Weekend Events: Judy Garland, Occult Literature and Day of the Dead

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Friday, October 30: A Salute to Judy Garland and Friends

It’s unfortunate to think that Judy Garland may now be best remembered for the tragic circumstances that filled her life, not to mention as one of the ultimate camp icons. I mean she was a darn good entertainer. (Her crowning achievement may very well have been her 1961 performances at Carnegie Hall, memorialized on vinyl—and later CD—and acknowledged by the Library of Congress as an aesthetically and culturally significant recording.) Forty years after her death (and 70 years after she appeared in The Wizard of Oz), pianist Richard Glazier is presenting a tribute show featuring a host of songs that Garland made world-famous: “The Boy Next Door,” “The Trolley Song,” “The Man That Got Away” and, of course, “Over the Rainbow.” Tickets are required. Rates are: $25 general admission, $20 for Resident Associate members. Tickets may be purchased online. American History Museum, 7:30 PM

Saturday, October 31: ImaginAsia: Predicting Your Future

Cootie catchers are a popular means of fortune telling, but their accuracy is somewhat suspect. When in doubt, consult the Book of Falnama—sort of the big honkin' cootie catcher that commoners and royalty in Turkey and Iran used to consult when they needed advice about the future. Kick off the afternoon by touring the new exhibit Falnama: The Book of Omens and learn about the auspicious meanings behind the images and symbols and then go back into the classroom where you can create an amulet for protection and posterity. Free. Freer, 2:00 PM.

Sunday, November 1: Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos

Come and celebrate the Day of the Dead—a Latin American holiday that celebrates the memory of the dearly departed—at the American History Museum. From 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, aofrenda (altar) will be created to memorialize the braceros, Mexican guest workers who labored in the United States from 1942–1964, and you can make your own paper flowers to leave on the ofrenda or to take home to honor the memory of whomever you like. At noon, writer Mary Andrade will talk about Day of the Dead traditions and will be available to sign copies of her book Day of the Dead: A Passion for Life. You will also be able to sample traditional Day of the Dead foods at the Stars and Stripes Café. Free. American History Museum, 11:00 AM-4:00 PM.

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