Art

“Sit Down! Chairs from Six Centuries,” chair collection of American and European seating furniture from 1470 to the present, Bowdoin College (Museum of Art), Brunswick, free. 725-3275. 1 to 5 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through Jan. 16.

“John Haberle: Master of Illusion,” Portland Museum of Art, $4-$10. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.
“The Search for Beauty: Whistler and His Time,” drawings and paintings, Colby College (Museum of Art), Waterville. Noon to 4:30 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Through Jan. 2.

“The Architecture of Environmental Landscapes, Within and Without,” regional artists exploring environmental themes, University of New England (Art Gallery), Portland. 1 to 4 p.m. today and Wednesday; 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday; 1 to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through Dec. 19.

“Islands and Sirens,” work by Tom Curry and Brian Mark, Thos. Moser Showroom, Freeport. www.thosmoser.com. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Through Jan. 31.

“False Documents and Other Illusions,” Portland Museum of Art, $4-$10, free under age 6. www.portlandmuseum.org. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Tuesday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Through Jan. 2.

“The Old Port at Night,” photos by Melanie Bennett. Also, historical photography and poetry exhibit, “Look Twice: The Waponahki in Image and Verse,” University of Southern Maine (Glickman Family Library), Portland. 780-4270. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. today; 7:45 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday; 7:45 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 7:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 30.

“Anything Goes,” paintings, sculpture, mixed media, River Arts, Damariscotta. 563-1507. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Saturday. Through Dec. 31.

“India Sojourn and a Glimpse of Venice,” photos by Lawrence Elbroch. Exhibit is open by chance or appointment between Dec. 26 and Feb. 28, Red Door Pottery Studio and Gallery Shop, Kittery. www.reddoorpottery.com. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Saturday. Through Dec. 24.

Colin Page, paintings; continues through Dec. 19, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Saturday. Through Dec. 19.

“Perspectives,” pottery and oil paintings by Pamela Williamson, Jeanne O’Toole Hayman and Rick Boyd, Richard Boyd Gallery, Peaks Island. www.richardboydpottery.com. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today; by appointment Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 19.

Hugh Verrier, paper-sculpted birds, Birds in Flight Gallery, Eustis. www.birds-in-flight.com. Noon to 6 p.m. today and Tuesday and Wednesday.

“Currents 6,” multimedia work by Gina Siepel, Colby College (Museum of Art), Waterville. www.colby.edu. Noon to 5 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Through Feb. 13.

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. Noon to 5 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Through Jan. 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. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Tuesday through Saturday.

Faculty Exhibition, Maine College of Art (Institute of Contemporary Art), Portland. www.meca.edu. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through Jan. 9.

“The Art of December: Original Holiday Cards by Maine Artists from the Mildred Burrage Collection,” Maine Historical Society, Portland. www.mainehistory.org. Noon to 5 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Through Jan. 3.

“Transport,” large-format photos of classic cars by Robert Moran, Running With Scissors Gallery & Studio, Portland. By appointment today through Saturday. Through Dec. 31.

“Cross Currents: Visual Art Distilled from the Maritime World,” Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, $9-$12. 443-1316. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Saturday. Through Feb. 6.

Nathan Macomber, glass works, Gallery 302, Bridgton. www.gallery302.org. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today; noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 31.
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“New Work,” paintings by Paul Black, Fore Street Gallery, Portland. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Saturday. Through Jan. 2.

“Artful Ornaments,” metal, clay, mixed media and more, Markings Gallery, Bath. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 31.

Holiday member exhibit, Kittery Art Association, Kittery. Noon to 5 p.m. today; 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday; noon to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through Dec. 19.

Student Exhibition 2010, video and digital art, painting, drawing, installation and performance art, University of Maine (Art Gallery), Farmington. Noon to 4 p.m. today.

Jennifer Wadsworth, oil paintings, SugarWood Gallery, Farmington. www.sugarwood
gallery.com. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 31.

“8 x 10 x 80,” Harlow Gallery, Hallowell. Noon to 4 p.m. today.

“Imagination Takes Shape: Canadian Inuit Art from the Robert and Judith Toll Collection,” Bowdoin College (Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum), Brunswick. 2 to 5 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Through Feb. 11.

“Hold Everything,” group show and work by Alan Rushing, George Marshall Store Gallery, York. 1 to 4 p.m. today; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Through Dec. 19.

“A Matter of Perception: An Exhibition by Artists with Disabilities,” VSA arts of Maine Gallery, Augusta. www.vsartsmaine.org. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Winter invitational exhibit, The Gallery at Eleven Pleasant St., Brunswick. www.vsartsmaine.org. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Through Dec. 31.

“Biennial Portland Show,” invitational exhibit, Greenhut Galleries, Portland. 772-2693. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 31.

Fall exhibit, works by Todd Watts and Ilya Askinazi and from the museum’s collection, University of Maine (Museum of Art), Bangor. 561-3350. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Through Dec. 30.

“Mesa to Sedona to Jerome,” paintings by Francine Schrock, Sandpiper Jewelry Gallery, South Portland. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Through Dec. 31.

“Shoemaking Skills of Generations,” exhibit celebrating Lewiston’s and Auburn’s history and present-day legacy in shoemaking, Museum L-A, Lewiston. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

“Main Streets of Waldo County,” photography, Belfast Free Library, Belfast. www.belfast.lib.me.us. 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday; 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday; noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday; 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 31.

Jennifer Morrison, nature photography exhibit, Viles Arboretum, Augusta. www.vilesarboretum.org. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Through Dec. 31.

“And Sew it Seams,” embroideries, art quilts and large scale woven sculpture, Spindleworks, Brunswick. www.spindleworks.org. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Through Dec. 31.

“The Way We Work,” group show, 317 Main St., Yarmouth. www.317mainst.org. Noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Through Jan. 7.

“Art Noveau,” new works by Vox Photography artists, Portland Public Library (Lewis Gallery). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 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 services crews, Portland City Hall.
www.lines.portlandmaine.gov. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Through Feb. 11.

Berri Kramer, photographs, The Frame Works, Kennebunk. theframeworks.net. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 31.

“Italy Inside/Out,” paintings by Brita Holmquist, Daunis Fine Jewelry, Portland. 10 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Through Dec. 31.

“Contemporary Maine Wood Sculpture,” Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport. www.woodschool.org. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Through Feb. 4.

Faculty exhibit, with work by Sascha Braunig, Corliss Chastain and Bethany Haeseler, University of New England (Campus Center), Biddeford. www.une.edu. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

“Katrina Chronicles, Vol. 1 and 2,” work by Peter Precourt, University of Maine (Charles Danforth Gallery), Augusta. www.uma.edu/danforth. 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Through Jan. 21.

Linden O’Ryan and John Cardano, poem cards and various media, Southwest Harbor Public Library. www.swhplibrary.org. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Through Dec. 31.

“Small Works,” paintings and sculpture, Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, Ellsworth. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Through Dec. 23.

R. Keith Rendall, woodcuts and etchings, Gold/Smith Gallery, Boothbay Harbor. 633-6252. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Through Dec. 31.

“Women of Monhegan,” work by Francis Hynes, Kate McGloughlin, Carol Raybin, Alison Hill and Marilyn Swift and work by Michael Vermette, Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth. www.elizabethmossgalleries.com. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Through Jan. 10.

“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. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

“Wally Reinhardt: Collaborations with Ovid,” paintings interpreting Ovid’s “Metamorphoses,” Bates College (Museum of Art), Lewiston. www.bates.edu. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

Jason Slaughter, paintings, Waterfall Arts, Belfast. www.waterfallarts.org. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Through Jan. 20.

“Whiteout,” L/A Arts Gallery 5, Lewiston. 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

“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. 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Through Dec. 30.

Holiday show, Ember Grove Gallery, Portland. EmberGrove.com. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Through 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. Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

“Diagonal Knitting: A Different Slant,” sculptural work and clothing by Katharine Cobey, Maine Fiberarts, Topsham. 721-0678. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Through Feb. 25.

“Drawing Show,” group exhibit, Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland. Noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Through Jan. 28.

Elizabeth Cashin McMillen, Aucocisco Galleries, Portland. www.aucocisco.com. Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Through Dec. 23.

“Winter Works,” paintings and sculpture by Tom Curry, Ralf Feyl and others, and “Eye Catchers,” small works, Gleason Fine Art, Portland. www.gleasonfineart.com. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Through Jan. 29.

“Elizabeth Jabar: A Quiet Habitation,” prints, Susan Maasch Fine Art, Portland. www.susanmaaschfineart.com. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

“Addison Woolley and Friends,” group show, Addison Woolley Gallery, Portland. 450-8499. Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Through Dec. 23.

“Rackstraw Downes: Onsite Paintings, 1972-2008,” Portland Museum of Art, $4-$10, free under age 6. 775-6148. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

“Aunt Lu: The Story of Princess Watahwaso,” collection of photographs and objects, Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor. www.abbemuseum.org. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

“Something from Nothing,” papier mache sculptures by Nanci Kahn, June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland. www.junefitzpatrickgallery.com. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

“Unique and Affordable,” holiday show, Art Space Gallery, Rockland. www.artspacemaine.com. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 24.

Ice Walk, ice carvings created by Alpine Ice from Vermont are situated throughout the L.L. Bean campus, L.L. Bean Retail Store, Freeport, free. www.llbean.com. opens at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through Dec. 19.

“Highlights from the Photography Collection of Tim Whelan,” Maine Media Gallery (Tim Whelan Photographic Books and Gallery), Rockport. www.mainemedia.edu. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through Dec. 31.

“Smitten: Hands and Their Coverings,” Latvian mittens by Angela Kimberk and mittens and hand coverings by other area textile artists and photographs, prints, paintings and sculptures, Merrymeeting Arts Center, Bowdoinham. www.merrymeetingartscenter.org. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Auditions

Studio Theatre of Bath Auditions, for “A Bad Day at Gopher’s Breath,” Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath. studiotheatreofbath.com. For “Almost, Maine,” 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Coastal Youth Orchestra, call for appointment, Mt. Ararat High School, Topsham. 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Benefits

Winter Chinese Auction, Poland Spring Academy’s annual auction, Excelsior Grange, Poland. www.polandspringacademy.com. Noon today.

Holiday tea, sponsored by the Brick Store Museum. Tickets are $20, $7.50 for youths ages 4 to 14, free for children under age 4. Taylor-Barry House, Kennebunk. www.brickstoremuseum.org. 3 to 5 p.m. today.

Portland Greendrinks, social networking event benefiting Portland Music Foundation, State Theatre, Portland, $5, $2 if you bring your own mug. www.Greendrinks.org. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Books and Authors

Book signing, Borders Books and Music, South Portland. Ellen Thayer, “My Christmas Surprise,” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.

Book signing and reading, seating is limited; reservations recommended, Kennebooks, Kennebunk. 967-8282. Robin Hansen, “Ice Harbor Mittens,” 1 p.m. today.

Brown Bag Lecture Series, one-hour program, bring your own lunch, Portland Public Library, free. 871-1710. Neil Rolde, “Maine in the World,” noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Book signing, Gem Gallery, Peaks Island. 766-5600. Alice Boyce et al, “A Glimpse of Old Peaks Island,” 2:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Classical Music

St. Mary Schola, early music ensemble, St. Mary the Virgin Church, Falmouth, $20 door. stmaryschola.org. “Nowell Sing We,” 4 p.m. today and 7 p.m. Monday.

Magic of Christmas, annual holiday concert with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Magic of Christmas Chorus and guests, Merrill Auditorium, Portland, $25-$61. 842-0800. 1 and 5 p.m. today; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Pineland Suzuki School Concert, classical and folk music with student performers, South Parish Congregational Church, Augusta, by donation. 622-0552. 3 p.m. today.

Organ concert, program of Bach compositions, First Congregational Church, Camden, free. 4 p.m. today.

Messiah Sing-along, with the Choral Arts Society; benefits Project FEED. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items and/or donations, St. Patrick’s Church, Portland, $5, free for students. 828-0043. 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Coastal Youth Orchestra, winter concert, Orion Performing Arts Center, Topsham, free. 729-5156. 7 p.m. Monday.

Chamber ME Music Series, with various artists, Freeport Community Center, free. Works by Beethoven, Rolla and Crusell, 12:30 p.m. Friday.

Christmas with Renaissance Voices, reception follows the performance. Students with valid ID admitted for $5, St. Luke’s Cathedral, Portland, $15 door, $12 in advance. www.Renaissance
Voices.org. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Chamber ME Music Series, with various artists, River Tree Arts, Kennebunk, free. Beethoven, Rolla and Crusell, 11 a.m. Saturday.

Christmas in Buenos Aires, with the Boston String Quartet, St. David’s Church, Kennebunk, $15. 985-3073. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Comedy

Running with Scissors, improv, Mayo Street Arts, Portland, $7. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Open Mic Comedy, hosted by comedian Brian Brinegar, Slainte, Portland. 828-0900. With Brian Brinegar, 8 p.m. Thursday.

Dance

“The Nutcracker,” presented by Robinson Ballet, The Grand, Ellsworth. www.grandonline.org. 2 p.m. today.

Ballroom dancing, Maplewood Dance Center, Portland. 878-0584. Holiday pot luck party ($10), 7 to 11 p.m. Wednesday; 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Dancing with DJ John, Maplewood Dance Center, Portland. 878-0584. 7 to 11 p.m. Friday.

“Nutcracker Burlesque,” a spicy version of the holiday classic presented by Vivid Motion. Not for children. St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, $12. www.vividmotion.org. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through Dec. 23.

Art Moves Dance, holiday dance show, Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, South Paris, $5. 743-5569. 7 p.m. Friday.

“The Nutcracker,” with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and the Robinson Ballet, University of Maine (Collins Center for the Arts), Orono. www.bangorsymphony.org. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday.

Films

Kids Classics at Dreamland Theater, movies for children, Winter Street Center, Bath, $5 suggested donation. www. sagadahocpreservation.org. “Pinocchio,” 2 p.m. today.

Global Lens Film Series, a touring program of narrative features from around the world, Bates College (Ronj Coffeehouse), Lewiston, $5. 786-6135. “Shirley Adams,” 6 p.m. Monday.

Holiday Film Series, Fryeburg Academy (Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center), Fryeburg, $3, $2 for students. www.fryeburgacademy.org. “A Christmas Story,” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; “March of the Wooden Soldiers” (free) at 1 p.m. Saturday, “It’s A Wonderful Life” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 22.

“Gasland,” documentary about fracking, Space, Portland, $7. www.space538.org. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Holiday movies, Strand Theatre, Rockland. 594-0070. “The Polar Express” ($5), 3 p.m. Saturday.

Food and Drink

Cookie Decorating and Tasting, in the kids’ department, L.L. Bean Retail Store, Freeport, free. www.llbean.com. 4 to 7 p.m. today.

Holiday Tea, refreshments and music, Worthing House, Palermo, free. www.palermohistorical.org. 2 to 4 p.m. today.

Kitchen Garden Series, specialty dinners, cooking classes and lectures with renowned chefs, kitchen gardeners and garden writers; reservations required, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, $30. 633-4333. Dinner with Pierre Gignac of 98 Provence ($85), 6 p.m. Monday.

Wine Wise Presents: Wine Bar Wednesdays, weekly series providing an opportunity to learn about wines and meet people, Wine Bar on Wharf Street, Portland, $35 day of, $30 in advance. www.winewiseevents.com. Rieslings, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Christmas Food Fair, United Church of Christ of North Gorham, Gorham. 892-2838.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

For Children

Sesame Street Live: 1-2-3 Imagine! with Elmo and Friends, Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, $10-$50. 1 and 4:30 p.m. today.

Rudolph’s Workshops, hour-long workshops are $9 plus museum admission, Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, Portland. www.kitetails.org. Snowflake ornaments, 12:30 p.m. today; candlemaking, 11:30 a.m. Friday; light-up-nose greeting cards, 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 19.

Little Lake Stewards Series, environmentally themed stories, activities and crafts for preschoolers, Sebago Lake Ecology Center, Standish. Forest Friends, 10 a.m. to noon Friday.

Music

Stone Mountain Live, Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield. www.stonemountainartscenter.com. Christmas show with the Gibson Brothers ($79 dinner and show; $49 show only), 7:30 p.m. (concert) Friday and Saturday.

Concerts at Jewett, tickets are $10, $5 for students, free for children age 12 and younger, University of Maine (Jewett Hall), Augusta. 621-3551. Mount View Chamber Singers: Carols in the Round, 2 p.m. today.

Sounds Good!, live music series; reservations recommended, Johnson Hall, Gardiner, $15, $6 for students. 582-7144. Swing into the Holidays with the Edith Jones Project, 3 p.m. today.

A Heritage Christmas, with the Maine Music Society, Franco-American Heritage Center, Lewiston, $16-$18. 3 p.m. today.

Jazz Breakfast, breakfast items available for purchase; concert free with museum admission, Portland Museum of Art, $4-$10, free for children under age 6. 775-6148. State Street Traditional Jazz Band, 10:30 a.m. to noon today.

Dashboard Confessional, State Theatre, Portland, $28. www.statetheatreportland.com. 7:30 p.m. today.

Bluegrass jam session, unplugged string instruments only, Roost Function Hall, Buxton, $5, free for kids with adult. 854-5520. 1 to 6 p.m. today.

Carbon Leaf, The Landing at Pine Point, Scarborough, $17.50-$22.50. www.thelandingatpine
point.com. 7 p.m. today.

Paul Sullivan: Christmas in Maine, piano, All Souls Congregational Church, Bangor. www.allsoulsbangor.com. 2 p.m. today.

World Music Holiday Concert, with Naia and the Kolosko-Dimow Duo, Trinity Episcopal Church, Portland, $10-$12. www.carldimow.com. 7 p.m. today.

Rock My Soul, holiday gospel show, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $15 door, $12 in advance. 761-1757. 4 p.m. today.

Caroling, Caroling, holiday concert with Seaglass Chorale; benefits the Sanfood Food Pantry, Holy Family Church, Sanford, by donation. www.seaglassperformingarts.org. 7 p.m. today.

Stardust and Roses, jazz, gospel, and international and holiday songs performed by the Greater Freeport Community Chorus, Freeport Performing Arts Center, $5-$10. 2:30 p.m. today.

Christmas with Mechem, holiday concert with the Down East Singers, Camden Opera House, Camden, $15, free for ages 18 and younger. www.downeastsingers.org. 2:30 p.m. today.

John Linscott and the Mainestream Jazzmasters, open jam jazz session, The Local Buzz, Cape Elizabeth. 541-9024. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today.

Yuletide Celtic Harp concert, with harpists Julia Lane and Kristin Tescher, Waldo Theater, Waldoboro, $12, $5 for children. 832-6060. 3 p.m. today.

Candlelight concert, holiday show. Free but reservations required, Fryeburg Academy (Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center), Fryeburg. www.fryeburgacademy.org. 4 and 7:30 p.m. today.

Boothbay Region High School Holiday Concert, Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, free. 7 p.m. Monday.

Downeasters Barbershop Chorus, holiday concert benefitting the Cancer Community Center, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, $10. www.CancerCommunityCenter.org. 7 p.m. Monday.

Holiday concerts, performed by students of South Portland schools’ music programs, South Portland High School, free. www.southportlandmusicboosters.org. The Memorial Middle School Band and Chorus, 7 p.m. Tuesday.

School Music Program Concert, student performance, Portland High School, free. www.portlandschools.org. 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Seven Walkers, with Bill Kreutzmann; 21-plus. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 day of show; $40 VIP seated, Port City Music Hall, Portland. www.portcitymusichall.com. 8 p.m. Tuesday.

School Music Program Concert, student performance, Lincoln Middle School, Portland, free. www.portlandschools.org. 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Jorma Kaukonen, finger-style guitarist, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $40 door, $35 in advance. 761-1757. 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Armor for the Broken, with MS White, She Has Fallen and Spies Like Us, Deering Grange, Portland, $10 day of, $8 in advance. www.brownpapertickets.com. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Nowell Sing We, performed by the early music ensemble St. Mary Schola, Bates College (Olin Arts Center), Lewiston, $5. 786-6163. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

A Celtic Christmas with AIRE and Castlebay, Lucid Stage, Portland, $18-$22. www.airetheater.com. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 19.

Maine Mountain Christmas, with the Dave Rowe Trio, Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center, South Carthage, $15. 562-4445. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Bluegrass/folk jam, bring your instrument, Strike Zone Restaurant and Pub, Old Orchard Beach. 449-1126. 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Through Feb. 16.

Emilia Dahlin, local folk artist; benefits the Telling Room, Yarmouth High School, $12 door, $10 in advance. www.tellingroom.org. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

School Music Program Concert, student performance, Deering High School, Portland, free. www.portlandschools.org. 7 p.m. Thursday.

School Music Program Concert, student performance, Lyman Moore Middle School, Portland, free. www.portlandschools.org. 6 p.m. Thursday.

Portland Jazz Orchestra, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $9 door, $5 in advance. 761-1757.
8 p.m. Thursday.

Noonday concerts, half-hour performance presented by Portland Conservatory of Music and the church, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland, free. 775-3356. Choral Arts Society’s sing-along, 12:15 p.m. Thursday.

Dave Rowe Trio with Denny Breau, nautical songs, bluegrass, Appalachian tunes and more, Unity Centre for the Performing Arts, Unity, $15. 948-SHOW. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Don Campbell, a country Christmas show, Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath, $17 door, $15 in advance. chocolatechurcharts.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Nate Wilson Group, with the Project, VENUE Music Bar and Grille, Portland, $8. venuemusicbar.com. 9 p.m. Friday.

The James Montgomery Band, blues, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $28 door, $25 in advance. 761-1757. 8 p.m. Friday.

The English Beat, 21-plus. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door; $35 VIP seated, Port City Music Hall, Portland. www.portcitymusichall.com. 8 p.m. Friday.

Butcher Boy, Hannah Mencher and Aaron Lee, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland, free.
www.localsproutscooperative.com. 8 p.m. Friday.

Harvey Reid and Joyce Andersen, holiday concert, First Parish Congregational Church, Saco. 283-3771. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Blues Music Nights, Damariscotta River Grill, Damariscotta, $5. The Eric Green Party benefiting Christmas Family Matters, 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Badfish, Sublime tribute band, State Theatre, Portland, $20 day of, $18 in advance. www.statetheatreportland.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Yarn, with the Mutineers, VENUE Music Bar and Grille, Portland, $8. venuemusicbar.com. 9 p.m. Saturday.

Improvox, vocal ensemble; benefits Avian Haven, Unity Centre for the Performing Arts, Unity. 948-SHOW. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Northfield, University of Maine (Nordica Auditorium), Farmington, by donation. www.artsinstitute.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Darol Anger’s Yulegrass, with the Republic of Strings, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $30 door, $25 in advance. 761-1757. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Maine Mountain Christmas, with the Dave Rowe Trio, First Universalist Church, Auburn, $15. (866) 655-7171. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Robin Jellis, cello, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland, free. www.localsproutscooperative.com. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Special Events

Candy Cane Train, 90-minute ride from Bath to Wiscasset and back to Bath. Passengers will meet Santa and his elves, listen to storytellers, sing songs and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Benefits the Read With Me Family program and Literacy Volunteers, Bath Train Station, Bath, $17. candycanetrain.com. 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. today.

The Great Gingerbread Spectacular, display of gingerbread creations, Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

Holiday open house, Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor. 288-3519. 1 to 4 p.m. today.

Holiday Extravaganza, varying events featuring musicians, art exhibits, poets and more, Aarhus Gallery, Belfast. www.aarhusgallery.com. Today. Through Dec. 24.

The Twelve Days of Christmas, tours of the mansion decked out in holiday splendor; tours are self-guided, Victoria Mansion, Portland. $5-$15, free under age 6, family ticket is $35. www.victoriamansion.org. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Saturday. Through Jan. 8.

Trees and Trains, historic property decorated for the holidays including a display in the barn of model trains, McLaughlin Garden, South Paris, $3-$5. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

1880s Coastal Christmas, tours of the house decorated for a Victorian Christmas celebration, Harrington House, Freeport, $10. 1 to 4 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 19.

“Christmas with the Longfellows,” a mid-19th century holiday celebration with Longfellow House tours, children’s activities, Wadsworth-Longfellow House, Portland. 774-1822. Noon to 5 p.m. (last tour leaves at 4 p.m.) today; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour leaves at 4 p.m.) Monday through Friday; with music from 1 to 3 p.m., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour leaves at 4 p.m.) Saturday.

A Heartwood Christmas, staged readings, poetry, storytelling and music, Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, $8-$20. 563-1373. 3 p.m. today.

Holiday Hair Soiree, demonstrations of do-it-yourself holiday hair styles, refreshments and prizes, JCPenney, South Portland, free. 775-3910. 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Christmas in the Barn, Christmas pageant with live animals, caroling and refreshments, Hartwell’s Shady Maple Farm, Gorham. 892-3769. 1 p.m. today.

Open house, view working layouts and munch on light refreshments, Model Train and Slot Car Shop, York, free. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Saturday. Through Dec. 19.

Open house, with holiday cookie decorating, music and more, Belfast Cohousing and Ecovillage, Belfast, free. www.mainecohousing. 2 to 4 p.m. today.

‘Tis the Season to Be Jolly, PeaceWorks’ community holiday party with music, dancing and food, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick. 725-7675. 4 p.m. today.
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Knitting Night, knit (or not) while listening to a performance by fiddler Hope Hoffman and her band, Free Grange Music Studio, Bowdoinham, free. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Through Jan. 18.

Port Veritas, spoken word series, Blue, Portland. Second Tuesday Slam ($3 suggested donation), 7 p.m. Tuesday. Through Dec. 28.

Knitting Night, knit (or not) while listening to a performance by fiddler Hope Hoffman and her band, Lucid Stage, Portland, free. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Through Jan. 19.

Merry Madness, reception with refreshments and prizes to kick off downtown holiday shopping event, Eastland Park Hotel, Portland, free. 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday.

The Holiday Revels Open House, with music, storytelling and food, Falmouth Memorial Library, free. 781-2351. 4 to 6 p.m. Friday.

Santa’s Workshop, photos with Santa, a scavenger hunt, art making, parade and more, Downtown Bangor at the Charles Inn, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Theater

“Pageant of the Nativity,” non-denominational, re-creation of the nativity story, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland, free, by donation. 773-5747. 4:45 p.m. today.

Christmas Extravaganza, Christmas drama skits with music, First Baptist Church, Portland, free. 773-3123. 6 p.m. today.

“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. 2 p.m. today; 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through Dec. 19.

“Snow Bound,” dramatic reading of John Greenleaf Whittier’s poem by actor Michael Maglaras. Tickets $15, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland. www.stlawrencearts.org. 3 p.m. today.

“A Christmas Carol,” Ticket prices differ from week to week during the production, ranging from $25 to $39; $12 for children under age 12, Portland Stage Company, Portland. 774-0465. Noon and 5 p.m. today; 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday.

“The Santaland Diaries,” for mature audiences, Portland Stage Company, Portland, $20, $17 for students. 774-0465. 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. today; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

“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. 2 p.m. today.

“Santa’s Reindeer Revue,” photos with Santa before the show (2:30 to 3:30 p.m.). Reservations recommended, Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, Portland, $8. 4 p.m. today and Friday and Saturday. Through Dec. 19.

“It’s A Wonderful Life,” adaptation based on the classic film presented by Studio Theatre of Bath, Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath, $15. 2 p.m. today.

“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. 3 p.m. today.

“The World of Sholom Aleichem,” a 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. 5 p.m. today; 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday. Through Dec. 19.

“It’s A Wonderful Life,” holiday classic, Old Port Playhouse, Portland, $15-$22. 2 p.m. today; 7 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through Dec. 19.

“A Very Ida Christmas,” with Maine humorist Susan Poulin, Old Port Playhouse, Portland, $20. 773-0333. 7 p.m. today.

“A Christmas Carol,” musical version of Charles Dickens’ story, City Theater, Biddeford, $15. www.citytheater.org. 2 p.m. today; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through Dec. 19.

“The Christmas Carol,” based on Charles Dickens’ story, Sanford Maine Stage, Springvale, $8-$12. www.sanfordmainestage.com. 3 p.m. today.

“Plaid Tidings,” the holiday version of “Forever Plaid,” Bangor Opera House, Bangor. 942-3333. 3 p.m. today; 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through Dec. 23.

“The Velveteen Rabbit,” Bangor Opera House, Bangor. 942-3333. Noon today; 7 p.m. Tuesday; 4 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 20.

Bold Face Play Reading Series, with Harbor Light Stage, Kittery Art Association, Kittery, $10. “The Ragpicker’s Dream,” 7:30 p.m. Monday.

“December Lights,” holiday readings presented by the Center Stage Players, People Plus, Brunswick, $5 suggested. 729-8584. 2 p.m. Tuesday.

“The Gift of the Magi,” an original musical set in 1940s Maine, Old Port Playhouse, Portland, $15-$22. 773-0333. 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 2 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 23.

“Annie,” musical about an plucky orphaned girl, Waldo Theater, Waldoboro. www.thewaldo.org. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through Dec. 19.

“Ms. Scrooge,” a Young Peoples Theater production. Tickets are pay what you want; $6 suggested, Theater Project, Brunswick. 729-8584. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through Dec. 19.

“A Christmas Carol,” dramatic narrative with actor Will Rhys; benefits the Lakes Environmental Association, Bridgton Academy (chapel), North Bridgton, $10, $5 age 12 and younger. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

“A Christmas Carol,” 30-minute condensed version of Charles Dickens’ story presented by Shoestring Theater, L.L. Bean Discovery Park, Freeport, free. www.llbean.com. 4, 5:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday.

Out of the Hat, play reading. Audience participation welcome; rehearsals at noon, Hammond Hall, Winter Harbor, free. 963-7771. WASSAIL: Holiday Readings, 7 p.m. Saturday.