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By Ludella Awad
If you’re strolling through Nob Hill, you might want to take another look at these old city treasures.
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1) Astro Zombies
For 20 years, Astro Zombies has been serving the community in a world of fun and pop culture.
Mike D’Elia, the owner of Astro Zombies, said he appreciates every person who walks through the front door, even if they are just looking around for a few minutes
Other than providing the fun and pop culture side of today, he said he also hopes to provide a great experience through his customer service.
The community is vital to Astro Zombies and D’Elia said he looks forward to continuing to be a valuable asset to Nob Hill.
“Without the community, Astro Zombies does not exist,” D’Elia said.
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2) Off Broadway Vintage Clothing and Costumes
From movie stars and fancy vintage costumes to makeup and accessories, Off Broadway Vintage Clothing and Costumes, is ready to dress the town in style.
Off Broadway Vintage Clothing and Costume shop has been in business for 35 years. They pride themselves on their antiques that can be seen on movie stars, the University of New Mexico students, and people from all over the world.
The store sells high-end, vintage clothing from the last century through the ‘80s. Whether its a timeless piece someone is looking to add to their closet, or a costume just to rent for an event, Off Broadway has options.
Susan Ricker, the owner of the store, shares her passion for helping others pick out clothes for the right event.
“I love being in Nob Hill — it is the only place I want to be. It is a great atmosphere and there are a lot of families that shop here.”
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3) Guild Cinema
Guild Cinema has been around for 53 years, showing a variety of films that are underrepresented, including documentaries, older movies, foreign movies, and experimental films.
Guild Cinema formed partnerships with many local organizations around the city 15 years ago. Co-owner of Guild Cinema, Keif Henley, is very passionate about the films that are shown at the theatre.
“I would like to think we offer an exchange of ideas and culture here — a window to a larger world,” Henley said.
He said he would like to see younger people come to Guild Cinema, but he is grateful for the diversity amongst the people that attend the movie showings already.
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4) 66 Diner
66 Diner is locally owned and shares an authentic and historical experience to customers in Nob Hill. Once a Phillips 66 gas station during the ’40s and ’50s, 66 Diner now preserves a part of New Mexico history rarely found at other restaurants.
Because of its rich history, 66 Diner attracts many tourists from all over the world, enchanting patrons with its style and delicious cuisine.
Cassie Brown, manager of the diner, said Albuquerque is a very unique city that has great features.
“We really appreciate their [community’s] support through the 33 years we have been open,” she said.
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5) Sachs Body Modification
If any tattoo shop has a long-standing history with Nob Hill, it’s Sachs Body Modification. Tattooing and piercing the community and visitors of the Duke City for 27 years, Sachs continues to hold the spotlight in Nob Hill. They provide a variety of body jewelry to add a whole new look, as well as providing high quality tattoos. Additionally, Sachs is the first to start vegan inks in New Mexico.
Sachs offers customers a consultation by appointment in preparation of a new tattoo or piercing. Sachs is also well known to the University of New Mexico students who come through.
Owner of Sachs, Callen Gurule, said, “We’re constantly changing, so if you haven’t come to visit us for a while, come stop by and check us out.”
By Calgary Maez
As the 23rd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man: Far From Home is one of the best films Marvel Studios has put out. It’s also one of the best Spider-Man films ever made with amazing storytelling, great acting from Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Samuel L. Jackson, and the rest of the cast.
Spider-Man: Far From Home picks up right where Avengers: Endgame left off. As Peter Parker has come home from helping to save the universe, a much-needed summer vacation with all of his friends is much needed. However, Nick Fury hijacks his vacation and has him team up with the mysterious Mysterio to help fight elemental beings.
Have you ever gone on vacation only to have the experience ruined by constant phone calls from work, pulling you away from your fun? Imagine being a high school teenager on summer vacation in Europe who happens to be The Amazing Spider-Man and has to save the world halfway across the globe.
What works so much in the film is the fantastic casting choice for the characters. Tom Holland is the perfect Spider-Man and gives the character so much heart that you can instantly relate to him. He tackles being a superhero while also wanting to be a normal teenager around his friends and trying to spend time with his high school crush, MJ. Spider-Man is one of those grounded superheroes who have this immense responsibility as a superhero but also want to lead a normal life. Tom Holland nails this perfectly and makes you really feel and sometimes relate with his character.
Jake Gyllenhaal also gives a phenomenal performance as Mysterio. This mysterious ally is one of the best newcomers to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and plays a fantastic role throughout the film. The costume designs for him and Spidey stand out the most as they make them look so much more comic book accurate on-screen. The visual effects for both characters stand out as well, especially for scenes with Mysterio. Visually, it’s one of the best looking Marvel films to date.
With action scenes and dynamic casting, the film is a beauty to view. Spider-Man: Far From Home is one summer blockbuster filled with twists and turns that you don’t want to miss.
Poster courtesy of IMDb.
By Chris Castellanos
In a genre of music that celebrates the constant flexing of sex, cars, money, and drugs, one artist, Griff Lamar, decided to take a step back before diving into the alluring shimmer of the professional hip-hop scene. Back in 2012, thousands of people knew Lamar when his song “Super Swag” played on BET’s “106 & Park.” Finding himself in a spotlight, which he had been so eager to grasp, Lamar wasn’t satisfied. For Lamar, there were voices where there weren’t any before, questioning his actions: What does my music mean? What am I saying? Will I be proud of what I have done with my voice? Lamar took a hiatus promising himself that if he ever was going to come back to hip-hop, it was going to be with something to say from the heart.
Fast forward to the start of 2019, Griff Lamar was featured by KRQE for his remake of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, staged at the KiMO Theatre. ABQ-Live had a chance to sit down with Griff Lamar and discuss how he plans to move forward in his return.
Can you tell us about yourself?
Griff Lamar, Air Force Veteran, college graduate, father. That should have been first honestly (laughs). Jack of all trades, I film my videos, I edit my videos. I write music, I have a very particular way of doing things that help me to accomplish what I want. I have a lot of ambition and it’s always been there. I am a person who makes it happen, if I want it I get it, nothing is going to stop me.”
Can you tell us a little about your song “Super Swag”?
I was going to UNM during that time. To be honest, it was something to do. I had just gotten out of the military. Because of the military, I had the benefit of going to college. I was more focused on the music. With the success of “Super Swag”, I gained a lot of confidence — it was like I knew this is the route.
To be constantly working is something that seems embedded in our culture, especially for a creator. While on your break, did you feel a lot of pressure to get back to creating music, or were you content in your hiatus?
I have to tell you why I stepped away first: I was conflicted about the message I was giving. I was on that whole wave of doing what everyone else was doing. Being young in your 20’s living that life, going out, partying, drinking, smoking, all of the above. –it was conflicting for me because I may have been living that lifestyle, but it wasn’t something I was necessarily proud of. I had a daughter at the time and as she got older, I started to realize: What am I instilling in her? What am I going to tell her as far as what she should and shouldn’t do? She can look back on me and literally look me up on YouTube. That was a big part of it. I wanted to keep my morals whether or not I saw that quick success.
I had thousands of views on YouTube, but I deleted them because I wasn’t proud of them. I didn’t know what I was going to talk about, but I knew that I didn’t want to talk about that lifestyle anymore. I didn’t want “Super Swag” to be my whole image and that’s it. There is so much more depth to me not only as an artist, but as a person and I didn’t feel that I had the opportunity or platform to really show that. I wanted to please everyone or not please but I wanted the approval. All [of] that made me want to step back. I want to make sure that I look back at what I did and be proud of it, even if they [fans] don’t like it.
In your new songs. “Energy” and “Talk About It,” the idea of a complex past keeps coming up. Can you explain why that is?
Even during the “Super Swag” era, there were plenty of songs that were more emotional, that came from my heart that had to do with my personal experiences with relationships, but those didn’t get as much attention as “Super Swag.” I wrote “Talk About It” during the “Super Swag” era, and there were other songs that I planned to release. “Talk About It” was a song I never really got behind because it was also during a time when I was wondering if I wanted to keep doing this.
Hip-hop and rap started out almost therapeutically to tell the stories of those who seemingly had no voice. How do you explain the shift from real-life struggles to a more materialistic brag?
It’s always been a part of it, even back in the early ’90s and it was so easy to get swept up into it. It’s not like I was lying. I had girls, I had money, I had friends and that whole lifestyle– it was just an aspect of my life I never wanted growing up. I know I wanted to create, I wanted to be appreciated for my talents. That whole lifestyle was a product of my environment. All of us are kind of caught up in this space where we pretend like it is the best thing to live that way, but the reality is that we are using this to cope with our issues — that’s what I was doing. I’m not going to shun people for doing that, because I know, I lived it. I know how easy it is to get sucked into that. I just can’t glorify that kind of lifestyle anymore.
Are there any influences in the music or crazy music video ideas from your experience in the Air Force?
The Air Force introduced me to some really close friends. You meet people from all over and y’all bond up, you’re tight and then go our own ways. I’ve had some of my best friendship experiences in the Air Force because I lived everywhere growing up. This was the first time I got a chance to get familiar with the area. If you asked me where Central and Wyoming are, I could tell you — that was one of the best aspects of the military — a bunch of people in an unfamiliar area and we grew to know it as well as each other. As far as writing music, not right now. As I delve deeper to tell my story, I’m sure it’ll come up.
Authenticity is another running theme in your music Can you talk about why that is important to you?
I experienced this rare thing where everyone was my friend and no one was at the same time. I didn’t have anyone checking on me or asking how I was doing I had people asking if I wanted to go party or if I knew where the party was. No one cared about asking about me. They wanted to tell me about their cousin who raps, their brothers, sisters, uncles, their mom. They wanted to tell me about all these people who hated me and then I would see these people in person and they would make a beeline for me, shake my hand, pat me on the back and tell me I’m doing a great job. I didn’t know how to feel about it. I think everyone wanted to be cool with me because they didn’t know how far I was going to go. They would say how they really felt with friends, but in public show open support to me and it was confusing. I honestly had more respect to the people [who] stood by what they said about not liking me or my music.
The way I was raised, you communicate your differences. Communication was the way you bridge the gap between personalities and differences. It comes up in the music because it’s a reality. I’m not going to pretend I don’t have my issues, because I do, just like everyone else, but I am self-aware. I don’t get in my own way and if I do, I have people around me who are going to help me.
What are your plans for the future?
I definitely wanted to shoot a music video for “Energy,” [so] I’m putting things together for that. I have a couple of other songs that have already been released that I am not actively pushing for I also plan to do videos for. I am starting a clothing line, and I designed my own logo. I am really trying to dig my hands into every aspect of this. I’m going to hit the ground running, go places. If you like good music, good art, I’m your guy. More than anything good work that I’m proud of.
Griff Lamar’s new music can be found on Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud, and YouTube.