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Your 5 best bets for arts and culture in the week ahead


If home is where the heart is, then The Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz is the place this weekend, as singer Kristen Hertzenberg (“Phantom — The Las Vegas Spectacular”) and pianist Philip Fortenberry (the “Man at the Piano” who doubled Liberace’s hands in the HBO biopic “Behind the Candelabra”) reprise their “Holidays From the Heart” show at 2:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday. For tickets ($26-$36), call 702-749-2000 or visit www.thesmithcenter.com.


An imprisoned boy shares an incredible journey with an enchanted peach — and his equally magical insect pals — in “James and the Giant Peach,” as the Winchester Headliners bring Roald Dahl’s fanciful children’s tale to the Winchester Cultural Center stage at 7 p.m. Friday and noon and 6 p.m. Saturday. For tickets ($5 for the matinee, $7 for evening performances), call 702-455-7340 or visit www.clarkcountynv.gov.


Inspired melodies highlight “Winter Inspired,” as the Young Artists Orchestra of Las Vegas celebrates the season with Canadian soprano Rachel Krehm and violinist Alex Gonzalez. Led by music director Yunior Lopez, the orchestra — featuring musicians 22 and younger — will perform Astor Piazzolla’s “Four for Tango,” Vivaldi’s “Winter” and Mahler’s “Songs of a Wayferer” at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Clark County Library. Tickets ($5-$20) are available online at lvyao.yapsody.com.


The happy harmonic spirit of the Andrews Sisters is alive and well, thanks to the Beverly Belles, who bring their “Santa Baby Holiday Show” — complete with songs, dances and snappy banter — to the Charleston Heights Arts Center at 7 p.m. Saturday. For information and tickets ($10 in advance, $15 at the door), call 702-229-6383 or click on www.artslasvegas.org.

Family fun

All aboard! The North Pole may be a bit far for Southern Nevada residents, but the Springs Preserve has a happy holiday alternative: train rides to Santa’s cottage, where the jolly Mr. Claus will read holiday stories and hand out candy canes. The train runs on the hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday through Thursday (which, in case you’ve forgotten, is Christmas Eve). Tickets, available on-site for each day’s ride, are $4 for members and $6 for nonmembers with general admission ($4.95-$9.95 for residents, $10.95-$18.95 nonresidents; free for children younger than 5). Call 702-822-7700 for more information.

— Carol Cling

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