The California Academy of Sciences
Celebrates Latino Heritage Month With Three Special Events
Events taking place October 9, 11, and November 1, 2003

Colombia Under the Stars
Enjoy a concert with Tambores de Colombia
Tambores de Colombia is dedicated to presenting the traditional music of Colombia's Atlantic Coast to the North American public. They're ambassadors of culture eager to share the immense riches, the profound mythology and the overwhelming joy of their artistic traditions.

With its contagious rhythms the music of Colombia's Caribbean Coast is the result of an interesting fusion of the acoustic expressions of three different people: The South American Indians contributed the melody with its lyric poetry full of melancholy; the slaves brought from their African homeland the syncopated beats and frenetic rhythms; the Spaniards, at last, filled in with their happiness and the rich traditions of Europe.

Tambores de Colombia is a young group composed of professional musicians of long standing careers, who have played in many important groups all over the Bay Area. Under the direction of Ramiro Bernal they are joining forces for the first time to bring you the musical swing of the beautiful land of
Colombia.

Enjoy an evening of vibrant Colombian music as you look at the South American sky in the Morrison Planetarium. Under the direction of Ramiro Bernal, Tambores de Colombia plays music from Colombia's Caribbean coast, a spicy mix of South American, Spanish and African rhythms.

Thursday October 9, 6:30 pm reception/7:30 pm concert
Morrison Planetarium $10

Latino Heritage Day
Visit the Academy to celebrate Latino Heritage Month with ongoing live demonstrations and hands-on activities including paper flowers, traditional Zapotec weaving, crafts from Colombia, traditional dances from Chile, as well as, tortilla and tamale-making stations.
Saturday, October 11, 11 am-4:30 pm;
FREE with museum admission.

Día de Muertos
Participate in the decoration of a traditional ofrenda, and celebrate the Day of the Dead with a live pre-Columbian music performance by Ernesto Hernández Olmos. Ernesto is an artist and musician who specializes in making and playing pre-Columbian-style instruments, and explaining the ancient Aztec tradition of El Día de Muertos.
Saturday November 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ofrenda decoration from 10 to 11:45 a.m.
Musical ceremony Noon to 1 p.m.
Flower offering for visitors 2 to 3:30 p.m.

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