“Madeleine de Sinety: Photographs,” Portland Museum of Art. 775-6148; Through Dec. 31.

“Gather Up the Fragments: The Andrews Shaker Collection,” Shaker works, Portland Museum of Art. 775-6148; Through Feb. 5.

“Paul Caponigro: The Hidden Presence of Places,” photography, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. 596-6457; Through Jan. 5.

“Focus on India,” photos by Lawrence Elbroch, Red Door Pottery Studio and Gallery Shop, Kittery. 439-5671. Through Feb. 1.

“Courting the Muse,” watercolors by Ken Fellows, York Public Library. 363-2818. Through Dec. 30.

“Still/Moving,” performance, video, sculpture, printmaking and photography by Deborah Wing-Sproul. Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport.

“Sferics and Aural Ecosystem,” installation artists Zach Poff and N.B. Aldrich, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport.

“Pieced and Wired,” Gabriella D’Italia, George Mason and Ellen Wieske, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport. Gallery talk, 3 p.m. today.

Dominic Chavez: “The Global Lens,” photography, University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor. Through Dec. 30.

Carlo Pittore, “Studio Life,” University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor. Through Dec. 30.

Abe Ajay, “Constructions,” University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor. Through Dec. 30.

“A Perpetual Present,” 2011 MECA Faculty Selects Exhibition, Maine College of Art (Institute of Contemporary Art), Portland. 699-5029. Through Dec. 23.

Holiday Extravaganza, 60-plus Maine artists, craftsmen, poets and musicians, Aarhus Gallery, Belfast. 338-0001. Through Dec. 24.

“Precious Things,” multiple artists, small pieces, L/A Arts Gallery 5, Lewiston. 576-4805. Through Jan. 7.

“Let Heaven and Nature Sing: Seventh Annual Festival of Trees,” Saco Museum. 283-3861. Through Dec. 31.

“Objects of Affection,” still life paintings by Liliana Thelander, Denise Rankin, Nancy O’Brien MacKinnon and Pamela Hansen, Damariscotta River Grill, Damariscotta. 563-2992.

J. Donna Asmussen, watercolors and printmaking, Finance Authority of Maine, Augusta. Through Jan. 6.

“Many Hands: Wabanaki Paths of Learning,” University of Southern Maine (Woodbury Campus Center), Portland.

“Colors of Maine,” paintings by Neil Wyrick, Falmouth Memorial Library. 781-2351. Through Dec. 30.

Michele A. Caron, paintings, 317 Main Street Community Music Center, Yarmouth. 846-6264. Through Jan. 13.

“All Things Bright and Beautiful,” four Maine artists, Archipelago, Rockland. 596-0701. Through Jan. 6.

Drawing the Line #11, drawings large and small, June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA, Portland. 699-5083. Through Dec. 23.

“Enter Night,” art with theme of “welcoming darkness and celebrating the coming of winter,” Rose Contemporary, Portland. Through Dec. 31.

Artisans Collective Mixed Media Show and Sale, The Royal Bean, Yarmouth. 846-7967.

“Barry: The Art Exhibition,” paintings, sculpture and pen-and-ink drawings by Edith Cleaves Barry, Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk. 985-4802. Through Jan. 9.

New paintings by Paul Black, Fore Street Gallery, Portland. 874-8084. Through Jan. 7.

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

“Peace 2011,” painting, drawing and sculpture, Greenhut Galleries, Portland. 772-2693. Through Dec. 31.

“A Tradition of Affordable Art,” winter show, Art Space Gallery, Rockland. Through Dec. 31.

“Bringing Art Home for the Holidays,” four artists in fiber, metal, wood and clay, Harmon’s & Barton’s Gallery, Portland. 774-5948. Through Dec. 31.

Invitational ornament show, ornaments in glass, clay, wood, fiber and metals, Markings Gallery, Bath. 443-1499. Through Dec. 31.

“Beast in Show,” art by Susan Mathias and Nancy McGinnis, benefit for area animal organizations, Monkitree, Gardiner. 512-4679. Through Jan. 12.

“Gift Wrapped,” mixed media collages by Noriko Sakanishi, Gold/Smith Gallery, Boothbay Harbor. 633-6252. Through Dec. 24.

“Port of Portland: A Ship-Shaped History,” presented by Maine Maritime Museum, Portland Public Library (Lewis Gallery). 443-1316. Through Jan. 3.

Multi-artist show and sale, Studio 53 Fine Art Gallery, Boothbay Harbor. 380-7554. Noon to 3 p.m. today.

“My Chicago” by Diane Hudson and “Vanishing Acts” by Jane Banquer, photography, woodblock prints and paintings, Addison Woolley Gallery, Portland. 450-8499. Through Dec. 22.

“Small Works 2011,” multi-artist show, Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, Ellsworth. 667-6611. Through Dec. 23.

Charles Thompson, paintings, University of New England Campus Center, Biddeford. Through Jan. 15.

“In The Forest By The Sea,” paintings by Jada Fitch, The Green Hand Bookshop, Portland. 253-6808. Through Jan. 30.

Second annual holiday art show, Snug Harbor Farm, Kennebunk. 967-2414. Through Dec. 31.

“Eye Catchers,” Gleason Fine Art, Portland. 699-5599. Through Jan. 30.

“Inside Stories,” oil paintings by Adria Moynihan, running with scissors, Portland. 978-394-6605. Through Dec. 24.

New and Recent Photographs: Thomas Birtwistle, Cole Caswell and Bryan Graf, Zero Station Art, Design, Framing, Portland. Through Feb. 1.

Diane Bowie Zaitlin, encaustic paintings, Carver Hill Gallery, Rockland. Through Dec. 31.

Annual holiday exhibition, gallery artists and invited guest artists, Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland. 594-5935. Through Dec. 23.

“John Hultberg and Monhegan Island: The Man, The Place and his Dreams,” Fryeburg Academy (Palmina F. and Stephen S. Pace Galleries of Art), Fryeburg. 935-9232. Through Jan. 21.

“Bad Seed #3,” J.T. Gibson, Coleman Burke Gallery at Port City Music Hall, Portland. Through Jan. 25.

Holiday art show, original art in oil, pastel and watercolors, prints and cards, Gallery Framing, Brunswick. 729-9108. Through Dec. 30.

“Multiples,” group exhibition featuring Mildred Johnson, George Mason and Isabelle Pelissier, Coleman Burke Gallery (Fort Andross), Brunswick. Through Feb. 1.

“The Circus Comes to Town,” Bex Bros. Circus miniature circus figures and more, Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport. Through Jan. 29.

YES Art Works group exhibit, Speers Gallery, Kennebunk Free Library. 985-2173. Through Dec. 31.

Paintings, photos, glass and pottery by 15 artists, Art Guild Gallery, Freeport. 865-3103. Through Dec. 31.

The Creche Collection, creches from around the world, Fryeburg Academy, Palmina F. and Stephen S. Pace Galleries of Art, Fryeburg. 935-9232. Through Dec. 30.

“In the Material,” work of fall semester art students, Blake Library, University of Maine, Fort Kent. 834-7527. Through Dec. 31.

Patricia L. Ritzo, acrylic landscape and figure paintings, Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth. 799-1720. Through Dec. 30.

“Maine Wood 2012,” biennial juried exhibition of Maine woodworkers, Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport. Through Feb. 3.

“Through the Ages: 75 Years at the Brick Store Museum,” Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk. 985-4802.

Art Walk, downtown Biddeford. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Kennebec Valley Art Association’s 49th Annual “Holiday Art Show and Sale,” Harlow Gallery, Hallowell. 622-3813. Opens Friday; through Jan. 14.

The Artisans Collective show and sale, mixed-media show, The Royal Bean, Yarmouth. 846-1009. Through Jan. 31.

History of Maine’s Gateway City, Maine Maritime Museum, Bath. 443-1316. Through Feb. 14.

Art Openings

“Two Painters,” Katherine Gagnon and Angela Warren, June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland. 772-1961. Reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

“In Nature,” work of Deborah Randall, Andy Rosen and Stephen Burt, Engine, Biddeford Arts, Biddeford. Grand opening, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.


“Beyond Therapy,” Chocolate Church Arts Center (Curtis Room Annex), Bath. 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.


Portland Greendrinks, benefits Portland Music Foundation, State Theatre, Portland, $5, $2 with own mug. 21-plus. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Books and Authors

Rebekah Raye, author of the children’s book “Bear-ly There,” Sherman’s Books and Stationery, Freeport. 869-9000. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.

W.H. Bunting, author of “Live Yankees: The Sewalls and Their Ships,” Sherman’s Books and Stationery, Freeport. 869-9000. 1 to 3 p.m. today.

Martha White, granddaughter of E.B. White, author of “In the Words of E.B. White,” Gulf of Maine Books, Brunswick. 729-5083. 4 p.m. today.

“Let’s Talk About It,” monthly book and discussion group, Meeting Room 5, Lower Level, Portland Public Library, free. 871-1700, ext. 728. Topic is Civil War fiction, facilitated by Eve Ramon, USM arts and humanities professor, 5 to 6:30 p.m Monday.

Biddeford Adult Poetry Project, facilitated by local poet Joe Breuning, Second Congregational Church, Biddeford. 284-7898. 6 p.m. Thursday.

Colin Woodard, author of “American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America,” Skidompha Library, Damariscotta. 563-3207. 10 a.m. Thursday.

Joyce Tenneson, author of “Shells: Nature’s Exquisite Creations,” Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, free. 3 to 5 p.m. Friday.

Kevin C. Mills, author of “Breakwater,” book-release event, Maine Authors Publishing Office, Rockland. 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Classical Music

“Magic of Christmas,” Portland Symphony Orchestra’s annual holiday concert, Merrill Auditorium, Portland, $31-$61, senior and student discounts. 842-0800. 1 and 5 p.m. today; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Odeon Holiday Concert with Marc Johnson, all four Odeon ensembles (junior, symphony, chamber and adult), Rockport Opera House, free. 236-2823. 2:30 p.m. today.

DaPonte String Quartet, Christmas concert, Second Congregational Church, Newcastle, free. 3 p.m. today.

Music’s Quill: Timothy Burris, lute, and Timothy Neill Johnson, tenor, “A Baroque Christmas,” Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland, $15, $10 students and seniors. 772-5434. 3 p.m. today.

Coastal Youth Orchestra’s winter concert, featuring the Fiddleheads, Coastal String Ensemble and Coastal Chamber Orchestra, Orion Performing Arts Center, Topsham, free/donation. 729-5156. 7 p.m. Monday.

St. Mary Schola, early-music ensemble performs 17th-century French Christmas carols, English advent music and more, Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland, $20. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Portland Conservatory of Music Noonday Concerts, holiday sing-along with Robert Russell and Choral Arts Society members, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland, free. 775-3356. 12:15 p.m. Thursday.

Holiday pops concert, Pro Musica Orchestra, VoXX, Rockport Dance Conservatory and Midcoast Community Childrens’ Chorus, benefits United Mid-Coast Charities, Strom Auditorium, Camden Hills Regional High School, Rockport, $20-$35, $8-$10 for children. 236-2299. 4 p.m. Saturday.

“Celtic Christmas Extravaganza,” featuring the Boston String Quartet, with the Seaglass Chorale and Celtic vocalist Pan Morigan, Saint David’s Church, Kennebunk, $18 advance, $20 doors, $18 seniors and students. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

“Holiday Classics: Familiar, Folk and Fugue,” Tapestry Singers, Second Congregational Church, Newcastle, $10 advance, $12 doors. 644-1174. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.


Open mic comedy night, Slainte, Portland, 21-plus. 8 p.m. Thursday.

Hilarious Holiday Comedy, featuring Karen Morgan, Frontier Cafe, Cinema & Gallery, Brunswick, $10 advance, $12 doors. 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16.


“Dance USM!” Annual dance concert, Russell Hall, University of Southern Maine, Gorham, $15, $11 seniors, $8 students. 5 p.m. today.

Holiday Milonga del Oeste, danceable concert by tango band Tango Mucha Labia, Williston West Church, Portland, $10, bring indoor shoes. Lessons at 8:15, dance at 9 p.m. Friday.

Contradance, Town Hall, Bowdoinham, $9. 666-3090. Lessons at 7:30 p.m., dance 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Contradance, music from Soupbone and calling by Dugan Murphy, Mayo Street Arts, Portland, $7. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Saturday night dance party, Argentine tango lessons and dance party, American Ballroom Dance Academy, Portland, call for cover. 671-7644. Lessons at 6 p.m., dance party 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday.


Handmade, Waterfall Arts, Belfast,, high-quality goods and artwork by over 40 indie crafters and artists, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.

Holiday Art Show, Kittery Art Association, Kittery. 439-1290. Show includes pottery by Elaine Fuller, jewelry by Ashley Heffron and Red Heel and much more, 1 to 6 p.m. today; 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday; noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 18.

Picnic Holiday Sale, Portland Company Complex, Portland. Juried indie craft fair. Photos with Yeti, DJ music, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.

Art in the Hood Holiday Craft Sale, Townsend Real Estate & Art Gallery, Willard Square, South Portland. 842-9200. Twelve local artists, 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

YES Art Works Holiday Arts Fair, Creative Work Systems, Portland. 879-1140. 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday.

YES Art Works Holiday Arts Fair, Creative Work Systems, Saco. 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday.


Ogunquit Performing Arts Classic Film Series, Dunaway Center, Ogunquit, Free. 646-7055. “Hello Dolly” (1969), 7 p.m. Wednesday.

“It’s a Wonderful Life,” State Theatre, Portland, $6. With musical performance by Over a Cardboard Sea, 6 and 9:30 p.m. Friday.

“White Christmas” (1954), Strand Theatre, Rockland, $5. 3 p.m. Saturday.

Food and Drink

Wine Tasting, Rosemont Market, Yarmouth. 831-2553. Rosemont’s newest finds from Europe and the U.S. with Sam Brown of Pine State, 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Wine Tasting, Rosemont Market & Bakery, Portland. Michael Burke of Vias wines. Big, fancy, significant Italian wines for gifts and important meals, 4 to 7 p.m. Friday.

For Children

Sesame Street Live, Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, $10-$50. 775-3458. 2 p.m. today.

“Santa’s Reindeer Revue,” Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, Portland, $8-$9. Talent show by Santa’s rollicking band of renegade reindeer, 4 p.m. today; 1 p.m. Thursday; 4 p.m. Friday; 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday.

Chris Van Dusen, Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport, free. Author and illustrator of “The Circus Shop.” Includes refreshments and kids craft project, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Home & Garden

Bath Antiques Show, Bath Middle School, Bath, $4. 443-8983. 55 dealers, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.


Weekly Music Jam Sessions, Sail Power and Steam Museum, Rockland, free. 701-7627. Bring an instrument or three or just come to listen, 2 to 4 p.m. today.

Jazz Breakfast, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, free, with museum admission. Port City Jazz, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Don Campbell Trio, Jewett Auditorium, Augusta, $10, $5 students, 12 and under free. 621-3551. Christmas concert, 2 p.m. today.

Mark Tipton Jazz Concert, Mayo Street Arts, Portland, $8. 8 p.m. today.

Jazz Brunch, Jumpin Jakes Seafood Cafe, Old Orchard Beach, $12.99, buffet. 937-3250. Richard Marsters. Light jazz with trumpet, flute, guitar and piano, 10 a.m. today.

Stone Mountain Live Annual Christmas Show, Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield, $35. Hosted by Carol Noonan and the Stone Mountain Boys, 4 p.m. today.

Holiday Concert with Composer Tim Janis, Catherine McAuley High School, Portland, $25. 797-3802, ext. 2018. Benefit for the high school and Mercy Hospital, 2 p.m. today.

Rock My Soul Rockin’ Gospel Holiday Concert, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $12/$15. Twenty-member secular choir, 4 p.m. today.

Bluegrass Jam Session, unplugged string instruments only, Roost Function Hall, Buxton, $5, free for kids with adult. 799-1232. 1 to 6 p.m. today.

Down East Singers, Camden Opera House, $15, free for 18 and younger. 236-8328. “Noel Francais,” a musical tribute to Maine’s French cultural heritage with Christmas choral works, 2:30 p.m. today.

Sean Mencher, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland, free, donations welcome. ’50s rockabilly music, 11 a.m. today.

Tibetan Singing Bowl Sound Healing Concert, Thomaston Yoga Studio, Thomaston, $5-$15 suggested donation. 208-7492. With Lori LeBlanc, musician and sound healer, 4:30 p.m. today.

Voice students of Michelle Snow, applied music, Olin Concert Hall, Lewiston, free, tickets required. 786-6135. Jazz and pop, 3 p.m. today.

“Hey Ho the Holly!” Yuletide music in the folk tradition, Newell Family and Castlebay, proceeds benefit Heifer International, an organization that helps provide livestock and agricultural training for people in need throughout the world, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Newcastle, $7, $5 students and seniors. 563-8440. 3 p.m. today.

Greater Freeport Community Chorus, Sacred Heart Church, Yarmouth, $10, $5 students and seniors, under 12 free. 751-6301. Spirituals, carols and holiday favorites, 2:30 p.m. today.

Choral Art Society, Carols in the Library, Longfellow House, Portland, $10-$12, reservations required. 774-1822, ext. 206. 2:30 p.m. today.

“The Sound of Christmas,” Empire Brass with Elisabeth Von Trapp, University of Maine (Collins Center for the Arts), Orono, $38-$43. 581-1755. 3 p.m. today.

A Community Sing! Favorites of Christmas, led by Beth Farefoot, minister of music; hosted by Sanctuary Choir, First Congregational Church, New Gloucester, free, food pantry donations. 2 p.m. today.

Down East Country Music Association’s Country Christmas, Club 302, Windham, $5, free for under 12. 850-1771. Live music, ornament swap, raffles, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, 1 p.m. today.

Noam Pikelny and Friends, banjo and bluegrass music, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $20/$25. 8 p.m. Tuesday.

“Sounds of the Season” Falmouth High School Chorus, Ocean View at Falmouth, free. Holiday tunes and refreshments. Presented by Falmouth Historical Society, 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Heart and Soul, Lithgow Public Library, Augusta, free. 626-2415. Women’s a cappella quartet performs holiday concert, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Italian Heritage Center Community Band, Falmouth Elementary School. With Falmouth Fifth Grade Band, 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Holiday Concert, Thornton Academy Garland Auditorium, Saco, $4, $3 students and seniors. 282-3361, ext. 8170. Thornton Academy Orchestra, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Chamber Singers, Treble Choir and Concert Choir, 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

A Celtic Christmas with Kilmore Carols, Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center, South Carthage, $15, $12.50 for kids under 15. 562-4445. Aoife Clancy, Robbie O’Connel and Jimmy Keene, 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Old Time Music Jam, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland, free, donations welcome. Open jam of old time Appalachian music, 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Maine Songwriters Association Showcase, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $5, tickets at the door. Truth About Daisies, Regina Lucchese, Max Garcia Conover and others, 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Boothbay Region High School Holiday Concert, Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, free. Performances by the chorus and the Seahawk Symphonic Band, 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

A Celtic Christmas with Kilmore Carols, Unity Centre for the Performing Arts, Unity, $15. Aoife Clancy, Robbie O’Connel and Jimmy Keene, 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Portland Jazz Orchestra, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $9, $5 students, seniors. Big band swing from 18-piece ensemble, 8 p.m. Thursday.

Hattie Simon and Nick Thompson-Brown, Dobr Tea, Portland. 210-6566. Jazz vocals and piano with stand-up bass, 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Don Campbell Holiday CD Release Party, The Landing at Pine Point, Scarborough, $15-$25. 8 p.m. Friday.

Chris Click, Lithgow Public Library, Augusta, free. Folk, classical and holiday music on guitar and piano, 3 p.m. Friday.

Stone Mountain Live Annual Christmas Show, Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield, $49. Hosted by Carol Noonan and the Stone Mountain Boys with special guests the Gibson Brothers, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Castlebay Yuletide Concert, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, $10. Seasonal songs and tales of Celtic enchantment with Celtic harp, guitar, fiddle and flute, 8 p.m. Friday.

Lief Sherman-Curtis and Tom Kovacevic, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland, free, donations welcome. Members of Olas, 7 p.m. Friday.

Jake Shimabukuro, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $30/$35, sold-out. Ukulele music, 8 p.m. Friday.

Barefoot Truth, Fryeburg Academy (Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center), Fryeburg, $15-$18, $10 students. Eclectic rock band, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Anna with Will Dailey and The Rivals, indie folk, Big Easy, Portland. 9 p.m. Saturday.

Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime with Scotty Don’t, State Theatre, Portland, $18-$20, all ages, general admission. Sparks the Rescue opens, 8 p.m. Saturday.

Italian Heritage Center Community Band, Holidays with a Twist, Deering High School Auditorium, Portland, bring canned goods. 7 p.m. Saturday.

“Christmas with Renaissance Voices,” Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland, $12/ $15. 21-voice a cappella ensemble, 8 p.m. Saturday.

Kyle Hardy, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland, free, donations welcome. Mix of jazz with saxophones, 7 p.m. Saturday.

Joyful Noise 6: A Jazz Christmas in Kennebunk, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Kennebunk, $10. 467-5310. Chris Humphrey’s Jazz Band, 7 p.m. Saturday.

Don Campbell Band, Christmas show, Center Theatre for the Performing Arts, Dover-Foxcroft, $12/ $15. 564-8943. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Nuclear Boots, The Outfits and The Rattlesnakes, The Oak and the Ax, Biddeford, $7. Garage rock, 8 p.m. Saturday.

An Evening with Arborea, Sara Cox and Glenn Jones, singer-songwriters, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $12/$15. 8 p.m. Saturday.

“Christmas on Broadway,” a Christmas with Friends concert, City Theater, Biddeford, $10. 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday.

Saco Coffeehouse Concert with Inanna: Sisters in Rhythm, Unitarian Universalist Church of Saco and Biddeford, Saco, $10. Percussion and vocal ensemble, 8 p.m. Saturday.

TriCity Community Chorus, a Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten and other seasonal favorites, St. Joseph Church, Biddeford, $10/$12; ages 6 to 12 $5, under 5 free. 282-9453. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Dave Rowe, Denny Breau and Phil House, annual holiday concert, First Universalist Church, Auburn, $15. 866-655-7171. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Midcoast Saxophone Sinfonia Concert, Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church, Topsham, donations accepted. 725-6426. Christmas music, 7 p.m. Saturday.

Special Events

Candy Cane Train, 90-minute roundtrip between Bath and Wiscasset. Passengers will meet Santa and his elves, listen to storytellers, sing songs and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Benefits the Read With Me family program and Literacy Volunteers, Bath Train Station, Bath, $17. 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. today.

A John Waters Christmas, adult content not suitable for children, State Theatre, Portland, $31.50-$41.50, $66.50 with meet & greet. 7:30 p.m. today.

Gingerbread Spectacular, Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, free. 633-5159. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

Gingerbread House Competition, benefit for the Ronald McDonald House, Residence Inn by Marriott, Portland, $25 per entry. 761-1660. Ongoing competition followed by gingerbread house auction, judging and finale brunch 9 to 11 a.m. Friday.

Festival of Gingerbread Houses, York Public Library, York. 363-2818. Today.

Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad’s “Polar Express” Train Rides, Ocean Gateway Terminal, Portland, $25-$40. Rides on holiday-decorated train to the “North Pole,” rides start at 2:45 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday. Through Dec. 23.

27th Annual Christmas Parade, Wells Christmas Parade, “A Country Christmas” theme, 2 p.m. today.

Deck the Halls: The Carols of Christmas, Victoria Mansion decorated for the holidays, Portland, $15; $13.50 seniors; 6 to 17, $5. Daily through Jan. 8.

Brewer’s Holiday Dash 5K, to register go to, Ri Ra Irish Pub, Portland, 21 + event. 775-2411. Benefits Portland Trails and Toys for Tots, 11 a.m. today.

Brick Store Museum’s 8th Annual Holiday Tea, Bourne Mansion, Kennebunk, $20, $7.50 for 14 and under. 985-4802. Holiday tea and learning about tea and its customs and history, with sweet treats and tea sandwiches, 3 to 5 p.m. today.

Victorian Nutcracker Tea, Nathaniel Hawthorne House, Raymond, $20, $15 for children. 655-9136. Performance by members of the Portland Ballet Company, food, drinks, music and period costumes, 2 to 4:30 p.m. today.

Presentation by MIT professor Noam Chomsky, Westbrook Performing Arts Center, Westbrook, free. Presented by UNE’s Center for Global Humanities, 6 p.m. Monday.

Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: Handel’s “Rodelinda,” Strand Theatre, Rockland, $27. Encore performance, 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Port Veritas Spoken Word Night, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland, free, donations welcome. Weekly poetry reading, 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Merry Madness, Portland Regency Hotel, Portland. Free hors d’oeuvres, raffles and music, and shop at downtown stores until 10 p.m. 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday.

Sixth Annual Christmas Party, Sanford-Springvale Historical Museum, Sanford. 324-2797. Sanford High School Chorus and refreshments, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

USM Art Department Second Annual Printmaking Holiday Sale, University of Southern Maine Art Department, Gorham. 780-5460. Works of USM printmaking students for viewing and purchasing, 4 to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Victorian Christmas at Donnell House, Maine Maritime Museum (Donnell House), Bath, $5; 12 and under $3; family $15. 443-1316. Victorian Christmas decor, kids’ crafts and live musical entertainment. 3 to 7 p.m. Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 22.

“Season of Light” Holiday Show, University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland, $4-$6. History and astronomy of the solstice, New Year’s, Hannukkah and Christmas, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through Dec. 30.

Full Dome: “IBEX-Search for the Solar System’s Edge,” University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland, $4-$6. 8:30 p.m. Friday. Through Dec. 29.

Lobster Crawl Auction, Mayo Street Arts, Portland, $1. Lobster racing, live auction and music by Pickle Jar Defenders, 7 p.m. Friday.

“Everything Under the Tree” Holiday Sale, SoPo Art Studios, South Portland. 899-5939. Works of 10 local artists, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 23.

Christmas with Deertrees, music and words, Bridgton Academy chapel, North Bridgton, $5 suggested donation. 583-6747. 3 p.m. Saturday.


Portland Pirates, AHL affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes, Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, $12-$20, 828-4665,; vs. Manchester, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; vs. St. John’s, 7 p.m. Saturday.

Maine Red Claws, NB Development League affiliate of the Celtics, Bobcats and 76ers, Portland Exposition Building, Portland, $6-$30, 210-6655,; vs. Erie, 7 p.m. Saturday.


Studio Theatre of Bath presents “The Greatest Christmas Pageant Ever,” Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath, $13-$15. 442-8455. 2 p.m. today; 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through Dec. 18.

“Miracles on School Street,” Theater Project, Brunswick, $12. An all-ages collaboration to celebrate the season, 2 p.m. today; 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through Dec. 18.

American Irish Repertory Ensemble presents “A Celtic Christmas,” Lucid Stage, Portland, $18-$22, $12 for under 12. 799-5327. Holiday celebration of performance, song and dance, 2 p.m. today.

“Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!), Schoolhouse Arts Center, Standish, $14, $12 for students and seniors. 642-3743. Wonderfully funny musical, 2 p.m. today; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Saint Joseph’s College (Viola George Auditorium), Standish, $10, $5 for 18 and under. 893-7723. Presented by the Feeney Players, 2 p.m. today.

David Sedaris’ “Santaland Diaries,” Portland Stage Company (Studio Theater), Portland, $20, $17 students. Hilarious one-man show, 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. today; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 18.

Barbara Robinson’s “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath, $10, $8 seniors and students. 442-8455. 2 p.m. today; 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through Dec. 18.

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Freeport Factory Stage, Freeport, $10-$12. With background music, bare stage and minimal props, 2 p.m. today.

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

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Public Theatre, Lewiston, $18, kids $5. Six actors and a fiddler, 2 p.m. today.

“Seussical the Musical,” Midcoast Youth Theater family show, Midcoast Performing Arts Center, Brunswick, $10, $8 seniors and students. 2 p.m. today; 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday.

Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” Portland Stage Company, Portland, $35-$40. Noon and 5 p.m. today; 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 24.

“A Christmas Story,” Bangor Opera House, $20-$35. 942-3333. Presented by Penobscot Theatre, 3 p.m. today; 7 p.m. Thursday, and Friday; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 23.

Snowlion Repertory Company’s musical production of Dickens’ “The Christmas Bride,” Lucid Stage, Portland, $17, $15 for students and seniors. Joyous holiday tale of love lost and found, home and family, faith and forgiveness, 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 21.

Vivid Motion, Inc.’s “Nutcracker Burlesque,” St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, $15. Spicy, sultry spin of the classic ballet, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through Dec. 23.

“The Musical Bah Hum Bug,” The Academy of Developing Artists of Maine, Biddeford, $10/$13. 502-0217. Musical version of “A Christmas Carol,” 7 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 23.

“The X-Mas Files: A Search for Santa,” Waldo Theater, Waldoboro, $5-$8. 832-6060. Musical holiday comedy for all ages, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through Dec. 18.

“Christmas with the Rat Pack,” Anthony’s Dinner Theater, Portland, $39.99, includes 5-course dinner. 221-2267. 7 p.m. Saturday.

“It’s a Wonderful Life,” Fryeburg Academy (Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center), Fryeburg, $12, $10 students and seniors. 935-9232. Arts in Motion Theater Company, 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday.