Do It Today: Rock of Ages, Beauty and the Beast and more

The Helios Jazz Orchestra returns to the swanky-lovely Nova 535 Lounge for a cabaret show with fine catered snacks. Guest singer: Sasha Tuck.? $10, 535 Dr. M. L. King Jr. St. N., St. Petersburg,

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[image-1]Former Tampa Bay Rays owner Vince Naimoli discusses his book, Business, Baseball and Beyond at East Lake Community Library's Authors Showcase. 6:30 p.m. 4125 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor.

Book Discussion: So Cold the River by Michael Koryta. 10:30 a.m. St. Pete Beach Library, 365 73rd Ave., St. Pete Beach. 727-363-9238.

Black on Black Rhyme Spoken word performance with featured performer each week, drink specials and food. Described by participants as a lively night. (What else would you expect from a host named Life?) Doors open at 8 p.m. $5 before 10 p.m.; $7 after 10 p.m. Blue Shark, 1502 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. 813-248-3499.

Free movie: The American 1 p.m. Tarpon Springs Community Center, 400 S. Walton Ave., Tarpon Springs.

Two very different Broadway shows take over big venue stages tonight — and both can be seen tonight through Sat., Jan. 23.

First, experience the hair, nostalgia and bad fashion of Rock of Ages at Ruth Eckerd Hall. The arena-rock extravaganza is a five-time Tony Award nominee with songs from Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Journey, Poison, Styx, Night Ranger and Whitesnake.

The musical stars Constantine Maroulis of American Idol fame, reprising his role as Drew in the show that features such classics as "Don't Stop Believin'," "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," "I Wanna Know What Love Is," "Here I Go Again" and others.

To those of you who remember those tunes from your youth — yes, you're officially old. $42-$62. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

The story that makes little girls swoon (and their mommies go a little apeshit, too): the stage adaptation of Disney's Beauty and the Beast hits Tampa's Straz Center for the Performing Arts and features the animated film’s Academy Award-winning score. 7:30 p.m. Tues., Wed., Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri., 2 and 8 p.m. Sat., 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sun. Ticket prices start at $38.50. Jan. 18-23, 1111 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa, 813-229-7827.

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