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October 31, 2013 at 6:02 AM

Get outta town: Yakima’s dead, Portland’s Sherlock, Vancouver’s flamenco

Just can’t face that Halloween TP’ing job from the neighbor’s kids? Need to get out of town this weekend? Here are some more reasons to go:

GO EAST

muertoswebCelebrate the dead in downtown Yakima, where the Yakima-Morelia (Mexico) Sister City Association sponsors its annual Altar Exhibit and Community Celebration in honor of Dia de los Muertos, a traditional celebration of remembrance in Latino cultures. It’s a blend of Aztec traditions of remembering the dead and the Catholic celebration of All Saints Day and All Souls Day, a tradition brought by Spanish conquistadors. Community groups from around Yakima have created altars in the festive tradition. Free; 106 S. Third St., Yakima.

GO NORTH

Clap your hands, stamp your feet and celebrate another Hispanic cultural wonder: the flamenco. Head for Vancouver, B.C., for the first weekend of the 12-day Vancouver International Flamenco Festival. This weekend includes a free forum with Spanish flamenco scholar Estela Zatania; a Saturday performance by Olga Pericet Cia, known as one of the most innovative figures of the current flamenco scene; and Sunday workshops with Cia. The festival continues through Nov. 10. Various costs and venues.

GO SOUTH

How will you fare solving a mystery in 19th century London? Find out when you visit Oregon Museum of Science & Industry’s debut showing of “The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes.” Visitors to the Portland museum will learn how Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional master detective, a scientific expert ahead of his time, used seemingly trivial observations of clues others missed to solve some of his era’s most mysterious crimes. The exhibition features original manuscripts and period artifacts, investigative tools influenced and used by Sherlock Holmes, and interactive crime-solving opportunities.  $13-$18. Continues through Jan. 5.

 

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