CULTURE KLASH: Bewitching Affairs

By on October 25, 2016

Celebrate Halloween and contribute to good causes at three community events.

Everything is more fun when donned in costumed regalia.

Everything is more fun when donned in costumed regalia.

Pins, costumes and sips

Get into the ghoulish spirit on Friday with Habitat for Humanity’s young professionals group, DIGS, during HalloWine Bowling Ball at Jackson Hole Bowl. The wine tasting is from 7 to 8 p.m., food included, followed by costumed bowling. Creative costumers can win prizes for Best in Show, Scariest, Best Couple, Best Group, and Best Creative Theme.

Habitat outreach coordinator Elizabeth Ferguson says volunteers will be on hand to pour and describe wine that local liquor stores and wineries donated for the event.

Costume contest judges are three of your favorite KHOL personalities, Ollie Tripp, Matt Donovan and Rosie Read, and KHOL station manager Zach Zimmerman is DJing.

The young professionals group name stands for Dedicated Individuals Giving and Serving. They get together four or five times a year to help with a build. Habitat’s most recent projects are two single-family homes on donated land in Alpine.

“It’s the first time we have built outside of Teton County,” Ferguson noted. Because the organization’s mission includes the greater Teton area, Ferguson said they are excited to do the expansion that their affiliate has as part of its mission.

Habitat for Humanity’s HalloWine Bowling Ball is 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, October 28 at Jackson Hole Bowl. Buy $20 tickets at the ReStore or at the door.

Creepy canvassing

Keep your costume fresh for the next day during Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance’s Trick or Vote event at The Rose. Learn how to canvass, then head out in costume to knock on doors. Circle back around to The Rose for an after party with food, drink and revelry.

This is a nonpartisan event, fun and free for everyone.

“We are encouraging people to wear costumes to make it more fun for the canvassers and the people whose doors we knock on,” explained Skye Schell, the Alliance’s civic engagement director. “Our goal is to make it fun to do democracy at a local level, and to remind voters about all the important decisions they can make at our local level.” Canvassers will walk door-to-door, reminding people to vote and providing information on how to register. “We especially hope to reach new voters, like young folks and Latinos, who haven’t voted in Teton County but care about the future of our community,” Schell said.

The Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance’s Trick or Vote canvass training starts at 2 p.m., canvassing is from 3 to 5 p.m. and an after party is at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, October 29 at The Rose.

Altar-ed art

On Wednesday, join in a  Dia de los Muertos Altar Walk around town, with altars curated by nonprofits, including the Art Association, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Dancers’ Workshop, Center for the Arts, Vertical Harvest, Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church and others.

The altars may be personal as well as artistic, based on the Roman Catholic Mexican tradition of honoring the deceased, noted Mark Nowlin, director of the Art Association. Photos, candles, food and flowers are typical offerings.

“It’s to honor the memory of people who have passed,” Nowlin said. “It will be an easy walk through town stopping to look at altars that are both personally and creatively themed.”

A special guest at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church is Cecilia Delgado-Masse, director of University Museum of Art and Science in Mexico City. Delgado-Masse is in town as part of a new partnership with the Art Association. She will curate the exhibition series “Art in Translation,” which focuses on Jackson’s Latino community.

During her visit, she will assess the specific needs within Jackson’s rapidly growing Latino community. She will meet directly with individuals and families, as well as partner organizations that serve the Latino population.

Delgado-Masse will present a lunchtime workshop on contemporary art curatorship and her role in the “Art in Translation” series in the Art Association Gallery on Wednesday. The gallery talk will be in Spanish and English and is free to the community.

“We want to reach the large Latino, and specifically Mexican community, and bridge the gap between Jackson and Tlaxcala through art,” explained project director Thomas Macker.

Delgado-Masse is also working on a show by established Mexican artists who work in the genre of social practice art for an exhibit in May 2017. It will be based on pressing issues facing Jackson’s Latino community.

Cecilia Delgado-Masse talks at noon, Wednesday, November 2 at the Art Association Gallery. The Dia de los Muertos Altar Walk begins 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 2 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, followed by a Fiesta at 6:15 pm at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church.

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Meg Daly is a freelance writer and arts instigator. She grew up in Jackson in the 1970s and 80s, when there were fewer fences, but less culture. Follow Meg on Twitter @MegDaly1

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