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Muertos, Music and Reverent Merriment

An afternoon-and-evening-long party at the local cemetery.

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    Muertos, Music and Reverent Merriment
    Jose Zakany
    Celebrate Dia de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever on Saturday, Oct. 30.

    Some holidays are all about being together, but Dia de los Muertos has a private side that endures. And yet, there is a festive spirit to the celebration, joining people even as they reflect, quietly, in front of altars and tombstones and photos of loved ones now passed.

    That togetherness reaches a particular poetic zenith in Los Angeles every year at Hollywood Forever. LA Day of the Dead organizes a big -- meaning ten-hour-big in 2010 -- celebration that involves a bevy of musical and dance performances; this year's date is Saturday, Oct. 30, just ahead of the traditional days of the dead.

    Ruben Albarran of Café Tacuba will be singing; there will be a fire dance, and traditional observations from points around the globe. There will also be a cemetery-wide promenade recalling Mexican Independence.

    There will also be elaborate altars, of course, and an impressive prize for the most impressive one: $3000.

    Children are welcome; everyone who wants to remember and who wants to experience a gathering with a global and deep reach should join in as well. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their calaveras, seasonal best, to lend the dusk and late-night proceedings just the right esoteric mood. Mystery and a sense of merriment are key.

    A general admission is $10, but kids under age 10 are admitted for free.