In concert

The Indigo Girls are back on the road and plan a tour stop in Portland on Saturday. The Georgia-bred and -based folk-rock duo will perform at 8 p.m. at Merrill Auditorium. Lucy Wainwright Roche opens. Saturday’s concert is part of the Return to Life benefit concert series, which in the past has featured David Bromberg, Brandi Carlile and Rufus Wainwright. Proceeds benefit Alpha One, an independent living center based in South Portland.

The Indigo Girls released a live album, “Staring Down the Brilliant Dream,” in June and a holiday album, “Holly Happy Days,” earlier this month.

Tickets are $37 to $69 through PortTix; 842-0800 or

In a similar musical vein, Arlo Guthrie brings his “Journey On” tour to the Performing Arts Center at Newton Hall, Kents Hill School. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18. The concert will be the second in the Aleigh Mills Concert Series at Kents Hill, which supports the Aleigh Mills Scholarship Fund in memory of Mills, who was a member of the class of 2006.

Tickets are available through the Kents Hill development office. General admission tickets are $55, and VIP seats cost $75. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 685-4914. 

On stage

Beginning Friday, the Young Company at the Theater Project, 14 School St., Brunswick, stages Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible.” It runs through Nov. 7, with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. All tickets are pay what you want, with a suggested price of $12, through or by calling 729-8584. The play dramatizes the Salem witch hunt and subsequent trials that seized the province of Massachusetts in 1692. Wendy Poole directs.

The American Irish Repertory Ensemble presents “The Seafarer,” a darkly humorous supernatural play by Conor McPherson, beginning Thursday at the Studio Theater at Portland Stage Company, 25A Forest Ave. The show, which will run through Nov. 13, is set at Christmas Eve in Dublin. Four old friends settle in for an evening of holiday cheer, but a friendly poker game turns sinister when a mysterious stranger raises the stakes. Dan Burson directs.

Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. There also will be a performance at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10. Tickets cost $20 ($17 for seniors and students); admission is $15 on Thursdays and on Nov. 10. Call 799-5327 or go to

A little classical

•  The Portland String Quartet opens its 42nd season with guest clarinetist Charles Neidich at 2 p.m. Sunday at Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodfords St., Portland. The PSQ will present Johannes Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet in B Minor and Rebecca Clarke’s Prelude, Allegro and Pastorale for Clarinet & Viola. Also on the program is Haydn’s String Quartet in D Major, No. 4. A reception will follow the concert.

Admission is $22 ($20 for seniors); ages 21 and younger will be admitted free. Call 761-1522 or e-mail [email protected]