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Catrina Ball

Nov 2, 2019

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The seventh annual Catrina Ball at the Dickens Opera House will be an event to celebrate the lives of those who have already made the journey into the Great Beyond.


The name, Catrina Ball, refers to the Calavera Catrina – a 1910–1913 zinc etching by the Mexican printmaker, cartoon illustrator and lithographer José Guadalupe Posada. She is offered as a satirical portrait of those Mexican natives who, Posada felt, were aspiring to adopt European aristocratic traditions in the pre-revolution era. La Catrina has become an icon of the Mexican Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Admission includes deadly drinks, festive food, live music, and an exhibition of altars. Get your face painted as a Catrina at the Family Fiesta and get ready to dance, dance, dance!


Buy tickets at dickensoperahouse.com, or contact Firehouse Art Center at 303-651-2787 or info@firehouseart.org. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed as Catrinas – with fancy clothes and faces painted like skulls. Dickens Opera House will be decorated with candles, marigolds and papel picado, and will feature an exhibition including a community ofrenda (altar), a community sugar skull wall, and a Catrina wall with drawings by local artists.


Proceeds benefit the Firehouse Art Center and the Longmont