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Atlantic Cape Plans ‘Writing New Jersey’ Series Starting Tuesday, Feb. 28

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012
Author Paul Lisicky

Author Paul Lisicky

MAYS LANDING — Atlantic Cape Community College will host “Writing New Jersey” — a series of readings and interviews with celebrated writers who have an intimate connection with the state. The series will be held from 12:30-1:45pm on scheduled Tuesdays in room A-110 on the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. The events are as follows:

Tuesday, Feb. 28 — Paul Lisicky is the author of Lawnboy (pictured below), Famous Builder, The Burning House and the forthcoming book Unbuilt Projects. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he’s the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Michener/Copernicus Society, the Henfield Foundation and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass., where he was twice a fellow. He has taught in the graduate writing programs at Cornell University, Rutgers-Newark, Sarah Lawrence College and New York University. He is currently the New Voices Professor at Rutgers-Camden. lawnboy

Tuesday, March 27 — Laura McCullough is a New Jersey writer, having spent most of her life on the Jersey shore. All of the poems in her most recent book, Panic, winner of a 2009 Kinereth Gensler Award, are located at New Jersey beaches and towns — Wildwood, Ocean City, Asbury Park — or the sandy woods of the Pine Barrens. McCullough has been awarded two New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowships, one in prose and one in poetry. She holds a master of fine arts degree in fiction from Goddard College, and her essays, criticism, poems and short fiction have appeared in The Georgia Review, New South, Guernica, The American Poetry Review, Green Mountains Review, and others.

Tuesday, April 10 — Anthony Carelli was raised in Poynette, Wis., and studied at the University of Wisconsin–Madison before completing a master of fine arts degree in poetry at New York University. His poems have appeared in various magazines, including AGNI, Columbia and The New Yorker. His first book of poems, Carnations, was published in 2011 as part of the Princeton University Press series of contemporary poets. He is the 2011-2012 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University.  (more…)

Author Marte’ King and Friends to Appear at the Melting Pot on Saturday, Feb. 18

Monday, February 13th, 2012
Lecturer, motivational speaker, workshop facilitator and author Marte’ King

Lecturer, motivational speaker, workshop facilitator and author Marte’ King

ATLANTIC CITY — In celebration of Atlantic City’s rich history during Black History Month, Tanger Outlets The Walk presents local author Marte’ King and Friends from 1-4pm Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Melting Pot restaurant.

All attendees will be offered complimentary cheese and chocolate fondue, and a free Tanger Outlets The Walk gift bag.

King was born in Ohio, raised in Washington D.C., and lived in Los Angeles before moving to Atlantic City. He is a lecturer, motivational speaker, workshop facilitator and author of two books — One Man Team and Fruition (pictured below), King’s appearance at the Melting Pot will feature readings from Fruition, as well as a book

Fruition is the story of a man imprisoned who chooses to swim in optimism instead of sinking in despair. He chooses to volunteer for Palliative Care and shares his sometimes humorous and thought-provoking insights on these experiences as he journeys to become the man he so wants to be.

King will be joined by three exceptionally talented young women — L’Oreal “ElleVintage” Chrisp-Seels, a poet/songstress/author; Marnet “Marni” Ali, a former Def Jam Recording artist; and Cierra Farquharson, a graduate student at La Salle University with her first book of poetry. Each are on a spiritual journey and express their love and devotion, triumphs and tribulations and hopes and dreams in a unique way through the Arts.

The event is free and open to all ages of the public. The Melting Pot Restaurant is at 2112 Atlantic Avenue in Atlantic City.

Chapters For Charity Book Sale Dec. 10

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

ChaptersCharityWEBThe student run fundraising group “Chapters For Charity” book sale will take place Saturday, Dec. 10, at Egg Harbor Township High School in the cafeteria. The proceeds are to benefit the Alcove Center for Grieving Children.

The doors will be open to the public at 10:30am and close at 4pm. For a chance to get an early crack at the stacks, a pre-sale will be held from 9-10am with a $5 donation.

More than 6,000 books in a variety of subjects will be available for purchase. With both hardcovers priced at $1 and paperbacks at only $.50 per book, this is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to stock your personal library—or find some unusual gifts for the holiday season. The book sale will offer something for everyone. Be sure to arrive early for the best selection. For additional information, call 601-8989 or visit Chapters for Charity on Facebook.

The Chapters for Charity book drive bridges together volunteerism and literacy in our community. “The most successful way to improve literacy levels is to increase the availability and access of books,” states Caroline Tesone, Founder of Chapters for Charity. “By asking my fellow students and the community to help in this cause will make everyone more aware of the importance of literacy in our youths, while at the same time being able to give back to a very important organization.”


Monterosso Appears on History Channel; to Debut Book ‘Artisan Beer’ on Dec. 16

Thursday, December 1st, 2011
Gary Monterosso with his soon-to-be-released book 'Artisan Beer'

Gary Monterosso with his soon-to-be-released book 'Artisan Beer'

ATLANTIC CITY — A viewing party for the History Channel’s “The Epic History of Everyday Things” was held at the Foundation Room at Showboat’s House of Blues on Tuesday night, Nov. 29.

The special guest was Gary Monterosso (click link for video interview), a local teacher and beer aficionado who served as an authority for a show segment that chronicled the evolution of beer and brewing. The cable network hopes to turn “The Epic History of Everyday Things” into a regular series beyond the initial two-hour episode.

“I filmed in New York City this past June,” Monterosso tells Atlantic City Weekly. “It’s a show of ‘firsts’ — first mirror, first string, first toothpaste and, of course, they wanted me to talk a little about the first beer.”

The pilot episode aired Nov. 29 and will likely be rebroadcast a couple dozen times over the next few months, says Monterosso.

“When a person is considered for a position on television, it’s a long process,” he says. “It sometimes can take months. In this case I was actually interviewed and hired and sent to New York within 96 hours — kind of unusual.


Stephen Dunn Joins Winter Poetry and Prose Getaway at Seaview Resort

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
Stephen Dunn

Stephen Dunn

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and Murphy Writing Seminars have partnered to present the 19th Annual Winter Poetry and Prose Getaway, to take place January 13-16 at Seaview Resort in Galloway.

The special guest at the event is Stockton’s own Pulitzer Prize winner, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing, Stephen Dunn.

“For a writer’s getaway, it doesn’t get much better than Stephen Dunn at Seaview,” says Peter E. Murphy, founder and director of Murphy Writing Seminars.

Murphy said Dunn will participate in an advance poetry workshop, will have a featured reading and take part in a special reception.

The Winter Poetry and Prose Getaway offers a supportive and challenging atmosphere for writers, generous as well as helpful instruction from award-winning faculty.

“Those taking part have the opportunity to select from 12 workshops in poetry, prose and song writing,” Murphy says. “Attendees at our conference energize their creativity and writing, with a focus on generating new material.” For more information go here.

JFK Campaigned in Atlantic City

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

JFK Cover_WEBI have been reading with great interest an advance copy of Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero by Chris Matthews. During my lunch break today, Atlantic City came up on the pages of the book.

By October of 1959 JFK had already spent the previous three years getting his run for president in order, building up support across the country. According to Matthews’ well-researched book, Kennedy knew that Hubert H. Humphrey would be a tough opponent for the Democratic nomination and HHH was popular with the unions. Union support was essential for any candidate running for the Democratic nomination. Therefore, Kennedy made sure he was given a slot to address the United Auto Workers Union at their convention in Atlantic City.

Yes, folks, Atlantic City was an important convention town and hosted the UAW back in ’59.

Here is the excerpt from Matthews’ book:

“At the UAW event, Kennedy further closed the distance between himself and Humphrey. The Minnesotan delivered a rousing speech … Still, according to reports, the ‘wild and frenzied’ reception given Jack Kennedy by the convention-goers surpassed it.”

After winning that tight race with Richard Nixon in 1960, Kennedy later returned to the UAW convention in 1962 in Atlantic City. I came across this video of that speech.

Boardwalk Empire Season 2 Premiere Date Announced

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

jimmy-nucky_hboATLANTIC CITY — “Things are changing in Atlantic City,” says Jimmy Darmody (a character portrayed by the actor Michael Pitt) at the beginning of the trailer — or teaser as HBO officially calls it — for the much anticipated second season of Boardwalk Empire.

HBO’s hit drama series has been racking up Golden Globes, Emmy nominations and wins since its first season last fall.

Boardwalk Empire’s second season will start Sunday night, Sept. 25, at 9pm, the same time slot it had last year for its debut season. The Prohibition-period piece set in Atlantic City in the early 1920s was one of the most successful programs on the cable channel in recent history. Many critics — and, likely, HBO executives — are suggesting it may become as big as The Sopranos.

In Atlantic City, all of the international attention has led to trolley tours around the historic seaside resort; Nosh Like Nucky and other dining/bar specials at the city’s restaurants and casinos — with one casino, Resorts, completely re-branding itself as a 1920s-themed property, with flapper-girl uniforms for all of the on-property cocktail waitresses and throwback uniforms for the bell hops and parking attendants — as well as ’20s-era and Old A.C.-oriented programs, historical events, initiatives and exhibits presented by the ever-popular Atlantic City Free Public Library — where you can see the expanding Atlantic City Experience exhibit, as well as a rare original photo of the real Nucky Thompson  — Enoch “Nucky” Johnson — and a variety of special events with tie-ins to the show.

Last year, before the national live premiere on Sunday, Sept. 19, which was shown at Caesars, an official premiere party was held in New York City the week before. It was followed by a star-studded second premiere party — with most of the cast in town for the event — held in Atlantic City at One Atlantic, overlooking the ocean atop The Pier Shops at Caesars.

During the Caesars premiere event, the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority (ACCVA), Atlantic City Weekly, Stockton College, and the ACFPL, teamed up to plan and present Atlantic City History: Conversations & Storytelling, a one-hour panel discussion with five Atlantic City historians, writers, museum curators and “old-timers,” who spoke to the crowd at Caesars, an hour before the 9pm premiere episode being shown live, about a variety of topics with regard to Atlantic City history.

The event was turned into a 13-part video series, all episodes of which can be seen by clicking here.

As of now, nothing has been revealed by Caesars Entertainment or HBO about premiere events in Atlantic City, and the ACCVA has not sent out any related news releases to the press.

By the time summer is winding down, Atlantic City — as well as the rest of the country (hello tourism district people!) — will be going gaga for Boardwalk Empire styles, music, clothes, dances — everything — and the city itself, attempting to pull itself out of slump with regard to casino revenues, attracting new business and development projects, will be gearing up for a full-blown 1920s makeover ala last year.

Boardwalk Empire is the best thing that has happened to Atlantic City in a long, long time. Perhaps it could save the city.

Join our Boardwalk Empire Fan Club page on Facebook and you could win a poster from the first season of Boardwalk Empire. (Must be 18 or older to enter)

Whaddya think? A Boardwalk Empire: Season One DVD with the two HBO documentaries on Atlantic City among the bonus features in time for the holiday shopping season?


Malcom Tent–Gary Mule Deer: Separated at Birth?

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Malcolm Tent (left) is the popular local musician who has a gig playing at Lucy the Elephant Saturday, June 18 (noon-4pm) for the new book signing by local children author Steve Winklestein, Lucy’s Great Adventure.

Gary Mule Deer (right) is a comedian who has been around for decades and will be opening for Johnny Mathis July 10 at Borgata.
If these two get in the same room, it will be hard to tell them apart!

“Remembering Our Jazz Neighbors” at Atlantic City Free Public Library

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Sandy Warren's will discuss her book at Saturday's event at the library.

Sandy Warren's will discuss her book at Saturday's event at the Atlantic City Free Public Library.

On Saturday, April 2, there will be a free concert and book discussion at the Atlantic City Free Public Library (ACFPL) focusing on the music and lives of late jazz greats Art Blakey and Johnny Andrews.

The event will take place at 2pm Saturday in the main library’s meeting room at 1 North Tennessee Avenue in Atlantic City.

Eddie Morgan will perform some of Blakey’s recordings and some of Andrews’ favorite tunes. Blakey’s longtime companion Sandy Warren will also be on hand to discuss her book, Art Blakey Cookin’ and Jammin’. Her book is filled with some their favorite recipes, rare Blakey family photos and remembrances of the drumming legend who passed away in 1990. Andrews passed away last year.

For more information, call (609) 345-2269 ext. 3115.

Video: Celebrating the Northside of Atlantic City

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Roving camera man and friend of Atlantic City Weekly Charlie Pinkett shot and produced this video piece at the “Celebrating the Northside” event, held Feb. 10 at the All Wars Memorial Building in Atlantic City:

Click on image for video, courtesy Charlie Pinkett.

Click on image for video, courtesy Charlie Pinkett.

The event included Boardwalk Empire and The Northside author Nelson Johnson, in addition to Ralph Hunter, founder and president of the African-American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey.

The Black History Month event was “designed to bring people together to celebrate the historic role of the Northside community  to share stories and be inspired.” Among the sights and sounds at the event were pieces by local artist Tyrone L. Hart  — whose art graces the cover of the newly published Northside book, a follow-up to author Nelson Johnson’s Boardwalk Empire — as well as local educator. community leader and musician Eddie Morgan and his Jazz Ensemble, and a history of the Northside presentation given by Hunter.

Bianca Dennis, an Atlantic City High School senior and Boys and Girls Club Champions of Youth member who will attend Columbia University in the fall, also gave a special reading.

According to the event organizers, “In The Northside, author Nelson Johnson brings the untold story of Atlantic City’s black community vividly to life, from the arrival of the first African Americans to Absecon Island in the early 19th century through the glory days of the ‘World’s Playground.’ Drawing on dozens of personal interviews and painstaking archival research, he reveals long-forgotten details about the people on whose backs the gambling mecca was built and offers a wide-ranging survey of the accomplishments of more recent generations.  A portion of the sales of The Northside will be split between United Way of Atlantic County and the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City, according to publisher Plexus Publishing, Inc.”

Click here to watch Atlantic City Weekly’s two-part video series on the “African-American Experience,” featuring a panel of six local historians and authors, filmed during the viewing party of the premiere of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire at Caesars Atlantic City on Sept. 19, 2010. Visit Atlantic City Weekly’s Boardwalk Empire Notes page here.