Do It Today: Unconscious Surreality, Backroom Short Film Fest, A Palette for your Palate

The planners of the Backroom Short Film Festival promise "attitude-free, PG-rated fun," but as with all fests, there are pre- and post-parties (this time at the sleek, stylish St. Pete spot, The Table), so come ready to celebrate. Weds., Sept. 9, 6-9 p.m., NOVA 535 Art Lounge, 535 Ninth Ave. N., St. Petersburg, $10, nova535.com. -- Joe Bardi


The NoHo Bistro’s ingenious culinary team pairs five tapas tastings with a new wine each week for its A Palette for Your Palate mid-week pick-me-up. Today, Zin masters rejoice: it’s the Zinfandel palette. Weds., Sept. 9, 5-8 p.m., NoHo Bistro,  1714 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa, $15, 813-514-0691, thenohobistro.com.

Unconscious Surreality is as an "abstract expressionist vision of reality" by Darwin Leon, a collection that features vivid, intricately rendered paintings of oddly realistic images, like that of a reclining woman, the back of whose head subtly melts into the buildings of a cityscape, and whose cigarette smoke wafts upward to form a bright crescent moon. The exhibit continues through Sept. 25. Visit artinstitutes.edu/tampa for more info. (Pictured: "Unfinished Business" by Darwin Leon) Art Institute of Tampa, 4401 N. Himes Ave., Tampa.

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