Dia de los Muertos Celebration is Happening at The Pearl for Two Days
Pearl announces a two-day Dia de los Muertos Celebration, which will be held on Wednesday, November 1 and Thursday, November 2. The first annual Día de los Muertos event will feature a community altar, a community procession, altars created by local artists, traditional contemporary music and theatre performances, children’s crafts, programming and collaborations with traditional food vendors. Pearl will transform the grounds to reflect traditions of the Mexican holiday, which pays homage to deceased family and friends. Customary flowers, installations and papel picado unique to Día de los Muertos will be found throughout the campus including ofrendas, live mariachi music, a formal procession and sugar skull making.
Wednesday, November 1: The first day focuses on children’s workshops and performances. From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m, kids can enjoy calavera face painting by Hippy’s FX, crafts by Southwest School of Art and Magik Theatre and milkshakes from Honeysuckle Tea Time. On stage, literary artist Carmen Tafolla will read and serve as emcee followed by readings from Erica Prosper Nirenberg and Jonah Nirenberg. Mexican musical performers include Los Inocentes and Conjunto Taller. Finally, ‘La Catrina de Mexico’ Bertha Sandoval will speak about the rich Mexican tradition at Hotel Emma library.
Thursday, November 2: Festivities on the second day run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Altar artists will be on site to discuss their work from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Kristin Forrester will kick off the performance program with a reading and will serve as emcee. At 6 p.m., the community at large is invited to join in on a formal procession around the Pearl campus. The live music line up consists of the all-female mariachi group Las Coronelas followed by San Antonio native and Latin roots rocker, Patricia Vonne. Complimentary paletas – frozen treats authentic to San Antonio – will also be available courtesy of La Paleteria and pan de muerto will be for sale by local favorite Mexican bakery, Panifico.
All guests are encouraged to bring a photo or memento and participate in the community altars on both days.
“We’re so excited to transform our space and collaborate with local businesses and artists to offer Pearl’s first annual Día de los Muertos celebration,” said Pearl Chief Marketing Officer Elizabeth Fauerso.
Pearl has collaborated with local artists and community based organizations for the event, including Calavera stilt walkers by the Guadalupe Dance Company. The altars, which historically represent offerings to loved ones passed, have been created by The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Art Pace, Regina Moya, Franco Mondini-Ruiz, Cruz Ortiz, and Cristina Sosa Noriega.
For more information, visit http://atpearl.com/happenings/dia-de-los-muertos
ABOUT DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS: Following the days after Halloween, Día de los Muertos, which translates into “Day of The Dead”, honors family and friends who have passed away with lively and colorful festivities. A tradition dating back thousands of years in Mexico, the event celebrates death on All Saints Day, Nov. 1, historically known to welcome souls of children that have passed on. The second day, All Souls Day, falls on November 2 and welcomes the lost souls of adults. Traditional decorations include sugar skills, candles, marigolds and bright colors. Family members decorate altars with ofrendas or “offerings” of the favorite food, drinks and clothes of their deceased loved ones.
ABOUT PEARL: Pearl, located north of downtown San Antonio, provides a unique experience as a top culinary and cultural destination. The mixed-use space retail, dining, picturesque green spaces, paseos riverside amphitheater, and the third campus of The Culinary Institute of America. As a former brewery operating from 1883 to 2001, Pearl reflects a vivid past while embracing the future with LEED-certified complexes mixed with historic architecture.
The 22-acre Pearl site is home to the recently opened Bottling Department, The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio, the year-round Pearl Farmers Market, Hotel Emma, and its restaurant Supper. Pearl restaurants include the newly opened Botika by Executive Chef Geronimo Lopez, Il Sogno Osteria, by CIA graduate and James Beard Award-nominated chef Andrew Weissman; La Gloria by CIA graduate chef Johnny Hernandez; Nao Latin Gastro Bar, from The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio; Blue Box Bar; The Boiler House Texas Grill and Wine Garden; The Granary ‘Cue and Brew; Cured; Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery; Bakery Lorraine; Local Coffee; Lick Honest Ice Creams, Green Vegetarian Cuisine, and the High Street Wine Co.
Pearl is also known for its shops, including The Sporting District, Roo & Me, Melissa Guerra Latin American Kitchen store, The Twig Book Shop, Hiatus Spa + Retreat, The Tiny Finch, Adelante Boutique, Ten Thousand Villages, LeeLee Shoes, Dos Carolinas, Leighelena, Niche Boutique, The Synergy Studio, and Bike World. Notable office tenants at Pearl include San Antonio Hispanic Chamber, Nature Conservancy, San Antonio Area Foundation, RBC Securities, The CE Group, Inc., WestEast Design Group, KGB Texas, and The San Antonio Business Journal. The Can Plant offers urban contemporary apartments with a place in history. Event spaces include the historic Pearl Stable and the more contemporary Pearl Studio. For more information visit www.atpearl.com.