“The Object Show: Discoveries in Bowdoin Collections,” small and rarely seen objects from diverse collections. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 9400 College Station, Brunswick. bowdoin.edu/art-museum. Through June 1.
Clint Fulkerson, oversized drawings on transparent surfaces. Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square Plaza, Portland. portlandmuseum.org. Through July 27.
Andrea Sulzer: “throughoutsideways,” recent creations including large, colored-pencil drawings and woodblock prints. Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland. portlandmuseum.org. Through Aug. 24.
“Woman on Wire,” paintings by Angela Andersen Pomerleau depicting Flying Wallendas circus troupe. Camden Public Library, 55 Main St, Camden. librarycamden.org. Through May 31.
“From the Wrack Line,” mixed media sculpture, drawings, and prints by Lincolnville artist Simon van der Ven. Perimeter Gallery, 96 Maine St., Belfast. 338-0555. Through May 18.
”Mansion as Muse: Contemporary Art at Victoria Mansion,” works by Mark Dion and Dana Sherwood, Andrew Mowbray, Justin Richel, and Amy Yoes. $7-$15 adults; under 6 free. Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St., Portland. victoriamansion.org. Through May 21.
“Vivacity,” works by David Marshall, Geeta Ramni, Wayne Ross and Anastasia Weigle. Free. Constellation Gallery, 511 Congress St., Portland. constellationart.com. Through May 28.
“These Contrary Winds: Weather and its Effects on Ships, Mariners and Maritime History,” paintings, photography and artifacts. Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., Bath. mainemaritimemuseum.org. Through June 1.
“Creatures and Critters,” wildlife- and animal-themed art. Free. Richard Boyd Gallery, 15 Epps St., Peaks Island. richardboydartgallery.com. Through May 31.
Exhibit: “Going Coastal: Humor, Parody and Amusement of a Maritime Nature.” Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., Bath. mainemaritimemuseum.org. Through June 1.
George Daniell: “Picturing Monhegan Island,” photographs and drawings. $12, $10 seniors and students, $6 youth, under 12 free. Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square Plaza, Portland. portlandmuseum.org. Through Aug. 3.
Ed Douglas “New Work.” Greenhut Galleries, 146 Middle St., Portland. greenhutgalleries.com. Through May 31.
[IN] HABIT, 2014 Senior Thesis Exhibition, 84 installations on three floors of the Porteous building. Free. Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St., Portland. meca.edu.
“Hamsters & Popcorn: Paintings by Elise Smorczewski,” oil paintings. The Green Hand Bookshop, 661 Congress St., Portland. greenhandbooks.blogspot.com. Through May 31.
“Recent Acquisitions and Selections,” includes works by Bernard Langlais, Emilio Sanchez and several others. Art Gallery, University of New England, 716 Stevens Ave., Portland. une.edu/artgallery. Through June 15.
Central Maine Clay Artists, mini exhibit that can be viewed from outside and is lit at night. Former ATM space, 45 Memorial Circle, Augusta.
Paintings by Anne Ireland ’94. Free. Maine College of Art, Charles C. Thomas Gallery, 522 Congress St., Portland. meca.edu.
“Working Through” by Jamie Ribisi-Braley. Free. Monkitree, 263 Water St., Gardiner. monkitree.com. Through June 7.
“Transcendence: Art Exhibit,” features artists Mary McFarland, Jan Royall and Dona Seegers. Free. Acoustic Artisans, second floor, 594 Congress St., Portland. acousticartisans.com.
Paintings by Debra Yoo, still-lifes and landscapes. Free. University of New England Campus Center, 11 Hills Beach Road, Biddeford. une.edu/debrayoo. Through May 31.
J. Fred Woell and Patricia Wheeler: “Balance Point,” paintings and works with found objects. Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main St., Rockland. carverhillgallery.com. Through June 2.
“The Survivors’ Suite – an Exhibition of Paintings” relating to refugees, exiles and survivors of war, famine, environmental disaster. Free. Auburn Public Library, Androscoggin Room, 49 Spring St., Auburn. 207-657-3886.
Anne Minich and Anda Dubinskis, drawings. Icon Contemporary Art, 19 Mason St., Brunswick 725-8157. Through May 24.
Senior Thesis Exhibition, work of 10 studio art majors at Bates College. Bates College Museum of Art, 75 Russell St., Lewiston. bates.edu/museum. Through May 29.
“The Joy of the Lens,” juried exhibit of photography by Maine residents. Topsham Public Library Crooker Gallery, 25 Foreside Road, Topsham. topshamlibrary.org.
“Last Light: Waiting for the Moon,” Elaine Barclay, Carol Fonde, oil paintings and archival chromogenic prints. Elizabeth Moss Galleries, 251 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth. elizabethmossgalleries.com. Through May 31.
”Vitamin V: How Food Fought the Second World War,” propaganda posters and an outdoor victory garden illustrate life on the home front in the 1940s. Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St., Kennebunk. brickstoremuseum.org. Through January 9.
“Clifford Smith: Expressing the Pulse of Maine,” oil paintings. Elizabeth Moss Galleries, 251 Route 1, Falmouth. elizabethmossgalleries.com. Through May 31.
“New to the Collection: Artwork by Louis Norton,” six newly acquired works of pastel and oil by early 20th-century American artist. Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St., Kennebunk. brickstoremuseum.org. Through Oct. 4.
“Historic Images of Georgetown: A Special Spring Exhibit,” Selected from Gene Reynold’s upcoming book, “Images of America – Georgetown.” Free. Georgetown Historical Society, 20 Bay Point Road, Georgetown. georgetownhistoricalsociety.org. Through July 5.
“Frozen: The Art of Ice & Snow,” large-format photographs taken by John, Cynthia and Jonathan Orcutt. Schoolhouse Gallery, 266 Main St. (Route 27), Kingfield. schoolhouseartgallery.com. Fridays and Saturdays through June 30.
2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition, works by students graduating from Maine College of Art’s Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts program. Free. Maine College of Art, Institute of Contemporary Art, 522 Congress St., Portland. meca.edu. Through June 1.
“The Lunder Collection,” works by Whistler, Homer, O’Keefe and many more American masters, plus “Spaces and Places” and “American Weathervanes.” Colby College Museum of Art, 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville. colby.edu/museum. Through June 8.
• Art Openings, receptions, events
Opening Reception: Bowdoin Art Show, features the works of Linda Murray and some of her students in decalcomania, as well as other styles. Free. Bowdoin College Smith Union, College Street, Brunswick. 207-449-2558. 6 -7:30 p.m. Thursday. Show runs through May 26.
“This Hour Forward,” join Ryan Conarro for an installation of photography, video, sound, and live performance exploring marriage, family, and identity, $15. Stonington Opera House, 1 School St., Stonington. operahousearts.org/index.html. 7 p.m. Saturday and May 11. Digital Photography Class for beginners. Pre-registration encouraged but not required. Lithgow Public Library, 45 Winthrop St., Augusta. lithgow.lib.me.us. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday.
“Portland Framed,” art sale and revelry. $75 general admission, $150 VIP. The Westin Portland Harborview Hotel, 157 High St., Portland. liveworkportland.org/framed. 6-10 p.m. Friday.
Spring Open Studios at the Salmon Falls Mills, original artwork on display and for sale, live music, and short theatrical scenes. Free. Salmon Falls Mills, 1 Front St., Rollinsford, N.H. millartists.com. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
The Art of Icon Painting, hands-on studio workshop with Marina Forbes. St. George’s Episcopal Church, 407 York St., York. marinaforbes.com. 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Art Lecture: Rockwell Kent. $5 suggested donation. River Tree Arts, 35 Western Ave., Kennebunk. 207-967-9120. 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
“MECAmorphosis,” Maine College of Art spring gala, fashion show and thesis exhibition. Tapas, cash bars, music, runway fashion show, interactive art. Benefit for MECA scholarships. $25 to $1,200. Maine College of Art, Porteous Building, 522 Congress St., Portland. meca.edu/mecamorphosis. 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
Second Friday Brunswick Art walk, more than 100 visual artists at over 20 sites in downtown Brunswick. Free. Brunswick downtown, Maine Street, Brunswick. 5raa.org/. 5 -8 p.m. Friday.
“Holy Smokes! A Kosher BBQ” a community-wide celebration of Levey Day School’s 60th anniversary with live music from the Jerks of Grass. $25-$75. Temple Beth El/Levey Day School, 400 Deering Ave, Portland. leveydayschool.org. 5 -9 p.m. Sunday.
Alex Tanous Foundation: Relay for Life Fundraiser, Otto’s Pizza, 159 Cottage Road, South Portland. 939-2220. 5-9 p.m. Tuesday.
Fundraiser for YMCA For Adaptive Services and Cancer Survivors, Otto’s Pizza, 225 Congress St., Portland. ottoportland.com. 5-9 p.m. Tuesday.
“New Beginnings: Providing Shelter, Finding Hope,” gala dinner, live and silent auction to benefit the Cumberland County Domestic Violence Shelter. $75. Grace Restaurant, 15 Chestnut St., Portland. conta.cc/1t9RVqY. 6 p.m. Wednesday.
The Theater Project’s 6th Annual Benefit Auction, silent and live auction to support The Theater Project’s programming for young people. Black tie optional with hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and music. $20. The Inn at Brunswick Station, 4 Noble St., Brunswick. theaterproject.com. 6 p.m. Friday.
• Books & Authors
“Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion;” author Ryan Conrad will sign copies of his book. Free. Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St., Portland. meca.edu. 6 p.m. Sunday.
Birds, Books, and Beers author event with Will Russell, co-author of “Rare Birds of North America,” including visit to Maine Beer Company’s tasting room. Free. Freeport Wild Bird Supply, 541 Route 1, Freeport. freeportwildbirdsupply.com/birdingtoursinMaine.asp. 6-8 p.m. Monday.
Annette Dorey, author of “Maine Mothers Who Murdered.” Free. Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth. falmouth.lib.me.us. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Paul Betit talks about his series of mystery-suspense novels, including the recently published “The Man In The Canal.” Topsham Public Library, 35 Republic Ave., Topsham. topshamlibrary.org. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
• Classical Music
Portland Symphony Orchestra presents “Classical Mystery Tour,” tribute to The Beatles. $31 to $81. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland. porttix.com. 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Henry Purcell’s “The Fairy-Queen” with St. Cecilia Chamber Choir, Maine premiere of Restoration-era masque. $15, 18 and under free. St. Patrick Church, 380 Academy Hill, Newcastle. ceciliachoir.org. 3-5 p.m. Sunday.
Portland Ovations presents “The Summer King,” new American opera by Maine-based composer Daniel Sonenberg that considers the legacy of Negro League baseball player Josh Gibson. $41, $48. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland. porttix.com. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
The Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, featuring student musicians from local schools. $20; under 18 free. Franco Center, 46 Cedar St., Lewiston. midcoastsymphony.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Renaissance Voices: “American Voices,” 21-voice ensemble featuring the music of three local contemporary composers, Patricia van Ness, Faith York, and Harold Stover. $12 in advance, $15 day of show. Immanuel Williston United Church, 156 High St., Portland. 8 p.m. Saturday.
The Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, featuring student musicians from local schools. $20; under 18 free. The Orion Performing Arts Center, 66 Republic Ave., Topsham. midcoastsymphony.org. 2:30 p.m. May 11.
Bucky Lewis, one-man show with comedy and music. $18. Province Lake Golf Club, 18 Mountain Road, Parsonsfield. 207-793-4040. 7 p.m. Saturday.
An Evening with Robert Klein and Robert Wuhl, two comedy legends. This program is not recommended for children 12 and under. $58, $68. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland. porttix.com. 8 p.m. Saturday.
Birdie Googins, brand-new show that features her quirky take on the economy, politics, love and tales of high adventure. $12 seniors/kids; $15 adults. St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland. stlawrencearts.org. 7 p.m. May 11.
Elizabeth Drucker’s Ballet School presents: “L’Avenir – A Collection of Dances for All Ages.” Original choreography by Elizabeth Drucker Treadwell, formerly of New York City Ballet. $12; $10 seniors and children. Orion Performing Arts Center, Mt. Ararat High School, 66 Republic Ave., Topsham. theballetschool.com. 2 p.m. Sunday.
Salsa Dancing with DJ Baulio, Latin, merengue, salsa, reggaeton, bachata and Latin hits. Dance lessons included., $5, 21-plus..Pearl Lounge, 444 Fore St., Portland. pearloldport.com. 8 p.m. Thursday.
“Sahar: A Ballet,” New England premiere of a 45-minute ballet that has been re-staged for its 10th anniversary. $10. St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland. stlawrencearts.org. 7 p.m. Friday, 8:15 p.m. Friday.
Contradance, music by Twisted Strings, Kim Roberts calling. Family dance from 6:30 to 7:30 precedes regular dance. Dances taught, beginners welcome, no partner necessary. $6/adults, $5/students, $15/family. Farmington Grange, 124 Bridge St., Farmington. starleft.org. 8-10:30 p.m. Saturday.
Mid-Coast Mom Prom, hosted by Broadreach Family & Community Services. $30. The Boathouse, 34 Commercial St., Belfast. broadreachmaine.org. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday.
Ballroom Latin Dance Party, contact us for prices. Aquarius Ballroom Dance Studios, 62 Forest Ave., Portland. aquariusballroomdance.com. 6 p.m. Saturday.
Dance featuring Sounds Unlimited with John Plummer. $5; no smoking. Downstairs at VFW Post 1285, Water Street, Waterville. 207-453-2089. 7-11 p.m. Saturday.
• Home & Garden
Knox-Lincoln Conservation plant and backyard sale, bare-root fruit trees, berries and native conifers, flowering trees, shrubs, perennials, compost bins/rain barrels and more. Free. Union Fairgrounds, Fairgrounds Lane, Union. knox-lincoln.org/spring-plant-sale. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday.
Down East My Maine Home Seminar: Upscale Downsizing, attendees will learn about the current trends in downsizing, and how to downsize without compromise. Free. Kasprzak Homes, Windward Pointe at Riverbend Woods, Wells. 594-9544. 6-8 p.m. Thursday.
Raised Beds and Lasagna Gardening, learn about the benefits of composting in place, making rich soil from waste, planting by soil temperature, and building gardens. $12 to $17. Freeport High School, 30 Holbrook St., Freeport. 865-6171. 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Portland Kitchen Tour, self-guided tour on Mother’s Day weekend. $25 online, $30 at the door. Mercy Fore River Campus, 175 Fore River Parkway, Portland. thedivineseries.com. 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Spring Plant Sale, annuals, perennials, vegetable seedlings, herbs. Home-baked food. Tory Hill Church, corner of routes 202 and 112, Buxton. snellfamilyfarm.com. 9 a.m. Saturday.
Foreside Garden Club Plant and Bake Sale, baked goods, herbs, annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, Mother’s Day gifts and a raffle. Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth. 207-781-5993. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday.
5th Annual Spring Plant Sale, proceeds support the Garden Committee’s community efforts. Congregation Bet Ha’am, 81 Westbrook St., South Portland. bethaam.org. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 11.
“Inequality for All,” documentary about income inequality. York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Road, York. 363-2818. 7-9 p.m. Sunday.
• For kids
Preschool Discoveries at Broadturn Farm, mornings outside learning about the plant and animal life in the gardens and woods. Runs April 29 to June 5. $140-$300. The Long Barn Educational Initiative at Broadturn Farm, 388 Broadturn Road, Scarborough. longbarnmaine.org. 9 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
Portland Symphony Orchestra KinderKonzert, a fun, interactive introduction to orchestra music for ages 3-7. Free with $1.50 processing fee. Bates College, Olin Concert Hall, 75 Russell St., Lewiston. portlandsymphony.org/content/tickets/browse-performances/kinderkonzerts-2/. 9:30 a.m. Tuesday; 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.
KinderKonzert: Percussion: The Elements of Music. Portland Symphony Orchestra percussion ensemble explores the elements of music using mallets, brushes, sticks and their hands, $4. Olin Arts Center, Bates College, 75 Russell St., Lewiston. portlandsymphony.org/content/?performance=percussion-the-elements-of-music. 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Mother’s Day Gift Making: Thumbprint Pendant Necklace. $7/member necklace, $8/visitor necklace, plus admission. Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland. 207-828-1234. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Tuesday.
Homeschool Farm Explorers, a six-week hands-on, outdoor science and nature program at Broadturn Farm for homeschoolers ages 6-12. Runs April 30 to June 4. $150-$160. The Long Barn Educational Initiative at Broadturn Farm, 388 Broadturn Road, Scarborough. longbarnmaine.org. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Wednesday.
Family Fun at Maine Audubon, bring your young family to participate in weekly hour of seasonal, playful activities designed to encourage self-discovery and confidence. Child members: $90; child non-members: $130. Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, 20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth. maineaudubon.org/events. 10 -11 a.m. Wednesday.
Mother’s Day Gift Making: Thumbprint Pendant Necklace, Make a unique thumbprint necklace for Mother’s Day at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine., $7/member necklace, $8/visitor necklace plus admission. Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland. 207-828-1234. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Thursday.
Audition workshop. Free. Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland. 828-1234. 3-5 p.m. Thursday.
Puppet Showplace presents “Robin Hood,” rollicking retelling of the classic tale. $7 to $10. The Freeport Theater of Awesome, 5 Depot St., Freeport. theaterofawesome.com. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday.
National Train Day, rail safety exhibit, train rides, rail memorabilia. Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, 58 Fore St., Portland. mainenarrowgauge.org. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
“Touch a Truck,” $5. Joyful Noise PreSchool, 142 Sea Road, Kennebunk. 985-3244. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
National Train Day, tours of Amtrak’s Downeaster including complimentary goodies from the cafeteria car, starting at 12:30 p.m. Event also features information about Maine’s tourist trains and museums. Free. Brunswick Station Visitor Center, 16 Station Ave., Brunswick. nationaltrainday.com/s/#!/about/national_train_day. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
Deering Players Drama Club, “Folk Tales from Around the World,” based on nine folk tales from England, Fiji, Japan, Norway, Peru, Somalia, Sudan and Thailand. $5 advance; $7 day of show. Deering High School Auditorium, 370 Stevens Ave., Portland. www2.portlandschools.org/news/deering-players-present-folk-tales-around-world. 1 p.m. Saturday, 5 p.m. Saturday.
Improv Games with Children’s Theatre actors; we aren’t sure what will happen, but we guarantee you’ll laugh. $3, $4 plus admission. Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland. kitetails.org. 4 p.m. Saturday.
PSO Discovery Concert: “Harry Potter and the Magic of Music,” spotlights the magical mood-setting music featured in the movies. $10. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland. portlandsymphony.org/content/?performance=discovery-concert-harry-potter-and-the-magic-of-music. Pre-concert activities start at 1 p.m. Concert at 2:30 p.m. May 11.
Garden Growing Club: Greens and Peas, Learn about plants and gardening at the Children’s Museum. Ages 5 and up are invited to dig, learn and make their own planters. $22 members, $25 visitors. Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland. 828-1234. 3-5 p.m. May 11.
• Food and drink
Brunch and raffle to benefit the Animal Welfare Society. Biddeford Eagles, 57 Birch St., Biddeford. 985-3244. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
Brunch Cooking Class, part demo, part hands-on., $150 per person. Jillyanna’s Woodfired Cooking School, 141 Wildes District Road, Kennebunkport. jillyannas.com. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Chocolate Sunday at Par Sem, chocolate-covered fruit, gourmet cakes, succulent specials, sundaes. $8. Parsonsfield Seminary, 504 North Road, Parsonsfield. parsonsfieldseminary.org/page0003.html. 2 -4 p.m. Sunday.
From Farm … To Flask!, from Cold River to New England Distillers and Maine Craft, discover the different spirits being produced in our backyards. $29 to $34. Bow Street Market, 79 Bow St, Freeport. www.bowstreetmarket.com. 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday.
Cooking Matters (free meals for people with SNAP), learn how to prepare healthy, delicious meals from a real chef and nutritionist while stretching your food dollars. Free. MSAD 11 Adult Education, 40 West Hill Road, Gardiner. www.msad11.maineadulted.org. 6-8 p.m. Wednesday.
Making Low-Sugar Jam from Maine Fruit, with University of Maine Cooperative Extension staff. $20. Kittery Adult Education, 12 Williams Ave., Kittery. www.kittery.maineadulted.org. 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
Pad Thai and Summer Rolls, learn to make fresh, crispy summer rolls and Pad Thai noodles in this cooking workshop with Chris Toy. $35. Freeport Middle School, 19 Kendall Lane, Freeport. 865-6171. 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday.
Paleo Diet lecture with Diana Rodgers, author of “Paleo Lunches & Breakfasts on the Go;” admission includes autographed book and Paleo goody bag. $20. Whole Foods Market, 2 Somerset St., Portland. wholefoodsmarket.com/store/event/paleo-diet-lecture. 5:30 -7 p.m. Friday.
Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet with live soft jazz. Seatings at 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. $25.95 plus tax. Fireside Inn & Suites Portland, 81 Riverside St., Portland. zackerysrestaurant.com/?area=Special_Events. May 11.
The 38th New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival, features fiber, spinning wheels, looms, yarn, fiber art tools, sheep, alpacas, herding dog demos, fleece show and sale. Runs through May 11. $8; children under 12 free. Deerfield Fairgrounds, 34 Stage Road, Deerfield, N.H. Nhswga.org. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.
“Coyote, America’s Songdog,” Carnivore Conservation biologist Geri Vistein presents how to coexist with coyotes in our backyards. Free. Skyline Farm, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth. skylinefarm.org. 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday.
She Speaks, an evening of storytelling hosted by SheChanges that explores the places we go to inspire, inform and ignite change for ourselves. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland. mayostreetarts.org/2014/04/may-8-she-speaks/. 7-9:30 p.m. Thursday.
Civil War Legacies in Maine Symposium, join the Maine Historical Society and Maine Humanities Council for a half-day symposium examining the Civil War. $10 general public; $7 students. Morgan Hill Event Center, 82 Morgan Hill Lane, Hermon. mainehumanities.org/special-programs/civil-war/symposium.html. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday.
“Historic Brownfield Rocking Chairs,” Jo Harmon talks about the beautiful wooden rocking chairs made by Hiram Seavey in Brownfield 130 years ago. Free, light refreshments. Hiram Historical Society, 20 Historical Ridge, Hiram (off Schoolhouse Road, off Route 117). 207-625-4762. 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Outdoors
Sundays on the Boulevard: Baxter Boulevard by Payson Park will be closed to traffic every Sunday this summer. Baxter Boulevard, Portland. trails.org. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday and May 11.
East Grand Adventure Race, 20-mile race includes a compass run, mountain biking, paddling, mud crawl, cross-cut saw, tomahawk throwing and log rolling competition. $20. East Grand School, 31 Houlton Road, Danforth. eastgrandschool.org/adventure-race. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.
Wind Over Wings, meet and photograph a live golden eagle, kestrel, screech owl and raven. Sponsored by Main Line Fence. Maine Wildlife Park, 56 Game Farm Road, Gray. maine.gov/ifw/education/wildlifepark. 12 p.m. Saturday.
• Special Events
Maine Pottery Tour, get an inside look into life of a potter, enjoy refreshments, tour studios, peek into kilns. Free. Various locations statewide. mainepotterytour.blogspot.com. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
WMPG 10th Annual Fashion Show, local designers present their wearable art on the runway. $10 in advance, $12 day of show, $20 preferred seating, $5 with student ID, 18-plus. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland. portcitymusichall.com. 8 p.m. Sunday. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Merriconeag Poetry Festival, featuring renowned poet Richard Blanco and finalists from 11 area high schools.Free. Community Hall, Merriconeag Waldorf School, 57 Desert Road, Freeport. merriconeag.org. 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday.
Pecha Kucha, presenters show 20 slides for 20 seconds each in this fast-paced exploration of the latest in creative thinking, $5. Stonington Opera House, 1 School St., Stonington. operahousearts.org. 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Kit Yan, transgender, Brooklyn-based Asian American slam poet from Hawaii. Free. Bates College, Mays Center, 95 Russell St., Lewiston. 786-6255. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Annual Kitten Shower, festive event including raffle and kids’ crafts that helps prepare for the many kittens who will need care this year. Animal Welfare Society, Old Holland Road, West Kennebunk. 985-3244. 12-3 p.m. Saturday.
Frank Vignola, Bucky Pizzarelli and Vinny Ranioli, trio of guitarists, $32.50. Jonathan’s, 92 Bourne Lane, Ogunquit. jonathansogunquit.com. 8 p.m. Sunday.
Shape Note singing, sing Early American hymns and songs in four-part harmony. Not a performance, all welcome to join in, tune books available. Free. The New Church, 302 Stevens Ave., Portland. 1 -4 p.m. Sunday.
Greater Freeport Community Chorus Spring Concert “Sun Moon Stars Rain.” $10 for adults; 18 and under free. First Parish UCC Church, 40 Main St., Freeport, Maine. 688-8817. 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
PSO Pops: “Classical Mystery Tour,” tribute to The Beatles. $25, $75. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland. portlandsymphony.org. 2:30-4 p.m. Sunday.
Martin Perry, solo piano, works by Chopin, Grieg and Hindemith. $20. First Parish Church, 207 Maine St., Brunswick. martinperrypiano.com. 3 p.m. Sunday.
Wescustago Youth Chorale, “A Celebration of Spring” concert. $10; $5 student and senior. Freeport Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook St., Freeport. wescustago.wordpress.com. 4 p.m. Sunday.
Cinco de Mayo Celebration with Soundwavz, Latin rock, reggae and jazz. $10 to $15. The Freeport Theater of Awesome, 5 Depot St., Freeport. theaterofawesome.com. 6-8 p.m. Sunday.
CODA Chorus Presents: “From Broadway to the Beatles!” spring concert. Donations accepted. Hope Baptist Church, 726 Western Ave., Manchester. codachorus.com. 7 p.m. Sunday.
Bryan Adams, singer-songwriter performs solo-acoustic show, $31.50 to $77. Cumberland County Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Square, Portland. theciviccenter.com. 8 p.m. Sunday.
Monday Night Blues, Mississippi Heat, band from Chicago. $15. Time Out Pub, 275 Main St., Rockland. www.northatlanticbluesfestival.com/timeoutpub.html. 7 p.m. Monday.
Tricky Britches, mountain music, rockabilly and country swing. Free. Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath. www.patten.lib.me.us. 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday.
M.I.A. with A$AP Ferg, electronic, dance, alternative, hip-hop and world music. $25 in advance, $25 day of show. The State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland. www.statetheatreportland.com. 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Ronda Dale, special guest Giff Jamison. Free. Ebenezer’s Pub in the Lion’s Pride Restaurant & Brewery, 112 Pleasant St. Brunswick. rondadale.com. 8:30 -9:15 p.m. Tuesday.
Lynn Deeves, mix of easy-listening folk and blues tunes. Free. Gather Restaurant, 189 Main St., Yarmouth. www.gathermaine.com. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Ani DiFranco, singer-songwriter. Peter Mulvey opens. $33. Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine, Orono. www.collinscenterforthearts.com. 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Jay Farrar, alt-country pioneer Son Volt’s singer-songwriter on solo tour. Unaccompanied folk music to Bakersfield-style honky-tonk. $20. The Strand Theatre, 354 Main St., Rockland. www.rocklandstrand.com. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Maine Youth Orchestra, students ages 12-18 performing with musicians Sara Hallie Richardson and Lyle Divinsky. $10 in advance; $12 day of show; $20 preferred seating; all ages. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland. www.portcitymusichall.com. 8 p.m. Thursday.
Pure Prairie League with Jonathan Edwards and Chris Ross, benefit show for Maine People’s Alliance. $40, $42. The Grand Auditorium, Main Street, Ellsworth. grandonline.org. 7 p.m. Friday.
Momenta Quartet, New York-based band, jazz and avant-garde improvisation. $12; limited free tickets are available to students and seniors. Bates College, Olin Concert Hall, 75 Russell St., Lewiston. batestickets.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Siren Songs, a seaside concert to benefit the historic Atlantic Hall in Cape Porpoise. Jennifer Comeau and Lisa Mills will entertain, along with their gutsy bands and young talent Holly Hinchliffe. $20; two for $35. Atlantic Hall, 173 Main St., Cape Porpoise. 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Open Mic & Poetry Slam, musicians and poets welcome, free. First Universalist Church of Auburn, 169 Pleasant St., Auburn. auburnuu.org. Friday.
The Mavericks, country-steeped garage band with a Cuban American lead singer. $25 to $50; reserved seating. The State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland. statetheatreportland.com. 8 p.m. Friday.
The Shack, Silver Street Tavern, 2 Silver St., Waterville. silverstreettavern.com. 8 p.m. Friday.
Katie Herzig, singer-songwriter, $14 in advance; $16 day of show; $30 preferred seating; 18-plus. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland. portcitymusichall.com. 8 p.m. Friday.
John Sebastian, singer/songwriter. $25 in advance, $30 day of show. Waterville Opera House, 1 Common St., Waterville. operahouse.org. 8 p.m. Friday.
An Evening with Sevendust-Acoustic, acoustic performance by alternative metal band. $25, 18-plus. Asylum, 121 Center St., Portland. tktwb.tw/1geVuE8. 9 p.m. Friday.
Rise Above Festival featuring Avenged Sevenfold, Motorhead, Seether and more. $50.75-73.75. Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, Bangor. bit.ly/1fuoNSR. 12 p.m. Saturday.
Maine Academy of Modern Music MAMM Slam Finals. $12; $10 students; all-ages show. Asylum, 121 Center St., Portland. portlandasylum.com. 1 p.m. Saturday.
Musica de Filia Spring Concert, choral concert to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. $10; $5 seniors and students. Gorham High School Auditorium, 41 Morrill Ave., Gorham. mdfspring2014.brownpapertickets.com/. 2 p.m.-4:15 p.m. Saturday.
Mother Love, music and poetry honoring motherhood. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland. mayostreetarts.org/2014/04/may-10-mother-love/. 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Bates College Cultural Musicology and Music Composition, thesis work by Bates student composers and musicologists, $15 for panel. Concert free but tickets required. [email protected] Bates College, Commons 221-222, 136 Central Ave., Lewiston. 786-6135. 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday.
Downeasters Barbershop Chorus, “Let’s Put On a Show!” $15-$18; under 18 free. Yarmouth High School, Performing Arts Center, 286 W. Elm St., Yarmouth. downeasters.org. 7-10 p.m. Saturday.
Pure Prairie League, Jonathan Edwards and Livingston Taylor, benefit show for Maine People’s Alliance, $26.50 to $76.50. The State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland. statetheatreportland.com. 7 p.m. Saturday.
Elvis impersonator Don Boudreau benefit concert for hospice; refreshments available. For tickets, call 474-7775, ext. 1, or purchase at the door for $10. First Congregational Church, 36 River Road, Skowhegan. 7 p.m. Saturday.
Martin Swinger, performance followed by open mic. $5 suggested donation. Refreshments available. UU Coffeehouse, Union Church, 67 Main St., Belgrade Lakes. 495-2490. 7 p.m. Saturday.
Spottiswoode and His Enemies; Jose Ayerve of Spouse opens. $20 in advance/$25 at the door. St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland. stlawrencearts.org. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday.
Deep River, blues and rock from all eras, and originals. $7. Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland. mayostreetarts.org/2014/04/may-10-deep-river/. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Remembering Tom Rowe: A Celebration in Song, featuring Maine performers to benefit Jack McPhillips Memorial Fund. $25. First Universalist Church of Auburn, 169 Pleasant St., Auburn. jmmf.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Rodney Crowell, Grammy Award-winning musician in Americana and alt-country genres. Advance tickets $25; day of show tickets $35. The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, 86 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor. boothbayoperahouse.com. 8 p.m. Saturday.
Kris Delmhorst, singer-songwriter. New album is “Blood Test.”Anders Parker opens. $15 in advance, $20 day of show. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland. onelongfellowsquare.com. 10 p.m. Saturday.
Pete Witham and The Cozmik Zombies, Mainely Brews Restaurant & Brewhouse, 1 Post Office Square, Waterville. mainelybrew.com. 10-4 p.m. Saturday.
Country Sunday featuring Dennis Royer, Cathy Haskell, Maranacook String Band, The Wildwoods Band with Chris Fyfe and more. Doors open at 11 a.m., $5. Litchfield Sportsman’s Club, 2782 Hallowell Road, Litchfield. 268-4494. 12-5 p.m. May 11.
What is it about opera? Informal exploration of the “who, what, when, where and why” of opera, led by Jack Riddle. Free. McArthur Public Library, 270 Main St, Biddeford. mcarthur.lib.me.us. 3 p.m. May 11.
Gorham Community Chorus Spring Concert. Includes silent auction and free refreshments; donations accepted. Gorham High School Auditorium, 41 Morrill Ave., Gorham. 3 p.m. May 11.
Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, fiddle and guitar. $22 in advance; $27 day of show. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland. onelongfellowsquare.com. 8 p.m. May 11.
Honky Tonk Night, featuring Brandon Lepere Band. RiRa, 72 Commercial St., Portland. rira.com/portland. 8 p.m. Sunday.
Word Portland, free monthly reading series featuring three local writers, Free. LFK, 188 State St., Portland ME. facebook.com/word.portland. 9-10 p.m. Monday.
Chute & Co., blues from America and around the world. Free, 21-plus. Gingko Blue, 455 Fore St., Portland. gingkoblue.com. 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Irish Seisiun, free, 21-plus. Blue, 650 Congress St., Portland. portcityblue.com. 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Michael Krapovicky, Silver Street Tavern, 2 Silver St., Waterville. silverstreettavern.com. 7 p.m. Thursday.
Cumberland Crossing, contemporary bluegrass. Blue, 650 Congress St., Portland. portcityblue.com. 7 p.m. Thursday.
Hot Club du Monde, gypsy, jazz and swing. Free, 21-plus. Gingko Blue, 455 Fore St., Portland. gingkoblue.com. 8-11 p.m. Thursday.
Kilcollins Band, RiRa, 72 Commercial St., Portland. rira.com/portland. 9 p.m. Thursday.
Bluegrass Jam Session. Free, 21-plus. Blue, 650 Congress St., Portland. portcityblue.com. 9 p.m. Thursday.
Jenny Whitter, originals and old country tunes. Blue, 650 Congress St., Portland. portcityblue.com. 6 p.m. Friday.
Zach Ovington & Jack Devereux, Blue, 650 Congress St., Portland. portcityblue.com. 8 p.m. Friday.
Poke Chop and The Other White Meats. Free, 21-plus. Gingko Blue, 455 Fore St., Portland. gingkoblue.com. 9 p.m. Friday.
Acadian Aces, bourbon-flavored Cajun. Blue, 650 Congress St., Portland. portcityblue.com. 10 p.m. Friday.
Forbes Trio, jazz. Blue, 650 Congress St., Portland. portcityblue.com. 6 p.m. Saturday.
Amanda Landry, Old Mill Pub, 39 Water St., Skowhegan. 207-474-6627. 6-3:45 p.m. Saturday.
Mike Rodrigue, Silver Street Tavern, 2 Silver St., Waterville. silverstreettavern.com. 8 p.m. Saturday.
Sarah Fard, jazz. Free, 21-plus. Blue, 650 Congress St., Portland. portcityblue.com. 8 p.m. Saturday.
Tokyo Tramps, Delta slide blues infused with New Orleans “second line” and Bayou Stomp. Free, 21-plus. Gingko Blue, 455 Fore St., Portland. gingkoblue.com. 9 p.m. Saturday.
Eric Quinn Quintet. Free. 21-plus. Blue, 650 Congress St., Portland. portcityblue.com. 10 p.m. Saturday.
“Charlotte’s Web,” adapted by Joseph Robinette, based on the book by E.B. White, directed by Diane Leeman, costumes by Celina Ellis. $7 adults, $5 children, $15 family. Sparrow’s Nest Theater, 1114 West Mills Road, Industry. SparrowsNestTheater.com. 2 -3 p.m. Sunday.
“Moonlight and Magnolias” by Ron Hutchinson, a fun, farcical, behind-the-scenes look at the birth of “Gone with the Wind.” $20 adults; $5 youth, $16 for groups of 10 or more. The Public Theatre, 31 Maple St, Lewiston. thepublictheatre.org. 2 p.m. Sunday, Saturday and May 11; 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 8 p.m. Saturday.
24-hour Portland Theater Project, six brand-new plays created in a 24-hour period. $15, $12 students and seniors. St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland. maineplaywrightsfestival.org/24-hour-theatre-project. 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
Met Opera Live: “Cosi Fan Tutte,” music director James Levine returns to the Met podium to conduct Mozart’s beloved opera. $27/adults, $15 students. The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Rockland. www.RocklandStrand.com. 1 p.m. Tuesday.
”The Savannah Disputation,” comedy about two elderly sisters who have been Catholic since birth but seem to know very little about their religion. $35 to $45. Portland Stage Company, 25A Forest Ave., Portland. portlandstage.org. 2 p.m. Sunday and May 11; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 4 p.m. Saturday; 8 p.m. Saturday.
Little Festival of the Unexpected, public readings of three new scripts in development: “The First Mrs. Rochester,” “Papermaker” and “Forty.” $10 suggested donation. Portland Stage Company Studio Theater. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 12:30 p.m. Saturday; 4 p.m. Saturday; 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
“HONK!” The musical tale of the Ugly Duckling. $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors. Brunswick High School, Crooker Theater, 116 Maquoit Road, Brunswick. 207-607-9344. 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.
“The Puppetmaster of Lodz,” a play about the horrors of war and the indomitable human spirit. Suggested donation $12. Maine Jewish Museum, 267 Congress St., Portland. mainejewishmuseum.org. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
“Oliver! The Musical,” presented by Our Theatre Company. $10, $8 seniors and kids 12 and under. Nasson Community Center and Little Theatre, 456 Main St., Springvale. nassoncc.org. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
ACAT presents “Shirley Valentine,” Marie Cormier as Shirley Valentine reflects on her life and her friend wins a Greece vacation for two. $12, $10 seniors. Waterville Opera House, Studio Theater, 93 Main St., Waterville. operahouse.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.
Live from the Met: “La Cenerentola,” $20/adults, $15/youth. Waterville Opera House, 1 Common St., Waterville. operahouse.org. 12:55 p.m. Saturday.
Live from the Met: “La Cenerentola,” live broadcast from New York’s Metropolitan Opera, $20/adults, $15/youth. The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Rockland. rocklandstrand.com. 1-6:15 p.m. Saturday.