Day of the Dead
Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an annual holiday during which people celebrate and remember friends and family members who have died. This year's celebration will include live music, dance and spoken word performances. There will be altars created by local artists, community members and groups, and a community altar for anyone who wants to contribute an offering for his or her loved ones. There will also be complimentary hot chocolate and traditional Mexican bread. Performances start at 6 p.m., altar exhibit from 4-7 p.m. Nov. 2, at the Northway Mall. This is a free event. See greenbeestudios.com for details.
You know who has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? The Rugrats (yes, the cartoon characters), Strongheart the dog, and "Disneyland." You know who should really get one? Alaska's own Ray Mala, an Inupiat Eskimo from Candle, who was 27 when he starred in the 1934 film "Eskimo" and became an overnight sensation. Mala worked in Hollywood for 30 years as a lead actor and cinematographer during a time when it was unheard of for Native Americans to fill such roles. See a free screening of "Eskimo" and make a donation to support the efforts to get Ray Mala's star on Hollywood Boulevard at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, at Cyrano's. See cyranos.org for details.
Girls Girls Girls
Billing itself as the world's "first and greatest all-girl tribute to Motley Crue," Girls Girls Girls is flying in from New York City to melt your face off. The band consists of four women with stage names like Vixen Neil and Lucky Sixx, who will cover all eras of Motley Crue. "Expect all the same dirty, old-school rock 'n' roll fire and excitement of the live Crue," says the band's promotional material, but with "a little more hairspray and higher heels."
'Snow Screen' -- A Northern Film Festival
For this film festival, members of the public nominated YouTube videos, which will play on a loop 6-9 p.m. for First Friday in the Anchorage Museum atrium. See anchoragemuseum.org for more.
At a Death Cafe, people gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. The goal is not to be morbid or gloomy, but to help people make the most of their finite lives. Death Cafes are based on the work of Swiss sociologist Bernard Crettaz, and there are hundreds held around the world. This is the launch of Death Cafe Alaska, and there will be a facilitated discussion based on the interests of those in attendance. Light refreshments provided. Questions may be emailed to email@example.com. 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Mexico in Alaska, 7305 Old Seward Highway. See deathcafe.com for more.