The 14th annual Halloween costume contest at the Library Bar and Grill went down on Saturday, October 27th. People came dressed in their best costume to compete for a chance to win some amazing prizes including a big screen TV, vacation packages to Mexico, Las Vegas, and lots more!!! DJ Unseen was in the house dropping the beats and keeping people dancing all night long.
Nob Hill Bar and Grill and Dj Ian Evan set the stage for an awesome night in Nob Hill with Halloween costumes, beats and drinks!
The new hot spot Blue Agave Republic stepped it up for their 2018 Halloween party showcasing their Agave Horror Show that featured spooky drink specials, DJs and a big costume contest with a prize of $300!
Last Saturday on October 27th 2018, Effex Nightclub opened it’s doors for an epic Halloween party appropriately dubbed ‘Icons and Idols’. The party never stops in downtown Albuquerque. Stay tuned for more images from this year’s Halloween parties. Be sure to stop by Effex Nightclub on Wednesday Oct. 31st for their Halloween Club Takeover, with multiple Djs providing another night of festivities at the popular downtown club.
Dj Ian Evan is throwing down Friday nights at Nob Hill Bar and Grill for his Upscale Friday Nights. Be there this Friday 10.26.18 for an upscale night in Nob Hill.
Jason Sanchez was born into a legacy of boxers. With the current boxing record of 12-0 with 6 knockouts under his belt the native New Mexican is planning on adding to his family’s lengthy legacy in boxing this Oct. 31 in Panama City.
By Nichole Harwood | Photos by Marissa Perez
Sanchez grew up surrounded by boxers and as a child he watched his two older brothers Jose Luis Sanchez and Alan Sanchez rise as professional boxers after they followed in the footsteps of their father Jose Sanchez Sr. who boxed as an ameuter.
Together Sanchez and his family have worked together to establish a legacy while chasing the dream of one of the family becoming a world champion. They have grown and stuck together even through tragedy as on April 23, 2015 Sanchez’s older brother Alan Sanchez passed away.
With his remaining brother and father Sanchez and his family persevered and together opened up Sanchez Brothers Boxing just this summer on June 1.
“Sometimes I can feel him (Alan Sanchez) here,” said Sanchez’s mother Eva Sanchez.
Despite the loss the family has continued forward positively and the opening of the gym was a large accomplishment for Sanchez and his family who said they worked together to contribute to its opening.
“It felt really good,” Sanchez said. “We all worked on the gym together, we painted it and now that it’s open it just feels great.”
In honor of the oldest Sanchez brother the gym held its first 1st Annual Alan Sanchez Memorial Boxing Show Sept. 29 which featured an ameteur boxing competition.
Now Sanchez a father of two himself and a teacher at the family gym, said his family and gym are relentless in supporting him in his career.
“I’ve always been there for their fights and they have always been there for mine,” Sanchez said.
While Sanchez is the latest link in his family’s boxing legacy he said he would support his two children if they pick up the helms and go forward as well.
“It would cool- I would let them do it,” Sanchez said.
Having gone professional just five years ago Sanchez said the transition from ameuter to professional came with difficulties as Sanchez said it wasn’t easy to get fights in the first few years. Despite this he overcame and in the last year has seen an increase in opportunities to fight, he said. Due to his opponents identity being a mystery often until a few weeks before the fight Sanchez is always training hard for his upcoming fights.
Sanchez’s brother Jose Luis Sanchez will be fighting at the National Hispanic Cultural Center Oct. 20th with Sanchez’s fight following in Panama quickly after. His upcoming fight will mark a special occasion as it will be the first fight Sanchez will participate in since the opening of Sanchez Brothers Boxing. Sanchez’s has always had a supportive family but now he will be going into the October fight with both his family and gym who are behind him constantly encouraging him and cheering him on.
“It feels good to have a team behind me,” Sanchez said.
With Sanchez and his brother helping to train members before training themselves the gym welcomes those of every age. Currently Sanchez Brothers Boxing oldest member is 45-years-old while the youngest member is only 5-years-old.
While still a young gym Sanchez himself has felt pride in his gyms team members as just recently a few children from the gym participated in there first fights, winning them.
“It was pretty cool, them winning their first fight and we were able to help them out,” Sanchez said.
Sanchez himself intends to win his upcoming fight and continue to push forward towards his dreams. Sanchez’s passion for boxing stems not only from his desire to win the world title but also from watching each family member contribute to boxing.
“Always training around my brothers and my dad and then finally opening up this gym that along with everyone here including the kids motivated me to be someone,” Sanchez said.
It’s getting hot and heavy on Friday nights at Nob Hill Bar and Grill w/ Ian Evan. Find more photos from Nob Hill HERE
The sound of a Lindsey Stirling’s violin echoed throughout the crowd paired with the haunting vocals of the lead singer of Evanescence, Amy Lee at the Isleta Amphitheater on Aug. 28.
By Nichole Harwood
With gates opening at 7 p.m. together Evanescence and Stirling delivered a dynamic show introducing a variety of music that ranged from highly energetic and joyful to soothing and melodic.
Stirling first took to the stage dancing with her iconic violin in hand as she was joined with a live orchestra and her dancers. Each songs tone rang true as she performed a variety of favorite melodies ranging from “Roundtable Rival” to “Shatter Me” in which she was joined by Amy Lee for the vocals in the latter.
Likewise in fitting with the themes Stirling and her dancers showcased a variety of costumes and dance styles often telling a story on stage as reflected by the songs.
One particularly moving performance featured one of the dancers dressed as a ballerina attempting to dance only to be shoved and belittled by her fellow dancers when she tried to match their movements. Despite the discouragement the lone dancer persists throughout the song causing attendees of the concert to watch eagerly to see how her fate would unfold by the end of the melody.
Stirling who hails from Arizona said she felt at home among the New Mexican terrain and was excited to perform in New Mexico for the first time. She thanked a cheering crowd as she revealed she grew up as a fan of the band she was sharing a stage with. Stirling expressed her appreciation in sharing the stage with Evanescence even showcasing an old video of her lip syncing the popular song by the group “Bring me to Life”.
Stirling joked about her younger self good naturedly and then spread a message of hope to crowd as she recounted her experiences and the trials she went through to get where she is today.
“I am living proof because I am standing on the stage in front of you tonight I am living proof that it doesn’t matter if someone else sees it in you or not,” Stirling said. “What matters is if you can see it in yourself.”
After encouraging the cheering crowd to follow their dreams and believe in themselves Stirling launched into her song “Take Flight” telling the crowd that the emotions in the song were the closest she can come to describing the feeling of flying.
Stirling also took a moment to share her personal feelings on subjects of depression and anorexia encouraging attendees to understand the importance of positivity and recognizing the steps many take to reach it.
“Rather than focusing on the things I want to take out of myself I focus on the things I want to add to my life,” Stirling said to the crowd.
Following Stirling’s energetic performance was Evanescence who drew cheers from attendees as Lee launched into a mix of both older and newer music. Like with Stirling the addition of the orchestra added a new element to many of Evanescence’s songs.
Many of these tracks were amplified with the emotions of old hits such as “Lithium” and “Imaginary” standing out in particular.
In true fashion to many of Evanescence’s songs the sound of the keys of the piano accompanied lead singer Lee’s voice with the singer herself playing the instrument as well for many segments. Just as with Stirling’s performance Lee was joined on stage by the violinist for a short time.
Lee thanked the attendees with vigor as she expressed her appreciation of her fans calling the audience awesome. As the evening continued both fans of Stirling and Evanescence watched excitedly as the night’s performances unfolded.
“One of the most incredible things about music is its ability to completely transport us to another place, another time, to a precious memory,” Lee told a cheering crowd.
Photography by ABQ Live photographer Michael Griego Jr
ABQ-live sat down with Santa Fe resident and ZOZOBRA LEGO creator Robert Pineda to learn about his history with Zozobra, his hometown of Santa Fe and what inspired his LEGO tribute to the Santa Fe annual tradition known as Zozobra.
Interview by Brenda Paiz
What inspired you to make a lego Zozobra?
I attended Zozofest (Zozobra Art Show) in 2016 and was in awe of all the amazing art work. After I left the event I went home and The Lego Movie was on and that got my mind going. A few months later I had came up with a design and started building. The set I made for last year’s Zozofest (2017) was much small in size in comparison to this year’s set.
How long did this particular model take and about how many lego pieces do you think it contains?
That question is a bit tricky. So I started buying parts and minifigures in January of 2018 so I wouldn’t be last minute on putting it all together. I when I was about 75% finished it was accidentally destroyed in late June. After some convincing from friends I restart putting it together in late late July and finished it in about 3 weeks. As far as actual time spent on it, I would have zero idea….too much time. To give you an idea on time it contains around 3K in pieces (mostly in the stages area) and over 140 minifigures placed in predetermined places with emotions on them varying from happiness to running to flying in like Superman and heck some people are taking selfies.
For those of us who don’t know too much about lego models, can you talk to us about the process of building something like this from scratch?
Plan in advance!! Take notes on parts you need and don’t loose those notes like I did. Prepare for the worse then watch it happen. Draw out or write down exactly how you want it to look, winging it only makes it worse. Organize legos by color. If you don’t know how to build something look up videos, get ideas from other sets and ask questions on message boards. Set a budget and be prepared to go over budget. Most of all have fun doing it.
Speaking of Old Man Gloom, will you be at Zozobra tomorrow night?
I will be. I am a member of The Kiwanis Club that puts Zozobra together so I will be working the event as a liaison for Meow Wolf who will be at Zozobra live streaming the event.
What kind of responses have you gotten from this awesome model? (media coverage, social media responses, etc.)
More than expected. KOB (Channel 4) KOAT (Channel 7) showed footage they shot of it on the news. The Chive posted a meme I made from a picture of the set. The New Mexican had pictures of it in their newspapers and social media page and ABQLive of course. Also from September 7-28 it will be at an art gallery on Historic Canyon Road.
What other models have you created/built from using legos?
Millennium Falcon, last year’s Zozobra set, random Star Wars sets, a few Lego Batman sets and Lego Brickheadz
Is there anything else that you would like our readers to know about your Zozobra Lego model?
Yeah. I built this set for kids and adults to enjoy. I put in lots of little “Easter Eggs” or tributes to people in the set. If you look at the “VIP” section I’m in there wearing a Macho Man Randy Savage shirt, some of the Zozobra crew can be seen wearing tie-dye shirts in tribute to this year’s Zozobra theme being the 60’s, I have a minifigure in the crowd that was mine from when I was kid way back in the 90’s, the mariachi band lead singer has the guitar from the animated movie Coco, I have a fire station right next to the baseball field just like at Fort Marcy park where Zozobra is burnt, concession stand and a merchandise stand…..lots and lots of little details that are way too long to list.