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March 13, 2015 | By Ed Barkowitz, Daily News Staff Writer
THE SOUL will play its May 30 home game in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall, the Daily News has learned from a source close to the situation. Philadelphia will play the Las Vegas Outlaws at 6 p.m. on the Saturday after Memorial Day weekend. The game is being billed as the "Brawl at the Hall" and is the initial sporting event for the Atlantic City Sports Commission, a group trying to revitalize the city. The fantasy sports website DraftKings.com is the lead sponsor. Ticket sales will open at noon tomorrow and will be available at www.PhiladelphiaSoul.com or by calling 888-879-SOUL.
NEWS
March 31, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - It is, as Boardwalk Hall staff organist Steven Ball puts it with the utmost affection, like the painting next to the Mona Lisa . Colossally overshadowed, yes, but an enigmatic entrancer nonetheless. This is Boardwalk Hall's other organ, its console situated in an upstairs balcony in the ballroom, an instrument installed in 1929 to accompany silent movies. Of all the things you knew about the monumental and still-pulsing Boardwalk Hall and its ballroom, this one may have slipped by. The ballroom, built for dancing and showing motion pictures, was equipped with the surround sound of the day: the pipe organ.
BUSINESS
October 22, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
A $253 million bond offering planned for this week by the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority includes $60 million that will be paid to Pitney Bowes Inc. for a settlement linked to a renovation of Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall that started in 1998. New Jersey and Pitney Bowes, of Stamford, Conn., formed a partnership in 2000 to take advantage of federal historic building rehabilitation tax credits in connection with the project at the Boardwalk complex that hosts the Miss America pageant.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Charlie Wilson, known as "Uncle Charlie" to his hip-hop collaborators, such as Snoop Dogg and Kanye West, has just released Forever Charlie , another of his tough but romantic R&B albums. It's fitting he'll be at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City for Valentine's Day. "I'll always miss my brothers," says Wilson. He's referring to Robert and Ronnie Wilson, his brothers and bandmates in the Gap Band, with whom he made hits like "Outstanding" and "You Dropped a Bomb on Me" before going solo in 2000.
NEWS
March 18, 2003 | By Amy S. Rosenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There he was, Bruce Springsteen, high priest of Jersey cool, finally bestowing his blessing on Atlantic City, but also - unexpectedly - on newly restored Boardwalk Hall. "It's nice to see these old buildings refurbished and brought back to life," Springsteen told the crowd of 12,500 earlier this month - the historic building's fourth sellout show in 30 days. "There's a soulfulness. They always remain a little bit on the funky side, but it's hard to come by. " For Atlantic City officials, who have insisted to the skeptical that $90 million would turn the crumbling, cavernous home of the Miss America Pageant into a magnet for top entertainment, this was a true showstopper.
NEWS
December 16, 2003 | By Adam Fifield INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Atlantic County Prosecutor Jeffrey S. Blitz is asking for help from anyone who may have witnessed a fatal stabbing during a boxing event at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City early Sunday. Keith J. Butler, 32, of Fort Washington, Md., was stabbed seven times in a crowded corridor as he was leaving. A plumber's apprentice and the father of a 5-year-old boy, Butler died from a wound that punctured his heart. Blitz asked spectators at the event, particularly those in the corridors near Sections 210 and 211, to call the Atlantic County Major Crime Unit.
NEWS
December 17, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Glenn Straub has a broken bone that's just not fitting into his schedule. It's an odd lump on the 69-year-old Florida billionaire's shoulder, some cracked something from a few months back that he never got checked out and probably won't. He figures that it's healing on its own or that he'll probably break it again, the same way he did before, playing full-contact polo atop 1,000-pound thoroughbreds with other wealthy men in tony ZIP codes. "Yeah, I fell off a horse for like the 47th time or something and broke something, but I don't have time to get it fixed," he says, a West Virginia drawl still deep in his voice.
SPORTS
May 6, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. - NJSIAA executive director Steve Timko knows that Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City is a popular venue for the state wrestling championships. But Timko said Thursday that the NJSIAA would consider moving the event to another site, starting in March 2013. The organization is planning to issue a "Request for Proposals" by the end of the school year to see if another facility in the state might make for a more profitable site, Timko said. "We can't keep losing money on wrestling," Timko said.
NEWS
May 6, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. - NJSIAA executive director Steve Timko knows that Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City is a popular venue for the state wrestling championships. But Timko said on Thursday that the NJSIAA will consider moving the event to another site, starting in March 2013. The organization is planning to issue a "Request for Proposals" by the end of the school year to see if another facility in the state might make for a more profitable site, Timko said. "We can't keep losing money on wrestling," Timko said.
NEWS
September 11, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
MORE CHANGES are afoot at CBS3. For one, station executives have decided not to renew their contract with award-winning TV news reporter and former beauty pageant winner Syma Chowdhry . Chowdhry, who just had a baby, was very gracious about the split. "I am sad to leave such a great group of people, but I'm extremely excited about what's to come," she said. "With my contract coming to an end, it was the perfect time to take a look at my life and make some changes myself.
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March 5, 2016
Here is the schedule for the wrestling state championships: At Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City Friday Preliminary round, 5 p.m. Pre-quarterfinals to follow Saturday Wrestleback No. 1, 10 a.m. Quarterfinals and wrestleback No. 2 to follow Semifinals and wrestleback No. 3, 5 p.m. Wrestleback No. 4 to follow Sunday Wrestleback No. 5, 10 a.m. Third-place finals to follow Championship finals, 3...
NEWS
December 17, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Glenn Straub has a broken bone that's just not fitting into his schedule. It's an odd lump on the 69-year-old Florida billionaire's shoulder, some cracked something from a few months back that he never got checked out and probably won't. He figures that it's healing on its own or that he'll probably break it again, the same way he did before, playing full-contact polo atop 1,000-pound thoroughbreds with other wealthy men in tony ZIP codes. "Yeah, I fell off a horse for like the 47th time or something and broke something, but I don't have time to get it fixed," he says, a West Virginia drawl still deep in his voice.
NEWS
October 1, 2015 | Jenny DeHuff, Daily News Staff Writer
THE THIRD SEASON of the NBC police drama "Chicago PD" starts tonight, and Jesse Lee Soffer , who plays Detective Jay Halstead, sat down with me yesterday to offer a sneak peek of what to expect. Soffer, who's been acting since he was 6 years old, had a smaller role in "Chicago Fire," playing an ambiguously dirty policeman. It's when producers on the show decided to make a spin-off based on the police department's perspective that they cast Soffer as a cop in the intelligence unit whose moral and ethical boundaries are a little muddled.
NEWS
September 28, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Atlantic City's history is a stupendous symphony of superlatives, a tale of how "America's Queen of Resorts" wowed the masses with the most, the best, the greatest. There's also . . . the Boardwalk Hall Pipe Organ. "It's the world's largest musical instrument," organ scholar, builder, and showman Steven Ball declares. "The sonic Mount Rushmore," says Ball, whose official title is organist and director of outreach for the Historic Organ Restoration Committee Inc. "It was designed to be a library of all sound.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2015
Madonna There's always a lot to look forward to when Madonna comes to town. There's the longtime female fans and drag devotees who find Madge's skimpy outfits of the '80s and '90s inspirational and empowering. There are dance music aficionados who continue to load their sets, personal and professional, with her house-heavy tracks. This year, however, with Madonna hitting Philly on the very eve of the pope's visit, she's so sure to have something to say (or to wear, from early tour reports)
NEWS
September 15, 2015 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Betty Cantrell, a 20-year-old opera singer from Georgia, became Miss America 2016 Sunday night before a cheering crowd in Boardwalk Hall. History was also made when a contrite pageant official apologized to entertainer Vanessa Williams, who was stripped of the title as Miss America in 1984 after nude photos of her were published without her permission in Penthouse magazine. Cantrell, who is from Warner Robins, Ga., wowed the judges with her lovely version of the aria "Tu, tu Piccolo Iddio" from Puccini's Madama Butterfly . Cantrell has studied music at Wesleyan College and Mercer University in Macon and would eventually like to graduate from a conservatory for musical theater.
NEWS
September 11, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
MORE CHANGES are afoot at CBS3. For one, station executives have decided not to renew their contract with award-winning TV news reporter and former beauty pageant winner Syma Chowdhry . Chowdhry, who just had a baby, was very gracious about the split. "I am sad to leave such a great group of people, but I'm extremely excited about what's to come," she said. "With my contract coming to an end, it was the perfect time to take a look at my life and make some changes myself.
NEWS
September 10, 2015 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - At the Miss America Pageant, it's always about the shoes. And about what all those former beauty queens are up to these days. So on Tuesday morning, it was announced that the actress and singer Vanessa Williams - who resigned as Miss America 1984 for violating a moral turpitude clause in her contract with the organization - would return to the pageant this year as the head judge. The pageant, which will crown Miss America 2016, will be televised live from Boardwalk Hall at 9 p.m. Sunday on ABC. Williams - who was the first African American Miss America and has gone on to a successful career as an entertainer - gave up the crown after Penthouse published nude photographs taken a year earlier as part of a modeling photo shoot.
NEWS
September 10, 2015 | Dan DeLuca, The Philadelphia Inquirer
It's an unfortunate name. A new $32 million music and entertainment complex opens in Fishtown on Oct. 1, with hometown heroes Hall & Oates. Do we really have to call it the Fillmore ? Can't the club in the former Ajax Metal Co. factory have its own Philadelphia name, rather than one borrowed from a San Francisco club, one also being used for a host of other venues in the Live Nation chain? But like the name or not, the opening of the Fillmore, which will include a concert hall that holds up to 2,500 and a 450-capacity top-floor club known as the Foundry, is the biggest news of the season for the Philadelphia live music scene.
NEWS
September 6, 2015 | By Zoë Miller, Inquirer Staff Writer
Saturday STONE HARBOR If the Philadelphia Museum of Art's "Discovering the Impressionists" exhibition put you in the mood for paintings of that style, you'll love Ocean Galleries' (9618 Third Ave.) latest show, "Renoir: Modern Day Impressionism," on display through Sept. 7. The exhibit features the colorful still-lifes, landscapes, and seascapes of Pierre-Auguste Renoir's great-grandson Alexandre Renoir. Alexandre, who was born in France and trained in Canada as an artist, will appear from 7 to 10 p.m. for a special reception, where he'll paint live for guests.
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