Art

Rackstraw Downes: Onsite Paintings, 1972-2008, Portland Museum of Art, $4-$10. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Through March 20.

Weston: Leaves of Grass, Edward Weston photographs, Portland Museum of Art, $4-$10, free under age 6. 775-6148. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Through March 13.

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

The Lay of the Land, work from the museum’s permanent collection, Portland Museum of Art, $4-$10. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Through May 8.

Youth Art Month exhibit, Portland Museum of Art, $4-$10. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Through April 3.

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 April 8.

Fracturing the Burning Glass: Between Mirror and Meaning, work by Gwenael Belanger, Susan Leopold, Daniel Rozin and Alyson Shotz, Maine College of Art (Institute of Contemporary Art), Portland. www.meca.edu. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Wednesday through Saturday. Through April 10.

Storytellers Greta Bank, Patrick Corrigan, Carl Haase, Adriane Herman, Charlie Hewitt, Lisa Pixley, Alex Rheault and David Wolfe use their visual art skills to create artworks that tell stories, University of Southern Maine Kate Cheney Chappell Center for Book Arts, Portland. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. today; 7:45 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Celebrate Artists from Freeport, group show, 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 May 14.

Mind to Hand: Drawings from the Farnsworth, drawings from the museum’s collection; part of the Maine Drawing Project, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, $10-$12, free age 16 and younger. www.farnsworthmuseum.org. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Wednesday through Saturday. Through April 3.

Nothing Major, featuring work by undergraduates who have not yet declared a major, Maine College of Art, Portland. www.meca.edu. noon to 5 p.m. today; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

44.4 Degrees North, large map installation by local cartographer, Margot Carpenter, Perimeter Gallery, Belfast. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today; 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Pop-ups! They’re not JUST for kids! pop-up books from the Goralnick Collection, Bowdoin College, Hawthorne Longfellow Library, Brunswick. www.bowdoin.edu. 10 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. today; 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Monday through Wednesday; 8:30 a.m. to midnight Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. Through April 1.

The Feathered Hand, installations, drawings and prints by Alison Derby Hildreth, University of New England Art Gallery, Portland. 1 to 4 p.m. today, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday; artist lecture 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Through April 3.

Maine’s Soul Survivors, photographic portraits by Jack Montgomery, Maine Jewish Museum, 267 Congress St., Portland. 329-9854. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today through Saturday. Through March 14.

Alex Katz: Drawings, 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 April 8.

Clemens Kalischer: Displaced Persons, photographs of World War II refugees in Europe, 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 April 8.

Scott Reed: Characters, ink drawings, 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 March 20.

James Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Howard drawings; part of the Maine Drawing Project, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, $10-$12, free age 16 and younger. www.farnsworthmuseum.org. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Wednesday through Saturday; gallery talk with Angela Waldron at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Through April 21.

HOLLER! STIR Art Collective, works by Spindleworks, Creative Trails and Yes Art Works, 158 Pickett Street Cafe, South Portland. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday; 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Through March 14.

Corporeal: Aaron T. Stephan and Katherine Bradford, Aucocisco Galleries, Portland, 5 to 7 p.m. today through Tuesday; noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. www.aucocisco.com. Through March 12.

Think Spring! Maine Women in the Arts exhibit in the Hallway Gallery, North Dam Mill, Biddeford. Through April 9.

44N 69W: Radius Belfast, Aarhus Gallery, Belfast. 338-0001. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Thursday through Saturday. Through March 27.

The Orb and the Octopus, black and white drawings by Amy Ray and John Jennison, University of Southern Maine, Area Gallery, Portland, free. 780-5008. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. today through Saturday. Through April 28.

Southern Maine Clay Guild Pottery Show and Sale, York Art Association, York Harbor. 363-4049. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Saturday. Through March 26.

Arts, Artists and Personalities in 1930s Maine, Maine Historical Society, Portland, $7-$8, free for children under 6. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Saturday. Through May 2.

The Colors of Winter, works by Spindleworks artists, Thornton Oaks, Brunswick. Through March 29.

Spring Light, hand-blown glass by Terrill and Charlie Jenkins of Tandem Glass, Dresden, Markings Gallery, Bath. 443-1499. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Saturday. Through March 31.

Aerial Views of the Maine Coast in Wax, by encaustic artist Rick Green, Maine Charitable Mechanics Library, 519 Congress St., Portland. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Through March 30.

Jerry Day Mason: A Backwards Look, retrospective of works by the Maine artist, Chocolate Church Arts Center Gallery, Bath. 442-8455. Reception, 4 to 6 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; noon to 7 p.m. Thursday; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Through April 16.

March Forth, Maine art, Green-hut Galleries, Portland. 772-2693. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Through March 25.

Waldo County Through Eastern’s Eye, historic photo-graphs from the Penobscot Marine Museum’s Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Co. collection, University of Maine Hutchinson Center, Belfast. 548-2529. 7:45 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Through April 30.

Bio-Geo Luminescence, drawings by Josh Dallaire, Daunis Fine Jewelry, Portland. 773-6011. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Through March 31.

Winter exhibits, “Fear and Play,” paintings by Jonathan Lux; “The Gesture Contained,” sculpture by Joshua Enck; and “New York, New York,” photographs from the museum’s collection, University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Through March 26.

Fauna, work by Angel Braestrup and Margaret Ryan, and “Newfoundland in Paint and Print,” work by Colin Barclay and Robert Aller, Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth. elizabeth mossgalleries.com. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Maine Agriculture: Views from the Past, photographs from 75 to 100 years ago of Maine’s agricultural industry, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, Belfast. www.mainefarmlandtrust.org. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Through March 21.

“Area Artists 2011,” group show with paintings, prints, drawings, photographs and works in clay, glass, fiber and mixed media, University of Southern Maine, Atrium Art Gallery, Lewiston. www.usm.maine.edu/lac/art. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Through March 19.

Paula Dougherty, life and figure drawings, University of Maine Art Gallery, Machias. 255-1279. 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Through March 18.

Student Art Exhibition, works by Greely High School and North Yarmouth Academy students, 317 Main Street Com-munity Music Center, Yarmouth. Noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Through March 25.

Color, Line and Form: The Art of Abstraction, L/A Arts Gallery 5, Lewiston. 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Bound to Art: Illustrated Books from the Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, free. 786-6158. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Through March 25.

Selections from the Collection of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, modern and contemporary art, Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, free. 786-6158. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Through March 25.

Strangers, portraits by Natalia Martinez of contemporary South Africa, Museum of African Culture, Portland. 871-7188. 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Through March 30.

Celebrate Student Art: RSU 23 Art Show, also at Dyer Library in conjunction with National Youth Art Month, Saco Museum, $2-$4, free for members and children 6 and under and Friday evenings from 4 to 8 p.m. 283-3861. Noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; noon to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Through April 22.

Burn the Lot, print show by Cannonball Press, Space, Portland. www.space538.org. Noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. Through March 26.

Higher Forms of Art, work by high school students, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell. www.harlow gallery.org. Noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

A Conference of Birds II, with work by Scott Kelley, Jeff Barrett, Andreas von Huene and others, Gleason Fine Art, Portland. www.gleasonfineart.com. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Through March 26.

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.

Journeys to the Interior, paintings by Robert Nason, Addison Woolley Gallery, Portland. 450-8499. www.addisonwoolley.com. noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Through March 26.

Auditions

“Vagina Monologues,” females ages 16 and older, First Universalist Church, Auburn. 783-0461. www.auburnuu.org.. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.

“On Golden Pond,” Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta. 563-3424. 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

“Annie” and “The Wiz,” “Annie” parts are for girls 6 to 13 years old and adults; “The Wiz” needs African-American children between 6 and 17 and adults. All parts must be able to act, sing and move or dance; appointment only; contact Kathi Kacinski at 725-8760, ext. 11, Maine State Music Theatre, Brunswick. 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Benefits

Beauty and the Books, month-long exhibit and silent auction of arts and crafts; benefits the library, Falmouth Memorial Library. www.falmouth.lib.me.us.

Rock Around the World, silent auction, rock and roll, world music, dancing and more; benefits Portland Multilingual Summer Programs, Italian Heritage Center, Portland, $30 door, $25 in advance. 874-8135. 7 to 11 p.m. Friday.

Bowl for Kids Sake Kick-Off Party, with members of the Maine Red Claws. Optional one hour of bowling $5 per person, Yankee Lanes, Portland, Free. 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Conservation Matters Auction, silent and live auctions with dinner; to benefit Great Works Regional Land Trust, Spring Hill Restaurant, South Berwick, $37.50. 646-3604. 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Books and Authors

Language Arts Live, literary readings, Bates College, Chase Hall, Lewiston, free. www.bates. edu. With poet Major Jackson, 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Lunchbox Friends, bring a sandwich; beverage and dessert provided; books available for purchase and signing, Falmouth Memorial Library, free. 781-2351. William David Barry, “Deering: a Social and Architectural History,” noon Tuesday.

Keystone Reading Series, fiction from local author Kevin St. Jarre and readings from novelist and playwright Mike Kimball, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland. 8 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Book release, Portland writer Gail Donovan releases her children’s novel, “What’s Bugging Bailey Blecker?” with a live bug zoo, bug games, goodie bags, a reading and a book signing. Ages 5-12. Portland Public Library. Free. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Classical Music

Blue Hill Concert Association, with Triple Helix, First Congregational Church, Blue Hill, $20, free for children and high school students, 359-2353. 3 p.m. today.

Colby Wind Trio, with pianist Yuri Funahashi, Sanford-Springvale Historical Museum, Sanford, $10-$15, free for children under 12 with adult. 324-2797. 2:30 p.m. today.

Tuesday Classical, with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Merrill Auditorium, Portland, $18-$63. www.porttix.com. Preu Conducts Bruckner, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Rachmaninoff Choir, performs Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, St. Patrick’s Church, Newcastle, $15, free for ages under 18. 725 3347. www.rachchoir.org. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Comedy

Jeff Dunham, with puppet characters, Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, $41.50. 775-3458. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Open Mic Comedy, hosted by comedian Brian Brinegar, Slainte, Portland. 828-0900. 8 p.m., Crunk Witch 10 p.m., Thursday.

Half Price Showcase, Comedy Connection, Portland, $7.50. 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Mike McDonald, with Troy Pennell & Stephanie Doyle, Comedy Connection, Portland, $15. www.mainecomedy.com. 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Ride the Enlightening: A Night of Comedy, local funny men Gerald “The Third Element” Walker, Boo Leavitt, the Fuge, Ricky Boy Floyd with special guest Jade, Geno’s, Portland, $5. Ages 21 and older. 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Dance

International Folk Dance, traditional music and dance from the Balkans, Israel, France, Greece and elsewhere. Teaching from 7 to 8 p.m. followed by dance party. Beginners welcome. Pownal Town Hall, $5, $3 children. 688-2293. 7 to 9 p.m. today.

Ballroom dancing, Maplewood Dance Center, Portland. 878-0584. 7 to 11 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Contradance, beginner program at 7:30 p.m., Bates College, Chase Hall, Lewiston, $6. www.bates.edu. 8 p.m. Friday.

Contradance, potluck at 7 p.m., beginner session at 7:30 p.m.; family dance at 6 p.m, Wescustogo Grange, North Yarmouth, $10, $7 for students and seniors. 233-4325. With Matching Orange, 8 p.m. Saturday.

Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble, with traditional bellydance by Rosa, Mayo Street Arts, Portland, $10. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Saturday Night Dance Party, Argentine tango lesson at 6 p.m.; group lesson 7 p.m.; dance party 8-11 p.m., American Ballroom Dance Academy, Portland. Call 879-5761 for prices. 6 p.m. Saturday.

St. Patrick’s Day Dance, music of the ’50s to ’70s DJ Dick Fredette. Cash bar, raffles and free popcorn. Casual dress. Nasson Community Center, Springvale, $10. Benefits the center. 324-5657. 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Fairs/Festivals

Bath Blarney Days, talks, music, 5K run, fun run, contests and more, various locations, Bath. 442-7291. www.visitbath.com. Thursday through March 17.

Films

“The Baby,” presented by the Geek Chorus, Geno’s, Portland. Monday.

Teens through Time, film series with teen-centric viewpoint, Portland Public Library, free. 1970s: “Over the Edge,” 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“Handmade Nation, the Rise of DIY, Art, Craft and Design a documentary by Faythe Levine, Ashwood Waldorf, Rockland, $5 donation. 542-9895. 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Classic Film Series, Dunaway Center, Ogunquit, Free. 646-7055. “Let’s Do It Again,” 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Film Series, Rockland Public Library, free. “Meet Your Farmer,” eight short films by Cecily Pingree and Jason Mann, 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Sagadahoc Preservation’s Dreamland Theater, film series, Winter Street Center, Bath. “Once,” 7 p.m. Thursday.

Ocean Videos, for all ages, Marine Environmental Research Institute, Blue Hill, $3. 374-2135. “Fish,” 7 p.m. Friday.

Oscar Nominated Shorts — Encore, Frontier Cafe, Cinema & Gallery, Brunswick. http://www.explorefrontier.com. Animated: 2 p.m. & 6 p.m.; live action: 4 p.m. & 8 p.m. Saturday.

For Children

“James and the Giant Peach,” Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, Portland, $7-$8, reservations suggested. 828-1234 ext. 231. 4 p.m. today.

Museums

“In the Soviet Union’s Cross Hairs: the 20th Century Navy in Maine,” Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, $9/child-$12, free for members and children. 443-1316. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Saturday. Through March 29.

“First People: Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy,” an exhibit of Native American history and culture, University of Maine Acadian Archives, Fort Kent. www.umfk.maine.edu/archives/default.cfm. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Through May 31.

“Learning Is an Ornament: The History of Kennebunk’s Schools,” replica installations, historic images and more, Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, $5 donation. www.brickstore museum.org. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

“The Wreck of the Nottingham Galley,” exhibit of items related to or recovered from the Nottingham Galley, Maine State Museum, Augusta. www. mainestatemuseum.org. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Through March 31.

Music

Bowdoin College Chamber Choir, and the USM Chamber Singers, Bowdoin College Chapel, Brunswick, free. 798-4141. 3 p.m. today.

Celtic Crossroads, Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brown-field, $37.50. stonemountainartscenter.com. 8 p.m. today.

Fiddlers’ Jamboree, acoustic musicians and singers invited to join in impromptu performances; University of Maine, Fox Auditorium, Fort Kent, Free, $5 suggested donation, free for children 12 and under. 834-7557. 1 to 4 p.m. today.

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

Maine Highland Fiddlers, with guitars, keyboard, concertina, cello, bodhran and occasionally step-dancing. McArthur Library Biddeford, Biddeford, Free. 3 p.m. today.

Concert showcase, rock with Midcoast School of Music students to benefit Bridge Music Festival, Venue American Grille, Portland. 2 p.m. today.

Brendan Hogan, the Liberal Cup, Hallowell. 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Stephanie Hayward, Andy’s Old Port Pub, Portland. Keyboard & vocals, 5:30 p.m. today.

The Low Anthem, with Bobby, Space, Portland, $12. www.space538.org. 18 and older, 9:30 p.m. (doors at 8:30) Monday.

Inanna Celebrates Women’s History Month, Slates, Hallowell, $15. 622-9575. World percussion and vocal ensemble, 8 p.m. Monday.

Open Mic with Alec Wall, Andy’s Old Port Pub, Portland. 8 p.m. Monday.

Shawn Colvin and Loudon Wainwright III, folk, Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield, $75. stonemountain artscenter.com. 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Two, New England-based bands performing original music; 21-plus, Port City Music Hall, Portland, $2. www.PortCity MusicHall.com. This Way and the Mallett Brothers, 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Jazz Celebration of Mardi Gras, with Port City Jazz, St. Luke’s Cathedral, Portland. 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Open Mic Night, Run of the Mill Brewpub, Saco. With Slack Master, 8 to 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Jesse Ludwig, Andy’s Old Port Pub, Portland. Blues, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Noonday concert, Bates College Olin Arts Center, Lewiston, free. 786-6135. Classical pianist Brian Meldrum, 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Clash of the Titans, the Ramones vs. the Clash, Port City Music Hall, Portland, $5. www. portcitymusichall.com. 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Maeve Gilchrist, with pre-show jam session 45 minutes before curtain, Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center, South Carthage, $15. 562-4445. 7 p.m. Wednesday; Unity Center for the Performing Arts, Unity, $15. 948-7469. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

David Beam & The Fun Boys, Andy’s Old Port Pub, Portland. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Old Time Music Jam, old-time Appalachian music. Bring an instrument or just come enjoy the music, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland. 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Jim Paradis, the Local Buzz, Cape Elizabeth. Songs from his recently released CD, “Almost Home,” 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Portland Jazz Orchestra, Dr. Chris Oberholtzer and his 18-piece ensemble perform an evening of big band swing, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $5/$9. www.onelongfellowsquare. 8 p.m. Thursday.

Noonday concerts, presented by Portland Conservatory of Music and the church, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland, free. 775-3356. Nicole Rabata, flute, and Chiharu Naruse, piano, 12:15 p.m. Thursday.

Rodney Crowell, Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield, $30. stonemountainartscenter.com. 8 p.m. Thursday.

Enter the Haggis, Waterville Opera House, $15/$20. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Sylvain’s Acadia Aces, Run of the Mill Brewpub, Saco. 8 to 11 p.m. Thursday.

Sam Shain and the Scolded Dogs, the Liberal Cup, Hallowell. 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday.

Wesley Jay, Andy’s Old Port Pub, Portland. Brazilian Style Bossa Nova, 7 p.m. Thursday.

Anthony Gomes, Time Out Pub, Rockland, $15. 593-9336. 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday.

Arthur Webster & Mark Stover, King Eiders Pub, Damariscotta. www.kingeiderspub.com. 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Taina Asili Y La Banda Rebelde, Afro-Caribbean, reggae, hip-hop, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $12/$15. www.one longfellowsquare.com. 8 p.m. Friday.

Buddy Moore, Deer Run Tavern, Yarmouth, free. 846-9555. Friday.

Duke Robillard, blues, Fryeburg Academy, Fryeburg. www. fryeburgacademy.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Bright Eyes, State Theatre, Portland, $25. www.statetheatreportland.com. 8 p.m. Friday.

The Coloradas, with Samuel James, the Oak and the Ax, Biddeford, $8. 8 p.m. (doors 6 p.m.) Friday.

Tracy Grammer, Unity Centre for the Performing Arts, $15. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Devonsquare/Schooner Fare and Friends Reunion Concert, annual concert benefiting the Jack McPhillips Memorial Fund with Schooner Fare, Tom Dean, Tom Dyhrberg, Tom Ludwig, Alana MacDonald, Squid Diggers and Don Campbell Band. Gold Room, Portland, $25. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Patrick Fitzsimmons, songs from his CD, Blue, Portland, Donations. 774-4111. www. portcityblue.com. 8 p.m. Friday.

Joe Gallant, Andy’s Old Port Pub, Portland. 8 p.m. Friday.

Happy Hour with Meghan Yates & the Reverie Machine, Slainte, Portland. 6.m., Jakob Battick & Friends, Panda Bandits CD Release Party 9 p.m., Friday.

Papadello, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland. Folk/pop, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Stone Mountain Live, Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield. www.stonemountainartscenter.com. Bill Kirchen and Rose Cousins ($75), 7:30 p.m. (concert) Saturday.

Ryan Montbleau Band, with the Jason Spooner Band, Strand Theatre, Rockland, $18 door, $12 advance. 594-0070. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Jeffrey Gaines with Heather Maloney, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $25 door, $22 advance. 761-1757. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Music Heals, concert to benefit music therapy in Maine, music by Sly Chi, the Open Hand Orchestra, Tricky Britches and special guests; $8 in advance at Bull Moose Music, Big Easy, Portland, $10/door. www.kate. beever.org. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Agape Coffeehouse, Seacoast Chapel, Saco, free. www.seacoastchapel.com/agape. Salvation’s House, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Maine Gay Men’s Chorus, performing “New Day: A Concert of Songs from the Heart,” Sanford Unitarian Universalist Church, $10 suggested donation. www.mainegaymenschorus.com. 7 p.m. Saturday.

This Way, benefit for Project Hope Heals, Harbours Edge, Portland, $15 suggested donation. www.ProjectHope Heals.com. 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Waiters, Run of the Mill Brewpub, Saco. 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Luna Madidus, jazz group celebrates anniversary with concert titled “The Terrible Twos,” Aarhus Gallery, Belfast, $7 suggested donation. Special guest Bruce Boege on tenor and soprano sax, 7 p.m. Saturday.

Blind Albert, Andy’s Old Port Pub, Portland. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Beat Happenings, Slainte, Portland. 9 p.m. Saturday.

Meghan Yates, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland, with Pretty Girls Sing Soprano, 7 p.m. Saturday.

Cross-Currents in Bronze: New Music for Gamelan, free but tickets required, Bates College Olin Arts Center, Lewiston. 786-6135. www.batestickets.com. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Special Events

Mardi Gras, parades, music and more, various locations, Ogunquit. www.visitogunquit.org. Today.

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, comedy, juggling, animal stunts and skits, University of Maine, Collins Center for the Arts, Orono, $22-$27. 3 p.m. today.

Winter Delivery, exhibit of such horse-drawn vehicles as an oil delivery wagon, school bus sleigh and city and country sleighs, Skyline Farm, North Yarmouth. www.skylinefarm. org/. 1 to 4 p.m. today. Through March 27.

Solar Shows, University of Southern Maine, Southworth Planetarium, Portland, $4-$6. 780-4249. www.usm.maine.edu/planet. Black Holes, 7 p.m. today; Black Holes and Ring World, 7 and 8:30 p.m. Friday; Rusty Rocket, 3 p.m. Saturday. Through March 27.

History Usually Rhymes: The Tea Party, the Framers and the Argument Over States’ Rights, presentation by former Gov. Angus King, Bowdoin College, Moulton Union, Brunswick, free. 725-3433. 7 p.m. Monday.

Mardi Gras in L/A, Franco American Heritage Center, Lewiston, $22. 689-2000. www. francocenter.org. JimmyJo & the Jumbol’ayuhs, 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Portland Greendrinks, featured nonprofit is the Environmental Health Strategy Center, Empire Dine and Dance, Portland. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Storytellers Open Mic, Portland Public Library, Portland, $5 suggested donation. moosetellers.ning.com. With Willey Phinedit, 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Slow Food Writers Night, an evening filled with local foods and readings from authors. Tickets at Space, Rabelais, Aurora Provisions and

Rosemont Market, Space, Portland, $20/$25. 774-1044. www.space538.org. 6 p.m. Thursday.

Pleasant Note Coffeehouse, First Universalist Church, Auburn, free. 783-0461. www.auburnuu.org. Open mic and poetry slam, fifth anniversary, 7:15 p.m. Friday.

Poetry Out Loud State Finals, 10 high school students compete for the chance to represent Maine in the national finals in Washington, D.C.; Franco-American Heritage Center, Lewiston, Free. www. francoamericanheritage.org. 5:30 to 8 p.m. (doors at 5) Friday.

Variety Show, for all ages, with local artists and musicians; $4 admission with donation of nonperishable food item; to benefit Preble Street Resource Center, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Kennebunk, $5. 985-3700. 7 p.m. Friday.

Salon Nights Series, with gospel singer Lillian Buckley and guitarist Kent Allyn, Red Door Pottery Studio and Gallery Shop, Kittery, Free. 439-5671. www.reddoorpottery.com. 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Downeastcon, hosted by Southern Maine Scale Modelers with vendors, raffles, snacks, Thornton Academy, Saco, $2, free for children. 625-8007. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

MAMM Slam Kick Off, featuring Grand Hotel with local teen bands, Yankee Lanes, Portland, $5. www.maineacademyof modernmusic. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Caribbean Night, tropical tunes, authentic food, dancing and fun for the whole family, Hammond Hall, Winter Harbor, $10, under 12 free. 963-2569. www.schoodic artsforall.org. 6 p.m. Saturday.

Theater

“The Center of Gravity,” comedy, Portland Stage Company. 2 p.m. today; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Through March 20.

“Blue/Orange,” a tale of race, mental illness and a Darwinian power struggle at the heart of a dying health care system, presented by the Dramatic Repertory Company, Portland Stage Company, Studio Theater, Portland, $10-$15. 2 p.m. today; 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

“Key for Two,” presented by Gaslight Theater, Hallowell City Hall. 2 p.m. today.

“The Shadow Box,” Old Port Playhouse, Portland, $15. 773-0333. oldportplayhouse.com. 2 p.m. today; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through March 20.

Grace and Glorie, staged reading with Jerry Day Mason and Leila Percy, Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath, $10. 442-8455. 2 p.m. today.

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

“Alice in Wonderland,” South Portland High School, $2-$5. 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Through March 17.

“Bedroom Farce,” St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland. www.goodtheater.com. 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Through April 3.

“The Late Henry Moss,” Maine premier of the play by Sam Shepard; performed by Mad Horse Theatre Company, Lucid Stage, Portland, $18-$20. 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through March 27.

“Oleanna,” Bates College, Gannett Theater, Lewiston, free. 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 2 p.m. Saturday. Through March 13.

“A Chorus Line,” Portland Players, South Portland, $18-$20, $15 for students. 799-7337. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through March 27.

“Triumph of Love,” musical comedy about a princess who falls in love with her assassin, University of Southern Maine, Russell Hall, Gorham, $10-$21. 780-5151. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through March 20.

Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington, one-woman play, University of Maine, Jewett Hall Auditorium, Augusta, 13/$5. 453-6004. 4 p.m. Friday.

“Edges,” Maine premier of the musical, City Theater, Biddeford. 282-0849. www.citytheater.org. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through March 20.

“Shift,” Young Company production, Theater Project, Brunswick, $12 suggested donation. 729-8584. www.theaterproject.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through March 20.

“The Learned Ladies,” 1672 satire by Moliere, Bates College, Schaeffer Theatre, Lewiston, $3-$6. 786-6161. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through March 20.

“Any One Of Us: Words from Prison,” effects of domestic violence followed by panel discussion; adult content, for ages 16 and older, First Universalist Church, Auburn, $7. 783-0461. 7 p.m. Saturday.