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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. Plan your weekend: Sept. 22-24: Buffyfest, Arcade Fire, Howl-O-Scream, Wanderlust 108 and 'Rent'


    Plan your weekend

    Pop show

    Florida Björkestra's Buffyfest: Pop culture meets pop music when the Florida Björkestra, a 20-piece alternative-classical ensemble that tributes ground-breaking pop artists, on Saturday will play with eight vocalists for "Once More with Feeling," the Season 6 musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And they want the audience to sing along and have fun. St. Petersburg's Palladium plans to turn Hough Hall into the Bronze, a nightclub on the show that was regularly attacked by vampires. The Side Door will be transformed into the Magic Box, with Emerald City Comics and Serenity Games selling their wares. Doors open at 7 p.m., show time 8 p.m. Tickets are $28-$40. Costumes encouraged....

    Buffy Summers : This is even easier if you're blonde, but all you need is a spaghetti-strap tank top, pants and to carry around a stake. It's hot on the Hellmouth, and Buffy needed to be able to kick butt. Bonus points if you add a cross necklace and chunky shoes. She ends up saving the world with a scythe, but that's less likely to fly at the Palladium. 
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  2. 'Rick and Morty' Rickmobile is coming to Tampa next week


    We now have details on when and where Rick and Morty's belching Rickmobile will be when the rolling promo for the cult hit Adult Swim show swings through Tampa on Sept. 27.

    The Lowry Parcade and Tavern — a perfect fit with Rick and Morty fans with its craft beer and lineup of old-school video games — will host the pop-up merch store. It will be open from 5-8 p.m. Sept. 27 and will only accept debit and credit cards. Supplies are limited and the queue line may be capped. The tavern is at 1213 W Waters Ave., Tampa....

    Ricky and Morty fans will head to the Lowry Parcade and Tavern in Tampa on Sept. 27 where a pop-up merch store that will operate out of a Rick Sanchez-shaped truck.
  3. Top things to do this week in Tampa Bay: 'Rick and Morty' mobile, Wanderlust 108, Howl-O-Scream


    WARP SPEED: Rick and Morty's Rickmobile

    Adult Swim's Rick and Morty show is bringing the Rickmobile to Tampa on Sept. 27. The inter-dimensional Rick Sanchez-shaped truck is a traveling, belching, Plumbus-waggling promo for the animated show. If you're unfamiliar with the cult hit, it's a loose parody of Back to the Future's Doc Brown and Marty, but the mad scientist in this case is Rick, an ill-tempered genius who travels space and time with his skittish teenage grandson, Morty. The "Don't Even Trip Road Trip" lets you get exclusive collectibles — from hats and tees to pool floats and portal guns. It will roll into Lowry Parcade and Tavern from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at 1213 W Waters Ave., Tampa. According to the Rickmobile website, they will only accept debit and credit cards. Supplies are limited and the queue line may be capped....

  4. 5 things under $5 Sept. 21-27: Snooty memorial, free Glazer Museum, actor Jackie Cruz, Talk Like a Pirate Day


    1 Remembering Snooty: This public memorial was postponed by Hurricane Irma, but on Sunday the community gets a chance to honor Snooty, the beloved 69-year-old manatee at Bradenton's South Florida Museum. The museum will be open to the public for free for a day of remembrance from noon to 5 p.m. 201 10th St. W, Bradenton. (941) 746-4131.

    2 Happy Anniversary Glazer Museum: The children's museum celebrates its seventh anniversary with free admission all weekend long. It's open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday at 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861....

    7/15/2011 - Bradenton, FL - Snooty, the worlds oldest manatee on record, will celebrate his 63rd birthday on Saturday, at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton. Staff Photo by JIM HOCKETT
  5. Deals for the weary: Attractions, museums step up for post-hurricane weekend


    As we head into our first post-hurricane weekend, more attractions, museums and aquariums are stepping up with deals running through Sunday to give the Tampa Bay area some respite.

    Here are some of the distractions you can find after you're done with the yard work:

    The Florida Aquarium: The aquarium has extended its Tampa Strong Days through Sunday with discounted admission of $10; $5 for ages 3-11; 2 and younger free. Its Wild Dolphin Cruise is $15 through Sunday when purchased as an upgrade to aquarium admission. In addition, Verizon has installed a device charging station in the aquarium's lobby through Sunday. Open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; outdoor splash pad open 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa....

    The  Great Explorations Children's Museum is offering half-off admission through Sunday of $5 per person. 
  6. Plan your weekend Sept. 15-17: Lightning Fan Fest, Art and Fashion Week, Rays return, dinner cruise deal


    Plan your weekend

    Hurricane Irma brought with it a flurry of cancellations of shows and events this weekend that were brought on by power outages and travel disruptions. Here are the things we have confirmed that are still a go for this weekend so you can finally get out of the house.


    Brad Paisley: The West Virginia country star plays Saturday at 7 p.m. at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds. With special guest Dustin Lynch and Chase Bryant, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $149-$749 Megaticket. (813) 740-2446....

Halloween Horror Nights returns for a 27th year this weekend at Universal Orlando.
  7. More Irma cancellations: Scott Stapp, Sammy Hagar, Peppa Pig postponed at Ruth Eckerd Hall


    More events and shows coming up this weekend will be canceled or postponed because of Hurricane Irma, with its power issues and travel disruptions making it difficult to get artists on stage.

    Ruth Eckerd Hall has postponed seven shows that were to have run through Sunday at the venue, as well as shows at the Capitol Theatre and Coachman Park. This includes concerts by Sammy Hagar, Scott Stapp of Creed and Peppa Pig Live....

    Sammy Hagar's show at Coachman Park in Clearwater this weekend has been postponed.
. Credit: Courtesy of Ruth Eckerd Hall
  8. 10 ways you can entertain stir crazy kids after the hurricane



    If you need to get back to work, some organizations are offering three days of camps.

    The Boys and Girls Club of the Suncoast: The clubs in St. Petersburg and Pinellas Park are opening their doors Wednesday-Friday free of charge to any youth, including non-club members. The Pinellas Park Club is at 7790 61st St. and the Northside Club is at 1035 Burlington Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Any child 5-18 years old can attend 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and lunch and snacks are provided. The clubs will be serving on a first come, first serve basis, including current club members. Please come prepared with your identification.

    One of Citrus Park Mall's three play areas provide an air-conditioned play area for families.
(KATHLEEN FLYNN l Tampa Bay Times)
  9. Top Tampa Bay fun this weekend: Halloween Horror Nights, FAMU Tampa Classic


    SCARE: Halloween Horror Nights

    The biggest theme park scare party, Halloween Horror Nights, jumps out this weekend and will run on select nights through Nov. 4, a record-long run for Universal Orlando. Leatherface will wield his favorite weapon in a living version of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and there is a new maze this year based on The Shining. It opens at 6:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Universal Orlando, 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando. Tickets run $69.99-$80.99, and get more expensive closer to Halloween. Toll-free 1-888-467-7677....

    FAMU’s Marching 100 performs. FAMU (Florida A & M University) plays at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa this weekend.
  10. 5 places to cool off while you wait for the power to come back


    With more than half the state still without power, here are five places to escape the primitive environs of a powerless house and find some sweet, chilly air.


    Most of the malls have opened their doors. Tyrone Square, International Plaza, University Mall, Westfield Citrus Park and the Shops at Wiregrass have resumed normal operating hours. Countryside Mall and Westfield Brandon finally opened on Wednesday, though some store hours may vary....

    The Cobb Theatre facility on the Tyrone Square Mall property. (CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times)
  11. UPDATE: Disney joins Universal, Busch Gardens in closing before Irma nears


    Theme parks in Florida are closing their gates and canceling special events this weekend because of Hurricane Irma, a decision that will cost them millions even before the first wind gust.

    Walt Disney World was set to close early today due to Irma and aims to reopen its theme parks Tuesday at the earliest. It's just the fifth time in Disney's history that the parks have been closed.

    SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay are planning to close by 5 p.m. today, and will be closed Sunday and Monday....

    Walt Disney World will close early today due to Hurricane Irma. It’s only the fifth time since the park opened that it has had to shut down. Other theme parks closing this weekend are SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens, Universal Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, Adventure Island and Discovery Cove.
  12. Updated: Bryan Adams, Jurassic Quest, Chris Tucker, Winefest, more canceled or postponed by Hurricane Irma


    The threat of Hurricane Irma means making weekend plans can be tricky. Some organizers and theme parks are putting out word about postponements and refunds.

    If you have an event that has been canceled or postponed, email to alert us of the change.

    Follow @thingstodotampa for updates.



    Chris Tucker has canceled his appearance Friday at Amalie Arena. It has been rescheduled for Oct. 7.  (Getty Images)
  13. Plan your weekend (hurricane edition) What's canceled, what's not


    Plan your weekend: Hurricane edition

    We normally use this space to tell you what's happening this weekend but cancellations are rolling into our email basket by the fistful. So this week we offer a list here of what we know is canceled and what so far is still on. Call ahead, but we really can still have some fun this weekend.


    I Like It Hot Festival: Turn up the heat with fiery foods, sauces and salsas at the 17th annual spicy food festival. $5, 12 and younger free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Minnreg Building, 6340 126th Ave. N, Largo. (727) 423-8433....

    The museum had several artifacts displayed around, including this two-headed calf. The St Petersburg History Museum held their fundraiser at the St Petersburg Shuffleboard Club on Saturday evening, February 20, 2016. 
DAVID W DOONAN | Special To The Times
  14. Top things to do this week in Tampa Bay: Two-Headed Calf Fest, remembering Snooty the manatee


    Comedy Giants: Chris Tucker, D.L. Hughley

    Best known for the Rush Hour films and the cult favorite Friday series, Chris Tucker, right, is the kind of comic who can command Amalie Arena, and that's where he's headed Friday. He's bringing along a special guest, one of the original Kings of Comedy D.L. Hughley. Between comedies and side trips into serious movies like Silver Linings Playbook, Tucker has starred in films that have collectively grossed more than $1 billion dollars worldwide. Catch him at 8 p.m. Friday at 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $41.75-$61.75. (813) 301-2500. ...

  15. 5 things to do under $5: Dali garden tour, hot pepper fest, Eckerd film festival


    NOTE: All of these events are monitoring the weather and Hurricane Irma and may be canceled, so check websites or call before heading out.

    1 Avant-Gardeners: Children ages 5 and older can take a free tour of the strange gardens at the Dalí Museum and learn how Dalí's work was influenced by nature. Free. 1-1:45 p.m. Sunday 1 Dalí Blvd., St. Petersburg.

    Bristling with Spanish culture, this exhibition reveals the relationship between the two masterminds of modern art.