• HOT TICKETS
Music and Nightlife: Reverend plays righteous psychobilly
REVEREND HORTON HEAT, man or band? It’s both. It’s the stage name of musician Jim Heath and his “psychobilly” trio from Dallas. Plus, he/it has an upright bass on stage, and that’s just cool.
WHEN: 9 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland
HOW MUCH: $18 to $30
INFO: 899-4990; portcitymusichall.com
Art and Theter: Original art buyable at Photo A Go Go
THERE IS NO admission charge, but you might want to bring your wallet to one of the best art parties of the year. The Bakery Photographic Collective’s Photo A Go Go auction represents a primo chance to buy original art by more than 150 artists at great prices. Music by King Memphis.
WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday; preview 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday and noon to 6 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Bakery Photographic Collective, Dana Warp Mill, Suite 265, 90 Bridge St., Westbrook
HOW MUCH: Free; cash bar and art for sale
Dining and Drink: Party amid produce at new ‘Hullabaloo’
SAMPLE HOLIDAY treats, drink hot cider, listen to live music, make a gift basket, pick out a wreath or have your silly grin captured for posterity in a holiday photo booth at the “Holiday Hullabaloo.”
WHEN: 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Rosemont Produce Co., 5 Commercial St., Portland
HOW MUCH: Free, but bring money to spend.
Et Cetera: Who’s the loveliest of them all?
WHICH FURRY FELINE will claw his or her way to the position of top cat? Head to The International Cat Association (TICA) show to watch pedigreed kitties compete for titles and glory.
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: State of Maine Armory, 120 Stroudwater St., Westbrook
HOW MUCH: $5; $4 for students and seniors; free for active military and children under 12
• CHEAP THRILLS
Music and Nightlife: Soule Monde has Phish-y connections
SOULE MONDE plays an album release show in Portland. The Vermont jam band features Ray Paczkowski and Russ Lawton, who are also members of the Trey Anastasio Band, featuring Phish’s frontman.
WHEN: 8 p.m. (doors) Thursday
WHERE: The Big Easy, 55 Market St., Portland
HOW MUCH: $8
Art and Theater: Musical gifts shared in free holiday concert
THE DAPONTE STRING QUARTET will present its annual gift to the midcoast with its free Christmas concert. The quartet will be joined by soprano Mary Sullivan, singing Bach arias from “The Magnificat,” and will also perform Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto” and an arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite.”
WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Second Congregational Church, River Road, Newcastle
HOW MUCH: Free
Dining and Drink: Swap invites makers to share food gifts
ARE YOU BAKING, preserving, fermenting, brewing or otherwise creating some delicious gifts for the holidays? Share your creations with other like-minded foodies at a swap. Label with ingredients, please, and bring your item in a swappable container.
WHEN: 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Portland Food Co-op, 56 Hampshire St.
HOW MUCH: Free
Et Cetera: Shopping madness made merry
HAVING TROUBLE finishing your holiday shopping? Let free wine and munchies guide your gift buying. Merry Madness kicks off at the Portland Regency from 5 to 6 p.m., where you can purchase a souvenir wine glass or mug before heading out to participating Portland shops.
WHEN: 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: Portland Regency, 20 Milk St., and throughout downtown Portland
HOW MUCH: Free