‘Stockton Rocks the Mainland’ Starts Tonight, July 21, with The Lettermen!

July 21st, 2014

lettermen_categoryMAYS LANDING, N.J. — The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s summer concert series “Stockton Rocks the Mainland,” now in its 14th year, will present the first of its three nationally renowned headline acts at the Atlantic County Institute of Technology (ACIT)’s new state-of-the-art, 974-seat performing-arts center, starting tonight, July 21, with The Lettermen!

The series continues July 28 with Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, and Dickey Betts (formerly of the Allman Brothers) and Great Southern on Aug. 4. All seats are $37 and all shows start 8pm. The ACIT is located at 5080 Atlantic Ave. in Mays Landing.

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Music of the Night Gala in Galloway

July 21st, 2014

10305262_498693143569275_2398233915461522171_nBy Neil Davis

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — The Seashore Gardens Living Center of Galloway Township (22 West Jimmie Leeds Road) will present the Music of the Night Gala at the center on Thursday, July 24.

The event is $200 per person and will feature a special performance by Eddie Bruce and Melanie Rice, and entertainment throughout the evening by Kenny i Entertainment. There will also be a gourmet dinner, cocktails and ticket auctions. This special evening honors music programs of the Seashore Gardens Foundation — as one of the principal ways Seashore Gardens Living Center enriches older lives is through the power of music.

For ticket information, please visit seashoregala.org or call Sharon D’Angio at (609) 748-4614 dangios@seashoregardens.org

Bringing the Classics to Borgata

July 21st, 2014

By Neil Davis

ATLANTIC CITY — The Borgata will be bringing classic theatrical music to Atlantic City, as some of the Di Santo Photo2greatest compositions by Mozart will be performed by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony starting Sunday, Aug. 3, at 5pm, in the Music Box.

Maestro Jed Gaylin will conduct the orchestrated music. Dr. Christopher Di Santo (pictured right), a member of the Richard Stockton College of N.J. staff, will be the feature performer on clarinet during the performance of Mozart’s Symphony No. 39.

Tickets are available at the Borgata’s Box office for $25. Call 1-866-900-4849 or visit theborgata.com

To learn more about the Bay Atlantic Symphony, visit BayAtlanticSymphony.org.

Tesi Bridal & Mrs. B’s Boutique to Appear in Fashion Show at Katz JCC on July 23

July 21st, 2014

BRIDAL blogMARGATE — Tesi Bridal and Formal of Northfield, and Mrs. B’s Boutique of Ventnor, will be featured in the fashion show segment of the Milton & Betty Katz JCC Ladies Night Out Shopping Extravaganza on Wednesday, July 23, at 6pm in the Katz JCC Auditorium (501 N. Jerome Avenue in Margate).

Sponsored by Cornerstone Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine of Linwood, the event is expected to draw over 400 guests and 50 vendors.

“We hosted our first Ladies Night Out event in November, and since it was a huge success for the Early Childhood Education Center Parent Committee, we just had to do it again,” said event chairperson Laurie Staller. “The funds raised from the event will fund the development of a community playground for the Katz JCC Early Childhood Center to provide a modern outdoor environment that encourages gross motor development for the kids.”

Equity Communications director of marketing and promotions Shannon Wray will be the fashion show emcee, and DJ JoJo from 100.7 WZXL will be spinning music during the show and throughout the evening.

“It is going to be another great event,” Staller said.

Tickets are $20 per person and include one drink ticket. Visit the Katz JCC front desk or call (609) 822-1167 Ext. 0 for tickets.

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The Surreal ‘Cirque Le Noir’ Runs Through July 27 @ Harrah’s Event Center

July 18th, 2014

1398720263796ATLANTIC CITY — Experience an extraordinary evening of intimate cirque-style entertainment featuring 20 of the best cirque performers and some of the most incredible acrobatic acts on earth.

Cirque Le Noir’s residency will remain at Harrah’s Event Center through Sunday, July 27. Shows are every Tuesday through Sunday at 8pm, with 3pm matinee shows also on Wednesday and Sunday. Tickets are $40, $55 and $70.

With a carefully crafted stage set coupled with the talent of creative producer Simon Painter, Le Noir explores emotions through colors as the cast transforms from beautiful and pure white, then explores the passion of red, culminating with the darkness of Le Noir. The content is surreal, beautiful, seductive and at time hilariously risqué. The production is fast-paced, extremely funny and, above all, entertaining.

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Celebrate Phillips’ 100th with a Blue Crab Margarita and Foster a Worthy Cause!

July 18th, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY — Phillips Seafood, located on the top floor of The Pier Shops at Caesars, will be celebrating the company’s 100th anniversary (having been founded in 1914 on Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay) with a “Spiked Brunch” on Saturday, July 26.

The event will start at noon and include four courses of uniquely inspired brunch dishes prepared by Phillips chef Paul Drew, and signature cocktails crafted with the finest spirits, for a $69-per-person cost. Get tickets at missiontix.comSpiked Bunch Web or visit Phillips in The Pier Shops (Arkansas Avenue and the Boardwalk).

Also in conjunction with its centennial celebration, Phillips will be offering a special menu item at only $19.14 (get it?) throughout the summer during its Throwback Thursdays promotion. Visit Phillips’ Facebook page every Thursday for your chance to “share” a Phillips post — then show your server and receive a special deal. Menu items change every Thursday.

Phillips has had a reputation for great seafood and great drinks for 100 years, so management decided “Why not mix them together?” Throughout the rest of 2014, Phillips will be running specials on one of its signature cocktails, the Blue Crab Margarita, with proceeds from all drink sales benefitting the Maryland’s Watermen’s Association — an organization dedicated to the interests of all who derive beauty and appreciate the bounty harvested from Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay waters.

Phillips also has $4 Happy hour specials at their bar-and-lounge all year long from 4-7pm Monday through Friday (and all day Sunday) with $4 draft and domestic beers, select spirits, wines by the glass, and appetizers.

Visit phillipsseafood.com or call (609) 348-2273 for more information.

Guy Fieri Chophouse Debuts at Bally’s

July 18th, 2014

guyfieri_webATLANTIC CITY — Chef Guy Fieri — the Food Network’s spike-haired star of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and a regular figure at many special events in Atlantic City in recent years, has taken his commitment to the resort town a step further by opening Guy Fieri’s Chophouse at Bally’s, a new restaurant overlooking the beach and Boardwalk.

Read Lori Hoffman’s article by clicking here.

Like the man himself, Guy Fieri’s Chophouse puts an unconventional twist on the classic steakhouse. It will offer several popular dishes done with a New Jersey flair, like the Jersey Shore Clams Casino, the Jersey Tomato Salad, and the Cape May Fried Flounder, and use many locally grown and locally harvested ingredients. The restaurant will also include Fieri’s signature desserts, an extensive wine and craft-beer menu, and spirits created from a small-batch distillery.

See a video of the grand opening by clicking the link below.

Billy Walton Band Rocks Somers Point Behind New CD ‘Wish for What You Want’

July 18th, 2014

Screen shot 2014-07-18 at 10.02.08 AMSOMERS POINT, N.J. — The Jersey Shore’s local rock guitar hero Billy Walton and his band performed as part of the Somers Point Beach Concert Series on July 11. The gig served as the official CD release-party show for the Billy Walton Band’s Wish for What You Want — a CD produced by Slammin’ Tony Braunagel, formerly of Eric Burdon’s Animals and Taj Mahal’s Phantom Blues Band fame.

The BWB plays Saturday, July 19, from 6-9pm at the Admiral Auto Group, (6021 Black Horse Pike in EHT), where free copies of Wish for What You Want will be given to the first 25 people who test drive a new Volvo, Infiniti or Nissan. There will also be lots of giveaways and food-and-drink sales (including Italian water ice, and Chef Richard Spurlock’s chicken-and-Andouille gumbo and pulled-pork sandwiches).

Click the link below to see the Billy Walton Band performing at the 2014 Somers Point Beach Concert Series.


Broadway Baby Elaine Stritch Has Died

July 17th, 2014
Elaine Stritch

Elaine Stritch

Broadway will dim its lights for one minute on Friday at 7:45pm in tribute to Elaine Stritch, who passed away today at the age of 89. Her collaborations with Stephen Sondheim were remarkable as she took the anthems “I’m Still Here” from Follies and “The Ladies Who Lunch” from Company.

A Broadway baby for decades, true stardom didn’t arrived until she was in her sixties, but she milked the applause for all she was worth when the brass ring arrived via — in particular — her Sondheim standards. I guess I’ll be listening to the cast album of Company tonight. Or perhaps I’ll watch one more time her delightful documentary Elaine Stritch: Just Shoot Me available on Netflix’s streaming service.
She will be missed.


Hump Day Report: New Restaurants Including Guy’s Place

July 16th, 2014

Hump Day LogoRants and raves about burning topics that have caught my attention midweek, be it greedy corporate shenanigans, frustration or joy in regards to the Philly sports teams, a movie, show or DVD that has fired up my imagination, an intriguing personality, or what’s happening in the region. — Lori Hoffman, Associate Editor, Atlantic City Weekly.

While several casinos are scheduled to close — Showboat and Trump Plaza — and the monthly reports on the revenue from the various casinos is still on the down swing overall, the announcement of Atlantic City’s demise is premature. The mantra for improving AC’s outlook has been and continues to be amenities, amenities, amenities.

The casinos know this is an area that continues to grow. Nightclubs are doing a strong business. For a prime example, Golden Nugget’s Haven was an immediate success when it opened Memorial Day in 2013 (for more on Haven read Ray Schweibert’s story in this week’s AC Weekly).

The other strong component under the amenities banner is food, both with new restaurants opening and the numerous food events that take place each year, highlighted by the Atlantic City Food & Wine festival coming up next weekend.

Guy Fieri

Guy Fieri


Speaking of new restaurants, when I interviewed Guy Fieri in 2010 at the Food & Wine Fest, he raved about the Atlantic City dining scene: “A.C. is absolutely one of my favorite places to go. Put it in capital letters, double underline it. Granted I get an incredible reception from my friends at Harrah’s and Caesars. It has a small-town charm, but with big-city opportunity. You get huge headliners that come to A.C., you have good food, you have good people, and you’ve got the beach.”

When asked about opening a restaurant in town he said he would love to do it.

Steve Mortorano

Steve Martorano

Well that time has arrived with Guy Fieri’s Chophouse at Bally’s in the space formerly known as The Reserve. In addition, Bally’s has opened a new family style Italian restaurant, Buca Di Beppo, and over at Harrah’s Resort, is the new Italian restaurant Martorano’s from Philly native Steve Martorano. I’m dining at Guy’s joint tomorrow and will file a report on what should be an off-the-hook dining experience.

In conclusion, Atlantic City’s vibrant dining and nightclub scenes sent out a strong message that the town is far from finished.