August 23, 2015 |
Bob Rose said he had tried but figured there was no shot. He and a partner book shows each summer on the Ocean City Music Pier. Before each season, he talks with city officials and residents about which acts they'd like to see. This year, someone suggested the Beach Boys. "I'm thinking, 'Yeah, right,' " Rose said. "So I talked to my partner, and he decided to pursue it, and, lo and behold, [the Beach Boys] liked the idea of playing in Ocean City. When you're pitching 'America's Greatest Family Resort,' you can't think of a better band than the Beach Boys.
August 17, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Out on the Boardwalk, across from the Donald Trump-branded-but-no-longer-owned Taj Mahal, regulars have a unique view on the 2016 Republican presidential race. "They're fake," Tony Johnson, on a familiar family jaunt from North Carolina, said as he sat face-to-face with a big TRUMP sign. He was talking about the candidates, not the faux-Taj spires. "I came here because I hate Chris Christie," said Cinnaminson teacher Jackie Wilson, explaining her choice of the Taj, in effect voting with room nights.
August 15, 2015 |
When Rascal Flatts comes to Atlantic City this week, the band won't be the only act to hit the beach. Nick Jonas and his abs, along with the gentlemen pop stars of Maroon 5, play that sandy A.C. spot Sunday. But Rascal Flatts - singing cousins Gary LeVox and Jay Demarcus, vocalist/guitarist Joe Don Rooney - will bring big-time country-crossover music to the Jersey Shore. "We love playing Atlantic City, whether it's the casinos or on the sand," says Rooney. "It's a good time anytime we're in Jersey.
August 14, 2015
THE THIRD annual iteration of "The Burlesque Show" at Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa is by far the best version to date. AyCee-based producer Allen Valentine obviously has a bigger budget than in the past, which translates to a larger cast and more accomplished, visually interesting staging. But he doesn't allow this to overwhelm the show's basic premise: The re-creation of classic, mid-20th-century burlesque, the kind that was titillating and naughty, but never infused with the kind of out-and-out coarseness that is part-and-parcel of so much of today's entertainment scene (and life in general)
August 12, 2015 |
Stockton University is free to sell the troubled Showboat casino hotel property in Atlantic City to whomever it wants, a judge ruled Monday, freeing the school from a sales agreement with Florida developer Glenn Straub. Stockton president Harvey Kesselman said Monday that the university had "interested buyers. " "The bottom line is that Stockton University is now free to market and sell the Showboat property, with no further restrictions or involvement" from Straub's company, KK Ventures, Kesselman said in a statement.
August 12, 2015 |
Catherine Theodoris Frangos, 86, of Atlantic City, a former elementary schoolteacher in Camden and Haddonfield, died of colon cancer on Saturday, Aug. 1, at a relative's home in Moorestown. Born in Camden, Mrs. Frangos graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School there in 1946 and earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education at what is now Rowan University in 1982, a son, Theodore, said. After raising three children, Mrs. Frangos taught fifth and sixth grade classes at Christ the King Regional School in Haddonfield in the mid-1980s and then the same grades at a Camden elementary school from the late 1980s into the early 1990s.
August 10, 2015 |
In an apparent hiccup at Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein's newly opened entertainment and dining venue in Atlantic City, several concerts scheduled there were canceled. 39N, a concert site at Blatstein's new venture the Playground, was to host two of the live music events Friday and Saturday. But on Ticketmaster on Saturday, both a Splintered Sunlight show that night and a show by the Rebirth Brass Band on Aug. 14 were listed as "canceled. " An earlier show by Splintered Sunlight, a Grateful Dead tribute act, scheduled for Friday also was canceled, according to the Press of Atlantic City.
August 9, 2015 |
You've arrived. You've gone to the beach. You've pondered the majesty of the ocean. And now, you just want to get out there. But you don't have a boat. How can you find yourself upon the high seas or the back bays? Where can you go to embark on a relaxing evening cruise or a big day of fishing? Or just have a little paddle around to look at the flora and fauna of the Jersey Shore? Surprisingly, there are a lot of options up and down the coast that don't require a huge investment in time or money.
August 7, 2015 |
Daniel P. Jorgensen, a former musician with the band Owl City, has been indicted in Atlantic County on charges that he tried to lure a 14-year-old to his hotel room and engaged in criminal sexual contact with the girl on the Atlantic City beach while on tour with the band two years ago, Prosecutor James P. McClain said Wednesday. Jorgensen, 30, of Minneapolis, faces penalties of up to 10 years in prison on the child-luring charge and up to 18 months in prison on the fourth-degree sexual-contact charge.
August 2, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - His day job is spokesman for the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, an agency that, as you may have heard, has four fewer casinos to control than it used to. But Dan Heneghan, 62, has an alter ego: Mr. Lighthouse. For nearly three years, Heneghan has made climbing to the top of Absecon Lighthouse his personal quest. Again and again, 228 steps each time, 77 times last year, more than 40 already this year. He's taken a novel way to commit to an exercise regimen and made it a kind of ambassadorship for the lighthouse, enlisting friends to sponsor him with $1 a climb, or, better yet, to join him. Built in 1857, the country's third-tallest lighthouse, at Rhode Island and Pacific Avenues, now has two closed casinos, Showboat and Revel, as its neighbors.