• CLASSICAL MUSIC
Portland Conservatory of Music Noonday Concert, with the Karger Scholars Chamber Group, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland. Free. 775-3356. 12:15 p.m.
DaPonte String Quartet, Christmas concert with works by Des Prez, Haydn and Tchaikovsky, Church on the Cape, Cape Porpoise. $10 in advance; $15 day of show. 7:45 p.m. DaPonte.org
Bates College Choir, holiday program directed by John Corrie, Bates College (Olin Arts Center), Lewiston. Free; tickets required. 786-6163. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Windham Chamber Singers: “An American Family Holiday,” with Ashley Liberty, Daniel Strange and “American Idol” finalist Lakisha Jones, Windham High School. $10 to $27. windhamchambersingers.com. 2 and 7:30 p.m.
USM Composers Showcase Concert, featuring the USM Composers Ensemble, University of Southern Maine (Corthell Concert Hall), Gorham. Free. usm.maine.edu/music. 8 p.m.
Bowdoin College Chamber Choir: “In Celebration of King David,” with pianist George Lopez, Bowdoin Chapel, Brunswick. Free. 798-4141. 4 p.m.
Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: “La Clemenza di Tito,” live broadcast of Mozart’s drama set in ancient Rome, Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, Fryeburg. $26; $23 for seniors; $18 for students. fryeburgacademy.org/pac. 1 p.m.
Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: “La Clemenza di Tito,” live broadcast of Mozart’s drama set in ancient Rome, Strand Theatre, Rockland. $23 to $27; $15 for students. rocklandstrand.com. 1 p.m.
Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: “La Clemenza di Tito,” live broadcast of Mozart’s drama set in ancient Rome, Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta. $24; $22 for seniors; $5 for ages 18 and under. atthelincoln.org. 1 p.m.
Metropolitan Opera Live in HD, opera broadcasts, University of Maine (Collins Center for the Arts), Orono. $28; $18 for students. collins
centerforthearts.com. Mozart’s “La Clemenza Di Tito,” 12:55 p.m. Saturday; Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera,” 1 p.m. Sunday.
25th Annual Christmas at the Cathedral, with soprano Suzanne Nance and the Portland Brass Quintet, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland. $20 to $30; limited number of $5 youth tickets available. choralart.org. Noon and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
Bowdoin College Chorus: “Noel Francais,” Bowdoin College (Studzinski Recital Hall), Brunswick. Free. 798-4141. 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Boston String Quartet: “Christmas in Paris,” First Parish Congregational Church, Yarmouth. $20; free for youths under 18. bostonstringquartet.com. 7:30 p.m.
Frank Glazer Retrospective, Program IV: Franck, Weber, Gershwin, Barber, Copland and Brahms, Bates College (Olin Arts Center), Lewiston. $10; limited number of free tickets available for seniors and students. batestickets.com. 7:30 p.m.
Cathedral Choir: “Choral Evensong,” Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland. Free. cathedralofstluke.org. 4 p.m.
Cadillac Moon Ensemble, new and contemporary music, Woodfords Congregational Church, Portland. $22; $20 for seniors; free for students. larksociety.org. 2 p.m.
Opera Workshop Scenes Concert, University of Southern Maine (Corthell Concert Hall), Gorham. $3, $6. usm.maine.edu/music. 2 p.m.
Community Chorus at South Berwick, performance of “Gloria in Excelsis Deo” with brass quintet and percussion, Marshwood High School, South Berwick. $10 in advance; $12 day of show; $10 for seniors and students. 868-7256. 3 p.m.
Sheepscot Valley Chorus, versions of “Ave Maria” by Mendelssohn and Biebl with other holiday favorites, Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor. $12. 677-2840. 3 p.m.
Gorham Community Chorus and Gorham High School Chamber Singers, winter concert of holiday works, Gorham High School. Donation. 318-1651. 3 p.m.
Momenta Quartet, classic and contemporary pieces by Debussy, Kee Yong Chong and Jason Kao Hwang, Bates College (Olin Arts Center), Lewiston. $12; free tickets available to first 100 seniors and students. batestickets.com. 7:30 p.m.
Classical Guitarist Brian Cullen, Brazilian, Spanish and contemporary selections, Patten Free Library, Bath. Free. patten.lib.me.us. 6:30 p.m.
DaPonte String Quartet: “Happy Birthday, Guiseppe!”, celebration of Verdi’s 200th Birthday, Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Thomaston. $20. daponte.org. 7:30 p.m.
Portland Conservatory of Music Noonday Concert, with the USM Chamber Singers, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland. Free. 775-3356. 12:15 p.m.
December Dance Concert, ballet, modern and African American Diasporic, Bowdoin College (Pickard Theater), Brunswick. Free. 725-3375. 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday.
“The Nutcracker,” presented by Sanford Maine Stage, Nasson Little Theater, Springvale. $12; $10 for seniors, students and children ages 12 and younger. sanfordmainestage.com. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Dec. 6. Through Dec. 9.
Maine State Ballet: “The Nutcracker,” featuring a cast of almost 300 dancers and live music by the Maine State Ballet Orchestra, Merrill Auditorium, Portland. $20 to $60. porttix.com. 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.
Atlantic Ballet Company: “The Nutcracker,” Camden Opera House. $20; $14 for children. 236-7963. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
“The Santaland Diaries,” David Sedaris holiday comedy for mature audiences; discounts available for groups of 10 or more; Portland Stage Company (Studio Theater). $24; $20 for students. portlandstage.org. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Through Dec. 16.
“Striking 12,” Good Theater production of fun holiday musical, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland. $20 to $30. goodtheater.com. 7 p.m. Thursday to Saturday (Thursday is sold out); 2 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 6. Through Dec. 9.
Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie,” drama, University of Southern Maine (Russell Hall), Gorham. $15; $11 for seniors; $8 for students. usm.maine.edu/theatre. 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday.
“This Wonderful Life,” one-person adaptation of Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” presented by Theater at Monmouth, Cumston Hall, Monmouth. $26; $24 for seniors; $20 for students. theateratmonmouth.org. 7:30 p.m. Thursday (preview); 7:30 p.m. Friday; 1 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Through Dec. 9.
Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” holiday favorite returns, Portland Stage Company. $34 to $39; $30 to $35 for seniors; $20 for students; $15 per child with adult ticket. portlandstage.org. 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; noon and 5 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 6. Through Dec. 23.
“Honk! The Ugly Duckling Musical,” comic musical for the entire family, City Theater, Biddeford. $20. citytheater.org. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through Dec. 16.
“Miracle on 34th Street,” classic holiday tale of a department store Santa, Schoolhouse Arts Center, Standish. $14; $12 for seniors and students. schoolhousearts.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 16.
“Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical,” features three sets of mother-and-child teams, Portland Players, South Portland. portlandplayers.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 16.
“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” C.S. Lewis classic presented by the Theater Company at Falmouth High; Falmouth High School. $7; $5 for students, seniors and children. falmouththeatre.org. 7 p.m. Dec. 6. Through Dec. 8.
Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Will Rhys’ one-man rendition of holiday classic, Freeport Factory Stage. Pay-what-you-can. freeportfactory.com. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Through Dec. 15.
“The Legend of the Golem,” original play by Michael Levine based on Jewish folklore, Acorn Studio Theater, Westbrook. $15; $12 for ages 12 and under. acorn-productions.org. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Through Dec. 23.
“Mrs. Packard,” roles for four males and five females ages mid-30s to 60; show dates are March 22-30; Gaslight Theater at Hallowell City Hall. 685-9930. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
• ART MUSEUMS
Dahlov Ipcar, recent paintings, prints, giclee and books, Maine Jewish Museum, Portland. mainejewishmuseum.org. Artist reception, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. Through Jan. 5.
“Rediscoveries 4: Comedy, Seriously,” art that engages comedy and seriousness at once, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville. colby.edu. Opens Dec. 6. Through March 30.
Portland Museum of Art: “Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine,” works by Homer created at his Prouts Neck studio in conjunction with re-opening of restored studio for public tours, and “Art in Process,” high school art exhibition, through Dec. 30; “The Portland Society of Art and Winslow Homer in Maine,” 50 watercolors and drawings examine the relationship between Homer, architect John Calvin Stevens and the Portland Society of Art, through Feb. 3; “Between Past and Present: The Homer Studio Photographic Project,” contemporary photography made with a variety of historic processes, through Feb. 17. portlandmuseum.org
Maine Historical Society Museum/Longfellow House, Portland: “Wired!” explores the electrification of Maine during the 20th century, through May 26. mainehistory.org
Maine Museum of Photographic Arts, USM Glickman Library, Portland: Luc Demers, “Trace,” photographs, and Richard Veit, photographs, through Dec. 21. usm.maine.edu/library
Maine Jewish Museum, Portland: “Isaac Bashevis Singer and His Artists,” photography, painting, graphic design, wood-block prints and illustrated books, through Friday. treeoflifemuseum.org
Museum of African Culture, Portland: “The Incarnation of Earthly Creations,” Haitian art, through Jan. 30. museumafricanculture.org
Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick: “Making a Presence: F. Holland Day in Artistic Photography,” photographs by and of F. Holland Day (1864-1933) and “We Never See Anything Clearly: John Ruskin and Landscape Painting,” paintings from 1840s to 1870s, through Dec. 23; “Fantastic Stories: The Supernatural in Nineteenth-Century Japanese Prints,” through March 3; “In Printmaking ABC,” master prints in memoriam of Bowdoin alumnus David P. Becker, through March 10. bowdoin.edu/art-museum
Pejepscot Historical Society Museum, Brunswick: “Vote, Pejepscot!”, election and political paraphernalia, and “Home Decoration: The Domestic Artistry of the Skolfield Women, 1845-1900,” samplers, printed screens, flower arrangements, hair wreaths and more, through Dec. 31. pejepscothistorical.org
Maine Maritime Museum, Bath: Downeast Shipmodelers Guild Show, through Friday; “Ahead Full at Fifty: 50 Years of Collecting at Maine Maritime Museum,” through May 26. mainemaritimemuseum.org
Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston: “Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography,” featuring 106 images by artists from 11 countries across five continents, through Dec. 15. bates.edu/museum/exhibitions
Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville: Alex Katz, “Maine/New York,” 28 paintings and one multi-part sculpture, through Dec. 30. colby.edu
Maine State Museum, Augusta: “Malaga Island: Fragmented Lives,” historic photographs, documents, artifacts and first-person accounts, through May. mainestatemuseum.org
Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland: “Jamie Wyeth, Rockwell Kent and Monhegan,” paintings, and “Impressionist Summers: Frank W. Benson’s North Haven,” paintings, through Dec. 30; “Recent Acquisitions,” newly acquired work by Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur Dove, Rockwell Kent, Marguerite and William Zorach, Elaine de Kooning, Andrew and N.C. Wyeth, and more, through March 10; “Andrew Wyeth: Pencil Drawings and Watercolor Sketches,” through April 7. farnsworthmuseum.org
Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor: “Indians and Rusticators” and “Transcending Traditions: The Next Generation and Maine Indian Basketry,” through Dec. 29; “N’tolonapemk: Our Relatives’ Place,” archeological exhibits and stories of the Passamaquoddy, through October. abbemuseum.org
University of Maine (Museum of Art), Bangor: Alan Bray, “At the Edges,” paintings; Mayumi Sarai, “Ring Cycle,” carved wooden sculptures; and Susan Jane Belton, “What’s Yours,” oil on panel portraits; through Jan. 5. umma.umaine.edu
• ART GALLERIES
Art Walk, downtown Biddeford. Free. biddefordartwalk.com. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
One Year Anniversary Celebration, with music by All Ways One, refreshments and art, SpinOff Studio, Hallowell. spinoffstudio.org. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
“Works for the Season of Giving,” Saccarappa Art Collective, Westbrook. 591-7300. Opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
“Tools to Equip the Shaman for Night Travels,” art installation by Susan Mills, Maine Fiberarts, Topsham. mainefiberarts.org. Reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Through Feb. 15.
“This Must Be the Place,” works by seven local artists, The Oak and the Ax, Biddeford. theoakandtheax.blogspot.com. Opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Jan. 18.
“8x10x100,” Kennebec Valley Art Association exhibition and sale, half the proceeds support programs at the gallery, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell. harlowgallery.org. Opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Dec. 8.
“The Premier Show,” Maine art paintings and sculptor Craig Mooney, The Cellar Door Winery at the Villa, Rockland. artcollectormaine.com. Opening reception, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. Through Dec. 29.
Juried Art Show, paintings that depict farm-like landscapes and subject matter, Snug Harbor Farm, Kennebunk. snugharborfarm.com. Artist reception, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 31.
Maine 10 Art Group Holiday Show, Gallery Framing, Brunswick. 729-1851. Opening reception, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 28.
Winter Group Show, work by local artists, Wells Public Library. 646-8181. Opening reception, 11 a.m. Saturday. Through Jan. 31.
“Color, Texture, Sparkle!”, sculpture, pottery, turned wood, jewelry, wall art, glass, fiber and more, Markings Gallery, Bath. markingsgallery.com. Opens Saturday. Through Dec. 31.
Tanja Alexia Hollander: Pop-Up Show & Holiday Sale, images from the Portland Museum of Art, small works, new landscapes and portraits, Polaroids and merchandise, June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA, Portland. 699-5083. Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Holiday Open House, Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, Ellsworth. courthousegallery.com. 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Philip Frey: “On Cranberry Isle,” Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, Ellsworth. courthousegallery.com. Artist reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Through Dec. 24.
“The Holiday Show,” Greenhut Galleries, Portland. greenhutgalleries.com. Opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 6. Through Jan. 18.
“Body As Light: A New Order,” art by Clarity, Robert and Su.Sane Hake, Camden Public Library. camden.lib.me.us. Opening reception, 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6. Through Dec. 31.
Portland Public Library: “Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey,” original illustrations, preparatory sketches, unpublished drawings and ephemera, through Dec. 29; “The Sea Within Us: Iconically Maritime in Fashion and Design,” presented by Maine Maritime Museum, through June 14. portlandlibrary.com
University of Southern Maine, Portland: “Zuihitsu: Look Only at the Waves,” exhibit by Smudge Studio and USM art students, through Dec. 9. usm.maine.edu/gallery
University of Southern Maine Osher Map Library, Portland: “Iconic America: The U.S. Outline as National Symbol,” through Feb. 28. usm.maine.edu/maps
University of New England (Art Gallery), Portland: “Vanguard: Maine Women Pioneers,” avant-garde, experimental and innovative works by nine Maine artists, through Dec. 16. une.edu/artgallery
Maine Charitable Mechanics Association Library, Portland: Reggie Osborn, textile art, through Friday. 772-8598.
Greenhut Galleries, Portland: Ed Douglas, “New Works,” and Jaap Eduard Helder, paintings, through Saturday. greenhutgalleries.com
Rose Contemporary, Portland: James Chute, “Talking & Drawing,” through Saturday; Jessica Gandolf, Penelope Jones and Bridget Spaeth, “Expanding Fields, ” through Dec. 22. rosecontemporary.com
Bridge Gallery, Portland: “Seeing Red,” paintings by Rhonda Pearle, Gary Perlmutter, Valerie Birnhak, Ruth Claff, Pauline Delin, Dick Eaton, Alison Hill and Wendy Hodge, through Friday. bridgegalleryportland.com
3Fish Gallery, Portland: “Edges of Vision,” MECA photo workshop group show, through Dec. 7. 3fishgallery.com
June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA, Portland: Tom Hall, new paintings, through Friday. 699-5083.
Daunis Fine Jewelry, Portland: Michael Milicia, “The Exquisite Bird 2,” photographs of birds, through Dec. 31. 773-6011.
Green Hand Bookshop, Portland: Eric Hou, “Koala High: Homecoming,” recent prints, through Friday. 253-6808.
Harmon’s & Barton’s Gallery, Portland: “Bringing Art Home for the Holidays — Fall 2012,” fine art created from wood, with wood, in wood by several Maine craft artists, through Friday. harmonsbartons.com
Addison Woolley Gallery, Portland: Brenton Hamilton, “Relevant Histories,” photos drawing on historical photographic processes and art history, through Saturday. addisonwoolley.com
Coleman Burke Gallery at Port City Music Hall, Portland: Zachary Field, “Elemental Equanimity,” art installation, through Jan. 4. colemanburke.com
Pinecone + Chickadee, Portland: “Eat More Art,” art on wood panels, through Friday. 772-9280.
Gleason Fine Art, Portland: “Eye Catchers,” annual holiday show, through Dec. 29. 699-5599.
Constellation Gallery, Portland: “The Art for the Holidays: Gifts that Give Forever,” through Jan. 16. constellationart.com
Macpage LLC, South Portland: “Abstract,” mixed-media collages, sculptures, photographs and paintings from 36 Maine artists, through Jan. 25. macpage.com
University of Southern Maine (Art Gallery), Gorham: “Sampler,” 38 pieces of prints, paintings and experimental works, through Dec. 9. usm.maine.edu/gallery
Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth: Painters Veronica Cross and Louise Bourne, through Jan. 13. elizabethmossgalleries.com
Yarmouth Frame Shop and Gallery: “Falling for Color,” work by Martha Baum, Neil Myrick, Diana Johnson, Marcia Feller and Anne Tarbox, through Dec. 8. yarmouthframeshopandgallery.com
DaVinci Experience Art Gallery, Falmouth: “Bright Beginnings,” paintings, photography and ceramics by established local artists and emerging artists, through Jan. 12. davinciexperience.com
Freeport Historical Society Harrington House: “Buttons, Rum and Rakes: Freeport’s Mercantile Past,” through March. freeporthistoricalsociety.org
Coleman Burke Gallery (Fort Andross), Brunswick: Alicia Eggert, “Speaking in Tongues,” work in various media that utilizes text, through Friday. colemanburke.com
Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick: “Collaborative Connections,” 18 artists from Circling the Square Fine Art Press and One of a Kind Printers, through Thursday. curtislibrary.com
Whatnot Gallery, Spindleworks, Brunswick: “Winter Wonderland,” latest artwork and goods, through Jan. 4.
Markings Gallery, Bath: “Warmth and Style,” handwoven, felted work and knit works by Maine fiber artists, through Dec. 31. 443-1499.
Merrymeeting Arts Center, Bowdoinham: Jack Montgomery, “Portraits of Portraits,” through Dec. 10. merrymeetingartscenter.org
Kymara Gallery, Biddeford: “Dirty Secrets,” vintage photographs by Michael Rosen, through Friday. kymara.com
York Public Library: Adeline Goldminc-Tronzo, “Anything But” through Dec. 27. www.york.lib.me.us
York Hospital Cafe Art Gallery: Nancy R. Davison, etchings and watercolors, through Jan. 1. 351-2021.
Fryeburg Academy (Palmina F. and Stephen S. Pace Galleries of Art): “Apple of My Eye,” paintings, watercolors, pastels and prints of apples from more than 50 mostly regional artists of the past, through Dec. 21. 935-9232.
Kennebunk Free Library: Carol MacLeod, “This and That,” nature, landscapes, abstractions and the human figure, through Friday. 985-2173.
Gold/Smith Gallery, Boothbay Harbor: Jean Gordon, “Figures and Flowers,” figure studies, ink and watercolor flowers, through Dec. 20. 633-6252.
Aarhus Gallery, Belfast: “Holiday Extravaganza,” smaller artworks and a variety of creative crafts, through Dec. 24. aarhusgallery.com
Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport: 2012 Biennial Exhibition and “Many Times Times Square,” soundscape composition by electronic music pioneer Joel Chadabe, through Sunday. cmcanow.org
Atrium Art Gallery, University of Southern Maine, Lewiston-Auburn: “The Figure Revealed IV,” statewide juried exhibition of life drawings, through Dec. 14. usm.maine.edu/atriumgallery
Frost Farm Gallery, Norway: Western Maine Paper Project, original works on paper, through April 5. frostfarmgallery.com
Unity College (Leonard R. Craig Art Gallery): John Silverio, “Living Geometry,” paintings and drawings, through Jan. 11. 948-9239.
University of Maine (Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine), Augusta: “Maine Boys Overseas, German Boys in Maine,” WWII history and artifacts, through Friday. hhrc.uma.edu
University of Maine (Charles Danforth Gallery), Augusta: “Analog/Digital,” 20 paintings and videos by Reese Inman, through Friday. 621-3493.
Harlow on the Circle Lobby Gallery, Augusta: Donna Parkinson and Sarah Vosmus, “Mapping the Air,” collaborative installation, through Jan. 25. harlowgallery.org
Savory Maine, Damariscotta: “CSA: Community Supporting Arts,” through Feb. 5. savorymainedining.com
Art Galleries at University of Maine, Machias: Condon and Georgeann Kuhl, “Tuscany to Pompeii and Beyond,” through Friday. 255-1279.
Camden Public Library: Tollef Runquist, paintings, through Thursday. 236-3440. Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Rockland: John Wood, Hank Tyler, Kathleen Florance, Karl Gerstenberger and Keith Carver, multi-media, through Jan. 31. maineseabirds.org