|Mexican Cultural Center
Sat Nov 1 2014 8:30PM
2829 16th Street, NW
|Type: Regular, Price:$70.00|
Tonight, you are invited to embrace the season where very few else can say - ON MEXICAN SOIL!
At this special gala, we will be combining the American Halloween season with the treasured Mexican holiday/spiritual event, Youll transported into a world filled with the wonders of the Mayan legends and the beauty Cancuns beaches as we celebrate the holidays with our unique International Touch.
Day of the Dead (Spanish: Da de Muertos) is Mexican holiday observed today throughout Mexico The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico. (Wikipedia.com)
This evening, we invite you to come in either black tie (optional) or masquerade style (optional) and dance as they do on the most elegant (and eerie) of dance floors and ballrooms of throughout Mexico
DAY OF THE DEAD LIVE MARIACHI DANCING AND MUSIC:
To commerate the spirit of Dia de Muerots, youll experience a live costumed Mariachi troupe with music and dancing. Its members have origins from all over Mexico and other parts of Latin American. The traditional mariachi ensemble emerged in the 1800s in several western states of Mexico, including Jalisco, Nayarit, Colima, and Michoacn
Native dancers will be on hand to perform and teach traditional Mexican (and Dia De Meurtos) dancing, in addition to performing an amazing, authentic Mariachi dance performance with traditional costumes!
DIA DE MUERTOS ALTER
As you likely never have sene before, our hosts at the Embassy/Center will be displaying a Day of the Dead Alter and Ceremmony. Today, November 1 is All Saints Day, and the adult spirits will come to visit their relatives. The intent is to encourage visits by the souls, so the souls will hear the prayers and the comments of the living directed to them. Tonight, we will take part in a celebration that tries to chanenl their spirits and awaken the dead to join us in a Mexican and American Halloween Style celebration.
Well get a special first hand tour of the Center, including the a special inside look into the mansion and the fantastic murals.
DJ AND LATE NIGHT DANCING:
One of Washington, D.C.s best D.J.s will rival the best nightclubs in Cancun with both American and Mexican pop music and dancing. Includes modern high energy, Retro, Salsa, todays top 40 hits, and much more!
DAY OF THE DEAD BUFFET:
Challenge your taste buds with an authentic Mexican buffet. Featuring American and Mexican Halloween/Day of the Dead style treats for your enjoyment. Including:
Pan de Muerto: Day of the Dead Decorated Bread
Chicken Pasilla Empanada:Chicken Empanadas
Tequila Infused Queso Fundido and Tomato Salsa
Warm Cheese Dip
Taco Chips, Carrots and Celery
Spicy Chocolate Mousse with Black Rice nd Sour Cherries
Tes Leche Cake
A Mexican Hot Chocolate with Vanilla Bean
Special American Halloween Treats and Pumpkin Sugar Cookies
Enjoy an open bar featuring a wide array of Mexican beers, wines and, of course, Tequila!
ART & CINEMA GALLERIES OF THE MEXICAN CULTURAL CENTER:
As you tour these incredible grounds, you will encounter a special art gallery.
The Televisa Foundation and the Embassy of Mexico to the United States, through its Cultural Institute, are pleased to announce the opening of the exhibit Gabriel Figueroa, Cinematographer Great Moments in Mexicos Golden Age of Cinema. The exhibit honors the Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa (1907-1997) whose work helped forge an evocative and enduring image of Mexico. The exhibition features film clips, photographs and posters, from The Televisa Foundation collection. Gabriel Figueroa is regarded as one of the most important cinematographers of the so-called Golden Age of Mexican Cinema. His internationally transcendent yet uniquely Mexican style is evocative of the vibrant post-revolutionary Mexican art community, who sought to convey the countrys transformation following the Mexican Revolution. In his later work, Figueroa adapted his approach to meet the needs of his collaborators such as directors Luis Buuel and John Huston. Figueroa spoke of creating an imagen mexicana. His films are an essential part of the network of appropriations, exchanges and reinterpretations that formed Mexican visual identity and visual culture in the mid-twentieth century and beyond.
Meet members of the Institute and the Embassy, and learn more about our neighbors to the south during a special welcome.
WIN A TRIP TO MEXICO:
A special drawing will take place for all attendees as one person will win hotel accommodations and plane to Mexico!
The Embassys Cultural Center is a unique and beautiful building, one of the best of its kind in the world. It contains several large floors, each displaying the charms of the different regions of our neighbor to the south. Beautiful gardens, city nightclubs, historic palaces, art galleries, and much more await you inside!
One of the areas best caricaturists will be on hand to draw an incredible reproduction of you- with a hitch He will place you (at your choice) in either historical or fictional Mexican setting with an amazing seasonal theme.
Tonight, we will pick three winners (one on Mexican themed, one on scariness, and one on originality Winner will receive prizes.
Note: This is primarily a stand up, buffet style reception with limited seating throughout the evening. We will have limited tables and chairs, but will not be able to accommodate seating for all attendees at one time.Suggested Attire:
MASQUERADE ENCOURAGED; BLACK TIE PREFERRED! (Suits at a Minimum)
Posted By Stefano Bouzari