From a Day-of-the-Dead-inspired musical procession in El Barrio to artist Justin Favela's amazing tissue-paper murals in Sugar Hill, there's lots of great stuff to check out this weekend. Start at these three standout events:
Saturday, October 20, 11am-5pm
El Museo del Barrio is kicking off its Day of the Dead celebrations with a musical procession by Danza Azteca Chichimeca, starting at Central Park’s Dana Discovery Center (at 110th Street) and ending in El Museo's courtyard. There's also a sugar skull decorating workshop right after. And don't forget to stop by the museum's cafe to see the magical community altar installed by artist Tlisza Jaurique. Here's a preview.
Saturday, October 20, 8pm
James Brown's 1968 song–which inspired an entire musical movement–is the theme of this concert hosted by Al Sharpton. Some of the musicians who played with Brown will even perform in the house band. Harlemites (and those who work there) pay half price!
Free this Sunday, October 21, 10am-5pm
Specially commissioned by the Sugar Hill Children's Museum, artist Justin Favela's magical murals use piñata-cut tissue paper to depict Mexican landscapes inspired by contemporary film, art, and his own memories of driving through the Mexican countryside. Entry is free this Sunday, October 21 (as it is the third Sunday of every month), so be sure to take advantage.