The self-portrait of Frida Kahlo

Vibrant artwork, sultry Mexican abodes and adventures in bisexuality — Frida Kahlo’s life is the stuff of legend. The Self Portrait: The Life of Frida Kahlo, a full-length modern ballet premiering tonight at MECA, brings a version of that legend to the stage. Kahlo’s famed unibrow and habit of dressing in traditional Mexican costumes will take a backseat to the struggles, passions and dreams of the artist and revolutionary, including her lifelong health problems (she was often confined to bed), the philosophies behind her paintings and her frenetic relationships, especially that with the muralist Diego Rivera (they married, divorced and remarried). Infused with the surrealism and symbolism of her self-portraits, the show features an original score performed live by members of Mariachi MECA. 8 p.m. 1900 Kane. For information, call 866-468-7621 or visit www.meca-houston.org. $6 to $10.
Fri., April 4, 8 p.m., 2008
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Julia Ramey