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TODAY

"Rockabilly Rumble" with the Belmont Playboys, the Blue Moon Boys, Vipers, Skinny McGee and the Mayhem Makers, the Skirt Lifters, the Thrusters, DJ Vinnie Vega (7:30 p.m., Gyland's, 1302 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City, $8). Local swing fans, wayward since the closing of the scene's anchor Sugar Palm Club, tend to get quite a workout these days bouncing from one short-lived swing happening to another. Well, here's one more. Oh sure, it's not technically swing, but you can be sure the swingers will be out in force, since rockabilly is pretty much swing minus the horn section and monkey suits. The Belmont Playboys of Charlotte, N.C., and the Blue Moon Boys of Fort Wayne, Ind., have achieved national rockabilly prominence. The rest of the lineup represents a seasoned Central Florida showing: Tampa's Thrusters, Orlando's Skirt Lifters and the Vipers (featuring members of Rocket 88), and Winter Haven's Skinny McGee and the Mayhem Makers. Call (813) 242-6260.

Jobsite Theater's "Y2K: Yearn to Know" opens (8 p.m., Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Off Center Theater, $12, $8 students). Not that the good folks at this local upstart theater company want to alarm you about all this Y2K stuff. But they do submit that this collection of short plays is an analysis of "the mechanisms in ourselves and the world and how they work together, and how they can foster an apparatus which can serve to fulfill and encourage growth, or how they can mutate and destroy everything if not carefully understood." Included in the anthology is Critical Path (the demands of corporate life on a modern family), Crisis (an expecting couple in Kosovo contemplate their child's future), Learning Swerve (new teacher on first day of school), JY2K (a rock opera about the "second coming"), and a monologue by Jobsite co-founder David Jenkins. Runs through Aug. 29. Call (813) 229-STAR.

Carrollwood Players' "Much Ado About Nothing" opens (8 p.m., Carrollwood Playhouse, 4333 Gunn Highway, $10, $8 students). Oh, to be charmed by the tasty exchanges of the reluctant lovers Benedick and Beatrice, and then alarmed by Claudio's bitter denunciations of his one-time object of desire Hero (which are pretty biting even by today's standards). Oh, the confusions, the misunderstandings (which are implied by the title, no?), the monumentally dimwitted constables Dogberry and Verges. Godspeed, Carrollwood Players! May you suit the action to the word, and the word to the action. Runs through Aug. 28. Call (813) 265-4000.

SATURDAY

Tampa Oratorio Singers' Singalong (8 a.m., Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Rehearsal Hall, free). Sure, you've always wanted to sing along with this acclaimed community chorus, but at 8 in the morning? This is actually an open rehearsal for the chorus' October concert, which will have a "great anthems" theme. You can meet the chorus, learn about the organization and have a free light lunch with them when they break at noon. And yes, you can sing along with them. (If doing so makes you feel tall in your boots, maybe you should consider auditioning for them. See Monday listing.) Call (813) 247-3866.

Krunk 5 Dance Party (7:30 p.m., The Armory, 501 N Howard Ave., $7 before 9 p.m. $9 after 9 p.m.). Yo! Yo! Yo! Do you know what "krunk" means? It means dancin', it means hip-hop, it means dance contests, it means open mike and talent showcases. It also means no alcohol, no tobacco, no drugs and no swearing. So, inevitably, it means parents dropping off young mall rats and picking them up 'round midnight when the whole shebang comes to a close. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department will supply security. Call (888) 981-4223.

SUNDAY

Prints of Frederic Remington (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tue., Wed., Fri. and Sat.; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thurs.; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Museum of Art, 600 N Ashley Drive, $5 adults, $3 6 to 18 years old, free 6 and under, $3 students, $4 seniors 62 and up). 60 photolithographs and engravings of early 20th century Western imagery, by illustrator Frederic Remington, will be on display from today until Oct. 24. Published by Collier's and Scribner's, among others, the prints are some of the first widely available to the American public. Call (813) 274-8130.

Clarence "Dr. C.C." Carter (8 p.m., Blues Ship "On Bottom," 1910 E Seventh Ave., $18 advance, $25 at the door). He's a blind blues guy who wears big dark glasses, he has a number one R&B single (Patches) and has worked with the likes of Stevie Wonder and Ray Parker Jr. The Montgomery, Ala., singer/guitarist, known as Strokin' Man, will be playing two one-hour sets featuring faves like Love Me with a Feeling and Strokin'. Call (813) 248-6097.

WEDNESDAY

Jeff Beck in concert, with Jonny Lang (7:30 p.m., Ice Palace, $35.80, $27.80). The most enigmatic (and probably the best) of rock guitar's British titanic trio _ Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page _ has once again torn himself from his beloved vintage car collection at his estate in Sussex, England. He has once again subdued his moody inner demon, which hates touring and is frankly freaked out by America's vastness. It's time to tour again, because he needs to promote his new album Who Else!, and because he's simply running out of money. He has released only five solo albums since 1980. The same thing that has made Beck a visionary from his bluesy days with the Yardbirds in the mid-'60s, to his jazz rock days in the late '70s, to his sparse arena-rocking days in the '80s and '90s, is the same thing that has kept him from cashing in on his past glories as most of his peers have done: his legendary artistic temperament. That same temperament has earned yet another chorus of rave reviews for his latest album and tour, the rock guitar show of the year. Bank on it. Young blues rock guitar slinger Jonny Lang opens. Call (813) 287-8844.

THURSDAY

Crate label art lecture (6:30 p.m., Tampa Bay History Center, 225 S Franklin St., free). You didn't hear it from us, but we hear that crate labels are the next hot thing. "Collectors prize these objects for their beauty and quality of design . . . they can be so easily displayed in one's home," says the history center's Rodney Kite-Powell. He, along with co-worker Elizabeth Dunham and Florida memorabilia expert Mike Turbeville, will discuss the history of Florida crate labels, what the different colors symbolize, and what makes a label valuable. They'll also give tips on preservation, storage and display. Call (813) 228-0097.

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