Art

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

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

“The Portland Society of Art and Winslow Homer’s Legacy in Maine,” exploring the artistic relationship between Homer and the architect John Calvin Stevens and the early years of the Portland Society of Art, featuring architectural drawings and a range of paintings and watercolors by Homer and others, Portland Museum of Art. portlandmuseum.org. Through Feb. 3.

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

“Making a Presence: F. Holland Day in Artistic Photography,” Bowdoin College (Museum of Art), Brunswick. bowdoin.edu/art-museum. 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. bates.edu/museum/exhibitions. Through Saturday.

“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. Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville. colby.edu. Through Dec. 30.

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

“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, Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor. abbemuseum.org

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

“Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey,” original illustrations, preparatory sketches, unpublished drawings and ephemera, Portland Public Library, Lewis Gallery. portlandlibrary.com. 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. umma.umaine.edu. Through Jan. 5.

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

“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. bowdoin.edu/art-museum. Through Dec. 23.

“The Incarnation of Earthly Creations,” Haitian art from paintings and sculpture to beads and metal, Museum of African Culture, Portland. museumafricanculture.org. Through Jan. 30.

“Anything But …” oils on canvas by Adeline Goldminc-Tronzo, York Public Library. york.lib.me.us. 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. mainemaritimemuseum.org. Through May 26.

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

“Expanding Fields,” paintings by Jessica Gandolf, Penelope Jone and Bridget Spaeth, Rose Contemporary, Portland. rosecontemporary.com. Through Saturday.

“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. elizabethmossgalleries.com. Through Jan. 13.

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

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

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

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

“Eye Catchers,” annual holiday show featuring Jeff Barrett, with gallery artists, Gleason Fine Art, Portland. 699-5599. Through Dec. 29.

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

“Bright Beginnings,” paintings, photography and ceramics by established artists and emerging artists, The DaVinci Experience Art Gallery, Falmouth. davinci experience.com. 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. bowdoin.edu/art-museum. Through March 10.

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

“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. richardboydpottery.com. Through Dec. 30.

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

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

“On Cranberry Isle,” paintings by Philip Frey, and “Small Works,” Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, Ellsworth. courthousegallery.com. Through Dec. 24.

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

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

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

“The Holiday Show,” 36 Greenhut artists, Greenhut Galleries, Portland. greenhutgalleries.com. Through Jan. 18.

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

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

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

“Art for the Holidays: Gifts that Give Forever,” Constellation Gallery, Portland. constellationart.com. Through Jan. 16.

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

“Body as Light: A New Order,” angels, magical boxes and shining beings by Clarity, aka Robert and Su.Sane Hake, Camden Public Library. camden.lib.me.us. Through Dec. 31.

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

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

Painter and Illustrator Dahlov Ipcar, recent paintings, books and more, Maine Jewish Museum, Portland. mainejewishmuseum.org. Through Jan. 4.

“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.

“Fancy Food Chains,” graphite, watercolor and colored pencil by Jada Fitch, Green Hand Bookshop, Portland. 253-6808. Through Dec. 31.

“Streets of Portland,” paintings by Paul Black, Fore Street Gallery, Portland. Through Jan. 5.

Annual Prelude Clothesline Show, gift and art show featuring local artists, designers and upscale crafts, River Tree Arts, Kennebunk. rivertreearts.org. Through Jan. 5.

“Bringing Art Home for the Holidays Part II,” fine art and giftables in wood, Harmon’s & Barton’s Gallery, Portland. harmonsbartons.com. Through Dec. 31.

“Sing We Joyous All Together: Christmas in Late 19th-Century Kennebunk,” sights and sounds of a late-1800s Christmas, Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk. brickstoremuseum.org. Through Dec. 21.

Southern Maine Community College Senior Art Students Exhibit, Rose Contemporary, Portland. rosecontemporary.com. Through Dec. 31.

“Small Works,” painting, drawing, sculpture and mixed media by 20 artists, Perimeter Gallery, Belfast. 338-0555. Through Jan. 20.

“Keeping Warm,” 19th- and early 20th-century quilts, clothing, fiber art tools and crafts, toys and more, with historic photos of Maine in winter, Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport. penobscotmarinemuseum.org. Through Feb. 24.

31st Annual Holiday Exhibition, Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland. caldbeck.com. Through Jan. 31.

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

CSA: Community Supporting Arts Exhibit, Crosstrax Deli, Unity. crosstraxdeli.com. Through Jan. 26.

Kennebec Valley Art Association Annual Holiday Art Show & Sale, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell. harlowgallery.org. Through Jan. 12.

“A New View,” acrylic and paper landscapes by L.M. Turner, Furman, Gregory and Deptula, Biddeford. 284-7145. Through Dec. 31.

 

Art Openings

Winter Solstice Open Studio, Constellation Gallery, Portland. 409-6617. 4 to 8 p.m. Friday.

 

Books and Authors

Josh Pahigian, author of “Strangers on the Beach,” Christmas Farm Alpacas Country Farm Shop & Fiber Studio, Buxton. 400-9206. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Chris Van Dusen, author of the children’s book “If I Built a House,” Nonesuch Books, South Portland. nonesuchbooks.com. 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Poetry Reading, Kristen Lindquist and Kendall Merriam read from their book “Moon Viewing at 50 MPH,” Gulf of Maine Books, Brunswick. 729-5083. 4 p.m. Sunday.

Holiday Children’s Book Signing, Tammy Meserve and Middy Thomas, Maine Coast Book Shop and Cafe, Damariscotta. mainecoastbookshop.com. Noon to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Sandra Oliver, author of “Maine Home Cooking: 175 Recipes from Down East Kitchens,” Camden Public Library. 236-3440. 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Susan Poulin, author of “Finding Your Inner Moose: Ida Le Clair’s Guide to Livin’ The Good Life,” Sherman’s Books and Stationery, Freeport. 869-9000. 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Maine Authors Publishing Holiday Book Signing, Patricia Godspeed, Jeff Flotz, Tom Dowd, John Cobb, Cedric Berry, Jane Harvey Meade, Jacqueline Davidson, Chris Fahy and Rachel O’Laughlin, JC Penney court, Bangor Mall. maineauthorspublishing.com. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

 

Classical Music

Piscataqua River Brass, concert of Christmas favorites with Warren King on the pipe organ, Christ Church, Kennebunk. 985-4494. 2 p.m. Sunday.

The St Mary Schola Early Music Ensemble, “Magnificat,” a seasonal program, Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Falmouth, $12 to $15. stmaryschola.org. 4 p.m. Sunday.

Christmas with Renaissance Voices, 21-voice a cappella ensemble, music of the 16th and 17th centuries, traditional English carols and more, Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland, $12 advance, $15 door. renaissancevoices.net. 2 p.m. Sunday.

Portland Symphony Orchestra’s “Magic of Christmas,” with Illusionist Lyn Dillies and the Windham Chamber Singers, Merrill Auditorium, Portland, $31 to $61. porttix.com. 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 23.

The Seaglass Chorale Present “Music For a Winter’s Night,” seasonal favorites including a carol sing-a-long and Messiah choruses, North Parish Congregational Church, Sanford, $12 advance, $15 doors, $12 seniors. 985-8747. 3 p.m. Sunday.

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

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

Bay Chamber Concerts Presents “Irish Christmas in America,” featuring Irish musicians, singers and dancers, Camden Opera House, $10 to $40. baychamberconcerts.org. 7 p.m. Thursday.

Spacious Vision Song Project Christmas Show, songs and arias from singers Barbara Kilduff and Gerald Seminatore and pianist Brian Moll, Bowdoin Chapel, Brunswick, $10 to $15, cash or check only. spaciousvision.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

 

Comedy

“Fruitcake, Frankincense & Other Great Gifts,” an evening of holiday standup comedy hosted by Karen Morgan, Empire Dine and Dance, Portland, $8 advance, $10 door. portlandempire.com. 7 p.m. Sunday.

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

Sunday Funnies Christmas Comedy Jam, Sam Pelletier, Corn Tyson and Mark Reilly, with Connor McGrath, Joe Ricchio, Brett Groh and Sharon Willows-Hebert, Matthew’s, Portland, free. 253-1812. 9 p.m. Sunday.

 

Dance

Port City Swing Dance, music by Maine Swingin’ DJs, Woodfords Club, Portland, $10. portcityswing.com. Lessons at 8 p.m., dance at 9 p.m. Friday.

Thomas School of Dance Presents “The Night Before Christmas” and Other Holiday Favorites, Brewer Performing Arts Center, $5 to $10. 945-3457. 4 p.m. Saturday.

Thomas School of Dance Presents “The Night Before Christmas” and Other Holiday Favorites, Center Theatre for the Performing Arts, Dover-Foxcroft, $5 to $10. 945-3457. 4 p.m. Dec. 23.

 

Fairs/Festivals

Studio 53 Holiday Event, annual showcase of more than a dozen fine artists and artisans and craftpersons, Studio 53 Fine Art Gallery, Boothbay Harbor. 380-7554. Sunday.

“Handmade,” art and craft sale, jewelry, altered and silkscreened clothing, soaps, home goods, art work, more, benefits Waterfall Arts, Waterfall Arts, Belfast. waterfallarts.org. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday; by appointment Tuesday and Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Dec. 23.

Handmade on Main, custom furniture, textiles, greeting cards, glass, T-shirts and fine art, Engine, Biddeford. feedtheengine.org. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

 

Films

“Step Up to the Plate,” about French chef Michel Bras handing his restaurant over to his son Sebastien, Space, Portland, $7. space538.org. 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

“Le Havre,” 2011, PG, African boy named Idrissa arrives by cargo ship in city of Le Havre, York Public Library, free. york.lib.me.us. 3 p.m. Sunday.

“It’s a Wonderful Life,” Frank Capra’s 1946 classic holiday film, Patten Free Library, Bath, free. 443-5141. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“Samsara,” documentary shot in sacred grounds, industrial sites, disaster zones and natural wonders, Space, Portland, $7. space538.org. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“An Angel for May,” screen adaptation of Harley Cokeliss’ novel, Rockland Public Library, free. 594-0310. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

“The Doors Live at the Bowl ’68,” includes “Hello I Love You,” “Texas Radio” and others, with interview footage, Westbrook Performing Arts Center, $10, $5 students. westbrookpac.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

 

For Children

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

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

Rebecca Rule, author of “The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever!”, L.L. Bean Flagship Store, Freeport. 877-755-2326. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

 

Music

“The Promise of Light,” annual winter concert by 70-voice Greater Freeport Community Chorus, Tuttle Road United Methodist Church, Cumberland, $10, $25 per family. gfccweb.org. 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Christmas Concert, shape-note hymns, traditional songs, fiddle tunes and songs from the African-American tradition, West Kennebunk United Methodist Church, donation. 985-2831. 3 p.m. Sunday.

Musica de Filia, holiday concert, Falmouth High School, $5 to $10. musicadefilia.com. 2 p.m. Sunday.

“Christmas Winds,” holiday music by the Pine Tree Coastal Winds, Freeport’s community concert band, Life Source Ministry Church, Brunswick, bring non-perishable food donation for community food pantries. 865-4747. 5 p.m. Sunday.

Wescustago Youth Chorale Presents “A Wescustago Winter,” 80-voice choir of children from 12 area towns, Freeport Performing Arts Center, $5 to $10. 846-0705. 3 p.m. Sunday.

Organist Warren King, Christmas music of all eras, with Piscataqua River Brass, Christ Church, Kennebunk, $7 to $10. christchurchkennebunk.org. 2 p.m. Sunday.

Hattie Simon, jazz vocals and piano with stand-up bass, Bray’s Brew Pub and Eatery, Naples. braysbrewpub.com. 7 p.m. Monday.

The Ghost of Paul Revere and Kris Rodgers, classic jazz, American folk, supports rural health in the Dominican Republic, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $13 advance, $15 door. onelongfellowsquare.com. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Pianist Jimmy Ciampi and vocalist Susie Pepper, Hug’s Italian Restaurant, Falmouth. hugsitalian.com. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday.

Dave Fisher and The Celtic Cowboys, Lithgow Public Library, Augusta, free. lithgow.lib.me.us. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Portland Jazz Orchestra, Chris Oberholtzer and his 18-piece ensemble perform big-band swing, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $5 to 9. onelongfellowsquare.com. 8 p.m. Thursday.

Killswitch Engage, metalcore, with Shadows Fall and Acaro, State Theatre, Portland, $20 advance, $25 door, all ages, general admission. statetheatreportland.com. 8 p.m. Thursday.

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

Inanna Sisters in Rhythm Winter Solstice Concert, percussion and vocal ensemble, High Mountain Hall, Camden, $20 to $25. 701-9557. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Inanna Sisters in Rhythm Winter Solstice Concert, percussion and vocal ensemble, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $18. onelongfellowsquare.com. 8 p.m. Friday.

Stone Mountain Christmas Show, Carol Noonan and the Stone Mountain Boys host musical revue, with the Gibson Brothers. Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield. stonemountainartscenter.com. 3 p.m. Sunday ($75 includes lunch); 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday ($82 includes lunch).

Dimensions in Jazz Presents Mary Driscoll, Woodfords Congregational Church, Portland, $10 advance, $15 door, $5 students. 828-1310. 8 p.m. Friday.

The Alumni Band Presents “Christmas in Maine,” City Theater, Biddeford, $10 advance, $12 door. citytheater.org. 7 p.m. Friday.

Prospect Hill, with Beneath the Sheets, Asylum, Portland, $12 advance, $15 door. portlandasylum.com. 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Alexis P. Suter Band, blues, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $17 advance, $20 door. onelongfellowsquare.com. 8 p.m. Saturday.

“Ring Out, Christmas Bells!” Tapestry Singers and Bell Choir with Sean Fleming, Second Congregational Church Newcastle, $12, students and children free. 644-1174. 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 23.

Don Campbell Band Christmas Concert, Portland Players, South Portland, $14. doncampbellmusic.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Inanna Sisters in Rhythm Winter Solstice Concert, percussion and vocal ensemble, Sheepscot General Store, Whitefield, $15 to $20. 332-5892. 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Alumni Band Presents “Christmas in Maine,” City Theater, Biddeford, $10 advance, $12 door. citytheater.org. 7 p.m. Saturday.

 

Special Events

Winter Window Walk, stroll the downtown during the holidays to enjoy the festive window displays, Portland. portlandmaine.com. Sunday.

The Polar Express, hot chocolate and cookies, carol singing, meet Santa, Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, Portland, $20 to $40. porttix.com. Sunday and Friday through Dec. 23.

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

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

Gingerbread Spectacular, gingerbread house exhibit, Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, free. boothbayoperahouse.com. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Christmas at Swan Hall, 1886 Victorian House with nine rooms and 16 Christmas trees, benefits Lyric Theater, Swan Hall, Portland, $5. 400-6085. 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

“Hansel and Gretel: A Puppet Opera,” Englebert Humperdinck’s classic opera featuring original fine art Bunraku-style puppets, Mayo Street Arts, Portland, $8 to $10. mayostreetarts.org. 2 p.m. Sunday.

TICA Cat Show, pedigreed cats compete for Best in Show, Westbrook Armory, $4 to $5, free for active military and children under 12. 353-2633. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Wilde Nights at the Mansion, an evening salon with Oscar Wilde portrayed by Frank E. Reilly; after the performance, enjoy Champagne, fruit and cheese, Victoria Mansion, Portland, $35, reservations required. 772-4841, ext. 821. 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Seanachie Nights: Spoken Word and Music, Sebastian Lockwood reads “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” and more, Bull Feeney’s, Portland, $9 suggested. 253-0288. 7 to 9 p.m. Monday.

Community Potluck and Christmas Show, music from Michelle Bruckner, Devin Dukes, John Adams, Matthew Ryder and Jason Hersom, Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, free/donation. boothbayoperahouse.com. Potluck at 5:30 p.m., music at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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

Poetry Evening, bring poems to share, either your own or favorite poems by someone else, facilitated by Priscilla Cookson, York Public Library. york.lib.me.us. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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

“Dinner with Dickens,” actor Kirk Simpson portrays Charles Dickens for dramatic reading of “A Christmas Carol,” Clay Hill Farm Restaurant, Cape Neddick, $10, with a la carte menu. 361-2272. 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Mid-Winter’s Eve at Stonehenge, explore the mysteries of Stonehenge with astronomer Lawrence Price, University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland, donation. 780-4249. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

End of All Costume Ball, with Johnny Crashed and The Rednecks, Nevaeh Dance Company, Jordan Kaulbeck, elsWORTH, Oogie James and The Stain Kings and Rusty Wiltner’s Percussion Ensemble, Open Sky Farm, Sumner, $5. cowpastureproductions.com. 6 p.m. to midnight Friday.

Holiday Open House, sweet treats, hot chocolate and music, Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, free. brickstoremuseum.org. 4 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Winter Solstice Celebration Concert and Ceremony, music, dance and ceremony from diverse traditions, benefits Good Shepherd Food Bank, First Universalist Church, Auburn, $8 to $10, under 12 free. (877) 833-1372. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Portland Carol Slam, new carols written by local composers, sung by a choir of local singers, Bull Feeney’s, Portland, free. carolslam.me. 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Royal Ballet in HD: “The Nutcracker,” Strand Theatre, Rockland, $10 to $15. rocklandstrand.com. 3 p.m. Dec. 23.

 

Sports

Portland Pirates, AHL affiliate of the NHL Phoenix Coyotes, Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, $15 to $20. portlandpirates.com. Vs. St. John’s, 7 p.m. Monday and 4 p.m. Tuesday; vs. Springfield, 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Maine Red Claws, NBA Development League affiliate of the Boston Celtics, Portland Exposition Building, $6 to $30. nba.com/dleague/maine. Vs. Fort Wayne, 7 p.m. Friday; vs. Erie, 7 p.m. Saturday.

 

Theater

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Portland Stage Company, $15 to $44. portlandstage.org. Noon and 5 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday; noon Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; noon and 5 p.m Dec. 23.

“The Santaland Diaries,” David Sedaris holiday comedy, Portland Stage Company (Studio Theater), $20 to $24, mature audiences only. portlandstage.org. 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

“Honk! The Ugly Duckling Musical,” comic family musical, City Theater, Biddeford, $20. citytheater.org. 2 p.m. Sunday.

“Miracle on 34th Street,” classic holiday tale, Schoolhouse Arts Center, Standish, $12 to $14. schoolhousearts.org. 2 p.m. Sunday.

“Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical,” Portland Players, South Portland, $15 to $20. portlandplayers.org. 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

“Nutcracker Burlesque,” tantalizing twist on the classic tale, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, sold out. vividmotion.org. 8 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday through Friday.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas,” A/D/A/M, Biddeford, $8 advance, $12 door. 571-4636. 2 p.m. Sunday.

“The Legend of the Golem,” orignal play by Michael Levine based on Jewish folklore, Acorn Studio Theater, Westbrook, $12 to $15. acorn-productions.org. 3 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 3 p.m. Dec. 23.

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

Studio Theatre of Bath Presents “Scrooge: The Musical,” Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath, $10 to $12. chocolatechurcharts.org. 2 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 23.

“This Wonderful Life,” Jody McColman’s one-man show based on “It’s A Wonderful Life,” One Longfellow Square, Portland, $18. onelongfellowsquare.com. 7 p.m. Monday.

“This Wonderful Life,” Jody McColman’s one-man show based on “It’s A Wonderful Life,” The Inn at Brunswick Station, $40 includes meal and show. (603) 953-3640. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

“Christmas with The Ratpack,” five-course dinner and show, Anthony’s Dinner Theater, Portland, $39.95. anthonysdinnertheater.com. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Shoestring Theater’s “A Christmas Carol,” featuring kids, puppets and the odd politician celebrating the true meaning of Christmas, Mayo Street Arts, Portland, $4 to $8. mayostreetarts.org. 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.