n ART EVENTS

Holiday Hodgepodge II, proceeds from sales of affordable fine art and craft will support programming at the gallery in 2016. Harlow Gallery, 160 Water St., Hallowell. harlowgallery.org. Through Saturday.

“Mother Tongue,” work by Clarity, the artist team of Robert and Su.Sane Hake. Camden Public Library, 55 Main St. librarycamden.org. Artists reception 6-8 p.m. Tuesday.

n ART SHOWS

Art Is Community VI, sponsored by the Saco River Art League, juried show and sale of regional art and fine crafts, includes paintings, photography and sculpture. Saco River Theatre’s Old White Church, 29 Salmon Falls Road, Bar Mills. 642-4219. Through today.

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

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 Wednesday.

“Picturing Maine: The Way Life Was?” examining the role photography played in constructing and challenging popular tourist images 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 Friday.

“Residual Utopia,” 2015 alumni biennial, juried show of four artists representing the college’s academic programs. ICA at Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St., Portland. meca.edu/ica. Through Dec. 18.

Ni Rong “In America,” artist investigates Asian-American identity through self-portraiture. PhoPa Gallery, 132 Washington Ave., Portland. phopagallery.com. Through Dec. 19.

Pat Corrigan & Shon Mahoney, monochrome drawings and mixed media. Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland. mayostreetarts.org. Through Dec. 21.

“Wake Up Alice,” in honor of the 150th anniversary of the publication of “Alice in Wonderland,” the Maine College of Art and Portland Public Library present an expansive exhibition of “Wonderland” art by contemporary illustrators. Lewis Gallery, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square. portlandlibrary.com. Through Dec. 30.

“Warmth in Style!” artistic elements to wear and live with by Maine artists. Markings Gallery, 50 Front St., Bath. markingsgallery.com. Through Dec. 31.

Jeff Seaberg, abstract realism with vibrant color and enthusiasm. High Peaks Artisan Guild Gallery & Antiques, 245 Main St., Kingfield. highpeaksartisanguild.com. Through Dec. 31.

“Hooked Master Paintings and Neckware,” hooked wall pieces inspired by master painters, plus shawls, cowls, scarves and yokes created by Maine artists. Maine Fiberarts Gallery, 13 Main St., Topsham. mainefiberarts.org. Through Dec. 31.

The Tuesday Group, paintings by 16 local artists, ranging from landscapes to still lifes to studies of birds and natural objects. The Stonewall Gallery at Yarmouth History Center, 118 E. Elm St., Yarmouth. yarmouthmehistory.org. Through Dec. 31.

Jeff Seaberg, abstract realism with vibrant color. High Peaks Artisan Guild Gallery & Antiques, 245 Main St., Kingfield. highpeaksartisanguild.com. Through Dec. 31.

Sparkle with Maine Artists, invitational ornament show features glass works and jewelry. Markings Gallery, 50 Front St., Bath. Through Dec. 31.

Holiday Show, new work by 40 Greenhut Gallery artists. Greenhut Galleries, 146 Middle St., Portland. greenhutgalleries.com. Through Jan. 2.

“Rich Entel’s Cardboard Menagerie,” sculptures of soulful creatures with an otherworldly presence. Maine Jewish Museum, 267 Congress St., Portland. mainejewishmuseum.org. Through Jan. 4.

“You Can’t Get There from Here: The 2015 Portland Museum of Art Biennial,” highlights Maine’s artistic legacies in the making. 7 Congress Square, Portland. portlandmuseum.org. Through Jan. 3.

“Gilbert Stuart: From Boston to Brunswick,” a selection of oil paintings by Stuart (1755-1828) from the museum’s collection, including his famous portraits of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 245 Maine St., Brunswick. bowdoin.edu/art-museum. Through Jan. 4.

Richard Keen: “Island Geometry: Monhegan.” Elizabeth Moss Galleries, 251 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth. elizabethmossgalleries.com. Through Jan. 9.

“Olive Pierce: Photographing a Maine Fishing Community,” lives of families in a small fishing community in Waldoboro documented over the course of a decade. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 245 Maine St., Brunswick. bowdoin.edu/art-museum. Through Jan. 17.

“The Exquisite Bird 3,” photographer Michael Milica’s search for the cooperative bird, good light and beautifully poignant background. Daunis Fine Jewelry, 616 Congress St., Portland. daunis.com. Through Jan. 31.

“Holiday Offerings,” annual group exhibition of paintings and sculptures in a variety of styles and mediums. Richard Boyd Art Gallery, 15 Epps St., Peaks Island. richardboydartgallery.com. Through Jan. 31.

S.C. Myer “Maine and Beyond,” oil paintings emulate Maine coast and travel experiences. 317 Main Street Gallery, 317 Main St., Yarmouth. 317mainst.org. Through Feb. 1.

“Me, Mona, and Mao,” interactive installation of three works of art: Andy Warhol’s “Mao,” Aaron T Stephan’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring – Tangled Process” and a copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa.” Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square. portlandmuseum.org. Through Feb. 21.

Patty Allison “Imbued with Hues,” colorized historical images, artistic perspective on Maine life in different eras. Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland. mainehistory.org. Through Feb. 27.

“Maine Collects: Treasures from Maine’s Private Collections.” Farnsworth Art Museum, 16 Museum St., Rockland. farnsworthmuseum.org. Through March 6.

“Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts in Africa,” major exhibition brings together about 60 exceptional works from the 19th century to the present. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 245 Maine St., Brunswick. bowdoin.edu/art-museum. Through March 6.

“Maine Collected,” works by living artists from the permanent collection. Bates College Museum of Art, 75 Russell St., Lewiston. bates.edu/museum. Through March 26.

“The Art of Occupy: The Occuprint Portfolio,” created by artists and activists affiliated with the worldwide Occupy movement. Bates College Museum of Art, 75 Russell St., Lewiston. bates.edu/museum. Through March 26.

“The View Out His Window (and in his mind’s eye),” Jeffery Becton uses digital tools to create dreamlike amalgamations of indoors and outdoors, domestic scenes and seascapes. Bates College Museum of Art, 75 Russell St., Lewiston. bates.edu/museum. Through March 26.

“Dressing It Up: Beadwork in Northern Communities,” historic and contemporary beadwork. The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Hubbard Hall, Bowdoin College, Brunswick. bowdoin.edu. Through March 27.

“Local Color: Pieces of Maine,” paintings by Dawn Maron, Mike Maron and Suzanne Woodward. Lifeworks Chiropractic Center, 202 U.S. Route 1, Suite 100, Falmouth. 781-7911. Through April 29.

“Worth a Thousand Words,” prints acquired by Robert Peabody Bellows. Farnsworth Art Museum, 16 Museum St., Rockland. farnsworthmuseum.org. Through May 1.

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

n AUDITIONS

Lake Region’s Got Talent, any person or group may audition. CenterStage Dance Studio, 1233 Roosevelt Trail, Raymond. lrctme.org. 1-3 p.m. Sunday.

n BENEFITS

Book Sale, Gardiner Public Library, 152 Water St. gpl.lib.me.us. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday.

Fire & Ice VIP Pre-Night, an upscale evening of holiday foods, signature cocktails, dancing, ice carvings and flaming desserts to benefit the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, $150. The Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport. fireandicekport.com. 5-10 p.m. Thursday.

Comedy Fix XXVI, benefit for Good Shepherd Food Bank with comics Will Green, Aharon Willows, Jere Pilapil, Phoebe Angle and Brett Johnson, $10. Sapphire Nightclub and Event Center, 150 Center St. Auburn. maineeventcomedy.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Murder Mystery Dinner: Death by 36 Entrees … and 32 Desserts, interactive evening of mysterious fun, $50 (advance tickets only). Unity College Center for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St., Unity. uccpa.unity.edu. 6 p.m. Saturday.

n BOOKS & AUTHORS

Jay Piscopo, Maine comic book artist and author will offer free super hero sketches and sign books for fans. Barnes and Noble, 9 Marketplace Drive, Augusta, 621-0038. 1-3 p.m. Sunday.

n CLASSICAL MUSIC

Opera Scenes Concert, students will perform pieces from well-known operas, with piano accompaniment. $8; $5 students, seniors, USM employees and alumni. Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus. usm.maine.edu/music. 2 p.m. Sunday.

Portland String Quartet, program includes Haydn, Bloch and Beethoven, $22 adults; $20 seniors; free for students 21 and under. Sanctuary at Woodfords Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland. larksociety.org. 2 p.m. Sunday.

St Mary Schola Christmas Concert, featuring chants from medieval Spain, choral works from Byrd and Monteverdi, Bach arias and Charpentier’s Magnificat, $20, First Parish Church, 9 Cleaveland St., Brunswick. stmaryschola.org. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Voice Recital by students of Luette Saul, free, Bates College, Olin Concert Hall, 75 Russell St., Lewiston. 786-6135. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Voice Recital by students of John Corrie, free, Bates College, Olin Concert Hall, Bates College, 75 Russell St., Lewiston. 786-6135. 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Piano Recital by students of Chiharu Naruse, free. Bates College, Olin Concert Hall, 75 Russell St., Lewiston. 786-6135. 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Piano Duo Concert by visiting artists Yuri Funahashi and Steven Pane, $15; $10 seniors, USM employees and alumni. University of Southern Maine, Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham campus. usm.maine.edu/music. 8 p.m. Friday.

n DANCE

Fall Dance Concert, repertory pieces by guest artists Cathy Young, Danté Brown, Sara Juli and Sandra Parker, and by Bates professor Carol Dilley; a senior thesis in dance and a new collaboration. $3-$6. Schaeffer Theatre, Bates College, 305 College St., Lewiston. batestickets.com. 2 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Monday.

n FILM

“Belle & Sebastian,” followed by a reception and activities for kids. Acclaimed film set in the French Alps during WWII about a resourceful, adorable boy and his dog; appropriate for ages 8 and older and will be shown in a dubbed version. $15, $10 for children 8 to 15. Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square. mjff.org. 2 p.m. Sunday.

“Straight Outta Compton,” $1, Bates College, Olin 104, 75 Russell St., Lewiston. 786-6135. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

“Year-Round Metal Enjoyment,” documentary explores the New England origins of North American freight train graffiti, tracing the narratives of several members of the YME and Circle T crews, and giving access to this graffiti subculture, $10. Oxbow Blending & Bottling, 49 Washington Ave., Portland. ymefilm.com. 8 p.m. Sunday.

“The Manchurian Candidate,” free. Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath. patten.lib.me.us. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“Inspired to Ride,” follows a handful of cyclists from around the world as they race unsupported in the inaugural year of the Trans Am Bike Race. $10 in advance at explorefrontier.com or $12 at the door. Frontier Cinema & Cafe, 14 Maine St., Brunswick. inspiredtoride.it. 6 and 8 p.m. Thursday.

n MUSIC

Sacred Harp Singing, join in on a variety of New England, Appalachian and Southern songs, free. Portland New Church, 302 Stevens Ave., Portland. maineshapenotesinging.org. 2-5 p.m. Sunday.

St. Petersburg Russian Men’s Ensemble, spiritual music and expressive Russian folk songs. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; $15/$20 students and seniors. Falmouth Congregational Church, 269 Falmouth Road. falmouthcongregationalchurch.org. 7 p.m. Monday.

Steel Pan Orchestra, using authentic instruments, the band plays jazz and other styles blended into the ebullient Caribbean sound. Free, tickets required. bit.ly/oacbates. Bates College, Olin Arts Center, 75 Russell St., Lewiston. 7:30 p.m. Monday.

St. Petersburg Russian Men’s Ensemble, a cappella quartet, with an exhibition by master iconographer Marina Forbes. $8-$12, free for kids. Christ Church Federated, 6 Dane St., Kennebunk. christchurchkennebunk.org. 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Bates College Gamelan Group, Gina Fatone directs the ensemble in traditional and recent music for Sundanese gamelan degung and Central Javanese gamelan. Free, tickets required. bit.ly/oacbates. Benjamin Mays Center, 95 Russell St., Lewiston. 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Bates Jazz Band, Tom Snow directs the ensemble in music by jazz masters and other artists in diverse genres. Free, tickets required. bit.ly/oacbates. Olin Concert Hall, 75 Russell St., Lewiston. 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Coffee House with Twisted Strings, acoustic duo with Michele Roy and Will West playing old and new tunes with Celtic roots, donations accepted. Falmouth Congregational Church, 267 Falmouth Road. falmouthcongregationalchurch.org. 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, electric blues, $30 in advance, $35 day of show. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland. onelongfellowsquare.com. 8 p.m. Friday.

International Heritage Music Series: Zapion, Sufi, classical and folk music from Turkey, Armenia and Greece, $10 in advance, $12 at door; students & seniors $8/$10. Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland. mayostreetarts.org. 8 p.m. Friday.

The Fogcutters present Big Band Syndrome Volume 5 with special guests Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, $15 in advance, $20 day of show. The State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland. statetheatreportland.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Lucy Kaplansky, singer-songwriter blends country, folk and pop, $20 in advance, $25 day of show. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland. onelongfellowsquare.com. 8 p.m. Saturday.

n SEASONAL

Maine State Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” with live music from the Maine State Ballet Orchestra, singing by Musica de Filia girls’ chorus, gorgeous costumes and stage scenery, and over 300 dancers. $21-$66. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland. mainestateballet.org. 2 p.m. Sunday.

Christmas at the Cathedral, featuring the Choral Art Singers, the Portland Brass Quintet and accompanist Dan Moore. $37 premium seats, $25 regular seats, $10 students, free for children 12 and under. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St., Portland. choralart.org. 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Sparkle Celebration, horse-drawn wagon rides, a parade of lights, free hot cocoa, visits with Santa and a talking Christmas tree. Freeport Village. sparklecelebration.com. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Downeast Brass Quintet Holiday Concert, donations accepted. Saint John’s Church/Free Meeting House, Route 27, Dresden. downeastbrass.com. 3 p.m. Sunday.

“The Snow Queen,” classic tale follows young Gerda as she searches for her friend Kai, who has been captured by the Snow Queen. $42-$45; discounts for seniors, student, children and groups. Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave. portlandstage.org. Noon and 5 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 24.

“Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some),” three actors present a madcap romp through the season with holiday stories from around the world, seasonal icons and every carol ever sung. $25. Theater at Monmouth, 796 Main St. theateratmonmouth.org. 1 p.m. Sunday.

Rock My Soul, raise-the-rafters gospel music, Christmas program with well known songs and a few surprises, $20 in advance, $25 day of show. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland. onelongfellowsquare.com. 4 p.m. Sunday.

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” mayhem and fun when kids collide with the Christmas story, $20. City Theater, 205 Main St., Biddeford. citytheater.org. 2 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 13.

Ho Ho Holiday Book Fair, features children’s book authors and illustrators Chris Van Dusen, Ronni Arno, Susan Hood, Wendy Ulmer, Sandy Crabtree, Russ Cox, Cathryn Falwell, Licia Morelli, Douglas Coffin, Sarah Thompson, G.A. Morgan, Fran Hodgkins and Liza Kleinman. Camden Public Library, 55 Main St. librarycamden.org. 2-4 p.m. Sunday.

Showgirl Christmas, starring Broadway performer Michelle Bruckner and Maine vocalist Nancy-Grace Dersham. $15. The Footlights Theatre, 190 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth. thefootlightsinfalmouth.com. 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Sheepscot Valley Holiday Concert, program features the Vivaldi Gloria, performed with a professional chamber orchestra and featuring soprano Nina Tilander, with soprano Linda Blomquist and alto Sarah Highland, $15. Boothbay Congregational Church, 125 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor. 633-4757. 3 p.m. Sunday.

Christmas Concert, contemporary and classic favorites as well as a hymn-sing. Free, donations accepted. Casco Village Church UCC, 942 Meadow Road. 627-4282. 4 p.m. Sunday.

Revive: A Holiday Cello Concert featuring Kristen Miller, $10. The Kelpie Gallery, 81 Elm St., South Thomaston. thekelpiegallery.com. 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Night of the Nutcracker: A Special Evening for Children, $15, $13.50 seniors, free for kids under 17. Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St., Portland. victoriamansion.org. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Anne Dodson & Friends, concert that celebrates life, love, loss and general silliness featuring The Quasimodal Chorus, Matt Szostak, Will Brown, David Dodson, Kat Logan, Jim Loney, Gordon Bok and Hazel Delehey and others. $13 in advance, $15 at the door. Camden Congregational Church, 55 Elm St. 236-9576. 7 p.m. Sunday.

Frost Farm Gallery Holiday Open House, 272 Pikes Hill, Norway. frostfarmgallery.com. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

“Merry Christmas, Strega Nona,” a musical play by Tomie de Paola. $10; $7 children and seniors. Sparrow’s Nest Theater, 1114 West Mills Road, Industry. sparrowsnesttheater.com. 2 p.m. Sunday.

Decorate a Gingerbread House, $30 house for members, $35 for visitors. Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland. kitetails.org. 10:45 a.m. Sunday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 13.

“A Child’s Christmas in Wales” and “A Christmas Memory” performed by David LaGraffe and Claudia Hughes, $10. The Footlights Theatre, 190 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth. thefootlightsinfalmouth.com. 7 p.m. Monday.

“Season of Light,” explore the history of astronomy of the holiday season in a full-dome animation display. $5-$6.50. Southworth Planetarium, University of Southern Maine, 96 Falmouth St., Portland. 780-4249. 1 p.m. Monday; 7 p.m. Friday; 3 p.m. Dec. 13.

Westbrook Festival of Trees, festively decorated trees. Proceeds from donations support local charities. Westbrook Warren Congregational Church, 810 Main St. westbrookfestivaloftrees.com. Through Saturday.

Coastal Winds Concert Band Christmas Concert, holiday music, including a carol sing-along. Free, donations accepted. First Congregational-Christian Church of New Gloucester, 19 Gloucester Hill Road. ngucc.org. 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Messiah Sing Along, the Augusta Symphony Orchestra, Paul Ross conductor, will perform several selections from Handel’s Messiah. $10, free for kids. Hope Baptist Church, 726 Western Ave., Manchester. 623-1341. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Christmas at Woodlawn Holiday High Tea, $25, $22 for members. Black House at Woodlawn Museum, 19 Black House Drive, Ellsworth. woodlawnmuseum.org. 3 p.m. Wednesday and Friday.

Pittsfield Holiday Lights Ceremony, Hathorn Park Gazebo, intersection of Somerset, Central and Forest streets. pittsfield.org. 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“The Gifts of Christmas,” a Maine musical based on O’Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi” tells the story of two people willing to sacrifice their most valued possessions for the greater joy of giving. $18; $15 seniors and students. The Footlights, 190 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth. thefootlightsinfalmouth.com. 7 p.m. Thursday; 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 26.

Gardens Aglow, dramatic lighting, special food and beverage options in the café. Special prices for members and families. Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Barters Island Road, Boothbay. mainegardens.org. 4-8 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, closed Christmas Eve, through Dec. 31.

Festival of Trees, Prescott Hall, Good Will-Hinckley,16 Prescott Drive, Hinckley. gwh.org. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Through Saturday.

Winthrop Area Handbell Ringers, medley of holiday favorites, free. Lithgow Public Library, 6 East Chestnut St., Augusta. lithgow.lib.me.us. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Victorian Christmas, enchanting event in 1800s Victorian home with traditional carols by Richmond High School Chorus, mini Dickens village, model trains, antique dolls, historic diorama and more, free. Southard House Museum Gallery, 75 Main St., Richmond, southardhousemuseum.com. 6-8 p.m. Thursday.

A Hospice Christmas with Tim Janis and Bill Thomson, special concert to benefit Hospice of Southern Maine, admission by donation. St. Mary’s Church, 236 Eldridge Road, Wells. facebook.com/events/534160836753039. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Holiday Spectacular, $16, $14 seniors, $10 kids under 12. L/A Community Little Theatre, 30 Academy St., Auburn. laclt.com. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Magic of Christmas, join the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Robert Moody and special guests for a holiday extravaganza, $32-$77. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland. porttix.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Through Dec. 20.

A Festival of Lessons and Carols, a living tradition since the original service in 1918 at King’s College, Cambridge, UK. Performed by Cantus, an ensemble from University of New England and the community, free. Deering Center Community Church, 4 Brentwood St., Portland. 773-2423. 7 p.m. Friday.

Vox Nova Chamber Choir, “This Shining Night: A Yuletide Concert,” $20. Chocolate Church Arts Center , 804 Washington St., Bath. chocolatechurcharts.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The Sky Family: Christmas Celtic Revival, high-energy Celtic/pop-rock music, dance and gospel. Donations accepted. New Horizons Community Church, 31 East Madison Road, Skowhegan. 474-2957. 6 p.m. Friday.

“The Nutcracker,” presented by Bossov Ballet Theatre, $20, $18 youths and seniors, $65 family pack. Waterville Opera House, 93 Main St. mci-school.org/ballet. 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 13.

“Santa’s Reindeer Present: The Nutcracker!” $10. Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland. kitetails.org. 4 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 4 p.m. Dec. 13.

Saint Mary Schola Christmas Concert, featuring chants from medieval Spain, choral works from Byrd and Monteverdi, Bach arias and Charpentier’s Magnificat, $20. Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 143 State St., Portland. stmaryschola.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Heather Pierson Quartet plays “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and other Guaraldi favorites, $12, $6 for students, free for kids under 8. Phippsburg Congregational Church, 10 Church Lane. phippsburgucc.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Holiday Concert: Rumbarroco, Bay Chamber Concerts presents sizzling Afro-Hispanic rhythms in an unprecedented concert that includes sing-along and dance tunes, $30, $10 for under 25. Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St. baychamberconcerts.org. 3 p.m. Saturday.

Storytime with Santa and Mrs. Claus as they share holiday stories, songs, snacks and a gift. Children will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus. $10 kids, adults free. The Footlights Theatre, 190 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth. thefootlightsinfalmouth.com. 9 and 11 a.m. Saturday.

A Heritage Christmas, holiday music from the British Isles performed by the Maine Music Society Chorale and a silent auction, $20, $18 seniors, $10 students, free for kids under 12. The Franco Center, 46 Cedar St., Lewiston. mainemusicsociety.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Dec. 13.

Coig Irish Christmas Show, Cape Breton band delivers driving tunes, haunting songs and infectious energy, $20 in advance, $23 day of show. Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St., Bath. chocolatechurcharts.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Greater Freeport Community Chorus “Visions of Hope” concert, works by English composers, as well as Jewish choral pieces. The event also will feature Jay Zoller’s accompaniment of the 75-member chorus on pipe organ. $10, $25 maximum per family. Congregational Church, 282 Main St., Cumberland. gfccsings.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 13.

Behold the Lamb of God, folk-rock Christmas concert to benefit Making Roots’ mission to Haiti, seasonal show for all ages, free. Scarborough High School Winslow Homer Auditorium, 11 Municipal Drive. tinyurl.com/btlogmaine. 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Hannukah Celebration, celebrate the Jewish festival of lights with us by making your own menorah and singing classic Hannukah songs, free with admission. Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland. kitetails.org. 10:45 a.m. Saturday.

Keeping Christmas: A 19th-Century Holiday Celebration, experience a family-friendly rural Christmas and participate in living history activities. $10, $6 for ages 12 and under, $25 family rate. Washburn Norlands Living History Center, 290 Norlands Road, Livermore. norlands.org. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Music for a Medieval Christmas, music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance performed by the Calderwood Consort in costume and on replica period instruments, $10. Christ Episcopal Church, 35 Paris St., Norway. 797-0212. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Breakfast with Santa, hosted by the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter. Proceeds will benefit the shelter, $5 for breakfast and a photo with Santa. Fairfield Community Center, 61 Water St. 872-8082. 8-10 a.m. Saturday.

Holiday Concert by Downeast Brass, donations accepted. First Congregational Church UCC, 7 Eustis Parkway, Waterville. downeastbrass.com. 7 p.m. Saturday.

“Dinner With Dickens: A Christmas Carol – A New Musical Tale,” one-man musical extravaganza comes to life with original heart-warming music and lyrics by Nancy Day and a theatrical adaptation by local actor Kirk Simpson, $18 plus an a la carte dinner menu. Clay Hill Farm, 220 Clay Hill Road, Cape Neddick. clayhillfarm.com. 7 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. Dec. 13.

“Cricket on the Hearth,” classic Dickens’ Christmas tale, $15-$25. Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St., Portland. victoriamansion.org. 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday.

Victoria Mansion Holiday Stories on the Staircase, story hour and tour for children ages 3 to 5. Free, with one adult per child. Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St., Portland. victoriamansion.org. 10 a.m. Saturdays through Jan. 2.

CODA Chorus Christmas concerts, donations accepted. Hope Baptist Church, 726 Western Ave., Manchester. 724-3718. 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday.

Pony Rides & Meet Santa, come meet the therapy horses dressed in costume and take a pony ride, $10. LaDawn Therapeutic Riding Center, 995 Goodwins Mills Road, Dayton. ladawntherapeuticridingcenter.com. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

The Polar Express, $28.50-$44.50. Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad, Ocean Gateway Train Depot, Portland. portix.com. Through Dec. 23.

Country Christmas in Bethel, shop locally, meet Santa, enjoy the lights, hop on a horse-drawn wagon ride or take in a performance. Downtown Bethel. bethelmaine.com. Through Christmas.

Christmas at Victoria Mansion, enjoy splendid Christmas decor while touring the mansion. $15, $13 seniors, $5 ages 6-17, free for under 6. Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St., Portland. victoriamansion.org. Through Jan. 3.

n SPECIAL EVENTS

MOOSE (Maine Organization of Storytelling Enthusiasts) presents British musician and raconteur Jamie Pearson, with host Lynne Cullen. $5 suggested donation. Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square. moosetellers.ning.com. 7 p.m. Monday.

n THEATER

“Broadway at Good Theater,” a mix of musical theater hits and holiday favorites, $27-$40. St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland. goodtheater.com. 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 13.

“Into the Woods,” presented by Threshold Stage Co. $25. Star Theatre at Kittery Community Center, 120 Rogers Road. kitterycommunitycenter.org. 2 p.m. Sunday.

“Shrek the Musical,” story beloved by children and adults, $15-$20. Portland Players, 420 Cottage Road, South Portland. portlandplayers.org. 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 20.

“The Old Peabody Pew,” The Dorcas Society of Buxton and Hollis presents the 152nd performance of a romantic comedy by Kate Douglas Wiggin. $5, $2.50 for children under 12. Tory Hill Meeting House, 1197 River Road, Buxton. 929-6356. 2 p.m. Sunday.

“Stage Directions” by Israel Horovitz, students in Kati Vecsey’s voice and speech course perform a play in which no dialogue is heard, only stage directions, free. Gannett Theater, Bates College, 305 College St., Lewiston. 786-6161; bates.edu/theater/season. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“Bugsy Malone Jr.” culmination of three months of work and practice for local children ages 9-13. $7, $4 for under 17. Next Generation Theatre, 39 Center St., Brewer. nextgenerationtheatre.com. 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 13.

“Stone Soup – a Classic Tale of Sharing,” musical adaptation performed by 30 young thespians from Monmouth, Litchfield, Readfield and Winthrop, donations at the door. Cumston Hall, 796 Main St., Monmouth. theateratmonmouth.org. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.