• CLASSICAL MUSIC

TODAY

DaPonte String Quartet, works by Haydn, Beethoven and Britten, Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Thomaston. $18 to $22; free for those under 21. 7:30 p.m.

Portland Conservatory of Music Noonday Concert, with pianist Richard Roberts, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland. Free. 775-3356. 12:15 p.m. 

FRIDAY

Portland Symphony Orchestra, meet musicians and singers from “The Magic of Christmas,” sing carols and enter to win “Magic” tickets, KeyBank Monument Square branch, Portland. Free. 773-6128. 5 to 8 p.m.

“500 Years of Music Guitar,” with guitarist Peter Griggs, Sanford Unitarian Universalist Church. $10; $25 per family. 324-3191. 7 p.m.

DaPonte String Quartet, works by Haydn, Beethoven and Britten, St. Mary’s Church, Falmouth. $18 to $22; free for those under 21. daponte.org. 7:30 p.m.

Bates College Choir, Part I of Handel’s “Messiah,” Olin Concert Hall, Bates College, Lewiston. Free; tickets required. 786-6135. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 

SATURDAY

USM Opera Workshop, well-known pieces from favorite operas, University of Southern Maine (Corthell Concert Hall), Gorham. $6; $3 seniors and students. usm.maine.edu/music. 5 p.m.

USM Composers Ensemble, original works, University of Southern Maine (Corthell Concert Hall), Gorham. Free. usm.maine.edu/music. 8 p.m.

South Berwick Community Chorus, “Laud to the Nativity,” 16th- and 20th-century works by Italian and Italian-American composers, Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Newington. $10 in advance; $12 day of show; $10 students and seniors. 384-7059. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

DaPonte String Quartet, works by Haydn, Beethoven and Britten, Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta. $18 to $22; free for those under 21. daponte.org. 7:30 p.m.

Pioneer Consort, Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath. $17 in advance; $20 day of show. chocolatechurcharts.org. 7:30 p.m.

“Christmas at the Cathedral,” Choral Art Society’s annual holiday concert, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland. $10 to $30; $5 for youth. 828-0043. 8 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday.

Bowdoin College Chamber Choir, works from the U.S., Hungary and Austria; Bowdoin Chapel, Brunswick. Free. 798-4141. 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

SUNDAY

Graduate Showcase, performances by graduate students, University of Southern Maine (Corthell Concert Hall), Gorham. Free. usm.maine.edu/music. 5 p.m.

South Berwick Community Chorus, “Laud to the Nativity,” 16th- and 20th-century works by Italian and Italian-American composers, Wesley Kennedy Performing Arts Center, South Berwick. $10 in advance; $12 day of show; $10 students and seniors. ccsb-sing.org. 3 p.m.

CODA Chorus Annual Christmas Concert, including Beethoven’s “Hallelujah,” Hope Baptist Church, Manchester. 623-9433. 7 p.m.

DaPonte String Quartet, works by Haydn, Beethoven and Britten, Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church, Topsham. $18 to $22; free for those under 21. daponte.org. 3 p.m.

Shape Note Singing, everyone welcome to participate, The New Church, Portland. Donation. 216-3890. 1 to 4 p.m.

TUESDAY

KinderKonzert, Portland Symphony Orchestra program for ages 3 to 7, Reiche School, Portland. $4. 773-6128. “Sounds All Around” (percussion), 1:15 p.m.

KinderKonzert, Portland Symphony Orchestra program for ages 3 to 7, East End Community School, Portland. $4. 773-6128. “Peter and the Wolf,” 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

WEDNESDAY

Kinderkonzert, Portland Symphony Orchestra program for ages 3 to 7, Dyer Library, Saco. $4. portlandsymphony.org. “Peter and the Wolf,” 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

DEC. 8

Southern Maine Children’s Chorus, annual winter concert, University of Southern Maine (Corthell Concert Hall), Gorham. Free/donation. usm.maine.edu/music. 7 p.m.

Down East Singers, musical tribute to Maine’s French cultural heritage with Christmas choral works, St. Patrick’s Church, Newcastle. $15; free for ages 18 and younger. 236-8328. 7:30 p.m.

Portland Conservatory of Music Noonday Concert, with USM Chamber Singers, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland. Free. 775-3356. 12:15 p.m.

• DANCE

December Dance Concert, Bowdoin College (Pickard Theater), Brunswick. Free. 725-3375. 8 p.m. today.

Maine State Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” featuring 290 dancers, the MSB Orchestra, Musica de Filia Girlchour and the Westcustogo Youth Chorale; Merrill Auditorium, Portland. $20 to $60. porttix.com. 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

Karen Montanaro’s “Tanzpiel,” one-woman mime and dance concert, Waldo Theater, Waldoboro. $12; $8 seniors and students. 832-6060. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Charlie Hunter and Tamango, jazz guitarist with tap dancer, Bates College (Olin Arts Center), Lewiston. $15 in advance; $20 day of show; $10 students and seniors. batestickets.com. 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

• THEATER

David Sedaris’ “Santaland Diaries,” one-man holiday comedy for adults, Portland Stage Company (Studio Theater). $20; $17 students. portlandstage.org. 7:30 p.m. today and Friday; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Through Dec. 18.

“A Celtic Christmas,” holiday celebration of performance, song and dance by AIRE, Lucid Stage, Portland. $18 to $22; $12 for children under 12. 799-5327. 7:30 p.m. today and Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to Dec. 8. Through Dec. 11.

“Broadway at Good Theater,” Broadway hits and holiday favorites, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland. $25, $30. 885-5883. 7 p.m. today; 7:30 p.m. Friday; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

“The Snow Queen,” family-friendly adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale, Portland Stage Company. $30 to $40; $12 for children. portlandstage.org. 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; noon Sunday; 7 p.m. Dec. 8. Through Dec. 24.

Irving Berlin’s “Holiday Musical,” based on the classic movie, Portland Players. $20; $18 seniors; $15 students with ID. portlandplayers.org. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 11.

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” comedy, Schoolhouse Arts Center, Standish. $12; $8 for seniors and students. 642-3743. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

“Meet Me in St. Louis,” classic musical, Lyric Music Theater, South Portland. $21.99. lyricmusictheater.org. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Portland Playback Improv Theater, “Holidays from Heaven and Hell,” Community Television Network (CTN), Portland. $5. portlandplayback.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

“The Eight: Reindeer Monologues,” bawdy comedy for adults, Waldo Theatre, Waldoboro. $8. thewaldo.org. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” classic Christmas play, Nasson Community Center (Little Theatre), Springvale. $12; $10 seniors and students. sanfordmainestage.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 9.

“The Wandering Beggar,” celebrates early Eastern European Jewish communities, Acorn Studios, Westbrook. $15; $12 students and seniors. 854-0065. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 18.

“WFCP’s Home Time Radio Hour 2011,” live band with original jingles and comedy, Freeport Performing Arts Center. $10 in advance; $15 day of show. fcponline.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

Dylan Thomas’ “Under Milkwood,” story of a day in the life of a Welsh fishing village; benefits the Peaks Island Community Food Pantry; Brackett Memorial Church, Peaks Island. Cash or food donations. 766-2735. 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

“A Holiday Visit with Ida,” one-woman comedy show with Susan Poulin, Woodfords Congregational Church, Portland. $15. 774-7200. 2 p.m. Sunday.

Acorn Productions’ “Naked Shakespeare Performances,” The Wine Bar & Restaurant, Portland. $8/donation. 854-0065. “Lovers and Cross Dressers,” 8 p.m. Monday.

“Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!),” musical comedy, Schoolhouse Arts Center, Standish. $14; $12 for students and seniors. 642-3743. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Through Dec. 17.

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” with background music, bare stage and minimal props, Freeport Factory Stage. $10 to $12. freeportfactory.com. 7 p.m. Dec. 8. Through Dec. 11.

• ART MUSEUMS

OPENINGS/RECEPTIONS

“Port of Portland: A Ship-Shaped History,” presented by Maine Maritime Museum, Portland Public Library (Lewis Gallery). 443-1316. Opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Through Jan. 3.

• ART GALLERIES

OPENINGS/RECEPTIONS

“Peace 2011,” paintings, drawings and sculptures, Greenhut Galleries, Portland. 772-2693. Opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m. today. Through Dec. 31.

Invitational Ornament Show, ornaments in glass, clay, wood, fiber and metals, Markings Gallery, Bath. 443-1499. Opens today. Through Dec. 31.

Jean Kigel: “Kitchen Americana,” paintings, The Bakery, Damariscotta. 563-2867. Opens today. Through Dec. 31.

“8x10x10,” group show in which all work costs $80, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell. harlowgallery.org. Gala preview and presale with live music and hors d’oeuvres, ($35), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today; free reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Dec. 10.

First Friday ArtWalk, various locations, downtown Portland. firstfridayartwalk.com. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

“Drawing the Line #11,” drawings large and small, June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA, Portland. 699-5083. Artist’s reception, noon to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Dec. 23.

“Bringing Art Home for the Holidays,” four craft artists in fiber, metal, wood and clay, Harmons & Bartons Gallery, Portland. 774-5948. Reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Dec. 31.

“New Work,” paintings by Paul Black, Fore Street Gallery, Portland. 874-8084. Opening artist reception, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. Through Jan. 7.

Diane Hudson’s “My Chicago” and Jane Banquer’s “Vanishing Acts,” Addison Woolley Gallery, Portland. 450-8499. Opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Dec. 22.

“A Tradition of Affordable Art,” winter show, Art Space Gallery, Rockland. artspacemaine.com. Opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Dec. 31.

POP Art Gallery, Portland. 671-3377. Opening reception, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Bob Tkacik, recent work, Geno’s Rock Club, Portland. 221-2382. Opening reception, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Multi-Artist Show and Sale, Studio 53 Fine Art Gallery, Boothbay Harbor. 380-7554. Opening artist reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Dec. 11.

“Gift Wrapped,” mixed-media collages by Noriko Sakanishi, Gold/Smith Gallery, Boothbay Harbor. 633-6252. Artist reception, 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 24.

Second Annual Holiday Art Show, Snug Harbor Farm, Kennebunk. snugharborfarm.com. Opening reception, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Through Jan. 1.

“Small Works 2011,” multi-artist show, Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, Ellsworth. 667-6611. Holiday open house, 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Through Dec. 23.

“Something Blue,” multi-artist exhibit, Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth. elizabethmossgalleries.com. Opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 8.