard and Genoa salami!). There are celebrity judges and the crowd will name its own Cuban sandwich king or queen. 1320 E Palm Ave., Tampa. Free admission. ...

  3. Things To Do Planner: Car shows, Feast With the Beasts at the zoo, Gasp! Gasparilla Fringe Festival


    PARTY ANIMALS: Feast With the Beasts

    The Lowry Park Zoo's new dine-around event Feast With the Beasts opens Saturday. "Feasters" who are 21 and older will have reserved access to the zoo's private party yard and can indulge in unlimited samplings from some of Tampa Bay's top restaurants, accented with an open bar of wine, specialty brews and craft cocktails. And it won't be strong drinks that make you see life-size dinosaurs at the zoo. There's a special exhibit there right now of outdoor displays featuring towering dinosaurs that move, blink and roar. 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. $59.95; $39.95 zoo members. Proceeds support animal care, education programs and wildlife conservation efforts. (813) 935-8552.

    People check out the Ferraris on display at the 2012 Festivals of Speed in St. Petersburg’s North Straub Park. This year’s event is at Vinoy Park on April 2, featuring more than 300 exotic cars, motorcycles and luxury brands, as well as on-site cafes, smooth jazz, wine tasting, cigars and luxury lifestyle displays.
  4. 5 things to do under $5: Viola Davis, Highland Games parade, Billy Joel's Lords of 52nd Street


    1 USF Lecture Series: Viola Davis: The Oscar-, Emmy- and Tony-winning actor will give a free talk at the Tampa campus on Tuesday. Expect a crowd because the star of The Help, Doubt and How to Get Away With Murder has already made us cry a couple of times this year in her speeches collecting awards. Doors open at 7:45 p.m. at the Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave.

    2 Highland Games Parade and Concert: Though admission is $15-$18 for the festival of games Saturday, you can get a free taste of Highland spirit at the parade of pipers that will head down Main Street in Dunedin to Pioneer Park for a Celtic concert by Off Kilter. That's the very popular band that performed for years in Epcot's Canadian pavilion. It's free starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Main Street and Douglas Avenue. The Highland Games will be 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday in Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Road.

    Actor Viola Davis.
  5. Recap: Ex-Buc Brad Culpepper on last night's 'Survivor'


    “If you pull out an idol I will soil myself,” said Jeff Varner before the vote on last night's Survivor Game Changers, in which Tampa's own Brad Culpepper was again both a target and a team leader.

    Someone call maintenance. We need a cleanup on Aisle 8.

    Hard to believe that after 34 seasons they can still do it, but Wednesday night brought one of the twistiest loop-de-loops of an episode in Survivor's history. The game-changer from the producers -- a surprise combined Tribal Council featuring both losing tribes -- created more drama than the producers could ever have dreamed of....

    We see where Rex Culpepper got his quarterback skills when his father Brad crushes the sandbag tossing challenge on Survivor.
  6. Plan your weekend: Tampa Pride, Disney on Ice, Tampa's Fourth Fridays, Drumline Live


    Plan your weekend


    Tampa Pride: Even though Tampa's modestly sized Pride parade and festival is affectionately known in the community as the "baby pride," this year's event is expected by organizers to top last year's crowd of 30,000. Things get started Saturday at the Hillsborough Community College Ybor parking lot at E Eighth and Ninth Avenues between 14th and 15th Street when vendors open at 10 a.m. At noon there will be a Pulse nightclub tribute ceremony at Centro Ybor with shooting survivors and Orlando first responders. At 1 p.m. the parade begins at Nuccio Parkway and Seventh Avenue. It's followed by a concert by Steve Grand at 4 p.m., hailed as the first openly gay country singer to taste mainstream success when his video for the song All American Boy went viral. New this year: The marching bands from Plant High School and at least one other local school will be the first school marching bands to participate in the parade....

    Tod Macofsky and Gina Young in "It Gets Better" at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on October 10th, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.
  7. Things to Do Planner: Disney on Ice, Drumline Live, National Geographic photographer


    DISNEY ON ICE: Worlds of Enchantment

    The Disney on Ice show coming to Amalie Arena this weekend is called Worlds of Enchantment, so that means show creators get to go to infinity and beyond to tie together a greatest hits of Disney characters into an ice show. So you get everything on the rink, from wheels to waves to Frozen (of course). There's Lightning McQueen and Ariel the mermaid, and an escape from Sunnyside Daycare with Buzz, Woody and the gang from Toy Story. Then it's off to the wintery world of Arendelle with Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff because that ice queen's preschool popularity just won't stop. Seven shows Friday through Sunday at 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $18-$100. (813) 301-2500.

    The Disney On Ice show coming to the Amalie Arena March 24-26 is called Worlds of Enchantment.
  8. 5 things to do under $5: Chasco Fiesta, Tampa's Fourth Fridays, Easter egg hunt


    1 Chasco Fiesta: This year's nine-day festival runs Friday through April 1 with a carnival midway. There are also a series of events surrounding the festival including a street parade at 1 p.m. Saturday, a car show around Orange Lake 1-8 p.m. Sunday, concerts, a Native American Festival (March 30-April 1) and a boat parade (April 1). Full lineup at Free to attend. Wristband for carnival rides $15-$25 (varies by day). Next to Sims Park, 5547 Main St., New Port Richey. (727) 842-6055....

    The Chasco Fiesta runs March 24-April 1 in downtown New Port Richey featuring 9 days of activities including carnival rides, music, boat and street parades, a Native American Festival and more.
  9. DVR alert! Fans of 'Feud' can watch "Baby Jane' movie it's based on


    If you've been savoring the delicious FX series Feud: Bette and Joan, by television camp master Ryan Murphy, this is your friendly reminder that this Wednesday, TCM will be showing the 1962 film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

    The legendary film reinvigorated the careers of Bette Davis (played by Susan Sarandon in the FX show) and Joan Crawford (played with eerie accuracy by Susan Sarandon). The filming of this classic was also ground zero for one of the greatest Hollywood feuds of all time....

    A still from 1962's "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?"starring Joan Crawford, left, and Bette Davis.
  10. Plan your weekend: St. Patrick's Day, Broadway's 'Once,' Jason Isbell and John Hiatt at Busch Gardens


    Plan your weekend

    Green holiday

    St. Patrick's Day: The green beer will be flowing on Friday, and then more so on Saturday when the Hillsborough River will be dyed a deep shade of emerald for a day-long celebration in Curtis Hixon Park. Then at night the Rough Riders St. Patrick's Night Parade brings krewes from across Florida to roll down Seventh Avenue with beads, floats and more from 6-9 p.m. Free. We have loads of events parties and parades running through the weekend that you can find at ...

    A solid ice, air hockey table was one of the attractions at the Bolts Family Carnival in 2016. The event returns to Amalie Arena this weekend. [Times files]
  11. Things To Do Planner: Bolts Family Carnival, Broadway shows, Ricky Skaggs in Pinellas Park


    LIGHTNING STRIKES: Bolts Family Carnival

    Amalie Arena serves as a big top for the third annual Bolts Family Carnival, a hockey celebration with games, meet and greets with Tampa Bay Lightning players, special photo opportunities, challenges with players, mystery bag sales, appearances by Lightning alumni, locker room tours, a NHL skills contest, face painting, balloon art and ice science classes. Admission is $40, $20 children, and it benefits the Lightning Foundation. The foundation has awarded a $50,000 check to a nonprofit charity at all 41 regular season home games for the past five seasons — more than $11 million to more than 400 charities, according to the Lightning's website. The carnival runs 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-2500....

    The Amalie Arena transforms into a carnival at the Bolts Family Carnival.
  12. 5 things to do under $5: Free plane rides for kids, Free Ferry Sunday, Comic Con at the library


    1Young Eagles Flight Rally: Kids 8 to 17 can explore the world of aviation and get a free plane ride when volunteer pilots take children on a 15-minute flight. Each young "pilot" gets one-on-one time with actual pilots to learn how airplanes work and how safety comes first. Get there early since slots are first-come, first-served. Weather will be monitored; check for possible cancelation. 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Clearwater Airpark, 1000 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater. (813) 765-2204....

    Pilot Jim Porter, with the Clearwater’s chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association, left, flies over Clearwater during the EAA’s Young Eagles Flight Rally staged out of the Clearwater Airpark.
  13. Find things to do for St. Patrick's Day in Tampa Bay, including festivals, pub parties and green beer


    It's been awhile since St. Patrick's Day fell on a Friday, but that doesn't seem to matter since the party scene this year extends all weekend, with the Hillsborough River turning green and parades awash in emerald spectacles as spectators wash down green beer.

    But it doesn't just have to be the favorite holiday of beer drinkers. It's also a day for storytellers and Irish poets and kid-friendly fun. ...

    The city of Dunedin's St. Patrick's Day Celebration will return Friday and Saturday. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD]
  14. Adam Savage talks storytelling in science, the problem with tests, 'Brain Candy Live' and more


    Former MythBusters host Adam Savage is returning to the Tampa Bay area with Brain Candy Live, a new science-based stage show he created with Michael Stevens, host of the popular YouTube science show Vsauce. They will be at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Wednesday.

    In a recent interview, Savage talked about how horrified he is to see arts and music thought of as a luxury in schools, at odds with science. He hears the frustrations of teachers who pay for materials out of their own pockets and don't have the freedom to be more creative in how they teach....

  15. Adam Savage busts myth of art vs. science: 'They are the same thing... story telling'


    A simple entertainment story of mine went viral two years ago when Adam Savage of the hit show MythBusters said to me: "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."

    Savage says he regularly gets the quote sent to him as a meme on social media, so he knows he touched a nerve and was eager to talk about it. He's returning to the Tampa Bay area with Brain Candy Live, a new science-based stage show he created with Michael Stevens, host of the popular YouTube science show Vsauce. They will be at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Wednesday. ...

    Adam Savage, best known from the hit show MythBusters, has a new way to make science entertaining called Brain Candy Live, coming to the Mahaffey Theater on March 15. (Brain Candy Live)