The Beautiful and the Profane

El Diablo's Día de los Muertos Celebration and Tattoo Artist Skull Show actually got its start four years ago at Jesse Morreale's defunct Cherry Creek eatery, Tambien. But it was in the next year, when it was reincarnated at the newly opened El Diablo, that it really took off. And why wouldn't it? Tattoo artists and El Diablo are a match made in heaven, especially when entwined around Day of the Dead imagery – and, more specifically, skulls. Art skulls that would look great on the mantle of any biker's pad. As chef Sean Yontz noted back then, "Some of them are just crazy-looking!" That said, don't expect the run-of-the-mill at El Diablo's fourth annual Día de los Muertos party, beginning tonight at 8 p.m.

Along with the skulls, the evening's centerpiece, there will be food and drink specials, muertos-style face-painting by Indie Six Salon, and spins by DJ Gonzo. Silent bidding on the dozens of dark artworks will be accepted throughout the evening (proceeds benefit the Mi Casa Resource Center), and a happy hour with $1 tacos starts up at 11 p.m.

El Diablo is at 101 Broadway; admission is free, but reservations are recommended due to the expected crowds. For information, visit www.eldiablorestaurant.com or call 303-954-0324.
Tue., Oct. 30, 8 p.m., 2012

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