On Thursday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m. in the DesertView Theater, Friends of SaddleBrooke Libraries (FSL) will host the second in its 2022–23 lecture series. Zarco Guerrero will present “Dia de Los Muertos Storytelling.” Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a highly celebrated and significant holiday held throughout Mexico, Latin America, and the Southwest. It is a day when homage is paid with prayers, offerings of food, and the building of altars to those who have gone before us.
Join Guerrero and his unique masked characters as they celebrate Día de los Muertos with hilarious and moving storytelling. Among the characters making appearances are: the poetry-spouting “El Vato Poeta,” the flirtatious “La Comadre,” the clueless “Special Ed,” the wise “El Abuelito,” and other beloved roles that Guerrero, a prolific playwright, has created to express the humor and sadness of our lives. This storytelling puts life into perspective in a delightful and engaging way, helping us to accept and even to laugh at our most primal fears about death.
As a sculptor, muralist, storyteller, and performance artist, Guerrero has dedicated his career to creating positive social change through the arts. Born in Arizona, he has been instrumental in the development of Latino arts statewide. His art has been exhibited in Mexico and throughout the United States. He has received international acclaim and awards such as a National Endowment for the Arts Japan Fellowship, a Governor’s Arts Award, a Zony Award, became the Southwest Folklife Alliance Master Artist, and has been awarded grants for artistic projects by the Doris Duke Foundation, Valley Metro, and Arizona Community Foundation.
This lecture is free for FSL members and nonmembers.