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A Delectable Día de los Muertos
Earlier last month, I received a call from Sahar Arafat-Ray, director of the Central Market Cooking School here in Austin, wondering whether I would like to teach a class based on food for Day of the Dead. Since Day of the Dead is one of my favorite holidays, and since the class will be a benefit for the Austin Children's Museum, I happily agreed.
Food Story  October 31, 2003, by Claudia Alarcón
"...Since Day of the Dead is one of my favorite holidays, and since the class will be a benefit for the Austin Children's Museum, I happily agreed. I was asked to come up with a menu that featured tamales and other traditional foods of Día de los Muertos, and to share with the class some of my research on the cultural history of tamales...."

Día de los Muertos Celebration
Food Story  November 1, 2002, by Virginia B. Wood
"...MexicArte Museum (419 Congress, 480-9373) commemorates Día de los Muertos with a parade and celebration on Friday, Nov. 1..."

Austin Improv Celebrates the Day of the Dead With La Vida de los Muertos
Hideout Theatre breathes life into una vida improvisada
Arts Story  October 11, 2018, by Trey Gutierrez
"...Zambrano rush to claim a vacant table at the Hideout Theatre's busy storefront coffeehouse. Riding the high of a sold-out performance of La Vida de los Muertos, a fully improvised two-act play set in the Día de los Muertos-inspired "World of the Dead," the two directors/performers begin fielding congratulatory texts and calls from family and friends..."

A Claimed Space
Mexic-Arte blazed a trail in Texas by making a place for Mexican culture in a museum
Arts Story  August 14, 2009, by Belinda Acosta
"...For artists Sylvia Orozco, Pio Pulido, and Sam Coronado, the 300 square feet they claimed in 1984 to house Galería Mexico, the first incarnation of Mexic-Arte, in the former Arts Warehouse at 300 San Antonio, must have seemed quaint if not outright foolhardy to the more traditional institutions. But that first, modest footprint, that first claiming of space in a city that had never before celebrated such festivals as Día de los Muertos (now one of Mexic-Arte's biggest, grandest public events) was an important gesture in identifying what was missing in other museum spaces in Austin and Central Texas and declaring, "Mexican and Mexican-American art and culture has value, has meaning, and must be included in the larger conversation about U.S..."

A Fresh Look at Halloween Candy
Celebrate Día de los Muertos with sugar skulls from the bakery, or make your own
Food Story  October 31, 2008, by Kate Thornberry
"...Sugar skulls are used in Mexico to celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), traditionally celebrated on Nov. 1..."

Recipe for Atole de Nuez
Food Story  November 1, 2002
"...It's easy to make and delicious. Perfect for Día de los Muertos, to warm you up on any chilly winter night, or to accompany some good tamales for breakfast or light supper...."

Public Notice: Priest Walks Into a Bar …
Armadillo Art Squad dean Micael Priest dead at 66
News Column  September 13, 2018, by Nick Barbaro
"...And as something of an antojito the evening before, Mexic-Arte Museum is holding an opening reception (Fri., Sept. 14, 6-9pm) for two upcoming exhibitions, Danzas Matla­chines, and Viva la Vida: Celebrating 35 Years of Mexic-Arte Museum's Día de los Muertos..."

A Fresh Look at Halloween Candy
Head to Lammes and other local shops for your Halloween goodies
Food Story  October 31, 2008, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Whether you're stocking up on sweet treats before all the little neighborhood goblins come knocking at the door or decorating a Día de los Muertos altar in honor of the dearly departed, some locally owned Austin store has everything you could possibly need. Of course, there are still plenty of bags of name-brand candy in stock at the grocery store, but why not go with some really distinctive goodies and be the house that everyone remembers fondly all year long? For instance, at Lammes (various locations, the selection of individually wrapped candy sticks, sour balls, taffies, peppermints, and signature chewy pralines is bound to satisfy any sweet tooth..."

The Q&A Hole: Why Would Someone – Why Would Anyone – Vote for Trump?
With Leslie Bonnell, Arcie Cola, Lashonda Lester, Tim Doyle, and more
DAILY News  November 8, 2016, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Samuel Beckett once wrote, “Habit is the ballast that chains the dog to his vomit.” Blechh – sameness is vomit. But many of these Trump folks, I’d wager, have never been to a Juneteenth BBQ east of I-35; a Kwanzaa program at the public library; a Diwali banquet with Pakistani students; a Sunday afternoon Czech polka dance with the family; or a Dia de los Muertos parade on S..."

The Book of Life
Dia de los Muertos provides a colorful and vivid background for this animated film.
Film Review  October 17, 2014, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Visually arresting but dramatically rote, The Book of Life at least introduces American kids to the Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos and should score points with families looking for kid-friendly movies that reflect aspects of their Mexican cultural heritage...."

My Sister's Altar
Mexican cultural ritual becomes personal
DAILY Food  November 6, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...When I first wrote about creating altars for the departed in observance of Día de los Muertos, it was from the perspective of a reporter fascinated with an aspect of Mexican culture. At the time, I even speculated about what items I might include, but it was an intellectual exercise fairly removed from long dead loved ones..."

Mexic-Arte Museum's "Community Altars"
Mexic-Arte shows the variety in celebrations of Día de los Muertos across Mexico's different regions
Arts Review  October 29, 2015, by Caitlin Greenwood
"...Traversing the dynamic history of El Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) through various regions of Mexico, Mexic-Arte Museum's "Community Altars" stands more as a cultural lesson than an art exhibition. Its ornately decorated altars from 10 of the country's 31 states (Coahuila, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Jalisco, Mexico D.F., Michoacán, Oaxaca, Puebla, San Luis Potosí, and Veracruz) reveal the diverse interpretations that have developed toward the holiday across Mexico..."

An Ancestral Flavor
Día de los Muertos: The dead can only consume the 'vapors' emitted by our festive foods, so the rest is for us.
Food Story  November 1, 2002, by Claudia Alarcón
"...Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is, next to Dieciséis de Septiembre, my favorite Mexican holiday. I have been setting up ofrendas (altars with offerings) at home, collecting related folk art, and cooking traditional foods for many years..."

An Altar-nate View
Liven up the boo-ring Halloween season with Día de los Muertos celebrations
Food Story  October 29, 2010, by Claudia Alarcón
"...Although many cultures worldwide have some form of tribute or celebration to honor the dead, none can compare to Mexico's Día de los Muertos. The celebrations that take place between Oct..."

Viva la Vida
The 26th annual Día de los Muertos celebration has a new twist this year
Food Story  October 23, 2009, by Claudia Alarcón
"...Mexic-Arte Museum has always been at the forefront of local Día de los Muertos celebrations, staging Austin's largest and longest-running Day of the Dead festival for the last 26 years. This year, Mexic-Arte has invited families who have been in Austin for many generations to participate in the community altars exhibition and in the procession as a tribute to their legacies and contributions to making Austin what it is today..."

Invoked, Unseen, Everywhere
Krewe de Bisoux brings NOLA style to Dia de Los Muertos celebration
DAILY Qmmunity  November 1, 2013, by Sarah Marloff
"...The same krewe that brought 12th Night Austin to the streets – we're not talking Shakespeare here – is throwing a Dia de los Muertos celebration that might even outdo their Mardi Gras kickoff...."

Event Menu
Oct. 26-Nov. 1: Halloween & Día de los Muertos edition
Food Column  October 26, 2007, by Virginia B. Wood
"...• Austin's Creative Opportunity Orchestra celebrates Día de los Muertos with a fundraiser at the Barr Mansion (10463 Sprinkle Rd.). The event will include food, wine, and margaritas provided by the Barr Mansion and Manuel's, live music from vocalist Tina Marsh with pianist Eddy Hobizal, and a colorful altar with ofrendas placed to commemorate and celebrate the spirits of the departed..."

Burlesque the Hallowed Dead Days
Shopping for Halloween and Dia de los Muertos with Shelby Mine
DAILY Qmmunity  October 31, 2013, by Sarah Marloff
"...And in Texas, especially, the holiday is even more fabulous due to its proximity to Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. This year, together they cover more than a weekend of celebration...."

Gay Place
Halloqueers and Dia de las Lezbos, just another wild weekend in the gAyTX
Columns  November 1, 2013, by Kate X Messer
"...Whether your heart tells you to put up an altar, to hit the bars in some serious sugar skull makeup, to quietly reflect, or to join a parade like a New Orleanian Second Liner, take some time this weekend to honor the dead and most importantly, celebrate the living. Happy Halloween y Día de los Muertos! ON OUR GAYDAR..."

A moving and colorful addition to the Pixar filmography
Film Review  November 21, 2017, by Marc Savlov
"...Despite the simmering brouhaha over Disney/Pixar’s Día de los Muertos-themed movie – Mexican director Jorge R. Gutiérrez and no less than Guillermo del Toro released the calaveras similar The Book of Life in 2014 – this grand and haunting coming-of-age tale is a feast for the senses and a fine return to form for Pixar..."

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