Out and About: 'Nutcracker,' 'A Christmas Carol,' and 'The Full Monty'

This weekend brings a lot of ways to celebrate the holiday season, with two versions of “The Nutcracker,” a holiday panto by Piccolo Theater and “A Christmas Carol” told from Jacob Marley’s perspective at Studio5. Theo Ubique opens its new location on Howard Street with “The Full Monty.” Those shows and more are on stage in an around Evanston this weekend.

Out and About: Holiday concerts begin

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Sing along with the Evanston Symphony Orchestra, dance along to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, or watch as others perform carols and holiday classics. Other musical options this week in Evanston include piano and string concerts, a tribute to Aretha Franklin, country, jazz and pop.

Medieval Africa as a cultural force is subject of major exhibition at Block Museum

An ambitious new exhibition will showcase the splendor and power of the lost kingdoms and commercial centers of Africa, using centuries-old artifacts from sites around the Sahara Desert and artwork