State of the Art
Celebrate a different kind of fall bounty with our guide to arts across the state.
Chocolate Church Arts Center
When singer-songwriter Darryl Purpose was a teenager, he moved to Las Vegas and spent years working as a professional card player. As an adult, he’s a noted folk musician with six full-length albums and more than a thousand shows to his name. September 7. 7:30 p.m. $14 at the door, $12 in advance. w Delfeayo Marsalis is one of modern jazz’s brightest stars — an accomplished trombonist and bandleader in the tradition of greats like Duke Ellington. He performs and conducts his New Orleans Jazz band on September 21. 7:30 p.m. $14 at the door, $12 in advance.
Lúnasa’s acoustic Irish music has earned accolades from across the globe. Since forming in 1997, they’ve brought their traditional Celtic sound to venues like the Sydney Opera House, the Hollywood Bowl, and the White House. November 29. 7:30 p.m. $25 at the door, $22 in advance.
804 Washington St., Bath. 207-442-8455. chocolatechurch.com
Collins Center for the Arts
Conductor Lucas Richman leads the Bangor Symphony Orchestra in Scottish Fantasy, a one-day musical tour of Scotland that opens the orchestra’s 118th season on September 29. This concert features violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley’s performance of the title piece. 3 p.m. $16–$40. 5746 Collins Center for the Arts, Orono. 207-942-5555. bangorsymphony.org
Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
Country superstar Toby Keith — famous for singles like “Red Solo Cup” and “Made in America” — brings his Hammer Down Tour to Bangor’s Waterfront Concert Series on September 2. Gates open at 5 p.m. $38–$102.
Only two of The Avett Brothers are actually brothers, but the members of this bluegrass-country-pop-punk band have stuck together through eight successful studio albums. On September 13, they’re joined by Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue. Gates open at 5 p.m. $32–$58.1 Railroad St., Bangor. 207-358-9327. waterfrontconcerts.com
Franco-American Heritage Center
Ninety-eight-year-old pianist Frank Glazer has spent decades performing with orchestras worldwide — from the New York Philharmonic to Switzerland’s Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Today, he’s an artist-in-residence at Bates College, and on September 20, he performs live. 7:30 p.m. Adults, $16; seniors, $14; students under 21, free.
The Midcoast Symphony Orchestra plays Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 in C and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D Major. Maestro Rohan Smith conducts this evening of elegant classics on October 19. 7:30 p.m. Adults, $20; children under 18, free.
Classically trained singer Joëlle Morris — a Winthrop resident who grew up in France — reveals a jazzier side when she sings the music of Edith Piaf on November 22. 7:30 p.m. Adults, $17; seniors, $15. 46 Cedar St., Lewiston. 207-689-2000. francocenter.org
Watch classic silent films with live accompaniment by pianist Jeff Rapsis this fall at this unique Ogunquit spot. 1928’s Show People plays on September 19, and 1922’s Nosferatu — the original film adaptation of Dracula — plays on October 26. Both shows: 8 p.m. $10. 259 Main St., Ogunquit. 207-646-3123. leavittheatre.com
Blues music’s reigning monarch is B.B. King, and at age eighty-seven, he still averages 250 concerts a year. Don’t miss the performance of a living legend on October 24. 7:30 p.m. $50–$77. w Maine’s young musical talents come together for the University of Southern Maine Youth Ensembles Fall Concert on November 14. Hear promising players from the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble, the Portland Youth Junior Orchestra, and the Portland Young People’s String Consort. 7 p.m. Suggested donation for adults, $8; seniors, students, and children, $5.
The Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra, the University of Southern Maine Chorale, and high school choral groups perform two of classical music’s famously incomplete works in Unfinished Masterpieces: Wolfgang Mozart’s Requiem and Franz Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony. November 16. 8 p.m. Suggested donation for adults, $15; seniors and USM employees and alumni, $10. 20 Myrtle St., Portland. 207-780-5555. usm.maine.edu/music
One Longfellow Square
Third-generation musician Sarah Lee Guthrie (she’s the granddaughter of folk legend Woody) and her husband, Johnny Irion, have been recording as a duo for nearly ten years. They’re on tour to promote the recent release of Wassaic Way, their ninth collaborative album. September 25. 8 p.m. $17 at the door, $12 in advance.
Celtic Fiddle Festival is performed by a talented and globally sourced trio of violinists: one from France, another from Canada, and, of course, one from Ireland. Round out the sound with a classical guitarist and you’ve got a world music show that earns standing ovations on every continent. October 11. $35 at the door, $30 in advance.
When Aztec Two-Step formed in 1972, they named their band after a beat poem. They’ve also got an endorsement from a famous beat poet. “May Aztec Two-Step’s word-brain fill the air,” said Allen Ginsberg of Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman, the men of the folk-rock duo. “Anybody that interested in poetry’s welcome to enter my ear.” October 26. 8 p.m. $30. 181 State St., Portland. 207-761-1757. onelongfellowsquare.com
Opera House at Boothbay Harbor
The five members of the Downeast Brass Quintet live, perform, and educate in the state of Maine. Their celebratory sound includes everything from classical to Dixieland, and they’re a fixture of state festivals, parades, and more. September 21. 7:30 p.m. $10.
Milwaukee-based rock band BoDeans has been crafting all-American roots rock since the 1980s. This fall, they share songs from their recent release, American Made. September 27. 8 p.m. $27.
See why 24-year-old singer-songwriter Seth Glier has already earned a Grammy nomination — and comparisons to icons like Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel. He’s joined by Antje Duvekot on October 11. 8 p.m. $15.86 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor. 207-633-5159. boothbayoperahouse.com
Port City Music Hall
Dance along to the high-energy hits of electronic music’s greatest duo with One More Time: A Tribute to Daft Punk. September 14. 8 p.m. $20 at the door, $18 in advance. w Leftover Salmon pioneered the jam grass genre from their start in 1989 all the way through an indefinite hiatus beginning in 2005. Now, they’re back and ready to jam on September 17. 8 p.m. $35 for VIP seating, $20 in advance. w Folk rockers Delta Rae are on a national tour that’s led them to the Grand Ole Opry, Bonnaroo Music Festival, and primetime TV. The band plays songs from last June’s debut album, Carry the Fire. September 20. 8 p.m. $20 for VIP seating, $15 at the door, $13 in advance. 504 Congress St., Portland. 207-956-6000. portcitymusichall.com
Rockport Opera House
Enjoy the smooth harmonies of Camden’s Windjammer Barbershop Chorus. This community group presents only one show per year — don’t miss this year’s on September 21. 7 p.m. Adults, $15; seniors and students, $12. 6 Central St., Rockport. 207-542-7229. camdenmebarbershoppers.org
Saco River Theatre
Denny Breau is a mainstay of the state’s country music scene — and the winner of several awards from the Maine Country Music Association. On September 7, he’s joined by his longtime musical partner, bassist Frank Coffin. 7:30 p.m. Adults, $16; students and seniors, $14. 29 Salmon Falls Rd., Buxton. 207-929-6472. sacorivertheatre.org
Christian artist Mark Schultz brings his inspirational, faith-based pop sound to the Seaside Pavilion. Schultz closes the venue’s 2013 season with songs from his new album, All Things Possible. September 6. 7 p.m. $19 at the door, $14 in advance. 8 Sixth St., Old Orchard Beach. 207-934-2024. seasidepavilion.org
See why the New York Times hailed JJ Grey & Mofro as “impassioned” purveyors of “cold-blooded swamp funk.” The Florida-based band arrives in Maine on September 12 to promote their album, This River. 8 p.m. $35 for VIP seating, $22 at the door, $20 in advance.
Michael Franti & Spearhead unleash their feel-good blend of hip-hop, folk, reggae, and jazz on their All People tour, named for their latest album. September 13. 8 p.m. $40 at the door, $35 in advance.
Dweezil Zappa honors his father (Frank Zappa, prolific American composer, guitarist, record producer) by leading Zappa Plays Zappa, the five-piece tribute band keeping Frank’s legacy alive. November 1. $35–$75.609 Congress St., Portland. 207-956-6000. statetheatreportland.com
Stone Mountain Arts Center
You might remember Maine native Slaid Cleaves from his former band, the Moxie Men. Today he’s a singer-songwriter living in Austin, but Maine has followed his music career — Stephen King even wrote the liner notes to his 2009 album, Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away. September 8. 8 p.m. $20.
If you’ve ever felt like one banjo isn’t enough, take heart: Béla Fleck’s Banjo Summit comes to Maine for a string-picking jamboree. This one-night affair features solos, duets, and group jams with a repertoire of bluegrass, country, jazz, and rock. October 8. 8 p.m. $100. w Manitoba’s The Duhks blend traditional North American music with a dash of samba-inspired spice. They’re joined by Philadelphia-based Hoots and Hellmouth for an energetic evening of folk and soul. November 10. 8 p.m. $27.50. 695 Dugway Rd., Brownfield. 207-935-7292. stonemountainartscenter.com
See why bluegrass legend Sam Bush earned a lifetime achievement award from the Americana Music Association — and the title “King of Newgrass” — when he plays the Strand on September 21. 7:30 p.m. $35. w Martin Sexton got his start as a folksinger in Boston coffeehouses. Today, he’s world renowned as a vocalist and master of blues, soul, gospel, R&B, and more. He arrives in Rockland for one show on November 1. 7:30 p.m. $25. 345 Main St., Rockland. 207-594-0070. rocklandstrand.com
Waterville Opera House
The Robert Cray Band just released a new album titled Nothin But Love, and in October, this celebrated blues ensemble brings their international tour to Waterville. October 27. 8 p.m. $40–$50. 1 Common St., Waterville. 207-873-7000. operahouse.org
University of Southern Maine
After a February 2013 concert was postponed due to inclement weather, the university’s School of Music kicks off the fall semester with Maine-ly British Brass, a tribute to Britain’s Phillip Jones Brass Ensemble. September 13. 8 p.m. Adults, $15; seniors, USM employees and alumni, $10; students, $5. w Soak up late summer with an old-fashioned outdoor band concert on the green outside Corthell Concert Hall. This eleven-year tradition features music from the University of Southern Maine Concert Band, plus a barbeque lunch beginning an hour before the performance. September 28. 1 p.m. Free.
The University of Southern Maine Faculty Jazz Ensemble challenges the notion of a traditional jazz tune this fall with The New Standard. The ensemble plays jazz-infused reconstructions of music from Lennon and McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Radiohead, and more. November 15. 8 p.m. Adults, $15; seniors and USM employees and alumni, $10; students, $5. 37 College Ave., Gorham. 207-780-5555. usm.maine.edu/music
Aqua City Actors Theatre
Visit the Waterville Opera House for Aqua City Actors Theatre’s The Secret of Comedy, written by York-based playwright-novelist Michael Kimball. This show tells the story of a mother and daughter facing sickness and death with brave faces — and their very own stand-up comedy routine. September 6, 7, 13, 14 at 7:30 p.m. September 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. Adults, $12; seniors and youth, $10. 1 Common St., Waterville. 207-873-7000. operahouse.org
When an elite New York City dinner party goes awry, its upper-crust attendees must figure out a way to keep the evening’s antics from the newspapers. Neil Simon’s Rumors is a farce you won’t want to miss. October 25–November 3. 8 p.m., with matinees on Sundays at 2 p.m. $20. 205 Main St., Biddeford. 207-282-0849. citytheater.org
Everyman Repertory Theatre
The Camden Opera House hosts Everyman Repertory for its presentation of Rabbit Hole, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2007. This popular drama — well known for its 2010 film adaptation — explores the grief of a family reeling from the death of their young child. September 7–22. 7 p.m. $25 at the door, $20 in advance.
29 Elm St., Camden. 207-236-0173. everymanrep.org
Freeport Community Players
Animal instincts go wild when Freeport Community Players presents Indoor/Outdoor, the comedic tale of an indoor cat whose life takes a new turn when she kills her first mouse. September 12–29. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. $15 at the door, $10 in advance. Freeport Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook St., Freeport. 207-865-2220. fcponline.org
What happens when a junior insurance agent, desperate for a promotion, lends his apartment for company executives’ extramarital trysts? Find out when Neil Simon’s musical Promises, Promises arrives this November — then watch as the plot grows thicker and thicker. November 14–23. 7:30 p.m., with one matinee on November 17 at 2 p.m. Adults, $12; students and seniors, $10. Hallowell City Hall, 1 Winthrop St., Hallowell. 207-626-3698. gaslighttheater.org
St. Lawrence Arts Center hosts Good Theater’s Clybourne Park, the Maine premiere of this Pulitzer- and Tony-winning drama. Fifty years transpire between the first and second acts, but the setting remains the same: a Chicago neighborhood where a changing racial demographic creates unforgettable tension. October 2–27. Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., and select Saturdays at 3 p.m. $20–$28.
Good Theater’s second fall show is The Grand Manner, a nostalgic portrait of Broadway’s golden age and actress Katharine Cornell in her heyday. November 6–24. Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., and select Saturdays at 3 p.m. $20–$28. 76 Congress St., Portland. 207-885-5883. goodtheater.com
Watch world-class theater and opera via live broadcast on the screens at the Grand Auditorium. The Metropolitan Opera in New York City presents broadcasts of Eugene Onegin on October 5, The Nose on October 26, and Tosca on November 9. All showings: 1 p.m.
The National Theatre of London presents a series of live Shakespeare broadcasts, beginning with Othello on September 26, followed by Macbeth on October 17, and Hamlet on October 22. All showings: 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. 165 Main St., Ellsworth. 207-667-9500. grandonline.org
Comedy boils over in Too Many Cooks, a farce presented by Lakewood Theater this fall. The scene is a gourmet restaurant at its grand opening, and the cast of characters (from villainous gangster Noodles Feghetti to singing chef Francois LaPouffe) delivers helping after helping of laughs. September 12–15, 18–21. Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with matinees every other Sunday at 4 p.m. and every other Wednesday at 2 p.m. In advance: Cabaret seating, $35; adults, $19; children, $17. At the door: Cabaret seating, $37; adults, $21; children, $19. 76 Theatre Rd., Madison. 207-474-7176. lakewoodtheater.org
Lewiston-Auburn Community Little Theatre
Community Little Theatre presents Joseph Kesselring’s Arsenic and Old Lace, the 1939 comedy best known by its film adaptation starring Cary Grant. Hilarity and family dysfunction reach new heights as Mortimer Brewster handles his relatives’ antics: from a brother who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt to a pair of spinster aunts who spike their guests’ wine with arsenic. October 4–13. 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m. Adults, $18; seniors, $15.
Great Falls Performing Arts Center, 30 Academy St., Auburn. 207-783-0958. laclt.com.
Lyric Music Theater
When the first show in this company’s sixty-first season promises lots of pink, glitter, and a few dozen high-pitched omigod!s, it can only be Legally Blonde — the 2007 musical based on the novel and film of the same name. The stage version adds upbeat tunes and dance numbers to the well-worn tale of Elle Woods, sorority-girl-turned-Harvard-Law student who (eventually) makes the grade. September 20–October 5. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices.176 Sawyer St., South Portland. 207-799-1421. lyricmusictheater.org
In the 1950s New York City of West Side Story, rival gangs the Jets and the Sharks can’t keep from fighting. Violence is near the boiling point when Tony and Maria, unlikely lovers from opposite sides of the block, fall for each other. September 4–28. Tuesday–Friday at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8:30 p.m., Sundays at 7 p.m. Matinees Wednesdays and Thursdays at 2:30 p.m., Saturdays at 3:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. $39–$78. w Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story is back by popular demand. Relive musician Buddy Holly’s rise to fame with classic 1950s hits paying tribute to the late rock-and-roll icon. October 2–20. Wednesday–Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 7 p.m. Matinees Wednesdays and Thursdays at 2:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. $39–$78.10 Main St., Ogunquit. 207-646-5511. ogunquitplayhouse.org
Penobscot Theatre Company
Penobscot Theatre Company tees off its fortieth season with Fox on the Fairway, Ken Ludwig’s modern take on a classic farce. When a country club owner is trapped in a high stakes golf bet, he relies on his motley crew of employees to deliver an unlikely hole in one. September 4–22.
Who is The Woman in Black? Find out when this wildly successful British stage thriller hits Bangor. Its small cast of two delivers more than its fair share of chills — there’s a reason folks across the pond deem this drama “the most terrifying live theatre experience in the world.” October 16–November 3. w Both shows: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. First Saturday of the month at 5 p.m., all other Saturdays at 8 p.m. Adults, $22–$36; seniors, $17–$31; students, $10. Bangor Opera House, 131 Main St., Bangor. 207-942-3333. penobscotheatre.org
The Portland Players
Even if you’re not a churchgoer, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar is a religious experience. This fall, the Portland Players present their rendition of the high-powered ’70s rock opera, complete with drama, high suspense, and even higher vocals. September 13–29. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Adults, $20; seniors, $18; students, $15. 420 Cottage Rd., South Portland. 207-799-7337. portlandplayers.org
Portland Stage Company
In August Wilson’s acclaimed Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the title character is a blues singer cutting an album in a Chicago recording studio. Tension rises when differences between the musicians reveal a powerful examination of race, fame, and generational divides. September 24–October 20. Tuesday–Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Adults, $39–$44; seniors, $30–$40; students, $20.
There are only two characters in Vigil, the dark comedy in the second slot of Portland Stage Company’s 2013 season: a cynic named Kemp, and his elderly aunt Grace on her deathbed. Kemp rushes to her side when he thinks the moment is near — but spends the next year at her bedside as the play unfolds. October 29–November 17. Tuesday–Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Adults, $39–$44; seniors, $30–$40; students, $20. 25A Forest Ave., Portland. 207-774-0465. portlandstage.org
The Public Theatre
The Public Theatre was the Down East Readers’ Choice for Maine’s Best Theater Venue and Theater Group — and their upcoming season is slated to deliver another round of audience favorites. They open with Love/Sick, a series of perfectly imperfect love stories from John Cariani, writer of the acclaimed 2004 comedy Almost, Maine. October 18–20, 24–27. Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. with one matinee on October 26 at 2 p.m.
The company’s second fall offering is The Book of Moron, the latest comedy from playwright Robert Dubac. One man’s search for truth goes haywire when introspection becomes a shouting contest between his cacophony of inner voices. November 8–10. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Adults, $20; youth, $5. 31 Maple St., Lewiston. 207-782-3200. thepublictheatre.org
Theater at Monmouth
This fall, Theater at Monmouth takes on Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic opera Patience, a musical tale of infatuated suitors and their unlikely object of affection: the village milkmaid named Patience. September 19–30. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 1 p.m. Adults, $28; seniors, $25; students, $20.
796 Main St., Monmouth. 207-933-9999. theateratmonmouth.org
Passamaquoddy and Penobscot students from preschool through high school present their best artwork in the 2013 Waponahki Student Art Show. These diverse works exemplify the students’ unique world view that blends Native American tradition with modern-day cultural influences. The exhibit runs through October 31. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults, $6; children under 15, $2; members and Native Americans, free.
26 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor. 207-288-3519. abbemuseum.org
The Atrium Gallery at University of Southern Maine
Visit the University’s Lewiston-Auburn campus for Tell Me A Story: About Maine. The exhibit features children’s-book illustrations by fourteen Maine artists and sculpture by Nathan Nicholls. Through November 23. Call for hours. Free. 51 Westminster St., Lewiston. 207-753-6500. usm.maine.edu/atriumgallery
Bates Museum of Art
Photographer Berenice Abbott is best known for her shots of Paris and New York City in the 1920s and ’30s. But when she fell for Maine and moved to Monson decades later, she embarked on a new project: 1968’s Portrait of Maine. Organized into the thematic categories nature, work, play, and towns, these documentary images offer a fascinating glimpse into Maine’s tradition of life as it should be.
September also brings Redefining The Multiple: 13 Japanese Printmakers. This display pushes the boundaries of printmaking media with transformative screen-prints, woodcuts, photographs, and more.
Both exhibits: September 13–December 14. Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Olin Arts Center, 75 Russell St., Lewiston. 207-786-6158. bates.edu/museum
Bowdoin College Museum of Art
The artwork of eight contemporary Chinese women is featured in Bowdoin’s new fall exhibit, Breakthrough. The mixed media display coordinates with an international symposium at the college, titled “Female Embodiment of the Visual World: Women’s Art in Contemporary China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.” September 27–December 22. Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours on Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sundays 12 to 5 p.m. through October 13. Free, but donations are welcome.9400 College Station, Brunswick. 207-725-3275. bowdoin.edu/art-museum
Brick Store Museum
For Pastels Only showcases the pastel works of seventy-five international artists in this juried exhibition presented by the Pastel Painters of Maine. Instructive programs for children and adults accompany the exhibit, too. September 20–October 19.
Revisit Kennebunk’s golden age of sailing with At Sea: The Maritime Heritage of the Kennebunks, opening October 25 and ongoing thereafter. The display includes marine paintings, artifacts, and archival materials.
Heartwood College of Art presents The Art of the Barn, showing artistic representations of area barns rendered in a variety of media and dimensions. October 29–December 31. Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Family, $20; adults, $7.50; seniors, $6; children under 16, $3. 117 Main St., Kennebunk. 207-985-4802. brickstoremuseum.org
Center for Maine
A talented selection of contemporary Maine artists are featured in Hawk & Handsaw: Twenty Who Know the Difference. Each of the artists’ displays has previously appeared in Hawk & Handsaw, Union College’s annual journal of creative sustainability. September 28–December 1. Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Donations suggested; members, free. 162 Russell Ave., Rockport. 207-236-2875. cmcanow.org
Colby College Museum of Art
For more information about Colby’s art museum and the opening of its new Lunder Collection, please see page 126. Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free. 5600 Mayflower Hill, Waterville. 207-859-5600. colby.edu/academics_cs/museum
Farnsworth Art Museum
Flying monkeys and ruby slippers abound in October’s The Wonderful World of Oz, an exhibit to commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the iconic MGM movie. Experience the L. Frank Baum story that’s captivated generations with an array of memorabilia — from movie posters to the film’s last surviving munchkin costume. October 14–spring 2014. Open daily. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October 31, Tuesday–Sunday through December 31, and Wednesday–Sunday through March 31. $12; seniors and students, $10; children, Rockland residents, and members, free. 16 Museum St., Rockland. 207-596-6457. farnsworthmuseum.org
Maine College of Art
The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art opens an exhibition to showcase the work of four multi-talented faculty members this fall. Enjoy an intriguing, contemporary display of photographs, paintings, graphic design, and sculpture. November 13–December 22. Tuesday–Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free. 522 Congress St., Portland. 207-775-3052. meca.edu/ica
Maine Maritime Museum
Expect plenty of nautical nonsense when Maine Maritime Museum presents its exhibit of oceanic oddities aptly named Going Coastal: Humor, Parody and Amusement of a Maritime Nature. Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults, $15; seniors and students, $12; children under 17, $10; members and children under 6, free.
243 Washington St., Bath. 207-443-1316. mainemaritimemuseum.org
Maine State Museum
Maine Voices from the Civil War is a landmark exhibit celebrating the contributions of the 70,000 Mainers who fought in the Civil War in observance of the conflict’s sesquicentennial. View an extensive collection of letters, documents, diaries, sketches, paintings, flags, and other artifacts, all on display though spring 2015. Tuesday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adults, $2; seniors and children 6–18, $1; children under 6, free. 230 State St., Augusta. 207-287-2301. mainestatemuseum.org
Ogunquit Museum of American Art
The Ogunquit Museum boasts three locally inspired openings this fall. Enjoy the innovative works of three up-and-coming New England artists with Emerging Artists: 2013, experience the artistic history of York and Ogunquit in A Community Collects: The York Hospital Collection, and discover paintings from one famous pair of Ogunquit artists in Charles and Marcia: The Woodburys in Holland. September 5–October 31. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults, $10; seniors and students, $9; members and children under 12, free.
543 Shore Rd., Ogunquit. 207-646-4909. ogunquitmuseum.org
Portland Museum of Art
Winslow Homer first gained recognition as an artist-correspondent during the Civil War, providing illustrations for Harper’s Weekly. This year marks 150 years since the war, and the Portland Art Museum commemorates Homer’s fieldwork with a special exhibition of wood engravings from its permanent collection.
In Ahmed Alsoudani: Redacted, the New York–based Iraqi artist showcases his vivid and intricate visual representations of war. September 7–December 8.
In October, the outdoors comes inside for Amy Stacey Curtis’ 9 walks, a display of nine videos that explore movement, time, and space during treks through the Maine woods. Projections of each video will appear throughout the museum. October 3–January 5. Monday–Thursday and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Adults, $12; seniors and students, $10; youth $6; children under 12 and members, free. Free on Friday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m.7 Congress Sq., Portland. 207-775-6148. portlandmuseum.org
University of New England Art Gallery
View posters, drawings, photographs, and book covers in An Artist Remembered, a display honoring the work of longtime Maine College of Art professor Joe Guertin. November 5–January 26. Wednesdays, Friday–Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays, 1 to 7 p.m. Free. 716 Stevens Ave., Portland. 207-221-4499 une.edu/artgallery
University of Maine
Museum of Art in Bangor
The four galleries at the university’s Bangor branch present four new exhibits: new works of sculpture from woodcarver Sachiko Akiyama, the black-and-white prints of photographers Susan Burnstine and Lynn Saville in From the Shadows, a video-and-light-based presentation from innovative Brooklyn artist Gregory Kallcihe, and a new rotation of pieces from the museum’s permanent collection of contemporary art, with works from Picasso, Warhol, and more. October 4–January 4. Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. 40 Harlow St., Bangor. 207-561-3350. umma.umaine.edu
49th Parallel Dance Company
49th Parallel Dance Company’s mission is to unite Canadian and North American dance cultures. This fall, they present Watering Hole. Catch this contemporary dance show on Maine’s side of the forty-ninth parallel when it comes to Saco River Theatre on September 21. 7:30 p.m. Adults, $16; students and seniors, $14. 29 Salmon Falls Rd., Buxton. 207-929-6472. 49thparalleldanceco.com
Maine State Ballet
There’s underwater enchantment galore in Maine State Ballet’s graceful adaptation of The Little Mermaid — Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale of a young mermaid fascinated by the world above the water. October 5 and 12 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. October 11 at 7 p.m. Adults, $15–$20; seniors and children under 12, $13–$18.
Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland. 207-781-7672. mainestateballet.org
Don’t expect daintiness at Portland Ballet’s first October offering: the spooky true story of Jack the Ripper.
For fewer chills (with all the thrills), check out Halloween Spooktacular, the company’s festive, family-friendly show. Jack the Ripper: October 19 and 26 at 8 p.m. Halloween Spooktacular: October 20 and 27 at 3 p.m. Call for ticket pricing. Portland Ballet Studio Theatre, 517 Forest Ave., Portland. 207-772-9671. portlandballet.org