• HOT TICKET

Harpist kicks off chamber music fest

THE 17TH SEASON of the Portland Chamber Music Festival opens tonight with a concert featuring an often-unheralded musical instrument: the harp. Tonight’s program stars soloist Bridget Kibbey. The festival continues with a concert on Saturday, a children’s concert on Sunday and two more performances next week.

WHEN: 8 tonight, 8 p.m. Saturday and a children’s concert at noon Sunday

WHERE: Abromson Community Education Center, University of Southern Maine, 88 Bedford St., Portland

TICKETS: $25; free for ages 21 and younger

INFO: (800) 320-0257; www.pcmf.org

• CHEAP THRILL

Minter, Harper exhibit opening tonight

THE BACKSTAGE GALLERY at Deertrees Theatre opens “Beyond the Waves,” an exhibition by artists Daniel Minter of Portland and Terence Harper of New York, tonight. The show draws on themes from the African-American experience across time and space.

WHEN: Reception 6:30 to 8 tonight; show runs through Sept. 4

WHERE: Backstage Gallery at Deertrees Theatre and Cultural Center, 156 Deertrees Road, Harrison

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 583-6747; www.deertreestheatre.org