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Oct. 28 – 31: Macomb Community College hosts Mexican Day of the Dead celebration

– Tuesday, October 13, 2015 12:00AM

Partnership with Mexican Consulate of Detroit brings performance, workshop, presentations, films and exhibits to Lorenzo Cultural Center

Dia de los Muertos – Day of the Dead – is a Mexican holiday that celebrates the lives of the deceased with reflection, fun, food and community activity. For the third year, Macomb Community College has partnered with the Mexican Consulate of Detroit to bring the Dia de los Muertos Celebration to Macomb County.

The celebration will be held Oct. 28 – 31, with activities taking place at the Lorenzo Cultural Center on Macomb’s Center Campus in Clinton Township.  All events are free, but preregistration is required for the performance, workshop, presentations and films.  To register or for more information, call 586.445.7348 or visit www.LorenzoCulturalCenter.com.


Macomb’s Dia de los Muertos Celebration includes:  

  • Remembrance: An Altar-Making Workshop, Oct. 29, 10 a.m.  Participants learn about and create ofrendas, or altars, traditionally created by Mexican families to welcome their loved ones home on Dia de los Muertos. Maria Ramos, professor of Spanish language and Latin American culture at Macomb, leads the workshop. Limited supplies will be provided.
  • Special performance by Los Reales de Colima and Ballet Folklorico Moyocoyani Izel, Oct. 30,
    10 a.m.
    Featuring the Mexican musical trio Los Reales de Colima and Detroit-based Ballet Folklorico Moyocoyani Izel, the performance combines traditional Mexican music and dance with education.

Presentations:

  • Going International: Living in Merida, Oct. 28, 12 p.m. Lesley Lambright, Macomb psychology professor emeritus, shares what it’s like to live as an American in modern Merida, the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of Yucatán.
  • The Long Plazas of Southern Veracruz: Defining a New Civilization for Ancient Mexico, Oct. 29, 12 p.m. Associate Professor Thomas W. Killion of Wayne State University’s Anthropology Department will discuss the architectural evidence for a previously unknown culture in southern Mexico.
  • An Altar for a Friend, Oct. 29, 2 p.m.  Gary Flemming, Macomb Community College professor of international studies and Latin American culture,  discusses the Dia de los Muertos tradition of altar-making, explaining each of the elements necessary for an altar, and displaying artifacts he uses each year to create a personal altar for someone he has lost.

Films:

  • Museum Secrets: Inside the National Museum of Anthropology Mexico City, Oct. 28, 10 a.m.  This BBC film about the museum tells the story of Mexico from before the Aztec civilization to the Spanish conquest. Mary Meier, professor of anthropology and archeology at Macomb Community College, will facilitate discussion about the film.
  • Santo Contra las Lobas (Santo vs. the She-Wolves), Oct. 31, 1 p.m. Santo is a Mexican luchador (wrestler) who became a folk hero and a symbol of justice through his appearances in comic books and movies. In this 1976 film, Santo takes on a pack of she-wolves led by the wolf queen Luba, who is intent on taking over the world. The film is shown with permission in partnership with the Mexican Consulate of Detroit. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Exhibits: Open Oct. 28 – 31, 1 – 4 p.m.

  • Altar Display. The exhibit features altar displays that honor the memory of those who have gone before, including traditional elements such as flowers and candles.
  • Day of the Dead Collection, photos by Jerry Morton.  This photographic exhibit, on loan from the Mexican Consulate of Detroit, features images taken in Mexico, from small towns to cosmopolitan Mexico City, by Michigan journalist and writer Jerry Morton during Day of the Dead celebrations. 

About the Lorenzo Cultural Center
The Lorenzo Cultural Center (www.LorenzoCulturalCenter.com) explores the influences and experiences that shape our community's heritage, examining topics from a variety of perspectives and creating interactive opportunities for learning, celebration and entertainment.  It is located on Macomb Community College's Center Campus in Clinton Township.

About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College (www.macomb.edu) is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

Media Contact: James Melton, meltonj@macomb.edu, 586.445.7271