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Ultimate 2011 Dia de los Muertos Event Guide ~ Los Angeles

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“Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealously. The shadow of greed, that is.” ~ Yoda

Dia de los Muertos is one of my favorite day of the year. We celebrate the lives of those that have moved on and relearn an appreciation for the ones we have around us. Every culture has their own tradition for honoring their ancestors, celebrating their lives and sharing a meal with them again once a year, when they make their way back to us to see how things are going. There is no right or wrong way to celebrate these kind of traditions because they're all as unique as the individuals we are honoring. That's why it's beautiful to see more and more spaces in L.A. start their own celebrations in their own way. All events are listed by date and have a link to an event page. Call ahead or double check the event page for any last minute updates or changes. More events should be popping up as the day of nears, so stay posted for updates or if you have a show you know of, let us know in the comments. -- Erick

Day of the Dead 2011 / Dia De Los Muertos 2011
by Ernesto Yerena

Self Help Graphics Day of the Dead: Community Art Workshops

Saturday 10/22 and 10/29 From Noon to 3 p.m. Free
All materials and teachers are provided by Self Help Graphics & Art
Enjoy a Saturday afternoon of fun and tradition with new friends and old ones too. Wear clothes that you won't mind getting dirty. Participants can drop in any time between noon and 3 p.m. since the workshops are ongoing. Participants for the paper mache masks, procession puppets and calaveras are encouraged to arrive by 12 or 1 to complete their projects.
Art Workshops Include:

Flores de Papel/Paper Flower Making led by Ofelia Esparza and Rosanna Esparza
Experience the tradition of creating handcrafted paper flowers for use in home altars and community ceremonies.  Techniques for creating small and big flowers o multiple colors will be taught and reviewed.  Participants can take some flowers home and leave some at SHG to be used throughout the gallery space during the Day of the Dead season.  Some flowers will also be used for the community altar at the Noche de Ofrenda on October 29.  For all ages and experiences.

Papel Picado/Mexican Cut Paper with Maricela Sosa and Olivia Y. Armas
Learn the basics of papel picado using simple cutting techniques and templates to create Day of the Dead designs to be used as panels and banners.  Participants can take some of their creations home and choose to leave some for SHG gallery space and community altar.   For all ages and experiences.  Use of templates recommended for youth and young adults.  Familias encouraged to come together and join us in creating a beautiful collaborative project.

Dia de los Muertos Mascara Decorating with Becky Cortez
Join crafter, Becky Cortez, to decorate a one-dimensional, calaca mascara (mask) created by a SHG artist and printed on card stock.  This workshop is challenging for all due to the different materials used for personalizing your mascara.  Each beautiful creation is uniquely yours!  Participants are encouraged and invited to wear the mascara to SHG Dia de los Muertos procession on November 2nd.  Some mascaras may also be used for our gallery space and community altar.  For all ages and experiences.  Familias encouraged to create together!

Paper Mache Mask with Dewey Tafoya
Create your very own calavera paper mache mask with artist Dewey Tafoya.  Participants will use plaster forms to to create a classic paper mache calaca mask.  Making these masks is a two-part process, so be sure to make time in your shcedule for 2 Saturdays.  Create your mask on one Saturday, let it dry for a week, then come back the following Saturday to decorate!  Younger children will need help with mask making -- a trusted adult is encouraged to accompany and assist children.

Paper Mache Procession Calaveras and Calacas with William Acedo 
Collaborate with community and family to create SHG's classic oversize paper mache calaveras, calacas and puppets to be used in the procession for November 2nd.  Participants are encouraged to attend as many Saturdays as possible in order to build their artwork, allow it to dry for a week and then decorate it with paint and different materials.  For all ages and experiences.  Families and groups are encouraged to come and create their own unique, traditional artwork for SHG historic procession.

Hollywood Forever 2011 Day of the Dead

Hollywood Forever graciously and enthusiastically welcome the city of Angels and beyond to embrace, honor and celebrate the memory of the departed as we commemorate the 12th annual Dia de Los Muertos at your historical Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Hollywood Forever, the resting place of Hollywood's immortals requests your presence for the Nations largest and most authentic Day of the Dead celebration. Witness this colorful ancient indigenous based Mexican ceremony as we welcome our guests to celebrate life and ancient traditions fused with modern culture.Join us as we illuminate the evening sky with the various mosaic flavors of life, remembering and paying homage to the dearly departed as we joyfully walk hand in hand with the recollections of the spirits we pay tribute to. Allow the ingrained history of this ancient tradition to capture the heart of the newly curious, sustain the hopes of the returning and quench the thirst of the surrounding souls.
The 2011 Dia de Los Muertos will feature Astrid Hadad and special performance by international musical icon Ruben Albarran, lead singer of CafÈ Tacvba. Astrid Hadad best known as "La Tequilera" presenting for the first time in California the show "Sobre una Tumba una Rumba" a two hour set in honor of †la Muerte rumbera -according to Astrid Hadad- †singing classic songs, Lampara sin Luz, Sobre una Tumba una Rumba and La Muerte Chiquita a duo with Ruben Albarran. After a great success last year Ruben Albarran (lead singer of Cafe Tacvba) is †back to Dia de Los Muertos with †Hoppo!, this time with a very intimate ensemble accompany with a sitar and guitar player from Chile, and a violinist from New York. Together they will recite contemporary pieces from Latin American composers plus a posthumous homage to legendary singer Rockdrigo Gonzalez known as "The Nopal Prophet".
We will observe the millenary custom with altar settings, a procession, incense, food and rituals, from cultures around the world. a diversity of world re owned artists. Children will enjoy and learn more about this millenary tradition by storytelling, the making of the altars, face painting, dancing, and even playing African marimbas are among the activities early birds will get to enjoy. Hollywood Forever is the only cemetery in the country which opens its gates to commemorate this annual tradition.
*General Admission: $10 per person, children under 6 years free (please bring exact change)
Online tickets can be bought here.
Saturday, October 22nd
12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
The Ceremonial Altar Set-Up:
Friday, October 21st, 2011
5:00 p.m. onward.

Parking Structure Addresses (estimated fee $10):
Gower Structure 801 North Gower Street L.A 90038 from 10am-1am
Lemon Grove Structure 5675 Lemon Grove Avenue L.A 90038 from 2pm-1am
South Bronson Lot 5400 Melrose Avenue L.A 90038 from 2pm-1am
Windsor Lot 5500 Melrose Avenue L.A 90038 from 2pm-1am
Raleigh Studios 5300 Melrose Ave L.A 90038 from 1pm-1am


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


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 1st prize $3000 2nd prize $2000 3rd prize $1000
Main Stage Performance(s) - Join us for a full day of theatrical and musical performances culminating in a featured concert under the stars.

Sunset Strip Day of the Dead Strip Crawl

Black Star’s Day of the Dead Strip Crawl starts at The World Famous Comedy Store at 7:00pm on October 22. This event is free & 21+

Black Star’s Day of the Dead Strip Crawl is raising spirits on The Sunset Strip and we want you to be there. This Strip Crawl will include Day of the Dead themed shenanigans as we crawl from The World Famous Comedy Store to The Roxy Theatre & hit all of our favorite spots in between. There will be games, contests, tarot card readers, pumpkins, Day of the Dead face painting, a Mariachi band or two, and so much more. Food & drink specials go without saying on top of all the awesome swag we’ll be handing out all night. Stops include The Viper Room, Red Rock, Isla, The Comedy Store, The Roxy & more. Black Star Beer will be on special throughout the night. Their vintage Airstream equipped with a digital photo booth will be parked along the strip, so hop in and document the evening’s festivities.

2nd Annual Rose Hills Dia de los Muertos Cultural Festival & Marketplace

Rose Hills Memorial Park, the largest cemetery in the world, will open its gates on Sunday, October 23, 2011 from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm to celebrate the 2nd Annual Dia de los Muertos Cultural Festival & Marketplace. Together, we will embrace the rich culture and mystic beauty of the tradition of bringing to life the memories of loved ones with dignity and respect. We will share these memories through the creation of beautifully crafted altars and invite you to participate in a day that pays tribute to this ancient festivity. Join the celebration with a tapestry of color, art, music and flavor at the majestic hilltop with breathtaking views and home to SkyRose Chapel, courtyard and surrounding garden.

Art Exhibit inside SkyRose Chapel with our Featured Artist, Hector Silva and showcasing the talents of various artists
Jardín de la Rosa – childrens' area which includes mini workshops and interactive activities presented by local artists as part of the festivities;
Mercado de la Rosa – a variety of vendors offering items from jewelry, apparel and art that tie into the history and iconic figures of Dia de los Muertos;
Plaza de la Rosa – a delicious array of traditional food and drinks
Teatro de la Rosa – center stage featuring performances and entertainment, featuring: Pacifico Dance Company and domingoSiete.
A community altar contest and celebration

 Event Page Link

Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary

3888 Workman Mill Road

Entrance Gate 1 – Follow signs to SkyRose Chapel

Whittier, CA  90601

El Fieston De las Calaveras 

October 27th through the 30th
From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Elysian Park Amphitheatre
929 Academy Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Admission: $10 suggested donation
Discount: children under 12 in costume are free. Under 18, $5 donation

Event Page Link

El Velorio @ KGB Gallery 

KGB Studios and Juan Rodriguez invite you to Experience "EL VELORIO"

A Day of the Dead Cultural Event and Art Exhibit a fundraiser for El Buen Pastor Mural Project

October 28th, 2011 doors Open at 7pm-3am

$10 General Admission with the purchase of your ticket, you will automatically be entered in our raffle

1640 North Spring Street, Los Angeles 90012

face painting-food-drinks-music-eye candy-piquete-pan dulce with a live performance by METALACHI

Facebook Event Page Link

Sound Providers:
Oro 11
Herick Hell

Supporting djs
The GetDown Collective

Spoken word by: Olivia Chumacero, Sammy Carrera, Janet Gonzalez, Xitlalic Guijosa Osuna, Mike The Poet, Bus Stop Prophet, Ramiro Hernandez and Chubs

Live art creation by Vyal Reyes
featuring over 100 of LA's most creative artists

art exhibit curated by Antonio Pelayo
made possible in part by Eddie Paez
Exhibit Oct 28th-Nov 25

Zona Rosa Caffe 17th annual Dia de los Muertos Event

October 28th 5pm

Zona Rosa Caffe

15 South El Molino Avenue
Pasadena, CA

Zombie Prom at Linda Vista Hospital 

The Historic Linda Vista Hospital
610 S. St Louis St 90033Calling all ZOMBIES! come out for a night of music and dance inside the Historic Linda Vista Hospital, you will be able to dance the night away , enter costume contests and select your Zombie Prom King & Queen and royal court....Admission for this is a donation of a CAN FOOD product per person, and in return we will donate it to the L.A Regional Food Bank
Come out and support a great cause with the holidays around the corner we all could use a helping hand. There will be security and parking available. This is a alcohol and drug free event. MUSIC BY DJ Strangler Prom starts at 9PM.
Carnaval de los Muerots
Join the invasion as the living dead take over South Gate Park for the first Carnaval de los muertos. This event will include Halloween-themed mazes, a battle of the bands, gourmet food trucks, a best dressed zombie award, booths and much, much more.
Admission is $5 pre-sale, $7 at the door, and free for children under 5 years old.
Floricanto Day of the Dead 
Danza Floricanto/USA's Dia de Los Muertos Celebration takes its inspiration from the very traditional Day of the Dead activities in Mexico-altar offerings of favorite foods and flowers honoring our dead, processions to the grave sites, songs, candles. sugar skulls, skeleton dioramas, and paper cuttings-and gives it a contemporary flavor.designed to entertain and delight the whole family. Choreographed by Gema Sandoval, this hour long program is a series of dance theater vignettes orchestrated by "La Catrina," the skeleton like figure created by turn of the century Mexican graphic artist, José Guadalupe Posada. These snapshots of life-a mother who lost her child, star crossed lovers, a bull fighter, field hands, among others-become an affirmation of life through dance. Floricanto's program combines traditional folklore with contemporary themes and humor in order to appeal to the whole family. Additionally, in the lobby of the theater, we set up a community altar, where audience members are invited to include the name of their departed loved ones as they come in to watch the performance and in this way become part of the event.
Friday, Oct. 28th through Sunday OCt. 30th
8:00 to 9:30 p.m.
ARC Pasadena
1158 East Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA
AdmissionAges: Family event for all ages
Price: $20 General Admission
Dia De Los Muertos at Olvera Street
We would like to invite you to a gallery exhibition in the Instituto Cultural Mexicano at Olvera St.Opening Reception begins at 7:00 pm October 28, 2011this year will feature a variety of Los Angeles most creative and up coming artist: Juliane Backman, Gabriela Quintero, Ernesto Vazquez, Eloy Torrez
Al Herion, Mary Cardenas, Ivan Maravilla, Jose Jaime (art Dca), Hugo Romo, Paco Vazquez, Adan Olea Robles, Max Hernandez, Edlin Lopez, Marco Cruz, MaJa, Ginette Rondeau, Chey, Michael Amezcua.
Come join us at this opening reception with an eclectic mix of music and art in the heart of the city of Los Angeles. This event is free for all ages and it is an Annual event to learn and particpate.There will be a gift shop available where you can purchase prints and other trinkets and take a piece of this event home with you.The event is at the Instituto Cultural Mexicano at Olvera St. which has access to Union Station and most public transportation. 125 Paseo de la Plaza, Ste. 100, Los Angeles, CA 90012 for info contact Maja at (323)893-9885Curated by Maja, Ricardo Satibanez I.C.M,and Ginette Rondeau. Facebook Event Page Link 
Olvera Street Merchants and  El Pueblo Historical Monument present: DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
October 25 – November 2 Children’s Workshops 9–11 am
Teachers can schedule free workshop with Val at (213) 716-1373 Novenario Ceremony 7 pm Fiesta De Muertos Oct 29–30 Community Altars Oct 28–Nov 2 For further information call:
(213) 485-8372 (213) 625-7074
Self Help Graphics and Art Day of the Dead Exhibition: Revival

Day of the Dead is a time of celebration and remembrance. The theme of this year's show is Revival in celebration of SHG's new home in Boyle Heights. The iconography and aesthetics unique to this holiday have always been an inspiration in my own work as well. I am honored to be curating the 2011 Day of the Dead show.

Selected Artist:

Yreina Cervantez * Gronk
Judithe Hernandez * Jose Lozano
Poli Marichal * Leopoldo Peña
Victor Rosas * Marianne Sadowski
Tanner * John Valadez
Patssi Valdez * Vyal One
4th Annual MUCHO Day Of The Dead Celebration

LOS ABANDONEDONE NIGHT ONLY2 LIVE sets by Los Abandoned with Mucho DJs Frank Leopold, Noir and special guest Dj SantiCostume contests, enter to win a giant paper mache calavera! Feel free to come dressed in traditional Day Of The Dead costumes or Halloween costumes!!- Dia De Los Muertos Altar installations
- Vendor Booths
- The LAST of the Los Abandoned mercy!
- Face Painting (Arrive early to ensure a spot with our artists)
- Live silk screening + more
- The Abandoned photo booth
- Roaming photography
AND we've got lots of cool surprises and souvenir giveaways for our guests while supplies last courtesy of the Mucho Art group!!
Vivan Los Muertos at the Autry Museum 

Photo by Gabriel Madrigal Photography

The Autry celebrates Day of the Dead with ¡Vivan los Muertos! This community festival invites the public to learn all about Día de los Muertos with hands-on activities, artists selling their calaca (skeleton) works, traditional food, elaborate altar displays, and an interactive community altar. Plus, artist Luis Villanueva will showcase his whimsical altars. Music and dancing will complete this lively event in honor of our dearly departed.Schedule of Events

3:00-3:15 p.m.  Aztec Blessing by Danza Azteca Xocoyote in the Plaza3:30-4:30 p.m.  Ballet Folklorico Nueva Antequera4:00 p.m. Art Along the Hyphen Exhibition Tour4:30-5:30 p.m. Michael Heralda Aztec Stories in Heritage Court

5:30 p.m. Art Along the Hyphen Exhibition Tour

6:00-7:00 p.m. Ballet Folklorico Nueva Antequera in Plaza

7:00-7:30 p.m. Aztec Procession by Danza Azteca Xocoyote

7:30- 9:00 p.m. DJ in Heritage Court

9:00 p.m. Museum Galleries close

Self Help Graphics and Art Noche de Ofrenda
Saturday, October 29, 2011 | 6PM - 9PMLed by premier altar-maker and community resident, Ofelia Esparza and assisted by the Esparza Family, 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 of the community to share their memories with special tokens of remembrance. Poetry readings, Pan de Muerto and Xocolatl will also be a part of this special evening.
If you are interested in Volunteering for this event,
please contact
Festival de la Muerte Linda Vista Hospital
Dia de los Muertos at Mercado La Paloma

Join us for our 2nd Annual Dia de los Muertos celebration to honor, remember and celebrate the lives of those who have passed on and to share in the cultural roots of this indigenous holiday.
Sunday October 30, 2011 11am - 8pm
We will have performers all day long, including singers, musicians, theatre and choreography. Simultaneously, we will have an Art Exhibition distributed along the walls, inside the Mercado la Paloma. Also, the outside gazebo space will be transformed into an immense altar, commemorating the spiritual leaders of peace, love and good harmony. Moreover, we will include a community altar for people who would like to participate with their offerings: photos, personal items, poetry, etc. Lastly, we will have live art demonstrations to include face painting, leather work, traditional weaving and ceramics.
Mercado La Paloma
3655 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles CA, 90007

City of El Monte Day of the Dead Celebrations

A Vivir El Momento Flamenco Day of the Dead Dinner Show

Sunday October 30th, 2011




2 SHOWS (Admission: $10 per Show / Does not included meal):
6:30Ppm &/or 7:45pm
(choose what show you'd like to attend)
(an all ages friends, family, & people event)

Facebook Event Page Link


Un Solo Sol Kitchen in Boyle Heights

1818 E. 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Muertomania at Solidarity Ink

Come and be a part of "MUERTOMANIA!" an artshow experience that combines the tradition of Dia De Los Muertos with the cultural phenomenon that is "Lucha Libre."Artists will pay homage to their favorite Lucha Libre wrestler who has passed away. This is our tribute to those masked entertainers who dedicate their lives to the profession of wrestling.

>>>>>>LUCHA LIBRE WRESTLING MATCHES START AT 2:00PM!<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>Super Mariachi vs.Mascara Solitaria<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Rey Lee vs. Karbur<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>Anestesia vs. Alto Voltaje<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>Hades vs. Celestial vs. El Conde Maldito<<<<<<<<<<<<

Facebook Event Page Link

If you are a vendor or an artist that would be interested in participating please email us at, subject MUERTOMANIA

Verdugo Bar Day of the Dead Art Show


Plaza de la Raza Day of the Dead

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5–8 PM • FREE

Plaza de la Raza Cultural Center for the Arts & Education
3540 N. Mission Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90031
(323) 223-2475

Calaveras (sugar skulls)
Face Painting
Las Calacas (skeleton puppets)
Papel Picado (perforated tissue paper)

Blessing of the Altar
Danza Azteca
Plaza Folklórico Dancers
Plaza Mariachi Youth Ensemble
Danza Teocalt
Mariachi Monumental de America
Tierra Blanca Dance Company: Calaveriando

Honor loved ones by contributing ofrendas (offerings) to community altars
by Ofelia Esparza and Guadalupe Rodriguez.

Pan de Muerto

Sonia Romero, Juanita Lopez, Susana Hinojosa, Margaret Garcia, Sarah Wilson, Katia Portillo-Vali, Ofelia Esparza, Carmen Vargas, Irineo Yanez, Juan Jose Almaguer, Guadalupe Rodriguez, Miguel Angel Diaz, Blanca A. Soto

24th Street Theater Festival de Dia de los Muertos

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 (6pm-8pm)

Community Arts Workshops

Come make paper flowers, luminarias, and other traditional arts and crafts to prepare for Día de los Muertos

Saturday October 22nd (11am-2pm)

Saturday October 29th (11am-2pm)

Wednesday November 2nd, 2011 (6pm-10pm)

Day of the Dead Festival

A celebration of life and honoring our loved ones that have passed on through art: music, dance, theatre, etc. Come and build an altar to your love ones and enjoy traditional foods, handcrafts and cultural activities.

Banda Juvenil Santiago Comaltepec
Klezmer Juice
Musical Latitudes
“Calaveras” Teatro de Marionetas/Puppets Theater-Andrea Muro
Teatro Apolo
Brazeros Theater

Ballet Folklórico Sol de Fuego
Brazeros Dance Company
Huitzilopochtli Aztec Dance Company
Tierra Blanca Dance Company

Self Help Graphics and Art Day of the Dead: Revival 

Self Help Graphics & Art was the first organization in the country to create a free public celebration of Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead through the leadership and initiation of local artists in 1973. As in the different Mexican regions, Self Help Graphics’ celebration is distinct to the East Side artistic community it represents. Every year, on November 2nd, Self Help Graphics’ yearly day of remembering that life is a dream from which, one day we will awaken, celebrates our beloved who are no longer with us. Every year we paint our faces in duality -- half calaca and half ourselves, revealing the ancient comedy of life as our ancestors have taught us.
Musical performances by
Maya Jupiter with special guests * La Resistencia *Lysa Flores * Chicano Son *Hard N Da Paint * Hello My Name Is Red *Son Muxeres *Pio Pico Middle School, *Stage Band (Brooklyn Music Center) *Thee Paramounts (Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory Band)

Traditional Danza * Food and Craft Vendors * Face Painting

Live T-shirt Printing * Children's Workshops

Araceli Silva Jewlery * Art2graf Creations * Art by Alicia * Aunt Feddy's Closet * Burnt Tortilla Creations * Butterflies & Hummingbirds * Caracol Designs * Casa Belen Ibiz 360 * Cross Your Heart Customs * Danza Azteca * De La Luna Designs * Ernie Herrera Inc. * Franco Calavera *Good Life Roots * Imix Bookstore * Indio's Prehispanic Art * Javier Orozco* Kalli Arte * Lalo Alcaraz * Leslie Saiz * Los Calavera * Lourdes Medina *Lunasol Mexican Vintage * Ma de la Paz * Maurico Gutierrez * Mayan Inspirations * Mi Vida Boutique * Miranda Calvin * Nahui Ohlin/NSRGNTS *Nena Soul Fly * Social Machine Productions * Sole de Cobre * Sticky Ricks * Switcheros * Teocintli * The Civilian Press * Xochipilli WearTRADITIONAL PROCESSION:
5 PM Gathering (face painting & ceremony)Walking Procession:
Mariachi Plaza 1st St. & BoyleMetro Ride Procession:
Union Station 801 Vignes St.
(please purchase your tickets ahead of time)
Al Border Day of the Dead
The 7th Annual “Day of the Dead Music and Art Festival” will challenge your mosh and dance moves with Mexico City's irreverent metal-cumbiancheros band El Conjunto Nueva Ola. And to satisfy hungry and thirsty souls, complimentary sweet bread and tamales, along with a selection of sponsor-presented beverages will keep attendees celebrating until supplies last. In true fashion, the “Day of the Dead Music and Art Festival” supports independent talent and local artists by providing a space for vendors to sell their Day of the Dead merchandise, and showcase their skill through an altar and art competition.

 Times are tough, we know! That's why our events are ALWAYS free. Save your cash for the onsite vendors and to buy us a round of drinks after the event.
4545 E. Cesar Chavez Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90022Admission is FREE. All ages are welcomed.
RSVP here
Forrest Lawn Cemetery Day of the Dead

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - 11/2/2011
Forest Lawn Cypress - Forecourt of the Paradise Mosaic

Forest Lawn will host its first annual Dia de los Muertos celebration at Forest Lawn-Cypress. On Wednesday, November 2, the Dia de los Muertos Mass will take place from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., followed by refreshments. The mass will feature an altar designed by artists Ofelia Esparza, and her daughter, Rosanna Ahrens. Esparza is widely known for her Dia de los Muertos altar installations and her work has been shown at several prominent national and international museums and galleries, inlcuding the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Mexican Fine Art Museum of Chicago, and the Glasgow Print Studio in Glasgow, Scotland. The celebration will take place in front of the forecourt of the Paradise Mosaic. Guests are welcome to bring photos to display at the altar. In addition, flowers, candles, and mementos will be available for purchase.

Event Page Link 

4:30 PM - 9:00 PM - 11/2/2011
Forest Lawn Covina Hills - Forecourt of the Life of Christ Mosaic

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

The celebration will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a children's pre-show segment featuring popular Christian pop singer, Andrea Andrea, followed by a musical performance by charismatic gospel singer Sandy Caldera at 5:30 p.m.

Event Page Link

At 7 p.m. the mass will feature an altar designed by artists Ofelia Esparza, and her daughter, Rosanna Ahrens. Esparza is widely known for her Dia de los Muertos altar installations and her work has been shown at several prominent national and international museums and galleries, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Mexican Fine Art Museum of Chicago, and the Glasgow Print Studio in Glasgow, Scotland. The celebration will take place in front of the world-famous Life of Christ mosaic, the largest religious mosaic in the Western Hemisphere. Guests are welcome to bring photos to display at the altar. In addition, flowers, candles, and mementos will be available for purchase.

La Muerte Vive Rock Opera

1st Annual Holiday Cabaret Show, Sponsored in Part by Corralejo Tequila, Inspired by the Mexican traditions of Dia de los Muertos  (Day of the Dead)  featuring the Nations largest collection of Giant Judas  (Paper Mache Puppets ) created by artist Tony Dominguez,  in a unique event of Cabaret (Teatro, Art, Music and Dance), hosted by Santos de Los Angeles at the Historic Million Dollar Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles. The “Rock Opera Cabaret” will feature performances by El Gavachillo (Wil-Dog of Ozomatli) y su Banda, The Wiseguys 18 peice Big Band Machine and will feature a Special Performance by Miss Ruby Champagne.La Muerte Vive ™, conceived by Tony Dominguez in 2007, is a celebration of life inspired by the Mexican traditions of Día de los Muertos .This is Dominguez’ debut theatrical production; coming on the heels of a successful nation wide tour.

Dominguez Paper Mache Art was the featured artist In the Miracle on the Hudson Reunion (U.S. Airways flight 1549) party in New York City. In the past, over 100,000 people attended  Dominguez’ festivals and holiday celebrations (Festival De la Gente, Las Posadas.) Dominguez is a 2010 Biz Bash award finalist. La Muerte Vive (LMV) is an independent production, written and directed by Tony Dominguez. LMV is inspired by the music of Santos De Los Angeles. Art direction will be designed and created by Dominguez, consisting of a giant, three dimensional paper mache altar as the stage, a perfect setting to combine the elements of Paper Mache, Theatre, Live Music and Dance.  Animated art (piñatas and puppets) will come to life contributing to the performance.

 The play will be narrated with music composed by Los Angeles based  artist - Santos De Los Angeles (debuted on American Latino show on ABC.)  Santos will take you on a journey exploring the significance of the festive Mexican Holiday Traditions of Dia De Los Muertos s.  Using the famed style of Mariachi Tenors, Santos will guide the audience to the very heart and soul of these cultural traditions, through a night of Teatro, Cabaret, Spoken Word and Story Telling, culminating in a full musical Latin Rock Concert.  With special community performances and displays that feature an interactive art display, with works by Tony Dominguez and nationally acclaimed muralist Ricardo Estrada. The  Performances and Displays will be open to the public daily. The event’s VIP After Party will be hosted by Raul Diablito Martinez and will take place in Downtown Los Angeles. The partnership between The Million Dollar Theatre enables the cast to perform a larger more spectacular event, in a historical theatre setting; the launching point of a U.S tour in 2011.

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WHEN:  November 2nd 2011 ( Dia De Los Muertos), Door opens (exhibits) 3:00 p.m. Event will end at 11pm. This Event Will Sell Out!

WHERE: The Historic Million Dollar Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles Broadway Theater Dist.

Day of the Dead At SPARC 

SPARC presents a traditional “Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead” ceremony to honor the dearly beloved/departed with the annual ritual of Calling the Spirits to come to their celebration. The traditional community ceremony will start at 6:30 P.M. and is open to the community. UCLA instructor and SPARC’s Artist in Residence, Martha Ramirez-Oropeza and UCLA’s  César E. Chávez Chicana/o Studies Department students will guide the ceremony. After an intermission, guests will enjoy an ensemble featuring two traditional performers, Ruben Izquierdo and Alfredo Lopez who will be performing Mexican, Cuban, and South American music.

Ruben Izquierdo, studied classical guitar at the University of Mexico City and graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a composer, arranger and guitarist who is currently working on many projects which include writing the musical score for the documentary “2500 plus one sculptures”, Alejandro Santiago, Mexican artist and collaborates as a core member for SPARC’s Planet Siqueiros Event Series in Venice, California. Ruben’s compositions were featured in both the Guitar Player’s “Spotlight” section and “Musico Pro” Magazine where he received favorable reviews.

Alfredo Lopez is an extraordinary musician/vocalist who has mastered more than twenty styles of Latino American traditional music. He is the director of Mexico’s well-known musical group Quetzalcoatl. His performances include solo concerts at venues such as the Smithsonian Institute, Royce Hall at UCLA and more. Alfredo has composed songs which have been included in films such as “The Net” (Sandra Bullock), “American Me” produced and directed by Edward James Olmos, “The Maldonado Miracle”, produced and directed by Salma Hayek.

Traditional Pan-Dulce (Mexican sweet bread) and Mexican hot chocolate will be served; donations to benefit Save LA Murals. $10 suggested donation at the door.

Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC)
685 Venice Bl
Venice, CA 90291

Dia De Los DEAD - Oingo Boingo Tribute at East Side Luv

As this year we present you ALIVE performance by LOS MUERTOS LOCOS which consists of FORMER MEMBERS of OINGO BOINGO: JOHN AVILA, STEVE BARTEK, JOHNNY VATOS, & perhaps more to be announced really soon... Los Muertos Locos will be performing a tribute of OINGO BOINGO hits with 2 full sets.

If You arrive early enough you maybe able to eat some of gourmet Green Posole tambien!

Dia De Los Muertos Art Exhibited by Mario Lopez

Alter Installation by [to be announced]

ESL Residenté DJ JessFunk

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Dia De Los Muertos Face Painter will be onsite to do small pieces for those of you who were running late or are new at this, BUT this is Dia De Los DEAD my people... so, COME prepared to celebrate LIFE by getting in the spirit and dressing in DEAD costume and/or MuertO FACE PAINT. ALSO, Feel free to add to our Alter by bringing a Photo (copy) of a LUV'd one

Gregorio Luke Day of the Dead: East L.A. Civic Center

Explore Day of the Dead with renowned art expert and scholar Gregorio Luke as he shares the cultural significance of this important Mexican Holiday. This event is free of charge.

 Nov 2 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

4801 E. Third St.
Los Angeles, CA 90022

MorrisseyOke™ Dia De Los Angeles' MOZheads

We would LUV to have YOU over for our very 4th Morrissey/Smiths Karaoke Experiment. Much like MariachiOke™ there will be no bouncy ball to sing along to.

So, come prepared by:
1. Have the lyrics engraved in your Brains (which most of you DO)
2. Bring a print out of the song/s you want to sing
3. Simply download on your smart phones

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ESL's resident DJ/VJ will play the actual Morrissey/The Smiths tracks & music videos... YOU will sing along with Morrisey's Voice (his vocals will be lowered a little so we can hear YOU of course). -Y- who knows... The crowd will probably join in!


Please join us in celebrating the lives of our loved one's who have
passed on but live eternaly in our hearts and souls...

FREE SHOW, Beer specials all night 21 & over only!!

* COSTUME CONTEST ( event theme preferred )
* ALTAR on display for anyone and everyone to decorate
* DIA DE LOS MUERTOS flicks on the jumbo tron
* ART RAFFLE during the show

Performing Live On Stage:
THE SETUPS ( indie/folk/experimental )

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Val Vargas
Paul Estrada
Susan Romero ( Artesusanias )
Ray Vargas
Jacqueline Ortiz ( Jackie "O" )
Hannibal Garcia ( Chimul )
Susie Fernandez
Michael Serwich ( Sir Witch Crafts )

Facepainting On Site by Betsy Quezada

DJ Chimul will be playing the best in cumbias,
rock en ingles & spanish, punk, indie, ska, rockabilly + more!


Day of the Dead at Tia Chucha's

Dia de los Muertos Group Art Show from October15- November 12, 2011
Curated by: Erica Friend ART BY: Ramiro Hernandez, Urian Muro, Maria Juarez, Hugo Romo, Dulce Cerritos, Alfie Numeric, Alecia Ballin, Delsy Sandoval & Erica Friend.

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THURS 11/03/11@ 6-8pm: Community Altar Building Night
We will build a community altar where all are welcome to contribute with mementos, photos, and candles. Come and learn how to make your own at home! Facilitated by Danza Temachtia Quetzalcoatl.

FRI 11/04/11@ 6-9:30pm: Sugar Skull Decorating Night
Danza Temachtia Quetzalcoatl will provide sugar skulls for the community to come and decorate. All ages welcome to join the fun!

SAT 11/05/11 @ 5-9pm: Dia de los Muertos: Celebrating Our Ancestors
Tia Chucha’s community will be celebrating culture and remembering the lives and teachings of our ancestors.

Milpa (musical group) | Trio Sol | Michael Heralda (storyteller)

SUN 11/06/11 @ 12-4pm: Closing Altar Brunch
Spend an afternoon with us taking down the altars we build together while we continue to build community. This will be a potluck style day. Please bring your favorite dish to share.


Dia de los Muertos at The Medallion

Bilingual Theater Company Day of the Dead

Three Day Event, November 4th, 5th, and 6th begins at 8:00 p.m.

1540 McCadden Place/ Off of Cahuenga and Selma
Hollywood, CA

Join for an amazing three day event celebrating the Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos with "Evita Freaks" band performing outside in our patio to their unique sounds and original music. In our gallery we will have a group Exibitiion with: Daniel Galindo and his mystical oil paintings, David Renteria "The Master Engraver" will show his beautiful engraving on metaland we want to add that he is in much demand and are honored that he chose us to exhibit his one of a kind Engravings

This is a rare treat for anyone and I understand that he will be signing autographs! And Elisa Esqueda and her unique style of the lively calacas! Her work is fun and unusual in that she paints in the tradional day of the dead people, but they are dressed in modern outfits and they are so lively! How is that possible when they are dead? Well we will have to see.

Closing the show we have a spececial live performance created and directed by Julio Villegas. A historical journey telling the tradional story of Dia de Los Muertos performed by an excellent cast.The creation for this Day of the Dead is an original work, both magical and mysterious... The live performance also includes poetry and is sure to leave you wanting to come back the follwoing day. And we want you to! The Bilingual Actors Repertory Theatre continues to consistantly produce quality bilingual theatre.

Doors open at 5:00 pm. You can stroll through our beautiful grounds and listien to the sournds of "Evita Freaks" who begin playing at 6pm. Meet the Vendors all selling unuique items: Ernesto Vasquez and Solidarity Ink. Also vending will be the family of Eisa Esqueda one of the three featured artist at our gourp exhibit. Her famiily has for generations passed down the skill and receipe for the sugar skulls tradional to the day of the dead. They will also sell hand crafted jewlery made from beer caps! I want to see those! I will also have a spot on the vending side. My partner and I will be selling high end vintage and antique Taxco, Mexico Jewlery and also costume jewlery from as early as the 1920's! This extraordinary event closes our season until 2012 when we reopen.

Festival del Dia de los Muertos 

Noche de Altares in Santa Ana


For the 9th year in a row, Centro Cultural de México is organizing Noche de Altares (A Night of Altars). This year Centro is proud to present this free event in partnership with Calacas Inc., a Santa Ana business that promotes art and culture through products made by indigenous people living in México and local artisans living in Southern California. Noche de Altares is a community-based event celebrating Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), one of México’s oldest, indigenous festivals. Organized by volunteers, the purpose of the celebration is to honor the ancient traditions of the festival and bring community members together through art, culture, and compassion.

For one night, families, students, community organizations, activists, artists, and businesses are invited to build an altar in memory of a deceased loved one or to bring awareness to a social issue. Participants in past events have dedicated their altars to their parents, siblings, and friends. They have also dedicated their altars to soldiers who have died in war, women who have made a significant impact in history, and people who have died of AIDS, cancer, and diabetes. In addition to viewing beautifully created altars, attendees will be entertained by cultural performances and live music. Children can get their face painted and participate in free, art workshops. Local artists will be selling their wares and local restaurants will be selling their most delicious dishes. Finally, attendees will have a photo opportunities with La Catrina, the modern-day icon of Día de los Muertos created by Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada.

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Saturday, November 5th 2011
4th and Birch Streets,
Santa Ana, CA

Alhambra Dia De Los Muertos-Celebration of Life

Saturday, November 5, 2011
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

San Gabriel High School
801 S. Ramona St.
San Gabriel, CA 91776

Featuring Ofelia Esperza, Speaker & Altar Artist
Joe Rodriguez, Master of Ceremonies

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$5 dollars General Admission-Children 5 yrs & under FREE
Aztec Dancers, AUSD Middle School Honor Band, &
Featuring Quetzal-an Alternative / Latin / Rock Band
Mayor of Alhambra Luis Ayala & wife Adriana will be dancing folklorico

Event Sponsored by the ALHAMBRA LATINO ASSOCIATION a non-profit organization
This Festival is ALA's main fundraiser so that AUSD graduates can be warded scholarships as has been the case for over 17 years

6th Annual Dia de los Muertos Group Exhibition Azul Gallery 

November 5th, 2011, from 6-10pm.
This is our 6th year presenting this ancient celebration of life. We will have DJ Chee-bo providing his unique muertos mix, altares, vendors selling original crafts and jewelry, 3-D calaveras.
7:00pm we will have a special dance for el dia de los muertos, and of course original art work.
There will be wine, mexican hors d'ouvres, and fun people to socialize with.
This year we will also have a wall dedicated to Narbonne High school AP art students. This is to support the arts in high school, and motivate students to maintain creative and open minds.
The show opens on Thursday, November 3rd from 6-10pm. Come by Thursday for a sneak peak, and enjoy the first Thursday, San Pedro art walk which will be occurring from 6-9pm

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Chimaya Gallery Dia de los Muertos Group Exhibition

This year's annual Dia de los Muertos Group Exhibition, will feature artists from California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico. Along with our resident artists and gallery favorites, we're pleased to include the work from several new artists to our gallery. Exhibition closes Nov. 4th.

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Resident Artists:
George Yepes, Yolanda Gonzalez, Emilia Garcia, CiCi Segura Gonzalez,
Hector Silva, Gennaro Garcia, Julie Zarate

Robert Palacios, Robert Quijada, Jose Lozano, Ofelia Esparza, Tito Sturcke,
Ariel Vargassal, Benjamin Thomas, Pamela Enriquez-Courts, Lorena Rivera,
Ramon Ramirez, Rafael Delgado Jr., Laurene Alvarado, Sergio Teran,
Anna Alvarado, Ernie Lucero, Robin West, Sara Hage, Mer Young, Timoi,
Jodi Bonassi, Veronica Verdugo-Lomeli, Chad Mora, Grace Barraza-Vega,

Recent Additions: David Botello, Luis Genaro

Elizabeth Carranza

Dia de los Muertos Catrinas (Mexico):
Lourdes Moreno

Wall Graphics:
Juan Solis

Tribute to: Magu

Conceptual: CiCi Segura Gonzalez, Abel ALejandre, Andres Montoya, Linda Arreola, Ramon Ramirez

Traditional: Emilia Garcia, Jose Lozano, Rudy Cardona

Video: Steven Acevedo, Daniel Gonzalez

Saints & Sinners Maria Kane (East Gallery)

We are pleased to present ChimMaya resident artist, Maria Kane, in her 2nd featured exhibition in our gallery. Maria is a unique talent among the artists that ChimMaya represents. Blending her Korean/American heritage, world travels, and the fusion of Chicano Art influences, Maria's artwork is a striking visual of sensitivity, beauty, and the timeless strength of the world's women.

Ave 50 A Celebration of Life 

Serenata de los Muertos - Emilia Garcia
Serenata de los Muertos - Emilia Garcia

Featuring art from Alfonso Aceves, Douglas Alvarez, Joe Bravo, Raoul De la Sota, Kikki Eder, Emilia Garcia, Margaret Garcia, Cidne Hart, Mavis Leahy, Toti O'Brien, Jose Ramirez, Nancy Romero, Sonia Romero, Nico Tonatiuh

Show Closes Nov. 6th

Requiem For the Forgotten: The Armenian Genocide

Sophia Gasparian
Sophia Gasparian

Mexicans and Central Americans celebrate Dia De Los Muertos, a day of remembrance for family members and friends who have passed. The Armenian-Greek-Assyrians who perished by Ottoman government ethnic cleansing orders in 1959 are also remembered and celebrated by modern-day Armenians. Armenian Genocide graves do not exist. Armenians were deported to the desert, which saved the Ottoman government the expense of ammunition and mass grave clean-up.

Scientific analysis of post-traumatic stress disorder and subsequent recovery requires recognizing the trauma, confronting the source, and supporting the grieving process to allow healing to happen. Accordingly, “Requiem For the Forgotten: The Armenian Genocide” installation consists of three parts.

Sophia Gasparian’s childlike aesthetic juxtaposed with social satire suggest the final process of healing from the denied death trauma. Survival of the “unwanted” and the ability of the oppressed to contribute to the newly adopted culture are signs of social triumph over historic evil. “Requiem For the Forgotten: The Armenian Genocide” includes Gasparian’s collaborations with Los Angeles based fellow artists Lydia Emily, Terri Berman, Daisuke Okamoto, Douglas Alvarez, Farzad Kohan and LeNic, addressing Native American Genocide, the current AIDS epidemic, terrorist feared world and the declaration of Jihad (holy war) on ignorance and institutionalized oppression. Harmonic collaborations amongst these artists, the gallery and the audience are a form of a non-violent discourse.

Zareh addresses the historical events of the 1915 Armenian Genocide while Kaloust Guedel’s masterfully executed and emotionally charged work provides the immediate and primal confrontation.

Arpiné Shakhbandaryan maps world genocide sites with a focus on the Armenian Genocide.

Show Closes Nov. 6th 

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