A Message For Music Lovers

The days are getting longer, the weather is warming up and summer events all over New Mexico are accommodating our inner party animals.

Want to experience live music under the sun without traveling to California for Coachella? Look no further than Taos, NM. Cali may have Lady Gaga and DJ Khaled, but Taos has guitars, cadillacs and hillbilly music! That’s right, Dwight Yoakam will be performing live along with The Mavericks and The Last Bandoleros at Kit Carson Park on July 29. You don’t have to journey too far from home to watch a Grammy Award winning performance. Click here for more details and ticket information.

Taos has become a hotspot for outdoor concerts over the years. There will be many other musical festivities held in the park throughout the summer season. A star-studded lineup consists of bands like Ozomatli, Michael Franti and Spearhead, as well as classically trained artists from the Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

Distance doesn’t define an adventure. These activities are well within reach for fellow New Mexicans. There is no shortage of instate entertainment!

Over the Rainbow

It’s that time of year again!

Albuquerque is hosting the 41st annual PrideFest this weekend. Everyone is encouraged to join the celebration of the LGBTQ community. Click here for event dates and times!

Photo by ABQ Live – Albuquerque Pride Parade 2016

As we enter the summer season, we have the opportunity to reflect on the history of Albuquerque Pride. PrideFest symbolizes liberation for the gay community.

A lot of recognizable change has taken place over the last 48 years. In June of 1969, the Stonewall Uprising marked our country’s launch into the gay rights movement. Men and women protested for equality at the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan, New York. The building has since been named a national monument in honor of the pivotal change that took place there.

Before the series of New York riots, individuals who didn’t see themselves as straight were encouraged to keep their sexual orientation to themselves. Judy Garland – best known for her role playing Dorothy Gale in the Wizard of Oz – was an early activist for equality.

Garland’s support and acceptance of the gay community fostered hope for millions of people who were tired of hiding who they truly were. Rather than openly identifying as gay, they would introduce themselves as “a friend of Dorothy.” Her death in 1969 is rumored to have sparked the Stonewall protests.

News of the rebellion spread internationally, and now the historical event is observed worldwide around the same time every year. Albuquerque’s first march for gay rights occurred in 1976. Less than 30 people walked in this parade. Although they were small in numbers, the tradition they began was carried on and has grown into the large celebration we know today.

Every year, we continue to see progress in the equal rights movement. Events such as PrideFest help to raise awareness of the contemporary issues the LGBTQ community faces. These festivities also allow us to celebrate how far we’ve journeyed on the path to equality.

Photo by ABQ Live – Albuquerque Pride Parade 2016

We have witnessed a substantial amount of positive change in recent years, but there will always remain room for improvement.

As we continue to take pride in who we are and what we stand for, we draw closer as a community.

In the words of Dorothy, “Somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.”

 Written by Brianna Mortensen



Props to the Master

Imagine Thor without a hammer, Cast Away without Wilson the volleyball, or Back to the Future without a Delorean. These are only a few examples of movie props that have played essential roles in their films.

Photo courtesy of Joshua Aragon – Actor Michale Shannon is propped by Aragon in preparation for a scene.

Acquiring props for a production is possibly one of the most important jobs in the film industry. The coordinators behind each material detail on set are known as property masters, or prop masters for short.

Joshua Aragon is a local prop master who was has been in the entertainment business since he was 5 years old. “I am in charge of everything an actor touches, picks up or eats,” he said. “I maintain all props on set with the actors.”

A scene cannot be shot without props. It is important to recognize that every aspect of a movie is carefully choreographed and planned. The presentation that audience members interpret is crafted down to the tiniest detail. This could be a bag of chips sitting on a counter in the background or a phone hanging on the wall.

Audiences don’t typically pay attention to every single object in each scene, but it’s important to note that no object is naturally occurring. Everything we see has been placed by prop masters like Aragon.

He has a script he follows, just like actors do. He thoroughly studies each of his scenes and manages all of the props for those scenes for the duration of the film.

Aragon has worked on several sets for major motion pictures like Sicario and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. His involvement in such well-known productions has allowed him to interact with countless successful showbiz members.

Photo courtesy of Joshua Aragon – Chris Hemsworth discusses a scene with Aragon on the set of Horse Soldiers.

“I have been blessed to work with some of the biggest names in the industry,” he said. Denzel Washington, Jennifer Aniston, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Wahlberg and Jerry Bruckheimer are among hundreds of notable entertainers that Aragon has met while on the job.

Photo courtesy of Joshua Aragon – Aragon poses alongside producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

Although Albuquerque is his home, Aragon’s favorite perk to managing props is traveling. Movies are rarely filmed in one place, so he gets to see the country while also befriending his childhood idols.

Aragon gives back to his Albuquerque community through his contribution to the film industry. “New Mexico benefits from film tremendously. We are constantly buying, renting and building props locally,” he said. His last film had a $600,000 budget for props, and 90% of those funds went to local businesses here in New Mexico.

We don’t often think about the importance of props because they are abundantly present in every film. However, movies cannot be made without them.

Aragon is currently working on his 30th major motion picture. He explained that his job is not easy, but the people he works with make it enjoyable. “My experiences have been amazing,” he said. “I love how we’re all family.”


Who’s going to plan the wedding?

Planning a wedding is simple, said no one, ever.

The typical bride-to-be believes the day she ties the knot is the most important day of her life. It’s not easy making sure that special day is perfect, and it’s definitely not a task to take on alone. That’s where professionals like Raelene Dorame come in.

Dorame is a local event planner for the Journal Center Courtyard Marriot. Although she was born in Tularosa, NM, Albuquerque became her home over 30 years ago. Her passion has always been hospitality, and planning events in the community is a skill she continues to develop.

For every special occasion, there is a checklist. From guest lists, to catering, to décor and much more, coordinators like Dorame have it covered.

Photo by Shardayyy Photography – Unsplash

She has dedicated 21 years to preparing brides and grooms for their big moment and says that she has done over 500 weddings!

A wedding planner should keep in mind that a bride can go anywhere for help. She chooses one person to trust throughout this process and that responsibility must not be taken lightly. “It’s important to make sure I have that one on one connection with her,” Dorame said.

In an age of Pinterest and online tutorials, you need someone you can trust to help plan your big day. Dorame would recommend avoiding social media as a planning tool saying that it has a tendency to drive brides and grooms crazy. Apps like Pinterest have taken event planning to a whole new level.

“I wish that website would crash,” Dorame said regarding the popular platform.

An endless stream of ideas, most of which are unattainable, overwhelm people as they try to “DIY” their ideal function.

Planning a birthday party is one thing, but placing a pivotal experience, such as a marriage ceremony, into the virtual hands of an online catalog is not recommended. A successful wedding planner is patient and trustworthy, doubling as a reliable reference for fresh ideas.

And here’s a tip for brides: if the day of your wedding is going to be perfect, the road leading up to it will be rough.

“You’re put in very awkward situations sometimes,” Dorame said. “I’ve had brides completely fall apart.” Family members will start to argue and build tension. This puts a lot of unnecessary pressure on the bride and groom. She considers herself a mediator or counselor at times.

Photo by Andre Hunter – Unsplash

Dorame has a lot of tasks to juggle, but the most important is to keep the bride calm. “The more they’re relaxed, the more you’re relaxed,” she said. A coordinator must be a good listener. Constant communication will promote mutual understanding between the bride and planner.

Planning a wedding is hard and even unenjoyable at times, but the outcome is always unforgettable. Two people in love start their lives together, and Dorame gets to be a part of that time and time again. Her favorite part of the job is watching her brides walk down the aisle. They’re beautiful and so happy, she explained. All of the little decisions they’ve made leading up to that moment lose their significance. They chose the right person to marry, and that’s all that matters in the end. “I truly enjoy what I do,” Dorame said. “It’s a blessing to have been a part of so many people’s happiness.”


This scoop is a spoon full of sugar

Local Disney fans may be interested in the latest Albuquerque Little Theatre production. Beloved nanny, ‘Mary Poppins’ will be making an appearance in New Mexico. A cast full of professional performers has been working to reproduce this magical tale, with elaborate musical numbers from the original movie. The first show is at 7:30 pm on May 26, and will run until June 8. Tickets are on sale now. It’s going to be “supercalifragilisticexpealidocious!”

Image by: albuquerquelittletheatre.org

Netflix dropping Bob’s Burgers April 1st.

The public is outraged at the thought of losing Bob’s Burgers from their Netflix (US).

Want to try and stop it. Check the link below to write to them!


Bad news, burger fans, ‘Bob’s Burgers’ is leaving Netflix April 1st, and this isn’t an April Fool’s joke.

As of right now, Netflix’s licensing deal with FOX to stream Bob’s Burgers is ending at the end of March, and that unfortunately means the show won’t be available on Netflix.

For those less familiar, ‘Bob’s Burgers‘ follows a cartoon family of misfits who own and operate a small burger joint. Something akin to Family Guy and The Simpsons, the series has fit in nicely with the rest of the FOX lineup and has been a ratings winner for the network.

The show has seen a surge in popularity as of late, which has likely led to higher licensing costs, and thus Netflix had to pass on re-signing a contract for the series. It’s also possible that FOX is planning on another exclusive deal with a different service, perhaps Hulu or Amazon Prime.

Interested in requesting that Netflix keep ‘Bob’s Burgers’ stay on the service? Netflix has a handy page where you can submit your favorite movies and TV shows. We’re no sure who is paying attention at the other end of the line on this form, but we do know that Netflix picks their content based off of what people are demanding. You can put in a request here.

In general we expect more of our favorite titles to disappear from Netflix as time progresses. Their strategy is heavily focused on bringing in more Netflix originals and less on licensing content from third parties.

Netflix is Removing Bob’s Burgers April 1st – Here’s How to Request it Stays

New MIXico – ABQ-Live’s 2nd Annual State-Wide Bartending Competition. April 1st, 2017

NMBC Final Logo



ABQ-Live presents the 2nd annual NEW MIXICO, state-wide bartending competition.

32 bartenders, 5 rounds, 1 state-wide champion!

Many will enter, only a select 32 will be able to compete.

Sponsored by Beam Suntory

A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation

DATE: April 1st, 2017

LOCATION: The Library Bar and Grill, Downtown Albuquerque, NM

TIME: Noon to 6 pm.

How to Enter:

New Mixico Sign Up

Find all the Competition Details HERE

THE WINNER will be selected by virtue of collection of all 4 rounds of points. The point totals increase as the rounds go on.  

Top 3 bartenders receive trophies.  Winners will be featured in ABQ-Live the Magazine.  The winner will receive a Vegas Vacation Package courtesy of The Library Bar and Grill.


Additional Sponsors include


Here is why you should be excited for Albuquerque Comic Con 2017!

Who doesn’t love Comic Con? It’s one of the few times a year where like-minded people with very nerdy interests unite. Nerds rule Comic Con, and let’s face it, the nerdier the better! And this year Albuquerque Comic Con is going to be awesome!

If nothing else, 2016 did give us “Rogue One” and “Stranger things,” so we know the cosplay is going to be incredible. Oh, and speaking of “Stranger Things,”  Barb is coming straight from the Upside down to be one of many guests at this years event. Not to mention several other amazing guests to meet, ask questions and take pictures with including Bam Margera, Ryan Hurst, Austin St. John, Victoria Atkin, Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Tom Sizemore and Kel Mitchell (yes, Kel from “Kenan & Kel”!) For a full list of guests and panels, visit albuquerquecomiccon.com

The cosplay contest and guests are reason enough to go to Comic Con, but luckily there are many other reasons to attend this year’s event: panels, photo ops, and a Foosball Shootout Tournament just to name a few. Artists and vendors will be gathering to showcase local art inspired by the many themes of Comic Con. Not to mention, rare and hard to find comic books and collectible items in mint condition are usually up for barter or trade.

The fun begins Friday January 13th where events will start and continue until Sunday January 15th. Usually, Saturday is the biggest day where most of the events take place but there will be events taking place each of the three days.

Take a look at some of the RAD photos we took at last years Comic Con, right here!


Here’s a rundown of what’s going to be happening next weekend!


Friday January 13th


Preview Night for all VIP ticket holders and 3 day passes or special Friday only badge.

Doors open at 4pm

Closes at 8pm

7pm Doubletree Bar Comedy with Lucas Corvatta and Special Guests

8pm-12am Doubletree Lower level Karaoke


Saturday January 14th

Doors open at 10am

Dealer Room shuts down at 8pm

After Hours events

9pm Karaoke Doubletree Lounge

DJ will be playing until midnight

10pm Hotel Andaluz Costume Bazaar


Sunday January 15th

Doors open at 10am

Event Shuts down at 6pm

Wind down Mixer Double tree bar 7pm-?

Dave Chappelle to host SNL November 12th!



This might be the biggest announcement for Saturday Night Live in the past decade. We can only hope there is some Half Baked references somewhere along the line.

For more info check it out here:



LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 25: Dave Chappelle performs to a sold out crowd onstage at the Hollywood Palladium on March 25, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 25: Dave Chappelle performs to a sold out crowd onstage at the Hollywood Palladium on March 25, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)