[Photo provided by Clare Britt]
[Frida Fest is the last chance to view the exhibit titled "JosÚ Guadalupe Posada: Legendary Printmaker of Mexico."]
Frida Fest lineup
• Noon – Lakeside Pavilion park features Mexican food vendors and craft artisans
• 1 p.m. – Activities including salsa lessons, cooking demonstrations, hair braiding and loteria games begin, plus painting a mural with Glen Ellyn's Mike Venezia, author and illustrator of the popular children’s series titled "Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists." The Miss Mexican Heritage contest will be hosted by the Mexican Cultural Center of DuPage in the MAC's Belushi Performance Hall, with a $10 suggested donation.
• 3 p.m. – Lakeside Pavilion hosts Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl. The nationally acclaimed folk dance troupe was formed to preserve Mexico's folkloric dances. Currently under the direction of Juan Manuel "Nery" Cruz, the 35-year-old, Aurora-based company has been hailed as “a kaleidoscope of color, shape and motion” by the Los Angeles Times.
• 5 p.m. – Live music by Mariachi Monumental de Mexico, whose members have shared the stage with acclaimed artists from Pepe Aguilar to Jose Feliciano and Lila Downs.
• 7 p.m. – Artrageous, a troupe of 12 artists, which delivers a high-energy performance combining visual art, live music, singing, dancing and humor to convey the message that the arts are an integral and valuable part of human existence and fun. The performance will feature the live creation of paintings of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo on stage as the company performs a mix of musical styles from pop to country.
* Noon to 6 p.m. art exhibit – Cleve Carney Art Gallery director and exhibition curator Justin Witte will offer free tours of the traveling exhibition of "JosÚ Guadalupe Posada: Legendary Printmaker of Mexico." Posada, who lived from 1852 to 1913, was a Mexican political printmaker and engraver whose work influenced many Latin American artists and cartoonists. His work, often featuring skulls and bones, captured all aspects of daily life in Mexico City from 1889 to 1913.
Frida-inspired attire is welcome at the fest. Seating and participation opportunities for free events and activities are on a first-come basis. Outside alcohol is not permitted onto the property; neither are coolers, kegs, umbrellas, tents and skateboards. In case of inclement weather, outdoor activities will move indoors. Frida Fest is sponsored by the DuPage Foundation.
If you go
WHAT: Frida Fest
WHEN: Noon to 9 p.m. Sept. 8
WHERE: Lakeside Pavilion at the McAninch Arts Center on the College of DuPage campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn
COST: Free admission and parking
INFO: AtTheMAC.org, 630-942-4000; Frida2020.org