December 19, 2013

Art and Theater Listings

Classical music, theater, dance, museums and art galleries


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“Dave at the Cabin,” 2013, ink on paper by Michael Zachary, from “Piece Work,” the 2013 biennial continuing through Jan. 5 at the Portland Museum of Art.

Courtesy of Portland Museum of Art

The Portland Conservatory of Music presents Noonday Concerts, festive brass and organ with Betty Rines, Mark Tipton and Ray Cornils, $5 suggested donation. First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 425 Congress St., Portland. 12:15 p.m. Thursday.

Portland Symphony Orchestra, “Magic of Christmas,” Merrill Auditorium, Portland, $31-$61. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday.

“Christmas with Renaissance Voices,” 21-voice a cappella ensemble. $12 advance, $15 day of show, $5 students. Cathedral Church of St Luke, 143 State St., Portland. 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.


Portland Ballet’s “The Victorian Nutcracker,” set in Victorian era Portland, with stage sets and costumes inspired by the Victoria Mansion, $20-$55. Westbrook Performing Arts Center, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.


“A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” performed by actor Michael Howard, who also will present a lesser-known Christmas tale by John Henry Faulk. Free. Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth. thomasmemorial 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

“It’s a Wonderful Life,” stage adaptation of the famous movie, $12 in advance and for seniors and students, $15 day of show. Center Theatre for the Performing Arts, Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft. 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday.

Vivid Motion presents “The Nutcracker Burlesque,” featuring a wide array of dance genres including ballet, gogo dancing, disco, hoedown and classic burlesque. For adults only, music is adapted from the classic Tchaikovsky “Nutcracker” ballet, $15. St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland. 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

David Sedaris’ “The Santaland Diaries,” hilarious tale of Crumpet, a Macy’s store elf, for mature audiences only, Portland Stage Company, Studio Theater, Portland, $20-$25. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

“The Snow Queen,” beloved fairy tale of devotion, bravery and the triumph of love, $35 to $45, $15 children under 15. 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; noon and 5 p.m. Sunday.

“The Gift of the Magi,” holiday musical set in the ’40s, $15-$18, Thursdays are pay what you can, The Footlights, 190 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth. 7 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, unconventional Christmas story, with humorous fashion and local musicians, tells the story of six delinquent children, $10, $7 children. Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St., Bath. chocolate 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 5 and 7:30 p.m. p.m. Saturday; 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

“Annie,” musical, Lyric Music Theater, 176 Sawyer St., South Portland. $21.99, $17.99 seniors, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

“The Velveteen Rabbit,” performed by actors ages 8 to 13, Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland. $8-$9. 4 p.m. Friday; 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 1 p.m. Monday.

“The Dybbuk of Park Slope,” play about finding your spirituality in the complex 21st century world, Acorn Productions Studio Theater, Dana Warp Mill, 90 Bridge St., Westbrook. $15, $12 for 12 and under, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Christmas with The Ratpack, dinner and performance, with Elvis Presley impersonator, Anthony’s Dinner Theater, 151 Middle St., Portland. 7 p.m. Friday.

“A 1950s Holiday Show,” a tribute to classic TV Christmas specials, $10. Portland Players, 420 Cottage Road, South Portland. www.portland 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

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