Saturday, October 31, 2009

Dia de los Muertos!

Celebrate the Day of the Dead Sunday, November 1st at the Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington, D.C. The festivities begin at 11:00 am when they unveil the Altar de Muertos designed by artist Humberto Spindola. This altar piece is dedicated to the 17th Century poet Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (Lit 861 J915s), a great contributor to the literary works of the Baroque era. It will be on display through November. The Day of the Dead celebration also features "La Layenda de la Nahuala" (the legend of Nahuala), a scary film for the whole family. In the afternoon Humberto Spindola will give a lecture on the folk art tradition of Mexican Paper, through which he has made a career across the globe. You can make your own paper cut-outs with this book "Mexican Papercutting: simple techniques for creating colorful cut paper projects" (Art 736.98 T793).

Need more from Mexico? Check out two highlights of DC's Latin American film festival: "The Desert Within" and "The Head of Juan Perez" at E Street Cinema. The festival runs through November 7th.

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