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We know you gaming enthusiasts just pulled an all-nighter but listen up, this month is all about video game challenges with prizes worth over $2,500. Let that pent up competitive rivalry fuel you on your way to our stores this month to play some wickedly sweet games and a chance to win awesome amounts of Bookmans trade. Bragging rights are on the line as we host a slew of challenges for all ages and levels of skill throughout the month in honor of our addiction to video games. The devastatingly excellent organization dedicated to video games, DEVASTATION, will host tournaments at Bookmans Mesa on May 9, Bookmans Speedway and Bookmans Flagstaff on May 12 and Bookmans Phoenix on May 18. DEVASTATION will bring out their sweet hardware, fight sticks and fight pads, but if you're a control(ler) freak you are highly encouraged to bring your own.
Are you an old-school gamer? We didn't leave you out! Our Tucson locations have your back as we throw down retro-style with a Sega Genesis Classic Tournament at Bookmans Grant on May 19 and 26, a Super Smash Bros. 64 tournament at Bookmans Ina on May 6 and an open invite retro video game-style on May 26. For our younger fans we pull out all the stops for Mario Kart on the Nintendo 64. Brush up on your racing skills. Bookmans Phoenix will bring you a bit of 8-bit love with their Pixel Art and Retro Video Game Trivia Night on May 20.
Take your love of video games to the next level with Bookmans Mesa at our Controllers and Canvas event on May 19. See The Minibosses perform live, check out local art and costume guilds as we celebrate our love of video games. We host more gaming events than you can shake a (fight) stick at, so no excuses to not get your game on in the month of May.
It's a bird, it's a plane, no it's the midnight showing of The Avengers at Tower Theatres. This Ticket Tuesday is brought to you by our local pals, Tower Theatres (located at Cortaro Road and I-10 in Tucson), who graciously gave two pairs of passes to the midnight showing of The Avengers on Friday, May 4. This action-packed movie features many of the comicbook characters we love in a heroic battle to save Earth. By the way when is Earth not in the balance? We follow Thor, The Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Nick Fury as they battle Loki (Thor's adoptive brother and nemesis). Find out how it ends by winning a pair of passes from this Ticket Tuesday offering.
Jon Stewart must be hot because his pants are on fire. We call phooey on his claim that he read The Obamas by Jodi Kantor cover-to-cover as he convinced many, namely us, on his show that he did. Stewart's claim that he dedicated an entire weekend from work to this one book of so many he receives is the only reason The Obamas made it to the top of our nightstand reading.
Comics are just not for fun. Adam Yeater is the amazing artist and author of the underground comic book One Last Day about his characters' experiences on the last day of their life. Rarely is there dialogue in this visually graphic and entertaining series. Adam is also known for his cityscape paintings, mushroom sculptures and 3D art, which are featured in several local galleries. Plus, he loves to give away free stuff! Adam will be with us from noon - 2 p.m. this Saturday at Bookmans Speedway. We invite you to come and meet this most unique local artist.
Sunset Over Brown and Blue City with Ocean in Middle
Every so often opportunity knocks for those who may not normally get the chance to be heard. Ignite Phoenix #12 is that opportunity. As a Serano sponsor of this iconic Valley event, we hope to see you at 6:30 p.m. sharp on Friday (today), May 4 in the Virginia G. Piper Theater at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts for the sold out show that only comes twice a year.
* by Luke Wilson, Electronics at Bookmans Speedway
Today's generation can easily Google Pat Boone and read up on his immensely successful recording career just as easily as fans of '50s and '60s pop music can recall his domination of the billboard charts. Throughout his career, Boone has been a singer and an actor, writer, religious advocate, Republican activist, philanthropist and sports-team owner. Naturally the only goal yet unrealized by this renaissance man was to record and release an album of heavy metal classics re-arranged with big band orchestration.
Grade school art class is a hoot but once the clay or paint dries, the art goes home to collect dust on mom's shelf. After a few years it finds its way into a box and stashed away. We've teamed up with Madison Simis art teacher Carson Bilgner to give third graders one more stop before they head home. Join us from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 15 at Bookmans Phoenix for our 4th annual Madison Simis Art Show.
The Arizona Derby Dames return to the Arizona Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, May 19 for the Arizona Derby Dames 2012 Season Banked Track Roller Derby Playoffs. The playoff bouts consistently offer an extensive display of determination and skill from all skating teams. Each season because this bout is a triple-header battle between the lowest ranked teams and any of them could win to play in the 2012 championship bout. Playoffs promise exciting and intense competition with quick mini bouts where teams race to grab the most points. Emotions will run high because only one of the four playoffs teams will get to play another bout this season.
The 2012 second-ranked Runaway Brides will battle the Brutal Beauties and third-ranked Bombshells take on the Schoolyard Scrappers. Each team will compete for the opportunity to go head-to-head with the Coffin Draggers in this year's championship bout.
This Ticket Tuesday is brought to you by our delightful community partner Tower Theatres. We are giving away two passes to the midnight showing of the macabre comedy Dark Shadows directed by Tim Burton and starring his go-to-guy Johnny Depp. This all star cast revives the 1960s cult classic television supernatural soap opera filled with witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves, zombies and time travel. In the film we follow wealthy playboy-turned-vampire Barnabas Collins who was buried alive and brought back to the psychedelic 1970s. He finds his once powerful fishing empire has fallen into disrepair and must return the empire to its former glory.
Does your soul have what it takes? It's time to crack those knuckles, grab your energy drink and meet us at Bookmans for our annual Video Game Challenge hosted by our good friends at DEVASTATION. Devastation is rocking out with upcoming tournaments at our Bookmans Phoenix and Bookmans Speedway locations. This organization is built from a love of retro gaming and who better to host our in-store video game challenges? They provide the equipment but if you're a control(er) freak, feel free to bring your own. Prizes and bragging rights are on the line so bring your A game. There is no fee to join the tournament. Keep in mind space is limited and seats fill up quickly so arrive early.
This last bout of the season is for the big win, folks, as it determines the 2011-2012 Arizona State Champions. This Saturday, May 12 at the Bookmans Event Center, 5120 S. Julian Dr., the highly anticipated double-hitter marks the end of Season 9 and will have you on the edge of your seat begging for Season 10. The Tucson Roller Derby babes are business professionals by day and butt-kicking femme fatales here to bring you maximum entertainment by night. Tickets to the bout are $10 in advance, $15 at the door and can be purchased at any Bookmans location. As always these bouts are family-friendly with kids 12 and under free with purchase of adult ticket. Doors open at 5 p.m. Get ready to get your grub on because the TRD also invites local food trucks to the event to supply you with tasty treats.
This Ticket Tuesday is brought to you by one of our favorite community partners Tower Theatres, located at 5755 W. Arizona Pavilions Dr., who graciously donated two pairs of passes to The Dictator and Battleship. One is a social commentative comedy and the other is an explosive action-packed extraterrestrial movie. Even though these movies are completely different you'll still enjoy the show.
The Dictator is the hilarious brain child of Sacha Baron Cohen, world renowned comedian most notable for his characters Ali G, Borat and Bruno. In this film Cohen plays Admiral General Aladeen, a Hussein-like dictator from a fictional country called the Republic of Wadiya. Admiral General Aladeen is secretly replaced and flees to New York where he is forced to assimilate with the everyday man. Let the comedy begin. Unlike Cohen's past films that integrate unsuspecting bystanders, he films this scripted movie alongside fellow comedians Anna Ferris, John C. Reilly and Chris Parnell. Be careful when munching on consessional treats because we we don't want you to choke during the funny scenes. The film premiere for The Dictator is Wednesday, May 16 at Tower Theatres.
Battleship, inspired by a Hasbro children's game, is a science fiction thriller of heroic proportions. Battling to save Earth from unknown invaders, the characters discover the aliens' intentions and their weaknesses while thwarting the increasingly complicated extraterrestrial invasion in the South Seas. Most notable of the cast members is Rihanna, but other heavy hitters include Liam Neeson and Taylor Kitsch. This movie not only delivers action it integrates cutting-edge graphics. You'll have to bring a fellow action junkie to this nail bitter with you, if you're lucky enough to win passes.
The Arizona Museum of Natural History (AzMNH) celebrates their 35th anniversary with a party from 6 to 9 p.m. this Friday, May 18. What better way for the museum to thank the community for their support than by hosting a birthday bash in Downtown Mesa? Could this be your chance to party with the dinosaurs? To that we answer with a resounding yes!
Thirteen food truckers will cruise their cuisines to Bookmans where crowds gather for Food Truck Fridays. Culinary connoisseurs will whet their palettes with yummy local fare from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 18 at Bookmans Grant, 1930 E. Grant Rd. in Tucson. In addition to chowing down, foodies will watch blast from the past 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (the silent version), which will be projected onto the side of our building.
We celebrate our passion for video games with fans, creators and enthusiasts during our first annual Controllers and Canvas event from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at Bookmans Mesa. Created with the local video game community in mind we're taking our love of video games to the next level with local artists, costumers and musicians as they cross over into video games.
The 15th Annual Northern Arizona Book Festival takes place this Saturday, May 19 at the Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff. The diversity of events ensures that there will be something there for everyone including young poets, cookbook authors (get your spatulas ready to be signed), children's book authors and lectures. All the day events are free except for the evening headliners Stella Pope Duarte and Eddie Chuculate, this event is $5 a ticket. In addition to meeting authors there will be a book fair and an author meet-and-greet in Bookmans Flagstaff Cafe.
Now that summer is in full swing. You've probably been sweating and avoiding the sun just like we have. We're giving you the chance collect some treasure before you get baked. This month we dish up a prize package worth $55 but as always there is work involved. Get ready to crank those gears but be aware that only an adventurous attitude and local know-how will land you this grand treasure.
We've been looking forward to the out-of-this-world giveaway from our pals at Tower Theatres. This Ticket Tuesday we are giving away two pairs of passes to the midnight showing of the third installment in the Men in Black series, MIB 3. Hold on to your butts because this movie includes time travel, extra-terrestrials and of course the planet Earth in peril. What better way to kick off summer than with another blockbuster? The epic battle for Earth brings back our favorite stoic faced and comedic relief characters played by Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. Summer movies are a good excuse to have fun and beat the heat so see how you can win a pair of passes in this weeks Ticket Tuesday.
* by Jonathan Simon of Lightning Octopus
Last month I asked my readers at Lightning Octopus for advice on attending Phoenix Comicon. Tons of people responded with great advice and great questions as well. Here are some of the most popular pieces, mingled with my own perspective:
Your 2012 Phoenix Comicon (PCC) is finally here. Just like you we anxiously waited, planning and prepping all year long, for what is rightly dubbed the "signature pop-culture event of the southwest". Over 30,000 people will call the Phoenix Convention Center home for Memorial Day weekend and we hope that you'll be there with us. The event runs from Thursday, May 22 (preview night) until Sunday, May 27. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online for $15 to $45. They are worth every penny.
Bookmans Summer Kids Events are back! Put on your sunscreen and hat because summer is upon us and even a trip to your favorite bookstore requires shade, but once here we've got endless air conditioning and cool events to keep the kiddos engaged. In the Bookmans tradition every week throughout the summer each location will host an hour long kids craft, story time or host a local organization. You don't have to thank us for giving you an entire hour of free entertainment. It's thanks enough that you braved the sweltering heat to stop by to see us.
The "Signature Pop-Culture Event of the Southwest" arrived in style during Preview Night on Thursday, May 24. Bookmans was in the middle of the action. For months a team of Bookmans employees worked diligently to make sure we offer you the best experience possible during Phoenix Comicon, so please come see us. We arrived at the Phoenix Convention Center early to unload the behemoth truck loaded with our signature orange shelves, goods for reaping (comics, action figures, graphic novels -- all things geeky) and exclusive T-shirts. We're ready to geek out along with you.
All Bookmans locations have limited store hours in recognition of Memorial Day. Today we are open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will return to normal operating hours on Tuesday, May 29 (9 a.m. to 10 p.m. in case you forgot).
Our holiday hours give you enough time to enjoy your favorite used media store and your family of birth or choice.
This month we will listen to our favorite music and try to appreciate a genre that we've overlooked. We will learn a new instrument or trade in the one we thought we'd learn. Maybe we will create an instrument out of recycled materials. Whatever we do, we're definitely going to dance. June is music month at Bookmans and we have a variety of toe-tapping events for people of every age. Check out the events we've planned especially for your musical side and come listen, play, create and dance with us.
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