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Dia de los Muertos Festivities

11/02/2010 by Hauntmistress

Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a traditional Mexican holiday celebrating the memory of those who have passed. Festivities include making alters decorated with mementoes and photos of the departed, and creating sugar skulls. Many museums and organizations in the Bay Area celebrate the Day of the Dead, which usually takes place on Nov. 1st.  Here are a few events in November to help you celebrate the Day of the Dead or become acquainted with this holiday.

VIVO: Days of the Dead 2010, on exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California through Dec. 5, 2010, explores the ever evolving Meso-American and Californian tradition of Dia de los Muertos. Featuring new altars and installations by artists, VIVO confronts universal events and issues affecting communities today. Many installations invite interaction and contribution, allowing visitors to weave their own voices, stories, and memories into the evolving fabric of the work.

On Nov. 6, 2010, the San Francisco Symphony marks the Day of the Dead with a Dia de los Muertos Family Concert celebrating Latino culture. Come early for pre-concert festivities in the Davies Symphony Hall lobbies, including refreshments, activities for children, and colorful displays.

Intricate, traditional altars and sophisticated, complex art installations are on display in this year’s Day of the Dead exhibition at SomArts Cultural Center in San Francisco through Nov. 6, 2010. The exhibition, called Honoring Revolution with Visions of Healing, features altars and installations that will honor the dead and provide offerings to the living.

Curated by Hayward-based artist Fernando Hernandez, Days of the Dead: Folk Art for the Third Millennium at Meek Mansion in Hayward through Nov. 14, 2010, is a cultural and spiritual experience that draws inspiration from both ancient and modern sources. The exhibit features art installations and altars from local artists and community members, including a memorial to William Meek, builder of the mansion housing the exhibition.

Dia de los Muertos en Santa Cruz at the Michaelangelo Gallery runs from Nov. 6-28, 2010, every Sat.-Sun. from noon-5 pm. There is also an opening reception on the 5th.

Also in Santa Cruz, at the Museum of Art and History until Nov. 7, 2010, you can view Dia de los Muertos Community Altar Installations.

Up in the North Bay, Dance Palace Day of the Dead Celebration in Point Reyes Station on Nov. 5, 2010, is a community event that includes participatory art workshops, food, and music.

For other events happening in November 2010, check out our Events Calendar.


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