• CLASSICAL MUSIC

THURSDAY

Portland Conservatory of Music Noonday Concert, holiday sing-a-long, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland. Free. 775-3356. 12:15 p.m.

Southern Maine Children’s Choir, University of Southern Maine (Corthell Concert Hall), Gorham. $3, $6. usm.maine.edu/music. 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY

Pianist George Lopez, Cellist Walter Gray and Violinist John Sherba, chamber works by Brahms, Bowdoin College (Studzinski Recital Hall), Brunswick. Free. 798-4141. 7:30 p.m.

Augusta Symphony Orchestra: 10th Annual Messiah Sing-Along, High Street Congregational Church, Auburn. $10; free for children and students. asomaine.org. 7 p.m.

Portland Symphony Orchestra: “Magic of Christmas,” annual holiday concert with master illusionist Lyn Dillies, the Windham Chamber Singers and more, Merrill Auditorium, Portland. $31 for preview; $31 to $61 for all other shows; discounts for seniors, students and groups of 10 or more. porttix.com. 2 p.m. (preview) and 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 23.

SATURDAY

Boston String Quartet Christmas Concert, “Christmas in Paris,” Saint David’s Church, Kennebunk. $20; free for those under 18. stdavidskennebunk.org. 7 p.m.

Augusta Symphony Orchestra: 10th Annual Messiah Sing-Along, Hope Baptist Church, Manchester. $10; free for students and children. asomaine.org. 7 p.m.

Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: Verdi’s “Adia,” live broadcast, 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: Verdi’s “Adia,” live broadcast, Strand Theatre, Rockland. $23 to $27; $15 for students. rocklandstrand.com. 1 p.m.

“Christmas with Renaissance Voices,” 21-voice a cappella ensemble performs music of the 16th and 17th centuries, traditional English carols and more; Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland. $12 in advance; $15 day of show. renaissancevoices.net. 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

SUNDAY

DaPonte String Quartet, annual Christmas concert, Second Congregational Church, Newcastle. Free. DaPonte.org. 3 p.m.

St Mary Schola Early Music Ensemble, seasonal program, Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Falmouth. $15; $12 for seniors and students; $40 family cap. stmaryschola.org. 4 p.m.

Seaglass Chorale: “Music For a Winter’s Night,” seasonal favorites including a carol sing-a-long and choruses from part one of “The Messiah,” North Parish Congregational Church, Sanford. $12 in advance; $15 day of show; $12 for seniors. 985-8747. 3 p.m.

Piscataqua River Brass, Christmas favorites accompanied by pipe organ, Christ Church, Kennebunk. $10/donation; $7/donation for children and seniors. 985-4494. 2 p.m.

TUESDAY

“Christmas with Cornils: A Kotzschmar Christmas,” with Ray Cornils, the Festival Brass, Renaissance Voices and the Parish Ringers, Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland. $20 in advance; $25 at door; $10 in advance and $15 at door for students. 553-4363. 7:30 p.m.

Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: “Un Ballo in Maschera,” encore broadcast, Strand Theatre, Rockland. $23 to $27; $15 for students. rocklandstrand.com. 1 p.m.

DEC. 20

“Irish Christmas in America,” Irish musicians, singers and dancers, Camden Opera House. $40; $30 for ages 21 to 35; $10 for ages 21 and under. baychamberconcerts.org. 7 p.m.

• DANCE

“The Magic Toy Shop,” family-friendly, one-act ballet, Maine State Ballet Theater, Falmouth. $13 to $20. mainestateballet.org. 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday.

• THEATER

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” holiday favorite returns, Portland Stage Company. $44; $40 for seniors; $20 for students; $15 per child with adult ticket. portlandstage.org. 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; noon and 5 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. Tuesday to Dec. 20. Through Dec. 23.

“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; 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

“A Seussified Christmas Carol,” funny take on Scrooge’s life-changing journey performed in Seuss-style rhyme, Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, Portland. $8, $9. kitetails.org. 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 1:30 and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 4 p.m. Dec. 20. Through Dec. 23.

“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. Thursday to Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20. Through Dec. 23.

“This Wonderful Life,” one-person adaptation of Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life,” The Inn at Brunswick Station. $40; includes meal and show. (603) 953-3640. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Wednesday and Dec. 20.

“Honk! The Ugly Duckling Musical,” comic musical for the entire family, City Theater, Biddeford. $20. citytheater.org. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

“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.

“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.

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Will Rhys’ one-man rendition of holiday classic, Freeport Factory Stage. $15; $10 for seniors and students. freeportfactory.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” Young Company production, Theater Project, Brunswick. $12/donation. theaterproject.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 23.

“That Time of Year,” revue of 25 all-original Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s songs, Community Little Theatre, Auburn. $18; $15 for seniors; $12 for ages 12 and under. 783-0958. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

“Scrooge the Musical,” presented by Studio Theatre of Bath, Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath. $12; $10 for seniors and students. chocolatechurcharts.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 23.

“Nutcracker Burlesque,” adults-only twist on holiday classic, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland. Sold out. vividmotion.org. 8 p.m. Friday to Sunday and Tuesday to Dec. 20. Through Dec. 21.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas,” A/D/A/M, Biddeford. $8 in advance; $12 day of show. 571-4636. 4 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

“This Wonderful Life,” one-person adaptation of Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life,” One Longfellow Square, Portland. $18. onelongfellowsquare.com. 7 p.m. Monday.

• ART MUSEUMS

OPENINGS/RECEPTIONS

“Keeping Warm,” 19th-century quilts, 19th- and early 20th-century winter clothing, toys, sports equipment and historic photos of Maine in winter, Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport. 548-2529. Opening reception, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Through Feb. 2.

CONTINUING

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: Dahlov Ipcar, recent paintings, prints, giclee and books, Maine Jewish Museum, Portland. mainejewishmuseum.org. Through Jan. 5. 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: “Michelangelo: Art and Afterlife,” looks at the influence of Michelangelo’s art and the legend of his character, through Dec. 20; “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: “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 Saturday. 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; “Rediscoveries 4: Comedy, Seriously,” art that engages comedy and seriousness at once, through March 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

OPENINGS/RECEPTIONS

“Photo A Go Go,” silent auction of framed photographs with live music, Bakery Photographic Collective, Westbrook. bakeryphoto.com. 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Kennebec Valley Art Association Annual Holiday Art Show & Sale, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell. harlowgallery.org. Opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Jan. 12.

CONTINUING

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 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 Sunday. une.edu/artgallery

Rose Contemporary, Portland: Jessica Gandolf, Penelope Jones and Bridget Spaeth, “Expanding Fields,” through Dec. 22; Southern Maine Community College senior exhibit, through Dec. 31. rosecontemporary.com

Daunis Fine Jewelry, Portland: Michael Milicia, “The Exquisite Bird 2,” photographs of birds, through Dec. 31. 773-6011.

Coleman Burke Gallery at Port City Music Hall, Portland: Zachary Field, “Elemental Equanimity,” art installation, through Jan. 4. colemanburke.com

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

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

Greenhut Galleries, Portland: “The Holiday Show,” through Jan. 18. greenhutgalleries.com

Green Hand Bookshop, Portland: “Fancy Food Chains,” art by Jada Fitch, through Dec. 31. 253-6808.

Harmon’s & Barton’s Gallery, Portland: “Bringing Art Home for the Holidays Part II: Fine Art and Giftables in Wood,” through Dec. 31. harmonsbartons.com

Addison Woolley Gallery, Portland: “Something Old, Something New,” still-life photographs by Alan Sockloff and David Wade, through Dec. 29. addisonwoolley.com

Fore Street Gallery, Portland: “Streets of Portland,” paintings by Paul Black, through Jan. 5. 874-8084.

Macpage LLC, South Portland: “Abstract,” mixed-media collages, sculptures, photographs and paintings from 36 Maine artists, through Jan. 25. macpage.com

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

Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth: Painters Veronica Cross and Louise Bourne, through Jan. 13. elizabethmossgalleries.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

Gallery Framing, Brunswick: Maine 10 Art Group holiday show, through Dec. 28. 729-1851.

Whatnot Gallery, Spindleworks, Brunswick: “Winter Wonderland,” latest artwork and goods, through Jan. 4.

Maine Fiberarts, Topsham: “Tools to Equip the Shaman for Night Travels,” art installation by Susan Mills, through Feb. 15. mainefiberarts.org

Markings Gallery, Bath: “Color, Texture, Sparkle!”, sculpture, pottery, turned wood, jewelry, wall art, glass, fiber and more, and “Warmth and Style,” handwoven, felted work and knit works by Maine fiber artists, through Dec. 31. 443-1499.

The Oak and the Ax, Biddeford: “This Must Be the Place,” works by seven local artists, through Jan. 18. theoakandtheax.blogspot.com

University of New England (Campus Center), Biddeford: “Creative Teachers Art by MAEA,” multimedia by art teachers who belong to the Maine Art Education Association, through Jan. 12. 602-2269.

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.

Wells Public Library: Winter group show by local artists, through Jan. 31. 646-8181.

River Tree Arts, Kennebunk: Annual Prelude Clothesline Show, gift and art show featuring work by local artists, designers and craftsmen, through Jan. 5. rivertreearts.org

Snug Harbor Farm, Kennebunk: Juried art show, paintings that depict farm-like landscapes and subject matter, through Dec. 31. snugharborfarm.com

Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk: “Sing We Joyous All Together: Christmas in Late 19th Century,” sights and sounds of a late 19th-century Christmas, through Dec. 21. brickstoremuseum.org

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 variety of creative crafts, through Dec. 24. aarhusgallery.com

Perimeter Gallery, Belfast: “Small Works,” paintings, drawings, sculpture and mixed media by 20 artists, through Jan. 20. 338-0555.

Camden Public Library: “Body as Light: A New Order,” art by Clarity, Robert and Su.Sane Hake, through Dec. 31. camden.lib.me.us

Atrium Art Gallery, University of Southern Maine, Lewiston-Auburn: “The Figure Revealed IV,” statewide juried exhibition of life drawings, through Friday. 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.

Crosstrax Deli, Unity: “CSA: Community Supporting Arts,” through Jan. 26. crosstraxdeli.com

Harlow on the Circle Lobby Gallery, Augusta: Donna Parkinson and Sarah Vosmus, “Mapping the Air,” collaborative installation, through Jan. 25. harlowgallery.org

Maine State Capitol Building, Augusta: “Painted Paper Bird Sculpture” by Hugh Verrier and recent photographs by John Orcutt, through February. 246-6694.

University of Maine (Charles Danforth Gallery), Augusta: “Work Ethic of a Chimney Sweep,” aesthetic and cultural study of the Disney film “Mary Poppins,” through Jan. 18. uma.maine.edu

Savory Maine, Damariscotta: “CSA: Community Supporting Arts,” through Feb. 5. savorymainedining.com

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, Ellsworth: Philip Frey, “On Cranberry Isle,” new paintings, and “Small Works,” through Dec. 24. courthousegallery.com Cellar Door Winery at the Villa, Rockland: “The Premier Show,” Maine art paintings and sculptor Craig Mooney, through Dec. 29. artcollectormaine.com

Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland: 31st annual holiday exhibition, through Jan. 31. caldbeck.com

Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Rockland: John Wood, Hank Tyler, Kathleen Florance, Karl Gerstenberger and Keith Carver, multimedia, through Jan. 31. maineseabirds.org