July 12, 2014 |
The divorce album is one of pop's strangest quasi-traditions, treating the rights, wrongs, and ruin of a personal relationship with the arts of the pop love song. Marvin Gaye did it with Here, My Dear , Bob Dylan with Blood on the Tracks , and husband-and-wife folkies Richard and Linda Thompson made one together in Shoot Out the Lights . This year, producer/songwriter/singer Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and Toni Braxton, a singer he has produced two albums for, made one of the best duet records in this line, titled Love, Marriage & Divorce . (Babyface divorced Tracey Edmonds in 2005, and Braxton let go of Keri Lewis in 2013.)
June 27, 2014
THE WAY Allen Valentine sees it, he is simply continuing an Atlantic City tradition with roots that go well back before the legal-casino era. "My grandparents came to Atlantic City on their honeymoon in the 1930s," offered Valentine, who today reigns as the town's most prolific supplier of extended-run production shows. "Many years ago, I asked them why they went to Atlantic City, and they said, 'Because they have shows.' " Valentine, who first came to Boardwalk prominence in the mid-1990s as an extremely talented and innovative magician, is doing his best to ensure that that legacy survives in the 21st century.
June 21, 2014 |
The Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, a $2.4 billion property that has operated at a loss since opening in 2012, filed for its second bankruptcy Thursday. The new filing came about 13 months after the company wiped out $932 million in debt and cut yearly debt payments by 96 percent in bankruptcy last year. Despite the massive debt relief, the casino at the north end of the Boardwalk continued losing money on an operating basis before debt payments. The loss was $21.75 million in this year's first quarter.
June 13, 2014 |
On the same day that Atlantic City's government learned it would receive $6.8 million in state aid to help balance next year's budget, it also agreed to dole out many times that in a refund to its biggest taxpayer - the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. The resort's top-grossing casino will get back $88.25 million under a settlement it reached late Tuesday with the city on its property taxes - and the refund could grow even larger if the city loses a...
May 24, 2014 |
Six of 11 casinos in Atlantic City had gross operating losses in the first quarter, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement reported. Four of the five casinos with operating gains in the quarter ended March 31 reported declines from last year. In aggregate, gross operating profits for those four casinos - Borgata, Caesars, Harrah's, and Showboat - fell 35 percent, to $50.36 million from $77.83 million. Tropicana was the exception. Its gross operating profit soared to $32.09 million this year from $1.98 million thanks to the way it accounted for a property-tax settlement.
May 17, 2014 |
Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum on the beach. Lady Gaga and Kiss at Boardwalk Hall. A jazz fest in Cape May - and a Beardfest in the woods. All this and more awaits the Jersey Shore music fan this summer. That's on top of a wide range of Atlantic City casino headliners, including superstar DJs (Paul Oakenfold, June 6 at Revel), young country stars (The Band Perry, May 31 at Caesars), Motown legends (Smokey Robinson May 24 at Harrah's, Diana Ross June 20 at Caesars) and classic rockers (John Fogerty July 19 at Borgata, Rod Stewart Aug. 23 at Taj Mahal)
May 16, 2014 |
THE SEA, sand and saltwater taffy used to be the big lures to the shore. Now the major attraction is often the chance to see your favorite club or concert headliners "up-close-and-personal" in a smaller and oft-times more comfortable venue than you'll find the artists playing here in Philly. A perfect case in point, playing both towns within days? Take, please, Big Act in a Smaller Room Lady Gaga . The dance-pop monster lorded last night at the 20,000-seat Wells Fargo Center.
April 17, 2014 |
FOX 29 anchor Kerry Barrett welcomed her new son, John Barrett IV , this weekend. They'll call the little bundle of joy Jay. He was a healthy 6 pounds, 15 ounces. This is Barrett's second child with husband, John , an F-16 pilot with the New Jersey Air National Guard, following 3-year-old Avery . Barrett opened up about her struggles with pregnancy on the evening news November of last year. Barrett had suffered several miscarriages, including a tragic miscarriage right before a 10 o'clock broadcast, before any of her colleagues knew she was pregnant.
January 25, 2014 |
Atlantic City always has been a tough sell to tourists in winter, and tougher still in the Year of the Polar Vortex. Casinos struggle to pull gamblers away from Philly and New York to brave the icy seaside resort, while hotels pray they'll stay a spell. Stories of bad times abound. And Jeff Guaracino is tired of them. The onetime VP of communications for the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation and a board member of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association, Guaracino has been the chief strategy and communications officer for the Atlantic City Alliance (ACA)
January 16, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY For Don Guardian, the huge snowstorm on his third day on the job as mayor presaged the task ahead for him and his struggling resort city as it faces a $40 million budget shortfall. "I know we are in a mess, and it's my job to dig us out of it," Guardian, the first Republican in 23 years to take over the reins of Atlantic City, told a business group Tuesday. He was the keynote speaker before the Atlantic City Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association (MBCA) at its annual luncheon at Caesars Casino Hotel.