On the eve of All Hallow’s Eve, Unfiltered descended on deepest, darkest downtown Manhattan’s most bewitched street (Broome) for a celebration of spirits (tequila) and Death (the illustrated poem anthology). The SoHo pop-up Death Newsstand and speakeasy, free and open to the public Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, is hosted by Espolòn tequila, which recruited a slate of Latin literary, art and music stars for its special-edition Death magazine.
The publication, featuring R&B star Miguel on the cover, is dedicated to calaveritas, Mexico’s traditional illustrated poems that originated in the 19th century and have oft served as relatively safe outlets for political satire. Contributors include mortician and Smoke Gets in Your Eyes author Caitlin Doughty, actor Mishel Prada (from Starz’ Vida), RuPaul’s Drag Race star Valentina and Love Potions author Valeria the Mexican Witch, who is also offering complimentary readings at the pop-up bar. “Follow your intuition to get what you want,” Valeria told Unfiltered, channeling our ancestors. “Get close to your inner magic, discover your gifts, and share them with the world.” Espolòn is doing its part this Día de Muertos to help artists share their gifts with the world, donating $25,000 to PAOS GDL, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting artists from the tequila brand’s hometown of Guadelajara.
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