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If you like your political agenda hammered in with rusty nails, you’ll like Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros. His nonstop social-realist carnival of sorrows included works like Mine Accident, Collective Suicide, and Echo of a Scream. Even non-Spanish-speakers will understand that his 1951 canvas Monumento a Cuauhtemoc: El Tormento marked a nadir of despondence. The works he painted in the ’60s and ’70s evidence fewer folks sporting balls and chains but remain unmarked by prevailing art-world trends (read: happy colors). Up until his death in 1974, Siqueiros held firm to his gloom ‘n’ doom edge. Tonight, Museum of Latin American Art Director Gregorio Luke takes you to the dark side in his in-your-face slide-illustrated lecture on the artist’s life and work, “Siqueiros’ Murals Displayed Lifesize,” at 6 p.m. at the Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. $10. For reservations call (202) 728-1628. (Jessica Dawson)