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Hop Scotch, Planet Dread and Amandla Tunesmith in concert at Skipper's (8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, $5). A great night for skanking in the sand under the Skipper Dome. Hop Scotch is an unlikely Tampa ska collective of lawyers, cops and kids. Planet Dread is a ska project composed of members of the defunct Sarasota ska band Dem Tings and members of Amandla Tunesmith, which is a Tampa world beat band that specializes in soukous and Afro-Cuban music. They're probably the only bay area band that can offer an authentic prelude for the Diblo Dibala show at Skipper's Sunday (also see "Sunday"). Call 971-0666.

Stageworks Briefs '96 (8 p.m., David Falk Theatre, 428 W Kennedy Blvd., $12, $10 students and seniors). Six original mini plays by Florida playwrights. Bob Ammidown's First Rite (suicidal person is confronted by a ghost), Elaine Falk-Katz's A Shred of Love (a middle-age romance), Jack Gilhooley's The Confession (a confessional hit man used to absolution is suddenly denied by one priest), W.M. Gilmore's Picnic on Wednesday (lovelorn executives on a rendezvous deal with modern intrusions), and Ray Zacek's Mr. Damage (young raver preaches his perspective on the world). Runs 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 4. Call 253-6243.

SATURDAY

Film Classic Series at the library (2 p.m., Main Library, 900 N Ashley Drive, auditorium, downtown, free). They're showing The Secret Agent, where John Gielgud and Madeleine Carroll play spies posing as husband and wife in this 1936 thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Peter Lorre plays a demented killer. Heavyweight stars, a legendary directory, twisted plot _ heck, in '36 James Bond was getting bounced out of Eton. Call 273-3652, Ext. 5.

Broadway '96 musical revue (3:30 and 7:30 p.m., Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Playhouse, $20). Ann Reinking's Musical Theatre Project of Tampa has 86 students ages 15 to 23 from across the United States who have studied for three weeks with famous choreographers, actors and directors, including Gregory Hines and Vanessa Williams. The performance will feature dance and musical numbers the students have rehearsed at the University of South Florida and the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Call the center at 229-STAR, or Ticketmaster at 287-8844.

Tampa Bay Mutiny vs. L.A. Galaxy (7:30 p.m., Tampa Stadium, $7 to $22). A meeting of the Eastern and Western Conference leaders. The Mutiny's record with the Galaxy is 0-2, including a June 16 3-2 shootout loss in front of 92,000 people at the Rose Bowl. There's good news and bad news about this game. The good news is their superstar goalie/forward Jorge Campos won't be here; he's playing for the Mexican Olympic team. The bad news is Campos' teammate and Melrose Place heartthrob Andrew Shue won't be here either. Seems soap boy hurt his shoulder. Call the Mutiny at 289-6811, or Ticketmaster at 287-8844.

THURSDAY

Return to the Forbidden Planet opens (8 p.m., Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Jaeb Theater, $10-$16). The Channel District's Warehouse Theatre and the performing arts center are collaborating on this campy sci-fi musical written by Bob Carlton. This take on the classic B-movie Forbidden Planet and Shakespeare's The Tempest had an acclaimed run in New York City, and a watertight local cast and crew for this production has created a big buzz. American Stage powerhouses Jeff Norton, Lee Ahlin and Colleen McDonnell, and seasoned local journalists/musicians Paul Wilborn and Michael Upledger are among the cast luminaries. Channel 8 news anchor Bob Hite has a videotaped cameo as a futuristic newscaster/narrator. A live rock band onstage will supply the soundtrack, which consists of rock oldies hits such as Born to Be Wild, Only the Lonely and Great Balls of Fire. Patrons sit at tables in the Jaeb, not aisle seats, so order some refreshments to bolster your appreciation of the impressive spaceship set and special effects. Runs 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 7 and 10 p.m. Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 25. Call 229-STAR.

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