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Whenever I feel as though I've hit a creative wall I surf over to my Pinterest account. Before I know it, I've added at least ten new projects that have nothing to do with what I started searching for. I'm okay with that though. Pinterest has become so many things for me: a way to stay connected with friends, an e-dream board, and a place to keep all of my ideas for store events.
What is a Seussabration? It's Bookmans Mesa's way of celebrating our Love of Reading and Dr. Seuss's Birthday all in one! A day set aside for silly fun for everyone!
Ignite Phoenix #13 has come and gone and like many other Ignites I have attended, I am still thinking about the presentations days later. Eighteen speakers walked onto a stage in front of 850 people along with their 20 slides and 5 minutes and made us laugh, cry and think. Whether they were seasoned public speakers or speaking in public for the first time, eighteen people had one thing in common, sharing their stories. As one of 850 in the audience we only had a few responsibilities: listen, learn and support.
Families flocked to the Mesa Arts Center over the weekend for the annual Dia de los Muertos Festival. The Mesa Arts Center created a community celebration that included a community altar, live music and dance, arts and crafts.
All of my favorite things about Fall are related to Pumpkins. Pumpkin Lattes, Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin Chai Muffins, Pumpkin Butterscotch Cookies, Pumpkin Seeds and Pumpkin Patches. That's a lot, right? I got to share my love of pumpkins with a hundred (maybe more) of my closest friends.
If you know your Latin, then you know Dracos dormiens nunquam titillandus means, "Never tickle a sleeping dragon." Potterheads are quite familiar with this motto of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Last Saturday Bookmans Mesa opened its doors to large quantities of Muggles and Wizards all ready to hop on the Hogwarts Express!
When you walk into the newly renovated National Comedy Theater in Mesa, you enter a space that is as fun and inviting as the people who work there. A recent update to their comedy home, The Lounge is a completely revamped area of the old consessions area. When I walked up to the new front desk and lobby area I was greeted by friendly staff and guided to where I needed to go. Fans of comedy and film united for the Mesa debut of Bookmans Spoof'n Cinema. In the past the National Comedy Theater has taken their "Movie Mashterpiece Theater" on the road at various venues in town but with the new partnership with Bookmans Mesa we fused our funny together on our home turf.
The largest fundraiser at Phoenix Comicon is the Kids Need to Read (KNTR) Geek Prom and Bookmans supported this Geektacular event for the third year in a row. We believe in KNTR's mission to provide inspiring books to underfunded schools, libraries and literacy programs across the United States, especially those serving disadvantaged children. We feel at home from start to finish at the Geek Prom because everyone fits in. Attendees are encouraged to get beyond "cool" by wearing out-of-style formal wear, costumes and jet-setting space ensembles and dancing 'til the sun comes up. That was a direct order from our Intergalactic Overlords who watched us throughout the prom.
Over the years what we consider a canvas has changed. We typically think of a canvas as the foundation for a painting. With emerging technology, art takes a different direction and the canvas can be almost any surface.
On the first Saturday of May hoards of comic book lovers descend upon the Valley's local comic book stores for Free Comic Book Day. Participating shops across North America and around the world including Bookmans Grant give away comic books absolutely free to anyone. Did you just faint? We know, it sounds too good to be true.
It was windy, rainy and the electricity went out, but did that stop us? Definitely not and hardcore Devastation and Street Fighter X Tekken fans came to Bookmans Mesa on a Wednesday night to fight for bragging rights and Bookmans Gift Cards. We are in our third year of bringing the most professional of local video game tournaments to our customers. Why? Arizona is lucky enough to have the volunteers of Devastation who love e-sports enough to make them widely available. Whether this is your first time playing in a tournament or you are a seasoned pro, the Devastation-run tournaments at Bookmans are for anyone to walk in and play.
Why Street Fighter X Tekken? Perhaps it is because Capcom took the better of two hugely popular franchises and created the best war in the history of fighting games.
Our planet is our home and what better way to make our home a beautiful place to live than by creating art? We started our Earth Day celebrations at the Veteran's Oasis Park in Chandler with our East Valley friends! The Chandler Environmental Education Center provided a beautiful backdrop for environmental education through innovative and creative ways to think and interact with our world. Of course the event wouldn't have been complete without decorating reusable I ❤ Bookmans tote bags! The kids and their families had a great time as we brought out the stencils, fabric markers and imagination to make our own unique bags to carry our books around. Kids even had their faces painted with a variety of earth day related designs and animals.
Spring is here and so is our new Saturday Morning Story Time! We launched our brand-new day with a Spring-themed story time with our best BookPAL, Toni. As she read to us a variety stories about Easter and bunny rabbits, we gobbled up our snacks, drank our juice and created unique baskets to put our eggs into!
From the moment we entered the gates, it was obvious that a lot of love, sweat and work went into the big move for the 2012 Blues Blast Festival. The all-volunteer organization The Phoenix Blues Society provides support for local and national music, Blues culture, heritage and education. They put on a rocking good time at the new Blues Blast venue, Margaret T. Hance Park in the middle of Downtown Phoenix. When we ask Phoenix Blues Society President Kyle Deibler about the move he says, "The move to Margaret T. Hance Park proved to be a good decision by our Board of Directors. The event had a distinctly urban festival vibe going on that everyone seemed to appreciate."
Downtown Phoenix created a unique backdrop for this year's festival.
"From there to here,
from here to there,
funny things are everywhere."
Fun was everywhere in Bookmans Mesa as we celebrated our Love of Reading Dr. Suess style, whose birthday is March 2. Happy birthday to the beloved author who has inspired children and adults for the last seventy-five years through creative, entertaining and educational children's literature!
We started our party by handing out Red Fish/Blue Fish snacks along with Green Eggs and Ham cupcakes, Red Fish Brownies and Star-Bellied Sneetch Cookies brought to us by the amazing bakers at Kiki's Cupcake Service! Each child was greeted by Thing 1 and received a passport to fun!
Oh me! Oh my!
What a lot of funny
things go by."
"We speak for the trees" was the theme at our Lorax Party with tons of eco friendly fun! Almost 200 people sprouted up in our instrument section to get excited about Dr.Seuss's famous book The Lorax and the upcoming animated film. The party started with a gracious BookPALS volunteer reading Hop On Pop in a full Cat in the Hat costume.
Flight plays an integral role in Mesa's rich history and its economic base. Falcon Field, The Commemorative Air Force Museum, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and The Boeing Company are large contributors to Mesa's economic growth and maintaining its heritage. To celebrate Arizona's Centennial the City of Mesa will take a yearlong look at the exploration of flight with a variety of events taking place throughout the city. Bookmans sponsored the Bookmans Family Creativity Area at the Mesa Arts Center at the first Mesa Takes Flight Festival. Families were invited to participate in creating the Butterfly Weaving Wall and create take-home crafts. From recycled papers and a pencil we made one-of-a-kind pin wheels that delighted the children. It was windy enough that we saw pin wheels swirling and twirling without any help at all!
Did you know that the dragon is the only mythical creature in the Chinese Zodiac? Or that in Chinese astrology the dragon was seen as a powerful almighty king because it was made up of different parts of animals such as a tiger, fish, snake and an eagle. Each year the Chinese Zodiac has a different animal to represent the upcoming year. In 2012 we celebrate the Year of the Dragon beginning Jan. 23. These are a few of the facts we learned while creating our dragon hand puppets at Bookmans Mesa.
Check out my sample Dragon!
Our craft was simple. We colored a simple dragon template, cut it out and glued it to a paper bag along with streamers cut from tissue paper. There were so many different dragons! Each child chose a fun set of colors to represent their dragon's personality.
January Bookmans Treasure Hunt: The Search For Local Business Booty led our @bookmansphoenix followers to Drawn to Comics. Congrats to those Twitter followers who used their noggin to decipher the clues, find the animal oasis and exclaim with joy, “I Love Bookmans!” to the Drawn to Comics staff. Those clever detectives won prize packs that included tickets to see 39 Steps at the Arizona Theater Company, special goods for your pets from Noble Beast, movies from Bookmans and gift cards for Bookmans Own Brand (B.O.B.) merchandise.
You can make amazing things with the simplest of supplies. Recently Megan taught us how to create a hand-sewn owl inspired by a Microcraft Owl. Megan designed a template and easy to follow instructions for her fun, inviting and creative crafting workshop.
It’s no secret that Bookmans is full of film fans. Since 2006 we have been following the Midnite Movie Mamacita as she brings the best of the worst celluloid classics to the Phoenix Metropolitan area. It all started at The Paper Heart Gallery with a screening of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls and we’ve been full steam ahead since.
Marcia McBroom, Erica Gavin and Tiffany Green. Q & A at The Paper Heart Gallery
Most of the time you'll find a Bookmans employee carefully selecting merchandise to purchase for the stores and lovingly finding a place for it on the shelves. We absolutely enjoy conversations with our customers about a variety of topics and we hope you feel the same about us. Among our staff you will find musicians, writers, artists, graphic designers and creative types of all varieties.
Saturday was busy for shoppers but also busy for one of Santa's helpers! The Christmas Fairy Glimmer made a special stop with the big man in the red coat to read classic holiday stories for our awesome kids! We read The Polar Express then handed out an assortment of brightly colored bells. After much anticipation Glimmer announced that Santa was waiting to meet everyone in the Kids Corner!
December Bookmans Treasure Hunt: The Search For Local Business Booty led our @bookmansphoenix followers to the royal establishment of Noble Beast located on 10th Street and Camelback. Two furry paws up for those Twitter followers who used primal smarts to decipher the clues, find the animal oasis and exclaim with joy, “I Love Bookmans!” to the Noble Beast staff. Those clever detectives won prize packs that included tickets to see Daddy Long Legs at the Arizona Theater Company, special goods from Hug 'N Pups Grooming Salon, passes for a free movie at The Royale Theater, stocking stuffers from Bookmans and gift cards for Bookmans Own Brand (B.O.B.) merchandise. This holiday it is more fun to hunt for gifts rather than just shop for them!
The Mesa Arts Center is Arizona's largest art center and home to four theaters, fourteen art studios, five art galleries and the annual Mesa Arts Festival. This visually stunning campus is a work of art with its design and is enchanting for all ages.
We brought out the Bookmans Mesa staff to partner with volunteers of The Mesa Arts Center and BookPALS to bring you the Bookmans Family Creativity Area. All weekend long we invited families to show their artistic side. Hand-painted ceramic ornaments now adorn the tree in valley residents' homes. Our favorite part was the pinecone decorating. With nothing more than endless options of art scraps, family members used their imaginations to create unique and one-of-a-kind pinecone sculptures. We saw snowmen, peacocks, reindeer, penguins and more! While the children waited for their newly created pieces of holiday art to dry they were invited to listen to a holiday-inspired story performed by our good friends the Arizona BookPALS.Read More...
Since we can't go to the North Pole we made the North Pole come to us! That is why it's been so darn cold in Phoenix lately and why we had a special visit from Santa! Every year we invite our younger customers and their families for a special story time with one of our favorite holiday books The Polar Express.
There are only three or so months in southern Arizona where the sun doesn't chase after you with its fiery pitchfork of heatstroke. From mid November until the beginning of February it's safe to venture outside, which is why all the most exciting activity filled festivals has to be crammed into that tiny three-month window. During December it seems like there is a festival every single day whether it be a musical festival, craft festival, holiday or beer fest. If you live in Phoenix you know that now is your time to take advantage. With so many events to choose from it can be hard to decide to which to go.
Saturday, Dec. 3 was busy, busy, busy at Bookmans Mesa! Not only did we have lots of faces choosing to buy local for their holiday season, we had plenty of entertainment.
The creativity started early with Holiday Altered Art. Nancy brought out her pretty paper and supplies for our lovely ladies. Lots of cutting, punching, folding, gluing and thoughtfulness filled our café as we used found supplies to create altered art book pages. Books that could not be sold but were perfectly sized provided the foundation for the creative canvas. Beautiful works of art will be displayed in everyone's home this holiday season with the miniature display stands they were surprised with.
We can't stress enough how proud we are to call Arizona home. From Tucson to Flagstaff and everywhere in between, we are in love with it all. You won't hear us complain about monsoon season, swimming in February, a cactus in every lawn or a sun that doesn't set until 8 p.m. There is something magical about the desert and we're lucky enough to have it has our backyard. We take pride in our home, which is why we are active members of Local First Arizona, a non profit that puts local businesses in touch with each other and the consumer to strengthen everyone's sense of community and improve our local economy.
* by guest blogger Skye Wilster
It would be hard to write this for people who have never been to a show like the Alternative Press Tour. I hope if you haven't you quickly find yourself at one. You're missing out if you don't. It's that kind of show that you can feel before you enter the door of the venue. Walking up you can tell that something epic is about to happen, really epic. A few stragglers smoke outside and talk about the last great show that rolled through town. That's all fine for now but this one is about to rock their faces all over again.
The Nile is an unassuming venue with a back door entrance but it is the perfect backdrop for a show like this -- a big open room waiting to be rocked. There is no room for fancy stage shenanigans or pyrotechnics. This is about the music, the artists and the fans who came to enjoy it.Read More...
Nothing gives me warm fuzzies like a cup of hot chocolate and the companionship of a dog. On Saturday, Nov. 5 Bookmans Mesa participated in the annual Arizona Adopt a Greyhound Picnic, a fundraiser that assists one of the nation's largest Greyhound Adoption Agencies with much needed funding.
Sometimes it can be hard to convince the 20 or 30 somethings of our generation that there is a kind of music that is as important as hip hop, rock, pop, metal or country. Long before Hendrix, McCartney or Cash there was Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin and others who helped lay the groundwork for what creativity in music and the possibilities of playing instruments would become. We bow to the great classical music icons and proudly give them their own section in our music department. We can only hope that in this digital age their contributions and talents will not be forgotten but revived. Luckily in Phoenix there is a network of people ensuring just that ideal -– Classical Revolution Phoenix.
We're celebrating All Things Spooky during the month of October. At Bookmans Mesa we hosted a fete for all our favorite guys and ghouls with our first Monster Party! It was fun to see a variety of ages attended and participate in a variety of events.
Bookmans Mesa was hopping with creativity, artistry and all around all things awesome at our crafternoon. You can never go wrong when you start a Saturday morning with cupcakes. An early delivery of Sugar Skull Cupcakes from Kiki’s Cupcake Service was a pleasant surprise to our senses. These delicious red velvet cupcakes with a cream cheese center brought smiles to our faces. After we wiped away the crumbs, we settled in for our monthly crafternoon. Our beautiful Megan hosted Dia de los Muertos Cigar Box Shrines. We brought out the cigar boxes, pretty paper, scissors, glue, baubles and whatever else we could get our hands on! Everyone had a fantastic time creating a one-of-a-kind masterpiece to honor their loved ones and take home.
This month's Bookmans Treasure Hunt: The Search for Local Business Booty led our very clever @bookmansphoenix followers to Samurai Comics on 11th Street and Camelback. Congratulations to those who used their noggins to find the fun folks at Samurai and tell an employee, "I love Bookmans!" Their winnings include passes to The 13th Floor Haunted House, gift cards to the Pink House Boutique, merchandise from Hug N’ Pups Groom Salon and certificates that allow them to pick out cool Bookmans merchandise.
This month's Bookmans Treasure Hunt: The Search for Local Business Booty, Phoenix/Mesa edition led those who follow @bookmansphoenix via Twitter to Souvia Tea. For those clever enough to figure out the location through our clues tweeted throughout the week and to tell a Souvia employee “I love Bookmans”, colorful prize packs awaited with merchandise from All About Books and Comics, Melrose Pharmacy, Smeeks and Stinkweeds.
The torch of summer fun has been extinguished as the school year looms nearer but that doesn't mean we haven't sent the summer off in style. Last week we celebrated our last Summer Kids Event for 2011 and thanks to all who showed up to have a rockin' good time. Check out what went on at each Bookmans location.
It’s hard to believe the summer is flying by so fast but there are only two weeks left of Bookmans Free Summer Kids Events. We have great stuff in store for next week. In Flagstaff we’re hosting Willow Bend Environmental Center who will teach bigger kids about rocks/geology and younger kids about ants. The first week in August it’s time for super fun back to school parties that get kids excited for a new school year. Check out our events calendar for all the fun we have in store.
Here’s what we did last week:
School days, school days, dear ol' golden rule days! This week kids colored canvas pencil pouches to hold their erasers, pens, pencils and other scholarly supplies. Flagstaff kiddos stenciled their names, favorite animals, fantasy characters or slogans on these simple pencil pouches. Some decided to freestyle it, making their own colorful graphic art to add panache to their school stuff. And we keep on getting super excited about a whole new school year with Willow Bend Environmental education next week and our fabulous Back-to-School Party the week after. Don’t miss it. We’re gettin’ ready for reading and writing and arithmetic (minus the hickory stick)!
Yippee! We've been having a blast at our free summer kids events, going strong all summer long. Check out our events calendar for the local listings. Here's what we did last week:
Customers soared out of the heat and into our cool kids event where we created kites to enjoy in the windy weather. We took plain sheets of card stock and used some simple folding techniques to form the basic shape of a kite. We then added tape to keep everything in place during flight and decorated our kites. Our summer kids group applied fun animal designs, stripes, polka dots, flowers, unicorns and hearts to give each a creative touch. We put in a request for them to report back about how the first flight went when we all gather again next week for the Pirate Party! The kids enjoyed seeing plain paper turn into high flying fun and we enjoyed giving them the how-to. We wish everyone a safe take off and landing!
Puppets shows, creepy crawlies and creativity oh-my! This week we decorated T-shirts and tote bags, had a visit from the zoo and enjoyed puppet shows from The Great Arizona Puppet Theater and Puppet Muzik. We don’t know the meaning of summer boredom at Bookmans!
The weather is getting hotter and so are our prizes! It has not stopped our amazingly cool Twitter followers from using their noggins to find local business booty via @bookmansphoenix on Twitter! This month's prizes included gift cards to Smeeks, Harkins Theaters and Souvia Tea! What better ways to beat the heat in the hot Phoenix weather and to support a local business?
Last weeks Summer Kids Events were filled with costumed characters, The Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona and music. Thank you to everyone who has been attending these events. You make our jobs fun!
This week we had a wonderful time with Kristina Wulbern of Music Together. Perfect for toddlers and preschoolers, Music Together is a music and movement education program that gets the kids singing and dancing. We even raffled off one fall session of Music Together and one happy family went home with the prize. We hope to see you Wednesday at 10 a.m. for patriotic arts-and-crafts day!
Last week's Bookmans Summer Kids Events were full of fun and excitement. Read about all the stores offerings.
Families get crafty at Bookmans Flagstaff. Watch our calendar of events for a full listing of activities for children this summer.
Check out all the fun that was had in week two of summer at all our Bookmans locations for our Summer Kids Events. If you missed it, don't worry just check out our events calendar for upcoming events.
In Flagstaff the second week of summer kids events was all about celebrating Music Month at Bookmans. In week one we made guitar pick necklaces. For week two we decorated our own guitars. This week we plan to create collages that represent music. This was also a great chance to make a collage card for Father's Day. Check out our photos on Flickr!
The weather is getting hotter and so are our prizes! The heat has not stopped our amazingly cool Twitter followers from using their noggins to find local business booty via @bookmansphoenix. June prizes included ice cream for a family of four at Papa Ed's Ice Cream in Glendale, Harkins Theaters and Souvia Tea. What better ways to beat the heat in the hot Phoenix weather and to support a local business?
The following that surrounds the Harry Potter books and films is truly powerful. Spending every day in a bookstore I know that the love for Hogwarts and its students goes beyond the pages of a book or a theater screen. The magic that lies within the story spreads all over the world and Harry’s struggles and accomplishments are in the hearts of all ages. It’s become so more than a brand, but rather a hope that somewhere out there in this big wide world of ours is a place where Dobby watches your back, a wand can almost always get you out of a pickle and your best friends are always just a handful of Floo Powder away.
It's over? Already? Phoenix Comicon 2011 attracted people en mass over an extended four-day Memorial Day weekend. We were impressed with its growth in 2010 but were blown away this year. The convention extended over five floors in the Phoenix Convention Center along with additional programming at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Phoenix. Phoenix Comicon Director Matt Solberg says that 24,000 memberships were sold, not including free youth admissions. That's 10,000 more than last year! You can find a letter thanking the attendees and exhibitors for their time and ideas for 2012 on the Phoenix Comicon website.
We made our own thank you in video form to everyone for stopping by our booth or supporting the Bookmans sponsored KNTR Geek Prom.
While it was missed by many, we retired our prize wheel this year to try something new. Thousands welcomed our Bookmans Photo Booth where we encouraged everyone to geek out with the Bookmans Crew. Geeking out is more than half the fun as many put on our silly props and word bubbles to show off in picture form. Everyone went home with an exclusive Bookmans "Geeking Out Is Half The Fun" photo magnet to show off their souvenir. Many of you purchased our Geeking Out T-shirts, which made their debut in our booth, and politely reminded us that Geeking Out is ALL the fun! We wholeheartedly agree. You may have seen guest appearances in our booth by Silk Spectre and Mario. Big thanks to Max Brooks, Wil Wheaton and P.J. Haarsma who also stopped by and showed support.
Up, up and away!
May saw the third Bookmans Treasure Hunt in Phoenix. Like the other two, our crazy smart twitter followers used the clues on @bookmansphoenix to find the local business booty. Prizes from Harkins Theaters, Midnite Movie Mamacita tickets and Stinkweeds were hidden at the local comic book store All About Books and Comics!
You may have heard her tragic story on the local news, saw her interview on Montel or read about it in the newspaper. Tracy Stombres, a valley woman whose struggle with domestic violence caused an end to her marriage and, even more disheartening, an end to her mother's life. Authors Tracy Stombres and Stephanie Angelo visited Bookmans Phoenix for an author signing and lecture surrounding their book, Serrated: A True Story of Survival, Recovery and the Pursuit of Justice.
It was a Egg-tastic day at Bookmans Mesa when we were treated to a special visit from none other than the Easter Bunny himself! Happily walking throughout the store handing out all kinds of goodies to shoppers, the Easter Bunny was gracious enough to sit and pose for pictures that you could take home and cherish.
There's always something awesome happening in store and as always all events are free, so check back with us often!
Find us on Flickr for more photos of the Easter Bunny's visit to Bookmans Mesa.Read More...
You Twitter folks are some clue savvy, smart cookies! Another successful Bookmans Treasure Hunt: The Search for Local Booty Phoenix Edition has come to an end. A huge round of applause for the Local First Arizona business that hid the prize package including tickets to the amazing Harkins Theaters! You used your noggin and the clues to find the local treasure, we hope you were as excited about it as we are. Each prize package was worth over $50.
The friendliest pharmacy in Phoenix Melrose Pharmacy was where the April prizes were hidden!Read More...
We eat, breathe and sleep recycling. We do it all day, every day. Even at home we collect items to bring into the store for trade. We know recycling like the back of our hand but we can’t recycle everything. We’ve collected leftover children's books with the bent covers, ripped pages or coloring on the inside and turned them into something spectacular! Since March was our annual Arts and Crafts month, we decided to get the entire family involved at Bookmans Phoenix in helping us rip the pages of these forgotten books and turn them into wallets!
Oh Howard you foxy, animatronic godsend. I hear back and forth in my head concerning Howard the Duck at all times. Did the Ultralight sequence go on for too long? Why does the Dark Overlord of the Universe sound like Cobra Commander? Why does a PG movie have puppet nudity? We talk about Howard occassionally around the cashier counter, over Commodore bonding and even on occassion in discussions over comics, but I never hear these questions on the street where they belong.
Celebrating arts and crafts month Bookmans Mesa presented Bookmans Craft Day. This was third in our series where our store manager Sarah hosted Altered Recipe Tags. Each participant brought their favorite recipes and was given a packet of materials resulting in beautiful works of art. These recipe tags could be used as gift ideas or make the perfect accessory to a gift.
We had the privilege of partnering with the Phoenix Public Library to host the first annual Storybook Express at the visually stunning Burton Barr Library in Downtown Phoenix. Over 1500 children and their families attended this first time event. All Aboard the Storybook Express! An afternoon filled with all things celebrating families and literacy. With our partners at the Burton Barr Library we spent a Saturday afternoon filled with activities for everyone to share. From story time, pin-wheel crafts and face painting to balloons, free photos at the Bookmans Photo Booth and a puppet show, the day was packed with something for everyone.
A Mesa landmark, the Nile Theatre opened its doors in 1924 as the Valley's largest movie palace. Short lived, it was shut down as a film venue in 1951. The building located at 105 W. Main St. has gone through many changes since then. Once a clothing store, then a nightclub and most recently the home of Faith Harvest Church, it has once again opened its doors as a raw music venue.
This video isn't the best quality in terms of audio, but certainly the energy of the crowd dancing along with Streetlight Manifesto at the Nile Theater comes through. If you want production check out other Streetlight Manifesto videos on YouTube.
Phoenix got an early start to Spring with warm temperatures and cool winds at the M7 Street Fair. Not as cool as the vendors and attendees of the M7 Street Fair of course! We had an amazing time hanging out with everyone while creating one of a kind works of art on our I HEART Bookmans tote bags.
Chicks with Picks feature female musicians from throughout Phoenix on the third Thursday of each month. Bookmans fortunately snagged a monthly performance with the freshest talent around. This month we hosted 14 year old Spencer Ann Bryant whose business card (that’s right this 14 year-old has a business card) indicates she’s a singer, songwriter and musician, but after meeting her in person, it's clear she’s so much more.Read More...
The Bookmans Mesa Café proudly showed off the Bookmans couples and offered a treat in the name of love for our Friday Date Nights. We offered delicious gelato hearts and our amazing drinks. Saint Valentine would offer his blessing on our offerings for couples. It was just as much fun for the barista staff as it were for our costumers to witness the romance in the air and we can’t wait to see you for our other cafe promotions including office hours and meetings on the go!
Find us on Flickr for photos of Date Night at the Bookmans Mesa Cafe.
Our beloved Nancy hosted a Valentine's theme Papercraft where participants could make various items such as picture frame books, table settings and personalized cards. The sky was the limit. Nancy gave us the supplies, we supplied the creativity! One of the best parts was the surprise gift at the end. Not only was there a door prize, but there was one for everyone!
Last Saturday we spent another chilly evening with gorgeous twinkling lights at a rocking block party! The 2011 Glitter and Glow Block Party was the perfect way to say goodbye to the holiday season. We watched as over two dozen hot air balloons inflated and glowed in the setting of the sun. We enjoyed live music as over thirty thousand people flooded the streets of downtown Glendale to say goodbye to their favorite holiday event of the year.
For some time now, the Midnite Movie Mamacita has been hosting monthly screenings of The Room at Madcap Theaters. In all honesty I'm perplexed in finding the perfect words to use to describe The Room -- a film that is so bad it's good. The Room has received the coveted Cult Classic status with it's monthly midnight screenings in several countries around the globe and has been dubbed “the Citizen Cane of bad movies.” According to a press release from 2004 found on the film's website, “The Room is an electrifying American black comedy about love, passion, betrayal, and lies. It's what happens in real life. You could be with your loving women and all of a sudden BOOM! She's in bed with your best friend or a family member.”
The Room poster by movie poster artist extraordinaire Victor Moreno.
Twinkle was in abundance as Murphy Park continued to be lit by over one million lights. Glendale Glitters was busy, busy, busy! The state's largest free holiday light display continued it's tradition last weekend with the Spirit of Giving. Several local non-profit agencies were on site to talk about volunteering opportunities as well as how to give back to our communities. We even saw our friends from Local First Arizona!
Glendale Glitters lit up the town with a fantastic opening, amazing weather and the scent of gingerbread filling the air. Every weekend in the month of December we will celebrate the spirit of winter with over thirty-thousand people (that's 30,000 people, people!) as they walk along the streets of Murphy Park in Historic Downtown Glendale.
Bookmans gives thanks to our customers, community partners and the ability to share that love in amazing outdoor settings such as the Certified Local Fall Festival Presented by Local First Arizona. Once again the festival showed off more than sixty fantastic local businesses and vendors. All day long everyone shared in free food, free music, and the warmth of supporting the state of Arizona! A few of the Bookmans staff favorite booths were America's Taco Shop, Smeeks, EcoSaurus and Souvia Tea. Honestly though, there were too many to mention! Everyone who stopped by the Bookmans booth shared with us what they are thankful for on our community gratitude wall. Many of our younger attendees created their own giving tree photo frame to take home and share with their families. The weather could not have been more perfect for this pleasing start to the holiday shopping season. Huge thanks to the spirit behind the event at Local First Arizona, we are proud to support you!
Find us on Flickr for photos from the Sixth Annual Certified Local Fall Festival.Read More...
The Broadway Palm Theater is celebrating its 10th Anniversary Season with the Best of Broadway. First up is their production of Sugar, based on the Classic movie Some Like It Hot starring Tony Curtis and Marylin Monroe. The Broadway Palm Theater had been in talks with Actor Tony Curtis to make an appearance on their grand opening night on Oct. 8. Tragically, Mr. Curtis passed away on Sept. 30. Our deepest condolences goes out to his family, friends and fans. He is a true Hollywood legend.
As the saying goes, "the show must go on" and it did -- in style! Upon entering the theatre, patrons received the true Hollywood experience. As theatergoers walked the red carpet, flashbulbs popped, arrivals announced, and "stars" collide. Each guest mingled with the likes of Lady Gaga and Josephine Baker. Many of the regular folk in attendance arrived in the spirit of the event, dressed as Dale Evans, Audrey Hepburn, Truman Capote, Keanu Reeves and Tina Fey. A contest was held for best costume, and the dead ringer for Tina Fey won a trip to Chicago to tour the sites of the Gangsters. How jealous am I? Why, oh why, didn't I dress up?
It was a craft-tastic day at Bookmans Mesa. Our very own Music Manager Megan hosted the Dia de los Muertos Workshop, where participants had the opportunity to decorate and embellish prayer candles to honor this festive holiday.
Let me tell you a story about a girl who was obsessed with creepy winks. It is May 2010 and Ivana is at the Phoenix Comicon. Of all of the really cool stuff she could possibly win off the Bookmans Prize Wheel, she patiently waits in line hoping to win the elusive creepy wink from our Bookmans Booth Boys. She spins and the anticipation is killing her. She thinks that perhaps even a $10 Bookmans Gift Card would be cool, but her heart is set on those creepy winks because, well, what in the heck is a creepy wink anyway? Most of us are still waiting for an explanation. The clicking wheel slows to a stop...
Creepy winks! Ivana's desire realized! Deftly, she whips out her camera to catch a creepy wink on film.
The overcast skies provided a welcome relief on Tuesday morning. With temperatures still over 100 degrees most of this past week, I started wondering when the Arizona summer would start winding down. I'd been hearing fantastical stories from friends and family in other parts of the country about the leaves changing colors and sweaters coming out at night. Not here in Phoenix. The A/C was still on high with no relief in sight. But the little bit of rain on Monday turned into the great storm of Tuesday.
We started by gathering everyone in a circle and let each participant reach in the sorting hat to get sorted by house names. Everyone who drew a house received a special edition house/Bookmans lanyard to commemorate this awesome day. After everyone had been sorted by their houses, the party kicked into gear!
When I walked into Madcap Theaters and took a seat, I had no idea what an experience the evening would be. You can watch the trailers and read the fine print on their website, but nothing will prepare you for Everything is Terrible II: Tokyo Drift.
I thought I was going to watch a collection of clips from the long lost media known as VHS [insert dramatic music]. What I experienced was two hours of said clips, but also short intermissions of audience participation and appearances by the Everything is Terrible monsters themselves. Who knew that the creators were a bunch of seven foot tall, furry, and extremely excitable creatures who enjoy VHS tapes, Jerry Maguire, and high fives?!Read More...
Wow, I can’t believe that Movie Madness has almost come and gone. Not without a bang though. We finish out this weekend with [REC] 2, the sequel to the Spanish horror flick [REC].
Now you may not have heard of these films, but you most likely have heard of its American remake Quarentine. [REC] 2 picks up in the same infested apartment with the signature hand-held camera techniques and indie gore and splatter. It’s a true delight for genre fans who revel in blood and mayhem!Read More...
Well, we called and they came!
Bookmans Mesa welcomed the Arizona Ghostbusters on Saturday, who made a special appearance to help benefit diabetes. Armed with both their proton packs and ghost traps, the Ghostbusters enlisted the help of patrons to help find ecto plasm those pesky ghosts have hidden throughout the store. Scavengers who were able to find the slime canisters were rewarded with awesome Ghostbusters shwag.
If they weren't feeling a scavenger hunt, customers could also enter the paranormal book stacking contest. It was their chance to show up those ghosts in a book-stacking competition! Great fun was had by all. Thanks to the Arizona Ghostbusters for coming out and entertaining us all! Check out our pictures on Flickr, or the Ghostbusters' Flickr pics!.
The Art of a Bad Movie...what makes a movie so bad that it's good as opposed to just being plain bad? Many factors contribute, but take some of these weekends’ selections that we are showcasing at MADCAP Theaters. We have The Room, now a cult sensation and ambassador for bad movies. What makes THE ROOM so bad, but good that people come month after month to see it on the big screen? Sincerity is the key. Tommy Wiseau didn't set out to make a bad movie, he spent $5-7 million on his epic masterpiece (the source of the funding remains a mystery). But it was made with a whole-hearted sincerity and intent to make a good movie that only after its release took on a whole new life.
This weekend, our very own Bookmans Mesa cashier Nancy hosted an adult art craft that we like to call Mini Books. Mini books is the art of taking small things, like scraps of paper or pictures, and transforming them into little gift books. Art enthusiasts from all over the East Valley showed up to learn this form of altered art.
For the seventh year in a row, the Devastation Gaming Event, Expo & Tournament, brings professional gaming to a new level in the city of Phoenix. This year an all new VIP event was added to the Thursday night programming for the weekend. A relaxing event where industry professionals, gamers, supporters, and the Devastation crew were able to hang out before the big event. Games were open for casual gaming, while the Bookmans Retro Game Zone rocked out titles such as Bubble, Bobble & TMNT: Tournament Fighters. I had a great time casually meeting the guests and am looking forward to the next three days of gaming insanity! If you are interested in checking Devastation out and live in Phoenix come on down! Free to attend all weekend long.Read More...
For the last two days, several members of the Bookmans staff and myself have been setting up our booth at the 2010 Phoenix Comicon at the Phoenix Convention Center. A lot of time and love has gone into the decision making that it required to come up with the really cool items that we will have available for the convention attendees.
This year everyone will be spinning our prize wheel, hoping to win one of our exclusive Bookmans Phoenix Comicon t-shirts. My favorite part? It's always free to win Bookmans schwag! What I am really looking forward to over the weekend is to see months of planning come together for the First Annual Kids Need to Read Geek Prom that Bookmans is sponsoring.Read More...
Oh, thank you so much to everybody who came out to our kids' tournament at Bookmans Mesa on Saturday, May 15th, 2010. With a total of 46 participants winning prizes, eating cupcakes and hanging out with ME, Mario, and my brother Luigi!
There were three top winners, James who won 3rd place, Tiffany who won 2nd place, and of course, who can forget Bryce, who won the grand prize trophy and a hundred dollars in Bookmans store credit!
There were more than 100 cupcakes consumed, 50 prize bags given, a ton of trivia hand outs, and of course a lot of Mario Kart Racing for Nintendo Wii! Check out all the great pictures from the event here.
See you all next time,
Mario (& Luigi, too!)Read More...
The weather could not have been more inviting last week at Margaret T. Hance Park in Central Phoenix where we celebrated the 2010 El Dia De Los Ninos. This event has been celebrated since 1925, El Dia De Los Ninos translates to Day of the Child. The day recognizes children, pays homage to their importance in society, celebrates diversity, and teaches the children about how to become a strong community member. I never grow tired of book bag decorating with kids, it is so much fun to watch their spirit come alive and their creativity flow. Check out our Flickr photos here.Read More...
The Phoenix ComiCon was in Bookmans Mesa this weekend presenting their Comic Create event. Local artists, including our very own T.J. (from The Konamis!) provided demonstrations and insight into how their characters have evolved from mere ideas to putting them on paper. Each artist answered questions, posed for pictures, and allowed new artists to sit and draw with them all in an informal environment. Some even handed out swag and free comic books!! (I am going to frame my Konamis one)
Were you their next inspiration? Or have they inspired you?Read More...
Phoenix turned out its largest Pride celebration to date this past weekend, with over 30,000 people in attendance this year. Visitors arrived from the Mesa/Phoenix area as well as Flagstaff, Tucson and surrounding states, and Bookmans celebrated our diversity by being the only entertainment exchange - or book or CD store for that matter - in the middle of it all.Read More...