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Mentiras Piadosas: Amores y Desamores de Frida Kahlo (Little White Lies: Frida Kahlo’s Love & Heartbreaks)

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Mentiras Piadosas: Amores y Desamores de Frida Kahlo (Little White Lies: Frida Kahlo’s Love & Heartbreaks)


Doors open at 6:30pm / Performance starts at 7pm

La Peña Cultural Center presents:Dr. Gloria Arjona and Karin Guerra in Mentiras Piadosas: Amores y Desamores de Frida Kahlo

(Little White Lies: Frida Kahlo’s Love & Heartbreaks)


Don’t worry about finding a unique date idea for Valentine’s Day weekend — we’ve got you covered with Mentiras Piadosas: Amores y Desamores de Frida Kahlo (Little White Lies: Frida Kahlo’s Love & Heartbreaks).

Mentiras Piadosas is a unique storytelling experience, exploring the lesser known side of Frida Kahlo through live music, pictures, video and “living picture” recreations of Frida’s iconic self portraits, plus dresses inspired by Frida’s life and art. Come sing along to the songs Frida Kahlo loved, while learning about her other loves and passions, her bittersweet relationship with Diego Rivera, and even her passion for her clothing, which are all evidenced in her self-portraits.

This special performance is presented by two amazing Los Angeles based women: Dr. Gloria Arjona, with Karin Guerra performing as Frida Kahlo. Professor Gloria Arjona has spent the last 10 years of her career exploring and analyzing Frida Kahlo’s loves and passions through her paintings, and mostly through Frida’s constant musical references in her art. 

The majority of the performance is in English with songs in Spanish.

About Dr. Gloria Arjona

Dr. Arjona was born in El Paso, TX and raised in Mexico City. She teaches Spanish at Caltech, in Pasadena, and is a lead singer in a Long Beach-based Brazilian jazz band. For the last ten years, Dr. Arjona has developed a distinctive way of lecturing through music, stories, media,traditional attire, and living pictures, to draw attention on the rich cultures and traditions of Latin America, in particular Mexico and the US-Mexico border. Some of Dr. Arjona’s topics are the African roots in Mexico, women in the Mexican Revolution, the origins and practices of theMexican Lotería, and the music in the visual work of Frida Kahlo.

About Karin Guerra

Karin Guerra was born in Guatemala and raised in Los Angeles, California. She is a model and an active performer at Encuentro Latino Cultural Center, in Los Angeles, where she has been involved in binational art projects between the U.S and Mexico. Since 2014, Karin has been the official performer in Dr. Gloria Arjona’s lectures related to Frida Kahlo, and has built since then her own trajectory as a professional Tableaux Vivant, living picture, performer.




*La Peña Cultural Center is wheelchair accesible.



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