The fifth annual Catrina Ball at the Dickens Opera House will be a party to die for … or at least an event to celebrate the lives of those who have already made the journey into the Great Beyond.
The Ball commemorates Día de los Muertos, a widely observed holiday in Mexico and other Latin countries. It is a time when the living remember and honor departed relatives. But rather than doing so in a gloomy manner, as the name may suggest, The Day of the Dead is a time of festive celebration.
“Sometimes, when people of other cultures hear for the first time about the celebration of the Day of the Dead, they mistakenly think it must be: gruesome, terrifying, scary, ugly and sad,” according to inside-mexico.com. “Nothing could be further from the truth. The Day of the Dead is a beautiful ritual in which Mexicans happily and lovingly remember their loved relatives that have died.
The name, Catrina Ball, refers to the Calavera Catrina – a sort of female, skeletal version of the Grim Reaper. Her image was created by Mexican illustrator José Guadalupe Posada around 1910 and remains a central figure in Mexico’s cultural identity.
Attendees are encouraged come dressed as Catrinas – with fancy clothes and faces painted like skulls. The location 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. Price of admission includes deadly drinks, festive food, live music and a crazy awesome art auction. Get your face painted at the Firehouse and get ready dance, dance, dance!
What: Catrina Ball
When: November 03, 2017 at 7:00pm
Where: Dickens Opera House
Cost: $10 suggested (Give what you can) & VIP Opportunities coming soon!
The Firehouse Gala will celebrate the work of artists throughout the state of Colorado and beyond! Learn inspiring stories of success from the Firehouse Art Center’s education programs and the greater collaborative work to support the artist community throughout Boulder County. During the event enjoy heavy appetizers, drinks and dessert and have a chance to win an live auction item from acclaimed artists from around the country!
In 2017, the Front Range Film Festival welcomes its fifth year as an institution of the Longmont community’s celebration of distinctly local film craftsmanship. Unlike other festivals in the region, Longmont’s Front Range Film Festival curates a program intent on furthering the cause of Colorado film by showcasing the work of local directors, writers, actors, and motion picture artists. The region is bursting with an emerging class of filmmakers and their unique perspective on adventure lifestyles, the cannabis industry, environmental & social issues, and the collaborative innovative spirit that make Colorado a thriving force for creative expression. Longmont’s Front Range Film Festival looks forward to its future as the annual focal point for exhibition and education in support of Colorado craft cinema.
Learn more here: http://www.frontrangefilmfest.com/