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Arts and Entertainment Calendar: Dec. 9 - 20

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Arts and Entertainment Calendar: Dec. 9 - 20

First Parish hosts 83rd annual nativity pageant

First Parish hosts 83rd annual nativity pageant
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First Parish in Portland, Unitarian Universalist, will present its 83rd annual "Pageant of the Nativity" at 4:45 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13 in the historic Meeting House at 425 Congress St., in downtown Portland. The pageant features a cast of nearly 80 people, is told by music and scripture, with no words spoken by the actors. The nondenominational pageant is free and open to the public.

Greater Portland

Books, Authors

Friday 12/11

Harvey Reid, author of "The Wreck of the Isidore," 5-7 p.m., Lovell Designs, 26 Exchange St., Portland, 828-5303, www.woodpecker.com.

Saturday 12/12

Debra Spark, author of "Good for Jews," and Melissa Senate author of "The Secret of Joy," book signing and discussion, 10 a.m., Prince Memorial Library, 266 Main St., Cumberland, 829-2215. 

Jean Mary Flahive, author of "Billy Boy: The Sunday Soldier of the 17th Maine," 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., with Civil War reenactors, L.L. Bean, Main St., Freeport.

"The Territorial World of Maine Lobstermen," presentation by K. Stephens, author of "The Ghost Trap," and Maine lobsterman, Ryan Post, 1-3 pm., Sherman's Books & Stationery, Main St., Freeport, www.theghosttrap.com. 

Kevin Kelly, author of "Entertaining Your Indoor Cat," 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., Nonesuch Books & Cards, Mill Creek Shopping Center, 50 Market St., South Portland, 799-2659. 

Sunday 12/13

Colin Sargent, "Museum of Human Beings," 12-3 p.m., L.L Bean Retail Store, Maine St., Freeport, www.llbean.com.  

Jane Freeberg, author of children's book, "The Scallop Christmas," 11 a.m. -3 p.m., L.L. Bean, Main St., Freeport.

Comedy

Ongoing

Open Mic Comedy, hosted by Brian Brinegar, 8 p.m. Thursdays, Slainte, 24 Preble St., Portland.

The Comedy Connection, shows Thursday-Sunday evening, Custom House Wharf, Portland, 774-5554 for reservations.

Films

Wednesday 12/9

"The Way We Get By," documentary film, 7 p.m., free/ donations welcome to send to troops in Iraq, Yarmouth High School Performing Arts Center, 286 Elm St., Yarmouth, for list of requested items for donation call David, 846-5535.

Friday 12/11

"John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!" documentary film, 6:30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday, $7, Portland Museum of Art, Seven Congress Square, Portland, advance tickets, www.portlandmuseum.org.

Saturday 12/12

"Close Encounters of the Third Kind," 12 p.m., by donation, Southworth Planetarium, USM Portland, 780-4249.

Thursday 12/17

"Red Cliff," 7:30 p.m., Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, 828-5600, www.space538.org.

Galleries

Friday 12/11

Fraser Art Studio's Group Holiday Art Sale, Dec. 11-13, 5-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday, 81 Congress St., Munjoy Hill, Portland, www.fraserartstudio.com.  

"Psychogeography," digital art by USM students, 5-7 p.m. opening reception, exhibit through Dec. 19, Open Concepts Gallery and Studios, 50 Cove St., Portland, entrance through J.S. Ritters Jewelry, Jan Piribeck, 780-5276.

"Shaping the Terrain: Digital Mapping of Portland Public Art Spaces," digital maps by USM students, 5-7 p.m. opening reception, exhibit through Dec. 19 by appointment, Running With Scissors Gallery and Studio, 50 Cove St., Portland, Ariette Scott, 650-8661.

Royal River Art League Holiday Show, work of 17 local artists, 6-8 p.m. opening reception, exhibit through Feb. 10; 317 Main Street, Yarmouth, sponsored by Yarmouth Arts and 317 Main Street, 846-6264.

Saturday 12/12

"Say Goodbye and Other Emotions," encaustic and oil paintings by Julie Vohs, 6:30- 8 artist's opening, followed by Swing Dance with the Delta Knights, hosted by DJPJ, Northstar Music Cafe, 225 Congress St., Portland, 699-2994.

Ongoing

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

Addison Woolley at Studio 203A, Artful Gifts, artwork by Addison Woolley artists, The Peregrine Press and Bakery Building studio artists, exhibit and sale through Dec. 11, The Bakery Building, 61 Pleasant St., 203A, Portland, 450-8499, www.addisonwoolley.com.  

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

Area Gallery,  "Observations by Bert Lincoln Call and Henry David Thoreau," exhibit of Bert Call's 19th Century Photographs with quotes from "The Maine Woods," through Dec. 11, Woodbury Campus Center, USM Portland, 780-5008, www.usm.maine.edu/gallery. 

Artascope, 352 Cottage Road, South Portland.

Art Gallery at UNE, "Going Forward, Looking Back: Practicing Historic Photographic Processes in the 21st Century," through Jan. 31, Westbrook College campus, 716 Stevens Ave., Portland, 221-4499 or www.une.edu/artgallery.

Art House Picture Frames, 61 Pleasant St., Portland, 221-3443, www.arthousepictureframes.com.

Artist & Craftsman Supply, "View from a Paintbrush," artwork by Jansen Hairsine, through December, 540 Deering Ave., Portland, 772-7272, www.artistcraftsman.com.  

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, "December Trifecta," artwork by Scott Davis, Ken Greenleaf, Richard Van Buren, through Dec. 26; 89 Exchange St., Portland, 775-2222 or www.aucocisco.com.

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

Bridge Gallery, 566 Congress St., Portland, 712-9499, www.bridgegalleryportland.com. 

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

Carolyn Walton Gallery, "Landscapes of Maine and New England," 39 Pleasant Hill Road, Freeport, 865-1585 or www.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, "Affordable Art" Holiday Show, 568 Congress St., Portland, 251-9925.

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

Daunis Fine Handmade Jewelry Showroom, third floor, 616 Congress St., Portland, 773-6011.

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

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

Elizabeth Moss Gallery, 27 Gorham Road, Scarborough; 251 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, 781-2620, www.elizabethmossgalleries.com.

Ember Grove Gallery, 247 B Congress St., Portland, 761-0408 or www.embergrove.com.

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

Falmouth Memorial Library, Historic Portland Photography Exhibit by Richard D. Bicknell, through Dec. 28; 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, 781-2351.  

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

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

Fore River Gallery, "The Gift of Art," affordable artwork by local artists, through Dec. 28; 613 Congress St., Portland, 252-6728. 

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

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

Freeport Memorial Library, 10 Library Dr., Freeport, 865-3307.  

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

Front Room Gallery, works by Jon White, Sunday Richards, Monica Walsh and others, 378 Cottage Road, South Portland, 767-9070.

Frost Gully Gallery, Dahlov Ipcar Exhibition, 20 new paintings, through Dec. 19; 1159 U.S. Route 1, Freeport, 865-4505 or www.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, two exhibits, "The Figure," by Don Justin Meserve, "Into Winter," by by contemporary and estate artists, through Dec. 31; 545 Congress St., Portland, 699-5599 info@gleasonfineart.com.  

Greenhut Galleries, "Above & Below," through Jan. 10; 146 Middle St., Portland, 772-2693.

Haitian Photo Exhibit, through Dec. 23, Portland City Hall, first floor rotunda, 389 Congress St., Portland, hosted by Konbit Sante, www.healthyhaiti.org.  

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

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

ICA at MECA, "Archaeology Above Ground," MECA Faculty Exhibition, through Dec. 20, Congress St., Portland.

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

June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA, 11th annual exhibit of studio pottery, through Dec. 19; 522 Congress St., Portland, 699-5083.

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

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

The Kate Cheney Chappell Center for Book Arts, seventh floor reading room, Glickman Family Library, USM Portland, 780-4270.

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

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

The Maine Potters Market, Special Edition Ornaments, by 15 Maine potters, through Dec. 24; 376 Fore St., Portland, Anne Samson, 774-1633.  

"Maine Women: Living on the Land," photography by Lauren Shaw, open house times 12-7 p.m., through Dec. 18, Coastal Studies for Girls, 308 Wolfe's Neck Road, Freeport, 865-9700, www.coastalstudiesforgirls.org. 

Meg Perry Center, 644 Congress St., 615-9970, www.megperrycenter.com.  

Merrill Memorial Library, "Mostly Maine Meanderings," watercolors by Happy Marsh, through Jan. 2; 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, "Autumn Colors," Cove Street Art Center, 50 Cove St., Portland, 772-3822. 

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

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

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

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

Running with Scissors Gallery, 54 Cove St., Portland, 699-4242

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

Sandpiper Jewelry Gallery, MaryEllen Bridges Photography Show, through January, 2010; 851 Sawyer St., South Portland, Michael Hofheimer, 767-8090. 

South Portland Public Library, Documentary Photography Exhibit of So. Portland Police Officer Kevin Webster and K-9 partner Baron, by Cheryl Rau, through Dec. 31; 482 Broadway, South Portland, 767-7660.  

Space Gallery, "Distance Don't Matter," found art installation by Swoon, through Dec. 15; 538 Congress St., Portland, 828-5600, www.space538.org.  

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

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

Susan Maasch Fine Art, "Home: For The Holidays," group exhibition curated by Nancy Davidson, through Dec. 22; 567 Congress St., Portland, 699-2955 or www.susanmaaschfineart.com.

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

Thomas Memorial Library, "Painting The Town," paintings of Cape Elizabeth by Emily Keith and Bill Barton, through December, Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth.

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

Thos. Moser Freeport Showroom, "Near and Distant Views," paintings by David Vickery, and work by Eric Hopkins, Marguerite Robichaux, Tom Curry and Philip Frey, 149 Main St., Freeport, 865-4519.

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

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

Whitney Art Works, 492 Congress St., Portland, 774-7011; www.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, New Work by John Bowdren, oil paintings and sculpture, through Dec. 31; 336 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-7777, www.yarmouthframeshopandgallery.com.  

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

Museums

Wednesday 12/9

"Christmas at Victoria Mansion," daily self-guided tours 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., through Jan. 3, $15 adult/ $13 senior or AAA/ $7 mansion members/ $5 ages 6-17/ $35 family ticket, Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St., Portland, 772-4841, www.victoriamansion.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 www.kitetails.com.

Falmouth Heritage Museum, by appointment, 60 Woods Road, Falmouth, 781-4727.

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

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

Maine Historical Society Museum, "Re/Collected: Great Works and New Discoveries from the Brown Library," through May, 2010; 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 www.mainehistory.org.

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

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 at Portland Head Light, 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.

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

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

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

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

Portland Museum of Art, "Evolution: Five Decades of Printmaking by David C. Driskell," on view through Jan. 17, 2010; 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 www.portlandmuseum.org.

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

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

The Wadsworth - Longfellow House at the Maine Historical Society, December holiday tours, 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 Street, Yarmouth, 846-6259.

Music

Thursday 12/10

New York Night Train SOUL CLAP Dance-Off and Soul Party!, Space Gallery, 9 p.m., $5; 538 Congress St., Portland, tickets, Bull Moose Music locations and www.space538.org.

Portland Public Schools Orchestra Winter Concert, 7 p.m., free and open to public, Portland High School, John Ford Auditorium, 284 Cumberland Ave., Portland, Julianne Eberl, 615-1244. 

Saturday 12/12

Darol Anger's Yulegrass: A Winter Party, with seasonal music, traditional refreshments, 8 p.m., $22 advance/ $25 door, One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, 761-1757, www.onelongfellowsquare.com. 

Holiday Concert, performance by Musica de Filia Girlchoir and Women's Choir, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, $10 adults/ $5 students or seniors, South Portland High School auditorium, 139 Highland Ave., South Portland, advance tickets, Starbird Music, Portland, Nonesuch Books, Millcreek, South Portland, 807-2158.

Sunday 12/13

"Hodie," seasonal concert by St. Mary Schola, 4 p.m., $20, Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth, tickets, stmaryschola.org, 781-3366.

Monday 12/14

"Annual Messiah Sing-Along," a concert by Choral Art Society, 7:30 p.m., suggested donation $5/ non-perishable food item to benefit Project FEED, St. Patrick's Church, 1342 Congress St., Portland, 828-0043, www.choralart.org.

Company of Thieves, with Annuals, 7 p.m., $10 advance/ $12 door, VIP seated $20, 21+, Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, www.portcitymusichall.com.

Tuesday 12/15

Holiday Concert, Greely High School Chorus and Madrigal Chorus, 7 p.m., free/donations accepted, Sacred Heart Church, 326 Main St., Yarmouth, 829-4805.

Thursday 12/17

"Sing Along with Robert Russell and Choral Arts Members," Noonday Concerts,  12:15 p.m., free and open to the public, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 425 Congress St., Portland, presented by Portland Conservatory of Music, 775-3356.

Saturday 12/19

"Christmas at Holy Grounds," Christmas carols with Justin Havu, Randsomed from The Rock Church, Danielle from The Vinyard, 6:30 p.m., Church of the Holy Spirit, 1047 Congress St., Portland, Deborah King, 799-5357. 

"Christmas with Renaissance Voices," 8 p.m., $15 door/ $12 advance tickets at Starbird Music in Portland, Books Etc. in Falmouth, or www.RenaissanceVoices.org, free for students; reception to follow concert, Cathedral of St. Luke, 143 State St., Portland, 729-4958.

Sunday 12/20

"Les Sorciers Perdus" with Mark Tipton, Working Artist's Studio "The Awesome Treehouse," 8 p.m., $7 door, 107 Hanover St., Portland.

"A Winter Concert" by Wescustogo Youth Chorale, 4 p.m., $10 adult/ $5 senior or student, Freeport Performing Arts Center, Holbrook St., Freeport, Leigh Palmer, 846-0705 or www.wescustago.org.

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

Thursday 12/10

"A Christmas Carol," presented by Old Port Playhouse, 7 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. matinee Saturdays and Sundays; Dec. 3-20, $18/$15, Old Port Playhouse, 19 Temple St., Portland, 773-0333, www.oldportplayhouse.com. 

Friday 12/11

"PSO's Magic of Christmas," a Portland Symphony Orchestra production, Dec. 11-13; Dec. 18-20; 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sundays; extra show Dec. 18 at 2 p.m., $25 and up, Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, tickets, www.porttix.com, box office at 20 Myrtle St., Portland, 842-0800.

Sunday 12/13

83rd Annual "Pageant of the Nativity," presented by The First Parish in Portland, Unitarian Universalist, non-denominational pageant with cast of 80; 4:45 p.m., free and open to public, 425 Congress St., Portland, 773-5747.

Wednesday 12/16

"Victorian Nutcracker," presented by Portland Ballet, 7:30 p.m., Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, tickets, PortTix, www.porttix.com, or 842-0800.

Thursday 12/17

"The Nutcracker Burlesque," presented by Vivid Motion Inc., 8 p.m., Thursday - Monday, Dec. 17-21, $12, adults only, The St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, tickets, www.nutcrackerburlesque.com and at Bull Moose Music locations.

Sunday 12/20

Portland International Folk Dance, 7-9 p.m., $5 adult/ $3 child, Portland New Church, 302 Stevens Ave., Portland, bring holiday snacks to share, 856-6415, 774-7119.

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.  

Square Dancing Classes, by Mix 'n Mingle Square Dancing Club, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays thru 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, www.maplewooddancecenter.com. 

Mid Coast

Auditions, Calls for Art

Call for Artists, "Joy of Art: Second Annual Juried Art Show," submissions accepted through Dec. 15, $10 entry fee/ 2 entry max per artist, registration forms at Topsham Public Library circulation desk or www.topshamlibrary.org, sponsored by The Friends of Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd., Topsham, 725-1727.

Books, Authors

Sunday 12/13

Randy Spencer, author of "Where Cool Waters Flow: Four Seasons with a Master Maine Guide," 3-5 p.m., Gulf of Maine Book Shop, 134 Maine St., Brunswick.

Films

Friday 12/11

"Troubled Water," TGIF film series, Norwegian with English subtitles, 1:30 p.m., Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 443-5141.

Monday 12/14

"Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders LIVE with Elizabeth Vargas," documentary film, 7:30 p.m., $12.50, Regal-Brunswick 10, 19 Gurnet Rd, Brunswick, advance tickets, www.FathomEvents.com/doctorswithoutborders.


Galleries

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 www.AllenSelig.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gallery Framing, 12 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 729-9108.  

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

Just Framing, "Winter Show," by Maine 10 artist collective, through December, 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 www.maescafeandbakery.com/events.

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

Maine Fiberarts Gallery, 13 Main St., Topsham, 721-0678, www.mainefiberarts.org.

Old Post Office Gallery, original oils, pastels, watercolors of five local artists, Route 127, Georgetown, 371-2015.

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

Sebascodegan Artists Cooperative Gallery, 4 Old Orr's Island Road, Harpswell, 833-5717.

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

Whatnot Gallery, Spindleworks, 7 Lincoln St., Brunswick.

Museums

Ongoing

Maine Maritime Museum, open daily 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., 243 Washington St., Bath, 443-1316 or www.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 12/11

Bill Byrne and Kenny Gaspar, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Solo Bistro, 128 Front St., Bath, 443-3373.  

Bellamafia Holiday Concert, a cappella group, 7 p.m., free, Bowdoin Chapel, Bowdoin College, 725-3375.

Saturday 12/12

"A Ceremony of Lessons and Carols," presented by St. Cecilia Chamber Choir, 3 p.m., $10 advance/ $12 door, free for students and children, Bowdoin College Chapel, Brunswick, www.ceciliachoir.org, Linda Blanchard, 380-2768.

"Mistletoe Madness, A Holiday Cabaret," with Lynne McGhee and pianist Barbara Cook, to benefit The Coastal Humane Society, 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, $10 advance/ $15 door, The Harpswell Merriconeag Grange, U.S. Rt. 123, Harpswell, tickets, 833-6436.  

Sunday 12/13

"Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols" presented by Bowdoin College student musicians with faculty and staff, 6:30 p.m., free, Bowdoin Chapel, Bowdoin College, 798-4141

Monday 12/14

The Coastal Youth Orchestra Annual Winter Concert, 7 p.m., free and open to the public, donations accepted, Orion Performing Arts Center, Topsham, Nancy Roderick, 729-5156 or nancyrod@gwi.net.

Friday 12/18

Solstice and Seasonal Music with Castlebay, 7:30 p.m., $10, Unitarian Universalist Church, 15 Pleasant St., Brunswick, www.castlebay.net, 729-8515.

Saturday 12/19

Holiday Classical Guitar Concert, with Brian Cullen and David Bullard, 8 p.m., $10 advance/ $10 door, Frontier Cafe, 14 Main St., Brunswick, 725-5222.

Theater & Dance

Friday 12/11

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," presented by The Theater Project, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 11-20, by donation, suggested price $6, The Theater Project, 14 School St., Brunswick, www.theaterproject.com, 729-8584.  

"Scrooge the Musical," presented by Studio Theatre of Bath, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday; through Dec. 13, Chocolate Church, Washington St., Bath, tickets, 442-8455, chocolatechurcharts.org. 

Saturday 12/12

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," presented by The Theater Project, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 11-20, by donation, suggested price $6, The Theater Project, 14 School St., Brunswick, www.theaterproject.com, 729-8584.

 "Scrooge the Musical," presented by Studio Theatre of Bath, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Sundays; through Dec. 13, Chocolate Church, Washington St., Bath, tickets, 442-8455, chocolatechurcharts.org.

Sunday 12/13

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," presented by The Theater Project, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 11-20, by donation, suggested price $6, The Theater Project, 14 School St., Brunswick, www.theaterproject.com, 729-8584.

"Scrooge the Musical," presented by Studio Theatre of Bath, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Sundays; through Dec. 13, Chocolate Church, Washington St., Bath, tickets, 442-8455, chocolatechurcharts.org.

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 www.sage.squaredanceme.us.