Do It Today: Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre's Revelations, Helios Jazz Orchestra and karaoke post-VD therapy

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The Helios Jazz Orchestra returns to the Nova 535 event space for a performance of big band jazz at 7:30 p.m. If you’re not familiar, the orchestra that’s named after the Greek word for “sun” is led by esteemed St. Petersburg College professor and music department leader David Manson. The group changes lineups during the fall and spring semesters, and its members are all working musicians who have a love of good big band music. They also bear the distinction of being great soloists. The orchestra performs a variety of genres including Latin, swing, bebop, ballads and pop arrangements.  Admission is $5. nova535.com/parking.html, heliosjazzorchestra.blogspot.com.



[image-2]This week's karaoke night at the Refinery revolves around the theme Valentine's Day Sucks, providing therapy for the lonely hearts and unhappily attached folks out there who brutally weathered the Hallmark holiday. If you haven't been to this extra-special every-Tuesday howl, it’s the ideal karaoke night for those tired of hearing the same toothless couple singing “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” and want food that’s superior to the wings at your local sports bar — something more, um, refined. On karaoke night (every other Tuesday), Refinery owners Michelle and Greg Baker post specials to ease the recession pain, and DJ Stevan Polansky caters to hipsterish types with a 10,000-plus list. 8 p.m., Refinery, 137 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, thetamparefinery.com.

The physically astounding and fluid dancers of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater bring their breathtaking moves to Ruth Eckerd Hall tonight. The theme for tonight's show is an expanded take on a perennial favorite, Revelations. Considered a signature work, Revelations draws upon the late founder's "blood memories" of Texas, translated through the blues, spirituals, and gospel music. Ailey originally intended the dance to be the second part of a larger, evening-length survey of African-American music which he began with Blues Suite — and now the company is bringing his vision to fruition. Explore the gamut of grief and joy, celebrating the essence and cultural heritage of the African-American and a moving tribute to the late-great Ailey. Could there be a better way to celebrate Black History Month? 8 p.m. $37-$58. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.

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