Paintings of Negro Baseball League on exhibit in Indiana

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Original paintings created by Kadir Nelson are currently on exhibit at South Shore Arts in Munster, Ind. through December 19. Nelson is an African American artist who became interested in the history and action of the Negro League Baseball.

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SANTA CLAUS ARRIVES IN CHICAGO at Daley Plaza Wednesday following the City of Chicago’s Official Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. The New Underwriters Laboratories Santa House will be located next to the giant yuletide tree. Santa’s visiting hours and house tours will begin Friday and continue Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through December 19 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. December 20-24 the house will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, 111 S. Michigan, features Richard Hawkins: Third Mind continues through January 16 consisting of more than 80 objects in two spaces in Modern Wing’s Abbott Galleries and the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries. Hawkins’ productions explore two decades of collages as a primary focus of his expression.

GOODMAN THEATRE, 170 N. Dearborn, begins its annual "Christmas Carol Carol" directed by William Brown. The production continues through the Christmas season.

THE SILVER ROOM, 14442 N. Milwaukee, stages “Artically Linked” Nov. 30 with Rahmaan Statik, visual; Safia Jalila, actress/singer; DJ, newlife; and M’Reld Green, poet and writer.

BROADWAY IN CHICAGO AND “TRACES,” a mixture of circus, physical theater, music and dance created by Montreal-based performance group 7 Fingers, continues through January 1 by popular demand at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut St. Individual tickets are $50 – $71.50

Available at Broadway In Chicago box offices, Ticketmaster, Carson Pirie Scott, Coconuts, fye stores and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com. Groups of 10 or more should call (312) 977-1710.

RED ORCHID THEATRE, 1531 N. Wells, continues Steve Wilson’s direction of Craig Wright’s adaptation of Homer’s “The Iliad” through December 19 with an all-female cast consisting of Najwa Brown, Jaiden Falo-Sauter, Katie Jordan, Paola Lehman and others. Teens performing are between 12 and 15 years old. Tickets are $25-$30. Performance times are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

COURT THEATRE at the University of Chicago, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. in Hyde Park, is staging Samm-Art Williams play “Home” directed by Ron OJ Parson through December 12. “Home” made its debut in 1981 by the Negro Ensemble and explores the experiences of African Americans during the 60s and 70s.

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