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Back in the day when folks bought their belts at JC Penny and bullies showed no mercy people needed a way to fit in or fight the surfer set. That way turns out to be steal a dude's girl friend then kick his ass. This weekend The Loft Cinema in Tucson presents Bookmans Cult Classic The Karate Kid at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23.
*by Roland Wakefield
Upon hearing there was going to be a Spider-Man game where you got to be Spidey 2099 I almost considered selling my children and dumping my girlfriend just so I could focus on more important things like playing video games. However, when I found out that being 2099 Spidey was only part of the game play of Spider-Man: Shattered Dimension an unclouded head prevailed.
My interest in Spider-Man spiked around the time 2099 Spidey came out and for three reasons: 1) Being that Spidey didn’t have web shooters any longer, but webbing just grew in his wrists like a cyst and shot out, which was disgusting and awesome to me as a 10 year old. 2) Spidey’s unexplained wall clinging was now justified by huge violent talons that allowed him to rip into walls to climb and he used those talons on his fingers and toes to slap and kick chunks out of villains’ faces. 3) Spider-Man 2099 was Mexican with a Dia De Los Muertos costume. Being Mexican (mostly) myself I found this fascinating. There weren't any other Mexican superheroes and the only one I knew of at the time was the coolest hero ever -- Spider-Man.
With Charlie Sheen madness exploding all around and on top of us, I decided I would watch some of his old movies to remember him in fonder terms. I rewatched both Platoon and Wall Street. They were pretty good though I definitely prefer Platoon, but only one of them has a recent sequel.
In Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps Sheen has a small cameo. Even though he's only seen briefly we can tell he's got magic and poetry at his finger tips and, presumably, a briefcase full of cocaine. Obviously this movie was bad. Oliver Stone hasn't made anything worth seeing since JFK.
All Bookmans locations will have special holiday hours in recognition of Independence Day. We will open at 11 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. - just in time for fireworks. We will resume normal hours Tuesday, July 5 (9 a.m. to 10 p.m. in case you forgot).
We'll use that extra time to brush up on the Declaration of Independence. Meanwhile the Bookmans crew wishes all of you a wonderful 4th of July!
Wag your tails and start panting because the Dog Days of Summer are here. This month we celebrate one of our core values in a furry fashion that will keeps our four-legged friends happy. All month long at all Bookmans locations we will host adoption organizations that can help you find a faithful companion to bring home to your family.
There are a variety of other events to celebrate summer all month long too. Check out our events calendar this and every month to see what's going on it all our Bookmans locations.
"I ain't got time to bleed."
This weekend The Loft Cinema in Tucson presents a bad-ass predator who takes no prisoners but meets his match in heavily-oiled and pumped-up Arnie in his action flick prime in Bookmans Cult Classic Predator at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9.
Traveling children's music show The Thinkers, recommended by our fabulous local musician Chuck Cheesman, will be playing at noon on Thursday, July 14 at Bookmans Flagstaff. Fabulously fun music for the whole family The Thinkers are a friendship band that creates a multi-media pop adventure for kids from 0-100. If you love good music that's also goofy, bring the whole family down for The Thinkers.
Bookmans has been on a wild ride with The Midnite Movie Mamacita for over five years! Starting with a screening of Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! at the well loved Paper Heart Gallery all the way to her most recent home, Madcap Theaters. Cult classic films such as The Room and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World became monthly events not to be missed! Andrea Beesley-Brown, aka "The Midnite Movie Mamacita", has become well-known around the state of Arizona for her unique approach to film programming. Bookmans is excited to continue the ride with her brand-new business adventure in opening the brand new venue, The Royale Cinema, in Downtown Mesa. We asked The Midnite Movie Mamacita about her adventures at The Royale and more.
What experience will The Royale share with cinema lovers?
The Royale will provide a unique and fun experience for cinema lovers. We are an intimate venue that provides an alternative to the multiplex. For example in our lobby we have retro arcade games, a VHS player hooked up to a giant old TV for people to pick and choose a video while they wait and we will focus on retro soda and snacks in the snack bar. As far as the programming goes we will continue to bring the newest independent genre films like Hobo with a Shotgun and Troll Hunter as well as our retro screenings that we are well known for.
Over the years you have had many celebrity guests at your screening, do you have a favorite event?
Oh wow, it's hard to narrow it down...I've been really blessed with the talent that I've gotten to work with, but I think if I had to pick a favorite, my first event with the stars of The Royale with Bookmans readers?
We will be working with Bookmans on a VHS exclusive night, which we are really excited about to showcase features that have never made it beyond VHS, we can't wait to showcase these hidden treasures. We will also be doing MuVChat (text heckling) and a monthly documentary showcase, Becky Bodacious will bring her Camp Cinema to The Royale as well as other events such as Movie Mashterpiece with the National Comedy Theatre.
There you have it, we have no doubt The Royale will rock your socks! We’ve played Dig Dug and Centipede at the theater, watched the movie screen installation, and spoke with the volunteers. You’re invited to The Royale on Friday, July 8 at 8 p.m. for the opening night film, Hobo with a Shotgun. Tickets are available here. Buy them now, this event is expected to sell out!
The Royale Cinema is located at 108 W. Main St. in Downtown Mesa.
Do you love bagpipes and scotch tasting and caber tossing? If so you won’t want to miss the Northern Arizona Highlands Celtic Festival, June 16 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and June 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.! With an average July temperature of 80 degrees, this is a great time to make a trip to the mountains for some Celtic pride.
Attention Tucsonans and Foodies! If you've been stuck in the kitchen whisking aioli you missed this year's Iron Chef Tucson, many epicureans' dream. This annual event tosses a mixed salad of local talent -- many from Tucson Originals. Relatively new, in its fourth year this competition has grown into a full-fledged weekend affair with Meet the Chefs, a sneak preview prior to the main event. This year Loews Ventana Canyon hosted the two-day event with main sponsor Stella Artois. Enthusiasts can vie for Tasting Tickets to join in on the food fun. Being able to taste the food of Gods isn't cheap. There are only eight tickets and they are auctioned off to the highest bidders.
Executive Chef for Lodge on the Desert Ryan Clark sizzled throughout the competition and took home the title of Iron Chef Tucson 2011. This farm-to-table style cook hasn't let fame go to his head. He graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York on the Dean's List and is named one of the top 16 junior chefs across the nation by the American Culinary Federation. If that doesn't dazzle you then how about having cooked for stars such as Will Smith, Sting, Britney Spears, Wayne Gretzky and Jennifer Aniston? Ryan was kind enough to answer some burning questions that we had for this award winning chef.
BYOC (bring your own candlestick) this weekend to The Loft Cinema in Tucson as they present Bookmans Cult Classic Clue at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16. This film print edition will include all three endings so there is no need to theater hop.
Knee-deep in summer monsoons, Bookmans continues to offer prizes and fun with our July Treasure Hunt in Tucson. You won't need to inflate any pool toys to do it either. We want to give you a prize package worth $325 but there is some work involved. There is no sunscreen required -- only an adventurous attitude and local know-how will land you this sweet treasure. Take along some aspirin because these brain teasers are gonna be tough, but a pot of local business gold awaits at the end of this rainbow.
Photo credit: Dani Simmonds (penywise)
*by guest writer Tamara McKinney, Program and Communications Manager for Reading Seed Children's Literacy Program
In May 2011, five boards voted to merge and create one powerful organization to lead Tucson’s literacy movement. Each of the organizations, the Literacy for Life Coalition, Literacy Volunteers of Tucson, Reach Out and Read Southern Arizona, Reading Seed and Stories That Soar!, will continue to do its own mission-driven work. By coming together they will be able to do much more in our community by providing a broad spectrum of services from birth through adulthood.
The Arizona Derby Dames has been one of the world’s largest and fastest growing all-girl roller derby leagues for five full seasons. Bookmans sponsors one of seven of the only modern-day all girl banked track roller derby leagues! Bring the whole family to watch these kick-butt bodacious roller babes in action. They’re pretty on the outside but don’t underestimate their toughness.
It’s time for the Twitter Treasure Hunt in Flagstaff again and this is your chance to act the Nancy Drew or Hardy Boy to win a whole bag of free local business treasure! What’s that now? If you haven’t heard of our Bookmans Twitter Treasure Hunt where you can win great prizes for using your noggin then it’s time to get with the program! All of our markets host one so no matter where you are, follow your local Bookmans tweep (@bookmansflag in this case) and we’ll lead you to local business booty!
A thrilling and wildly entertaining film TrollHunter delivers fantastic images of giant trolls wreaking havoc on the countryside with darkly funny adherence to the original Norwegian folklore. The Royale will show this film nightly from July 22 to July 28 and Bookmans has tickets just for you!
"I'm a little bit country.
And I'm a little bit rock 'n roll.
I'm a little bit of Memphis and Nashville
With a little bit of Motown in my soul.
I don't know if it's good or bad
But I know I love it so.
I'm a little bit country
And I'm a little bit rock 'n roll."
* by Deborah Madrigal of Bookmans Phoenix
I first heard about the book Serrated: A True Story of Survival, Recovery and the Pursuit of Justice while watching the news at the beginning of the year. I thought to myself that is a book I would like to read and to see from the survivors point of view what it was like instead of how most books on the topic are written by a third party who uses manuscripts from the court cases or newspaper accounts of the incident.
Getting a new pet is an exciting journey for an individual or an entire family. It means choosing a pet to suit your needs, picking out a name, finding it a perfect place to sleep and fitting your new friend into your daily life. Most people automaticly see a dog or a cat as a pet but so many other kinds of creatures are waiting to become your little buddy. You'll have the chance to learn about them at our Creature Carnival from 1 to 3 p.m. on July 30 at Bookmans Phoenix.
Join author Seth Muller in celebrating the re-release of Keepers of the Windclaw Chronicles Book Two: The Day of Storms and announcing the release date and title of the third book in the series. This free event includes a reading, cover unveiling and lunch. Fun activities including a bird quiz will be part of the program. The event takes place from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, July 29 at Bookmans Flagstaff
Due to a contractual obligation after his hugely publicized departure as the host of NBC’s Tonight Show, Conan O’Brien hit the road. He was unable to appear on television, radio or the Internet for six months. The documentary Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop opens exclusively at The Royale this Friday, July 29.
Once upon a time warp in deep space, the struggle between the nice and the rotten goes on and we want you to have front row tickets when it happens. This weekend The Loft Cinema in Tucson presents Bookmans Cult Classic Spaceballs at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30.
* by guest writer and Catalina Terrace mascot Bill the Marlin
The Catalina Terrace swim team has stowed their swim suits; some families are off to vacation, other kids to summer camp. What’s an idled Marlin to do poolside? Summer reading lists! Thanks for asking — here's some titles us ol' Marlins like to keep around the reef, just to remind us of home. Got any new suggestions? Send them along to @BilltheMarlin on Twitter. I’m parched for something new to read!
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