December 23, 2012


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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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Moses Atwood and Samuel James, acoustic blues/roots, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $10 advance, $15 door. 8 p.m. Friday.

The Mallett Brothers Band, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, $15. alt-county/rock, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Mosart 212, Bayside Bowl, Portland. 8 p.m. Friday.

Dimensions in Jazz Presents The Young (Jazz) Lions: "Home for the Holidays," Woodfords Congregational Church, Portland, $10 advance, $15 door, $5 students. 828-1310. 8 p.m. Friday through Dec. 30.

Ellis Paul Family Show: "The Hero in You," music and fun with the singer-songwriter centered on the heroes who helped shape America, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $5 to $10, 2 and under free.  2 p.m. Saturday.

Ellis Paul, singer-songwriter, Heather Maloney opens, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $22 advance, $25 door. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Rusted Root, acoustic rock, Anna & The Diggs open, Port City Music Hall, Portland, $20, $40 VIP, 18-plus. 9 p.m. Saturday.

Dar Williams, singer-songwriter, Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield, $35. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Jerks of Grass, high-energy bluegrass, Flight 317 opens, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, $12 advance, $15 door. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Draw the Line, Aerosmith tribute band, with Fifth Freedom, Asylum, Portland, $9, 21-plus. 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

moe., jam band, with Assembly of Dust, State Theatre, Portland, $35, all ages, general admission. p.m. Dec. 30.

Stephen Kellogg, folk-rock, solo show, Jonathan's Restaurant, Ogunquit, $25 advance, $28 door. 8 p.m. Dec. 30.

Special Events

The Polar Express, hot chocolate and cookies, carol singing, meet Santa, Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, Portland, $20 to $40. 1:30 p.m. Sunday (all other times sold out).

Horse and Wagon Rides, Monument Square, Portland, free. 772-6828. Every half-hour from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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

Royal Ballet in HD: "The Nutcracker," Strand Theatre, Rockland, $10 to $15. 3 p.m. Sunday.

Royal Ballet in HD: "The Nutcracker," Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, $5 to $15. 2 p.m. Sunday.

Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: Verdi's "Aida," University of Maine (Collins Center for the Arts), Orono, $18 to $28. 1 p.m. Saturday.

Camden Stage Festival's "At The Cabaret," theatrical romp and musical tour of Kurt Weill's greatest works, Camden Opera House, $17 to $35, $50 premium seats. 4 p.m. Dec. 30.



Portland Pirates, AHL affiliate of the NHL Phoenix Coyotes, Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, $15 to $20. Vs. Providence, 7 p.m. Thursday.



Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," Portland Stage Company, $15 to $44. portlandstage. Noon and 5 p.m. Sunday.

"The Legend of the Golem," orignal play by Michael Levine based on Jewish folklore, Acorn Studio Theater, Westbrook, $12 to $15. 3 p.m. Sunday.

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," a Young Company Production, Theater Project, Brunswick, $12 suggested. 2 p.m. Sunday.

Studio Theatre of Bath Presents "Scrooge the Musical," Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath, $10 to $12. 2 p.m. Sunday.

"This Wonderful Life," one-man adaptation of "It's a Wonderful Life" with an a la carte dinner, Clay Hill Farm Restaurant, Cape Neddick, $10 plus meal costs. 5 p.m. Sunday.

Phyzgig, vaudeville variety show with juggling, illusions, storytelling, physical comedy and more, Portland Stage Company, $10 to $20. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 5 p.m. Dec. 30.

Phyzgig, vaudeville variety show with juggling, illusions and more, Acorn Studio Theater, Westbrook, $10 to $20. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 30.


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