Dia De Los Muertos 2013
The South Austin Museum of Popular Culture has chosen this time to honor people who’ve affected Austin’s culture and have passed away. Starting in 2004 with artist Ken Featherston, the memorial wall has paid tribute each year to musicians, artists, writers, photographers, philanthropists, and friends who were involved in the production side of the arts. Please join us on November 2 at 7:09pm to celebrate the lives of the individuals honored in this year’s installation. There will be live music, refreshments and a program with candle lighting at dusk.
This year SouthPop will honor Ron Perryman, Stanley Hall, Donna Hightower, Jody Payne, Darrell Royal and Joey Waldon.
- Ron Perryman, a cinematographer and brother of Lou Perryman. His work includes the films Eggshells and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
- Stanley Hall, who was a major influence in the dance community in Austin since the 1960’s.
- Donna Hightower, a R&B, soul and jazz singer who settled in Austin in the 1990’s.
- Jody Payne, a stellar guitarist who played with the likes of Ray Price, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson
- Darrell Royal, former head coach of The University of Texas at Austin from 1957-1976.
- Joey Waldon, a local comedian and cartoonist from early years of the Laff Stop and the Velveeta Room.
Dia De Los Muertos celebrates the cycle of life and death. People bring offerings of flowers, photos, mementos, and food for their departed loved ones which they place at an elaborately and colorfully decorated altar. A program of music and dance also accompanies the event.
Some Mexicans feel that death is a special occasion, but with elements of celebration, because the soul is passing into another life. Plans for the festival are made throughout the year, including gathering the goods to be offered to the dead. Traditionally this event is celebrated on November 1 and November 2.