• 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

INFO: bakeryphoto.com

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.

INFO: 699-4560

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

INFO: 353-2633

 

• 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

INFO: bigeasyportland.com

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

INFO: daponte.org

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

INFO: For inspiration, go to bostonfoodswap.com. To RSVP, go to bit.ly/YKAvVF.

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

INFO: portlandmaine.com/event/merry-madness