Rants 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.
This time of year, the region presents plenty of options to enjoy holiday music and other fun events for the family. Here are some of those events.
Now to Dec. 21
MAPS Foundation Holiday Dance Festival and Sounds of the Season
Atlantic Club Casino Hotel Theater, 3400 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City. Annual program of choral and dance performances by children from schools and dance studios primarily in South Jersey. The MAPS Foundation is a local nonprofit organization that provides help to disadvantaged individuals with Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s diseases. Free; gifts available for sale to benefit MAPS. Choir performances Mon.-Fri. 11am, 11:45am. Dance performances Sat., Sun., noon or later. 822-9093.
Friday, Dec. 6
ETSU Bluegrass Christmas
Levoy Theater, 126-130 N. High Street, Millville. Directed by Daniel Boner, the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Pride Band is comprised of virtuosic student performers. $22.50. 7:30pm. 856-327-
Fall Into Winter Charity Event
Foundation Room, Showboat/House of Blues, 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City. The seasonal inspired affair will include specialty bites, cocktails, silent auction, a live acoustic performer, DJ, dancing, and more. All proceeds benefit Gilda’s Club South Jersey. $75 person, and can be purchased through Gilda’s Club South Jersey, 926-2699. gildasclubsouthjersey.org/events. 7pm-10pm.
Saturday, Dec. 7
Ocean City Pops: Joy to the World
Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th St. and Atlantic Ave., Ocean City High School. Heraldic trumpets, dazzling bells, and triumphant choirs join the Pops in this annual holiday tradition. 609-525-9248. $15. 7:30-9:30pm. oceancitypops.org.
A.C. Ballet’s ‘It’s a Shore Holiday’
Trump Taj Mahal, Mark G. Etess Arena, 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City. The show will feature contemporary and classical dance blended together on stage and set to the sounds of the most beloved holiday tunes. Free. 8pm. While tickets are free, compliments of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, they must be reserved. Reserve up to four tickets online at trumptaj.com or call 449-1000.
Humane Society of Ocean City, Shelter Rd. off Bay & Tennessee aves. Bring your pets to have their pictures taken with Santa. Cost per photo is $10. 10am–1pm. 399-2018.