• CLASSICAL MUSIC

First Chairs All Stars Season Finale, Rockport Opera House. $50; $8 for ages 18 and younger. 236-2823. 8 p.m. 

FRIDAY

Chamber ME Classical Music Series, string trio music by Beethoven and Sauzay, Freeport Community Center. Free. 251-1953. 11 a.m.

Chamber ME Classical Music Series, string trio music by Beethoven and Sauzay, State Street Church, Portland. Free. 251-1953. 5 p.m. 

SATURDAY

Chamber ME Music Series, string trio music by Beethoven and Sauzay, River Tree Arts, Kennebunk. Free. 967-9120. Noon. 

SUNDAY

Annual Summer Keyboard Concert, with trumpet trio and Encore Youth Ensemble, Ogunquit Baptist Church. Free/donation. 7 p.m. 

• THEATER

“Curtain Up!”, previews from 14 theaters of upcoming shows in the 2011-12 season, Congress Square, Portland. Free. lucidstage.com. 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. today.

“Legally Blonde, the Musical,” musical comedy based on hit 2001 movie starring Becky Gulsvig, Michael Rupert and Sally Struthers, Ogunquit Playhouse. $49 to $76.50. 646-5511. 8 p.m. today and Friday; 3:30 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday; 8 p.m. Tuesday; 2:30 and 8 p.m. Wednesday and Sept. 8. Through Sept. 17.

“Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily,” mystery, Acadia Repertory Theatre, Somerville. $18 to $23; $10 for children under 16. 244-7260. 8:15 p.m. today to Sunday.

“The 39 Steps,” mystery/comedy based on classic Alfred Hitchcock film, Hackmatack Playhouse, Berwick. $12 to $29.50. 698-1807. 2 and 8 p.m. today; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

“I Left My Heart,” musical Tribute to Tony Bennett, Arundel Barn Playhouse. $28 to $39. 985-5552. 8 p.m. today; 2 and 8 p.m. Friday; 8 p.m. Saturday.

“And Then There Were None,” mystery by Gaslight Theater, Hallowell City Hall. $10, $12. 626-3698. 7:30 p.m. today to Saturday.

“To Kill a Mockingbird,” drama based on classic book and movie, Lakewood Theater, Madison. $18 to $37. lakewoodtheater.org. 8 p.m. today to Saturday; 4 p.m. Sunday; 2 p.m. Wednesday; 8 p.m. Sept. 8. Through Sept. 10.

Portland Playback Improv Theater, “What Happened at Work,” Community Television Network (CTN), Portland. $5. portlandplayback.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

“Pinkaliscious,” production for young audiences about a little girl who eats too many sweets, Ogunquit Playhouse. $15 to $19. ogunquitplayhouse.org. 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

• AUDITIONS

St. Cecilia Chamber Choir, all voice parts for the coming season, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Newcastle. 380-2768. Call for time slot today to Saturday.

Musica de Filia Fall 2011 Semester, women and girls choral group, Musica de Filia Studio, Portland. 807-2158. 10 a.m. Saturday.

“The Jungle Book, Youth Voices on Stage” and “Santa’s Reindeer Revue,” roles for children ages 11 to 17, Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, Portland. 828-1234, Ext. 247. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

“The Rabbit Hole,” roles for three women, one man and a high-school-aged boy; play runs Nov. 11-20; Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta. 563-3424. 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday to Sept. 8.

Coastal Youth Orchestra, string students and advanced students who play the oboe, clarinet, trumpet and French horn, Mt. Ararat High School, Topsham. 729-5156. 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Southern Maine Children’s Chorus, auditioning singers in grades 12 and younger, University of Southern Maine (Corthell Concert Hall), Gorham. 780-5256. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday; schedule a time by emailing [email protected]

“The Nutcracker,” roles for children, Maine State Ballet Theater, Falmouth. $10 audition fee. 781-7672. Ages 7 and 8, 4 to 4:45 p.m. Sept. 8; ages 9 and 10, 5:15 to 6 p.m. Sept. 8; ages 11 and 12, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Sept. 8. 

• ART MUSEUMS

OPENINGS/RECEPTIONS

“From My Garden,” ink line and watercolor portraits of flowers by Jean Swan Gordon, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay. 633-4333. Reception, 5 to 7 p.m. today. Through Sept. 29.

“Having in Paris a Great Success,” French fashion from 1928 to 1936, Maine Historical Society, Portland. mainehistory.org. Opens Friday. Through Dec. 31.

“Along the Yangzi River: Regional Culture of the Bronze Age from Hunan,” 60 bronze vessels and monumental bells cast in southern China between 1300 B.C.E. and 221 B.C.E., Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick. bowdoin.edu. Opens Friday. Through Jan. 8.

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

“Drawn to Modernism,” American Modernist artists from the permanent collection, Ogunquit Museum of American Art. ogunquitmuseum.org. Opens Sept. 8. Through Oct. 31. 

CONTINUING

“Impressions of a World Traveler,” early 20th-century travel photos, souvenirs and writings of museum founder Edith Barry, Brick Store Museum Program Center, Kennebunk. brickstoremuseum.org. Through 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. dyerlibrarysacomuseum.org. Through Sunday.

“Selected Drawings and Photographs from the Marsden Hartley Memorial Collection,” Bates College (Olin Arts Center), Lewiston. 786-6158. Through Monday.

“Emerging Dis/Order,” drawings by Amy Stacey Curtis, Alison Hildreth and Andrea Sulzer, Bates College (Museum of Art), Lewiston. 786-6158. Through Sept. 10.

“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.

“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. Through Sept. 11.

“Hopper’s Contemporaries: Artists in New England,” works by contemporaries of Edward Hopper, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick. bowdoin.edu. Through Sept. 11.

“New Dawn Fades,” photographs by Thomas Hager, University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor. 561-3350. Through Sept. 24.

“Photo National 2011: A Survey of Contemporary Photography,” juried exhibit of works by 34 photographers, University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor. 561-3350. Through Sept. 24.

“Folk Art on High,” weather vane exhibit, Rufus Porter Museum, Bridgton. rufusportermuseum.org. Through Oct. 1.

“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.

“Exhibiting Whistler: A Tribute to David P. Becker,” prints by James McNeill Whistler, Colby College (Museum of Art), Waterville. colby.edu. Through Oct. 2. “American Modern,” photographs by Abbott, Evans and Bourke-White, 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.

“Celebrating a Gift: The Norma B. Marin Photography Collection,” Colby College (Museum of Art), Waterville. 859-5609. Through Oct. 2.

“Andrew Moore: Detroit Disassembled,” photographs of Detroit’s industrial decline and reclamation by nature, 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.

“Andrew and Jamie Wyeth: Selections from the Private Collection of Victoria Browning Wyeth,” paintings, Bates College (Olin Arts Center), Lewiston. 786-6158. Through Oct. 2.

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

“John Marin: Modernism at Mid-century,” work from painter Marin’s career between 1870 and 1953, Portland Museum of Art. portlandmuseum.org. Through Oct. 10.

“The Stone Coast,” sculptures by multiple artists, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay. mainegardens.org. Through Oct. 10.

“Edward Hopper’s Maine,” paintings of Maine scenes, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick. bowdoin.edu. Through Oct. 16.

“The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States,” collection of drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs and prints by artists mainly working in the United States, Portland Museum of Art. 775-6148. Through Oct. 23.

“Andrew Wyeth, Christina’s World and the Olson House,” Farnsworth Art Museum (Wyeth Center), Rockland. farnsworthmuseum.org. Through Oct. 30.

“Children’s Book Illustrators,” original work by Maurice Sendak, Dr. Seuss, Jules Feiffer, Eric Carle, Leonard Baskin, E.B. Lewis, Barbara Cooney and more; University of New England Art Gallery, Portland. une.edu/artgallery/childrensbook.cfm. Through Oct. 30.

“Aronson to Aronson: The Lineage of Expressionism,” paintings and sculptures by David and Ben Aronson, Ogunquit Museum of American Art. ogunquitmuseum.org. Through Oct. 31.

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

Jack Levine, paintings from the 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.

“Jason Larkin: Past Perfect,” 2011 Arnold Newman Prize winner exhibition, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. farnsworthmuseum.org. Through Nov. 27.

“ALOFT! Topsails to Turbines,” use of wind power through the ages, Maine Maritime Museum, Bath. mainemaritimemuseum.org. Through Nov. 27.

“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.

“Indians and Rusticators: Wabanakis and Summer Visitors on Mount Desert Island,” Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor. abbemuseum.org. Through Dec. 28.

“Dressing Up, Standing Out, Fitting In: Adornment & Identity in Maine,” artifacts reveal the way Mainers dressed from the 18th to 20th centuries, Maine Historical Society, Portland. mainehistory.org. Through May 27.

• ART GALLERIES

OPENINGS/RECEPTIONS

Grant Drumheller: “Still Life in Variation,” Greenhut Galleries, Portland. 772-2693. Opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m. today. Through Oct. 1.

“Life is Just a Chair of Bowlies,” bowls by Nan Kilbourn-Tara, Markings Gallery, Bath. 443-1499. Opens today. Through Sept. 30.

“Scenes from Maine,” new and recent work by Portland artist Jay LaBrie, Richard Boyd Gallery, Peaks Island. 712-1097. Opens today. Through Sept. 29.

“Intercambio: Interplays and Exchanges,” sculpture, printmaking and mixed-media by Suzanne Hunt, Larinda Meade and Lizz Sinclair, 3Fish Gallery, Portland. 773-4773. Opens today. Through Sept. 30.

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

Photographs by Mariah K. Brinton, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland. stlawrencearts.org. Open house/artist reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

“Karen Woods: Water Views in Pastel,” Hope.Gate.Way, Portland. 899-2435. Opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Portraits Group Show, by artists in residence, Mayo Street Arts, Portland. mayostreetarts.org. Opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

“Traveling Across America,” paintings and pastels by Barbara Traficonte, Lajos Matolcsy Arts Gallery, Norway. 739-6161. Opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Through Oct. 6.

“6/6/6: An Exhibition that Created Itself Through Connectivity,” works by six artists, Gallery 37-A, Portland. thirtysevena.com. Opening reception, 6 to 10 p.m. Friday. Through Sept. 30.

Christian Farnsworth: “Echo Garden,” photography exhibit, Slainte, Portland. slaintewinebar.com. Opening reception, 5 p.m. Friday.

“seductive/CONCERT,” photographs by Ruth Sylmor and paintings by Ronnie Wilson, Addison Woolley Gallery, Portland. 450-8499. Opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Oct. 1.

“Droge and Lash,” paintings by Michel Droge and sculpture by Robert Lash, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell. harlowgallery.org. Reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Sept. 24.

Susan Elliot: “Trees: In a Different Light,” Harmons & Bartons Gallery, Portland. 774-5948. Artist’s social, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Sept. 30.

“The Art of the Still Life,” with 20 contemporary artists, Haynes Galleries, Thomaston. 354-0605. Opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Sept. 29.

“Indefinable,” recent works by Marcel Flisiuk, Frost Farm Gallery, Norway. 743-8041. Artist’s reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Oct. 1.

“Painters, Players and Poets,” with 16 Maine painters, nine Maine players/composers, seven Maine poets and 16 Maine chairmakers, Portland Public Library (Lewis Gallery). 871-1700. Reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

“Out of the Ordinary,” fall show, York Art Association, York Harbor. 363-4049. Opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Through Sept. 30.

“Gunpowder and Fireworks,” drawings by Mark Kelly, Aarhus Gallery, Belfast. 338-0001. Reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Oct. 2.

“Intention and Accident,” paintings and prints by Kate Doyle, York Public Library. 363-2818. Artist’s reception, 5 p.m. Tuesday. Through Sept. 27.

John Sideli: “The Sum of the Parts” and Brad Betts, Philip Frey, Loretta Krupinski and John Neville: “Down to the Sea in Ships!”, Gleason Fine Art, Boothbay Harbor. 633-6849. Opens Sept. 8. Through Oct. 29. 

CONTINUING

“Bon Appetit! The Exhibit,” whimsical collection of food and culinary art by YES Art Works artists, The Blue Spoon, Portland. 773-1116. Through today.

John Ripton: “Reflections-Urban (Por)traits,” photography exhibit, University of New England Campus Center, Biddeford. une.edu. Through Friday.

“New Works,” by Jayne Adams, Patrick Plourde and David Witbeck, Gallery on Chase Hill, Kennebunkport. maine-art.com. Through Monday.

Carol Jessen: “Out and About,” plus “Put a Smile on Your Face” by William Irvine, Jeff Barrett and David Witbeck, Gleason Fine Arts, Boothbay Harbor. 633-6849. Through Wednesday.

Burt Silverman: “Painter of People and Places,” Haynes Galleries, Thomaston. 354-0605. Through Sept. 8.

“New Work By Faculty,” Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport. woodschool.org. Through Sept. 9.

“Travels Over the Seas: Italy, France and Beyond,” recent acquisitions of 19th- and 20th-century American and European paintings, Wiscasset Bay Gallery. 882-7682. Through Sept. 9.

“Hither and Yon: Landscapes, Seascapes, Escapes,” watercolor paintings by Betsy Wales, 317 Main Street Gallery, Yarmouth. 846-6264. Through Sept. 9.

“Georgetown Goes Modern: The Modern Art Movement Meets an Island Community,” historic paintings, photographs, sculptures and artifacts, Georgetown Historical Society. 371-9200. Through Sept. 10.

“Drawing the Line,” work in different drawing media on two-dimensional surfaces, Barn Gallery, Ogunquit. 646-8400. Through Sept. 10.

“Graphite,” sculpture and drawings by James Marshall and Kate Beck, Icon Contemporary Art, Brunswick. 725-8157. Through Sept. 10.

“Table of Contents: Richard Brown Lethem,” paintings, Aucocisco Galleries, Portland. 775-2222. Through Sept. 10.

“Five Artists,” work by Barbara Bean, Cory Hart, Letty Chiew Husson, Lea Peterson and Susan Zimmerman; Old Post Office Gallery, Georgetown. Through Sept. 11.

“Five Maine Realists,” work by David Graeme Baker, Doug Martenson, Alison Rector, Simon Parkes and David Vickery; Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, Ellsworth. 667-6611. Through Sept. 11.

Vincent Hartgen: “Painting Schoodic,” Littlefield Gallery, Winter Harbor. 581-1149. Through Sept. 15.

Larinda Meade, printmaker, Finance Authority of Maine, Augusta. (800) 228-3734. Through Sept. 16.

“Without Borders VIII: Breaking Ground,” work by John Bell, Richard Corey, Ryan Guerrero, Bethany Engstrom, Matthew Leavitt and Justin Taylor; University of Maine (Lord Hall Gallery), Orono. withoutbordersfest.org. Through Sept. 16.

Carol Sloane, Janice Kasper, Frederick Kellogg and Barbara Sullivan, new works, Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland. 594-5935. Through Sept. 17.

“The Scent of Flowers: Still Life,” original juried artwork of Maine artists, Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset. 882-7511. Through Sept. 18.

Nancy Wilson Fulton: “House Falls Beautiful,” photograph exhibit, Tides Institute and Museum of Art, Eastport. 583-4047. Through Sept. 18.

“Maine to France,” pastels, watercolors and oils, Damariscotta River Grill. 563-2992. Through Sept. 19.

“Wednesday Night Art,” work by sculptors Vivian Beer, Kazumi Hoshino and Mark Kindschi, Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, Ellsworth. 667-6611. Through Sept. 21.

“Beauty Sleep,” installation with video and drawings by Nancy Andrews, College of the Atlantic (Ethel H. Blum Gallery), Bar Harbor. 288-5015. Through Sept. 23.

“Maine Landscape, ” group show, River Arts, Damariscotta. 563-1507. Through Sept. 23.

“A League of Our Own,” etchings, photography and colored porcelain, Red Door Pottery Studio and Gallery Shop, Kittery. 439-5671. Through Sept. 24.

“Drawing the Line #7,” drawings by Susan Groce, Kimberly Convery, Ken Greenleaf and Robin Mandel, June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA, Portland. 699-5083. Through Sept. 24.

Ralf Feyl: “Threshold,” new oil paintings, Gleason Fine Art, Portland. 699-5599. Through Sept. 24.

Inka Essenhigh and Richard Van Buren: “(un) Natural Splendor,” Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport. 236-2875. Through Sept. 25.

Leo Krikorian: “Godfather of the Beats,” Yvette Torres Fine Art, Rockland. 888-777-1077. Through Sept. 25.

Franciska Needham, artwork, with other artists’ sculptures, Franciska Needham Gallery, Damariscotta. 563-1227. Through Sept. 30.

Betsy Elliman: “Mostly Maine,” acrylic paintings on canvas, Merrill Memorial Library, Yarmouth. 846-4763. Through Sept. 30.

“Inspirations in Color,” still lifes and landscapes by Beth Westra, Falmouth Memorial Library. 781-2351. Through Sept. 30.

Quilling Work of Christine Anderson, religious documents on fine paper, York Public Library. 363-2818. Through Sept. 30.

“Drawing the Line #5,” drawings by Emily Nelligan and gallery artists, June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland. 772-1961. Through Sept. 30.

Mildred Johnson and Edward Mackenzie, assemblage, Points of View Art Gallery, Brunswick. 373-9300. Through Sept. 30.

“Changing Seasons,” Penobscot Valley Industries photography exhibit, Bangor Public Library. 947-8336. Through Sept. 30.

Impressionist Candasa Edwards Epstein, Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset. Through Sept. 30.

Paintings by Denise Rankin and Lea Peterson, Just Framing, Bath. 443-3076. Through Sept. 30.

Scott Davis, paintings, Wallwork Gallery, Rockport. 617-990-6304. Through Oct. 1.

“Pioneers: Quilt Art,” work by Elizabeth Busch, Susan Carlson, Stephanie Green Levy and Mary Allen Chaisson, Maine Fiberarts, Topsham. 721-0678. Through Oct. 1.

“Entropy in Maine: Photographs by Jonathan Rundell,” North Yarmouth Academy (Curtis Gallery), Yarmouth. 847-5423. Through Oct. 3.

“High Seas and a Safe Harbor: Kennebunkport’s Age of Sail,” maritime exhibition, Pasco Center of Kennebunkport Historical Society, Kennebunkport. 967-2751. Through Oct. 7.

Terry Hilt, Susan Shatter and Andrea Sulzer, multimedia, Aucocisco Galleries, Portland. 775-2222. Through Oct. 8.

“Foggy Days in Maine,” paintings by Abbie Williams, Abbie Williams Studio, Damariscotta. 563-7568. Through Oct. 8.

“Rally,” juried exhibition of artists who explore identity, memory and erasure, Maine College of Art (Institute of Contemporary Art), Portland. meca.edu. Through Oct. 9.

“The Jar Project,” 60 art-filled jars made by 60 artists with connections to Maine, Spring Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Belgrade Lakes. 773-0193. Through Oct. 9.

Denise Rankins and Pande Stevens, paintings, Pemaquid Art Gallery. pemaquidartgallery.com. Through Oct. 10.

Daniel Corey, oil paintings by special invited artist for 2011, Pemaquid Art Gallery. 677-2078. Through Oct. 10.

Peggy Farrell and Bruce Babb, new works (paintings and woodworking), Pemaquid Art Gallery. pemaquidartgallery.com. Through Oct. 10.

“CRAFTS of the Land and Sea,” fine-craft exhibition of recent work by eight Maine artisans, Archipelago, Rockland. 596-0701. Through Oct. 21.

Artisans Collective Art in the Park, local artisans painting, throwing clay and displaying pottery, photography and fiber, Village Green Park, Yarmouth. 846-7967. Sundays through Oct. 30.