“The Thinking Heart: The Life and Loves of Etty Hillesum,” an original arrangement of the diaries and letters of Etty Hillesum, a Dutch woman who opposed Nazism with compassion and love; ensemble work in two voices, with cello; Glickman Library, USM Portland Campus, Portland. $5 to $15. 228-8263. 7 p.m. today.

PORTopera Annual Dinner, Dance and Auction Gala Fundraiser, French-themed gala supports the company’s 17th season mainstage performance, Donizetti’s “The Daughter of the Regiment” (La Fille du R?ment); Marriott at Sable Oaks, South Portland. $125; advance purchase required. 879-7678. 6:30 p.m. Friday.

“A Musical Banquet,” Oratorio Chorale accompanied by Tom Mueller, Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church, Topsham. $10. 725-1420. oratoriochorale.org. 3 p.m. Sunday. 


Rumbafrica, Boston group performs music and dance combining rhythms of Congolese rumba with modern soukous beat, Waldo Theater, Waldoboro. $5 to $10. thewaldo.org. 7 p.m. Saturday. 


“Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde,” play based on Wilde’s libel trial against the Marquess of Queensbury presented by Dramatic Repertory Company, Portland Stage Company (Studio Theater). $15 to $20. dramaticrep.org. 7:30 p.m. today to Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Through June 12.

“Avenue Q,” Tony Award-winning musical with puppets about the harsh realities of coming of age; not for children; Ogunquit Playhouse. $50.50 to $72.50. ogunquitplayhouse.org. 2:30 and 8 p.m. today and Wednesday; 8 p.m. Friday; 8:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through June 18.

“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” musical comedy about relationships, Lakewood Theater, Madison. $18 to $37. lakewoodtheater.org. 8 p.m. today to Saturday.

“The Importance of Being Earnest,” comedy about two men whose adventures threaten their romances, Gaslight Theater, Hallowell. $10 to $12. 626-3698. 7:30 p.m. today to Saturday.

“American Trailer Park Musical,” Maine premiere of campy musical by Penobscot Theatre Company, Bangor Opera House. 942-3333. Previews at 7 p.m. today; opens at 8 p.m. Friday and continues at 5 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday. Through June 19.

“The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail,” performed by Merriconeag Waldorf School’s senior class, Merriconeag Waldorf School, Freeport. $5. merriconeag.org. 7 p.m. today and Friday.

“Late Nite Catechism,” comedy about a fictitious Catholic nun, Freeport Factory Stage. $22.50 to $27.50; $5 for students. freeportfactory.com. 7:30 p.m. today and Friday; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Through June 12.

“There is Nothing Like a Dame,” musical dinner theater with Kelly Caufield, Lynne McGhee, Vicki Stubbs and Laura Hurd Whited, Anthony’s Dinner Theater, Portland. $39.95, includes dinner. 221-2267. 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through June 25.

“Politics Can Be Murder,” murder mystery/dinner theater, Events on Broadway, South Portland. $34.95; includes dinner. 699-5855. Doors at 6:15 p.m.; show at 7 p.m. Friday.

“Rapunzel,” Fairytale Players performance featuring the addition of a garden of wisecracking vegetables to the classic story, Acorn Studios, Westbrook. $5, $7. acorn-productions.org. 7 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Through June 19.

Maine Young Playwrights Festival, student-written short plays produced by high school students from around Maine, Bonny Eagle High School, Standish. $5/donation. 929-3840, Ext. 889. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Naked Shakespeare, minimalist performances by Acorn Productions’ Shakespeare Ensemble, Wine Bar on Wharf Street, Portland. $8/donation. 854-0065. “Sonnets and Soliloquies: Greatest Hits Edition,” 8 p.m. Monday.

“The 39 Steps,” Hitchcock mystery/comedy, Arundel Barn Playhouse. $28 to $39. arundel barnplayhouse.com. 8 p.m. Tuesday; 2 and 8 p.m. Wednesday. Through June 25.

“The Marvelous Wonderettes,” Maine State Music Theatre season opener about four high school seniors prepping for the prom in 1958, Bowdoin College (Pickard Theater), Brunswick. $33 to $56. msmt.org. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Through June 25. 


Shakespeare’s Kids Summer Production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” for children ages 10 to 18 with acting experience; must schedule appointment time; Freeport Factory Stage. 865-9299. 10 a.m. Saturday. 



“Dahlov Ipcar: From the Drawing Board to the Page,” drawings and paintings, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay. mainegardens.org. Opening reception, 3 to 5 p.m. today. Through July 10.

“Andrew Moore: Detroit Disassembled,” photographs of Detroit’s industrial decline and reclamation by nature, Colby College (Museum of Art), Waterville. colby.edu. Opens today. Through Oct. 2.

First Fridays at the Farnsworth, galleries open for free, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. farnsworthmuseum.org. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

“Refashioned,” jackets, hairstyles and dresses reimagined as art by Lauren Gillette, Anne Lemanski and Angelika Werth, Portland Museum of Art. portlandmuseum.org. Opening celebration, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through July 31.

“Maine Moderns: Art in Seguinland, 1900-1940,” paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs of Modernists who worked in Maine in the first half of the 20th century, Portland Museum of Art. portlandmuseum.org. Opens Saturday. Through Sept. 11.

“Happy Camp of the Freebooters: Childhood Pleasures of 19th-Century America,” Big Read kick-off: come together to read, discuss and celebrate a single great work of literature, Saco Museum. sacomuseum.org. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 


“2011 Portland Museum of Art Biennial,” showcases the best in today’s art world by artists associated with Maine, Portland Museum of Art. portlandmuseum.org. Through Sunday.

Spring Exhibit: “Shadow Play” (works by Brian Shure), sculpture by J.T. Gibson and hanging drawings by Nancy Murphy Spicer, University of Maine (Museum of Art), Bangor. 561-3350. Through June 11.

“Displaced Persons,” black-and-white photographs of World War II refugees by Clemens Kalischer, Colby College (Museum of Art), Waterville. colby.edu. Through June 12.

“Joan Whitney Payson Collection,” works on loan from the Portland Museum of Art with pieces from the permanent collection, Colby College (Museum of Art), Waterville. Through June 12.

“Susan Hiller: The J Street Project,” photographs of places in Germany that still show evidence of Jewish inhabitants, Colby College (Museum of Art), Waterville. colby.edu. Through June 12.

“Critters,” exhibit of paintings and sculpture by more than 100 artists with an animal theme, University of New England (Art Gallery), Portland. 221-4499. Through June 16.

“James Fitzgerald and the Elizabeth Howard,” paintings by Fitzgerald of the schooner Elizabeth Howard and its crew, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. farnsworthmuseum.org. Through June 26.

“Incidents of Garden Displacement,” installation by Lauren Fensterstock, Ogunquit Museum of American Art. ogunquitmuseum.org. Through June 26.

“Contemporaries: The Artists of La Napoule Art Foundation,” works by eight New England artists, Ogunquit Museum of American Art. ogunquitmuseum.org. Through June 26.

“Object of Devotion,” medieval alabaster sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick. bowdoin.edu. Through June 26.

“Modernism at Bowdoin: American Paintings, 1900-1940,” Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick. bowdoin.edu. Through June 26.

“Images of the Longfellow Garden,” historical images tracing the history of the garden, Maine Historical Society, Portland. mainehistory.org. Through June 30.

“Garden Elements,” garden sculpture, furnishings and other elements that personalize a landscape and enhance its natural beauty, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay. mainegardens.org. Through June 30.

“The Plastic Ocean,” ceramics by Susan Schultz, Ogunquit Museum of American Art. ogunquitmuseum.org. Through July 31.

“Cold Waters, Cold War: The 20th Century Navy in Maine,” artifacts and photos of U.S.-Soviet naval operations, Maine Maritime Museum, Bath. 443-1316. Through Aug. 7.

“Will Barnet at 100,” celebrating the 100th birthday of painter and summer Maine resident Will Barnet, Portland Museum of Art. portlandmuseum.org. Through Aug. 14.

“Voyages and the Great Age of Sail,” artifacts related to 19th-century Saco sea captain Tristram Jordan; also “Point of Departure,” works by Saco artist Diane Bowie Zaitlin, Saco Museum. dyerlibrarysacomuseum.org. Through Sept. 4.

“Four in Maine: Drawings,” work by Mary Barnes, Emily Brown, John Moore and T. Allen Lawson, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. farnsworthmuseum.org. Through Sept. 11.

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

“Alex Katz: Drawings,” ink and oil sketches and graphite drawings, Colby College (Museum of Art), Waterville. colby.edu. Through Oct. 2.

“Paul Caponigro: The Hidden Presence of Places,” photographs, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. 596-6457. Through Oct. 9.

“Building an American Modernist Collection: Highlights from OMAA Permanent Collection,” Ogunquit Museum of American Art. ogunquitmuseum.org. Through Oct. 31.

“The Drawing Tradition,” drawings by Henry Strater, Ogunquit Museum of American Art. ogunquitmuseum.org. Through Oct. 31.

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

“The Art of the Boat” and “75 for 75,” artifacts from the museum’s 75 years plus works by more than 50 contemporary painters, sculptors and photographers exploring the themes of the boat as a work of art and the boatbuilder as artist, Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport. penobscotmarinemuseum.org. Through 2012.



The Tuesday Group, work by a collection of artists that have been meeting Tuesday mornings for 20-plus years, Falmouth Memorial Library. 781-2351. Reception, 6 to 8 p.m. today. Through June 29.

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

“Driving Culture,” fine art jewelry, Daunis Fine Jewelry, Portland. daunis.com. Opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through June 29.

“The Drawing Story,” drawings by 14 artists, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell. harlowgallery.org. Reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through June 25.

“Fabulous Fiber,” juried show and sale, York Art Association, York Harbor. 363-4049. Opens Friday. Through June 26.

“After Albers,” paintings by W.P. Pete Jennerjahn, Yvette Torres Fine Art, Rockland. yvettetorresfineart.com. Opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through July 3.

“Five Artists,” work by Barbara Bean, Cory Hart, Letty Chiew Husson, L?Peterson and Susan Zimmerman, Old Post Office Gallery, Georgetown. Opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Through Sept. 11.

“Digital Detour Ahead, ” photos by Dave Wade and mixed media by Jim Kelly, Addison Woolley Gallery, Portland. addisonwoolley.com. Opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through June 25.

“Off Season, Off Shore: A Documentary Art Installation,” St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland. 347-3075. Opening reception with artists Lesley MacVane and Roger Berle, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through June 30.

“Entropy in Maine: Photographs by Jonathan Rundell,” North Yarmouth Academy (Curtis Gallery), Yarmouth. 847-5423. Opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Through October 3.

“Soul Celebrations,” handwoven marionettes, handpainted silk wall hangings and mixed media by Lauren Otis, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland. localsprouts.coop. Opening reception with live music by Clearwater Benders and Truth About Daisies, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

“Fake Forest,” sculptures and prints by Leslie Wick, running with scissors, Portland. 699-4242. Opening reception, 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through June 24.

“Common Ground, Uncommon Perspectives,” work by New England artists Mariella Bisson, William Simpson, Paul Stone and James Urbanska; Bayview Gallery, Brunswick. 729-5500. Opening reception, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. Through July 2.

Gallery Anniversary Show, meet and converse with local artists, musicians and art appreciators, Aarhus Gallery, Belfast. aarhusgallery.com. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

“Postcards from Vacationland,” paintings by Diana Young, Gold/Smith Gallery, Boothbay Harbor. 633-6252. Opening reception, 3 to 6 p.m. Friday.

Jessica Butts, new multimedia pieces, Geno’s, Portland. 221-2382. Reception, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday.

“Plein Air Painters Invitational,” Gallery on Chase Hill, Kennebunkport. maine-art.com. Reception, 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Through June 23.

Gary Akers: “Maine Mornings,” Haynes Galleries, Thomaston. 354-0605. Opening reception, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Through June 29.

“Across Landscapes,” group exhibit by Lyn Asselta, Susan Bailey, Dean Diggins, Leslie Doherty, Ann Gillespie, Suzie Goodwin, Robert Hollingworth, Natalie MacKnight, Anthony Montanino and Gail Sauter; Haley Farm Gallery, Kittery. 439-2669. Opening reception, 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Through Aug. 31. 


Arnold Skolnick: “Magical Realism,” plus Annette Kearney: “Color and Rhythm” and Ilya Askinazi: “Reinvented,” Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth. 781-2620. elizabethmossgalleries.com. Through Friday.

“Pop-ups! They’re Not JUST for kids!,” pop-up books from the 1,800-volume Goralnick Collection, Bowdoin College (Hawthorne Longfellow Library), Brunswick. bowdoin.edu. Through Saturday.

“Color of Music,” music’s influence on artistic creativity, Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset. maineartgallery.com. Through Sunday.

Senior Project Group Show, with Lily Allgood and Andrew Louw, College of the Atlantic (Ethel H. Blum Gallery), Bar Harbor. 288-5105. Through Sunday.

MFA Thesis Exhibition, multimedia by graduate students, Maine College of Art (Institute of Contemporary Art), Portland. meca.edu. Through June 12.

“Woodland Margins,” works by Barbara Bean, Georgetown Historical Society. georgetown historicalsociety.org. Through June 15.

William Manning, paintings, Icon Contemporary Art, Brunswick. 725-8157. Through June 18.

“Spring Exhibition,” work by Nancy Glassman, Dan West, Liz Awalt, Anne Alexander and Maggie Foskett; Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland. 594-5935. Through June 18.

“Moments and Abstractions,” photography by C.C. Church and Richard Veit, Portland Photo Works. portlandphotoworks.com. Through June 24.

Joan Osborn Dunkle and Sumner Winebaum, paintings and sculptures, Barn Gallery, Ogunquit. 646-8400. Through June 25.

“2011 Invitational Exhibit,” new small works by 34 artists, Landing Gallery, Rockland. landingart.com. Through June 26.

Members Show, multimedia, Merrymeeting Arts Center, Bowdoinham. merrymeetingartscenter.org. Through June 26.

“Summertime Blues,” group art show, Richard Boyd Gallery, Peaks Island. 712-1097. Through June 26.

Oil paintings by Norma Torti, Red Door Pottery Studio and Gallery Shop, Kittery. 439-5671. Through June 30.

Christian Farnsworth, “Echo Garden” photography exhibit, Cambridge Coffee Bar and Bakehouse, South Portland. Through June 30.

“In the Shadow of Katahdin,” watercolor paintings of the landscapes and wildlife of Baxter State Park by Michael Boardman, 317 Main Street Community Music Center, Yarmouth. 317mainst.org. Through July 1.

“Telling Stories,” Maine craft artists tell stories in various craft materials using metaphors and calligraphy, CRAFT Gallery, Rockland. 594-0167. Through July 2.

“Fresh: New Works by Contemporary New England Artists,” 19th- and 20th-century American and European paintings and new works by New England artists, Wiscasset Bay Gallery, Wiscasset. wiscassetbaygallery.com. Through July 6.

“Gold, God, Guns and Girls,” gouache drawings by Kenny Cole, Monkitree, Gardiner. 512-4679. Through July 9.

“Robert Hamilton: The Last Paintings,” Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport. 236-2875. usm.maine.edu. Through July 10.

“Logging in the Maine Woods Today,” photographs by Tonee Harbert, University of Southern Maine (Glickman Family Library), Portland. Through July 15.

“Aviary: A Winged Celebration,” work by local artists, students and bird lovers; Frontier Cafe, Cinema & Gallery, Brunswick. 725-8820. Through July 31.