ATLANTIC CITY — A public discussion entitled “The Atlantic City Experience: The Roaring ’20s” will be hosted by the Atlantic City Free Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 13, in the Atlantic City Historical Museum (at Garden Pier on the Boardwalk in front of Revel).
The discussion is scheduled for 11am and will be held in the museum’s boardroom. It is free and open to the public.
Vicki Gold-Levi (pictured below right) and Heather Halpin Perez (left), who are historical consultants for HBO’s smash-hit series Boardwalk Empire, will be the guest speakers. Levi is co-author of Atlantic City: 125 Years of Ocean Madness, and will discuss the culture of the 1920s including the music, movies and clothing. Levi will also be speaking about her late father, Al Gold, the city’s first official photographer, and will be relating some personal experiences including her work for Boardwalk Empire.
Perez is the archivist for the library’s Alfred M. Heston Collection of Atlantic City history, and will be discussing some of the city’s biggest names and most influential people including Enoch “Nucky” Johnson (the late A.C. power broker on whose life the Boardwalk Empire lead character, Nucky Thompson, is loosely based). Perez (a 2012 Atlantic City Weekly Top 40 Under 40 honoree) will also touch on a variety of highlights from the decade, such as the construction of the World War I Memorial and Convention (now Boardwalk) Hall.
The Atlantic City Historical Museum is open 10am-5pm seven days a week and showcases the culturally diverse and exciting history of Atlantic City in a nostalgic timeline. Click here to visit the museum’s Web site or call (609) 347-5839 to learn more. The Atlantic City Free Public Library assumed management of the museum in August 2012.
Also on Oct. 13, as part of the fifth annual Downbeach Film Festival: 2012 Atlantic City Cinefest (Oct. 12-14), HBO has granted permission for the festival to screen a not-yet-aired episode of season three of Boardwalk Empire. The episode will air at 2pm Saturday at Dante Hall Theater of the Arts (14 N. Mississippi Ave.).
Terence Winter, the series creator, producer and head writer, will be on hand to moderate the episode and will conduct a Q&A session afterward. The cost is $5 for the screening. Winter, who wrote the screenplay to the upcoming crime drama film The Wolf of Wall Street being directed by Martin Scorsese, will also participate in a panel on filmmaking Saturday afternoon at Dante Hall after the screening.
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