November 25, 2012

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ART

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Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds perform their raucous rock and new soul on Friday at Port City Music Hall in Portland.

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“Tracy on the Raft at 7:30,” 1982 oil on canvas by Alex Katz, from “Maine/New York,” continuing through Dec. 30 at the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville.

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"Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine," 35 major oils and watercolors, Portland Museum of Art. portlandmuseum.org. Through Dec. 30.

"Between Past and Present: The Homer Studio Photographic Project," contemporary photography made with historic processes, Portland Museum of Art. portlandmuseum.org. Through Feb. 17.

"Iconic America: The U.S. Outline as National Symbol," University of Southern Maine (Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education), Portland. usm.maine.edu/maps. Through Feb. 28.

"Making a Presence: F. Holland Day in Artistic Photography," Bowdoin College (Museum of Art), Brunswick. bowdoin.edu/art-museum. Through Dec. 23.

"Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography," 106 images by artists from 11 countries across five continents, Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston. bates.edu/museum/exhibitions. Through Dec. 15.

"Hidden Histories: A Project by Maggie Libby," history of women at Colby, ends Sunday; Alex Katz, "Maine/New York," 28 paintings and one multi-part sculpture, through Dec. 30. Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville: colby.edu

"Malaga Island: Fragmented Lives," historic photographs, documents, artifacts and first-person accounts, Maine State Museum, Augusta. mainestatemuseum.org. Through May.

"Jamie Wyeth, Rockwell Kent and Monhegan," paintings, and "Impressionist Summers: Frank W. Benson's North Haven," paintings, through Dec. 30; "Recent Acquisitions," newly acquired work by Georgia O'Keeffe, Arthur Dove, Rockwell Kent, Marguerite and William Zorach, Elaine de Kooning, Andrew and N.C. Wyeth, and more, through March 10. Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. farnsworthmuseum.org

"Indians and Rusticators" and "Transcending Traditions: The Next Generation and Maine Indian Basketry," through Dec. 29; "N'tolonapemk: Our Relatives' Place," archeological exhibits and stories of the Passamaquoddy, through October 2013. Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor. abbemuseum.org

"Serenity 2012," multi-media exhibit by gallery artists and guest artist Elisabeth Heller, Richard Boyd Gallery, Peaks Island. richardboydpottery.com. Ends Sunday.

"Holiday Extravaganza," small artwork and crafts, Aarhus Gallery, Belfast. aarhusgallery.com. Through Dec. 24.

"Vanguard," avant-garde, experimental and innovative works by nine Maine artists, University of New England (Art Gallery), Portland. une.edu/artgallery. Through Dec. 16.

"Sampler," prints, paintings and experimental works, University of Southern Maine (Art Gallery), Gorham. usm.maine.edu/gallery. Through Dec. 9.

"Home Field," paintings by Ben Potter, Perimeter Gallery, Belfast. 338-0555. Ends Sunday.

2012 Biennial, 17 artists, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport. cmcanow.org. Through Dec. 2.

"Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey," Portland Public Library, Lewis Gallery. portlandlibrary.com. Through Thursday.

"Tuscany to Pompeii and Beyond," Condon and Georgeann Kuhl, paintings and mixed media, Art Galleries at University of Maine at Machias. 255-1279. Through Friday.

Alan Bray, Mayumi Sarai and Susan Jane Belton, paintings, sculptures and portraits of cups of various brands of coffee, University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor. umma.umaine.edu. Through Jan. 5.

"Falling for Color," Martha Baum, Neil Myrick, Diana Johnson, Marcia Feller and Anne Tarbox. Yarmouth Frame Shop and Gallery. yarmouthframe shopandgallery.com. Through Dec. 8.

Gallery Open House, John Wood, Hank Tyler, Kathleen Florance, Karl Gerstenberger and Keith Carver, Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Rockland. maineseabirds.org. Through Jan. 31.

Western Maine Paper Project, works on paper, Frost Farm Gallery, Norway. frostfarmgallery.com. Through April 5.

"Speaking in Tongues" by Alicia Eggert, work in various media that utilizes text to explore the gray area between a simple truth and a profound insight, Coleman Burke Gallery (Fort Andross), Brunswick. colemanburke.com. Through Friday.

"Maine Boys Overseas, German Boys in Maine," exhibit with history and artifacts from Maine P.O.W. camps between 1944 and 1946, University of Maine (Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, Michael Klahr Center), Augusta. hhrc.uma.edu. Through Friday.

"Portraits of Portraits," Jack Montgomery, Merrymeeting Arts Center, Bowdoinham. merrymeetingartscenter.org. Through Dec. 10.

"Zuihitsu: Look Only at the Waves," Smudge Studio and USM art students, University of Southern Maine (Area Gallery), Portland. usm.maine.edu/gallery. Through Dec. 9.

Reggie Osborn, textiles, Maine Charitable Mechanics Library, Portland. 772-8598. Through Friday.

"Seeing Red," paintings by Rhonda Pearle, Gary Perlmutter, Valerie Birnhak, Ruth Claff, Pauline Delin, Dick Eaton, Alison Hill and Wendy Hodge, Bridge Gallery, Portland. bridgegalleryportland.com. Through Friday.

"Groundbreakers: Mainers Shaping Agriculture's Future," photographs by Lily Peil, The Frontier, Brunswick. explorefrontier.com. Ends Sunday.

"Warmth and Style," handwoven, felted work and knit works by Janice Jones, Lorri Raymond, Susan Mills, Helen Farnham and Amy Smith, Markings Gallery, Bath. 443-1499. Through Dec. 31.

"We Never See Anything Clearly: John Ruskin and Landscape Painting, 1840s-1870s," Bowdoin College (Museum of Art), Brunswick. bowdoin.edu/art-museum. Through Dec. 23.

"Relevant Histories," photos drawing on historical photographic processes and art history by Brenton Hamilton, Addison Woolley Gallery, Portland. addisonwoolley.com. Through Saturday.

"Eat More Art," local artists showcase of one-of-a-kind art on wood panels, Pinecone + Chickadee, Portland. pineconeandchickadee.com. Through Friday.

"The Incarnation of Earthly Creations," Haitian art from paintings and sculpture to beads and metal, Museum of African Culture, Portland. museumafricanculture.org. Through Jan. 30.

"Analog/Digital," 20 paintings and videos by Reese Inman, University of Maine (Charles Danforth Gallery), Augusta. 621-3493. Through Friday.

Ed Douglas, new paintings, Greenhut Galleries, Portland. greenhutgalleries.com. Through Saturday.

Tom Hall, new paintings, June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA, Portland. 699-5083. Through Friday.

"Isaac Bashevis Singer and His Artists," photography, painting, graphic design, wood-block prints and illustrated books, Maine Jewish Museum, Portland. treeoflifemuseum.org. Through Friday.

"Many Times Times Square," soundscape composition by Joel Chadabe, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport. cmcanow.org. Through Dec. 2.

"Edges of Vision," MECA Photo Workshop group show, 3Fish Gallery, Portland. 3fishgallery.com. Through Dec. 7.

"Collaborative Connections," new work by 18 artists from Circling the Square Fine Art Press and One of a Kind Printers, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick. curtislibrary.com. Through Thursday.

"Koala High: Homecoming," recent prints by Eric Hou, The Green Hand Bookshop, Portland. 253-6808. Through Friday.

"Anything But ..." oils on canvas by Adeline Goldminc-Tronzo, York Public Library. york.lib.me.us. Through Dec. 27.

"Vote, Pejepscot!" election and political paraphernalia from the society, Pejepscot Historical Society Museum, Brunswick. 729-6606. Through Dec. 31.

"Home Decoration: The Domestic Artistry of the Skolfield Women, 1845-1900," samplers, printed screens, flower arrangements, hair wreaths and more. Pejepscot Historical Society Museum, Brunswick. 729-6606. Through Dec. 31.

"Ahead Full at Fifty: 50 Years of Collecting," Maine Maritime Museum, Bath. mainemaritimemuseum.org. Through May 26.

"Dirty Secrets," vintage photographs by Michael Rosen, Kymara Gallery, Biddeford. kymara.com. Through Friday.

"The Exquisite Bird 2," photographs by Michael Milicia, Daunis Fine Jewelry, Portland. daunis.com. Through Dec. 31.

"Expanding Fields," paintings by Jessica Gandolf, Penelope Jone and Bridget Spaeth, Rose Contemporary, Portland. rosecontemporary.com. Through Dec. 22.

"Talking & Drawing," drawings by James Chute, Rose Contemporary, Portland. rosecontemporary.com. Through Saturday.

"Figures and Flowers," figure studies, watercolor and ink flowers by Jean Gordon, Gold/Smith Gallery, Boothbay Harbor. 633-6252. Through Dec. 20.

"This and That," landscapes, abstractions and the human figure by Carol MacLeod, Kennebunk Free Library. 985-2173. Through Friday.

"The Way We See It," photography, York Art Association, York Harbor. yorkartassociation.com. Ends Sunday.

"Cast in Amber" and "Interval," paintings by Veronia Cross and Louise Bourne, Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth. elizabethmossgalleries.com. Through Jan. 13.

"Elemental Equanimity," installation by Zachary Field, Coleman Burke Gallery at Port City Music Hall, Portland. colemanburke.com. Through Jan. 4.

"CSA: Community Supporting Arts," nine artists, Savory Maine, Damariscotta. savorymainedining.com. Through Feb. 5.

Jaap Eduard Helder, paintings, Greenhut Galleries, Portland. greenhutgalleries.com. Through Saturday.

"Fantastic Stories: The Supernatural in Nineteenth-Century Japanese Prints," Bowdoin College (Museum of Art), Brunswick. bowdoin.edu/art-museum. Through March 3.

Tollef Runquist, artist of the month, Camden Public Library. 236-3440. Through Thursday.

"Bringing Art Home for the Holidays," fine art created from wood by several Maine craft artists, Harmon's & Barton's Gallery, Portland. harmonsbartons.com. Through Friday.

"Abstract," mixed-media collage, sculpture, photography and painting from 36 Maine artists, Macpage LLC, South Portland. macpage.com. Through Jan. 25.

"Eye Catchers," annual holiday show featuring Jeff Barrett, with gallery artists, Gleason Fine Art, Portland. 699-5599. Through Dec. 29.

"The Sea Within Us: Iconically Maritime in Fashion and Design," presented by Maine Maritime Museum, Portland Public Library. portlandlibrary.com. Through June 14.

Downeast Shipmodelers Guild Show, Maine Maritime Museum, Bath. mainemaritimemuseum.org. Through Friday.

"Bright Beginnings," paintings, photography and ceramics by established artists and emerging artists. The DaVinci Experience Art Gallery, Falmouth. davinci experience.com. Through Jan. 12.

"Printmaking ABC: In Memoriam David P. Becker," highlights from recently acquired collection of 1,500 prints, Bowdoin College (Museum of Art), Brunswick. bowdoin.edu/art-museum. Through March 10.

"Living Geometry," paintings and drawings by John Silverio, Unity College (Leonard R. Craig Art Gallery). 948-9239. Through Jan. 11.

Nancy R. Davison, etchings and watercolors, York Hospital Cafe Art Gallery. 351-2021. Through Jan. 1.

"On Cranberry Isle," paintings by Philip Frey, and "Small Works," Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, Ellsworth. courthousegallery.com. Through Dec. 24.

"Art for the Holidays: Gifts that Give Forever," Constellation Gallery, Portland. constellationart.com. Through Jan. 16.

"Mapping the Air," collaborative installation by Donna Parkinson and Sarah Vosmus, Harlow on the Circle Lobby Gallery, Augusta. harlowgallery.org. Through Jan. 25.

"Winter Wonderland," latest artworks and goods, Whatnot Gallery, Spindleworks, Brunswick. spindleworks.org. Through Jan. 4.

Art Walk, downtown Biddeford, free. biddefordartwalk.com. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

ART OPENINGS

"The Premier Show," paintings and sculpture by Craig Mooney, The Cellar Door Winery at the Villa, Rockland. artcollectormaine.com. Through Dec. 29. Opening reception, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday.

One Year Anniversary Celebration, music by the All Ways One Band, refreshments, art, SpinOff Studio, Hallowell. spinoffstudio.org. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

"Works for the Season of Giving," Saccarappa Art Collective, Westbrook. 591-7300. Opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

"Tools to Equip the Shaman for Night Travels," installation by Susan Mills, Maine Fiberarts, Topsham. mainefiberarts.org. Through Feb. 15. Opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Juried Art Show, farm landscapes, Snug Harbor Farm, Kennebunk. snugharborfarm.com. Through Dec. 31. Artist reception, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Maine 10 Art Group Holiday Show, Gallery Framing, Brunswick. 729-1851. Through Dec. 28. Opening reception, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

AUDITIONS

"Mrs. Packard," roles for four males and five females, ages 30s to 60, performances are March 22-30, Gaslight Theater at Hallowell City Hall. 685-9930. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

BENEFITS

Shop for a Cause Day, benefits Junior Achievement, downtown Portland. portlandmaine.com. Saturday.

Poinsettia Ball, surf and turf dinner, live music by Tony Boffa Band, benefits Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, Holiday Inn, Ellsworth, $100. mainehospital.org. 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Empire Reindeer Charity Christmas Gala, benefits Toys for Tots, Portland Yacht Club, Falmouth, $60. empirereindeer.com. 6 p.m. Saturday.

Kimmy's 3rd Annual OddBall "All Things Winged," live music, photo booth, costume content, VJ Foo and other surprises, benefits Music and Magic Maine, which provides musical instruments and creative opportunities for children in Maine, Big Easy, Portland, $12, $50 dinner for two (6 p.m.). musicandmagicmaine.com. Doors at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Fourth Annual Best Meatloaf in Ogunquit Contest, benefits Marginal Way Preservation Fund and victims of Hurricane Sandy, Bintliff's, Ogunquit, $20, includes full-course meal. marginalwayfund.org. 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 2.

BOOKS AND AUTHORS

Tom Dowd, author of "The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas," Camden Public Library. 236-3440. 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Bill Diamond, author of "The Evil and the Innocent," Portland Public Library. portlandlibrary.com. Noon Wednesday.

Thomas Gaffney, author of "A Prophecy of Love," Bookstacks, Bucksport. 469-8992. 6 p.m. Thursday.

Josh Pahigian, author of "Strangers on the Beach," Edith Belle Libby Memorial Library, Old Orchard Beach. 934-4351. 6 p.m. Friday.

Dahlov Ipcar, author of "Dahlov Ipcar's Maine Alphabet," Georgetown Historical Society. 371-9200. 10 a.m. Saturday.

Alison Pray, author of "Standard Baking Co. Pastries," Nonesuch Books, South Portland. nonesuchbooks.com. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Kendall Scott, author of "Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen," Maine Coast Book Shop and Cafe, Damariscotta. mainecoastbookshop.com. 11 a.m. Saturday.

Josh Pahigian, author of "Strangers on the Beach," Books-A-Million, South Portland. 253-5587. 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

CLASSICAL MUSIC

"Carols in the Round," presented by Mount View Chamber Singers, United Church of Christ, Bath, free/donation. 242-2581. 7 p.m. Tuesday.

"Joyous Sounds for a Festive Season," USM Chamber Singers, Williston-Immanuel United Church, portland, $9. usm.maine.edu/music. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Portland Conservatory of Music Noonday Concerts, Karger Scholars Chamber Group, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland, free. 775-3356. 12:15 p.m. Thursday.

Bates College Choir, holiday program, Bates College (Olin Arts Center), Lewiston, free, tickets required. 786-6163. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

DaPonte String Quartet, Christmas concert with works by des Prez, Haydn and Tchaikovsky, Church on the Cape, Cape Porpoise, $10 advance, $50 door. DaPonte.org. 7:45 p.m. Friday.

USM Composers Showcase Concert, University of Southern Maine (Corthell Concert Hall), Gorham, free. usm.maine.edu/music. 8 p.m. Saturday.

25th Annual Christmas at the Cathedral, presented by Choral Art Society, with soprano Suzanne Nance and the Portland Brass Quintet, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland, $20 to $30. choralart.org. Noon and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2.

Bowdoin College Chorus, "Noel Francais," Bowdoin College (Studzinski Recital Hall), Brunswick, free. 798-4141. 2 p.m. Saturday.

Bowdoin College Chamber Choir with pianist George Lopez, "In Celebration of King David," Bowdoin Chapel, Brunswick. 798-4141. 4 p.m. Saturday.

Boston String Quartet, "Christmas in Paris," First Parish Congregational Church, Yarmouth, $20, under 18 free. bostonstringquartet.com. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2.

Frank Glazer Retrospective, Program IV: Franck, Weber, Gershwin, Barber, Copland and Brahms, Bates College (Olin Arts Center), Lewiston, $10. batestickets.com. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2.

Cathedral Choir, "Choral Evensong," Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland, free. cathedralofstluke.org. 4 p.m. Dec. 2.

Portland String Quartet presents Cadillac Moon Ensemble, "Motion – How, Where and What It Moves," new and contemporary music, Woodfords Congregational Church, Portland, $20 to $22, students free. larksociety.org. 2 p.m. Dec. 2.

Opera Workshop Concert, University of Southern Maine (Corthell Concert Hall), Gorham, $3 to $6. usm.maine.edu/music. 2 p.m. Dec. 2.

Community Chorus at South Berwick, "Gloria in Excelsis Deo" with brass quintet and percussion, Marshwood High School (Wesley Kennedy Performing Arts Center), South Berwick, $10 advance, $10 to $12 door. 868-7256. 3 p.m. Dec. 2.

Sheepscot Valley Chorus, "Ave Maria" by Mendelssohn and Biebl with other holiday favorites, Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor, $12. 677-2840. 3 p.m. Dec. 2.

DANCE

Maine State Ballet's "The Nutcracker," nearly 300 dancers with live music by the Maine State Ballet Orchestra, Merrill Auditorium, Portland, $20 to $60. porttix.com. 2 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 2.

Down East Friends of the Folk Arts Contradance, music by Scrod Pudding and Sassafras Stomp, calling by Chrissy Fowler, Wescustogo Grange Hall, North Yarmouth, $5 to $15, $25 family. 685-8141. 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

December Dance Concert, ballet, modern and African-American diasporic, Bowdoin College (Pickard Theater), Brunswick, free. 725-3375. 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday.

Greater Portland Community Contra Dance Series, live music by PlayGroup, calling by John McIntire, Falmouth Congregational Church, $5 to $10, under 5 free. 358-9354. Lessons 7:15 p.m., dance at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Contra Dance, Big Moose Band and caller Chrissy Fowler, College of the Atlantic (Gates Center), Bar Harbor, $6, $1 kids, $2 for family dance, 288-5015. Family dance at 6:30 p.m., lessons at 7:30, dance at 8 p.m. Saturday.

FAIRS/FESTIVALS

6th Annual Creative Economy Studio Show and Sale, more than 30 Maine artists, Studio on the Hill, Freeport. 865-0605. 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Winter Holiday Show, handmade crafts, Blueberry Ridge Farm, Pownal. 688-4153. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and Friday through Dec. 2.

Art on the Hill Open Studios, Wentworth Dennett Studios, Kittery. wentworthdennettstudios.com. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Handmade on Main, custom furniture, textiles, greeting cards, glass, T-shirts, and fine art, Engine, Biddeford Arts. feedtheengine.org. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Through Dec. 29.

Christmas Prelude, house tours, music, parades, walking tours, tree lighting, with Maine Women in the Arts fine crafts, various locations, Kennebunkport. christmasprelude.com. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Dec. 2.

Holiday Bazaar, holiday greens and wreaths, baked goods, antiques, lotions, soaps and more, Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick. 373-6015. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

SEA Holiday Sale, more than 80 artists, blown glass, jewelry, journals, paintings, textiles, pottery and 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. 2.

Maine Women in the Arts Prelude Crafts Show, Kennebunkport Masonic Hall. 646-9086. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2.

Christmas Fair, Holy Cross Church, South Portland. 799-6661. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas Fair, North Pownal United Methodist Church. 829-5470. 3 to 8 p.m. Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Anti-Freeze, holiday arts and crafts fair, 180 Main Street, Biddeford. feedtheengine.org. 3 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Holiday Event, over a dozen fine artists, artisans and craftpeople, Studio 53 Fine Art Gallery, Boothbay Harbor. 380-7554. Friday through Dec. 2. Through Dec. 16.

Holiday Fair, handmade crafts, eco gifts, jams, breads and more, Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland. 885-9522. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Cookie Fare, homemade cookies, fudge and candy, Cressey Road United Methodist Church, Gorham. 675-3317. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Christmas Craft Fair, crafts, wreaths, grandma's attic, gift baskets, bake sale and more, West Scarborough United Methodist Church. 883-2814. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Yuletide Fair, crafts, handmade items, lunch, First Congregational Church, Scarborough. 883-2342. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas Fair, crafts, wreaths, jewelry, knit items, cookie walk and more, St. Ann's Episcopal Church, Windham. 892-8447. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas Fair, luncheon, jewelry, attic treasures and more, St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, Yarmouth. 846-9244. stbartsyarmouth.org. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Gingerbread Fair, crafts, greens, luncheon and Santa Claus, First Parish Congregational Church, Saco. 283-3771. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Shaker Christmas Fair, baked goods, cheese, pickles, apples and more, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, New Gloucester. 926-4597. shaker.lib.me.us. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Coastal Christmas Fair, Maine-made items, knits, baked goods, books and more, Peoples United Methodist Church, South Portland. peoplesumc.com. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas Fair, local crafts, baked goods, wreaths, grandma's attic and more, Blue Point Congregational Church, Scarborough. 883-6540. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas Fair, homemade candy and baked goods, crafts, gift baskets and more, First United Methodist Church, South Portland. 767-2688. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

United Maine Craftsmen's 35th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show, USM Sullivan Gym, Portland, $2. 621-2818. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2.

Holiday Craft, Poinsettia and Wreath Sale, Morrison Center, Scarborough. 883-6680. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

41st Annual Christmas Craft Fair and Cafe, jewelry, knitted items, quilts, baked goods and more, West Bath School. 504-4603. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Artisans at the Log Cabin, 12 artisans featuring custom gifts, artwork, handbags, mittens, jewelry and more, Log Cabin, Yarmouth. 846-2329. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Made in Maine Christmas Fair, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Windham. 892-3048. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 2.

Ye Olde Christmas Fair, art, antiques, candy, cakes, greens, jewelry, ornaments and more, Trinity Episcopal Church, Portland. 828-1090. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Annual Holiday Craft Fair, North Yarmouth Academy (Safford Center), Yarmouth. 847-5423. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Bradbury Mountain Arts Holiday Show and Sale, fine arts and crafts by guild members and guest artists, Mallett Hall, Pownal. 688-4744. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2.

Christmas Fair, crafts, toys, greens, baked goods, silent auction, Santa and more, First Parish Congregational Church, Gorham. 839-2809. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Holiday Bazaar, plants, greens, wreaths, live arrangements, handmade gifts and more, Merryspring Nature Center, Camden. 236-2239. 10 a.m. to 3 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.

Village Christmas Fair, greens, crafts, baked goods, candy, raffle, Bar Mills Parish House, Buxton. 929-5531. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Holiday Fest, baked goods, wreaths, local artisans and more, Unitarian Universalist Church of Saco and Biddeford, Saco. 282-0082. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Celebration of Crafts, wood crafts, pottery, jewelry, home furnishings and more, Portland High School. 874-8250. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Festival of Arts and Lights, artistan craft fair, wine tastings, Santa Claus, kids' activities, more, downtown Lewiston. laarts.org. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas Fair, silent auction, baked goods, crafts, white elephant table, ornaments, Sebago Lake Congregational Church, Standish. 892-3874. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Friends of the Kennebunk Free Library Holiday Book and Bake Sale, used books, assorted cookie platters, at the library. 985-2173. 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Craft Fair, pottery, quilted snowflakes, wooden bowls, fabric bags, Santa and more, Freeport Community Center. 865-3985. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas Fair, crafts, jewelry, baked goods and white elephant table, South Portland Housing Authority. 239-6689. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas Crafts Show, sponsored by the Franklin County Arts and Crafts Association, University of Maine (Olsen Student Center), Farmington. 778-2791. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Peregrine Press Studio Sale, Bakery Studios, Portland. peregrinepress.com. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 2.

"Fair Thee Well," baked goods, jewelry, bird table, velveteen stockings and more, Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Thomaston. 354-7250. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas Fair, gifts, crafts, wreaths, cookie walk and bake sale, West Cumberland United Methodist Church. 829-4366. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas Fair, baked goods, crafts and more, Pinea Rebekah Lodge, Windham. 772-6806. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas Market Place, wreaths, jams, pickles, homemade candy, knitted items and more, Bar Mills Community Church, Buxton. 929-3535. 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas Festival and Fair, pictures with Santa, kids' crafts, face painting, vendors and crafters, Coastal Community Church, Scarborough. 632-0871. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas by the Sea, annual tree-lighting event with hayrides, entertainment, parade, photos with Santa, caroling and more, various locations, Old Orchard Beach. 934-2500. Parade at 1 p.m., tree lighting at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 2.

Annual Spirit of Christmas Fair, Bath Middle School. 443-5563. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 2.

The Big Chill Holiday Sale, arts, crafts and vintage sale, Mayo Street Arts, Portland. mayostreetarts.org. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2.

Christmas at Norlands, 19th-century parlor games, mansion tours, craft activities, more, Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, Livermore, $6 to $8, $25 family. 897-4366. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2.

Annual Holiday Fair, local artisans, astrology, psychic readings, Native American flutes, handmade items, more, Gardens of Atlantis, Dayton. gardensofatlantis.org. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2.

Stone Mountain Arts Center Flea Market, live music by Tricky Britches, visit from Santa, antiques, knick-knacks, more, Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield, $3, kids free, admission includes free Carol Noonan CD. stonemountainartscenter.com. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2.

FILMS

Global Lens International Film Series, "Qarantina" (2010, Iraq), Bates College (Olin Arts Center), Lewiston, free. bates.edu/museum. 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Q-Med Presents "How to Survive a Plague," documentary about efforts of ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) and TAG (Treatment Action Group), benefits Frannie Peabody Center, University of New England (Alfond Center), Biddeford, donation. surviveaplague.com. 6 p.m. Wednesday.

"Lunafest," traveling film festival of nine short films by, for and about women, benefits Breast Cancer Fund and school's Parenting for Peace series, Friends School of Portland, Mackworth Island, Falmouth. 781-6321. 7 p.m. Saturday.

FOR CHILDREN

Children's Holiday Festival, music by Rick Charette, kids' crafts, bounce house, juggler and more, St. Dominic Academy, Auburn, $5 to $8. 783-3990. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Susan Paradis, author and illustrator of "Snow Princess," Sharpe Gallery, Kennebunk. thesharpegallery.com. 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Breakfast with Santa, Freeport Community Center, $5. 865-3985. 8 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 2. 

MUSIC

Juke Rockets, blues, Time Out Pub, Rockland, $10. 593-9336. 7 p.m. Monday.

Other Lives, dark Americana, with Indians, Space, Portland, $10 advance, $12 door, 18-plus. space538.org. 8:30 p.m. Monday.

Troy MacGillivray, Nova Scotia Celtic music instrumentalist, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, $15. stlawrencearts.org. 7 p.m. Tuesday.

UMA Faculty Jazz Sextet, Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center, Gardiner, $6. johnsonhall.org. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Clash of the Titans: Sam Cooke vs Marvin Gaye, Empire Dine and Dance, Portland, $6, 21-plus. portlandempire.com. 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Dinosaur Jr., alternative rock, Screaming Females open, State Theatre, Portland, $25 advance, $28 door. statetheatreportland.com. 8 p.m. Thursday.

Open Mic Night, Deer Run Tavern, Yarmouth, free, all ages. 846-9555. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

USM Jazz Ensemble, University of Southern Maine (Corthell Concert Hall), Gorham, $5 to $15. usm.maine.edu/music. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, new soul and rock, Port City Music Hall, Portland, $12, $25 VIP, 18-plus. portcitymusichall.com. 9 p.m. Friday.

The Mutineers, string band, Gritty McDuff's, Freeport. grittys.com. 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Enter the Haggis, Celtic rock, folk rock, Empire Dine and Dance, Portland, $18 advance, $22 door, 21-plus. portlandempire.com. 9 p.m. Friday.

"A Yuletide Celebration," traditional holiday music, audience sing-a-long and the Hallelujah Chorus, presented by Portland Community Chorus, Scarborough High School, $12 advance, $15 door, under 12 free. 449-0379. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday.

Anais Mitchell, singer-songwriter, Rachel Reis opens, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $15 advance, $18 door. onelongfellowsquare.com. 8 p.m. Friday.

Mosart 212, Bayside Bowl, Portland. baysidebowl.com. 9 p.m. Friday.

Jennifer Porter, jazz vocals with piano, accordion, bass, drums, sax and trumpet, Saco River Theatre, Bar Mills, $16 to $18. 929-5412. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Steve Earle, singer-songwriter, solo acoustic show, Port City Music Hall, Portland, $35 to $75. portcitymusichall.com. 9 p.m. Saturday.

Windham Chamber Singers, "An American Family Holiday," with Ashley Liberty, Daniel Strange and "American Idol" finalist Lakisha Jones, Windham High School, $10 to $27. windhamchambersingers.com. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Ben Powell, violinist with piano, bass and drums, Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath, $12 advance, $15 door. chocolatechurcharts.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Childsplay, fiddle choir featuring singer and fiddler Lissa Schneckenburger, Portland High, $20. childsplay.org. 8 p.m. Saturday.

The Bob Band, performance of Bob Dylan's "John Wesley Harding," One Longfellow Square, Portland, $15 advance, $18 door. onelongfellowsquare.com. 8 p.m. Saturday.

The Boston Boys, Americana, with Anna & The Diggs, Empire Dine and Dance, Portland, $6, 21-plus. portlandempire.com. 9 p.m. Saturday.

Smashing Pumpkins, alternative rock, State Theatre, Portland, $46.50 advance, $50 door, all ages, general admission. statetheatreportland.com. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Zemya, world a cappella ensemble, Maine Jewish Museum, Portland, $12. 219-2247. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

K'Naan, Somali-born hip-hop artist, Bates College (Clifton Daggett Gray Athletic Building), Lewiston, $30. batestickets.com. 9 p.m. Saturday.

Roosevelt Dime, acoustic jug band, blues, classic New Orleans soul and neo-folk, Unity Centre for the Performing Arts, $10 advance, $12 door. unity.edu/uccpa. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Trampled By Turtles, indie-folk, with Spirit Family Reunion, Port City Music Hall, Portland, $18 advance, $20 door, $25 VIP, 18-plus. statetheatreportland.com. 8 p.m. Dec. 2.

Pearl and the Beard, three voices with cello, guitar, glockenspiel, melodica, drums and accordion, with Lucius and You Won't, Space, Portland, $10 advance, $12 door, 18-plus. space538.org. 8:30 p.m. Dec. 2.

David Mallett, singer-songwriter, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, $25 advance, $30 door. stlawrencearts.org. 7 p.m. Dec. 2.

Yuletide Harp Concert, music from the Celtic tradition played by Castlebay with harpist Julia Lane, Auburn Harp Circle, St. Michael's Episcopal Parish, Auburn, $10, children free. 529-5438. 3 p.m. Dec. 2.

Anne Dodson and Friends, annual holiday show, First Congregational Church, Camden, $13 advance, $15 door, ages 6 to 12 $6. 236-9576. 7 p.m. Dec. 2.

A Maine-ly Harmony Christmas, woman's a cappella barbershop chorus, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Augusta, $7, under 15 free. 582-5523. 1:30 p.m. Dec. 2. 

OUTDOORS

Thursday Morning Bird Walks with Maine Audubon, led by naturalist Mike Windsor, Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth, $8, $5 for members. maineaudubon.org/events. 7 to 9 a.m. Thursday.

SPECIAL EVENTS

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. Sunday.

Winter Window Walk, Portland, stroll the downtown during the holidays to enjoy the festive window displays, daily through Dec. 16.

Horse and Wagon Rides, Monument Square, Portland, free. 772-6828. Every half-hour from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 2; 4 to 8 p.m. Friday; 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 23.

"Christmas at Victoria Mansion: The Gilded Age," self-guided tours, Victoria Mansion, Portland, $5 to $15, under 5 free. victoriamansion.org. Daily through Jan. 6.

Live in HD from Royal Opera House: Royal Ballet's "Swan Lake," Tchaikovsky's ballet, Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, $5 to $15. atthelincoln.org. 2 p.m. Sunday.

Port Veritas Spoken Word Series, Women of the World Poetry Slam, Bull Feeney's, Portland, $3, 18-plus. 773-7210. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Polar Express, hot chocolate and cookies, carol singing, meet Santa, Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, Portland, $20 to $40. porttix.com. Friday through Dec. 2. Through Dec. 23.

Holiday Trolley Rides, Seashore Trolley Museum, Kennebunkport, $6. trolleymuseum.org. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 2.

Downtown Holiday Festival, Santa, music and dance acts, pop-up stores, sleigh rides and more, various locations, Biddeford. heartofbiddeford.org. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Christmas-by-the-Sea opening reception, holiday selections performed by high school vocal and instrumental students, Camden Public Library. 236-3440. 5 p.m. Friday.

Gingerbread Lighthouses, Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport. penobscotmarinemuseum.org. 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday.

New Gloucester History Barn Open House, local history exhibits, New Gloucester Historical Society, free. 926-3188. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Metropolitan Opera Live in HD, University of Maine (Collins Center for the Arts), Orono, $18 to $28. collinscenterforthearts.com. Mozart's "La Clemenza Di Tito," 12:55 p.m. Saturday; Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera," 1 p.m. Dec. 2.

Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: Mozart's "La Clemenza di Tito," Fryeburg Academy (Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center), $18 to $26. fryeburgacademy.org/pac. 1 p.m. Saturday.

"A Christmas Tea," Victorian-style holiday cheer includes choice of desserts and tea, presented by Museum of Old York, Jefferds Tavern, York Village, $6, under 5 free. 363-4974. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Second Annual Holiday at Hadlock, Santa, carriage rides, s'mores, music and more, Hadlock Field, Portland, free. portlandseadogs.com. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Holiday Open House, door prizes, refreshments, children's activities and music, 317 Main Street Community Music Center, Yarmouth. 317main.org. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Holistic Mystic Fair, psychic mediums, massage, traditional healers, vendors, more, Le Club Calumet, Augusta, $5, additional fees for services. 446-7868. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Festival of Trees, benefits Westbrook charities, live entertainment, Westbrook Warren Congregational Church. westbrookfestivaloftrees.com. Saturday and Dec. 2.

Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: Mozart's "La Clemenza di Tito," Strand Theatre, Rockland, $15 to $27. rocklandstrand.com. 1 p.m. Saturday.

Annual Community Carol Sing and Tree Lighting, Yarmouth Town Hall. 846-2407. 5 p.m. Saturday.

"Best/Worst Christmas Pageant," A/D/A/M, Biddeford, $8 advance, $12 door. 571-4636. 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. Dec. 2.

Pine Tree State Country Music Association Annual Christmas Party, Stevie Cee, Gloria Jean, Bobby Le and others, American Legion Post 197, Westbrook, $5, 12 and under free. 490-1232. 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 2.

"Celebrate the Season by the Sea," Santa and Mrs. Claus, parade, musical performances, hay rides, treats and more, various locations Old Orchard Beach. 934-2500. 1 p.m. Dec. 2.

Sit with Santa, for dogs and their companions, benefits Planet Dog Foundation, Planet Dog Company Store, Portland, $10. planetdog.com. 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 2.

SPORTS

Portland Pirates, AHL affiliate of the NHL Phoenix Coyotes, Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, $15 to $20. portlandpirates.com. Vs. Worcester, 7 p.m. Sunday and Friday; vs. Providence, 7 p.m. Saturday.

Maine Red Claws, Development League affiliate of the NBA Celtics, Portland Exposition Building, $6 to $30. nba.com/dleague/maine. Vs. Los Angeles, 7 p.m. Friday; vs. Sioux Falls, 1 p.m. Dec. 2.

THEATER

"The Santaland Diaries," David Sedaris' holiday comedy, Portland Stage Company (Studio Theater), $20 to $24, mature audiences only. portlandstage.org. 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Through Dec. 16.

"Striking 12," hip, funky, fun holiday musical presented by Good Theater, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, $20 to $30. goodtheater.com. 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 2. Through Dec. 9.

Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie," University of Southern Maine (Russell Hall), Gorham, $8 to $15. usm.maine.edu/theatre. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; 5 p.m. Wednesday; 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday; 5 p.m. Dec. 2.

"This Wonderful Life," one-person adaptation of Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life" presented by Theater at Monmouth, Cumston Hall, Monmouth, $20 to $26. theateratmonmouth.org. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 1 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 2. Through Dec. 9.

Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," Portland Stage Company, $15 to $39. portlandstage.org. 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; noon and 5 p.m. Dec. 2. Through Dec. 23.

"Honk! The Ugly Duckling Musical," comic family production, City Theater, Biddeford, $20. citytheater.org. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through Dec. 16.

"Miracle on 34th Street," classic holiday tale, Schoolhouse Arts Center, Standish, $12 to $14. schoolhousearts.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 2. Through Dec. 16.

"Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical," Portland Players, South Portland. portlandplayers.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Through Dec. 16. 

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