No one kills like Dia de los Muertos. One of the local experts in the Mexican tradition of honoring the fallen is Fulgencio Lazo. He returns to Seattle Art Museum this week for its annual creation of a one-of-a-kind large-scale spectacle fagot — a colored sand painting in the tradition of Oaxaca. Lazo’s Día de los Muertos artwork will be on display in the SAM lobby from October 28 through November 6, and the accompanying community celebration will take place on October 28, 6:45-9 p.m. (free with RSVP).
Lazo has been busy. You can also see his art at Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion This weekend. Día de los Muertos in Tres Dimensiones (Oct. 29-30) presents another of its fags, as well as an exhibition of his abstract sculpture and a talk by the longtime Seattle-based, Oaxaca-born artist on how his work reflects his indigenous Zapotec roots (October 29 at 6:15 p.m.). And Tacoma people beware: Lazo is doing yet another one. fagot to Tacoma Art Museumon view from October 26 to November 9, which will be part of the museum’s annual Día de los Muertos festival (November 6, noon – 5 p.m.).
For a ghostly festival in a completely different vein, consider the Oddities and Curiosities exhibition at Washington State Convention Center this weekend (Oct 29, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.). The event definitely has a Vincent Price vibe, but organizers make sure all the bizarre taxidermy and globby creatures encased in glass jars are “sustainably sourced” (no human bones or bats are authorized.)
I found myself intrigued by a west Seattle artist’s adventure called “Adopt A Creepy Doll”, not so much because I want to do it (I don’t), but because of the artistry. and the effort she puts into each unique terrifying figure. Like a mad scientist, she transforms vintage dolls and plain babydolls into demonic, undead objects….
But there are also far fewer spine-chilling vendors on deck, like the aforementioned Moth & Myth and two Portland jewelers that caught my eye: Zombie Head, whose creepy clown ties radiate rockabilly cool; and Mattie Bowden, whose silver chimeras and fur and bone pendants are elegantly unsettling.
If that still sounds too macabre, you can always fly your broomstick to an old monster movie. SIFF Cinema screens a few classics (Oct. 30 at the Egyptian), including those from 1931 Frankenstein (with Boris Karloff), 1948s Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein (with Bela Lugosi) and 1941 The werewolf (with Lon Chaney Jr.). I promise you won’t be afraid.