Fateful correspondence: Nacha Mendez
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