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The Short List

MISC.

‘Lawrence of Arabia

The recent death of Peter O’Toole has prompted the Hollywood Theatre to show one of the actor’s greatest roles, the epic tale of T.E. Lawrence, who helped unite warring Arab tribes to strike back against the Turks in World War I. It also stars Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn and Omar Sharif. The movie won seven Academy Awards.

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 4-5, Hollywood Theatre, 4211 N.E. Sandy Blvd., www.hollywoodtheatre.org (check for times), $8, $6 students/seniors

Home show

Does your New Year’s resolution involve home repair? The Portland Build, Remodel and Landscape Show might be a place to start your projects.

Noon-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5; Oregon Convention Center/Exhibit Hall D, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., www.homeshowcenter.com, $6

Lan Su Chinese Garden

In early January, the beautiful garden in the heart of Portland will offer free admission with the donation of a nonperishable food item. It’s called “The Great Eight Free Days,” and the food donation goes to the neighboring Transition Projects. Why eight free days? In China, the character for eight sounds similar to the character meaning “prosper” or “wealth.” As for the future, “The Year of the Horse” starts Jan. 31.

10 a.m.-5 p.m., Jan 4-11, Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 N.W. Everett St., www.lansugarden.org, free

STAGE

‘Xmas Unplugged

Can’t get enough of Christmas? The Artists Repertory Theatre’s holiday productions — “The Reason for the Season” and “The Night Before Christmas” — end this week.

7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 26-28, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, ART Morrison Stage, 1515 S.W. Morrison St., www.artistsrep.org, $25

Helium’s New Year’s Eve

Comedian Nick Thune, magician Hart Keene and the jazz group Quartet Barbette help ring in the new year at the comedy club.

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, Helium Comedy Club, 1510 S.E. Ninth Ave., www.heliumcomedy.com, $41-$199

Crystal new year

Next year will mark the 100th year of the Crystal Ballroom, and the historic venue kicks things off with a double bill and double show of Pink Martini and Eastern European party band Chervona among the many New Year’s Eve parties around town. Chervona was featured in the Oct. 31 Portland Tribune. Chervona also will be highlighting the Old Russian New Year spectacular Jan. 11 at Star Theater, which has sold out the past three years

Chervona and Pink Martini, 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St., mcmenamins.com, $50, $55 day of show; Russian Old New Year, 9 p.m. Jan. 11, Star Theater, 13 N.W. Sixth Ave., www.russianoldnewyear2014.bpt.me (check for ticket info),$20, $25 at door

by: COURTESY OF RICHARD TERMINE - Evita, presented by Broadway Across America, comes to Portland to tell the story of Argentinian First Lady Eva Peron, Jan. 7-12.

Evita

The elegant masterpiece about the beautiful and charismatic, rags-to-riches first lady of Argentina comes to Portland for the first time since 1999, thanks to U.S. Bank Broadway Across America.

It’s directed by Michael Grandage and choreographed by Rob Ashford, and is a new Broadway production based on the seven-time Tony Award-winning musical that debuted 30 years ago. It stars Caroline Bowman as Eva Peron, Josh Young as Che and Sean MacLaughlin as Juan Peron. Of course, the orchestrations by Andrew Lloyd Webber are notable.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Jan. 7-10; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12; Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., 503-241-1802, starting at $29