“Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine,” 35 major oils and watercolors, Portland Museum of Art. Through Dec. 30.

“Between Past and Present: The Homer Studio Photographic Project,” contemporary photography made with historic processes, Portland Museum of Art. Through Feb. 17.

“Iconic America: The U.S. Outline as National Symbol,” University of Southern Maine (Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education), Portland. Through Feb. 28.

“Making a Presence: F. Holland Day in Artistic Photography,” Bowdoin College (Museum of Art), Brunswick. Through Dec. 23.

“Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography,” 106 images by artists from 11 countries across five continents, Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston. Through Dec. 15.

“Hidden Histories: A Project by Maggie Libby,” history of women at Colby, ends Sunday; Alex Katz, “Maine/New York,” 28 paintings and one multi-part sculpture, through Dec. 30. Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville:

“Malaga Island: Fragmented Lives,” historic photographs, documents, artifacts and first-person accounts, Maine State Museum, Augusta. Through May.

“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. Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland.

“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 next October. Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor.

“Holiday Extravaganza,” small artwork and crafts, Aarhus Gallery, Belfast. Through Dec. 24.

“Vanguard,” avant-garde, experimental and innovative works by nine Maine artists, University of New England (Art Gallery), Portland. Through Dec. 16.

“Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey,” original illustrations, preparatory sketches, unpublished drawings and ephemera, Portland Public Library, Lewis Gallery. Through Dec. 29.

Alan Bray, Mayumi Sarai and Susan Jane Belton, paintings, sculptures and portraits of cups of various brands of coffee, University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor. Through Jan. 5.

“Falling for Color,” Martha Baum, Neil Myrick, Diana Johnson, Marcia Feller and Anne Tarbox. Yarmouth Frame Shop and Gallery. yarmouthframe Through Saturday.

Gallery Open House, John Wood, Hank Tyler, Kathleen Florance, Karl Gerstenberger and Keith Carver, Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Rockland. Through Jan. 31.

2012 Biennial, 17 artists, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport. Ends Sunday.

“Portraits of Portraits,” Jack Montgomery, Merrymeeting Arts Center, Bowdoinham. Through Dec. 10.

“Zuihitsu: Look Only at the Waves,” Smudge Studio and USM art students, University of Southern Maine (Area Gallery), Portland. Through Dec. 9.

“Warmth and Style,” handwoven, felted work and knit works by Janice Jones, Lorri Raymond, Susan Mills, Helen Farnham and Amy Smith, Markings Gallery, Bath. 443-1499. Through Dec. 31.

“We Never See Anything Clearly: John Ruskin and Landscape Painting, 1840s-1870s,” Bowdoin College (Museum of Art), Brunswick. Through Dec. 23.

“Many Times Times Square,” soundscape composition by Joel Chadabe, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport. Ends Sunday.

“Edges of Vision,” MECA Photo Workshop group show, 3Fish Gallery, Portland. Through Friday.

“Anything But …” oils on canvas by Adeline Goldminc-Tronzo, York Public Library. Through Dec. 27.

“Vote, Pejepscot!” election and political paraphernalia from the society, Pejepscot Historical Society Museum, Brunswick. 729-6606. Through Dec. 31.

“Home Decoration: The Domestic Artistry of the Skolfield Women, 1845–1900,” samplers, printed screens, flower arrangements, hair wreaths and more. Pejepscot Historical Society Museum, Brunswick. 729-6606. Through Dec. 31.

“Ahead Full at Fifty: 50 Years of Collecting,” Maine Maritime Museum, Bath. Through May 26.

“The Exquisite Bird 2,” photographs by Michael Milicia, Daunis Fine Jewelry, Portland. Through Dec. 31.

“Expanding Fields,” paintings by Jessica Gandolf, Penelope Jone and Bridget Spaeth, Rose Contemporary, Portland. Through Dec. 22.

“Figures and Flowers,” figure studies, watercolor and ink flowers by Jean Gordon, Gold/Smith Gallery, Boothbay Harbor. 633-6252. Through Dec. 20.

“Cast in Amber” and “Interval,” paintings by Veronia Cross and Louise Bourne, Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth. Through Jan. 13.

“Elemental Equanimity,” installation by Zachary Field, Coleman Burke Gallery at Port City Music Hall, Portland. Through Jan. 4.

“CSA: Community Supporting Arts,” nine artists, Savory Maine, Damariscotta. Through Feb. 5.

“Fantastic Stories: The Supernatural in Nineteenth-Century Japanese Prints,” Bowdoin College (Museum of Art), Brunswick. Through March 3.

“Abstract,” mixed-media collage, sculpture, photography and painting from 36 Maine artists, Macpage LLC, South Portland. Through Jan. 25.

“The Sea Within Us: Iconically Maritime in Fashion and Design,” presented by Maine Maritime Museum, Portland Public Library. Through June 14.

“Bright Beginnings,” paintings, photography and ceramics by established artists and emerging artists. The DaVinci Experience Art Gallery, Falmouth. davinci Through Jan. 12.

“Printmaking ABC: In Memoriam David P. Becker,” highlights from recently acquired collection of 1,500 prints, Bowdoin College (Museum of Art), Brunswick. Through March 10.

“Living Geometry,” paintings and drawings by John Silverio, Unity College (Leonard R. Craig Art Gallery). 948-9239. Through Jan. 11.

“Mapping the Air,” collaborative installation by Donna Parkinson and Sarah Vosmus, Harlow on the Circle Lobby Gallery, Augusta. Through Jan. 25.

Nancy R. Davison, etchings and watercolors, York Hospfrital Cafe Art Gallery. 351-2021. Through Jan. 1.

“The Premier Show,” paintings and sculpture by Craig Mooney, The Cellar Door Winery at the Villa, Rockland. Through Dec. 29.

Juried Art Show, farm landscapes, Snug Harbor Farm, Kennebunk. Through Dec. 31.

Maine 10 Art Group Holiday Show, Gallery Framing, Brunswick. 729-1851. Through Dec. 28.

“Winter Wonderland,” latest artworks and goods, Whatnot Gallery, Spindleworks, Brunswick. Through Jan. 4.

“This Must Be the Place,” seven local artists, The Oak and the Ax, Biddeford. Through Jan. 18.

Winter Group Show, several local artists, Wells Public Library. 646-8181. Through Jan. 31.

“8x10x100,” $100 art pieces by several local artists, presented by Kennebec Valley Art Association, benefits programs at the gallery, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell. Through Saturday.

“Color, Texture, Sparkle!”, sculpture, pottery, turned wood, jewelry, wall art, glass, fiber and more, Markings Gallery, Bath. Through Dec. 31.

“Creative Teachers … Art by MAEA,” watercolors, acrylics, oils, encaustics, relief sculpture and prints by members of Maine Art Education Association, University of New England (Campus Center), Biddeford. 602-2269. Through Jan. 12.

“Pressing On II: 20 Printmakers,” June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA, Portland. 699-5083. Through Dec. 29.

“Holiday Offerings: Pottery, Glass and Paintings,” new work by glass artist Keith Weiskamp, potter Richard Boyd and painter Wyn Foland, Richard Boyd Gallery, Peaks Island. Through Dec. 30. 

Art Openings

Artwalk Gardiner, area artists showcase their work in storefronts and studios, Water Street, Gardiner. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Tanja Alexia Hollander Pop-Up Show & Holiday Sale, photographs and merchandise, June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA, Portland. 699-5083. Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

“On Cranberry Isle,” paintings by Philip Frey, and “Small Works,” Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, Ellsworth. Through Dec. 24. Artist reception and open house, 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

“The Holiday Show,” 36 Greenhut artists, Greenhut Galleries, Portland. Through Jan. 18. Opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

“Body as Light: A New Order,” angels, magical boxes and shining beings by Clarity, aka Robert and Su.Sane Hake, Camden Public Library. Through Dec. 31. Opening reception, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

“The Incarnation of Earthly Creations,” Haitian art from paintings and sculpture to beads and metal, Museum of African Culture, Portland. Through Jan. 30. Artist reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

“Pressing On II: 20 Printmakers,” June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA, Portland. 699-5083. Through Dec. 29. Opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

“Eye Catchers,” annual holiday show featuring Jeff Barrett, with gallery artists, Gleason Fine Art, Portland. 699-5599. Through Dec. 29. Opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

“Maine Dreamscapes,” landscape photographs by Charlie Widdis, The Mane Attraction / Gallery 224, Portland. 775-2865. First Friday Art Walk, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

“Something Old, Something New,” still life photographs by Alan Sockloff and David Wade, Addison Woolley Gallery, Portland. Through Dec. 29.

“Art for the Holidays: Gifts that Give Forever,” Constellation Gallery, Portland. Through Jan. 16. Opening reception, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Painter and Illustrator Dahlov Ipcar, recent paintings, books and more, Maine Jewish Museum, Portland. Through Jan. 4. First Friday reception, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday.

“Rip & Tear Art Show,” experimental drawing show where viewers can rip prints from the wall, Kenny Cole, Bridger McAlonan, Jack Slattery, Brian Reeves, Abbeth Russell and William Hessian, The Meg Perry Center, Portland. 766-6204. 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.

“Fancy Food Chains,” graphite, watercolor and colored pencil by Jada Fitch, Green Hand Bookshop, Portland. 253-6808. Through Dec. 31. Opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

“Small Works,” holiday show, Yarmouth Frame Shop and Gallery. Opening reception, 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. 


“Mrs. Packard,” roles for four males and five females, ages mid-30s to 60, shows are March 22-30, Gaslight Theater at Hallowell City Hall. 685-9930. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. 


Best Meatloaf in Ogunquit Contest, benefits Marginal Way Preservation Fund and victims of Hurricane Sandy, Bintliff’s Ogunquit Restaurant, $20, includes full meal. 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Art for Everyone: A Collection of Donated Art, benefits Goodwill, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, Portland. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. 

Books and Authors

Photographer Brian Vanden Brink, author of “Iconic: Perspectives on the Man-Made World,” Camden Public Library. 236-3440. 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Tim Caverly, author of “Allagash Tails,” York Public Library. 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Tess Chakkalakal, author of “Novel Bondage: Slavery, Marriage, and Freedom in Nineteenth-Century America,” Bowdoin College (Massachusetts Hall), Brunswick. 725-3552. 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Marguerite Robichaux and Elizabeth Peavey, illustrator and author of “Glorious Slow Going,” Maine Historical Society, Portland. 7 p.m. Thursday.

Stephanie Tourles, author of “Hands-On Healing Remedies,” Bookstacks, Bucksport. 469-8992. 6 p.m. Thursday.

Josh Pahigian, author of “Strangers on the Beach,” Nonesuch Books and Cards, Biddeford. 282-2638. 11 a.m. Saturday.

Susan Poulin, author of “Finding Your Inner Moose: Ida LeClair’s Guide to Livin’ The Good Life,” Ecopelagicon, Rangeley. 864-2771. 2 p.m. Saturday.

Dorothy Radigan and Judith Durant, authors of “Knitting Know-How,” Nonesuch Books, South Portland. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Blue Butterfield, “A Year in Maine” calendar artist, Nonesuch Books, South Portland. 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Josh Pahigian, author of “Strangers on the Beach,” Sherman’s Books and Stationery, Freeport. 869-9000. Noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 9. 

Classical Music

Boston String Quartet, “Christmas in Paris,” First Parish Congregational Church, Yarmouth, $20, under 18 free. 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Frank Glazer Retrospective, Program IV: Franck, Weber, Gershwin, Barber, Copland and Brahms, Bates College (Olin Arts Center), Lewiston, $10. 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Cathedral Choir, “Choral Evensong,” Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland, free. 4 p.m. Sunday.

Portland String Quartet Presents Cadillac Moon Ensemble, new and contemporary music, Woodfords Congregational Church, Portland, $20 to $22, students free. 2 p.m. Sunday.

Opera Workshop Scenes Concert, University of Southern Maine (Corthell Concert Hall), Gorham, $3 to $6. 2 p.m. Sunday.

The Community Chorus at South Berwick, “Gloria in Excelsis Deo” with brass quintet and percussion, Marshwood High School, South Berwick, $10 advance, $12 door, $10 seniors, students. 868-7256. 3 p.m. Sunday.

25th Annual Christmas at the Cathedral, presented by Choral Art Society, with soprano Suzanne Nance and the Portland Brass Quintet, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland, $20 to $30. 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

The 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. Sunday.

“Noel Francais,” presented by Bowdoin College Chorus, Bowdoin College (Studzinski Recital Hall), Brunswick, free. 798-4141. 2 p.m. Sunday.

Gorham Community Chorus and Gorham High School Chamber Singers, winter concert, Gorham High School, donation. 318-1651. 3 p.m. Sunday.

Momenta Quartet, classics to contemporary, Bates College (Olin Arts Center), Lewiston, $12. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Classical Guitarist Brian Cullen, Spanish and contemporary selections, Patten Free Library, Bath, free. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Portland Conservatory of Music Noonday Concerts, USM Chamber Singers, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland, free. 775-3356. 12:15 p.m. Thursday.

“Happy Birthday, Guiseppe!”, Daponte String Quartet celebrates Verdi’s 200th, Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Thomaston, $20. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

“A Russian Christmas,” sacred works by Bortniansky, Ippolitov-Ivanov, Stravinsky, Chesnokov, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky, presented by Down East Singers and St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble, St. Patrick’s Church, Newcastle, $20, 18 and under free. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Holiday Concert, Dana Cunningham and May Dyer, piano and cello, Ocean View at Falmouth, free. 781-4460. 3 p.m. Friday.

“Happy Birthday, Guiseppe!”, Daponte String Quartet celebrates Verdi’s 200th, Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, $20. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble, Bowdoin Chapel, Brunswick, free. 798-4141. 19th-century Russian sacred and secular songs, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Christmas Concert with Joelle Morris, mezzo-soprano performs classic carols from France and Quebec with pianist Bridget Convey, Franco American Heritage Center, Lewiston, $14 to $16. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

“Magnificat,” seasonal program presented by St. Mary Schola Early Music Ensemble, South Congregational Church, Kennebunkport, $12 to $15. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

“The Many Moods of Christmas,” presented by Casco Bay Concert Band, symphonic wind ensemble, McCormack Performing Arts Center (Gorham High School), Gorham, $8 to $10, children and students free. 3 p.m. Saturday.

Downeast Brass Quintet with Organist Jay Zoller, holiday concert, South Parish Congregational Church, Augusta, $5 to $10, 12 and under free. 621-3551. 2 p.m. Saturday.

“Winterscene,” Tri-City Community Chorus Holiday Concert, First Parish Congregational Church, Saco, $8 to $10 advance, $10 to $12 door, ages 6 to 12 $5, 5 and under free. 282-9543. 7 p.m. Saturday.

St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble, 19th-century Russian sacred and secular songs, Christ Church, Kennebunk, $7 to $10. 985-4494. 7 p.m. Saturday.

“Happy Birthday, Guiseppe!”, Daponte String Quartet celebrates Verdi’s 200th, Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church, Topsham, $20. 3 p.m. Dec. 9.

Boy Singers of Maine, holiday concert, First Parish Church, Brunswick, $8 to $10. 797-6354. 2 p.m. Dec. 9.

Choir of Casco Village United Church of Christ, holiday concert, Casco Village Church, free. 627-4282. 4 p.m. Dec. 9.

Renaissance Voices Christmas Concert, Sanford-Springvale Historical Museum, Sanford, $15, 21 and under free. 324-2797. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9.

Down East Singers and St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble, 19th-century Russian sacred and secular songs, Camden Opera House, $20, 18 and under free. 2:30 p.m. Dec. 9. 


Sunday Funnies, Boston comedy jam with Connor McGrath, Matthew’s, Portland, free, 21-plus. 253-1812. 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

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

Kelly MacFarland and Friends Comedy Show, followed by DJ and dancing, Avant Dance & Event Center, Westbrook, $15. 8 p.m. Saturday. 


Maine State Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” cast of nearly 300 dancers with live music by the Maine State Ballet Orchestra, Merrill Auditorium, Portland, $20 to $60. 2 p.m. Sunday.

Port City Swing Dance, music by the Blue Willow Band, Woodfords Club, Portland, $10. Lessons at 8 p.m., dance at 9 p.m. Friday.

Portland Ballet’s “The Victorian Nutcracker,” set in Victorian-era Portland with stage sets and costumes based on rooms in the Victoria Mansion, Merrill Auditorium, Portland, $24 to $54. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Contra Dance, music by Wild Asparagus, George Marshall calling, Wescustogo Grange Hall, North Yarmouth, $7 to $10. 233-4325. 6 p.m. family dance ($3, $12/family), 7 p.m. potluck (bring dish to share); beginner’s session at 7:30 p.m.; dance at 8 p.m. Saturday.

“The Magic Toy Shop,” one-act ballet for audiences young and old, Maine State Ballet Theater, Falmouth, $13 to $20. 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday. 


Christmas by the Sea, annual tree-lighting event with hayrides, entertainment, parade, photos with Santa, caroling and more, various locations, Old Orchard Beach. 934-2500. Parade at 1 p.m., tree lighting at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Christmas Craft Fair, American Legion Hall, Gray. 576-3870. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

United Maine Craftsmen’s 35th Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show, USM Sullivan Gym, Portland, $2. 621-2818. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Made in Maine Christmas Fair, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Windham. 892-3048. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

SEA Holiday Sale, blown glass, jewelry, journals, paintings, textiles, pottery and more, East End Community School, Portland. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Winter Holiday Show, handmade crafts, Blueberry Ridge Farm, Pownal. 688-4153. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Maine Women in the Arts Prelude Crafts Show, Kennebunkport Masonic Hall. 646-9086. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Annual Spirit of Christmas Fair, Bath Middle School, Bath. 443-5563. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Bradbury Mountain Arts Holiday Show and Sale, Mallett Hall, Pownal. 688-4744. Fine arts and crafts by guild members and guest artists, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The Big Chill Holiday Sale, arts, crafts and vintage sale, Mayo Street Arts, Portland. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Christmas at Norlands, 19th-century parlor games, mansion tours, craft activities, more, Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, Livermore, $6 to $8, $25/family. 897-4366. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Christmas Prelude, house tours, music, parades, walking tours, tree lighting, Maine Women in the Arts fine crafts, more, various locations, Kennebunkport. Sunday, Friday to Dec. 9.

Studio 53 Holiday Showcase, fine artists, artisans and craftpersons, Studio 53 Fine Art Gallery, Boothbay Harbor. 380-7554. Through Dec. 16.

Annual Holiday Fair, artisans, astrology, psychic readings, Native American flutes, handmade items, more, Gardens of Atlantis, Dayton. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Peregrine Press Studio Sale, Bakery Studios, Portland. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Stone Mountain Arts Center Flea Market, live music by Tricky Britches, visit from Santa, antiques, knick-knacks, more, Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield, $3, includes free Carol Noonan CD, kids free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 9.

Holidays in Harpswell, open studios along Route 123 with raffles, demonstrations, workshops, various locations, Harpswell. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Saturday and Dec. 9.

Handmade On Main, custom furniture, textiles, greeting cards, glass, T-shirts and fine art, Engine, Biddeford Arts, Biddeford. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Through Dec. 29.

“Handmade,” jewelry, altered and silkscreened clothing, soaps, home goods, art, more, benefits the organization, Waterfall Arts, Belfast. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Dec. 9. Through Dec. 23.

Holiday Sale, unique gifts, crafts and fine arts by MECA students, alumni, faculty and staff, Maine College of Art, Portland. 5 to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Holly Jolly Craft Fair, First Parish Church, Freeport. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas Fair, wreaths, handmade children’s clothing, art, jewelry, baked goods, more, First Congregational Church, Kittery Point. 3 to 8 p.m. Friday.

“Sunsplash,” craft fair, Bowdoin College (David Saul Smith Union), Brunswick. 725-3375. 10 a.m. Friday.

Sparkle Weekend, entertainment, horse and carriage rides, strolling carolers, more, downtown Freeport. Friday through Dec. 9.

Christmas Fair, live music, jams, jellies, candies, cookies and crafts, Williston-Immanuel United Church, Portland. 775-2301. 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

4th Annual Alma Soul Holiday Sale, unique handcrafted items from local artists, Alma Soul, Portland. 939-1498. 6 to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 9.

“Christkindlsmarkt,” traditional European village market, live music, unique crafts, kids gift shop, German food, visit with Santa, St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Scarborough. 756-9723. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Holiday Fair, crafts and homemade cookies, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Waterboro. 929-4669. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

United Maine Craftsmen’s Christmas Magic Arts and Crafts Show, unique, locally handmade gifts, Westbrook Middle School. 621-2818. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas Fair, antiques, crystal, china, vintage linens, knitted goods, holiday gifts, more, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Falmouth. 781-3366. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Handcrafted Haitian Metal Art Sale, benefits Konbit Sante Cap-Haitien Health Partnership, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland. 347-6733. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas Fair, cookie walk, crafts, attic treasures, Rada cutlery, more, East Otisfield Free Baptist Church. 627-7133. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Holiday Fair, crafts, baked goods, Christmas items and decorations, St. Paul’s Church, Portland. 828-2012. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Craft Fair, cookie walk, kids gift room and brunch, West Kennebunk United Methodist Church. 985-6632. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Craft Fair, baked goods, handcrafted items, jewelry, pottery, jams, more, Highland Lake Grange, Westbrook. 854-2379. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas Market at the Gardens, 30 Maine vendors with a variety of products, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Annual Christmas by the Sea Arts and Crafts Fair, art, birdhouses, jewelry, ornaments, more, Ogunquit Fire Station. 646-4947. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Designing Women Fine Art and Crafts Show, more than 20 vendors, Ocean Avenue School, Portland. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Picnic Holiday Sale, juried indie craft fair, photos with Yeti, live DJs, Portland Company Complex. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 9.

Studio Sale, art by Kyle Bryant, Erica Burkhart, InfiniTee Clothing, Derek Jackson and Jacob Pitcher, Zero Station Art, Design, Framing, Portland. 210-3416. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 9. 


“Arranged” (2007, PG-13), friendship between an Orthodox Jewish woman and a Muslim woman, York Public Library, free. 3 p.m. Sunday.

Global Lens International Film Series, “Toll Booth” (2010, Turkey), Bates College (Olin Arts Center), Lewiston, free. 7:30 p.m. Monday.

“War Don Don,” with director and producer Rebecca Richman, Bowdoin College (Kresge Auditorium), Brunswick, free. 725-3291. 7 p.m. Monday.

“Sunrise at Campobello” (1960), story of FDR’s battle against polio, Christopher Breiseth, New Deal historian and Frances Perkins Center board member, will give a brief presentation before the film, Skidompha Library, Damariscotta, $5. 6:30 p.m. Monday.

“Big Night,” family comedy/drama with Tony Shalhoub and Stanley Tucci, University of Maine (Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, Michael Klahr Center), Augusta, free. Noon Tuesday.

“Arranged” (2007, PG-13), friendship between an Orthodox Jewish woman and a Muslim woman, post-film discussion with Bill Halpin and Saskia Huising, Rockland Public Library, free. 594-0310. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

“Celebration,” Led Zeppelin’s 2007 concert film in HD, Westbrook Performing Arts Center, $5 to $10. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Classic Film Series, “King of Hearts,”, Dunaway Center, Ogunquit, free. 2 p.m. Dec. 9. 

For Children

Breakfast with Santa, Freeport Community Center, $5. 865-3985. 8 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Santa’s Workshop for Kids, shopping, breakfast with Santa, photo, for kids under 12, Sebago Town Hall. 787-2489. 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday.

“Night of the Nutcracker,” music, dance performances and treats, mingle with ballerinas from Portland Ballet’s “Victorian Nutcracker,” Victoria Mansion, Portland, $13.50 to $15, with each adult admission, two children 17 and under are free. 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Sesame Street Live: “Can’t Stop Singing,” Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, $12 to $50. 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Susan Paradis, author and illustrator of “Snow Princess,” Sharpe Gallery, Kennebunk. 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

North Pole Express, train ride includes storytelling and visit from Santa, Boothbay Railway Village, $10, reservations suggested. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (every 30 minutes) Saturday.

“Santa Buddies,” Puppy Paws and his newfound buddies save Christmas in this children’s film, York Public Library, free. 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Rebecca Rule, author of “The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever!”, Poofberry’s Toys, Kennebunk. 967-0400. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 9. 


Trampled By Turtles, indie-folk, with Spirit Family Reunion, Port City Music Hall, Portland, $18 advance, $20 door, $25 VIP, 18-plus. p.m. Sunday.

Pearl and the Beard, three voices with cello, guitar, glockenspiel, melodica, drums and accordion, with Lucius and You Won’t, Space, Portland, $10 advance, $12 door, 18-plus. 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

David Mallett, singer-songwriter, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, $25 advance, $30 door. 7 p.m. Sunday.

Yuletide Harp Concert, music from the Celtic tradition played by Castlebay, St. Michael’s Episcopal Parish, Auburn, $10, children free. 529-5438. 3 p.m. Sunday.

Anne Dodson and Friends, annual holiday show, First Congregational Church, Camden, $13 advance, $6 to $15 door. 236-9576. 7 p.m. Sunday.

A Maine-ly Harmony Christmas, women’s a cappella barbershop chorus, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Augusta, $7, under 15 free. 582-5523. 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

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

“Just Us Entertainers,” holiday songs by multi-generational singing group, Franco American Heritage Center, Lewiston, $5 to $10. 2 p.m. Sunday.

Eddie Shaw and the Wolfgang, blues, Time Out Pub, Rockland, $15. 593-9336. 7 p.m. Monday.

Fiddler Natalie MacMaster, “Christmas in Cape Breton,” Merrill Auditorium, Portland, $41 to $56. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Kaki King, guitarist, singer-songwriter, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper opens, Space, Portland, $15, all ages. 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Chris Stout and Catriona McKay, Shetland fiddle and Scottish harp, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, $15. 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Bates College Jazz Band, big band to bossa nova and funk, Bates College (Olin Arts Center), Lewiston, free, tickets required. 786-6135. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Boothbay Region High School Holiday Concert, Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, free/donations welcome. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Songwriters in the Round, hosted by Lisa Redfern, The Frontier, Brunswick, $10. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Chris Stout and Catriona McKay, Shetland fiddle and Scottish harp, Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center, South Carthage, $15. 562-4445. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Swingtime Band, music from the ’30s through the ’50s, Lithgow Public Library, Augusta, free. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Dark Star Orchestra, Grateful Dead tribute, State Theatre, Portland, $25 advance, $30 door, general admission. 8 p.m. Thursday.

Open Mic Night, Deer Run Tavern, Yarmouth, free, all ages. 846-9555. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

USM Jazz Ensemble, University of Southern Maine (Corthell Concert Hall), Gorham, $5 to $15. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

“Sonic UMA!”, contemporary rock, jazz and new classical, Jewett Auditorium, Augusta, free. 621-3214. 7 p.m. Thursday.

Dear Leader, The Chums, indie-rock, Empire Dine and Dance, Portland, $6, 21-plus. 9 p.m. Thursday.

Chris Stout and Catriona McKay, Shetland fiddle and Scottish harp, Unity Centre for the Performing Arts, $15. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Tom Rush, folk, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $35. 8 p.m. Friday.

Fogcutters Present: Big Band Syndrome, original arrangements of eight local musicians’ songs with the 19-piece big band, State Theatre, Portland, $10 to $15. 7 p.m. Friday.

The Sweetback Sisters’ Country Christmas Sing-Along, Strand Theatre, Rockland, $12. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Mosiac, “Comfort and Joy,” holiday music from the 15th to 21st century, a cappella, with guitar and mandolin, Atlantic Hall, Cape Porpoise, $7. 985-3745. 7 p.m. Friday.

“Hey Ho the Holly,” Yuletide music in the folk tradition, with the Newell Family and Castlebay, benefits Heifer International, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Newcastle, $5 to $7. 563-8440. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The Makem and Spain Brothers, Irish music, Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, $20 advance ($10 under 18), $25 door. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Band of Horses, rock, State Theatre, Portland, $25 advance, $30 door. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Darlingside, The Ghost of Paul Revere and Heather Maloney, The Oak and the Ax, Biddeford, $8. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Lucy Kaplansky, singer-songwriter, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $20 advance, $23 door. 8 p.m. Saturday.

J. Geils and Jeff Pitchell, guitarists, with Gerry Beaudoin and Texas Flood and The Jeffettes, Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath, $30 advance, $33 door. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

“Music For a Winter’s Night,” seasonal favorites and sing-along, presented by Seaglass Chorale, South Congregational Church, Kennebunkport, $12 advance, $12 to $15 door. 985-8747. 7 p.m. Saturday. 

The Coloradas, bluegrass, Hurricane Sandy benefit, Unity Centre for the Performing Arts, $10. 948-7469. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Robby Krieger’s Jazz Kitchen, with Tom Brechtlein, Larry Kilmas, Arthur Barrow and Tommy Mary, Port City Music Hall, Portland, $20 advance, $25 door, $40 VIP, 18-plus. 8 p.m. Saturday.

John Linscott and The Mainestream Jazzmasters, jazz jam, The Local Buzz, Cape Elizabeth, donation. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 9.

Patrick Watson, Canadian singer-songwriter, Space, Portland, $12 advance, $15 door, 18-plus. 8:30 p.m. Dec. 9.

Southern Maine Monthly Bluegrass Jam, Roost Function Hall, Buxton, $7. 232-1528. Noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 9.

Rock My Soul Rockin’ Holiday Concert, gospelized carols and R&B, doo-wop versions of holiday favorites, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $15 advance, $18 door. 4 p.m. Dec. 9.

Special Events

Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera,” University of Maine (Collins Center for the Arts), Orono, $28, $18 students. 1 p.m. Sunday.

Winter Window Walk, stroll the downtown to enjoy festive window displays, downtown Portland. Daily through Dec. 16.

The Polar Express, hot chocolate and cookies, carol singing, meet Santa, Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, Portland, $20 to $40. Sunday, Saturday and Dec. 9. Through Dec. 23.

Horse and Wagon Rides, every half-hour, Monument Square, Portland, free. 772-6828. 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday; 4 to 8 p.m. Friday; 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 9. Through Dec. 23.

Pine Tree State Country Music Association Annual Christmas Party, Stevie Cee, Gloria Jean, Bobby Lee and others, American Legion Post 197, Westbrook, $5, 12 and under free. 490-1232. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Holiday Trolley Rides, Seashore Trolley Museum, Kennebunkport, $6. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday; 1 to 3:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 9.

“Christmas at Victoria Mansion: The Gilded Age,” self-guided tours, Victoria Mansion, Portland, $5 to $15, under 5 free. Daily through Jan. 6.

“Celebrate the Season by the Sea,” Santa and Mrs. Claus, parade, musical performances, hay rides, treats, more, Old Orchard Beach. 934-2500. 1 p.m. Sunday.

Festival of Trees, benefits Westbrook charities, Westbrook Warren Congregational Church. Sunday through Friday.

Sit with Santa, for dogs and their companions, benefits the Planet Dog Foundation, Planet Dog Company Store, Portland, $10. 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.

“Best/Worst Christmas Pageant,” A/D/A/M, Biddeford, $8 advance, $12 door. 571-4636. 1 p.m. Sunday.

Rocco Katastrophe and Athens Boys Choir present “F to eMbody: A Reconstruction of Gender,” gender-deviant, multi-media, spoken word extravaganza, Bates College (Benjamin Mays Center), Lewiston, free. 786-8303. 8:30 p.m. Monday.

Port Veritas Spoken Word Series, poet Derek Avila, Bull Feeney’s, Portland, $3, 18-plus. 773-7210. 7 p.m. Tuesday..

18th Annual Festival of Trees: “A Black and White Christmas,” silent auction, decorated trees, kids’ activities, more, Winter Street Center, Bath. 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Festival of Trees “Holiday Gala,” sparkling cider, champagne, hors d’oeuvres, Oratorio Chorale, Winter Street Center, Bath, $25. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Model Railroad Celebration, presented by Great Falls Model Railroad Club, Maine State Museum, Augusta, free. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

“Five Dollar First Friday,” Victoria Mansion, Portland. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

An Evening of Chocolate Tasting, Art and Music, Aarhus Gallery, Belfast. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: “Un Ballo in Maschera,” Fryeburg Academy (Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center), Fryeburg, $26, $23 seniors, $18 students. Dramatic story of jealousy and vengeance, 1 p.m. Saturday.

“Think Outside the Box,” Arts District, Portland. 772-6828. Demonstrations, holiday sales, live music, family activities and more, Saturday.

Holidays in the Heart of Portland, downtown Portland, Portland. Holiday sales, art exhibitions, live music, demonstrations, raffles and more, Saturday.

The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: “Un Ballo in Maschera,” Strand Theatre, Rockland, $23-$27, $15 students. 1 p.m. Saturday.

Musician Carolyn Currie, University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland, $8, $6 children. 780-4249. Ethereal music combined with celestial images projected against the star-adorned firmament, 7 p.m. Saturday.

Model Railroad Celebration, Maine State Museum, Augusta, free. Featuring the Great Falls Model Railroad Club, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Reception and Tea Tasting, The DaVinci Experience Art Gallery, Falmouth. davinciexperience With Portland Museum of Art docent Kathleen Rummler and teapot artist Meryl Ruth, 1 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas at Swan Hall, proceeds benefit Lyric Theater, Swan Hall, Portland, $5. 400-6085. 1886 Victorian House with nine rooms and 16 Christmas trees, 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 9. Through Dec. 16.

28th Annual Christmas Parade, Wells. “Santa’s Workshop” Theme, 2 p.m. Dec. 9. 


Maine Red Claws, NBA Development League affiliate of the Celtics, Portland Exposition Building, Portland, $6-$30. Vs. Sioux Falls, 1 p.m. Sunday; Vs. Fort Wayne, 7 p.m. Saturday; Vs. Canton, 5 p.m. Dec. 9. 


Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Portland Stage Company; $34 to $39, seniors $30 to $35, $20 students, $15 per child with the purchase of an adult ticket, Noon and 5 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; noon and 5 p.m. Dec. 9. Through Dec. 23.

“The Santaland Diaries,” David Sedaris holiday comedy for mature audiences only, Portland Stage Company (Studio Theater), $24, $20 students, discounts available for groups of 10 or more. 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Through Dec. 16.

Good Theater Presents “Striking 12,” hip, funky, fun holiday musical, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, $20 to $30. 2 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 9.

Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie,” University of Southern Maine (Russell Hall), Gorham, $15, $11 seniors, $8 students. 5 p.m. Sunday.

“Miracle on 34th Street,” classic holiday tale, Schoolhouse Arts Center, Standish, $14, $12 seniors and students. 2 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 9. Through Dec. 16.

“This Wonderful Life,” Theater at Monmouth presents one-person adaptation of Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life,” including favorite characters; Cumston Hall, $26, $24 seniors, $20 students. 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 1 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 9.

“Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical,” featuring three sets of mother-and-child teams, Portland Players, South Portland, $20, $18 adults, $15 students. 2:30 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Through Dec. 16.

“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” presented by The Theater Company at Falmouth High School, $7, $5 students, seniors, children. 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday.

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Will Rhys’ one-man rendition of the holiday classic, Freeport Factory Stage, $15, $10 seniors, students, Thursday is pay-what-you-can. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 p.m. Dec. 9. Through Dec. 15.

“The Legend of the Golem,” original play by Michael Levine based on Jewish folklore, Acorn Studio Theater, Westbrook, $15, $12 for 12 and under. 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 3 p.m. Dec. 9. Through Dec. 23.

“The Nutcracker,” based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” with music by Tchaikovsky, Nasson Community Center (Little Theatre), Springvale, $12, $10 seniors, under 12. 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 9.

Portland Playback Improv Theater, theme is “Holidays From Heaven and Hell,” Community Television Network (CTN), Portland, $7. 7:30 Friday.

“Honk! The Ugly Duckling Musical,” enchanting comic musical for the entire family, City Theater, Biddeford, $20. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 9. Through Dec. 16.

The WFCP Home Time Radio Hour 2012, live music, comedy and fun for all ages, Freeport Performing Arts Center, $10 advance, $15 day of show. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

“Collected Stories,” two-character play about ambition, artistic conflicts, rivalries and the rise and fall of a friendship, Bates College (Black Box Theater), Lewiston, free. 786-8294. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 9.

“A Christmas Carol,” A/D/A/M, Biddeford. $10 advance, $13 day of show. 571-4636. 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 9.

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” The Public Theatre, Lewiston, $18, $5 for under 12. Includes a post-show sing-along with fiddler Jennifer Armstrong, 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 9.

“A Christmas Carol — The Musical,” musical version of Charles Dickens’ story, presented by New England Regional Theater Company, Brunswick High School (Crooker Theatre), $12, $10 seniors and students, $8 for children under 12. 798-6966. 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 9.

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