n ART EVENTS

Baxter State Park visiting artist reception, Nora West of New Portland shows her oil and watercolor studies and sketches from her stay at the park last summer. High Peaks Artisan Guild Gallery & Antiques, 245 Main St., Kingfield. highpeaksartisanguild.com. 5-8 p.m. Friday.

“Multiplicity,” exhibition featuring a collective design challenge from a woodworking and furniture design course. Maine College of Art’s Artists at Work Space, 522 Congress St., Portland. meca.edu. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. Friday.

Visiting artist lecture series, J. Pascoe, who recently completed a collaborative artist residency program at D’Clinic Studios in Lendava, Slovenia. Maine College of Art, Osher Hall, 522 Congress St., Portland. meca.edu. Noon Tuesday.

“The Photographic Self-Portraits of Martin Chambi,” Celia Rubina Vargas, professor of semiotics at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Pere, will give a lecture on Chambi (1891-1973), a Peruvian photographer whose work reveals the shifting nature of artistic identity in a Latin American context. Colby College Museum of Art, 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville. colby.edu. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Visiting artist lecture series, Beehive Collective, activist arts collective dedicated to “cross-pollinating the grassroots,” free. Maine College of Art’s Artists at Work Space, 522 Congress St., Portland. meca.edu. 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Visiting Artists Talk: Tectonic Industries, a collaborative art partnership of Danish artist Lars Boye Jerlach and British artist Helen Stringfellow. Burnham Lounge, Robie Andrews Hall, 37 College Ave., Gorham. usm.maine.edu. Noon Friday.

Book signing with Maine College of Art alum Jada Fitch and author Melissa Kim for the Islandport children’s book “A Snowy Owl Story.” Maine College of Art’s Artists at Work Space, 522 Congress St., Portland. meca.edu. 5 p.m. Friday.

Addison Woolley Artists exhibit, from depth of winter ruminations to high and rushing waters of thaw; spring flowers and a nod to where a young man’s fancy turns in spring. Show runs through March 28. 3Fish Gallery, 377 Cumberland Ave., Portland. 450-8499. First Friday reception 5-8 p.m. Friday.

J. Ann Eldridge: “Nature in Fine Etchings,” botanicals and fauna. Daunis Fine Jewelry 616 Congress St., Portland. daunis.com. Artist reception 5-8 p.m. Friday.

Native Inuit Art Show and Sale, Inuit Images Gallery in Sandwich, Massachusetts presents stone, bone and walrus ivory native carvings from Arctic Canada and Alaska for sale, free admission. Courtyard Portland Airport, 100 Southborough Drive, South Portland. 253-5005. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 8.

n ART SHOWS

USM Faculty & Alumni Invitational, presenting work by art faculty and alumni they have chosen to exhibit with. Art Gallery, University of Southern Maine, 37 College Ave., Gorham. usm.maine.edu/gallery. Noon-4 p.m. Sunday.

“Color, Light, Cows,” Claire Bigbee, acrylic paintings. Daunis Fine Jewelry, 616 Congress St., Portland. daunis.com. Through Tuesday.

Susan Smolensky and Svetlana Beattie. Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery, 48 Free St., Portland. rouxandcyrgallery.com. Through Wednesday.

Mundanity and Mysticism: Drawing out the Self, the familiarity of the portrait becomes the platform for exploration, freeing the artist to question reality, state of mind. Maine College of Art, Zand Head Gallery, 522 Congress St., Portland. meca.edu. Through Friday.

“Inside/Out,” curated by Susan Danly and featuring photographs by Jeffrey Becton, Thomas Birtwistle and Sarah Szwajkos. PhoPa Gallery,132 Washington Ave., Portland. phopagallery.com. Through Saturday.

“The Shakers: From Mount Lebanon to the World,” comprehensive look at the religious, social and economic foundations of Shaker life, seen through Shaker-made objects. Farnsworth Art Museum, 16 Museum St., Rockland. farnsworthmuseum.org. Through March 8.

“Four Photographers,” Mason Philip Smith, Jack Milton, Allan Spader and Doug Bruns. Cia Cafe, 72 Ocean St., South Portland. 747-4414. Through March 14.

“Somewhere Here: Visions from Chinese and Taiwanese Artists in Maine” by Colby College student artists Ni Rong, Brian Chu, Yuan Zuo, Nanfei Wang, Lihua Lei, Shiao-Ping Wang and Ling-Wen Tsai. Common Street Arts Gallery, 16 Common St., Waterville. 872-2787. Through March 14.

Art by Colleen Edwards, focusing on ballet and flamenco dancers and aspen trees. Portland Ballet Studio Theater, 517 Forest Ave., Portland. portlandballet.org. Through March 15.

“The Preservation of Portland since 1961,” large-scale installation depicting the evolution of the city’s preservation movement in images in text. George W. Boulos Gallery of Architecture and Design at Greater Portland Landmarks, 96 High St., Portland. portlandlandmarks.org. Through March 20.

“Photographs by Women: Recent Additions to the Permanent Collection,” artists include K. Capp, D. Ferrato, S. Gall, I. Ionesco, S. Moldenhauer, C. Seidel and D. Froehlich. Bates College Museum of Art, 75 Russell St., Lewiston. bates.edu/museum. Through March 21.

Back and Forth: The Collaborative Works of Dawn Clements and Marc Leuthold, highly respected artists who draw on paper and work with clay. Bates College Museum of Art, 75 Russell St., Lewiston. bates.edu/museum. Through March 21.

Young at Art exhibition, children’s artwork. Harlow Gallery, 160 Water St., Hallowell. harlowgallery.org. Through March 21.

Alison Hill’s “Past Shores Unchanged” and Angel Braestrup’s “Mind Works,” oil paintings and mixed media. Elizabeth Moss Galleries, 251 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth. elizabethmossgalleries.com. Through March 21.

“Higher Forms of Art,” artwork by students from nine central Maine high schools. Harlow Gallery, 331 Water St., Augusta. harlowgallery.org. Through March 28.

“It’s Not So Black and White,” paintings by Amy Bickford and Kelly Ufkin. Richard Boyd Art Gallery, 15 Epps St., Peaks Island. richardboydartgallery.com. Through March 29.

Maine Traditional Film Photographers, landscapes, flora and fauna. Ballard Center Lobby, 6 East Chestnut St., Augusta. 213-6503. Through March 29.

“Masters in the Studio,” an exhibition of the first graduating class from Heartwood’s master of fine arts program. Heartwood College of Art, 123 York St., Kennebunk. heartwoodcollegeofart.org. Through March 30.

“Warm Your Heart with Maine Art,” group showing of new work including jewelry artists Judith Barker, Jennifer Nielson and Melanie West, sculptural artists Monty Smith and Jim and Holly Gallant and fiber artists Jody Meredith, Janice Jones and Amy Smith. Markings Gallery, 50 Front St., Bath. markingsgallery.com. Through March 31.

“Chaos and Quiet,” emerging artists Matt Demers and Allison McKeen present their acrylic and photographic work in a juxtaposition of energies. The Gallery at Harmon’s and Barton’s, 584 Congress St., Portland. harmonsbartons.com. Through March 31.

“Razzle Dazzle Sis Boom Bah,” work by Canadian artist Karen Kraven. ICA at Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St., Portland. meca.edu. Through April 5.

“A Gateless Garden: Quotes by Maine Women Writers,” exhibit featuring 53 quotes paired with black and white photos by Maine photographer Kerry Michaels. University of New England Art Gallery, 716 Stevens Ave., Portland. une.edu/artgallery. 221-4499. Through April 12.

Maia Snow ’13: New Work, inspired by “The Prophet.” Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St., Portland. meca.edu. Through April 13.

“The River in Time: Solargraphs of the Kennebec River” by Johanna Moore. Moore built 120 pinhole cameras, set the cameras along the shores of the Kennebec and many of its tributaries. Between the summer and winter solstices, the cameras created a visual diary of the light that shines along the course of the great river. Monkitree, 263 Water St., Gardiner. monkitree.com. Through April 25.

“The Coast and The Sea: Marine and Maritime Art,” 52 maritime paintings and 10 maritime artifacts from the New York Historical Society’s collection. Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland. portlandmuseum.org. Through April 26.

Richard Lee: Paper Trails, selections from installations, artist’s books and journals, composed largely of his handmade paper. Unum Great Reading Room, 7th floor, Glickman Family Library, 314 Forest Ave., Portland. usm.maine.edu. Through April 30.

BookArt: Artists’ books from Maine, U.S. and abroad. Hawthorne Longfellow Library at Bowdoin College, 2nd floor, 5 College St., Brunswick. 725-3288. Through May 30.

Alex Katz: Selections, features a rotating selection of artwork. Colby College Museum of Art, 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville. colby.edu/academics_cs/museum. Through June 7.

“Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel and Postwar Art of the Americas,” groundbreaking exhibition explores the impact of the space race and science fiction on avant-garde artists of the Americas from the 1940s to the ’70s. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 9400 College Station, Brunswick. bowdoin.edu. Through June 7.

“Ingrained: The Art of the Shipcarver,” exhibit is centered around the new acquisition of tools and workbench of renowned Newcastle carver Edbury Hatch. Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., Bath. mainemaritimemuseum.org. Through July 6.

“3D: Contemporary Works from the Farnsworth,” an exhibition of sculptural works. Farnsworth Art Museum, 16 Museum St., Rockland. farnsworthmuseum.org. Through Sept. 27.

“Kennebunk History in 50 Objects,” Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St., Kennebunk. brickstoremuseum.org. Through Oct. 2.

n AUDITIONS

“Robin Hood,” seeking young actors ages 8 to 17 for an original retelling. Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland. kitetails.org. 3-5 p.m. Tuesday.

n BOOKS & AUTHORS

“Paper Things,” Jennifer Jacobson will read from her new novel, which offers an intimate account of child homelessness. Longfellow Books and Jacobson will donate a percentage of sales to Preble Street to benefit the homeless. Longfellow Books, Monument Square, Portland. longfellowbooks.com. 7 p.m. Thursday.

n CLASSICAL MUSIC

DaPonte String Quartet Winter Series IV: “Vienna, Vienna,” pieces from Mozart, Mendelssohn and Beethoven. $20, free for under 21. Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church, 84 Main St., Topsham. daponte,org. Noon Wednesday.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado,” presented by Lincoln County Community Theater with the Never Never Sick at Sea Symphony Orchestra, featuring the DaPonte String Quartet, $15, $13 members, $5 age 18 and under. Lincoln Theater, 2 Theater St., Damariscotta. lcct.org. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Freeport First Friday Just Desserts, “50 Shades of Faure: The Secret Loves of the Great Romantics,” concert by pianist Laura Kargul and violinist Ronald Lantz, $5 at the door. Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St. fcsmaine.org. 6:30 p.m. Friday.

James Kallembach residency concert, including the world premiere of Kallembach’s “Four Romantic Songs,” featuring Elisabeth Marshall, soprano. $15, $10 seniors, USM employees and alumni; $5 students. Corthell Concert Hall, University of Southern Maine, 37 College Ave., Gorham. usm.maine.edu. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Portland Symphony Orchestra presents Poulenc’s powerful opera “Dialogues of the Carmelites,” in English with supertitles. Robert Moody, conductor; soloists Troy Cook, Jill Gardner, Mary Gayle-Green, Sarah Jane McMahon, and Daniel Stein and the Choral Art Society, $31-$81. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland. porttix.com. 2:30 p.m. March 8.

n DANCE

“Entrances & Echoes,” dance concert featuring assistant professor Annie Kloppenberg’s professional company and senior Sara Gibbons’ thesis project, “Into the Frame of Us,” free. Strider Theater, Colby College, 4000 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville. colby.edu. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Exchange, Maine studio and street dancers unite for hip-hop, all styles, with cash prizes. $5 to battle, $10 to watch. Avant Dance and Event Center, 865 Spring St., Westbrook. avantmaine.com. 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Saturday.

10th Anniversary F.A.B. Winter Dance Showcase, regional artists to present classic and modern dance pieces, $15, $12 seniors, $5 students with ID. Franco Center, 46 Cedar St., Lewiston. francocenter.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Bolshoi Ballet presents “Romeo and Juliet,” HD broadcast, $15 adults, $13 seniors. Waterville Opera House, 1 Common St. operahouse.org. 12:45 p.m. March 8.

n MUSIC

Folk concert, John and Ellen Gawler joined by their daughter Elsie and perhaps more family members, $7, free for children. Mercer Community Center, 1015 Beech Hill Road. 587-2361. 3 p.m. Sunday.

The RMS Five, Americana and gospel, $12 at the door, free for 18 and under and students with ID. Nordica Auditorium, Merrill Hall, University of Maine at Farmington, 224 Main St. www.artsinstitute.org. 3 p.m. Sunday.

George Thorogood and The Destroyers, blues rock, $35 in advance, $40 day of show. The State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland. statetheatreportland.com. 8 p.m. Sunday.

Los Lobos, Mexican-American and Tejano music, $40-$50. Waterville Opera House, 1 Common St. operahouse.org. 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Live and Local presents: Lovers of Fiction and If and It, Lovers of Fiction are song-driven, with big harmonies and ambitious playing. If and It create a rambling, lo-fi folk. $5. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland. onelongfellowsquare.com. 9 p.m. Tuesday.

J.D. McPherson with Dylan Pratt, $15 in advance, $18 day of show, $25 preferred seating, 18-plus. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland. portcitymusichall.com. 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Jukebox the Ghost with Secret Someones and Little Daylight, $13 in advance, $15 day of show,$20 preferred seating, 18-plus. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland. portcitymusichall.com. 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Mari Black Trio, reigning Scottish and Canadian Maritime fiddle champion. Jam session at 6:15 p.m., $15. Mexico Congregational Church, 163 Main St. 562-444. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Library Coffeehouse: Nat Hussey, folk, rock and blues tunes, $6, $5 seniors and students. Camden Public Library, 55 Main St. www.librarycamden.org. 7 p.m. Thursday.

Mari Black Trio, reigning Scottish and Canadian Maritime fiddle champion. Jam session led by Cynthia Phinney at 6:15 p.m., $15. North Church, 12 High St., Farmington. 778-2006. 7 p.m. Thursday.

Peter Alexander, Maine singer-songwriter, $5. Cary Memorial Library, 17 Old Winthrop Road, Wayne. 685-9639. 7 p.m. Friday.

The Natives Are Restless, folk, rock and country music, $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St., Bath. chocolatechurcharts.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Soule Monde with Ghosts of Jupiter and Cold Engines, $15 in advance, $18 day of show. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland. onelongfellowsquare.com. 8 p.m. Friday.

MonkeyJunk, swamp boogie band mixes soul, bedroom funk and blues, $20. The Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dugway Road, Brownfield. stonemountainartscenter.com. 8 p.m. Friday.

Rhumba Music & Dance Concert with El Malo, warm up with salsa and rhumba, $10. Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland. mayostreetarts.org. 8 p.m. Friday.

Pugwash, Irish pop, $7, 21-plus. Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland. portlandempire.com. 10 p.m. Friday.

Justin Townes Earle, Early Show presented by State Theatre, Earle has experienced more than most, both personally and professionally. $25 standing; $35 seating, floor and balcony. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland. onelongfellowsquare.com. 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

After Hours Concert Series presents Fodhla, Irish music trio, free. South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway. 767-7660. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Asleep at the Wheel with The Quebe Sisters, Texas swing, $55. Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dugway Road, Brownfield. stonemountainartscenter.com. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Suede, sassy, smooth jazz, $30-$46. Jonathan’s Restaurant, 92 Bourne Lane, Ogunquit. jonathansogunquit.com. 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Fogcutters, joined by accomplished vocalist Lyle Divinsky, the big band plays its own blend of funk, rock, Afro-Cuban and hip-hop. $25 in advance, $28 at the door. Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St., Bath. chocolatechurcharts.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Corvettes Doo Wop Revue, $20, $15 seniors, $5 kids. Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, 18 Bradley St., Fryeburg. 935-9232. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Carl Dimow and Jim Lyden Duo, flute and acoustic bass, $10. Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland. mayostreetarts.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Hot 104.7 presents Logic – The Under Pressure World Tour, Maryland rapper, $19. Asylum, 121 Center St., Portland. portlandasylum.com. 8 p.m. March 8.

n SPECIAL EVENTS

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Battles of the Seasons, $25-$40 reserved seating. The State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland. statetheatreportland.com. 9 p.m. Monday.

International Women’s Day Fashion Show, models from over 35 countries will show traditional outfits inspired by their homelands, $15 adults, $5 children. Cathedral Guild Hall, 307 Congress St., Portland. 773-7746. 6-9 p.m. Saturday.

Capital City Improv, show features David Greenham, Liz Helitzer, Jen Shepard and Larrance Fingerhut, $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and $5 for children 17 and younger. Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center, 280 Water St., Gardiner. johnsonhall.org. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Portland Flower Show, 13 judged gardens, over 80 vendors, four days of lectures and Children’s Discovery area. $15. Portland Company Marine Complex, 58 Fore St., Portland. portlandcompany.com/flower. 6-9 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 8.

n THEATER

“The Long Weekend,” explodes with twists, turns and sharp, biting comedy, $18, $15 seniors. The Footlights, 190 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth. thefootlightsinfalmouth.com. 2 p.m. Sunday through March 8.

“The Whipping Man” by Matthew Lopez, at the end of the Civil War a Confederate soldier celebrates Passover with two former slaves and they must come to terms with their past. $37 to $47, discounts for seniors, students and groups of 10 or more. Portland Stage Company, 25A Forest Ave. portlandstage.org. Through March 15.

“How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” classic musical comedy about power, love and greed, $21.99, $17.99 seniors. Lyric Music Theater, 176 Sawyer St., South Portland. lyricmusictheater.org. 2:30 p.m. Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

“Venus in Fur,” provocative show will have you asking, “Is it about sex or power? Art or life? The nature of theater or the logic of desire? $15, $12 seniors 65 and over. The Playhouse, Church Street, Belfast. midcoastactors.org. 5 p.m. Sunday.

National Theatre presents “Of Mice and Men,” HD broadcast of Broadway production with James Franco and Chris O’Dowd, $15, $13 seniors. Waterville Opera House, 1 Common St. operahouse.org. 9:30 a.m. Monday and Tuesday.

“The Other Place,” presented by Good Theater, Maine premiere of recent Broadway drama about the unraveling of a mystery on the shores of Cape Cod, $20-$28. St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland. goodtheater.com. 7 p.m. Wednesday through March 29.

“The Maine Dish: A Feast of Plays about Food,” 17 actors, 12 playwrights, 4 directors, 1 delicious theme: food. With comedies, dramas and musicals, $18. Portland Ballet Studio Theater, 517 Forest Ave. snowlionrep.org. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 5 p.m. March 8.

“Gidion’s Knot,” presented by Dramatic Repertory Company, an unusual and charged parent/teacher conference unfolds as a mystery and as the story reveals itself, the “truth” becomes increasingly complex and alarming. $10-$20 with premium tickets also available. Portland Stage Company Studio Theater, 25A Forest Ave. dramaticrep.org. 7:30 p.m. Thursday through March 15.

“Tick, Tick … Boom!” Jonathan Larson’s autobiographical musical of a young composer on the brink of turning 30, $20. City Theater, 205 Main St., Biddeford. 282-0849. 7:30 p.m. Friday through March 15.