• HOT TICKETS

Music and Nightlife: Port City welcomes hip-hop duo

BLACKALICIOUS HAS the gift of gab. Really. The Sacramento hip-hop duo features Gift of Gab (Tim Parker) and Chief Xcel (Xavier Mosly.) Not surprising, Gift of Gab is known for his complex rhymes.

WHEN: 9 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $15 in advance; $17 day of the show

INFO: Statetheatreportland.com

Art and Theater: St. Luke’s fills Kotzschmar void

PORTLAND’S KOTZSCHMAR ORGAN is still being refurbished, but “Christmas with Cornils – A Kotzschmar Christmas” continues. Ray Cornils, Portland’s municipal organist, leads musicians in a joyous seasonal celebration.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

WHERE: Cathedral of St. Luke, 143 State St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $20 advance for adults, $25 at the door; 12 and younger free

INFO: foko.org

Dining and Drink: Try the good stuff at Browne Trading

CHAMPAGNE AND CAVIAR. What more could you want for the holidays? Indulge in some sampling and get experts’ help on choosing what to serve your guests at Browne Trading Co.’s annual holiday champagne and caviar tasting.

WHEN: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Browne Trading Co., 260 Commercial St., Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 775-7560

Et Cetera: Awesomeness abides at Freeport theater

HAVE YOURSELF an awesome little Christmas. One way is to go see the Christmas Variety Show at the Theater of Awesome in Freeport. You’ll see all the juggling and tricks and comedy the theater is known for, but with a holiday twist.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Theater of Awesome, 5 Depot St., Freeport

HOW MUCH: $12 to $17

INFO: awesometheater.com

• CHEAP THRILLS

Music and Nightlife: Punk rocker takes a bow … really

PUNK ROCK CELLIST? That’s how musician Erica Law bills herself. She plays Saturday at Local Sprouts Cooperative in Portland with the “cosmic Americana” group The Dwells.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Local Sprouts Cooperative, 649 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: Free, donations accepted

INFO: localsproutscooperative.com

Art and Theater: Nonprofit’s founders tell their story

Susan Conley, Sara Corbett and Mike Paterniti, the three founders of The Telling Room, have a conversation about their recent publications, their Maine connections and the founding of the nonprofit that encourages young people to explore storytelling.

WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Bernard Osher Foundation Auditorium, Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 775-6148; portlandmuseum.org

Dining and Drink: Piccolo, Newcastle farm host a party

FARM FOODS AND CRAFTS will be the focus of the first collaborative holiday celebration hosted by Dandelion Spring Farm of Newcastle and the restaurant Piccolo. All kinds of farm products will be for sale, including farm crafts as well as vegetable, meat and dairy products, and Piccolo will have pastries available.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Piccolo, 111 Middle St., Portland

HOW MUCH: Free admission, but bring money to spend

INFO: 747-5307

Et Cetera: Big Chill upstairs and down at Mayo Street

THE BIG CHILL is an aptly named winter craft sale, happening Saturday in Portland, at Mayo Street Arts. The first floor will have local artists, crafters and vintage stuff. Downstairs will be a DIY craft workshop for kids and “kids at heart.”

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: mayostreetarts.org