Music and Nightlife: Inanna beats it for One Longfellow

IF YOU LIKE DRUMMING traditions from around the world, you’ll want to catch the Inanna Winter Solstice Concert. The Maine-based group has been sharing its passionate combination of drum and voice for some 23 years. Bring percussion instruments for a closing drum circle.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday

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

HOW MUCH: $15 in advance; $18 at door

INFO: 761-1757; onelongfellowsquare.com

Art and Theater: Longfellow House for a grand evening

ENJOY A LITTLE period music while taking in a holiday tour of the Longfellow House. David Maxwell will perform on the 1843 Chickering square grand piano, which Henry Wadsworth Longfellow purchased when he came to Portland during his honeymoon with his second wife.

WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Longfellow House, 489 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $12; $3 for ages 6 to 17

INFO: 774-1822; mainehistory.org

Dining and Drink: Get your sparkle on at bubbly primer

PREPARE FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE at the Third Annual Sparkling Wines and Champagnes New Year’s Primer.

WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: The Wine Bar, 38 Wharf St., Portland


INFO: store.winewiseevents.com

Et Cetera: Sing we, and you, Noel at Carol Slam

HAVE YOU penned your own Christmas carol that you think is worthy of spreading holiday cheer? Then take part in the Carol Slam, where a choir sings the original creations and the audience’s cheers and jeers determines the winner.

WHEN: 3:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Bull Feeney’s, 375 Fore St., Portland


INFO: carolslam.me



Music and Nightlife: Zombies in residence at Empire

HOW MUCH would you expect to pay to see a band that makes “twisted Americana and rockabilly” music? Well, on Thursday at Empire, you won’t have to pay a dime, because Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies continue their “winter residency” at the place, and there’s no cover.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. (doors) Thursday

WHERE: Empire Dine and Dance, 575 Congress St. Portland


INFO: portlandempire.com

Art and Theater: Magic of Ipcar colorfully on view

TIME IS RUNNING OUT to see paintings, prints and books by Dahlov Ipcar, on view at the Maine Jewish Museum in Portland. The exhibition is curated by Frost Gully Gallery director Thomas Crotty.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday through Jan. 4

WHERE: Maine Jewish Museum, 267 Congress St., Portland


INFO: 329-9854; mainejewishmuseum.org

Dining and Drink: To market, to market for holiday produce

BUY FRESH LOCAL FOODS for your Christmas dinner at this week’s indoor winter farmers’ market.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St., Portland

HOW MUCH: Free admission

INFO: portlandmainewintermarket.com

Et Cetera: Matthew’s the place for Yuletide yucks

NEED to get in a good laugh before the Yuletide arrives? Head to Matthew’s for Connor McGrath’s Christmas Comedy Jam, where comedians Joe Ricchio, Brett Groh, Aharon Willows-Hebert, Sam Pelletier, Corn Tyson and Mark Reilly will help raise your holiday spirits.

WHEN: 9 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Matthew’s, 133 Free St., Portland


INFO: 253-1812

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