Dia de los Muertos

compiled by Julie Weaver

LA PEÑA and ALLGO/INFORME SIDA celebrate Dia de los Muertos, 1996. Fri, Oct 25 features an art exhibition and reception, "Cada vida, una historia (Each life has a story)," 6-9pm at Las Manitas Avenue Cafe, 211 Congress. The restaurant will be transformed into a multi-media, interactive performance feast by artist René Anguiano. An Altar-Building Workshop led by Ms. Lindsey and Dennis Medina will be held Sun, Oct 27, 2-5pm at Victory Grill, 1104 E. 11th. Altar displays will be on view at Our Lady of Guadalupe Youth and Family Center, 905 Lydia, Fri, Nov 1. Then on Sat, Nov 2, a Dia de los Muertos celebration begins with a mass at Cristo Rey, 2110 E. Second at 6pm. A procession will follow at 7pm, from Cristo Rey to Our Lady of Guadalupe Youth Center. At 8pm, a performance will be held by Roy Lozano's Ballet Folklorico, plus an open viewing of altars. 477-6007 or 472-2001.

EL INTERIOR presents an open house, Fri & Sat, Nov 1 & 2, 10am-6pm. Day of the Dead celebration features a traditional Zapotec Indian altar, a continuous showing of the film Day of the Dead by Charles & Ray Eames, and refreshments of Mexican cinnamon coffee and cookies. Yum! 474-8680.

MEXIC-ARTE MUSEUM presents Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead altars and related artwork, at 419 Congress. Artists featured include David Zamora Casas, Connie Arismendi, Steve Brudniak, among others. The exhibition will be on view until 10pm, Thu, Oct 31, for the Halloween crowd. On Nov 2, 4-10pm, a Dia de los Muertos celebration will be held, featuring live entertainment. Dress in skeleton, angel, or devil costumes! Admission is free. 480-9373.

ACADEMIA AZTLAN presents the annual Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) production at the Santa Cruz Center for Culture, 1805 E. Seventh. The evening will join audience and performer into a "fiendish, ghoulish program that is deep-rooted in tradition." Academia's performing companies -- the Aztlan Folk Dance Company, Los Tamboreros Nuevos de Tonatiuh, and Teatro Humanidad Cansada -- will deliver the evening's traditional form, along with special guest, the Chicano Intelligence Agency (C.I.A.). Audience members are invited to write calaveras (wishful petitions) and bring them to the program, Fri & Sat, Nov 1 & 2, 8pm. 478-9717.

Check out our special Dias de los Muertos feature in Food, beginning pg.34.

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