• BENEFITS

FRIDAY

3’s Company Fundraising Gala, dance show, food and live music, Art Moves, Norway. $35; $50 per couple. 743-5569. 6 to 9 p.m.

Winemaker’s Dinner, four-course wine dinner benefits Marginal Way Preservation Fund, Katie’s Cafe on Shore Road, Ogunquit. $150. 646-6725. 6 to 8 p.m.

36th Annual Grand Bazaar, hosted by Children’s Nursery School with crafts and activities; benefits Children’s Nursery School Co-Op; Williston West Church, Portland. 780-0226. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

SATURDAY

Arabic Dance Party, Dabke folk dance and Egyptian belly dancing by Jamileh; benefits Middle East Children’s Alliance; Woodfords Club, Portland. $8 to $15; free for ages 12 and under. 239-8060. 7 p.m.

37th Annual Art Auction, tickets include an array of food, beer and wine; benefits MECA scholarships; Maine College of Art (Institute of Contemporary Art), Portland. $40 to $50. 775-5098. 6 to 9 p.m.

Youth Arts Auction and Celebration of the Arts, silent and live auction, High Mountain Hall, Camden. $40; $65 per couple. 975-2298. 6 p.m.

Free to Breathe Walk, benefits National Lung Cancer Partnership, Augusta City Center. $15 to $20. freetobreathe.org. Registration at 8:45 a.m.; walk at 10 a.m.

“Let’s Dance with the Stars,” judged dance competition benefits Maine Children’s Cancer Program, Sanford Memorial Gym. $10. 490-7027. 7 p.m. 

MONDAY

Harpswell Foundation Silent Art Auction, benefits Harpswell Foundation, DiMillo’s Floating Restaurant, Portland. Free admission. harpswellfoundation.org. 6 to 9 p.m. 

WEDNESDAY

“Miss Representation,” documentary film screening/fundraiser for Family Crisis Services with post-screening discussion; USM Lee Auditorium, Wishcamper Center, Portland. $10; $5 with student ID. 767-4952. 7 p.m. 

• CRAFT FAIRS

SATURDAY

Bountiful Fair, crafts and knits, raffles and baked goods, Stevens Avenue Congregational Church, Portland. 797-4573. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Christmas Craft Fair, crafts, Christmas ornaments, arrangements, pies, baked goods and white elephant table; benefits oil assistance; First Lutheran Church, Portland. 878-0028. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Christmas Craft Fair, baked goods, crafts and knitted items, Elm Street United Methodist Church, South Portland. 799-0407. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Winterberry Fair, crafts, greens, gifts and more, People’s United Methodist Church, Union. 785-4114. 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Country Corner Christmas Fair, Buxton United Methodist Church. 642-3996. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Christmas By the Sea Holiday Fair, crafts, baked goods, dried arrangements, silent auction and more, Elijah Kellogg Church, Harpswell. 729-5702. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Craft Fair, with bake sale, North Sebago United Methodist Church, Sebago. northsebagoumc.org. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Christmas Fair, Longfellow Place, Westbrook. 854-9623. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

17th Annual Bells of St. Mary’s Christmas Craft Fair and Cafe, silent auction, local crafts, grandma’s attic, cookie walk, chowder and more, St. Mary’s Church, Bath. 443-3423. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Holiday Craft Fair, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Kennebunk. 985-4303. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Retired Educators Holiday Fair Scholarship Fund Raiser, Kennebunk High School. 883-5991. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Arts and Crafts Show, more than 50 artists from across Maine, University of Maine, Farmington. 778-7081. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Annual Fall Fair, food, jewelry, knits, crafts, grandma’s attic and children’s Christmas corner, St. George’s Episcopal Church, Sanford. 324-8119. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Holiday Fair, crafts, jewelry, books, toys, baked goods and more, North Parish Church, Sanford. 324-6497. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fall Festival and Open House, craft demos, campus tours, international cuisine, live music, crafts, puppetry and more, Merriconeag Waldorf School, Freeport. 865-3900. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Central Maine Great Dane Rescue Juried Craft Fair, handmade products by New England artisans, Brunswick High School. 729-0679. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fall Fair, handmade crafts, baked goods, jewelry and more, Congregational Church of Wells. 641-2212. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

League of Maine Craft Show, Wells Junior High School. 646-5172. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Society of Southern Maine Craftsmen Holiday Show, Catherine McAuley High School, Portland. societyofsouthernmainecraftsmen.org. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. 

• SPECIAL EVENTS

TODAY

Good vs. Evil: Chefs Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert, frank and provocative insight about what happens behind kitchen doors, Merrill Auditorium, Portland. $45 to $55. portlandovations.org. 7:30 p.m. 

FRIDAY

“The Beauty of Darfur, The Tragedy of Genocide,” artwork, Pihcintu Multicultural Chorus and dialogue with Sudanese community members, Via Agency, Portland. 781-7429, Ext. 413. 5 to 9 p.m.

“Jewels of Maine,” works of Maine jewelry artisans and beverages, Fiddlehead Center for the Arts, Gray. $5/donation. 657-2244. 5:30 to 7 p.m. 

SATURDAY

Peek-a-Boo Burlesque Revue, with Whistlebait Burlesque, Kitty De Light and The Dirty Dishes; for adult audiences; Center Theatre for the Performing Arts, Dover-Foxcroft. $12 in advance; $15 at door. 564-8943. 8 p.m.

Harvest Fair, Saint Davids Church, Kennebunk. 985-3073. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Met Opera: Live In HD, screening of Wagner’s “Seigfried,” Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta. $23; $21 for seniors. atthelincoln.org. Noon.

WMPG Annual Record and CD Sale, USM Sullivan Gym, Portland. $2 admission. 780-4424. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

• FILMS

“Question One: The Battle for Same-Sex Marriage in America,” documentary about the 2009 same-sex referendum, Cinemagic Grand, South Portland. $6; tickets must be purchased in advance. q1-themovie.com. 7 p.m. today.

“Smoke Signals,” the first film written, directed and acted completely by American Indians, Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor. Free. 288-3519. 7 p.m. today.

“Polo Mitan,” movie told through the compelling lives of five courageous Haitian women workers, Bowdoin College (Kresge Auditorium), Brunswick. Free. 725-3217. 7 p.m. today.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival, documentary films, Abromson Center, USM, Portland. $16.52. brownpapertickets.com. 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

“Heaven + Earth + Joe Davis,” visual arts film series, Space, Portland. $7. space538.org. 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Fright Night Film Series, Patten Free Library, Bath. Free. 443-5141. “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968), 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“The Far North: A Donald MacMillam Lecture Film,” highlights 30 expeditions to the arctic, Bowdoin College (Kresge Auditorium), Brunswick. Free. 725-3357. 7 p.m. Wednesday. 

• BOOKS/AUTHORS

TODAY

Poet and Author Gray Jacobmik, Glickman Library, USM Portland. Free. 780-7291. 5 p.m. 

FRIDAY

Dahlov Ipcar, book signing with renowned children’s book author and illustrator, Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick. 373-6015. 10 a.m. to noon.

Poet and Author Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Glickman Library, USM Portland. Free. 780-4291. 4 p.m.

 

SATURDAY

Poets David Moreau and Alice Persons, musical accompaniment by acoustic guitarist Sam Moreau, Lithgow Public Library, Augusta. Free. 626-2415. 10 a.m.

Melissa Sweet, author of “The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade,” Rockport Opera House. 236-3642. 10 to 11:30 a.m.

“Read to Me,” with actor Scott Sortman, mature audience material, Palermo Library. Free. 993-2490. 7 p.m. 

TUESDAY

T.R. Reid, author of “The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Health Care,” Portland Public Library. portlandlibrary.com. 5:30 p.m.

Barbara Walsh, author of “August Gale: A Father and Daughter’s Journey into the Storm,” Camden Public Library. librarycamden.org. 6:30 p.m.

Bill Hinderer, storyteller and Vietnam War veteran, Falmouth Memorial Library. 781-2351. Noon. 

WEDNESDAY

Tellabration 2011, Michael Parent hosts eight of Maine’s finest storytellers, Portland Public Library Rines Auditorium. $10. www.portlandlibrary.com. 7 p.m.

Brown Bag Lecture, with Jim Witherell, author of “L.L. Bean: The Man and His Company,” Portland Public Library. Free. 871-1710. Noon to 1 p.m.

“One Thousand White Women” by Jim Fergus, book discussion, Patten Free Library, Bath. Free. patten.lib.me.us. 6:30 p.m. 

• PARTICIPANT DANCE

Swing Dance, live music by The Blue Willow Band, Deering Grange Hall, Portland. $10. 653-5012. Lessons at 7 p.m., dance at 8 p.m. Friday.

International Folk Dance, learn dances from the Balkans, Israel, France and Greece, Portland New Church. $5; $3 for children. 318-7108.