Free poetry reading at Atlantic City Free Public Library on April 30

April 17th, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY — April is National Poetry Month, and the Atlantic City Free Public Library is celebrating by offering a free poetry reading at 6pm Wednesday, April 30, at the Main Library.

karen-zaborowski-duffy-82x100Poets Karen Zaborowski Duffy (pictured left) and Peter Murphy, who are both former Atlantic City High School teachers, will read from some of their own works and hold a book signing at the end of the program. The reading is free and open to people of all ages.

Duffy is the recipient of two Poetry Writing Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and is a poetry consultant for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. She has done residencies at Ragdale, Vermont Studio Center and The Norman Mailer Writers Colony at Provincetown, where she was named a 2010 Fellow in Creative Nonfiction. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Calyx, PMS-poemmemoirstory, Salt Flats Annual and Journal of New Jersey Poets.

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Caesars Entertainment: One-Day $9.99 Ticket Sales April 18

April 17th, 2014
Billy Idol

Billy Idol

Just like everything else, the price of headliner shows at the casinos has been going up. Now, however, Caesars Entertainment is providing a spectacular one-day sale, tomorrow, April 18, to give your wallet a break.

The company’s ‘Spring Has Sprung Sale’ for its signature Atlantic City and Philadelphia entertainment venues — Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, The House of Blues at Showboat Atlantic City and Harrah’s Philadelphia — will offer select shows for an amazing $9.99.

Beginning Friday, April 18 from noon-8pm, all tickets to select shows will be on sale at the House of Blues box office for $9.99. Get them while they’re hot—this offer is only valid while tickets last! Available to all customers who purchase tickets during these hours, tickets are offered to an eclectic mix of nearly 20 top shows including comedy, musical performances, plays and more. Highlights include:

House of Blues Music Hall at Showboat Atlantic City:
• Neon Trees – 8pm on Friday, May 16
• Billy Idol – 9pm on Saturday, May 31

Concert Venue at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City:
• “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m In Therapy” – 8pm on Thursday, April 24
• Nick DiPaolo and Robert Kelly – 8pm on Thursday, May 1
• Paul Reiser – 8pm on Thursday, May 22

Concert Venue at Harrah’s Philadelphia:
• Lisa Marie Presley – 8pm on Friday, June, 13

For more info go to the HOB Web site or call 609-343-4000.

Holtzman Gallery Meet-and-Greet with Artist Michael Waters Saturday, April 19

April 17th, 2014

MichaelWatersVENTNOR, N.J. — The Holtzman Gallery, an upscale fine-art gallery in Ventnor, is hosting its third solo artist exhibition of the year, as the work of award-winning abstract artist Michael Waters (pictured left) will be on display through May 12.

On Saturday, April 19, guests will have the opportunity to meet Waters at an opening reception from 7-9pm at the Holtzman Gallery, located at 5301 Atlantic Avenue in Ventnor, just a few blocks south of Atlantic City. The artist will be on-hand to answer questions about his unique artistic perspective. Fine wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

Born and raised in Atlantic City, Waters has won numerous awards throughout the region. His work has been exhibited by the Society of New Jersey Artists, the Toms River Artists Community, the Willingboro Arts Center, the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, and the Noyes Museum of Art in Galloway Township, where he is a signature artist member. He has also served on the board of the Ocean City Arts Center, Ocean City Fine Arts League, Atlantic City Arts Center and Ventnor Cultural Arts Center.    waters-2

Water’s unique style (right) comes from within, as he allows his intuition and imagination to guide him through the creation process. His inspiration comes from his interest in symbolism, hieroglyphics and the depths of nature — underground and beneath the surface. He uses bold colors and varying textures which result in classic balance and harmony.

For more, visit or, or call (609) 822-8482.

Hump Day Report: News and Notes

April 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.

Finding enough money to go to college is a difficult undertaking these days so every little bit helps. RE/MAX of New Jersey has decided to help out a deserving student by launching a new scholarship opportunity for high school and university students from around the country who are in pursuit of a college degree. RE/MAX of New Jersey is sponsoring the I Heart My Hometown Scholarship awarding one worthy candidate $1,000 to help cover costs during the 2014/2015 academic year.

hearthometown_blogStudents are asked to write in 500 words anything from favorite memories, values or places that put the “home” into hometown for them. The entry deadline for the scholarship is Wednesday, April 30. To apply students need to go to this website and fill in the application.

Now let’s see, what was I saying last week about winter finally being over . . . We woke up this morning and had to clean ice off our windshields, WTF. This global cooling is getting on my last nerve, not to mention making my arthritis hurt even more.

Still, having lived in this region all my life, I know that a bad winter equals a great summer. If the weekend weather is good this late spring and summer, people will be flocking to the shore to enjoy the cool breezes, the beautiful ocean and, when the sun goes down, all the fabulous dining and nightlife that Atlantic City and the surrounding area offers. People from Philadelphia, Cherry Hill and northern New Jersey can gamble closer to home but after the worst snow levels in history for some areas, the lure of gaming by the ocean in the summertime is an intoxicating alternative.

acw_blakeshelton_200Kudos to the Atlantic City Alliance and their DO AC campaign for arranging to have country superstar Blake Shelton, star of The Voice, come to Atlantic City this summer on July 31 for a free concert on the beach. That is all we know so far with no start time or specific beach revealed yet.

However, based on how Wildwood handled the free Kenny Chesney concert two years ago, the event will require tickets in order to control the safety issues involved. And, going by previous free concerts in town, my guess is that the beach will be the one in front of Caesars by the Pier Shops. This is merely an educated guess; I don’t have any inside knowledge but when we do know more, AC Weekly will pass along the details.

FYI: The Voice Tour starring Tessanne Chin and the top three from the current season will beat Blake to town, performing at the Trump Taj Mahal July 5.

Craig Ferguson Ticket Giveaway For Show May 10 at Taj

April 15th, 2014

Talk show hosts do seem to enjoy stopping by Atlantic City to do a bit of stand-up. Whoopi Goldberg recently appeared in town and Jay Leno is stopping by April 25.

Craig Ferguson.

Craig Ferguson.

So is Craig Ferguson, the witty star of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, who will headline at the Trump Taj Mahal’s Mark G. Etess Arena on Saturday, May 10 at 8pm. Tickets are nicely priced at $29, $39, and $49.

However, an even better price is free. Atlantic City Weekly has launched a contest to give away two free tickets to the show. To sign up, go here.

Ferguson started in the entertainment industry as a drummer for some of the worst punk bands in the UK. Too wimpy to be in punk rock, he started acting. He played Drew Carey’s boss, Nigel Wick, on The Drew Carey Show from 1996-2003. Ferguson has three widely acclaimed standup comedy specials, and written two New York Times bestsellers, one of which received a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word Album. He won his first Emmy nomination in 2006, as well as receiving the 2009 Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting for his interview with Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

DJ Turbulence Hosts DJ Competition @ Golden Nugget’s Haven Nightclub

April 14th, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY — On Thursday, April 17, Haven Nightclub at Golden Nugget is giving 11 DJs from the surrounding area an opportunity to showcase their mixing skills by hosting a DJ competition, where competitors will go head-to-head as they present their passion and commitment to their trade. The competition will run from 11pm-4am.1K6A3926-1-1024x720

DJ Turbulence (pictured right) will host as each DJ spins a 10-minute set to battle for ultimate supremacy. Guests will hear a variety of mixes and mash-ups from all different genres by DJ Reach, DJ Turbulence, and the elite list of emerging DJ’s competing in the competition.

Those selected to compete include Sammy Morales, Adam Levine, Anthony Sojo, CDJC, Nick Montone, Edward Lafontant, Andrew Niebling, Dennis Guitierrez, Marco Penta, Terrence Oliver, and Steve Tran.

Toward the end of the night, DJ Turbulence will choose the two finalists who will battle side-by-side for the determining face-off. The winning DJ will earn $500 cash and a headlining gig at Haven on a select night.

South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble to Present ‘A Touch Of Italy’ April 28

April 14th, 2014

SJAWE 2014GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble will present its 18th anniversary spring concert American Masterpieces at 7:30pm Monday, April 28, at the Performing Arts Center of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

The concert will take the audience on a musical journey through Italy with such well known and loved pieces as “The Barber of Seville Overture,” “The Anvil Chorus,”and “Trieste Overture.” Guest euphonium soloist, John Palatucci, will join the group for a rousing version of “Carnival of Venice.” Palatucci is the co-principal euphonium for the Gramercy Brass Orchestra of New York city and principal euphonium for the Ridgewood Band.

The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble is a 65-member group comprised of the area’s top professional musicians, music educators and other highly accomplished musicians and has been recognized as one of the top 50 community bands in the United States.

The ensemble has a strong commitment to ensuring that the love of music is passed on to future generations.  Its members have worked closely with South Jersey’s finest student musicians, and 45 students representing 12 area high schools and the Richard Stockton College of NJ have been selected to join them on stage to play “side-by-side” for the second half of the concert.

During the performance, the SJAWE will present the “Vivace” award to recognize those individuals who have supported the live arts and the band over the years.  The honorees are Dr. Herman and Dorothy Saatkamp, Wallace and Roberta Barr, Dr. Walter and Helle DePalma, Frank and Sharon Kollman, Raymond and Gina Ciccone, and Stella Hordes.

The band will be led by conductor Keith W. Hodgson and associate conductor Ron Poorman. Frank Mazzeo, adjunct professor of music at Temple University, will join the group as a guest conductor.

Concert admission is $15. To order tickets, go here or call (609) 652-9000. Find more information at or call (609) 402-5575. Information is available to highlight specific student performers and adult musicians from Atlantic, Ocean and Gloucester counties, by calling Karen Poorman, at (609) 402-5575. The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble is a member of the South Jersey Cultural Alliance.

Tropicana Online Launches Cruise Giveaway

April 11th, 2014

carnivalshipTropicana Atlantic City Casino Online today (April 11)  announced its partnership with Carnival Cruise Lines to give away more than 50 luxury cruises in the month of April.  Gamblers who play on Tropicana Atlantic City Online during this month will automatically be entered in the ‘Get Online to Get Onboard’ contest.  The top players on the leader boards will be given a certificate for a free luxury cruise of their choice courtesy of Carnival Cruise Lines.

Winners will have the opportunity to choose their city of departure from a wide variety of four to eight-day cruises and sail off to exotic locations including the Caribbean, Mexico, and the Bahamas. Each cruise offers a wide variety of amenities, including 24-hour room service, comedy clubs, live music, resort pools, night clubs and more.

During the month of May, Tropicana Atlantic City Online qualifying contestants will receive an invitation to pick up their Carnival Cruise Lines certificate and enjoy a complimentary overnight stay at the Tropicana. For additional rules and regulations, go here.

“Tropicana always gives our players more ways to win by rewarding their time spent at,” said Tony Rodio, President and CEO of Tropicana Entertainment.  “We could not have launched this contest without the partnership of Carnival Cruise Lines.”

For more details about eligible cruises and destinations, please visit

The Easter Bunny’s On His Way!

April 10th, 2014

This Saturday, April 12, features some fun Easter Egg hunts for the little ones, and the following Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20, will see the ubiquitous Easter Bunny thrilling children down in the Wildwoods. All hunts are free.

That wascally wabbit the Easter Bunny will be making his South Jersey rounds soon.

That wascally wabbit the Easter Bunny will be making his South Jersey rounds soon.

On April 12 from 10:30-11:30am, the annual Children’s Easter Egg Hunt & Chad Juros Magic Show will happen at the Greentree Church, 125 Schoolhouse Rd., in EHT. Children ages 2-10 years are invited to participate in the hunt, which will be followed the incomparable Chad Juros and his magic. There will be prizes and over 3,000 eggs to find.

Children should bring a basket to collect eggs. Call (609) 927-3838 for more.

In Ocean City April 12, the Great Easter Egg Hunt will take place from 11th to 14th streets on the beach in O.C. starting 2:30pm. Five age groups will be birth-2, 3-4, 5, 6, and 7. Only the youngest group may have an adult accompany them into the area. There will be 100,000 eggs distributed, 5,000 with prizes inside.
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Morey’s Piers Seeking Seasonal Jobs

April 10th, 2014

THE WILDWOODS, N.J. — Spring is in the air but Morey’s Piers is already thinking summer with over 1,000 jobs to fill in the coming months.  Morey’s is seeking enthusiastic, outgoing, and responsible team players to fill seasonal jobs for this upcoming summer season. Online applications are now being accepted at

Employment opportunities are available in many departments, including ride operations, park services, extreme ride operator, lifeguards, food & beverage, games operator, events staff and much more. Seasonal positions begin with pre-employment training held throughout the spring and early summer. Positions may last through September, with the greatest number of jobs available during the summer months. Supervisor and lead positions are also available for qualified individuals.Untitled1

Many of the seasonal positions at Morey’s Piers are filled with local college/university and high school students who live and work in the Wildwoods each summer.

“Our local student population plays a critical role in staffing our operation,” says Denise Beckson, director of waterpark operations/human resources. “It is always a challenge to fill over 1,000 jobs each season with the limited local labor pool, especially during the ‘shoulder seasons’ when school is typically in session and we are open for business.”

Morey’s Piers supplements its domestic work force with several hundred international work and travel students participating in the U.S. State Department Summer Work Travel J-1 Visa program.

“Having our domestic and international associates work side-by-side offers an incredible and unique educational and cultural experience not found in most summer jobs,” says Beckson.

All associates of Morey’s Piers receive a free season pass as well as discounts at Morey’s restaurants and retail shops, employee picnics and after-hours parties, incentive and rewards programs and more.

The 2014 season begins on Saturday, April 12. For more information please visit or call (609) 522-3900.