Saturday, December 7, 2013
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
Courtesy of Acorn Productions
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
Jason Larkin "Past Perfect," Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. 596-6457; farnsworthmuseum.org. Ends today.
"Madeleine de Sinety: Photographs," Portland Museum of Art. 775-6148; portlandmuseum.org. Through Dec. 31.
"Gather Up the Fragments: The Andrews Shaker Collection," Shaker furniture, printed works, visual art, tools, textiles and small crafts, Portland Museum of Art. 775-6148; portlandmuseum.org. Through Feb. 5.
"Imagination Takes Shape: Canadian Inuit Art from the Robert and Judith Toll Collection," Bowdoin College (Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum), Brunswick. 725-3416; bowdoin.edu/arctic-museum. Through Dec. 6.
"Paul Caponigro: The Hidden Presence of Places," photography, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. 596-6457; farnsworthmuseum.org.Through Jan. 15.
"ALOFT! Topsails to Turbines," the history of wind power in Maine, Maine Maritime Museum, Bath. mainemaritimemuseum.org. Ends today.
Paintings by Lea Peterson, The Bakery, Damariscotta. 563-2867. .
"Wearable, Functional, Beautiful," wearable graphic design and form, CRAFT Gallery, Rockland. 594-0167. Ends today.
Paintings of Jobe Cole and Tom Andersen, Perimeter Gallery, Belfast. 338-0555. Ends today.
"Wearable Art," handwoven, painted, felted and forged wearables by Janice Jones, Elaine Pew, Susan Mills and others, Markings Gallery, Bath. 443-1499.
"Focus on India," photos by Lawrence Elbroch, Red Door Pottery Studio and Gallery Shop, Kittery. 439-5671. Through Dec. 15.
"Courting the Muse," watercolors by Ken Fellows, York Public Library. 363-2818. Through Dec. 30.
Jack Riddle, oil paintings, Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth. 799-1720.
Group exhibit, Jeanne O'Toole Hayman, Jay LaBrie, Keith Weiskamp, Rick Boyd and Pamela Williamson, Richard Boyd Gallery, Peaks Island. 712-1097.
"Still/Moving," performance, video, sculptural objects, printmaking and photography by Deborah Wing-Sproul, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport. cmcanow.org. Through Dec. 11.
"Sferics and Aural Ecosystem," installation by Zach Poff and N.B. Aldrich, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport. cmcanow.org. Through Dec. 11.
"Pieced and Wired," Gabriella D'Italia, George Mason and Ellen Wieske, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport. cmcanow.org. Through Dec. 11.
"Good Design is Good Business: The Elements of Branding," Portland Public Library (Lewis Gallery). portlandlibrary.com. Ends Monday.
"Perspective," paintings by Jay LaBrie, Richard Boyd Gallery, Peaks Island. 712-1097. Ends today.
Dominic Chavez: "The Global Lens," photography, University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor. umma.umaine.edu. Through Dec. 30.
Carlo Pittore, "Studio Life," University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor. umma.umaine.edu. Through Dec. 30.
Abe Ajay, "Constructions," University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor. umma.umaine.edu. Through Dec. 30.
"A Perpetual Present," 2011 MECA Faculty Selects Exhibition, Maine College of Art (Institute of Contemporary Art), Portland. 699-5029. Through Dec. 23.
Fall Show: Liz Bernier, Stacey Whipple, Patricia Knittel and Jane Sleeper, Ember Grove Gallery, Portland. 761-0408 embergrove.com.
Holiday Extravaganza, more than 60 Maine artists, craftsmen, poets and musicians, Aarhus Gallery, Belfast. 338-0001. Through Dec. 24.
New Works by Nathaniel Larrabee, Art House Picture Frames, Portland. 221-3443.
"Addicted to Love," drawings and prints by Eric Hou, The Green Hand Bookshop, Portland. 450-6695.
Davidson and Daughter Revisited: Paintings, Sculpture and Jewelry, 3Fish Gallery, Portland. 772-342-6467. Through Friday.
"Zero Four 101er" Paintings by Joe Fournier, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland. stlawrencearts.org.
"The Art of Recycle," found-object assemblages by sculptor Wally Warren, Unity College (Leonard R. Craig Art Gallery), Unity. 948-3131.
Dahlov Ipcar Paintings, Frost Gully Gallery, Thomaston. frostgullygallery.com. Through Dec. 10.
"Precious Things," multiple artists, small pieces, L/A Arts Gallery 5, Lewiston. 576-4805. Through Jan. 7.
"Objects of Affection," still-life paintings by Liliana Thelander, Denise Rankin, Nancy O'Brien MacKinnon and Pamela Hansen, Damariscotta River Grill, Damariscotta. 563-2992. Through Dec. 12.
"Inside and Oustide," paintings by Abbie Williams, Summer Island Studio, Gallery of Fine Artisans, Brunswick. 373-1810.
"Let Heaven and Nature Sing: Seventh Annual Festival of Trees," Saco Museum. 283-3861. Through Dec. 31.
"Small Works," 70 Maine artists, River Arts, Damariscotta. 563-1507.
Joseph Cousins, paintings and prints, Central Maine Medical Center Art Gallery, Lewiston. 795-2474.
J. Donna Asmussen, watercolors and printmaking, Finance Authority of Maine, Augusta. famemaine.com. Through Jan. 6.
UMA Fort Kent Photography Club, nature, still life, wildlife, landscape, abstract, University of Maine (Blake Library), Fort Kent.
Joan L. Taylor, Chinese brush paintings, Savory Maine, Damariscotta. 563-2111.
"Many Hands: Wabanaki Paths of Learning," University of Southern Maine (Woodbury Campus Center), Portland. usm.maine.edu/gallery. Through Dec. 16.
"Colors of Maine," paintings by Neil Wyrick, Falmouth Memorial Library. 781-2351. Through Dec. 30.
Lauren Fensterstock and John Bisbee, Aucocisco Galleries, Portland. aucocisco.com.
Michele A. Caron, paintings in gouache, egg tempera and sign lettering enamels, 317 Main Street Community Music Center, Yarmouth. 846-6264. Through Jan. 13.
"This Hour," original woodcuts by Blue Butterfield, Harmons & Bartons Gallery, Portland. harmonsbartons.com.
Giacomo Bresciani, mixed media on paper, Gold/Smith Gallery, Boothbay Harbor. 633-6252.
Lori Ingraham, "Foliage," and Harry Nadler, "Sightings," Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth. 781-2620.
"All Things Bright and Beautiful," four Maine artists, Archipelago, Rockland. 596-0701. Through Jan. 6.
Juried student exhibition, University of Southern Maine (Art Gallery), Gorham. usm.maine.edu/gallery. Through Dec. 9.
"Enter Night," art with theme of "welcoming darkness and celebrating the coming of winter," Rose Contemporary, Portland. rosecontemporary.com. Through Dec. 31.
Artisans collective mixed media show and sale, The Royal Bean, Yarmouth. 846-7967. Through Dec. 15.
James Allen Walker's "About Face," photographic portraits of Maine people, Merrill Memorial Library, Yarmouth. yarmouthlibrary.org. Through Dec. 7.
"Barry: The Art Exhibition," Edith Cleaves Barry paintings, sculpture and pen-and-ink drawings, Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk. 985-4802. Through Jan. 9.
Open studio, more than 100 drawings, small works, encaustic paintings and sculpture, Kim Bernard Studio, North Berwick. kimbernard.com. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today Nov. 27.
"Beast in Show," benefits area animal organizations, Susan Mathias and Nancy McGinnis, Monkitree, Gardiner. 512-4679. Through Jan. 12.
"Through the Ages: 75 Years at the Brick Store Museum," Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk. 985-4802.
"Life on the Shores of Lake Victoria," African artists, Museum of African Culture, Portland. 871-7188.
"Transitions," landscape photography by Sara Gray, Gleason Fine Art, Portland. 699-5599.
"Kitchen Americana," paintings by Jean Kigel, The Bakery, Damariscotta. 563-2867. Through Dec. 31.
"Peace 2011," painting, drawing and sculpture, Greenhut Galleries, Portland. 772-2693. Opening reception 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Through Dec. 31.
"Bringing Art Home for the Holidays," four artists in fiber, metal, wood and clay, Harmons & Bartons Gallery, Portland. 774-5948. Reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Dec. 31.
Invitational Ornament Show, ornaments in glass, clay, wood, fiber and metals, Markings Gallery, Bath. 443-1499. Opens Thursday. Through Dec. 31.
Charles Thompson, plein air paintings celebrating natureUniversity of New England Campus Center, Biddeford. une.edu. Opens Thursday. Through Jan. 15.
"8 x 10 x 10," group show in which all work is $80; benefits the gallery's art programming, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell. harlowgallery.org. Opens Friday, reception 5 to 8 p.m. Through Dec. 10.
"Maine Wood 2012," biennial juried exhibition of Maine woodworkers, Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport. woodschool.org. Opens Friday. Through Feb. 3.
"Port of Portland: A Ship-Shaped History," presented by Maine Maritime Museum, Portland Public Library (Lewis Gallery). 443-1316. Opens Friday. Through Jan. 3.
Diane Hudson's "My Chicago" and Jane Banquer's "Vanishing Acts," photography, woodblock prints and paintings, Addison Woolley Gallery, Portland. 450-8499. Opening reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Dec. 22.
Multi-artist show and sale, Studio 53 Fine Art Gallery, Boothbay Harbor. 380-7554. Reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
First Friday Art Walk, downtown Portland. firstfridayartwalk.com. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
Drawing the Line #11, drawings large and small, June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA, Portland. 699-5083. Opening reception noon to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Dec. 23.
Paul Black, new paintings, Fore Street Gallery, Portland. 874-8084. Opening reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Jan. 7.
Art Space Winter Show: "A Tradition of Affordable Art," Art Space Gallery, Rockland. artspacemaine.com. Reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Dec. 31.
POP Art Gallery, Portland. 671-3377. Opening reception, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Bob Tkacik, Geno's Rock Club, Portland. 221-2382. Opening reception, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday.
"In the Forest by the Sea" Paintings by Jada Fitch, The Green Hand Bookshop, Portland. 253-6808. Opening reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Jan. 30.
"Eye Catchers," artwork to please the eye and tickle the senses, Gleason Fine Art, Portland. 699-5599. Opening reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Jan. 30.
"Gift Wrapped," mixed media collages by Noriko Sakanishi, Gold/Smith Gallery, Boothbay Harbor. 633-6252. Artist reception 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 24.
Second Annual Holiday Art Show, Snug Harbor Farm, Kennebunk. 967-2414. Opening reception 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.
New and recent photographs: Thomas Birtwistle, Cole Caswell and Bryan Graf, Zero Station Art, Design, Framing, Portland. Opening reception 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Through Feb. 1.
Wildland Sundays, hayrides, bonfire, cocoa, cookies, cut your own tree, benefits Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust, Great Pond Mountain Wildlands, Orland, $25 per tree. 469-2008. Noon to 3 p.m. today and Dec. 4.
"Chefs and Musicians for Safe Harbor," Maine Songwriters' Associaton performers, music of Burundi, Adam Ezra Group, benefits Safe Harbor legal assistance fund, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland, $10, 16 and under free. 773-5747. 4 p.m. today.
Empty Bowls Dinner, eat dinner from bowls donated by area potters, benefits the Volunteer Regional Food Pantry in Unity, Unity Centre for the Performing Arts, Unity, $10 suggested. unity.edu. 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.
Annual silent auction, treasures from local and area businesses and friends, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick. brunswicktowntown.org. 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Art for Everyone: A Collection of Donated Art, benefits Goodwill job training and support services, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, Portland. goodwillnne.org. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
21st Anniversary Music Scholarship Gala, hors d'oeuvres, holiday banquet with tableside serenading, champagne, dessert, University of Southern Maine (Abromson Community Education Center), Portland, $90-$150. 780-5003. usm.maine.edu/music. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday.
Kimmy's Odd Ball 2011, Preheat, The Scallywags, Beat Horizon,Shana Barry and the Fofers, Oogie James, Ukiah, Analog Salad, Funk Punks, Band Beyond Description and many others perform, benefits for the Open Sky Fund, which provides musical instruments and opportunities to kids in Maine., Big Easy, Portland, $10. openskyfund.org. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Viva Lebowski 2011, bowling, movia trivia, costume contest and screening of "The Big Lebowski," benefits the American Heart Association, Bayside Bowl, Portland, $20. vivalebowski.com. 9 p.m. Saturday.
Dinner and Kirtan Celebration, Indian cuisine and traditional chanting performed by the ensemble Shiva Lila, benefits Hridaya Hermitage, The Jewel of India, South Portland, $25 in advance, $30 at door. 542-6606; hridayahermitage.com. 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 4.
Books and Authors
Kate Shaffer, author of "Desserted: Recipes and Tales from an Island Chocolatier," Custom House Wharf, Portland. 780-0744. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.
Edgar Allen Beem, author of "Backyard Maine," Sherman's Books and Stationery, Freeport. 869-9000. 1 to 3 p.m. today.
Janet Mendelshon, author of "Maine's Museums: Art, Oddities and Artifacts," Maine Maritime Museum, Bath. 443-1316. Noon Wednesday.
Fantasy artist Rebecca Guay, author of "Flight of Angels HC" and "The Last Dragon HC," Casablanca Comics, Portland. 780-1676. 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.
Dahlov Ipcar, author and illustrator of "Dahlov Ipcar's Wild Animal Alphabet," Georgetown Historical Society. 371-9200. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Toni Buzzeo, author of "Lighthouse Christmas," Nonesuch Books, South Portland. 799-2659. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Michael Chase, author of "Am I Being Kind: How Asking One Simple Question Can Change Your Life ... and Your World," Nonesuch Books and Cards, Biddeford. 282-2638. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
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.
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.
"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.
Creative Economy Studio Show and Sale, work by local artists. percentage of proceeds to Brunswick Area Respite Care, Schwenk Studio, Freeport. catschwenk.com. 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27.
Lucid Holiday Arts and Crafts Show, local artists, Lucid Stage, Portland. lucidstage.com. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.
Winter Holiday Show, handmade crafts, Blueberry Ridge Farm, Pownal. 688-4153. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Saturday and Dec. 4.
"HANDMADE" and Craft Show, more than 40 indie crafters and artists, Waterfall Arts, Belfast. waterfallarts.org. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 4.
Christmas Prelude, house tours, music, parades, walking tours, tree lighting and more, Various locations, Kennebunkport. christmasprelude.com. Reception at Masonic Lodge, Temple Street, 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. 4.
Holiday bazaar, Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick. 373-6015. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.
Home for the Holidays Downtown Celebration, caroling, open houses, tours, entertainment, various locations, South Berwick. southberwickmaine.org. South Berwick Village Center. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
Christmas fair, First Congregational Church, Kittery Point. 439-2878. 3 to 8 p.m. Friday.
MECA Holiday Sale, handmade arts and crafts by students and alumni, Maine College of Art (Porteous Building), Portland. meca.edu. 5 to 10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
Festival of "Fostering" Trees, more than 100 decorated Christmas trees, raffles and refreshments, benefits for southern Maine foster care system, American Legion Post 56, York, free. 351-1988. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4.
Good Shepherd Parish Christmas Fair, Most Holy Trinity Church, Saco. 284-8035. 4 to 8 p.m. Friday.
The Creatorium, Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education, Rockland. thecreatorium.org. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Holly Jolly Fair, First Parish Church Congregational, Freeport. 865-3573. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Maine Fiberarts Holiday Open House Sale, handspun yarn, knitted goods, basketry, felted goods, hooked rugs and more, Red Studio, Topsham. mainefiberarts.org. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Dec. 4.
Christmas by the Sea, weekend celebration, many events including tree lighting, parade, singing and horse-drawn wagon rides, various locations, Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville. camdenme.org. Friday.
SEA Holiday Sale, more than 80 artists, blown glass, jewelry, journals, paintings, textiles, pottery, more, East End Community School, Portland. SEAportland.org. 6 to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4.
Holiday Art Exhibit and Sale, Lincoln Building, Brunswick. 798-6964. 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Downtown Winter Arts & Crafts Fair, Downtown Biddeford Winter Arts & Craft Fair, Biddeford. 229-3560. biddefordartwalk.com. 4 to 8 p.m. Friday.
Holiday fair, Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland. 885-9522. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Jolly Snowman Fair, United Methodist Church, Cape Elizabeth. ceumc.org. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Cookie Fare, Cressey Road United Methodist Church, Gorham. 675-3317. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Christmas Fair, Raymond Village Community Church. 655-7749. 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday3.
Yuletide Fair, First Congregational Church, Scarborough. 883-2342. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Christmas fair, St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, Yarmouth. 846-9244. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Christmas fair, Foreside Community Church, Falmouth. 781-5880. 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Shaker Christmas Fair, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, New Gloucester. 926-4597. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Ye Olde Christmas Fair, Winthrop Congregational Church, Winthrop. 377-2718. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Coastal Christmas Fair, Peoples United Methodist Church, South Portland. peoplesumc.com. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Christmas fair, Blue Point Congregational Church, Scarborough. 883-6540. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (haddock chowder lunch 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) Saturday.
Christmas fair, First United Methodist Church, South Portland. 767-2688. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Christmas fair, antiques, crystal, china, vintage linens, knitted goods, holiday gifts and more, St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Falmouth. 781-3366. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Bradbury Mountain Arts Holiday Show and Sale, paintings, prints, turned wood, jewelry, African handcrafts, much more, Mallett Hall, Pownal. 688-2272. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4.
34th Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show, handcrafted items from 95 Maine artisans, USM Sullivan Gym, Portland, $2. 621-2818. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4.
Good Shepherd Parish Christmas Fair, Most Holy Trinity Church, Saco. 284-8035. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 4.
2011 Holiday Bazaar, Merryspring Nature Center, Camden. 236-2239. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Wells/Ogunquit Music Boosters 24th Annual Holiday Craft Fair, 65 vendors, Wells Junior High School. 351-5741. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Old Fashioned Christmas Fair, antiques, jewelry, books, wreaths, more, Trinity Episcopal Church, Portland. 772-7421. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Christmas Fair, Pinea Rebekah Lodge, Windham. 772-6806. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Holiday Art Sale and Celebration, paintings, prints and cards by Lea Peterson, Barbara Bean, Letty Husson and Susan Zimmerman, Old Post Office Gallery, Georgetown. leapetersonart.net. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Annual Franklin County Arts and Crafts Association Christmas Craft Fair, original crafts, art and photography, University of Maine Farmington. 778-2791. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Christmas fair, includes lobster roll luncheon, United Baptist Church, Saco. 283-3411. 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
Christmas Market Place, Bar Mills Community Church, Buxton. 929-3535. 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Holiday Fair, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Windham. 892-3048. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; Noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 4.
Holiday Craft, Poinsettia and Wreath Sale, Morrison Center, Scarborough. 883-6680. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
The Big Chill, arts, crafts and vintage sale, Mayo Street Arts, Portland. mayostreetarts.org. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Tree, Wreath and Poinsettia Sale, Brunswick Junior High School. 725-9436. 8 a.m. to Noon Saturday.
Outdoor holiday fair, Unitarian Universalist Church, 7 Middle St. office, Brunswick. 729-4062. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Holiday Fair, West Cumberland United Methodist Church. 653-2974. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Christmas fair, First Parish Congregational Church, Gorham. 839-2809. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Holiday Art Exhibit and Sale, Lincoln Building, Brunswick. 798-6964. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4.
Christmas Craft Fair, American Legion Hall, Gray. 576-3870. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 4.
Annual Christmas Open House and Craft Fair, Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield.
stonemountainartscenter.com. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4.
"Tales of the Waria," documents the lives of a people in Indonesia known as the Waria, presented by Documentarian and ethnographer Kathy Huang, Colby College (Pugh Center), Waterville, free. 859-4250. 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Palestinian Film Festival, "Jenin Jenin" documentary, Space, Portland, $7. space538.org. 7 p.m. Thursday.
"Meet Your Farmer," local Maine farmers documentary film, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland, free. mainefarmlandtrust.org. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Palestinian Film Festival, "Eyewitness Gaza" documentary, Meg Perry Center, Portland, $7. space538.org. 8 p.m. Friday.
"Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest," co-presented by the Strand and the Farnsworth Art Museum, Strand Theatre, Rockland, $8.50. rocklandstrand.com. 8 p.m. Friday.
Palestinian Film Festival, "Salt of the Sea" documentary, Space, Portland, $7. space538.org. 7 p.m. Saturday.
Food and Drink
Chocolate Dinner, with Chef Kate Schaffer of Black Dinah Chocolatiers, includes copy of "Desserted: Recipes and Tales from an Island Chocolatier," Natalie's Restaurant at Camden Harbour Inn, Camden, $57. 236-7008. 5 p.m. today.
Rick Charette and the Bubble Gum Band, holiday concert, Thornton Academy gymnasium, Saco, free. kidsfreetogrow.org. 2 p.m. today.
"Night Tree," inspired by Eve Bunting's book. Pinecone decorating, nature walk and tasty treats, Wolfe's Neck Farm, Freeport, $5. 865-4469. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Holly Daze children's activities, Victorian children's Christmas exhibit, old-fashioned games, "history hunt" and refreshments, Sanford-Springvale Historical Museum, Sanford, free. 324-2797. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Santa's Workshop for Kids, shopping, breakfast with Santa, photo, for kids under 12, Sebago Town Hall, Sebago. 787-2489. 8 to 11 a.m. Dec. 4.
Model railroad celebration, Great Falls Model Railroad Club and Maine 3-Railers, Maine State Museum, Augusta, free. mainestatemuseum.org. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Weekly Music Jam Sessions, Sail Power and Steam Museum, Rockland, free. 701-7627. Bring an instrument or just come to listen. 2 to 4 p.m. today and Dec. 4.
Gillian Welch, singer-songwriter, State Theatre, Portland, $30, reserved seating, all ages. (800) 745-3000. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27.
Jazz breakfast, Portland Museum of Art, free, with museum admission. portlandmuseum.org. Night and Day, 10:30 a.m. to noon today; Bill Byrne Quartet with Tony Boffa, 10:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 4.
Tim Janis, "The American Christmas Carol," Sanford Junior High School, $10, $25 family. 423-3342. 4 p.m. today.
Jazz brunch, Richard Marsters, light jazz with trumpet, flute, guitar and piano, Jumpin Jake's Seafood Cafe, Old Orchard Beach, $12.99 buffet. 937-3250. 10 a.m. today and Dec. 4.
Bowdoin College Middle Eastern Ensemble, Bowdoin College (Kanbar Hall), Brunswick, free. 798-4141. 8 p.m. Monday.
Harvey Reid and Joyce Andersen, commemorating 1842 shipwreck with songs, poetry and historical readings, Historical Society of Wells and Ogunquit, Wells, $10, $6 students. 646-4775. 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Arthur Webster and Mark Stover, Newcastle Publick House. 563-3434. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Bo Bice, "American Idol" singer, The Landing at Pine Point, Scarborough, $20. landingatpinepoint.com. 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Bowdoin College Afro-Latin American Ensemble, Bowdoin College (Kanbar Hall), Brunswick, free. 798-4141. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The Triborough Trio, cello, guitar and bass, benefits Tin Mountain Conservation Center, Fryeburg Academy (Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center), $20, $15 seniors, $10 students. 935-9232. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Lewis MacKinnon, English/Scottish/Irish singer, Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center, South Carthage, $15. 562-4445. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30.
Lewis MacKinnon, Unity Centre for the Performing Arts, Unity, $15. 948-7469. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Ursus Verses and Bella Mafia, holiday a cappella groups, Bowdoin College (Moulton Union), Brunswick, free. 725-3253. 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
Pearl and the Beard, three voices, one cello, one guitar, one glockenspiel, one melodica, several drums and one accordion, Mayo Street Arts, Portland, $8, all ages. mayostreetarts.org. 8 p.m. Thursday.
Jeffrey Foucault and Mark Erelli, murder ballads and songs, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $15 advance, $18 door. onelongfellowsquare.com. 8 p.m. Thursday.
Connor Garvey and Tall Heights, singer-songwriters, Mayo Street Arts, Portland, $8. mayostreetarts.org. 8 p.m. Friday.
The Kennebunk River Band, acoustic/electric jam, The Hive, Kennebunk, $5. thehivekennebunk.com. 8 p.m. Friday.
Tish Oney, jazz vocalist/pianist, Fryeburg Academy (Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center), $25, $20 seniors, $10 students. 935-9232. 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Fogcutters Present: Big Band Syndrome, Darien Brahms, Zach Jones, Spose, Dave Gutter, Sly-Chi and more, State Theatre, Portland, $10 advance, $15 door, all ages, general admission. statetheatreportland.com. 7 p.m. Friday.
Village Coffee House, Bluezberry Jam, blues, world, rhythm and jam, New Gloucester Congregational Church, $10, $5 children and seniors. villagecoffeehouse.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Pioneer Consort, Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath, $17-$20. chocolatechurcharts.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Coffee House, East Sangerville Grange, Dover-Foxcroft. Evergreen, 7 p.m. Saturday.
Nat Baldwin and Kurt Weisman, The Oak and the Ax, Biddeford, $8. theoakandtheax.blogspot.com. 8 p.m. Saturday.
The Barra MacNeils, Celtic music of the holidays, Unity Centre for the Performing Arts, Unity, $25, $12.50 for kids. unityme.org/theater. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
A Patsy Cline Country Christmas with Donna Lee, favorite Christmas songs from popular and country music, Nasson Community Center (Little Theatre), Springvale, $15. 467-3468. 7 p.m. Saturday.
Pan Fried, steel drum band, Gala Caribbean holiday concert, Saco River Grange Hall, Bar Mills, $16, $13 students and seniors. 929-6472. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
"Many Moods of Christmas," Casco Bay Concert Band holiday concert and silent auction, McCormack Performing Arts Center (Gorham High School), $7-$9, seniors and students free. cascobayconcertband.org. 3 p.m. Saturday.
Christmas at the Cathedral, Choral Art Society's annual holiday concert, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland, $10-$30, $5 kids. 828-0043. 8 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 4.
The Barr Brothers, improv rock. Jocie Adams opens, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $12 advance, $15 door. onelongfellowsquare.com. 8 p.m. Saturday.
Anne Dodson and Friends, First Congregational Church, Camden, $13-$15, $6 to $7 for children 6 to 12. 236-9576. 7 p.m. Dec. 4.
Shape note singing, four-part singing tradition also known as sacred harp, The New Church, Portland, donation. 216-3890. 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 4.
Charlie Hunter and Tamango, jazz guitarist with tap dancer, Bates Dance Festival event, Olin Concert Hall, Lewiston, $15 advance, $20 doors, $10 students and seniors. batestickets.com. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4.
Moira Smiley and VOCO, "A Winter Gust of Song," women's a cappella ensemble's holiday and winter seasonal show, Johnson Hall, Gardiner, $16. 582-7144. 4 p.m. Dec. 4.
Manners, Hersey State and Jason Nichols, The Oak and the Ax, Biddeford, $7. theoakandtheax.blogspot.com. 8 p.m. Dec. 4.
"The Barra MacNeil's Cape Breton Christmas," Celtic music of the holidays, Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center, South Carthage, $25, 15 and under $12.50. 562-4445. 7 p.m. Dec. 4.
Castlebay, St. Michael's Episcopal Parish, Auburn, 10, $5 kids. 529-5438. Holiday Celtic harp concert with Julia Lane and the Auburn Harp Circle, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4.
Raul Malo Christmas Show, Mavericks lead singer with Latin and country influences, Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield, $30. stonemountainartscenter.com. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4.
Fall in Love Wedding Showcase, presented by local wedding professionals, Union Bluff Meeting House, York Beach, free, must pre-register. gatewaytomaine.org. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.
Tree Lighting, seasonal songs by the Gray-New Gloucester High School Chorus. History Barn open house, New Gloucester Town Hall. 926-3188. 4:30 p.m. today.
Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad's "Polar Express," train rides to "The North Pole," Ocean Gateway Terminal, Portland, $25-$40. porttix.com. Rides start at 2:45 p.m. today and Friday through Dec. 4. Continues through Dec. 23.
Deck the Halls: The Carols of Christmas, Victoria Mansion, Portland, $15, $13.50 seniors, ages 6 to 17 $5. victoriamansion.org. Daily through Jan. 8.
Port Veritas Spoken Word Night, all night open mic, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland, $3-$5. localsprouts.coop. 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Met Opera Live in HD: Glass's "Satyagraha," Strand Theatre, Rockland, $23-$27. rocklandstrand.com. 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Christmas Gala 2011, benefits the mansion, Victoria Mansion, Portland, $50. 772-4841, Ext. 10. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Poetry reading, Louis Girlando, Dr. Edward Rielly and others, St. Joseph's College (Xavier Hall), Standish, free. 893-7723. 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Parade of Lights, Lewiston. lewistonmaine.gov. 6 p.m. Wednesday.
National Theatre in London Live Broadcast, "Collaborators," imaginary encounter between Joseph Stalin and playwright Mikhail Bulgakov, Strand Theatre, Rockland, $23, $15 students. rocklandstrand.com. Live at 2 p.m., rebroadcast at 7 p.m. Thursday.
National Theater in London Live, Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, $15. 563-3424. "Collaborators," 7 p.m. Thursday;" encore matinee 1 p.m. Dec. 4.
Gingerbread house competition, benefits Ronald McDonald House, Residence Inn by the Marriott, Portland, $25 per entry. 761-1660. Competition begins Thursday; auction Dec. 16.
World AIDS Day Reception and Vigil, reading and talk by John-Manuel Andriote, author of "Victory Deferred," presented by Frannie Peabody Center and Victoria Mansion, Victoria Mansion, Portland. peabodycenter.org. 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.
"Antique Tackle Appraisal and Road Show," Fred Kretchman and Sante Guilliani, York Public Library. 363-2818. 7 p.m. Thursday.
Holiday Treescapes for Christmas Prelude, Pasco Center of Kennebunkport Historical Society, $10, may be used toward tree. 967-2751. Gala candlelight reception, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Gala preview and presale for 8x10x80 art exhibit, preview and purchase work with live music and fine hors d'oeuvres, Kennebec Art Association Fundraiser, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, $35. 622-3813. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
National Theater in London Live, "Collaborators," play about imaginary encounter between Joseph Stalin and playwright Mikhail Hytner, Fryeburg Academy (Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center), $18, $15 seniors, $10 students. 935-9232. 2 p.m. Thursday.
Jingle Bell Express train rides, journey on the rails to Santa's outdoor workshop, Maine Eastern Railroad, Rockland, $20. 596-6725. maineeasternrailroad.com. Friday and Saturday.
Chocolate Tasting, Music and Art Extravaganza, Dean's Sweets handmade chocolates, piano of Tom Luther, artwork and crafts, Aarhus Gallery, Belfast. 338-0001. 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.
Holiday festival and tree lighting, musicians, carolers and storytellers, Biddeford (downtown). heartofbiddeford.org. 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday.
25th Annual Harbor Lights Festival, various locations, Boothbay Harbor. boothbayharbor.com. Friday through Dec. 4.
Full Dome: "IBEX-Search for the Solar System's Edge," University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland, $4-6. usm.maine.edu/planet. 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Grand opening of new Spindleworks program, art activities and live music from the All Ways One Band, SpinOff Studio, Hallowell. spindleworks.org. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2.
Five Dollar First Friday, Victoria Mansion, Portland, $5. victoriamansion.org. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Share the Wonder, seasonal celebration with the Wyeth family features an exhibit of holiday art and artifacts and a large model train set, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. 596-6457. "Togus: A Coon Cat Finds Home" author signing with Don Carrigan and Tom Block, 1 p.m. Saturday; children's holiday films "Rudolph" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas," 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; Penobscot Bay Ringers Bell Choir, 3 p.m. Dec. 4.
The Met Opera: Live In HD, Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, 23, $21 for seniors. atthelincoln.org. Handel's "Rodelinda," 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
31st Annual Tree Lighting and Carol Sing, tree lighting, carols, hot chocolate, visit from Santa, bring mittens to donate, Memorial Green, Yarmouth, free. 846-2406. 5 p.m. Saturday.
Museum of Old York presents "A Christmas Tea," Victorian-style holiday cheer includes choice of desserts and tea, Jefferds Tavern, York Village, $6, under 5 free. 363-4974. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Seventh Annual Festival of Gingerbread Houses, York Public Library. 363-2818. Saturday through Dec. 17.
Pine Tree State Country Music Association annual Christmas Party, Bobby Le, Gloria Jean, E-Z Riders Band, gift exchange and more, American Legion Post 197, Westbrook, $5, 12 and under free. 490-1232. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: Handel's "Rodelinda," Strand Theatre, Rockland, $27. rocklandstrand.com. 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Festival of Trees, decorated trees, benefits Westbrook charites, live entertainment, Westbrook Warren Congregational Church, Westbrook. westbrookfestivaloftrees.com. 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4.
Christmas Tree Tour of the Kennebunks, tour of homes with trees decorated by community artists and designers, The Sugar Shack, Kennebunk, $20 advvance $25 door. 967-9988. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
North Pole Express train rides, steam-heated with story-telling and Santa Claus, Boothbay Railway Village, Boothbay, $10. railwayvillage.org. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday through Dec. 10.
Season of Light holiday show, history and astronomy of the solstice, New Year's, Hannukkah and Christmas, University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland, $4-$6. 7 p.m. Friday; 3 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 4.
Holiday Open House, Yarmouth Historical Society. 846-6259. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: Handel's "Rodelinda," Fryeburg Academy (Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center), $23-$26, $18 for students. 935-9232. 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
MERI Holidays, family party for children of all ages, Marine Environmental Research Institute, Blue Hill, free. 374-2135. 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 4.
"Polar Air Mail Express" and holiday concert, Santa arrives via airplane, demo of Polar Air Mail Express and music from Mid-Coast Community Band, Owls Head Transportation Museum, free. ohtm.org. Dec. 4.
Sit with Santa, for dogs and their companions, Planet Dog Company Store, Portland, $10. planetdog.com. 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 4.
Maine Red Claws, NB Development League affiliate of the Celtics, Bobcats and 76ers, Portland Exposition Building, Portland, $6 to $30. 210-6655. nba.com/dleague. Vs. Springfield, 7 p.m. Saturday; vs. Fort Wayne, 5 p.m. Dec. 4.
"My Mother's Clothes Are Not My Mother," one-woman play by Elizabeth Peavey, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, $12-$15. stlawrencearts.org. 7 p.m. today.
Everyman Repertory Theatre presents "God of Carnage," a comedy of manners, without the manners, Camden Opera House, $20, $10 students and children. everymanrep.org. 2 p.m. today.
"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," the classic Edward Albee drama, Acorn Studios, Westbrook, $15, $12 seniors and students. acorn-productions.org. 2 p.m. today.
"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," Schoolhouse Arts Center, Standish, $12, $8 seniors and students. 642-3743. 2 p.m. today; 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 4.
"Meet Me in St. Louis," Lyric Music Theater, South Portland, $21.99. lyricmusictheater.org. 2:30 p.m. today; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 4.
David Sedaris' "Santaland Diaries," hilarious one-man show, Portland Stage Company (Studio Theater), Portland, $20, $17 students. portlandstage.org. 2:30 p.m. today; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4. Through Dec. 18.
American Irish Repertory Ensemble presents "A Celtic Christmas," holiday celebration of performance, song and dance, Lucid Stage, Portland, $18-$22, under 12 $12. 799-5327. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 4. Through Dec. 11
"Broadway at Good Theater," Broadway hits and holiday favorites, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, $25-$30. 885-5883. 7 p.m. Thursday; 7:30 p.m. Friday; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 4.
Portland Playback Improv Theater, "Holidays from Heaven and Hell," Community Television Network (CTN), Portland, $5. portlandplayback.com. 7:30 Friday.
"The Eight: Reindeer Monologues," funny, bawdy comedy for adults, Waldo Theatre, Waldoboro, $8. thewaldo.org. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," Nasson Community Center (Little Theatre), Springvale, $12, $10 seniors and students. sanfordmainestage.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Dec. 4. Through Dec. 9.
"The Wandering Beggar," celebrates Jewish culture and early Eastern Europen Jewish communities, Acorn Studios, Westbrook, $15, $12 students and seniors. 854-0065. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 4. Through Dec. 18.
Freeport Players presents "WFCP's Home Time Radio Hour 2011," live band with original jingles and comedy, Freeport Performing Arts Center, $10 advance, $15 door. fcponline.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 4.
Karen Montanaro's "Tanzpiel," one-woman mime and dance concert, Waldo Theater, Waldoboro, $12, $8 seniors and students. 832-6060. 7 p.m. Saturday.
Dylan Thomas' "Under Milkwood," story of a day in the life of a Welsh fishing village, benefits the Peaks Island Community Food Pantry, Brackett Memorial Church, Peaks Island, cash or food donation. 766-2735. 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
"A Holiday Visit with Ida," one-woman show with Susan Poulin, Woodfords Congregational Church, Portland, $15. 774-7200. 2 p.m. Dec. 4.