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Although some Dia de los Muertos events were held last weekend, most notably Hollywood Forever and Festival de la Gente, most events will take place on November 2nd, following the traditional date.

Self Help Graphics & Art
November 2nd 3pm - 11pm
3pm exhibition opening
4 - 8pm children's art workshop
4 - 5pm Procession to Self Help Graphics (Gather at Cesar Chavez and Lorena)
6pm Aztec Blessing and Ceremony
6 - 11pm entertainment
This is my favorite Dia de los Muertos Celebration. They seem better able to combine the celebratory and sacred aspects of the holiday than many other events. Plus, they support local artists and provide a strong sense of community. Entertainment provided by Monte Carlo 76, Umoverde, and more!
3802 Cesar E. Chavez Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90063
P:323 881 6444

Tropico de Nopal Gallery - Art Space
NOV 2nd 7 - 11 pm Artists/Opening Reception
OFRENDAS 2007 Day of the Dead Altar-Installations by artists Edith Abeyta, Pola Lopez, Oscar Magallanes, and Robert Quijada.
Exhibition Date NOVEMBER 2 - 17, 2007
1665 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles (Echo Park), CA 90026

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Olvera Street
Although the new manager of Olvera Street has cancelled the "Annual Dia de los Muertos Juried Exhibition" Fiesta Muertos is November 3rd and 4th, with children's workshops, face painting and free entertainment. Noon - 6pm.
Olvera Street, El Pueblo Historical Monument, 125 Paseo de la Plaza, LA, CA 213.625.7074
*In addition, the art exhibit "Sacred Memory: Honoring the Dead Across Cultures" runs October 20-November 17 at the Pico House, 424 North Main Street.
*Meanwhile, the Novenariaprocessions will take place on Olvera Street nightly at 7 PM though November 2nd.
*Mexican Cultural Institute, in partnership with Olvera Street Merchants Association and El Pueblo Historical Monument present musical performances immediately after the Novenario
Wednesday, Nov. 1 - Raskahuele, Latin Ska/Reggae
Thursday Nov. 2 - Calavera 27, Performance Art Piece, starring Marisol Hernandez y los Hermanos Carlos

Bowers Museum
Saturday & Sunday, November 3 and 4, 2007 11am - 4pm
Come join us for two special days of celebration and remembrance. Enjoy the art and traditions of Mexico as we celebrate the Mexican days of the dead, "Dias de Los Muertos."
*Create art projects, decorate sugar skulls, and enjoy delicious tamales, bread of the dead, and hot Mexican chocolate. Have your face painted by the famous Bowers Museum artists.
*View George Newnam's 4th annual display of life-size Skeletons in the Casa de Calaveras - House of Skeletons special exhibit! (An educational, multi-cultural walk-through attraction featuring life-size fully dressed skeleton figures. They are displayed in various costumes and sets from all over the world. Viewers enter the exhibit in total darkness and become totally immersed into each set aided by black lighting, props, and music.)
*See the beautiful ofrendas created by artists: Genevieve Barrios Southgate, Heriberto Luna, Paula Lopez, and Richard Valdez.
*Olga Ponce Furginson, world famous paper cutting artist, demonstrates and teaches the art of Mexican papel picado.
12 and 2pm: Learn how to construct an ofrenda (memorial altar)
12:30: Dance to the joyful sounds of the Mariachi Kids
11:30am and 1:30pm: Folklorico dance by Grupo Los Sonadores
2:45pm: Performance by Xipe Totec Danza Azteca
Explanation of the ofrenda tradition (memorial altar)
Feast on Pan de Muerto and Mexican hot chocolate throughout the day.
2002 N Main St. Santa Ana, CA
Phone: (714) 567-3600

Fowler Out Loud: MEZÇLAÕ
November 1st 6:00 PM
Fowler Museum at UCLA : Park in Lot 4; Enter from Sunset Blvd.
308 Charles E. Young Drive North , Los Angeles , 90095-1549
Cross Streets: Sunset Boulevard / Westwood Boulevard Phone: (310) 825-4361
Get your Day of the Dead celebrations going with the original piece Vida y Muerto by performance group MEZÇLAÕ, who will explore death through living by way of world music, dance, and spoken word.

Highways Performance Space
Nov. 2nd and 3rd @ 8:30pm
Join Highways in Ritual and Celebration for the traditional Mexican Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). First, a ceremony to honor our ancestors + dearly departed, then, the performance of "Calavereando," written by Paulina Sahagun + inspired by the work of the Great Mexican Artist Jose Guadalupe Posada. Followed with pan de muerto, tamales, + music at our Community Altar.
Fri + Sat 8:30pm $20/$15 $10 for Santa Monica Residents
1651 18th Street in Santa Monica, within the 18th Street Arts Center. There is a parking lot and street parking available. 310-315-1459

Antebellum Gallery
Opening reception, Friday, Nov. 2nd 6:00 to 9:00 PM; $5 cover.
Muerto Tea Party, Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 5:00 PM; $10 cover
Dia de los Muertos ¡Erotica!, the first-ever art exhibit offering erotic interpretations of Dia de los Muertos. Castro reached out to artists of all cultures, religions and nationalities and asked for their amatory interpretations of this primarily Latin tradition, seeking to illuminate connections between different communities and the ways they view life, sex, death and spirituality.Both events 18 and older.( N. Las Palmas, Hollywood.

Nov. 2nd 8:30pm
Shady Lady's Dia de los Muertos Show
Shady Lady Smash Fashion Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves Chelsea Doll
11334 Burbank Blvd. NoHo (818) 506-6353

San Fernando Mission???
They used ot have a fantastic Dia de los Muertos event at the San Fernando Mission, where I took the picture posted above. The band CONJUNTO TENOCELOMEH has the following events posted on their calendar:
11/03/07 - "Day of Dead"- San Fernando,CA.
11/04/07- "Day of the Dead"- Pico Adobe- Mission Hills, CA.
However, I can't find anything on any city or event websites, so your guess is as good as mine. Readers? Anyone with info?
10940 Sepulveda Blvd.
Mission Hills, California 91345
(818) 365-7810