Before it was a film featuring the cold, dead eyes of Julia Roberts, Closer was a wildly successful British play staged at the Royal National Theatre. Written by Patrick Marber, it follows failed writer Dan, doctor man Larry, photographer Anna and the professionally mysterious Alice as they fall in love, lust and hate with each other. Prepare your scorecards, because the betrayals are as constant as they are compelling. RyBan Productions and director Christy Lopez bring the play to The Filling Station (1024 Fourth Street SW) May 7 through May 23. Tickets are $16, or $12 for students, seniors and Albuquerque Theatre Guild members. Fridays are couples night ($10 for each half), and actors rush tickets for $10 are available on Sundays. Want more discounts off of the regular full price? Bring your own red or green apple (so, no rotten ones, kids) and get $2 off. Or follow in the footsteps of obituary writer Dan and bring your self-penned death notice. Grim? Maybe, but it'll get you $5 off. Call 507-0598 for reservations, and go to fillingstationabq.com for more details.
Mark the upcoming International Fair Trade Day by attending the Fair Trade Trunk Show at Peacecraft (3215 Central NE), Saturday, May 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants include Just Cashews, Baskets of Africa, Haiti Projects Inc., Palomas Aprons ... and More!, and, well, more. For information about Peacecraft and the show, go to peacecraft.org.
Some of the most creative shows in Albuquerque come to us courtesy of VSA Arts of New Mexico and the N4th Gallery (4904 Fourth Street NW). The newest, What I Do in the Morning, asked artists to submit works responding to that theme. Organizers settled on 40 of their favorites, with nearly every imaginable medium represented. See just what it is other people do in the morning at the opening reception this Friday, May 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. Visit vsartsnm.org for info.