This Week: Frida Kahlo look-alike contest coming Saturday

Frida Kahlo is the rare artist whose own image is so distinctive that it’s become an icon of popular culture – reproduced on T-shirts, jewelry and household goods – perhaps because the self-portrait was one of her favorite genres.

On Saturday, La Raza Galeria Posada will hold what’s being billed as Sacramento’s first Frida Kahlo look-alike contest. The event will last from 1 to 7 p.m. at 2700 Front St. in Sacramento, and will kick off a group exhibit opening that day that pays homage to Kahlo.

The exhibit will feature work by Martha Rodriguez, a self-taught San Francisco artist whose work includes images of Kahlo.

Contestants can come as adult Frida, childhood Frida (Fridita) or as Kahlo and her husband, Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. For more information, go to www.lrgp.org. Each entry costs $20.

The gallery is encouraging contestants to post pictures of themselves in their Frida and Diego getup to Instagram using the tags #sacfrida, #sacramentofrida2014, #sacramentofridita, #sacramentofridadiego2014 and #iglrp.

Mary Lynne Vellinga

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Rancho Cordova residents can get tax refund help

A workshop to help eligible Rancho Cordova residents apply for tax refunds from the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District will be held Tuesday. The community workshop is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Anatolia Clubhouse, 11828 Chrysanthy Blvd. in Rancho Cordova.

A supplemental special tax that helps pay for fire-suppression services in the Sloughhouse/Rancho Murieta area was approved by property owners in 2000, but it was mistakenly levied on 3,841 additional neighboring parcels from tax year 2005-06 to 2012-13. Primarily affected were property owners in Rancho Cordova’s Anatolia neighborhood, according to Metro Fire officials.

During the workshop, sponsored by Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, property owners can receive assistance in completing and submitting their refund applications.

Seafood is on the grill at Sacramento Co-op class

The Sacramento Natural Food Co-op is offering a two-hour course Thursday on grilling seafood. The 6:30 p.m. class at the co-op learning center, 1914 Alhambra Blvd. in Sacramento, is $40 for co-op members; $49 for non-members. Instructor Dionisio Esperas will share tips on choosing and grilling seafood as he prepares dishes such as bacon-wrapped diver scallops with apricot chili glaze and cedar-planked jerk salmon with tomato chutney.

Info: www.sacfoodcoop.com

Concerts in the Park returns to Chavez Plaza

After taking a break for the Fourth of July, the weekly Concerts in the Park series is back at Cesar Chavez Plaza in downtown Sacramento at 5 p.m. Friday. The rock/reggae band Arden Park Roots is on stage along with Young Aundee, The Denver J Band, and other acts.

Info: downtownsac.org/events/concerts-in-the-park

Sacramento celebrates Bastille Day on Sunday

French culture will be celebrated at midtown Sacramento’s fifth annual Bastille Day celebration from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at 18th and L streets. The street festival features its trademark “Waiters’ Race,” with participants trying to balance trays of water glasses as they run from the start to finish line. Proceeds from the race benefit The Alliance Française de Sacramento and the Sacramento French Film Festival.

Info: sacramentobastilleday.com

New AAA gas price survey due Tuesday

Energy analysts expected Sacramento-area and California gas prices to slowly decline with the approach of the Independence Day weekend, but that has not been the case, as a rise in crude oil costs has been driving at-the-pump prices higher in recent weeks. On Tuesday, AAA will release its monthly gas price survey, breaking down at-the-pump costs at locales throughout the state.

Info: Check for details at www.sacbee.com