January 6, 2011

Art and Theater lisings

• CLASSICAL MUSIC

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Painter Rackstraw Downes, whose work is featured in an exhibition at the Portland Museum Art, discusses his art at 6 tonight at Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. Pictured: Ventilation Tower with Estivating Snow Plows, 1988, oil on canvas.

Courtesy Portland Museum of Art

Noonday Concert with Dean Stein, violin, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland. Free. 775-3356. 12:15 p.m. today.

Epiphany Celebration with Choral Art Society a cappella group CAS Camerata, Immanuel Baptist Church, Portland. $20 at door. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Sunday Afternoon Concert Series with The Lefthand Canyon Trio, chamber music, First Congregational Church, Blue Hill. $20; free for children and high school students. 359-2353. 3 p.m. Sunday.

Chorus auditions, call to schedule, Musica de Filia Studio, Portland. 807-2158. For women's choir, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday; for lyric choir, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday; for concert choir, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday; for apprentice choir, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. 

• THEATER

"Checkered Floors," one-person performance based on the Somali migration to Lewiston, Old Port Playhouse, Portland. $15. www.oldportplayhouse.com. 7 p.m. today; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

Portland Playback Theatre, troupe enacts stories from the audience, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland. $5 to $10; donation. www.portlandplayback.com. Theme: "Forks in the Road," 7:30 p.m. Friday.

"Cinderella" auditions, ballet and jazz dancers and a gymnast needed for a ballet theater production, Centre of Movement School of Performing Arts, Gorham. 839-3267. Ages 8 to 12, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday; ages 13 to adult, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

City Theater auditions, for "Edges," a contemporary song cycle, City Theater, Biddeford. 6:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

• MUSEUMS

OPENINGS/RECEPTIONS

"An Evening with Rackstraw Downes," artist featured in Portland Museum of Art exhibition talks about his work followed by a book signing, Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland. $15. www.portlandmuseum.org. 6 p.m. today.

"Waldo County Through Eastern's Eye," black-and-white historic photographs from the Penobscot Marine Museum's Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Co. collection, University of Maine (Hutchinson Center), Belfast. 548-2529. Opens today. Through April 30. 

CONTINUING

"Sit Down! Chairs from Six Centuries," chair collection of American and European seating furniture from circa 1500 to the present, Bowdoin College (Museum of Art), Brunswick. 725-3275. Through Jan. 16.

"Emily Schiffer: Cheyenne River," photographs, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. www.farnsworthmuseum.org. Through Jan. 31.

"Cross Currents: Visual Art Distilled from the Maritime World," Maine Maritime Museum, Bath. 443-1316. Through Feb. 6.

"Currents 6," multi-media work by Gina Siepel, Colby College (Museum of Art), Waterville. www.colby.edu. Through Feb. 13.

"The Wreck of the Nottingham Galley," exhibit of items related to or recovered from the Nottingham Galley, Maine State Museum, Augusta. www.mainestatemuseum.org. Through March.

"Weston: Leaves of Grass," Edward Weston's black-and-white photographs based on Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass," Portland Museum of Art. 775-6148; www.portlandmuseum.org. Through March 13.

"Rackstraw Downes: Onsite Paintings, 1972-2008," artist retrospective, Portland Museum of Art. 775-6148. Through March 20.

"Aunt Lu: The Story of Princess Watahwaso," photographs and objects, Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor. www.abbemuseum.org. Through April 2.

"Little Elegies: The Art of Nineteenth-Century Mourning," paintings, texts, and objects created to assuage grief and memorialize the dead, Colby College (Museum of Art), Waterville. www.colby.edu. Through April 3.

"Learning is an Ornament: The History of Kennebunk's Schools," replica installations, historic images and more, Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk. www.brickstoremuseum.org. Through summer 2011.

"Inspired by Buddhism: Ancient Art from the Permanent Collection," objects from Cambodia, China, Tibet, Korea and Japan, Colby College (Museum of Art), Waterville. www.colby.edu. Through Oct. 2.

"Imagination Takes Shape: Canadian Inuit Art from the Robert and Judith Toll Collection," Bowdoin College (Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum), Brunswick. Through Dec. 6. 

• ART GALLERIES

OPENINGS/RECEPTIONS

First Friday Art Walk, self-guided tour of galleries, studios, museums and alternative art venues; various locations, downtown Portland. Free. www.firstfridayartwalk.com. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

"Launch!", work by young and emerging visual artists, York Art Association, York Harbor. www.yorkartassociation.com. Reception 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Through Jan. 30.

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