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December 2016
$8

Robert Bly: A Thousand Years of Joy

December 7 @ 7:30 pm
SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St.
Portland, United States
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Artist, poet, and political activist Robert Bly has led the life of a true American mystic. This touching portrait of him weaves in testimonies from Louise Erdrich, Garrison Keillor, Jane Hirshfield, and many more.

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$18 - $23

Willy Porter and Carmen Nickerson

December 7 @ 8:00 pm
One Longfellow Square, 181 State St.
Portland, ME United States
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Porter and Nickerson are a duo that embody the best of what live contemporary acoustic rock has to offer: heart, grit, and the kind of raw musicianship that transforms listeners into long-time fans. Willy Porter’s searing finger-picking guitar style deftly blends with Carmen Nickerson’s lush vocals to create an unforgettable sound that resonates long after the last chord fades.

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A Christmas Carol

December 8
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Daily until December 24, 2016
Portland Stage Company, 25A Forest Ave.
Portland, ME United States
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Though you may think you outgrew this one ages ago, you’re wrong. It’s still a valid and refreshing take on values and themes that keep the Christmas spirit, whatever that is, fighting for, like being kind to others, learning to empathize, and letting workers take vacations. Visit: http://www.portlandstage.org/on-stage/mainstage/current-season/ for specific dates and times.

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$15 - $20

She Speaks: A Living Prayer

December 8 @ 7:00 pm
One Longfellow Square, 181 State St.
Portland, ME United States
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An evening of storytelling hosted by SheChanges that is designed to celebrate and honor women – their power, perspectives, voices, wisdom, stories and relevance — and offer a chance for men and women alike to pause, reflect and be nourished through the power of story. Eight women will take the stage to share their stories on the theme of “A Living Prayer”, offering perspective, inspiration and some good food for thought (along with a few laughs!)

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$5 - $12

Holiday Ball with VIVA & the Reinforcements

December 8 @ 8:00 pm
Portland House of Music and Events, 25 Temple St.
Portland, ME United States
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Benefiting the Center for Grieving Children, this charity bash is hosted by the excellent jazz group VIVA & the Reinforcements as well as WCYY DJ Mark Curdo.

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A Christmas Carol

December 9
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Daily until December 24, 2016
Portland Stage Company, 25A Forest Ave.
Portland, ME United States
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Though you may think you outgrew this one ages ago, you’re wrong. It’s still a valid and refreshing take on values and themes that keep the Christmas spirit, whatever that is, fighting for, like being kind to others, learning to empathize, and letting workers take vacations. Visit: http://www.portlandstage.org/on-stage/mainstage/current-season/ for specific dates and times.

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$32 - $82

Portland Symphony Orchestra: “The Magic of Christmas”

December 9 - December 18
Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St.
Portland, ME United States
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Can't turn your nose up at the PSO's celebration. If you can con a family member into getting you a ticket, even better.

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$8

Killer of Sheep

December 9 - December 11
Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Sq.
Portland, ME United States
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Shot on 35mm, this film by Charles Burnett features stunning cinematography to tell the story of Stan, a thoughtful man living in the black neighborhood of Watts in Los Angeles, as his sensitive nature collides with the psychic and physical toll of working in a slaughterhouse.  

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The Pilgrims’ Progress

December 9 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Able Baker Contemporary, 29 Forest Avenue 04101 + Google Map

The Pilgrims' Progress, we will present artwork made by people for whom a sincere approach to religion and/or spirituality is integrated into both life and creative practice. Devotion and spiritual belief take forms as diverse as the people who hold these beliefs, but the number of contemporary visual artists who prioritize spiritual life is relatively small. This show will run from December 9 (opening reception) to January 20.

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$5

Floyd Norman: An Animated Life

December 9 @ 6:30 pm
Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Way
Portland,
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A biopic about illustrator Floyd Norman, the first African-American animator to work for Disney, and how the company still feels his impact at 80, 15 years after his retirement.

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$20

A Christmas Carol

December 9 @ 7:00 pm - December 11 @ 7:00 pm

Rediscover the magic of theatre, when six actors and a fiddler bring Charles Dickens’ classic story to life in a way you’ve never imagined and will never forget. All children 18 and under only $5! December 9, 10, 11 - Friday 7:00 p.m., Saturday 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m., Sunday 2:00 p.m.

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$20 - $30

The Bang Group’s Nut/Cracked

December 9 @ 7:30 pm
Dance Hall, 7 Walker St.
Kittery, ME
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It's the nutcracker, but definitely not as we know it! The Bang Group has taken every little girls favorite Christmas show and torn it limb from limb. Mixing Tchaikovsky's original score with music by Duke Ellington, Glen Miller and others, the company turns the sugar coated ballet into a percussive piece of dance theatre. Friday, December 9th 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 10th 2:00 p.m.

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$25

1st Annual Holiday Disco Ball

December 9 @ 8:00 pm
3S Artspace, 319 Vaughan Street
Portsmouth, ME 03801
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Since its inception in early 2015, 3S Artspace has been one of the more reliably fun and unpredictable haunts down in Portsmouth. With their audience, this holiday disco ball has the makings of a truly fun party.

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$10

An Evening with Richard Buckner

December 9 @ 8:00 pm
Engine, 128 Main Street
Biddeford, ME 04005 United States
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With the release of his 1997 sophomore album "Devotion + Doubt," Richard Buckner moved beyond any simple classification of singer-songwriter, creating an utterly original lyrical, layered country/folk-tinged music perhaps best described as Avant-garde Americana.

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$7

KGFREEZE & Bully Mammoth & Wait & Husks

December 9 @ 9:00 pm
Empire, 575 Congress St.
Portland, ME United States
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The fearsome and rumbling trio Bully Mammoth joins soulful rock act KGFREEZE and two others in this loud and propulsive show at Empire tonight.

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A Christmas Carol

December 10
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Daily until December 24, 2016
Portland Stage Company, 25A Forest Ave.
Portland, ME United States
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Though you may think you outgrew this one ages ago, you’re wrong. It’s still a valid and refreshing take on values and themes that keep the Christmas spirit, whatever that is, fighting for, like being kind to others, learning to empathize, and letting workers take vacations. Visit: http://www.portlandstage.org/on-stage/mainstage/current-season/ for specific dates and times.

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Running with Scissors

December 10 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Running With Scissors, 250 Anderson St.
Portland,
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The Bayside neighborhood art village known as Running with Scissors opens up their studios to let folks get in some crucial local shopping.

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Tidings, Craft and Art Fair

December 10 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
One Longfellow Square, 181 State St.
Portland, ME United States
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With live music, a big batch of kettle corn, and a long list of Portland makers, jewelers, and craftspeople, you could get a heavy hunk of your shopping done in one city square alone.

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$5 - $15

Show and Puppet-making Workshop with Sandglass Theater

December 10 @ 2:00 pm
Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St.
Portland, ME United States
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Beginning with a workshop at 2 and performance at 3, learn how to make your own silly little creatures out of recycled materials, with Shoshana Bass and Jana Zeller.

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Pickwick Independent Press Holiday Party & Sale

December 10 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Pickwick Independent Press, 536 Congress Street
Portland, 04101
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The wonderful artists and makers at Pickwick throw their doors open for this holiday sale. Great snacks and smiles.

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