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Arts and Entertainment Calendar: Nov. 24 - Dec. 5

Lifestyle

Arts and Entertainment Calendar: Nov. 24 - Dec. 5

Greater Portland

Auditions, Calls for Art

Tuesday 11/30

Maine Jewish Film Festival seeks local films about Jewish mothers, 10 minutes max, submissions due by Nov. 30 for juried competition, download entry form, details at mjff.org.

Monday 12/6

Audition for "Rent," the musical, presented by Lyric Music Theater, 6-9:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; callbacks 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, ages 17+, 176 Sawyer St., South Portland, 799-1421, 799-6509, lyricmusictheater.org, for audition details, requirements, Kristi McHugh at lyricmusictheater@gmail.com.

Books, Authors

Friday 11/26

Holiday Book Sale, Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, with book signings by 19 Maine authors, 12-6 p.m., Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library, Monument Square, Portland, mainewriters.org, 228-8263.

Portland Public Library Open House, during Portland's Holiday Tree Lighting event, 3-6 p.m., free programs, music, refreshments, and Montgomery the Moose's 25th Birthday Celebration, Portland Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland.

Saturday 11/27

Carol Lambert, author of "Sea Glass Hunter’s Handbook," 2 p.m. Book Signing, Nonesuch Books & Cards, Mill Creek Shopping Center, 50 Market St., South Portland, 799-2659, nonesuchbooks.com.

"From The Land: Maine Farms at Work," book reception to celebrate publication by Maine Farmland Trust, 3-5 p.m., The Quimby Colony at the Roma, 769 Congress St., Portland, presented by Rabelais, 774-1044, RabelaisBooks.com.

Sandy Seeley Walling, author/illustrator, "Emily Goes To Camp Lobster Claw," Herman, the Hermit Crab," and more, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., L.L. Bean's Flagship Store, Main St., Freeport.

Monday 11/29
 
Reader's Circle Book Discussion,
Barbara Kingsolver's "The Bean Trees," 7 p.m., free, open to public, Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-4763.

Tuesday 11/30

Meg Wolff, author of "A Life in Balance: Delicious, Plant-Based Recipes For Optimal Health," 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., book signing, Lois' Natural
Marketplace, 152 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough.

Wednesday 12/1

"Write? Now." workshop on new media, blogging with Justin Ellis, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 1 and Dec. 8, $100, proceeds support student programs, The Telling Room, 225 Commercial St., Suite 201, Portland, register at tellingroom.org, 774-6064.

Comedy 

Wednesday 11/24

Have your Hamm & Turkey Too Show, 10th annual comedy show hosted by George Hamm, to benefit the Preble Street Resource Center, 8 p.m., $10 or $5 with 2 non-perishable food items, The Comedy Connection, 16 Custom House Wharf, Portland, 774-5554, mainecomedy.com.

Films 

Thursday 12/2

"Race to Nowhere," documentary on high pressure school culture, 7 p.m., $10, Merriconeag Waldorf School, 57 Desert Road, Freeport, tickets at rtnmerriconeag.eventbrite.com, 865-3900, ext 105.

Friday 12/3

1930s Night at the State Theatre: vaudeville tunes by Over a Cardboard Sea, 5 p.m., followed by screening of "The Wizard of Oz," 7 p.m., $5, State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, statetheatreportland.com.

Galleries

“Homegrown,” benefit sale of fine art and crafts for Skyline Farm, bidding on silent auction items now through Dec. 4, Skyline Farm, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth, Pamela Ames, 829-5708, skylinefarm.org.

Friday 11/26

4th Annual Creative Economy Studio Show and Sale, 30+ local artists, Nov. 26-Nov. 28, Studio on the Hill, 21 Pleasant Hill Road, Freeport, 865-0605, catschwenk@comcast.net.

Friday 12/3

Ember Grove's 7th Annual Holiday Show, 5-9 p.m. Opening Reception, show runs Nov. 26-Jan. 1, 247 Congress St., Portland, EmberGrove.com, 761-0408.

“Italy Inside/Out” oil paintings by Brita Holmquist, 5-7 p.m. artist’s reception, exhibit Nov. 4-Dec. 31, Daunis Fine Jewelry, 616 Congress St., Portland, 773-6011. 

"Winter Works: Glorious Winter as interpreted by Tom Curry, Ralf Feyl, Bjorn Runquist, Andrea Peters, Kevin Beers, Mitch Billis, and more," 5-8 p.m. reception, exhibit Nov. 5-Jan. 29, Gleason Fine Art, 545 Congress St., Portland, 699-5599.

Society for East End Arts Holiday Art Sale, 80+ artists, 6-9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Sunday, East End Community School Center, 195 North St., Portland, SEAportland.org, Solange Kellermann, 577-0648.

Ongoing

A Fine Thing Gallery: Edward T. Pollack Fine Arts, 29 Forest Ave., Portland, 699-2919, edpollackfinearts.com.

Addison Woolley, Photographs by Diane Hudson and "Coastal Suites: Casco Bay, Popham and Monhegan," by Jane Banquer, through Nov. 27, 132 Washington Ave., corner of Fox St., Portland, 450-8499, addisonwoolley.com.

Addo Novo, 490 Congress St., Portland, addonovo.com/arts.

Area Gallery, Woodbury Campus Center, USM Portland, 780-5008, usm.maine.edu/gallery. 

Artascope Studios, 352 Cottage Road, South Portland, 799-5154, artascope.com.

Art Gallery at UNE, "The Architecture of Environmental Landscapes, Within & Without," landscapes by regional artists, exhibit through Dec. 19, Westbrook College campus, 716 Stevens Ave., Portland, 221-4499 or www.une.edu/artgallery.

Art House Picture Frames, new work by Brita Holmquist, "A Moveable Feast," 61 Pleasant St., Portland, 221-3443, arthousepictureframes.com.

Arthur Fink's Studio/Gallery, 145 Newbury St., Portland, 615-5722.

Art Loft Gallery, paintings and silk hangings by Helen Farnham, wood engraved hand pulled prints by Tony Kulik, metal sculpture and furniture by Jim Millers, second floor, 8 School St., Freeport, 865-1705. 

Art Studios at Cottage Road, newest work by Betina Clark, 352 Cottage Road, South Portland, 799-5154.

Aucocisco Gallery, "Between," by Gail Spaien and Ahmed Alsoudani, through Nov. 27, 89 Exchange St., Portland, 775-2222 or aucocisco.com.

Biddeford Savings Bank, 360 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, 883-3004.

Bomb Diggety Bakery, 649 Congress St., Portland.

Borealis Bistro, 182 Ocean Ave., Portland, 541-9600.

Bridge Gallery, 568 Congress St., Portland, bridgegalleryportland.com, 712-9499.

Cape Cottage Gallery, 179 Cottage Road, South Portland, 767-5700 or capecottagegallery.com.

Carolyn Walton Gallery, 39 Pleasant Hill Road, Freeport, 865-1585 or carolynwalton.com.

Casco Bay Frames and Gallery, 295 Forest Ave., Hannaford Plaza, Portland, 774-1260 or www.cascobayframes.com.

Christoph Gallery, Portland Pottery and Metalsmithing, 118 Washington Ave., Portland, 772-4334 or www.portlandpottery.com.

Constellation Gallery, work by David A. Marshall, Nathan Broaddus, Matthew Isgro and Randy Regier, 511 Plaza on Congress St., Portland, 409-6617.

Cooper Jackson Gallery, 70 India St., Portland.

Cygnet Gallery, "Figurative Show," with Dewitt Hardy, Janet Manyan, Tim Gaydos, George and Dadee Burk, Pat Hardy, Hara Harding, Janet Ledoux, Elizabeth Kelley and M.L. Norton and more, 568 Congress St., Portland, 251-9925; 568 Congress St., Portland, 251-9925.

Daniel Kany Gallery, 24 Romasco Lane, Portland, 774-2100. 

Domaine Gallery, "New: Elemental/Essential Photography," by John G. Kelley, 223 Commercial St., Portland, 772-2270 or domainegallery.com.

Earth and Soul, indigenous artists from around the world and local artists, 34 Washington Ave., Portland, 775-1089.

Eli Phant, Cyanotype Prints by Anna Low, Munjoy Hill, Portland, eli-phant.com, Sally Struever, 253-9943.

Elizabeth Moss Gallery, "My Maine," paintings by Phoebe Porteous, through Nov. 30, 251 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, 781-2620, elizabethmossgalleries.com.

Ember Grove Gallery, 7th Annual Holiday Show, Nov.26-Jan.1,
 247 B Congress St., Portland, 761-0408 or embergrove.com.

emilie inc., photography, 227 Congress St, Portland, 272-2285.

Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, 781-2351.  

Fiddlehead Center for the Arts, 383 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, fcascarborough.org, 883-5720.

Filament Gallery, 181 Congress St., Portland, 774-0932 or filamentgallery.com.

Fore River Gallery, 613 Congress St., Portland, 252-6728. 

Fore Street Gallery, 372 Fore St., Portland, 874-8084, forestreetgallery.com.

Four Walls Gallery for Fine Art, 564 Congress St., Portland, 221-3426 or fourwallsgallery.com.

Free Street Gallery at MECA, "Personal Views: The One O'clock Group" 10 Artists, 87 Free St., Portland, Dee Adams, 653-7271.

Freeport Memorial Library, “A Matter of Perception,” exhibition by Maine artists with disabilities, presented by VSA of Maine, 10 Library Dr., Freeport, 865-3307.  

Freeport Square Gallery, 140 Main St., Freeport, 865-1616.

Front Room Gallery, 378 Cottage Road, South Portland, 767-9070.

Frost Gully Gallery, 1159 U.S. Route 1, Freeport, 865-4505 or frostgullygallery.com.

Gallery 132, 132 Spring St., Portland, 842-9200 ext. 226.

Gem Gallery, 62 Island Ave., Peaks Island, 766-5600.

Gleason Fine Art Portland, "Winter Works," Paintings and Sculpture of Winter by Tom Curry, Ralf Feyl, and other Gallery Artists, and "Eye Catchers," Small Works for Holiday Giving, through Jan. 29, 545 Congress St., Portland, 699-5599, info@gleasonfineart.com.

Greenhut Galleries, Ed Douglas: Recent Work, through Nov. 27, 146 Middle St., Portland, 772-2693.

The Green Hand Bookshop, "Bio-Geo Luminescence," drawings by Joshua Dallaire, 661 Congress St., Portland, 450-6695.

Harmon's & Barton's Gallery, 584 Congress St., Portland, 774-5948.

Heron Point Gallery, "Photomontage Exhibition," by John Byrne, through Nov. 30, 164 Middle/Market St., Portland, Bonnie Faulkner, 846-0817, heronpointstudio.com.

Holly Ready Studio, oil and gouache paintings by Holly Ready, 146 High St., Portland, 632-1027 or hollyready.com

ICA at MECA, MECA Faculty Exhibition, with Claude Caswell, Honour Mack, and "Letterscapes," through Jan. 9, 522 Congress St., Portland, meca.edu, 775-3052.

"Re-Imagined," Outdoor Sculpture Show, exhibit and sale by June LaCombe SCULPTURE artists, through May 2011, Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, off U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, junelacombesculpture.com.

Jameson Modern Art, 305 Commercial St., Portland, 772-5522 or jamesongallery.com.

June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA, "Maps:" Deconstructed, reconstructed and reformatted maps, charts and atlases, by Shannon Rankin, Irmari Nacht, Susan Prince Thompson, Jeff Woodbury, through Nov. 27, 522 Congress St., Portland, 699-5083.

June Fitzpatrick Gallery, 112 High St., Portland, 772-1961, JuneFitzpatrickGallery.com.

June LaCombe SCULPTURE, by appointment, Hawk Ridge Farm, 90 Minot Road, Pownal, 688-4468, junelacombesculpture.com. 

The Kate Cheney Chappell Center for Book Arts, “Look Twice: The Waponahki in Image and Verse,” historic photography and poetry exhibition, through Dec. 30, 7th floor, Glickman Family Library, USM Portland, Rebecca Goodale, 228-8014.

The Language Exchange, 80 Exchange St., Portland, 772-0405.

Lifeworks Chiropractic, artwork by Mark Nutt, Foreside Place, 202 U.S. Route 1, Suite 100, Falmouth, 781-7911, call for viewing times.

The Local Buzz, Aria Tuki Exhibit, through December, 327 Ocean House Road, Pond Cove Shopping Plaza, Cape Elizabeth, ariatuki.com.

Long Island Dodwell Gallery, Sculptures from Found Objects, exhibit by John Burke, through November, Long Island, Maggie Carle, artsprits@myfairpoint.net, 766-2940.

Maine Arts Workshop, 39 School St., Freeport, 831-2759 or maineartsworkshop.com.

Maine Charitable Mechanics Library, 519 Congress St., Portland, Jill Cournoyer, 878-8896.

Maine College of Art, “Good Design is Good Business,” 2010 AIGA Maine Annual Exhibit, through Nov. 27, Congress St., Portland, maine.aiga.org.

Maine Medical Center, paintings for sale by Freeport artist Janice L. Moore, portion of proceeds to benefit The Arts at Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall St., Portland, mmc.org/thearts, jcoleman@suscom-maine.net.

The Maine Potters Market, 376 Fore St., Portland, Anne Samson, 774-1633.

Mayo Street Arts, "las alas (the winged ones)," Dia de los muertos altar installation by hogfarm studios, new paintings by Gil Corral and insect assemblages by Angela Devenney, 10 Mayo St., Portland, 615-3609, mayostreetarts.org.

Meg Perry Center, 644 Congress St., Portland, 772-0689, megperrycenter.com.

Merrill Memorial Library,"Majesty of Trees," exhibit celebrating Yarmouth elm tree "Herbie;" Sara Marston "Making Colors Sing" watercolors and pastels on paper, acrylic on canvas, exhibits through Dec. 11,  215 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-4763.

Moxie Studio and Gallery, landscape, still life paintings, by appointment, Cousins Island, Yarmouth, 846-0978.

Open Concepts Gallery & Studios, Cove Street Art Center, 50 Cove St., Portland, 772-3822. 

Ponomo, jewelry, handbags and accessories by Hannah Tarkinson, 142 High St., Suite 307, Portland, ponomostyle.com.

Portland Photo Works, 142 High St., second floor, Portland, Elliott Teel, 228-5829, portcityshow@gmail.com.  

Portland Public Library, Lewis Gallery, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, portlandlibrary.com.

Rabelais, 86 Middle St., Portland, 774-1044, RabelaisBooks.com.  

Radiant Light Gallery, Thom Adams fine art and documentary photography, 615 Congress St., Suite 409, Portland, 252-7258.

Richard Boyd Pottery Art Gallery, "Perspectives," group exhibit through Dec. 19, 5 Epps St., Peaks Island, 712-1097, richardboydpottery.com.

Rise Photography, "New Moon," work by Meghan Donahue, Matthew Robbins photography, Alicia Allen jewelry, 864 Broadway, South Portland, 799-4204, risephotography.com.

Running with Scissors Gallery, "A Twilight Of Steel/Something Caught My Eye," photography show by Jane Williams, through Nov. 28, 54 Cove St., Portland, 699-4242.

Salt Institute, 561 Congress St., Portland, salt.edu.

Sandpiper Jewelry Gallery, "From Mesa to Sedona to Jerome" artwork by Francine Schrock, through Jan. 1, 851 Sawyer St., South Portland, Michael Hofheimer, 767-8090.

South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway, South Portland, 767-7660.

Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, 828-5600, space538.org.  

St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, 775-5568, stlawrencearts.org.

Stones & Stuff, 556 Congress St., Portland, rickgreenart.com.  

Susan Maasch Fine Art, “Elizabeth Jabar: A Quiet Habitation” lithography works on paper, through Dec. 18, 567 Congress St., Portland, 699-2955 or susanmaaschfineart.com.

Sylvia Kania Gallery, 148 High St., Portland, 615-6019.

Thomas Memorial Library, Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth.

Toby Rosenberg Pottery Gallery, 293 Read St., Portland, 878-4590, tobyrosenberg.com.

Thos. Moser Freeport Showroom, 149 Main St., Freeport, 865-4519.

TIME Gallery at CTN Studios, photography by Dawn Herrick, 516 Congress St., Portland, HourExchangePortland.org, Orion Breen, 874-9868.

USM Glickman Family Library, 6th floor, Glickman Library, USM Portland campus.

USM Wishcamper Center, "The Old Port At Night,” photography exhibition by Melonie Bennett, exhibit through Dec. 30, USM Portland, 780-4270.34 Bedford St., Portland.

Utopia Gallery, 468 Fore St., Portland, www.utopiadesigns.com.

VoxPhotographs, for viewing invitation and location, 232-1214 or info@voxphotographs.com.

Whitney Art Works, Whitney Art Works, 492 Congress St., Portland, whitneyartworks.com, 780-0700, whitneyartworks.com.

The wonderful gallery/FINE ART, "Everything is Illuminated," new paintings by Janice Moore, 152 Main St., Freeport, 865-6077, thewonderfulgallery.com.

Yarmouth Frame Shop and Gallery, "Landscapes in Oil and Acrylic," by Marcia Feller, 336 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-7777, yarmouthframeshopandgallery.com.  

3Fish Gallery, "Connections in Wood & Print," new work by Suzanne Hunt and Larinda Meade, 377 Cumberland Ave., Portland, 773-4773.

317 Main Street, "The Way We Work:" Paintings, photographs, monoprints and jewelry by Yarmouth's K-12 Art Educators, Elaine Fletcher, Holly Houston, Emily Landry, Melissa Noack and Cam Weir, through Jan. 7, 317 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-6264.

Museums

Friday 11/26

Christmas at Victoria Mansion: "The Twelve Days of Christmas," self-guided tours 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Nov. 26-Jan. 8, $15 adults/ $13.50 AAA, senior/ $7 mansion members/ $5 ages 6-17/ $35 family, no reservation necessary, Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St., victoriamansion.org, 772-4841. 

Saturday 11/27

"Music in the House:" Holiday Tours of Longfellow House with seasonal music on chickering piano, 1-3 p.m. Nov. 27; Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 18,  Wadsworth-Longfellow House, 489 Congress St., Portland, 774-1822 or mainehistory.org.

Friday 12/3

Exhibit Opening: "The Art of December: Original Holiday Cards by Maine Artists from the Mildred Burrage Collection" 5-8 p.m. reception, Maine Historical Society Museum, 489 Congress St., Portland, 774-1822 or mainehistory.org.

Ongoing

Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine, ongoing cultural, educational, fun and active workshops for kids and parents, 142 Free St., Portland, 828-1234 or kitetails.com.

Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, by appointment, 45 Seashore Ave., Peaks Island, 766-3330, fifthmainemuseum.org.

International Cryptozoology Museum, 661 Congress St., Portland, cryptozoologymuseum.com.  

Maine Historical Society Museum, "The Art of December, Original Holiday Cards by Maine Artists from the Mildred Burrage Collection" through Jan. 3; exhibit, "Zoom In! New Approaches to Maine History," on view through May 29, 2011; hours - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 12-5 p.m. Sun.; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. children's hour Monday and Wednesday; $8 adult, $3 child, 489 Congress St., Portland, 774-1822 or mainehistory.org.

Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St., Portland, 780-0118, maineirish.com.

Maine Jewish Museum, formerly called Tree of Life at Etz Chaim, Photography by Jack Montgomery, exhibit through Dec. 1, open Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. or by appointment, 267 Congress St., Portland, Gary Berenson, 329-9854, treeoflifemuseum.org.

The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company and Museum, daily trains from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., on the hour, from the museum, 58 Fore St., Portland, 828-0814, tickets, $10 adult, $9 senior, $6 child ages 3-12, price includes admission to museum.

Museum of African Culture, 13 Brown St., Portland, 871-7188 or museumafricanculture.org.

Neal Dow Memorial, 714 Congress St., Portland, tours 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 773-7773, mewctu.org.

Portland Fire Museum, open first Fridays 6-9 p.m., $5 adults, $2 children age 7+, 157 Spring St., Portland, portlandfiremuseum.com.

Portland Harbor Museum, Southern Maine Community College, Fort Road, South Portland, 799-6337, portlandharbormuseum.org.

Portland Head Light Museum, open weekends only from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m until Christmas, $2 adults/ $1 ages 6-18, 1000 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth, 799-2661 or www.portlandheadlight.com.

Portland Museum of Art, John Haberle: American Master of Illusion, on view through Dec. 12, Group f/64, "Debating Modern Photography: The Triumph of Group f/64," on view through Dec. 5, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday and Sunday; and 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Friday; free on Fridays 5-9 p.m., Seven Congress Square, Portland, 775-6148 ext. 3244 or portlandmuseum.org.

Portland Observatory, 138 Congress St., Portland, 774-5561. 

The Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum and the Shaker Store, by appointment, U.S. Route 26, New Gloucester, 926-4597, www.shaker.lib.me.us.

Skyline Farm Carriage and Sleigh Museum, by appointment, free/ by donation, 95 The Lane, Yarmouth, skylinefarm.org, 793-8569.

Tate House Museum, house tours, Wednesdays-Saturdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m.; architecture tours Thursdays, 1267 Westbrook St., Portland, 774-6177 or www.tatehouse.org.

Victoria Mansion, self-guided tours, 109 Danforth St., Portland, 772-4841, victoriamansion.org. 

The Wadsworth-Longfellow House at the Maine Historical Society, call for hours, $8 adult, $7 senior/student, $3 child, Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, 774-1822 or www.mainehistory.org.

Yarmouth Historical Society Museum, "Life Along the Royal River," 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, Merrill Memorial Library, Main St., Yarmouth, 846-6259.

Music

Friday 11/26

Mike Gordon of Phish, 8 p.m., 21+, $20 advance/ $25 door/ $45 VIP, Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, 899-4990, tickets at portcitymusichall.com, Bull Moose Records locations.

Rachel Efron and Sarah Blacker, 8 p.m., $12 advance/ $15 door, One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, 761-1757, onelongfellowsquare.com.

Saturday 11/27

Canadian Brass, "L.L.Bean’s Thanksgiving Weekend Holiday Celebration," 5 p.m., 6 p.m.,  7 p.m. concerts, free and open to public, L.L.Bean’s Discovery Park, next to Flagship Store, Main Street, Freeport, llbean.com/events.

The John Lennon Song Project
, tribute concert, 8 p.m., $27 advance/ $30 door, One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, 761-1757, onelongfellowsquare.com.

Monday 11/29

Nashville Songwriters Association International Portland Chapter Meeting, 7-9:30 p.m., free, members and nonmembers welcome, The 317 Main Street Music Center, 317 Main St., Yarmouth, 272-2748.

Tuesday 11/30

“Joyous Sounds for a Festive Season” presented by USM Chamber Singers, 7:30 p.m., $9 suggested donation, Immanuel Baptist Church, 156 High St., Portland, usm.maine.edu/music.

"Two Old Friends," Celtic music concert with Mac McHale and Emery Hutchins, 7 p.m., free and open to public, Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth, 799-1720.

Thursday 12/2

Pete Miller, 8 p.m., with Monique Barrett opening, 8 p.m., $8 advance / $10 door, One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, 761-1757, tickets, Bullmoose Portland, onelongfellowsquare.com.

Saturday 12/4

Childsplay, fiddle masters, 8 p.m., $22 / $17, Portland High School Auditorium, 248 Cumberland Ave., Portland, 874-8250.

Lynn Deeves, singer-songwriter, 7:30 p.m., $10 adult / $5 senior or child, Village Coffeehouse, First Congregational Church, 19 Gloucester Hill Road, New Gloucester, villagecoffeehouse.org, 926-3161.

Ongoing

Community Chorus, rehearsals 10 a.m.- 12 p.m., first and third Saturday, the St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, 775-5568 ext. 102 or liz@stlawrencearts.org.

David Bullard Songwriter Night, 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Andy's Pub, Commercial Street; Solo Night 6 p.m. Thursdays, Slainte Wine Bar, 24 Preble St., Portland.

House Bluegrass, 9 p.m. Mondays, no cover, Empire Dine & Dance, 575 Congress St., Portland.

Kirtan!, call & response group chanting meditation, 7-8:30 p.m., first and third Fridays, $5 donation, Portland Yoga Studio, 616 Congress St., Portland, 799-0054, portlandyoga.com.

Lazy Lightning, Grateful Dead covers and original music, 9 p.m. Wednesdays, The Big Easy, 55 Market St., bigeasyportland.com or 776-2822.

Theater & Dance

Wednesday 11/24

"Cinderella: A Musical for all ages," presented by Cape Elizabeth High School Theatre Dept., Nov. 12-24; 7:30 p.m., $9 adult/ $6 student or senior, Cape Elizabeth High School, 345 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth, 799-3309.

Thursday 11/25

"Adam and Eve and What REALLY Happened in the Garden of Eden,"  musical comedy, 7 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 11-28, Old Port Playhouse, 19 Temple St., Portland, tickets, 773-0333, oldportplayhouse.com.

Friday 11/26

"Adam and Eve and What REALLY Happened in the Garden of Eden,"  musical comedy, 7 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 11-28, Old Port Playhouse, 19 Temple St., Portland, tickets, 773-0333, oldportplayhouse.com.

Saturday 11/27

"The Nutcracker," presented by Maine State Ballet and Orchestra, with Musica de Filia Girlchoir and the Wescustago Youth Chorale, 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Saturday Nov. 27; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28; 7 p.m. Friday Dec. 3; 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5; $45-$15; Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, tickets via PortTix, 842-0800, portix.com, 781-7672.

"Rory Raven: Mentalist and Mindreader,"
8 p.m., $12, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland, 899-3993.

Sunday 11/28

Contra Dance, with 3 bands, 12-6 p.m., $14 before 1 p.m. / $16 after 1 p.m., Wescustogo Grange, U.S. Route 115, North Yarmouth, 685-8141, deffa.org.

"The Nutcracker," presented by Maine State Ballet and Orchestra, with Musica de Filia Girlchoir and the Wescustago Youth Chorale, 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Saturday Nov. 27; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28; 7 p.m. Friday Dec. 3; 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5; $45-$15; Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, tickets via PortTix, 842-0800, portix.com, 781-7672.

Thursday 12/2

"Broadway at Good Theater," annual Broadway/holiday concert, with guest Sean Palmer, presented by Good Theater, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; matinees, 3 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; Dec. 2-5, $25-$30, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, tickets, 885-5883.

"It's A Wonderful Life," presented by Old Port Playhouse, 7 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; Dec. 2-19, $15-$22, Old Port Playhouse, 19 Temple St., Portland, 773-0333, oldportplayhouse.com.

Friday 12/3

"Broadway at Good Theater," annual Broadway/holiday concert, with guest Sean Palmer, presented by Good Theater, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; matinees, 3 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; Dec. 2-5, $25-$30, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, tickets, 885-5883.

"A Christmas Carol," presented by Portland Stage, Dec.3-24, $12-$39, 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, Dec. 3, Dec. 9-10; Dec. 16-17, Dec. 23; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 18; 12 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 5, Dec. 12, Dec. 19; extra showtimes, 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19; and 12 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24, Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., Portland, tickets at 774-0465, portlandstage.org.

"Holidays from Heaven and Hell," improv performance by Portland Playback Theater, 7:30 p.m., $5-$10 donation, First Parish Church, Congress and Temple Streets, Portland, portlandplayback.com.

"Santa's Reindeer Revue," presented by the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, tickets, $7-$8; 4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, Dec. 3-5; Dec. 10-12; Dec. 17-19; 2:30-3:30 p.m. pictures with Santa before each show for $7-$8, Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland, 828-1234, kitetails.org.

Yuletide Celebration Concert,
Portland Community Chorus, 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday, $12 advance/$15 door, Scarborough High School auditorium, 11 Municipal Dr., Scarborough, tickets at Starbird Music in Portland or from chorus members, portlandcommunitychorus.org, Jay Nettesheim, 839-7070.

"It's A Wonderful Life," presented by Old Port Playhouse, 7 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; Dec. 2-19, $15-$22, Old Port Playhouse, 19 Temple St., Portland, 773-0333, oldportplayhouse.com.

"The Nutcracker," presented by Maine State Ballet and Orchestra, with Musica de Filia Girlchoir and the Wescustago Youth Chorale, 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Saturday Nov. 27; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28; 7 p.m. Friday Dec. 3; 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5; $45-$15; Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, tickets via PortTix, 842-0800, portix.com, 781-7672.

"The WFCP Home Time Radio Hour,"
presented by the Freeport Players, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; Dec. 3-5, $10 advance / $15 door, Freeport Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook St., Freeport, tickets, fcponline.org, 865-2220. 

Saturday 12/4

"Broadway at Good Theater," annual Broadway/holiday concert, with guest Sean Palmer, presented by Good Theater, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; matinees, 3 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; Dec. 2-5, $25-$30, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, tickets, 885-5883.

The Choral Art Society’s Christmas at the Cathedral, preview, 12 p.m.; 8 p.m. concert; and 2:30 p.m., 7 p.m. Sunday; $5-$30, Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St., Portland, tickets, 828-0043, choralart.org, Starbird Music or Longfellow Books in Portland, the Book Review in Falmouth, Nonesuch Books in South Portland, and Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick.

"A Christmas Carol," presented by Portland Stage, Dec.3-24, $12-$39, 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, Dec. 3, Dec. 9-10; Dec. 16-17, Dec. 23; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 18; 12 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 5, Dec. 12, Dec. 19; extra showtimes, 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19; and 12 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24, Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., Portland, tickets at 774-0465, portlandstage.org.

"It's A Wonderful Life," presented by Old Port Playhouse, 7 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; Dec. 2-19, $15-$22, Old Port Playhouse, 19 Temple St., Portland, 773-0333, oldportplayhouse.com.

"The Nutcracker," presented by Maine State Ballet and Orchestra, with Musica de Filia Girlchoir and the Wescustago Youth Chorale, 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Saturday Nov. 27; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28; 7 p.m. Friday Dec. 3; 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5; $45-$15; Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, tickets via PortTix, 842-0800, portix.com, 781-7672.

"Santa's Reindeer Revue," presented by the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, tickets, $7-$8, 4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, Dec. 3-5; Dec. 10-12; Dec. 17-19; 2:30-3:30 p.m. pictures with Santa before each show for $7-$8, Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland, 828-1234, kitetails.org.

Yuletide Celebration Concert, Portland Community Chorus, 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday, $12 advance/ $15 door, Scarborough High School auditorium, 11 Municipal Dr., Scarborough, tickets at Starbird Music in Portland or from chorus members, portlandcommunitychorus.org, Jay Nettesheim, 839-7070.

"The WFCP Home Time Radio Hour," presented by the Freeport Players, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; Dec. 3-5, $10 advance / $15 door, Freeport Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook St., Freeport, tickets, fcponline.org, 865-2220.

Sunday 12/5

"Broadway at Good Theater," annual Broadway/holiday concert, with guest Sean Palmer, presented by Good Theater, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; matinees, 3 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; Dec. 2-5, $25-$30, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, tickets, 885-5883.

Christmas at the Cathedral, The Choral Art Society, 2:30 p.m., 7 p.m. Sunday; $5-$30, Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St., Portland, tickets, 828-0043, choralart.org, Starbird Music or Longfellow Books in Portland, the Book Review in Falmouth, Nonesuch Books in South Portland, and Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick.

"A Christmas Carol," presented by Portland Stage, Dec.3-24, $12-$39, 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, Dec. 3, Dec. 9-10; Dec. 16-17, Dec. 23; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 18; 12 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 5, Dec. 12, Dec. 19; extra showtimes, 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19; and 12 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24, Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., Portland, tickets at 774-0465, portlandstage.org.

"Santa's Reindeer Revue,"
presented by the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, tickets, $7-$8; 4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, Dec. 3-5; Dec. 10-12; Dec. 17-19; 2:30-3:30 p.m. pictures with Santa before each show for $7-$8, Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland, 828-1234, kitetails.org.

"It's A Wonderful Life," presented by Old Port Playhouse, 7 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; Dec. 2-19, $15-$22, Old Port Playhouse, 19 Temple St., Portland, 773-0333, oldportplayhouse.com.

"The Nutcracker," presented by Maine State Ballet and Orchestra, with Musica de Filia Girlchoir and the Wescustago Youth Chorale, 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Saturday Nov. 27; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28; 7 p.m. Friday Dec. 3; 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5; $45-$15; Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, tickets via PortTix, 842-0800, portix.com, 781-7672.

"The WFCP Home Time Radio Hour," presented by the Freeport Players, 2 p.m. Sunday; Dec. 3-5, $10 advance / $15 door, Freeport Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook St., Freeport, tickets, fcponline.org, 865-2220.

Ongoing

Argentine Tango Practice, Wednesday 7-9 p.m., beginner lesson 7 p.m., $10; Ballroom Dance Party, Saturday 8 p.m.- midnight, beginner lesson 7 p.m., $7; Maine Ballroom Dance, 614 Congress St., Portland.

Club 188, line dancing instruction, Wednesday, 7-8 p.m. beginners; 8-9 p.m. intermediate; 9-9:30 p.m. advanced; 188 Warren Ave., Portland.

Greater Portland Community Contradance, first Saturday, 7:15 p.m. lesson, 8 p.m. main dance, $9 adult, $5 child, Falmouth Congregational Church Hall, 267 Falmouth Road, new dancers welcome, no partner needed, 756-2201.

Irish Set Dancing, 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, Yarmouth Community Services building, 200 Main St., Yarmouth, setdncr02@yahoo.com.  

Second Saturday Contradance, 6 p.m. family dance; 7:30 p.m. potluck; 8 p.m. beginner lesson; 8:30-12 p.m. dance, $10 adult/ $7 student or senior, bring clean shoes, Wescustogo Hall, U.S. Route 115, North Yarmouth, 233-4325, fiddle103@yahoo.com or 318-8746, maywicca@gmail.com.

Square Dancing Classes, by Mix 'n Mingle Square Dancing Club, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays through April, ages 9 and up, $3, Eight Corners School, 22 Mussey Road, Scarborough, mixnmingle@maine.rr.com.  

Maplewood Dance Center, night classes followed by dance socials on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 383 Warren Ave., Portland, 878-0584, maplewooddancecenter.com. 

Mid Coast

Books, Authors

Saturday 11/27

Roland Wallace, author of children's book "Maney the Sneezing Moose," Borders Books, 147 Bath Road, Cooks Corner, Brunswick, FMI, jstwrite.com or 729-3600. 

Wednesday 12/1

"So You Think You Don't Know One: Addiction and Recovery in Clergy and Congregations," authors Rev. Canon Nancy Platt and Bishop Chilton Knudsen, 6-8 p.m. book signing, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 330 Maine St., Brunswick.

Films

Thursday 11/25

"Home for the Holidays," The Dreamland Theater film series, Winter Street Center, 880 Washington St., Bath, 6 p.m., free/$5 suggested donation, presented by Sagadahoc Preservation Inc., sagadahocpreservation.org.

Ongoing
 
The Dreamland Theater
film series on second and fourth Thursdays, Winter Street Center, 880 Washington St., Bath, 6 p.m., free/$5 suggested donation, presented by Sagadahoc Preservation Inc., film listings at sagadahocpreservation.org.

Galleries

Friday 12/3

All-Harpswell Holiday Event, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4-5, Dec. 11-12, 18+ studios, shops, galleries open to celebrate Cribstone Bridge re-opening, maps available, Georgeann Kuhl, Gallery at Widgeon Cove, 833-6081.

Arts Downtown & All Around, Five Rivers Arts Alliance’s annual winter open studio and shop local weekend, with venues in Bath, Brunswick, Harpswell, Bowdoinham, Topsham, West Bath, Dresden, Woolwich, Dec. 3-5, details, map of locations at fiveriversartsalliance.org or at area businesses, Harriet Mosher, 798-6964.

Saturday 12/4

Arts Downtown & All Around, Five Rivers Arts Alliance’s annual winter open studio and shop local weekend, with venues in Bath, Brunswick, Harpswell, Bowdoinham, Topsham, West Bath, Dresden, Woolwich, Dec. 3-5, details, map of locations at fiveriversartsalliance.org or at area businesses, Harriet Mosher, 798-6964.

Sunday 12/5

All-Harpswell Holiday Event, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4-5, Dec. 11-12, 18+ studios, shops, galleries open to celebrate Cribstone Bridge re-opening, maps available, Georgeann Kuhl, Gallery at Widgeon Cove, 833-6081.

Arts Downtown & All Around, Five Rivers Arts Alliance’s annual winter open studio and shop local weekend, with venues in Bath, Brunswick, Harpswell, Bowdoinham, Topsham, West Bath, Dresden, Woolwich, Dec. 3-5, details, map of locations at fiveriversartsalliance.org or at area businesses, Harriet Mosher, 798-6964.

Ongoing

11 Pleasant St. Arts Center, 11 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 319-6057 or www.11pleasant.com.

Allen & Selig Realty, landscapes and seascapes by Claudette Gamache, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 15 Vine St., Bath, 443-2200 or AllenSelig.com.

The Barn Door Cafe and Bakery, 4 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 102; 721-3099, thebarndoorcafe.com.

Bayview Gallery, 8 Maine St., 729-5500, Patricia Boissevain, 729-5500, bayviewwgallery.com.

Cabot Mill Gallery, Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, 837-9108.

Chocolate Church Arts Center, 798 Washington St., Bath, 442-8455 or chocolatechurcharts.org.

Coleman Burke Gallery, Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, emilycollierjohnson@gmail.com.

The Eleven Pleasant Street Gallery, 11 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 607-4016 or daughtry@vsartsmaine.org.

Gallery at Park Row, 185 Park Row, Brunswick, 907-4016.

Gallery at Widgeon Cove, Route 123, Harpswell, 833-6081 or widgeoncove.com.

Gallery at Schoolhouse Crossing, 48 West Schoolhouse Crossing Road, Topsham, 603-674-6098 or keith@keithsphotography.com.

Gallery Framing, "Give the Gift of Art" Maine 10 Holiday Show, exhibit through Nov. 27,12 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 729-9108.  

Harbor Works Gallery, Holbrook-Trufant House, 977C Cundy's Harbor Road, Harpswell, harborworksgallery.org, Guy Saldanha, gsaldanh@bowdoin.edu, 841-9812. 

ICON Contemporary Art, New Paintings by Garry Mitchell, through Nov. 20, 19 Mason St., Brunswick, 725-8157.

Just Framing, 149 Front St., Bath.

LaMarche Gallery, David Saul Smith Union, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, 725-3902.

Mae's Cafe, 160 Centre St., Bath, 442-8577 or maescafeandbakery.com/events.

Maine Art Gallery, 15 Warren St., Wiscasset, 882-7511, maineartgallery.org.

Maine Fiberarts Gallery, “Thread by Thread,” handwoven and mixed media screen artwork by Sarah D. Haskell, through Nov. 30, 13 Main St., Topsham, 721-0678, mainefiberarts.org.

Markings Gallery, 50 Front St., Bath, 443-1499.

Merrymeeting Arts Center, "Smitten: Hands and Their Coverings," exhibit through Dec. 19, 9 Main St., Bowdoinham, 841-5914, merrymeetingartscenter.org.

Points of View Art Gallery, Brunswick Business Center, 18 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 373-9300.

Sarah Greenier Gallery, Maine, marine and coastal paintings, 428 Middle St., Bath, 443-3936.

Sebascodegan Artists Cooperative Gallery, closed for the season, reopens June 25, 2011, 4 Old Orr's Island Road, Harpswell, 833-5717, sebascodeganartists.com.

Summer Island Studio - Gallery of Fine Artisans, "World of Ink and Water," Asian brush paintings and watercolors by Jean Kigel, exhibit through November, 149 Maine St., Tontine Mall, Brunswick, 373-1810.

Topsham Public Library Crooker Gallery, 25 Foreside Road, Topsham, 725-1727 or topshamlibrary.org.

VSA arts of Maine, "Origins" Art Exhibit, through Nov. 4, 11 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 607-4016, vsartsmaine.org.

Whatnot Gallery, "And Sew it Seams," exhibit through Jan. 1, Spindleworks, 7 Lincoln St., Brunswick, spindleworks.org, 725-8820.

Museums

Ongoing

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 9400 College Station, Brunswick, 725-3275.

Maine Maritime Museum, open daily 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m., 243 Washington St., Bath, 443-1316 or mainemaritimemuseum.org.

Pejepscot Historical Society Museum, "CSI Brunswick: The Forensic Work of Dr. Frank Whittier," and "Pejepscot's Early Scots-Irish History," Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., free, 159 Park Row, Brunswick, 729-6606.

Music 

Friday 12/3

Vanessa Torres, with Emily Dix Thomas on cello, and Ramblin’ Red, 7 p.m.,  $10 advance / $12 door, Frontier Cafe and Cinema, Fort Andross Mill 3, Main St., Brunswick 725-5222.

Sunday 12/5

Yuletide Celtic Harp Concert, with Julia Lane and Kristin Tescher, 3 p.m., $5 child / $10 adult, Winter Street Church, Washington St., Bath, 542-8564 castlebay@castlebay.net.

Theater & Dance

 

Friday 12/3

"December Lights," holiday readings presented by Center Stage Readers Theater, 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $5 donation, The Theater Project, 14 School St., Brunswick, Joanna Patterson, 729-8584.

Saturday 12/4

"December Lights," holiday readings presented by Center Stage Readers Theater, 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $5 donation, The Theater Project, 14 School St., Brunswick, Joanna Patterson, 729-8584.

Ongoing

Sage Swingers, Square and Round Dance Club, 6:30 p.m. Monday round dance workshops, Coffin School Cafeteria, Barrows St., Brunswick; 6:30 p.m. Tuesday square dance workshops, Jordan Acres School Cafeteria, Brunswick, 389-2568 or sage.squaredanceme.us.

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