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Beauty and the Beast
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Portland Ovations brings the Broadway National Tour of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” to Merrill Auditorium for three performances, at 7 p.m. Jan. 4 and 1 and 7 p.m. Jan. 5. This version stays true to the Tony Award-winning musical that ran on Broadway from 1999 to 2007. It features lavish sets, costumes and an Academy Award-winning score. It tells the classic story of young Belle and the Beast, a prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. In one form or another, the story has been told since the mid-1700s. Tickets cost $45 to $70, and are available through the Merrill box office and PortTix at 842-0800 or For information, visit

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One City Center, Portland, ME 04101, or send email to or a fax to 791-6920.

Items should be submitted two weeks in advance. For information, call 791-6455.

"A New View," acrylic and paper landscapes by L.M. Turner, Furman, Gregory and Deptula, Biddeford. 284-7145. Through Dec. 31.

Waldo HAP Photo Project, Waterfall Arts, Belfast. Through February.


Art Openings

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


Classical Music

Portland Symphony Orchestra's "Magic of Christmas," with master illusionist Lyn Dillies, Windham Chamber Singers, Merrill Auditorium, Portland, $31 to $61. 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday.



Sunday Funnies Christmas Comedy Jam, Sam Pelletier, Corn Tyson and Mark Reilly, with Connor McGrath, Joe Ricchio, Brett Groh and Aharon Willows-Hebert, Matthew's, Portland, free. 253-1812. 9 p.m. Sunday.

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

Bob Marley, with special guest Crazy Jake, Merrill Auditorium, Portland, $47.50. 8 p.m. Friday; 6:30 and 9 p.m. Saturday; 8 p.m. Dec. 30.



Thomas School of Dance Presents "The Night Before Christmas and Other Holiday Favorites," Center Theatre for the Performing Arts, Dover-Foxcroft, $5 to $10. 945-3457. 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. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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



"Illusion," Kirk Douglas film about director Donald Baines, followed by discussion, Rockland Public Library, free. 594-0310. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

"Eckhart Tolle: Stillness Amidst the World," part one, Camden Public Library, free. 785-2610.  1:30 p.m. Saturday.


For Children

"A Seussified Christmas Carol," funny take on Scrooge's journey performed in Seuss-style rhyme, Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine, Portland, $8 to $9. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Sunday.

Phyzkidz, juggling, illusions, magic, storytelling and physical comedy, Space, Portland, $10 to $14. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

Puppet Show Presented by Just So Stories, Samuel L. Cohen Children's Library, Portland, free. Based on Rudyard Kipling's "The Beginning of the Armadilloes" and "The Elephant's Child," 10:30 a.m. Friday.


Sacred Harp Singing, participatory event, potluck after singing, home of Corrone and Ruth Ann Bryant, Damariscotta, free, bring dish for potluck. 563-6083. 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

"Ring Out Christmads Bells!", Tapestry Singers and Bell Choir of Second Congregational Church with Sean Fleming, Second Congregational Church, Newcastle, Newcastle, $12, students and children free. 644-1174. 2 p.m. Sunday.

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

Rustic Overtones, performing its 1998 album "Rooms by the Hour," Big Easy, Portland. 9 p.m. Wednesday and Friday.

Mother Leopard, Station Eighty Five and Murcielago, Empire Dine & Dance, Portland, $5, 21-plus. 9 p.m. Wednesday.

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

2nd Annual Keep ME Warm Benefit Show, with Eli Noll, Amy Allen and Keelan Donovan, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $10 advance, $15 door. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Songwriters Circle, informal circle of songs led by David Dodson, Camden Public Library, free. 236-3440. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Spose, the Yard Sale Tour, Big Easy, Portland. 9 p.m. Thursday.

Post Xmas Reggae Party, Empire Dine & Dance, Portland, $5, 21-plus. 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

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

Ryan Montbleau Band, singer-songwriter/guitarist, Port City Music Hall, Portland, $15 advance, $18 door, $20 VIP, 18-plus. 8 p.m. Friday.

Badfish, Sublime tribute band, with Mighty Mystic and Guerilla Dub Squad, State Theatre, Portland, $18 advance, $20 door. 8 p.m. Friday.

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