The Blue Door, 20“x28”, Archival pigment print – Hank Paper. Image courtesy of Maine Jewish Museum

Lucid Dreams, Looking Closely and The Blue Door
Opening reception: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, 5-8 p.m. Friday. Regular hours: Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday through Friday. Through Jan 6. Maine Jewish Museum, 267 Congress St., Portland.
There’s a trio of new exhibits opening this week at the Maine Jewish Museum. The opening reception is on Thursday, or you can swing by during First Friday Art Walk or choose a quieter time through early January. “Lucid Dreams: Images in Photogravure and Palladium” is by Jack Montgomery, “Looking Closely” is by Gretchen Kai Halpert, and “The Blue Door: Israel’s Diversity and Dilemma” is by Hank Paper.

See “The Thanksgiving Play” at USM’s Gorham campus. Pictured L-R: Will McPherson, Salena Goodine, Arianna Koutrokois and Brooks Ewald. Photo by Noli French

‘The Thanksgiving Play’
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18, 2 p.m. Nov. 19. Russell Hall, University of Southern Maine, 19 Russell Ave., Gorham, $16, $12 seniors, $8 students and youth.
The University of Southern Maine Department of Theatre starts its new season on a satirical and hilarious note with “The Thanksgiving Play,” written by Larissa FastHorse and directed by Rachel Price Cooper. When a vegan, street performer and elementary school teacher try to come up with a play that tells the “truth” about Thanksgiving, many feathers get ruffled. Political correctness, historical accuracy and the real meaning of being an ally to the Indigenous community all take center stage, and the laughs will be huge.

Luke Kornet of the Maine Celtics blocks a shot by Cassius Stanley of Motor City Cruise last season. Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer

Maine Celtics vs. Westchester Knicks
7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Sunday. Portland Expo, 239 Park Ave., Portland, $17 and up.
For a slam dunk good time this weekend, pick a game, put on everything green that you own and go cheer on the Maine Celtics as they hit the court for their first two games of the G League season against the Westchester Knicks. From alley-oops to air balls, fast breaks to the snack bar, you can’t beat the excitement of a basketball game. Swish!

See “The Victorian Ladies’ Detective Collective” in Lewiston. Left to right: Courtney Thomas as Katie Smalls, Robyne Parrish as Loveday Fortescue and Joyce Cohen as Valeria Hunter. Photo courtesy of The Public Theatre

‘The Victorian Ladies’ Detective Collective’
7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10-12, 2 p.m. Nov. 13. The Public Theatre, 31 Maple St., Lewiston, $25.
It’s 1893 in London, and there’s a murderer on the loose. Could it be Jack the Ripper? A pair of sisters who run a boarding home for women team up with a sassy American actress to crack the case, since Scotland Yard seems to be spinning its wheels. Director Christopher Schario describes “The Victorian Ladies’ Detective Collective” as a female Sherlock Holmes story that addresses some of the same issues women today are still dealing with. Head to Lewiston for murder and mayhem through next weekend.

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