03 March, 2015

Frida: As Remembered In Opera And Food

Frida Kahlo's painting, "The Bride Frightened at Seeing Life Opened". Image courtesy of npr.org.

Image courtesy of michiganopera.org.
This is a simple post, but one close to my heart. Frida Kahlo, the early 20th-Century Mexican painter, is one of my favorite artists. I love her creative skills, her political passions, her open-mindedness towards gender and sexuality, and I love that she loved food. So you can imagine how happy I was when I saw that the Michigan Opera Theater in Detroit will stage an opera called Frida starting on March 7th. How exciting that Frida will be revered in song, but even better is that three local Mexican chefs will create special menus to commemorate her. They will serve dishes like posole and three different moles: negro Oaxaqueño (black), rojo (red poblano), and amarillo (yellow). Yum, yum! I can't get out to Detroit, but it warms my heart and stomach to know that such a special event is taking place there. ¡Salud!

Mexican posole. Image courtesy of nytimes.com.

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