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Wednesday, December 29

To see A Christmas Story for free, you don't have to lick a frozen pole; just bring a new unwrapped toy to the Angelika Film Center.
To see A Christmas Story for free, you don't have to lick a frozen pole; just bring a new unwrapped toy to the Angelika Film Center.

Few families today would fit the early- and midcentury idealism of Norman Rockwell's paintings. The American artist and creator of Rosie the Riveter covered front page after front page of The Saturday Evening Post with images of freshly scrubbed, respectable and white-skinned families in their daily lives, and the pictures were reproduced on plaques, Christmas tree ornaments, mugs and more, spreading their popularity beyond newspaper readers. But nowadays you'll see mixed families: Dad is from Kansas, Mom's from Honduras, the oldest son married a Nigerian woman he met during his semester abroad, the middle son brings home his new boyfriend and the youngest son was adopted from China. We love these newfangled clans, but it's fun to look at the old scenes. The Biblical Arts Center's Museum of Biblical Art pays tribute to Rockwell through his lithographs with The Norman Rockwell Christmas Exhibit and The Normal Rockwell Family Life Exhibit, which run through January 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) at 7500 Park Lane. Admission is $4 and includes Norman Rockwell movies, too. Call 214-691-4661.

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