The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo

By David Johanssen

Frida Kahlo persevered through a private life of illness and pain while cultivating an open and irreverent public persona. Born in Mexico in 1907, Frida became an international sensation in the world of modern art and radical politics. She counted León Trotsky among her lovers, but Nelson Rockefeller and Henry Ford among her friends. Although plagued by ill health since contracting polio at the age of six and later being involved in a horrific traffic accident as a teenager, Kahlo remained a vibrant force in art and political circles, a symbol of empowerment for women and for the disabled. The influence of traditional Latino culture on her work has led to her recognition as a figurehead for its revival.

Documentary and Discussion
Guns, Germs, and Steel Part 3
Sat, May 30, 5pm
50 pesos

Live Concert
Avant-Garde Jazz: Blaise Siwula and Israel Flores Bravo
Sat, May 30, 8pm
120 pesos

Documentary and Discussion
The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo
Tue, Jun 2, 4pm
50 pesos

Live Music
Open Mic
Tue, Jun 2, 7:30pm
30 pesos (includes drink)

Documentary and Discussion
Crop Circles: Hyperspace Gateways
Thu, Jun 4, 3pm
50 pesos

Live Concert
Joan Sibila
Sat, Jun 6, 7:30pm
150 pesos
Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
154 7524

Tuesday, June 2, at 4pm, join us for a documentary and discussion: The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo. This fascinating film features interviews with many of Kahlo’s friends, including author and historian Carlos Fuentes, along with a broad visual archive of her life, including photographs, movie clips, and paintings. 50 pesos.

Saturday, May 30, at 8pm: Avant-Garde Jazz: Blaise Siwula. Live and in concert, Blaise Siwula on tenor sax and clarinet and Israel Flores Bravo on drums. This improvisational duo mixes symbolism with explicit eccentricity in every sound, where spontaneous composition in ways unimagined weaves the beautiful and the haunting. 120 pesos.

Tuesday, June 2, at 7:30pm: Open Mic. You don’t need to perform, but if you want your 10 minutes of fame, then this is the place for you! Regulars call it the “Cheers bar” of San Miguel. You can do anything you want for 10 minutes as long as you are absolutely riveting. 30 pesos (includes drink).

Thursday, June 4, at 3pm, join us for a documentary and discussion on crop circles: Crop Circles: Hyperspace Gateways. Discover the hidden secrets of a timeless mystery in this award winning film about the greatest crop circle formations ever created. 50 pesos.

Shelter Theater is part of the Shelter VG4 Cultural Center, located at Vicente Guerrero 4, a 10-minute walk from the Jardín. Telephone 154 7524 or visit to see upcoming films and events. Taxi concierge service available to/from “Teatro Shelter.”


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