December 9, 2012


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Josh Brassard, left, and David Handwerker in a scene from “The Legend of the Golem,” an original play by Michael Levine based on Jewish folklore, continuing through Dec. 23 at Acorn Studio Theater in Westbrook.

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Bluegrass artists the Gibson Brothers join proprietor Carol Noonan and the Stone Mountain Boys for holiday concerts Saturday and Dec. 16 at Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield. The Gibsons also will appear Dec. 21 and 22.

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The St. Mary Schola Early Music Ensemble, "Magnificat," a seasonal program, Cathedral Church of Saint Luke (Episcopal), Portland, $12 to $15. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Bay Chamber Concerts Presents USM String Quartet, Haydn, Schubert and Ravel, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, $25. Noon Wednesday.

Lina Boudreau, "Noel Lounge," Acadian-influenced Christmas concert, Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center, South Carthage, $15. 562-4445. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Southern Maine Children's Choir, University of Southern Maine (Corthell Concert Hall), Gorham, $3 to $6. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Portland Conservatory of Music Noonday Concerts, holiday sing along with Robert Russell and Choral Arts members, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland, free. 775-3356. 12:15 p.m. Thursday.

Pianist George Lopez, Cellist Walter Gray and Violinist John Sherba, chamber works by Brahms, Bowdoin College (Studzinski Recital Hall), Brunswick, free. 798-4141. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Portland Symphony Orchestra's "Magic of Christmas," with Illusionist Lyn Dillies, Windham Chamber Singers, Merrill Auditorium, Portland, $31 to $61. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 16. Through Dec. 23.

Augusta Symphony Orchestra's 10th Annual Messiah Sing-Along, High Street Congregational Chuch, Auburn, $10, children and students free. 7 p.m. Friday.

Boston String Quartet Christmas Concert, "Christmas in Paris," Saint David's Church, Kennebunk, $20, under 18 free. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas with Renaissance Voices, 21-voice a cappella ensemble, music of the 16th and 17th centuries, traditional English carols and more, Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland, $12 advance, $15 door. 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 16.

Augusta Symphony Orchestra's 10th Annual Messiah Sing-Along, Hope Baptist Church, Manchester, $10, children and students free. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Piscataqua River Brass, Christmas favorites accompanied by Warren King on the pipe organ, Christ Church, Kennebunk. 985-4494. 2 p.m. Dec. 16.

The St. Mary Schola Early Music Ensemble, "Magnificat," a seasonal program, Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Falmouth, $12 to $15. 4 p.m. Dec. 16.

The Seaglass Chorale presents "Music for a Winter's Night," seasonal favorites including a carol sing-a-long and the choruses from part one of the Messiah, North Parish Congregational Church, Sanford, $12 advance, $15 door, $12 seniors. 985-8747. 3 p.m. Dec. 16.

The DaPonte String Quartet, annual Christmas concert, Second Congregational Church Newcastle, Newcastle, free. 3 p.m. Dec. 16.


Open Mic Comedy Night, Slainte, Portland, 21-plus. 8 p.m. Thursday.

"Fruitcake, Frankincense & Other Great Gifts," an evening of holiday standup comedy hosted by Karen Morgan, Empire Dine and Dance, Portland, $8 advance, $10 door. 7 p.m. Dec. 16.


Portland Ballet's "The Victorian Nutcracker," set in Victorian era Portland with stage sets and costumes based on rooms in the Victoria Mansion, Merrill Auditorium, Portland, $24 to $54. 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Holiday Gala Contradance, music by Scrod Pudding with Bill Olson calling, Bowdoinham Town Hall, $9. 666-3090. Beginners workshop at 7:30 p.m., dance at 8 p.m. Saturday.

"The Magic Toy Shop," one-act ballet for audiences young and old, Maine State Ballet Theater, Falmouth, $13 to $20. 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday.


Picnic Holiday Sale, juried indie craft fair, photos with Yeti, live DJs, Portland Company Complex, Portland. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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. Sunday.

Christmas Prelude, house tours, music, parades, walking tours, Maine Women in the Arts fine crafts, more, various locations, Kennebunkport. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Studio 53 Holiday Event, annual showcase of more than a dozen fine artists, artisans and craftpeople, Studio 53 Fine Art Gallery, Boothbay Harbor. 380-7554. Daily.

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