• HOT TICKETS

Music and Nightlife: Merry metal: Clutch performs at the State

YOU’VE ALMOST made it through another year, so now is no time to slow down. Keep on rockin’ hard this week with a triple-powered show: Maryland metal outfit Clutch will headline at the State Theatre, supported by Corrosion of Conformity and Kyng.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $20 in advance; $25 day of show

INFO: (800) 745-3000; statetheatreportland.com

Art and Theater: All kinds of phun at Phyzgig Festival

VAUDEVILLE is alive and well. Acorn Productions presents its annual Phyzgig Festival, featuring juggling, illusion and physical comedy. There is something for just about everyone, including kids and those of among us who wish we still were kids.

WHEN: Tuesday through Dec. 31

WHERE: Portland Stage Company and Space gallery in Portland; Acorn studio theater in Westbrook

TICKETS: $10 to $20; 854-0065

INFO: phyzgig.org

Dining and Drink: Feast: Count on it being delicious

CELEBRATE AN ITALIAN Christmas Eve tradition with the Feast of the Seven Fishes. The five-course menu includes bay scallops with spicy tomato fonduta and grilled octopus and shrimp served with potatoes, capers and winter spinach. Mangia.

WHEN: Serving 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Cinque Terre, 36 Wharf St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $50 per person

INFO: 347-6154

Et Cetera: Tour Longfellow House this holiday

TOUR the Longfellow House in all its seasonal glory and learn how Christmas became the commercial holiday it is today.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (last tour leaves one hour before closing time)

WHERE: Longfellow House, Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $12; $10 for students, $3 for children under 6

INFO: mainehistory.org

 

• CHEAP THRILLS

Music and Nightlife: Feature show helps Keep ME Warm Fund

THE FEATURE (that’s the name of a band, by the way) will play a holiday benefit for the Keep ME Warm Fund. The program raises money to help those who may not be eligible for limited federal, state or local fuel assistance programs.

WHEN: 7 p.m. today

WHERE: One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $10

INFO: 761-1757; onelongfellowsquare.com

Art and Theater: Do your best to catch PMA’s de Sinity show

MADELEINE DE SINITY is a little-known Rangeley photographer whose show at the Portland Museum of Art is bringing her much-deserved attention. If you are burned out on the holidays, do yourself a favor and catch it before it closes.

WHEN: Through Dec. 31; closed Christmas Day

WHERE: Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square

ADMISSION: $10; $8 seniors and students; $4 for ages 6 to 17; free for ages 5 and younger; free for all after 5 p.m. Fridays

INFO: 775-6148; portlandmuseum.org

Dining and Drink: Shop, then pop by for a try

TAKE A WELL-DESERVED BREAK from your last-minute Christmas shopping and pop into Rosemont Market for a late-afternoon wine tasting with Ned Swain of Devenish Wines.

WHEN: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Rosemont Market, 580 Brighton Ave., Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 831-2553

Et Cetera: ‘Polar Express’ ride departing Portland

BUNDLE UP the kids in their PJs, board the Polar Express train, and depart for the North Pole (figuratively speaking, that is). Enjoy hot cocoa, carols and a visit from Santa as you travel.

WHEN: 2:45, 4, 5:15 and 6:30 p.m. today and Friday

WHERE: Ocean Gateway Pier, Portland

HOW MUCH: $25, $40

INFO: porttix.com