• CLASSICAL MUSIC
“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. Thursday.
“Spacious Vision Song Project,” Christmas songs and arias from singers Barbara Kilduff and Gerald Seminatore with pianist Brian Moll, Bowdoin Chapel, Brunswick. $15; $10 for seniors and students (cash or check only). spaciousvision.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Portland Symphony Orchestra: “Magic of Christmas,” annual holiday concert with master illusionist Lyn Dillies, the Windham Chamber Singers and more, Merrill Auditorium, Portland. $31 to $61; discounts for seniors, students and groups of 10 or more. porttix.com. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday.
Thomas School of Dance: “The Night Before Christmas and Other Holiday Favorites,” Brewer Performing Arts Center. $10; $5 for those under age 18. 945-3457. 4 p.m. Saturday.
Thomas School of Dance: “The Night Before Christmas and Other Holiday Favorites,” Center Theatre for the Performing Arts, Dover-Foxcroft. $10; $5 for those under age 18. 945-3457. 4 p.m. Sunday.
Royal Ballet’s “Nutcracker,” live in HD broadcast, Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta. $15; $5 for ages 18 and under. atthelincoln.org. 2 p.m. Sunday.
Royal Ballet’s “Nutcracker,” live in HD broadcast, Strand Theatre, Rockland. $15; $10 for students. rocklandstrand.com. 3 p.m. Sunday.
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.
“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.
“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.
“Nutcracker Burlesque,” adults-only twist on holiday classic, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland. Sold out. vividmotion.org. 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
“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.
“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.
“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.
Shoestring Theater’s “A Christmas Carol,” performed by children, puppets and the odd politician celebrating the true meaning of Christmas, Mayo Street Arts, Portland. $8; $4 for children. mayostreetarts.org. 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
“This Wonderful Life,” one-person adaptation of Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” with a la carte dinner, Clay Hill Farm Restaurant, Cape Neddick. $10 plus meal costs. clayhillfarm.com. 5 p.m. Sunday.
• ART MUSEUMS
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 Friday. usm.maine.edu/library
Maine Jewish Museum, Portland: Dahlov Ipcar, recent paintings, prints, giclee and books, through Jan. 4. Maine Jewish Museum, Portland. 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 Thursday; “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 Sunday; “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
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
Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport: “Keeping Warm,” 19th-century quilts, 19th- and early 20th-century winter clothing, toys, sports equipment and historic photos of Maine in winter, through Feb. 24. 548-2529.
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
Winter Solstice Open Studio, Constellation Gallery, Portland. 409-6617. 4 to 8 p.m. Friday.
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
Rose Contemporary, Portland: Jessica Gandolf, Penelope Jones and Bridget Spaeth, “Expanding Fields,” through Saturday; 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. 7. 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.
Furman, Gregory and Deptula, Biddeford: “A New View,” acrylic and paper landscapes by L.M. Turner, through Dec. 31. 284-7145.
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 Friday. 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 Friday. brickstoremuseum.org
Gold/Smith Gallery, Boothbay Harbor: Jean Gordon, “Figures and Flowers,” figure studies, ink and watercolor flowers, through Thursday. 633-6252.
Harlow Gallery, Hallowell: Kennebec Valley Art Association Annual Holiday Art Show & Sale, through Jan. 12. harlowgallery.org
Aarhus Gallery, Belfast: “Holiday Extravaganza,” smaller artworks and variety of creative crafts, through Monday. aarhusgallery.com
Perimeter Gallery, Belfast: “Small Works,” paintings, drawings, sculpture and mixed media by 20 artists, through Jan. 20. 338-0555.
Waterfall Arts, Belfast: Waldo HAP Photo Project, through February. waterfallarts.org
Camden Public Library: “Body as Light: A New Order,” art by Clarity, Robert and Su.Sane Hake, through Dec. 31. camden.lib.me.us
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 Monday. 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