Thursday, February 22, 2018
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On your radar: The Florida Orchestra, the Roadkill Ghost Choir, the Vodkanauts and Electrigeez

Florida Orchestra Coffee Concert Series: Music of the Homeland: Stuart Malina conducts a program with works by Sibelius, Dvorak and Enesco as part of this annual series. Coffee and doughnuts will be served. It's at 11 a.m. at Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $24–$42. (727) 892-3337.

Rock the Park: Roadkill Ghost Choir, the Vodkanauts and Electrigeez perform at 6:30 p.m. at Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa. Free.

Romeo + Juliet: The innovative theater stages an edgy take on the Shakespeare classic. See it at 7 p.m. at Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $37–$44. (727) 498-5205.

Howard Jones: The '80s electronica/synth rocker (No One Is to Blame, Everlasting Love) performs at 7:30 p.m. at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $45, $65. (727) 791-7400.

Tarpon Springs High School Band: The Tarpon Springs High School marching band, currently ranked No. 4 in the country, will perform a free show before it heads to the Grand Nationals band competition in Indianapolis. The band will perform its show "Poisoned" for the public at 7 p.m. at Tarpon Springs High School, 1411 Gulf Road.

Cirque Italia: The Italian company sets up its touring big top adjacent to the Museum of Science and Industry for ACT XII, a show featuring aerial acts, hand-balancing acts, and contortionists at 7:30 p.m. at 4801 E Fowler Ave. in Tampa. $25–$40, $10–$35 ages 2–12. (941) 907-8572.

To watch

The 46th Annual CMA Awards, 8 p.m., ABC: The first in a long season of country music ceremonies stretching to next summer kicks off. We hear Taylor Swift may be involved.

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