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Arts and Entertainment Calendar: Dec. 15 - 26

Lifestyle

Arts and Entertainment Calendar: Dec. 15 - 26

Greater Portland

Books, Authors

Thursday 12/16

Crash Barry, author of "Sex, Drugs and Blueberries," 7 p.m., Longfellow Books, One Longfellow Square, Portland, 772-4045.

Friday 12/17

Informational e-Reader and e-Book Forum, 12-1:30 p.m., free and open to public, hosted by the Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700 ext. 759.

Saturday 12/18

"For the Love of Peaks – Island Portraits & Stories: A Collection," by Fran Houston and "A Glimpse of Old Peaks Island: Through Rose-Colored Glasses," by Alice Boyce, Eunice Curran, Ellin Gallant, Reta Morrill & Joyce O'Brien, book signings with authors, live music, 2:30-5 p.m.,The Inn on Peaks, 33 Island fortheloveofpeaks.com.

John R. Moon, author/photographer, "City by the Sea: A Photographic History of Portland, Maine," 12-2 p.m. book signing, Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, falmouth.lib.me.us, 781-2351.

Monday 12/20

"Solstice Revels," Seanachie Nights: Spoken word and performance series, 7-9 p.m., free/ $9 suggested donation, Bull Feeney’s, 375 Fore St., Portland, Lynne Cullen, 846-1321, lynnecullen.com.

Tuesday 12/21

Port Veritas All Night Open Mic, 7 p.m., no cover, 2 drink minimum, Blue, 650 Congress St., Portland, portveritas.com.

Comedy 

Wednesday 12/15

"Running with Scissors," improv comedy group, 7:30 p.m., $7, Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, 615-3609, mayostreetarts.org.

Wednesday 12/22

"Secret Lives of Comedians," sketch and improv, presented by Cloud Morris and Brian Brinegar, with musical guest Pete Witham, 7:30 p.m., $10, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd, Portland, 899-3993.

Films 

Thursday 12/16

"Gasland," 7:30 p.m. documentary screening, $5 SPACE members, $7 nonmembers, SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, 828-5600, copresented by Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund and Maine Rivers, gaslandthemovie.com.

Wednesday 12/22

"Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale," 7:30 p.m., $5 SPACE members, $7 nonmembers, SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, 828-5600.

Galleries

Ongoing

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

Addison Woolley, sculpture by Susan Bennett, through December, 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, Annual Holiday Sale, through Dec. 30, 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.

Artist and Craftsman Supply, "Collection of Illustrations: a PATHS Student Show," with Samantha Dow and Megan Fenney, through December, 540 Deering Ave., Portland, 772-7272

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, "Compression: Elizabeth Cashin McMillen," through Dec. 24, 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. 

Daunis Fine Jewelry, “Italy Inside/Out” oil paintings by Brita Holmquist, exhibit Nov. 4-Dec. 31, 616 Congress St., Portland, 773-6011.

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, "Women of Monhegan," 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,"Winter!" presented by The Maine Illustrator's Collective, through December, 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, The 5th Biennial Invitational Portland Show, through Dec. 31, 146 Middle St., Portland, 772-2693.

The Green Hand Bookshop, "Flights of Fantasy," whimsical artwork by David Stoddard, through Jan. 5, 661 Congress St., Portland, 450-6695.

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

Heron Point Gallery, 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, "Pots & Vessels," by Warren MacKenzie, Sequoia Miller, Paul Heroux, Ron King, annual pottery show, through Dec. 18, 522 Congress St., Portland, 699-5083.

June Fitzpatrick Gallery, "Something from Nothing," Papier Mache Sculpture by Nanci Kahn, through Dec. 18, 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, 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, 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, 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. 

Paula Banks Consulting and Two Lights Home Care, photography by Lauren Chase Sheffield, on display through February, Pond Cove Shopping Center, Cape Elizabeth, FMI, lola-studios.com.

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, "Art Nouveau" by gallery artists, through Dec. 31, 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 show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends thru December 23, or by appointment, 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, "Transport: Exploring classic cars in ideal landscapes," photographs by Robert Moran, through Dec. 31, 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, "Simple Complexities," artwork by John Sideli, Jewel Rechsteiner and Stephen Benenson, through Dec. 22, 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

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 12/18

"Music in the House," Holiday Tours of Longfellow House with seasonal music on chickering piano, 1-3 p.m., Wadsworth-Longfellow House, 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, 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, "False Documents & Other Illusions," on view through Jan. 2, 2011; "Rackstraw Downes: Onsite Paintings, 1972–2008," on view through March 20, 2011; 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

Thursday 12/16

Holiday Sing-A-Long, with Robert Russell and Choral Arts members, 12:15 p.m., free and open to the public, First Parish Church, 425 Congress St., Portland, 775-3356.

Friday 12/17

The James Montgomery Band, blues, 8 p.m., $25 advance / $28 door,  One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland,  761-1757, onelongfellowsquare.com.

Saturday 12/18

Wescustago Youth Chorale 13th Annual Winter Concert, 4 p.m., concert, reception to follow, $10 adult / $5  student or senior,  Freeport Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook St., Freeport, 829-3111. 

"Yulegrass!" performance by Darol Anger and the Republic of Strings, 8 p.m., $25 advance / $30 door,  One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland,  761-1757, onelongfellowsquare.com.

Sunday 12/19

“Christmas Winds,” holiday music by the Pine Tree Coastal Winds, Freeport’s community concert band, 4 p.m., bring food item for Freeport Community Services Food Pantry or cash donation to the band, Freeport Grange Hall, 13 Elm St., 865-4747.

"An Elvis Christmas Tribute," 7 p.m., $10,VENUE Music Bar and Grille, 865 Forest Ave., Portland, venuemusicbar.com

Rockapella Family Holiday Concert, 5 p.m. concert; 3:30 doors open, $30-$35, ages 9 and under free, The Landing at Pine Point, 353 Pine Point Road, Scarborough, 774-4527, thelandingatpinepoint.com.

Sparks The Rescue, with You Me And Everyone We Know, Amely, Directions, and Skyler, 5 p.m., $10 advance / $12 door, Empire Dine & Dance, 575 Congress St., Portland, tickets at Bull Moose Music, brownpapertickets.com.

Tuesday 12/21

Red Hot Ladylike "Ugly Sweater Party," music by Red Hot Ladylike, 6-9 p.m., donations accepted for Bruce Roberts Santa Toy Fund, Pearl Lounge, 444 Fore St., Portland, 210-6555.

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 12/15

"A Celtic Christmas with AIRE and Castlebay," featuring "A Child's Christmas in Wales," and a "Christmas Revels" program, Dec. 15-19, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday;$22 adult / $20 senior or student / $12 children under 12, $18 Wednesday and Thursday, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland 799-5327, airetheater.com.

Thursday 12/16

"A Celtic Christmas with AIRE and Castlebay," featuring "A Child's Christmas in Wales," and a "Christmas Revels" program, Dec. 15-19, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday;$22 adult / $20 senior or student / $12 children under 12, $18 Wednesday and Thursday, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland 799-5327, airetheater.com.

Friday 12/17

31st Annual Magic of Christmas, presented by Portland Symphony Orchestra, with narrator Joe Cassidy, Magic of Christmas Chorus and more, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $25+, tickets at porttix.com, 842-0800, or PortTIX box office, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, portlandsymphony.org. 

"A Celtic Christmas with AIRE and Castlebay," featuring "A Child's Christmas in Wales," and a "Christmas Revels" program, Dec. 15-19, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday;$22 adult / $20 senior or student / $12 children under 12, $18 Wednesday and Thursday, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland 799-5327, airetheater.com.

"A Christmas Carol," presented by Portland Stage, Dec.3-24, $12-$39, 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, Dec. 16-17, Dec. 23; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays,  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.

"Nutcracker Burlesque 2010,"
presented by Vivid Motion, 8 p.m., Friday–Sunday Dec. 17-19; and Tuesday–Thursday Dec. 21-23, $12, adults only, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, 775-5568, tickets at Longfellow Books or vividmotion.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.

Swing Dance, with music by Maine Swingin' DJ's, 8 p.m. lesson, 9 p.m. dance, $8, North Deering Grange Hall, 1408 Washington Ave., Portland, 653-5012.

Saturday 12/18

31st Annual Magic of Christmas, presented by Portland Symphony Orchestra, with narrator Joe Cassidy, Magic of Christmas Chorus and more, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $25+, tickets at porttix.com, 842-0800, or PortTIX box office, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, portlandsymphony.org.  

"A Celtic Christmas with AIRE and Castlebay," featuring "A Child's Christmas in Wales," and a "Christmas Revels" program, Dec. 15-19, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday;$22 adult / $20 senior or student / $12 children under 12, $18 Wednesday and Thursday, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland 799-5327, airetheater.com.

"A Christmas Carol," presented by Portland Stage, Dec.3-24, $12-$39, 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays,  Dec. 16-17, Dec. 23; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, 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.

“Christmas with Renaissance Voices,” 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, $12 advance/ $15 door/ $5 student, Cathedral of St. Luke, 143 State St., Portland, advance tickets at Starbird Music or Longfellow Books in Portland, Books, Etc. in Falmouth, or at RenaissanceVoices.org, 729-4958.

"Nutcracker Burlesque 2010," presented by Vivid Motion, 8 p.m., Friday-Sunday Dec. 17-19; and Tuesday-Thursday Dec. 21-23, $12, adults only, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, 775-5568, tickets at Longfellow Books or vividmotion.org.

"Santa's Reindeer Revue," presented by the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, tickets, $7-$8, 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 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.

Sunday 12/19

31st Annual Magic of Christmas, presented by Portland Symphony Orchestra, with narrator Joe Cassidy, Magic of Christmas Chorus and more, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., $25+, tickets at porttix.com, 842-0800, or PortTIX box office, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, portlandsymphony.org.

"A Celtic Christmas with AIRE and Castlebay," featuring "A Child's Christmas in Wales," and a "Christmas Revels" program, Dec. 15-19, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday;$22 adult / $20 senior or student / $12 children under 12, $18 Wednesday and Thursday, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland 799-5327, airetheater.com.

"A Christmas Carol," presented by Portland Stage, Dec.3-24, $12-$39, 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, Dec. 16-17, Dec. 23; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, 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.

“Christmas with Renaissance Voices,” 2 p.m., $12 advance/ $15 door/ $5 student, Cathedral of St. Luke, 143 State St., Portland, advance tickets at Starbird Music or Longfellow Books in Portland, Books, Etc. in Falmouth, or at RenaissanceVoices.org, 729-4958.

"Nutcracker Burlesque 2010," presented by Vivid Motion, 8 p.m., Friday–Sunday Dec. 17-19; and Tuesday–Thursday Dec. 21-23, $12, adults only, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, 775-5568, tickets at Longfellow Books or vividmotion.org.

"Santa's Reindeer Revue," presented by the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, tickets, $7-$8, 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 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.

Monday 12/20

"Christmas with Cornils: A Kotzschmar Christmas" classical concert with municipal organist, Ray Cornils, Kotzschmar Festival Brass, Parish Ringers, Musica de Filia and Jaye Churchill, 7:30 p.m., $29-$17, Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, tickets through PortTix, porttix.com, or Merrill box office.

"The Mad Horse Radio Christmas Show," 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 20-23, $25 donation, The Hutchins School, 24 Mosher St., South Portland, 730-2389, madhorse.com.

Tuesday 12/21

"The Mad Horse Radio Christmas Show," 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 20-23, $25 donation, The Hutchins School, 24 Mosher St., South Portland, 730-2389, madhorse.com.

"Nutcracker Burlesque 2010," presented by Vivid Motion, 8 p.m., Friday–Sunday Dec. 17-19; and Tuesday–Thursday Dec. 21-23, $12, adults only, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, 775-5568, tickets at Longfellow Books or vividmotion.org.

Wednesday 12/22

"The Mad Horse Radio Christmas Show," 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 20-23, $25 donation, The Hutchins School, 24 Mosher St., South Portland, 730-2389, madhorse.com.

"Nutcracker Burlesque 2010," presented by Vivid Motion, 8 p.m., Friday–Sunday Dec. 17-19; and Tuesday–Thursday Dec. 21-23, $12, adults only, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, 775-5568, tickets at Longfellow Books or vividmotion.org.

Thursday 12/23

"Nutcracker Burlesque 2010," presented by Vivid Motion, 8 p.m., Friday–Sunday Dec. 17-19; and Tuesday–Thursday Dec. 21-23, $12, adults only, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, 775-5568, tickets at Longfellow Books or vividmotion.org.

Thursday 12/23

"The Victorian Nutcracker," presented by Portland Ballet, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $17-$47, Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, tickets through PortTIX, porttix.com, 842-0800 or or Merrill box office at 20 Myrtle Ave.

Sunday 12/26

"Phyzkids," physical comedy and variety entertainment for young audience, presented by Acorn Productions Phyzgig, 2 p.m., 5 p.m. Sunday; 11 a.m. Monday-Thursday; 2 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; Dec. 26-30, $12 adult / $10 student or senior / $8 ages under 12, SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St, Portland, tickets, 854-0065 or www.phyzgig.org.

Tuesday 12/28

"Exceptions to Gravity" special show by Avner the Eccentric, part of the 13th Annual Phyzgig festival, presented by Acorn Productions, 7 p.m., $20, Portland Stage Company, 25A Forest Ave., Portland, tickets, 854-0065 or www.phyzgig.org

Wednesday 12/29

13th Annual Phyzgig Festival, physical comedy and variety entertainment,  vaudeville shows 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, Dec. 29-31, $20-$12, Portland Stage Company, 25A Forest Ave., Portland, tickets, 854-0065 or www.phyzgig.org.

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

Films

Thursday 12/23

"Meet Me in St. Louis" 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

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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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

Friday 12/17

"A Victorian Christmas at Donnell House," Dec. 17-22, $5 admission to Donnell House or free with admission to Maine Maritime Museum, MaineMaritimeMuseum.com, 443-1316.

Ongoing

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

Maine Maritime Museum, "ross Currents: Visual Arts Distilled from the Maritime World" On View through Feb, 6, 2011open 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 

Thursday 12/16

Morse High School Winter Concert / Fine Arts Auction, 5:30 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. concert, free admission, Morse High School, 800 High St., Bath, 442-7049 or durfodd@comcast.net

West Bath Candlelight Christmas Service and Caroling, presented by West Bath Historical Society, with fiddler Hope Hoffman and Pastor Sam Francis, 7 p.m., free, open to public, Old West Bath Meeting House, Berry’s Mill Road, 443-4449.

Theater & Dance

Friday 12/17

Bath Community Contradance,
6:30-8 p.m. family dance, 8-11 p.m. contradance, Bath Dance Works, 72 Front St., third floor $3 adult, $12 family max; contradance, $9 adult/ $22 family max, Matt, 729-4718.

"Ms. Scrooge," The Theater Project's Young Peoples Theater production, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17-19, $6 suggested donation, 14 School St., Brunswick, 729-8584, theaterproject.com.

Saturday 12/18

"Ms. Scrooge," The Theater Project's Young Peoples Theater production, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17-19, $6 suggested donation, 14 School St., Brunswick, 729-8584, theaterproject.com.

Holiday Funky Formal Contradance, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8-11 p.m. dance, $8, Bowdoinham Town Hall, 3 School St., Bowdoinham, 666-3090 or 666-3709.

Sunday 12/19

"Ms. Scrooge," The Theater Project's Young Peoples Theater production, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17-19, $6 suggested donation, 14 School St., Brunswick, 729-8584, theaterproject.com.

Monday 12/20

"Wales & Tales: A celebration of the holiday season," presented by The Theater Project, 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, by donation, to benefit The Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, 14 School St., Brunswick, 729-8584.

Tuesday 12/21

"Wales & Tales," A celebration of the holiday season, presented by The Theater Project, 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, by donation, to benefit The Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, 14 School St., Brunswick, 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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