October 17 through November 7 Los Dias de Los Muertos Omaha: The Marigold Theater St. Cecilia Cathedral and Sunderland Gallery, 3900 Webster St. Variable hours, Free Opening reception: Saturday, Oct. 17 6:00-9:00 p.m. https://es-es.facebook.com/losdiasdemuertos, 402-651-9918
America may be inching closer to when Day of the Dead festivities supplant Halloween traditions. At least that's what Jose Francisco Garcia believes. He and his wife, artist and storyteller Linda Perez Garcia, are co-founders of Mexican American Historical Society of the Midlands. For their fifth annual Los Dias de Los Muertos exhibition and celebration, the couple's partnered with the Cathedral Arts Project at St. Cecilia Cathedral and its adjacent Sunderland Gallery. The Spanish-themed architecture provides a fitting backdrop for diverse work, including Ofrenda installations, by local visual artists. Related programming will feature poetry readings, storytelling, live music, dance, face painting and family workshops in paper art and sugar skulls. "I believe this may be the first time a non-Mexican diocese in the Midwest has invited this 2,500 year-old Mexican-Catholic tradition as a featured event rather than as a niche," says Jose. He's pleased, too, it "has crossed over into mainstream culture free of exploited intentions."