Monday, September 9

If I were you, I’d duck the First Friday crowd at the opening of The Art of Maurice Sendak and head downstairs to the Portland Public Library’s Lewis Gallery (5 Monument Square) today to check out 50 works by the celebrated artist and just as many quotes from celebrities praising him on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Where the Wild Things Are. Open today from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; on view through Oct. 25. 871-1700. portlandlibrary.com.