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Hot Day at the Zoo brings its eclectic sonic blend to One Longfellow Square in Portland on Friday.

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New Year's Eve Party, Dirty White Hats, Cam Groves and karaoke with DJ Johnny Red, '80s music all night with Rob from WCYY in the basement, Asylum, Portland, $7, 21-plus. Doors at 8 p.m. Monday.

New Year's Eve with Peter Wolf, rock, featuring guitarists Duke Levine and Kevin Barry, Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield, $85. 8 p.m. Monday.

Rob Schreiber's Standard Issue, jazz from the great American songbook, Grace Restaurant, Portland. 828-4422. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday.

New Year's Ball and SAMFUND Benefit, with Sly-Chi and Model Airplane, Big Easy, Portland, $25 advance, $30 door. 8 p.m. Monday.

Open Mic Night, Deer Run Tavern, Yarmouth, free, all ages. 846-9555. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Spike & Co., jazz, Rockland Public Library, free. 594-0310. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Pete Witham and the Cozmik Zombies Winter Residency, (downstairs), Empire Dine & Dance, Portland, no cover, 21-plus. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Dean Ford, A Severe Joy and GinLab, Empire Dine & Dance, Portland, $6, 21-plus. Indy, 9 p.m. Thursday.

Alba's Edge & Velocipede, traditional fiddle tunes and Latin to jazz and funk grooves, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, $10 advance, $12 door. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Murmurations Choir Presents "Thaw," an evening exploring movement and voice, Space, Portland, free. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Hot Day at the Zoo, acoustic folk, blues, ragtime, jazz and progressive bluegrass, One Longfellow Square, Portland. 8 p.m. Friday.

The Burners, gypsy Americana, Dana Gross opens, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $10 advance, $15 door. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Village Coffee House, Sean Mencher and the Rhythm Kings, rockabilly and swing, New Gloucester Congregational Church, $5 to $10. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Shape Note Singing, four-part singing tradition also known as sacred harp, all welcome to participate, The New Church, Portland, donation. 216-3890. 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 6.

Kids' Open Mic, hosted by Portland musicians Liam Swift and Sadie Grant, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $5. 3 to 6 p.m. Jan. 6.

Special Events

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

Camden Stage Festival: "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. Sunday.

New Year's Eve Party with the Bobby Messano Band, blues, Trade Winds Motor Inn Keel Lounge, Rockland, $199 per couple includes room, four-course dinner, dance, party favors, Champagne toast and breakfast. 596-6055. Dinner at 7:30 p.m., dance at 9 p.m. Monday.

New Year's Eve with Super Lucha Explosiva, Mexican-style wrestling matches, DJ sets by Nan'l Meiklejohn and Gabe FM, Space, Portland, $20, 21-plus. 8:30 p.m. Monday.

First Annual Clam Drop New Year's Celebration, music, cocoa and lowering of Steamer the Clam Festival mascot from the belfry, First Universalist Church, Yarmouth, free. 7 p.m. and midnight Monday.

New Year's at the Planetarium, "The Little Star That Could," 7:30 p.m.; "Eight Planets and Counting," 8:30 p.m.; "When Venus Transits the Sun," 9:30 p.m.; "Two Small Pieces of Glass," 10:15 p.m.; "Ibex -- Search for The Edge of The Solar System," 11 p.m.; night sky tour (live action presentation," 11:40 p.m.; Times Square countdown, 11:55 p.m. Monday, University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland, $5 to $10.

New Year's Eve Dinner, Concert and Dance Party, music by Nutopians and DJ Greg Curry, Champagne toast, dinner, Franco American Heritage Center, Lewiston, $60, $25 for concert only. 7 p.m. Monday.

New Year's Hike, 2-mile hike on snowmobile trails near the health center, children and leashed dogs welcome, Sacopee Valley Health Center, Porter, free. 625-3082. 11 a.m. Tuesday; hot cocoa and refreshments at 10:30 a.m.

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