CLASSICAL MUSIC

FRIDAY

A Chopin-Schumann Bicentennial Celebration, solo piano concert with Laura Kargul. University of Southern Maine (Corthell Concert Hall), Gorham. $5-$15. www.usm.maine.edu/music. 8 p.m. Friday; 3 p.m. Sunday. 

SUNDAY

Sunday Classical, season opener by the Portland Symphony Orchestra with guest bassist Edgar Meyer. Merrill Auditorium, Portland. $15.30-$50.40. www.porttix.com. 2:30 p.m.

Bangor Symphony Orchestra, season opener featuring new music director/conductor Lucas Richman. University of Maine (Collins Center for the Arts), Orono. www.bangorsymphony.org. 3 p.m.

TUESDAY

Tuesday Classical, Portland Symphony Orchestra with guest bassist Edgar Meyer. Merrill Auditorium, Portland. $18-$63. www.porttix.com. 7:30 p.m. 

WEDNESDAY

Ensemble 415, early music ensemble with a program of chamber works and concerti. Bates College (Olin Arts Center), Lewiston. $12; $6 for seniors and students. www.bates.edu. 7:30 p.m. 

DANCE

“Peter and the Wolf” and “Western Roundup,” Maine State Ballet Theater, Falmouth. $15. 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday. 

THEATER

“The 39 Steps,” comedic spy thriller based on classic 1935 Hitchcock film, Portland Stage Company. $28-$37. 774-0465; www.portlandstage.org. 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Wednesday; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 24.

“The Pirates of Penzance,” musical, Theater at Monmouth. $20-$26. www.theateratmonmouth.org. 7:30 p.m. today.

“Chicago,” musical starring Sally Struthers, Ogunquit Playhouse. $49-$67. 2:30 and 8 p.m. today; 8 p.m. Friday and Wednesday; 3:30 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 24.

“Mary O’Leary and the Leprechauns of Ballybunn Village,” presented by Freeport Family Performing Arts, Freeport Performing Arts Center. $5-$10. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

“Play Me a Story,” play reading series of children’s books by actors followed by an acting workshop for ages 4 to 10. Portland Stage Company. $15 each; $50 series. www.portlandstage.org. Readings of “Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach” and others, 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

“Broadway is Back,” dinner theater starring Jennifer Miller and Brian McAloon, Anthony’s Dinner Theater, Portland. $39.95 (includes dinner). 221-2267. Saturday. Through Oct. 23.

“Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington: An Evening with Senator Margaret Chase Smith,” one-woman show, Johnson Hall, Gardiner. $18; $10 for under age 14. 582-7144. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

“Spamalot,” national Broadway tour of musical based on “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” University of Maine (Collins Center for the Arts), Orono. $57-$62. www.collinscenterforthearts.com. 7 p.m. Tuesday. 

GALLERIES/MUSEUMS

OPENINGS/RECEPTIONS

“Debating Modern Photography: The Triumph of Group f/64,” Portland Museum of Art. $4-$10; free for under age 6; free for everyone after 5 p.m. Friday. 775-6148; www.portlandmuseumofart.org. Opens today. Through Dec. 5.

“Mind-bending with the Mundane,” works by Miller and Shellabarger, Alix Lamber, Andrew Raftery and Allison Smith examining marriage equality. Maine College of Art (Institute of Contemporary Art), Portland. www.meca.edu. Curator’s tea at 5:30 p.m. today; First Friday Art Walk reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Oct. 17.

“Jane Dahmen: Through the Trees,” and “Pleine Air Maine,” paintings by Brad Betts, Mitch Billis and Bjorn Bunquist. Gleason Fine Art, Portland. 699-5599. Reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Oct. 30.

Dozier Bell, paintings and drawings, Aucocisco Galleries, Portland. 775-2222. Reception 5 to 7 p.m. today. Through Saturday.

“How Long is Yesterday?” photographs of Ireland by Dan Dow; also oil paintings by Andrea van Voorst van Beest. Addison Woolley Gallery, Portland. www.addisonwoolley.com. Receptions 5 to 7 p.m., today and

5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Oct. 30.

“Sea of Faces,” work by Nicole Wolf, Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth. www.elizabethmossgalleries.com. Today to Oct. 16.

Jason Slaughter, paintings, Waterfall Arts, Belfast. www.waterfallarts.org. Today to Wednesday.

“Love Letters to an American Gothic,” paintings by Veronica Cross, Lajos Matolcsy Art Center, Norway. 739-6161. Reception 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

First Friday Art Walk, various galleries, downtown Portland. www.firstfridayartwalk.com. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

First Friday Art Walk, various locations, Rockland. www.artsinrockland.com. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

“Growing,” sculpture by Nate Deyesso, Corduroy Surf Boutique and Gallery, Portland. 347-3545. Friday.

“A Matter of Perception: An Exhibition by Artists with Disabilities,” Freeport Community Library. www.freeportlibrary.com. Friday to Oct. 30.

“Life of Millions of Years: The Ancient Egyptian Quest for Immortality,” photographs by Santha Faiia, Museum of African Culture, Portland. www.museumafricanculture.org. Friday.

“Raising White Boys in the South,” multimedia installation by Michael Dickins and Dawn Martin Dickins, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell. www.harlowgallery.org. Reception 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. Through Oct. 29.

“Holler,” multimedia group exhibit on the street, Congress Square, Portland. www.stirartcollective.com. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Maine Women in the Arts, fine art show with miniatures, Masonic Hall, Kennebunkport. www.mainewomenarts.com. Reception 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Through Sunday.

“Home Is Where the Art Is,” pastels by residents of Franklin Towers and Harbor Terrace, Hope.Gate.Way, Portland. www.newlightportland.org. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

“The Warmth of Wood,” wood pieces by Ann Prescott, Karl Grose and Wayne Robbins, Markings Gallery, Bath. 443-1499. Friday to Sunday.

Melissa Burgess, photographs, Heron Point Gallery, Portland. www.HeronPointGallery.com. Reception 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Through Oct. 30.

“Two by Two,” two-inch by two-inch photos and other works by Ali Goodwin, Drift Contemporary Art Gallery, Kittery. www.drift-gallery.com. Reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Oct. 22.

“Inside,” group show, River Arts, Damariscotta. 563-1507. Reception 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Through Nov. 5.

“Love Letters to an American Gothic,” paintings by Veronica Cross, Lajos Matolcsy Art Center, Norway. Reception 5 to 7 p.m. Monday. Through Oct. 30.

“Argot of the Midway,” colored pencil on wood pieces by Justin Roig, running with scissors, Portland. 699-4242. Reception at 5 p.m. and by appointment Sunday.

“Origins,” The Gallery at Eleven Pleasant St., Brunswick. www.vsartsmaine.org. Monday to Nov. 26. 

ONGOING

“Res Naturae: The Nature of Things,” work by Ann Sterling and the artists of Amicus Inc., Bangor Public Library. Through today.

“Hold on to Summer,” group show, Markings Gallery, Bath. Through today.

“The Art of Roland LaVallee,” Eastport Gallery. www.eastportgallery.com. Through today.

“THESEPLACES,” work by Francine Schrock, Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth. 799-1720. Through today.

“Art,” new work in water media by Tim Banks, Judith Long and Barbara Snapp, Points of View Art Gallery, Brunswick. 725-8920. Through today.

“Autumn,” group show, Eastport Gallery. www.eastportgallery.com. Through today.

“A Matter of Perception: An Exhibition by Artists with Disabilities,” Northeast Harbor Library. www.nehlibrary.org. Through today.

Scott Perry, photography, SugarWood Gallery, Farmington. www.sugarwoodgallery.com. Through today.

“A New Dimension,” three-dimensional work, Spindleworks, Brunswick. www.spindleworks.org. Through today.

“Moonlighting,” works by members of the VSA Arts of Maine, The Gallery at Eleven Pleasant St., Brunswick. www.vsartsmaine.org. Through Friday.

Jon Imber, Greenhut Galleries, Portland. 772-2693. Through Saturday.

“Off-Season, Off-Shore: [Yet Another] Trap Day on Cliff Island,” photographs by Lesley MacVane and words by Roger Berle, Harbor Works Gallery, Harpswell. www.harborworksgallery.org. Through Sunday.

“No Cakewalk: Legacies of an African American Place,” photographs by William Anderson, Harbor Works Gallery, Harpswell. www.harborworksgallery.org. Through Sunday.

“Lincoln Perry: Falling in Place,” George Marshall Store Gallery, York. 351-1083. Through Sunday.

“botanical propaganda,” multimedia work depicting urban and suburban plant life by Karen Gelard, Perimeter Gallery, Belfast. 338-0986. Through Sunday.

“Colors of Hope,” group show, L/A Arts Gallery 5, Lewiston. Through Oct. 9.

Group show, paintings and sculpture, Yvette Torres Fine Art, Rockland. www.yvettetorresfineart.com. Through Oct. 10.

Hillary Hutton, handwoven rugs and blankets, Handmade Papers Gallery, Brooklin. Through Oct. 10.

Plein Air Show, Kittery Art Association, Kittery. Through Oct. 10.

Fall exhibitions, Barn Gallery, Ogunquit. www.barngallery.org. Through Oct. 11.

“Inside the Box,” marine dioramas by Anne-Emmanuelle Marpeau, Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport. Through Oct. 11.

Multimedia exhibit with gallery artists, Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle. www.turtlegallery.com. Through Oct. 16.

“Locations,” work by Jeff Kellar, Icon Contemporary Art, Brunswick. 725-8157. Through Oct. 16.

Group show, work by Nina Jerome, Sandy Wadlington and Jeffery Becton, Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle. 348-9977. Through Oct. 16.

“Sharon Lockhart: Lunch Break,” photographs of workers at Bath Iron Works, Colby College (Museum of Art), Waterville. www.colby.edu. Through Oct. 17.

Anna Hepler, large-scale installation and cyanotype prints, Portland Museum of Art. 775-6148. Through Oct. 17.

“A Maine Harvest,” paintings by Joan W. Hooker, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay. 633-4333. Through Oct. 17.

“Clearing,” abstract landscapes by Jill Caldwell, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, Belfast. 338-6575. Through Oct. 18.

“Some, Things, Curious,” drawings, paintings and installation by Kreh Mellick, Kimberly Convery, and Devon and Brendan Mullins. Space, Portland. www.space538.org. Through Oct. 22.

“Karsh,” large-format and vintage silver gelatin prints by Yousuf Karsh, Haynes Galleries, Thomaston. www.haynesgalleries.com. Through Oct. 23.

“Will Barnet: New York Drawings and Prints, the 1930s,” Colby College (Museum of Art), Waterville. www.colby.edu. Through Oct. 24.

“Earning Their Keep: Maine’s Windjammers,” multi-stage exhibit featuring historic photos, artifacts and more, Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport. www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org. Through Oct. 24.

“Young Artist: Mature Art,” oil paintings and watercolors by Russel Whitten, York Public Library. www.york.lib.me.us. Through Oct. 26.

“Photography by Brenton Hamilton,” Susan Maasch Fine Art, Portland. www.susanmaaschfineart.com. Through Oct. 27.

“Visual Contemplations,” watercolors and oils by Cynthia Asherman, 317 Main St., Yarmouth. Through Oct. 29.

“Landscapes,” work by Anthony Muench and Abbie Sewall, North Yarmouth Academy (Curtis Gallery), Yarmouth. www2.nya.org. Through Oct. 29.

“The Ambiguities: Selected Works,” graphite drawings and color saturated paintings from Thorpe Feidt’s series inspired by Herman Melville’s novel “Pierre: or, the Ambiguities,” University of Southern Maine (Area Gallery), Portland. Through Oct. 29.

Anna Sweeten and Alexandra Hart, Harbor Square Gallery and the Muir Garden for Contemporary Sculpture, Rockland. www.HarborSquareGallery.com. Through Oct. 30.

Christopher Cart and Shaune McCarthy, Harbor Square Gallery, Rockland. www.HarborSquareGallery.com. Through Oct. 30.

“Tourist Season,” work by John Vander, Gold/Smith Gallery, Boothbay Harbor. Through Oct. 30.

Group show, work by Ed Nadeau and others, Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, Ellsworth. 667-6611. Through Oct. 30.

“Exposed: Rare Photographs of Life in Maine,” Maine Historical Society, Portland. Through Oct. 31.

“Collecting Winslow Homer,” Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville. 859-5600. Through Oct. 31.

“2010 Book Arts at Stone House Program,” work by students who participated in USM’s Book Arts program. University of Southern Maine (Glickman Family Library), Portland. 780-4270. Through Oct. 31.

“Heavy Metal: The Revolution Evolution in Maine Propulsion,” multimedia, Maine Maritime Museum, Bath. mainemaritimemuseum.org. Through Nov. 8.

“Turtle/Television Island,” photographic prints and other media by James Luna, University of Southern Maine (Art Gallery), Gorham. 780-5008. Through Nov. 10.

“In a Place Himself: The Graphic World of Winslow Homer,” Saco Museum. Through Nov. 14.

“Life Work,” sculpture by Cabot Lyford, Hawk Ridge Farm, Pownal. [email protected] Through Nov. 21.

“Furniture Masters of New Hampshire,” Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport. www.woodschool.org. Through Nov. 24.

“Altering Matters: New Work by Maine Members of the Surface Design Association,” University of Southern Maine (Atrium Art Gallery), Lewiston. www.usm.maine.edu/lac/art. Through Nov. 30.

“John Haberle: Master of Illusion,” trompe l’oeil art, Portland Museum of Art. 775-6148. Through Dec. 12.

“The Architecture of Environmental Landscapes, Within and Without,” regional artists exploring environmental themes, University of New England (Art Gallery), Portland. Through Dec. 19.

“The Wyeths’ Wyeths,” Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. www.farnsworthmuseum.org. Through Dec. 21.

“The Search for Beauty: Whistler and His Time,” drawings and paintings, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville. 859-5600. Through Jan. 2.

“Alex Katz: New Work,” Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. www.farnsworthmuseum.org. Through Jan. 2.

“Emily Schiffer: Cheyenne River,” photographs, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. www.farnsworthmuseum.org. Through Jan. 16. 

FILMS

TODAY

Camden International Film Festival, numerous films, guests, panels, parties and other special events in Camden and Rockland. Individual films are $8.50; passes are $25 to $100. Various locations, Camden. www.camdenfilmfest.org. Today to Sunday.

“The Eventful Life of Al Hawkes,” documentary film about bluegrass and country musician. Filmmakers will introduce and discuss the film. Maine Historical Society, Portland. www.mainehistory.org. 7 p.m.

“A Life Remembered is a Life Honored,” presentation of and about filming family biographies with Neil Novello. Traip Academy, Kittery. $8. www.kitteryschools.org. 7 to 9 p.m. 

FRIDAY

Global Lens Film Series, touring program of narrative features from around the world. Bates College (Ronj Coffeehouse), Lewiston. $5 per film. 786-6135. “Gods,” 8 p.m. Friday; 6 p.m. Monday. Series runs through Dec. 13. 

SATURDAY

Manhattan Short Film Festival, Frontier Cafe, Cinema & Gallery, Brunswick. $8. www.explorefrontier.com. 5 and 7:30 p.m. 

MONDAY

“The Take,” a film about globalization and worker’s rights; screening is followed by discussion. College of the Atlantic (Gates Center), Bar Harbor. 288-5015. 7 p.m. 

BOOKS/AUTHORS

TODAY

Megan Snyder-Camp reads and signs “The Forest of Sure Things,” Longfellow Books, Portland. Free. 772-4045. 7 p.m. 

FRIDAY

Book signing by Astrid Sheckels, illustrator of “The Fish House Door,” Portland Head Light Museum, Cape Elizabeth, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Borders Bookstore, Brunswick, 4 to 7 p.m. Free.

Sharon Maxwell, author of “The Talk: What Your Kids Need to Hear FROM YOU About Sex,” talks about her book. Merriconeag Waldorf School, Freeport. $10. www.merriconeag.org. 7 p.m.

Joseph Cambray, author of “Synchronicity: Nature & Psyche in an Interconnected Universe,” talks about his book. Bowdoin College (Kresge Auditorium), Brunswick. Free. www.mainejungcenter.org. 7 to 9:30 p.m. 

SATURDAY

Joseph Cambray, author of “Synchronicity: Nature & Psyche in an Interconnected Universe,” offers a seminar based on his book. Bowdoin College (Searles Science Building), Brunswick. $95. www.mainejungcenter.org. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Book signing by Astrid Sheckels, illustrator of “The Fish House Door,” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., L.L. Bean Retail Store, Freeport, and 3 to 5 p.m., Lisa-Marie’s Made in Maine, Portland. Free. 

MONDAY

Sandra Steingraber, author of “Living Downstream: A Scientist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment,” talks about and signs copies of her book, Bates College (Olin Arts Center), Lewiston. Free. 786-6135. 7:30 p.m. 

WEDNESDAY

Brown Bag Lecture Series, bring your own lunch, Portland Public Library. Free. 871-1710. David Morine, “Two Coots in a Canoe,” noon to 1 p.m.