Do It Today: Alesana onstage at the State, American Ballet Theatre, Adventures in Opera and Jaguar Love plays Orpheum


Rooted in classical ballet, the vibrant American Ballet Theatre II troupe infuses inspirations of contemporary dance with works by both emerging and established choreographers and composers. Visit rutheckerdhall.com for more info. Weds., March 24, 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, $30-$45.


Jaguar Love is the brain child of Johnny Whitney and Cody Votolato, former members of defunct punk band The Blood Brothers. The band originally featured drummer Jay Clark, but the duo decided to shake up their sound for their follow-up to 2008’s Take Me to the Sea. Said follow-up and Fat Possum Records debut, Hologram Jams, culls from a broader sonic landscape than its predecessor. Instead of guitar-driven anthems like “Antoine and Birdskull,” the band has taken elements of New Wave and woven them into garage-rock stompers (“Don’t Die Alone”) and dreamy glam-pop (“Sad Parade”). 7 p.m., Weds., March 24, Orpheum, Ybor City, myspace.com/theorpheum. –Matthew Spencer


Today's Adventures in Opera program, presented by the Pinellas Opera League, is on the world's famous opera houses, and offers live performances by opera singers and dancers, skits, film excerpts and videos -- all on your lunch break. Visit rutheckerdhall.com for more info. Weds., March 24, 2 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, $5.

(pictured), a six-piece band from Raleigh, N.C., makes the most of its expansive line up. Live shows have been known to have guitar duels with up to three guitarists playing all at once. Alesana’s songwriting often takes cues from literature, particularly fables and Greek mythology. Their most recent album, The Emptiness, is chock full of throat-shredding screams over blistering drums and layers of guitars. Guest vocalist Melissa Mike — and sister of front man Shawn — provides a welcome melodic component amid Alesana’s maelstrom of loud.  A Skylit Drive, Of Mice and Men, The Word Alive and We Came As Romans open. 6 p.m., Weds., March 24, State Theatre, St. Petersburg, $14-$16, statetheatreconcerts.com. –Matthew Spencer

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