"The Velveteen Rabbit:" Darby Defilippis of Portland as the Skin Horse and River Defilippis as Alex. At Children’s Theatre & Museum of Maine, 14 Free St., Portland. Remaining shows: Fri. Dec. 13, 4 p.m. • Sat. Dec. 14, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. • Sun. Dec. 15, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. • More information at kitetails.org/theatre
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Dance

Wednesday 11

Versificator – Electro Funk Dance Party | Portland House of Music | 25 Temple St., Portland | 8pm | $5

UNITY (A new resident dance party) | 2nd Wednesday Monthly | Flask Lounge | 117 Spring St, Portland | 9pm

Thursday 12

Thursday Night Swing Dance w/ Portland Swing Project | Mechanics Hall Ballroom | 519 Congress Street, Portland | 7pm | $8 – $10

Ill.gates | Port City Music Hall | 504 Congress St, Portland | 8pm | $15

Friday 13

Twas the Night Before Burlesque | St. Lawrence Arts Center | 76 Congress St., Portland | 7:30pm | $20

The 12 Nights of Sexxxmas | Portland House of Music & Events | 25 Temple St., Portland | 8pm | $12 – $15

Dance Party with rotating DJ’s | Spring Point Tavern | 175 Benjamin W Pickett St., South Portland | 8:30pm | Free

FOUNDATION FRIDAY | Flask Lounge | 117 Spring St, Portland

Saturday 14

DJ Tish Dance Party! | The Porthole Restaurant & Pub | 20 Custom House Wharf, Portland | 7pm

Twas the Night Before Burlesque | St. Lawrence Arts Center | 76 Congress St., Portland | 7:30pm | $20

Sunday 15

Twas the Night Before Burlesque | St. Lawrence Arts Center | 76 Congress St, Portland | 7:30pm | $20

Monday 16

Miami Salsa Dancing Lessons | Sullivan Fitness Complex, Multipurpose Room , Portland | 7:15pm | Free

Tuesday 17

Beginning Swing Dance Classes w/ Portland Swing Project | Mechanics Hall | 519 Congress St, Portland | 6pm | $12 – $80

A Victorian Nutcracker | Portland Ballet | Merrill Auditorium | 20 Myrtle Street, Portland | 7:30pm

Wednesday 18

Twas the Night Before Burlesque | St. Lawrence Arts Center | 76 Congress St, Portland | 7:30pm | $20

ThumpDay! | Flask Lounge | 117 Spring St, Portland

Thursday 19

Thursday Night Swing Dance w/ Portland Swing Project | Mechanics Hall Ballroom | 519 Congress Street, Portland | 7pm | $8 – $10

Twas the Night Before Burlesque | St. Lawrence Arts Center | 76 Congress St, Portland | 7:30pm | $20

Friday 20

Twas the Night Before Burlesque | St. Lawrence Arts Center | 76 Congress St, Portland | 7:30pm | $20

Dance Party with rotating DJ’s | Spring Point Tavern | 175 Benjamin W Pickett St., South Portland | 8:30pm | Free

Friction Friday | Flask Lounge | 117 Spring St, Portland | 9pm | $5

Saturday 21

A Victorian Nutcracker | Portland Ballet | Merrill Auditorium | 20 Myrtle Street, Portland | 2pm

Congolese Style African Dance Class | Mayo Street Arts | 10 Mayo Street, Portland | 2pm

Twas the Night Before Burlesque | St. Lawrence Arts Center | 76 Congress St, Portland | 7:30pm | $20

Sunday 22

A Victorian Nutcracker | Portland Ballet | Merrill Auditorium | 20 Myrtle Street, Portland | 2pm

Festivals + Fairs

Friday 13

Holiday Open Studio & Gallery Sale Running With Scissors Studios & Gallery | 250 Anderson St Portland | 4pm | Free

Saturday 14

Christmas Emporium at Tate House Museum | Christmas Emporium at Tate House Museum Shop | 1267 Westbrook St Portland | 11:30am | Free

Holiday Open Studio & Gallery Sale Running With Scissors Studios & Gallery | 250 Anderson St Portland | 10am | Free

Northbound – a Winter Solstice and St. Lucia celebration | Mayo Street Arts | 10 Mayo Street Portland | 4:30pm | $8 – $22

Season of Light– Cross Cultural Community Celebration | Portland Public Library | 5 Monument Square Portland | 1pm | Free

Tuesday 17

Songwriting Workshop | Thomas Memorial Library | 6 Scott Dyer Rd Cape Elizabeth | 6pm | Free

Saturday 21

Christmas Emporium at Tate House Museum Shop | 1267 Westbrook St Portland | 11:30am | Free

Winter Solstice Mini-Fest Featuring Matt Flinner & Low Lily | One Longfellow Square | 181 State Street, #201 Portland | 8pm | $20 – $25

Film

Wednesday 11

Continuing the Conversation About Dying and Death | 129 Island Ave, Peaks Island | 7pm

Thursday 12

Film: Taste of Cherry [ Abbas Kiarostami Retrospective ] | Portland Museum of Art | 7 Congress Square, Portland | 6pm

Friday 13

Noontime Talk: N. C. Wyeth: New Perspectives | Portland Museum of Art | 7 Congress Square, Portland | 12pm | Free

Maine Filmmaker Showcase: HOLLY STAR | Portland Media Center | 516 Congress St, Portland | 6:30pm | Free

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang | Portland Players Theater | 420 Cottage Rd, South Portland | 7:30pm | $15 – $20

Saturday 14

Brewhouse Movie – Elf | Allagash Brewing Company | 50 Industrial Way, Portland | 6pm | $10

Wednesday 18

Screening of “Crunch Time,” a Short Film About Maine Startups @ Disrupt | Mechanics’ Hall | 519 Congress St, Portland | 5pm

Friday 20

Jamie Kennedy | Empire | 575 Congress St, Portland

Saturday 21

NYICFF KID FLICKS | SPACE | 538 Congress St, Portland | 4pm

Food + Drink

Wednesday 11

Community Lunch | The ROCC, top floor of Sullivan Gym Portland | 12:30pm

$3.50 Tall Wednesdays | Sebago Brewing Company | 211 FORE ST, Portland | 4pm

Happy Hour & Late Night Happy Hour | Sebago Brewing Company | 211 FORE ST, Portland | 4pm

Happy Hour with Gregg Harper | Blue | 650A Congress St, Portland | 5pm

Tis the Scallop Season | Celebrate the opening of scallop season with the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association and Luke’s Lobster for a “meet the fleet” tasting | Luke’s Lobster Portland Pier | 60 Portland Pier, Portland | 6pm | $55 | A portion will be donated to the Fishermen’s Association.

Stump Trivia | Sea Dog Brewing Company | 125 Western Ave, South Portland | 8pm

Thursday 12

Distiller’s Tour at Three of Strong Spirits | 35B Diamond Street, Portland | 5:30pm | Free

Porthole Wine Dinners are Back! | The Porthole Restaurant & Pub | 20 Custom House Wharf, Portland | 6:30pm

Bess Jacques & The Strays | Solo Italiano | 100 Commercial St, Portland | 6pm | Free

Porthole Wine Dinners are Back! | The Porthole Restaurant & Pub | 20 Custom House Wharf, Portland | 6:30pm

Sea Dog Brewing Company | 125 Western Ave, South Portland | Ladies Night 9pm | Karaoke 10pm

Bon Appetite Culinary Walking Tour | East End Portland

Friday 13

The Free Beer & Hot Wings Holiday Live Show | Aura Maine | 121 Center St, Portland | 6am | Free

DIVA HOLIDAY ~ An evening with Maine’s Hottest Drag Queens in The Porthole Pub ~ Hosted by Cherry Lemonade! Friday December 13th ~ Doors Open at | The Porthole Restaurant & Pub | 20 Custom House Wharf, Portland | 6:30pm

One Climate Future Lunch and Learn: Vulnerability Assessment | Gulf of Maine Research Institute | 350 Commercial Street, Portland | 12pm

Relax & Snacks | Fork Food Lab | 72 Parris St, Portland | 5pm

Happy Hour with Travis James Humphrey | The Dogfish Company | 128 Free St, Portland | 5pm

Vegan Gelato Friday at Gorgeous Gelato | 434 Fore St, Portland | Free

Saturday 14

Winter Craft Fair | The Porthole Restaurant & Pub | 20 Custom House Wharf, Portland | 1pm

3rd Annual Ugly Sweater  Bar Crawl: Portland Portland | 5pm | $1

Session Americana | One Longfellow Square | 181 State Street, #201, Portland | 8pm | $15 – $20

Porthole’s ‘Sip ‘n Shop’ Craft Fair | The Porthole Restaurant & Pub | 20 Custom House Wharf, Portland | 1pm

Afternoon Acoustic Concert | Urban Farm Fermentory Portland | 3pm | Free

Sunday 15

Boxed Wine? IMPROV COMEDY | Blue | 650A Congress St, Portland | 7pm

Canvases & Cocktails – Create A Centerpiece | Three of Strong Spirits | 35B Diamond Street, Portland | 1pm | $25

Bess Jacques & The Strays | MJ’s Wine Bar | 1 City Center, Portland | 7pm | Free

Maker’s Market at the Point Portland | Free

Monday 16

Burger & A Pint Night! | Sebago Brewing Company | 211 FORE ST, Portland | 4pm

Tuesday 17

Recipe to Market Half-Day Intensive – Cumberland County | UMaine Regional Learning Center | 75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104, Falmouth | 9am | $20

Tito Tuesdays! | Sebago Brewing Company | 211 FORE ST, Portland | 4pm

Whiskey Blending Workshop | Stroudwater Distillery | 4 Thompsons Point, Portland | 8pm | $55

Wednesday 18

Maine Skeins Crafters | Maine Charitable Mechanic Association | 519 Congress Street, Portland | 12pm | Free

Kegs & Issues: Erin French of The Lost Kitchen | Aura Maine | 121 Center St, Portland | 4:30pm

Thursday 19

Dumpling Workshop | Fork Food Lab | 72 Parris St, Portland | 5:30pm | $60

Discover Arbonne & Monthly Meeting | Elks Lodge | 1945 Congress Street, Portland | 6pm

Mixology with Crystal Pomerleau, Three of Strong Spirits | Three of Strong Spirits | 35B Diamond Street, Portland | 6:30pm | $10

Standup Comedy: Phunny at PHOME | 25 Temple St. Portland | 7pm | $10 – $15

Friday 20

Maine Ocean School Luncheon | International Marine Terminal | 460 Commercial Street, Portland | 11:30am

Sunday 22

Bourbon & Cocktail Walk | Starting location varies | Portland, Maine, Portland | 2:30pm | $75 – $85

Blue’s Annual Holiday Show | Blue | 650A Congress St, Portland | 6pm

Tuesday 24

Life 101 | South Portland Public Library | 482 Broadway, South Portland | 10:30am

Holidays

Wednesday 11

A CHRISTMAS CAROL | Footlights Theatre | 190 US Route 1, Falmouth | 7pm | $18 – $20

Holiday Open House at Artné Spa | Artne Spa | 157 High Street, Portland | 4pm

Holiday Pop-Up Shop at Chaya Studio Jewelry | chaya studio jewelry | 22 Cottage Rd, South Portland | 10am | Free

Miracle on Fore Street | Vena’s Fizz House | 345 Fore Street, Portland | 2pm | Free

Thursday 12

Ill.gates | Port City Music Hall | 504 Congress St, Portland | 8pm | $15

Magic of Christmas – Preview! | Merrill Auditorium | 20 Myrtle Street, Portland | 2pm | $32

Christmas Prelude Trolley Rides | Seashore Trolley Museum | Kennebunkport, Portland | 10am | $7 – $10

It’s a Wonderful Life | Rush35 Holiday Ugly Sweater Party | Portland Stage Company | 25A Forest Ave, Portland | 6pm

Mad Horse & PortFringe Present “8 Days of Fringe” | Mad Horse Theater | 24 Mosher Street, South Portland | 7:30pm

Noonday Concert Series: Holiday Sing-Along with ChoralART | First Parish Church | 425 Congress Street, Portland | 12:15pm | Free

Friday 13

Holiday Open Studio & Gallery Sale | Running With Scissors Studios & Gallery | 250 Anderson St, Portland | 4pm | Free

Keb’ Mo’s Jingle Bell Jamboree w/ Alicia Michilli | Aura Maine | 121 Center St, Portland | 8pm | $49.50

Saturday 14

3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Crawl: Portland Portland | 5pm | $1,

5th Annual Last Call Christmas Craft Show | Seasons Event & Conference Center | 155 Riverside St, Portland | 10am | $0 – $2

Colonial Christmas at the Tate House Museum | Tate House Museum | 1267 Westbrook Street, Portland | 12pm | $12 – $15

Designing Women Fine Art & Crafts 28th Annual Juried Holiday Show | Ocean Ave School Portland | 9am | $2

The Fogcutters Superfantastic Christmas Extravaganza | State Theatre | 609 Congress St, Portland | 8pm | $16

Holiday Wreath Decorating | Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine | 142 Free St, Portland | 2pm | Free

In Endless Song: A Choral Concert to Celebrate the Holiday Season | Woodfords Church | 202 Woodford Street, Sanctuary, Portland | 3pm | $5 – $10

Limitless Nations Holiday Party | Elks Lodge | 1945 Congress Street, Portland | 6pm | $25

Northbound – a Winter Solstice and St. Lucia celebration | Mayo Street Arts | 10 Mayo Street, Portland | 4:30pm | $8 – $22

Sensory Friendly production of ELF the Musical | Lyric Music Theater | 176 Sawyer Street, South Portland | 2pm

SPOSE PDANK XMAS 6 Saturday, December 14th | Aura Maine | 121 Center St, Portland | 7:30pm | $25 – $30

Visit Santa and Elsa & Friends to benefit Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital | Grace | 15 Chestnut ST, Portland | 3:30pm | $7

Wescustago Youth Chorale presents its 22nd annual “A Wescustago Winter” Concert, Dec. 15, 3 p.m. at the Freeport Performing Arts Center.
Tickets, $10 adult, $5 for students, $8 seniors 65+, at the door.
Wescustago.wordpress.com has more information, or call Leigh at 846-0705.

Sunday 15

The Heather Pierson Jazz Trio Presents: A Charlie Brown Christmas | One Longfellow Square | 181 State Street, #201, Portland | 7pm | $25 – $30

Live Nativity and Tree Lighting | St Brigid School | 695 Stevens Ave, Portland | 4pm | Free

“A Wescustago Winter” Concert, Wescustago Youth Chorale | 3pm | Freeport Performing Arts Center | $10 adult, $5 students, $8 seniors 65+, at the door | FMI | www.wescustago.wordpress.com.

Yoga & Mindfulness for the New Year | West End Village Studio | 251 Danforth Street, Portland | 1pm | $75

Tuesday 17

A Victorian Nutcracker | Portland Ballet | Merrill Auditorium | 20 Myrtle Street, Portland | 7:30pm

Songwriting Workshop | Thomas Memorial Library | 6 Scott Dyer Rd, Cape Elizabeth | 6pm | Free

Thursday 19

Gardens Aglow | Coastal | Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, Portland | $0 – $50

Saturday 21

2019 Sing We Noel | The Episcopal Church of St. Mary | 43 Foreside Rd., Falmouth | 2pm | $5 – $20

4th Annual Ambit Northeast “Jingle Mingle” Holiday Party | Italian Heritage Center | 40 Westland Ave., Portland | 7pm | $30

Gorilla Finger Dub w/s/g Merther (Annual Holiday Show!) | Bayside Bowl | 58 Alder St, Portland | 8:30pm | $10

Winter Solstive Mini-Fest Featuring Matt Flinner & Low Lily | One Longfellow Square | 181 State Street, #201, Portland | 8pm | $20 – $25

Sunday 22

Blue’s Annual Holiday Show | Blue | 650A Congress St, Portland | 6pm

Ian Stuart’s Naughty List – A One Man Holiday Show | 25 Temple St. Portland | 6pm

Motown for Kids Holiday Celebration | Port City Music Hall | 504 Congress St, Portland | 11:30pm | $15

Rock My Soul | One Longfellow Square | 181 State Street, #201, Portland | 4pm | $20 – $25

Monday 23

Christmas with Kennerley | A Homecoming for the Holidays | Merrill Auditorium | 20 Myrtle Street, Portland | 7pm

Literary Arts

Wednesday 11

Kid’s Graphic Novel Book Club | South Portland Public Library | 482 Broadway, South Portland | 3:30pm

Toddle Town | South Portland Public Library | 482 Broadway, South Portland | 10:30am

Tales for Twos at Burbank | Burbank Branch | 377 Stevens Avenue, Portland | 10:30am

Rhythm and Rhymes for Babies | Portland Public Library | 5 Monument Square, Portland | 10:30am

Thursday 12

Book Bambinos | South Portland Public Library | 482 Broadway, South Portland | 10:30am

Writers’ Meet-Up | Portland Public Library | 5 Monument Square, Portland | 6pm

Riverton Book Group | Riverton Branch | 1600 Forest Avenue, Portland | 6:30pm

Evening Book Group: Main Library | South Portland Public Library | 482 Broadway, South Portland | 6:30pm

Loose Ends: Wonder Boys | Rines Auditorium | 5 Monument Square, Portland | 6:30pm

Friday 13

Preschool Story Time | Burbank Branch | 377 Stevens Avenue, Portland 10:30am | Riverton Branch | 1600 Forest Avenue, Portland 10:45am

Letter Zoo | South Portland Public Library | 482 Broadway, South Portland | 10:30am

Tales for Twos | Portland Public Library | 5 Monument Square, Portland | 10:30am

Saturday 14

Meet Your Favorite Writers! Portland | 9am

Tuesday 17

Morning Book Group | South Portland Public Library | 482 Broadway, South Portland | 10:30am

Preschool Story Time | Portland Public Library | 5 Monument Square, Portland | 10:30am

Songwriting Workshop | Thomas Memorial Library | 6 Scott Dyer Rd, Cape Elizabeth | 6pm | Free

Wednesday 18

Writers’ Accountability Group | Thomas Memorial Library | 6 Scott Dyer Rd, Cape Elizabeth | 10am | Free

Friday 20

Livingston Taylor | One Longfellow Square | 181 State Street, #201, Portland | 8pm | $45 – $55

Tuesday 24

Life 101 | South Portland Public Library | 482 Broadway, South Portland | 10:30am

Music

Wednesday 11

Aura | 121 Center St | “Rap Night,” with Ill By Instinct & El Shupacabra | 9pm

Blue | 650A Congress St | Happy Hour with Gregg Harper 5pm | Irish Session 9pm

Empire | 575 Congress St | Laughter in the Rafters (Comedy Showcase) at Empire Comedy Club | 7pm | $5 – $5.15

Flask Lounge | 117 Spring St | UNITY (A new resident dance party)

Portland House of Music | 25 Temple St. | Versificator – Electro Funk Dance Party | 8pm | $5

Portland Public Library | 5 Monument Square | PPL Teens Drop the Beat | 2:30pm

SPACE | 538 Congress St | Pile with Lomelda and Pelican Movement | 8pm | $12 – $16

Spring Point Tavern | 175 Benjamin W Pickett St. South Portland | Karaoke @ SPT | 8:30pm | Free

The Dogfish Company | 128 Free St | Acoustic open mic | 7pm

Thursday 12

Aura | 121 Center St | “Retro Night,” with DJ Jon | 9pm | Free

Blue | 650A Congress St | Happy Hour Music Series! 5pm | Cumberland Crossing’s BLUEGRASS JAM! 8pm

Deering High School Auditorium | 370 Stevens Avenues | Deering High School Music Department Presents- “ A Winter Concert” | 6:30pm | Free

Empire | 575 Congress St | Rob Greene @ Empire Live Music & Events | 7pm | $5 – $10.31

First Parish Portland Unitarian Universalist | 425 Congress Street | Noonday Concert Series: Holiday Sing-Along with ChoralArt & Bob Russell | 12:15pm

Flask Lounge | 117 Spring St | KARAOKE w/ DJ COUGAR (Every Thursday)

Gritty McDuff’s – Portland | 396 Fore Street | A Band Beyond Description [Grateful Dead tribute] | 9pm | Free

Mechanics Hall Ballroom | 519 Congress Street | Thursday Night Swing Dance w/ Portland Swing Project | 7pm | $8 – $10

Merrill Auditorium | 20 Myrtle Street | Magic of Christmas – Preview! | 2pm | $32

Old Port Tavern | 10 Moulton St | karaoke with DJ Mike Mahoney | 9pm

One Longfellow Square | 181 State Street, #201 | The Portland Jazz Orchestra – Holiday Show with special guests The Biddeford High School Jazz Ensemble | 8pm | $5 – $10

Portland House of Music & Events | 25 Temple St. | The Mainer Holiday Launch Party | 5pm | Free

Sea Dog Brewing Company | 125 Western Ave South Portland | Karaoke | 10pm

Solo Italiano | 100 Commercial St | Bess Jacques & The Strays | 6pm | Free

Space Gallery | 538 Congress St | Haley Heynderickx | 8:30pm | $1,

Spring Point Tavern | 175 Benjamin W Pickett Street South Portland | Alex Roy & Friends | 8:30pm | Free

The Dogfish Company | 128 Free St | Polly J | 8pm

The Porthole Restaurant & Pub | 20 Custom House Wharf | Quiet Riot Act | 6pm

The Thirsty Pig | 37 Exchange St | Songwriters Circus : Holiday Edition! (6pm) | 6pm

Top of the East | 157 High Street | Throwback Thursday: The 80’s at Top of the East | 6pm

Willows Pizza Restaurant | 740 Broadway South Portland | open mic | 7pm | Free

Friday 13

Aura | 121 Center St | “Plague,” goth/industrial night | 9pm

Aura Maine | 121 Center St | Keb’ Mo’s Jingle Bell Jamboree w/ Alicia Michilli | 8pm | $49.50

Blue | 650A Congress St | The Ghosts of Johnson City | 6pm

Empire | 575 Congress St | Make ME Laugh @ Empire Live Music & Events | 9pm | $5 – $5.15

Merrill Auditorium | 20 Myrtle Street | Magic of Christmas – Preview! | 2pm | $32

Old Port Tavern | 10 Moulton St | DJ NoKlipz | 9pm

One Longfellow Square | 181 State Street, #201 | Levin Brothers | 8pm | $25 – $30

Portland Players Theater | 420 Cottage Rd South Portland | Chitty Chitty Bang Bang | 7:30pm | $15 – $20

Sea Dog Brewing Company | 125 Western Ave South Portland | Live Music | 9pm

Silver House Tavern | 123 Commercial St | karaoke | 9pm | Free

Spring Point Tavern | 175 Benjamin W Pickett St. South Portland | Dance Party with rotating DJ’s | 8:30pm | Free

The Dogfish Company | 128 Free St | Happy Hour with Travis James Humphrey 5pm | Jazz Friday with Latin infusion Viva 8pm

The Porthole Restaurant & Pub | 20 Custom House Wharf | DIVA HOLIDAY ~ An evening with Maine’s Hottest Drag Queens in The Porthole Pub ~ Hosted by Cherry Lemonade! Friday December 13th ~ Doors Open at | 6:30pm

Saint Mary Schola presents A Babe is Born, a seasonal concert of early music, from Bach cantatas to Monteverdi. Saint Mary’s Church, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth | $20 | $25 at the door.

The Thirsty Pig | 37 Exchange St | Monaurail (members of Addison Groove Project) at Thirsty Pig | 7pm

Saturday 14 

Aura Maine | 121 Center St | Spose Presents: PDANK XMAS 6 | 9pm | $25

Blue | 650A Congress St | Sorcha Cribben-Merrill – JAZZ 6pm | Eric Klaxton Quartet 10pm

Empire | 575 Congress St | Late Nite Comedy @ Empire Live Music & Events | 9:30pm | $5 – $5.15

Flask Lounge | 117 Spring St | Early Show at Flask! | 5:30pm

Geno’s Rock Club | 625 Congress St | OGRE (album release), Hessian & Big Coffin Hunters | 8:30pm | $10

Mayo Street Arts | 10 Mayo Street | Northbound – a Winter Solstice and St. Lucia celebration | 4:30pm | $8 – $22

Merrill Auditorium | 20 Myrtle Street | Magic of Christmas – Preview! | 2pm | $32

One Longfellow Square | 181 State Street, #201 | Session Americana | 8pm | $15 – $20

Portland House of Music & Events | 25 Temple St. | Home for the Holidaze | 7pm | $10 – $15

Portland Players Theater | 420 Cottage Rd South Portland | Chitty Chitty Bang Bang | 7:30pm | $15 – $20

Saint Mary Schola presents A Babe is Born, concert of early music featuring Bach and Monteverdi, followed by gala reception | 4 pm | Saint Mary’s Church, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth | $30 in advance | $35 at the door if available.

Seasons Grille | 155 Riverside St | karaoke | 8:30pm

Silver House Tavern | 123 Commercial St | karaoke | 9pm | Free

South Portland Public Library | 482 Broadway South Portland | After Hours with Fodhla | 7pm | Free

Spring Point Tavern | 175 Benjamin W Pickett St. South Portland | BeefStu @ Spring Point Tavern | 8:30pm

State Theatre | 609 Congress St | The Fogcutters Superfantastic Christmas Extravaganza | 8pm | $16

The Dogfish Company | 128 Free St | Steamboat gypsy band | 9pm

The Porthole Restaurant & Pub | 20 Custom House Wharf | DJ Tish Dance Party! | 7pm

The Thirsty Pig | 37 Exchange St | Toby McAllister of Sparks The Rescue at Thirsty Pig (2pm) | 2pm

Urban Farm Fermentory | Afternoon Acoustic Concert | 3pm | Free

Woodfords Church | 202 Woodford Street, Sanctuary | In Endless Song: A Choral Concert to Celebrate the Holiday Season | 3pm | $5 – $10

Sunday 15

Aura Maine | 121 Center St | The Front Bottoms with Brother Bird | 8pm | $25

First Parish Portland Unitarian Universalist | 425 Congress Street | 93rd Annual Pageant of the Nativity & Vespers Services | 5pm | Free

MJ’s Wine Bar | 1 City Center | Bess Jacques & The Strays | 7pm | Free

Maine Charitable Mechanic Association | 519 Congress Street | At Twilight | 4pm

Mayo Street Arts | 10 Mayo Street | St. Petersburg Mens Ensemble | 7pm | $8 – $22

Mechanics’ Hall | 519 Congress St | “At Twilight” with 240 Strings and the Portland Piano Trio | 4pm | Free

Merrill Auditorium | 20 Myrtle Street | Magic of Christmas – Preview! | 1pm | $32

One Longfellow Square | 181 State Street, #201 | The Heather Pierson Jazz Trio Presents: A Charlie Brown Christmas | 4pm & 7pm | $25 – $30

Portland Players Theater | 420 Cottage Rd South Portland | Chitty Chitty Bang Bang | 2:30pm | $15 – $20

The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary | 43 Foreside Road Falmouth | A Babe is Born at Saint Marys with Reception | 4pm | $0 – $30

The Apohadion Theater | 107 Hanover St. | Lemondrop / Jungle Tooth / otis / The Vanilla Factory | 8pm

Monday 16

Empire | 575 Congress St | “The Great Open Mic” | 6pm

Flask Lounge | 117 Spring St | Shank Painters & Clapping in Irons

The Maine Table | 700 Main Street South Portland | Karaoke Championship Night 5 | 8pm

Old Port Tavern | 10 Moulton St | karaoke with DJ Marc Beatham | 9pm

Tuesday 17

Blue | 650A Congress St | JAZZ SESH (open jazz jam) | 9pm

Flask Lounge | 117 Spring St | OPEN DJ NIGHT

Gritty McDuff’s – Portland | 396 Fore Street | Travis James Humphrey | 9pm | Free

Local 188 | 685 Congress St | Nightshades | 10pm | Free

Merrill Auditorium | 20 Myrtle Street | A Victorian Nutcracker | Portland Ballet | 7:30pm

Old Port Tavern | 10 Moulton St | karaoke with DJ Mike Mahoney | 9pm

Saint Mary Schola presents A Babe is Born, a joyous seasonal concert of early music of the season, from Bach cantatas to Monteverdi | 7 pm, Cathedral of Saint Luke, 143 State St., Portland | $20 in advance | $25 at the door.

Sea Dog Brewing Company | 125 Western Ave South Portland | Weekly Tuesday open mic night at the Sea Dog Brewery in SoPo | 8pm | Free

Songwriting Workshop | Thomas Memorial Library | 6 Scott Dyer Rd Cape Elizabeth | 6pm | Free

Wednesday 18

Aura | 121 Center St | “Rap Night,” with Ill By Instinct & El Shupacabra | 9pm

Flask Lounge | 117 Spring St | ThumpDay!

Portland Public Library | 5 Monument Square | PPL Teens Drop the Beat | 2:30pm

Spring Point Tavern | 175 Benjamin W Pickett St. South Portland | Karaoke @ SPT | 8:30pm | Free

The Dogfish Company | 128 Free St | Acoustic open mic | 7pm

Thursday 19

Aura | 121 Center St | “Retro Night,” with DJ Jon | 9pm | Free

Empire | 575 Congress St | Nitecap!  5pm, $5 – $5.15 | Ignorant! 8pm, $5 – $10.31

Flask Lounge | 117 Spring St | KARAOKE w/ DJ COUGAR (Every Thursday)

Gritty McDuff’s – Portland | 396 Fore Street | A Band Beyond Description [Grateful Dead tribute] | 9pm | Free

Mechanics Hall Ballroom | 519 Congress Street | Thursday Night Swing Dance w/ Portland Swing Project | 7pm | $8 – $10

Old Port Tavern | 10 Moulton St | karaoke with DJ Mike Mahoney | 9pm

One Longfellow Square | 181 State Street, #201 | The Portland Jazz Orchestra | 8pm | $5 – $10

Port City Music Hall | 504 Congress St | Kung Fu | 8pm | $15

Portland Public Library | 5 Monument Square | Noonday Concert Series: Portland String Quartet | 12:15pm | Free

Rines Auditorium | 5 Monument Square | Loose Ends: The Last Days of Disco | 6:30pm

Sea Dog Brewing Company | 125 Western Ave South Portland | Karaoke | 10pm

Solo Italiano | 100 Commercial St | Bess Jacques & The Strays | 6pm | Free

Space Gallery | 538 Congress St | Blockhead with Arms and Sleepers and Mosart212 | 8:30pm | $10 – $15

Spring Point Tavern | 175 Benjamin W Pickett St. South Portland | Kings Highway | 8:30pm | Free

The Dogfish Company | 128 Free St | American chop suey | 8pm

The Porthole Restaurant & Pub | 20 Custom House Wharf | Quiet Riot Act | 6pm

Willows Pizza Restaurant | 740 Broadway South Portland | open mic | 7pm | Free

Friday 20

Aura | 121 Center St | “Plague,” goth/industrial night | 9pm

Flask Lounge | 117 Spring St | Friction Friday | 9pm | $5

Mayo Street Arts | 10 Mayo Street | International Open Mic Night | 7pm | $10

Merrill Auditorium | 20 Myrtle Street | Magic of Christmas – Preview! | 2pm | $32

Old Port Tavern | 10 Moulton St | DJ NoKlipz | 9pm

One Longfellow Square | 181 State Street, #201 | Livingston Taylor | 8pm | $45 – $55

Sea Dog Brewing Company | 125 Western Ave South Portland | Live Music | 9pm

Silver House Tavern | 123 Commercial St | karaoke | 9pm | Free

Space Gallery | 538 Congress St | Ash & Herb’s Peppermint Twist | 8:30pm

Spring Point Tavern | 175 Benjamin W Pickett St. South Portland | Dance Party with rotating DJ’s | 8:30pm | Free

The Dogfish Company | 128 Free St | Happy Hour with Travis James Humphrey 5pm | Jazz Friday with LQH 8pm

The Porthole Restaurant & Pub | 20 Custom House Wharf | Joan Kennedy! in the Porthole Pub! | 6pm

The Thirsty Pig | 37 Exchange St | Dub Apocalypse w/ Dana Colley (Morphine, Vapors of Morphine) | 8pm

Saturday 21

Bayside Bowl | 58 Alder St | Gorilla Finger Dub w/s/g Merther (Annual Holiday Show!) | 8:30pm | $10

Blue | 650A Congress St | Sherrie Phair Trio 6pm | Chris Klaxton 8pm | YEAHMAN 10pm

Mayo Street Arts | 10 Mayo Street | Congolese Style African Dance Class | 2pm

One Longfellow Square | 181 State Street, #201 | Winter Solstive Mini-Fest Featuring Matt Flinner & Low Lily | 8pm | $20 – $25

Portland House of Music & Events | 25 Temple St. | Zach Jones & The DBs with special guest The Jason Spooner Band | 7pm | $10 – $15

Seasons Grille | 155 Riverside St | karaoke | 8:30pm

Silver House Tavern | 123 Commercial St | karaoke | 9pm | Free

Spring Point Tavern | 175 Benjamin W Pickett St. South Portland | Bud Java @ SPT | 8:30pm | Free

The Episcopal Church of St. Mary | 43 Foreside Rd. Falmouth | 2019 Sing We Noel | 2pm | $5 – $20

The Porthole Restaurant & Pub | 20 Custom House Wharf | SUGARBOX in the Porthole Pub! | 6pm

The Thirsty Pig | 37 Exchange St | Sheehan & Holden // The Thirsty Pig | 7pm

Urban Farm Fermentory | Afternoon Acoustic Concert | 3pm | Free

Sunday 22

Empire | 575 Congress St | The Basement Tapes @ Empire Live Music & Events | 7pm | $5 – $10.31

MJ’s Wine Bar | 1 City Center | Bess Jacques & The Strays | 7pm | Free

One Longfellow Square | 181 State Street, #201 | Rock My Soul | 4pm | $20 – $25

Port City Music Hall | 504 Congress St | The Rock and Roll Playhouse plays Motown for Kids | 11:30am | $15

Portland House of Music & Events | 25 Temple St. | Ian Stuart’s Naughty List – A One Man Holiday Show | 6pm | $10 – $15

St. Lawrence Arts Center | 76 Congress St. | Don Campbell Christmas Concert | 2pm | $12 – $18

Monday 23

Empire | 575 Congress St | “The Great Open Mic” | 6pm

Flask Lounge | 117 Spring St | Monday of the Minds: A Community Hip Hop Showcase | 9pm | Free

Old Port Tavern | 10 Moulton St | karaoke with DJ Marc Beatham | 9pm

Portland House of Music & Events | 25 Temple St. | Gina & The Red Eye Flight Crew Holiday Funk | 8pm | $10 – $12

The Maine Table | 700 Main Street South Portland | Karaoke Championship Night 6 | 8pm

Tuesday 24

Blue | 650A Congress St | JAZZ SESH (open jazz jam) | 9pm

Flask Lounge | 117 Spring St | OPEN DJ NIGHT

Gritty McDuff’s – Portland | 396 Fore Street | Travis James Humphrey | 9pm | Free

Local 188 | 685 Congress St | Nightshades | 10pm | Free

Old Port Tavern | 10 Moulton St | karaoke with DJ Mike Mahoney | 9pm

Sea Dog Brewing Company | 125 Western Ave South Portland | Weekly Tuesday open mic night at the Sea Dog Brewery in SoPo | 8pm | Free

Theater

A CHRISTMAS CAROL | Footlights Theatre | 190 US Route 1, Falmouth | Wed Dec 11 7pm, Thu Dec 12 7pm, Fri Dec 13 7pm, Sat Dec 14 2pm, Sun Dec 15 2pm, Tue Dec 17 7pm | Wed Dec 18 7pm | Thu Dec 19 7pm | Fri Dec 20 7pm | Sat Dec 21 2pm | Sun Dec 22 2pm | $18 – $20

A Victorian Nutcracker | Portland Ballet | Merrill Auditorium | 20 Myrtle Street, Portland | Tue Dec 17  7pm | Sat Dec 21 2pm | Sun Dec 22 2pm

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang | Portland Players Theater | 420 Cottage Rd, South Portland | Fri Dec 13 7pm, Sat Dec 14 7pm | Sun Dec 15 2pm | $15 – $20

Happy Hour with Gregg Harper | Blue | 650A Congress St, Portland | Wed Dec 11 5pm

Maine Theater Collective Group Auditions | Portland Stage Company | 25A Forest Ave, Portland | Sun Dec 08 7pm, Mon Dec 09 7pm

It’s a Wonderful Life | Rush35 Holiday Ugly Sweater Party | Portland Stage Company | 25A Forest Ave, Portland | Thu Dec 12 6pm

Mad Horse & PortFringe Present “8 Days of Fringe” | Mad Horse Theater | 24 Mosher Street, South Portland | Thu Dec 12 7pm, Fri Dec 13 7pm, Sat Dec 14 2pm, Sun Dec 15 2pm

Motown for Kids Holiday Celebration | Port City Music Hall | 504 Congress St, Portland | Sun Dec 22 11pm | $15

Sensory Friendly production of ELF the Musical | Lyric Music Theater | 176 Sawyer Street, South Portland | Sat Dec 14 2pm

Twas the Night Before Burlesque | St. Lawrence Arts Center | 76 Congress St, Portland | Fri Dec 13 7pm, Sat Dec 14 7pm, Sun Dec 15 7pm, Wed Dec 18 7pm, Thu Dec 19 7pm, Fri Dec 20 7pm, Sat Dec 21 7pm | $20

The Velveteen Rabbit, A Main Stage Production | Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine | 142 Free St, Portland | Thu Dec 12 1pm, Fri Dec 13 1pm, Sat Dec 14 1pm, Sun Dec 15 1pm | Free

War: A Love Story – 8 Days of PortFringe | Mad Horse Theater | 24 Mosher Street, South Portland | Sun Dec 15 2pm

Visual Arts

The 19th Annual Photo A Go-Go | The Bakery Photo Collective | 630 Forest Avenue, Portland | Through Dec 13 | Fri Dec 13 6pm | Free

Designing Women Fine Art & Crafts 28th Annual Juried Holiday Show | Ocean Ave School Portland | Through Dec 14 | Sat Dec 14 9am | $2

Holiday Lantern Tours | Portland Observatory | 138 Congress Street, Portland | Through Dec 12 | Thu Dec 12 5pm, Fri Dec 13 5pm, Sat Dec 14 5pm | $8 – $10

Holiday Offerings – 2019 | Richard Boyd Art Gallery | 15 Epps Street, Portland | Fri Dec 13 10am, Sat Dec 14 10am, Sun Dec 15 10am, Fri Dec 20 10am, Sat Dec 21 10am, Tue Dec 24 10am | Free

Kick Off the Holidays with Multi-Artist Pop-Up Boutique Hosted by Chaya Studio Jewelry | chaya studio jewelry | 22 Cottage Rd, South Portland | Through Dec 11 | Wed Dec 11 10am, Thu Dec 12 10am, Fri Dec 13 10am, Sat Dec 14 10am, Sun Dec 15 10am, Wed Dec 18 10am, Thu Dec 19 10am, Fri Dec 20 10am, Sat Dec 21 10am, Sun Dec 22 10am, Tue Dec 24 10am | Free

Maine Filmmaker Showcase: HOLLY STAR | Portland Media Center | 516 Congress St, Portland | Through Dec 13 | Fri Dec 13 6pm | Free

Season of Light | Southworth Planetarium | 96 Falmouth St, Portland | Fri Dec 13 8pm, Sun Dec 15 3pm, Tue Dec 17 1pm, Wed Dec 18 1pm, Thu Dec 19 1pm, Fri Dec 20 7pm, Sat Dec 21 3pm, Sun Dec 22 3pm, Mon Dec 23 1pm | $5 – $5.50

THE TOLERANCE PROJECT | Maine College of Art | 522 Congress Street, Portland | Through Dec 13 | Fri Dec 13 12am, Sat Dec 14 12am, Sun Dec 15 12am, Mon Dec 16 12am, Tue Dec 17 12am, Wed Dec 18 12am, Thu Dec 19 12am, Fri Dec 20 12am, Sat Dec 21 12am, Sun Dec 22 12am, Mon Dec 23 12am, Tue Dec 24 12am | Free

UMVA Holiday Sale & Selfie with Dada Art Santa | UMVA Gallery at Portland Media Center | 516 Congress St, Portland | Through Dec 14 | Sat Dec 14 10am | Free

The Complete City: Imagined | UNE Art Gallery | 716 Stevens Ave., Portland | Wed Dec 11 12pm, Thu Dec 12 12pm, Fri Dec 13 12pm, Sat Dec 14 12pm, Sun Dec 15 12pm, Mon Dec 16 12pm, Tue Dec 17 12pm, Wed Dec 18 12pm, Thu Dec 19 12pm, Fri Dec 20 12pm, Sat Dec 21 12pm, Sun Dec 22 12pm, Mon Dec 23 12pm, Tue Dec 24 12pm | Free