Friday, October 24, 2003

Hollywood Forever is the only cemetery in California to celebrate �Dia de los Muertos� or �Day of the Dead,� will once again honor this ancient Aztec ritual which represents a communion between the living and the dead on Saturday, October 25th, from 4:00 to 11:00 PM. A unique way for ancient cultures to �mock� death, Day of the Dead is one of the most important celebrations in the Hispanic culture. An unparalleled feast for the senses, the celebration is known for elaborate costumes, ornate Altars, savory foods and performances of all kinds.

"Everybody is just meat. The rest is the will to be more than meat."
Frankenstein in Love or The Life of Death, by Clive Barker
Political satire accompanies the decadence of horror auteur Clive Barker's "Frankenstein in Love, or The Life of Death" at Sacred Fools Theatre. This agitprop Grand Guignol romance among the vivisected finds Barker adjusting his customary nihilism to incorporate guerrilla Gothic elements.

Chad's weekend gallery hopping list (Los Angeles):
KIKI SMITH: Regalo, and TERRY WINTERS: Metal Virus, new Mixograf?a prints. The Remba Gallery, 462 N. Robertson Blvd.; thru Oct. 25. (310) 657-1101
JASPER JOHNS DISCARDED LITHO PLATES "with correspondence"; pastels by Auguste and Stanley Somers. Urban Egyptian Gallery, 7906 Santa Monica Blvd., No. 208; thru Nov. 19. (213) 840-5322.
LEE MILLER: Surreal Beauty/Surreal Tragedy, 40 prints by the photographer whose work included Vogue fashion spreads and the horrors of the Holocaust. Apex Fine Art, 152 N. La Brea Ave.; thru Nov. 29. (323) 634-7887
JOHN ROSEWALL: Chromopolis The photographer creates monochromatic cityscapes by shooting L.A.�s reflection in various surfaces. The Basement, 1650 Echo Park Ave., No. 105; thru Oct. 26. (213) 481-1700.
SHEPARD FAIREY: This Is Your God, installation and prints, including silk-screens on wood, metal and record sleeves, by the creator of the "Obey" poster campaign. Sixspace, 549 W. 23rd St.; thru Oct. 25. (213) 765-0248
VICTOR GASTELUM: Provenance; niceguy convention, stenciled images of lowriders and Mexican wrestlers by a punk-rock vet (he made fliers for Dead Kennedys and Black Flag, then album covers for SST Records). Overtones, 11306 Venice Blvd.; Oct. 25-Nov. 15. Reception with performance by Calexico Sat., Oct. 25, 7-11 p.m. (310) 915-0346
NEW ACQUISITIONS by David Salle, Andy Warhol, Sam Francis, John Wesley and Vik Muniz. Ikon Ltd./Kay Richards; thru Oct. 25. (310) 828-6629.
PETER ALEXANDER: Studies for the Disney Hall Project, paintings; DENNIS HOPPER: Haute Couture, photographs from fashion layouts for Elle and Paris Vogue. Craig Krull Gallery; thru Nov. 15. (310) 828-6410
THE GREATEST ALBUM COVERS THAT NEVER WERE 100 visual artists created imaginary album covers for their favorite recording artists in this show curated by music archivist Michael Ochs and artist Craig Butler. It was first shown at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; for the L.A. version some locals have been added, including Kim Abeles, Sandow Birk, Meg Cranston, Mark Mothersbaugh and Kay Rosen. Track 16 Gallery; thru Nov. 15. (310) 264-4678

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