• CLASSICAL MUSIC
Portland Conservatory of Music Noonday Concert, with bassoon player Wren Saunders and flutist Nicole Rabata, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland. Free. 775-3356. 12:15 p.m.
Chamber ME Music Series, selections by Haydn, Mozart and Ries, Freeport Community Center. Free/donation. tinyurl.com/chamberME. 11 a.m.
Chamber ME Music Series, selections by Haydn, Mozart and Ries, State Street Church, Portland. Free/donation. tinyurl.com/chamberME. 5 p.m.
Chamber ME Music Series, selections by Haydn, Mozart and Ries, River Tree Arts, Kennebunk. Free/donation. tinyurl.com/chamberME. 11 a.m.
Longfellow Choral Festival, Arve Tellefsen performs violin pieces by Ole Bull, First Congregational Church, South Portland. $10; $5 for students and seniors. longfellowchorus.com. 4 p.m.
Longfellow Choral Festival, performance of Edward Elger’s “Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf,” First Congregational Church, South Portland. $20; $10 for seniors and students. longfellowchorus.com. 8 p.m. (pre-concert talk at 7:15 p.m.) Saturday; 3 p.m. (pre-concert talk at 2:30 p.m.) Sunday.
Vancouver Chamber Choir, Merrill Auditorium, Portland. $38; $34 for members; $10 for students. portlandovations.org. 3 p.m.
Longfellow Choral Festival, winning songs and choruses from fifth annual international chorus competition with guest Arve Tellefsen, First Congregational Church, South Portland. $5; free for seniors and students. longfellowchorus.com. 1:30 p.m.
Oratorio Chorale Open Rehearsal, sing with the chorale as it rehearses music by Bach, Vivaldi and Handel; Midcoast Presbyterian Church, Topsham. oratoriochorale.org. 6 to 9 p.m.
Longfellow Choral Festival, recital of music by Bull and Grieg by Henning Kraggerud, First Congregational Church, South Portland. $10; $5 for seniors and students. longfellowchorus.com. 7:30 p.m.
“Brass Blast Off!” Portland Symphony Orchestra Kinderkonzert Series for ages 4 to 7, Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, Fryeburg. $4. fryeburgacademy.org/pac. 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.
“Brass Blast Off!” Portland Symphony Orchestra Kinderkonzert Series for ages 4 to 7, Crooker Theater, Brunswick High School. $4. portlandsymphony.org. 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.
Metropolitan Opera Live in HD, encore screening of Verdi’s “Ernani,” Strand Theatre, Rockland. $23 to $27. 1 p.m.
250th Anniversary Celebration, University of Maine Singers concert, First Parish Congregational Church, Saco. Free/donation. 282-0633. 7 p.m.
Portland Conservatory of Music Noonday Concert, with violinist Robert Lehmann and pianist Sayuro Miyamoto, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland. Free. 775-3356. 12:15 p.m.
“Brass Blast Off!” Portland Symphony Orchestra Kinderkonzert Series for ages 4 to 7, Bates College (Olin Arts Center), Lewiston. $4. portlandsymphony.org. 9, 10 and 11 a.m.
Seventh Annual F.A.B. Dance Showcase, featuring dancers and choreographers from around New England, Franco-American Heritage Center, Lewiston. $14 in advance; $16 day of show ($10 in advance; $12 day of show for seniors and students). francocenter.org. 7:30 p.m.
Tennessee Williams’ “Hidden Tennessee,” an evening of short pieces, Portland Stage Company. $27 to $39; $15 to $19.50 for students. portlandstage.org. 7:30 p.m. today and Friday; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and March 8. Through March 18.
“Sex in the Sixties,” an evening of four plays about sex in the 1960s, Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta. $12; $10 for members. 563-3424. 7:30 p.m. today to Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through March 11.
Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” epic play, Lucid Stage, Portland. $15; $10 for seniors and students. lucidstage.com. 7:30 p.m. today; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.
T.S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets,” staged recitation, Stonington Opera House. $15; free for island students. operahousearts.org. 7 p.m. today.
Caryl Churchill’s “Top Girls,” presented by Bowdoin College Department of Theater and Dance, Bowdoin College (Wish Theater), Brunswick. Free; tickets required. 725-3375. 7 p.m. today to Saturday.
National Theatre in London: Live in HD, live broadcast of “The Comedy of Errors” starring Lenny Henry, Strand Theatre, Rockland. $23; $15 for students. rocklandstrand.com. Live at 2 p.m.; rebroadcast at 7 p.m. today.
National Theatre in London: Live in HD, live broadcast of “The Comedy of Errors” starring Lenny Henry, Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, Fryeburg. $18; $15 for seniors; $10 for students. fryeburgacademy.org/pac. Live at 2 p.m.; rebroadcast at 7 p.m. today.
“Cut,” South Portland High School Drama Club one-act comedy, South Portland High School Auditorium. Free/donation. 939-2220. 7:30 p.m. today.
“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” musical comedy based on 1988 Steve Martin film, Lyric Music Theater, South Portland. $19.99. lyricmusictheater.org. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through March 11.
Harold Pinter’s “The Birthday Party,” musical, Acorn Studios, Westbrook. $15; $12 for students and seniors. acorn-productions.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through March 11.
Portland Playback Theater “Bloopers,” five actors put at your disposal to honor the stories of your life, unrehearsed and on the spot, Community Television Network Studio, Portland. $7. portlandplayback.com. “Sibling Stories,” 7:30 p.m. Friday.
“The Odyssey,” traditional Sicilian marionette show of Homer’s epic by Shoestring Theater with live music, Mayo Street Arts, Portland. $4 to $10. mayostreetarts.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m. Saturday. Through March 24.
Annie Baker’s “Circle Mirror Transformation,” Gaslight Theater production at Hallowell City Hall. $12; $10 for students and seniors. 626-3698. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. March 8. Through March 10.
“Wiley and the Hairy Man,” presented by Windham High School, Windham Performing Arts Center. $5; $3 for students; $10 for family. windham.k12.me.us. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.
“Little Me,” Good Theater production of Neil Simon play, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland. $20 to $30. goodtheater.com. 7 p.m. Wednesday and March 8. Through April 1.
“The Pillowman,” presented by Bowdoin College Department of Theater and Dance, Bowdoin College (Memorial Hall), Brunswick. Free; tickets required. 725-3375. 7 p.m. Wednesday and March 8.
John Belluso’s “A Nervous Smile,” Dramatic Repertory Company production, Portland Stage Company (Studio Theater), Portland. $10 to $35. dramaticrep.org. 7:30 p.m. March 8. Through March 18.
“A Doll’s House,” directed by Bates senior Elizabeth Castellano, Bates College (Schaeffer Theatre), Lewiston. $6; $3 for seniors and non-Bates students. batestickets.com. 7:30 p.m. March 8. Through March 12.
“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” Freeport Factory Stage. $19; $15 for seniors and students; pay-what-you-can on Thursdays. freeportfactory.com. 7:30 p.m. March 8. Through March 24.
“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” by Poland Stage Troupe, Falmouth Memorial Library. Free. 781-2351. 6:30 p.m. March 8.
Vaudeville and Variety Show, singing, dancing, poetry, skits, vaudeville and more; shows are March 24-25; Nasson Community Center (Little Theatre), Springvale. sanfordmainestage.com. 6:30 to 8 p.m. today.
One-Act Plays, several roles for five plays; show dates are April 13-14 in Hallowell and April 1 in Portland at Lucid Stage; Gaslight Theater at Hallowell City Hall. 626-3698. 6 p.m. Sunday.
“39 Steps,” parts for three men and one woman, Gaslight Theater at Hallowell City Hall. 626-3698. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
• ART MUSEUMS
Wall Sculptures by University of New England Students, made from repurposed materials and with a marine theme, Dyer Library, Saco. dyerlibrarysacomuseum.org. Opens March 1. Through March 30.
Portland Museum of Art: Youth Art Month exhibition, through April 1; “Making Faces: Photographic Portraits of Actors and Artists,” photos of famous actors and artists plus works by the artists profiled, through April 8; “Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist,” more than 70 drawings, prints, pastels, photographs and sculptures, through May 28; Tanja Alexia Hollander: “Are You Really My Friend?” photographs of Facebook friends, through June 17. portlandmuseum.org
Maine Historical Society Museum/Longfellow House, Portland: “Take to the Streets!” photography exhibit examining American protest movements, through March 31; “Dressing Up, Standing Out, Fitting In: Adornment & Identity in Maine,” artifacts reveal the way Mainers dressed from the 18th to 20th centuries, through May 27. mainehistory.org
Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick: “Insight Out: Exploring Gifts of Art from Private Collectors,” contributions from private collectors since 1811, and “Intimations of Independence: The First 100 Years of American Portraiture,” portraits of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and more, both through April 15; “Motion and Emotion: Contemporary Art from Gerhard Richter to Chakaia Booker,” through June 3; “Building a College Collection: Select Recent Acquisitions,” more than 20,000 objects, and “Telephones,” seven-minute compilation of Hollywood Film Clips, both through June 24. bowdoin.edu
Bowdoin College (Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum), Brunswick: “In a State of Becoming,” Inuit art from the collection of Rabbi Harry Sky, ongoing. bowdoin.edu/arcticmuseum
Maine Maritime Museum, Bath: “Port of Portland: A Ship-Shaped History,” a look at Portland’s past via the ships that sailed through the harbors, the city’s shipping and ship-building industries, and more, through May 13. mainemaritimemuseum.org
Bates College (Olin Arts Center), Lewiston: “James Ensor: ‘Scenes de la vie du Christ’ and Other Works,” lithographs, and “Xiaoze Xie: Amplified Moments,” paintings, both through March 17. bates.edu/museum
Dyer Library/Saco Museum: “Rugs All Marked Out: Biddeford’s Edward S. Frost,” celebration of 19th-century rug entrepreneur, and “Hooked Rugs of Artists from the Maine Tin Pedlar,” both through March 24. 283-3861.
Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland: “The Art of the Book,” focuses on the museum’s collection of rare 19th- and 20th-century books, through April 1. 596-6457.
UMaine Museum of Art, Bangor: “The Moment: Paintings by Michael De Brito,” Lori Nix: “The City,” Brett Day Windham: “I Put a Spell on You” and George Terry: “Because You’re Mine,” all through March 24. umma.umaine.edu
Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor: “Twisted Path II: Contemporary American Art Informed by Tradition,” contemporary art show featuring native artists from the Northeast, through May; “Indians and Rusticators,” through Dec. 29. abbemuseum.org
• ART GALLERIES
Sixth Annual Biennial Invitational, Greenhut Galleries, Portland. 772-2693. Opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m. today. Through April 27.
“Portraits,” photographs by Sally Dennison and Mat Thorne, Addison Woolley Gallery, Portland. addisonwoolley.com. Opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. today. Through March 31.
“The Myths,” photographic exhibition on the evolving roles of women, University of Southern Maine (Art Gallery), Gorham. usm.maine.edu/gallery. Opening reception, 4 to 6 p.m. today. Through April 4.
“As High as Heaven,” paintings and drawings by Kenny Cole, Perimeter Gallery, Belfast. 338-0555. Opening reception, 6 to 8 p.m. today. Through April 21.
First Friday ArtWalk, galleries and museums open to the public for free, downtown Portland. firstfridayartwalk.com. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
“Print/Counter-Print,” works by members of Peregrine Press, Zea Mays Printmaking and MECA, Rose Contemporary, Portland. peregrinepress.com. Opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through March 30.
“Attach,” new drawings by Amy Ray, 3 Fish Gallery, Portland. 773-4773. Opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through March 30.
“Night Studies,” small works by Christina Goodwin, Art House Picture Frames, Portland. arthousepictureframes.com. Opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through March 24.
“A Year of New Work,” by Neil Wyrick, Harmon’s & Barton’s Gallery, Portland. harmonsbartons.com. Opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through March 30.
Lisa Dombek, paintings and mixed media, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland. stlawrencearts.org. Opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through March 30.
“Visual Poetry: A Painting Show,” Portland Public Library (Lewis Gallery). portlandlibrary.com. Opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through April 2.
“Flash Forward,” group exhibition, Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, Portland. salt.edu. Opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through May 4.
“Madness Immemorial,” tribute to H.P. Lovecraft by Brandon Kawashima and Michelle Souliere, Green Hand Bookshop, Portland. 253-6808. Opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through March 30.
Debra Arter: “Layers of Meaning,” mixed-media work, Gallery Framing, Brunswick. 729-9108. Opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Through March 29.
“Little House Meets Little Dog,” paintings by Melissa Capuano, Little Dog Coffee Shop, Brunswick. spindleworks.org. Opens Friday. Through March 30.
“44N 69W: Radius Belfast,” fourth annual show, Aarhus Gallery, Belfast. aarhusgallery.com. Opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through April 1.
“Painters, Players and Poets,” “Branching Out: Water” and Gardiner Area Artists, Waterfall Arts, Belfast. waterfallarts.org. Opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Through March 27.
“Higher Forms of Art,” high school art exhibition, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell. harlowgallery.org. Opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through March 10.
Retrospective Exhibit of 20th Century Peaks Island Art, Richard Boyd Gallery, Peaks Island. richardboydpottery.com. Grand re-opening,
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Through March 24.
Marguerite Robichaux, Hugh Verrier and John Orcutt, landscape paintings, paper bird sculptures and nature photography, Schoolhouse Gallery, Kingfield. 939-6518. Reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Through March 28.
“The Art of the Needle,” needlepoint tapestries by Jill Vendituoli, Maine Fiberarts, Topsham. mainefiberarts.org. Opening reception, 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Through April 23.
Altered Book Exhibition from Margo Ogden’s Workshop, Hubbard Free Library, Hallowell. harlowgallery.org. Opens March 8. Through March 28.
Maine College of Art (MECA), Portland: Michael Bell-Smith, lo-fi environments exhibit, through March 14. 699-5029.
June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA, Portland: “Marking Time,” drawings by Avy Claire, through Saturday. 699-5083.
The Salt Exchange, Portland: “Reflections,” sea-inspired oil paintings and metallic driftwood sculptures by Ellen Thayer, through April 30. thesaltexchange.net
Coffee By Design (India Street), Portland: “Out of the Blue,” group show by YES Art Works, through April 1. yesartworks.org
Gleason Fine Art, Portland: Kevin Beers, “Trucks and Landscapes,” new paintings, through March 30. 699-5599.
University of New England (Art Gallery), Portland: Arts Faculty Biennial Exhibition 2012, through Sunday. une.edu/artgallery
South Portland Public Library: Portland Camera Club exhibit, work by Paul Schreiber and Mike Cullivan, through March 19. portlandcameraclub.org
Townsend Real Estate & Art Gallery, South Portland: Dennis Fournier, “Places We Know,” new works, through March 11. townsendre.com/our-gallery
Somerset Sports and Fitness Center, Scarborough: “The Good Ole Days: Men and Their Tools,” 19th-century tools used by surveyor Levi Weston, Skowhegan History House traveling display, through April 10. skowheganhistoryhouse.org
Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth: Deborah Randall and Henry Kallem, drawings, through Saturday. 781-2620.
317 Main Street Community Music Center, Yarmouth: Oils and pastels of Belize and Maine by Patti Bradley, through March 9. 846-6264.
Royal Bean, Yarmouth: Artisans collective mixed-media show, through March 30. 846-7967.
Yarmouth Frame Shop and Gallery: “Painting in Normandy and Beyond,” six-woman show, through March 30. 846-7777.
Thos. Moser Showroom, Freeport: “Viewpoints,” new work by painters Eric Hopkins, James Mullen and Colin Page, through May 1. 865-4519.
Chocolate Church Art Gallery, Bath: “Midwinter Night’s Dream,” group show, through Saturday. chocolatechurcharts.org
Markings Gallery, Bath: New work by Obie Buell, Susie Stevenson, Susan Hutton and Annette Kearney, through March 30. markingsgallery.com
Topsham Public Library (Crooker Gallery): “Assembly Line,” work by Barbara Bean, Maureen Block, Terry Grasse and Ann Slocum, through March 27. topshamlibrary.org University of Southern Maine (Atrium Art Gallery), Lewiston: “The Inspired Hand 5,” juried artwork by Maine Crafts Association, through March 16. usm.maine.edu/atriumgallery
Engine, Biddeford Arts: “MERC: Mainers Recycling Cardboard,” through March 30. feedtheengine.org
York Public Library: “Winter Show,” paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs and mixed media presented by Ogunquit Art Association and York Library, through Saturday. 363-2818.
York Art Association, York Harbor: “The Image and the Word,” artwork based on writing, prose or poetry, through Sunday. 363-4049.
Fryeburg Academy (Palmina F. and Stephen S. Pace Galleries of Art): “Singular: Ten Artists’ Portraits of Objects,” through March 18. 935-9232.
River Tree Arts, Kennebunk: “Charles Gatewood’s Wall Street,” rare vintage and contemporary photographs of the 1970s, through March 17. 967-9120.
Red Door Pottery Studio, Kittery: “Focus on India,” photos by New Hampshire craftsman Lawrence Elbroch, through March 31. 439-5671.
Savory Maine, Damariscotta: Round Pond artist Jill Tarkleson, through Saturday. 563-2111.
University of Maine (Hutchinson Center), Belfast: Selections from the Elmer Montgomery collection and “The Atlantic Fisherman,” Penobscot Marine Museum traveling exhibition, through April 30. penobscotmarinemuseum.org
Craft, Camden: Pottery by Barbara Michelena, Hanako Kanazato and George Pearlman, through May 1. craftonelm.com
College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor: “Biology Through the Lens” and “The Faces of Migration: Illustrations of Birds on Great Duck Island,” photography by students and artwork by Jordan Chalfant and Anna Stunkel, both through March 10. 288-5015.
Archipelago, Rockland: “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” diverse works of four Maine artists, through March 16. 596-0701.
University of Maine (Blake Library), Fort Kent: “18 Months,” Andrew Birden’s collection of photographs, through Saturday. 834-7527.