Tampa Theatre's annual beer and wine festivals are always nicknamed in honor of great movies: The Grapefather, Saturday Wine Fever and The Brews Brothers among them.
This year the Franklin Street punsters have outdone themselves.
On June 23, the historic movie palace opens the craft beer taps for The Big Lebrewski, a nomenclature even the Dude might set aside his White Russians to salute.
And when local vintners share their wares Sept. 21-23, it'll be at a celebration called Planet of the Grapes. Just keep your damn, dirty paws off my snifter.
Prices for the events haven't been decided yet, but those names are just too cool for waiting.
Tampa Theatre also announced its Summer Classics lineup, for a series of Sunday matinees featuring a cinematic treasure from Hollywood's past. The series begins June 3 with Stanley Donen's 1954 musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, followed by commentary by Harriet Deer, a former University of South Florida professor of pop culture.
Deer's knowledge will also be applied to Rita Hayworth's star turn in Gilda (June 10), Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps (June 17), Carmen Miranda in The Gang's All Here (June 24) and Otto Preminger's Laura (July 22). Gilda and the latter two films will be presented in restored 35mm prints.
Other Summer Classics include the non-alcoholic but still fun Planet of the Apes (July 1), Richard Roundtree as Shaft (July 8), Johnny Depp as Edward Scissorhands (July 15) and Marilyn Monroe proving Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (July 29).
The series continues in August but the schedule isn't finalized yet, with Tampa Theatre working around the travel plans of organist Steven Ball, and the Republican National Convention coming to town. Ball will accompany Hitchcock's silent debut The Lodger on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ, and the venerable Casablanca and Gone with the Wind will be shown on dates to be determined.
Steve Persall can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 893-8365.