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Crash! Bang! Pow! It's on like Donkey Kong this weekend as Bookmans and The Loft Cinema present Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. Today, like every other Tuesday, we offer 15 pairs of tickets to Bookmans Cult Classic at 10 p.m. on Friday, March 4 or Saturday, March 5.
As Spring quickly approaches and the weather continues to treat us well, everyone looks to get out of the house. Bookmans gives you a destination from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday, March 5, at the M7 Street Fair. Awarded “Best Neighborhood Street Festival” by the Phoenix New Times, this is the fair's tenth year running.
Shine your brass, wax your handle bar moustache and dust off your top hats because this is Steampunk 101. This semester I will be teaching brass tacks on leather, hoop skirts on women, bright shining metals and burgundy sashes, and clockworks and boots that go up to your knees (these are a few of my favorite things). As your instructor and guide into this new world I give you a list of materials and assignments. Remember, whatever you do, don't go native!
Singer songwriter Terri Hendrix is bringing her unique brand of musicianship to Plaza Palamino on Saturday, March 12, where she'll be joined by Grammy Award-winning producer and multi-instrumentalist Lloyd Maines. Tickets are on sale at all Bookmans Locations.
In a show of support for literacy, the Waypoint Theatre Company's starts their 2011 season with the Pulitzer Prize winning comedy/drama Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry and a performance to benefit Literacy Volunteers of Tucson. The performance takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 10 at Atria Bell Court Gardens' Academy Hall Theatre, 6653 E. Carondelet Drive.
Bookmans values literacy and so we have a number of programs benefiting children and educators, additionally we support organizations who promote literacy for people of all ages including Literacy Volunteers of Coconino County. In Coconino County, 1 in 9 adults are functionally illiterate. These people struggle to succeed in the workplace or even conduct the most elementary transactions like opening a bank account, applying for a driver’s license, using public transportation, doing taxes, applying for jobs or schools, and countless other tasks that most of us take for granted every day.
To ease their burden, Bookmans works with Literacy Volunteers of Coconino County through providing gift certificate incentives for volunteers completing their instructor trainings and by supporting their (so fun!) annual Adult Spelling Bee to be held May 5 this year. We hope that you will take some time to look into this organization and consider the ways you might help them get people reading.
It's Arts and Crafts month at Bookmans where we are hosting multiple events, large and small to get our arts and crafts on. Our Bookmans Mesa Cashier Extraordinaire Nancy recently hosted a class we called "Altered Cigar Boxes". In our altered art classes, we take objects intended for the landfill and repurpose them. For instance our "Altered Cigar Boxes" are more than simple storage containers. Using enough papers and embellishments, cigar boxes can hold ordinary everyday objects.
The set up. Crafters created beauty within the context of this beauty.
"Believe in Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and above all things, Love." Or not. This weekend Bookmans and The Loft Cinema present Cult Classic Moulin Rouge!. Today, like every other Tuesday, we offer 15 pairs of tickets to Bookmans Cult Classic at 10 p.m. on Friday, March 11 or Saturday, March 12.
Bookmans Entertainment Exchange has built our reputation on the concept that "used" is not a dirty word. Bookmans has been a proud sponsor of the Tucson Festival of Books since it began in 2009. Each year Bookmans offers engaging interactive activities for both children and adults and lots of giveaways. Plus this is the first year that Bookmans will be selling at the Festival — don’t forget to bring your trade credit! The main tent will be stocked with rare and collectible books, books on the southwest and an exciting assortment of fiction. The kid's tent will house all manner of adorable picture and chapter books, including vintage children’s books.
It's not easy being green, especially for the Dirty Verde Roller Derby team since they are going up against the Furious Truck Stop Waitresses and that's not all because the other bout is with the Cooper Queens and the AZRD Brawlarinas. This babelicious bout will be at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 12 at the Tucson Convention Center. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Don't forget to purchase the commemorative button. Bookmans enthusiastically sponsors these hot mamas, so stop by and watch the beat down while supporting our local ladies. These hot mamas don't mess around, but as always these bouts are family friendly.
Bookmans Entertainment Exchange offers deals for you and your buckaroo too this weekend at the Tucson Festival of Books.
Our tent in the main festival area will feature rare books, books on the southwest and autographed copies. While you’re there, sign up for our e-newsletter so you can be the first in the know. Each purchase comes with a description of the book’s collectability in addition to a reusable tote.
This ain't your ordinary tote. We gussied it up with this gorgeous sugar skull.
Bookmans proudly sponsors the 2011 Tucson Festival of Books and this year we’re having more fun than ever! We have a main tent for selling great books (including many of the authors who are at the Book Festival) and giving away tote bags with each purchase.
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Tucson Festival of Books and stopped by our booths. We enjoyed beautiful weather and all your smiling faces. We have the video to prove it.
Supporting local businesses strengthens our economy, and a strong economy means a stronger community. As part of our commitment to local businesses and the community, Bookmans Entertainment Exchange is a member of Local First Arizona. Their ShiftAZ campaign encouraging shopping at local businesses has inspired us to use our noggins, crank up our creativity and find a fun way to support other companies while bringing you added value. Pack your inhalers, remove your training wheels, and do the truffle shuffle because you're about to embark on an adventure that would make Thomas Friedman proud.
Not for nothing, but I've been waiting years for that guydarnit hoverboard. We've spent the past week at SXSW Interactive in Austin and still there's no sign that we'll have one any time soon. Fortunately, we have a consolation prize. This weekend Bookmans and The Loft Cinema present Cult Classic Back to the Future. Today, like every other Tuesday, we offer 15 pairs of tickets to Bookmans Cult Classic at 10 p.m. showing Friday, March 18 or Saturday, March 19.
*By Wendy Reese
In 2007, Joshua Darland began a project. I'd find him sitting at a table folding origami when I came to teach. Whoever sat with him was encouraged to fold a few cranes. He tried to show me how. It was massively frustrating! He looked at me, eyebrows raised, and said I needed patience. Within each crane, which was part of a 1000 peace crane project, he put pieces of the Prayer of St. Francis. Joshua has since created many different forms, all beautiful and wondrous. I asked him about this passion.
We hope you enjoy hanging out at Bookmans. We provide comfy chairs, free high-speed wifi, space for your best pal on four legs and, where possible, sustinence for your body as well as your brain. In two of our locations (Bookmans Mesa and Bookmans Flagstaff) you have access to a fully loaded cafe for times when you want to hang out, but have stuff to do.
Recently Bookmans Mesa Cafe hosted Friday Date Night and with a walk up window you can phone in an order for an early work meeting and pick it up at our walk-up window or you can come in and hold your office hours at a traditional table or on a more casual couch. Our Media Producer Harrison Kressler put this video together highlighting the mosaic of possibilities when you enter one of our cafes. Enjoy the video and visit Bookmans Mesa or Bookmans Flagstaff for a quality cafe experience.
For Arts and Crafts Month, we're highlighting the ongoing crafting gatherings at Bookmans Mesa where Megan recently hosted the second in our series. Megan put our skills to the test as we set about making paper-sewn bookmarks -- not for use with your e-reader.
Do you secretly wish you were Nancy Drew? If so, your intrepid sleuthing could get you a bunch of great free stuff this week in Flagstaff! Instead of solving a murder mystery, this detective work helps you save your community by supporting local business. And, instead of creeping around an abandoned house with a wavering candle flame, you’ll be using Twitter to find your clues.
We challenged our Bookmans Phoenix Twitter followers with one mission. Follow the clues and find your local treasure. Our first Bookmans Treasure Hunt –- The Search for Local Booty, Phoenix Edition was an exciting adventure! A huge round of applause for the Local First Arizona business that hid the prize package including tickets to the Phoenix Art Museum. 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.
Surprise! One of our very favorite local businesses Smeeks was the first to make this all possible!
Wowza! We went from four days for our first hunt winners to claim their prizes to four hours for the last treasure hunt. I heard you loud and clear -- you guys love a challenge. I want to give you what you want, so now I'm cranking up the difficulty to test your true savviness and love of a good bargain. This month put on your thinking caps because it's gonna be a bumpy ride, but don't worry because I'll have you whipped in to intellectual shape in no time.
Supporting local businesses strengthens our local economy and a strong economy means a stronger community. As part of our commitment to local businesses and the community, Bookmans Entertainment Exchange is a member of Local First Arizona. Their ShiftAZ campaign encouraging shopping at local businesses has inspired us to use our noggins, crank up our creativity and find a fun way to support other companies while bringing you added value via our Bookmans Treasure Hunt: The Search for Local Business Booty. All aboard me mateys because we have set sail for adventure and prizes that even a scallywag wouldn’t hawk.
My brother had horrid nightmares as a child. Horrid. The. Worst. Ever. But my cousins were going to see Aliens at the movie theater and my brother wanted to go. My folks said no and reminded him of his nightmares. He promised he wouldn't have a nightmare again if he could just go see this sequel to Alien with his cousins. They relented and we never heard again about my brother's bad dreams. This weekend Bookmans and The Loft Cinema present the Cult Classic Aliens to cure your nightmares -- or at least your talking about your nightmares.
You darn kids turned us all into Cuban Petes getting ready to start this congratulations conga line. We don't like to party alone, so put on your puffy shirts, grab your maracas and get in line. It's time to report on Bookmans 2011 Reading Challenge and reward the students who read their hardest over the past month. We tip our sombrero to all the students because they put their noses in over 460,000 books since the beginning of our three-month-long challenge. With $15,000 at stake these students are upping the ante while increasing literacy.
[Bongo beat please] The second-stage winners in all three markets with the highest average of books read per 2-3 grade student in Tucson is Hudlow Elementary, Power Ranch Elementary in Mesa and the Flagstaff Junior Academy! [Confetti rains from above, trumpets blast and everybody does the cha-cha-cha]. The party has only one month left but you can bet these kids will read over one million books by the end of this challenge.
*By Chuck Cheesman
MIC teachers at Ponderosa Head Start have now received ukuleles courtesy of Bookmans. Anxious to put their ukes to work in the classroom, they have been awaiting our upcoming ukulele workshops where I will teach them to pick out some basic children's songs. This way they'll be able to incorporate more music into their classes, even when no music instuctor is present!
Anticipating over 10,000 people, the three-day celebration of water through the arts and sciences known as the Synergistic Water Festival takes place this weekend with the main event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 27. Two other major events run concurrently at the same venue: Cyclovia and Solar Rock. Grab your helmets because Bob Oldfather will be shooting off t-shirts at Solar Rock, so work on that hand/eye coordination.
The Water Festival features an art show, dance/theater performance, Enviro-Exhibitor Fair, speakers, workshops, film festival, kids activities and a cross-cultural/interfaith water ritual. Boost your expertise and support public health and wellness, water safety, environmental stewardship and renewable resources while fostering our creative community.
Come on down to the Bookmans GreenFest at the Tucson Village Farm from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, April 2 where admission and fun are free. We'll have something for the whole family starting with a farmers market, electric vehicle car collection, plant sale, a green home section, solar concert, food, kids activities, a recycled art exhibit and incentives for riding your bike! Can you think of a better way to spend a beautiful Saturday? The first 700 people will receive a free reusable water bottle but everyone can bring their own and fill up for free at the water filling station graciously donated by Arjencia Water.
* By Andrea Beesley-Brown, guest writer
In its new home as a part of the Phoenix Film Festival, the International Horror and Sci Fi Film Festival brings you film shorts from all over the globe. Genre film fans will delight with our selections this Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2. The 2011 Horror Short entry Bugbaby (starring Mink Stole) should be a real crowd pleaser! We were lucky enough to get in touch with the filmmakers and pick their brains about the making of Bugbaby. It screens at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday as a part of the Horror Shorts program. For more information and tickets visit www.phoenixfilmfestival.com or visit the Bookmans site for upcoming special offers.
With partnerships such as Cult Classics at The Loft Cinema in Tucson or Midnite Movie Mamacita at Madcap Theaters in Tempe, Bookmans supports a variety of engaging film events to our communities. This time of year we look forward to the Phoenix Film Festival, which takes place March 31 through April 7. The week-long film festival will take place as it did last year at Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theaters located at 7000 E. Mayo Blvd. Nothing short of red carpet, the Phoenix Film Festival breaks each year's attendance records reaching over 22,000 film enthusiasts in 2010. For the first time the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival will happen at the same time and location.
Bookmans and The Loft Cinema welcome you to Bushwood this April Fool's Day (no really -- and the day after that too). This weekend enjoy Cult Classic Caddyshack, "the comedy with balls". There's a heavy message about class issues underlying this 80s comedy but fortunately the screwball antics obscure it. Today, like every other Tuesday, we offer 15 pairs of tickets to Bookmans Cult Classic at 10 p.m. showing Friday, April 1 or Saturday, April 2.
Each day this week someone participating on the GreenFest Facebook page will earn prizes for their support of sustainable practices and having a great time outdoors. Last night the GreenFest Facebook administrators held a surprise contest to randomly select a winner from the first 153 people to like the page (excluding employees of the major sponsors). Our lucky winner of the day is Cindy Williams who won a flashy new t-shirt from Tucson Village Farms, a $10 Bookmans gift certificate and a reusable tote just for being among the first to like GreenFest on Facebook.
What's more is that we will give away chances at more goodies to those who actively keep up with GreenFest news. Head over to Facebook where we will announce a new winner every day. Additionally everyone who attends GreenFest could potentially walk away with something to help them green their lifestyle. We mentioned yesterday that we have gift certificates for cyclists, totes with purchase for Farmer's Market shoppers and free water. In addition to giving away 700 BPA-free waterbottles, the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona are raffling away a free week of summer camp!
WARNING! This is not your typical concert! This is not your typical art gallery! This is the once-in-a-lifetime experience that will be APRIL FOOL'S FEST!
Join local artists and musicians at 7 p.m. on April 1 at the Sculpture Resource Center, 640 N. Stone Ave., for a most unique interactive mixed-media art event. An eclectic and wide variety of artists will be featured in the gallery; everything ranging from paint to metal, glass to textiles. Beautiful sounds will hug your brain as they are created live for your listening pleasure by Tracy Shedd, Some of Them are Old, Sister Emma Brother Noah (Noma), and White Chocolate and The Cigarettes. Tickets are available at any Bookmans location or the Sculpture Resource Center for $5.00 advance or $8.00 at the door.
In case you buried your head too deeply in the compost heap, we remind you that GreenFest 2011 takes place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. this Saturday at Tucson Village Farms. We're gonna have fun out with the sun out, using the sun to power live music, some vendors and a giant rooster -- you will just have to see it. There will be all sorts of family friendly free fun (try saying that five times fast), giveaways, eco-conscious food, a recycled art exhibit, an electric transportation show and oodles more. You'll be sorry if you miss it. Remember your sunscreen and a hat or you'll be sorry (and blisteringly red). Check out this list of the local green initiative-taking businesses that Tucson has to offer.
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