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Florida Orchestra in concert: "Vienna, City of Dreams" (8 p.m., Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Carol Morsani Hall, $37-$18). When you see the word "Vienna" in the title, you know it's time to go, "One-two-three, one-two-three, one-two-three . . ." The program includes Suppe's Die Schone Galathea Overture, Verdi's A Masked Ball (Quadrille), Strauss' Die Fledermaus Overture and R. Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier Waltz. Guest soloist is German vocalist Patricia Nessy, a star of operettas in Germany and Austria. Skitch Henderson will conduct. Call (813) 229-STAR.

Roy Gaines, Josh Magwood and the Underestimated Band in concert (8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, $7). Living Blues magazine named Gaines comeback artist of the year. The veteran from Texas has traveled the world carrying on the tradition of T-Bone Walker (whom he played with at age 14). He played with Chuck Willis in the '50s and then settled in New York City as a session man. After moving to Houston, he toured with Ray Charles and established a recording studio. You know how the story goes from here _ he did some acting and commercials and ended up in bankruptcy at age 60. But now he's back on the road, playing festivals and boogieing with the blues. The Underestimated Band is led by the teenaged guitar ace Josh Magwood. Call (813) 971-0666.


Indigo Girls in concert (2 p.m., adjacent to Cold Storage at Tampa and Whiting streets, $5 21 and over). By the late '90s, Decatur, Ga.'s most famous music duo found themselves critically respected, adored by a huge cult, yet stylistically stalled within a genre they helped to define. Last year's Come On Now Social finds the group employing a plethora of new styles and guest stars. Expect a harder rocking, yet more countrified than ever. Sakfa, a local pop group containing the offspring of folk star Melanie Safka, will open. Dreamtime is also on the bill. Call (813) 221-6676.


NRBQ, Skinny McGee in concert (8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, $10 advance, $13 day of show). "Not Really Barbecued" is one of the better guesses we've heard at what NRBQ stands for, but it actually means New Rhythm and Blues Quartet. But when you consider that the group celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, "New" becomes a highly relative term. With that kind of tenure, it's no surprise that the group has more than 500 songs in its repertoire and a self-labeled brand of "Omni-pop" that blends rock, blues, country, pop, jazz and folk. The drummerless Skinny McGee has been "shakin' the still" around Central Florida since 1997, with a wild blend of Johnny Cash, rockabilly and a dash of hillbilly bop. Call (813) 971-0666.


Local taping of "Antiques Roadshow" airs (8 p.m., WEDU-TV Channel 3). This episode of the unlikely PBS juggernaut was recently taped at the Plant Museum and Tampa Convention Center. Appraisers were impressed with the quality of objects brought by the public, including a toy clown, a distinctive clock and an elaborate metal bird sculpture valued between $30,000 and $50,000. Passed up one of these items at your neighbor's garage sale? Well, we don't want to hear about it now. Call (813) 254-9338.


"Chicago" musical opens (7:30 p.m., Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Carol Morsani Hall, $50.50-$20.50). A gilded murderer kills her faithless husband. With the help of her razzle-dazzle lawyer, she manipulates the media and public opinion to avoid prison and become a star. Sound like a story ripped from modern American tabloid culture? Actually, it's based on a play written by Maurin Dallas Watkins in 1926. This is the show that spawned All That Jazz, and this version will be choreographed in the style of the late Bob Fosse, who choreographed its original Broadway run. It's the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards, including best musical revival, best direction and best choreography. Runs through Sunday. Call (813) 229-STAR.


Jobsite Theater's "True West" opens (8 p.m., Silver Meteor Gallery, 2213 E Sixth Ave., Ybor City, $12, $8 students). Tampa's relatively new and young theater troupe collected its share of laurels during its inaugural season last year. In keeping with its desire to keep the repertoire on the more contemporary, sometimes edgy side of things, they've returned to the makeshift black box environment of the Silver Meteor with Sam Shepard's acidic comedy of brotherly love. Two brothers _ one a successful Hollywood screenwriter, the other a petty criminal _ reminisce in their absent mother's home. The two butt heads until the arrival of a producer who is more interested in the criminal's real life than the screenwriter's fictional one. Runs through March 5. Call (813) 932-6430.

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