Tampa Bays got funky fresh film events coming out of its ears today (now theres a weird image). Fresh off the success of the 2010 Gasparilla International Film Festival, the film-happy folks over at GIFF are set to launch this years edition of the Global Lens Film Series. As the name implies, Global Lens focuses its attention on independent world cinema, bringing movies to town that would otherwise never play the Bay area. Screenings are on the second Thursday of each month at the brand new (and spectacular) Tampa Museum of Art. The first screening is an Iranian import called My Tehran For Sale (pictured). This week also marks the world debut of The Fallen Faithful, which was filmed a little closer to home right here in Tampa.
The story concerns Moran, a hired killer who struggles with his spirituality and attempts to leave his life of crime without falling under the gun himself. VIP tickets include a kick-off cocktail party, food from Carrabba's and an afterparty at Dolce Vita, and proceeds benefit the 1Voice children's cancer foundation. Global Lens Film Series, 7 p.m. Thurs., April 8, Tampa Museum of Art, 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, $8, $5 students, seniors and TMA members, free for GIFF members, gasparillafilmfestival.com; The Fallen Faithful, 5:30 p.m. Thurs., April 8, Channelside Cinemas, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa, $10, $75 VIP tickets, 1voicefoundation.org. Joe Bardi and Franki Weddington
The Lee Brothers are culinary whiz kids, the wonder twins of Southern cuisine, and tonight you can dine with the Brothers Lee while Chef Sal Merola cooks up a four-course menu of delectable recipes from their new book Simple Fresh Southern. Visit savannahsstpete.com for more info. Thurs., April 8, 6 p.m., Savannah's Cafe, St. Petersburg, $45.
Today's Russian Extravaganza coffee concert by The Florida Orchestra injects a little culture and a little caffeine into your morning. Conductor Alastair Willis leads the orchestra through a Siberian show that includes Tchaikovskys 1812 Overture, Rimsky-Kosakovs Russian Easter Overture, and Rachmaninoffs Vocalise; a pre-concert conversation includes java and pastries. Visit floridaorchestra.org for more info. Thurs., April 8, 11 a.m., Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg, $24-$42.