I got an email the other day from an individual who works with the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau reminding me that San Antonio also has a large number of events planned for Dia de las Muertos. He suggested that any of my readers who live near there might be interested in taking part in the activities, and he further suggested I might want to do a post about such activities throughout the State.
He is right about that being an interesting post, but in the first place I am only one unfunded blogger, and, more to the point, the scope for this blog is, at the moment, on visual art in El Paso and Juarez. I am giving a plug to San Antonio mainly because if any of you are in that area you might enjoy their events, and I also want to thank him for taking the time to read and respond to my blog. It also seems there are huge celebrations throughout the US. One of the things I find interesting about this is that an underlying idea behind this Mexican celebration is an acknowledgment and a certain comfortableness with death that is at odds with the prevalent view in the US which seems to want to believe that if only you buy the right products you can not only stave off death forever but can do it looking mahvelous darling. Perhaps this is why the celebration I went to at the art museum in Juarez last year, and to which I am going again this year felt so truly organically joyous ratherr than forced. In any case El Paso and Juarez are going all out this year with celebrations. The festival at La Mujer Obrera with musicians and food vendors from Veracruz should be especially wonderful. I also see that the students from Centro Municipal de Artes in Juarez are giving a free perfomance to include dance, theater, and music starting at 6 on Sunday at CEMA in the ex Presidential place behind the Cathedral.
For those of you in other part of Texas like San Antonio or in various States of Mexico where they are having celebrations, go, eat some great food and enjoy all of the activities of this wonderful celebration.-david sokolec