n ART EVENTS

Artist Talk with Rich Entel, whose “Cardboard Menagerie” show is on display through Jan. 4. Maine Jewish Museum, 267 Congress St., Portland. treeoflifemuseum.org. 2 p.m. Sunday.

n ART SHOWS

“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 Friday.

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

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. 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,” oil paintings from the museum’s collection, including Stuart’s famous portraits of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 245 Maine St., Brunswick. bowdoin.edu/art-museum. Through Jan. 4.

n BOOKS & AUTHORS

Christopher W. Morin, author of “A Tale of Life and War,” Prince Memorial Library, 266 Main St., Cumberland. 829-2215. 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Soundscapes with Dave Morrison, poetry and music, hosted by Quarry Hill and part of the Adventures in Living Well Series. Free; registration is required. Camden Public Library, 55 Main St. 921-6116. 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Jean Ann Pollard and Maureen Kibler, authors of “Least Angel” and “The Elms Leave.” Winslow Public Library, 136 Halifax St. 872-1978. 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday.

J.P. Devine, author of “Will Write for Food,” Hubbard Free Library, 115 Second St., Hallowell. 622-6582. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

n CLASSICAL MUSIC

Greater Freeport Community Chorus “Visions of Hope” Winter Concert, works by English composers, Jewish choral pieces and 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. 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Odeon Winter Concert, the Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School’s program features three ensembles: Odeon Allegro, Symphony and Adult. Free. Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St. baychamberconcerts.org. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Met: “The Magic Flute,” HD broadcast of Julie Taymor’s hit production, presented in a shortened English-language version, $20. Waterville Opera House, 93 Main St. operahouse.org. 12:55 p.m. Saturday.

n FILM

“Everest,” $1, Bates College, Olin 104, 75 Russell St., Lewiston. bates.edu. 7:30 p.m. Friday; noon and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

“On the Town,” Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath. Free. patten.lib.me.us. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

n MUSIC

Country Sunday, featuring Second Wind, Shirley Jean Brackett, Brian Plato, Travis Pinkham, Gary and Victoria Harvey, Rina Van Valkenburgh and more, $5, free for children. Litchfield Sportsmens Club, Hallowell Road. 536-9647. Noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

“Music and Merriment: A Celebration of Song” with Tony Award nominee Jere Shea, $15. The Footlights Theatre, 190 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth. thefootlightsinfalmouth.com. 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday.

Seanachie Nights: Celtic Winter Celebration with Gaelic speaker, singer and musician Kate Chadborune. Irish songs, stories and music, $9 suggested donation. Bull Feeney’s, 375 Fore St., Portland. lynnecullen.com. 9 p.m. Monday.

State Champs with Transit, Broadside and Rarity, $15 in advance, $18 day of show. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland. portcitymusichall.com. 7 p.m. Thursday.

Jeff Beam album release show, $8 in advance, $10 day of show. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland. onelongfellowsquare.com. 9 p.m. Friday.

Eric Hutchinson, $20 in advance, $25 day of show, $35 preferred seating. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland. portcitymusichall.com. 8 p.m. Friday.

The Skyliners, 13-piece big band will perform dance music in the tradition of Glen Miller and Count Basie, $8. Next Generation Theatre, 39 Center St., Brewer. nextgenerationtheatre.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Spose & Friends present Pdank Xmas II, $14 in advance, $16 day of show, all ages. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland. portcitymusichall.com. 9 p.m. Saturday.

Musica de Filia presents “A Musical Tour of Dickens’ London,” song, dance and merriment featuring choirs, narrator Louis Phillipe and the Exchange Street Quartet, $15, $8 seniors and students. South Portland High School Auditorium, 637 Highland Ave. musicadefilia.com. 2 p.m. Saturday.

Miss Tess & The Talkbacks, infused with country, honky-tonk, southern blues, New Orleans jazz and swing, $15 in advance, $18 day of show. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland. onelongfellowsquare.com. 8 p.m. Saturday.

n SEASONAL

Kennebunkport Pooch Parade, dress yourself and your pooch in holiday finery. Consolidated School, 25 School St., Kennebunkport. animalwelfaresociety.org. 11 a.m. Sunday.

Wells Christmas Parade, travels from Wells Plaza north to Wells Jr. High School. wellschristmasparade.com. 2 p.m. Sunday.

Sheepscot Valley Chorus Holiday Concert, with the Vivaldi Gloria, featuring a professional chamber orchestra, soprano Nina Tilander, soprano Linda Blomquist and alto Sarah Highland, $15, free for students. New Harbor United Methodist Church, 3 Southside Road. sheepscotvalleychorus.org. 2 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.

“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.

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. 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 20.

Christmas at Swan Hall, an elegant 1886 Victorian in the heart of Portland for you to explore, $10 suggested donation, benefits Windham Historical Society. Swan Hall, 555 Cumberland Ave., Portland. 650-7484. Noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

“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. 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. Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth. stmaryschola.org. 4 p.m. Sunday.

Winter Westcustago Concert, 80 auditioned coed singers grades 3-12 from area towns will perform songs of the season. $10, $5 seniors and students. Freeport Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook St. wescustago.wordpress.com. 3 p.m. Sunday.

“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. 3 p.m. Sunday.

“Santa’s Reindeer Present: The Nutcracker!” $10. Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland. kitetails.org. 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 20.

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. 3 p.m. Sunday.

“Dinner With Dickens: A Christmas Carol – A New Musical Tale,” one-man performance with original 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. 1 p.m. Sunday.

Holiday Tree Lighting, story reading and tree lighting with cookies and cocoa, free. Community Center Parking Lot, 2 Memorial Lane, Stonington. operahousearts.org. 4 p.m. Sunday.

Service of Lessons and Carols, features Bates a cappella groups and the College Choir, free. Gomes Chapel, Bates College, 275 College St., Lewiston, bates.edu. 7 p.m. Sunday.

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

Handel’s Messiah Sing-Along, join the Choral Art Society and the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra. $5, free for students. Food and cash donations for Project FEED will be accepted at the door. All event proceeds will go to the emergency food pantry. Memorial Hall at Woodfords Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland. choralart.org. 7:30 p.m. Monday.

HaHaHa! HoHoHo! holiday comedy with Karen Morgan, Kate Ghiloni and Smith Galtney, $12. The Footlights Theatre, 190 U.S. Route 1. Falmouth. thefootlightsinfalmouth.com. 8:30 p.m. Monday.

Coastal Winds Concert Band Christmas Concert, holiday classics. Benefit for the Freeport Community Services Good Pantry, suggested donations of non-perishable food items or cash donation. The Harraseeket Inn, 162 Main St., Freeport. 865-4747. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Holiday Pot Luck Ballroom Dance Party, bring a favorite main dish, dessert or other food to share, $12. To help protect our dance floor, carry in your dancing shoes. Maplewood Dance Center, 383 Warren Ave., Portland. maplewooddancecenter.com. Foxtrot lesson at 7 p.m., dance party at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Bright Night: A Solstice Ride of Bikes & Lights, festive bike ride down the Eastern Prom and Bayside Trails lit by twinkle lights and luminaria. Ride ends at Deering Oaks with snacks and cocoa. Free. Ocean Gateway Terminal, 14 Ocean Gateway Pier, Portland. trails.org. 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday.

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

The Portland Jazz Orchestra Swinging Holiday Show, $5 in advance, $9 day of show. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland. onelongfellowsquare.com. 8 p.m. Thursday.

Vox Nova Chamber Choir presents “This Shining Night: A Yuletide Concert,” an evening of holiday classics and a carol sing-a-long, $20, $10 students with college ID, free for under 18 with adult. South Parish Congregational Church, 9 Church St., Augusta. voxnovachamberchoir.com. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

“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.

Holiday Skate-tacular, an evening of holiday performances, hot cocoa and cookies, and public skating, free. Family Ice Center, 20 Hat Trick Drive, Falmouth. northatlanticfigureskating.org. 6 p.m. Friday.

Songs of the Season Holiday Concert, sophisticated spin on the holiday song book, $15, $10 seniors and under 12. First Parish Congregational Church, 116 Main St., Yarmouth. winterysongs.com/calendar/event/64. 7 p.m. Friday.

“Home for the Holidays,” featuring over 45 local performers and musicians joined by special guests, with full set, costumes and dance, $15-$25, $40-$55 VIP. Star Theatre at Kittery Community Center, 120 Rogers Road. patrickdorowproductions.com. 8 p.m. Friday; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 20.

Alumni Band Christmas Concert: A World of Christmas, please consider bringing non-perishable food items for the Biddeford Food Pantry, $12 in advance,$15 at the door. City Theater, 205 Main St., Biddeford. thealumniband.com. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Sing We Noël Holiday Concert, Oratorio Chorale and the chorale’s women’s chorus. $12, $5 for 18 and under. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant St., Brunswick. oratoriochorale.org. 6 p.m. Friday; 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday.

Johnson Hall-iday Christmas Variety Bash, with Jason Tardy, Steve Corning, Andrew Silver and Shane Miclon. Comedic Christmas stories and songs, juggling and audience participation. $16, $5 children. Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center, 280 Water St., Gardiner. 582-7144. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Portland Carol Slam, new holiday carols written by local composers, sung by local singers. Audience picks favorite carol, composer is awarded a holiday wreath. Bull Feeney’s, 375 Fore St., Portland. carolslam.me. 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Don Campbell Band Christmas Concert, $14-$17. Best Western Merry Manor Inn, 700 Main St., South Portland. doncampbellmusic.com. Family show 2 p.m., adult show 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Holiday in Light: Mitch Thomas & Friends, singer-songwriter will be joined by many musicians to present seasonal favorites, including some of his own compositions and arrangements, $15, $12 seniors, students free. Franco Center, 46 Cedar St., Lewiston. francocenter.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Music for a Medieval Christmas, music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance performed by the Calderwood Consort in costume, on replica period instruments, $10. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church 209 Eastern Ave., Augusta. 797-0212. 7:30 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.

Storytime with Santa and Mrs. Claus, holiday stories, songs and surprises, $10 kids, adults free, reservations required. The Footlights Theatre, 190 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth. thefootlightsinfalmouth.com. 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday.

A Winter Revels, night of fun and community featuring local talent and comedian Randy Judkins. $8, $4 for 10 and under. Vienna Union Hall, 5 Vienna Mountain Road. sites.google.com/site/viennaunionhall2012/arts-and-events. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Woven in Song: A December Tapestry, music from a variety of traditions featuring soloists and saxophone accompaniment. $15, free for students. Second Congregational Church, 51 Main St., Newcastle. 563-3719. 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 4 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20.

Christmas with Renaissance Voices, Harold Stover directs 21 a cappella voices, music from the 1400s to present. $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 students at the door. Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 143 State St., Portland. renaissancevoices.net. 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 20.

Behold the Lamb of God, folk-rock Christmas concert to benefit Making Roots mission to Haiti, unique telling of the “true tall tale” of the coming of Christ is a sweet show for all ages, free. Falmouth High School Theater, 74 Woodville Road. tinyurl.com/btlogmaine. 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 20.

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.

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.

n THEATER

“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.

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

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

Community Staged Reading: support local artists at Opera House Arts’ staged reading of Dan LeFranc’s “The Big Meal,” $10 suggested donation. Stonington Opera House, 1 School St. operahousearts.org. 7 p.m. Thursday.