Seasonal Special Happenings

Kent Celebrates the Day of the Dead

When: Sat., Oct. 30 2010

We all know how Halloween has leapfrogged Thanksgiving and Flag Day when it comes to American holiday popularity (and it's gunning for Christmas). But its related Mexican celebration — the Day of the Dead — has also captured the fancy of north-of-the-border gringo types too, perhaps because it's a more sophisticated and culturally resonant way of celebrating ghosts and other supernatural spirits. Kent's Standing Rock Cultural Arts was one of the early adopters among non-Mexicans, mounting its first Day of the Dead exhibit and celebration seven years ago. For its eighth-annual Dia de Los Muertos exhibition, Standing Rock has assembled its usual freewheeling hodge-podge of art — painting, collages, photos, large-scale puppets — by a variety of area artists. The show opens at the North Water Street Gallery (257 North Water St. in Kent) with a reception at 8 p.m. tonight featuring food, drinks, and live music. It coincides with downtown Kent's annual Halloween parade, so coming in costume is pretty much a must. Call 330-673-4970 or go to for more information. — Pantsios

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