'Twas the night before ... Burlesque, ’Twas the Night Before … Burlesque, St. Lawrence Arts
’Twas the Night Before … Burlesque by Vivid Motion dancers at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland. The show runs Dec. 10-12 and 15-18, with showings at 7:30 p.m. Photo by Genevieve Coombs.
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BENEFITS

DECEMBER 3

Share the Warmth concert and clothing drive | Presented by Sea Change Chorale for the Immigrant Rights Coalition | 5-6pm | Renys on Congress St. | Learn more at seachangechorale.org/

DECEMBER 4

Ugly Sweater 5K and Merry Mile | To benefit Falmouth Memorial Library | 5K for runners, $30 | Merry Mile for walkers $15 | 9am | American Legion, 65 Depot Rd, Falmouth | More info at bit.ly/3HJiZZI

DECEMBER 12

Holiday Dash 5K | Benefit for Portland Trails’ 70+mile network | 9am-12pm | Eastern Promenade, Cutter St, Portland | Info at trails.org/events/holiday-dash/

DANCE

“The Nutcracker” | Maine State Ballet | Thru Dec. 5 | $20-$70 | Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St | More info at mainestateballet.org/the-nutcracker

FAIRS/MARKETS

Maine College of Art & Design Holiday Sale | Online thru Dec. 10 | All purchases support participating artists and MECA&D students | Visit mecashop.meca.edu/

DECEMBER 1

Maine Authors Publishing Virtual Holiday Book Fair | 5:30-6:30pm livestream with 5 authors and free book give-away | Fair runs thru Dec. 3 | For more info, visit maineauthorspublishing.com/holidayfair/

DECEMBER 2

Very Merry Falmouth | Dec. 2-4 | Tree lighting, fireworks, 5K, Shop Local | American Legion Post #164, 65 Depot Rd, Falmouth | Schedule of events at bit.ly/3cIN9On

DECEMBER 3

“Art on the Hill” Society for East End Arts | Dec 3-5 | Glasswork, pottery, iron work, paintings, clothing, natural products, more | East End School, 195 North St, Portland | More at seaportland.org/events/ and also at facebook.com/seaportlandme/

DECEMBER 4

Walnut Hill Holiday Craft Show | Society of Southern Maine Craftsmen | 9am-4pm | Wescustogo Hall, Memorial Highway, #120, North Yarmouth | Free admission

Portland Winter Farmers’ Market | Saturdays 9am-1pm | Stevens Sq. Community Center Gym, 631 Stevens Ave | portlandmainefarmersmarket.org

Gingerbread Fair at Whiting Farm | 876 Summer St, Auburn | 10am-4pm | Themed gift baskets | More info email [email protected]

DECEMBER 10

Running with Scissors Art Studios Annual Holiday Market and Open Studios | Thru Dec. 12 | 250 Anderson St | rwsartstudios.com/

FILM

Hanukkah Film Festival | Streaming thru Dec. 5 | $36 | For more info, visit Jewish Community Alliance of Maine, bit.ly/3FyzrKB

DECEMBER 1

“I Was a Simple Man” | Ghost story of an elderly man facing the end of life | 7pm | $7-$9 | SPACE, 538 Congress St. | space538.org/event/i-was-a-simple-man/

DECEMBER 8

“Keyboard Fantasies” | The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story (film) with Kafari | 7pm music, 8pm film | $7-$9 | SPACE, 538 Congress St. | space538.org/events/

DECEMBER 10

“France” | All ages | 7pm | $7-$9 | SPACE, 538 Congress St. | space538.org/event/france/

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Tuition-Free Classes December and January | Offered by New Ventures Maine, an education and economic development program through UMA System | For more info and to sign up, call 800-442-2092 or visit bit.ly/NVMEClasses

DECEMBER 1

“Migration to Mirrorless” with photographer Gabe Biderman | Making the move to a mirrorless camera | 1-2pm | Free online event | Maine Media Workshops + College | Register at bit.ly/3kZXIBu

DECEMBER 2

Lecture by WGM Sabina Foisor, US Women’s Chess Champion | 7pm, limited tickets | Maine Craft Portland, 521 Congress St | $20 | For tickets and info on blitz matches, visit chessmaine.org/events

DECEMBER 7

Marsh Ecology with seasonal field naturalist Madeleine Ferguson | In-person, indoors | $5 members / $7 non-members | 6-7pm | Gilsland Farm Audubon, Falmouth | maineaudubon.org/news/events/marsh-ecology/

“A Path Forward From Divisiveness” | Interview with Mark Gerzon followed by discussion | Virtual and in-person | 6:30-8:30pm | Free | Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road, Scarborough | Register: scarboroughlibrary.org/events/authors-library/path-forward

DECEMBER 8

“Sustainability Series: COP26 and Maine” | One Mainer’s Adventure at the UN Climate Change Conference | 5:30pm via Zoom | Portland Public Library | Info at portlandlibrary.com/events/cop26-and-maine/

“Little Black Boy” | Rashod Taylor discusses how his work speaks to the Black American experience | 1-2pm | Free online event | Maine Media Workshops + College | Register at bit.ly/3HQ3yiD

DECEMBER 14

A talk with Dr. Anne Gordon Perry | Green Acre: An “experiment” in Eliot, Maine in the 1890s and Beyond | 7pm, Free via Zoom | Info, registration: mainehistory.org/programs_events.shtml

DECEMBER 15

Winter Seed Sowing Workshop | Hands-on native seed propagation workshop | $40-$50 | 9-11:30am | Gilsland Farm, Falmouth | Details and tickets at bit.ly/3HQWW3r

ONGOING

Osher Map Library’s Monday Map Lunch Series | Every Monday thru June, 2022 | 12pm | Free, open to public | Zoom event with limited participants | Register at oshermaps.org/news

Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Portland Chapter | First Saturday of every month | 9-10:30am | Free | email to receive link: [email protected] | To learn more, visit citizensclimatelobbymaine.weebly.com/ | 415-6556

Veterans Membership Drive | American Legion Munjoy Hill Post 161, 42 Atlantic St, Portland | Have a beverage and check out our Post | Saturdays 10am-4pm | For more info, call 772-9314

HEALTH/SUPPORT

DECEMBER 7

Relaxation Meditation | 12-1pm | $8, free for members | Mechanics Hall, 519 Congress | Space is limited, information at mechanicshallmaine.org/programming/

“Talk Saves Lives” | An Introduction to Suicide Prevention, with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention | 6:30-7:30pm via Zoom | Thomas Memorial Library | For more info and link, visit bit.ly/30AiVeh

DECEMBER 8

Universal Healthcare organizing call | Betsy Sweet & Lisa Savage | Learn more about getting Universal Healthcare on the ballot | 7pm | Live online | Register at bit.ly/healthcare-me

DECEMBER 14

Relaxation Meditation | 12-1pm | $8, free for members | Mechanics Hall, 519 Congress | Space is limited, information at mechanicshallmaine.org/programming/

Ask the Experts Webinar: A Guide to Family Conversations at End of Life, with Rev. Larry Greer, Hospice of Southern Maine | 11:30am-Noon | bit.ly/3r79EoT

ONGOING

The Opportunity Alliance Senior Volunteers Program seeks senior companion volunteers over the age of 55 to help in Cumberland and York counties | Qualifying volunteers receive a stipend | More information at opportunityalliance.org/senior-companion-program

OUTMaine Youth Programs for LGBTQ+ youth | Weekly programs, retreats, leadership, support | Free | outmaine.org/

Remote Support Groups, Mon-Thurs, hosted by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) | For info and schedules visit namimaine.org/remotesupportgroups

Recovery Yoga | SeaChange Yoga | for people in recovery from substance use disorder | Tues/Thurs 1:30-2:20pm | Free | seachangeyoga.org/recovery-yoga

Virtual Breastfeeding Support Group | Weekly support group as well as mom-to-mom support on an ongoing basis | Fridays 10am | Free to Maine residents | Private facebook group with Doula/Lactation consultant, bit.ly/3wgsycS

LITERARY ARTS

DECEMBER 2

“Atlas of the Heart” Book Launch with Dr. Brené Brown | 8pm via Zoom | $30 includes book | Longfellow Books | For more info and tickets, visit bit.ly/30FiI91

DECEMBER 3

Barbara Kingsolver in conversation with Ann Patchett | 5:30pm | $5-$20 donation, free for members | Mechanics Hall, 519 Congress | Register for Zoom link at mechanicshallmaine.org/programming/

DECEMBER 7

Book Talk with Phil Nadeau | “The Unlikeliness of it All” | 7pm, Free via Zoom | Info, registration: mainehistory.org/programs_events.shtml

“No Time Like the Future” Michael J. Fox and Willie Geist | 7-8pm | Print: A Bookstore | Virtual event | More info at bit.ly/2YUtwzE

DECEMBER 11

“Kith & Kin” | Marieke Nijkamp with Whitney Gardner | 4pm | Print: A Bookstore | Virtual event | More info at bit.ly/3HUswgw

ONGOING

Guerilla Poetry Whoop | Thomas Memorial Library: Poets and poetry enthusiasts group meeting every second Thurs of the month | 6:30pm via Zoom | More info and registration at thomasmemoriallibrary.org/poetry-at-tml/

Be a part of Maine history by contributing your story of life during COVID-19 to the Maine Historical Society’s Maine Memory Network | Details and guidelines for story submission on mainememory.net/mymainestories.

Free Ebooks for Students | Commemorate the end of World War II | Free military history downloads | also African-American and Latino history downloads | ebooksforstudents.org/.

MUSEUMS

Maine Historical Society | 489 Congress | Timed admission | Members free, public $10 | 207-774-1822 | mainehistory.org

Skyline Farm Carriage Museum | 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth | skylinefarm.org

Maine Jewish Museum | Current exhibits: “Dialogue” “The Pumpkin Patch” “Sojourn Israel” | 267 Congress St, Portland | mainejewishmuseum.org/

mayo street arts, international open mic
International Open Mic, Friday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. at Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland. Photo by @openvisionstudios / Hamid Karimian

MUSIC

Chocolate Church Arts Center | 804 Washington St, Bath | For performance and ticket information, visit chocolatechurcharts.org/

One Longfellow Square | 181 State St, Portland | For schedules and info, visit onelongfellowsquare.com/shows/

Portland House of Music | 25 Temple St, Portland | for schedule of shows, visit portlandhouseofmusic.com

Portland Symphony Orchestra | For concert, venue and ticket information visit portlandsymphony.org

State Theatre | 609 Congress | For up-to-date concert information, visit statetheatreportland.com/

DECEMBER 2

Maine Middle Eastern Ensemble, Showmen’s Rest | 7-11pm | Blue, 650A Congress St | portcityblue.com

Noonday Concert Series: Robert Gans | Piano | 12:15-12:50pm | Portland Conservatory of Music, 28 Neal St | bit.ly/3Fnpv6z

God Emperor Penguin, Merge & Vary, The Project, Sea Level | 7pm | $7 | The Apohadion Theater, 107 Hanover | Masks, proof of vaxx | theapohadiontheater.com/

DECEMBER 3

Maia Sharp & Catie Curtis | $30-$40 | 8pm | One Longfellow Sq, 181 State St | Info at onelongfellowsquare.com/shows/

Darlin’ Corey, SCOBY | 6pm-Midnight | Blue, 650A Congress St | portcityblue.com

TŌTH w/ Dominic Lavoie | 9 pm | Sun Tiki Studios, 375 Forest Ave | suntikistudios.com

The Collins Band | Blues & Americana | 7pm | Cadenza, 5 Depot St, Freeport | $18-$20 | cadenzafreeport.com

International Open Mic | 7-9pm | Free, donations encouraged | Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St | More info at mayostreetarts.org/

Clay Camero, Walt McClements, Colby Nathan | 8:30pm | The Apohadion Theater, 107 Hanover | Masks, proof of vaxx | theapohadiontheater.com/

DECEMBER 4

Michael Beling | 6-7:30pm | Blue, 650A Congress St | portcityblue.com

Borderlines with Crunchboat & The Gubs | 9 pm | Sun Tiki Studios, 375 Forest Ave | suntikistudios.com

Palaver Strings | Beehive Chamber Series: The First Course | $15+ | 3:30-5:30pm, 7-8:30pm | Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St, Portland | bit.ly/3x0hIJ0

Christmas at the Cathedral with Choralart | $25+ | Students $10+ |  7:30pm | Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St | bit.ly/3conXg0

Anni Clark | Folk/Blues/Pop | 7pm | Cadenza, 5 Depot St, Freeport | $18-$20 | cadenzafreeport.com

Carolyn Currie live in the Southworth Planetarium | 7pm | $10 adults, $8 children/seniors | USM Science Building, 70 Falmouth St, Portland | Reservations at 780-4249 or email
[email protected]

Groupwork, Bright Boy, Video Nasties | 8pm | $5-$15 | The Apohadion Theater, 107 Hanover | Proof of vaxx | theapohadiontheater.com/

Greasy Grass, Junesevere, Ossalot | 8pm | $8-$10 | SPACE, 538 Congress St. | space538.org/event/the-battle-of-algiers/

DECEMBER 5

Portland Trumpet Ensemble | $18-$20, kids free | 3-5pm | Meetinghouse Arts, 40 Main St, Freeport | freeportartsandculture.org/event/portland-trumpet-ensemble/

Christmas at the Cathedral with Choralart | $25+ | Students $10+ | 2:30pm and 7:30pm | Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St | Info and tickets at bit.ly/3conXg0

Bensbeendead EP release | 6pm | $16-$20 | The Apohadion Theater, 107 Hanover | Masks, proof of vaxx | theapohadiontheater.com/

VentiCordi on the Portland String Quartet Society Series: Poetic Justice | 2pm | Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodfords St | venticordi.com/concerts

DECEMBER 6

Man on Man | 7:30pm | $12-15 | SPACE, 538 Congress St. | space538.org/events/

Hanukkah Concert with Mister G & Friends | International band of musicians from Israel, Mexico and Argentina | Presented by the JCCA | Free on the JCCA Virtual J platform | 5:30pm | More info: bit.ly/3DTzmAw

DECEMBER 7

Advance Base, Dear Nora, Lisa/Liza | 7:30pm | $12-$15 | The Apohadion Theater, 107 Hanover | theapohadiontheater.com/

DECEMBER 8

“Keyboard Fantasies” | The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story (film) with Kafari | 7pm music, 8pm film | $7-$9 | SPACE, 538 Congress St. | space538.org/events/

Eliza Edens / Silver Heels | 7:30pm | $5-$10 | The Apohadion Theater, 107 Hanover | Masks & vaxx proof | theapohadiontheater.com/

Irish Session | 9-11pm | Blue, 650A Congress St | portcityblue.com

DECEMBER 9

Miss Tess | $15-$20 | 8pm | One Longfellow Sq, 181 State St, Portland | Info at onelongfellowsquare.com/shows/

Justin Rowland, Cumberland Crossing | 5-11:30pm | Blue, 650A Congress St | portcityblue.com

Agoraphobia single, video release party with adlt grrrrl and friends | 8:30 pm | $10-$13 | Sun Tiki Studios, 375 Forest Ave | suntikistudios.com

Denny Breau | Acoustic Folk/Blues/Jazz | 7pm | Cadenza, 5 Depot St, Freeport | $18-$20 | cadenzafreeport.com

Rachel Clemente, McKinley James, linden lea pownal
Celtic Harp & Cello with Rachel Clemente and McKinley James at The Music Loft, 655 Elmwood Road, Pownal, Friday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m.

DECEMBER 10

Chris Pureka w/ Anna Tivel | $18-$20 | 8pm | One Longfellow Sq, 181 State St | Info at onelongfellowsquare.com/shows/

Celtic Harp & Cello with Rachel Clemente and McKinley James | 7pm | $20, seats limited | The Music Loft at Linden Lea, 655 Elmwood Rd, Pownal | For tickets, contact Janet at [email protected]

Exclave, Thems That Wait, Mound | 8pm | The Apohadion Theater, 107 Hanover | Masks, proof of vaxx | theapohadiontheater.com/

el malo | 10pm-Midnight | Blue, 650A Congress St | portcityblue.com

Scotty Saints & True Believers with Random Ideas and more | 9 pm | $10-$13 | Sun Tiki Studios, 375 Forest Ave | suntikistudios.com

Heather Pierson | Jazz: Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” | 7pm | Cadenza, 5 Depot St, Freeport | $18-$20 | cadenzafreeport.com

DECEMBER 11

Roomful of Blues | $35-$40 | 8pm | One Longfellow Sq, 181 State St | Info at onelongfellowsquare.com/shows/

Carl Dimow Quartet, Scott Kiefner | 6pm-Midnight | Blue, 650A Congress St | portcityblue.com

The Feldons with Tiger Bomb & The Chelsea Curve | 9 pm | $10-$13 | Sun Tiki Studios, 375 Forest Ave | suntikistudios.com

Half Moon Jug Band | Eclectic | 7pm | Cadenza, 5 Depot St, Freeport | $18-$20 | cadenzafreeport.com

DECEMBER 12

A Don Campbell Christmas | 2pm | $12-$18 | St. Lawrence Arts, 76 Congress | Tickets and more information at stlawrencearts.org/calendar/

Heather Pierson Jazz Trio Presents: A Charlie Brown Christmas | $25-$30 | 4pm and 7pm | One Longfellow Sq, 181 State St | Info at onelongfellowsquare.com/shows/

Casco Bay Tummlers, Jenny Van West & Guests| 5-9pm | Blue, 650A Congress St | portcityblue.com

DECEMBER 14

Bess Jacques & The Strays, Jazz Sesh | 7-11pm | Blue, 650A Congress St |
portcityblue.com

DECEMBER 15

Irish Session | 9-11pm | Blue, 650A Congress St |
portcityblue.com

THEATER

“Who’s Holiday” | The story of Cindy Lou Who since meeting the Grinch | Thru Dec. 5 | $27-$34 | St. Lawrence Arts, 76 Congress St | Tickets and show schedule at goodtheater.ticketspice.com/wh

“HUMBUG! A Spirited Christmas Carol” by Michael S. Tobin | Thru Dec. 22 | Footlights Theatre, 190 US Route 1, Falmouth | For more info, call 747-5434 or visit thefootlightstheatre.com/

DECEMBER 2

“Dying to Know” by David Butler | Exploring our struggle to come to terms with death | Thru Dec. 12 | “Pay what you decide” | Mad Horse Theatre Co, 24 Mosher St, South Portland | More info at madhorse.com

DECEMBER 3

“Frederick, The Musical” | Thru Dec. 30 | Ages 2-9 | Fri. 4pm, Sat. 11am, Sun. 11am & 4pm | $15 | Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, 250 Thompson’s Point Road | kitetails.org/frederick-the-musical

DECEMBER 8

12th Night: A Holiday Celebration of Shakespeare & Song | Free, or by donation $20/person-$40/family | Thru Dec. 18 | Wed-Fri 6:30pm, Sat 2pm | Fenix Theatre, Stevens Square Community Center, 631 Stevens Ave, Portland | fenixtheatre.com/#!

DECEMBER 10

’Twas the Night Before … Burlesque | Vivid Motion | Dec. 10-18 | 7:30pm | $20 adults only | St. Lawrence Arts, 76 Congress | More information at stlawrencearts.org/calendar/

Tophat Production’s “Sunset Boulevard” | Miniature stage production with David Worobec | 7-9pm | $15-$22 | Recommended for 13+ | Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St | Info at bit.ly/3nGvmOd

“A Very Ida Christmas” | Thru Dec. 12 | Video-on-Demand available Dec. 16-26 | $25 | The Public Theatre, 31 Maple St | thepublictheatre.org/a-very-ida-christmas/

DECEMBER 11

Jimmy Higgins, the life and times of a labor activist by Harlan Baker, musical accompaniment by Kurt Baker | 7pm | Geno’s Rock Club, 625 Congress St | By donation | Reservations: [email protected]

DECEMBER 12

St. Lucia’s Day Procession with Northbound | 4-5:30pm | Sweden’s Holiday of Light with traditional folk tunes | $15-$22 | More info at bit.ly/3oNVeak

VISUAL ARTS

“Illustrated Monsters by Monster Illustrators” | Thru Dec. 24 | Lewis Gallery, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Sq | Info at portlandlibrary.com/events/first-friday-art-walk-monsters/

Holiday Show: Peace and Joy | Through Dec. 30 | Meetinghouse Arts, 40 Main St, Freeport | meetinghousearts.org/

DECEMBER 2

Opening reception: “Great and Small” | 5-7pm | Cove St. Arts, 71 Cove St, Portland | On exhibit thru Jan. 15 | covestreetarts.com | 808-8911

Opening reception: Group holiday show | 1-3pm | On exhibit thru Jan. 29 | Greenhut Galleries, 146 Middle St | greenhutgalleries.com/exhibitions-events/holidayshow2021

DECEMBER 3

UMVA Members Exhibit | Annual exhibit showcasing artwork by members of The Union of Maine Visual Arts | Thru December | UMVA Gallery in the Portland Media Center Building, 516 Congress St. | theumva.org/

Holiday Offerings Annual Exhibit | Richard Boyd Art Gallery | 15 Epps St. | Free | richardboydartgallery.com | 712-1097

ONGOING

Chocolate Church Arts Center | 804 Washington St, Bath | chocolatechurcharts.org/

Cove St. Arts | “Refined Resurgence”  thru Dec. 11 | “Myth” thru Jan. 15 | M-F 10-5:30, Sat. 10-5 | 808-8911 | covestreetarts.com

Grant Wahlquist Gallery | 30 City Center | W-Sat 11-6 | Henri Paul Broyard Jamboree | Through Aug. 17 | grantwahlquist.com/

Greenhut Galleries | 146 Middle St, Portland | “The Art of Narrative” thru Nov. 27 | 772-2693 | M-F 10-5:30, Sat. 10-5 | Visit greenhutgalleries.com/

Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA | 522 Congress St. | “Monitor: Surveillance, Data, and the New Panoptic” thru Dec. 10 | bit.ly/3i5iWuX

Richard Boyd Art Gallery | “Holiday Offerings” – An Annual Exhibition of Visual Art | 10am-3pm Fri, Sat, Sun thru Dec. 28 | Free | 712-1097 | richardboydartgallery.com

Where Will We Go From Here? Travel in the Age of COVID-19 | Osher Map Gallery, USM, 314 Forest Ave, Portland | Free, timed entry | For more info and to schedule a visit: oshermaps.org/news | Through Nov. 30

“MMPA Antidote” | Maine Museum of Photographic Arts virtual newsletter featuring Maine art and artists | Updated regularly with photographs, interviews, reviews, Q&As | Visit mainemuseumofphotographicarts.org

Union of Maine Visual Artists Gallery | Annual exhibit showcasing artwork by members of The Union of Maine Visual Arts | Thru December | Portland Media Center Building, 516 Congress St. | Exhibits and more info at theumva.org/

UNE Art Gallery | 716 Stevens Ave, Portland | “Home Fires,” part of the statewide “Freedom and Captivity” exhibition partnership | Thru Jan. 23 | bit.ly/2XhtukB