Things to do: A trio of art exhibits, a pair of plays, and plenty of jumping balls

The Blue Door, 20″ x 28″, archival pigment print – Hank Paper. Image courtesy of Maine Jewish Museum

Lucid dreams, look closely and the blue door
Opening: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, 5-8 p.m. Friday. Regular hours: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday to Friday. Until January 6. Maine Jewish Museum, 267 Congress St., Portland.
There are three new exhibits opening this week at the Maine Jewish Museum. The Opening Reception is on Thursday, or you can drop by during the First Friday Art Walk or choose a quieter time through early January. “Lucid Dreams: Images in Photogravure and Palladium” is by Jack Montgomery, “Looking Closely” is by Gretchen Kai Halpert, and “The Blue Door: Israel’s Diversity and Dilemma” is by Hank Paper.

See “The Thanksgiving Play” on USM’s Gorham campus. Pictured from left to right: Will McPherson, Salena Goodine, Arianna Koutrokois and Brooks Ewald. Photo by Noli French

“The Thanksgiving Game”
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. November 18, 2 p.m. November 19. Russell Hall, University of Southern Maine, 19 Russell Ave., Gorham, $16, $12 seniors, $8 students and youth.
The University of Southern Maine Theater Department kicks off its new season on a satirical and hilarious note with “The Thanksgiving Play,” written by Larissa FastHorse and directed by Rachel Price Cooper. When a vegan, a street performer and an elementary school teacher try to create a piece that tells the “truth” about Thanksgiving, many feathers are ruffled. Political correctness, historical accuracy, and the true meaning of being an ally to the Indigenous community all take center stage, and the laughs will be huge.

Maine Celtics’ Luke Kornet blocks a shot from Motor City Cruise’s Cassius Stanley last season. Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer

Maine Celtics vs Westchester Knicks
7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Sunday. Portland Expo, 239 Park Ave., Portland, $17 and up.
For a great slam dunk time this weekend, pick a game, put on all your green, and cheer on the Maine Celtics as they take to the field for their first two games of the G League season. against the Westchester Knicks. From alley-oops to air balls, quick breaks to the snack bar, you can’t beat the excitement of a basketball game. Rustling!

See “The Victorian Ladies’ Detective Collective” in Lewiston. Left to right: Courtney Thomas as Katie Smalls, Robyne Parrish as Loveday Fortescue and Joyce Cohen as Valeria Hunter. Photo courtesy of the Public Theater

“The Victorian Women’s Detective Collective”
7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. 7:30 p.m. from November 10 to 12, 2 p.m. on November 13. The Public Theatre, 31 Maple St., Lewiston, $25.
It’s 1893 in London, and there’s a murderer on the loose. Could it be Jack the Ripper? A pair of sisters who run a women’s boarding house team up with a sassy American actress to crack the case, as Scotland Yard seems to be going in circles. Director Christopher Schario describes “The Victorian Ladies’ Detective Collective” as a female Sherlock Holmes story that tackles some of the same issues women still face today. Head to Lewiston for murder and mayhem until next weekend.

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