Thursday, April 17, 2014
Maine State Ballet will present "The Nutcracker" at Merrill Auditorium in Portland.
Courtesy Maine State Ballet
The indie-pop band Lucius is at Port City Music Hall in Portland on Wednesday.
Peter Larson photo
“Eye Catchers,” annual holiday show featuring folk artist Jeff Barrett, Gleason Fine Art, Portland. gleason fineart.com. Through Dec. 28.
“Piece Work,” 2013 Portland Museum of Art Biennial, recent work by 30 artists, through Jan. 5; “9 Walks,” nine video projections by Amy Stacey Curtis, through Jan. 5; “Redacted,” paintings and drawings by Ahmed Alsoudani, Iraqi artist and MECA graduate, through Feb. 2; “Winslow Homer’s Civil War,” wood engravings and prints, through Dec. 8; “J480N R063N38,” installation of large-scale sculptural forms by Jason Rogenes in the PMA family space, through Jan. 5, Portland Museum of Art. portlandmuseum.org.
“Breakthrough: Work by Contemporary Chinese Artists,” eight pioneering women artists, Bowdoin College, Museum of Art, Brunswick. bowdoin. edu/art-museum. Through Dec. 22.
“Hawk & Handsaw: Twenty Who Know the Difference,” selected works by 20 contemporary Maine artists who have been featured in Hawk & Handsaw, the journal of creative sustainability published by Unity College, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport. cmcanow.org. Ends Sunday.
“Objects in Space,” recent paintings by Jeffrey Whittle, Perimeter Gallery, Belfast. 338-0555. Ends Sunday.
“The Unstill Life,” oil paintings by Lynn Cyr, University of Maine, Blake Library, Fort Kent. umfk.edu/library. Through Monday.
Chuck Thompson, Maine plein air landscapes, with other guest artists, Saccarappa Art Collective, Westbrook. 591-7300. Through Saturday.
“A World of Objects,” Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick. 725-3275. Small and rarely seen objects from diverse collections. Through June 8.
“The Wonderful World of Oz,” exhibition drawn from the world’s most comprehensive collection of Oz materials, based in Maine, through March; “Every Picture Tells a Story,” N.C. Wyeth illustrations from the Brandywine River Museum, through Dec. 29; “A Wondrous Journey: Jonathan Fisher and the Making of Scripture Animals,” through Jan. 5; “American Treasures: Visions of the Land and Sea,” through Feb. 2; Andrew Wyeth: “Temperas and Watercolors,” through April 30, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. farnsworthmuseum.org
“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, Osher Map Library, Portland. 780-4850. Through Feb. 27.
“On Finding Home,” figures carved from wood and finished with painted surfaces by Sachiko Akitama; “From the Shadows,” black and white photographs by Susan Burnstine and Lynn Saville, University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor. umma.umaine.edu. Through Jan. 4.
Fryeburg Fair Portraits-Ambrotypes, by David Puntel, Fryeburg Academy, Pace Galleries of Art, also includes portraits by Rachel Andrews Damon and vintage portraits from O.B. Denison. fryeburg academy.org. Through Dec. 20.
Heartwood College of Art presents “Art of the Barn,” interpretations of local barns by local artists, Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk. brick storemuseum.org. Through Dec. 30.
“River Reflections – Maine Woods Mirror,” photographs by John Orcutt, Schoolhouse Gallery, Kingfield. schoolhouseartgallery.com. Through Jan. 3.
7th annual Extravaganza, variety of work by more than 70 Maine artists, Aarhus Gallery, Belfast. aarhus gallery.com. Through Dec. 24.
“Beings,” sculpture by Eva Goetz and Nanci Khan, Maine Jewish Museum, Portland. treeoflifemuseum .org. Through Dec. 24.
“The Collector’s Choice,” photographs, lithographs, paintings and more by several artists, York Public Library. york.lib.me.us. Through Jan. 3.
Wearable Art, by Maine artists to wear and live with, Markings Gallery, Bath. markingsgallery.com. Through Dec. 31.
“Going Coastal: Humor, Parody and Amusement of a Maritime Nature,” Maine Maritime Museum, Bath. mainemaritimemuseum.org. Through June 1.
“Winter Harbor & Penobscot Bay,” small, bold oil paintings by Brita Holmquist, Daunis Fine Jewelry, Portland. daunis.com. Through Dec. 31.
“Moonlit,” photographs by Luc Demers, Rose Contemporary, Portland. rosecontemporary.com. Through Dec. 31.
First Anniversary Show, paintings and photography by established local and emerging artists, The DaVinci Experience Art Gallery, Falmouth. davinciexperience.com. Through Jan. 9.
Pots, 15th annual studio pottery exhibit with works by Paul Heroux, Susan Dewsnap and Sequoia Miller, June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA, Portland. 699-5083. Through Dec. 14.
Gifts for Giving ’13, fine art, sculpture and fine crafts, Studio 53 Fine Art Gallery, Boothbay Harbor. 380-7554. Through Dec. 18.
“Home for the Holidays,” local crafts and curiosities, Red Door Pottery Studio and Gallery Shop, Kittery. reddoorpottery.com. Through Dec. 15.
Dahlov Ipcar, 20 new paintings, Frost Gully Gallery, Freeport. frost gullygallery.com. Through Dec. 28.
The Hive and Heartwood College of Art present “100 Birds for Haiti,” 100 works or art portraying birds by local artists being sold for $100, with half of the proceeds benefiting Partners in Development, an organization devoted to the emergency feeding of children in Haiti, The Hive, Kennebunk. thehivekennebunk.com. Through Dec. 31.
“Circo El Salvador,” images of traveling circus families by Steven Laxton, PhoPa Gallery, Portland. phopagallery.com. Through Dec. 28.
Joe Guertin: “A Graphic Designer vRemembered,” University of New England, Art Gallery, Portland. une .edu/artgallery. Through Jan. 26.
The Holly and The Ivy: Festival of Trees, Saco Museum, sacomuseum.org. Dozens of gorgeously decorated trees and wreaths. Through Dec. 29.
2013 Faculty Exhibition, featured artists Sascha Braunig, Hilary Irons, Samantha Haedrich and Peter Simensky, Maine College of Art, Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland. meca.edu. Through Dec. 22.
“The Seasons,” new paintings by John Vander, Gold/Smith Gallery, Boothbay Harbor. goldsmithgallery .net. Sunday through Dec. 24.
New sculptures by Jeff Barrett, Gleason Fine Art, Boothbay Harbor. gleasonfineart.com. Through Jan. 4.
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, Eastern Tire Gallery, Rockland. 594-5250. Through Dec. 31.
“AfriClassical: Ancestral Visionary,” painter Jerome Wright, Museum of African Culture, Portland. museumofafricanculture.org. Works on wood and canvas. Through Dec. 27.
Viola Glendinning, vistas in oil, Savory Maine, Damariscotta. savory mainedining.com. Through Jan. 7.
Jym St. Pierre, “Maine Landsc[r]apes,” photographs, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick. curtislibrary.com. Through Dec. 27.
Quilted Assemblages by Donald Talbot and Beatrice Gilbert, Maine Fiberarts, Topsham. mainefiberarts.org. Through Dec. 31.
Michael Vickery, “Progressions in Time and Space: Traditional and 3D-printed Media,” University of New England Campus Center, Biddeford. 284-6394. Tuesday through Jan. 15.
Holiday Offerings 2013, selection of original works by regional artists working in a variety styles and media, Richard Boyd Gallery, Peaks Island. richardboydartgallery.com. Friday through Dec. 31.
• ART OPENINGS
7th annual Creative Economy Studio Show & Sale, Studio on the Hill, Freeport. 865-0605. Works by more than 40 Maine artists and craftspersons, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
Bess Cutler Open Basement Studio, Art on the Hill Kittery. artonthhill
kittery.com. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Georgetown Art Sale, Georgetown Historical Society. 371-9200. Paintings and prints, holiday cards, Shaker boxes, jewelry and pottery, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday. Through Dec. 14.
Clarity Robert and Su.Sane Hake, “Fey Fairy Fey,” Camden Public Library. 236-3440. Opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Includes performance art, music by Gabrielle’s Sounds and refreshments. Through Dec. 31.
Small Works 2013, holiday open house, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, Ellsworth. courthousegallery.com. Through Dec. 24.
Maine Women in the Arts annual Prelude Fine Art & Crafts Show, Masonic Lodge, Kennebunkport. mainewomenarts.com. 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 8.
Painter Jack Riddle, Townsend Real Estate & Art Gallery, Willard Square, South Portland. 842-9200. Opening reception 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.
Art Sale, presented by Schoodic Arts for All, Old Town Office, Winter Harbor. schoodicartsforall.org. Fine arts and fine crafts by area artists, 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
MECA Holiday Sale, handmade arts and crafts by students and alumni, Maine College of Art, Porteous Building, Portland. www.meca.edu. 5 to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
SEA Holiday Sale, East End Community School, Portland. SEAportland.org. More than 80 artists. Blown glass, jewelry, journals, paintings, textiles, pottery and much more, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 8.
5RAA Arts Downtown & All Around Exhibit and Sale: art studios, galleries, museums and group shows with musicians; paintings, clay, textiles, wood pieces, jewelry, mixed media, baskets and more, Brunswick and Bowdoinham. 5raa.org. Friday through Sunday.
Holiday Open House and Sale, Maine Fiberarts, Topsham. maine fiberarts.org. Quilting demos, fiber technique demos, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Harpswell Art & Craft Guild annual “Holidays in Harpswell,” various locations. harpswellartandcraftguild.com. Open art studies along routes 123 and 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 8.
Kennebec Valley Art Association “8x10x100,” proceeds support arts programmingy, pieces sell for $100, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell. harlow gallery.org. Opening reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Dec. 28.
8 Women Abstract Artists, 8 x 8-inch works by local artists, Susan Maasch Fine Art, Portland. susanmaaschfine art.com. Opening reception 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Dec. 31.
Brita Holmquist “Water Notes,” Daunis Fine Jewelry, Portland. daunis.com. Opening reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
Maine Artists Collective “Alchemy of Light,” Constellation Gallery, Portland. constellationart.com. Paintings, mixed media, photography and digital art with the theme of light. Opening reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Dec. 29.
Paul Black, new Portland paintings, Fore Street Gallery, Portland. 874-8084. Opening reception 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. Through Dec. 31.
“Just What You’ve Always Wanted,” paintings, photographs, mixed media and more, Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth. elizabethmoss galleries.com. Opening reception 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Through Jan. 12.
Southern Maine Community College Student Work Exhibition, self-portraits in charcoal Portland Public Library. portlandlibrary.com. Opening reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Jan. 31.
William Harrison, pen and ink drawings, Mainely Frames and Gallery, Portland. mainelyart.com. Opening reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Dec. 31.
Portraits of Recently Extinct Birds of the Eastern United States by Jada Fitch, The Green Hand Bookshop, Portland. 253-6808. Opening reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Feb. 4.
Artwalk Gardiner, dozens of area artists and artisans exhibit their work in studios, shops and storefronts, 582-6600. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Works by Wyatt Barr, Kimberly Convery, Clint Fulkerson and Rollin Leonard, A Fine Thing: Edward T. Pollack Fine Arts, Portland. 699-2919. Opening reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
“Underfoot: Footwear, Hooked Rugs, In the Cellar and Below Decks,” Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport. penobscotmarinemuseum.org. Opening reception and holiday party, 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. Through Feb. 22.
“Our Beautiful Planet,” photography by George Petkov, Grapheteria Gallery, Portland. thegrapheteria.com. Opening reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Jan. 31.
“Rusty Bits,” metal show and sale, Waterfall Arts, Belfast. waterfallarts.org. waterfallarts.org. Opening reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Dec. 22.
“Revision,” Matthew Demers and Allison McKeen, Monkitree, Gardiner. monkitree.com. Opening reception 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday.
An Evening of Chocolate Tasting, Art and Music, Aarhus Gallery, Belfast. aarhusgallery.com. Sweets, music from Tom Luther, artwork, 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.
Kingfield Friday Artwalk, 939-6518. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
The Holiday Show, festive group show with works by more than 40 artists, Greenhut Galleries, Portland. greenhutgalleries.com. Opening reception 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 28.
Small Works Holiday Show, art by more than 60 artists, Yarmouth Frame and Gallery. yarmouthframe andgallery.com. Opening reception 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Through Jan. 31.
Carol Tanner, Falmouth Memorial Library. www.falmouth.lib.me.us. Opening reception noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Art in the Square, 12 x 12-inch original artwork on canvas by local artists, proceeds benefit the student and scholarship fund, Boothbay Region Art Foundation Gallery, Boothbay Harbor. 633-2703. Artist and public reception 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Through Jan. 5.
Maine 10 Art Show, Gallery Framing, Brunswick. galleryframinginc.com. Sylvia Dyer, Shirley Lewis, Mary Truesdell, Leslie Emerson, Susan Rayfield Wood and Wayne Robbins. Opening reception noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 27.
Bradbury Mountain Arts 15th annual Holiday Show and Sale, Mallett Hall, Pownal. 688-3320. Fine arts and crafts including paintings, prints, photography and ceramics, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 8.
Casco Bay Art League Holiday Show and Sale, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, Harpswell. 725-6084. Oils, watercolors, pastels and stationery, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 8.
Christmas Tree and Wreath Sale to benefit Portland’s combined high schools girls’ and boys’ hockey teams, Deering High School, Portland. 874-8260. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 8.
Brunswick Downtown Association’s annual silent auction fundraiser, Curtis Memorial Library, $5. brunswickdowntown.org. Irish music by Tamara Goltz and David Stimson, refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.
Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis, Freeport High School. freeportjbr.kintera.org. Registration at 9 a.m., race at 10 a.m. Dec. 8.
• BOOKS AND AUTHORS
Michael Paterniti, author of “The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese,” Skidompha Library, Damariscotta, presented by Maine Coast Book Shop, mainecoastbookshop.com. 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Peri Broadbent and Cheryl Johnson, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland. localsprouts.coop. Children’s book authors and illustrator, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday.
Colin Woodard, author of “American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America,” York Public Library. www.york.lib.me.us. 6 p.m. Thursday.
Holiday Book Sale, York Public Library. www.york.lib.me.us. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Artist Dahlov Ipcar, signing copies of the restored and re-issued 1957 book “Animal Hide and Seek,” Georgetown Historical Society. 371-9200. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Dorothy T. Ratigan, Nonesuch Books, South Portland. nonesuchbooks.com. Author of “Knitting Know How,” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Kate Nevius, Sherman’s Books and Stationery, Freeport. 869-9000. Author of children’s book “Penguina’s Bedtime Story,” 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.
• CLASSICAL MUSIC
USM School of Music presents “Joyous Sounds for a Festive Season,” the USM Chamber Singers, the university’s premiere a cappella ensemble, will perform their spirited annual tradition, Williston-Immanuel United Church, portland, $12. usm.maine.edu/music. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The Portland Conservatory of Music presents Noonday Concerts, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland, $5 suggested donation. portlandconservatory.net. Karger Scholars and aspiring artists, 12:15 p.m. Thursday.
Symphonic Band Concert, University of Maine, Orono, Collins Center for the Arts, $12. umaine.edu/spa. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
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. Thursday.
Cellist Jan Muller-Szeraws and pianist Ya-Fei Chuang, program will include pieces by Johannes Brahms and Samuel Barber, Hebron Academy Lepage Center for the Arts, free. 966-5266. Intimate evening of premier chamber music, 7:30 p.m. Friday.
DaPonte String Quartet Winter Series II: Old World/New World, Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, $20, under 21 free. daponte.org. Works by Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Dvorak, 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Bowdoin Department of Music Chamber Ensemble, Bowdoin College, Studzinski Recital Hall, Brunswick, free. 798-4141. 12:30 p.m. Friday.
Allen Wong, Bowdoin College Chapel, Brunswick, free. 798-4141. Student piano recital, 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Choral Arts Society presents “Christmas at the Cathedral,” Portland Brass Quintet will join in on some pieces and will play some holiday favorites, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland, $12, $5 for 21 and under. choralart.org. Works include Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols,” Noon and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8.
DaPonte String Quartet Winter Series II: Old World/New World, Portland Public Library Rines Auditorium, $20, under 21 free. daponte.org. Works by Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Dvorak, 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Portland Ovations presents Richard Stoltzman, David Deveau and Sarah Shafer; clarinet, piano and operatic singing; Hannaford Hall, University of Southern Maine, Portland, $10-$40. portlandovations.org. 3 p.m. Saturday.
Early Music in the Chapel Series, with tenor Timothy Neill Johnson-Tenor, soprano Erin Chenard-Soprano and lute player Timothy Burris, Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland, $15, $10 students and seniors, free for under 17, baroquelute.com. Carols from the Baroque period, 7 p.m. Saturday.
Sheepscot Valley Chorus Holiday Concert, Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor, $12 advance, $15 door. sheepscotvalleychorus.org. Features the Christmas Oratorio of Camille Saint-Saens, 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Bowdoin Chamber Choir, Bowdoin College Chapel, Brunswick, free. 798-4141. Scottish-themed music with guest fiddler Bonnie Rideout and pianist George Lopez, 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Bowdoin Chorus presents “Black Nativity,” a retelling of the classic Christmas story with traditional carols sung in gospel style, created by Langston Hughes, Bowdoin College, Studzinski Recital Hall, Brunswick, free. 798-4141. 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 8.
Christmas Prelude: 1854 Hook Organ Candlelight Concert, reception with refreshments follows the concert, First Congregational Church, Kennebunkport, donations accepted. firstchurchkennebunkport.com. Christmas music with a medley of musicians, 4 p.m. Dec. 8.
Yuletide Choral Concert, University of Maine, Orono, Collins Center for the Arts, $12. umaine.edu/spa. 2 p.m. Dec. 8.
DaPonte String Quartet Winter Series II: Old World/New World, Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church, Topsham, $20, under 21 free. daponte.org. Works by Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Dvorak, 3 p.m. Dec. 8.
“The Journey to Bethlehem” Advent vespers program, First Congregational Church UCC, South Portland. fccucc.org. Evening of music by solos and small groups, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 8.
Eugene Mirman, Port City Music Hall, Portland, $20-$25, $30 VIP, 18-plus. portcitymusichall.com. With Kurt Braunohler and Derrick Brown, 9 p.m. Dec. 8.
Maine State Ballet presents “The Nutcracker,” cast of nearly 300 dancers, Merrill Auditorium, Portland, $20-$60. porttix.com. 2 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 8.
Salsa Dancing with DJ Baulio, The Pearl, Portland, $5, 21-plus. 523-9600. Latin, merengue, salsa, reggaeton, bachata and Latin hits. Dance lessons included, 8 p.m. Thursday.
Port City Swing Dance, Woodfords Club, Portland, $10. portcityswing.com. Music by The Blue Willow Band, Lessons at 8 p.m., dance at 9 p.m. Friday.
Folk Dance Brunswick, world music and dance from the Balkans, Israel, northern Europe and around the globe; many dances taught, no partner needed. People Plus, Brunswick, $8, $5 students and seniors. 200-7577. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Tina Titzer’s Act One Dance Company, many styles of dance featured, Fryeburg Academy, Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, $12, $8 for under 12. 935-4020. “Festival of Dance” and “The Nutcracker Sweets,” 7 p.m. Saturday.
“Intricate Glances Will Meet Here,” senior thesis piece by Collleen Fitzgerald blends tango and modern elements, Bates College, Edmund S. Muskie Archives, Lewiston. 786-6161. 7 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 8.
Family Contra Dance and Winter Spiral, Belfast Dance Studio, $4, $2 children. 408-903-3710. Music by John Pranio and Toki Oshima and caller Chrissy Fowler, 3 p.m. Dec. 8.
34th annual Christmas in New England Arts & Craft Show, Augusta Civic Center. newenglandcraftfairs.com. Artwork and crafts by New England artisans, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Stone Mountain Arts Center Flea Market, Brownfield. stonemountain artscenter.com. Antiques, quirky knick-knacks and more, with live music, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Holiday Craft Fair, Sunny Acre Farm, Falmouth. 781-2943. Handmade gifts from Maine artisans and crafters, decorated evergreens and more, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Winter Holiday Sale, Blueberry Ridge Farm, Pownal. 688-4153. Nature-inspired crafts including hand knits, stained glass, woodenware and much more, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Friday, Saturday and Dec. 8.
Giant Fundraising Sale, for the educational outreach program of the statewide Maine Farms Project, Shady Nook Farm, West Newfield. 793-2759. New and used books, unique art rubber stamps, framed photographs, second hand items, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Saturday and Dec. 8. Through Dec. 22.
Holiday Fair, Sea Road School, Kennebunk. 985-1105. More than 25 crafters, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday.
Holiday Bazaar, Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary, Brunswick. 373-6015. Holiday greens baskets, soaps, lotions, Christmas treasures and more, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.
Christmas Fair, North Pownal United Methodist Church. 688-4938. Baked goods, handmade crafts, white elephant and more, 3 to 8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Christmas Fair, original artwork by Jessie LeVasseur, jams, jellies, candies, cookies and crafts, Williston-Immanuel United Church, Portland. www.williston-immanuel -united. With music by Falmouth Foreside Clarinet Quartet, 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.
Community Animal Watch Christmas Fair, Biddeford-Saco Elks Lodge, Saco. 934-1677. 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.
3rd annual Tea and Craft Fair, Dobra Tea, Portland. dobrateame.com. Works by local artists and crafters, 5 to 9 p.m. Friday; noon to 8 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 8.
Holly Jolly Craft Fair, First Parish Church Freeport. 865-3573. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Christmas Craft Fair, West Scarborough United Methodist Church, Scarborough. 883-2814. Crafts, wreaths, grandma’s attic, gift baskets, bake sale and more, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
A Victorian Christmas Fair, Peoples United Methodist Church, South Portland. 799-1413. Jewelry, knits, crafts, baked goods, books, candy and more, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Christmas Fair, Blue Point Congregational Church, Scarborough. 883-6540. Local crafts, baked goods, wreaths, grandma’s attic and more, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Christmas Fair, First Parish Congregational Church, Gorham. 839-2809. Crafts, toys, greens, baked goods, silent auction, Santa and more, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
9th annual Gingerbread House Festival, York Public Library. www.york.lib.me.us. Saturday. Through Dec. 19.
42nd annual Christmas Craft Fair and Cafe, West Bath School. 443-9145. Local handmade crafts, baked goods and more, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Sons of Norway Maine Nordmenn Julefest, Knights of Columbus Hall, Brunswick, $10, 15 and under free. 215-6186. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.
5th annual Holiday Craft Fair, Poinsettia & Wreath Sale, Morrison Center, Scarborough. 883-6680. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Holiday Fair, Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland. 797-7240. Handmade crafts, wreaths, jams, breads and more, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Holiday Cheer Fair, Unitarian Universalist Church of Saco and Biddeford, Saco. 282-0062. Jewelry, grannie’s attic, collectibles, crafts, plants and more, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Artisans at The Log Cabin, Yarmouth. picniccolors.com. Handmade crafts including handbags, jewelry, pillows, artwork and much more, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
United Maine Craftsmen’s 36th annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show, USM Sullivan Gym, Portland. 621-2818. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 8.
Christmas Fair, East Otisfield Free Baptist Church. 627-7133. Cookie walk, crafts, attic treasures, Rada cutlery and more, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
North Yarmouth Academy Parents’ Association annual Holiday Craft Fair, North Yarmouth Academy, Yarmouth. 847-5423. Artwork, photography, jewelry, candles, soap and much more, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Christmas Crafts Show, University of Maine, Farmington, Olsen Student Center. 778-2791. Sponsored by the Franklin County Arts and Crafts Association, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
23nd annual Christmas Fair, St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Yarmouth. 781-3805. Wreaths, handcrafts, attic treasures, baked goods and more, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Yuletide Fair and Lobster Roll Luncheon, First Congregational Church, Scarborough. 650-4514. Knits, baked goods, cookie walk, crafts, silent auction, jewelry and more, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Shaker Christmas Fair, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, New Gloucester. 926-4597. Shaker baked goods, culinary herbs, toys, ornaments, knit goods, much more, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
77th annual Christmas Fair, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Brunswick. stpaulsmaine.org. Antiques, handmade items, jewelry, fine art, knits, wreaths and more, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Fort Andross Artisans Holiday Craft Show and Sale, Coleman Burke Gallery, Fort Andross, Brunswick, $2. cabotantiques.com. Jewelry, pottery, fiber arts, stained glass, furniture, metal works, books, baskets and more, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 8.
Old Fashioned Christmas Fair, Trinity Episcopal Church, Portland. 828-1090. Art, antiques, candy, cakes, greens, jewelry, ornaments and more, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Christmas with Alpacas, presented by PacaNaturals, Estabrook’s Farm and Greenhouse, Yarmouth. pacanaturals.com. Alpaca-wear and yarn, meet the animals, beverages and baked goods, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 8.
Shop ’til You Drop and Pancake Breakfast, proceeds go to local charities, Chaps Saloon, Buxton. 929-4290. Pancake breakfast and several vendors, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Annual Cookie Fair, Cressey Road United Methodist Church, Gorham. 839-3111. Homemade cookies, candy and fudge, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Holiday Fair, United Methodist Church, Cape Elizabeth. 883-5344. Baked goods, candy, knitted items, wreaths and more, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Winter Craft and Vendor Fair, Portland High School. portlandschools.org. Crafts, home products, food, raffles and kids’ activities, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Christmas Fair, St. Paul’s Church, Portland. 828-2012. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Craft Fair, Highland Lake Grange, Westbrook. 854-2379. Baked goods, handcrafted items, jewelry, pottery, jams and more, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 8.
“Just An Old Fashioned Fair,” St. Ansgar Lutheran Church, Portland. saintansgar.org. Gifts from Scandanavia, homemade items, pies and more, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Merryspring Holiday Bazaar, decorated balsam wreaths, unique birch bark wreaths, evergreen swags, miniature boxwood trees, centerpieces and much more, Merryspring Nature Center, Camden. merryspring.org. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Le Petit Noel Christmas Fair, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Rockland. 594-8191. Holiday items for decorating, giving and eating, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Friends of Bonney Memorial Library Annual Cookie Fest, Bonney Memorial Library, Cornish. 625-8083. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Holiday Fair, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Falmouth. 781-3366. Jewelry, antiques, cookie walk, wreaths, candy, attic treasures and much more, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Annual Bake and Gift Basket Sale, Raymond Village Library. 655-4283. Pastries, Christmas cookies, pies, breads and holiday gift baskets, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 8.
Annual Christmas Craft Fair and Festival, Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield. stonemountain artscenter.com. With live music by The Tricky Britches, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 8.
“Hark! Cinema Angels” holiday film series, Patten Free Library, Bath. patten.lib.me.us. “Field of Dreams” (1989), 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
“Dear Mr. Watterson: An Exploration of Calvin & Hobbes,” MECA Illustrators Film Series, Space, Portland, $8. space538.org. Documentary about the influence of Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
“Fire in the Blood,” presented with the Frannie Peabody Center in recognition of World AIDS Day, Space, Portland, $8. space538.org. Documentary about pharmaceutical companies’ use of patent laws, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness Film Series, Rockland Public Library, free. 594-0310. “Schopenhauer on Love,” 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
“Rain in a Dry Land,” Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, free. portlandlibrary.com. Documentary by Anne Makepeace that chronicles Bantu families, 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
• FOR CHILDREN
Polar Express, Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, Portland, $25-$40. porttix.com. Holiday train travels to the “North Pole,” with hot cocoa and cookies, stories and Santa, trains at 2:45, 4, 5:15 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday; 4, 5:15 and 6:30 p.m. Friday; 2:45, 4, 5:15 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 8.
Caring Claus Days, visits with Santa for children with sensory conditions, in front of JCPenney in the Maine Mall. Overhead music will be turned off in the mall and most stores will not have opened. maineautism.org. 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Sunday.
“The Hard Nut,” presented by The Strand and the Farnsworth Art Museum. Set in a dark American suburb in the 1960s, Barbie dolls, go-go boots, G.I. Joe soldiers and a gender-bending cast contribute to the campy thrill. Filmed live in Brussels in 1991, with accompaniment by the Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie, Strand Theatre, Rockland, free. rocklandstrand.com. 8 p.m. Friday.
Breakfast With Santa, Wilhelm Reich Museum, Rangeley, $5. 864-3443. Pancakes and sausages with Santa and Mrs. Claus, 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday.
Holiday Festival for Children, St. Dominic Academy, Auburn, advocatesforchildren.net. $5-$7 advance, $6-$9 door. Rick Charette, bounce house, crafts for kids and more, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Children’s Holiday Activities, Sanford-Springvale Historical Museum, free. 324-2797. Old-fashioned games, “history hunt” and refreshments, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Breakfast with Santa, Topsham Fairgrounds, $3 advance, $5 day of. 725-9875. Meet Santa, have breakfast and get a coloring book, 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday.
Shape Note Singing, everyone is welcome to participate, The New Church, Portland, free. maineshapenotesinging.org. Four-part singing tradition also known as Sacred Harp, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Kids & Teens Open Mic, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $5. one longfellowsquare.com. Hosted by Liam Swift and Sadie Grant. Open to ages 10 to 18, 3 p.m. Sunday.
Castlebay, St. Michael’s Episcopal Parish, Auburn, $10, children free. 529-5438. Yuletide harp concert with Celtic harp and vocals, 3 p.m. Sunday.
The RMS Five “Unplugged” Holiday Show, Second Christian Congregational Church, Kittery, $12, free for age 12 and under. 450-8016. Gospelized Christmas carols and R&B, doo-wop flavored arrangements of holiday songs, 5 p.m. Sunday.
Animal Collective, State Theatre, Portland, $25 advance, $30 door. statetheatre portland.com. Experimental psychedelic band, with PC Worship, 8 p.m. Monday
Monday Night Blues Series, Time Out Pub, Rockland, $10. 593-9336. Charlie A’Court, 7 p.m. Monday.
Downeasters Holiday Concert, donations or non-perishable food items accepted at the door, First Parish Congregational Church, Saco. 370-8553. Barbershop harmonies of old and new favorites, 7 p.m. Monday.
Brass Night, University of Maine, Orono, Minsky Recital Hall, $9. umaine.edu/spa. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Holiday Concert, Boothbay Region High School Band and the Community Band, Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, free. boothbayopera house.com. 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Guitar Ensemble, University of Maine, Orono, Minsky Recital Hall, $9. umaine .edu/spa. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Lucius, indie-pop, Port City Music Hall, Portland, $12, 18-plus. port citymusichall .com. With Kingsley Flood, 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Swingtime Band, Lithgow Public Library, Augusta. www.lithgow.lib.me.us. Swing music from the ’30s to the ’50s, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Ken Bonfield, acoustic guitarist, solo holiday concert, Patten Free Library, Bath, free. www.patten.lib.me.us. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Bates Jazz Band, Bates College, Olin Arts Center, Lewiston, free, tickets required. 786-6135. 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Hattie Simon Jazz Trio, Bray’s Brew Pub and Eatery, Naples. braysbrew pub.com. Vocals with piano, stand up bass and drums, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.
“Visions of Sugarplums” Christmas Prelude Concert by Mosaic, includes a musical arrangement of Clement Moore’s “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Performance includes mandolin, guitar, a cappella harmony and piano with guest pianist Charlie Grindle, Village Baptist Church, Kennebunkport, $10, $5 kids. 216-3890. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Bates Steel Pan Orchestra, Bates College, Olin Arts Center, Lewiston, free, tickets required. 786-6135. 7 p.m. Thursday.
Tom Rush, folk singer, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $40 advance, $45 door. onelongfellowsquare.com. 8 p.m. Friday.
The Fogcutters present Big Band Syndrome Vol. III, Loretta Allen,Kenya Hall, Jason Spooner, Sara Hallie Richardson, Jaw Gems, Syn the Shaman, Dilly Dilly and Ladylamb the Beekeeper, State Theatre, Portland, $15 advance, $20 door, $20 students. statetheatreportland.com. 8 p.m. Friday.
Jingle Jam, Androscoggin Bank Colisee, Lewiston, $27.75-$51.75. waterfrontconcerts.com. Craig Morgan, Jana Kramer, Uncle Kracker and others. Doors 6 p.m., 7 p.m. Friday.
Twiddle, Port City Music Hall, Portland, $12 advance, $15 door, 18-plus. portcitymusichall.com. Reggae, funk, jazz, classical and bluegrass, 9 p.m. Friday.
Dana Cunningham & Max Dyer Holiday Concert, piano and cello, donations of a new toy or book for METRO’s Holiday Toy Bus will be accepted at the concert, OceanView at Falmouth. 781-4460. 3 p.m. Friday.
T-Acadie: “Holiday Gems of the Season,” folk trio performs French carols, southern gospel, English wassail songs, Cajun Christmas songs, Congregational Church, Phippsburg, $10, $6 students. 389-1770. 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The Duke Robillard Band, blues, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $20 advance, $25 door. onelongfellowsquare.com. Blues, 8 p.m. Saturday.
Mighty Mystic, reggae, Port City Music Hall, Portland, $12 advance, $15 door, 18-plus. portcitymusichall.com. 9 p.m. Saturday.
Irish Christmas in America, Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath, $28 advance, $32 door. chocolate churcharts.org. Celtic music and dance featuring vocal duo Lumiere, Seamus Begley and others, 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Alhan, Mayo Street Arts, Portland, $10. mayostreetarts.org. Middle Eastern music ensemble, 8 p.m. Saturday.
Childsplay, fiddle supergroup plays blues, Appalachian, Celtic, waltz, step dance and more, Portland High School John Ford Auditorium, $20. childsplay.org. 8 p.m. Saturday.
Arc Iris, orchestral pop, led by Jocie Adams. Bates College, Olin Arts Center, Lewiston, $12. batestickets.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
V4, The Burners and Britta and The Nonpareils, Bayside Bowl, Portland, free. baysidebowl.com. 8 p.m. Saturday.
Jerks of Grass, bluegrass, Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center, Gardiner, $16, $14 seniors, $12 for 12 and under. johnsonhall.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
USM School of Music Composers Showcase Concert, University of Southern Maine, Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham, free. usm.maine.edu/music. 8 p.m. Saturday.
Village Coffee House with Heather Maloney, New Gloucester Congregational Church, New Gloucester, $10. 926-3260. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Bluegrass Music Association of Southern Maine Jam, American Legion Post 197, Westbrook, $7. 232-1528. Unplugged stringed instruments, all levels of playing, noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 8.
Rock My Soul Rockin’ Holiday Concert, gospelized Christmas carols and R&B, doo-wop flavored arrangements of holiday songs, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $15 advance, $20 door. onelongfellowsquare.com. 4 p.m. Dec. 8.
CODA Chorus Christmas Concert, solo performances, flute accompaniment and the Winthrop Area Handbell Ringers, Hope Baptist Church, Manchester, donations welcome. codachorus.com. Carols from “The Christmas Canticles” and more, 7 p.m. Dec. 8.
Anne Dodson & Friends 26th annual seasonal program, First Congregational Church, Camden, $6-$13 advance, $7-$15 door, free for under 6. 236-9576. Concert that celebrates life, love, loss and general silliness, 7 p.m. Dec. 8.
Goran Sollscher, Swedish classical guitarist, Bates College, Olin Arts Center, Lewiston, $12. batestickets.com. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8.
John Linscott and The Mainestream Jazzmasters, The Local Buzz, Cape Elizabeth, donations welcome. localbuzzcafe.com. Jazz jam, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8.
Bates College Annual Service of Lessons and Carols, Peter J. Gomes Chapel, Lewiston. 786-8272. 7 p.m. Dec. 8.
Doug Kolmar, singer-songwriter, Elements: Books Coffee Beer, Biddeford. elementsbookscoffeebeer.com. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 8.
Cold River Radio Show with Jonathan Sarty, Fryeburg Academy Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, $15. coldriverradio.com. Celebrating release of “Cold River Radio Standards Vol. 1,” 7 p.m. Dec. 8.
• SPECIAL EVENTS
“Joy to the World” Christmas at Victoria Mansion, Portland, victoria mansion.org. $15, $13.50 seniors, $7 college students, $5 for children ages 6 to 17, free for under 6. 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday; 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday; 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Dec. 8.
Tree Lighting, Raymond Village Library. 655-4283. With carolers from Raymond Elementary School and refreshments, 5 p.m. Sunday.
Christmas at Swan Hall, proceeds benefit the Lyric Theater and Portland Players, Swan Hall, Portland, $5, suggested donation. 400-6085. 1886 house decorated with 16 Christmas trees, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday; 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 8. Through Dec. 15.
Holiday Lighting, Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, South Portland, free. 838-8672. 6 p.m. Monday.
“Joy to the World” Annual Christmas Gala, Victoria Mansion, Portland, $50. victoriamansion.org. Chat with designers as you tour the house. With food, drinks and valet parking. 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Parade of Lights, downtown Lewiston. lewiston maine.gov. 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Royal Shakespeare Company: “Live from Stratford-upon-Avon,” Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, atthelincoln.org. $15, $5 for 18 and under. Live cinema broadcast from the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Company, 7 p.m. Thursday.
Christmas Prelude, rides on heated streetcars with stories read aloud, afternoon Christmas karaoke on Saturdays and Sundays, Seashore Trolley Museum, Kennebunkport, $6. trolleymuseum.org. Noon to 4 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 8. Through Dec. 15.
Model Railroad Celebration, Maine State Museum, Augusta, free. mainestatemuseum.org. Collections from the Maine 3-Railers and Great Falls Model Railroad Club, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Circus Conservatory of America presents “Circus in the Streets,” intersection of Congress and Park streets, Portland. portlandmaine.com/highlights/firstfriday. Acrobat artists The Red Trouser Show and local performers and students, 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.
Portland Ballet, excerpts from “The Victorian Nutcracker,” Portland Public Library. portlandlibrary.com. Performed in the library atrium with viewing from Monument Square, 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Downtown Holiday Festival, Biddeford. heartofbiddeford.org. Ice-carving show, tree lighting, storytellers, musicians and more, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
Holiday Reception, tea tastings with tea expert Marianne Russo of Nellie’s Tea Co., The DaVinci Experience Art Gallery, Falmouth. davinciexperience.com. Artists Leslie Newell and Mary Weston share “Bringing Nature Inside for the Holidays,” 2 to 4 p.m. Friday.
USM School of Music 23rd annual Scholarship Gala, A Venetian Season of Light, live performances by acclaimed student ensembles, festive holiday banquet with tableside serenading, live and silent auctions, raffle drawing and centerpiece concert, Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine, Portland, $90-$150. usmmusicgala.org. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday.
The Boothbay Region Garden Club’s Festival of Trees, Opera House at Boothbay Harbor. boothbayopera house.com. Holiday goods for sale and trees auctioned off, Friday to Sunday.
28th annual Harbor Lights Festival, Boothbay Harbor, various locations. boothbayharbor.com. Friday to Sunday.
An Evening with Carolyn Currie, University of Southern Maine Southworth Planetarium, Portland, $8, $6 kids. usm.maine.edu/planet. Ethereal music combined with celestial images projected against star-adorned firmament. 7 p.m. Saturday.
Santa Day, Skolfield Whittier House, Brunswick, free. 729-6606. Visit with Santa, music by Bowdoin College’s Miscellania, refreshments, holiday shopping and more, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Holiday Open House, 317 Main Street Community Music Center, Yarmouth, free. www.317maine.org. Refreshments, cookie decorating, tours and music, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Lewiston Youth Advisory Council presents Community Share, Show & Tell, with cultural holiday refreshment samples, The DownStage at L/A Arts, Lewiston. lewistonmaine.gov. Share about December holidays across many cultures, 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Very Merry Main Street, Main Street Lisbon. 751-2417. Horse-drawn carriage rides, musical performances, visits with Santa, 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday.
“Celebrate the Season by the Sea,” Old Orchard Beach. 934-2500. Santa and Mrs. Claus, parade, musical performances, hay rides, treats and more, 1 p.m. Dec. 8.
Sit with Santa, for dogs and their companions, proceeds benefit the Planet Dog Foundation, Planet Dog Company Store, Portland, $10. planetdog.com. 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 8.
Night of the Nutcracker with the Portland Ballet, members of Portland Ballet perform scenes from “The Victorian Nutcracker” in the Stair Hall. Victoria Mansion, Portland, $15, $13.50 seniors, two children admitted free with each paying adult, additional children $5. victoriamansion.org. Admissions at 5 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8.
An 1870s Christmas at Norlands, $25 for family (2 adults and 2-3 children), Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, Livermore, $8, $6 for 12 and under. norlands.org. Interactive Christmas celebration with wagon rides, period crafts, story-telling and more, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.
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,” 1 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 1 and 7:30 p.m.; 1 p.m. Dec. 8.
“The Sound of Music,” Portland Players, South Portland, $20, $18 seniors, $15 students. portlandplayers.org. 2:30 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8.
“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. Noon and 5 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; noon and 5 p.m. Dec. 8. Through Dec. 22.
Sanford Maine Stage’s Senior Theatre Christmas Show, Nasson Community Center Little Theatre, Springvale, $7. 324-8227. 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 Friday; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 8. 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. good theater.com. 7 p.m. Thursday; 7:30 p.m. Friday; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 8.
“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. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 8.
Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” presented by Our Theatre Company, Nasson Community Center Little Theatre, Springvale, $10, $8 seniors, kids 12 and under. myotc.org. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 8. Through Dec. 15.
“Annie,” Lyric Music Theater, South Portland, $21.99, $17.99 seniors. lyricmusictheater.org. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Through Dec. 21.
Portland Playback Improv Theater, improvisors re-enact audience member stories on stage using metaphor, song, movement and fairy tales, Community Television Network (CTN), Portland, $7 suggested donation. portlandplayback.com. Theme: “Welcoming,” 7:30 p.m. Friday.
“A Christmas Carol: The Musical,” presented by L/A Community Little Theatre, Great Falls Performing Arts Center, Auburn, $18, $15 seniors, $12 for 12 and under. laclt.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 8. Through Dec. 15.
“The WFCP Home Time Radio Hour 2013,” presented by Freeport Players, Freeport Performing Arts Center at the high school, $10 advance, $15 door. fcponline.org. Music from the 1940s to early ’60s mixes with classic comedy and new radio plays, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 8.
“The Dybbuk of Park Slope,” Acorn Studio Theater, Westbrook, $15, $12 for 12 and under. acorn-productions.org. Play about finding your spirituality in the complex 21st-century world, 7:30 p.m. Friday. and Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 8. Through Dec. 29.
“A Magical Christmas 2013,” presented by the Original Peacox Productions, professional touring theater troupe known for artful male and female impersonations, Hallowell City Hall Auditorium, $10. peacoxproductions.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through Dec. 14.
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Swedish classical guitarist Goran Sollscher performs at Bates College in Lewiston on Dec. 8.