Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) is known for her iconic unibrow almost as much as her art. Her creativity blossomed during her explosive marriage to fellow Mexican painter Diego Rivera, when she posed for a series of self-portraits that became emblematic of her painting career. But Kahlo wasn't just an artist – she was a conduit for the creative energy around her. At 18, she suffered injuries in a bus accident, which left her with nearly a dozen fractures in one leg and a broken spinal column, collarbone, pelvis and ribs. The remainder of Kahlo's adulthood was marked by profound pain, yet the cultivation of her self-image transformed her into a legendary figure whose life became part of her art. Kahlo's collection of photos gives a glimpse into her world. But they don't just give us an idea of what Kahlo found visually compelling – the pictures reflect a highly personal (and professional) emotional intimacy with fellow artists such as Man Ray and Edward Weston. Nearly 60 years after her death, the Museum of Latin American Art displays “Frida Kahlo, Her Photos,” featuring more than 200 of Kahlo's photos. Quetzal and Metralleta de Oro play the opening-night party on Saturday, followed by the free, communitywide Fridamania Women's Day Festival on Sunday, with a look-alike contest, discussions about Kahlo and contemporary female artists presenting their Kahlo-inspired work. Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach; Sat., March 15, 7:30 p.m.-mid.; free for members, $20 for non-members; show runs through June 18. Fridamania Women's Day Festival, Sun., March 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; free. (562) 437-1689, –

Sat., March 15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 03/15/14)

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