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¡Qué viva Mexico! Especially in Queens.

The Museum of the Moving Image will host a special Day of the Dead celebration and launch a related film mini-series on Friday, Nov. 2.

Members of the Mariachi Nuevo Amanecer Academy will perform traditional Mexican songs, followed by a presentation of dance, poetry, and music from a troupe that specializes in Aztec culture, starting at 4:15 p.m. in the Café Area. Mariachi Nuevo Amanecer, a Queens-based nonprofit that promotes Mexican culture, will then offer singing and lessons on mariachi instruments like the guitarrón and vihuela.

Admission is free. (In fact, museum admission is free every Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

The celebration will continue with a screening of the Academy Award-wining animated film “Coco” in the Redstone Theater at 5 p.m.

With voice work by Gael Garcia Bernal and Benjamin Bratt, this 2017 Pixar movie follows 12-year-old Miguel, who wants to be a famous singer like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. However, his Mexican family has forbidden music in the house ever since his great-great grandmother was betrayed by a rising entertainer many years ago.

Day of the Dead is an ancient annual ritual during which family members pray for their departed relatives and friends to support them on their spiritual journeys. In “Coco,” the tradition sends Miguel to the Land of the Dead, where he meets the very ancestors who banned music. This is his chance to change this ban, but he also has to deal with finding out that Ernesto de la Cruz has a sordid past and evil nature.

Coco” will show two more times on Saturday, Nov. 3, and Sunday, Nov. 4, at 11 a.m.

Tickets are $15.

Coco” is part of the Day of the Dead celebration, but it’s also part of the ongoing Family Matinees (Oct. – Dec.) series, which presents family-friendly movies on most Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. (This includes Sensory Friendly Screenings on the first Saturday of every month. These events are tailored for youngsters who have issues with full darkness and high volume. The lights are dimmed, but not turned off, and the sound is softer.)

The next movie in the Family Matinees (Oct. – Dec.) series is the 1978 version of “Superman,” which stars Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder. It will show on Saturday, Nov. 10, Sunday, Nov. 11, and Monday, Nov. 12, at 11 a.m.

The Museum of the Moving Image is located at 36-01 35th Ave. in Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.

Images: Museum of the Moving Image

 

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