To mark the centennial of Frida Kahlo’s birth, Instituto Cervantes is holding a series of Frida-related events throughout July. On Friday, July 6 at 7.45pm, I’m reading a piece I wrote called Frida Kahlo and the Order of Pain. It’s about the artist’s posthumous international media celebrity and its emphasis on her suffering. Admission is free; come over and bring everyone. Monobrows not mandatory, but if you really want one so you can express your solidarity with Frida, my friend Chus will bring his eyebrow pencil and help you.
Instituto Cervantes is on 855 T.M. Kalaw Street in Ermita, next door to Casino EspaÃ±ol, between Taft Avenue and San Marcelino. If you’re driving, look for Masagana Department Store on Taft. If you’re taking the train, get out at the United Nations station. For more information visit http://manila.cervantes.es.