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.
The Wizard of Oz is being presented in IMAX 3D in honor of the film’s 75th Anniversary. The Wizard of Oz was released in 1939 and was not a major blockbuster. It was years later when the movie became a staple on television that it became a beloved classic. Both the IMAX at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City and IMAX at the Tilton Theater in Northfield will present the film for the first time in digitally remastered 3D. Tropicana’s IMAX Theatre, located on the third floor of The Quarter, will present this cherished film for a limited two-week run, September 20 through October 3.
Show times at the Tropicana for September 20 through September 26 are 12, 2, 4, 6 and 8pm. The show time for September 27 through October 3 is 12pm daily. Tickets are $14 online or at the IMAX box office. For advance ticket reservations call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.
The show times at the Tilton for a one-week run are 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7 and 9:20pm. Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for children plus a $1 service charge.
The Wizard of Oz opened at Grauman’s Chinese Theater on August 15, 1939. The film was directed by Victor Fleming (who that same year directed Gone With the Wind), produced by Mervyn LeRoy, and scored by Herbert Stothart, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg.
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey dedicated its $39.5 million Unified Science Center in ribbon-cutting ceremonies at the main Galloway campus Wednesday, Sept. 18.
The 66,350-square-foot, three-story facility expands Stockton’s School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NAMS), which graduates 20 percent of all the math and science majors in New Jersey — more than any other state college or university.
“Stockton’s distinctive Natural Sciences and Mathematics programs attract many more very qualified prospective students than the college has been able to admit,” President Saatkamp noted.
“With the Unified Science Center providing eight new classrooms, 28 teaching and research labs and state-of-the-art scientific instruments and equipment, the college will be even more of a choice institution as well as a launching pad for future scientists and mathematicians.” said President Saatkamp.
The Friends of Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge have announced the addition of a new 12-passenger solar electric tram. The tram, dubbed “Forsythe Explorer,” will be used for natural history tours of the refuge’s Wildlife Drive. Tours will be offered on Saturdays, September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 1-3pm. The tour schedule beyond October is still to be determined.
The tours are limited to 12 passengers and reservations are required, and can be made by calling 609-652-1665. Tram tours will start at the Refuge Visitor Information Center, 800 Great Creek Road in Galloway. A $10 per person donation to the Friends of Forsythe is suggested, which will be used to help with vehicle maintenance.
Guided by a volunteer master naturalist, these tours are an excellent opportunity to learn about and observe the birds and other creatures that stop at the Refuge during fall migration.