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2010 Day of the Dead Guide to Events

Considering how I got a lot of positive feed back from last years impromptu Day of the Dead guide, I was debating whether or not to make another this year too. I mean, I do have a life beyond my random ramblings on this here bloggito. But then again, I love DOD and I love sharing the tradition and parties with as many people as I can. My homework will still be there after I finish. So here it is, your 2010 Dia de los Muertos guide to events you probably already know about and some you may have missed. Also, Day of the Dead is also election day. So, after you vote between a @#!*% and a turd, which I won't get into lest I be called childish names again, start making your way to Self Help Graphics for the original Dia de los Muertos celebration, going on its 37th year and it's free. Free !! You can also print and wear this kick @#!*% mask made by Cuéntame, the ¡Latino Instigators!, for a get out the vote campaign. I think it's hilarious because if you can vote and don't for whatever reason you have, then you are a cabron and you have no right to complain about how bad things are either. Also, most of these events are pretty self explanatory, soo I'm gonna cut corners and just copy and paste info with flyers and pics really. Anyway, enough jibba-jabber, on to the festivities


Boyle Heights Farmers Market Halloween Haunted House

Join us this Friday 10/29/10 for the BH Farmer's Market Haunted House from 6:30-10 pm. It's going to be scary, fun, and safe....For those scary cats who wont dare to enter can enjoy a Horror Movie Night at the Mariachi Plaza from 6:30-10 pm...bring a warm blanket and lawn chair to chill with us. The farmers market is held every Friday at the Boyle Heights Goldline Mariachi Plaza station starting at 3 p.m.

El Sereno Day of the Dead

Please Join us for a two day Annual Dia De Los Muertos Vigil, Ceremony, Procession and Edutainment Event that is free to the community, held at a very special green space here in the Los Angeles area, the El Sereno Community Garden:

Friday, October 29th 4:00pm - 9:00pm
East Side Cafe + El Sereno Community Garden


*Sugar Skulls
*Face Painting
*Paper Flower Making
*Community Altar Making


*Jaranero Procession
*Jaranero Graduation and Recital
*Burning of the Bad and Fandanguito

Saturday October 30th 1:00pm - 11:00pm
El Sereno Community Garden

Edutainment Line-up:

*Las Cafeter@s
*Las Ramonas
*Guerilla Queens
*La Chamba
*Chicano Batman
*Huitzil & Xochipilli
*Dr. Elena Esparza
*Ceremony de Danzantez from all the 4 Sacred Directions


*Face Painting
*Calavera Coloring
*Altar Making
*Sugar Skull Decorating
*Mask Making
*Food-Not-Bombs and South Central Farmers Food Demo

Sacred 4 Directions Procession:
A community procession of the four sacred directions that will commune at the El Sereno Community Garden for Ceremony and Celebration.

A. Final Destination- The Garden[5454 Huntington Drive, Los Angeles 90032]
B. The West [4736 Huntington Drive, LA 90032] Headed by Semilla Danzantes representing Education Struggle
C.The South [Corner of Allen and Sheffield 90032]Headed by Caltrans Residents representing the Housing Struggle
D. The Norh [4627 Harriman Ave 90032] Headed by the Bike Collectives and Elephant Hill representing Environmental Justice
E. The East [Corner of Freemont and Main in Alhambra]-Headed by M.E.C.h.A and neaighboring Winchester Apartment Residents representing Imiigration Justice

Brought to you by the awesome community members and grass-roots organizations in East LA and El Sereno: M.E.C.h.A(ELAC+Calstate), Eastside Cafe, La Red, Semillas del Pueblo, Xocolatl, and the El Sereno Community Garden

Dia De Los Muertos - El Sereno
Donde Nuestros Muertitos Viven y Luchan en Nuestro Corazon Justo
Where Our Dead Live and Struggle in Our Just Hearts

"Better to Die on My Feet": Self Help Graphics Dia de los Muertos Exhibition

(Image taken from random website and not affiliated to SHG)

Experience an exhibition that re-envisions the traditional celebration of Day of the Dead. Young, emerging artists and recent university graduates from across the U.S. redefine memorial through a contemporary art lens in “Better to Die on My Feet” at Self Help Graphics & Art.

Opening reception: Friday, October 29, 2010, 7-9 pm
On view: October 29, 2010-November 27, 2010

Participating Artists:
Raul Baltazar( Los Angeles)
Ruth Buentello (San Antonio, TX)
Jimmy Canales (San Antonio, TX)
Bernardo Cantu (Denton, TX)
Juan Angel Chavez (Chicago, IL)
Raul Gonzalez (Boston, MA)
Tony Lopez (Los Angeles, CA)
Angelica Muro (San Jose, CA)
Rafael Noz (San Fransisco, CA)
Abel Rodriguez (Los Angeles, CA)
Arnoldo Vargas (Los Angeles, CA)

“Better To Die On My Feet” explores a contemporary approach to memorial, celebrating the Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead. The title is based on the proverb, “Better to die on my feet, than to live on my knees” by Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, urging us to stand up for what we believe, even if it means dying for it. This notion aims at memorializing the dead through the memory of them living with resistance and pride. The exhibition is comprised of artists from different regions in the U.S., working in a variety of mediums, including photography, installation, drawing, painting and performance.


Wild West(lake)? A Folk Art Walk in Westlake/MacArthur Park

Wild West(lake)? Join us for another Folk Art Walk! It begins at Mama’s Hot Tamales at 11:00am, a café and community hub. From there, we’ll explore the park and surroundings through the eyes of artist Carmen Argote, who grew up in the neighborhood, and artist/urban planner James Rojas, an expert in Latino Urbanism. The tour will focus on the history of the park, evolving cultural uses and expressions, notions of “the view” and what constitutes an idyllic landscape. Once notorious as the Wild West of Los Angeles, how has MacArthur Park changed in the life of the city and what’s happening there now? The tour will involve walking 1 mile round trip. Wear comfortable shoes. Tour is FREE.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS ~ Tianguis Cultural ~ Artisan & Artists Market


Community, good vibrations, positive energy, food (mmm... atole, pan de muerto, chicken tacos, organic shakes...), music, a childrens craft table, face painting, and an array of artisan arts and crafts from local artisan vender's. All are welcome to and encouraged to contribute something to the Community Altar in honor and celebration of friends and family who have passed.

Support your local artisan vender's...

Jaguar~copper jewelry
Oli~jewelry, clothing, accessories, functional art
Yerberia Mayahuel~handmade soaps,oils
Chobe~copper jewelry
Cielo Designs~beaded jewelry
Claudia/Guille~jewelry, accessories
Anna/David~handcrafted jewelry
Sunshine Jewelry~handcrafted jewelry
Amini Herbals~delicious healthy shakes
Pedros Doggie Apparel~clothes for concious dogs
arte.moni~jewelry & functional art
Lucy Mendez~jewelry, scarves
Goodlife Roots~clothing
Cihuatl Moon~functional art
Goodlife Roots~clothing
South Central Farms

* Corazon Del Pueblo is run by the Community, for the Community, supportive of the Community, supported by the Community.

*if you are interested in booking a spot, send an email to Skira Martinez:

¡Vivan Los Muertos! at the Autry


DIA DE LOS MUERTOS 2010 at Placita Olvera

Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) 2010-- October 20 through November 2nd. PLEASE DONATE TO HELP SUPPORT THIS FREE EVENT! To donate online, go to

Colorful Ancient Ceremony
Beautifully Decorated Ofrendas, Exhibits & Entertainment
Pre-Columbian Novenario procession and blessings each night beginning October 25th through November 2nd at 7 pm.

Friday. October 29

Main Stage

9 – 10 Rambling Ninjas

Saturday, October 30

Main Stage

10 - 11 Lazaro / Cayambe
12 Mariachi Perla de Guadalajara
1 - 2 Tatalejos
2 - 3 South Gate Middle School
3 – 4 Lazaro
4 – 5 Araceli WIlminton Y Folklorico / Banda Lovato
5 - 6 Tierra Blanca
6 - 7 Ballet Coco
9-10 Fuera De Serie

Strolling on Olvera Street

1-2 Mariachi Perla de Guadalajara

Sunday, October 31

Main Stage

10 - 11 Lazaro / Cayambe
11 – 12 Teatro de la realidad Ballet Felix / So Gate Middle
12 Lazaro
1 – 2 Tatalejos
2 – 3 Mexico Azteca
3 - 4 Mariachi Perla de Guadalajara
4 – 5 Tierra Blanca
5 – 6 Ballet Coco
6 Banda Lovato
9-10 Movimiento Rudo

Strolling on Olvera Street

2-3 Mariachi Perla de Guadalajara

Monday, November 1

9-10 Marisoul

Tuesday, November 2

10:30 - 12 South Gate Middle School
9-10 Fuera de Serie

Free Children’s workshops for school groups by reservation only. Oct 20 – Nov 2 at 9:30, 10:30 & 11:30 am. Call Valarie Hanley (213) 716-1373 to confirm your workshop. Community Ofrendas in the plaza area to remember the love and service an individual or group of individuals have given to our families and our community October 29 – November 2. To reserve space contact Dianna Guerrero Robertson at (323) 240-3332. Fiesta de Los Muertos Saturday October 30 & Sunday October 31, 11 am–10pm. For more information call Mike Mariscal at (213) 625-7074. The funding for the merchants' events has been approved for 2011 but we do not have a contract for Dia de los Muertos. Your donation will save this free event!

Donations can also be sent to:
W-10 Olvera St
Los Angeles, CA 90022

Day of the Dead Group Artshow and After Party at Sabor Lounge


Join us as we celebrate with a special art Exhibit and an after party Oct 30th at Sabor Lounge!

Featured Artists,
alfie numeric
gino espinosa
j. neftali gonzalez
orestes gonzalez
dennis mendez
jeff lee
ernest anguiano
susan molina
carlos marquez
edward de la torre
pablo damas
ralph silerio
antonio pelayo
alejandra ramos
kristy sandoval
timoi de leon
salvador santana

Art reception 7-9pm

**After party 9pm-3am (Costumes highly encouraged!)**
-Rotating DJs all night-
-Live art and body painting-
-Photo booth-
-Indoor and outdoor bars with drink specials all night!-
-Taquiza (taco stand)-
-$5 Valet Parking-

Sabor Lounge
847 S Union Ave
LA 90017

Halloween en la Plaza


Saturday October 30th, 2010.
Doors Open at 5pm, $5 donation
Food Beverage on Concession

What Holloween Costume are You Wearing?
Candy Prizes & Music

TALENT Performing & Exhibiting their Art:
East L.A. Rappers: +nuAi [new-eye]
JONATHAN SPARKS: Acoustic, Harmonica, Singing
BIANCA: Singing
JOSH DURON: Drums/Percussion
WLCAC (Watts Labor Community Action Committee) showing their sculpted Art Pieces led by glass-blowing artist JAIME GUERRERO

Self Help Graphics & Art Noche De Ofrenda

Led by premier altar-maker and community resident, Ofelia Esparza and assisted by Xavier Esparza, Denise Esparza-Carrillo & Rosanna Esparza Ahrens, participants are invited to contribute their offerings to the community altar for display throughout our Día De Los Muertos festivities. This inspirational and important art of traditional altar making serves as a way for the community to share their memories with special tokens of remembrance. Gloria Alvarez and Ruben Funkahuatl Guevara will be sharing their poetry ofrendas to the Community Altar with us. Community members are encouraged to bring decorated copies of pictures of loved ones who have passed and Revolutionaries who have inspired them.

Self Help Graphics & Art 3802 Cesar E. Chavez Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90063 Upper Level 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Hollywood Forever Cemetery 11th Annual Day of the Dead Celebration

Up until this point, I have pretty much copied and pasted all the info and events going on. Now, this may seem like I'm hatting on Hollywood Forever for adding commentary to the post, but I can't help it. I went last year and it was a great event, EXCEPT with a few hang ups that I have about it. Because this is at Hollywood and it's meant to introduce the DOD tradition to people who are not familiar with it, that's what I love about the event. However, they lose me on a few other things that not only don't go along with the tradition, but kinda disrespect it. I'm talking about their altar contest. DOD isn't a contest, even if first prize get's $3,000. It's about sharing and celebrating, by having a contest, to me, it cheapens the experience and tradition because it's not about who can decorate things better than someone else, it's about celebrating those who are no longer here for one night. I've gotten over the fact that it's $10 to get in and like another $20 to buy food for one person and that they charge $10 for parking, it's understandable that they spend money to make this event happen and need to break even, cool. But if they really wanna keep true to tradition, they should stop having the contest and maybe use that money for something else, like lowering the prize of admission and parking for attendees. If they fine tuned some of these things, the event would be 20 times better. With DOD growing more and more popular every year, it's only natural that some company would use the event as another excuse to throw some concert/event that makes more money than pay tribute to the celebrations. But hey, that's just me.

General Admission: $10 per person, children under 10 years free (please bring exact change)

Dia de Los Muertos attire strongly encouraged - Come dressed in your finest Calaca apparel Spend an eventful day relaxing and watching the evening stars appear as the cemetery comes to life with joyful celebrations. Enjoy fine Mexican cuisine and a wide spectrum of Day of the Dead merchandise available for purchase. Arrive early for desired parking.

Event Features:
* A vibrant traditional procession in the home of Hollywood's Immortals with traditional Aztec blessings and Regional Musical-Dance group dedications
* Showcase life tributes through exhibiting over 100 traditionally renowned community altars
* “Calaveras” art exhibit (Cathedral Opening)
* Arts and Crafts expositions
* Historical Lecture presentation
* Interactive activities for families
* Theater performances - Local Artisans -Traditional Mexican Cuisine

Exclusive Presentations:
* Mausoleum (Cathedral) Art Exhibit – Join us for a superlative exhibition featuring various unique event-inspired life size “Calaveras” presented by 15 culturally conscious local artisans. This museum enthused setting will provide a feast for the senses with a private collection of featured art pieces.
* Lake Stage Presentation – Welcome the evening stars with a dynamic originally conceived choreographed production by a combined effort from our community's most culturally recognizable performers and set designers. Weaved in to this production will be an emotionally driven evening light scheme as we guide back, welcome and celebrate the memories of the beloved souls.
* Presentation of Altar winners 1 st prize $3000 2 nd prize $2000 3 rd prize $1000


Dia De L@s Muert@s @ Lincoln Park

Recently there have been many stories emerging of the deaths of young queer people across the country. Although the media likes to say that they took their own lives, we know it was homophobia and society that took their will to live.
We will remember our queers and womyn who have passed away as part of dia de L@s Muert@s.
Come and participate and you can make your own altar, this event will be open to the whole community. From 1:30pm - 5:30pm

Day of the Dead Verdugo Art Show

The Verdugo Art Show is a monthly art show that helps local artist's display their artwork (paintings, illustrations, graphic design, and photography)
This event is a 21+ only so don't bring your kids or anybody under 21.
No Cover 2:00pm - 8:00pm

Artists Displaying

Kristy Sandoval
Adolfo Rodriguez
Jaime Martinez
Jake Prendez
Karen Ch Linares
Susan Molina
Grecia Atl Ramirez
Adelbert Martin Leynes
Erica Friend
Sandra Roque Galeano
Ramiro Hernandez
Lisa Vasquez

Leimert Park Art Walk

The Business/Art Incubator hosted by Ben Caldwell of KAOS Network is a collective of artists, residents and local merchants that have come together to develop the fifth Art Walk around the community drum circle in the Leimert Park Village along 43rd Place on Sunday, October 31st, 2 pm- 8 pm. Throughout the day cultural spaces (KAOS Network, Vision Theatre, World Theatre,and prolific arts), artist studios and storefronts will sh...are art exhibitions, music, fashion, food, drumming, spoken word and local shopping

The Last Sunday of each month The hub of Black culture in Los Angeles,Leimert Park Village, presents its monthly Art Walk from 2:00 pm til 8:00 pm. The art Walk features the works of local, national, and internationally known visual, graphic, video,literary, and entertainment artist. Visitors can stroll the Historic Leimert park Village with its quint galleries, gift shops, hair saloons, and the famous Vision Theater, who's striking 1950's architecture houses the main stage for a wide variety of music presentations from jazz to blues to today's positive hip- hop. The art walk highlights include a lineup of progressive pop offerings at the renown youth venue Kaos Network. Free feature, documentary, and cutting edge shorts are screened at the Cine Freestyle theater. October's Art Walk will present a special outdoor Screening of Michael Jackson's" Moon walker", Live "Thriller" dancers and other Halloween surprises The event is Free and include a children's museum, storytelling and a musical pied piper. October 31, Nov. 28th, and Dec. 26th. All events are free.

Vendors please come out and speak to registration desk. First time out is Free.
Entrance to Vision Theater is on Degnan side

Artists come out and network @ Leimert Park
Verbs - MC
drum percession in Park 2pm
Bring your drum for the drum percession

This Art Walk lies on the day of Halloween. We will be dedicating this day to the dead and our ancestors.

Vision stage
6:30-Fashion Show

spontaneous DJ sets and open mic threw out the day
-- Looking for artists who would like to perform

Kids Pavilion 3 hours
3-4 pm music
4:30- 5:30pm Arts and Craft
6-7pm Reading/ Story telling

Organizations and buildings involved:

Halloween 2010 at Eastside Luv

Come celebrate Halloween with the wicked sounds of E.C.E.K and the seductive spells of El Haru Kuroi.

DJ for this eve is Gomez Comes Alive!
$5 at the Door.
Costumes get in FREE!!
21 and Over

Muertos de Risa Art Exhibition @ ChimMaya Gallery

Muertos De Risa: 80’s Vintage Day of the Dead Works From Self Help Graphics & Art’s Collection

Opening reception: Sunday, October 31, 2010, 3-7 pm
On view: October 31, 2010-November 20, 2010

A Dia de los Muertos print collector’s dream come true! Muertos de Risa is a unique opportunity to view and purchase rare prints in the Self Help Graphics & Art’s collection.

The selection of art includes, Esperanza, (1990), a large, marvelous and impeccable print by the late, multi-faceted artist Eduardo Oropeza. Oropeza’s work is very coveted by art lovers and the rarity of having an available print for sale makes it an incredible opportunity for collectors to acquire his work.

Included in the exhibition are other singular DOD themed works from the “70’s and 80’s by renowned Chicano and Mexicano artists John Valadez, Leo Limón and Alfredo de Batuc. These artists as well as many others were an integral part of the Chicano art movement that was nurtured from its beginnings at Self Help Graphics & Art.

Several rare pieces from the late seventies will also be available. These colorful, unsigned and unnumbered early DOD themed works are a testament of the unique historical significance of Self Help Graphics & Art and Dia de los Muertos, and offer the committed art collector a rare opportunity to share a piece of Chicano art history.

Gallery ChimMaya

5283 East Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA

Tuesday (Go vote)

Dia de los Muertos @ 24th Street Theatre

Join us for an offering to the ancestors and community around 24th Street Theatre
Tuesday November 2nd, 2010

24th Street Theatre
1117 West 24th Street, LA, CA 90007
(on the corner of 24th and Hover near USC)

Music: La Santa Cecilia, Fandango sin Fronteras, Maximo el Tenor

Dance: Danza Azteca Huitzilipochtli, Contemporary Dance Braceroz, Ballet Folklorico Sol del Fuego, Los Sismicos Danza Contemporanea

Food: Mexican and Salvadorean food made by local community members

Vending by Los Cojocos

Come build your own mini-altar in our parking lot!!

Special thanks to:
*Marvin Luna (flier graphic design)
*Cuahtemoc Vasquez and the arts and crafts team
*Chipotle Grill
*all our amazing volunteers and performers who make this possible


Al Borde's Annual Dia De Los Muertos Art & Music Festival

Día de los Muertos Music & Art Festival
Live performance by
La Santa María
Come and enjoy a night of
Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
Doors open @ 6:30pm • All ages
El Gallo Plaza 4545 E. Cesar Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90022
RSVP by November 1st, 2010. Send an e-mail to: with full name, e-mail, age and zip.

Red Bull Mapa De Los Muertos Los Angeles

Going off of what I said about Hollywood Forever having the right idea, but wrong execution, at least it's not this. While I thought twice about posting this up, I figured I need to stop thinking about this stuff and just post it up. Still, it's red bull for pete's sake !! Unless they're giving it away for free, then eh. There are four bars participating in this event, with Altars and bands playing.

East Side Luv
1835 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033
Live music from Azucar L.A. and DJ Pan Dulce. Altar by renowned artist Ofelia Esparza and Red Bull cocktail specials all night!

iX Tapa
119 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105
Live music from El Conjunto Nueva Ola and DJ Frank Leopold and altar by Ricky Garay.

4326 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
Celebrate with live music from Torreblanca and DJ Noir and altar by Rafael Esparza.


La Cita

336 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Mucho Wednesday with live music from Los Romanticos de Zacatecas* and the Mucho DJs. Altar by artist Josie "Fro" Pardo.

*All the way from D.F. Mexico

Forrest Lawn Day of the Dead Celebration

Dia de los Muertos Celebration
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - 11/2/2010
Forest Lawn Covina Hills - Forecourt of the Life of Christ Mosaic

Forest Lawn will host its first annual Dia de los Muertos celebration at Forest Lawn-Covina Hills. On Tuesday, November 2, the Dia de los Muertos Mass will take place from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., followed by refreshments until 9:00 p.m.

MASS: (11/2: 7pm - 9pm)
The mass will feature an altar designed by Ofelia Esparza, and will take place in front of the world-famous Life of Christ mosaic, the largest religious mosaic in the Western Hemisphere. Presiding over the Mass will be a Catholic priest, Father Andrew Encinas. Guests are welcome to bring photos to display at the altar. In addition, flowers, candles, and mementos will be available for purchase.

Revolution sin Fronteras ~~ Self Help Graphics Dia de los Muertos 2010 Celebration ~~ East L.A. Civic Center


After you vote on Tuesday and go about your day, THIS IS THE ONLY PLACE YOU NEED TO BE FOR DAY OF THE DEAD. Continuing a 37 year old tradition like no one else, all free and for the community. Check out the full line up of amazing performers and activities going on that night, plus it's easy to get there on the Goldline. I had SOOO much fun last year, that I know this year will be the same. I'm gonna paint my face, dance cumbias, pay my respects to loved ones and make this another year to remember, celebrating life in all it's forms.

East Los Angeles Civic Center
4801 East 3rd Street, East L.A., CA 90022
5-11 p.m

4 p.m. - Day of the Dead Procession - Join us with Calacas and face painting at Belvedere park's Virgen de Guadalupe Mural Located at, the corner of Cesar Chavez Ave. & Mednik Avenue

5 p.m. - The event begins at the East Los Angeles Civic Center. Come celebrate Day of the Dead with Self Help Graphics. This years celebration will feature music, community altars surrounding the lake on the grass area, food and local arts & Craft vendors!

MC'd by Felipe Esparza NBC's 2010 Last Comic Standing.

Performances by:

- Cantos De Los Muertos featuring Las Cafateras
- Los Jornaleros del Norte
- Concepto Tambor
- La Bestia
- Hard N Da Paint featuring Special Guests
- Electric Current Eccentric Kaos
- DJ Toks & DJ Rob Free

If you are interested in Volunteering for this event,
please download our Volunteer application.
OR, for more information contact

Saturday Nov 6th.



Alhambra Dia de Los Muertos-A Celebration of Life

Alhambra High School
Saturday, November 6, 2010
...1:00 pm to 4:30 pm • 626.308.2584
$5 Donation per Person – Children under 5 yrs. free


Speaker & Altar Artist, Ofelia Esparza


Carlos Barrón, National History Museum
Governor-Board of Trustees

Yolanda Gonzalez, Richard Valdes,
Susie Carranza, and Annette Armas

AUSD, Middle School Honor Band, Aztec Dancers
& Mariachi

Mask painting, Sketching, Face painting

Non-Profit Organization

Alhambra High School
101 So. 2nd Street
(Corner of 2nd Street and Commonwealth)

Entrance to Parking is on north side of AHS Campus off of 2nd Street. The gate will be opened to parking in the small lot or continue on to the left and find underground parking. If you have trouble finding the lot, please call Cell # 626.230.1049 Please remember that 2nd St. is one-way South.

8th Annual Noche de Altares, a Dia de los Muertos Celebration

Expecting over 8,000 in attendance, the 8th Annual Noche de Altares will be the largest Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration in Orange County. The event will take place on Saturday, November 6th, 2010 from 1:00pm to 10:00pm on 4th Street, in the corazon of Santa Ana from Ross to Broadway. At the heart of the tradition, community members will construct over 75 altars. Participants are encouraged to build their altar in memory of a deceased loved one or to bring awareness to social issues. Registration to build an altar is free and open to the public.

Organized by non-profit organization El Centro Cultural de México and local business Calacas Inc., Noche de Altares is a free, family-friendly community event. Throughout the day there will be arts and crafts workshops, face painting, local artists selling their wares, and delicious food from local restaurants and vendors. There will also be live music and entertainment from local and international musicians and dance troupes.

For more information, please call: 714.662.2002


Tropico de Nopal Gallery-Art Space celebrates and honors Dia de los Muertos with its OFRENDAS 2010, an Altar-Installation Exhibition inside of the gallery and their Calavera Fashion Show & Walking Altars in their outdoor patio space.

The Altar-Installation Exhibition in the gallery (opening Nov 2) will include the work of renowned artist and "altarista" Ofelia Esparza, vet...eran Dia de los Muertos artist-curator Consuelo Flores along with Tropico's co-director Marialice Jacob. The artists will be honoring their ancestors paying homage to loved ones in both traditional and contemporary interpretations transforming the gallery and giving life to this extraordinary Mexican celebration and tradition.

The Calavera Fashion Show & Walking Altars, (Nov.6) now in its eight year. The event has become one the most unique celebrations of Dia de Los Muertos anywhere. This year’s event includes19 well respected Chicano/Latino artists from Los Angeles weaving together fashion, art, music and performance in one of the most anticipated celebrations of the year. As Reyes Rodriguez, artist, creator and curator of the event said "We believe that this event is the utmost Ofrenda, a couture for the deceased.”

This year's participating artists (in alphabetical order)
Abel Alejandre
Edith Abeyta
Rosanna Esparza Arhens
Miguel Barragan
Joe Bravo
Carolyn Castaño
Elena Esparza, Consuelo Flores
Juana Flores
Katiria Gomez
Daniel Gonzalez
Cici Segura Gonzalez
Jose Lozano
Poli Marichal
Gilbert “Magu” Lujan
Lilia Ramirez
Sandy & Guadalupe Rodriguez
Robert Quijada
Orquidia Violeta

Hosts for the event:
Lalo Alcaraz
Viviana Vigil

Music director & event DJ Jose Ruiz

After event celebration with guest DJ Glenn Red

Doors open at 7:30 PM with the Calavera Fashion Show set to start at 8:30 PM. Seats are limited and offered at $25 (advance sales starting Oct 12), with standing-general admission tickets offered at $12 (door). A cash bar & food will be available throughout the event.
Community friends & sponsors
Eastside Luv Bar & Wine
Latino LA
Casa Latina
Sticky Ricks

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Attendees of this weekend have much to look forward to—from behind the turntables to behind the grills, TACO MADNESS promises to bring something for everybody, and the L.A. TACO looks forward to bringing all of the energy, excitement, and culture to La Plaza De Culturas y Artes this Saturday.

What To Eat In L.A. This Weekend: L.A.’s Best Tacos, Tequila, and Stuffed Churros at Our 15th TACO MADNESS

McSatan cheeseburgers, suadero on house-nixtamalized tortillas from one of Mexico's biggest chefs, steak banh mi tacos, and so much more, in one place!

June 14, 2024
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