• CLASSICAL MUSIC

FRIDAY

DaPonte String Quartet, Second Congregational Church, Newcastle. $18-$20; tickets at the door, free for ages 21 and under. 529-4555. 7:30 p.m. 

SATURDAY

UMF Community Chorus, University of Maine (Nordica Auditorium), Farmington. $6; $5 for seniors. 778-7072. 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday.

DaPonte String Quartet, St. Mary the Virgin Church, Falmouth. $18-$20; free for under age 21. www.daponte.org. 7:30 p.m.

“Strings in the Season,” CD-release concert with cellist Kristen Miller, River Tree Arts, Kennebunk. www.kennebunkcoffeehouse.com. 7 p.m.

Bowdoin College Chamber Choir, Bowdoin College (Chapel), Brunswick. Free. 798-4141. 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

“Christmas at the Cathedral,” Choral Art Society’s annual holiday concert, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland. $10-$30; $5 for youth. 828-0043. Noon (preview), 8 p.m. (concert) Saturday; concert 2:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday. 

SUNDAY

DaPonte String Quartet, United Methodist Church, Brunswick. $18-$20; free under age 21. www.daponte.org. 3 p.m.

Frank Glazer, pianist performs in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Robert Schumann’s birth, Bates College (Olin Arts Center), Lewiston. Free; tickets required. www.bates.edu. 3 p.m.

Community Chorus at South Berwick, Christmas concert, Marshwood High School. $8 in advance and for seniors and students (at the door); $10 at the door for all others. ccsb-sing.org. 3 p.m.

Opera Workshop performance with university opera students, University of Southern Maine (Corthell Concert Hall), Gorham. $3-$6. www.usm.maine.edu/music. 2 p.m. 

• DANCE

Fall dance show, performed by the college’s theater and dance department students, Bowdoin College (Wish Theater), Brunswick. Free. 725-3375. 7 p.m. today and Friday; 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday.

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

“Snowflakes and Shimmies,” performances by the students and professionals of Naya’s Trance Belly Dance, Pulse Dance Studio, Westbrook. $15 at door; $10 in advance. www.nayastrance.com. 7 p.m. Saturday. 

• THEATER

“The Santaland Diaries,” one-man-show comedy for mature audiences, Portland Stage Company. $20; $17 for students. 774-0465; portlandstage.org. 7:30 p.m. today, Friday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

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

“The Christmas Carol,” adaptation of Charles Dickens’ story presented by Sanford Maine Stage Theatre, Nasson Community Center (Little Theatre), Springvale, $12; $8 for seniors and students. www.sanfordmainestage.com. 7:30 p.m. today and Friday; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 12.

“A Christmas Carol,” musical version of Charles Dickens’ story, Great Falls Performing Arts Center, Auburn. laclt.com. 7:30 p.m. today and Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

“The World of Sholom Aleichem,” collection of three short plays depicting life in Eastern Europe Jewish communities in the early part of the 20th century, Acorn Studios, Westbrook. $10; $8 for students and seniors. www.acorn-productions.org. 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 19.

Broadway at Good Theater, holiday concert, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland. $25-$30. 885-5883. 7:30 p.m. today and Friday; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

Portland Playback Theatre, troupe enacts stories from the audience, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland. $5-$10/donation. www.portlandplayback.com. Theme: “Holidays from Heaven and Hell,” 7:30 p.m. Friday.

“A Very Ida Christmas,” comedy, Public Theatre, Lewiston. $16-$18; $5 for ages 18 and younger. www.thepublictheatre.org. 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

“Annie Get Your Gun,” classic musical, Lyric Music Theater, South Portland. lyricmusictheater.org. $19.99. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

“Miracle on 34th Street,” classic holiday story about a department-store Santa, Schoolhouse Arts Center, Sebago Lake. $14; $12 for students and seniors. www.schoolhousearts.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 19.

“A Christmas Carol,” annual stage adaptation of Dickens’ classic, Portland Stage Company. $25-$39; $12 for children under age 12. 774-0465. 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; noon Sunday. Gala showing to benefit Bruce Roberts Toy Fund ($50), 7 p.m. Wednesday.

“The Butterfingers Angel, Mary and Joseph, Herod the Nut, and the Slaughter of 12 Hit Carols in a Pear Tree,” an irreverent nativity story presented by the Monmouth Community Players, Cumston Hall, Monmouth. $10; $8 for students and seniors. 933-2229. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 12.

“Santa’s Reindeer Revue,” children’s play, Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, Portland. $8. 828-1234, Ext. 231. 4 p.m. Friday to Sunday. Photos with Santa before the show (2:30 to 3:30 p.m.); reservations recommended. Through Dec. 19.

“Welcome Yule,” medieval musical celebration of the yuletide season featuring music, dance, and ritual from medieval England presented by the Merry Makers, Christ Church, Kennebunk. $12; $8 for ages 12 and younger. 985-7047. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

“December Lights,” holiday readings presented by the Center Stage Players, Theater Project, Brunswick. $5/donation. 729-8584. 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

“The WFCP Home Time Radio Hour,” family-friendly show with popular songs from the 1940s and 1950s, comedy sketches in the style of the era and more presented by the Freeport Players, Freeport Performing Arts Center. $15 at door; $10 in advance. 865-2220. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

“A Christmas Carol,” community production of Dickens’ classic holiday story, York High School. $5; free for ages 5 and younger. 363-1040. 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

“The Old Peabody Pew,” romantic comedy by Kate Douglas Wiggin presented by the Dorcas Society, Tory Hill Meeting House, Buxton. $5; $2.50 for ages 12 and younger. 929-6052. 5 p.m. Sunday.

Naked Shakespeare, minimalist performances by Acorn Productions’ Shakespeare Ensemble, Wine Bar on Wharf Street, Portland. $8/donation. 854-0065. “Sonnets and Soliloquies,” 8 p.m. Monday.

Lyric Music Theater auditions for “Rent,” Lyric Music Theater, South Portland. lyricmusictheater.org. 6 to 9:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

Voice and Speech Projects, students’ final projects, Bates College (Gannett Theater), Lewiston. Free. www.bates.edu. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. 

• MUSEUMS

OPENINGS/RECEPTIONS

“The Art of December: Original Holiday Cards by Maine Artists from the Mildred Burrage Collection,” Maine Historical Society, Portland. www.mainehistory.org. Reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Jan. 3.

“Women at Wits End,” Bowdoin College (David Saul Smith Union), Brunswick. 725-3375. Reception 6 p.m. Friday.

“For Portland” by Jenny Holzer, presentation by artist and projections on exterior of Portland Museum of Art. Free. www.portlandmuseum.org. Lecture and book signing by artist at Holiday Inn by the Bay at 6 p.m. Tuesday; projection at museum 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday (best viewed from Congress Square). 

CONTINUING

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

“Imagination Takes Shape: Canadian Inuit Art from the Robert and Judith Toll Collection,” Bowdoin College (Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum), Brunswick. 725-3416. Through Sunday.

“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.farnsworthmuseum.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.

“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.

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

“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

“Small Works,” paintings and sculpture, Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, Ellsworth. 667-6611. Today to Dec. 23.

“Artful Ornaments,” metal, clay, mixed media and more, Markings Gallery, Bath. Today to Dec. 31.

“Biennial Portland Show,” invitational exhibit, Greenhut Galleries, Portland. 772-2693. Reception 5 to 7 p.m. today. Through Dec. 31.

108 Angels Project: “Tree” by Eva Goetz; benefits the Center for Grieving Children, Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth. www.elizabethmossgalleries.com. Reception 5:30 to 8 p.m. today. Through Sunday.

“Maine Women in the Arts,” fine art show, Masonic Hall, Kennebunkport. www.mainewomenarts.com. Today to Sunday.

“Italy Inside/Out,” paintings by Brita Holmquist, Daunis Fine Jewelry, Portland. Today to Dec. 31.

“Pots and Vessels,” work by Warren MacKenzie, Sequoia Miller, Paul Heroux and Ron King, June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA, Portland. www.junefitzpatrickgallery.com. Reception noon to 7 p.m. today. Through Dec. 18.

“Unique and Affordable,” holiday show, Art Space Gallery, Rockland. www.artspacemaine.com. Today to Dec. 24.

Faculty exhibit, work by Sascha Braunig, Corliss Chastain and Bethany Haeseler, University of New England (Campus Center), Biddeford. www.une.edu. Today to Dec. 14.

“Making a Greene,” paintings and other work by Jeremy and Sabrina Greene, Three Fish Gallery, Portland. www.makingagreene.wordpress.com. Reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Dec. 11.

“New Work,” paintings by Paul Black, Fore Street Gallery, Portland. Reception 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. Through Jan. 2.

“8 x 10 x 80,” Harlow Gallery, Hallowell. 622-3813. Reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Dec. 12.

First Friday Art Walk, self-guided tour of local art galleries, art studios, museums, and alternative art venues, downtown Portland. Free. www.firstfridayartwalk.com. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

MR Hedstrom, Lynn Krauss and Jane Ryan, collage and block printed textiles, Corey & Co., Portland. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Holiday show, Ember Grove Gallery, Portland. EmberGrove.com. Reception 5 to 9 p.m. Friday; holiday stroll noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 31.

“Something from Nothing,” papier mache sculptures by Nanci Kahn, June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland. www.junefitzpatrickgallery.com. Reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Dec. 18.

“Contemporary Maine Wood Sculpture,” Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport. www.woodschool.org. Reception 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Through Feb. 4.

“Addison Woolley and Friends,” group show, Addison Woolley Gallery, Portland. 450-8499. Reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Dec. 31.

Clothesline Art Show, River Tree Arts, Kennebunk. www.rivertreearts.org. Reception 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 11.

Nathan Macomber, glass works, Gallery 302, Bridgton. www.gallery302.org. Reception 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 31.

“Photographing Maine: 10 Years Later, 2000-2009,” photography with work by more than 150 artists, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport. 236-2875. Book-signing party, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Through Sunday.

“Photo a GoGo,” Bakery Photographic Collective, Westbrook. www.bakeryphoto.com. VIP party with music, 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. 

CONTINUING

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

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

Holiday show, group exhibit, CRAFT Gallery, Rockland. 594-0167. Through Sunday.

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

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.

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

“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.

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

Winter invitational exhibit, The Gallery at Eleven Pleasant St., Brunswick. www.vsartsmaine.org. 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.