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Dia de los Muertos procession returns for First Friday

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The annual Dia de los Muertos procession and performances return to Carbondale for First Friday on Nov. 1, as the Crystal Theatre brings in Woody Allen’s new film and the Main Street Gallery and Framer shows new paintings by Virginia Broyles.

On the film front in the historic Dinkel Building,  “Blue Jasmine” features Cate Blanchett as a socialite divorcee after her marriage to a wealthy businessman (Alec Baldwin) collapses. Deeply troubled and in denial, she dates a series of men, attempts to build a life and slowly learns how to count on herself to survive. “Blanchett’s bravura performance is tinged with haughtiness, dry humor and madness,” wrote Claudia Puig in USA Today. “It’s one of the year’s finest, most complex portrayals, in one of Allen’s best films in years.” The film starts at 7:30 p.m. and runs for 1 hour, 40 minutes. At 5:30 p.m., the Crystal Theatre also presents the documentary “Inequality for All,” which looks at Robert Reich and his theories about the effect of the growing divide between America’s rich and poor.

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The Main Street Gallery and the Framer, at Fourth and Main, hosts a reception for Broyles from 5 to 8 p.m. Her new show is titled “Earth and Sky” and features paintings from around Western Colorado.

The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities teams up with Thunder River Theatre from 5:30 to 9 p.m. for a celebration of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The evening begins at Thunder River Theater for performance, poetry and puppetry. Out of the Mud Puppet Theater will perform a story around Dia de los Muertos with students from the Waldorf School. La Gata Negra, from Mexico will perform a piece around a South American legend, La Llorona (the weeping woman) as well as songs and Mayan poems. TRTC performers will present ritual and performance as well. At 6:30 p.m., a procession from Thunder River Theater to the Third Street Center will commence. “Everyone is welcome to be part of the procession to honor the dead,” said a CCAH spokeswoman. Costumes, candles, lights, puppets and people will end up at the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities to feast on tamales and traditional food and enjoy the art and altars created by folks around the valley. For more information go to: www.carbondalearts.com.

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Elsewhere around town:

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• Also at the Third Street Center, The Shops of First Friday will be offering their wares from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The lineup includes the Floral Boutique, Killer Cakes and seven other businesses. Lisa’s Hot Mess stays open until 7 p.m.

• The Carbondale Clay Center at the east end of Main Street opens its Holiday Invitational from 6 to 8 p.m. More than 30 local and national artists will offer functional pottery and small ceramic sculptures.

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• American Legion Post 100 serves dinner at $7 per plate starting at 6 p.m.

• Marcel (Majid) Kahhak will paint live at his studio/gallery in the Dinkel Building from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

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• Other Carbondale businesses will also be open late and offering specials.

First Friday happenings

  Crystal Theatre featuring Woody Allen’s new movie “Blue Jasmine” in the historic Dinkel Building.

  The Main Street Gallery and the Framer hosts a reception for Virginia Broyles from 5 to 8 p.m.

at Fourth and Main.

  The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities teams up with Thunder River Theatre from 5:30 to 9 p.m. for a celebration of Dia de los Muertos (Day of

the Dead).

  The Shops of First Friday at

the Third Street Center will be showing and offering their wares from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

 The Carbondale Clay Center

at the east end of Main Street opens its Holiday Invitational

from 6 to 8 p.m.

  American Legion Post 100 serves dinner at 6 p.m.

  Marcel (Majid) Kahhak will paint live at his studio/gallery in the Dinkel Building from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

  Harmony Scott shows her new fall designs at 199 Main St.

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