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Cultural Continuum: Dia de los Muertos

Dia De Los Muertos at Mercado La Paloma
Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 6:15pm

Join Mercado La Paloma, a project of Esperanza Community Housing Corporation, throughout October 2012 to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos as a part of our Art and Cultural Program, Cultural Continuum.

October 12th :: Art Opening “Renaissance 2012” :: 7:00-9:00pm

Join us for the opening of our Dia De Los Muertos Art Exhibit, “Renaissance 2012,” curatied by Art Chabolla of Xamanism. The exhibit is centered around the Mayan Calendar’s Baktun cycle, a 144,000 day cycle that ends December 2012. The art pieces will explore the themes of time, death and rebirth including works of Mario Sibaja, Elizabeth Retolaza, Enrique Britto, plus many more.

Oct. 14th: Introduction Into Altar Making Workshop :: 

Participants will learn about the history of altares and their significance to Día de los Muertos, as well as all the components that makes an altar.

October 27th Dia De Los Muertos Artisan workshops: 11am - 4pm: FREE

Participants will build an altar in commemoration of their loved ones.

Participants will create and decorate a classic paper mache calaca mask using traditional techniques.

Participants will learn how to decorate sugar skulls using traditional and new decorating techniques.

Learn the basics of papel picado using simple cutting techniques and templates to create Day of the

Participants will use traditional paper flower making techniques to create flowers made of tissue paper that will be used for decorating the altar and the Día de los Muertos event.

October 28th Dia De Los Muertos Festival: 11:00am-9:00pm: FREE

Esperanza Community Housing Corporation is pleased to partner for a second year with Arturo Chabolla with Xamanism to produce our annual Dia De Los Muertos Celebration. The festival will feature amazing dance and theater performances, along with live music including a special performance by special guest Teca from Tijuana no! and Illiniza playing their unique ancestral sounds plus and many more. We will have both an alter contest and community altar, artisan vendors, face painting, a fixed art exhibit, and amazing food of Mercado la Paloma vendors.


  • Francesca L.
    Francesca L. 4

    Mmmmm. My coworkers wanted to come here for tacos, but I was in the mood for something different. I decided to try the torta pambosa. It's a sandwich where... MORE >

  • Ernest T.
    Ernest T. 4

    Very good, close to USC campus, and in a market... The food is tasty, fast, and the service was friendly. After you eat, you can go shopping right after. MORE >

  • Arrick S.
    Arrick S. 4

    I don't know that I would of stumbled upon Taqueria Vista Hermosa if not for Yelp. What a gem tucked away just a hop and a skip away from USC. The service... MORE >