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Fresh off their tour-supporting Rise Against, Massachusetts rockers Four Year Strong will headline the 36-date North American trek with main support from U.K. art-punk conceptualists Gallows. Alexisonfire’s guitarist/vocalist Wade MacNeil has been tapped to be Gallows’ new frontman -- just in time for the band's participation in the Fall AP Tour. Modern hardcore act Title Fight, melodic punk quartet The Swellers and soulful, raw British up-and-comers Sharks will round out the hand-picked lineup.
Love to get your game on? Like wholesome fun for the whole family? Want to workout your noggin while bonding with your kin? Family Game Night is for you! Join us at 7 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday of the month in the Bookmans Flagstaff cafe for Family Game Night. The first one on Nov. 11 will be a special party complete with treats and prizes for everyone!
Healing is an ongoing process for Tucsonans after the Jan. 8, 2011 shooting of Gabrielle Giffords and 18 other people including 6 who are removed from our community forever. The most powerful part of this process has been seeing so many people unite in mutual respect, consideration and love. We are humbled to have the opportunity to share our love of reading and music to benefit the charities that sprung from the tragedy and benefit its victims. Join us from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 5 at Bookmans Speedway as we continue to move toward healing.
Get a jump on your holiday shopping at The Seventh Annual Certified Local Fall Festival presented by Local First Arizona. Bookmans along with hundreds of other Local First Arizona business members will be on hand to inspire you to SHIFT the way you shop this holiday season. Shifting the way you spend doesn't cost more and by shifting just 10% of your spending habits you can help the Arizona economy. When you buy here your money stays here.
Get out of that darkened room you call your lair because this Saturday and Sunday is Tucson Comic Con. We know you haven't interfaced with another human in years but now is your chance to don that one of a kind costume you paid too much for on eBay and Geek Out. Put a shout out on TeamSpeak to your guild mates that this epic event is being held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bookmans Event Center (5120 S. Julian Drive) where food, fun and freak flags will fly. Admission is yours for the low low price of $5 for the weekend or $3 a day with children 10 and under free. This a safe space because geek is the new chic. If you don't believe us then check out Lightning Octopus a site dedicated to Arizona Geek Culture. Set your sights on flying high because where we're going we don't need roads.
Block-Con 2011 is Tucson's first and only LEGO mini convention and it's completely organized by 13-year-old Kai Miller-Wells. The all-ages event will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7 in downtown Tucson at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room.
Don't let a little rain stop you. Grab that dusty umbrella (and patch any holes in it) because it's time for the November '11 Phoenix Edition of Bookmans Treasure Hunt: The Search for Local Business Booty. In October local business Samurai Comics, the hottest spot in Phoenix to pick up your favorite comic book and a contributor to the geeking out movement that is sweeping the valley helped us hide treasure. Which local business will stash it for us in November?
It's Giving Thanks month at Bookmans and this Friday we'd like to get you into the culinary spirit of Thanksgiving with free pie! If you like pie but don't like to cook, love to bake but need inspiration, or just want to know who makes the most killer pie in town, come to our free tasting beginning at 3 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 11 in the Bookmans Flagstaff cafe. Flagstaff bakeries of all kinds will be represented including Sugar Mama's, Beautiful Leaf, New Frontiers, Bashas and Safeway.
It is no secret that Twi-hards have been anxiously awaiting for the next installment in the Twilight film series. Breaking Dawn, Part 1 opens in theaters on Friday, Nov. 18 and tickets are selling out!
You don't have to be a John Travolta fan to know the 1976 classic The Boy in the Plastic Bubble. We know a comedic gem when we see one and are paying comedians to prove it so with our second Spoof 'N' Cinema at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14 at the Temple of Music and Art in downtown Tucson. This film and comedy performance was inspired by Mystery Science Theater 3000 where comedians riff on classic films that, in our opinion, beg for it. Tickets to this event are $9 and sold exclusively at all Bookmans locations. The humor rating is at a tasteful PG-13 and '70s inspired attire is encouraged and will possibly be rewarded.
Take your love for the Twilight saga to the next level at Bookmans Phoenix. We know how to get you there at our Breaking Dawn Release Party from 7-8:30 p.m. on Nov. 12. We are just as excited as you to join Edward and Bella as they make their romantic and dramatic transition into marriage because after all, their forever is only the beginning. We've spent countless hours buying, trading and selling copies of the books, movies and paraphernalia and now that the saga is almost coming to an end we have decided to go all out for these last two film releases.
We work with local community organizations year-round to find ways to make our cities a better place to live; however Bookmans' central focus in November is giving thanks to our communities by giving back. This November we are collecting non-perishable food items to donate to the United Food Bank in Mesa.
We are thrilled with the applications we receive in our Bookmans School Challenge and we want to see more of them. We've developed a short FAQ to help make the process even simpler.
What is the Bookmans School Challenge?
Too often, what we hear about education today is negative: slashed budgets, overcrowding, low test scores. Bookmans wants to celebrate the good that schools are doing, which is why we created the Bookmans School Challenge. We want to hear about the creative and innovative ways schools face everyday challenges. Schools that apply have the opportunity to spread the word about their dedicated teachers, exceptional students and involved parents. One school wins $15,000 to spend any way they see fit and two additional schools will win $3,000 each.
How do you apply for the Bookmans School Challenge?
It's easy to take part in the challenge. Simply visit our online form and fill out the short, one page application. Questions include, "What makes your school unique?" and "How would $15,000 benefit your school?" All public and charter Arizona elementary, middle, junior high and high schools are eligible. The next application deadline is December 3, 2012.
How will winners be chosen?
Bookmans selects ten semifinalists from the schools who submit an application in the challenge. Those schools are chosen based on innovation, need and a commitment to excellence. Bookmans provides video equipment to each semifinalist and asks them to make a short (5 minute maximum) video showcasing their school. The videos are posted to the Bookmans Facebook page to help draw attention to the good these schools are doing. After viewing the videos, the public votes for the school they would like to become a finalist in the challenge. Bookmans selects two additional finalists. One of the three schools wins $15,000 and the other two will win $3,000 each.
For more information, please visit our Bookmans School Challenge page or use our contact form with "Bookmans School Challenge" as the subject and Community Relations [Your City] as the category. Enter today!
What's better than using your noggin to find free stuff? The third week of each month Bookmans Flagstaff partners with a local business where we hide a treasure trove of goodies for those who can guess the location. So far we hid great stuff at Fizz Bath Shop, Babies-to-Kids, Stage Left Subshop and Babbitt's Back Country Outfitters, to name a few. Get your Sherlock Holmes hat on, find your sleuthing supplies, puff that pipe (or just pretend) and get ready to solve this month’s mystery!
From political correctness to character assasination, bad behavior has never been so good (or hillarious) as in Arizona Theater Company's God of Carnage, winner of the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play. God of Carnage will run at the Herberger Theater Center from Nov. 17 to Dec. 4.
Listen up all you vampire and werewolf fans (since you have super sonic hearing powers). We are having a Twilight Breaking Dawn party at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at Bookmans Speedway. This all ages and levels of fandom event is going to be a glittery good time. No, seriously we are going to glitter you so you shimmer like a vampire. This event honors the movie release this Friday and speaking of which, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to a midnight showing of this highly anticipated theatrical release. If you missed your chance to win tickets we are also raffling four pairs of tickets at our event.
We are on the brink of a busy shopping season filled with stress, family and fun. We hope to remember that there is more to these next couple of months than turkey, parades and presents. November symbolizes what we find most important -- giving back. It's what Bookmans strives to accomplish all year long with our sponsorships, donations and volunteering. We spend the year trying to figure out new ways to team up with leaders, businesses, non-profits and others in the areas surrounding each store to build new relationships, raise funds for great causes and keep the bonds in each city strong with partnerships and friendship. We're lucky enough to call Flagstaff, Mesa, Tucson and Phoenix home. As a commitment to each of those communities and a chance to get others involved, stores in each of these cities will host volunteer fairs featuring the groups we're lucky enough to work with throughout the year. Take a stand to become involved with something you believe in and find out how easy that is at any one of these fairs.
*by guest writer Jessica Marquis, author of Raising Unicorns and co-director of Sailbear Labs
I have a confession to make before I dive into this article: I didn’t have a video camera growing up. I work with the nonprofit Sailbear Labs, which helps kids learn filmmaking, but I didn't learn filmmaking as a kid. I had zero dollars and zero access to anyone's camera. Instead I plunked out scripts on my heavy 1940s-era hand-me-down typewriter. These stories were larger than life, sometimes larger than this world, and they thirsted for screen time. When I got to college and took a basic filmmaking course a new plane of possibilities opened to me, as if I had just been told there weren’t four dimensions but there were actually 947 of them.
Another confession: I applied for my first credit card to purchase my first video camera. I was 24 and had resisted credit cards until then. I cut up the credit card as soon as I paid off the camera. That was how serious I was about owning this vehicle for my imagination.
Perhaps this is why I'm so passionate to see middle- and high-school students have the ability to make films, to put their voice into moving pictures. Or perhaps it's because I had one film course available in my high school and in the semester I was able to enroll in it, it was canceled and never rescheduled. Whatever my reasoning I am ecstatic to be on the Board for Sailbear Labs, giving 12- to 18-year-olds a chance to create films.
Bookmans and Greenhouse Productions present the fabulous traveling Max and Ruby Bunny Party at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25. The Max and Ruby Show is based on the books written and illustrated by Rosemary Wells and is perfect for the preschool crowd. Regardless of whether your family has read the Wells books, this show promises to keep the kiddos riveted. Is the day after Thanksgiving a little boring for the tots? Since the kids are out of school this is the something special to do for the little ones without leaving town. This show promises memorable fun for the whole family!
The Orpheum Theater describes the show this way:
This Ticket Tuesday is brought to you by the Arizona Theatre Company's musical Daddy Long Legs. From the creators of the Tony Award-nominated Jane Eyre, this book-transformed-into-a-musical tells the story of a young girl's exploration into womanhood while introducing a bachelor to love. The story is revealed through a series of letters between Jerusha Abbott, the oldest orphan at the John Greer Home, and Jervis Pendleton, her mysterious benefactor Daddy Long Legs. This award-winning romantic musical showcases the power of written word. Don't miss out on a winner of three prestigious Ovation Awards including Best Book, Best Score and Lead Actress in an Original Musical.
All Bookmans locations will be closed for Thanksgiving as we celebrate the holiday with our families and friends. Similarly, our Twitter feed, Facebook updates, Google+, customer service and website will be quiet because typing with food in hand can prove disastrous for computers. Plus we're grossed out by greasy fingers on keyboards.
And don't line up at our doors at the crack of dawn on Friday because we don't have to open early one day a year to offer you great prices on awesome stuff. We do that all year around. Besides our team is not all made up of spry young 'uns who can recover quickly from a day of debauchery. Some of us will need to be juiced like Violet before we can move around freely. Instead visit us during our regular hours of 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and bring the same great manners we see every day. There's no need for shoving, elbowing, striking a Heisman or otherwise jostling for the good stuff -- it's all good stuff and we have plenty of it.
As brooding rebels we identify ourselves with characters bucking the alienating systems of rigid control we see in our future. There's a Occupier or a Tea Partier in each of us and that part seeks the comfort of dystopian novels. This is why we love Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games and how we know you are in our stores looking for more.
For those of you unfamiliar with dystopian literature, these books are marked by dangerous future societies where social class is rigidly enforced, equality is emphasized and intellect is squashed. The state is the only affiliation allowed, characters are isolated from nature and the best stuff is available only through the black market. Inspired by The Examiner's article Hunger Games Holidays: Dystopian books to buy for 'The Hunger Games' fans we came up with our own bleak list. This Black Friday peruse our stacks for tales of righteous indignation.
As you are happily stuffed with turkey and pumpkin pie we know it's time to burn off those extra calories, so we are serving up our November Treasure Hunt. We're dishing up a prize package worth $80 but there is some work involved. Get your creative juices flowing but be aware that only an adventurous attitude and local know how will land you this grand treasure.
All things holiday are happening at every Tucson Bookmans location each Saturday until Christmas. Whether you are looking to get a Bookmans purchase wrapped by a local organization or having your picture taken with Santa we have it. Two local organizations will give their time to wrap your Bookmans holiday purchases for free and Santa is scheduled to visit to each location and have his picture taken with all the good little girls and boys. (You know how he loves to be the center of attention.) This white-haired, rosy-cheeked icon has fit Bookmans into his busy schedule so stop by for holiday cheer. Check out our events calendar for dates, times and locations.
This Ticket Tuesday we're offering front row center tickets anytime of your choosing to Flor de Muertos. How can we promise such a thing? Er... well... it's not actually a pair of tickets we're giving away. We're offering the brand new, hot off the press DVD! From your couch, your friend's couch or a lawn chair as you project the film on the side of your house, you can watch it all day, every day.
Flor de Muertos (Flower of the Dead) examines the cross-cultural collisions regarding death along the U.S. and Mexico border, commencing with the Mexican celebration of the Dia de los Muertos and ending with the All Souls Procession when 20,000 locals turn out in skull face to rattle through the streets of downtown Tucson to remember, honor and dance with the dead. The scent of Flor de Muertos (the Aztec Marigold Cempasuchil) forms a path souls of the dead can follow back to the living on the annual Day of the Dead. Part documentary, part concert film, Flor features acclaimed Americana/alternative band Calexico playing a concert in the historic Rialto Theater to their hometown audience. Desert rat journalist Charles Bowden who has roamed the borderlands in search of an elusive truth for decades, author Margaret Regan, artist Salvador Duran and others comment on the insanity of American immigration policies.
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