December 9, 2012

Calendar

ART

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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.

Courtesy of Acorn Productions

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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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Editor's Note: To submit items for Calendar, send mail to GO at The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, One City Center, Portland, ME 04101, or send email to go@pressherald.com or a fax to 791-6920. Items should be submitted two weeks in advance. For information, call 791-6455. 

"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.

The Portland Society of Art and Winslow Homer's Legacy in Maine, exploring the artistic relationship between Homer and the architect John Calvin Stevens, and the early years of the Portland Society of Art, featuring architectural drawings and a range of paintings and watercolors by Homer and others, Portland Museum of Art. portlandmuseum.org. Through Feb. 3.

"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 Saturday.

"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. Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor. abbemuseum.org

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

"Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey," original illustrations, preparatory sketches, unpublished drawings and ephemera, Portland Public Library, Lewis Gallery. portlandlibrary.com. Through Dec. 29.

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.

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

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

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

"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.

"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.

"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.

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

"Pressing On II: 20 Printmakers," June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA, Portland. 699-5083. Through Dec. 29.

"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.

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

"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.

"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.

"Holiday Offerings: Pottery, Glass and Paintings," new work by glass artist Keith Weiskamp, potter Richard Boyd and painter Wyn Foland, Richard Boyd Gallery, Peaks Island. richardboydpottery.com. Through Dec. 30.

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

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.

"The Premier Show," paintings and sculpture by Craig Mooney, The Cellar Door Winery at the Villa, Rockland. artcollectormaine.com. Through Dec. 29.

Juried Art Show, farm landscapes, Snug Harbor Farm, Kennebunk. snugharborfarm.com. Through Dec. 31.

Maine 10 Art Group Holiday Show, Gallery Framing, Brunswick. 729-1851. Through Dec. 28.

"The Holiday Show," 36 Greenhut artists, Greenhut Galleries, Portland. greenhutgalleries.com. Through Jan. 18.

"Something Old, Something New," still life photographs by Alan Sockloff and David Wade, Addison Woolley Gallery, Portland. addisonwoolley.com. Through Dec. 29.

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

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

"This Must Be the Place," seven local artists, The Oak and the Ax, Biddeford. theoakandtheax.blogspot.com. Through Jan. 18.

"Body as Light: A New Order," angels, magical boxes and shining beings by Clarity, aka Robert and Su.Sane Hake, Camden Public Library. camden.lib.me.us. Through Dec. 31.

Winter Group Show, several local artists, Wells Public Library. 646-8181. Through Jan. 31.

"Color, Texture, Sparkle!" sculpture, pottery, turned wood, jewelry, wall art, glass, fiber and more, Markings Gallery, Bath. markingsgallery.com. Through Dec. 31.

Painter and Illustrator Dahlov Ipcar, recent paintings, books and more, Maine Jewish Museum, Portland. mainejewishmuseum.org. Through Jan. 4.

"Creative Teachers … Art by MAEA," watercolors, acrylics, oils, encaustics, relief sculpture and prints by members of Maine Art Education Association, University of New England (Campus Center), Biddeford. 602-2269. Through Jan. 12.

"Fancy Food Chains," graphite, watercolor and colored pencil by Jada Fitch, Green Hand Bookshop, Portland. 253-6808. Through Dec. 31.

"Streets of Portland," paintings by Paul Black, Fore Street Gallery, Portland. Through Jan. 5.

Annual Prelude Clothesline Show, gift and art show featuring local artists, designers and upscale crafts, River Tree Arts, Kennebunk. rivertreearts.org. Through Jan. 5.

"Bringing Art Home for the Holidays Part II," fine art and giftables in wood," Harmon's & Barton's Gallery, Portland. harmonsbartons.com. Through Dec. 31.

"Sing We Joyous All Together: Christmas in Late 19th-Century Kennebunk," sights and sounds of a late-1800s Christmas, Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk. brickstoremuseum.org. Through Dec. 21.

Southern Maine Community College Senior Art Students Exhibit, Rose Contemporary, Portland. rosecontemporary.com. Through Dec. 31.

"Small Works," painting, drawing, sculpture and mixed media by 20 artists, Perimeter Gallery, Belfast. 338-0555. Through Jan. 20.

31st Annual Holiday Exhibition, Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland. caldbeck.com. Through Jan. 31.

"Work Ethic of a Chimney Sweep," aesthetic and cultural study of the Disney film "Mary Poppins," University of Maine (Charles Danforth Gallery), Augusta. uma.maine.edu. Through Jan. 18.

CSA: Community Supporting Arts Exhibit, Crosstrax Deli, Unity. crosstraxdeli.com. Through Jan. 26.

ART OPENINGS

Photo A Go-Go, silent auction of framed photographs with live music, Bakery Photographic Collective, Westbrook. bakeryphoto.com. 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

"Keeping Warm," 19th- and early 20th-century quilts, clothing, fiber art tools and crafts, toys and more, with historic photos of Maine in winter, Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport. penobscotmarinemuseum.org. Through Feb. 24. Opening reception, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

BENEFITS

"A Feast For The Eyes," silent auction, wine tasting, food pairings and music, benefits Iris Network, Nonantum Resort, Kennebunkport, $75. theiris.org. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

BOOKS AND AUTHORS

Josh Pahigian, author of "Strangers on the Beach," Sherman's Books and Stationery, Freeport. 869-9000. Noon to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Jason Anthony, author of "Hoosh: Roast Penguin, Scurvy Day and Other Stories of the Antartic Cuisine," Gulf of Maine Books, Brunswick. 729-5083. 4 p.m. Sunday.

Paul Doiron, author of "Bad Little Falls," Portland Public Library. portlandlibrary.com. Noon Wednesday.

Debra Sparks, author of "The Pretty Lights," University of New England-Westbrook College Campus (Abplanalp Library), Portland. 221-4375. Noon Thursday.

Photographer Brian Vanden Brink, author of "Iconic: Perspectives on a Man-Made World," Portland Museum of Art. portlandmuseum.org. 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Kieran Shields, author of "The Truth of All Things," Nonesuch Books, South Portland. nonesuchbooks.com. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Josh Pahigian, author of "Strangers on the Beach," Christmas Farm Alpacas, Country Farm Shop & Fiber Studio, Buxton. 400-9206. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 16.

Eva Murray, author of "Island Schoolhouse," Rockland Public Library. 594-0310. 2 p.m. Saturday.

Robin Hansen, author of the children's book "Ice Harbor Mittens," Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport. penobscotmarinemuseum.org. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Sandy Oliver, author of "Keeping Warm with Maine Cooking," Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport. penobscotmarinemuseum.org. 1:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Chris Van Dusen, author of the children's book "If I Built a House," Nonesuch Books, South Portland. nonesuchbooks.com. 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 16.

CLASSICAL MUSIC

Daponte String Quartet, "Happy Birthday, Guiseppe!," celebration of Verdi's 200th birthday, Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church, Topsham, $20. DaPonte.org. 3 p.m. Sunday.

The Boy Singers of Maine, "Sound of the Season," First Parish Church, Brunswick, $10, $8 seniors, students. 797-6354. 2 p.m. Sunday.

Choir of Casco Village United Church of Christ, sacred and classical Christmas favorites and contemporary selections, Casco Village Church, free. 627-4282. 4 p.m. Sunday.

Renaissance Voices Christmas Concert, works by Palestrina, Lasso, Praetorius, Weelkes and 20th-century carols, Sanford-Springvale Historical Museum, Sanford, $15, free for 21 and under. 324-2797. 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Down East Singers and St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble, "A Russian Christmas," works by Bortniansky, Ippolitov-Ivanov, Stravinsky, Chesnokov, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky, Camden Opera House, $20, 18 and under free. downeastsingers.org. 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Christmas with Cornils: A Kotzschmar Christmas, with Ray Cornils, Festival Brass, Androscoggin Chorale and the Parish Ringers, Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Lewiston, $10 to $15. 553-4363. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

"The Bells of Christmas," holiday concert featuring the Towne Lyne Ringers, Ocean View at Falmouth, free/donation. 781-4727. 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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

Bay Chamber Concerts Presents USM String Quartet, Haydn, Schubert and Ravel, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, $25. baychamberconcerts.org. 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. usm.maine.edu/music. 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. porttix.com. 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. asomaine.org. 7 p.m. Friday.

Boston String Quartet Christmas Concert, "Christmas in Paris," Saint David's Church, Kennebunk, $20, under 18 free. stdavidskennebunk.org. 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. renaissancevoices.net. 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. asomaine.org. 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. stmaryschola.org. 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. DaPonte.org. 3 p.m. Dec. 16.

COMEDY

Open Mic Comedy Night, Slainte, Portland, 21-plus. slaintewinebar.com. 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. portlandempire.com. 7 p.m. Dec. 16.

DANCE

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. porttix.com. 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. mainestateballet.org. 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday.

FAIRS/FESTIVALS

Picnic Holiday Sale, juried indie craft fair, photos with Yeti, live DJs, Portland Company Complex, Portland. picnicportland.com. 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. christmasprelude.com. 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.

Stone Mountain Craft Fair and Open House, Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield, free. stonemountainartscenter.com. Local artisans and crafters, Santa, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Sparkle Weekend, entertainment, horse and carriage rides, strolling carolers and more, downtown Freeport. FreeportUSA.com. Sunday.

Holidays in Harpswell Open Studios, open studios along Route 123 with raffles, demonstrations, workshops, various locations, Harpswell. harpswellartandcraftguild.com. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

"Handmade" Art and Craft Sale, jewelry, altered and silkscreened clothing, soaps, home goods, art work, more, benefits Waterfall Arts, Waterfall Arts, Belfast. waterfallarts.org. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday; by appointment Tuesday and Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Dec. 16. Through Dec. 23.

4th Annual Alma Soul Holiday Sale, unique handcrafted items from local artists, Alma Soul, Portland. 939-1498. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Studio Sale, art by Kyle Bryant, Erica Burkhart, InfiniTee Clothing, Derek Jackson and Jacob Pitcher, Zero Station Art, Design, Framing, Portland. 210-3416. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Fort Andross Artisans Holiday Craft Show and Sale, jewelry, pottery, fiber arts, stained glass, furniture, metal works, books, baskets and more, Coleman Burke Gallery (Fort Andross), Brunswick, $2. cabotantiques.com. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

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

Holiday Hop Art Happening and Sale, Running With Scissors, Open Concepts and Portland Fiber & Weaving Studio, 50-54 Cove St., Portland. 831-5682. 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

FILMS

Classic Film Series, "King of Hearts," Dunaway Center, Ogunquit, free. ogunquitperformingarts.org/arts. 2 p.m. Sunday.

"Normative Narratives," film series about the portrayal of gay men in cinema, "Parting Glances," Space, Portland, $7. space538.org. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

"The Invisible War," documentary on sexual assault in the military, Lee Auditorium, Wishcamper Center, University Southern Maine, Portland, Portland, free. 780-4563. Noon Wednesday.

"Step Up to the Plate," about French chef Michel Bras handing his restaurant over to his son Sebastien, Space, Portland, $7. space538.org. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16.

"Le Havre," 2011, PG, African boy named Idrissa arrives by cargo ship in city of Le Havre, York Public Library, free. york.lib.me.us. 3 p.m. Dec. 16.

FOOD AND DRINK

Kitchen Garden Dinner Series, multi-course meal prepared by chef Shannon Bard of Zapoteca, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, $90. mainegardens.org. 6 p.m. Tuesday.

FOR CHILDREN

Sesame Street Live: "Can't Stop Singing," Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, $12 to $50. theciviccenter.com. 10:30 a.m., 2 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Rebecca Rule, author of "The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever!", Poofberry's Toys, Kennebunk. 967-0400. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

"A Seussified Christmas Carol," funky, funny take on Scrooge's life-changing journey performed in Seuss-style rhyme, Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine, Portland, $8 to $9. kitetails.org. 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 1:30 and 4 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 16. Through Dec. 23.

LAVA KIDS, vaudeville, Bates College (Schaeffer Theatre), Lewiston, $8 to $10. laarts.org. 2 p.m. Saturday.

"Polar Express" Reading, read by Jim Nawrocki, an Amtrak Downeaster conductor, Samuel L. Cohen Children's Library, Portland, free. portlandlibrary.com. 11 a.m. Saturday. 

HOME & GARDEN

Bath Antiques Show, 40 dealers of fine antiques and collectibles, Bath Middle School, $4. 443-8983. bathantiquesshows.com. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

MUSIC

John Linscott and The Mainestream Jazzmasters, jazz jam, The Local Buzz, Cape Elizabeth, donation. capelocalbuzz.com. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Patrick Watson, Canadian singer-songwriter, Space, Portland, $12 advance, $15 door, all ages. space538.org. 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

Southern Maine Monthly Bluegrass Jam, Roost Function Hall, Buxton, $7. 232-1528. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Rock My Soul Rockin' Holiday Concert, gospelized Christmas carols, R&B and doo-wop versions of holiday favorites, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $15 advance, $18 door. onelongfellowsquare.com. 4 p.m. Sunday.

Sister Hazel, with Pete Kilpatrick, Asylum, Portland, $18, 21-plus. portlandasylum.com. 9 p.m. Sunday.

Downeasters Men's Chorus and Quartets, holiday concert, Tuttle Road United Methodist Church, Cumberland, $5, 11 and under free. 829-3766. 7 p.m. Monday.

Holiday Concert by Presidio Brass, American brass chamber music, Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, Boothbay Harbor, $20 advance, $25 door. boothbayoperahouse.com. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

"Christmas Winds," holiday music by the Pine Tree Coastal Winds, Freeport's community concert band, bring non-perishable food donation, Harraseeket Inn, Freeport. 865-4747. 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The Sweetback Sisters Country Christmas Sing-Along, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $15. onelongfellowsquare.com. 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Pianist Jimmy Ciampi and vocalist Susie Pepper, Hug's Italian Restaurant, Falmouth. hugsitalian.com. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday.

The Winthop Area Handbell Ringers, Lithgow Public Library, Augusta, free. lithgow.lib.me.us. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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

Winterbloom, singer-songwriters Antje Duvekot, Anne Heaton, Meg Hutchinson and Natalia Zukerman, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $20 advance, $25 door. onelongfellowsquare.com. 8 p.m. Thursday.

Pineries, Little War Twins and Greg Mckillop and His Full Band, Geno's Rock Club, Portland. 221-2382. 9 p.m. Thursday.

The Novel Jazz Septet, Skidompha Library, Damariscotta, $5 to $13, free for under 12 with parents. skidompha.org. 7 p.m. Thursday.

Lina Boudreau, "Noel Lounge," Acadian-influenced Christmas concert, Unity Centre for the Performing Arts, $15. 948-7469. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Reverend Horton Heat, guitarist, singer-songwriter, punk-a-billy, with The Continental, Port City Music Hall, Portland, $18, $30 VIP, 18-plus. portcitymusichall.com. 9 p.m. Friday.

Heather Pierson's "Charlie Brown Christmas," pianist Pierson with Joe Aliperti, Shawn Nadeau and Matty Bowman, Fryeburg Academy (Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center), $5 to $10. fryeburgacademy.org/pac. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Rob Schreiber's Standard Issue, jazz from the Great American Songbook, Marriott at Sable Oaks, South Portland. standardissue.me. 6:30 p.m. Friday.

The Gawler Family featuring The Gawler Sisters, holiday concert of old and new folk songs, Congregational Church, Phippsburg, $6 to $10, under 8 free. 389-1770. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The James Montgomery Blues Band, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $23. onelongfellowsquare.com. 8 p.m. Friday.

Third Annual Yulegrass Concert, Tim O'Brien, Lauren Rioux, Scott Law, Brittany Haas and Corey DiMario, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $25 advance, $30 door. onelongfellowsquare.com. 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday.

Stone Mountain Christmas Show, musical revue with the Gibson Brothers, Carol Noonan and the Stone Mountain Boys, Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield. stonemountainartscenter.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday ($82 includes dinner); 3 p.m. Dec. 16 ($74 includes lunch).

"The Promise of Light," annual winter concert of 70-voice community chorus, First Parish Church UCC, Freeport, $10, $25 per family. gfccweb.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

ImproVox and Meteora, a cappella quintet performing jazz, new folk, Americana, original songs and world music, The Frontier, Brunswick, $12 advance, $15 door. explorefrontier.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas Recital with soprano Heather Connolly, musical favorites of the season, benefits ELCA Malaria Campaign, St. Ansgar Lutheran Church, Portland, donation. 774-8740. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Marco Benevento, pianist, sound sculptor, songwriter, Empire Dine and Dance, Portland, $12 advance, $15 door, 21-plus. portlandempire.com. 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Musica de Filia, holiday concert, Falmouth High School, $5 to $10. musicadefilia.com. 2 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 16.

Lay-Z-Gait, Western swing band, originals and new spins on country and Western classics from the '30s, '40s and '50s, Billy's Tavern, Thomston, $5. 354-1177. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Annual Holiday Concert with Dave Rowe, Lenny Breau and Phil House, First Universalist Church of Auburn, Auburn, $15. daverowemusic.com. 7 p.m. Saturday.

"The Promise of Light," annual winter concert of 70-voice community chorus, Tuttle Road United Methodist Church, Cumberland, $10, $25/family. gfccweb.org. 2:30 p.m. Dec. 16.

Christmas Concert, shape-note hymns, traditional country Christmas songs, fiddle tunes, songs from the African-American tradition, West Kennebunk United Methodist Church, donation. 985-2831. 3 p.m. Dec. 16.

"Christmas Winds," holiday music by the Pine Tree Coastal Winds, Freeport's community concert band, bring non-perishable food donation, Life Source Ministry Church, Brunswick. 865-4747. 5 p.m. Dec. 16.

Wescustago Youth Chorale presents "A Wescustago Winter," 80-voice choir of children 8 to 18 from 12 area towns, Freeport Performing Arts Center, $5 to $10. 846-0705. 3 p.m. Dec. 16.

Organist Warren King, Christmas music of all eras, with Piscataqua River Brass, Christ Church, Kennebunk, $7 to $10. christchurchkennebunk.org. 2 p.m. Dec. 16.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Winter Window Walk, stroll the downtown to enjoy the festive window displays, downtown Portland. portlandmaine.com. Daily.

The Polar Express, hot chocolate and cookies, carol singing, meet Santa, Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, Portland, $20 to $40. porttix.com. Sunday and Friday through Dec. 16. Through Dec. 23.

Horse and Wagon Rides, Monument Square, Portland, free. 772-6828. Every half-hour from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday; every half-hour from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday; every half-hour from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday; every half-hour from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday; every half-hour from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 16. Through Dec. 23.

Holiday Trolley Rides, Seashore Trolley Museum, Kennebunkport, $6. trolleymuseum.org. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

"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.

28th Annual Christmas Parade, "Santa's Workshop" theme, Wells. southernmaineparade.com. 2 p.m. Sunday.

Christmas at Swan Hall, 1886 Victorian House with nine rooms and 16 Christmas trees, benefits Lyric Theater, Swan Hall, Portland, $5. 400-6085. 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Saturday and Dec. 16.

Five-Year Anniversary Celebration of Meg Perry Center, music from The Reverie Machine, open mic for music, poetry and sharing about Meg Perry, Meg Perry Center, Portland, $5 to $10. 615-9970. 6 to 10 p.m. Monday.

Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: "La Clemenza di Tito," encore broadcast, Strand Theatre, Rockland, $15 to $27. rocklandstrand.com. 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Holiday Networking Extravaganza, hosted by WOW (Women Out Working), benefits Women, Work and Community, Peloton Labs, Portland, free/donation. 899-4399. 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Port Veritas Spoken Word Series, Second Tuesday Poetry Slam with McKendy Fils-Aime, Bull Feeney's, Portland, $3, 18-plus. 773-7210. 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Wassailing for Wildlife, festive evening of caroling by moonlight on the wooded trails, Laudholm Farm Reserve, Wells, free, registration required. wellsreserve.org. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Merry Madness Kick-Off, free hors d'oeuvres, raffles and music,Portland Regency Hotel. portlandmaine.com. 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday.

The Poetry of Rumi with A Turning Night of Stars, spoken poetry of the 13th-century Sufi mystic with musical accompaniment, Rockland Public Library. 594-0310. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Annual Holiday Open House, caroling, snacks and holiday cheer, Walker Memorial Library, Westbrook. 854-0630. 3 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Open Mic and Poetry Slam, First Universalist Church, Auburn, free. 783-0461. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The Dough Ball, food, drink and preview of Gingerbread Spectacular, benefits the opera house, Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, $20 advance, $30 door. boothbayoperahouse.com. 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14.

LAVA Fest, classic vaudevillian comedy performed by the Lewiston Auburn Variety Arts Festival, Bates College (Schaeffer Theatre), Lewiston, $10 to $15. laarts.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Wilde Nights at the Mansion, an evening salon with Oscar Wilde as portrayed by Frank E. Reilly, after the performance enjoy champagne, fruit, and cheese, Victoria Mansion, Portland, $35, reservations required. 772-4841, ext. 821. 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 16.

Boat Parade of Lights, seventh annual Christmas parade in Portland Harbor; view from Bug Light Park, Maine State Pier and Eastern Prom walking path, Portland. 408-7525. 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: Verdi's "Aida," ancient Egyptian drama, Fryeburg Academy (Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center), $18 to $26. fryeburgacademy.org/pac. 1 p.m. Saturday.

Gingerbread Spectacular, gingerbread house exhibit, Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, free. boothbayoperahouse.com. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 16.

Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: Verdi's "Aida," Strand Theatre, Rockland, $15 to $27. rocklandstrand.com. 1 p.m. Saturday.

"Hansel and Gretel: A Puppet Opera," Englebert Humperdinck's classic opera featuring original fine art Bunraku-style puppets, Mayo Street Arts, Portland, $8 to $10. mayostreetarts.org. 6 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 16.

OLAS Film Premiere and Performance, portrait of the music, dance and people of Olas, Space, Portland, $10, all ages. space538.org. 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

TICA Cat Show, pedigreed cats compete for Best in Show, Westbrook Armory, Westbrook, $4 to $5, free for active military and children under 12. 353-2633. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 16.

Caroling with Friends of the Eastern Promenade, Christmas caroling along the Prom and Munjoy Hill, Fort Allen Bandstand, Portland. easternpromenade.org. 4:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Championship Midget Wrestling, professional wrestling event with an all-little-people cast, Club Texas, Auburn, $12, 21-plus. clubtexas.info. Doors at 8 p.m. Saturday.

SPORTS

Maine Red Claws, NBA Development League affiliate of the Celtics, Portland Exposition Building, $6 to $30. nba.com/dleague/maine. Vs. Canton, 5 p.m. Sunday.

Portland Pirates, AHL affiliate of the NHL Phoenix Coyotes, Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, $15 to $20. portlandpirates.com. Vs. Bridgeport, 7 p.m. Tuesday; vs. Manchester, 6:30 p.m. Friday.

THEATER

Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," Portland Stage Company, $15 to $39. portlandstage.org. Noon and 5 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; noon and 5 p.m. Dec. 16. Through Dec. 23.

"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; 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 5:30 p.m. Dec. 16.

Good Theater Presents "Striking 12," hip, funky, fun holiday musical, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, $20 to $30. goodtheater.com. 2 p.m. Sunday.

"Honk! The Ugly Duckling Musical," comic family musical, City Theater, Biddeford, $20. citytheater.org. 2 p.m. Sunday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 16.

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

Theater at Monmouth presents "This Wonderful Life," one-person adaptation of Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life," Cumston Hall, Monmouth, $20 to $26. theateratmonmouth.org. 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday.

"Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical," featuring three mother-and-child teams, Portland Players, South Portland, $15 to $20. portlandplayers.org. 2:30 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 16.

Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," Will Rhys' one-man rendition of the holiday classic, Freeport Factory Stage, $10 to $15. freeportfactory.com. 2 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The WFCP Home Time Radio Hour 2012, live music, comedy and fun for all ages, Freeport Performing Arts Center, $10 advance, $15 door. fcponline.org. 2 p.m. Sunday.

"Collected Stories," two-character play about ambition, artistic conflicts, rivalries and the rise and fall of a friendship, Bates College (Black Box Theater), Lewiston, free. 786-8294. 2 p.m. Sunday.

"A Christmas Carol," A/D/A/M, Biddeford, $10 advance, $13 door. 571-4636. 2 p.m. Sunday.

"The Legend of the Golem," an original play by Michael Levine based on Jewish folklore, Acorn Studio Theater, Westbrook, $12 to $15. acorn-productions.org. 3 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 3 p.m. Dec. 16. Through Dec. 23.

Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," post-show sing-a-long with fiddler Jennifer Armstrong, The Public Theatre, Lewiston, $5 to $18. thepublictheatre.org. 2 p.m. Sunday.

"The Nutcracker," Nasson Community Center (Little Theatre), Springvale, $10 to $12. sanfordmainestage.com. 2 p.m. Sunday.

New England Regional Theater Company Presents "A Christmas Carol: The Musical," musical version of the Dickens classic, Brunswick High School (Crooker Theatre), Brunswick, $8 to $12. 798-6966. 2 p.m. Sunday.

"Beauty and the Beast Jr.: Enchanted Christmas," traditional story intertwined with Christmas songs, Waldo Theatre, Waldoboro, $5. 832-6060. 2 p.m. Sunday.

"My Mother's Clothes Are Not My Mother," writer Elizabeth Peavey's one-woman show, Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath, $15. chocolatechurch.com. 2 p.m. Sunday.

"This Wonderful Life," Jody McColman's one-man show based on "It's A Wonderful Life," The Inn at Brunswick Station, Brunswick, $40 includes meal and show. (603) 953-3640. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

"Nutcracker Burlesque," tantalizing twist on the classic tale, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, $15, adults only. vividmotion.org. 8 p.m. Friday through Dec. 16. Through Dec. 21.

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," a Young Company Production, Theater Project, Brunswick, $12 suggested. theaterproject.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 16. Through Dec. 23.

"Christmas with The Ratpack," five-course dinner and show, Anthony's Dinner Theater, Portland, $39.95. anthonysdinnertheater.com. 7 p.m. Saturday.

"A Charlie Brown Christmas," A/D/A/M, Biddeford, $8 advance, $12 door. 571-4636. 4 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 16.

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