Find events for everyone from resident Scrooges to Tiny Tims. There is a place for anyone to celebrate the holiday season in Anchorage this week.
Anchorage Community Concert Band and “The Sounds of Music” — The Anchorage Community Concert Band presents selections from “The Sound of Music” paired with seasonal pieces and selections from well-known composers. Free. 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Discovery Theatre, 621 West Sixth Ave. (anchoragecommunityconcertband.org)
“It’s A Wonderful Life” — Journey to the small town of Bedford Falls and follow George Bailey, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty. He meets an unsuspecting fellow on Christmas Eve, his guardian angel who attempts to save him from despair and remind him that this has been, after all, a wonderful life. $8-$14. 7-9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, APU Grant Hall, 4101 University Drive. (tbatheatre.org)
“The Nutcracker” — Based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s holiday tale, Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy will be joined by international guest artists as they dance to Tchaikovsky’s famous score. New sets and costumes with local dancers give this “Nutcracker” a local twist. $34-$44. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Discovery Theatre, 621 West Sixth Ave. (centertix.com)
Hiland Mountain Women’s Orchestra holiday concert — The orchestra of Hiland Mountain Correctional Center will present a concert featuring music from Bach to holiday classics. This event will feature harpist Megan Bledsoe Ward. Note: concertgoers must be precleared to attend by submitting their driver’s license number. Tickets $30 at centertix.com. 1:30 p.m. Saturday, 9101 Hesterberg Rd, Eagle River. (email@example.com)
73rd annual community “Messiah” — The Anchorage Concert Chorus will present Handel’s “Messiah,” an Anchorage tradition since 1947. The concert will be conducted by Bruce Wood featuring local soloists, a chorus of over 150 members and an orchestra. $15-$18. 2 p.m. Sunday, West High Auditorium, 1700 Hillcrest Drive. (centertix.com)
9th Army Band Holiday Concert — This performance by the “Arctic Warrior” musical soldiers will feature the jazz band, rock band, concert bands and a special guest. Free. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Discovery Theatre, 621 West Sixth Ave. (centertix.com)
Tired of all the holiday madness? Take a break with these events:
Anchorage International Film Festival — There will be over 30 screenings across Anchorage for Alaska premiere film fest, from features and documentaries to local productions and animated shorts. Friday Dec. 6 through Saturday Dec. 14 at various locations. See aiff.sites.goelevent.com for program details.
Wrestle Pro Alaska — Relieve holiday stress by watching the first ladder match in Alaska wrestling history. This event will feature returning WrestlePro stars along with Bret “the Hitman" Hart. $25-$65. 7 p.m. Saturday, Sullivan Arena, 1600 Gambell St. (ticketmaster.com)
Rice Pounding Festival — This annual celebration hosted by the Japan Alaska Association will feature traditional New Year events such as Hanetsuki, mochi eating and rice pounding. Free. 1-4 p.m. Sunday, 4807 Northwood Drive (akjaa.org)
“Sleeping Beauty” — Storyteller David Gonzalez returns to tell the classic fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty.” Rhymes will meld with multimedia images and live music including Bach’s “Goldberg Variations.” $25-$34. 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Atwood Concert Hall, 621 West Sixth Ave. (firstname.lastname@example.org)