This week

Skidompha Public Library, 184 Main St., Damariscotta, hosts an evening of poetry, readings and music with “A Little More Heartwood Christmas” at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Heartwood Theater Company will bring back a few favorites from last year’s show, along with some new material. John Adams will narrate “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” Abbey Hutchins and Sarah Winglass will perform Christmas tunes, and a cast of 20 will deliver favorite poems, music and readings. There is a suggested donation of $8 for adults and $5 for students.

Visit or call 563-1373. 

Coming up

Acorn Productions presents Phyzgig, a vaudeville festival in downtown Portland, from Dec. 27 through New Year’s Eve.

Phyzgig performances offer juggling, illusion, physical comedy and live music. This year’s edition features 11 traditional acts and three local burlesque groups, along with the live sounds of “The Fabulous Lacklusters” under the musical direction of Joel Eckhaus. The festival comprises 13 shows at three venues: The mainstage at Portland Stage Company, Space Gallery on Congress Street, and the Acorn Studio Theater in Westbrook.

Tickets cost $10 to $20. For information or to purchase tickets, call 854-0065 or visit

Looking ahead into January, Portland Ovations brings the musical “Mamma Mia!” to Merrill Auditorium for four performances Jan. 12-14. The popular musical is based on the songs of the ’70s pop band ABBA.

Shows are at 8 p.m. Jan. 12 and Jan. 13, and at 2 and 8 p.m. Jan. 14. Tickets range from $50 to $65 through PortTix, the Merrill box office. Call 842-0800 or visit online at

– Bob Keyes, Staff Writer