This celebration is a matter of life and death
This weekend, many Midlands Latinos will celebrate the Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos. This celebration is not Halloween; there will be no Freddy Kruger masks or haunted houses.
It’s a joyful commemoration of those who have passed away. There will be festivities all over the Omaha and Lincoln area. Check out a few.
Celebracion Dia de los Muertos Art Show — Day of the Dead Celebration and Costume Party
Where: Drips, 1010 S. Main St., Suite 100, Council Bluffs
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Enjoy a Day of the Dead celebration with a costume party and a number of deep house DJs. DJ Pacman and Aaron Lee of Denver will perform along with lowercase tres, a Council Bluffs-based performer.
Baile del Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead Dance)
Where: Guaca Maya Restaurant and Nightclub, 5002 S. 33rd St.
When: Friday, 9 p.m.
Learn how to paint a traditional Mexican sugar skull and check out a performance from the Ballet Folklorico Xiotal. DJ Gato will spin through the night.
Community Ofrenda Celebration
Where: Plaza de La Raza, 24th and N Streets
When: Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.
Honor loved ones who have passed away by bringing an item to add to this community altar.
Dia de Muertos Exhibit and Papel Picado Workshop
Where: El Museo Latino, 4701 S. 25th St.
When: Workshop Saturday, 12:30 p.m. Exhibit open through Nov. 16
Cost: Workshop, $6.
Check out a large ofrenda, an altar to honor the dead, as well as a video that explains Day of the Dead. The museum’s gift shop also has papel picado, a traditional cut-paper craft, as well as hand-painted skulls and some made of sugar and chocolate. The museum will have a papel picado workshop on Saturday, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., and also on Nov. 9 and 16.
Mexican Cultural Arts Center Presents: Laughing at Dead
Where: Metropolitan Community College, Fort Omaha Campus Building 21, 3200 Sorensen Parkway
When: Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Adults, $10. Students, teenagers and senior citizens, $5.
Traditional marimba music will be played by Comunidad Maya Pixan to kick off this celebration. Then, Ballet Folklorico Xiotal will perform a piece choreographed by Hector Moreno, the artistic director of the Mexican Cultural Arts Center. Visual art from local artists including Paul Konchagulian, Bart Vargas, Ronee Smith and others will be on display. Ofrendas have been assembled over the course of the exhibit.
Loom Weaves Day of the Dead
Where: House of Loom, 1012 S. 10th St.
When: Saturday, 8 p.m.
Performer Karma LiLoLa will put on a brief performance with local musicians, and Brent Crampton will play Latin-inspired dance music. There will also be traditional elements including an ofrenda, sugar skulls, marigolds, necklaces and face-painting.
Festival de los Muertos
Where: Sheldon Museum of Art, 12th and R Streets, Lincoln
When: Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
The Sheldon continues the celebration of Dia de los Muertos in Lincoln. There will be music by Mariachi Zapata and a play put together by the Lincoln High School theater department. A community ofrenda will be on site, as well as opportunities to make art and enjoy traditional foods. Fiesta Mexicana of the Heartland will also perform folkloric dance.