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Holiday (theater) grab bag

I'll be away for the next three weeks, returning before the New Year for Beauty and the Beast, a story on the delightfully frank Sharon Gless in A Round-Heeled Woman at GableStage, and more.  But before I go, here's a quick look at some of the holiday (and other) shows happening right about now.

* Tonight through Sunday, the Irish Theatre of Florida is presenting the tragicomedy Red Roses & Petrol, a play by Sinead O'Connor's brother Joseph.  It happens at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Bienes Center for the Arts , 2801 SW 12th St., Fort Lauderdale.  Tickets are $21, with student discounts. Call 954-513-2272.

Leslie Jordan * Leslie Jordan performs Deck Them Halls, Y'all, a show combining his southern charm and adult humor, in the Broward Center's Amaturo Theater at 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $40 and $50, available by calling 954-462-0222 or via the center's web site.

* Pinecrest Gardens has a festival built around the works of Charles Dickens on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Admission is $5 (free for kids 5 and under).  Dickens' A Christmas Carol gets performed on a stage in the Banyan Bowl at the Gardens, 11000 Red Rd. in Pinecrest.  Choirs, artisans, puppeteers, mimes and bell ringers are part of the holiday celebration. Call 305-669-6990 or visit the Gardens web site for info.

* Three shows are happening this weekend at Miami's New World School of the Arts.  The John Kander-Fred Ebb musical Curtains happens tonight-Dec. 12 in the Louise O. Gerrits Theater on the 8th floor of the New World building at 25 NE Second St.; admission is $12 ($5 for students).  David Henry Hwang's adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's Peer Gynt goes on Saturday-Sunday (and admission is free) in the school's Studio Theatre (Room 5903) on the 9th floor.  And George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara (another free production) happens Saturday-Sunday in Room 5902 on the 9th floor.  For the performance schedule and other details, call 305-237-3541 or visit the New World site.

Happy holidays to all!