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Dia de los Muertos Events this Weekend 27th & 28th

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8th Annual Festival de los Gente
Saturday the 27th 11am - 10pm and Sunday the 28th 11am - 8pm
On the streets of LA at the historic 6th street bridge
Festival de la Gente is a community-based Event in a Historic Venue featuring Live Entertainment, Arts and Crafts altars, in a carnivale-like atmosphere for families with children. The event will feature live music, art exhibits, teatro performances, storytelling, arts and crafts demonstrations and traditional latin-American and international cuisine. The 6th Street Bridge provides the perfect backdrop for Festival de la Gente to create a carnivale-like atmosphere featuring Arte Calidad’s fabulous inventory of papel maché puppets, such as 80-foot calaveras (skeletons), a 20-foot feathered serpent and a 20-foot Aztec sun.

In conjunction with the festival, Gabriel Baltera will be hosting the Day of the Dead Car Show. Spectators can check it out at the East end of the bridge at Whittier and Boyle heights. Cars entering the show need to meet at the West end of of the bridge at 6th and Mateo. Saturday registration and car placement take place between 1:00pm and 2:30pm. Sunday 11:00am to 12:30pm. Registration for cars is $20, and $10. for motorcycles. No alcohol allowed on the bridge. For car show information, contact Gabriel at 213-369-0281. (Road closed From Boyle and Whittier to Mateo & 6th.)

Hollywood Forever
Saturday, Oct 27th 4pm
6000 Santa Monica Blvd. Hollywood, 323-447-0999
This has prehaps become the Dia de los Muertos festival in Los Angeles. Starting at 4pm with a ceremonial procession, Hollywood Forever presents an entire day of ceremonial dancing and traditional music, ending at 11pm. There will also be a theatrical production, an art exhibition, vendors, and an altar contest.

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DIA DE LOS MUERTOS: Cuentos de mi Familia
Sunday, Oct 28th 1:00 pm
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, (310) 455-3723 Puppets help tell the story of the Mexican holiday that honors the dead. This interactive play uses the traditions of the Day of the Dead celebration to tell stories distinctive to the Latin American Experience. A boy named Alex is hoping to be able to commune with the spirit of his Abuelo as part of the upcoming Day of the Dead celebration. When the spirit of Alex's grandfather arrives, the two create a traditional offrenda and begin to share a favorite story of their heritage (told in the comedia style of Teatro Campesino), The piece involves many opportunities for young audience members to take part - including participation in the initial butterfly dance, singing of Cielito Lindo in Spanish, playing of instruments during the story of Musicians of the Sun, and the taking on of masked characters.

Dias de los Muertos Noche de Ofrenda Saturday, October 28, 5p ? 12midnightRock Rose Gallery, 4108 N Figueroa St, Sycamore Grove
Noche de Ofrenda (Night of Offering) - This is an opportunity to bring remembrances of your loved ones and create your own altar or contribute to the community altar. Paper cut into small houses, as our theme this year is Coming Home, will be available to write a message to a departed loved one or just you sentiments of the moment. Altars can be simple or complex. We'll be there to help your create your own personal altar if you've never done it before. The altar de muertos is the ofrenda that family and/or friends prepare for the annual return of their dead loved ones that consists of the table or area decorated to hold the offerings (food, beverage, candies, etc.).
Dias de los Muertos Workshops/Market VII

Sunday, Sugar Skull Workshop and Mercado
October 28, 12noon ? 4p
The Acorn Gallery, 135 N Avenue 50, Highland Park, CA
This is the seventh in a series of Talleres (Workshops) & Mercados (Markets) leading up to Dias de los Muertos. Begin your holiday shopping early. Create some Dias de los Muertos (Days of the Dead) arte & artisania.

The Mercado features local artists/artisans who can create that special one-of-a-kind gift for you if you don't see what you want. We look forward to your participation in this and the other up-coming Mercados/Talleres (one every Sunday through October 29) & the other events scheduled for Dias de los Muertos.

Edith Abeyta - Sugar Skull Decorating - 12 - 2pm
Jennifer Murphy - Paper Bag Calaveras Puppets - 12 - 3:30pm
Karen Lockert - Black Magic Pictures - 12:30 - 2pm
Carol Colin - Chalk Drawing - 1 - 4pm
Patty Sue Jones - Tin Painting - 2 - 4pm
Karen Lockert - Pumpkin Carving - 2 - 4pm

Come experience a hands-on workshop for the whole family in preparation for Dia de los muertos (Day of the Dead) with the making of Sugar Skulls! It is a centuries old tradition in Mexico that plays an important symbolic role in this holiday. You are welcomed to join us to tribute some time to this fun and mysterious holiday. Sugar Skull Workshop Hosted by Norma


Folk Tree - Pasadena
The Folk Tree is located at 217 South Fair Oaks Avenue, minutes walking distance from the Gold Line's Del Mar station, and just south of Old Pasadena. Hours are: M-W, 11-6; Th-Sat, 10-6; Sun, 12-5. For more information, call 626/795-8733 or 626/793-4828.
The 24th Annual Day of the Dead Altars and Ephemera Exhibition is on view at The Folk Tree from October 6 - November 3, 2007. The show features traditional and other altars as well as work by local artists and Mexican folk art commemorating this major holiday.
DÌa de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), which falls on November 1 and 2, is a Mexican holiday honoring the dead. Ritualized worship of the dead has been practiced in Mexico since at least 1800 B.C. The modern holiday is a combination of pre-Hispanic and Catholic influences. Day of the Dead participants prepare elaborate feasts and create altars paying homage to the dead, and they indulge in festive celebrations of life and its aftermath. A time of reflection as well, the holiday has inspired a rich folk art tradition.

In honor of these dates, The Folk Tree annually invites Los Angeles artists to assemble altars for people or events of significance to them. Highly personal, these altars often include photographs and other mementos, letters, candles and offerings of food. In addition to lost loved ones, in the past artists have created altars for victims of tragedies and violence, for well-known figures who have died, as well as for family pets.

Through Thursday, November 2, 9 pm
Olvera Street 213.625.7074
The Olvera Street Merchants present: Novenaria
Wednesday, October 25 through Thursday, November 2, 7 - 9p
Kiosko, Olvera Street, El Pueblo Historical Monument, 125 Paseo de la Plaza, LA, CA

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The pre-Columbian Novenario is part of the Olvera Street Merchant's Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festivities. This traditional Novenaria (nine-night) procession is a traditional pre-Columbian procession evokes special memories of deceased loved ones with colorful pageantry, indigenous blessings and lively music. Following each procession, free pan de muerto (sweet bread) and champurrado (a Mexican hot beverage) will be served.
Mexican Cultural Institute, in partnership with Olvera Street Merchants Association and El Pueblo Historical Monument present musical performances immediately after the Novenario
at Placita de Dolores, Olvera Street
Monday, Oct. 30 - Fitter, Latin Rock & Experimental
Tuesday, Oct. 31 - Caf? Con Tequila & Awesome Possum, Shoegaze
Wednesday, Nov. 1 - Raskahuele, Latin Ska/Reggae
Thursday Nov. 2 - Calavera 27, Performance Art Piece, starring Marisol Hernandez y los Hermanos Carlos.

Bob Baker's marionette extravaganza
Sat, Oct 27 2:30 pm Sun, Oct 28 2:30 pm Tue, Oct 30 10:30 am Wed, Oct 31 10:30 am Thu, Nov 1 10:30 am, Fri, Nov 2 10:30 am
FIESTA! Bob Baker Marionette Theater Fri,
1345 W. First St., Los Angeles, (213) 250-9995
Stringed sombreros, cacti and skeletons come to life. I'm not sure how related to Dia de los Muertos it will be, but you know it will be surreal.