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The Pearl is set to come alive with their Second Annual Dia De Los Muertos Celebration! Full schedule here.

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Pearl is excited to announce its second annual Dia de los Muertos celebration, scheduled for November 1 and 2, 2018. Pearl honors the rich traditional Mexican holiday that remembers family and friends who have passed away, with altars/ofrendas, live music, a procession, art making, and more. The entire event is Free and open to the public (costumes and face painting are encouraged). Both days will feature traditional altars created by local and regional artists including Emma Tenayuca, Cruz Ortiz, Al Rendon, Cristina Sosa Noriega and students from Bonham Academy, Twain Academy, Hawthorne Academy and Lamar Academy. Visitors are also invited to honor their loved-ones by contributing to Pearl’s community altar.

Photo By: Matt Buikema

Several restaurants and retailers on the property will also have their own altars. Mexico City-based artist Karima Muyaes will also be creating an altar and be Pearl’s artist-in-residence for Dia de los Muertos. Muyaes’ artwork will be showcased and available for purchase from November 1 through November 11. As an internationally renowned artist and printmaker, Muyaes creates artwork with iconic imagery and characteristic style. Large format paintings, prints, paper skulls, and vintage Mexican masks will be available for sale. Muyaes’ altar/ofrenda in honor of the 43 Mexican male students who disappeared in 2014 will also be on view. Additionally, Pearl will have a special La Catrina (a skeletal woman figure adorned in a fine dress and hat, often referred to as Mexico’s Grand Dame of Death) from Mexico City, Estela Williams. Williams is a Mexico, Canada, and UK-based actress and performer, who will be performing as La Catrina during the event.

Photos By: Matt Buikema


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As excited as we are? Here is a full listing of all the festivities:

November 1, 4 – 9 p.m. (all at Pearl Park):

  • 5 – 5:45 p.m. – Live music by Tallercito de Son
  • 5:50 – 6 p.m. – Ambassador Reyna Torres Mendívil of the Consulado General de México en San Antonio to give remarks
  • 5:30 – 7 p.m. – Sugar Skull Demo at Hotel Emma. Link for tickets
  • 6 – 6:15 p.m. – Erica Prosper Nirenberg children’s reading
  • 6:15 – 7 p.m. – Procession

o   Southwest School of Art children

o   Matachines

o   Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Calavera stilt walkers

o   Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Cabezudos

o   Las Monas

o   Selena doll

o   Frida dolls

  • 7 – 7:45 p.m. – Live music by Conjunto Heritage Taller
  • 8 – 9 p.m. –Live music by Volcán

November 2, 5 – 9 p.m. (all at Pearl Park):

  • 5 – 5:15 p.m. – Dr. Reyes children’s reading
  • 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. – Live music by Conjunto Heritage Taller
  • 5:30 – 7 p.m. – Sugar Skull Demo at Hotel Emma. Link to tickets
  • 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. – Live music by San Antonio Mariachi Academy
  • 7:30 – 9 p.m. – Live music by Azul Barrientos and Band

For more information, please visit Pearl’s website here or the event’s Facebook page here.

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