ART

“Focus on India,” photos by Lawrence Elbroch, Red Door Pottery Studio and Gallery Shop, Kittery. 439-5671. Through Feb. 1.

“Precious Things,” multiple artists, small pieces, L/A Arts Gallery 5, Lewiston. 576-4805. Multiple artist show. Small pieces of art. Ends Saturday.

“Paul Caponigro: The Hidden Presence of Places,” photography, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. 596-6457; farnsworthmuseum.org. Through Jan. 15.

J. Donna Asmussen, watercolors and prints, Finance Authority of Maine, Augusta. famemaine.com. Ends mid-January.

Michele A. Caron, paintings in gouache, egg tempera and sign-lettering enamels, 317 Main Street Community Music Center, Yarmouth. 846-6264. Sunday, Jan. 1. Through Jan. 13.

“All Things Bright and Beautiful,” four Maine artists, Archipelago, Rockland. 596-0701. Through March 12.

“Barry: The Art Exhibition,” Edith Cleaves Barry’s paintings, sculpture and pen-and-ink drawings, Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk. 985-4802. Through Jan. 9.

Paul Black, new paintings, Fore Street Gallery, Portland. 874-8084. Through Jan. 7.

“Beast in Show,” artists Susan Mathias and Nancy McGinnis, benefits area animal organizations, Monkitree, Gardiner. 512-4679. Through Jan. 12.

“Port of Portland: A Ship-Shaped History,” presented by Maine Maritime Museum, Portland Public Library (Lewis Gallery), Portland. 443-1316. Through May 13.

History of Maine’s Gateway City, Maine Maritime Museum, Bath. 443-1316. Through Feb. 14.

Charles Thompson, paintings celebrating nature, University of New England Campus Center, Biddeford. une.edu. Through Jan. 15.

“In the Forest by the Sea” Paintings by Jada Fitch, The Green Hand Bookshop, Portland. 253-6808. Through Jan. 30.

“Eye Catchers,” art to please the eye and tickle the senses, Gleason Fine Art, Portland. 699-5599. Through Jan. 30.

Thomas Birtwistle, Cole Caswell and Bryan Graf, new and recent photographs, Zero Station Art, Design, Framing, Portland. 347-7000; zerostation.com. Through Feb. 1.

“John Hultberg and Monhegan Island: The Man, The Place and his Dreams,” Fryeburg Academy (Palmina F. and Stephen S. Pace Galleries of Art). 935-9232. Through Jan. 21.

“Bad Seed #3,” artist J.T. Gibson, Coleman Burke Gallery at Port City Music Hall, Portland. colemanburke.com. Through February 26.

“Multiples,” group exhibition featuring Mildred Johnson, George Mason and Isabelle Pelissier, Coleman Burke Gallery (Fort Andross), Brunswick. colemanburke.com. Through March 3.

Kennebec Valley Art Association’s 49th Annual “Holiday Art Show and Sale,” Harlow Gallery, Hallowell. 622-3813. Through Jan. 14.

“Artists Collective,” mixed-media show and sale, The Royal Bean, Yarmouth. 846-1009. Through Jan. 31.

“Maine Past and Present,” graphite drawings by Tony Lisa, Merrill Memorial Library, Yarmouth. 846-5866.

“Seascapes,” photographs by John Bald, South Portland Public Library. southportlandlibrary.com. Through Jan. 28.

“The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Maine — Part II,” featuring work by artists such as Will Barnet, Richard Tuttle, Claudia De Monte and Steve Keister, Portland Museum of Art. 775-6148; portlandmuseum.org. Through Jan. 29.

“Art 200: Fundamentals of Art,” UMFK art students’ work in linoleum prints, blind-gesture drawing, positive/negative space, more, University of Maine (Blake Library), Fort Kent. 834-7527. Through Jan. 29.

“Maine Wood 2012,” biennial juried exhibition of Maine woodworkers, Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport. woodschool.org. Through Feb. 3.

“Seasons of Life,” oils and watercolors by Barbara Wood Brookings, Bangor Public Library. 947-8336. Through Jan. 31.

Michael Anthony Higgins, minimalist abstract paintings, Bangor Public Library. 947-8336. Through Jan. 31.

Photographs by Sara Picard, still-life images in color, black and white and sepia, Dyer Library, Saco. dyerlibrarysacomuseum.org. Through Jan. 31.

“Gather Up the Fragments: The Andrews Shaker Collection,” Shaker furniture, printed works, visual art, tools, textiles, and small crafts, Portland Museum of Art. 775-6148; portlandmuseum.org. Through Feb. 5.

Members’ invitational, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell. harlowgallery.org. Through Jan. 14.

Winter show, paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, mixed-media works, presented by Ogunquit Art Association and York Library, York Public Library. 363-2818. Through March 3.

‘L’Avventura — Chronicling Amy’s (mis)Adventures in Italia and Elsewhere,” text and images from Amy Miller, North Yarmouth Academy (Curtis Gallery), Yarmouth. 847-5423. Through Feb. 17.

“Maine Photographers: Eyes on Asia,” 45 photographs by eight photographers of China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. Through March 31.

Brunswick High School art exhibit, Thornton Oaks, Brunswick. 729-8033. Through Feb. 3.

“More Than a Rap Sheet: The Real Stories of Incarcerated Women,” featuring photographs and poems by women incarcerated in Maine, presented by Family Crisis Services, Freeport Public Library. familycrisis.org. Opens 1 p.m. Saturday. Through Jan. 31.

“Reflection, Revelation, Resolution,” dance images by painter Lori Austill and photographer Arthur Fink, Harmon’s & Barton’s Gallery, Portland. 774-5946. Through Jan. 31.

“Around the House,” work by 17 Maine photographers, presented by the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Portland Public Library (Lewis Gallery). 236-2875. Through Jan. 28.

“Tireless Device: A Living Paper Dress,” a work in progress by artist Maria Paz Garaloces incorporating sculpture, installation, performance, design and more, Space, Portland. space538.org. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

“The Circus Comes to Town,” Bex Bros. Circus miniature circus figures and more, Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport, free. penobscotmarinemuseum.org. MECA Painters 10 Years Later, 10th annual exhibit by MECA painting majors 10 years after their graduation, June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA, Portland. 699-5083. Through Jan. 21.

“Forgotten Transport,” photographs of abandoned vehicles by Jonathan M. Dunitz, Blue, Portland. portcityblue.com. Reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

AUDITIONS

Southern Maine Children’s Chorus Open Auditions, for student singers grade 12 and under, University of Southern Maine (Corthell Concert Hall), Gorham. 780-5003. 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Musica de Filia Girls and Womens Choir, Musica de Filia Studio, Portland. musicadefilia.com. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Kids on the Block Puppeteer Troupe and Youth Voices on Stage, seeking actors ages 11 to 17, Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, Portland. kitetails.org. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday.

BENEFITS

Lobster Dip, annual event benefits Special Olympics in Maine, $100 minimum, costumes encouraged, The Brunswick, Old Orchard Beach. 879-0489; somaine.org. Noon today.

Richard Nickerson Scholarship Concert, Windham High School choral performers and other musical groups, benefits scholarship for a WHS senior pursuing college music studies, Performing Arts Center, Windham High School. 892-4461. 7 p.m. Saturday.

BOOKS AND AUTHORS

Teacher and writer Robert Klose, author of “The Three-Legged Woman and Other Excursions in Teaching,” Rockland Public Library, free. 594-0310. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

CLASSICAL MUSIC

Portland Conservatory of Music Noonday Concerts, Chiharu Naruse, piano; and Robert Dan, viola, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland, free. 775-3356. 12:15 p.m. Thursday.

Chamber ME Classical Music Series, Schumann piano trio and two Delius duos, State Street Church, Portland, free. 251-1953; tinyurl.com/chamberME. 5 p.m. Friday.

Chamber ME Music Series, Schumann piano trio and two Delius duos, Freeport Community Center, free. tinyurl.com/chamberME. 11 a.m. Friday.

Chamber ME Music Series, Schumann piano trio and two Delius duos, River Tree Arts, Kennebunk, free. 967-9120; tinyurl.com/chamberME. Noon Saturday.

An Epiphany Celebration, Williston-Immanuel United Chruch, Portland, $15. choralart.org. Choral Art Society, 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Blue Hill Concert Association winter concert series, Trio Cleonice performs Beethoven, Ives and Schubert piano trios, First Congregational Church, Blue Hill, $30, high school and under free. bluehillconcerts.org. 3 p.m. Jan. 8.

COMEDY

Open Mic Comedy Night, Slainte, Portland, 21-plus. slaintewinebar.com. 8 p.m. Thursday.

“Superhero,” live standup comedy show and filming for TV special, Portland Stage Company, Portland, $24.95, $69.95 VIP package. ianharvie.com/tickets. 7 p.m. Saturday.

DANCE

Golden Gates Russian Music and Dance Company, Gould performing arts series, Gould Academy (Bingham Auditorium), Bethel, $5-$15. 824-3575. 7 p.m. Thursday.

New and recent works by Debi Irons and the Art Moves Dance Company, featuring pianist Philip Antonio, Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School (Auditorium), South Paris, $7-$11. 743-5569. 7 p.m. Friday.

Swing dance, live music by the Delta Knights, Deering Grange Hall, Portland, $10. 653-5012. Lessons at 7 p.m., dance at 8 p.m. Friday.

Contra dance, live music with caller Maggie Robinson, bring clean non-street shoes for dancing, Falmouth Congregational Church, $5-$10, under 5 free. 358-9354. 7:15 p.m. Saturday.

FILMS

“Eames: The Architect and Painter,” documentary, presented by Farnsworth Art Museum, Strand Theatre, Rockland, $8.50, $7 for members. farnsworthmuseum.org/education. 8 p.m. Friday.

FOOD AND DRINK

Wine Wise Presents: A Wine Walk in the Old Port — Italian Reds, sommelier Erica Archer leads walking wine tasting tour of four Wharf Street area restaurants, The Farmer’s Table, Portland, $40, 21-plus. 619-4630. 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

HOME & GARDEN

Bath Antiques Show, 50 dealers, Bath Middle School, Bath, $4. 443-8983. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 8.

MUSIC

Weekly music jam sessions, bring an instrument or just listen, Sail Power and Steam Museum, Rockland, free. 701-7627. 1 to 3 p.m. today.

Shape note singing, four-part singing tradition also known as sacred harp, all welcome to participate, The New Church, Portland, donation. 216-3890. 1 to 4 p.m. today.

Ellis Paul, singer-songwriter, Peyton Tochterman opens, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $20-$23. onelongfellowsquare.com. 7:30 p.m. today.

The Maine Steiners, University of Maine a cappella group, Next Generation Theatre, Brewer, donation. mainesteiners.com. 7 p.m. today.

The Maine Steiners, University of Maine a cappella group, Bucksport Performing Arts Center, donation. mainesteiners.com. 7 p.m. Monday.

The Maine Steiners, University of Maine a cappella group, Crooker Theater, Brunswick High School, donation. mainesteiners.com. 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The Maine Steiners, University of Maine a cappella group, First Parish Congregational Church, York, donation. mainesteiners.com. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The Maine Steiners, University of Maine a cappella group, Marshwood High School (Wesley Kennedy Performing Arts Center), South Berwick, donation. mainesteiners.com. 7 p.m. Thursday.

Alexis P. Suter Band, blues, Unity Centre for the Performing Arts, $15. unityme.org/theater. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Library Coffeehouse in the Picker Room, singer-songwriter Peter Herson with Cuzzy’s All Stars, Camden Public Library, $4-$5. 236-3440. 7 p.m. Thursday.

Yellow Roman Candles and The Farthest Forest, The Oak and the Ax, Biddeford, $7. theoakandtheax.blogspot.com. 8 p.m. Friday.

Alexis P. Suter Band, blues, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $15 advance, $18 doors. onelongfellowsquare.com. 8 p.m. Friday.

Jerks of Grass, bluegrass, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, $12 advance, $15 doors. stlawrencearts.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade, modern-vintage singer-songwriter, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $12 advance, $15 doors. onelongfellowsquare.com. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Wry Climate CD-release show, with The Milkman’s Union, Frontier Cafe, Cinema & Gallery, Brunswick, $8 advance, $10 doors. explorefrontier.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

January Dam Jam IV, featured artist is Racky Thomas, benefits blues music scholarship, Damariscotta American Legion Post #42, $10, $5 students. 841-1461. 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7.

Bluegrass jam session, unplugged string instruments only, Roost Function Hall, Buxton, $5, free for kids with adult, 799-1232. 1 to 6 p.m. Jan. 8.

Family Folk Festival, The Gawler Family and The Boardmans, Jewett Auditorium, Augusta, $10, students $5, 12 and under free. 621-3551. 2 p.m. Jan. 8; snow date Jan. 15.

BR Garm record-release show, with Asa Irons, The Oak and the Ax, Biddeford, 7. theoakandtheax.blogspot.com. 8 p.m.Jan. 8.

John Linscott and The Mainestream Jazzmen, jazz jam, singers and players welcome to sit in, The Local Buzz, Cape Elizabeth, free/donation. capelocalbuzz.com. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 8.

SPECIAL EVENTS

“Deck the Halls: The Carols of Christmas,” Christmas at the Victoria Mansion, Portland, $15, $13.50 seniors, 6 to 17 $5. victoriamansion.org. Monday through Jan. 8.

Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” Julie Taymor’s fantastical production, Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, $10. 563-3424. 1 p.m. today.

“Here Comes the Sun” party, roast marshmallows on terrace, free s’mores, hot dogs and beverages, warm up by Kerr Hall fireplace, benefits the Boothbay Region Food Pantry, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, cash or food donation, mainegardens.org. Noon to 2 p.m. today.

“Potluck and Peaceful Beginnings,” community celebration, music, crafts, poetry, puppet shows and food, Skidompha Library, Damariscotta, free, bring potluck contribution. 563-3781. Noon to 3 p.m. today.

Bellydancers Jessani and Rosa Noreen, music by Okbari, Jimmy the Greek’s, South Portland. 774-7335. 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

“Dance the Holidays Away,” performances and mini lessons in fusion belly dance and salsa, Tony Dance and Fitness Studio, West Bath, $15. 272-1375. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Ion Marin with American soprano Renee Fleming, Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, $17. 563-3424. 2 p.m. Jan. 8.

SPORTS

Maine Red Claws, NBA Development League affiliate of the Celtics, Bobcats and 76ers, Portland Exposition Building, Portland, $6-$30. 210-6655; nba.com/dleague. Vs. Rio Grande Valley, 5 p.m. today.

Portland Pirates, AHL affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes, Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, $12-$20. 828-4665; portlandpirates.com. Vs. Connecticut, 1 p.m. Monday; vs. Bridgeport, 7 p.m. Saturday.

THEATER

“Axed,” an Evening of One-Acts about Lizzie Borden, written by local playwright Carolyn Cage, Lucid Stage, Portland, $12, $10 students and seniors. lucidstage.com. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 and 8 p.m. Sunday.

“The Wandering Beggar,” celebrates early Eastern European Jewish communities, presented by Acorn Productions, Congregation Bet Ha’am, South Portland, $10. 879-0028. 6 p.m. Jan. 8.