Looking for a family-friendly Day of the Dead celebration like no other? Leave it to Sacramento’s first professional Mexican folk dance company, Calidanza. On Thursday, Oct. 19, this 18-member dance troupe will bring high-energy performances to Crocker Art Museum’s outdoor courtyard for Noche de Muertos! Organizers promise a “complete, immersive experience” with not only jaw-dropping dance routines, but also “fantastical costumes” on display by designer Rory Castillo and his Catrina Catwalk Fashion Show. Plus, enjoy a light show by George Holden (who has worked with everyone from Santana, to Jefferson Airplane, to Van Morrison, no big deal!) and live music from San Francisco’s Vinic-Kay, an experimental group of Folkloric musicians. For more information and to snag tickets ahead of time (which we strongly suggest), visit or Students and youth are just $14, Crocker members are $16, and general admission tickets are $20.

**This write-up first appeared on page 11 of issue #250 (Oct. 9 – 23, 2017)**