Isaias Urrabazo "Elizadeath" wood, paper, clay, acrylic paint Photo: PtD.
WHOM WERE YOU WEARING?: Isaias Urrabazo's "Elizadeath" is stunning in her shades of pinks, robust feathers and, oh, that frozen smile. . . The sculpture is one of the entries in the 16th Annual Life in Death Festival at Winchester Cultural Center. The festival is November 1 and 2 from 5 to 9 pm. Facebook.
TRADITION TOO COMMERCIAL?: There are purists who are concerned the meaning of Day of the Dead has jumped the dead shark. That it is a cultural gentrification, or appropriation, of a solemn ceremony of altars, ofrendas, for the deceased. Yet it's wider popularity has influenced how Mexico observes the indigenous Dia de Los Muertos. From the Los Angeles Times, In Mexico, Day of the Dead meets Halloween :
ABOVE: Detail of new mural by D*Face at the Plaza Hotel.