Death and chocolate
Living Arts hosts two diverse events this month.
The murals on the Living Arts building behind Artistic Director Steve Liggett were part of a contest for the 2012 Day of the Dead Arts Festival. The competition will return this year.
Living Arts of Tulsa presents two big parties this month: the Day of the Dead Arts Festival, Nov. 1, and the Champagne & Chocolate Holiday Gala, Nov. 16.
The Day of the Dead, or Dia De Los Muertos, festival is Living Arts’ way of building a bridge between Tulsa’s Hispanic and non-Hispanic communities, says Artistic Director Steve Liggett.
The community and Tulsa students are invited to build altars prior to the event in honor of the deceased. The altars will then be displayed in a Living Arts exhibit called “Altared Spaces.” You will see altars for famous people as well as altars with pictures and personal histories of deceased family members and friends.
When I first saw “Altared Spaces,” I cried like a baby; it was touching, emotional. Bring tissues.
The Rev. David Medina will bless the altars the night of the festival in a Hispanic-Catholic ritual with drumming, incense and prayers.
At the street party outside, you’ll find margaritas, along with Hispanic foods, art for sale, a skeleton parade and live Hispanic music on two stages. The mural contest and a children’s activities area for sugar skull decorating and chalk altars will return. Plus, there will be a loteria area (for Mexican bingo).
Tickets are $5 at the door, and children 12 and under get in free. Living Arts of Tulsa is located at 307 E. Brady St. For more information, visit www.livingarts.org.
Champagne & Chocolate
The party continues at Living Arts with the Champagne & Chocolate Gala and Holiday Art Sale & Auction from 7-10 p.m., Nov. 16. Works by local artists are specially chosen and priced for the holidays.
“It’s the art party of the year,” Liggett says.
Co-chairs Lori Sears and Jerrid Horton say to expect a Wearable Art Fashion Show curated by Terri Higgs, live entertainment by Sarah Maud, ceramic corsets by Nicole Moon of Oklahoma City, and jewelry, turned wood, fiber art, pottery, photography, sculpture, glass vessels, mixed media and ceramics.
How do you pick that one piece to hang in your home or give to a friend?
Liggett suggests, “Get something that stimulates you; a work should have the energy to allow the viewer to see something new each time.”
The auction and sale will include paintings by Christopher Westfall, mosaic artwork by Leigh Standingbear, sculptures by Lisa Regan and bowties by Jessica Angon. Many of the artists will be in attendance. Gala dress runs from tuxes to creative styles to jeans, but Liggett says to arrive in your most extravagant attire.
Of course, there will be a couple of glasses of complimentary Champagne and lots of chocolate from the Brady Arts District’s chocolatier, Glacier Confection, as well as treats from Dragon Moon Tea Co., plus complimentary food from local restaurants.
If you can’t make it to the gala and holiday sale, you have a second chance to purchase art from 1-4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 17.
Proceeds from the art sale go to Living Arts and its partnership with the Any Given Child program. Spearheaded by the Kennedy Center, the initiative’s primary goal is to assist communities in developing plans for expanded arts education in schools, ensuring access and equity for students in grades K-8.
Tickets are $35 in advance and are available at www.livingarts.org until 5 p.m., Nov. 15. Tickets also may be purchased at the door for $45. Group packages of six tickets are $180.
Also this month
Choregus Productions presents Gallim Dance In its Oklahoma debut, the New York City-based Gallim Dance Company will perform “Blush,” an emotional and physically challenging performance that investigates themes of intimacy, instability and the desire of the heart and body to feel strongly. Butoh (a Japanese dance style) and ballet inspire the dance set to music that ranges from Chopin to electro punk.
Nightingale Theatre Old Crow Confessions Reminiscent of an AA meeting with booze, everyone is welcome to take a shot of courage and unburden themselves during this unrehearsed evening of cheap whiskey, live music and confessions on the theme of failure, regret, humiliation, fear, guilt and secret pleasures, according to the event website.
10 p.m.-midnight, Nov. 23, at Nightingale Theatre, 1416 E. Fourth St. Free.