Arts scene: Zorro, 'My Three Angels,' Air Force Band

The United States Air Force Band of the Pacific performs in 2006.
The United States Air Force Band of the Pacific
From left, Staff Sergeant Jason Baedke, Master Sergeant Mike Marshall and Master Sergeant Jeff Brayfield play saxophones.
Daron Dean
Silent screen star Douglas Fairbanks in "The Mask of Zorro."
The three convicts in ACT's current production of "My Three Angels," top to bottom: Max Aronson, Kevin T. Bennett and David Flavin.
Tony Batres

Mark this

Silent screen star Douglas Fairbanks created the original big budget costumed action hero in the movies with the 1920 classic "The Mark of Zorro." And he did it without stunt doubles or pixelization -- or sound. The Anchorage Symphony Orchestra will take care of the audio when they provide live accompaniment for a beautifully restored copy of the classic film. Catch one of two screenings -- or both -- at 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, in Atwood Concert Hall. Tickets are available at

Angelic laughter

The scene is a French penal colony in the tropics where three convicts are given temporary leave to help a family of colonists that is teetering on the brink of financial ruin. Who better to get them out of this pickle than a trio who just happen to have expert knowledge of theft, forgery and worse? But how to frame their nefarious skills in terms of right and wrong? "My Three Angels," the popular comedy with holiday overtones has been an audience-pleaser for generations and the latest production at Alaska Community Theatre is no exception. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23 at the ACT Studio Theatre, 1133 E. 70th Ave. Tickets are $15 for adults, $11 for kids 12 and under -- yes, this is definitely family fare -- available at

70 seasons

The U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific Alaska will present two annual holiday concerts at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3, and Tuesday, Dec. 4, in Atwood Concert Hall. The theme for the concert will reflect the band's 70-year history in Alaska. A number of alumni -- many of whom settled here after their discharges and become major players in the local arts scene -- will be sitting in with the ensemble in a kind of homecoming celebration. As always, the musicianship is terrific and the concert is free.