Boston String Quartet offers holiday program on Dec. 18

The Boston String Quartet will perform a new holiday program, “Christmas in Buenos Aires,” at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at St. David’s Episcopal Church on Route 1.

The Boston String Quartet, known for its unique sound and contemporary playing techniques, has collaborated with famous performers such as John Mayer and the Boston Ballet, and has been critically acclaimed in the Boston Globe.

The quartet’s eclectic holiday program will feature a mix of tango, salsa, rumba and other Latin dances. Music will range from flamenco writings of award-winning composer Mauricio Yazigi and contemporary jazz classics by former Turtle Island String Quartet member Danny Seidenberg, to a new arrangement of “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Tickets cost $15, and can be ordered by calling 985-3073 or online at stdavidskennebunk.episcopal


‘Christmas Carol’ will help Bruce Roberts Toy Fund

Portland Stage Company will present a special performance of “A Christmas Carol” at 7 p.m. Wednesday to raise funds for the Bruce Roberts Toy Fund.

MaineToday Media, which owns The Portland Press Herald and the Maine Sunday Telegram, has partnered with Portland Stage for the event. Tickets are $50, and all proceeds support the toy fund.

Tickets are available by calling 774-0465 or at the Portland Stage box office, 25A Forest Ave.


Terminal painting donated to Maine Maritime Museum

A recent painting by David Campbell of the Portland Pipeline Co.’s terminal in South Portland has joined the permanent collection of the Maine Maritime Museum. It was bought privately from Susan Maasch Fine Art in Portland and donated to the museum.


Actor/director performing dramatic holiday readings

Maine and New York City-based actor Michael Howard will return for a second year to the York Art Association to perform dramatic readings of holiday selections from iconic writers such as Eudora Welty, Dylan Thomas and Truman Capote. The readings will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday at York Art Association, 394 York Street, Route 1A.

Howard has worked as an actor, director and acting teacher. Currently, he works with many local theater companies, including Acorn Productions and Mad Horse Theatre Company. He has directed performances at the University of Southern Maine and Portland Players, and has acted in productions hosted by Portland Stage Company, Children’s Theater of Maine and several off-Broadway groups.

The event is free and open to the public.


‘Mill-ieu 2’ will celebrate artists at Dana Warp Mill

The artists, actors, musicians and dancers of the Dana Warp Mill, 72 Bridge St., Westbrook, will open their doors and join together for a party from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. “Mill-ieu 2” will include music by the Pressure Points, a reggae band, and King Memphis, a rock band. Actors from Acorn Productions will perform scenes from Shakespeare in the halls, and dancers from Drouin Dance Studio will perform as well.

Several visual artists with studios in the building — including Steve Pennisi, Kate Cheney Chappell, Catherine Breer and Caren-Marie Michel — will host open studios. In addition, restaurants throughout Westbrook will offer discounts related to the event.

Admission is free.

It’s Photo A Go-Go time at the Bakery collective

The Bakery Photo Collective hosts the 11th annual Photo A Go-Go auction from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Dana Warp Mill. The auction supports the collective’s darkroom and digital facility at the mill. It includes hundreds of photos from established and emerging artists.

New this year, the auction will be available online. Gallery previews are open 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. From 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, the collective will host a VIP party with the Contemporaries of the Portland Museum of Art. The party is open to the public for $25. For details and information, visit