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Altars, Sugar Skulls, and Marigolds: It's Time for Día de los Muertos

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Close up of Washed Away by Chloe Rose

With Halloween just around the corner, it's time to gear up for the equally spooky Día de los Muertos. In honor of the globally celebrated Mexican holiday, SOMArts Cultural Center is hosting their 13th annual Day of the Dead exhibition starting next Saturday.

In observance of the customary traditions of the holiday, "Calling on the Spirits to Face the Future: Día de los Muertos 2012" will showcase classic altars and other multidimensional art installations from more than 80 Bay Area artists. Additionally, the exhibit will be dedicated to the late artist Daniel del Solar and the recently passed John Buchanan, former Director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. With special events and live musical performances planned throughout the program, don't miss the chance to celebrate the beauty of life and honor the spirits of the dead. More SOMArts Día de los Muertos festivities below.

"Calling on the Spirits to Face the Future: Día de los Muertos 2012"
View artists' modern interpretations of century old traditions to honor the spirits of deceased loved ones.
Oct. 13–Nov. 10, Tuesday–Friday, 12 - 7 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., 934 Brannan St., Free

Gathering the Embers: A Día de los Muertos Tribute Show
Join as artists from a multitude of genres—media makers, live performers, musicians, and writers—gather to celebrate life and pay tribute to those lost.
Saturday, Oct. 20, 7 - 9:30 p.m., 934 Brannan St., $8-$10

The Bernal Hill Players perform Neighborhoods of Mexico City
Come experience local chamber music group Bernal Hills as they perform music from Mexican composers Guillermo Galindo and Eduardo Gamboa.
Saturday, Oct. 27, 8 - 10 p.m., 934 Brannan St., $10-$15