Tuesday, November 3, 2015

In the city by the Bay, tourists celebrate
Halloween; locals turn out for Dia de los Muertos. In
San Francisco, tourists celebrate Halloween; locals celebrate Dia de los
Muertos, Mexico's "Day of the Dead. " The holiday dedicated to honoring
the departed traditionally takes place the day after Halloween, November 1 and
ends the next day. While you can find people in skimpy or ironic Halloween
costumes just about anywhere, searching out the best Dia de los Muertos events
require a little more research. Here are the best ones going down this
holiday. Calavera, Oakland The team behind Oakland's lauded new
Oaxacan restaurant, Calavera, transformed the space into a veritable Dia de
los Muertos altar this month, and it will remain until November 4. Strands of
marigold flowers designed by Oakland florist Ash+OAK mixed with traditional
candles honor the spirits, while a special mole menu features five special
dishes a night, including mole de pepitas (venison heart tartare with pickled
cactus and pasilla de Oaxaca pumpkin seed), mole verde de quelites y acelgas
(grilled white onion with mole verde and sautéed chapulines), and mole de
calabaza y piloncillo (pan de muerto bread pudding, candied nuts, and spiced
piloncillo-pumpkin mole). The moles will be balanced with what Calavera
dubs "ancestral cocktails," like horchata with chamomile mezcal, black
mission fig jam, and lemon. From October 31 through November 2, a local
face-painter will be on-hand to paint traditional sugar skull faces on willing
guests. Copita Taquileria y Comida, Sausalito On November 1, Sausalito
restaurant Copita Taquileria y Comida will bring its sidewalk to life with
chalk drawings of sugar skulls and other holidays symbols. Its interior will
be filled with symbolic marigolds, as well as tributary photos and mementos
brought by the staff and dining patrons to honor the departed. A celebratory
menu will include roasted yellow beet soup with crema, toasted cumin seeds,
and a kombucha and butternut squash taco with carrot and Serrano chile puree,
tomatillo salsa and toasted pepitas. Pair it with the Espíritu cocktail:
tequila blanco, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, Campari, and fresh guava
juice. San Francisco Symphony Mexican-American singer-songwriter Lila
Downs performs a symphonic tribute to Dia de los Muertos at the San Francisco
Symphony. Latino families, as well as families and individuals from various
backgrounds, come early for a mini-festival, which takes place at Symphony
Hall and features live cultural music and dancing, colorful altars, Mexican
crafts, and face painting. There are two showings on November 7. SF Day
of the Dead Procession On November 2, San Francisco's Day of the Dead
Procession and Festival of Alters converges in the Mission district at
Garfield Park from 4 p. m. to 11 p. m. People from across the city craft
ancestral altars typical of the holiday, and at 7 p. m. , there's a
procession through the Mission. One of the city's most unique festivals,
with 15,000 people donning skull face paint, veils, black lace sombreros, and
floral headbands, it's put on by the local nonprofit, the Marigold Project.
SOMArts Exhibit SOMArts blends traditional Mexican altars with
contemporary art installations at their annual Dia de los Muertos exhibit
"Today is the Shadow of Tomorrow," showing now through November 7 at their
SoMa gallery. See differing interpretations of this holiday through the eyes
of locals, with more than 25 altars by 80 artists that evaluate life and the
afterlife. Installations like the work created by The Idriss Stelley
Foundation will touch on contentious issues with their display that honors
families who have lost loved ones to police violence. Jenna Scatena is on
the San Francisco Bay Area beat for Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter
and Instagram.   Come this weekend, San Franciscans will
be coming out in droves to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican Day of
the Dead holiday. Read on for details on where to go and what to do.

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