“Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine,” 35 major oils and watercolors, Portland Museum of Art. Through Dec. 30.

“Between Past and Present: The Homer Studio Photographic Project,” contemporary photography made with historic processes, Portland Museum of Art. Through Feb. 17.

“The Portland Society of Art and Winslow Homer’s Legacy in Maine,” exploring the artistic relationship between Homer and the architect John Calvin Stevens and the early years of the Portland Society of Art, featuring architectural drawings and a range of paintings and watercolors by Homer and others, Portland Museum of Art. Through Feb. 3.

“Iconic America: The U.S. Outline as National Symbol,” University of Southern Maine (Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education), Portland. Through Feb. 28.

“Making a Presence: F. Holland Day in Artistic Photography,” Bowdoin College (Museum of Art), Brunswick. Through Dec. 23.

“Hidden Histories: A Project by Maggie Libby,” history of women at Colby, ends Sunday; Alex Katz, “Maine/New York,” 28 paintings and one multi-part sculpture. Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville. Through Dec. 30.

“Malaga Island: Fragmented Lives,” historic photographs, documents, artifacts and first-person accounts, Maine State Museum, Augusta. Through May.

“Jamie Wyeth, Rockwell Kent and Monhegan,” paintings, and “Impressionist Summers: Frank W. Benson’s North Haven,” paintings, through Dec. 30; “Recent Acquisitions,” newly acquired work by Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur Dove, Rockwell Kent, Marguerite and William Zorach, Elaine de Kooning, Andrew and N.C. Wyeth and more, through March 10, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland.

“Indians and Rusticators” and “Transcending Traditions: The Next Generation and Maine Indian Basketry,” through Saturday; “N’tolonapemk: Our Relatives’ Place,” archeological exhibits and stories of the Passamaquoddy, through October, Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor.

“Holiday Extravaganza,” small artwork and crafts, Aarhus Gallery, Belfast. Through Monday.

“Warmth and Style,” handwoven, felted work and knit works by Janice Jones, Lorri Raymond, Susan Mills, Helen Farnham and Amy Smith, Markings Gallery, Bath. 443-1499. Through Dec. 31.

“We Never See Anything Clearly: John Ruskin and Landscape Painting, 1840s-1870s,” Bowdoin College (Museum of Art), Brunswick. Ends today.

“The Incarnation of Earthly Creations,” Haitian art from paintings and sculpture to beads and metal, Museum of African Culture, Portland. museum Through Jan. 30.

“Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey,” original illustrations, preparatory sketches, unpublished drawings and ephemera, Portland Public Library, Lewis Gallery. Through Saturday.

Alan Bray, Mayumi Sarai and Susan Jane Belton, paintings, sculptures and portraits of cups of various brands of coffee, University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor. Through Jan. 5.

“Anything But …” oils on canvas by Adeline Goldminc-Tronzo, York Public Library. Through Thursday.

“Home Decoration: The Domestic Artistry of the Skolfield Women, 1845–1900,” samplers, printed screens, flower arrangements, hair wreaths and more, Pejepscot Historical Society Museum, Brunswick. 729-6606. Through Dec. 31.

“Ahead Full at Fifty: 50 Years of Collecting,” Maine Maritime Museum, Bath. Through May 26.

“The Exquisite Bird 2,” photographs by Michael Milicia, Daunis Fine Jewelry, Portland. Through Dec. 31.

“Cast in Amber” and “Interval,” paintings by Veronia Cross and Louise Bourne, Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth. Through Jan. 13.

“Elemental Equanimity,” installation by Zachary Field, Coleman Burke Gallery at Port City Music Hall, Portland. Through Jan. 4.

“CSA: Community Supporting Arts,” nine artists, Savory Maine, Damariscotta. Through Feb. 5.

“Fantastic Stories: The Supernatural in Nineteenth-Century Japanese Prints,” Bowdoin College (Museum of Art), Brunswick. Through March 3.

“Abstract,” mixed-media collage, sculpture, photography and painting from 36 Maine artists, Macpage LLC, South Portland. Through Jan. 25.

“Eye Catchers,” annual holiday show featuring Jeff Barrett, with gallery artists, Gleason Fine Art, Portland. 699-5599. Through Saturday.

“The Sea Within Us: Iconically Maritime in Fashion and Design,” presented by Maine Maritime Museum, Portland Public Library. Through June 14.

“Bright Beginnings,” paintings, photography and ceramics by established artists and emerging artists, The DaVinci Experience Art Gallery, Falmouth. davinci Through Jan. 12.

“Printmaking ABC: In Memoriam David P. Becker,” highlights from recently acquired collection of 1,500 prints, Bowdoin College (Museum of Art), Brunswick. Through March 10.

“Living Geometry,” paintings and drawings by John Silverio, Unity College (Leonard R. Craig Art Gallery). 948-9239. Through Jan. 11.

“Holiday Offerings: Pottery, Glass and Paintings,” new work by glass artist Keith Weiskamp, potter Richard Boyd and painter Wyn Foland, Richard Boyd Gallery, Peaks Island. Through Dec. 30.

“Mapping the Air,” collaborative installation by Donna Parkinson and Sarah Vosmus, Harlow on the Circle Lobby Gallery, Augusta. Through Jan. 25.

Nancy R. Davison, etchings and watercolors, York Hospital Cafe Art Gallery. 351-2021. Through Jan. 1.

“On Cranberry Isle,” paintings by Philip Frey, and “Small Works,” Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, Ellsworth. Through Monday.

“The Premier Show,” paintings and sculpture by Craig Mooney, The Cellar Door Winery at the Villa, Rockland. Through Saturday.

Juried Art Show, farm landscapes, Snug Harbor Farm, Kennebunk. Through Dec. 31.

Maine 10 Art Group Holiday Show, Gallery Framing, Brunswick. 729-1851. Through Friday.

“The Holiday Show,” 36 Greenhut artists, Greenhut Galleries, Portland. Through Jan. 18.

“Pressing on II: 20 Printmakers,” June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA, Portland. 699-5083. Through Saturday.

“Something Old, Something New,” still life photographs by Alan Sockloff and David Wade, Addison Woolley Gallery, Portland. Through Saturday.

“Winter Wonderland,” latest artworks and goods, Whatnot Gallery, Spindleworks, Brunswick. Through Jan. 4.

“Art for the Holidays: Gifts that Give Forever,” Constellation Gallery, Portland. Through Jan. 16.

“This Must Be the Place,” seven local artists, The Oak and the Ax, Biddeford. theoakandtheax. Through Jan. 18.

“Body as Light: A New Order,” angels, magical boxes and shining beings by Clarity, aka Robert and Su.Sane Hake, Camden Public Library. Through Dec. 31.

Winter Group Show, several local artists, Wells Public Library. 646-8181. Through Jan. 31.

“Color, Texture, Sparkle!”, sculpture, pottery, turned wood, jewelry, wall art, glass, fiber and more, Markings Gallery, Bath. Through Dec. 31.

Painter and Illustrator Dahlov Ipcar, recent paintings, books and more, Maine Jewish Museum, Portland. Through Jan. 4.

“Creative Teachers … Art by MAEA,” watercolors, acrylics, oils, encaustics, relief sculpture and prints by members of Maine Art Education Association, University of New England (Campus Center), Biddeford. 602-2269. Through Jan. 12.

“Fancy Food Chains,” graphite, watercolor and colored pencil by Jada Fitch, Green Hand Bookshop, Portland. 253-6808. Through Dec. 31.

“Streets of Portland,” paintings by Paul Black, Fore Street Gallery, Portland. Through Jan. 5.

Annual Prelude Clothesline Show, gift and art show featuring local artists, designers and upscale crafts, River Tree Arts, Kennebunk. Through Jan. 5.

“Bringing Art Home for the Holidays Part II,” fine art and giftables in wood, Harmon’s & Barton’s Gallery, Portland. Through Dec. 31.

Southern Maine Community College Senior Art Students Exhibit, Rose Contemporary, Portland. Through Dec. 31.

“Small Works,” painting, drawing, sculpture and mixed media by 20 artists, Perimeter Gallery, Belfast. 338-0555. Through Jan. 20.

“Keeping Warm,” 19th- and early 20th-century quilts, clothing, fiber art tools and crafts, toys and more, with historic photos of Maine in winter, Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport. Through Feb. 24.

31st Annual Holiday Exhibition, Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland. Through Jan. 31.

“Work Ethic of a Chimney Sweep,” aesthetic and cultural study of the Disney film “Mary Poppins,” University of Maine (Charles Danforth Gallery), Augusta. Through Jan. 18.

CSA: Community Supporting Arts Exhibit, Crosstrax Deli, Unity. Through Jan. 26.

Kennebec Valley Art Association Annual Holiday Art Show & Sale, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell. Through Jan. 12.

“A New View,” acrylic and paper landscapes by L.M. Turner, Furman, Gregory and Deptula, Biddeford. 284-7145. Through Dec. 31.

Waldo HAP Photo Project, Waterfall Arts, Belfast. Through February.


Art Openings

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


Classical Music

Portland Symphony Orchestra’s “Magic of Christmas,” with master illusionist Lyn Dillies, Windham Chamber Singers, Merrill Auditorium, Portland, $31 to $61. 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday.



Sunday Funnies Christmas Comedy Jam, Sam Pelletier, Corn Tyson and Mark Reilly, with Connor McGrath, Joe Ricchio, Brett Groh and Aharon Willows-Hebert, Matthew’s, Portland, free. 253-1812. 9 p.m. Sunday.

Open Mic Comedy Night, Slainte, Portland, 21-plus. 8 p.m. Thursday.

Bob Marley, with special guest Crazy Jake, Merrill Auditorium, Portland, $47.50. 8 p.m. Friday; 6:30 and 9 p.m. Saturday; 8 p.m. Dec. 30.



Thomas School of Dance Presents “The Night Before Christmas and Other Holiday Favorites,” Center Theatre for the Performing Arts, Dover-Foxcroft, $5 to $10. 945-3457. 4 p.m. Sunday.



“Handmade” Art and Craft Sale, jewelry, altered and silkscreened clothing, soaps, home goods, art work, more, benefits Waterfall Arts, Waterfall Arts, Belfast. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Handmade on Main, custom furniture, textiles, greeting cards, glass, T-shirts and fine art, Engine, Biddeford. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.



“Illusion,” Kirk Douglas film about director Donald Baines, followed by discussion, Rockland Public Library, free. 594-0310. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

“Eckhart Tolle: Stillness Amidst the World,” part one, Camden Public Library, free. 785-2610.  1:30 p.m. Saturday.


For Children

“A Seussified Christmas Carol,” funny take on Scrooge’s journey performed in Seuss-style rhyme, Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, Portland, $8 to $9. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Sunday.

Phyzkidz, juggling, illusions, magic, storytelling and physical comedy, Space, Portland, $10 to $14. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

Puppet Show Presented by Just So Stories, Samuel L. Cohen Children’s Library, Portland, free. Based on Rudyard Kipling’s “The Beginning of the Armadilloes” and “The Elephant’s Child,” 10:30 a.m. Friday.


Sacred Harp Singing, participatory event, potluck after singing, home of Corrone and Ruth Ann Bryant, Damariscotta, free, bring dish for potluck. 563-6083. 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

“Ring Out Christmads Bells!”, Tapestry Singers and Bell Choir of Second Congregational Church with Sean Fleming, Second Congregational Church, Newcastle, Newcastle, $12, students and children free. 644-1174. 2 p.m. Sunday.

Pianist Jimmy Ciampi and Vocalist Susie Pepper, Hug’s Italian Restaurant, Falmouth. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday.

Rustic Overtones, performing its 1998 album “Rooms by the Hour,” Big Easy, Portland. 9 p.m. Wednesday and Friday.

Mother Leopard, Station Eighty Five and Murcielago, Empire Dine & Dance, Portland, $5, 21-plus. 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Open Mic Night, Deer Run Tavern, Yarmouth, free, all ages. 846-9555. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

2nd Annual Keep ME Warm Benefit Show, with Eli Noll, Amy Allen and Keelan Donovan, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $10 advance, $15 door. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Songwriters Circle, informal circle of songs led by David Dodson, Camden Public Library, free. 236-3440. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Spose, the Yard Sale Tour, Big Easy, Portland. 9 p.m. Thursday.

Post Xmas Reggae Party, Empire Dine & Dance, Portland, $5, 21-plus. 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Rob Schreiber’s Standard Issue, jazz from the Great American Songbook, Marriott at Sable Oaks, South Portland. 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Ryan Montbleau Band, singer-songwriter/guitarist, Port City Music Hall, Portland, $15 advance, $18 door, $20 VIP, 18-plus. 8 p.m. Friday.

Badfish, Sublime tribute band, with Mighty Mystic and Guerilla Dub Squad, State Theatre, Portland, $18 advance, $20 door. 8 p.m. Friday.

Moses Atwood and Samuel James, acoustic blues/roots, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $10 advance, $15 door. 8 p.m. Friday.

The Mallett Brothers Band, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, $15. alt-county/rock, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Mosart 212, Bayside Bowl, Portland. 8 p.m. Friday.

Dimensions in Jazz Presents The Young (Jazz) Lions: “Home for the Holidays,” Woodfords Congregational Church, Portland, $10 advance, $15 door, $5 students. 828-1310. 8 p.m. Friday through Dec. 30.

Ellis Paul Family Show: “The Hero in You,” music and fun with the singer-songwriter centered on the heroes who helped shape America, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $5 to $10, 2 and under free.  2 p.m. Saturday.

Ellis Paul, singer-songwriter, Heather Maloney opens, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $22 advance, $25 door. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Rusted Root, acoustic rock, Anna & The Diggs open, Port City Music Hall, Portland, $20, $40 VIP, 18-plus. 9 p.m. Saturday.

Dar Williams, singer-songwriter, Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield, $35. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Jerks of Grass, high-energy bluegrass, Flight 317 opens, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, $12 advance, $15 door. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Draw the Line, Aerosmith tribute band, with Fifth Freedom, Asylum, Portland, $9, 21-plus. 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

moe., jam band, with Assembly of Dust, State Theatre, Portland, $35, all ages, general admission. p.m. Dec. 30.

Stephen Kellogg, folk-rock, solo show, Jonathan’s Restaurant, Ogunquit, $25 advance, $28 door. 8 p.m. Dec. 30.

Special Events

The Polar Express, hot chocolate and cookies, carol singing, meet Santa, Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, Portland, $20 to $40. 1:30 p.m. Sunday (all other times sold out).

Horse and Wagon Rides, Monument Square, Portland, free. 772-6828. Every half-hour from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

“Christmas at Victoria Mansion: The Gilded Age,” self-guided tours, Victoria Mansion, Portland, $5 to $15, under 5 free. Daily through Jan. 6.

Royal Ballet in HD: “The Nutcracker,” Strand Theatre, Rockland, $10 to $15. 3 p.m. Sunday.

Royal Ballet in HD: “The Nutcracker,” Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, $5 to $15. 2 p.m. Sunday.

Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: Verdi’s “Aida,” University of Maine (Collins Center for the Arts), Orono, $18 to $28. 1 p.m. Saturday.

Camden Stage Festival’s “At The Cabaret,” theatrical romp and musical tour of Kurt Weill’s greatest works, Camden Opera House, $17 to $35, $50 premium seats. 4 p.m. Dec. 30.



Portland Pirates, AHL affiliate of the NHL Phoenix Coyotes, Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, $15 to $20. Vs. Providence, 7 p.m. Thursday.



Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Portland Stage Company, $15 to $44. portlandstage. Noon and 5 p.m. Sunday.

“The Legend of the Golem,” orignal play by Michael Levine based on Jewish folklore, Acorn Studio Theater, Westbrook, $12 to $15. 3 p.m. Sunday.

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” a Young Company Production, Theater Project, Brunswick, $12 suggested. 2 p.m. Sunday.

Studio Theatre of Bath Presents “Scrooge the Musical,” Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath, $10 to $12. 2 p.m. Sunday.

“This Wonderful Life,” one-man adaptation of “It’s a Wonderful Life” with an a la carte dinner, Clay Hill Farm Restaurant, Cape Neddick, $10 plus meal costs. 5 p.m. Sunday.

Phyzgig, vaudeville variety show with juggling, illusions, storytelling, physical comedy and more, Portland Stage Company, $10 to $20. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 5 p.m. Dec. 30.

Phyzgig, vaudeville variety show with juggling, illusions and more, Acorn Studio Theater, Westbrook, $10 to $20. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 30.