HOT TICKETS

Music and Nightlife: Happy holidays, TSO-style

GET IN A WINTRY mood by listening to the sounds of the Wizards of Winter Saturday at the State Theatre in Portland. The band reprises much of the classical and holiday music of the Trans Siberian Orchestra.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $20 to $45

INFO: statetheatreportland.com

Art and Theater: Chances few to see ‘Queen’ for a day

THESE ARE THE FINAL few days of Portland Stage Company’s production of the family-friendly fairy tale “The Snow Queen,” by Hans Christian Andersen. It’s a holiday story about devotion, bravery and love.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; noon and 5 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Portland Stage Company, 25A Forest Ave., Portland

HOW MUCH: $15 to $45

INFO: portlandstage.org

Dining and Drink: Holiday hootenanny at Portland distillery

GET IN THE SPIRITS at a holiday distillery tasting where you can sample everything from artisanal rum to vodka to moonshine, groove to the Stocking Stuffer Bluegrass Band and take festive photos with your friends. Holiday-themed attire is suggested.

WHEN: 5 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Maine Craft Distilling, 101 Fox St., Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 21-plus; [email protected] craftdistilling.com; 798-2528

Et Cetera: Howie Carr dishes on Whitey Bulger

BOSTON-BASED AUTHOR, newspaper writer and radio host Howie Carr tells the story of the trial of mobster Whitey Bulger in his new book, “Ratman.” Carr will be in Biddeford Saturday signing copies of the book.

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Nonesuch Books and Cards, The Shops at Biddeford Crossing, 403 Mariner Way, Biddeford

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: Nonesuchbooks.com

CHEAP THRILLS

Music and Nightlife: Country with a swagger

GOOD OLE’ COUNTRY music. The Swaggering Swingbillies are old-timey and proud of it. The instruments include mandolin and banjo, among others.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Local Sprouts Cooperative, 649 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: Free; donations accepted

INFO: localsproutscooperative.com

Art and Theater: Art of the book on view at USM space

THE UNIVERSITY of Southern Maine Kate Cheney Chappell Center for Book Arts presents an exhibition of student book art, “Art 241: The Visual Book.”

WHEN: Through February; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Pope-Cheney Art Studio, Wishcamper Center, USM Portland campus

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: usm.maine.edu/bookarts

Dining and Drink: Local importer pours Italians on Saturday

LEARN ALL ABOUT Brunello, Barolo and other Italian wines at a holiday wine tasting with Michael Vias Imports.

WHEN: 3 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: 580 Brighton Ave., Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 831-2553

Et Cetera: Free browsing and cheer at Brick Store Museum

HOLIDAY SPIRIT AND HISTORY are both free Friday at the Brick Store Museum’s holiday open house. Enjoy music, treats and free browsing of the museum’s historic collection.

WHEN: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St., Kennebunk

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: Brickstoremuseum.org

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