Art Openings

Barbara Ernst Prey: Open Spaces, Blue Water Fine Arts, Port Clyde. 516-316-7477. Meditations on the environment; opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Aug. 21.

Sarah Knock “Water: The Surface and Below,” Greenhut Galleries, Portland. 772-2693. Maine realist painter, opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Through Aug. 27.

“A Few of My Favorite Things,” pieces chosen from Mount Desert Island collections, College of the Atlantic (Ethel H. Blum Gallery), Bar Harbor. www.coa.edu. Reception 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday to Saturday. Through Aug. 20.

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

New Works by Andrew Abbott, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland. st.lawrencearts.org. Artist’s reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Peter Poskas “Timeless Places,” landscape paintings, Haynes Galleries, Thomaston. 354-0605. Opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Aug. 31.

“The Aged and Unknown,” works by printmaker R. Keith Rendall, Aarhus Gallery, Belfast. 338-0001. Opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Aug. 28.

Gary O’Connor “Mostly People and Places,” Dock Fore, Portland. 772-8619. Oil and watercolor paintings, reception 7 to 9 p.m. Friday; noon to 9 p.m. today; 2 to 10 p.m. Monday to Wednesday; 2 to 11 p.m. Thursday; 2 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Through Aug. 31.

“French Silk” by Susan M. Wierzba, Harmons & Barton’s Gallery, Portland. 774-5948. Paintings in Monet’s garden and Giverny, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Through Aug. 31.

“Shoreline Inspirations,” Beth Ellis Cove Gallery, Ogunquit. 646-7700. Original shoreline paintings, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Tuesday to Saturday. Through Aug. 20

5th Annual Local Art Exhibit, West Buxton Public Library, West Buxton. 727-5898. Opening gala, 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Lyrical Landscapes and DreamScapes, Carver Hill Gallery, Rockland. 594-7745. Work by Laurie Goddard and Jon Kolkin, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.

Juried Art Show with 2-D, 3-D, photography and artisans’ work, Lajos Matolcsy Arts Gallery, Norway. 739-6161. Reception 5 to 7 p.m. Friday; 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Photographs by Michael McAllister, “Exploring Deer Isle,” Nosh, Portland. 553-2227. Friday.

The Solid Earth! The Actual World! 3Fish Gallery, Portland. 773-4773. Recent work by Michael Branca. Reception 5 to 9 p.m. Friday; 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Jeanne O’Toole Hayman, new work, Addison Woolley Gallery, Portland. 450-8499. www.addisonwoolley.com. Reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Summer Show with Kimberly Burke, David Twiss, John Orestis and Gergana Rupchina, Ember Grove Gallery, Portland. 761-0408. Reception 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Art

Artisans Collective Art in the Park, Village Green Park, Yarmouth. 846-7967. Local artisans painting, throwing clay and displaying pottery, photography and fiber. Live music., 10 a.m. to noon today.

First Fridays at the Farnsworth, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. 596-6457. www.farnsworthmuseum.org. Free from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

First Friday Art Tour Open House Brunch, Paradise Studio, East Boothbay. 633-6093. www.paradisestudio.net. “The Last Spring Snowstorm” oil paintings by artist Mary Ellen TK Serina, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

“The Boat,” group show, Gallery on Chase Hill, Kennebunkport. www.maine-art.com. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, through Aug. 18.

“CD Investments,” Markings Gallery, Bath. 443-1499. Mixed-media garden sculptures by Natasha Kempers-Cullen. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

“Refashioned,” Portland Museum of Art, $4-$10, under 6 free. 775-6148; portlandmuseum.org. Artists Lauren Gillette, Anne Lemanski, and Angelika Werth, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

Joan Wright, Lydia Kaeyer, Sandra Leinonen and William Mack, photography, paintings and wood-turning, Art Space Gallery, Rockland. 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. today.

Fruits of the Sea: Watercolors by Jean Kigel, Archipelago, Rockland. 596-0701. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

“Split Complement,” Finch Residence, Belfast. 338-1960. Paintings by Kris Engman and Jerri Finch, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

“Maine Moderns: Art in Seguinland, 1900–1940,” paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs examine the relationships of a small group of American modernists who worked in Maine in the first half of the 20th century, Portland Museum of Art, $4-$10, under 6 free. 775-6148; portlandmuseum.org. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today to Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Through Sept. 11.

“John Marin: Modernism at Mid-century,” with work from Marin’s career between 1870 and 1953, Portland Museum of Art, $4-$10, under 6 free. 775-6148; portlandmuseum.org. 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 Oct. 10.

“Imagination Takes Shape: Canadian Inuit Art from the Robert and Judith Toll Collection,” Bowdoin College (Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum), Brunswick. bowdoin.edu/art-museum. 2 to 5 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Through Aug. 9.

“Photo National 2011: A Survey of Contemporary Photography,” juried exhibit of works by 34 photographers, University of Maine (Museum of Art), Bangor, free. 561-3350. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Saturday. Through Aug. 15.

“Will Barnet at 100,” Portland Museum of Art, $4-$10, under 6 free. 775-6148; portlandmuseum.org. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today to Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Through Aug. 14.

“Three Views: paintings by Elise Ansel, Kate Emlen and Tom Glover,” landscapes, seascapes, still lifes and abstracts, Thos. Moser Showroom, Freeport. 865-4519; thosmoser.com. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Through Aug. 28.

Daniel Corey, oil paintings, Pemaquid Art Gallery, Pemaquid. 677-2078. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Through Oct. 10.

Heidi Daub, “To Hear the Forest Speaking,” paintings based on original prose, Markings Gallery, Bath. 443-1499. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Saturday. Through Aug. 31.

Bristol artist Barbara Klein and New Harbor artist Jane Bowman, Pemaquid Art Gallery, Pemaquid. Watercolors and acrylics, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

Annual show with guest artist Pamela duLong Williams, York Art Association, York Harbor. 363-4049. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

“Collectibles and Accumulations,” mixed-media work by Aidan Sofia Earle, Perimeter Gallery, Belfast. 338-0555. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today; 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Through Aug. 13.

“Drawn to Disaster,” part of the statewide visual arts initiative “Where to Draw the Line: The Maine Drawing Project,” examines feelings of disorder, anger and optimism that can follow disaster, Maine College of Art (Institute of Contemporary Art), Portland, free. 699-5029. 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 Aug. 7.

American Modern: Abbott, Evans and Bourke-White, photography, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, free. 859-5600. Noon to 5 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Through Oct. 2.

Celebrating a Gift: The Norma B. Marin Photography Collection, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville. 859-5609. Noon to 5 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Through Oct. 2.

Exhibiting Whistler: A Tribute to David P. Becker, celebrating Becker’s passion for the print medium, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville. 859-5609. Noon to 5 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Through Oct. 2.

Fins, Fur and Feathers: A Celebration of all Creatures Wild and Domesticated, Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset. 882-7511. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Through Aug. 14.

Stephen Pace Retrospective, abstract expressionist, Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, Ellsworth. 667-6611. Noon to 4 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday. Through Aug. 7.

Painters Judy Belasco and Philip Frey and furniture designer and sculptor Vivian Beer, Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, Ellsworth. 667-6611. Noon to 4 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday. Through Aug. 7.

“Robert LaHotan — The Early Years Cranberry Island Maine, New York,” paintings, Yvette Torres Fine Art, Rockland. 888-777-1077. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Wednesday through Saturday. Through Aug. 14.

“Maine in the Twentieth Century,” works by John Fulton Folinsbee, William Zorach, Edmund Ward, Jay Hall Connaway and others, Wiscasset Bay Gallery, Wiscasset. 882-7682. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today to Saturday. Through Aug. 5.

Lois Dodd, Kayla Mohammadi, Jenifer Mumford, Lisa Becu and Bill Martin, Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland. 594-5935. 1 to 4 p.m. today; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Through Aug. 13.

Coastal Color: Nine Mid-Coast Artists, River Arts Gallery II, Damariscotta. 882-6960. Variety of work including jewelry and oil paintings, noon to 4 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Through Aug. 10.

The Jar Project, art-filled jars made by 60 artists, Spring Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Belgrade Lakes. 773-0193. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Thursday through Saturday. Through Oct. 9.

Charlie Hewitt, Tides Institute and Museum of Art, Eastport. tidesinstitute.org. Pen and ink drawings, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Tuesday through Saturday. Through Aug. 18.

“Creatures and Critters,” Richard Boyd Gallery, Peaks Island. 712-1097. New works by potter Rick Boyd, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Aug. 31.

“Summer’s Bounty”: from the Garden to the Kitchen, Part 2, George Marshall Store Gallery, York. New England artists, 1 to 5 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Through Aug. 21.

DeWitt Hardy, George Marshall Store Gallery, York. 351-1083. Watercolors, 1 to 5 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Through Aug. 21.

New work by faculty, Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport. woodschool.org. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Through Sept. 9.

“Tell Me a Story: Folktales and World Cultures,” children’s book illustrations by 13 Maine artists, University of Southern Maine (Atrium Art Gallery), Lewiston. 753-6500. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Through Aug. 12.

“Drawing the Line # 6” Carly Glovinski, June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA, Portland. 699-5083. Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Through Aug. 20.

“Transformations,” works by the men in recovery at Milestone Foundation, Merrill Memorial Library, Yarmouth. 847-3001. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Through Aug. 26.

MFA Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Maine College of Art (Osher Hall), Portland, free. 699-5030. Hamish Fulton, sculptor, photographer and conceptual artist, 6:30 p.m. Monday.

“New Dawn Fades” — Photographs by Thomas Hager, botanicals reflecting the photographer’s interest in the intersection of art and science, University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, Free. 561-3350. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Through Sept. 24.

Jean Swan Gordon, Gold/Smith Gallery, Boothbay Harbor. 633-6252. Floral watercolor portraits, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Wednesday.

Hither and Yon: “Landscapes, Seascapes, Escapes,” watercolor paintings by Betsy Wales, 317 Main Street Gallery, Yarmouth. 846-6264. Noon to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. Through Sept. 9.

“Three Photographers: Three Visions,” Ray Beal, Holly Garner-Jackson and Kris Larson, University of Maine (Powers Art Galleries), Machias. 255-1279. 1 to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Through Aug. 22.

Helen Corning, Lincoln Street Center, Rockland. 594-6490. Abstract paintings, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Through Aug. 11.

Maine Woodturners Show, Ann Presott, Peter Asselyn, Mark Irving,Winfield Libby, Ken Shepard, Bruce McCreedy, Bill Housley and others, Markings Gallery, Bath. 443-1499. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

“Taking Shape,” Whatnot Gallery, Spindleworks, Brunswick. 725-8820. Artwork inspired by woodshop renovation, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

“Painters, Players and Poets,” Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, Boothbay Harbor, Free. 633-5159. Collaboration of 32 of Maine’s most accomplished painters, composers and poets, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday. Through Aug. 10.

“Emerging Dis/Order” — Drawings by Amy Stacey Curtis, Alison Hildreth and Andrea Sulzer,” Bates College (Museum of Art), Lewiston. 786-6158; bates.edu/museum. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Through Sept. 10.

“Selected Drawings and Photographs from the Marsden Hartley Memorial Collection,” Bates College (Olin Arts Center), Lewiston, in the museum’s Synergy Space, 786-6158; bates.edu/museum. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Through Aug. 31.

“Andrew and Jamie Wyeth: Selections from the Private Collection of Victoria Browning Wyeth,” paintings, Bates College (Olin Arts Center), Lewiston. 786-6158; bates.edu/museum. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Through Oct. 2.

“Point of Departure” — Works by Diane Bowie Zaitlin, Saco Museum, $2-$5, 6 and under free. 283-3861; sacomuseum.org. Noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; noon to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Through Sept. 3.

“In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak,” York Public Library. 363-2818. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Through Aug. 19.

“Kevin Beers: One Artist’s Island” and “Tom Curry & Andrea Peters: Two Colorists,” Gleason Fine Arts, Boothbay Harbor. 633-6849. Oil paintings, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Figure Drawing from the Model Session, hosted by Russel Whitten, Barn Gallery, Ogunquit, small model fee. 646-8400. barngallery.org. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Through Aug. 30.

Selections from Gallery Artists, Bayview Gallery, Brunswick. 729-5500. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Terry Hilt, Susan Shatter and Andrea Sulzer, Aucocisco Galleries, Portland. 775-2222. Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; noon to 8 p.m. Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Through Oct. 8.

“Folk Art on High,” weathervane exhibit, Rufus Porter Museum, Bridgton. 647-2828. rufusportermuseum.org. Noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. Through Oct. 1.

“A League of Our Own,” etchings, photography, colored porcelain, Red Door Pottery Studio and Gallery Shop, Kittery. 439-5671. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. Through Sept. 24.

Georgetown Goes Modern: The Modern Art Movement Meets An Island Community, paintings, photographs, sculptures and artifacts, Georgetown Historical Society, free. 371-9200. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Through Sept. 10.

“Peter Sculthorpe: Monhegan Island,” Gleason Fine Art, Portland. 699-5599. New oil paintings, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

“Wednesday Night Art” Series, Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, Ellsworth, free. 667-6611. Sculptors Vivian Beer, Kazumi Hoshino and Mark Kindschi, 6 p.m. Wednesday.

“Space Invaders,” Rose Contemporary, Portland. 780-0700. Works of art that confront and challenge the notions of space and all its meanings, 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. Through Aug. 27.

Franciska Needham artwork, with other artists’ sculptures, Franciska Needham Gallery, Damariscotta. 563-1227. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to Saturday. Through Sept. 30.

Jean Kigel 13th Annual Eastern Views, Round Top Farm, Damariscotta. 832-5152. Asian brush paintings and watercolors, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to Saturday.

Nature’s Keep: Artists Responding to Divine Design, works by seven artists responding to the natural world, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell. www.harlowgallery.org. Reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday; noon to 6 p.m. Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. Through Aug. 27.

“Art in Bloom” Flower Show, Gallery 302, Bridgton. 647-2787. Artworks in fresh flowers, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

“(un)Natural Splendor: Inka Essenhigh and Richard Van Buren,” Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport. 236-2875. Opening reception, 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Saco Bay Artists Show, Ocean Park Library Lawn, Saco, Free. 937-2125. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Open Studio Exhibit of John Paul Caponigro’s New Work, Caponigro Arts, Cushing. 354-0578. 2 p.m. artist discussion, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

60th Annual Art Auction, Barn Gallery, Ogunquit, $5. 646-8400. barngallery.org. $25 for one-of-a-kind bid cards made by OOA artists, 8 p.m. Saturday.

Greg and Jon Mort Open Studio, Fieldstone Castle, Port Clyde. jonmort.com. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

“New Faces” Outdoor Art Exhibit, Monument Square, Portland. 247-4785. Diverse group of artists will set up shop with tables and easels, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Alan Magee Open Studio, Pascal Hall, Rockport, free. alanmagee.com. Four new tapestries, a series of recent black and white monotypes, and a group of relief sculptures, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Benefits

8th annual Mackworth Island Show and Shine, car show benefits the Foundation for Maine’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children, Falmouth, $5, $3 for kids 6 to 15. 871-4904. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

Tractor and Engine Show, all proceeds go to preservation and restoration of the Raitt Homestead Farm Museum, Raitt Homestead Farm, Eliot, $5, under 6 free. raittfarmmuseum.org. 7 a.m. today.

Center for Maine Contemporary Art Benefit Art Auction, Point Lookout, Northport, $125. 236-2875. Catered dinner and auction, preview at 4:30 p.m. today.

Giant Annual Book Sale, Dyer Library, Saco. 283-3861. Thousands of titles, including rare and antique finds, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Through Aug. 8.

Portland Symphony Orchestra Show House Party and Lobster Bake, fundraiser for the PSO, $40. 773-6128 ext. 311. Tour the empty Tudor-style house in Portland the night before top interior designers redesign it, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Merryspring Kitchen Tour, all proceeds go to Merryspring Nature Center and its year-round nature and environmental programs, various locations, Camden, $25-$30. 236-2239. In seven kitchens on the tour, a chef will serve cuisine samples, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Andrew G. Marsh Memorial Fund Golf Tournament and Dinner, benefits the Andrew C. Marsh Memorial Fund, Dunegrass, Old Orchard Beach, $125, $40 for just dinner and auction. 772-6977. www.andrewmarshfund.org. dinner and auction Thursday; golf Friday.

Hats off for Hope, proceeds go to Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine (SARSSM) and Family Crisis Services, The Landing at Pine Point, in the Searose Garden, Scarborough, $25-$40. 774-4527. Music, food, drink, silent auction, fashion show and more, 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Motor Booty Affair, proceeds to purchase an iPad for 8-year-old autistic boy, Gold Room, Portland, $15, must buy tickets in advance. 400-0898. Doors at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Wine Wise Presents: A Sailing on Casco Bay, Casablanca Cruises, Portland, $50-$60, 21+. www.winewiseevents.com. Benefit for Share our Strength, No Kid Hungry in Maine, noon to 3 p.m. (boarding at 11:45 a.m.) Saturday.

Miss Maine Academic Scholarship Pageant, contestants will compete in interview, runway fashion and evening gowns, Thornton Academy Garland Auditorium, Saco, $10-$15. 838-2146. Preschool, primary and elementary divisions, 1 p.m. Saturday; junior high, high school and collegiate divisions, 7 p.m. Saturday.

“Paint Bath” Plein Air Fundraiser, Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath, free. 442-8637. Preview at 3:30, live auction 4:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

10th Annual Carol Dyer Memorial “Light the Way to a Cure” Luminaria Evening, benefit for the American Cancer Society; rain date Aug. 7, Bar Harbor Village Green, Bar Harbor. 288-9680. www.barharborybs.com. $10 luminaries will be available. Live music, Saturday.

Books and Authors

“Portland’s Greatest Conflagration: The 1866 Fire Disaster,” authors Michael Daicy and Don Whitney, Maine Historical Society, Portland, free. 774-1822. Noon Tuesday.

Mystery writers Vicki Doudera and Ann Blair Kloman, Jackson Memorial Library, Tenants Harbor. 372-8961. 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Book talk With Lindy Hough, Southwest Harbor Public Library, Southwest Harbor. 244-7065. Author of “Wild Horses, Wild Dreams: New and Selected Poems, 1971-2010,” 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Brown Bag Lecture series, one-hour program, bring your lunch, Portland Public Library, Portland, free. 871-1710. William D. Andrews, “Breaking Ground,” noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday3.

James Witherell, Bull Moose Music, Scarborough. 885-9553. Author of the biographical “L.L. Bean: The Man and His Company,” 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Janis Bolster, Bridgton Public Library, Bridgton. 647-2472. Author of “The Lost Daughters,” 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Project Puffin, Maine Coast Book Shop and Cafe, Damariscotta. 563-3207. Author of “Project Puffin: How We Brought Puffins Back to Egg Rock,” 11 am. Wednesday.

Lily King, Maine Coast Book Shop and Cafe, Damariscotta. 563-3207. Author of “Father of the Rain,” 5 p.m. Friday.

Ammi-Joan Paquette, Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset. 882-7511. Author of “The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies,” 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Spencer Seidel, Maine Coast Book Shop and Cafe, Damariscotta. 563-3207. Author of “Dead of Wynter,” 2 p.m. Saturday.

Classical Music

Charles E. Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music, works by Kati Agocs, Milton Babbitt, Robert Beaser, Alban Berg, Derek Bermel, Henri Dutilleux, Richard Francis, Ryan Francis, Raomon Laskano, Gyorgy Ligeti, David T. Little, Zhou Long, Ricardo Romaniero, Kurt Schwertsik, Elliott Schwartz, several top composition participants and the winner of the 2011 Student Composition Competition, Bowdoin College (Studzinski Recital Hall), Brunswick, $10, suggested donation. 725-3895. Bowdoin International Music Festival, 7:30 p.m. today.

Artists of Tomorrow: Bowdoin International Music Festival, Bowdoin College (Studzinski Recital Hall), Brunswick, $10 suggested donation. 725-3895. Performances by the festival’s extraordinary students, 1:30 p.m. today; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 1 p.m. Wednesday; 12:30 p.m. Friday. Through Aug. 24.

Violinist Sarah Lent, Colony Hotel, Kennebunkport, $5 suggested donation. 985-8759. With Warren King on piano, 5 to 6 p.m. today.

Monday Sonatas: Bowdoin International Music Festival, Bowdoin Festival artists performing solo sonatas and duets, Bowdoin College (Studzinski Recital Hall), Brunswick, $30. 725-3895. Hummel, Copland and Brahms, 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Sebago Long Lake Music Festival Tuesday Night Concerts, Deertrees Theatre, Harrison, $20. 583-6747. “Wind Song,” music for lovers of winds and voice as well as strings and piano, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ Tuesdays at Merrill, Sophie-Veronique Cauchefer-Choplin, Merrill Auditorium, Portland, $15. 842-0800. Kotzschmar Konversation at 6:30 p.m. in the Merrill Rehearsal Hall; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Intimate Classics, works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, Farnsworth Art Museum (Wyeth Center), Rockland, $40, $16/students. 236-2823. www.baychamberconcerts.org. part I, 6 p.m.; part II, 8:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday Upbeat! Series: a mix of traditional and contemporary work, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Bowdoin College (Studzinski Recital Hall), Brunswick, $30. 725-3895. Strauss, Crumb and Brahms, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Primo Piano, with Thomas Wolf, St. Lawrence String Quartet and the winner of the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award for Piano, Rockport Opera House, Rockport, $30-$40, $8/students. 236-2823. www.baychamberconcerts.org. 8 p.m. Thursday.

Maine Pro Musica Symphony, Fryeburg Academy (Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center), Fryeburg, $15-$25. 935-9232. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Arceci, McKean and Friends, John Street United Methodist Church, Camden, $15, tickets at the door. 236-4829. Instrumental and vocal works by early French and Italian composers., 7 p.m. Friday.

Festival Fridays: Bowdoin International Music Festival’s renowned faculty and guest artists, Crooker Theater, Brunswick High School, Brunswick, $40-$50. 725-3895. Brahms and Schubert, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Comedy

Selene Luna Stand-up Special, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, $12-$15. stlawrencearts.org. With Stephanie Doyle, 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Bob Marley, Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield, $27.50. www.stonemountainartscenter.com. 8 p.m. Thursday.

Comedy Showcase, half-price shows on Thursdays ($7.50), Comedy Connection, Portland, $15, 18+ or 16+ with parent. www.mainecomedy.com. Juston McKinney, 8:30 p.m. Thursday; Greg Bogis and Sarah Blodgett, 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Dance

“The Poet’s Love” Benefit, performance and reception. Members of the Maine State Ballet Co. will dance to Robert Schumann’s “Dichterliebe,” collaboration with the Florestan Recital Project. Proceeds support programs and performances, Maine State Ballet Theater, Falmouth, $50-$75. 781-3587. mainestateballet.org. 7 p.m. Thursday.

“UN/Stable Landscape” Interactions between Human Dancers and Horses, Chance Encounter Farm, Pownal, $10. batesdancefestival.org. Bates Dance Festival performance, 2 p.m. Saturday.

Fairs/Festivals

Saltwater Celtic Music Festival, Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul, Karan Casey and John Doyle, Buille, The Prodigals, The Dublin City Ramblers, The Screaming Orphans and more. Author Kevin O’Hara will emcee, Thomas Point Beach, Brunswick, $25-$35, under 12 free. saltwaterfest.com. Noon today.

Christmas in July Craft Fair, Saco Grange, Saco. 499-7376. Local crafts, raffles and homemade goods, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

Schoodic Arts Festival, schoodicartsforall.org, Schoodic Arts Festival, Winter Harbor. 963-2569. Performances and workshops celebrating arts and culture in Down East Maine, various times and locations. Check schoodicartsforall.org for full schedule. Monday through Aug. 14.

Crafts at the Clambake, juried show, Clambake Restaurant, Scarborough. 883-1031. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Maine Lobster Festival, entertainment, races, parade, crafts, Maine Sea Goddess pageant and lots of lobster, Harbor Park, Rockland. www.mainelobsterfestival.com. Wednesday to Sunday.

Camp Creek, Oxford Fairgrounds, Oxford, $80 for three-day pass. All ages. Max Creek, Rustic Overtones, Gypsy Tailwind, Mallet Brothers, This Way, Dirigo and many more bands, www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1478272, gates open 10 a.m. Friday to Sunday.

KahBang Music and Arts Festival, riverfront parks, Bangor. www.kahbang.com. Over 50 bands and performers, 20 films. My Morning Jacket, Grace Potter, many others, Go to www.kahbang.com for full schedule, Friday to Aug. 13.

Dam Blues Festival and Pub Crawl, Round Top Farm, Damariscotta, $15-$20. 841-1461. dambluesfest.com. Delta Generators, Gumbo Diablo, Racky Thomas Band, JP Soars and the Red Hots, Black Cat Road, others, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday.

7th Annual Greater Brunswick Peace Fair, activities and entertainment, conversation cafes, varied organizations participating, Brunswick Mall, Brunswick. 725-7675. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Films

Summer Film Series, York Public Library, York, free. 363-2818. “True Grit,” 7 p.m. today.

Rooftop Film Series “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure,” bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. Enter at 45 Spring St., Free Street parking garage, Portland, free. www.menskmaine.org. 9 p.m. (sunset) today.

“Innocent Interlude: Scenes of Life in Portland, 1940-41,” Maine Historical Society, Portland, $7-$8, $2 for 6 to 17 years old. 774-1822. 60-minute film narrated by historian Joel Eastman. Noon Monday to Friday. Through Aug. 31.

Summer Documentary Series, Portland Public Library Rines Auditorium, Portland, free. 871-1700. “Steam of Life,” 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Summer Film Festival, Patten Free Library, Bath, free. 443-5141. “Helena from the Wedding,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“Art Videos at the Gallery,” Barn Gallery, Ogunquit, free. 646-7055. Seurat: The Impressionists, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“Woman Art Revolution,” Strand Theatre, Rockland, $7.50-$8.50. rocklandstrand.com. Documentary on how the Feminist Art Movement fused free speech and politics into art, 8 p.m. Friday.

“Maine Masters” documentary about artist David Henning Larson, Maine College of Art (Osher Hall), Portland, free. mainemasters.com. With artist talk by Maine artist Robert Shetterly and David’s son Soren Larson, 6 and 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Food and Drink

Pancake Breakfast, Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, Peaks Island, $4-$7. 766-3330. Pancakes, eggs, ham, baked beans, watermelon, coffee, tea and juice, 8 to 11 a.m. today.

Taste of Rangeley, Country Club Inn, Rangeley, $10. 864-2963. Appetizer extravaganza catered by restaurateurs, with raffles, 4:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Lobster Bake, First Baptist Church, Springvale, $20, reservations required. 490-0930. 6 p.m. Saturday.

For Children

2011 Children’s Theatre Season, Ogunquit Playhouse, Ogunquit, $10. 800-982-2787. Disney’s “The Jungle Book,” 10 a.m. today; “Fairy Houses, the Musical,” 10 a.m. and noon Saturday. Through Aug. 28.

“Grandmother Slyboots (Little Red Riding Hood),” Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, Portland, $8-$9. 828-1234 ext. 231. A twist on the well-worn tale of a flighty girl and conniving wolf, 4 p.m. today.

“Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast,” show combines humor, animation and the latest planetary images for a fun and informative solar system tour, University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland, $4-$5. 780-4249. www.usm.maine.edu/planet. 11 a.m. Monday; 3 p.m. Saturday. Through Aug. 18.

Summer Story Time, Youth Room amphitheater, Scarborough Public Library, Scarborough, free. 883-4723 ext. 6277. Family stories, ages 3 to 7 with an adult, 10:30 a.m. Monday.

“Summertime” Pajamarama Storytime, Scarborough Public Library, Scarborough, free. 883-4723 ext. 6277. Children are invited to wear their pjs and bring their favorite cuddle toy for stories and crafts, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“Wizard of Oz,” Camden Public Library Amphitheater, free. 236-3440. Book reading, kids crafts and screening of the film, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

ABCs of the Sky, University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland, $4-$5. 780-4249. Learn a new outer space word for each letter in the alphabet, 11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

Kids as Artists, making relief prints with R. Keith Rendall, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, $35, pre-registration required. 633-4333. For ages 7 and up, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Yarmouth Summer Arts Series, rain location Harrison Middle School, Royal River Park, Yarmouth, Free. 846-2406. Vic and Sticks Recycled Rhythm Band, 11 a.m. Wednesday.

“Day Out with Thomas: Leader of the Track Tour,” Boothbay Railway Village, Boothbay, $18. 866-468-7630. Rides with Thomas the Tank Engine (2-ton replica), family activities, storytelling, music and more, 9:15 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through Aug. 14.

Children’s Art Workshop: Create a Tinkerbelle Box, Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset, $5. 882-7511. Children will create a fairy environment using pine cones, dandelions, rocks and silk flowers, 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday.

WCSH6 News Center’s Don Carrigan and Togus the Cat, South Portland Public Library, South Portland. 767-6770. Author of “Togus: A Coon Cat Finds a Home,” reading and book signing, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Museums

“Cold Waters, Cold War: the 20th Century Navy in Maine,” Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, $9/child-$12/adult, free for members and children. 443-1316. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Sunday.

“Horse-Drawn Summer Delivery Vehicles,” vehicles commonly seen on Maine roads in the late 1800s through the early 1900s, Skyline Farm, North Yarmouth, free/donation. 239-5782; skylinefarm.org. 1 to 4 p.m. today.

“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, Saco. 283-3861. www.dyerlibrarysacomuseum.org. Noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday; noon to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Through Sept. 3.

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

“Indians and Rusticators: Wabanakis and Summer Visitors on Mount Desert Island 1840s-1920s,” Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor, $6, 15 and under $2. 288-3519. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today to Saturday. Through Sept. 30.

Maritime Exhibition: “High Seas and a Safe Harbor — Kennebunkport’s Age of Sail,” Pasco Center of Kennebunkport Historical Society, donation. 967-2751. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Through Oct. 7.

“Impressions of a World Traveler,” early 20th-century travel photos, souvenirs and writings of museum founder Edith Barry, Brick Store Museum Program Center, Kennebunk. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Through Sept. 1.

Tate House Museum Architecture Tours, Portland, $6-$8, kids $3. 774-6177. 90-minute tours, 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 and 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Music

John Butler Trio, State Theatre, Portland, $25/$30. 7:30 p.m. today.

The Wailin’ Jennys, Strand Theatre, Rockland, $29. 594-0070. www.RocklandStrand.com. 8 p.m. today.

Weekly Music Jam Sessions, Sail Power and Steam Museum, Rockland, free. 701-7627. Bring an instrument or three or just come to listen, 2 to 4 p.m. today.

Butcher Boy, The Oak and the Ax, Biddeford. theoakandtheax.blogspot.com. With The Waldos and Pamola, 8 p.m. today.

Brad Hooper, Andy’s Old Port Pub, Portland, free. www.andys oldportpub.com. 5 p.m. today.

Cullu Reggae Sundays, Porthole Restaurant, Portland, $3, all ages. 780-6533. Reggae with three singers, two horns, keys, bass, guitar, percussion and drums, 4 to 8 p.m. today.

Banjo Dan and the Mid-nite Plowboys, Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, $20. 563-3424. Bluegrass, 7:30 p.m. today.

Summer Sunday Jazz Brunch, Cafe Cambridge, South Portland. 899-1884. Guitarist Max Rowe, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

Pasadena Tabernacle Band Concert, Seaside Pavilion, Old Orchard Beach, free. 934-2024. 7 p.m. Monday.

Summer Concert Series, Schoolhouse Arts Center, Standish, $10, $5 for kids 5 and up, free for under 5. 642-3743. Squid Jiggers, folk duo, 7 p.m. Monday.

Havana Nights Summer Series, Tuesday nights at The Landing at Pine Point, Scarborough. With Primo Cubano, 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The Spinney Brothers, Lakeside Theater, Rangeley, $15-$20. 864-5000. www.rangeleymovies. com. Nova Scotia bluegrass band, 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Summer Organ Concert Series, 883 Hutchings-Plaisted organ, First Parish Church United Church of Christ, Brunswick, $5 suggested donation. 729-7331. Katelyn Emerson, noon Tuesday.

2011 Cornish Bandstand Summer Series, Cornish, free. Desperate Measures (bluegrass/contra dance music), 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The Del McCoury Band, Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield, $60. stonemountainartscenter.com. 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Floydz Boyz, Grace, Portland. www.restaurantgrace.com. Jazz piano trio, 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Seaside Martini Club, The Landing at Pine Point, Scarborough. 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Yarmouth Summer Arts Series, Royal River Park, Yarmouth, free. 846-2406. Misspent Youth, hits from the ’70s and ’80s, 6:15 p.m. Wednesday (rain date Thursday).

Weekly Old Time Music Jam, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland. 899-3529. www.localsprouts.coop. Open jam of old-time Appalachian music. Bring an instrument or just come to enjoy, 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Summer Music Series, Bangor Public Library, Bangor, free. www.bpl.lib.me.us. Smells Like the Nineties, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Led Kaapana, slack key guitar, Jonathan’s Restaurant, Ogunquit, $22.50-$25.50. 646-4777. jonathansrestaurant.com. 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Sandi Patti, Seaside Pavilion, Old Orchard Beach, free. 934-2024. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Auburn Community Concert Band, Festival Plaza, Auburn, free. 333-6601 ext. 2108. “Songs of Sensational Groups,” 7 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Summer Concerts at Mill Creek Park, South Portland, free. 767-7650. Don Campbell Trio; country, bluegrass, rock, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Manchester Orchestra, State Theatre, Portland, $16.50-$18, all ages. statetheatreportland.com. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Music on the Mall, Brunswick Mall, Brunswick, free. 729-4439. Anne Sparling, music for children, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Sunset Folk Series, Western Promenade Park, Portland. 756-8275. Phantom Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa, State Theatre, Portland, $25-$75, all ages, reserved seating. 800-745-3000. www.statetheatreportland.com. 8 p.m. Thursday.

Summer Lakeside Concerts, Bates College (Keigwin Amphitheater), Lewiston, free. 786-6330. Global Grooves, 6 p.m. Thursday.

Summer Music Concert Series, Lithgow Public Library, Augusta, free. 626-2415. Roots Rock from This Way, 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Belfast Summer Nights Weekly Music Series, Heritage Park, Belfast, free. 322-7123. High School Jazz Band, Noah Fishman and Pals, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Spinney Brothers, bluegrass, Unity Centre for the Performing Arts, Unity, $15. 948-7469. www.unityme.org/theater. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Concert in the Park, Memorial Park at Oak Hill, Scarborough, free. Time Pilots (’80s cover band), 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Summer Concert Series, Memorial Park, Old Orchard Beach, free. 934-0860. Hat Trick, music from the last six decades, 6:30 p.m. Thursday1.

Hot Summer Nights Music Series, Central School, South Berwick, free, donations welcome. 384-5846. Hoot Night: local talent showcase, 6 p.m. Thursday.

Concerts in the Park at the Bandstand, Deering Oaks, Portland. 756-8275. Sammie Haynes (singer-songstress), 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

Friends of Eastern Promenade Concert Series, Fort Allen Bandstand, Eastern Promenade, Portland. 756-8275. Big Chief (rhythm and roots music), 7 p.m. Thursday.

Vonda Shephard, The Landing at Pine Point, Scarborough, $25. thelandingatpinepoint.com. 8 p.m. Thursday.

Deer Isle Jazz Festival, film, music and clinics, Stonington Opera House, Stonington, $15-$32.50, free for island students. 367-2788. “The Monk and the Mermaid: The Song of Charles Lloyd,” documentary film, 7 p.m. Thursday, $7; Jason Moran, 7 p.m. Friday; Charles Lloyd and Jason Moran, 7 p.m. Saturday.

Friday Night Jazz, Solo Bistro, Bath. 443-3373. Flash Allen (vocals/keys) and Tina Allen (vocals), 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday.

Tom Rush, folk, Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, Boothbay Harbor, $25/$30. 633-5159. 8 p.m. (doors at 7:30) Friday.

Shania “Twin,” The Landing at Pine Point, Scarborough, $20/$25. Shania Twain tribute band, 8 p.m. (doors 6:30 p.m.) Friday.

Barn Burner Music Series: Fishtank Ensemble, Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield, $10. stonemountainartscenter.com. Hot gypsy jazz in the Quisisana Barn, doors at 6:30, show at 8 p.m. Friday.

Peter Yarrow, from Peter, Paul and Mary, Jonathan’s Restaurant, Ogunquit, $37.50-$41.50. 646-4777. jonathansrestaurant.com. 8 p.m. Friday.

Highland Soles, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, $10-$12, $25 family rate. stlawrencearts.org. Family band featuring music and dance from Scotland and Cape Breton, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Jazz Jam with Gary Wittner and Friends, The Local Buzz, Cape Elizabeth, donations welcome. 541-9024. 7 p.m. Friday.

Okbari with Armenian clarinet virtuoso Mal Barsamian, Blue, Portland, $15. 774-4111. Middle Eastern music, 8 p.m. Friday.

Carrie Elkin with Jonathan Byrd and Anthony da Costa, singer-songwriters, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $15-$18. 761-1757. 8 p.m. Friday.

Sam Lardner Family Concert, Marine Environmental Research Institute, Blue Hill, free. 374-2135. International folk musician, 4 p.m. Friday.

Open Mic Night, Jakeman Hall, Ocean Park, free. 934-9068. www.oceanpark.org. 7 to 10 p.m. Friday.

CJ Chenier and his Red Hot Louisiana Band, Le Club Calumet, Augusta, $29. brownpapertickets.com. Zydeco music, 8 p.m. Friday.

The Steep Canyon Rangers, Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, Boothbay Harbor, $20/$25. 633-5159. Bluegrass, 8 p.m. (doors at 7:30) Saturday.

Al Stewart, acoustic show, Jonathan’s Restaurant, Ogunquit, $35.50. 646-4777. jonathansrestaurant.com. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Liva Jazz Supper Club, Zachery’s, 81 Riverside St., no cover, 21+. 774-5601. Contemporary and classic jazz, 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Fishtank Ensemble, Unity Centre for the Performing Arts, Unity, $15. 948-7469. www.unityme.org/theater. Cross-pollinated gypsy music, 8 p.m. Saturday.

Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies, The Oak and the Ax, Biddeford. theoakandtheax.blogspot.com. With BJ Snowden, 8 p.m. Saturday.

Summer Concert Series at the Hope Hobbs Gazebo, Stafford Wind Symphony, wind ensemble, rain location is Ward Gym in Wells Junior High on Route One, Wells Harbor Community Park, Wells, free. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Juliet Lloyd, singer-songwriter-pianist, The Local Buzz, Cape Elizabeth, donations welcome. 541-9024. 7 p.m. Saturday.

An Evening with Boreal Tordu and Round Mountain, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $12. 761-1757. Blend of Acadian traditions with original Americana sensibilities, 8 p.m. Saturday.

The Blue Lobster Troupe, Lucid Stage, Portland, $10. 899-3993. Community chorus with opener pianist and singer Rebecca Wing, 8 p.m. Saturday.

Guster, State Theatre, Portland, $32.50-35.50. statetheatreportland.com. With Ra Ra Riot, 8 p.m. Saturday.

Special Events

Lighthouse tours, one of only 40 caisson-style lighthouses in the U.S. and the only one open to visitors; wear good shoes; must be over 55 inches tall; cancelled in case of rain or fog, Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, South Portland, $5, free for children under 14. 699-2676. www.SpringPointLight.org. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Saturday.

17th Century Encampment, Colonial Pemaquid Historic Site, New Harbor. 677-2423. Outdoor interpretive weekend showcasing aspects of 17th-century life, 1 to 4 p.m. today.

55th Annual Boothbay Harbor Antiques Show, Boothbay Region YMCA, Boothbay Harbor, $6, 12 and under free with adult. 284-8657. 30 exhibitors selling antiques in every area of the market, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

Scots-Irish Heritage in Midcoast Maine, Colonial Pemaquid Historic Site, New Harbor, $5, free for members. 677-2423. Lecture by John Mann, chair of the Maine Ulster Scots Project, 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Lammas Celestial Poetry Reading, local writers recite works in the star dome theater; images on the dome supplement the readings, University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland, by donation. 780-4249. 7 p.m. Monday.

“Eight Planets and Counting,” University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland, $4-$6. 780-4249. Discover the wonders of our solar system, 1 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Black Holes, University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland, $4-$6. 780-4249. Show about one of the most fascinating objects in the universe, 1 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 7 p.m. Friday.

Living History Tours, Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, Livermore, $10, $25 family rate. 897-4366. Visitors are engaged by portrayers of people you might have met in 1870, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

“Alive for $5,” one-hour family program includes “Talk Back” with the performer, Stonington Opera House, Stonington. 367-2788. Birdie Googins, aka the Marden’s Lady, 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Wood Island Lighthouse Tours, Biddeford, $10, reservations required. 286-3229. Guided tours, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

The Hive Faculty Reading, Empire Dine and Dance, Portland. 774-6064. Nine nationally renowned poets and fiction writers will read from their work, 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Maine-ly Harmony Women’s Chorus A Cappella Singing Classes, Kennebec Valley YMCA, Augusta, free. 582-5523. Girls and women of all ages are welcome to learn four-part harmony, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Lively Lunches at Johnson Hall Mini-Park, Johnson Hall, Gardiner, free. 582-7144. Brent and Maya McCoy “Secret Circus,” comedy and physical theater, noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Demo and concert by acclaimed Native American flute maker Hawk Henries, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, free with garden admission. 633-4333. Demo from 10 a.m. to noon, concert at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Open House with Christopher L. Webber, author of “American to the Backbone,” Abyssinian Meeting House, Portland. www.abyme.org. Maine’s only African American Underground Railroad National Historic Site, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

“Honeymooning on Kilimanjaro” with Jeff Burgess, Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland. www.moac.org. Slide presentation and talk, 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Polly Mahoney Slide-Talk “Bhutan: A World Away,” Rockland Public Library, Rockland, free. 594-0310. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Healing Concert, with gongs and crystal bowls, Riley School, Rockport, $20. 594-2565. Presented by Joan and Ron of Inner Tapestry magazine, 7 to 9 p.m. Friday; Sound Healing workshop, $75, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

First Friday Art Walk: Art Exhibit and Classical Music, performances at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., KeyBank, Portland. firstfridayartwalk.com. Portland Chamber Music Festival violinist Jennifer Elowitch and cellist Marc Johnson, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Western Maine Storytelling Festival, in the University of Maine at Farmington amphitheater, $5-$15. www.wmsfestival.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday; Storytelling Showcase with members of MOOSE, free, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday; stories for families, free, 1:45 to 4:45 p.m. Saturday; storytelling concert, 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday; Tale End reception for tellers and listeners, Homestead Bakery, Farmington, $5, 9:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

History of Pemaquid’s Prominence in the 17th Century, Colonial Pemaquid Historic Site, New Harbor. 677-2423. Presentation by historical interpreters Gus Konitsy and George Robbins, 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday.

“75 Summers” Diamond Anniversary Celebration, Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, $10, $5 for kids 14 and under. 985-4802. At four historic homes on Summer Street, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Wings and Wheels Spectacular, Owls Head Transportation Museum, Owls Head, $15, free for under 18. 594-4418. High-speed aerobatics, classic cars, high-wheel bicycles and military aircraft, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

New Gloucester History Barn Open House, New Gloucester Historical Society, free. 926-3188. Historic photos of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village farm, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Theater

“The Wizard of Oz,” Arundel Barn Playhouse, Arundel, $28-$39. 8 p.m. today and Tuesday; 2 and 8 p.m. Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday.

“Pirates of Penzance,” Freeport Players, Freeport Performing Arts Center, Freeport, $10-$15. 865-2220. www.fcponline.org. 2 p.m. today.

“Xanadu,” Maine State Music Theatre, Bowdoin College (Pickard Theater), Brunswick, $33-$56. 725-8769. www.msmt.org. 2 p.m. today; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; ; 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Bikinis, Northport Music Theater, Northport, $20-$25. 338-8383. northportmusictheater.com. Musical about 1964 girl group who reunite years later, 3:30 p.m. today.

“44 Plays for 44 Presidents,” Acadia Repertory Theatre, Somesville, $18-$23, $10 for kids under 16. 244-7260. A romp through American history, told in comedy, drama and music, 2 p.m. today.

“Gypsy,” City Theater, Biddeford, $20. 282-0849. Classic musical based on the life of Gypsy Rose Lee, 2 p.m. today; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through Aug. 7.

“Murder a la Moliere” dinner theater, Carousel Music Theater, Boothbay Harbor, $36, includes meal and show. 633-5297. Murder mystery with music from the 1970s, 6:30 p.m. today to Saturday. Through Aug. 28.

Beauty and the Beast Junior, Schoolhouse Arts Center, Standish, $8-$10, $5 for kids under 5. 642-3743. Student musical theater production, 2 p.m. today.

“King Lear: Truth and Consequence!” Theater at Monmouth, $20-$26. 939-9999. Shakespeare tragedy, 7 p.m. today; 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Through Aug. 18.

“Fafalo,” Bowdoinham Town Hall, Bowdoinham, comic fantasy with Balinese masks and huge puppets, 319-7289. $15-$20, $10 for kids 6-12. Pay-what-you-can at 5 p.m. today; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through Aug. 14.

“The Tempest,” University of Maine (Fox Auditorium), Fort Kent, $7. 834-7557. 2 p.m. today.

“The Compleat Wrks of William Shakespeare, Abridged,” Theater at Monmouth, $10-$24. 933-9999. theateratmonmouth.org. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Through Aug. 17.

“The Fantasticks,” Poland Spring Inn, Poland Spring, $10. Musical comedy, 8 p.m. Tuesday. Through Aug. 30.

“Blithe Spirit,” Acadia Repertory Theatre, Somesville, $18-$23, $10 for kids under 16. 244-7260. 8:15 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Through Aug. 14.

“Twelth Night” Freeport Shakespeare Festival, L.L. Bean Discovery Park, Freeport, free. Shakespeare comedy, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Through Aug. 12.

“Guys and Dolls,” Boothbay Playhouse, Boothbay, $20, $17 for kids under 12. 633-3379. 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit,” Theater at Monmouth, $20-$26. 939-9999. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; 1 p.m. Saturday. Through Aug. 19.

“Room Service,” Theater at Monmouth, $20-$26. 933-9999. Hilarious farce, 1 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday. Through Aug. 20.

“Singin’ in the Rain,” musical, Hackmatack Playhouse, Berwick, $18-$25, $10 students and under 20. 698-1807. 8 p.m. Wednesday; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through Aug. 13.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Seaside Pavilion, Old Orchard Beach, free. 934-2024. 7 p.m. Thursday.

Fenix Theatre Company Summer Repertory Season, Deering Oaks, Portland, free. fenixtheatre.com. Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot,” 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday; Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labor’s Lost,” 6:30 p.m. Friday. Through Aug. 13.

“Guys and Dolls,” Boothbay Playhouse, Boothbay, $20, $17 for kids under 12. 633-3379. 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday. Through Aug. 20.

“Before Bill,” Freeport Factory Stage, Freeport, $17-$20. 865-5505. A comic romp through medieval times, 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday. Through Aug. 14.

“Rent,” Winthrop Performing Arts Center, Winthrop, $10-$15. 623-4583. Musical presented by The Fairway Players, 7 p.m. Friday.

“Much Ado About Nothing,” Theater at Monmouth, $20-$24. 933-9999. Shakespeare’s quarrelsome comedy, 7:30 p.m. Friday. Through Aug. 20.

“Twelth Night,” Theater Project, Brunswick, $12 suggested donation. 729-8584. A Shakespeare Project production, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through Aug. 14.

Alfred Hitchcock’s “39 Steps,” Fryeburg Academy (Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center), Fryeburg, $10-$20. 935-9232. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Shakespeare’s Kids “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, free with admission to garden. 633-4333. Freeport Shakespeare Festival event, 2 p.m. Saturday.