Check out these cultural happenings in Chicago this December:
“Paintings, Prose & Poetry” event features award-winning Chicago Chicana writer and artist Ana Castillo with a rare display of her paintings and a book signing for the 20th anniversary of “Massacre of the Dreamers” at the Carlos & Dominguez Fine Arts Gallery, December 5, 6:30 p.m., 1538 W. Cullerton St. Free.
Anniversary party, silent auction and fundraiser for “El BeiSMan,” an online publication and cultural organization, December 5, 6 to 10 p.m., 1647 Blue Island Ave. $10 donation includes drinks and appetizers.
“Julia de Burgos: Child of Water,” a play by the Urban Theater Company in association with The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture, through December 14, 3015 W. Division St. See UrbanTheaterChicago.org for showtimes and ticket prices.
The National Museum of Mexican Art opens a new exhibit called “Historias: Stories of Mexican Identity from the Permanent Collection” with a public reception December 11 from 6 to 8 p.m., 1852 W. 19th St. Free.