Sun-Oct30-2016-DayoftheDeadWe’ve got some Día de los Muerto (Day of the Dead) events today…and some music and dance too.


In Silverlake…

Pop by La Luz de Jesus Gallery, today and tomorrow for Morbid Anatomy Weekend, a pop-up series of Macabre Subjects.

It’s the 2nd and final day of a two day celebration of book signings and weekend symposiums from 12-6 pm..

Sat-Oct29-sunOct30-2016-LALuzdeJesusJoin Morbid Anatomy in Los Angeles for their first California pop-up consisting of a party, special tours, and an all-day symposium at fabulous La Luz de Jesus featuring Megan Rosenbloom of the Norris Medical Library of the USC; Morbid Anatomy Museum co-founders Tracy Hurley Martin and Joanna Ebenstein & founding board member Tonya Hurley; Morbid Anatomy Museum scholar in residence Elizabeth Harper; Gross America author Richard Faulk, and many more!

The symposium at La Luz de Jesus will include films on Victorian taxidermy tableaux of kitten weddings and tearful cemetery pilgrimages; illustrated talks on macabre Catholic relics, 1960s televangalist Miss Velma, books bound in human skin; a multimedia spoken-word performance devoted to Kraftwerk; and much more!

Tickets are $25; CLICK HERE to purchase, or see a schedule of events.

What: Opening reception

Where: La Luz de Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd. LA 90027

When: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Phone: 323-666-7667



The City of Santa Monica presents its fifth annual Día de los Muertos celebration. The family-friendly event focuses on the activities that are part of this traditional celebration of life and death. The event opens with a procession and ceremonial blessing by the Aztec dance group Ketzaliztli. The main stage features the colorful and dynamic Mexican folk dances of Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles, accompanied by Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar, and the son jarocho music of Veracruz by the noted East LA band Cambalache. Independent radio journalist and DJ Betto Arcos will emcee and share his own Day of the Dead stories and personal memories.

ASun-Oct30-2016-SM-DayoftheDeaddditional performances include myths, legends, music and poetry by performer and educator Martin Espino, a dance demonstration and workshop with Santa Monica-based Cabeza de Vaca Cultural Dance School and strolling musicians Mariachi Los Dorados de Villa. Attendees can honor a loved one that has passed by making an offering of flowers and contributing stories of loved ones to a communal memory wall. Other activities include a photo booth with La Catrina and El Catrin, calavera face painting and a documentary screening on how families in Mexico prepare for this holiday. Fresh tamales, tacos, churros and aquas frescas will be available for purchase from Los Tamaleros Truck, Salina’s Churro Truck and Tacos Super Gallito Truck.

What: Día de los Muerto
Where: Woodlawn Cemetery, 1847 14th St.
When: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Website: City of SM Event Link


Artist Jackie Nach exhibits work at the National Council of Jewish Women; Reception 2-5pm; National Council of Jewish Women, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., LA 90036; Secure parking available through alley off Clinton Avenue;


In Venice…Team Gallery features a new exhibition from 4-7pm. Team Gallery, 306 Windward Ave., LA 90291;


ISun-Oct30-2016-SPARCn Venice….

SPARC-UCLA presents its annual “Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead” ceremony to honor the dearly departed with the annual ritual of The Calling of the Spirits.

The traditional ceremony will start at 5:30 P.M., guided by UCLA instructor and SPARC’s Artist in Residence, Martha Ramirez-Oropeza, and her UCLA’s César E. Chávez Chicana/o Studies Department students. 

What: Opening reception
Where: SPARC, 685 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
When: 5:30pm – ceremony begins


In Santa Monica…

ThOct27-29-Broadstage-BODYTRAFFIC-MelissaBourkas-by-JoshuaSugiyamae Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica presents BODYTRAFFIC at The Broad Stage, October 27 through 29.  Considered one of America’s most compelling dance companies, BODYTRAFFIC will be performing three works from their new repertory: Death Defying Dances (world premiere), 3 Preludes, and Private Games: Chapter One (preview).

See image: Melissa Bourkas by Joshua Sugiyama

What: Performance
Where: The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage, 1310 11th St. Santa Monica CA 90401.
When:  7:30pm – Sunday, October 29, 2016


In the Mid Wilshire area…

Aperture Duo returns to Craft in America’s Window Concert Series on October 30thfor Context, a night of contemporary American chamber music. Sharing the conversations, inspirations, and contexts of each work, Aperture Duo performs echoes of the Louisiana Creole country, sounds of nascent species, and a song about nuclear destruction. Join us for an evening of storytelling through the lens of the violin and viola with works by Augusta Read Thomas, Bonnie Dobson, two recent commissions by LA composers Noah Meites and Kurt Isaacson, and joined by special guest Terry de Castro.

Sun-Oct30-2016-CraftinAMerica-ApertureDuoAperture Duo brings violin and viola chamber music into focus in the Los Angeles area. Violinist Adrianne Pope and violist Linnea Powell met in 2014 while performing in the LA-based modern music collective, wild Up. After discovering a shared alma mater and a mutual hunger for rarely performed chamber music, they began exploring violin and viola repertoire and formed Aperture Duo in early 2015. With programs ranging from Mozart to Deyoe, Aperture Duo aims to curate concert experiences that juxtapose the old and the new, foster musical connections, and jump-start conversations. Committed to exploring new sounds and pushing the limits of the violin and viola, Aperture Duo actively commissions new works to expand the already existing duo repertoire.

The concert is free. Seating is limited – first come, first serve, so arrive early.

What: Performance, Music
Where: Craft in America, 8415 W. Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048
When: 7:00pm – October 30, 2016
Phone: 323 951 0610