• CLASSICAL MUSIC

Noonday Concerts, presented by the Portland Conservatory of Music, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland, $5 suggested donation. portlandconservatory.net. Karger Scholars & Aspiring Artists students, 12:15 p.m. Dec. 5.

Symphonic Band Concert, University of Maine, Orono, Collins Center for the Arts, $12. umaine.edu/spa. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5.

DaPonte String Quartet Winter Series II: Old World/New World, Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Thomaston, $20, under 21 free. daponte.org. Works by Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Dvorak, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5.

• DANCE

Maine State Ballet presents “The Nutcracker,” cast of nearly 300 dancers, Merrill Auditorium, Portland, $20-$60. porttix.com. 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 8.

Galumpha, world-class, inventive dance company with acrobatics, visual effects and more, Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center, Gardiner, $22. johnsonhall.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

• AUDITIONS

“Into the Woods,” musical, performances Feb. 14-16, 21-23 and 28 and March 1. Lyric Music Theater, South Portland. lyricmusictheater.org. 6:30 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m. Saturday.

• THEATER

Theater at Monmouth presents “This Wonderful Life,” Cumston Hall, Monmouth, $20-$30. theaterat monmouth.org. Steve Murray’s adaptation of Frank Capra’s holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life,” 7:30 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Through Dec. 8.

“The Sound of Music,” Portland Players, South Portland, $20, $18 seniors, $15 students. portlandplayers.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

“The Snow Queen,” beloved fairy tale of devotion, bravery and the triumph of love, Portland Stage Company, $35-$45, $15 for children under 15. portlandstage.org. 7 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; noon and 5 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. Dec. 5. Through Dec. 22.

Sanford Maine Stage’s Senior Theatre Christmas Show, Nasson Community Center Little Theatre, Springvale, $7. 324-8227. 6:30 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday.

David Sedaris’ “The Santaland Diaries,” Portland Stage Company Studio Theater, $20-$25. portlandstage.org. Hilarious tale of Crumpet, a Macy’s store elf. For mature audiences only, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Dec. 5. Through Dec. 22.

“Broadway at Good Theater,” songs from such shows as “A New Brain,” “Cinderella” “A Christmas Carol,” “How to Succeed,” “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “The Secret Garden,” “Lady in the Dark,” “Elf,” “She Loves Me,” “Wonderful Town,” “Gigi” and “Striking 12,” St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, $25-$30. goodtheater.com. 7 p.m. Dec. 5.

“The Gift of the Magi,” holiday musical set in the ’40s, The Footlights, Falmouth. $15-$18, pay what you can Thursdays, thefootlightsinfalmouth.com. 7 p.m. Dec. 5.

MUSEUMS

CONTINUING

Portland Museum of Art: “Piece Work: 2013 Portland Museum of Art Biennial,” new and recent work by living artists, through Jan. 5; “9 Walks,” video projections by Amy Stacey Curtis exploring movement in time and space via the motif of a walk in the woods, through Jan. 5; Jason Rogenes “J480N R063N38,” installation of large-scale sculptural forms in the PMA family space, through Jan. 5; Winslow Homer’s “Civil War,” wood engravings and prints from Homer’s days as an artist with the Union Army, through Dec. 8; Ahmed Alsoudani: “Redacted,” paintings and drawings by New York-based Iraqi artist and MECA graduate, through Dec. 8; portlandmuseum.org

Museum of African Culture, Portland: “Ancestral Visionary,” works on wood and canvas by Jerome Wright. museumofafricanculture.org. Through Saturday.

Saco Museum: “Lawrence Dolby: Photographs of the Saco Central Fire Station,” through Saturday. “The Holly and The Ivy: Festival of Trees,” Through Dec. 29. dyerlibrarysacomuseum.org

Maine Jewish Museum, Portland: “Beings,” sculptures by Eva Goetz and Nanci Khan. treeoflifemuseum.org. Through Dec. 24.

Maine Historical Society/Longfellow House, Portland: “This Rebellion: Maine and the Civil War,” photographs, letters, maps, artifacts and memorabilia, through May 26. mainehistory.org

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick: “Breakthrough: Work by Contemporary Chinese Artists,” artwork by eight pioneering Chinese women, through Dec. 22; “This Mighty Scourge of War,” art of the Civil War, through Jan. 5. bowdoin.edu/art-museum

Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Bowdoin College, Brunswick: “Robert E. Peary and His Northern World,” through Dec. 31; “Animal Allies: Inuit Views of the Northern World,” through Jan. 6; “Spirits of Land, Air, and Water: Antler Carvings from the Robert and Judith Toll Collection,” through Feb. 23. bowdoin.edu/ arctic-museum

Maine Maritime Museum, Bath: “Going Coastal: Humor, Parody and Amusement of a Maritime Nature,” through June 1; “That Flaunting Rag! Maine’s Maritime War Against the Confederacy,” through Sunday. mainemaritimemuseum .org

Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston: “Redefining the Multiple: 13 Japanese Printmakers” and “Selections from Berenice Abbott’s ‘Portrait of Maine,’ ” through Dec. 14. bates.edu

Colby Museum of Art, Waterville: “Nowhere But Here,” works by Marsden Hartley, Arthur Dove, Elizabeth Murray, Ben Pier and others, through Jan. 5; “The Lunder Collection,” works by Whistler, Homer, O’Keefe and many more American masters, plus “Spaces and Places” and “American Weathervanes,” through June 8. colby.edu/museum

Maine State Museum, Augusta: “Maine Voices from the Civil War,” letters, documents, diaries, sketches, paintings, flags and other objects from the Civil War period, through May 2015. mainestatemuseum.org

Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland: “The Wonderful World of Oz,” exhibition drawn from the world’s most comprehensive collection of Oz materials, based in Maine, through March; “Temperas and Watercolors” by Andrew Wyeth, through April 30; “Every Picture Tells a Story: N.C. Wyeth Illustrations from the Brandywine River Museum,” through Dec. 29; “American Treasures: Maine Voices,” views of Maine through art by N.C. Wyeth, Louise Nevelson, Alex Katz and more, through Dec. 29; “A Wondrous Journey: Jonathan Fisher and the Making of Scripture Animals,” through Jan. 5. farnsworthmuseum.org

Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor: “Wabanaki Guides,” the legacy of Wabanaki people serving as guides for European and American explorers, cartographers, tourists and artists from the 1600s to present, through December. abbemuseum.org

University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor: Sachiko Akitama, “On Finding Home,” figures carved from wood and finished with painted surfaces; “From the Shadows,” black and white photographs by Susan Burnstine and Lynn Saville. umma. umaine.edu. Through Jan. 4.

Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk: “Art of the Barn,” presented by Heartwood College of Art, artists’ interpretations of local barns, through Dec. 30. brickstoremuseum.org

ART GALLERIES

OPENINGS/RECEPTIONS

Harlow Gallery, Harpswell: Kennebec Valley Art Association “8x10x100” Art Exhibition; proceeds support arts programming, pieces sell for $100. harlowgallery.org. Through Dec. 28.

Gallery Framing, Brunswick: “Maine 10” Art Show, Sylvia Dyer, Shirley Lewis, Mary Truesdell, Leslie Emerson, Susan Rayfield Wood and Wayne Robbins; galleryframinginc.com. Monday through Dec. 27.

University of New England Campus Center, Biddeford: Michael Vickery, “Progressions in Time and Space: Traditional and 3D-printed Media,” 284-6394. Tuesday through Jan. 15.

Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth: “Just What You’ve Always Wanted,” paintings, photographs, mixed media and more, elizabethmossgalleries.com. Dec. 5 through Jan. 12.

Greenhut Galleries, Portland: “The Holiday Show,” festive group show with works by more than 40 artists, greenhutgalleries.com. Dec. 5 through Dec. 28.

Winter Art Walk Lewiston Auburn, artwalklewistonauburn.com. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Bess Cutler Open Basement Studio, Art on the Hill Kittery. artonthehillkittery.com. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Camden Public Library: Clarity Robert and Su.Sane Hake “Fey Fairy Fey,” opening reception, 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5, with performance art, music by Gabrielle’s Sounds and refreshments, 236-3440. Through Dec. 31.

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, Ellsworth: “Small Works 2013,” Holiday Open House, courthousegallery.com. 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 5.

CONTINUING

Susan Maasch Fine Art, Portland: Paintings and photographs by Dorson Plourde, Mike Marks and Jack Montgomery. susanmaaschfineart.com. Through Friday.

Gleason Fine Art, Portland: Henry Isaacs, “New Work,” paintings, through Saturday; “Eye Catchers,” annual holiday show featuring folk artist Jeff Barrett, through Dec. 28. gleasonfineart.com

Greenhut Galleries, Portland: Margaret Gerding “Exploring Maine,” atmospheric New England landscape paintings. greenhutgalleries.com. Through Saturday.

Art House Picture Frames, Portland: Jeff Epstein, paintings exploring the intersection of the natural and man-made worlds. arthousepicture frames.com. Through Saturday.

Richard Boyd Gallery, Peaks Island: “Serenity,” paintings and sculpture that reflect the artists’ interpretation of serenity. richardboydartgallery.com. Through Saturday.

Portland Public Library Lewis Gallery, Portland: “Material Matters,” New England artists’ encaustic works. portlandlibrary.com. Through Saturday.

3Fish Gallery, Portland: “Terrains,” paintings, drawings and sculpture by Ronnie Wilson and Carolyn Treat. 3fishgallery.com. Through Saturday.

Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans, Brunswick: Jean Kigel “Sayonara,” fall-into-winter theme includes recent Asian brush paintings and watercolors. summer islandstudio.com. Through Saturday.

Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth: “The Color of Evening,” paintings by Nina Jerome, and “Through the Bedroom Window,” paintings by Laura Tyron Jennings, elizabeth mossgalleries .com. Through Saturday.

Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick: “Thrive: Spindleworks at 35,” current work by the 44 member artists. spindleworks.org. Through Saturday.

Kennebunk Free Library: “Fantasy Illustration,” the works of James Vaughn. kennebunklibrary.org. Through Saturday.

Keag River Gallery, South Thomaston: “Transformations: My Cancer Cells, My Art, Creating a New Perspective and Life,” works by artist Aura Ever, keagrivergallery.com. Through Saturday.

Mainely Frames and Gallery, Portland: Alan Robinson, hand-colored maps with drawings of wildlife and landmarks. mainelyart.com. Through Saturday.

University of New England Campus Center, Biddeford: “Free for All,” artwork by UNE faculty, staff and students. 284-6394. Through Saturday.

Harlow Gallery, Hallowell: Cheryl Miller’s “46 Million Turkeys,” 15 years of turkey portraits and invitation to public to contribute turkey art, harlowgallery.org. Through Saturday.

Center for Maine Craft, West Gardiner: “Teapots from Watershed,” potters, painters and filmmakers collaboration. 588-0021. Through Saturday.

Wells Public Library: Watercolors by Cliff Jenkins. 646-8181. Through Saturday.

Yarmouth Frame and Gallery, Yarmouth: “Fall Comforts,” works by David Little, Catherine Breer, Joelle Feldman, Varvara Harmon and Gayl McNally. yarmouthframeand gallery.com. Through Saturday.

Schoodic Arts for All Fiber Show, Hammond Hall, Winter Harbor. schoodicartsforall.org. Through Saturday.

Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport: “Hawk & Handsaw: Twenty Who Know the Difference,” works by 20 Maine artists who have been featured in Hawk & Handsaw, the journal of creative sustainability published by Unity College. cmca now.org. Through Sunday.

Perimeter Gallery, Belfast: “Objects in Space,” recent paintings by Jeffrey Whittle, 338-0555. Through Sunday.

University of Maine, Fort Kent, Blake Library: Lynn Cyr, “The Unstill Life,” oil paintings. umfk.edu/library. Through Monday.

Saccarappa Art Collective, Westbrook: Chuck Thompson, “Maine Plein Air Landscapes,” with several other guest artists. 591-7300. Through Dec. 7.

Osher Map Library, Portland: “To the Ends of the Earth and Back,” historical overview of polar exploration and the process of globalization as depicted in maps, charts, books and artifacts, University of Southern Maine, Portland. 780-4850. Through Feb. 27.

Fryeburg Academy, Pace Galleries of Art, “Fryeburg Fair Portraits-Ambrotypes” by David Puntel, also includes portraits by Rachel Andrews Damon and vintage portraits from O.B. Denison. fryeburgacademy.org. Through Dec. 20.

Schoolhouse Gallery, Kingfield: “River Reflections – Maine Woods Mirror,” photographs by John Orcutt. schoolhouseartgallery.com. Through Jan. 3.

Aarhus Gallery, Belfast: 7th annual Extravaganza, smaller artworks and a wide range of creative craft work from more than 70 Maine artists. aarhusgallery.com. Through Dec. 24.

York Public Library: “The Collector’s Choice,” photographs, lithographs, paintings and more by several artists. www.york.lib.me.us. Through Jan. 3.

Markings Gallery, Bath: “Wearable Art,” Maine weavers, felters and jewelers. markingsgallery.com. Through Dec. 31.

Daunis Fine Jewelry, Portland: Brita Holmquist, “Winter Harbor & Penobscot Bay,” small oil paintings. daunis.com. Through Dec. 31.

Rose Contemporary, Portland: “Moonlit,” photographs by Luc Demers. rose contemporary.com. Through Dec. 31.

The DaVinci Experience Art Gallery, Falmouth: First Anniversary Show, paintings and photography by established local artists and emerging artists. davinci experience.com. Through Jan. 9.

June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA, Portland: “Pots,” 15th annual studio pottery exhibit, works by Paul Heroux, Susan Dewsnap and Sequoia Miller. 699-5083. Through Dec. 14.

Studio 53 Fine Art Gallery, Boothbay Harbor: “Gifts for Giving ’13,” showcase of original works of fine art, sculpture and fine crafts. 380-7554. Through Dec. 18.

Red Door Pottery Studio and Gallery Shop, Kittery: “Home for the Holidays,” show of local crafts and curiosities. reddoor pottery.com. Through Dec. 15.

Frost Gully Gallery, Freeport: Dahlov Ipcar, show of 20 new paintings, frostgully gallery.com. Through Dec. 28.

The Hive and Heartwood College of Art, Kennebunk: “100 Birds for Haiti,” 100 works or art portraying birds from local artists are being sold for $100, with half of the proceeds benefiting Partners in Development, an organization devoted to the emergency feeding of children in Haiti, thehivekennebunk.com. Through Dec. 31.

PhoPa Gallery, Portland: Steven Laxton: “Circo El Salvador,” images of traveling circus families. phopa gallery.com. Through Dec. 28.

University of New England Art Gallery, Portland: Joe Guertin “A Graphic Designer Remembered,” une.edu/artgallery. Through Jan. 26.

Maine College of Art Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland: 2013 Maine College of Art Faculty Exhibition, featuring Sascha Braunig, Hilary Irons, Samantha Haedrich and Peter Simensky. meca.edu. Through Dec. 22.

Gold/Smith Gallery, Boothbay Harbor: “The Seasons,” new paintings by John Vander, goldsmithgallery.net. Through Dec. 24.

Eastern Tire Gallery, Rockland: “9 Lively Ladies 9 x 9 Show,” works by Lois Anne, Lolly Clayton, Nancy Fitzgerald, Elizabeth O’Haverty, Deb Winship, Rebecca Thompson, Edith LaRoche, Stell Shevis and Marietta Raveri. 594-5250. Through Dec. 31.

Gleason Fine Art, Boothbay Harbor: New sculptures by Jeff Barrett, gleasonfineart.com. Through Jan. 4.

Constellation Gallery, Portland: Maine Artists Collective “Alchemy of Light,” paintings, mixed media, photography and digital art with the theme of light. constellationart.com. Through Dec. 29.

Fore Street Gallery, Portland: Paul Black “New Portland Paintings,” 874-8084. Through Dec. 31.

Mainely Frames and Gallery, Portland. William Harrison, pen and ink drawings, mainely art.com. Through Dec. 31.