• CLASSICAL MUSIC

“Joyous Sounds for a Festive Season” with the University of Southern Maine Chamber Singers, Immanuel Baptist Church, Portland. $9/donation. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

• DANCE

“The Nutcracker,” Maine State Ballet production with Wescustogo Youth Chorale and Musica de Filia Girlchoir, Merrill Auditorium, Portland. $15-$45. 842-0800. 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 5.

“The Nutcracker,” Robinson Ballet, Caribou High School (Performing Arts Center). www.robinsonballet.org. 2 p.m. Sunday.

• THEATER

“Annie Get Your Gun,” classic musical, Lyric Music Theater, South Portland. $19.99. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 4.

“Adam and Eve and What REALLY Happened in the Garden of Eden,” musical comedy about the battle of the sexes, Old Port Playhouse, Portland. $15-$22. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

“The Santaland Diaries,” one-man play/comedy for mature audiences only, Portland Stage Company. $20; $17 for students. 774-0465; portlandstage.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 19.

“The 39 Steps,” mystery/thriller presented by the Everyman Repertory Theatre, Camden Opera House. $18; $10 for students. www.everymanrep.org. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday.

“A Christmas Carol,” adaptation of Charles Dickens’ story, Belfast Maskers Waterfront Theater. $5-$15. www.belfastmaskers.com. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 5.

“A Christmas Carol,” musical version of Charles Dickens’ story, Great Falls Performing Arts Center, Auburn. laclt.com. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Through Dec. 5.

• MUSEUMS

OPENINGS/RECEPTIONS

“Cross Currents: Visual Art Distilled from the Maritime World,” Maine Maritime Museum, Bath. 443-1316. Friday to Feb. 6.

CONTINUING

“Debating Modern Photography: The Triumph of Group f/64,” Portland Museum of Art. Through Dec. 5.

“Medicine and Power Objects,” ceremonial objects used by shamans, Museum of African Culture, Portland. www.museumafricanculture.org. Through Tuesday.

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

“Lalla Essaydi: Les Femmes du Maroc,” large-scale photographs adapted from Eugene Delacroix’s “Les Femmes d’Algiers,” Bates College (Museum of Art), Lewiston. www.bates.edu. Through Dec. 17.

“Wally Reinhardt: Collaborations with Ovid,” paintings interpreting Ovid’s “Metamorphoses,” Bates College (Museum of Art), Lewiston. www.bates.edu. Through Dec. 17.

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

Fall exhibit, works by Todd Watts and Ilya Askinazi and from the museum’s collection, University of Maine (Museum of Art), Bangor. 561-3350. Through Dec. 30.

“Envisioning the World: The First Printed Maps, 1472-1700,” University of Southern Maine (Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education), Portland. 780-4850. Through Dec. 30.

“The Old Port at Night,” photos by Melanie Bennett; plus historical photography and poetry exhibit, “Look Twice: The Waponahki in Image and Verse,” University of Southern Maine (Glickman Family Library), Portland. 780-4270. Through Dec. 30.

“False Documents and Other Illusions,” trompe l’oeil art, Portland Museum of Art. www.portlandmuseum.org. Through Jan. 2.

Fall faculty exhibit, recent work by Bevin Engman, Gary Green, Maggie Libby, Harriett Matthews, Abbott Meader, Nancy Meader, Garry Mitchell and Scott Reed, Colby College (Museum of Art), Waterville. www.colby.edu. Through Jan. 2.

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

“The Art of December: Original Holiday Cards by Maine Artists from the Mildred Burrage Collection,” Maine Historical Society, Portland. www.mainehistory.org. Through Jan. 3.

“Sit Down! Chairs from Six Centuries,” chair collection of American and European seating furniture from circa 1500 to the present, Bowdoin College (Museum of Art), Brunswick. 725-3275. Through Jan. 16.

“Emily Schiffer: Cheyenne River,” photographs, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. www.farnsworthmuseum.org. Through Jan. 31.

“Currents 6,” multi-media work by Gina Siepel, Colby College (Museum of Art), Waterville. www.colby.edu. Through Feb. 13.

“Aunt Lu: The Story of Princess Watahwaso,” photographs and objects, Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor. www.abbemuseum.org. Through April 2.

“Little Elegies: The Art of Nineteenth-Century Mourning,” paintings, texts, and objects created to assuage grief, memorialize the dead, and remind viewers of religious truths drawn from the museum’s collections, Colby College (Museum of Art), Waterville. www.colby.edu. Through April 3.

“Learning is an Ornament: The History of Kennebunk’s Schools,” replica installations, historic images and more, Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk. www.brickstoremuseum.org. Through summer 2011.

• ART GALLERIES

OPENINGS/RECEPTIONS

Holiday show, Ember Grove Gallery, Portland. EmberGrove.com. Friday to Dec. 31.

Holiday show, group exhibit, CRAFT Gallery, Rockland. 594-0167. Friday to Dec. 5.

Senior ceramic exhibition, Maine College of Art (Free Street Gallery), Portland. www.meca.edu. Sunday to Dec. 10.

Winter invitational exhibit, The Gallery at Eleven Pleasant St., Brunswick. www.vsartsmaine.org. Monday to Dec. 31.

Elizabeth Cashin McMillen, Aucocisco Galleries, Portland. www.aucocisco.com. Wednesday to Dec. 23.

“Transport,” large-format photos of classic cars by Robert Moran, running with scissors, Portland. 479-5679. Wednesday to Dec. 31.

CONTINUING

“Origins,” The Gallery at Eleven Pleasant St., Brunswick. www.vsartsmaine.org. Through Friday.

AIGA Maine annual exhibit, graphic design work, Maine College of Art, Portland. www.meca.edu. Through Friday.

Dan Corey and Jean Kigel, oil and Asian brush paintings, Tidemark Gallery, Waldoboro. Through Saturday.

Community Health and Counseling Services exhibit, multi-media, Bangor Public Library. 947-8336. Through Saturday.

“Autumn Arrivals,” 19th- and 20th-century American and European paintings, Wiscasset Bay Gallery, Wiscasset. www.wiscassetbaygallery.com. Through Saturday.

Ed Douglas, Greenhut Galleries, Portland. 772-2693. Through Saturday.

“Pastel Painters of Maine,” River Tree Arts, Kennebunk. www.rivertreearts.org. Through Saturday.

Diane Hudson and Jane Banquer, photographs and multimedia, Addison Woolley Gallery, Portland. www.addisonwoolley.com. Through Saturday.

“Maps,” deconstructed, reconstructed and reformatted maps, charts and atlases by Shannon Rankin, Irmari Nacht, Susan Prince Thompson and Jeff Woodbury. June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA, Portland. 699-5083. Through Saturday.

“Art for Hunger,” multi-venue series of art exhibitions addressing the issue of hunger in our communities, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell. 622-3813. Through Saturday.

Gail Spaien and Ahmed Alsoudani, Aucocisco Galleries, Portland. www.aucocisco.com. Through Saturday.

“All This,” collages and constructions by Karen MacDonald, Perimeter Gallery, Belfast. 338-0555. Through Sunday.

“Food for Thought: Ten Years of Farm Branding,” illustrations and designs by Gabe McPhail, Belfast Co-op Cafe Gallery. www.belfast.coop. Through Sunday.

“A Twilight of Steel/Something Caught My Eye,” photographs by Jane Williams, running with scissors, Portland. 699-4242. Though Sunday.

Cape Dorset annual print collection, Inuit images, Home and Away Gallery, Kennebunkport. Through Monday.

“Bog Shod,” agricultural images by photographer Jonathan Levitt, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, Belfast. www.mainefarmlandtrust.org. Through Monday.

“Your World: Nature Photography of Maine and Beyond,” Bangor Public Library. Through Monday.

“Bountiful Maine,” group show, Markings Gallery, Bath. Through Monday.

“Shades of Light,” paintings by Lynn Cyr, University of Maine (Blake Library), Fort Kent. Through Monday.

“Photomontage,” digitally-altered photographs by John Byrne, Heron Point Gallery, Portland. Through Tuesday.

“Mother-Daughter Artists,” Lajos Matolcsy Art Center, Norway. 739-6161. Through Tuesday.

“In Celebration,” group show, River Arts Gallery II, Damariscotta. www.riverartsme.org. Through Tuesday.

Kathleen Perelka, pastels, SugarWood Gallery, Farmington. 778-9105. Through Tuesday.

“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 Tuesday.

Graphic design exhibit, student work, Maine College of Art (Joanne Waxman Library), Portland. www.meca.edu. Through Tuesday.

“Step On It,” work by Libby Barrett, Harmon’s & Barton’s Gallery, Portland. Through Tuesday.

“Letters from the Dead,” assemblages by Anastasia Weigle, Art House Picture Frames, Portland. www.arthousepictureframes.com. Through Tuesday.

“World of Ink and Water,” brush paintings and watercolors by Jean Kigel, Summer Island Studio: Gallery of Fine Artisans, Brunswick. 373-1810. Through Tuesday.

“Thread by Thread,” woven textile art by Sarah Haskell, Maine Fiberarts, Topsham. Through Tuesday.

“My Maine,” work by Phoebe Porteous, Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth.
www.elizabethmossgalleries.com. Through Tuesday.

Andy Benoit, oil paintings, Gold/Smith Gallery, Boothbay Harbor. 633-6252. Through Tuesday.

Arla Patch, University of Maine (Reed Art Gallery), Presque Isle. Through Dec. 3.

“A Matter of Perception,” work by artists with disabilities, Frontier Cafe, Cinema & Gallery, Brunswick. www.explorefrontier.com. Through Dec. 4.

“Photographing Maine: 10 Years Later, 2000-2009,” photography with work by more than 150 artists, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport. 236-2875. Through Dec. 5.

Juried student exhibition, University of Southern Maine (Art Gallery), Gorham. 780-5008. Through Dec. 10.

Hugh Verrier, paper-sculpted birds, Birds in Flight Gallery, Eustis. www.birds-in-flight.com. Through Dec. 15.

“Maine’s Woods: Observations by Bert Lincoln Call and Henry David Thoreau,” photos by Call with text by Thoreau, University of Maine (Art Gallery), Machias. 255-1279. Through Dec. 17.

“Elizabeth Jabar: A Quiet Habitation,” prints, Susan Maasch Fine Art, Portland. www.susanmaaschfineart.com. Through Dec. 18.

“Whiteout,” L/A Arts Gallery 5, Lewiston. 782-7228. Through Dec. 18.

“Smitten: Hands and Their Coverings,” Latvian mittens by Angela Kimberk and mittens and hand coverings by other area textile artists plus photographs, prints, paintings and sculptures, Merrymeeting Arts Center, Bowdoinham. www.merrymeetingartscenter.org. Through Dec. 18.

“Perspectives,” pottery and oil paintings by Pamela Williamson, Jeanne O’Toole Hayman and Rick Boyd, Richard Boyd Gallery, Peaks Island. www.richardboydpottery.com. Through Dec. 19.

Colin Page, paintings, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay. 633-4333. Through Dec. 19.

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

“India Sojourn and a Glimpse of Venice,” photos by Lawrence Elbroch. Through Dec. 24.

“Mesa to Sedona to Jerome,” paintings by Francine Schrock, Sandpiper Jewelry Gallery, South Portland. 767-8090. Through Dec. 31.

“Main Streets of Waldo County,” photography, Belfast Free Library. www.belfast.lib.me.us. Through
Dec. 31.

Jennifer Morrison, nature photography, Viles Arboretum, Augusta. www.vilesarboretum.org. Through Dec. 31.

Berri Kramer, photographs, The Frame Works, Kennebunk. theframeworks.net. Through Dec. 31.

“Art Noveau,” new works by Vox Photography artists, Portland Public Library (Lewis Gallery). www.voxphotographs.com. Through Dec. 31.

“A Matter of Perception: An Exhibition by Artists with Disabilities,” VSA arts of Maine Gallery, Augusta. www.vsartsmaine.org. Through Dec. 31.

“Anything Goes,” paintings, sculpture and mixed media, River Arts, Damariscotta. 563-1507. Through
Dec. 31.

“And Sew it Seams,” embroideries, art quilts and large-scale woven sculpture, Spindleworks, Brunswick. www.spindleworks.org. Through Dec. 31.

“The Way We Work,” group show, 317 Main Street, Yarmouth. www.317mainst.org. Through Jan. 7.

Faculty exhibition, Maine College of Art (Institute of Contemporary Art), Portland. www.meca.edu. Through Jan. 9.

Jason Slaughter, paintings, Waterfall Arts, Belfast. www.waterfallarts.org. Through Jan. 20.

“Winter Works,” paintings and sculpture by Tom Curry, Ralf Feyl and others, plus “Eye Catchers,” small works, Gleason Fine Art, Portland. www.gleasonfineart.com. Through Jan. 29.

“Islands and Sirens,” work by Tom Curry and Brian Mark, Thos. Moser Showroom, Freeport. www.thosmoser.com. Through Jan. 31.

“LINES Portland: the invisible/visible lines and labor that connects us,” Katarina Weslien’s prints based on road repair lines made by Portland public service crews, Portland City Hall. www.lines.portlandmaine.gov. Through Feb. 11.