Fate­ful cor­re­spon­dence: Nacha Men­dez

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS -

Chavela Var­gas was a gen­der-fluid Costa Ri­can singer of Mex­i­can rancheras who was ru­mored to have had a lengthy ro­man­tic cor­re­spon­dence with Frida Kahlo — though she claimed to have burned Kahlo’s let­ters. In­spired by the idea of this miss­ing di­a­logue, singer and com­poser Nacha Men­dez com­mis­sioned 15 women artists to write their own love let­ters to the fa­mous painter. Men­dez presents her spo­ken-word per­for­mance, Love Let­ter

to Frida, at 5 p.m. on Sun­day, July 23, at the Scot­tish Rite Cen­ter (463 Paseo de Per­alta), ac­com­pa­nied by cel­list Chase Mor­ri­son and vi­o­lin­ists Si­tara Schauer and Carla Koun­toupes. Tick­ets are $35 in ad­vance and $40 at the door; visit www.nachamendez.com.

— Jennifer Levin

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