Ford Theatres presents “Lila Downs Día de Muertos: Al Chile,” an extravaganza with Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company, one of Los Angeles’ premier folklorico dance companies; Mariachi Femenil Flores Mexicanas, established as one of the Southwest’s leading all-female mariachi groups; and art installations by LORE Media & Arts on Saturday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 20, at 8:00pm at the Ford Theatres in Hollywood.
They join headliner, six-time Grammy® Award-winner Lila Downs, in a program that includes songs from her new album “Al Chile.” From her Mixtec Indian heritage to her fusion of international sounds and musical genres, Lila – singing in Spanish, English, and sometimes even the languages of the Mixtec, Zapotec, Maya, and Nahuatl cultures – will display her ability to meld reinterpretations of blues, jazz and soul to cumbia, rock, even rap, and klezmer as well as her renditions of classic rancheras.
Music, dance and ritual will take audiences on a voyage of emotions, movement, and sound that celebrate the rich traditions of the Day of the Dead. Audience members are encouraged to come dressed in imaginative día de los muertos costumes and make-up, to bring remembrances of their loved ones to share in the celebration, and to become fully immersed in the evening. The Ford Theatres stage, entryway and plaza areas will be transformed by LORE Media & Arts’ whose local and Southwest artists will create larger-than-life Mesoamerican-inspired sugar skulls, an altar installation, and a Oaxacan Día de los Muertos mural by Lucretia Torva.
A free Día de los Muertos community celebration will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Oct. 19 and 20 in the Ford’s entryway gardens and plaza spaces. Produced by LORE Media & Arts, these family-friendly celebrations include face painting, live music, food, craft activities, live mural painting and more.
Parking for the day’s activities is $5.00, nonstacked. Or Go Metro on free shuttles from the Universal City/Studio City Metro station.
Tickets are available online at FordTheatres.org and by phone (323) 461-3673. Ford Theatres is located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood.
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