On the Radar: Meet the Browns Comedy and Gospel Extravaganza, Gasparilla International Film Fest benefit party

Help kick off the run-up to the 2010 GIFF season with the Gasparilla International Film Festival’s Benefit Party and art auction. The annual event hosts promise free food, music by Tampa guitarist Dan Feinman, and a silent auction of film-related artwork from noted Tampa artists. Add in a cash bar (and an “impressive beer and wine selection”), great prizes and other cool items up for auction, including a five-night trip to Puerto Vallerta, Mexico. GIFF is one of the top film fests in the areas, and one that deserves your support. Fri., Sept. 11, 7 p.m., The RITZ Ybor, 1503 E. Seventh Ave., Tampa. $10 in advance, $15 cash/$18 credit at the door. — Joe Bardi

Welcome to On the Radar, where we preview up-and-coming arts events to mark your calendar for. This weekend, check out a comedy show inspired by playwright Tyler Perry and a benefit party for the hardworking folks of the Gasparilla International Film Festival.

Tyler Perry must the most inspired man in Hollywood, cranking out show after movie after comedy special, non-stop. Something is working for him though – I feel like I see a new “Madea does (insert crazy situation here)” movie on Blockbuster’s shelves every week. Another of his never-ending onslaught of loud, sassy, overly-made up characters hits the stage for the Meet the Browns Comedy and Gospel Extravaganza this weekend.  David Mann (pictured) reprises his role as Mr. Brown, and his real-life wife, Tamela Mann, busts out said extravaganza of soul singing. Doug Williams opens. Sat., Sept. 12, 8 p.m., 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg, $37.40-$47.50, mahaffeytheater.com. – Franki Weddington

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