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Arts Scene: Charlie Chaplin, wings and weavings, mountaineering guide Jim Hale

Arts Reporter
Charlie Chaplin's "Little Tramp" character made his on-screen debut in a film titled "Kid Auto Races at Venice." The classic movie will be shown at 8 p.m. Saturday at Atwood Concert Hall.

Not-so-silent film

It was just 100 years ago that Charlie Chaplin's "Little Tramp" character made his on-screen debut in a film titled "Kid Auto Races at Venice." The classic movie will be shown at 8 p.m. Saturday at Atwood Concert Hall as the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra supplies a live music accompaniment. That will be followed by the Tramp's last film, "Modern Times," again accompanied by the ASO. Tickets, $17-$39, are available at centertix.net.



Wings and weavings

Flute masters Laura Koenig and Roxann Berry will be joined by pianist Juliana Osinchuk in a program titled "Tapestries and Small Winged Things," in which they'll present music by the multitalented French composer Jean Françaix, the currently underesteemed Polish virtuoso Franz Doppler and American Victoria Bond, whose opera "Mrs. President" was heard here last season. Bond's piece, "Woven," will be accompanied by slides of work by fabric artist Jack Lenor Larsen. The program takes place at 4 p.m. Sunday in the UAA Arts Building Recital Hall. Tickets are $7-$19.



Jump off Denali

Mountaineering guide Jim Hale will give a slide lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Loussac Library. Hale will recount -- with the help of awesome photos -- the 1979 expedition on which he and partner Gary Bocarde led a crew of 12 to the top of Mount McKinley with four hang gliders and stepped into the sky. The fuddy-duddies at the Park Service have since banned hang gliding in national parks, so this may be as close as you'll ever get to experiencing the adventure. Hale will also be signing copies of his book, "An Alaskan Life of High Adventure." Admission is free.



Dena'ina exhibit closes

The Anchorage Museum's ground-breaking exhibit "Dena'inaq' Huch'ulyeshi: The Dena'ina Way of Living" will close Sunday. No excuse for missing this, especially since admission will be free that day courtesy of Wells Fargo. It's also a day when the museum will honor Alaska's military families with activities and the presentation of grants to nonprofits that help soldiers and their families. Special bonus: It will be the public's first opportunity to meet the new museum director, Julie Decker. The museum is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday/ It is located at 625 C St.


Compiled by arts reporter
Mike Dunham