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Aurora and The Greenwich Odeum offer some alternatives to typical seasonal entertainment while PPAC brings a Christmas classic to the stage.

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There's certainly no shortage of Christmas Carol adaptations out there, but Mathewson Street United Methodist Church is bringing you something a little different this Friday - a One Man Christmas Carol Show with Dickens' original historic script. All 28 characters are brought to life by Al LePage as he gestures, mugs, and improvises with the audience, creating a one-of-a-kind interpretation of the beloved holiday tale. December 11. 8-10pm. $15. 134 Mathewson Street, Providence. 331-8900. More info...

Irving Berlin's White Christmas jumps from screen to stage for a limited time at PPAC. Originally starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, this adaptation follows a song-and-dance team as they fall for a sister act in a Vermont Inn. Overflowing with holiday spirit, you can see for yourself why many of the songs from this cheerful musical have stood the test of time. December 11-13. Times vary. $46-$83. PPAC. 220 Weybosset Street, Providence. 421-2787. More info...

Take a break from all of the saccharine yuletide merriment and catch Bill Simas and Mike Murray, performing at the Odeum's Comedy Series. After performing at the RI Comedy Factory in 2005, "Wild" Bill Simas returned to scene in 2011, bringing the laughs while staying "humble and hungry." He will also be performing with Mike Murray, also known as The Deaf Comic. Mike shares his unique worldview through stories and one-liners. December 12. 8pm-9:30pm. $30. Greenwich Odeum. 59 Main Street, East Greenwich. 885-4000. More info...

Aurora presents a night of bands covering other bands for a good cause at 2nd Annual Holiday Benefit Cover Show. Featuring folk-doom band Bloodpheasant as System of a Down, Snowplows as The Smashing Pumpkins, Rumble Party as The Stray Cats and more, don't miss an electric night of music appreciation and raffles. All proceeds will be donated to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. December 12. 8pm. $10 or $15 with raffle ticket. Aurora. 276 Westminster Street, Providence. 272-5723. More info...

Pawtucket's RHD-RI is curating the 7th Annual Holiday Art Fair: The Bizarre Bazaar, featuring an impressive array of arts, crafts, and unique gifts all created by studios and venders that cater to artists with disabilities. For two days, you can stock up on gifts for the upcoming weeks and listen to some live music, all while supporting a good cause. December 12 & 13. 10am-4pm. Free. 24 Commerce Street, Pawtucket. 575-1409. More info...

Kicking off The Ocean House's '12 Days of Christmas' is a Brunch with Santa. Surround yourself in holiday cheer with delicious food, festive workshops, Christmas-inspired competitions, and (for the parents) unlimited sparkling wine. The jazz-accompanied brunch ends with a visit from Santa and a Rudolph sing-along. Make sure to book your tickets over the phone to create some cheerful memories this season. December 13. 8am-2:30pm. $25-$62. The Ocean House. 1 Bluff Avenue, Watch Hill. Reserve over phone 888-552-2588. More info...

Fifty vendors from around the state are getting together for one last rodeo this year at Providence Flea's Holiday Market at Hope High School. Stop by to buy gifts for friends, family, or yourself before the Flea hibernates for the rest of the season. December 13. 10am-4pm. Free. 324 Hope Street, Providence. 484-7783. More info...

Take advantage of the unseasonably warm weather this weekend with a good old fashioned Meteor Shower at the Frosty Drew Observatory and Sky Theater. The night of celestial sights begins in the observatory where you'll be provided with an unmatched glimpse of Uranus along with galaxies and nebulae. Then head outside to catch the stunning peak of the shower lasting until dawn. December 13. 6:30pm-dawn. Free w/ $1 suggested donation. 61 Park Lane, Charlestown. 364-9508. More info...

The Caucasian Chalk Circle by German iconoclast Bertolt Brecht is brought to the stage by URI's Theater department. The anti-fascist play, written at the end of World War II, covers family, law, justice, parenthood and more before asking the audience, "Whose side are you on?" Brecht's signature distancing is present in full-force for this play, destroying the comfort and distance between audience and performer in order to inspire a larger conversation about politics both in and outside of the theater. December 13. 3pm. $12 for students, $20 general. 105 Upper College Road, Kingston. 874-5843. More info...

If you're looking for handcrafted jewelry for that special someone, head to the Rare Earth Trunk Show this Saturday. Curt Heher of Rare Earth Mining Co. brings with him an overwhelming selection of unique jewelry sets filled with sterling silver and 14 karat gold works. Dine on wine and cheese as Curt entertains you with stores of how the stones were unearthed and the travels that led to them. December 12. 2pm-7pm. Free. 473 Hope Street, Bristol. 253-9460. More info...