Along with the usual gaggle of ghosts and ghouls, Día de los Muertos events can be found across the city this week. Here’s a wrap-up of some of the most enjoyable:
Cahualoy Zempasuchil Inyollocopa (Release Marigolds from the Heart) at Centro Cultural Aztlan, 803 Castroville, the first organization to re-introduce the centuries-old tradition to the Alamo City in 1977, at 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2. Galería Expresión will feature altares y ofrendas created by Carolina G. Flores and other local artists, exploring the complex yet brief life of the Zempasuchil (marigold) that symbolizes the short nature of our own lives.
Jump-Start Performance Co., 108 Blue Star, features Altares in its November exhibit. Local and national artists will display work in an annual tribute to San Antonio’s month long Day of the Dead celebrations. The opening reception is 6-8 p.m. Friday, November 4.
Bare Bones, a mixed-media exhibit of sculptural dioramas, shadow boxes, a bone temple, and sculptural Day of the Dead clocks, will be on display at StoneMetal Press, 1420 S. Alamo, through November 20.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 S. Bowie, presents an ofrenda dedicated as a tribute to the fallen heroes of the war in Iraq, where relatives remember loved ones with homemade shrines. The exhibit will be on display through November 20; admission $7 adults, $4 children.
Mission San Jose, 704 E. Pyron, is hosting a free, two-day event with activities and exhibits explaining the history behind Día de los Muertos and its symbols. The event will run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. October 30 and 31.
Alameda Theater, 318 W. Houston, features free live entertainment noon-7 p.m. Saturday, October 29. Food booths, arts and craft vendors, and children’s activities will surround the Alameda. There will be live music all day, with Los Olvidados, and Día de los Muertos Dancers performing at 7 p.m. •