November 27, 2011

Audience Calendar

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Laura Vitanza and Cynthia Eyster as villagers and Hal Cohen as Shmerel the beggar in Acorn Productions’ “The Wandering Beggar,” which opens Friday and continues through Dec. 18 at the Acorn Studio Theater in Westbrook. The play, an adaptation by local playwright Howard Rosenfield of a 1931 Yiddish book by Solomon Simon, features a collection of vignettes in which the title character must deal with dishonest servants and greedy kings. 854-0065; acorn-productions.org

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Marva Pittman is among the stars of “Broadway at Good Theater,” running Thursday through Dec. 4 at the St. Lawrence Arts Center in Portland. The show features leading man Kevin Earley, who appeared in “Les Miserables,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and other shows on Broadway. The large cast also includes Kelly Caufield, Lynne McGhee, Stephen Underwood, David Goulet, Grace Bradford, Joe Bearor, Marc Brann, Todd Daley, Marie Dittmer, Deirdre Fulton, Meredith Lamothe, Jen Means, Erik Moody, Taylor Palmer, Amy Roche and Benjamin Row.

Courtesy of Good Theater

Robin Taylor-Chiarello, author of children's book "The Blue Lobster," GreenLight Studio, Portland. greenlight-studio.com. 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Jim Witherell, author of "L.L. Bean: the Man and His Company," Sherman's Books and Stationery, Freeport. 869-9000. 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Spindleworks book signing and poetry reading, Gulf of Maine Books, Brunswick. spindleworks.org. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4.

Linda and Martha Greenlaw, authors of "The Maine Summers Cookbook," Lisa-Marie's Made in Maine, Bath. 443-2225. 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 4.

Neil Rolde, author of "Maine in the World," Sherman's Books and Stationery, Freeport. 869-9000. 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 4.

Classical Music

USM Chamber Singers, "Joyous Sounds for a Festive Season," Immanuel Baptist Church, Portland, $9 suggested. usm.maine.edu/music. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Borromeo String Quartet, acclaimed ensemble performs Schubert, Schoenberg and more, Olin Concert Hall, Lewiston, $6. batestickets.com. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

USM Jazz Ensemble, jazz under the direction of Chris Oberholtzer and Michael Sakash, University of Southern Maine (Corthell Concert Hall), Gorham, $6, $3 seniors and students. usm.maine.edu/music. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1.

DaPonte String Quartet, Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Thomaston, $18-$22, under 21 free. Haydn, Beethoven and Britten, 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Portland Conservatory of Music Noonday Concerts, Richard Roberts, pianist, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland, free. 775-3356. 12:15 p.m. Thursday.

Bates College Choir, conductor John Corrie leads the choir in Part I of George Frideric Handel's Messiah, Olin Concert Hall, Lewiston, free, tickets required. 786-6135. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

"500 Years of Guitar Music," guitarist Peter Griggs, Sanford Unitarian Universalist Church, Sanford, $10, $25 per family. 324-3191. 7 p.m. Friday.

DaPonte String Quartet, St. Mary's Church, Falmouth, Falmouth, $18-$22, under 21 free. daponte.org. Haydn, Britten and Beethoven, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

USM Opera Workshop, variety of pieces from favorite operas, University of Southern Maine (Corthell Concert Hall), Gorham, $6, $3 seniors and students. usm.maine.edu/music. 5 p.m. Saturday.

USM Composers Ensemble, original works resulting from their semester-long project under the direction of Nancy Gunn, University of Southern Maine (Corthell Concert Hall), Gorham, free. usm.maine.edu/music. 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Dec. 4.

South Berwick Community Chorus, "Laud to the Nativity," 16th and 20th century works by Italian and Italian-American composers, Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Newington, $10 advance, $12 doors, $10 students and seniors. 384-7059. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Bowdoin College Chamber Choir, works from the United States, Hungary and Austria, Bowdoin Chapel, Brunswick, free. 798-4141. 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 4.

DaPonte String Quartet, Haydn, Britten and Beethoven, Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, $18-$22, under 21 free. daponte.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Graduate showcase, collection of musical styles spotlighting USM student talent, University of Southern Maine (Corthell Concert Hall), Gorham, free. usm.maine.edu/music. 5 p.m. Dec. 4.

CODA Chorus Annual Christmas Concert, sacred pieces including Beethoven's "Hallelujah," Hope Baptist Church, Manchester. 623-9433. 7 p.m. Dec. 4.

DaPonte String Quartet, Haydn, Britten and Beethoven, Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church, Topsham, $18-$22, under 21 free. daponte.org. 3 p.m. Dec. 4.

Dance

"The Nutcracker," Bossov Ballet Theatre, Skowhegan Opera House, Skowhegan, $15, $10 students and seniors. 873-7000. 7 p.m. today.

Maine State Ballet's "The Nutcracker," Merrill Auditorium, Portland, $20-$60. porttix.com. 2 p.m. today; 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 4.

Down East Friends of the Folk Arts FUN Raiser Contra Dance, caller Bill Olson with Rock the Boat and Kim Roberts calling with Frigate, Wescustogo Hall, North Yarmouth, $15. 491-0628. Noon to 6 p.m. today.

December Dance Concert, Bowdoin College (Pickard Theater), Brunswick, free. 725-3375. 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Contra Dance, music by Frigate, Steve Muise, Fred White, Glen Loper, caller Kim Roberts, bring clean non-street shoes for dancing, Falmouth Congregational Church, $5-$10, under 5 free. 358-9354. 7:15 p.m. Saturday.

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