Albuquerque will soon be on the map again. This time, for hosting a Regional Level Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Nov. 16. 

No other "Yu-Gi-Oh!" event of this caliber has been hosted in Albuquerque since 2008.

Many who grew up in the early 2000s remember an anime series called “Yu-Gi-Oh!” and its numerous sequel series’. What is less known is that the card game played in this shows still thrives with an international competitive community.

The crowd was small, but the laughs were loud in the University of New Mexico's Student Union Building Ballroom during the first-ever Cards Adjacent Humanity Tournament hosted by the student organization Tabletop Tavern on Nov. 9, 2019.

Students were welcome to hang out, enjoy the food and play the popular adult card game Cards Against Humanity, or other games, during the four-hour event. It was $5 to get in, and everyone had the chance to win one of three prizes: the Cards Against Humanity Green Box extension pack, Monopoly for Millennials or a $21 gift card to Spencer’s. 

As for the tournament itself, 18 players were divided into three tables. The groups played until only two people remained from each table. The six winners then joined for a final game where the first person to get five black cards won the main prize. The players continued until someone else won second place, and then again until someone won third.  Whenever a winner was declared, everyone in the room applauded them energetically with a standing ovation. 

A new mural in Downtown Albuquerque showcases the enthusiasm, spirit and spectator lifestyles of New Mexico United fans. Hundreds of photos taken at United games mesh together to create a huge black-and-white collage, completely covering a wall on the corner of 2nd Street and Coal Avenue. 

Noé Barnett is the artist behind the piece, an Albuquerque native and graduate of Volcano Vista. He told the Daily Lobo he worked at the Albuquerque Police Department for a couple of years before leaving to follow a career in the arts, which included attending art school at the University of New Mexico (UNM). 

It was a sunny autumn morning, just a few hours after the second freeze of the season. The leaves had started to change color but hadn’t yet fallen, and the ABQ Botanic Garden was especially quiet — the summer tourists had subsided for the season, and the mid-morning hour catered mostly to retirees and parents with small children.

Some days, the docents explained, they have to go out into the park to cajole people into listening to their talk but, on this day, that wasn’t the case. Nine people, including a couple of cooing toddlers with their parents, a collection of retirees and a UNM graduate student listened to the docents as they made their way around the looped curandera garden path.

The Spanish word curandera refers to a traditional healer that practices a combination of traditional Indigenous and Catholic remedies. Curanderas are called on to provide treatments for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual illnesses.

Nuts about Piñon

As the autumn days grow shorter and the nights grow longer, a number of New Mexicans indulge in the picking of pine nuts — commonly known as piñon in the Southwest and pinyon in the rest of the U.S..

Many families across the state take time out of their days to harvest the tree nut between the months of September and November. 

Bernadette Jaramillo, a youth minister at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, said she usually takes her family out to collect piñon during the years when the tree nut is being harvested.

Boo at the Zoo offers ghoulish experience for all ages

Ghouls and gals were welcomed into the Albuquerque Biopark Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo on Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The Albuquerque BioPark has hosted some type of Halloween event every year for the past 30 years. This year, Boo at the Zoo was a fundraiser and all of the proceeds benefit additions and renovations for the zoo as well as the aquarium and the botanical gardens. 

There were many activities for all ages to enjoy including trick-or-treating stations all around the central part of the zoo. In previous Boo at the Zoo events, there was small candy tables throughout the zoo. Candy vendors didn’t discriminate — whether people were young, old or anywhere in-between, they were given a large handful of candy. 

UNM Undergraduate Art gets spooky

The University of New Mexico’s Fine Arts Department welcomed the public into their building for art, candy and costumes during an Open House.

Last Wednesday, undergraduate artists enrolled in art department classes had the opportunity to showcase their work and share their passions with the public.

Specific departments included Art Education, Art History, Art and Ecology, Ceramics, Experimental Art and Technology, Painting and Drawing, Printmaking, Photography, Sculpture, Arita Porcelain, Graphic Design and Foundations. 

Open Mic Uni Night encourages students to share talents

From singing to guitar, and stand-up to spoken word, the Student Union Building filled with laughter and entertainment at the Open Mic Night of Oct. 25, as part of Uni Night at the University of New Mexico. 

Monthly Uni Night events are funded by student fees, inviting all students to take a small break from their studies to participate in these social gatherings. This month was the first Open Mic Night for Uni Nights.

There was no competition between each performance. Instead, anyone wanting to share a talent was encouraged to do so.  

UNM MFA students showcase artwork

The University of New Mexico’s Master of Fine Arts students opened up their studios to the public to discuss craft and the origins of inspiration last Thursday, Oct. 24.

Each studio incorporated immersive lighting and sound techniques to best accompany artwork ranging from photography, needlework, sketches and poetry. The artists' work explored developing themes unique to the students’ backgrounds and identities.

The Daily Lobo had the opportunity to speak to four MFA students about their art pieces, as well as their artistic journeys. The event took place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Art Annex and Mattox Sculpture Center. Light snacks and music were provided.

Three scares for your October

If you're in search of a couple of chills and thrills now that spooky season is upon us, you've come to the right place. Here at the Daily Lobo, we’ve got you covered with scares for all types of guys and ghouls and anyone in between.

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