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Unread 03-10-2010, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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So, another question I have is what kind of night life is there? Any jazz places? How's the diversity? Crime areas? etc.
The night life is somewhat limited, but it is there if you look for it. But you might want to be warned that a couple major Downtown dance clubs have shut down over the last couple years (and keep in mind there aren't really that many clubs in that club strip to begin with).

I'm not sure if there are jazz bar type of places (if you are mostly interested in jazz as something to have in the background while you drink and talk). For jazz in the foreground, one place to check is the Outpost (which doesn't program jazz exclusively, but presents a fair amount of it): Outpost Performance Space | Presenting jazz, folk & roots, experimental, international, youth programs, spoken word, visual arts and more There is also a series of jazz concerts every summer (though often with an emphasis on Latin jazz): Upcoming Events - The Albuquerque Museum - City of Albuquerque (http://www.cabq.gov/museum/events.html - broken link)

And hey, I've never even heard of this Kosmos venue listed here: Home

There are lots of places to go salsa dancing, which is a good thing in my book, but not matter to you. There are opportunities for other types of dancing as well, including classes, parties, club nights, etc. The night life here can appear worse than it actually is, in my opinion, if one expects to see a concentrated area with lots of things happening. What people sometimes miss is that there are venues scattered across the city. (For instance, one of the premier salsa nights is held at a restaurant, the Cooperage, some distance from the more obvious Downtown or Nob Hill/UNM areas.)

You should peruse the weekly paper the Alibi for night life coverage: Upcoming Events - The Albuquerque Museum - City of Albuquerque (http://www.cabq.gov/museum/events.html - broken link)

You could also check the monthlies, Local IQ (Local IQ - HOME) and albuquerqueArts (:: albuquerqueARTS :: Albuquerque's monthly magazine of the arts) for more arts-oriented coverage.
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Unread 03-11-2010, 03:47 PM
 
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Have you visited during the summer? Too hot (and too many people) for my taste. May be different for you but one thing you should always try to do IMO is visit places during their worst time of year weather-wise. Rather than possibly finding out after you move that you really dislike the place for months on end each year.


Check out Home, also the Jazz and Blues (http://www.nmjazz.org/Jazz_and_Blues.aspx - broken link) page under the main site. The latter is a weekly series of concerts that the Albuquerque Museum hosts during the summer. Haven't been to any (we just moved here 2 months ago) but am going to check them out this summer. Also see the Jazz Deconstructed and Jam Sessions pages listed under the Events menu on the main site.

Not into clubbing so not sure how lively the jazz club scene is here. The El Rey Theater (The Historic El Rey Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico) hosts national touring musicians, including a number of blues bands/players. The City of ABQ has a listing of venues (including clubs) on their website (Venues Alphabetic Listing - Music - City of Albuquerque (http://www.cabq.gov/music/venuesalpha.html - broken link)). Not sure how up-to-date it is but you can check out some of the links to the individual venues there.

We are planning a trip in August. Is that a good time to visit to experience the summer at it's peak? We haven't purchased tickets yet so if another time is better let me know. We're not into clubbing either but we do enjoy a nice night out every now and again but when we do go out we like to keep it low key and a night of dinner, wine and jazz has always been a good fit for us. laid back is our style.
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Unread 03-11-2010, 04:07 PM
 
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August will give you a taste of our monsoon season. July will show you how hot it gets. September and October will make you fall in love with our climate.
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Unread 03-11-2010, 04:12 PM
 
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August will give you a taste of our monsoon season. July will show you how hot it gets. September and October will make you fall in love with our climate.

x2 September will lull you into submission... in a good way.
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Unread 03-11-2010, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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We are planning a trip in August. Is that a good time to visit to experience the summer at it's peak? We haven't purchased tickets yet so if another time is better let me know.
August weather can be a little unpredictable because of the monsoon season mentioned. I would say June or September are better times to visit than August or July, both for weather and selection of events.
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Unread 03-11-2010, 10:04 PM
 
Location: the great SW
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I'd visit both places - Phoenix and Albuquerque - in July. Why not experience both of them at their worst? Although it's really not that bad here
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Unread 03-12-2010, 02:33 PM
 
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I thank you all for your suggestions. Looks like I'll be making a trip July to experience the weather. I'm sure once I experience the heat at it's peak the rest of the year will be acceptable. I am curious about the monsoon season. Does this bring any flooding. This is a season I have never experienced so what should I expect during that time?
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Unread 03-12-2010, 02:47 PM
 
Location: New Mexico USA
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Does this bring any flooding.
You have some flooding in some areas...

It gets discussed frequently: http://www.city-data.com/forum/12308348-post44.html


Rich
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Unread 03-12-2010, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Exit 242
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Harold, you might want to check out this site for the goings on: St Clair Vineyards .

I'll also second AptNomad's recommendation of the Outpost and NM Jazz workshop - great music events. If you're going to hit Santa Fe, this is a good venue - http://www.lensic.org/.
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Unread 03-13-2010, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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I'll be moving to ABQ in January for school. Are there any hip-hop/dance clubs??
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