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Día de los Muertos

Annual Gathering and Celebration

Monday, November 2, 2015 | 6:00 pm

Join Galería De La Raza on 
Monday, November 2nd at 6PM
for an outdoor celebration to 
honor our ancestors.
Bringing together poets and musicians Galería will hold a community celebration that weaves our cultural traditions and defines new ones into the future.
Corner of 24th and Bryant
Free and open to the public
Featured Artist: 
Astrid Hadad
With Performances by:
Opening Blessing by
Drumming by
Loco Bloco
Poetry by
Denise Benavides
Bomba by
Taller Bombalele

Galería de la Raza Presents Astrid Hadad at its annual Dia de los Muertos Community Celebration on Monday, November 2, 2015. The program is from 6pm to 8pm in front of Galería’s Digital Mural Project on Bryant Street/24th Streets. 

This evening community gathering will feature poets and musicians that weave our cultural traditions and define new ones into the future. 

We are thrilled to present headliner, Astrid Hadad, opening blessing by Nauhxa (educator), and performances by Loco Bloco (youth percussion ensemble), Denise Benavides (poet), Chhoti Maa (hip hop artist) and Taller Bombalele (Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba). This event will be hosted by performer/comedian Marga Gomez.

Artist Bios:

Astrid HadadWith a career spanning more than 30 years, Astrid Hadad is a bona fide Mexican National Treasure. Known for elaborate costumes and creating a musical genre dubbed "Heavy Nopal," Hadad reappropriates and subverts Mexican iconography and traditional musical forms from a critical feminist perspective resulting in entertaining spectacles suffused with political satire and a camp sensibility.

Marga GomezWriter/solo performer/ comedian currently starring in the critically acclaimed adult comedy POUND at Brava Theater. She was also a founding member of the Chicano/Latino ensemble Culture Clash. Her television appearances include HBO and LOGO. Marga calls the Mission her home though she really lives Noe Valley. She dedicates her performance to the 48 Quintara.

Chhoti MaaBorn out of a tradition of migrants and forced by the Mexican post-NAFTA exodus. CHHOTI MAA's raps have roots in her grandmother's poetic recitation. She developed through poetry and got training in gospel and soul singing in Albany, Georgia. CHHOTI MAA's music deals with decolonial queer living, migrant swag and reconstructing the womyn temple. CHHOTI MAA is a cultural producer-organizer, educator, bruja, writer and artist. 

Denise BenavidesIs a first generation Chicana poet. Benavides' writing has become a haven for growth, for understanding, and immortalizing life's humanness. Currently living in Oakland, CA as an emerging poet and performer, her work has been published in FatCity Review, Ground Protest Poetry, The Far East: Everything As It Is, and The Acorn Review. She has featured her work at Galería de la Raza and Alley Cat Books in the Mission District, and most recently at the 2014 Latino Poetry and Spoken Word Festival in San Francisco. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College and is currently working on her upcoming collection of poetry titled: There Are No Safe Words Here.

Nauhxa From San Jose, California, Nauhxa has worked with over one hundred schools both locally and in over 25 states throughout the U.S, Canada & Mexico as a cultural Mexica educator. She is one of the founders of Calpulli Tonalehqueh, a local Aztec Mexica dance group that hosts San Jose's annual Aztec New Year Celebration. 

Loco BlocoCelebrates its 20th anniversary as a youth and family organization focused on the development of children and youth through exploration of the arts. Loco Bloco is a San Francisco jewel that is deeply embedded in the community life of the City and is known for using the arts - music, dance, drumming, stilt walking and theater - to influence social/political change on behalf of under-represented people. 

Taller BombalelePromotes Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba roots music and dance, one of the most visible and powerful expressions of African heritage of Puerto Rico. Taught by Julia Cepeda - one of the heirs of the Familia Cepeda's Bomba y Plena cultural and folkloric heritage - Cepeda has been dancing the Bomba diaspora for 33 years. After relocating from Puerto Rico to the Bay Area, in collaboration with Denise Solis, created Taller Bombalele.

Free and open to the public


More Information

PRESS STATEMENT: Galería de la Raza Presents Astrid Hadad for its Día de los Muertos Community Celebration
October 23, 2015 - Galería de la Raza, Galería de la Raza

San Francisco, CA.  October 23, 2015 – Galería de la Raza Presents Astrid Hadad at its annual Dia de los Muertos Community Celebration on Monday, November 2, 2015. The program is from 6pm to 8pm in front of Galería’s Digital Mural Project on Bryant Street/24th Streets. 

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