If you think you knew the story from the Disney movie, you’ll be surprised. The Maine State Ballet stages Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, one of the most-performed ballets, full of recognizable waltzes, lavish sets and costumes, and elaborate choreography. $19–$25. 348 U.S. Rte. 1, Falmouth. 207-781-7672.
One of the most popular podcasts on the web is a faux news broadcast from a fictional, Lovecraftian desert town that doubles as an old-timey serial radio drama. The most frequent comparisons are to the odd couple of Stephen King and Garrison Keillor. Fans of either will likely appreciate the Welcome to Nightvale stage show. 7 p.m. $30. State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland. 207-956-6000.
Shop for neat knits or check out some shearing and spinning demonstrations at the 22nd annual Sheepfest at the Denmark Arts Center. It’s a celebration of fiber-arts culture complete with vendors, food, music, and oh-so-fluffy angora rabbits that maybe you can pet if you ask nicely. April 16. 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. 50 W. Main St., Denmark. 207-452-2412.
Not only are they inspirational as metaphors, kites are fun and pretty. Diverse too! Every day of Kite Week at the Owls Head Transportation Museum features a workshop to build and decorate a different type of kite, from traditional diamond-shaped kites to fairly elaborate, 3D box kites. Wind permitting, participants will also head out to give them a whirl. This is prime parent-kiddo bonding territory; the museum’s long-running event is free and timed to coincide with school vacation week. Advanced registration suggested. April 18–22. Workshops begin at 10 a.m. daily. 117 Museum St., Owls Head. 207-594-4418.
Your last chance to see the Maine Short Film Festival, touring the state since January, is at Waterville’s Railroad Square Cinema. Fourteen films in 100 minutes include comedies, dramas, and documentaries, covering everything from horror to horticulture. April 28. 7 p.m. $9. 17 Railroad Sq., Waterville. 207-873-6526.
A juried show sponsored by the Boothbay Region Art Foundation consists of more than 100 images, heavy on the Maine mystique, from all across the state. BRAF Gallery, 1 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor. 207-633-2703.
An anthropologically minded, if somewhat ethnocentric, early 20th-century photographer, Curtis roamed the country shooting portraits of Native Americans at a time when their culture had been decimated. The Portland Museum of Art exhibits some 25 original photo prints from Curtis’ landmark book. 7 Congress Sq., Portland. 207-775-6148.
Black-and-white prints from Maine College of Art grad Caswell explore geometry and alienation in a series of photos dedicated to place. Maine Musuem of Photographic Arts, 314 Forest Ave., Portland. 207-331-6622.
A somber series by the esteemed photographer and MacArthur “genius,” focused on environmental degradation in the American West. Paired with a short film by Adams acolyte Alec Soth. Colby College Museum of Art, 5600 Mayflower Hill Dr., Waterville. 207-859-5600.