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A Celebration of

Life and Death

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n the first two days of November, the dead come back to visit the living. Guided by candlelight and the aroma of flor de muertos, or cempasúchil — commonly known as marigolds — they return to family and friends who gather at cemeteries to celebrate cherished memories in an annual event known as El Panteón. The living create altars for the returning dead, filled with food and drink to refresh them after a long journey and personal mementos that made them happy in life. It is a time to embrace death as a continuation of life, albeit in a different form. “In Mexico, it’s a very cherished tradition,” says Marie Acosta, artistic and executive director of the Latino Center of Art and Culture. “You dance with death, you drink with death, and it’s a way of approaching death with what I guess in the United States would be considered a macabre humor. But it really isn’t! It really is a way to celebrate life and death and honor your loved ones.” Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, can trace its roots thousands of years back to Mesoamerican culture. Elements of indigenous beliefs

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survived Spain’s colonization and blended with Catholic influences to create the Mexican holiday as it’s known today. Here in the United States, the Chicano movement of the 1970s — sparked in part by Sacramento’s Royal Chicano Air Force artist collective — ushered in a resurgence of cultural pride both in social justice and the arts. Today, Sacramento has a multitude of Día de los Muertos celebrations for everyone to enjoy. Thousands of people — Chicano or not — can admire adoring altars, decorate and dedicate sugar skulls, eat authentic food and enjoy traditional music. “We all die, right? Nobody is exempt from that!” Acosta says. “We want to share, we want to give to our community and other communities, the force, the beauty and the heritage of Día de los Muertos.”

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over artist Raul Mejia has his feet firmly planted in two different worlds. Born in Mexico City and naturalized in California, his paintings blend the kinds of iconic images from folk art and mass media that permeate both cultures. We sat down with Mejia to learn about his history as an artist and what most inspires him.

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When did you realize you had a talent for painting? When I was a child I got really good at drawing The Simpsons. I would draw my friends as Simpsons characters and sell it to them for 50 cents. I used to make comic books and I was really into drawing X-Men. I was basically learning how to draw figures, where the muscles went. Then later it became more realistic, more precise.

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Does your Día de los Muertos style draw particular inspiration from Mexican folk art? Yes, José Posada. He created a certain kind of look to the skeletons and his line work inspired me a lot. But so did Picasso’s. Also some [influence] was coming from unknown Mexican graphic artists that were mimicking Posada. I think the importance of the line comes more from people with no formal training, like myself. So line art was very to-the-point, no pun intended I guess.

Sometimes your paintings have a pop art style. Oh, absolutely, but it depends on the commission. A lot of time it’s someone else’s ideas that influence the style I choose. Sometimes I go with more of a pop art feel, and sometimes highly illustrated.

What else inspires your work? My parents. They never had the same opportunities. And my daughter. She has been my anchor in continuing to do art. I want to show her that the American dream does exist, but you have to fight for it.

Discover more of Mejia’s artwork — including his new Día de los Muertos coloring book — at www.raulmejia.com.

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Celebrate Mexican culture through a variety of mediums, including sugar skulls, altars and offerings. Enjoy original artwork from Francisco Franco, John S. Huerta, Melissa Jazulin, David Lozeau, and Rob-O through the end of the year and commemorate loved ones by bringing a memento to leave in the community altar. Exhibit runs through Dec. 31. The California Museum, 1020 O St., Sacramento, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. $8.50 general admission. www.californiamuseum.org. La Matadora, courtesy of David Lozeau

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Calaveras y catrinas: A Tribute to José Guadalupe Posada Art Exhibit Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada was well known for his satirical social commentary featuring prints of calaveras, or skulls. Although he died in obscurity in 1913, his work was later lauded as the foundation of modern Mexican art. Exhibit runs through Nov. 6. Sol Collective, 2574 21st St., Sacramento. 2-6 p.m. (Gallery open Tuesday through Friday). www. solcollective.org.

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Noche de Muertos Bring the whole family out for Calidanza Dance Company’s folklorico tribute to Mexico’s Día de los Muertos at the Crocker Art Museum. Watch beautiful ladies representing the dead showcase vibrant costumes from Rory Castillo during the Catrina Catwalk Fashion Show, dance to live music by Orgullo Regional and marvel at liquid light show art by George Holden. Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St., Sacramento. 7 p.m. $12-16. calidanza.org.

Spooktacular de los Muertos This family-friendly Día de los Muertos-inspired Halloween celebration combines the best of both holidays! Trunk-or-treat with Sacramento Sheriff’s Youth Services Unit, enjoy Ballet Folklorico dancing by Instituto Mazatlan Bellas Artes (IMBA) dancers, games crafts and treats. Swanston Community Center, 2350 Northrop Ave., Sacramento. 5-8 p.m. Free. www.morpd.com.

Saturday, Oct. 29 Sugar Skull workshop Vibrant and ornate sugar skulls are quintessential symbols of the Día de los Muertos celebration and reflect the holiday’s joyful and celebratory spirit. Learn how to decorate your own sugar skull, or calaveras de azúcar in a hands-on workshop led by artist Rob-O. The California Museum, 1020 O St., Sacramento. Workshops held at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. $20 (advanced registration required). www. californiamuseum.org/skull-workshop-2016.

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Friday, Oct. 28 Ghost Tours Explore Old Sacramento’s haunted underbelly on a guided tour of infamous sites. Catch a glimpse of Gold Rush-era spooks, murder victims and colorful characters on this hour-long adventure that goes rain or shine and runs every half hour. Sacramento History Museum, 101 I St., Old Sacramento. Tours run every half hour from 6-9 p.m. $10-15. sachistorymuseum.org.

Calaveras Corn Fall Festival Celebrate both Día de los Muertos and Halloween while supporting a good cause! From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy carnival games, a kids’ costume contest, hayrides, petting zoo and a bilingual haunted house! From 3 to 6:30 p.m., adults can indulge in the Mezcal Cantina Experience with great food and live music. Proceeds benefit La Familia Counseling Center and Help Chiapas. Casa de Español, 1101 R St., Sacramento. 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Free. casadeespanol.org.

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Spookomotive Train Rides Dress up as your favorite witch or wizard and take a ride on a diesel-powered locomotive. On-board entertainment and a sweet treat are included! Trains depart every hour and advance reservations are recommended. California State Railroad Museum, 125 I St., Sacramento. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $3-25. www.californiarailroad.museum.

Día de los Muertos: Skulls and Skeletons print making Skulls and skeletons are important emblems of Día de los Muertos and are often depicted in colorful, festive ways. Learn how to make your own prints in a workshop led by Luis R. Campos-Garcia. Sol Collective, 2574 21st St., Sacramento. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Donation. www.solcollective.org.

Halloween Festival and Pooch Parade Don’t forget to include your four-legged friends this Halloween! This dog- and family-friendly event includes costume contests with prizes, a pop-up dog park, arts and crafts, live music and a pooch parade at 2 p.m. Front Street Animal Shelter will be there with plenty of potential new family members. Marshall Park, 915 27th St., Sacramento. 1-4 p.m. Free. www.exploremidtown.org.

Monday, Oct. 31 Trunk-or-Treat Don your Halloween costume and bring the whole family to Elevate Life Church for their annual Halloween Trunk-orTreat event. 7350 Palmer House Road, Sacramento. 6-9 p.m. Free. www.elevatelifechurch.com.

wednesday, Nov. 2 Día de los Muertos oak Park Celebrate Día de los Muertos Oak Park! Enjoy altars on display at several businesses, live music, traditional dance performances, food, art and free crafts for kids. Brickhouse Gallery, 2837 36th St. Sacramento. 5-9 p.m. Free. www.dayofthedeadop.com.

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Saturday, Nov. 5 5th Annual Souls of the City Come to Old Sacramento to learn about the cultural traditions of Día de los Muertos. Be there when Aztec dancers Kalpulli Maquilli Tonatiuh start off the celebration with a lighting of the altar and stay to enjoy interactive community altars, live music, food, art and family activities. Sacramento History Museum, 101 I St., Old Sacramento. 6-10 p.m. Free. sachistorymuseum.org.

7th annual El Panteón de Sacramento Enjoy authentic food, traditional dance, music and admire intimately personal altars at this two-day event run by the Latino Center of Art and Culture. Peruse authentic artesanía vendors or decorate your own sugar

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early 400 bike enthusiasts and calacas descended upon midtown en masse for Sacramento Cyclefest’s Día de los Muertos bike ride last week. The event, sponsored by Corona and Modelo, is an annual event that has become increasingly popular over the past four years. “It’s an easy ride, anybody can do it,” says Ted Florez, event organizer. “People come out with their tricycles, people come out with their mountain bikes, people come out with their road bikes, with custom cruisers or their store-bought cruisers. It’s a slow ride that’s made for anybody.”

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The event kicked off at Suzie Burger in midtown on Oct. 23. Participants cruised through multiple eateries, including Centro Cocina Mexicana, Mango’s, Taqueria Jalisco, El Rey on K and Tequila Museo Mayahuel. While Cyclefest holds monthly bike rides, their annual Día de los Muertos ride is a popular one that attracts hundreds of riders from throughout California. “This one is a little more special because I think the people like Day of the Dead and Halloween — we mix it all together and have a good time,” Florez says. “It’s just a good vibe, a good environment that brings people out and brings people together. We’ve got people from as far as Southern California, from Napa, from the San Jose area, they just come out and have a good time.” Diego Santiago of Sacramento says that laid-back atmosphere is what keeps him coming back every year. “Everybody just wants to have a good time and have fun,” Santiago says. “Everybody is here to ride and respect each other’s bikes and give out a few compliments. That’s what it’s all about.”

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