n ART EVENTS

Katahdin Plein Air Paint-Out, open to all painters, $25. North Light Gallery, 256 Penobscot Ave., Millinocket. 723-4414. 8 a.m. Thursday.

“Nelda Warkentin: Paintings,” quilter and fiber artist’s nature-based paintings on silk. University of Maine, Art Gallery, 246 Main St., Farmington. 778-1062. Opening reception and artists’ talk by Warkentin and Tom Jessen, 5 p.m. Thursday.

Maine Color, featuring 12 artists depicting the unique color of Maine. The Kelpie Gallery, 81 Elm St., South Thomaston. 691-3416. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. Friday.

n ART SHOWS

“Directors’ Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail,” Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square. portlandmuseum.org. Ends today.

Robert Freson: “Le Gents du Voyage,” Freson’s photographic documentation of nomadic cultures around the world. Frontier, 14 Maine St., Brunswick. explorefrontier.com. Ends today.

Thomas Moser: “Legacy In Wood,” illuminates Moser’s approach to this democratic expression of artisanship. Institute of Contemporary Art, Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St., Portland. meca.edu/moser. Ends today.

“Tale of Three Cities: Paris, New York and Portland,” exhibition includes period and contemporary photographs. UNE Art Gallery, 716 Stevens Ave., Portland. une.edu/artgallery. 221-4499. Through Friday.

Mary Bourke: “Screen Door” & George Lloyd: “Recent Paintings.” Greenhut Galleries, 146 Middle St., Portland. greenhutgalleries.com. Through Saturday.

“3D,” an exhibition of sculptural works. Farnsworth Art Museum, 16 Museum St., Rockland. farnsworthmuseum.org. Through Sept. 27.

“A Mind of Winter,” photographs by Abelardo Morell. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick. bowdoin.edu/artmuseum. Through Sept. 27.

“Visual Storytelling: Celebrating Maine Illustrators,” Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St., Kennebunk. brickstoremuseum.org. Through Sept. 27.

“Create IV,” annual exhibition featuring continuing studies student and faculty work. Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St., Portland. meca.edu. Through Sept. 28.

Cathy Schroeder Hammond, colorful party pieces. Maine Potters Market, 376 Fore St.,Portland. mainepottersmarket.com. Through Sept. 30.

Amy Bickford “A Solo Exhibition of Paintings,” multi-talented artist working in a variety of mediums. Richard Boyd Art Gallery, 15 Epps St., Peaks Island. richardboydartgallery.com. Through Sept. 30.

“New Beginnings,” featuring works by five member artists. Saltwater Artists Gallery, 3056 Bristol Road, New Harbor. 677-2490. Through Sept. 30.

Mireille Clapp, mixed media sculpture, primarily metals combined with contrasting materials such as wood, glass, stone, coral or cloth. The Old White Church, 15 Salmon Falls Road, Buxton. 929-6472. Through Sept. 30.

David Caras, “The Cuba Portfolios,” photography; Kiki Gaffney, “Patterns in Nature,” paintings in oil and graphite; and DM Witman, “Melt,” photography. Susan Maasch Fine Art, 4 City Center, Portland. susanmaaschfineart.com. Through Sept. 30.

“Bella Figura,” photographs by Judith and Burke Long explore the Italian sensibility to elevate whatever is merely pedestrian to something strikingly beautiful, highly styled and perfectly fitting for the occasion. Points of View Art Gallery, 18 Pleasant St., Brunswick. povartistsmaine.com. Through Oct. 2.

“Kennebunk History in 50 Objects,” Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St., Kennebunk. brickstoremuseum.org. Through Oct. 2.

“Industry and Virtue Joined: Schoolgirl Needlework of Northern New England,” samplers and silk embroideries. Saco Museum, 371 Main St. sacomuseum.org. Through Oct. 4.

“Pageantry,” new paintings by Daniel Anselmi, large-scale abstract paintings that incorporate King Arthur flour bags and use the legend as their departure point. Perimeter Gallery, 96 Main St., Belfast. 338-0555. Through Oct. 10.

“Tom Jessen: Drawing,” meticulously worked panel drawings. University of Maine, Art Gallery, 246 Main St., Farmington. 778-1062. Through Oct. 11.

“Barns and Back Roads,” works on salted paper, palladium, Japanese paper and aluminum. PhoPa Gallery, 132 Washington Ave., Portland. phopagallery.com. Through Oct. 11.

George Sherwood: “Wind, Waves and Light,” kinetic artist solo exhibition sited in the gardens. Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, 132 Botanical Gardens Drive, Boothbay. mainegardens.org. Through Oct. 12.

“The Best of Maine Contemporary Art,” Joel Bab, Eric Hopkins and other featured artists. Thos. Moser Gallery, 149 Main St., Freeport. 865-4519. Through Oct. 12.

“A Season of Color: Paintings by Andrea Peters and Tom Curry,” landscapes by two of Maine’s most acclaimed colorists. Gleason Fine Art, 31 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor. 633-6849. Through Oct. 13.

“Night Vision, Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960,” examines the allure of the night for American artists including Winslow Homer, Albert Ryder, Edward Steichen, John Sloan, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Andrew Wyeth and others. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 9400 College Station, Brunswick. bowdoin.edu/artmuseum. Through Oct. 18.

“Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s,” explores the first decade of the artist’s career. Colby College Museum of Art, 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville. colby.edu/museum. Through Oct. 18.

“The Gathering: The Kennebec Artists’ Collective and Maine Traditional Film Photographers,” Ballard Center, 6 East Chestnut St., Augusta. ballardcenter.com. Through Oct. 23.

“The Painter of Maine: Photographs of Marsden Hartley” (1877-1943), Bates College Museum of Art, 75 Russell St., Lewiston. bates.edu/museum. Through Oct. 24.

Jo Israelson, “Welcoming the Stranger: Building Understanding through Community-based Art,” multimedia installation. Maine Jewish Museum, 267 Congress St., Portland. mainejewishmuseum.org. Through Oct. 26.

“Artful Wearables,” textures and colors galore in handwovens and felted wearables created by Maine artists Marianne Dubois, Janice Jones, Amy Smith, Jody Meredith, Susan Mills and Kirsti Sandoy. Markings Gallery, 50 Front St., Bath. markingsgallery.com. Through Oct. 31.

“The Way We Wear: Fashion & Industry in the Nineteenth Century,” exhibit explores the connection between industrial changes and shifting styles of dress in the Victorian era. Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St., Portland. victorimansion.org. Through Oct. 31.

“Celebrating Chadbourn – His Spirit. His Work. His Life.” townwide collaboration centered around painter Alfred “Chip” Chadbourn, who lived in Yarmouth. Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., and Yarmouth History Center, 118 E. Elm St. yarmoutharts.org. Through Oct. 31.

“Andy and Kosti,” paintings and photographs by the artists Andrew Wyeth and Kosti Ruohomaa. Farnsworth Art Museum, 16 Museum St., Rockland. farnsworthmuseum.org. Through Nov. 1.

“Making the Best of It: The Spirit and Work Ethic of Maritime People,” with works by contemporary Maine artists and photographers, Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., Bath. mainemaritimemuseum.org. Through Nov. 1.

Kate Sanders-Fleming: “Things That Can Occur,” paintings considering the earth-shattering things that can happen. Daunis Fine Jewelry, 616 Congress St., Portland. daunis.com. Through Nov. 4.

“Beautify With Ease,” works by 24 gallery artists. Yarmouth Frame and Gallery, 720 Route One, Yarmouth. yarmouthframeandgallery.com. Through Nov. 7.

“A Magnificent Stillness: American Art from a Private Collection,” 15 American paintings amassed by longtime museum trustee and patron Dr. Walter Goldfarb and his late wife, Marcia. Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square. portlandmuseum.org. Through Nov. 8.

“Rose Marasco: index,” photographs. Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square. portlandmuseum.org. Through Dec. 6.

Todd Webb: “Historian with a Camera,” 24 black and white photographs provide glimpses of New York, Paris and New Mexico from the 1940s to 1980s. Area Gallery, Woodbury Campus Center, University of Southern Maine, 35 Bedford St., Portland. usm.maine.edu/gallery. Through Dec. 9.

“Picturing Maine: The Way Life Was?” examining the role photography played in constructing and challenging the popular tourist image of Maine, and images of life in the early 1900s. Art Gallery, University of Southern Maine, 37 College Ave., Gorham. usm.maine.edu/gallery. Through Dec. 11.

Gilbert Stuart: “From Boston to Brunswick.” Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 9400 College Station, Brunswick. bowdoin.edu/artmuseum. Through Jan. 3.

“Worth a Thousand Words: Prints from the Farnsworth Collection,” 19th-century pictures once proudly displayed across the nation in schools, libraries, town halls, churches, offices and homes. Farnsworth Art Museum, 16 Museum St., Rockland. farnsworthmuseum.org. Through May 1.

The Passionate Photographer: Kosti Ruohomaa’s Maine in Magazine Photojournalism. Maine State Museum Cultural Building, 230 State St., Augusta. mainestatemuseum.org. Through July.

n ARTS & CRAFTS FAIRS

Scarborough Fine Craft Show, heirloom quality, $5, free for under 18. Camp Ketcha, 336 Black Point Road. mainecraftsguild.com. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

n AUDITIONS

Studio for the Living Arts Dance Complex, for “The Nutcracker,” the show typically casts 175 to 200 performers. 21 Portland Road, Gray. 657-3006. 9 a.m. Saturday.

n BENEFITS

Bands for Books, fundraiser for Wiscasset Public Library, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, silent auction and Opus One Big Band, $25. Marianmade Farm, 155 Federal St., Wiscasset. 882-7069. 5-7 p.m. Sunday.

Fall-Fete Fun-Raiser Dinner Show, benefit for the Cathedral Music Ministry with food from Maria’s Restaurant and live music featuring the Chris Humphries Big Band, $20. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St., Portland. facebook.com. 6 p.m. Friday.

10×10 Benefit Art Exhibit & Sale, 300 works of art by 150 Maine artists. Curtis Memorial Library and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Pleasant Street, Brunswick. 844-4692. 6-8:30 p.m. Friday.

n BOOKS & AUTHORS

Freddie Wilkinson, author of “One Mountain Thousand Summits: The Untold Story of Tragedy and True Heroism on K2.” Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road. scarboroughlibrary.org. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Kate Christensen, author of “How to Cook a Moose: a Culinary Memoir.” Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road. 781-2351. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

n CLASSICAL MUSIC

Three of Hearts Voice Recital, tales of love from Baroque to Broadway with highlights from Handel’s rarely performed “Aci, Galatea e Polifemo,” $10 suggested donation. State Street Church Chapel, 159 State St., Portland, statestreetchurch.org, 7:30 p.m. Friday; Snow Pond Center for the Arts, 8 Goldenrod Lane, Sidney, snowpond.org, 2 p.m. Sunday.

Somerset Consort Group, concert of Baroque music, free-will donations accepted. Elm Street Congregational Church, 31 Elm St., Bucksport. elmstreetcc.org. 7 p.m. Friday.

Portland String Quartet, works by Mozart, Dello Joio and Ravel. $22, $20 seniors, free for students 21 and under. Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland. larksociety.org. 2 p.m. Sept. 27.

n FILMS

“PlantPure Nation,” documentary about a quest to spread the message of an important health breakthrough. $10 in advance. Nickelodeon Cinemas, 1 Temple St., Portland. facebook.com/plantpurenationportlandmaine. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

“The Kill Team,” award-winning documentary about crimes of war, how they happen and who pays for them, free. Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square. portlandlibrary.com. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Opera in the Square: film screening of Claude Debussy’s opera “Pelleas et Melisande,” free. Congress Square Park, Portland. congresssquarepark.org. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

n MUSIC

Laurel Martin, Mark Roberts and Kieran Jordan, traditional Irish music and dance, $15, $10 youth and seniors. West Kennebunk United Methodist Church, 160 Alfred Road. 985-2831. 3 p.m. Sunday.

Charlie Musselwhite, blues harmonica legend, $35. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland. onelongfellowsquare.com. 7 p.m. Sunday.

Houndmouth, $18 in advance, $20 day of show, $30 preferred seating, 18-plus. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland. portcitymusichall.com. 8 p.m. Monday.

Antje Duvekot’s album release show with special guest Chuck Cannon, singer-songwriter, $16 in advance, $20 day of show. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland. onelongfellowsquare.com. 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Lord Huron, musical and visual project created by Ben Schneider, $25 in advance, $30 day of show. The State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland. statetheatreportland.com. 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Greg Brown, folk singer-songwriter, $35 in advance, $40 day of show, $50 VIP pass. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland. onelongfellowsquare.com. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Ruthie Foster, $35. The Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dugway Road, Brownfield. stonemountainartscenter.com. 8 p.m. Thursday.

Music in the Square: DownEast Soul Coalition, original blend of soul, funk, blues and R&B, free. Congress Square Park, Portland. congresssquarepark.org. 6 p.m. Friday.

Motor Booty Affair, disco tribute band, $20. Center Theatre for the Performing Arts, 20 E. Main St., Dover-Foxcroft. centertheatre.org. 7 p.m. Friday.

Eileen Ivers, Celtic fiddler, $30, $35. Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St. camdenoperahouse.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Slaid Cleaves, singer-songwriter, $25 in advance, $30 day of show. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland. onelongfellowsquare.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Ballroom Thieves, blending folk conventions with modern hymns, delta blues grit with rich harmonies, exploring the basic constructions of pop music, $22. Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center, 280 Water St., Gardiner. johnsonhall.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Doomtree, fuses punk’s explosive energy with hip-hop’s heady swagger, $20 in advance, $25 day of show. The State Theatre , 609 Congress St., Portland. statetheatreportland.com. 8 p.m. Friday.

Darlingside, four distinct voices clustered around a single microphone, $10 in advance, $12 day of show, $20 preferred seating. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland. portcitymusichall.com. 8 p.m. Friday.

Turkuaz, pop-rock, $15, 18-plus. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland. portcitymusichall.com. 9 p.m. Friday.

Old-Fashioned Outdoor Band Concert, free. The Green outside Corthell Hall, University of Southern Maine, 37 College Ave., Gorham. usm.maine.edu. 1 p.m. Saturday.

Kotzchmar Organ season opening with organist Ken Cowan, $20-$41. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland. foko.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Squeezebox Stompers, roots mix of Cajun and Zydeco music, $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St., Bath. chocolatechurcharts.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Fretless, folk, $15 in advance, $20 day of show. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland. onelongfellowsquare.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

UUCB Concerts for a Cause: Bill Staines, folk legend. Unitarian-Universalist Church of Brunswick, One Middle St., Brunswick, $15. uucbstaines.brownpapertickets.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Traveling Light, $16, $14 seniors, $5 children. Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center, 280 Water St., Gardiner. johnsonhall.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Novel Jazz Septet, celebrating the jazz of Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington, $18 in advance, $20 day of show. The Frontier, 14 Maine St., Brunswick. explorefrontier.com. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Brian Marquis, “A Bike and a Mic for a Cure” tour, former guitarist of post-hardcore outfit Therefore I Am, has gone down a more rustic path as a singer-songwriter, $10 in advance, $12 day of show. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland. onelongfellowsquare.com. 8 p.m. Sept. 27.

Jackie Greene, singer-songwriter, $15 advance, $17 day of show, $30 preferred seating, 18-plus. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland. portcitymusichall.com. 8 p.m. Sept. 27.

n SPECIAL EVENTS

Gala of the Royal Horses, beautiful horses and performers create a breathtaking family event, $20-$90. Cross Insurance Arena, 1 Civic Center Square, Portland. crossarenaportland.com. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Comeback Story: Karen McWatters, as part of National Rehab Week, a woman injured in the Boston Marathon bombing tells her story of overcoming physical challenges to help others, free. New England Rehabilitation Hospital, 335 Brighton Ave., Portland. nerhp.org. 3 p.m. Thursday.

Monster X Tour, monster truck extravaganza, $12-$47. Cross Insurance Arena, 1 Civic Center Square, Portland. crossarenaportland.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Mustang Rally and Car Show, showcasing Ford Mustangs and other classic autos and America’s wild horses. Display your car and meet a mustang from the western ranges. Free entry; cars $5 pre-registration, $10 day of show. Old Orchard Beach Ballpark, 14 E. Emerson Cummings Blvd., mustangrescue.org. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Harvest Dance, featuring North of Nashville, an evening of foot-stompin’ local music, food and brews and lots of fun, $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Wolfe’s Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport. wolfesneckfarm.org. 6-10 p.m. Saturday.

n THEATER

“Ruddigore, or The Witch’s Curse,” creepy comedy, collaboration between professional and community actors. $10-$30. Theater at Monmouth, 796 Main St. theateratmonmouth.org. 1 p.m. Sunday and Sept. 27; 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 1 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

“What Is This Life,” an original Maine musical comedy, $10 at the door. Victor Grange, Route 23, Fairfield Center. 453-6937. 7 p.m. Saturday.

“Exit the Body” by Fred Carmichael, a farce thriller. Mysterious strangers, secrets, a dead body and a late-night hunt for stolen jewels interrupt a writer’s bucolic retreat. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Freeport Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook St. fcponline.org. 2 p.m. Sunday and Sept. 27; 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s “H.M.S. Pinafore,” $10 in advance, $14 at the door. Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St., Bath. chocolatechurcharts.org. 2 p.m. Sunday.

“The Ladies Man,” Dr. Molineaux tells his much younger wife a tiny, “hardly noticeable lie.” It all adds up to a zany and charming farce, $20-$35. Lakewood Theater, 76 Theater Road, Madison. lakewoodtheater.org. 4 p.m. Sunday; 2 p.m. Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

“Steel Magnolias,” award-winning play, $18, $15 seniors. The Footlights, 190 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth. thefootlightsinfalmouth.com. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Through Oct. 1.

“No Biz Like Show Biz,” Good Theater presents the premiere of a musical tribute to Mary Martin and Ethel Merman created and directed by Brian P. Allen, with musical direction and arrangements by Victoria Stubbs and starring Marie Dittmer, Lynne McGhee and Jen Means, $22-$30. St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland. goodtheater.com. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Through Oct. 11.

“Saturday Night Fever the Musical,” with dazzling choreography and all the songs from the chart-topping Bee Gees soundtrack, $44-$84. Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main St. ogunquitplayhouse.org. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Through Oct. 25.

“Fiddler on the Roof,” musical, $20, $18 senior citizens, $15 children and students with ID. Portland Players, 420 Cottage Road, South Portland. portlandplayers.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Through Oct. 11.

Tophat Toy Theater presents “Les Miserables,” David Worobec, a classically trained opera singer, puts on a one-man toy theater performance of this powerful story, $12 in advance, $15 at the door; students & seniors $10/$12. Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland. mayostreetarts.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.