Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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The Portland Symphony Orchestra presents “The Magic of Christmas” at Merrill Auditorium from Friday through Dec. 22.
Lyric Music Theater in South Portland presents the musical “Annie” through Dec. 21.
Storytime with Santa, Topsham Public Library. topshamlibrary.org. Special storytime with Miss Mariah, meet Santa and have a tasty holiday treat, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
North Pole Express, Boothbay Railway Village, $10, reservations suggested. railwayvillage.org. Entertaining train ride includes storytelling and visit from Santa, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (every 30 minutes) Thursday and Saturday.
“The Velveteen Rabbit,” Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, Portland, $8-$9. kitetails.org. Performed by actors ages 8 to 13, 4 p.m. Friday; 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 15. Through Dec. 23.
Tea with Mrs. Claus, afternoon tea, a craft and story, children must be accompanied by an adult, Dyer Library, Saco, free, reservations required. 283-3861 ext. 102. Seatings at noon and 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
Reading of “The Polar Express,” Amtrak conductor Jim Nawrocki will read the classic holiday book, hot chocolate will be served after the reading, Samuel L. Cohen Children’s Library, Portland, free. portlandlibrary.com. 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Visits with Santa Claus, Saco Museum, Saco, free. sacomuseum.org. Noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 15.
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. Sunday.
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. Sunday.
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. Sunday.
Jonathan Sarty and the Cold River Radio Band, Fryeburg Academy, Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, $15. fryeburgacademy.org/pac. Classic American jazz album release show, 7 p.m. Sunday.
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. Sunday.
Goran Sollscher, Swedish classical guitarist, Bates College, Olin Arts Center, Lewiston, $12. batestickets.com. 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
John Linscott and The Mainestream Jazzmasters, The Local Buzz, Cape Elizabeth, donations welcome. localbuzzcafe.com. Jazz jam, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
Bates College Annual Service of Lessons and Carols, Peter J. Gomes Chapel, Lewiston. 786-8272. 7 p.m. Sunday.
Doug Kolmar, singer-songwriter, Elements: Books Coffee Beer, Biddeford. elementsbookscoffeebeer.com. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Christmas with Cornils, featured guests include the Kotzschmar Festival Brass, the Parish Ringers and St. Mary Schola, Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Lewiston, $10-$15 advance, $15-$20 door. 553-4363. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Pine Tree Coastal Winds, holiday music concert, First Congregational Church, New Gloucester, free. 926-3260. 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Student Ensembles Jazz Night, Bowdoin College, Studzinski Recital Hall, Brunswick, free. 798-4141. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The Winthop Area Handbell Ringers, Lithgow Public Library, Augusta. www.lithgow.lib.me.us. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Nollaig Shona, a holiday feast of Cape Breton traditional music, dance and stories. Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center, South Carthage, $20. necelticarts.com. 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Carbon Leaf, indie rock, Port City Music Hall, Portland, $15 advance, $18 door, $30 VIP, 18-plus. portcitymusichall.com. 8 p.m. Thursday.
Portland Jazz Orchestra, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $5 advance, $9 door. onelongfellowsquare.com. Dr. Chris Obholtzer and his 18-piece ensemble perform an evening of big band swing, 8 p.m. Thursday.
UMA Jazz on Tour, Lithgow Public Library, Augusta. www.lithgow.lib.me.us. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Ben Taylor, singer-songwriter, Empire, Portland, $15 advance, $20 door, 18-plus. portlandempire.com. With Caroline Rose and Amy Allen, 8 p.m. Thursday.
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Songs of Solomon, a young adult gospel choir, will sing at the Rockport Opera House on Saturday in a Bay Chamber Concerts performance.