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In the category of comedy gold, The Rialto in Tucson brings us Suzanne Westenhoefer at 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 11 for her show "Totally Inappropriate". When Suzanne hits the stage it's an unscripted, unpredictable night of comedy magic and Bookmans and The Rialto want you to be there to enjoy it.
Liiisten! We're here to celebrate ten years with Bookmans Mesa's Customer Service Supervisor Laura Keirsey. If you walk into the far back corner of Bookmans Mesa, you will see a beautifully eclectic blend of housewares, collectives and tchotchkes. Laura works with the staff to ensure we have the best of the best in our Gallery area for your shopping pleasures.
It's no secret that we love movies. We devoted the entire month of August to it! We especially love our community partner and kindred spirit The Loft Cinema. The Loft Cinema has been dedicated to bringing Tucson indie and foreign films, cult classics and of course their famous Rocky Horror Picture Show Midnight Sign-A-Longs since 2002 when it was turned into a membership-supported, nonprofit arts organization. This out-of-the-ordinary film house not only offers you films off the beaten path but also unorthodox concessions such as vegan cookies, pizza from the local Fresco Pizzeria, fine chocolates, beer and wine.
With the start of the new school year, opportunities abound for people looking to marry their passion for reading with their desire to help in the community. People in Tucson can join Literacy Connects as they feature several of their programs (Reading Seed, Literacy Volunteers of Tucson and Reach Out and Read Southern Arizona) for a Volunteer Fair and Back to School Celebration from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, August 11 at the Literacy Connects main office, 2850 E. Speedway Blvd.
For over five years NERDVANA has been providing the East Valley Tribune with all things nerdy. What do we do to celebrate? Partner up with 2nd Friday in Downtown Mesa and throw a party! Whether you want to check out local technology projects, enjoy a great cult film, have fun competing in strategy games or meet and greet local comic-book artistic talent, 2ND Friday's NERDVANACON-themed event has something for you.
Adam Yeater is a local painter, sculptor, comic book author, father, husband and all-around awesome guy. He shows off his amazing art work, comic books and more this Saturday at Bookmans Speedway. Bookmans sat down with Adam and asked him 10 QUESTIONS. Enjoy!
Sing a song, bang a gong, blow a horn! This Saturday at Bookmans Speedway we host our second Local Music Teacher Festival. These teachers' expertise will range from drums, piano, keyboard, woodwinds, brass, ukulele, strings and other instruments. Find the perfect teacher and instrument for you.
La La La Do Do Do La De Do! Hello Bookmans Universe! My name is Nature and I would like to introduce you to my hero Lex, your new Music Hour fun guy at Bookmans Speedway. Music Hour is a time to get together, play music and sing silly songs such as Wheels on the Bus, Old McDonald and Shake My Sillies Out. We learn about beats and rhymes and play all sorts of different instruments.
Tragedy whores. We aren't fond of this term. Carole Radziwill pins it to the reader and that judgment makes the story she wants to tell you about Carolyn and John Kennedy, Jr. uncomfortable to read, like watching The Real Housewives of New York City. Theirs isn't even the compelling story. Radziwill's fixation on the Kennedy's story distracts from hers, the brutal story of a fairy tale marriage cut short by cancer. Fortunately, that story is also redeemingly contained within the pages of What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship and Love.
Sexy Lady Bookworms will create a deck of playing cards graced with photos of women who enjoy reading. SLB believes that reading is sexy and should be celebrated. They also believe that women of all sizes, colors, ages and genres are sexy and should be celebrated. They will sell their cards through a number of venders and the proceeds all go to a literacy charity.
"A friend, Johnny Voodoo of Voodoo Kustoms, and I were joking about the sexy librarian stereotype and I was laughing because real library workers don't look like the assumptions people make, but we're sexy anyway! And then he told me we should do a photo shoot and give the profits to charity and it was like a hallelujah chorus went off in my head. It was a brilliant idea! Only why limit it to librarians? All women that read are sexy!" says SLB Coordinator and Co-Conspirator Rachel Garman.
Grab your Jedi robe and lightsaber and head to Bookmans Phoenix this Saturday for Star Wars night. We've invited our friends, the Mandalorian Mercs, for a night of free family fun that even the dark side couldn't resist. We'll have a lightsaber craft for the kids, Star Wars-themed freebies and custom Death Star cake pops from our pals at Kiki's Cupcake Service. Bring a camera because there will be costumed characters for you to pose with.
It was 1953, Eisenhower was President, Marilyn Monroe was on the cover of Playboy and across the Atlantic Ian Fleming released Casino Royale the first in a series of world renowned books following the iconic "fictional" character James Bond. We say "fictional" because Fleming used his own stories of espionage to inspire the creation of the playboy/spy known the world over. Characters and storylines were also influenced by Fleming's experiences as an assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence during World War II. His abundance of material supported a total of thirteen books accounting the missions of the irrefutable king of spies.
Animated films transcend language barriers for the pure joy of entertaining kids, but films by Hayao Miyazaki hit a level of creativity and visual intrigue that put them in a class of their own. The Tokyo native started as an animator early in his carrer and had his directoral debut in Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro in 1979, but was most noted for winning the Japanese Academy Award for Best Film Princess Mononoke in 1997. Miyazaki was nicknamed the Japanese Walt Disney for good reason, producing memorable films including My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle and Ponyo.
From My Neighbor Totoro via The Hayao Miyazaki Web.
The new school is just starting, but MathAlive! at the Arizona Science Center is about to wind down. Don't miss out on your opportunity to see this unique interactive experience before it closes on September 3. Our friends at the Arizona Science Center have given Bookmans Ticket Tuesday fans a chance to win a pair of tickets for the limited engagement.
For some of us back-to-school time washes us with warm waves of nostalgia (or crashing waves of miserable memories). Others of us still view back-to-school time as just another annual occurrence. Either way, this Movie Madness Month we want to psych you up for the season by perusing our shelves for our favorite films that take place on campus, in a castle or even during the summer.
A large portion of our Bookmans Phoenix staff has discovered (or rediscovered or are continuously discovering) the Whoniverse, a.k.a. the world of Doctor Who. While we argue over which Doctor is the best, more people are tuning into to the tardis to discover what's up with the longest running sci-fi series of all time and one of the greatest television shows ever.
With the recent release of Brandi Carlile's fifth major label album release Bear Creek and after almost a decade of touring with twin bothers and band members Phil and Tim Hanseroth, the self-confessed "road dogs" and "dirty pioneers" are back with a bang. The Rialto in Tucson brings us singer and songwriter Brandi Carlile with Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra at 8 p.m. on Sunday, August 19.
Bookmans shares our love of lampooning great and not-so-great theatrical films with our friends at The National Comedy Theater in Mesa. The team of NCT will create a comedic performance of Movie Mashterpiece Theater by replacing the entire soundtrack of the film D.O.A. with a comedic performance that will kick you in the funny bone. Our Mesa debut comes to life at 9 p.m. on Thursday, August 30 at The National Comedy Theater in Mesa. Tickets are $10 and available on the NCT website.
Proclaiming their love of New Orleans music with their new release Save My Soul and carrying on the tradition of the legendary big bands and orchestras by touring non-stop, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy comes to Tucson. This Ticket Tuesday, we're sending someone plus one to see Big Bad Voodoo Daddy with Outlaw Rebels perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, August 24 at The Rialto Theater in Tucson.
Start off the school year with Alex and the Ironic Gentleman by Adrienne Kress. Kress's debut novel is distinctive in both voice and content. The writing is described as whimsical and tongue-in-cheek, reminiscent of A.A. Milne with the snark of Lemony Snicket. Alex and the Ironic Gentleman would be a perfect read aloud at home or in the classroom.
Everyone has Henry Mancini's iconic tune burned into our brains and recognizes the famous cartoon character but do you know the famous actor that started it all? Peter Sellers emerged in the comedy world in 1950 but graced the screen with his most notable comedic performance in 1963 in The Pink Panther. Introducing the world to the bumbling French Police Inspector Clouseau and his innate ability to solve the mystery ass-backwards, Sellers used his comedic timing and racist tendencies to poke fun at stereotypes and everyday banality. Audiences weren't new to physical comedy, the great Charlie Chaplin and Jerry Lewis preceded him, but Sellers use of Bond references and fearlessness of costumes brought out his ingenuity and spirit.
Superheros and royalty, toilet paper appreciators and divinators, Whimpy Kids and people-eating plants and even a Flush Mob await you this weekend at Bookmans locations across the state. There's no excuse not to get out of the house for free, fun, family-friendly events with us. Take a look at our event calendar for times and dates.
Here's a sampling:
Backpacks are full, apples are shined, pencils are sharpened, but is your mind full, shined and sharpened? School is in full swing and classes are in session and we hope you're ready for the hunt because we're dishing up a prize package worth $75 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.
Must resist the urge. "You spin me right 'round, baby right 'round like a record, baby right 'round, 'round, 'round." Now that we've gotten that out of our system we can tell you where you should be this weekend. The Hotel Congress hosts its annual Record Fair and Music Gear Expo, a free all-day event starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 1. If you are like us, your memories of purchasing your own albums or going through your parents collection still fill you with that sense of exploration, satisfaction and independence (music collecting is one of our first areas of total control). Fortunately, the timeless classics are still floating around either inspiring DJs to sample them at clubs or expanding already massive collections. We don't want to rush you, but the first 500 attendees to the Bookmans booth with receive a specially designed tote to hold that massively sized music format.
Put down Fifty Shades of Grey. We've got something equally smutty but infinitely smarter to recommend. How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran is a feminist manifesto like none you've ever read. Most of us don't go around reading feminist manifestos but this one is for everyone -- even if you are a dude and maybe even especially so.
How to Be a Woman passes our funny-lady-memoir test. We still long to be Moran's friend even after we read the last word of her foul-mouthed, opinionated, TMI account of every experience from menstruation to pornography to abortion. You will be horrified if you hate the word vagina even as Moran herself declines the usage in favor of a more literary word. If you think you would be offended, please read One Call Away: Answering Life's Challenges with Unshakable Faith by Brenda Warner and Jennifer Schuchmann. Warner's story is compelling and has everything memoir readers love including football. But if you think you can take Moran's in-your-face drive for equality, then give How to Be a Woman a consensual whirl.
Local author Barbara Marriott visited Bookmans Ina to sign copies of her book Legendary Locals of Marana, Oro Valley and Catalina. Mary Wray was lucky enough to get Barbara to answer questions about her writing. It was an honor to have such a prolific author in our store, so willing to chat and share her knowledge with our customers.
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