Posts tagged with the keyword: ‘Day of the Dead’


2015 Halloween: Fun & Frightful

2015 Halloween: Fun & Frightful
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Trick or treating, movies, a Fall Fest, and a Mad Monster Party. It’s Halloween 2015. In case plans are still in flux, here are a few options… Tricks, a Flick & (Free) Family Pix, Saturday, Oct. 31st, 5-8 p.m. One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena. One Colorado in Old Pasadena welcomes costumed kids to meet […]

Shakespeare’s Horrors, Wicked Lit, Altars & Growl-o-ween

Shakespeare’s Horrors, Wicked Lit, Altars & Growl-o-ween

We of a certain age are too old for trick or treating, and for that we are grateful. And though it’s enjoyable now to sit on the porch with a glass of wine and dole out candy, being witness to some marvelous costumes—from wee ones who can hardly walk to teenagers the size of refrigerators—Halloween […]

Dollmakers III

Dollmakers III

Dolls. Everywhere dolls. Dolls that are cute and whimsical. Dolls that are mystical and seem imparted with soul. Dolls that are odd and quirky. Dolls that are peculiar and disturbing. Dozens of artists—local, national, and some of our Canadian neighbors—will show and sell individually-crafted, handmade art dolls and sculptures at Cactus Gallery’s “Dollmakers III” exhibit, along with “Día de […]

The Art of Honoring the Dead

The Art of Honoring the Dead

El Día de Los Muertos, the tradition of honoring loved ones, which can be traced back thousands of years to the pre-Columbian era, has inspired innumerable creative expressions. The building of ofrendas, making detailed sugar skulls and tissue paper flowers, masks, and calacas (skeletons) are symbols of lasting love and a desire to honor a particular individual. The […]

Make a Day of the Dead Altar @ Ave. 50 Studio

Make a Day of the Dead Altar @ Ave. 50 Studio

Candles are lit to welcome the spirit back. Marigolds or cempasúchitl symbolize death but their strong fragrance “also help lead the dead back.” Salt represents the continuance of life. Pan de muerto is a symbol of the departed. A glass of water is offered as souls are thirsty “after their long journey from the Other […]

Honoring Ancestors on el Día de los Muertos

Honoring Ancestors on el Día de los Muertos

We posted about The Folk Tree’s annual Día de los Muertos exhibit that opened on October 5th. Now, on the actual day of the holiday, Saturday, November 2nd, The Folk Tree will host a whole afternoon of festivities. 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Music by Martin Espino, traditional sounds inspired by indigenous cultures of the Americas 1-5 p.m.: […]

Day of the Dead at Zona Rosa

Day of the Dead at Zona Rosa

The sign (to the right) says it all. Blue Milagro will transform the Pasadena Playhouse Courtyard into a Mexican Zocolo where artists and the community can taste sugar skulls, smell fresh marigolds, make thematic art with Little June Bugs, enjoy children’s calaca face painting, drink horchata from El Portal, eat Norma’s handmade tacos, see traditional […]

Drop Dead Gorgeous

Drop Dead Gorgeous

La Catrina cometh. Mictecacihuatl, the goddess, the “Lady of the Dead,” presides over us during Día de los Muertos. Many peoples worldwide honor loved ones who have died by building altars with their favorite foods and beverages, pictures of the beloved, as well as marigolds, candles, and memorabilia “to encourage visits by the souls, so the […]

Day of the Dead at Cactus Gallery

Day of the Dead at Cactus Gallery

It’s a ritual that goes back 3,000 years. It’s Dia de los Muertos, a national holiday in Mexico (and many other countries around the world) to pray for and remember friends and family who have died. This celebration involves the building of private altars that honor the deceased. They are usually intricately decorated and include […]

Art’s a Driving Force at Cactus

Art’s a Driving Force at Cactus

Six and a half years ago, Sandra Mastroianni went down to Puerto Iguazu, Argentina—the land of waterfalls and butterflies—and fell in love. Literally. She met an artisan, fell in love, returned home, quit her job teaching, and opened Cactus Gallery & Gifts in Eagle Rock. Her initial focus was selling her then-husband Abraham’s jewelry, followed by […]

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