Art

“From Portland to Paris: Mildred Burrage’s Years in France,” paintings, drawings and never-before-exhibited letters, Portland Museum of Art. 775-6148; portlandmuseum.org. Through July 15.

“The Portland Show,” sixth biennial invitational, Greenhut Galleries, Portland. 772-2693; greenhutgalleries.com. Through Friday.

“Master/Mentor: A Printmaking Collaboration — The Works of Don Gorvett and Sean Hurley,” A Fine Thing: Edward T. Pollack Fine Arts, Portland. 699-2919. Through April 28.

“The Homestead Project: A Residence Reimagined,” architectural designs, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. farnsworthmuseum.org. Through Sept. 23.

“The Art of the Needle,” needlepoint tapestries by Jill Vendituoli, Maine Fiberarts, Topsham. mainefiberarts.org. Through Monday.

“Spring Works,” Damariscotta River Grill. damariscottarivergrill.com. Through Tuesday.

“The Face of the Ghetto: Pictures by Jewish Photographers from the Lodz Ghetto, 1940-1944,” Maine Jewish Museum, Portland. 329-9854; treeoflifemuseum.org. Through May 1.

“My So-Called Teenage Life 2011-2012,” North Yarmouth Academy student photography, Clayton’s Gourmet Market & Cafe, Yarmouth. nya.org. Through April 30.

Jean Kigel, Gyotaku, the ancient art of Japanese fish prints, Little Tokyo, Brunswick. 798-6888. Through April 30.

“Red Horse,” Cheslye Ventimiglia, Merrill Memorial Library, Yarmouth. 846-6264. Through Saturday.

“Chronology of a Life: Artist’s Books, Poems and Publications of Georgiana Peacher,” Glickman Family Library, Unum Great Reading Room, Portland. usm.maine.edu. Through April 30.

Diane Bowie Zaitlin, mixed media, Flat Iron Gallery, Portland. 838-7591. Through May 2.

“Vernal Pools and the First Signs of Spring,” several artists, Merrymeeting Arts Center, Bowdoinham. 841-5914. Through Saturday.

“The 2012 Mill-Ennial: Celebrating the Art and the Artists of the Cities on the Saco,” Saco Museum. sacomuseum.org. Also at Engine, Biddeford. feedtheengine.org. Through June 10.

Mainely Photo Arts by Murray Dellow, Dyer Library, Saco. dyerlibrarysacomuseum.org. Through April 30.

“Two Colorists,” oil paintings by Tom Curry and Andrea Peters, Gleason Fine Art, Portland. 699-5599. Through May 26.

“Organic Musings,” Linda Murray and Joy Scott, acrylic abstract landscape meets fused-glass garden sculpture, Harmon’s & Barton’s Gallery, Portland. harmonsbartons.com. Through April 30.

Student art show, drawings, paintings, mixed media, ceramics and photography by Greely High School and North Yarmouth Academy students, 317 Main Street Community Music Center, Yarmouth. 846-6264. Through April 30.

“Scenes from Maine,” landscapes and coastal scenes by Jay LaBrie, Richard Boyd Gallery, Peaks Island. richardboydpottery.com. Through April 30.

“Occupy Art! Union of Maine Visual Artists in Action,” Harlow Gallery, Hallowell. harlowgallery.org. Through Saturday.

USM Art Department bachelor of fine art exhibit, ceramics, digital art, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and printmaking, University of Southern Maine (Art Gallery), Gorham. usm.maine.edu/gallery. Through May 4.

Third annual juried photography exhibit, work by year-round Maine residents, Topsham Public Library Crooker Gallery. topshamlibrary.org. Through May 12.

“A Powerful Joy of Colors,” sculpture, paintings and poems by Carol Bass, Portland Public Library. portlandlibrary.com. Through Friday.

“10 Years in Portland: An Illustrator’s Saga,” artwork by Joel Rivers, The Green Hand Bookshop, Portland. 253-6808. Through April 30.

“Spring Eternal,” several artists, Yarmouth Frame Shop and Gallery. 846-7777. Through May 31.

“A Thickening Rhythm,” five artists, various media, installation and performance, Coleman Burke Gallery (Fort Andross), Brunswick. colemanburke.com. Through May 19.

“Creatures of the Sea and Sky,” sea mammals and seabirds carved in native and exotic woods by Wayne Robbins, Markings Gallery, Bath. markingsgallery.com. Through April 30.

Printmaker and illustrator Emily Walsh, new work, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland. stlawrencearts.org. Through April 30.

“Georgetown: A Painter’s Paradise,” Stuart Ross, Georgetown Historical Society. 371-9200. Through June 15.

“In & Out of Abstraction,” photography by Brad Maushart, Robert Moran, Richard Veit and Mary Woodman, Addison Woolley Gallery, Portland. addisonwoolley.com. Through Saturday.

Jemma Gascione, “Slab Waltz,” sculpture and ceramics, University of Maine (Museum of Art), Bangor. umma.umaine.edu. Through June 9.

York schools art exhibit, art by students in grades K to 12, York Public Library. york.lib.me.us. Through April 30.

“Design and Function: Furnishings, Portraits and Art 1685-1840,” Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk. brickstoremuseum.org. Through May 25.

“Colors that Talk to Each Other,” acrylic paintings by Jean Beal, Daunis Fine Jewelry, Portland. 773-6011. Through April 30.

Marine photography by Red Boutilier, Camden Public Library. 236-3440. Through April 30.

“Lullaby for Maine,” an exhibition of artist’s books by Rebecca Goodale, University of New England (Art Gallery), Portland. une.edu/artgallery. Through June 16.

“Favorite Views,” oil paintings of seascapes and imaginary houses by Jac Ouellette, Townsend Real Estate & Art Gallery, Willard Square, South Portland. 842-9200. Through May 18.

Maine Photography Show, Boothbay Region Art Foundation Gallery, Boothbay Harbor. 633-2703. Through May 5.

Clyde McCulley: “A Digital Homage to Edward Hopper,” John Knight: “Drawing on Wildflowers” and Annette Kearney: “Abstract Currents,” Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth. elizabethmossgalleries.com. Through May 12.

“A Magic Carpet Ride from the Kennebunks to Saudi Arabia,” crafts, images and art from Saudi Arabia, Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk. brickstoremuseum.org. Through Saturday.

Duncan Hewitt, sculpture, Icon Contemporary Art, Brunswick. 725-8157. Through May 19.

“Show and Tell,” art by 27 local children and teens with autism spectrum disorder, Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, Portland. kitetails.org. Through August.

Sarah Carter, oil paintings, Savory Maine, Damariscotta. 563-2111. Through May 29.

“Painters, Players and Poets,” Maine artists, players/composers, poets and chair makers, Fryeburg Academy (Palmina F. and Stephen S. Pace Galleries of Art), Fryeburg. 935-9232. Through May 9.

“Digging Deeper Elmer Montgomery,” illustrated talk by Ben Fuller elaborating on the “Elmer Montgomery” exhibit, University of Maine (Hutchinson Center), Belfast, free. penobscotmarinemuseum.org. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Art Walk, downtown Biddeford. biddefordartwalk.com. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

“Flora and Fauna,” painting, sculpture, photography and other media, River Arts, Damariscotta. riverartsme.org. Through May 31.

 

Art Openings

“Hang 10 with the Maine 10,” works by 10 women artists, Damariscotta River Grill. damariscottarivergrill.com. Opening reception, 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Through June 11.

“Edge of the Sea,” celebration of the sea by local artists, Chocolate Church Art Gallery, Bath. chocolatechurcharts.org. Opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Through June 9.

Bernice Masse Rosenthal, assemblage and collage, Newcastle Square Realty. 563-1625. Artist reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Through June 2.

Andrea Sulzer, works on paper, Perimeter Gallery, Belfast. 338-0555. Opening reception, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Through June 3.

“Gaining Perspective,” Photos and Paintings by Yarmouth High School Students, 317 Main Street Community Music Center, Yarmouth. 317mainst.org. Opening reception, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday.

“Smokin’ Hot,” invitational exhibition and silent auction of cigar box art, Merrill Memorial Library, Yarmouth. yarmouthlibrary.org. April 29 through June 1.

 

Auditions

“Chess: The Musical,” (London version), City Theater, Biddeford. citytheater.org. Casting six men, two women and large ensemble, 6:30 p.m. today and Thursday.

 

Benefits

“Flaws for a Cause,” fine pottery handmade in Maine, third annual benefit sale for Cultivating Community’s New American Sustainable Agriculture Project, Maine Potters Market, Portland. mainepottersmarket.com. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Thursday and April 29; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Fashion show and luncheon, fashions from Amisi, The Closet, Dannah’s, The Green Tangerine and The Pink Tangerine, benefits Kennebunk Free Library, Kennebunk Inn, $35. 985-2713. 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday.

Fifth Annual Thornton Fund Gala, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, live and silent auctions, benefits campaign for Hill Stadium project, Thornton Academy, Saco, $20. thorntonacademy.org/auction. 6:30 p.m. Friday.

South Portland High School Football Boosters Comedy Night, with George Hamm and friends, Events on Broadway, South Portland, $15. 699-5855. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Country rock concert, Glee Club and other singers perform wide range of popular music, presented by Studio 48 Performing Arts Center, benefits scholarships for Studio 48 summer workshops, Brunswick High School (Crooker Theatre), $10 advance, $12 door. 798-6966. 7 p.m. Friday.

Pitchfork to Plate, Wolfe’s Neck Farm spring gala and auction, an evening of Champagne and desserts, Harraseeket Inn, Freeport, $50. wolfesneckfarm.org/gala. 7 to 10 p.m. Friday.

“Give Love Away,” benefit yard sale for World Vision water well projects, White Pine Ministry Center, North Yarmouth. 657-6978. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

WERU Spring Fling Music and Gear Sale, used records and CDs, instruments and music gear, music provided by WERU DJs, Belfast Boathouse. weru.org. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

“The Vagina Monologues,” benefits SACC, Safe Voices and Women of Haiti, First Universalist Church, Auburn, $5 to $10. auburnuu.org. 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Freedom Gala, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music, live and silent auctions, benefits Love 146, which focuses on human trafficking prevention and after care for victims, Portland Company Complex, $35. freedomme.com. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

2nd Annual Coastal Youth Orchestra 5K and Fun Run, fun run registration is $10, Brunswick Downtown, Brunswick, $20 to $25. tinyurl.com/goforbaroque. Race starts at the intersection of Old Pennellville and Pennellville Roads, fun run at 9 a.m., 5K at 9:30 a.m. April 29.

 

Books and Authors

World Book Night Celebration, book swap and readings from Maine authors Monica Wood, Jim Baumer and Henry Bird, Patten Free Library, Bath. tricountyliteracy.org. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday.

Mystery author K.D. Mason, author of “Dangerous Shoals,” York Public Library. york.lib.me.us. 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Port Veritas Spoken Word Night, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland, donation. localsprouts.coop. 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Maine Historical Society Book Group, Henry Petroski’s “The Toothpick” and other selected readings, Maine Historical Society, Portland, $10 to $20 for four sessions. mainehistory.org. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Lunchtime Fireside Poetry, Carol Bachofner, Rockland Public Library. 594-0310. Noon Wednesday.

Joanne P. McCallie, former UMaine coach and current head women’s basketball coach at Duke University, author of “Choice Not Chance,” Brunswick Golf Club. 729-5156. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Catherine Tumber, author of “Small, Gritty and Green: The Promise of America’s Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low Carbon World,” Longfellow Books, Portland. longfellowbooks.com. 7 p.m. Thursday.

Elizabeth Peavey and Marguerite Robichaux, author and illustrator of “Glorious Slow Going: Maine Stories of Art, Adventure and Friendship,” Camden Public Library. 236-3440. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

“A Swarm of Poets,” readings by many Maine poets, Rockland Public Library, free. 594-0310. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Friday local author series, Carolyn Gelland Frost, author of “Four-Alarm House,” Portland Public Library. portlandlibrary.com. Noon Friday.

Poetry Month celebration with Lady Zen, jazz-funk poet presents “Collaborations,” Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, free. portlandlibrary.com. Noon Saturday.

Sis Deans, author of “Riding Out the Storm,” Books-A-Million, South Portland. 253-5587. 2 p.m. Saturday.

Poets Nancy Henry, Bruce Spang and Martin Steingesser, The Local Buzz, Cape Elizabeth. capelocalbuzz.com. 2 p.m. Saturday.

Chris Van Dusen and Matt Tavares, authors and illustrators of “Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit” and “There Goes Ted Williams,” Longfellow Books, Portland. longfellowbooks.com. 1 p.m. April 29.

 

Classical Music

“Carmina Burana,” USM School of Music faculty members Peter Martin, USM Concert Band and USM Chorale, benefits music scholarships, Merrill Auditorium, Portland, $15 suggested. porttix.com. 3 p.m. today.

Elizabeth Dunaway Burnham Memorial Piano Festival, free student recital, presented by Ogunquit Performing Arts, Dunaway Center, Ogunquit, $5 to $12. 646-7055. 3 p.m. today.

Imogen Cooper, classical pianist, Merrill Auditorium, Portland, $40, $10 student tickets available. portlandovations.org. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Windham Chamber Singers, Big Apple Preview Concert, Windham High School , $5. windhamchambersingers.com. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Pianist Frank Glazer and violinist Scott Woolweaver, Bates College (Olin Arts Center), Lewiston, free, tickets required. 786-6135. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

“Celebrate Spring with St. Cecilia,” St. Cecilia Chamber Choir, madrigals, sea shanties, sacred texts and poems, Second Congregational Church, Newcastle, $15, students free. 563-2920. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra, featuring winners of the 2011-2012 USM Music Concerto/Aria Competition, Gorham Middle School, $3 to $6. usm.maine.edu/music. 2 p.m. Saturday.

“Cold Fusion,” Oratorio Chorale with the Orchid Ensemble, Morse High School, Bath, $20 advance, $25 door, students half-price. oratoriochorale.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

“Celebrate Spring with St. Cecilia,” St. Cecilia Chamber Choir, madrigals, sea shanties, sacred texts and poems, First Congregational Church, Camden, $15, students free. 563-2920. 3 p.m. April 29.

“Cold Fusion,” Oratorio Chorale with the Orchid Ensemble, Woodfords Congregational Church, Portland, $20 advance, $25 door, students half-price. oratoriochorale.org. 3 p.m. April 29.

 

Comedy

Open mic comedy night, Slainte, Portland, 21-plus. slaintewinebar.com. 8 p.m. Thursday.

Irish Luggage Tour with Big Daddy Irish, featuring Tammy Pooler and Stephen Cloutier, VFW Post #6859 Portland, $17, $12 for VFW members. 767-7395. 6:30 p.m. Friday.

 

Dance

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Merrill Auditorium, Portland, $51 to $66. portlandovations.org. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“Lullaby,” presented by Bowdoin College Theater and Dance, Bowdoin College (Pickard Theater), Brunswick, free. 725-3375. 8 p.m. Thursday.

Contradance and dinner, dinner by Seagrass Bistro, caller Maggie Robinson, 317 Contradance Band, presented by 317 Main Community Music Center, Wescustogo Hall, North Yarmouth, $10, $20 family, ages 10 and up. 846-9559. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

“Cinderella,” Bangor Ballet, Bangor High School, $5 to $12. 945-3457. 4 p.m. Saturday.

 

Films

By Popular Demand Film Series, “Madwoman of Chaillot” (1969), Skidompha Library, Damariscotta, $5. 563-5513. 6:30 p.m. Monday.

“Linotype: The Film,” feature-length documentary centered around the Linotype type casting machine, Space, Portland, $7. space538.org. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“Lost Son of Havana,” documentary about former Major League pitcher Luis Tiant, part of Cuba Week Celebration, Frontier Cafe, Cinema & Gallery, Brunswick, free. brunswicktrinidad.org. 3, 5 and 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Movie Night featuring “Lubec Arts Alive!,” short film by the award-winning television and film producer Jon Wing Lum, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, free. harlowgallery.org. 7 p.m. Thursday.

“Around the World: One Man’s Journey,” narrated by veteran travelogue producer Doug Jones, Araxine Wilkins Sawyer Memorial, Greene, free. sawyer-foundation.com. 2 and 7 p.m. Friday.

 

For Children

“Snow White and the Seven Dwarves,” Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, Portland, $8 to $9. kitetails.org. 4 p.m. today.

“Gustafer Yellowgold’s Year in the Day,” featuring illustrator, songwriter and musician Morgan Taylor, Space, Portland, $8, all ages. space538.org. 2 p.m. today.

Storytime in the Garden, hour-long stories read by Pat Jeremiah, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, free. 633-4333. 10 a.m. Monday.

“River of Time,” puppetry with live Cuban drumming and West African dance, presented by Children’s Puppet Workshop, Samuel L. Cohen Children’s Library, Portland, free. portlandlibrary.com. 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

 

Music

Christopher Paul Stelling, Old Soul, Lisa/Liza, folk, The Oak and the Ax, Biddeford, $7. theoakandtheax.blogspot.com. 8 p.m. today.

Jazz Brunch, Richard Marsters, light jazz, Jumpin’ Jakes Seafood Cafe, Old Orchard Beach, $12.99 buffet. 937-3250. 10 a.m. today and April 29.

Hot Jazz Brunch, Sean Mencher, Bob Hamilton, Derek Moniz and special guests, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland. localsprouts.coop. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and April 29.

Sacred Harp Singing, participatory event, potluck after singing, home of Corrone and Ruth Ann Bryant, Damariscotta, free, bring dish for potluck. 563-6083. 2 to 5 p.m. today.

Murray and Falkenau, Irish folk roots duo, Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center, South Carthage, $15. 562-4445. 7 p.m. today.

Decompression Chamber Music Season Four, Robert Schumann and Phillip Glass, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $12 advance, $15 door. onelongfellowsquare.com. 6 p.m. Monday.

USM jazz concert, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland, donation. localsprouts.coop. 7 p.m. Monday.

Monday Night Blues, with Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys, Time Out Pub, Rockland, $15. 596-6055. 7 p.m. Monday.

Kate Schrock, rock, jazz, gospel and pop, Slates, Hallowell, $15. slatesrestaurant.com. 8 p.m. Monday.

Theory of a Deadman, rock, with Pop Evil and Stellar, State Theatre, Portland, $22.50 advance, $25 door, all ages, general admission. statetheatre portland.com. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Four Shillings Short, “Around the World in 30 Instruments,” Maine Discovery Museum, Bangor, free. 262-7200. 6 p.m. Tuesday.

April Verch, Canadian fiddler, singer, songwriter and stepdancer, Unity Centre for the Performing Arts, $15. 948-7469. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

O.A.R., rock, State Theatre, Portland, $30 advance, $35 door, all ages, general admission. statetheatreportland.com. 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Old-time music, open jam, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland, donation. localsprouts.coop. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

April Verch, Canadian fiddler, singer, songwriter and stepdancer, Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center, South Carthage, $15. 562-4445. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Heather Maloney, with Mal Blum and Thorn & Shout, The Oak and the Ax, Biddeford, $6. theoakandtheax.blogspot.com. 8 p.m. Thursday.

Jimmy Dority, piano, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland, donation. localsprouts.coop. 7 p.m. Thursday.

Four Shillings Short, “Around the World in 30 Instruments,” Blue Hill Public Library, free. 374-5515. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Open mic, Deer Run Tavern, Yarmouth. 846-9555. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Maine Jazz Band, 16 musicians with female vocalist play swing, pop, Latin and blues, St. Joseph’s College (Viola George Auditorium), Standish, free. 893-7723; themainejazzband.com. 7 p.m. Thursday.

Portland Jazz Orchestra, with Denis DiBlasio, South Portland High School, $10. southportland musicboosters.org. 7 p.m. Thursday.

John Gorka, folk, Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath, $20 to $22. chocolatechurcharts.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

April Verch, Canadian fiddler, singer, songwriter and stepdancer, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $18 to $20. onelongfellowsquare.com. 8 p.m. Friday.

Spirit Family Reunion, with Robert Sarazin Blake, The Oak and the Ax, Biddeford, $8. theoakandtheax.blogspot.com. 8 p.m. Friday.

Four Fabulous Guys, ’40s music, White Rock Grange, Gorham, $7.50, kids free. 839-3946. 7 p.m. Friday.

The Brew, with Barefoot Truth, Port City Music Hall, Portland, $10, $30 VIP, 18-plus. portcitymusichall.com. 9 p.m. Friday.

Michael Krapovicky, acoustic, Gritty McDuff’s, Freeport, donation. grittys.com. 8 p.m. Friday.

Arthur Webster and the Holy Mackerels, McSeagull’s, Boothbay Harbor. 633-5900. 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

James McMurtry, singer-songwriter-guitarist, Jonathan’s Restaurant, Ogunquit, $25. jonathansrestaurant.com. 8 p.m. Friday.

Carter Logan and Melissa Bragdon, bluegrass, Deer Run Tavern, Yarmouth. 846-9555. 8 p.m. Friday.

Callaghan, British singer-songwriter, The Brickhouse, Scarborough, $10. 233-6755. 8 p.m. Friday.

“The Sweetest Sounds … Music of Richard Rodgers and Irving Berlin,” Lincoln County Community Theater production, Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, $7 to $12. atthelincoln.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. April 29.

Chris Fitz Duo, blues, Inn on the Blues, York Beach, 21-plus. innontheblues.com. 9:30 p.m. Friday.

Coke Weed, with Micah Blue Smaldone, Lompoc Cafe, Bar Harbor. lompoccafe.com. 9 p.m. Friday.

Portland Symphony Orchestra Pops, “One Vision: Music of Queen,” featuring USM Chamber Singers, Merrill Auditorium, Portland, $20 to $65. 842-0800. porttix.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. April 29.

James McMurtry, singer-songwriter-guitarist, Strand Theatre, Rockland, $20 advance, $24 door. rocklandstrand.com. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Stone Mountain Live, hosted by Carol Noonan and the Stone Mountain Boys with Don Dixon and Marti Jones, Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield, $49, $79 for dinner seating. stonemountainartscenter.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Scarab — A Tribute to Journey, Port City Music Hall, Portland, $10, $25 VIP, 18-plus. portcitymusichall.com. 8 p.m. Saturday.

McJay, classic favorites, Gritty McDuff’s, Freeport, donation. grittys.com. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Paris Bacon, acoustic country, Jumpin’ Jakes Seafood Cafe, Old Orchard Beach. 937-3250. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Robin Jellis, cellist, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland, donation. localsprouts.coop. 11 a.m. Saturday.

Emilia Dahlin and Sara Cox, singer-songwriters, Space, Portland, $8 advance, $10 door, all ages. space538.org. 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Tricky Britches, bluesgrass, country and folk rock, South Portland Library, free. 767-7660. 3 p.m. Saturday.

Maine Academy of Modern Music MAMM Slam 2012 Finals, six high school bands compete, Asylum, Portland, $10 to $12, all ages. maineacademyofmodernmusic.org. Saturday.

The Maine Jazz Band, live jazz with cash bar, Maine Irish Heritage Center, Portland, $10 advance, $15 door. themainejazzband.com. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Mike + Ruthy, folk roots duo, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $12 advance $15 door. onelongfellowsquare.com. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Substance Band, rock, swing and more, Inn on the Blues, York Beach, 21-plus. innontheblues.com. 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Belfast Free Range Music Festival, more than 30 bands play original music, various locations, Belfast, $18 advance, $20 day of, 12 and under $9. freerangemusicfestival.com. Saturday.

Sarah Blacker and Will Dailey, singer-songwriters, EP-release show with Anna Lombard, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $12 advance, $15 door. onelongfellowsquare.com. April 29.

Micah Blue Smaldone, Coke Weed, The Black Swans, The Oak and the Ax, Biddeford, $8. theoakandtheax.blogspot.com. 8 p.m. April 29.

Future Islands with Ed Schrader’s Music Beat and POWERS, synth, Space, Portland, $8, 18-plus. space538.org. 8 p.m. April 29.

 

Outdoors

Feathers Over Freeport, birding festival with live bird presentations, talks, hawk watch, kids activities, Bradbury Mountain State Park, Pownal, $1 to $3, over 65 and under 5 free. maine.gov/feathersoverfreeport. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 29.

 

Special Events

Laser Mania, University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland, $5, $1 for 3-D glasses. usm.maine.edu/planet. Noon and 3 p.m. today.

29th Annual Gem and Mineral Show, more than 25 vendors, jewelry, gems, rocks, minerals, crystals, fossils and more, St. Joseph’s College (Harold Alfond Center), Standish, $3 to $4, 12 and under free. 893-6627. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

Nature art and photography show and sale, more than 40 artists, Unity College, Tozier Gymnasium. unity.edu. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

“From Store to Shore,” Earth Month celebration highlighting coastal nonprofits, indoor sailing exhibits, aquarium touch tanks, fashion show, aquatic robots, Maine Mall, South Portland. mainemall.com/events. Today.

Earth Day celebration, music from 35th Parallel, speakers, kids’ activities, local food vendors, more, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor. coa.edu. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

“Read, Share, Listen…,” National Poetry Month celebration, Louis T. Graves Library, Kennebunkport, free. 967-2778. 2 p.m. today.

Urban Earth Day Celebration, green technology demos, urban gardening, parade, live music, bike decorating, Monument Square, Portland. menskmaine.org. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.

Barridoff Galleries Public Auction of American and European Art, including John Daly 20th-century collection of paintings and sculptures from Monhegan Island, previews are 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Maine College of Art (Institute of Contemporary Art), Portland. barridoff.com. 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Pecha Kucha Night, River Tree Arts, Kennebunk, $5. rivertreearts.org. Doors at 6:30, program at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

“Ulysses for the Fun of It,” weekly listening session of a recording of Joyce’s “Ulysses” performed by Irish actors, presented by Bloomsday Portland 2012, Maine Irish Heritage Center, Portland, free. maineirish.com. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Bates College presents: “red, black & GREEN: a blues,” multi-media production about the deteriorating environment presented by choreographer and hip-hop artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Lewiston Memorial Armory, $10 to $20. batestickets.com. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Take Back the Night march and rally, with Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine, Monument Square, Portland, Free. sarsonline.org. 6 p.m. Friday.

Theatrical journey with playwright Carolyn Gage, dramatic lecture on Maine authors with histories of lesbian relationships, York Public Library. york.lib.me.us. 7 p.m. Friday.

Fandango: Arts, Food and Culture Night, international music and dance concert, benefits El Salvador urban group Mano Hermana, College of the Atlantic (Gates Center), Bar Harbor, $2 to $5. 288-5015. 8 p.m. Friday.

“Before Tour” at the 2012 Old York Decorator Show House, Harmon House on 19 Harmon Park Road, York Harbor, $5. oldyork.org. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and April 29.

World T’ai Chi and Qigong Day celebration, rain location is the Morrell Gymnasium, Bowdoin College (Walker Art Building), on the art building quad, Brunswick, free. mainecoasttaichi.com. 10 a.m. Saturday.

Obscura Day: An International Celebration of Unusual Places, International Cryptozoology Museum, Portland, $5 to $7. cryptozoologymuseum.com. 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Great Maine Bike Swap, hundreds of bicycles for sale, including mountain bikes, road bikes, classic cruisers, kids’ bikes and hybrids, USM Sullivan Gym, Portland, $3, 12 and under free. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 29.

 

Theater

“Heroes,” comedy about three WWII veterans in a French retirement home, Portland Stage Company, $15 to $39. portlandstage.org. 2 p.m. today.

“Steel Magnolias,” comedy-drama about southern women, Schoolhouse Arts Center, Standish, $14, $12 students, seniors. schoolhousearts.org. 2 p.m. today and April 29; 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Maine Playwrights Festival, evening of short plays presented by Acorn Productions, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, $16 to $18. acorn-productions.org. 5 p.m. today; 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday.

“Pinocchio,” presented by Freeport Family Performing Arts, Freeport Performing Arts Center, $5 to $10, $25 family. 415-6251. 2 p.m. today.

“Steel Magnolias,” presented by Belfast Maskers, Waldo County Shrine Club, Belfast, $5 to $15. 338-9668. 2 p.m. today.

“My Mother’s Clothes Are Not My Mother,” writer Elizabeth Peavey’s one-woman show, Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath, $12. chocolatechurcharts.org. 7:30 p.m. today.

Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” farcical comedy, benefits Waldo Youth Theatre, Waldo Theatre, Waldoboro, $10, or pay what you can. thewaldo.org. 2 p.m.

“Hedda Gabler,” Henrik Ibsen’s classic drama presented by USM Theatre, University of Southern Maine (Russell Hall), Gorham, $8 to $15, Sundays $5. usm.maine.edu/theatre. 5 p.m. today, Wednesday and April 29; 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” Tony Award-winning musical comedy, Community Little Theatre, Auburn, $18. laclt.com. 2 p.m. today and April 29; 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

“Steel Magnolias,” presented by Belfast Maskers, Union Hall (Town Hall), Searsport, $5 to $15. 338-9668. 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m. April 29.

David Mamet’s “A Life in the Theater,” story of two actors, Freeport Factory Stage, $15 to $19, pay what you can Thursday. freeportfactory.com. 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

“Phantom of the Opera,” presented by The Originals, Thornton Academy, Saco, $6 to $8. thorntonacademy.org. 7 p.m. Thursday and Saturday; 2 p.m. April 29.

“Abundance,” bold twist on the classic Western epic with humor and adventure, Saco River Grange Hall, Bar Mills, $16 to $18. sacorivergrangehall.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. April 29. Runs through May 5.

“The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship,” family show presented by Theater at Monmouth, Fryeburg Academy (Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center), $4 to $8. fryeburgacademy.org/pac. 7 p.m. Friday.

“Dr. Doolittle,” musical full of talking animals and adventure, presented by Fiddlehead Players, Gray-New Gloucester High School, Gray, $6 to $9. fiddleheadcenter.org. 6 p.m. Friday; 1 and 6 p.m. Saturday.

Student and alumni theater showcase, featuring Gorham High School Drama Program and Thespian Society, Gorham High School, $3 to $5. goghs.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Maine Playwrights Festival, 24-Hour Portland Theater Project, presented by Acorn Productions, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, $10. acorn-productions.org. 5 and 8 p.m. April 29.