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This weekend Bookmans offers an incredible array of sponsored events and activities in Tucson. They're all FREE -- so take your pick and come join us for a fabulous fall weekend of fun!
Bookmans Speedway, 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday (9/25) -- 9 Queens Family Chess Night
Join 9 Queens for the first ever Family Chess Experience at Bookmans Speedway. There will be pick-up games, puzzles, and prizes so be sure to bring your Bookmans Chess Passport or pick one up at the event. Got game? Check out the puzzle below. If you can find the winning combination for Black to win in two moves then bring the solution to Family Chess Day to win a prize!
Bookmans would like to encourage everyone to burn their books* as long as they can contain the fire. Maybe a few flags could be burned along the way as well. It's a free speech country and Bookmans stands firm for the free marketplace of ideas.
We are dedicating the entire month of September to the right to express ideas as well as the right to be exposed to those ideas. To that end, along side our regularly scheduled events, we've added events to get your dander up about attempts to supress your rights. Might we recommend Bookmans and Apollo 12 take on censorship through improv, Sept. 17 at Bookmans in Mesa? Alternatively, get geared up and wear your statement on censorship.
* Actually, Bookmans doesn't endorse burning books of any sort, but we do recommend knowing your rights.
First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Fourth Amendment: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
When looking at banned book lists over time, and ALA's list of most challenged books for 2009 in particular, one characteristic that most of them share is that they target young people as readers. Sometimes the books are straight up for children and sometimes they are coming of age stories. Efforts to pull books come from both the Right and the Left, both concerned about the values conveyed in the text.
Many school districts have review boards to watch over what students are reading, and sometimes entire courses of study are marginalized (as Ethnic Studies was here in Arizona), however by a slim margin the Supreme Court determined that implicit in the freedom to express ideas is the freedom to receive ideas and so teachers and librarians can make books, even challenged ones, available to students.
Featured in conjuntion with the exciting reunion of Tucson’s legendary bands during the Hotel Congress 25th Anniversary Party, it's the 4th Annual Record Fest! This anticipated Labor Day Weekend celebration is the perfect setting to hold this year’s Vinyl Revival -- an event that passionate or novice record collectors and lovers of all things vinyl will not want to miss! This Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., the Record Fest will be on a mission to revive some of Tucson’s best music and it's totally FREE to the public.
Books have no special claim to fame in the censory world. Movies, music, and art are often the target of passionate censors who can't wait to use their hot hands to take away your play. Horrifyingly, it wasn't just our parents who hoped to rip video gaming fun from us. Can I get an eyeroll, please? At Bookmans, we won't tell you what you can't play. In fact, we've set things up so that you're in control.
September is Anti-Censorship Month at Bookmans, and September 26th through October 2nd is nationwide Banned Book Week! Bookmans Flagstaff is doing our part to support everyone's right to read, watch, and listen to what we choose, as promised by our first amendment rights. Throughout eras and cultures, amazing art of all kinds has been censored. For example, did you know Alice in Wonderland was once banned for “portraying humans and animals on the same level” and that most of Shakespeare's works were banned at one time or another for violence and sexual innuendo? Regardless of personal preference, Bookmans believes you should have the right to choose your art. Here are some FREE events in Flagstaff to enjoy watching and reading banned books and film:
Labor Day serves as a yearly national tribute to the social and economic achievements of American workers. Every employee, now and throughout American history, has contributed to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. In observance of the holiday, all Bookmans stores will restrict their hours. This Monday, Sept. 6, we will only be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mark your calendars so that when you come to visit this Labor Day holiday, you will be met with open doors.
You Are Closer to Heaven (in the Church Basement), where we do the Good Lord’s work. Everywhere you look you see spectacular sights: 40 kinds of food to feed some fierce appetites, nearly new linoleum and fluorescent lights, managed by a stalwart squad, here below the house of God.
Beginning with this infectious opening tune, Broadway Palm Dinner Theater offers up yet another very entertaining evening with their latest production of "Church Basement Ladies." Having served over 700,000 guests since opening its doors in 2001, the Broadway Palm continues to impress with its style. Before the show, guests sit down to a perfectly cooked Prime Rib dinner, offered a beverage of choice, and a wide array of desserts (Triple Chocolate Cake!).
The Humane Society of Southern Arizona, in cooperation with Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, is proud to announce its 13th annual Books & More Entertainment Sale. The sale will be held at the Humane Society’s Companions for Life Center at 3465 E. Kleindale in Tucson on Saturday and Sunday, September 11th and 12th. The center is located approximately one block from the Humane Society shelter. The sale hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.
The entertainment sale will feature thousands of new and used items, including hard and soft-cover books, CDs, video games and gaming systems, VHS videotapes, DVDs, audio cassettes, books-on-tape, children’s materials, fine art, board games, software, etc. Most sale items will be priced under $4.00 with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Humane Society’s educational and cruelty prevention programs. In addition to all the wonderful items for sale, the event will feature random discount periods, raffles, and giveaways!
Bookmans and Live Nation want to send you and a friend to see KISS and special guests, The Academy Is, for their “The Hottest Show On Earth” Tour as it comes to Phoenix. Starting September 10th and ending the 19th, drop by Bookmans Phoenix or Bookmans Mesa and enter to win a pair of tickets to the show at Cricket Pavilion.
Each store will notify their winners on Monday, September 20th.
Visit KISS online to join the KISS army, buy KISS clothing, or simply revel in the glory that is KISS.
Every year, the Rillito River Project of Tucson, Arizona mixes flying bats and environmental performance art to create a one-of-a-kind event -- BAT NIGHT. Hundreds of people and an estimated 45,000 bats gather at the bottom of a dry river for an unforgettable message wrapped in truly wild entertainment. Will you be one of them? BAT NIGHT 2010 will be at 5:30 p.m., this Sat., Sept. 11., in the Rillito Riverbed, east of Campbell Avenue Bridge.
Each week, Bookmans Flagstaff is getting closer to reopening, and the work preparing for the new store is also picking-up. For this reason, the last buy and sell date at the Chamber of Commerce will be tomorrow, Saturday September 11th, from 10am to 4pm, with the last deal accepted at 3:45pm. If you miss tomorrow, you'll have one last chance to buy and sell (before the store reopens) outside of Pine Mountain Amphitheater during Pickin' in the Pines, September 17th, 18th, and 19th. Folks don't need to be attending the festival to visit the 20x20 buy/sell booth, since it will be located outside of PMA in the parking area, just across from the fairgrounds.
Flagstaff's premier three-day bluegrass and acoustic music festival, Pickin' in the Pines, is next weekend, Sept. 17 through 19 at Pine Mountain Amphitheater. Bookmans will be outside near the parking lot buying your stuff (taking deals from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day) and will be inside PMA selling great music merchandise, giving-away T-shirts, leading kids tote bag decorating, sponsoring Chuck Cheesman's kids shows, and lots more.
Pickin' in the Pines welcomes people of all ages to the three-day, family-friendly festival in Flagstaff. Festival planners have scheudled a number of events over the course of the weekend that are specially designed for young people. Featured events include Todd's Musical Petting Zoo, performances by Chuck Cheesman’s “Dancing with No Shoes On”, arts and crafts, bubbles, dancing, snacks and -- well, who could ask for anything more? Okay, then Bookmans will also be there decorating tote bags with children of all ages. And still more? Children aged 16 and under are admitted free with their grownups! (Sorry, kiddos, you do have to bring your adult.)
Starting this weekend, the Arizona Underground Film Festival (AZUFF) will be premiering the best of cult/underground films from all over the world in an 8-day event from September 18th through September 25th. Bookmans is proud to be a sponsor of AZUFF as part of our annual Fight Censorship campaign! The festival will be screening films from Sundance, Cannes, SXSW, Toronto International Film Festival, and Tribeca Film Festival. Categories from this year's festival include Narrative, Horror, Documentaries, Experimental, Animation, and it is the only festival to offer an Exploitation category.
A major draw to Pickin' in the Pines 2010 in Flagstaff this coming weekend is the contra dancing. In fact, Pickin' has a special schedule set up around contra dances that includes workshops for beginners. Some folks will be all over that while others are still asking, "What's contra dance?"
Bookmans is proud to support the amazing resources and educational opportunities at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, and there are some incredible classes happening in September, including An Inside Look at Butterfly Magic from 6 to 8 p.m., today!
Due to unforseen circumstances, our Zine Workshop will not be happening Saturday, Sept. 18, at our Grant location. We will do our best to reschedule a similar event in the near future as interest dictates. Do feel free to join us for our Sci-Fi Saturdays at Grant. We will be showing Vincent Price's Last Man on Earth at 3p.m. Free! Thanks for your understanding.
This weekend is Pickin' in the Pines 2010 at the Pine Mountain Amphitheater in Flagstaff, and Bookmans is a proud sponsor. Bookmans Flagstaff is buying and selling for the last time before the store reopens, giving away free "Listening is Not a Crime" tee-shirts, creating an interactive art project called the listening wall, and a lot more. Today Bookmans sponsored Chuck Cheesman's kids show, which will happen again tomorrow, Sunday September 19th, at 1pm - right after the kids' parade. Bookmans will also hold kids reusable tote bag decorating at 3pm in the Kid Zone. There's a lot more fun and great music on tap for tomorrow, the last day of Pickin' in the Pines, so come on down, listen to bluegrass and visit your Bookmans Flagstaff friends.
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., this Sunday at the Hoco Family Arts Festival in downtown Tucson, Bookmans hosts recycled instrument making and Music Hour with Nature. We need your help to pull off this event in sustainable style. Please bring your used paper towel roles, empty water bottles, or clean coffee cans to any Tucson Bookmans location. We'll use them to create fabulous, functional musical instruments to delight children of all ages. We'll follow up our instrument making with a special musical performance with Nature at 2 p.m. on the Club Congress stage, so after you round up recylcables for Bookmans, plan to bring your children to the Hoco Family Arts Festival.
Bookmans Flagstaff held its last buying and selling event at the Chamber of Commerce and Pine Mountain Amphitheater this month, and will now be focusing all attention on the final push toward reopening the store. Although we are a bit sad that the traveling circus has come to an end, we are very pleased with the fun and success of our summer buying and selling events.
Bookmans presents a special Fight Censorship celebration with a 10 p.m. film screening of Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, based on the controversial classic by Anthony Burgess this Saturday, Sept. 25, at The Loft Cinema. Bookmans will be on hand starting at 9:30 p.m. to raffle off three $100 Bookmans' Fight Censorship Gift Bags and giveaway some Fight Censorship t-shirts and Bookmans gift cards. We'll also have FREE movie passes for the first 50 people to come to our table on The Loft's patio.
Tucson Weekly just published their Best of Tucson lists and Bookmans Entertainment is pleased and humbled that you voted for us in two categories. We take pride in bringing you the best in used books, music, movies, and home decor and are greatful you recognized our efforts by voting us Best Used Bookstore. Congratulations also to The Book Stop and Mostly Books.
Bookmans Entertainment Exchange appreciates your business and your support. Thank you Tucson, and thank you Tucson Weekly.
Join Bookmans, Madcap Theaters, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona in our special annual FREE Fight Censorship Month film screenings. In the past we have viewed controversial classics such as Cannibal Holocaust and A Clockwork Orange. This year we are inviting you to join us in viewing The Monty Python classic, Life of Brian -- “The film that is so funny it was banned in Norway.” The screening starts at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25 with a variety of Bookmans Fight Censorship giveaways just for attending and a special introduction by Michael Lacey, Co-Founder of the Phoenix New Times.
Madcap Theaters is located at 730 S. Mill Ave in Tempe. Please park responsibly.
Last week, the construction workers at the Flagstaff store site started sheetrocking. Right now, it appears that the rebuild is on schedule. One can see the back room, the stairs to the offices, the sheet rocked walls, the big built-in light fixture over the new trade counter – it's all very exciting.
This week, Bookmans in Flagstaff is celebrating Fight Censorship Month and Banned Book Week by hosting two great kids anti-censorship events.
At the Downtown Public Library, Friday October 1st, Bookmans employees will be holding a “Banned Book Story Time” featuring children's books by Maurice Sendak, Roald Dahl, and Shel Silverstein, among others. All of the stories read will be picture books written expressly for young children. Books will include James and the Giant Peach, In the Night Kitchen, Where the Wild Things Are, and Where the Sidewalk Ends.
At the Opheum Theater, this Saturday October 2nd Bookmans hosts a Movie Matinee of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, with kids crafts and activities beforehand.
Launching their 10th season in grand style, the Broadway Palm Theater presents Some Like It Hollywood -- a premiere so big it will run two nights! Bookmans wants you to go and so we've partnered with Broadway Palm to give away two free tickets to one lucky winner.
This Wednesday night starting at 6:30 p.m., the Arizona Browncoats, Bookmans, and The Loft Cinema proudly present the Can't Stop the Serenity 2010 double-feature, an awesome cinematic charity event benefiting the international women's rights advocacy group Equality Now! and The Women's Foundation of Southern Arizona, right here in Tucson. This is a great annual event that Bookmans is proud to support.
The Phoenix Rainbows Festival is celebrating 10 years and Bookmans is a proud sponsor! Arizona's Greatest Street Fair is back again this weekend, Oct. 2 and 3 in Downtown Phoenix at Heritage Square Park. Each day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., you can find Bookmans in the Yellow section for your chance to win an exclusive 2010 Rainbows Festival, Bookmans Celebrates Diversity T-shirt! We will have chances to win by entering a three-legged race or a sack race. We will also have our popular pride ribbons, beads, candy, and of course award-winning personalities! At Bookmans we are excited to be a part of this glorious weekend where several non-profits benefit from fundraising efforts. The support of these various organizations allows the Rainbows Festival to make annual donations that benefit the Phoenix LGBT community and the greater Phoenix metro community. Bring your friends, family, and even pets to this two-day outdoor event that is free to attend! We highly recommend visiting this FAQ of the event on the Rainbows Festival website before attending.
Last week Lori in Phoenix blogged about her experience at the Phoenix launch of the Shift Arizona campaign. Tomorrow at 10 a.m., Sheila Kressler-Crowley, Bookmans Marketing Director, will speak at the Tucson launch at Maynards Market, 400 N. Toole Ave.
"When you buy locally, more money stays in your community," Sheila says. "It's as simple as that." She points out that in addition to getting a good deal on merchandise and reusing items that would otherwise be discarded when you shop at your local Bookmans, you are also giving back to your own community. "You create jobs for your neighbors and provide funds for community outreach when you turn to local businesses for goods and services," she points out.
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