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Event Pick: El Velorio


Andy MosesLaurie LiptonGreg SiffKelly BergCamille Rose Garcia Linda VallejoAny KapsDave Pressler

Celebrating a decade of dynamic Day of the Dead gatherings in L.A., Antonio Pelayo’s El Velorio touts the largest Dia de Los Muertos themed art show he’s ever assembled, and with curation help from the Weekly’s own arts editor Shana Nys Dambrot, expect to see the city’s top artists interpreting muerto imagery in both traditional and irreverent ways on cross-shaped canvases. (Slideshow here offers a glimpse at the expansive exhibit).

But the visual elements will go beyond the gallery offerings. A classic car show, live art, film screenings (a Carlos Almaraz documentary) and a fashion show will be part of the festivities as well as a chance to become living art yourself via face fainting booths doing embellished skull makeup for guests.

Pelayo also has a knack for crowd-pleasing music bookings to complement his events, and this year the lineup is no exception, with headliner Los Master Plus, and Subsuelo, Mariachi Los Reyes, Folklor Pasion Mexicana, Aztec dancers, DJ Chris Rox, No Where Fast band, Myk Mansun, and Player WON on the bill. There will be prizes for the best dressed Muerto couple, and authentic Mexican food and drinks too.

L.A. Weekly is one of several media partners on the event. Plaza de la Raza, 3540 N Mission Road, Lincoln Heights; $25-$75. antoniopelayoprod.com/el-velorio/.

LA Weekly