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At Bookmans, we always welcome friendly pets on leashes in our stores. During the month of July, we're celebrating the Dog Days of Summer (and the other pets, too) with tons of pet-centric events. Check out our events calendar for more information.
Bookmans Flagstaff is having an absolute blast at our free summer kids events at the Orpheum Theater every Wednesday morning at 10am. Last week, we had over 100 people for Micheal Steele's Magic Show, and we expect even more this Wednesday June 30th for Chuck Cheesman's famous kids show! We always provide free juice and healthy snacks to help keep the little ones happy. Chuck will be playing his “Dancing With No Shoes On” set, perfect for kids about one to six years old. Chuck, our MIC program instructor, has an amazing gift for keeping small children riveted for unprecedented periods of time. Plus, watching the little ones dance and sing is always super cute, and makes for great pictures! See here for images of our last event.
Happy Social Media Day! The social media industry analyst and giant Mashable declared that today should be Social Media Day all across the world. So, what's up with Social Media Day? Well, read up from the source itself, Mashable:
Today we acknowledge and celebrate the revolution of media becoming social. A day that honors the technological and societal advancements that have allowed us to have a dialogue, to connect and to engage not only the creators of media, but perhaps more importantly, one another.
Bookmans in Flagstaff will be back out this Saturday, June 26th from 10am to 4pm, in the Chamber of Commerce parking lot. Sometimes it feels like camping, but we've become old hands at putting up our huge 20 x 20 tent on the corner of Route 66 at the end of Beaver Street. We'll have a great selection of popular fiction and nonfiction books, kids books, CDs, DVDs, and video games available for sale, and we take all forms of payment. We'll also be ready and willing to buy your stuff, and are happy to help unload your vehicle. Please pull through to the far end of the parking lot and we'll set you up with a deal, just the way we do in our stores.
Calling all teachers!! The Office of the Pima County School Superintendent is bringing Tucson the 5th Annual FAIR for Educators this Wednesday, June 2, from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Palo Verde in Tucson.
This annual event and conference offers educators:
professional development credit for attending breakout sessions;
free educational resources from over 100 exhibitors;
a chance to network with providers and colleagues;
awesome door prizes and much more!
June is Music Month here at Bookmans, so we asked our employees what their musical "guilty pleasure" was. Check out some of the responses:
Marshall- "My guilty music pleasure is Gucci Mane. Ringtone Rap."
Denise- "If I had music I felt guilty about liking, why would I want the Bookmans website to post it?"
Cas- "John 5, because he was in K.D. Lang's band, Lita Ford's band and Marilyn Manson. Hah!"
While the official count has not been announced, early numbers rumor that more than 10,000 people attended the Phoenix Comicon this Memorial Day Weekend. With the fantastic move to the Phoenix Convention Center, the convention had over three times the space than previous years. Bookmans was spinning the prize wheel with a line wrapped around the corner all weekend long. Many walked away with our exlusive Bookmans Phoenix Comicon 2010 t-shirt, while others received a “dramatic reading” from the programming guide on Saturday, a hi-five, or even some custom-drawn comics from Bookmans own Tavis Maiden, creator of The Konamis. No matter what was won, everyone had a great time!
Did you miss Phoenix Comicon 2010, or do you just want to relive the amazing experience? Here is a quick HD recap, fully loaded with the sights, scenes and people that attended, like Wil Wheaton, James Marsters, Felicia Day, Levar Burton, John Schneider, Lou Ferrigno, Jonathan Frakes and more. Check it out!
A special shout out to the band Minibosses, for their awesome track. Check out their music and tour dates at www.minibosses.com
Bookmans presents Geek Prom at the Phoenix Comicon -- just as the sun set and you thought Phoenix Comicon 2010 was over, the geeks came out to party! Hosted at the Hyatt Regency, special guests Felicia Day (The Guild) and Wil Wheaton (Star Trek-The Next Generation) joined us to hang out and crown our geek king and queen. Everyone rocked out to the sounds of No Big Deal and Brain Cage! It was an amazing geeked-out event. All the proceeds went to Kids Need To Read, a foundation that works to create a culture of reading for children by providing inspiring books to under-funded schools, libraries, and literacy programs in the U.S. Special thanks to the celeb guests, bands and everyone that helped to make this an awesome event!
You know it's really summer in Flagstaff when the outdoor festivals begin! June 5th, this Saturday, Bookmans in Flagstaff will be back out at the Chamber of Commerce parking lot, buying and selling, but after this Saturday, we'll be buying and selling at Pride in the Pines June 12th in Wheeler Park, and the Flagstaff Music Festival June 19th and 20th in Heritage Square. We are looking forward the smell of sunscreen, the sound of live music, and the sight of familiar faces. Hope to see you out there!
This Saturday, June 12, get out of the heat and join us at Flagstaff's 2010 Pride in the Pines! We're proud to be a sponsor again this year, and will be buying and selling from a huge tent, all Saturday long. Bring boxes of your stuff to sell, come browse all of our merchandise, and snag one of our awesome free tote bags.
You can check out all of the entertainment and events over at the Pride in the Pines website, as well as buy your tickets online! Please keep in mind that Pride in the Pines is not a free festival. If you are not interested in buying a ticket to attend the festival, but have stuff you would like to sell to us, please come see us in Heritage Square at the free Flagstaff Music Festival June 19 or 20, or at at the Chamber of Commerce parking lot on Saturday June 26.
Tomorrow, Bookmans Flagstaff will host Raquel Rotnes' garden-themed arts and crafts. Raquel is a local favorite (although originally from Brazil) and an expert in kids' art, feng shui, cranial-sacral therapy and other neat areas. There will be craft work for kids of all ages, plus free snacks, drinks, gifts, and all materials will be provided! Luckily, the Orpheum Theater is nice and cool during these warm summer days. Hope to see you there!
All of our stores are hosting FREE Summer Kids Events, all summer long. Each store has a different schedule for the summer, so be sure to check out the flyers for Tucson, Phoenix, and Flagstaff to find out what’s happening at a Bookmans near you!
Come check out Daniel Edlen's Vinyl Art at our Mesa store. We'll be hosting a display of his artwork during our Mesa Cafe Media Night on Tuesday, June 15, at 6:00 p.m. Ear Candy Charity will also be showcasing the music of Casey Lee Smith. Daniel, originally from Pacific Palisades, now lives in Gilbert with his wife, four dogs and a new little girl. He paints Vinyl Art, portraits of musicians and entertainers on vinyl records made by the subject. Instead of Elvis on velvet, think Elvis on an Elvis record. He also does Liter(art)ure, drawings of authors in their books.
We asked Daniel 10 questions... check them out below:
1. What inspired you to do this type of artwork? Where did you get the idea?
I had gotten into music as a teenager, as well as taken a bunch of art classes. When I got duplicate beat-up copies of albums I loved, I tried painting on them. The idea initially came from a white pencil drawing on black paper.
Unhappy White Girls is a graphic novel project making a difference, and addressing real-world issues — or it can be, if the Kickstarter project gets the support it needs by the June 15 deadline. Unhappy White Girls is the story of Tish and Branna, two teenage girls from Nowhere, New Mexico, coming to terms with their own secrets throughout the course of one turbulent day.
The graphic novel was created by Christian Beranek, of Disney's Kingdom Comics, and co-creator of Dracula vs. King Arthur, who then recruited illustrators Triska Tsang and Vivian Lee from Brooklyn, NY, to provide the art and bring the characters to life. "Triska and Vivian really understand how to convey emotion via the page," he says. "From the slightest glance to frustration and tears, they capture the teenage condition."
But Unhappy White Girls isn’t just another graphic novel — it has a greater purpose to raise awareness about teen pregnancy and LGBTQ issues. If the project meets its $6,000 goal by June 15, Christian and his team will complete production on the novella, with all remaining funds and proceeds being used to promote awareness regarding these social concerns.
Get ready, get set, because Ignite Phoenix 7 - The Art of PHX - will be sparking up the thoughts and imaginations of everyone lucky enough to score tickets. Bookmans is proud to once again sponsor this event, which will be held in the Great Hall of the Phoenix Art Museum from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, June 11. The event will feature 18 passionate speakers presenting a wide variety of diverse topics. There will also be live music and a fantastic after-party, all in a venue unlike any in which previous Ignite Phoenix events have been held.
This summer, Bookmans is thrilled to partner with the Sahuaro Girl Scout Council to offer a free series of recycled crafts created just for teens at our Speedway and Ina locations! This series of events is open to ALL middle school girls in our community, whether you're a Girl Scout or not. Each month, we'll have a different craft that focusing on creating beautiful and unique keepsakes from recycled materials found at our stores. The crafting will happen from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. every fourth Thursday at Bookmans Ina and every second Thursday at Bookmans Speedway.
Bookmans in Flagstaff will be out buying, selling, and giving-away, this Saturday June 12th at Pride in the Pines. Tired of the heat? Flagstaff will be a high of seventy degrees! And not only will we be giving-away naughty and nice bags, anti-censorship tee-shirts, temporary tattoos, coupons and more, but, for families, we are sponsoring a kids' music show by Chuck Cheesman (instructor for our Music in the Schools or MiC program) at 1pm, accompanied by free face-painting, balloon sculpting, and Book Man, the superhero of reading!
Bookmans Flagstaff will be out buying and selling at the fun, FREE, family-friendly Flagstaff Music Festival, next Saturday and Sunday on Heritage Square. The festival opens at noon both days, and goes until about 10pm Saturday night and until 8pm Sunday evening. Bookmans will be purchasing stuff from the public until 6pm each day, and will be selling great music-related merchandise throughout the festival. Since the festival is free, folks can carry stuff in to sell any time, although we suggest bringing only what each person can carry, since parking could be tight, and we anticipate a crowd. We'll also be selling a great supply of CDs, music and kids DVDs, musician biographies, sheet music and more. We hope to see you out there!
Meet poet Sonia Sanchez during the 2010 GLBT Author Presentation for Pima County Public Library! Poet and scholar Sonia Sanchez will read from her works at the 12th annual author presentation of the Pima County Public Library's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Services Committee.
The event takes place Wednesday, June 16 at the Dunbar Cultural Center Auditorium, 325 W. Second St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the presentation begins at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and a sign language interpreter will be present.
Sanchez will read from her work “Does Your House Have Lions,” a book-length poem about the life and death of her brother, who died from an AIDS-related illness.
Looking for something to do after Devastation on Saturday night? It’s time for games seven and eight of the Arizona Derby Dames 2010 banked track roller derby season, with the competition for August playoffs positions heating up. The undefeated Coffin Draggers take on the once defeated Bombshells while the Brutal Beauties and Runaway Brides battle each other hoping for their first win of the season. They'll be tearing up the track on Saturday, June 19 at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum! Bookmans is proud to be a sponsor of the Dames again this year.
At each Ignite Phoenix presentation, Bookmans proudly presents a new video that is shown to hundreds of attendees. Ignite Phoenix is an information exchange for fostering and inspiring Phoenix's creative community. The theme for Ignite Phoenix 7 was "The art of...!" Because Bookmans strongly encourages the art of being who you are, we made a short video that focuses on some of our talented, one-of-a-kind employees. Take a quick look at a few things that make our employees unique individuals.
Join Bookmans tomorrow and Saturday at DEVASTATION, one of the largest and most reputable three-day gaming events in the world. We'll be hosting the Bookmans Retro Game Zone at our booth in the Phoenix Convention Center, complete with 19" analog TVs and more than 20 "retro" games, from Sega to SNES. Re-live nostalgia on these awesome cartridge-based video game systems!
Bookmans is proud to sponsor the Underground Cinema at Madcap Theatres in Tempe. All summer long, you can beat the heat with their great retro and current films. This July, Madcap goes to pot with Reefer Madness, Cropsey, a new crime documentary, and a 12-hour film marathon! Check out their July schedule:
Bookmans is a proud sponsor of the fun, FREE, family-friendly Flagstaff Music Festival. Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6pm, we'll be buying and selling from our huge booth in Heritage Square. The festival features great local music and dancing, food and drink vendors (including beer) and local merchants selling great stuff! Bookmans will have lots of music merchandise, including musician biographies, CDs, musical DVDs, sheet music and more. We'll also have our usual fiction and kids books, and will be taking all forms of payment. If you'd like to sell us your stuff, please keep in mind that parking could be tight, and you might want to bring only what you can carry.
The weather is supposed to be gorgeous this weekend, with highs around eighty degrees, so it'll be a perfect time to have some fun in downtown Flagstaff!
At Bookmans, we believe that the fun of learning should continue all year long and we know how hard it can be to find reasonably priced entertainment for your kids throughout the long, hot days of summer. That’s why every year we offer 10 weeks of FREE Summer Kids Events at all of our Bookmans locations throughout Arizona. We're almost halfway through our program, but we've still got tons of fun kids events left at all of our stores!
This year, the fun started the first week of June and will conclude the first week of August with our famous Back to School parties. With magicians, arts & crafts, science and animal education programs, music parties and more – this is going to be a summer your kids will never forget. Each store has a different schedule for the summer, so be sure to check out the flyers for Tucson, Phoenix, and Flagstaff to find out what’s happening at a Bookmans near you!
Bookmans in Flagstaff is out buying and selling, almost every Saturday, all summer. This last weekend, we were a proud sponsor of the Flagstaff Music Festival, and will be out sponsoring events like the 4th of July Parade, Arizona Highland Celtic Festival, Pickin' in the Pines, and more! See our Chamber of Commerce buy and sell summer schedule here.
The Devastation Gaming Event, Tournament & Expo 2010 came to an end Sunday as the competition wrapped up over 22 professional competitive gaming events. In a stadium-style seating setup, hundreds of people watched the final match-ups on big-screen projectors. The morning started off with Super Smash Bros. Brawl but fan favorites were definitely games like Soul Caliber IV, Tekken 6, and Super Street Fighter IV. As one of the most reputable gaming events in the world, Phoenix saw gamers from across the country and around the globe. At the Bookmans booth we event met people from as far away as Korea. You might remember Juicebox, a local gamer and Bookmans customer who has won several of our Video Game Challenges over the last few years. We are proud of our local community of gamers for representing Phoenix!
You've got one last chance to win Slightly Stoopid tickets for the Saturday night show from X103.9. Show up at Bookmans Mesa between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Friday. It's going to be more than just a concert ticket giveaway -- it's a party with music by The Wiley One, free eats by Cheba Hut, and more. X103.9 will also be giving away more tickets to shows like Warped Tour, Kings of Leon, Jack Johnson and more. Check out all the details on the X103.9 website.
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