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Three Little Kittens at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine @ Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine
Dec 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Three Little Kittens at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine @ Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine | Portland | Maine | United States

The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine (CMTM) presents the early-childhood production of Three Little Kittens in Maddy’s Theatre from December 2 through 30, 2022.

This 50-minute production follows three kittens who are faced with the ultimate predicament: they have misplaced their mittens, and they must be found before Mother Cat finds out! Especially geared for children from birth to age five, Three Little Kittens helps introduce young audiences to the theatre with sensory play, interactive dialogue, and age-appropriate themes.

The audience plays an integral role as fellow detectives in this interactive production. All young audience members will receive a complimentary, take-home “sleuth kit.”

The “sleuth kits” bring a tactile element to the theatrical experience, bringing the story directly into the hands of young audience members.

A Tuna Christmas at Portland Stage Co. @ Portland Stage Co.
Dec 9 @ 12:00 pm – 8:30 pm
A Tuna Christmas at Portland Stage Co. @ Portland Stage Co. | Portland | Maine | United States

VARIOUS DATES + TIMES – Multiple showtimes

The Tuna plays have always been a love letter to Texas written with a poisoned pen. Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard wrote these plays in response to and reaction against the rise of the Moral Majority, a political organization associated with the Christian Right and the Republican Party founded in 1979 by Jerry Falwell, Senior. The Tuna Plays are fierce and funny satires of life in Texas and all around this country. They are brutal, and sadly, the targets that are mocked in these plays have only gotten a stronger foothold in both Texas and the United States. Like an American Chekhov– featuring flawed, sometimes truly horrible, funny human beings doing the best that they can and not succeeding.

Satire is one of the few places in our society where we can speak truth to power and laugh. From Aristophanes to Mark Twain, and Saturday Night Live to Last Week Tonight with John Oliver we delight in poking fun at the powerful and uncomfortable forces in our lives. A Tuna Christmas lives in this long tradition, and we encourage you to join us for to laugh, think, and contemplate whether Tuna, Texas of the 1990s is as far away from us as we think.

PMA Films: Decision to Leave @ Portland Museum of Art
Dec 9 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
PMA Films: Decision to Leave @ Portland Museum of Art | Portland | Maine | United States

138 minutes. Not Rated. Directed by Park Chan-wook. In Korean and Mandarin with English subtitles.

What happens when an object of suspicion becomes a case of obsession?

Winner of Cannes Best Director in 2022, Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, The Handmaiden) returns with a seductive romantic thriller that takes his renowned stylistic flair to dizzying new heights.

When detective Hae-joon (Park Hae-il) arrives at a murder scene, he begins to suspect the dead man’s wife Seo-rae (Tang Wei) may know more than she initially lets on. But as he digs deeper into the investigation, Hae-joon finds himself trapped in a web of deception and desire, proving that the darkest mysteries lurk inside the human heart.

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Holiday Market and RWS Open Studios @ Running With Scissors Art Studios
Dec 9 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Holiday Market and RWS Open Studios @ Running With Scissors Art Studios | Portland | Maine | United States

The artists of Running With Scissors invite you into their studios to shop in the festive studio setting and get ready for the holidays!

Studios will be open to the public, explore the life and works of 40+ artists working with diverse mediums, artistic goals, backgrounds, ages, and experiences. Wander over 16,000 square feet of private and open-air studios and communal work spaces in the clay, print, wood, and paint studios at Running With Scissors Art Studios.

There will be decorations, samples from Three of Strong on Friday, treats from Oh My Cookies on Saturday and Sunday, and much more! Masks are suggested indoors.

Questions? Email [email protected].

PMA Films: Decision to Leave @ Portland Museum of Art
Dec 9 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
PMA Films: Decision to Leave @ Portland Museum of Art | Portland | Maine | United States

138 minutes. Not Rated. Directed by Park Chan-wook. In Korean and Mandarin with English subtitles.

What happens when an object of suspicion becomes a case of obsession?

Winner of Cannes Best Director in 2022, Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, The Handmaiden) returns with a seductive romantic thriller that takes his renowned stylistic flair to dizzying new heights.

When detective Hae-joon (Park Hae-il) arrives at a murder scene, he begins to suspect the dead man’s wife Seo-rae (Tang Wei) may know more than she initially lets on. But as he digs deeper into the investigation, Hae-joon finds himself trapped in a web of deception and desire, proving that the darkest mysteries lurk inside the human heart.

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Butcher Brown at Sun Tiki Studios @ Sun Tiki Studios
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Butcher Brown at Sun Tiki Studios @ Sun Tiki Studios | Portland | Maine | United States

Sun Tiki Studios & The Press Room are proud to present Butcher Brown and their triumphant return to Portland Maine. Pulsing from the nerve center of Jellowstone Studios in Richmond VA, Butcher Brown takes careful note of the history and legacy of jazz and throws caution to the wind. Their musical vibe blends jazz with hip hop, funk, rap, rock and soul. The group honors each musical genre and, at the same time, challenges traditional musical boundaries.

Dave Gagne Trio at Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub @ Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Draudiga, Matt LaJoie, Lisa/Liza at Apohadion Theater @ Apohadian Theater
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Ballroom Thieves at State Theatre @ State Theatre
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Ballroom Thieves at State Theatre @ State Theatre | Portland | Maine | United States

The Ballroom Thieves

Early in 2020, an article was released declaring that the music industry needed more happy songs. As Martin Earley and Calin Peters recall, they laughed while reading it, knowing that their work as The Ballroom Thieves explores the spirit of that paradigm. Well, sort of…they’re not interested in easily defined worldviews.

“We read that article and thought, ‘how are we supposed to write happy songs right now?’” says Earley. “We don’t write happy songs, but this time we decided to try something new by pairing optimistic sounding music with dark lyrics. If the listener is not a lyrics person, they might not notice.”

The Ballroom Thieves’ fourth album, Clouds, is a song cycle born of mixed experiences and fueled by the power of imagination. The album is a lush meditation on longing to return to touring – to see different sunsets and cities. But, it’s also a reflection of its difficulties, e.g., insomnia brought on by sleeping in different hotel rooms every night. After a major car accident and the departure of a band member, the duo has taken the duality of all these experiences and translated them into song.

“We miss exploring the country,” says Peters. “The road offers us structure and it gives us something to write about. These past two years we learned just how much we love and need it.”

As they leaned into their wanderlust, themes became apparent – the idea of a life spent in motion (“Shine”), the power of the storm representing a relationship transformed into heartbreak (“The Lightning”), Man’s ceaseless degradation of resources and Nature’s inevitable fury (“Worldender”), and Harry Styles (“Harry Styles”), who should be considered a force of Nature as far as Peters and Earley are concerned. “We were sitting around our woodstove, and Callie looked over at me and said, ‘I think I’m in love with Harry Styles,’” Earley recalls. “And my first thought was, ‘wait a minute, I love Harry Styles! You can’t have him!’”

Clouds became an opportunity for the band to mine the challenges of the past three years for creative inspiration.

“We were able to step away from a lot of the big three-part harmonies and for the first time we recorded most of the album live,” says Earley. “We try to let change inspire us, even when it comes with difficulty.”

It’s an artistic statement that doubles as a life mission. The pair both emphasize that they’ve learned to navigate complicated situations, including their struggles with depression, which often colors their songs. If they can impart anything to listeners, it’s that talking about mental health is not a weakness—and that sharing any of life’s trials can be a source of strength.

“There’s so much material out there on fighting mental illnesses and keeping our heads up but I think it’s also just important to know that it’s okay to be affected. The human experience can be ugly and difficult and it’s okay to feel things deeply,” says Peters. “Not every day has to be seized.”

“I’m so glad it’s more common for people to talk openly about depression these days, because it can be tough when you think you’re the only one feeling it,” adds Earley. “We figured if it helps us when others are candid about their experiences with mental illness, maybe it’ll help someone else if we do the same.”

Clouds will be released on July 15 via Nettwerk Records.

‘Twas the Night Before…Burlesque! at St. Lawrence Arts @ St. Lawrence Arts
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
'Twas the Night Before...Burlesque! at St. Lawrence Arts @ St. Lawrence Arts | Portland | Maine | United States

Still cheeky, still irreverent, and still a lot of fun, Vivid Motion Dance returns with its new holiday burlesque ‘Twas the Night Before…Burlesque! The adults-only show opens Friday, December 9th at St. Lawrence Arts with performances at 7:30 p.m. through Sunday, December 18th. Tickets are on sale today at vividmotion.org.

Santa and her sexy reindeer will liven up your evening in Vivid Motion’s retelling of the classic poem, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. There are no children snuggled anywhere in this show, but there are plenty of mischievous elves to shake things up. What presents will come to life this year? Who will win the Hot Wheels race? Are the dolls naughty or nice? What’s in the big green box? Exactly how many articles of clothing can a dancer take off? So many questions – and all will be revealed!

Vivid Motion is proud to be a fully vaccinated company and is requiring all patrons to present proof of vaccination and photo ID prior to entering the theater. We are not accepting negative test results as a replacement for being vaccinated. Refunds will not be given for unvaccinated patrons. The full COVID policy is available atvividmotion.org/audience-covid-policy.