Stop by Galería and learn how the sugar skull process is done.
Daytime Program: sugar skull workshops, artist bazaar, facepainting and screenprinting
Saturday, November 2
Last Call: join The Sugar Skull Gallery at Galería de la Raza through this Saturday, November 2 for all your sugar skull decorating workshop and supplies needs! The last three days for this annual workshop are Thursday through Saturday this week, with extended hours on Saturday for the celebration. Workshops are led by founder Michele Simons, a long-time San Francisco resident and artist. This year marks five years of The Sugar Skull Gallery in operation – join Simons in creating these fantastic, sweet characters and sharing a passion and expertise with the community. Workshops fee: $10 for adults and $5 children, and includes all materials and decorating supplies.
In Studio 24, Galería presents artists Raul Aguilar, Emmanuel Montoya and Martha Rodriguez featuring an array of Día de los Muertos-inspired wares, jewelry, paintings, apparel, and more for sale. The artists will be on-site in addition to Adrien Segal, who is a professional artist based in Oakland and will be doing calaca face painting starting at 3pm. Sittings are $10-$15 sliding scale, depending on design and are on a drop-in basis.
Lastly, a free screenprinting demo will be led by Dennis Maxwell lead artist of Galería's current billboard titled Funeral Procession for the Death of the Mission. “The Mission is suffering. The forced displacement that many families and residents of this neighborhood are going through has reached a critical level. These families have not only lived here for many years but have also contributed the formation of the identity of our neighborhood. Today, this identity is being attacked by corporate developers and speculators and new residents, who arrive ready to pay ridiculous sums of money for rent and the purchase of a home.” Join Maxwell between 5pm-7pm in front of the current billboard (off of Bryant Street) and bring a favorite clothing item to be screenprinted.
AltEres ~ Un Cabaret de Muertos
Saturday, November 2
Galería de la Raza, in collaboration with La Pocha Nostra and Ginger Murray, are pleased to present an evening of radical performance providing a one-night subversive presentation. By infusing this beloved tradition with political commentary and a radical aesthetic, all the while still honoring the death of loved ones, Un Cabaret de Muertos explores contemplating concepts such as the cultural death of the Mission District, the transitory artistic communities of San Francisco, as well as more global issues of border violence and immigration. The show will also celebrate altars, altered states, altered personas, and the culture of the Mission. We encourage all visitors to bring a momento/offering for the community altar that will be built throughout the night.
Cabaret VIP Hour - ticket includes a tasty bowl of pozolé
Featuring host Ester Hernández (a.k.a Sun Mad), Chola Con Cello and Sin Nombre
Featuring performances by La Chica Boom, Russian Rulette, Gita Srinivasan, Denise Benavides, Jadelynn Stahl, Liliana Herrera, Las Bomberas de la Bahía* and emcee Ginger Murray
* The performance by Los Bomberas de la Bahía marks their sixth year anniversary. Fun fact: their first performance as a group was at Galería de la Raza for Dia de los Muertos in 2007!
Concurrently occurring in the main gallery will be the "Death of the Mission" Living Altar art installation, with work by Amanda Lopez as a backdrop. Through transgressively ethereal performances and offerings we will honor the beauty of death and life.
(Image: Courtesy Galería de la Raza)