Artist Carlos Hernandez sees dead people. Well, to be completely accurate, he sees — and paints — dead musicians. He depicts the musicians, all of them among his favorite performers, in traditional Día de los Muertos style, as skulls. He adds lyrics, dates, names of locations and other significant phrases to each image.
For this, the sixth annual ''Day of the Dead Rock Stars'' art exhibit at Cactus Music, the theme is Till Death Do Us Part. (It’s also Cactus Music's fifth anniversary at their current location; for more on that, check out the Music section’s Playbill previews.) Included among the portraits is Tupac (shown with a bandanna around his head and the words ''Cradle 2 The Grave'' and ''Me Against the World'' written across his face), Elvis (a black skull adorned with the words ''Graceland,'' ''Girls, Girls, Girls,'' and ''It's Now or Never”) and Selena (a crown floating over two hearts emblazoned with the words ''Amor Eterno''). Interestingly, Selena is one of the few musicians Hernandez has chosen not to depict as a skull. ''I just couldn't draw her that way,'' he tells us.
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Other portraits in the show include Mike D of the Beastie Boys, Etta James and Gil Scott Heron. There's an opening reception with the artist 6 to 9 p.m. October 27. Regular viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 7 p.m. Sundays. Through January 31.
Mondays-Sundays. Starts: Oct. 27. Continues through Jan. 31, 2012