Retablo Paintings

Sure, you ask the Lord for world peace and good health. But aren’t there other moments that bring you to your knees? In the colorful oil paintings of Mexico City brothers Hugo, Daniel, and Louis Vilchis, hookers inspire religious devotion. In one of the Vilchis’ many untitled works, in a motel room strewn with clothes and a tell-tale pair of sleazy thigh-high boots, a man prays, “God bless you, dear Virgin of San Juan, for healing me from an infection that I contracted when I was with a prostitute.” On display through June 30, these retablo panels—traditional, religious-themed Latin American paintings on wood—provide teasing commentary on spirituality and repentance. Roy’s BBQ, 4903 ½ Rainier Ave. S., 723-7697, Free. 6 -9 p.m. ERIKA HOBART

Sat., May 3, 6 p.m., 2008

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