The 4 directions figure so prominently at Latin spiritual ceremonies
we organized the Bay Area into 4 directions with the inner
mission as the center. San Francisco after all is at the edge of the
earth while its inner mission district as the birthplace of the Bay Area
and metro center for its creative and immigrant communities is often considered
the United States, the communal celebration of Day of the Dead emerged
in the early 1970s, following political movements that spurred Mexican
Americans to reclaim their ancestral heritage. In the decades since,
the practice has attracted people of many faiths and backgrounds. "
"Death is the only thing we all
share," she said. "We are here temporarily, and we have to make the
most of the situation. We have to help each other." -
Rosa de Anda, curator Mission Cultual Center Show
Latin Zone in Oakland is centered around
Fruitvale, a BART stop featuring BART's newest model transit village. Since 1995, on the Sunday closest to Nov
2nd, a large street festival is held featuring Aztec dancers and day of the
Fruitvale Ave by sfgate.com
Los Cenzontles Mexican Art Center in San Pablo
has provided quality, low cost arts training to youth since 1994.
The best know Latin street in America is Olvera
Street in Los Angeles -
dia_de_los_muertos at olvera-street.com
- and a sometime model for the Mission's 24th
Street. However the highest concentration of Latin restaurants is now South
of Chavez on Mission, in nearby lower Bernal Heights.
MexicanMuseum.org A Permanent Home
The Mexican Museum is poised to fulfill its long-held dream of building a
new permanent facility in the heart of San Francisco's Yerba Buena arts
district at Mission and 3rd Streets. The new building will increase the
Museum's square footage six-fold, with vastly expanded gallery space,
education facilities, a community multi-purpose room, enlarged collection
holding areas and increased technological capabilities. This new facility
will house and present the Museum's collection of over 12,000 culturally and
artistically significant objects, providing a magnificent home in which the
cultural life of Latino communities can be voiced and shared for generations
When it's completed, the new building will provide
space in which to expand the Museum's education and public programs,
reflecting the evolving scope of the Mexican, Chicano, and Latino
yerbaBuenaArts.org Has mounted
several memorable Day of the Dead exhibits in its 10+ year history as an
eclectic city funded arts org. Try this site search for latest:
Yerba Buena means "good herb" in Spanish
the North Bay
Cultural Arts Council of Sonoma County has presented installations by
local high schools and community groups, with public participation in
creating a community altar in past years. At the Cultural Arts Council
Gallery, 529 Fifth St. in Santa Rosa.
Arts Council has organized the Petaluma Day of the Dead
celebration since 2000. During the mid-fall season
the city is alive with an entire range of events, including the traditional
ofrendas (altars) in many locations, bilingual story telling, instruction in
traditional sugar skull-making, fine arts exhibits, film, poetry and music
celebrations and much, much more.
Day of Dead Celebration and Procession
Saturday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m. Free Admission Pickleweed Park Community Center
50 Canal St., San Rafael (415) 485-3077
Inner SF Mission
on November 2nd
Great and growing. Launched in 2002 by the Mariposa Project to support its
work coordinating the many groups and events who organize around Dia de Los
Muertos in the San Francisco Mission - also is in charge of the altars at
Garfield Park where the procession ends
"Day of the
Dead has nothing to do with Halloween, which is European," said Patricia
Rodriguez, gallery director at the Mission Cultural Center. "This is a
Mexican tradition that has been celebrated since the Aztecs."
San Francisco Examiner, November 2002
The North America's oldest and most spectacular Day
of Dead Procession begins at 6pm every November 2, between the MCC and the
Galeria along 24th Street.
HOW: Take BART to the 24th
Street Station. Go to the Mission Cultural Center for pre procession events
The San Francisco Day of The Dead Ritual Procession is a
project of El Colectivo Del Rescate Cultural. For information: Contact Juan
Pablo Gutierrrez, the Procession Director, 415-405-2020 or juanpablodod
Balmy Alleyis not only everyone's favorite place
to view murals, but the highlight of the annual Day of the Dead
procession. The magic of more than 30 murals, spiced with overflowing
gardens, creates a feeling of sacred space. During the day visit
Balmy runs from 24th to 25th Street between Treat and Harrison. The
Procession ends in Garfield park amidst dozens of large scale art works
A 3 Day Mission Cycle
Like many commercial districts
in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Mission corridor entertains thousands of
children in costume trick or treating along Mission, 16th and 24th Streets.
you prefer your festivals to be mythically correct like the ancients ,then
you should integrate these ancestor rituals into Halloween. Day The Bay Area has
one of the world's most famous Halloween celebrations on October 31st -
SF Bay Area Halloween Events Directory by google.
rumors to the contrary, the Christian religion is still the most dominant
and ubiquitous in the Bay Area and for practicing Catholics. All Saints Day on
November 1st is a holy day of obligation as well asNight of the
Angels. For Christians, All Saints Day is like a solemn Memorial Day to
remember the heroes and martyrs. The Mission has more churches (as well as
bars) per capita than any neighborhood in California. However,
in the SF Mission, Night of the Angels is October 31st as merchants
along 24th St. Mission St and 16th St pass out candy to thousands of darling
young Latin costumed trick or treaters.
Only two old cemetary sites survive to
the present, at the Mission Dolores Church at 16'th and Dolores Streets. The
other is The San Francisco National Cemetery/The Presidio,
SF MISSION GALLERY SPACES
Three most venerable gallery
spaces will generally put together annual shows lasting as long as a month.
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Billboard and window displays combine with gift store to offer you a
worthwhile bet. Shop for produce and panderias while your in the
neighborhood Good to confirm hours of operation in advance.
Since 1998 Soma has hosted a major "rooms for the dead" exhibition
which often includes a party or 3 set amidst the macabre scenery.
"the music is the real story teller here and it
tells a story of its own, of a life mourned and yet celebrated. I
think it is perhaps one of the best ways to experiance another
culture; through its music. In short this book CD set is wonderful.
The dance of life goes on! "