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MECA Presents Its 19th Annual Día De Los Muertos Festival And Broadway’s “Cats” Prowl Into Houston

Learn about traditions associated with the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead. Plus, go “backstage” with a couple of cool cats.

  • MECA’s Día de los Muertos Festival 2018 and the North American Tour Company of CATS (Photo Credit: Pin Lim, Forest Photography and Matthew Murphy )
    MECA’s Día de los Muertos Festival 2018 and the North American Tour Company of CATS (Photo Credit: Pin Lim, Forest Photography and Matthew Murphy )
  • MECA’s Día de los Muertos Festival 2018 (Photo Credit: Pin Lim, Forest Photography)
    MECA’s Día de los Muertos Festival 2018 (Photo Credit: Pin Lim, Forest Photography)
  • MECA’s Día de los Muertos Festival 2018 (Photo Credit: Pin Lim, Forest Photography)
    MECA’s Día de los Muertos Festival 2018 (Photo Credit: Pin Lim, Forest Photography)
  • MECA’s Día de los Muertos Festival 2018 (Photo Credit: Pin Lim, Forest Photography)
    MECA’s Día de los Muertos Festival 2018 (Photo Credit: Pin Lim, Forest Photography)
  • MECA’s Día de los Muertos Festival 2018 (Photo Credit: Pin Lim, Forest Photography)
    MECA’s Día de los Muertos Festival 2018 (Photo Credit: Pin Lim, Forest Photography)
  • MECA’s Día de los Muertos Festival 2018 (Photo Credit: Pin Lim, Forest Photography)
    MECA’s Día de los Muertos Festival 2018 (Photo Credit: Pin Lim, Forest Photography)
  • MECA’s Día de los Muertos Festival 2018 (Photo Credit: Pin Lim, Forest Photography)
    MECA’s Día de los Muertos Festival 2018 (Photo Credit: Pin Lim, Forest Photography)
  • MECA’s Día de los Muertos Festival 2018 (Photo Credit: Pin Lim, Forest Photography)
    MECA’s Día de los Muertos Festival 2018 (Photo Credit: Pin Lim, Forest Photography)
  • MECA’s Ofrendas Altars Exhibit 2019 (Photo Credit: Courtesy of MECA)
    MECA’s Ofrendas Altars Exhibit 2019 (Photo Credit: Courtesy of MECA)
  • MECA’s Ofrendas Altars Exhibit 2019 (Photo Credit: Courtesy of MECA)
    MECA’s Ofrendas Altars Exhibit 2019 (Photo Credit: Courtesy of MECA)
  • MECA’s Ofrendas Altars Exhibit 2019 (Photo Credit: Courtesy of MECA)
    MECA’s Ofrendas Altars Exhibit 2019 (Photo Credit: Courtesy of MECA)
  • MECA’s Ofrendas Altars Exhibit 2019 (Photo Credit: Courtesy of MECA)
    MECA’s Ofrendas Altars Exhibit 2019 (Photo Credit: Courtesy of MECA)
  • The North American Tour Company of CATS (Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy)
    The North American Tour Company of CATS (Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy)
  • Keri René Fuller as Grizabella in the North American Tour of CATS (Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy)
    Keri René Fuller as Grizabella in the North American Tour of CATS (Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy)
  • The North American Tour Company of CATS (Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy)
    The North American Tour Company of CATS (Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy)
  • The North American Tour Company of CATS (Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy)
    The North American Tour Company of CATS (Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy)
  • McGee Maddox as Rum Tug Tugger and the North American Tour Company of CATS (Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy)
    McGee Maddox as Rum Tug Tugger and the North American Tour Company of CATS (Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy)
  • Dan Hoy as Munkustrap  and the North American Tour of CATS (Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy)
    Dan Hoy as Munkustrap and the North American Tour of CATS (Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy)

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In this episode of the podcast "Unwrap Your Candies Now," Catherine Lu chats with MECA's Resident Curator Theresa Escobedo and Program Director Liz Salinas about the traditions associated with Día de los Muertos and the organization's free community festival in celebration of the holiday, from November 2–3.

Then, Ernie Manouse interviews Timothy Gulan and Brandon Michael Nase, who star in Broadway's Cats, October 22 – 27 at the Hobby Center.

Share your comments, questions and ideas at UYCN@houstonpublicmedia.org.

Music used: Courtesy of Jilgueros de Altamira and Broadway Across America Houston

 

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Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

Senior Content Producer & Announcer

While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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