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On your radar: See 'Les Miserables' at the Straz, plan for a week's worth of concerts, explore Egyptian Erotica in St. Pete and get ready for Groundhog Day

Les Miserables: The reimagined 25th anniversary production of the Broadway musical has new staging and a quicker pace. It opens Tuesday and runs through Feb. 12 at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. Tickets start at $38.50. (813) 229-7827.

Music: The Kills play a killer breed of punkish rock at 8 tonight at the Ritz Ybor, (813) 247-2555. Soulful diva Patti LaBelle performs with saxophonist Boney James on Wednesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, (727) 791-7400. Then the legendary Willie Nelson is on the road again to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Thursday. But the show with the most buzz this week is the Civil Wars, one of the best new alt-country acts, at the Straz Center in Tampa on Thursday, (813) 229-7827.

Date night

Egyptian Erotica: The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg takes a different spin on its Egypt exhibit, with an evening of Egyptian-inspired art and erotic couture and jewelry. A lecture is followed by a chocolate fountain with strawberries and champagne, all at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. $25. (727) 896-2667.

Vivaldi's Four Seasons: Concertmaster Jeffrey Multer leads the Florida Orchestra in one of the most popular pieces for the violin. Concerts are at 8 p.m. Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa and 2 p.m. Sunday (because of the Super Bowl, people!) at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $15–$45. floridaorchestra.org.

Groundhog Day: It's Thursday, so celebrate with — what else? — the movie Groundhog Day at Tampa Theatre. Plus you can geek out with a talk on the concept of time by Douglas Gobeille, a USF physics instructor and astrophysicist. It's $10 at 7:30 p.m.

Becky Shaw: The new freeFall production about a blind date gone horribly wrong opens Friday at 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. A preview performance Thursday is $20. (727) 498-5205.

Kids and family

Iceploration Opening Day: The new show at Busch Gardens in Tampa combines skaters, larger-than-life puppets and original music. It's unveiled at 10 a.m. Thursday. Included in admission. 1-888-800-5447

Monster Jam: If you missed the show Jan. 21, you get another chance to see the 12-foot tall trucks that are like the professional wrestlers of the auto world, with names like Grave Digger and El Toro Loco. The show is at 7 p.m. Saturday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, but come early to see the trucks and meet the drivers from 2 to 5 p.m. Toll-free 1-800-745-3000.

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