Did you miss Friendsgiving 2.0? We tossed out that turkey and gravy and got all New Mexican with fresh Tamales, beats, drinks and of course friends! Friendsgiving 2.0 was on Wednesday, Nov. 23rd at Q Bar inside Hotel Albuquerque. Enjoy the full photo gallery and video below!
Con-Jikon returned to the Ramada hotel in Midtown on Nov. 17-18 to once again help Albuquerque dive into the creative world of anime and gaming.
The anime and gaming convention was created by students from the University of New Mexico in 2013. This year marked the sixth convention for the event. On top of engaging with fans of the anime and gaming community Con-Jikan strove to inspire attendees with its programs. The convention kicked off with an free day that took place Nov. 16 before the regularly scheduled convention giving attendees a free taste of what they could look forward to for their weekend.
Featuring an array of guests including the voice talents of Michele Knotz and James Carter Cathcart the convention promised a day of fun for attendees. Cosplayer’s flooded the halls of the convention as they showcased an array of characters from their favorite video games and animes. In a special treat cosplayers even received the opportunity to compete with each other during Con-Jikon’s Masquerade on Nov. 17 where both novices and professionals pitted there talents against each other in front of a panel of judges. Contestants let there creativity unleash as they not only showcased their outfits but performed choreographed dances or acts. Some winners included a dark comedy routine by a Michael Myers and Jason cosplay from their respective horror movies and video games as well as a Holo and Kraft Lawrence cosplay from the anime Spice and Wolf who splendidly performed to the song The Fox by Ylvis.
Those interested in competing in games were not left disappointed either as interested individuals were given the chance to participate in a Super Smash Bros tournament and Fortnite tournament in which they were able to play against other competitive attendees.
Competitions were not the only thing that attendees were able to look forward to however as an array of panels were also available including one titled “Original Character and Comic Museum” that tackled the origins of many of popular fictional heroes who began as original characters including the likes of Marvel’s Deadpool and Detective Comic’s Harley Quinn.
Outside of the panels and competitions attendees of the event were able to enjoy merchandise from multiple local and nonlocal businesses. Many of the merchandise matched the theme of the convention and included prints of famous gaming and anime characters as well as hair pins and accessories.
Con-Jikon ended with closing ceremonies on Nov.18 with the conventions official twitter page posting a picture of another one of the activities it had made available to attendees, a drawing board which allowed participants to draw freely on sheets of white paper posted. At the end of day two the board was filled with the art of several attendees.
“Here’s our drawings board at the end of Day 2. Again we would like to thank all of the artist who decided to contribute to the image board. With that we will see you again next year,” Con-Jikon tweeted to both new fans of the convention and old.
Images by ABQ-Live intern photographer Naomi Romero
Cup, Sweet Cup!
Anyone who lives in New Mexico can tell you that the sunsets here are indescribable. Pink and orange never seemed to look so good until the sun painted them together in the horizon. Rays of light beaming in every single direction, bright enough to blind a driver on their way home. Cotton candy clouds begin to blanket the sun as it sets behind the cherry-colored Sandia Mountains. An experience only New Mexicans are lucky enough to experience.
Now imagine being able to drink that sunset; taking in orange and pink layered flavors, with cherry-colored pearls floating up and down the horizon, and finally topped with a sky blue cloud of cotton candy. Well you can, at Albuquerque’s very own Sweet Cup Espresso and Boba Bar.
Boba tea is a Taiwanese drink that primarily focuses on black, green, and milk based drinks. Traditionally, it is served with tapioca pearls called “Boba”, meaning “big pearls”. Being that it is not widely known in the United States, Sweet Cup took the initiative to add some familiarity by adding coffee into boba tea. “It’s seriously super delicious! We wanted everyone to experience
something unique,” says Robert Punya, owner of Sweet Cup.
Sweet Cup not only offers a wide variety of drinks, but also have a selection of mouth watering pastries and breakfast options. One of which includes musubi, a popular lunch food from Hawaii that is composed of spam in between two blocks of rise wrapped with nori. While you’re at it, scoop up a strawberry croissant sandwich for your boss to explain why you’re late to work; you just couldn’t decide with all the incredible options at Sweet Cup!
Try everything in sight, just don’t forget to Instagram it! Sweet Cup doesn’t only make their drinks taste delicious, but look delicious, too. Tweet a photo of your milk tea topped with a mini donut. Instagram your ombré sunset colored drink topped with Sweet Cup’s famous whipped cream cheese and cereal. Couldn’t pick a single tea? Take a Snapchat of their duo cup! Whatever you do just don’t forget to tag them @sweetcupabq to brag to your friends where you get your aesthetically pleasing and scrumptious breakfast.
If that’s still not enough to get you try something new and delectable, you get 10% at Sweet Cup when you dine-in at their father company, Poki Poki Cevicheria. Equally as delicious and colorful. Join their FiveStar rewards, and get a free boba tea after you buy ten boba tea drinks, which should not be hard considering how often you will go here.
Sweet Cup is the new up and coming, so why wait? Invite all your friends and family to the Grand Opening on November 17, 2018 from 9 a.m to 9 p.m and be the friend who knows what’s hip and happening.
November 13, 2019 by Ana Gutierrez
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