Music and Nightlife: Love Lucy? Join Kaplansky at OLS

NEW YORK-BASED singer-songwriter Lucy Kaplansky is celebrating the release of her album “Reunion” with a show at One Longfellow Square.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $20 in advance; $23 at the door

INFO: 761-1757; onelongfellowsquare.com

Art and Theater: Dickens returns to Portland Stage

WITH NEW MUSIC and a new cast, “A Christmas Carol” is back at Portland Stage Company after a one-year hiatus, with Tom Ford (at right) as Ebenezer Scrooge.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Wednesday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; noon and 5 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 23.

WHERE: Portland Stage Company, 25A Forest Ave.

HOW MUCH: $35 to $44 ($20 for students; $15 for ages 14 and younger with purchase of adult ticket)

INFO: 774-0465; portlandstage.org

Dining and Drink: Distiller shares his  wisdom. Spirits, too 

SAMPLE SOME COCKTAILS and snacks while you listen to Ned Wight, founder of New England Distilling, talk about making gin and rum in Portland.

WHEN: 6 p.m. Monday

WHERE: Bar Lola, 100 Congress St., Portland


INFO: 775-5652

Et Cetera: Tour benefits Lyric Theater

TOUR SWAN HALL, a private home trimmed to perfection for the holidays, in a benefit for the Lyric Music Theater. The 1886 Portland mansion features nine rooms and 16 full-sized Christmas trees.

WHEN: 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Dec. 15-16

WHERE: 555 Cumberland Ave., Portland

HOW MUCH: $5/donation

INFO: 400-6085 


Music and Nightlife: Dear Leader to expand Empire

DEAR LEADER is a Boston-based rock outfit named for the term used to refer to the long-time dictator of North Korea, Kim Jong Il. So you get music and global politics all in one package.

WHEN: 9 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Empire Dine and Dance, 575 Congress St., Portland


INFO: 879-8988; portlandempire.com

Art and Theater: Caldbeck decks the walls

SOME OF the finest artists in Maine show their work in a holiday exhibition at Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland. Work by gallery artists, as well as guest artists, will grace the walls and sculpture stands.

WHEN: Opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. On view through Dec. 22.

WHERE: Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm St., Rockland


INFO: 594 5935

Dining and Drink: Master baker talks bread in Freeport

LISTEN TO RENOWNED master baker Ciril Hitz talk about his life making great bread.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Merriconeag Waldorf School, 57 Desert Road, Freeport

HOW MUCH: $10 suggested donation

INFO: 865-3900

Et Cetera: Picnic wants to fill your stockings

WONDERING where to have your photo taken with a Yeti? Then head to the annual Picnic Holiday Sale, featuring Yeti photos, hand-made hipster crafts and vintage goods to fill all the stockings in your house.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Portland Company Complex, 58 Fore St., Portland

HOW MUCH: Free admission

INFO: picnicportland.com