HIGHWAYS PERFORMANCE SPACE in Santa Monica will hold its Fourth Annual Dia de los Muertos Ritual and Performance, honoring ancestors and the recently departed with events Thursday, October 29th through Sunday, November 1st. (Photo by Michael Barnard)

The Fourth Annual Dia de los Muertos Ritual and Performance from Paulina Sahagun and the Center for Celebration Arts, honoring ancestors and the recently departed with altars, ofrendas and performance, will be held at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica Thursday through Sunday, October 29th through November 1st.

The community altar construction for the event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. October 29th, where visitors are encouraged to bring photos, flowers, candles and personal offerings for their “muertos” to be placed on the altar. Admission is free.

“Calavereando,” a ritual and performance written and directed by Paulina Sahagun is scheduled at 8:30 p.m. October 30th and 31st and 3:30 p.m. November 1st.

This physical mask theater piece, inspired by the prints of the Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada, celebrates the life that exists after death, borrowing elements of everyday life and Mexican Popular Theater.

The performance features satirical Calacas dance and song. A community altar ritual celebration and “spiritual party” will be held in Highways’ gallery immediately following the performance. Celebrate with the living and the dead, “vivos y muertos juntos,” and traditional pan de muerto, tamales and music will be offered.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for members, students, and seniors. To purchase tickets online, www.highwaysperformance.org/.

A service at Woodlawn Cemetery, 14th Street and Pico Boulevard, will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. to honor the dearly departed and historical ancestors. Admission is free.

Highways Performance Space is at 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. For more information, (310) 315-1459.

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