Thom Wall, Cirque de Soleil, Mayo Street Arts
Award-winning Cirque de Soleil juggler Thom Wall performs at Mayo Street Arts on Saturday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. For ticket link, scroll down to the Theater heading.
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BENEFITS

DECEMBER 21

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol | Free community reading with monetary donations collected for the Freeport Community Services BackPack Program providing nutritious food to struggling kids | 7-9pm | Meetinghouse Arts, 40 Main St, Freeport | bit.ly/3pLxIv1

DANCE

“A Victorian Nutcracker” | Portland Ballet | Dec. 18-23 | $27+ | Westbrook Performing Arts Center, 471 Stroudwater St, Portland | Info and tickets at bit.ly/3luylb6

FAIRS/MARKETS

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

DECEMBER 19

Maker’s Market at the Point | 10am-3pm | Thompson’s Point Rd, Portland | thompsonspoint.com/the-calendar

Makers Market at Maine Mead Works | 51 Washington Ave, Portland | cozy and casual gathering of local makers, with jewelry, prints, ceramics, sculpture, more | Mead on tap | 11am-5pm

FILM

DECEMBER 15

Moonlight Cinema: Elf | 5-8pm | Brick South Beer Garden, Thompsons Point | $8+ | bit.ly/3EpdUUf

DECEMBER 17

“The Novice” | Psychological drama about a young queer crew rower | 7pm | $7-$9 | SPACE, 538 Congress St. | space538.org/event/the-novice/

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 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

MOFGA’s Equity Work Q&A | Overview and update of MOFGA’s crrent social justice and equity work | 4-5pm | Free, online | Register at mofga.org/event-calendar/equity-q-a/

DECEMBER 16

Holiday Recycling “Do’s & Don’ts” | Ecomaine, together with Town of Scarborough, shares pointers on holiday recycling | 6:30pm | Free, open to public | Register for Zoom: scarboroughlibrary.org/events/holiday-recycling

DECEMBER 17

“The Art of Politics” | Lecture by Angus King | 7-8pm | $25, all proceeds to benefit Meetinghouse Arts, 40 Main St, Freeport | Info and registration at bit.ly/3EnMy0U

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 21

Homeless Persons Memorial Vigil | Candlelight procession starting at Preble Street Maine Medical Ctr Learning Collaborative, 20 Portland St, proceeding to Monument Sq. | 4:30pm | More at preblestreet.org/vigil/

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/supportgroups

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 16

“Under Jerusalem” book talk with Andrew Lawler | Presented by JCA and Longfellow Books | 7pm | For more info and to register, visit bit.ly/3rux7jT

DECEMBER 21

Literary Lunch w/ National Assoc. of Black Storytellers | 12-1pm on Zoom | Co-hosted by Portland Public and Lewiston Public Libraries | bit.ly/32OFE6V

DECEMBER 23

“Beware of the Banker” | Crime fiction book talk by Barry Somes followed by “Season of Light” Planetarium show | 6:30pm | Southworth Planetarium, USM campus, Falmouth St | $7.50 at door | To reserve up to 2 free advance tickets, contact Barry at [email protected]

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” through Jan. 3 | 267 Congress St, Portland | mainejewishmuseum.org/

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 15

Irish Session | 9-11pm | Blue, 650A Congress St |
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Andrew Marlin (of Watchhouse/Mandolin Orange) | $25-$20 | 8pm | One Longfellow Sq, 181 State St | Info at onelongfellowsquare.com/shows/

Junior Stevens & Alden Robinson, Irish Session | 7:30-11pm | Blue, 650A Congress St | portcityblue.com

DECEMBER 16

Ocean Ave Band | Blues | 7pm | Cadenza, 5 Depot St, Freeport | $18-$20 |
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VentiCordi | Noonday Concert Series | 12:15-12:50pm | Portland Conservatory of Music, 28 Neal St | Info, reservation, bit.ly/3Elb5DI

The Portland Jazz Orchestra Swingin’ Holiday Show | $5-$10 | 8pm | One Longfellow Sq, 181 State St | Info at onelongfellowsquare.com/shows/

Daze Inn, Yung Abner, Wes Henderson | Toy Drive Dance Party, 21+ | 9pm | Free, 1 toy donation suggested | Citrus, 1 City Sq, Portland

D. Gross, Ethan Hawkins | 7-11pm | Blue, 650A Congress St | portcityblue.com

DECEMBER 17

Carinae w/ Plant Fight & Felt Star | 9 pm | $10-$13 | Sun Tiki Studios, 375 Forest Ave | suntikistudios.com

Unfinished Blues Band | Blues | 7pm | Cadenza, 5 Depot St, Freeport | $18-$20 | cadenzafreeport.com

Jeff Christmas, Yeah Man | 8pm-Midnight | Blue, 650A Congress St | portcityblue.com

DECEMBER 18

Christmas with Renaissance Voices | Harold Stover, director | 7:30pm | $10-$20 | St. Luke’s Cathedral, 143 State St | Masks, proof of vax required | More info at renaissancevoices.net/

Music & Poetry for Healing with Myles Bullen & Maya Williams | 7:30pm | $10-$13 | suntikistudios.com | Sun Tiki Studios, 375 Forest Ave

Sing We Noel | Classical Uprising’s annual holiday concert | 4pm and 7pm | $20 adults, $5 children | Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St, Portland | classicaluprising.org/upcoming-events

Pat Colwell & The Soul Sensations | Classic Soul | 7pm | Cadenza, 5 Depot St, Freeport | $18-$20 | cadenzafreeport.com

Ben Cosgrove w/Kaiti Jones | $12-$15 | 8pm | One Longfellow Sq, 181 State St | Info at onelongfellowsquare.com/shows/

Flesh & Blood: Clay Camero with Angelikah Fahray and Olase Freeman | Evening of music, film, dance | 8:30pm | $10-$20 | SPACE, 538 Congress St. | space538.org/events/

Tracy McMullen, Phil Sargent Group, Matt Savage Quartet | 6-11:59pm | Blue, 650A Congress St, Portland | portcityblue.com

DECEMBER 19

Christmas with Renaissance Voices | Harold Stover, director | 2pm | $10-$20 | St. Luke’s Cathedral, 143 State St | Masks, proof of vax required | More info at renaissancevoices.net/

The Jessica Rabbits | Jazz Quintet | 4pm | Cadenza, 5 Depot St, Freeport | $18-$20 | cadenzafreeport.com

Rock My Soul | $20-$25 | 4pm | One Longfellow Sq, 181 State St | Info at onelongfellowsquare.com/shows/

Ocean Sol Jazz & Special Guests | 5-9pm | Blue, 650A Congress St | portcityblue.com

DECEMBER 21

Vigorous Tenderness: A Winter Solstice Concert | Evening of music, film, dance | 5:30-7pm | $0-$50 | Broadturn Farm, 388 Broadturn Rd, Scarborough | bit.ly/3Grzkkr

Edward Mitchell Quintet, Jazz Sesh | 7-11pm | Blue, 650A Congress St, Portland | portcityblue.com

DECEMBER 22

Clifford Cameron performs ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ | 6-7:30pm | Blue, 650A Congress St, Portland | portcityblue.com

Blue Christmas with Colleen Clark & Friends | 8-10pm | Blue, 650A Congress St | portcityblue.com

Christmas with Kennerley | 7pm | $33+ | On Demand, $15 | Merrill Auditorium | bit.ly/3GwbRyv

DECEMBER 23

Frank Fotusky, KF3 | 7-11pm | Blue, 650A Congress St, Portland | portcityblue.com

Eileen Rose and the Silver Threads | Country/Rock originals | 7pm | Cadenza, 5 Depot St, Freeport | $18-$20 | cadenzafreeport.com

DECEMBER 26

Pianists Play for a Piano | 5pm | Blue, 650A Congress St | portcityblue.com

Home for the Holidays | Dimensions in Jazz | 8-9:30pm | $5-$25 | Portland Conservatory of Music, 28 Neal St | bit.ly/30hMj8U

DECEMBER 27

Rachel Eckroth | 8 pm | Sun Tiki Studios, 375 Forest Ave | suntikistudios.com

Dar Williams w/Crys Matthews | $45-$55 | 8pm | One Longfellow Sq, 181 State St, Portland | Info at onelongfellowsquare.com/shows/

Home for the Holidays | Dimensions in Jazz | 8-9:30pm | $5-$25 | Portland Conservatory of Music, 28 Neal St | bit.ly/30hMj8U

DECEMBER 28

Jazz Sesh | 9-11pm | Blue, 650A Congress St, Portland | portcityblue.com

Home for the Holidays | Dimensions in Jazz | 8-9:30pm | $5-$25 | Portland Conservatory of Music, 28 Neal St | bit.ly/30hMj8U

THEATER

“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/

“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

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

DECEMBER 18

Thom Wall, Master of Modern Vaudeville | 7pm | 15-$22 | Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St | Reserve tickets at bit.ly/3Ig0E6H

DECEMBER 20

Holidazed | 7pm | Footlights Theatre, 190 US Route 1, Falmouth | For more info, call 747-5434 or visit thefootlightstheatre.com/

DECEMBER 21

Who’s Holiday | Good Theater’s second run, thru Jan. 2 | $27-$34 | 17 and older | St. Lawrence Arts, 76 Congress St, Portland | goodtheater.ticketspice.com/wh

DECEMBER 23

“A Christmas Carol” with Michael J. Tobin | 7pm | Footlights Theatre, 190 US Route 1, Falmouth | For more info, call 747-5434 |  thefootlightstheatre.com/

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 18

African Hair Artistry | Rafiki Academy hair braiding show | $20; children $10 | 4-7pm | Think Tank Coworking Space, 533 Congress St, Portland | Tickets and more information, bit.ly/3dBv4SV

Caren-Marie Michel Artist Reception | “Maine Paintings” | 1-3pm | Free | Gilsland Farm, 20 Gilsland Farm Rd, Falmouth | bit.ly/3oBZs62

ONGOING

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

Cove St. Arts | “Myth” thru Jan. 15 | “Great and Small” thru Jan. 29 | 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 | Group holiday show thru Jan. 29 | 772-2693 | M-F 10-5:30, Sat. 10-5 | Visit greenhutgalleries.com/

Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA | 522 Congress St. | 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

“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