• CLASSICAL MUSIC

Noonday Concert with Dean Stein, violin, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland. Free. 775-3356. 12:15 p.m. today.

Epiphany Celebration with Choral Art Society a cappella group CAS Camerata, Immanuel Baptist Church, Portland. $20 at door. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Sunday Afternoon Concert Series with The Lefthand Canyon Trio, chamber music, First Congregational Church, Blue Hill. $20; free for children and high school students. 359-2353. 3 p.m. Sunday.

Chorus auditions, call to schedule, Musica de Filia Studio, Portland. 807-2158. For women’s choir, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday; for lyric choir, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday; for concert choir, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday; for apprentice choir, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. 

• THEATER

“Checkered Floors,” one-person performance based on the Somali migration to Lewiston, Old Port Playhouse, Portland. $15. www.oldportplayhouse.com. 7 p.m. today; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

Portland Playback Theatre, troupe enacts stories from the audience, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland. $5 to $10; donation. www.portlandplayback.com. Theme: “Forks in the Road,” 7:30 p.m. Friday.

“Cinderella” auditions, ballet and jazz dancers and a gymnast needed for a ballet theater production, Centre of Movement School of Performing Arts, Gorham. 839-3267. Ages 8 to 12, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday; ages 13 to adult, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

City Theater auditions, for “Edges,” a contemporary song cycle, City Theater, Biddeford. 6:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

• MUSEUMS

OPENINGS/RECEPTIONS

“An Evening with Rackstraw Downes,” artist featured in Portland Museum of Art exhibition talks about his work followed by a book signing, Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland. $15. www.portlandmuseum.org. 6 p.m. today.

“Waldo County Through Eastern’s Eye,” black-and-white historic photographs from the Penobscot Marine Museum’s Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Co. collection, University of Maine (Hutchinson Center), Belfast. 548-2529. Opens today. Through April 30. 

CONTINUING

“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.

“The Wreck of the Nottingham Galley,” exhibit of items related to or recovered from the Nottingham Galley, Maine State Museum, Augusta. www.mainestatemuseum.org. Through March.

“Weston: Leaves of Grass,” Edward Weston’s black-and-white photographs based on Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass,” Portland Museum of Art. 775-6148; www.portlandmuseum.org. Through March 13.

“Rackstraw Downes: Onsite Paintings, 1972-2008,” artist retrospective, Portland Museum of Art. 775-6148. Through March 20.

“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 and memorialize the dead, 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.

“Inspired by Buddhism: Ancient Art from the Permanent Collection,” objects from Cambodia, China, Tibet, Korea and Japan, Colby College (Museum of Art), Waterville. www.colby.edu. Through Oct. 2.

“Imagination Takes Shape: Canadian Inuit Art from the Robert and Judith Toll Collection,” Bowdoin College (Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum), Brunswick. Through Dec. 6. 

• ART GALLERIES

OPENINGS/RECEPTIONS

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

“Launch!”, work by young and emerging visual artists, York Art Association, York Harbor. www.yorkartassociation.com. Reception 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Through Jan. 30.

“A Collection of Works: Max O’Callaghan-Shaw,” paintings and drawings, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland. www.stlawrencearts.org. Reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Jan. 31. 

CONTINUING

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

Holiday Art Show, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell. www.harlowgallery.org. Through Saturday.

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

“Women of Monhegan,” work by Francis Hynes, Kate McGloughlin, Carol Raybin, Alison Hill and Marilyn Swift, plus Michael Vermette, Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth. www.elizabethmossgalleries.com. Through Monday.

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

“Katrina Chronicles, Vol. 1 and 2,” work by Peter Precourt, University of Maine (Charles Danforth Gallery), Augusta. www.uma.edu/danforth. Through Jan. 21.

Small works, paintings and mixed media by various artists, Perimeter Gallery, Belfast. Through Jan. 23.

“Drawing Show,” group exhibit, Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland. Through Jan. 28.

“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.

“Reflections: Glass, Water and Memory,” landscape images in fused stained glass by Kay McKeever Allison, Harmon’s & Barton’s Gallery, Portland. Through Jan. 29.

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

“Maine Life as It Is,” paintings and drawings by Tom Brennan, Bangor Public Library. www.bpl.lib.me.us. Through Jan. 31.

“Contemporary Maine Wood Sculpture,” Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport. www.woodschool.org. Through Feb. 4.

“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.

“Diagonal Knitting: A Different Slant,” sculptural work and clothing by Katharine Cobey, Maine Fiberarts, Topsham. 721-0678. Through Feb. 25.