Uke “U” | Bookmans Ukulele University

June is Music month here at Bookmans because, well, we like music. A significant number of our employees, both past and present, are musicians. Our Bookmans Peeps play professionally, are in bands, teach music and take the craft seriously. Music is another key part of the Bookmans identity so we thought it would be perfect to host some ukulele workshops. Why go to Ukulele University? Lets have a look at the basics of this charming little instrument and find out what makes it so popular!

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Mesa | Top 5 Local Pet Adoption Agencies

Posted in Core Values on 22 Jun by

If you have never owned an animal or you are currently in the market for one, NOW is the time to act. The are many rewards to adopting a new animal, but the road to finding your perfect fur-ever friend may be a long one. You start with a lot of  questions. Why is adoption so important? Where should I adopt from? What are the pros and cons of adopting from shelters as opposed to breeders? We collected some of our favorite pet adoption agencies near Bookmans Mesa to help you find the right pet for your family.

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First Look | Wonder Woman Reviewed

Posted in Merchandise, Reel Chat on 21 Jun by

“It’s a sacred duty to save the world and it’s what I’m going to do” – Diana, Princess of the Amazon. It finally happened. The powers that be in Hollywood finally brought Wonder Woman to the big screen! Folks flocked to the theaters and the reviews are in. Let’s take a look at what Bookmans employees thought of the much anticipated film adaptation of DC’s popular female superhero (or heroine); the one and only Wonder Woman!

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June’s Tunes | Top 5 TV Theme Songs

Posted in In Our Stores, Musical Notes on 20 Jun by

You know them by heart. You clap along when appropriate. They are the sounding bell for many TV binge sessions. Of course, we are talking about those completely recognizable TV theme songs. From the classics like “Come and Knock On My Door” from Three’s Company to more recent ones like Malvina Reynolds “Little Boxes” on Weeds, these short, catchy and on-point songs help sell the show and set the mood. So sit back, pop some corn and chill as we count down our Top 5 TV Theme Songs courtesy of Bookmans Midtown.

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5 Forever Favorite 90’s TV Shows

Posted in Job Postings, Uncategorized on 19 Jun by

Where are all my 90’s kids at? It was a decade that gave us some of the raddest video games in history(in my opinion). It was a decade that brought us the struggle of renting a VHS tape that the person before you didn’t rewind. If you remember that then chances are there are probably pictures of you in a bright neon wardrobe inside an old photo album, hopefully buried away at your parent’s house. Don’t worry, we don’t have to get into all that. Let’s focus on the good and dig into some of the great 90’s TV shows that you still remember watching today. There was the pop culture Bel-Air family, the daily adventures of being a rugrat, and the yellow cartoon family who is perhaps the most popular family in the world. The best way to re-cap these great shows is to watch them again. So with a little help, here are a few of my favorites from our 90’s childhood!

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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June’s Tunes | Top 5 Great Video Game Soundtracks

Posted in Musical Notes on 16 Jun by

June is Music Month here at Bookmans and we’re putting the spotlight on one genre that doesn’t get enough attention. Video game soundtracks make great background music for work and play because they are designed to enhance the setting and mood of a game, while not distracting from the gameplay experience. We use some of our favorite soundtracks to set the mood for our work, while we are in the office, as well as when relaxing at home in the tub. We present to you a few great video game soundtracks to use as background music for your life.

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Six Degrees of Binge Watching Movies

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 15 Jun by

Once a month, for movie night, my friends and I like to play a game called “Six Degrees…” An example is “Six Degrees of Marilyn Monroe” or “Six Degrees of Mel Brooks.” The way it works is we choose a movie star and everyone brings a DVD to watch (the cast must include that actor). For the best results, we try to bring some “B” movies or indie films for binge watching. It’s always fun to see how they started out!

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Winner Wednesday | The 36th Chamber of Shaolin at FilmBar

Posted in Contests & Giveaways, Reel Chat on 14 Jun by

**CONTEST CLOSED**Cinemania is a new monthly film series at FilmBar in Downtown Phoenix that highlights all-time favorite genre films on the big screen. Hosted by Dan Stone of The Unfathomable Film Freakout, Cinemania celebrates the essence of FilmBar – Phoenix’s true indie cinema. Since opening in 2011, FilmBar has made it their mission to preserve the art of independent film in the local community. The innovative programming of Andrea Canales and Dan Stone has attracted many accolades including Phoenix New Times Best of Phoenix “Best Independent Theater” and Phoenix Magazine’s Best of The Valley “Best Cinema.” Specializing not only in the latest independent and foreign films, but in local, cult and classic films, FilmBar offers something for everyone. On this Winner Wednesday, we give away two tickets to Cinemania: The 36th Chamber of Shaolin at FilmBar on Saturday, June 17th at 10pm in Downtown Phoenix!

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June’s Tunes | Original Songs by Arizona Bands

Posted in Musical Notes on 13 Jun by

In honor of Music Month, we’ve gathered some of our favorite songs by our favorite bands. It just so happens that these bands reside right here in Arizona – when they aren’t touring the globe, that is. By elevating Arizona to international levels, these home-grown musicians are taking the multifaceted culture of our community on the road and showing the realness of Arizona on a world stage. From Cumbia to Blues to Afrobeat to Mariachi to Mambo, check out what amazing talents we have right here in the Grand Canyon state. Take a listen and find out how these Arizona bands are reinventing vintage sounds through original compositions in order to create an alchemy of tradition mixed with innovation. The best part is that we can catch all of these bands playing live shows in Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff. So whether you buy a ticket to their next European show or get out and dance to the following songs at a local venue, make sure to show these incredible Arizona musicians some love.

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Now Hiring | Musical Electronic Repair in Tucson

Posted in Job Postings, News, Uncategorized on 12 Jun by

***THE POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO APPLIED*** Bookmans is hiring for our Musical Instrument Repair Shop based in Tucson! We are in need of an experienced Musical Electronics Repair Technician and we think it may be you! Join our amazing team at the Bookmans Instrument Repair Shop based out of the Bookmans Resource Center. You can get a full description of the job below then apply online today!


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Bookmans Mesa Giveaway | Win a Ukulele

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 09 Jun by

Aloha a me ke alohaia mai Bookmans heluhelu!  (Hello and greetings Bookmans readers!) It is June’s Tunes month, which means we are showcasing our love of all things music.  Of course you already know we have your favorite video games, books, electronics, movies and toys, but did you know we also sell both new AND used instruments?  That’s right! We have a large assortment of musical tools that are sure to let loose your inner rockstar. Grab a guitar, drum set, trumpet or ukulele. Have a gig coming up? Prepare yourself as we carry a large assortment of strings, supplies, mics, and amps. We know what you’re thinking and YES, you can even use your trade credit!


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Listen Up | Bryson Tiller’s New Album ‘True to Self’

Posted in Uncategorized on 08 Jun by

Surprise! If you haven’t heard, Bryson Tiller had an early release of his new album True to Self. Time to drop in with a review. I’ve been exploring this album since its unexpected release last week, and there is still a lot to drive in to with 19 tracks and a 58 minute runtime.

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Bookmans Midtown | Top Album Recommendations

Posted in Musical Notes on 07 Jun by

It’s June’s Tunes here at Bookmans! The store to explore has mad love for all things geek and that includes music. Whether it’s classic rock like Zeppelin, funk like George Clinton or something a bit softer like Joni Mitchell, we love all types of tunes. That’s why we asked our Musical Instrument Department at Bookmans Midtown to share their favorite albums. These albums never get old for our team members, with each album serving as an introduction to their love of music. Maybe you’ll know a few mentioned here or gain a new favorite yourself.

Album Recommendations

Artwork by Joe Fanning

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Ticket Tuesday | Rebelution at Mesa Amphitheatre

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 06 Jun by

**CONTEST CLOSED**As summer heats up in Arizona, a little beach-inspired relief is headed to the Valley of the Sun. California roots & reggae band, Rebelution will grace the Mesa Amphitheatre stage on Thursday, June 15 at 7:00 p.m. Along with fellow bands, Nahko and Medicene for the People, Rebelution brings their unique brand of reggae, roots, calypso and ska-infused jam-band grooves to town. Gather up the flip flops, beach towels and cold drinks! Don’t miss this opportunity to channel some coastal breezes at this stellar summer concert. Tickets start at $35, but not to worry: this Ticket Tuesday, we’re giving away two tickets to see Rebelution live in Mesa.

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Our Top Musical Movies for Summer

Posted in Merchandise, Reel Chat on 05 Jun by

It is June’s Tunes month here at Bookmans and with summer in full swing, the kids home from school and everything hot enough to practically explode, no one wants to do much straining and that includes what you watch. Musicals are the perfect choice for a feel good film that will be enjoyed by everyone. Here are our top picks for the summer!

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Bookmans Grant Clearance Sale

Posted in In Our Stores on 05 Jun by

We’re at it again! Bookmans Grant will be hosting another clearance sale this weekend. We recently moved our inventory from our Grant location to the new Bookmans Midtown location at 3330 East Speedway Blvd. just east of Country Club Rd. Bookmans Midtown is up and running and ready for you to come buy, sell and trade. With that said, we couldn’t bring everything over, we just had too many books. We love books and want to make sure these fabulous titles find their way into good homes, so we are having another GRANT LOCATION CLEARANCE SALE!

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Evolution of Wonder Woman | From Amazon Princess to Warrior

Posted in Bookie Blog on 02 Jun by

“Beautiful as Aphrodite, wise as Athena, swifter than Hermes, and stronger than Hercules.” With these words Wonder Woman creator, William Moulton Marston set out to create the ultimate feminist icon. There were plenty of superheroes that were role models for boys, but what about girls? Great Hera! 

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Tune In This June | Free Events At Bookmans

Tune in this month for June’s Tunes at Bookmans! All month-long we host an orchestra of fun-filled events sure to be music to your ears. From instrument workshops to performances and giveaways, we’ve got you covered for the month of June. Our stores will embark on a state-wide celebration of the marvelous world of music, so stay tuned for events at Bookmans!

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3 Ways To Be An Amazon | Channeling Wonder Woman

Posted in Reel Chat on 31 May by

The day has come! Not only are we getting solo female superhero movies, but the daughter of Zeus herself will be making her debut on the big screen. Early reviews predict this movie to be a hit and we’re not surprised. Audiences will fall in love with Diana Prince AKA Princess Diana of Themyscira, founding member of the Justice League, demigoddess and warrior princess. It’s no secret we have mad love for the purveyor of justice and a Ms. Magazine CoverGirl. Just ask Todd our Event Liaison in Mesa. In anticipation of Wonder Woman’s theatrical debut, we’ve created The 3 Ways To Be An Amazon.

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Geeking Out | Freddy Krueger Films

Posted in Uncategorized on 30 May by

Many people know and love Freddy Krueger. It’s true! No, you’re not dreaming. How many horror villains seem to have as much fun as Freddy? Most slash kingpins show so much hatred or a sense of other worldly compulsion. Yes, Freddy is as evil as Jason, but Freddy has FUN! He uses his imagination to dream up some very twisted, yet original ways to kill helpless sleepers. Who can forget the poor girl who was turned into a bug and squashed in a bug trap? Or the teen who wanted to be a star on TV so Freddy welcomed her to primetime by shoving her head in a TV? Classic.

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