The Folk Tree
217 South Fair Oaks Avenue  Pasadena, CA 91105  (626) 795-8733  

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HOURS: M-W, 11-6; Th-Sat, 10-6; Sun, 12-5


pictured above: Felt dolls by Christina Tafoya-Esquibel

NOVEMBER 2, 12:30 - 5 PM
Special Events at The Folk Tree

Cathy Ashworth, "Dressed for the Dead"

We had a wonderful opening on September 28 for this year's Day of the Dead Altars & Ephemera exhibition.  To further commemorate the 30th year of our show, we are hosting several special events on the official day of the holiday, November 2.

 From 12:30-5 PM, we have scheduled activities appropriate for all ages. 

12:30-1:30 PM: Music by Martin Espino, traditional sounds inspired by indigenous cultures of the Americas

1-5 PM: Ulla Anobile & Victor Solis;  2-3 PM: Matt DeHaven
Altar creators informally discuss their installations - DeHaven's for James Dean, Anobile's for her Finnish ancestors and ancient spirits, Solis' for his beloved dog

2-5 PM: Day of the Dead face painting by Jeanine Montellano and
Heather Bejar; and handmade jewelry

2-5 PM: Trunk show - hand blown and painted glass Day of the Dead ornaments created by artisans in Krakow for Artistry of Poland

3-3:30 PMChildren's Ballet Folklorico Acoiris from Pacoima performs traditional Mexican dances  


12:30-1:30 PM 


Martin Espino 

Espino is a Mexican-American musician and composer of indigenous Yaqui and Tepehuano ancestry from Whittier, CA.  He is best known for performing authentic prehispanic music with his band MEXIKA.  Espino has spent over twenty five years researching prehispanic musical instruments and has performed with many indigenous musicians from Mexico, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.  His musical inspiration comes directly from traditional Native American/Mexican music as well as ambient improvisations.

Espino will be doing a solo set at The Folk Tree.

Click below to hear a sample of MEXIKA's music
MEXIKA "live" March 2012.mp4







Day of the Dead
2-3 PM: Matt DeHaven
1-5 PM: Ulla Anobile & Victor Solis     

Creators of three of the altars on view discuss the personal significance of their altars and their thoughts on Day of the Dead. 

left: Ulla Anobile altar to her Finnish ancestors and ancient spirits
center: Matt DeHaven altar to James Dean
right: Victor Solis to his beloved dog, Chocho

If you make a purchase of $25. or more on November 2, you can enter a drawing to win the book "James Dean" by George Perry, a biography authorized by the actor's estate featuring photographs from the Dean family's private collection.
Day of the Dead
2-5 PM 


Jeanine Montellano and Heather Bejar

Half face...  $10.           
Full face...  $20.

Flower barettes/Day of the Dead jewelry by Heather Bejar

Seed bead pendant on  

leather cord by  

Heather Bejar 

Day of the Dead
Trunk Show, 2-5 PM 
Hand-blown glass & hand painted ornaments created by artisans in Krakow, Poland.

Suzanna Myal of Artistry of Poland offers a variety of designs and talks about the creative and technical process. 
3-3:30 PM 
"Ballet Folklorico Arcoiris" was founded in 2011 in the city of Pacoima. Its purpose is to teach students about Mexican culture and traditions that have been passed down through other generations. The company is proud to keep these customs alive through dance and to share them with the community.



Some photos from our Day of the Dead Reception on September 28
More photos on our facebook page


3 Alternatives to Halloween
The website tripwolf, a travel guide, offers some interesting alternatives to Halloween around the world, including Day of the Dead.  Click here to read more:   3 Alternatives to Halloween

Samhain, Scotland - the day on which the gates to the other world are open  (photo: Flickr)