The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo

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 Leon Trotsky among her lovers, and Nelson Rockefeller and Henry Ford among her friends. Although plagued by ill health since contracting polio at the age of six and 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 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
The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo
Sun, Jan 3, 5pm
50 pesos

Documentary and Discussion
Ghosts of Machu Picchu
Tues, Jan 5, 5pm
50 pesos

Live Music
Open Mic
Tues, Jan 5, 7:30pm
50 pesos (includes drink)

Live Concert
Wed, Jan 6, 7pm
120 pesos

Documentary and Discussion
Terror in Paris
Fri, Jan 8, 5pm
50 pesos

Documentary and Discussion
The Royal Maya Massacre
Sat, Jan 9, 5pm
50 pesos

All events at: Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
154 7524

Sunday, January 3 at 4pm, join us for a documentary and discussion on 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.

Wednesday, January 6 at 7pm Shelter presents a live concert featuring the gypsy jazz of the 1930s, TZIGANE. Almitri Tzigane began his sound odyssey by researching the origins of rock music. He went backwards in music history, listening and reading, to the early 1900s in New Orleans, an era that won his attention with its incredibly rich mix of gypsy jazz, blues, rag time, and bossa nova. Tickets are available at La Biblioteca and online at 120 pesos.

Friday, January 8 at 5pm, join us for a documentary and discussion on the Paris attacks as we present Terror in Paris. Who in the world can be considered immune from the dangers of terrorism after the City of Love comes under attack? That question has plagued citizens, governments, and law enforcement agencies throughout the world since the recent onslaught of brutality in Paris. 50 pesos.

Shelter Theater is part of the Shelter VG4 Cultural Center. It is located at Vicente Guerrero 4, a 10-minute walk from the Jardin down Insurgentes. Telephone 154-7524 or visit to see upcoming events. Taxi service available. Shelter VG4’s theater and class/performance space are available for rent. We welcome ideas for events!


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