• HOT TICKET

Last chance to get your ‘Bah, humbug’

EACH YEAR, it’s one the hottest tickets in town at the holidays. “A Christmas Carol” at Portland Stage Company routinely sells out, especially the week of Christmas. We’re down to three shows — two today, one Friday. This year’s show is getting high praise for the portrayal of Scrooge by Tom Butler.

WHEN: 2 and 7 today, noon Friday

WHERE: Portland Stage Company, 25A Forest Ave, Portland

TICKETS: $12 to $39; call 774-0465 for latest availability

INFO: www.portlandstage.org

• CHEAP THRILL

The photographic eye of Rackstraw Downes

THESE ARE NOT photos. They are not even made from photos. But they sure look like photos. Rackstraw Downes, a onetime Mainer, is an exquisite painter who specializes in sweeping views of the landscape both man-made and natural. A collection of 30 large paintings is on view at Portland Museum of Art

WHEN: Through March 20

WHERE: Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland

ADMISSION: $10 adults, $8 seniors and students, $4 ages 6 to 17; free 5 and younger

INFO: www.portlandmuseum.org