Sweet solem­nity

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media -

This time of year, the souls of de­parted friends and fam­ily mem­bers are said to be within easy reach of the liv­ing. Prayers, dances, pro­ces­sions, feasts, and of­fer­ings honor and call out to the dead and bring com­fort to those left be­hind through an ar­ray of me­mory-spark­ing sounds, fla­vors, and col­ors. The Día de los Muer­tos cel­e­bra­tion is a party with rit­u­al­is­tic pur­pose, and the oc­ca­sion has long been an im­por­tant part of Santa Fe’s cre­ative and cul­tural his­tory. Solem­nity meets joy this week­end as Day of the Dead events abound, and in the City of Holy Faith, there’s some­thing to sat­isfy ev­ery soul.

From 5 to 10 p.m. Fri­day, Oct. 29, the Academy for Technology and the Clas­sics, Ware­house 21, and lo­cal stu­dents in­volved in a gaystraight al­liance or­ga­ni­za­tion present a Day of the Dead cel­e­bra­tion at W21 (1614 Paseo de Per­alta, 989-4423). View com­mu­nity and stu­dent

shrines as well as en­ter­tain­ment by the Santa Fe Youth Sym­phony mari­achi group, hip-hop artist Man­nie, fire per­former Max, DJ Skit­tles, and oth­ers. Higuchi Ak­i­hiro’s horror film Long Dream screens at 8 p.m. The pub­lic event is meant to shed light on teen bul­ly­ing and the high num­ber of re­cent teen sui­cides in the LGBT com­mu­nity. There is no charge, and all ages are wel­come.

From 1 to 4 p.m. Sun­day, Oct. 31, the Mu­seum of In­ter­na­tional Folk Art (706 Camino Lejo, Mu­seum Hill, 476-1200) presents its an­nual all-ages Day of the Dead event, which in­cludes sugar-skull dec­o­rat­ing, nicho mak­ing, live en­ter­tain­ment by the Los Niños de Santa Fe dance troupe (per­for­mances at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.), and small tastes of tra­di­tional Día de los Muer­tos foods, such as pan de muerto and Mex­i­can hot choco­late. A “Tree of Life” is avail­able for those who wish to write a mes­sage on a leaf hon­or­ing a de­ceased loved one, and stu­dents from the Santa Fe School of Art & De­sign sell José Guadalupe Posada-style broad­sheets for 25 cents. The event is by mu­seum ad­mis­sion, no charge for ages 16 and un­der or New Mex­ico res­i­dents with I.D.

Bread of the dead: pan de muerto at Ware­house 21

Roll them bones in sugar: candy skulls

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