Wednesday Nov. 2 – Dia de los Muertos

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, November 2, 2011:

Maria Vasquez Boyd presents
Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead

Maria Vasquez Boyd returns as Guest Host & Producer with a special show celebrating, Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead.

In most regions of Mexico, November 2, Día de los Muertos or “Day of the Dead” remembers adults who have passed on, with the building of private altars honoring the deceased, using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. This Mexican holiday is filled with joy and celebration, colorful flowers, candles, photographs, food, and music. Folks honor and celebrate their deceased friends and family who return to earth on this day, Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead.

Maria Vasquez Boyd works on an altar for the exhibit at The Nelson Atkins

Maria will play music from: Van Dyke Parks, Billy Preston, Making Movies, The Naked And Famous, Peter Gabriel, Mariachi El Bronx, Clouseaux, Polkadot Cadaver, Esben & The Witch, The David Wax Museum, Radiohead, The Dead Weather, Cat Power, Nortec Collective: Hiberboreal, and Lamb.

Maria talks with Sylvia and Louis Raya, owners of Sylvia’s Deli, who will discuss a college scholarship created in honor of their daughter Olivia

Vicki Watson Walker founding member of the KC Ukesters, joins Maria to discuss the ukulele and it’s renewed popularity in our collective cultures.

Maria also welcomes Kansas City musicians: Jason Vivone and Paula Crawford of the Billy Bats, who will perform LIVE in our 90.1 FM Studios.

Maria also interviews Judy Kock, Director of Education and Interpretive Programs at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in collaboration with The Consulate of Mexico, Guadalupe Centers, Inc., and the Mattie Rhodes Center, present, Dia de los Muertos a series of exhibits at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art that include:

Oct. 30 through February 12, 2012 – Voice of the Mexican Common Man: Jose Guadalupe Posada,

Oct. 30 – Nov. 6 – Día de los Muertos, celebrating Day of the Dead with a multi-tiered altar built by community artists in the Museum’s Kirkwood Hall.

Oct. 30 at 2:00 PM – A presentation in Atkins Auditorium, from Gregorio Luke, expert on Mexican and Latin American art and culture, takes us into the fascinating customs and riturals of Mexico’s Day of the Dead. In partnership with the Mexican Consulate of Kansas City.

Sunday, Nov. 6, 1:00 – 4:00 PM – Day of the Dead Festival, in Kirkwood Hall 1:00 PM – The Blessing of the Altar, 2:15 PM – Students in Day of the Dead costumes will parade through Kirkwood Hall with percussion instruments. All afternoon live mariachi music and folk dancing, art projects, and sugar-skull and paper-cutting demonstration.

Show #393

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