Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage At The Brooks

With WEST SIDE STORY just around the corner, we at the Orpheum were inspired to embrace the incredible Hispanic and Latin culture that we have here in Memphis.  So, we turned to The Brooks Museum!

The Brooks is currently celebrating Hispanic Heritage with an exciting array of community events and exhibitions like "Ancestry and Identity: Prints by Maritza Davila."  Davila, a Professor of Fine Arts at Memphis College of Art, will get you in the mood for WEST SIDE STORY with her unique artistic blend of elements from her Puerto Rican culture and reverent images of family.  Davila will also host a workshop on November 9th where participants will create collagraph prints using a special printmaking technique.

The celebration culminates in a salute to Mexican heritage with traditional Day of the Dead activities on Saturday, November 2nd, including a Family Day from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and a Fiesta at 7:00 PM. 

At the Dia de los Muertos Family Day, visitors of all ages will enjoy Mexican mariachi music and appearances by the local performing groups Danza Azteca and Caza Teatro Bilingual Theatre.  Face-painting, artist demonstrations, and hands-on art activities will also be available.  As if that wasn't enough, admission is free!

The Day of the Dead Fiesta that evening features music from DJ Moi, Marcela Pinilla, and Mariachi Guadalajara.  Don your favorite black and white outfit, as is tradition, and start the night by making your own traditional Cempazuchitl, or flower of the deceased.  Then, the party begins with Latin cuisine, cerveza, Mexican cocktails, and tequila. 

Round out your cultural excursion by joining the Orpheum Theatre November 5th through 10th for WEST SIDE STORY, one of the most beloved musicals and greatest love stories of all time.  

Hasta luego a la Brooks!

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