If anyone can attest to the adage that death is a part of life, it’s Esmeralda Prieto; she’s been living it for the past seven years. Before Prieto turned 30, her older brother and mother both died untimely deaths.
The fall installment of Barrio Art Crawl—a self-guided tour through the Barrio Logan Arts District—is all about Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, when Latin American cultures welcome the spirits of deceased family members home for a visit.
If all goes as planned, at 7 p.m. on Nov. 3, 35 miles of Baja’s coastline will be illuminated by hundreds of wish lanterns during what organizers Debbie Shine and Robin Mackenzie say will be the largest “mob art” event in the region’s history.
My last day on Earth would start off like any other: with coffee. But a coffeehouse can be a frantic place, with caffeine pumping through patrons’ veins, papers and board games scattered on table tops and music that, more often than not, makes me want to run like hell.
Last month, CityBeat covered surrealist painter Marianela de la Hoz and her disturbing paintings that were in the Seven Deadly Sins group show at Mesa College. That was just a warm-up for her solo show, Heaven and Earth, the Determined Freedom of an Undetermined Life.