Alibi V.18 No.42 • Oct 15-21, 2009 

Culture Shock

The Art of Compromise

Anyone who's ever been in any kind of human relationship with anyone knows that compromise is key. Whether it's eating at a home-style buffet that closes by 5 p.m. because that's where Grandma wants to go or sitting through your best friend's mime punk band / drum circle, we all do things we may not want to out of love. Sometimes, though, it works out so that everyone gets what they want.

Let's say your date wants to go watch a horror movie (preferably with copious amounts of blood and girls), while you, cultured thing that you are, want to spend a night at the theater. Well, first of all, this relationship is most likely doomed, but not before the staging of Pizza Girl Massacre at The Box, where the pizza girl is the massacrer, not the massacree. I've been promised there will be real fake blood spurting out everywhere, so pull out that Gallagher poncho and get ready for a dirty good time. Mature audiences only, as people will say and do bad things. The show runs through Oct. 17, with shows Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10, $8 students and ATG members. Get them by calling 404-1578 or e-mailing info@theboxabq.com. Please note that the bloody vengeance will be wreaked at the old Box space at 1025 Lomas NW, not the new space on Gold. If you do go to the new location and see a massacre, please run.

But maybe you don't mind the macabre, while your sister—with whom you're trying to foster a mature relationship that doesn't involve a certain sister stealing an innocent sister's vintage clothes and ruining them—likes flowers and rubber cement. Then check out the Dia de los Muertos art workshop at the Academy Whole Foods (5815 Wyoming NE) on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 1 to 3 p.m. Learn to make papier-mâché skulls and other traditional ornaments while honoring one or more of your dearly departed. Be sure to bring $5 for materials and instructions from Kerry Bergen. Make it $10; your sister will need a loan.

And if there's one thing we've learned from this year's ongoing LAND/ART project, it's that you don't have to choose between a love of the natural environment and manipulated masterpieces. Sculpture as Analogy to Landscape runs through Oct. 25 at SCA Contemporary Art (524 Haines NW). Featuring the work of such artists as Richard Beckman, Nina Dubois and Jeff Krueger (among others), the exhibit examines the ways in which we as travelers negotiate terrain. Much of the work seeks to "be as the land." This fabulous exhibition will soon be gone, so go to scacontemporary.com for hours and to schedule an appointment.