Some call it the Mexican Halloween, but that's just because of its deathly nature and annual timing. Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is much more than that.
In Mexico and much of Latin America, they celebrate Day of the Dead over a few days right around Halloween. The 3-day holiday (Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and 2) focuses on family and friends paying homage to loved ones who have passed on.
Downtown at the House of Loom, 1012 S. 10th St., they're presenting "Loom Weaves Day of the Dead" on Saturday (Nov. 2) featuring Latin-flavored music spun by Brent Crampton, live percussion, a traditional alter (ofrenda) to honor the dead, sugar skulls, marigolds, necklaces, masks and face painting.
At 10:30 p.m., Karma LiLoLa will offer a modest offering that will "fuse the living and the dead and transcend fashion and performance."
The evening begins at 8 p.m., and there is a $5 cover. Get more info at: facebook.com/houseofloom.
There's also a Day of the Dead celebration each day this week at El Museo Latino, 4701 S. 25th St. The museum is offering special programming that includes a Day of the Dead exhibit, guided tours and workshops every Saturday through Nov. 16 (cost is $6). Go to elmuseolatino.org for more details.
And, from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 2), there will be a FREE Day of the Dead family-friendly celebration in South Omaha at the Plaza de La Raza, 24th and N streets.