MAYS LANDING, N.J. — Atlantic City Race Course will start its annual six-day All-Turf Festival live horse racing event for the 68th straight year today — Thursday, April 24 — with a post time of 3:30pm each day. The racetrack is located at 4501 Black Horse Pike in Mays Landing, behind the Hamilton Mall.
The event starts with four consecutive cards Thursday through Sunday before the track takes one-day break Monday, April 28, before resuming Tuesday and Wednesday, April 29-30. Each day of live action will feature six races with about 10 horses in each race.
Admission and parking are free every day. The event concludes Wednesday, April 30, with the eighth running of the $50,000 Tony Gatto Dream Big Stakes race — an event named after a longtime ACRC superintendent.
All members of the family are welcome each day. Go here for more or call (609) 641-2190.
Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian took on Duchess, a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus elephant, in a game of Monopoly on a giant replica of the famed board game April 23 on the Boardwalk. The promotional event was overseen by Ringling Bros. Ringmaster David Shipman (pictured above, far right) and hawked the return of “The Greatest Show on Earth” to Boardwalk Hall Thursday through Saturday, April 24-27. Mayor Guardian won the game and, as a consolation to Duchess, gave her a slice of Formica Brothers bread (photo below) . Ringing Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will host five shows at Boardwalk Hall. Tickets start at $13 and are available at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, by calling 1-800-736-1420, or by clicking here.
Pictured in front of a new plaque unveiled at a media event for the new mural are, left to right, Liza Cartmell, Lance Fung, Mitsu Overstreet and John Palmieri.
ATLANTIC CITY — The section of Atlantic City’s Tourism District at Florida and Pacific avenues has been given a digital facelift, as the Atlantic City Alliance (ACA) and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) unveiled a massive, digitally created mural installation on the façade of Historic Boardwalk Hall’s West Hall on Tuesday, April 22.
Entitled Journey, the new mural includes 27 panels in total that wrap around West Hall. Each panel is approximately 25-feet wide by 35-feet tall. The combined length is about 700 feet. The entire project is a combination of hand-rendered and digitally composed sketches. The mural has a Mother Nature theme, connecting land and sea from Pacific Avenue and Boardwalk Hall to the beach and ocean. The main goal of Journey, according to a media release, is to highlight the city’s natural environment under the themes of “sunrise” and “sunset.”
Renowned artist Mitsu Overstreet created the West Hall mural in conjunction with the ACA, CRDA and Fung Collaboratives. The mural installations are part of a joint Atlantic City Boardwalk improvement project by the ACA and the CRDA in conjunction with the city’s overall beautification project. CRDA Executive Director John Palmieri said the CRDA plans to allocate $500,000 toward a three-tier citywide mural program in partnership with Atlantic County to enhance the Tourism District, neighborhoods and storefronts as part of the city’s overall beautification initiative.
“The greening of the Florida and Pacific Avenue street corner, and the living wall along Pacific Avenue were successful in softening the landscape and making the pedestrian experience more enjoyable,” said Palmieri. “The addition of the murals creates a much more inviting environment, drawing people toward the Boardwalk and extending a visually exciting experience for vehicles and pedestrians alike.”
“This mural is part of the larger initiative to beautify Atlantic City by removing blight and enhancing public spaces through art,” adds ACA President Liza Cartmell. “This building shares two spectacular displays, one visible during the day — this mural — and one at night, the 3D sound and light shows on Boardwalk Hall [at Kennedy Plaza, a revolving set of themes currently entitled ‘Duality’]. It also celebrates the underappreciated inland waterways of Atlantic City which team with wildlife and are as physically beautiful as the world famous beaches, ocean and Boardwalk.”
“Visually, the project’s main goal is to transform the site with a mural that celebrates the beauty of the city’s natural environment under the themes of ‘Sunrise’ and ‘Sunset,’” said Overstreet. “For the community that lives, works and experiences the installation, my hope is that a new sense of place and a connection is created in them that sees through to the environmental aspect of what makes Atlantic City such an amazing region
“Atlantic City’s foundation rests on a natural barrier island, which are known for a dynamic exchange between the ocean and land,” adds Overstreet. “It has quite a balance and is a very unique location. When drawing inspiration from the region’s natural environment I saw that this exchange is part of what this place is about. It’s really beautiful.”
ATLANTIC CITY — Atlantic City’s annual July 4th fireworks spectacular will include the elements of a true democracy. Citizens are asked to go to event-sponsor Atlantic City Alliance’s Facebook page (facebook.com/doatlanticcity) and choose among 37 songs to serve as the soundtrack for this year’s fireworks gala, scheduled to take place on the beaches of Atlantic City starting 9:30pm Friday, July 4.
Voting for the “We the People, By the People, For the People” Do AC July 4th fireworks spectacular soundtrack song contest runs through Friday, May 2. Ten (10) randomly selected users will be awarded a DO AC Summer Beach Package — a “goodie bag” filled with prizes perfect for the summer on Atlantic City’s free beach, including DO AC sunglasses, beach balls and more.
ATLANTIC CITY — New York City-based DJ Marco Penta (pictured below) was crowned champion of Haven Nightclub’s inaugural DJ Competition, winning $500 cash and a headlining gig at the Golden Nugget hot spot on Thursday, May 1.
Opening the show will be the contest runner up, DJ Menace. Each were among an elite list of emerging club DJs invited to showcase their mixing skills in front of hundreds of partygoers during Haven’s MisBeHaven Thursday industry night on April 17.
Judge DJ Turbulence selected DJs Penta and Menace to go head-to-head in a final face-off that had Penta getting the edge with an eclectic blend of hip-hop, pop, electro, house, rock, trap, funk, and indie.
VENTNOR CITY, N.J. — On Saturday, April 19, the Holtzman Gallery of Ventnor hosted a meet-and-greet and commencement ceremony for the solo-artist display of award-winning abstract artist Michael Waters (left).
It is the gallery’s third solo artist exhibition since March 2013. Born and raised in Atlantic City, Waters’ work will be on display at the gallery (5301 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor) through May 12.
Click the video link below to learn more, or visit holtzmangallery.com or michaelwaters.artspan.com.
ATLANTIC CITY — The famed Steel Pier will again be entertaining the entire family on Easter weekend, beginning with a pancake breakfast on Saturday, April 19.
For $10, children ages 12 and under will enjoy a pancake breakfast (served 11am- noon) with the Easter Bunny and unlimited rides until 5pm. The pancake breakfast for adults is $6.
On Sunday, April 20, in conjunction with Atlantic City Special Events and hosted by Jim Craine (below right) and the Atlantic City All Stars — celebrating 40 years in show business this year — the Steel Pier’s annual Best Dressed Easter Contest will start 2pm. Registration is 11:30am-1:30pm Sunday and free for all families.
The Easter Bunny will put in another special-guest appearance at 1pm, giving away free goodie bags to all kids.
Special Steel Pier ride ticket prices will be available at the event, including buy-one-get-one-free ticket book sales at all ticket booths, or through steelpier.com. The Steel Pier offers more than 25 kiddie and extreme rides (including the only touring helicopter on the Jersey shore) as well as numerous food outlets, a family-style pub and an ocean-view bar.
Call (609) 345-4893 for more details, or visit steelpier.com.
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.
Poets 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.
VENTNOR, 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.
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 holtzmangallery.com or michaelwaters.artspan.com, or call (609) 822-8482.