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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. Recap: Ex-Buc Brad Culpepper on last night's 'Survivor'

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    “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.
  2. Plan your weekend: Tampa Pride, Disney on Ice, Tampa's Fourth Fridays, Drumline Live

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Parade

    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.
  3. Things to Do Planner: Disney on Ice, Drumline Live, National Geographic photographer

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    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. disneyonice.com....

    The Disney On Ice show coming to the Amalie Arena March 24-26 is called Worlds of Enchantment.
  4. 5 things to do under $5: Chasco Fiesta, Tampa's Fourth Fridays, Easter egg hunt

    Events

    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 chascofiesta.com. 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.
  5. DVR alert! Fans of 'Feud' can watch "Baby Jane' movie it's based on

    Blog

    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.
  6. Plan your weekend: St. Patrick's Day, Broadway's 'Once,' Jason Isbell and John Hiatt at Busch Gardens

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    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. tamparoughriders.wixsite.com. We have loads of events parties and parades running through the weekend that you can find at tampabay.com/holiday. ...

    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]
  7. Things To Do Planner: Bolts Family Carnival, Broadway shows, Ricky Skaggs in Pinellas Park

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    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.
  8. 5 things to do under $5: Free plane rides for kids, Free Ferry Sunday, Comic Con at the library

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    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 eaa282.org 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.
  9. Find things to do for St. Patrick's Day in Tampa Bay, including festivals, pub parties and green beer

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    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]
  10. Adam Savage talks storytelling in science, the problem with tests, 'Brain Candy Live' and more

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    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....

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

    Perspective

    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 of MythBusters has a new show called Brain Candy Live, a science-based stage show that he's created with Michael Stevens, host of the popular YouTube science show Vsauce. They will be at the Mahaffey Theater on March 15. (Brain Candy Live)
  12. Ex-Buccaneer Brad Culpepper on 'Survivor' premiere asking WWMD?

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    It was 19 minutes into the premiere Wednesday of the new season of Survivor "Game Changers:  before  ex-NFL star Brad Culpepper, now a Tampa lawyer that the camera clearly loves, got a decent amount of screen time to talk about his first chance at trying the reality show on his own.

    He acknowleges he was very aggressive the first time around in Blood vs. Water where he was on one tribe and his wife, Monica, was on another. He was voted out pretty early but not before one of the contestants famously shouted "Eff-you Brad Culpepper," which has since become almost his trademark. Monica went on to come close to winning it all.
     
    He was pretty aggressive as a player last time, he said,...

    Ex-Buccaneer Brad Culpepper returned to Survivor Wednesday to compete in a season of returning players called "Game Changers."
  13. Plan your weekend March 10-12

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Concert

    Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience: For diehard fans of the HBO epic fantasy, this show in the Amalie Arena on Sunday will use three stages and a full orchestra with haunting vocals for the soundtrack while scenes play out on giant screens. If The Rains of Castamere gave you chills in Season 3, just wait until you hear composer Ramin Djawadi's eerie new take with vocalist Stephanie "Stevvi" Alexander. The show is 8 p.m. Sunday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $35.75 and up. amaliearena.com. Read our interview with the composer at tampabay.com/thingstodo....

    The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg returns this weekend. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
  14. Longtime bicycle advocate Alan Snel hit by car in Fort Pierce

    Florida

    Alan Snel, a longtime Florida bicycle advocate, is in a Fort Pierce intensive care unit after a motorist hit him from behind while he was riding his bike Tuesday.

    A former reporter with the Tampa Tribune, Snel co-founded the Seminole Heights Bicycle Club. He quit the Tribune in 2006 to create SWFBUD (South West Florida Bicycle United Dealers), a bicycling advocacy group.

    His most recent adventure has been helping a company that specializes in guided bicycle trips make its first foray into offering bicycle tours of Florida, a state that has consistently led the nation in bicycle deaths....

    Alan Snel, guide for Escape Adventures Florida, bikes on A1A in St. Lucie County on Florida's East Coast. Snel, a longtime advocate of bicycle safety, was hit from behind by a motorist while riding his bike near Fort Pierce on Tuesday
[Courtesy of Alan Snel]
  15. 5 things to do under $5: Kids fest, Tampa Bay Boat Show, Jack Kerouac weekend

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    1 Gasparilla Music Festival Kids Fest: Families get into the Glazer Children's Museum for free and also get a concert by Grammy Award-winning kids band Secret Agent 23 Skidoo at 2:15 p.m. Sunday. 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861.

    2 Tampa Bay Boat Show: You can find the latest in boating, fishing supplies and accessories at this three-day show of boats, trailers, watercraft, fishing seminars and exhibits showcasing area boat dealers and manufacturers. It's free admission 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. ...

    Mutt Madness takes place in Dunedin on Saturday. [Times files]