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“Mom! Phineas and Ferb are going on a LIVE Tour!”
School's out for summer and anything is possible as Phineas and Ferb create their biggest invention yet -– Disney's Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever! Playing in the valley on Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15 at U.S. Airways Center, Bookmans has tickets for you!
Plan to have a load of spooky fun this month at Bookmans Flagstaff. Want to try your hand at scary crafts? This past Monday night we made mason jar hanging pumpkin lanterns. We'll make bat headbands at 7 p.m. next Monday, October 10 and we’ll make Dia De Los Muertos shrines at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 17. Supplies are provided and the events are free and open to the public for folks over eighteen.
Admit it, you like getting your pants scared off. We all do. Heck, we even pay to have it done. In honor of our adrenaline inducing addiction Bookmans has five pairs of tickets to Old Tucson Studio's Nightfall. This yearly Tucson event has begun and will continue to have shows throughout the month. Nightfall is hosting live shows and events such as the Zombie Lock Down, Carnival Caverns and the Iron Door Mine that are guaranteed to cause screaming, continual eye covering, night terrors, increased heart rate, heavy breathing and continual jumping out of your seat. If that doesn't scare you then the adsurd savings of $50 should.
Put on your classic rocker attire and head bang on over to Bookmans Speedway this Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. We're rooking and rolling for National Chess Day. We are hosting this party along with 9 Queens, an organization committed to empowerment through chess. You don't have to be Bobby Fischer to participate because this event is for all ages and skill levels. Grand Masters need not apply for this family-friendly event but for the uber competitive there will be a 20 person simultaneous chess match with a chess professional. Listen up n00bs, 9 Queens will provide free lessons for anyone who is interested and prizes will be awarded throughout the event. We special ordered chess cupcakes from Red Velvet (while supplies last and one per person) for those who complete a certain amount of stations.
No longer are the days when gamers are considered antisocial kids sitting at the bottom of their parents' basement. Today being a skilled gamer is equal to being the cool kid on campus -- at least to us and a vast majority of the rest of the world. Nobody understands how gaming has taken the world by storm more than DEVASTATION, which runs from Oct. 7 through 9.
Elisa McKnight is a teacher running to instill a love of learning the Montessori way. Elisa McKnight founded and is the executive director and primary teacher at Haven Montessori School in Flagstaff. She is also a member of Bookmans Project: Educate.
We had an opportunity to ask Elisa a few questions about her experience as a teacher and her ideas about education. Read on to learn more about this passionate educator.
The newest attraction in downtown Mesa is Monsterland. This two story attraction comprises over 15,000 square feet of fear and family fun with objects to behold that will keep you awake at night. Monsterland opened last Friday, Oct. 7 and continues through Oct. 31.
Most crafts require a combination of skill, speed and patience, but they can also be learned on a more basic level by virtually anyone. Each month Bookmans Mesa offers free craft workshops for adults. Our lovely hostesses, Sarah, Megan and Nancy, offer a variety of artistic recycled crafting with found objects. Join Megan in the café for Dia de los Muertos Cigar Box Shrines at 10 a.m. this Saturday, Oct. 15. We’ll provide the supplies; you bring your enthusiasm and creativity!
It’s Halloween time again and we're frightened Brad! What we mean to say is that Bookmans Flagstaff is a more-than-satisfied sponsor of Rocky Horror Picture Show this Oct. 31 (Halloween night) at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Flagstaff. There are two showings, one at 7:30 p.m. and one at 11 p.m. In other words, "You’re lucky, he’s lucky, I’m lucky ... we’re all lucky!"
The weather is finally cooling off and we can step outdoors without that melting flesh feeling. All the more reason to hop on your bike, board, car, moped or motorcycle to try something new and fun by participating in the October '11 Phoenix Edition of the Bookmans Treasure Hunt: The Search for Local Business Booty. In September local business Pink House Boutique hid the treasure in their adorable fashion powerhouse in historic downtown Glendale.
Get your game face on because Tucson Roller Derby is having a bout of undead propotions from 6 to 10 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Bookmans Event Center. These derby dames are ready for this month's aptly named Monster Smash. These rock star rollers are gonna smash their opponents like potatoes (the good kind with sour cream, cheese and chives, but that's not the point). Tickets to this ghoulishly grand event are $11.50 and available at any Bookmans location. The babelicious bout is guaranteed to be full of elbow strikes, dirty looks and bare knuckle brawling, but as always these bouts are family friendly.
This Ticket Tuesday is brought to you by Arizona Theatre Company's God of Carnage, a 2009 Tony-Award winning best play. God of Carnage opens Saturday, Oct. 15 and runs through Nov.12 at the Temple of Music and Art in Downtown Tucson.
"I'm rubber and you're glue, whatever you say bounces off of me and sticks to you," is a common saying among children but isn't the level you should stoop to as an adult. We know kids play rough but their parents can play even rougher. God of Carnage peers in to the conversations of characters as maturity levels devolve in the face of marital and parental trials and what starts off as an civilized evening for adults quickly turns into a petty recreation of their children's behavior.
Bookmans summons the undead for their first ever Zombie Fair. Honoring the monstrous villains will be The Zombie Walk, The Slaughter House, Tucson Comic Con and Summit Hut. Skulk into Bookmans for a ghoulish all-ages (but not for the faint of heart) event from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Bookmans Speedway.
Are you in the Nancy Drew Clues Crew? If not it's time to start sleuthing! This month's Flagstaff edition of the Twitter Treasure Hunt starts today so you’ll need to follow @bookmansflag from your Twitter account to get those three magical clues that will lead you to free local business loot. What's that? Twitter Treasure? If you're not already in the know, Bookmans partners with another local businesses each month to feature our friends and give away great free stuff. Previous local businesses have included Babies-to-Kids, Fizz Bath Shop, Babbitt’s Backcountry Outfitters and Local Color to name a few.
Meet Laura Thornburg, Media Specialist at Weinberg Elementary in Chandler, Ariz. and a passionate advocate of literacy. Not only is she a member of Project: Educate but she also spearheaded the 2011 Bookmans Reading Challenge for Weinberg Elementary and led the students to victory!
Laura took a moment from her busy schedule at Weinberg to answer a few questions for us about her experiences as an educator. Keep reading to learn more about what she’s up to on and off campus!
The baristas at Bookmans Mesa Café are at it again! When they aren't busy pouring coffee, pulling shots or building the tastiest gourmet sandwiches around they are kicking it around town at a Latte Art Throwdown.
The controversial follow up to the 2010 release of The Human Centipede: First Sequence was originally banned in the United Kingdom for its "revolting" content. The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence shows at The Royale in Downtown Mesa until Thursday, Oct. 27 and we want you to check it out in all its revolting glory.
Listen up all you Mystery Science Theater 3000 fans! Bookmans has recreated this lovable pasttime of lampooning theatrical doozies with Bookmans Spoof 'N' Cinema. We have hired local comedians to create a comedic performance in conjunction with the 1968 classic Night of the Living Dead. This movie plays in honor of our spooktacular month at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24 at the Temple of Music and Art. The movie and humor is rated PG-13. Tickets are $9 and sold exclusively at all Bookmans locations. Find a costume, since they are encouraged and there will be prizes, and come on down for this MST3K-style event performed live.
Listen up all you teens who say there's nothing to do. When we were your age we had to walk two miles in the snow, barefoot, uphill, both ways to get to the coolest local bookstore.
Yeah, we didn't buy that crap when our parents tried to pull it on us either. Even so, in honor of life being better than during the stone ages, we are hosting our first ever Teen Night starting at 7 p.m. this Friday at Bookmans Ina in Tucson. Only the coolest people ages 13-17 are encouraged to join us on this night for awesomely free fun. (That would be you because we're an inclusive sorta place where everyone is cool.) Grab your friends and hang out Bookmans style.
This month might be filled with ghouls and goblins but our treasure hunt is heavenly sweet. As always Bookmans offers prizes and fun with our October Treasure Hunt in Tucson. We're giving away a prize package worth $100 but there is some work involved. Get your creative juices flowing but beware that only an adventurous attitude and local know how will land you this grand treasure.
We are lucky to have our wonderful, intelligent, hard-working and soft-hearted book supervisor at Bookmans Flagstaff. Matt Christiansen has held the Book Supervisor position for longest of anyone at Bookmans and he claims he's still learning. He met his wife Angi here and they've been married for fifteen years. Angi is our Flagstaff book keeper and has been with Bookmans for twenty-one years! Matt and Angi have two daughters, fifteen-year-old Cassidy and eleven-year-old Natalie, who practically grew up in the store.
Matt is so exceptionally good at what he does for Bookmans that The Arizona Daily Sun published a feature on Matt this past August that was picked up by influential book trade industry e-newsletter Shelf Awareness. We asked Matt to expand upon how he got started at Bookmans, the good and bad times he's spent here, and how it is that he's stayed with Bookmans for 19 years.
* by guest writer Starr Cochran, Certified Financial Planner
As children, invisible monsters lurked in shadows and under beds. As adults, very real money monsters could be lurking and if left undetected they could rear their ugliness to wreck havoc on your financial life -- especially in uncertain economic times. Whether single or sharing life with a partner, being informed and proactive are key to keeping the financial boogeyman at bay. The following five suggestions might keep your financial life from becoming a horror story.
Copyrighted image courtesy of Lisa Solonynko. May the horror it evokes inspire you to "turn on the light."
Bookmans will be in attendance at Ignite Phoenix #11. We can't get enough of these evenings dedicated to fostering, inspiring and sharing information with Phoenix's creative community. Ignite Phoenix takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. As sponsors, Ignite invites us to create a 30 second video expressing our passions. One of our most popular sponsorship videos has been Bookmans Does Book Dominoes. We even earned a Silver Addy for it!
Part of the fun of fall is Halloween and all of the spooky fun and mischief one can get into –- and in Phoenix there is lots of it! For under $20 at the dollar store you can instantly transform your lawn into a graveyard, purchase body parts to freak the daylights out of a friend and of course dress up as your favorite monster, ghoul or goblin to roam the streets on the hunt for candy. However, there are those who think all that might be passé and are looking for a new thrill. It just so happens we found it for you.
We are having a blast getting to know the people who participate in Project: Educate, 1317 and Kids Club. Recently we met Logan (age 2) and Kyra (age 4) McDowell, two smarties from Kids Club. With the help from their mother Kathryn McDowell, we squeezed some primo information from them.
We love Ignite Phoenix. We can't seem to get enough of people committing to their passions and sharing that with others. Maybe we love Ignite because we see our bookstore as a venue for the presentation of ideas and the sharing of information. Ignite is the formal manifestation of that. At the heart of these exchanges are people daring to expose the workings of their minds and rendering themselves vulnerable in the process. The acceptance and encouragement of the larger community (and in the case of Ignite an immediate, physical audience) regardless of presentation subject or style runs alongside Bookmans' corporate identity.
Our sponsorship video for Ignite Phoenix #11.
Bookmans Flagstaff will close at 7 p.m. so our employees can party like it's Halloween. We hope you have similar plans for a fun and safe night.
All other locations will maintain our regular hours of 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. so you can make last minute trips for that perfect Halloween decoration, movie or sound effect.
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