• By RYAN LOUGHLIN, Atlantic City Weekly

1 It’s more authentic than you think. Most “Irish Bars” have about as much in common with Ireland as a Rastafarian parrot. Ri Ra, however, has actually managed to go out of its way to put some real authenticity into its space at Tropicana Atlantic City. The entire bar was created from what t… Read more

  • By RYAN LOUGHLIN, Atlantic City Weekly

Magician is one of those careers that just don’t seem real. It falls somewhere between “astronaut” and “ice cream taster” on the list of cool-but-impractical means of employment. It’s the kind of a dream job kids talk about and then eventually give up on. Well, most kids anyway. Read more

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  • Ray Schweibert

Progressive rockers Kansas — the band that spent more than four decades as a part of the soundtrack of the lives of multiple generations of music lovers — returns to the Tropicana Showroom on July 11 starting at 8 p.m. Read more

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  • Lori Hoffman

Taking place alongside the annual, highly successful Borgata Winter Poker Open BorgataPoker.com and nj.partypoker.com, presents the second running of one of the state’s largest tournaments, the Garden State Super Series (GSSS) which began January 11. Read more

  • Lori Hoffman

If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to make more money in 2015, the Golden Nugget presents an opportunity for poker players to do just that with its Golden Nugget 10-day Grand Poker Series taking place from Saturday, Jan. 10 to Monday, Jan. 19 in the Golden Nugget’s Grand Ballroom. The… Read more

  • Ray Schweibert

To the trend of toning down traditional nightlife activity this time of year and yielding to more traditional holiday happenings, Haven says “Bah, humbug!” Golden Nugget’s 12,000-square-foot state-of-the-art nightclub is going full blast into holidays with a slate of some of the best DJs and… Read more

  • Ray Schweibert

Lately Atlantic City has been bringing to town many of the biggest names in country music, and is sort of carving out a niche for itself as the genre’s de facto capital of the northeast coast. The most notable events of the summer, of course, were when country superstars Blake Shelton (July … Read more

  • Stephen Segal

It’s the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show this year. What does that anniversary mean to you personally? I was a child sitting on the floor watching the Sullivan show, captivated. Just from watching that show, I could mimic the physical characteristics… Read more

  • David J. Spatz

They’re only a fraction of the 2,100 employees who will lose their jobs when Showboat Atlantic City closes at the end of August. But a case could be made that the people who service the casino’s House of Blues brand-within-the-brand represent the soul of the resort and gaming hall. Read more

  • Frank Gabriel

It’s a remarkable trio of superstar guest chefs that Caesars has lined up to headline the sixth annual Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival this week: Robert Irvine, Martha Stewart and Marcus Samuelsson. And while Irvine and Stewart each have longstanding East Coast roots, the festival marks… Read more

  • Ed Condran

You never would guess that Christina Perri had a stomach bug when she stepped onto the Electric Factory stage in Philadelphia two months ago. “I’m home,” she sang into the microphone to the capacity crowd of 2,800. Her fans shrieked and nearly blew the roof of the venue as Perri marveled at … Read more

  • Lori Hoffman

Three years ago at the Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival Guy Fieri told me how much he enjoyed the ambience of Atlantic City and its growing reputation as a foodie paradise. He also said he would love to open a restaurant in town. Read more

  • Stephen H. Segal

Magicians have this reputation for being super serious. It’s easy enough to understand why — the great escape artist Houdini would put his own life in danger to impress an audience; Uri Geller’s psychic tricks threatened to overturn our understand of the universe itself; and David Copperfiel… Read more

  • Lori Hoffman

Rob Lake has arrived in Atlantic City with an impressive resume. For example, in 2008 the personable illusionist became the youngest magician ever to receive the coveted Merlin award (magic’s highest honor) and be named Stage Magician of the Year by the International Society of Magicians, th… Read more

  • Ray Schweibert

Harrah’s Resort regional president Rick Mazer has been in the gaming industry most of his adult life, so shortly after relocating to Atlantic City from Las Vegas, he recognized the need for some recalibrating of the marina district property. With the help, that is, of a chance encounter. Read more

  • Ed Condran

The members of the Cat’s Pajamas could have taken a break while rendering ‘Stand By Me.’ The energetic crowd at the Superstar Theater was on its feet belting out the classic Ben E. King cut along with the young, charismatic vocal group. Read more

  • JARED AXELROD

We all know that Atlantic City can be a horror show sometimes, but the fine folks behind Bizarre AC II are working hard to bring a real horror show to our seaside city, o my brothers, sisters and only friends. Read more

  • Ed Condran

"The reputation of ventriloquists isn’t good,” Terry Fator admits. “But that doesn’t matter, since people flock to see us. They love us.” Well — they do if you’re one of two specific ventriloquists. Veteran puppet master Jeff Dunham normally tops Forbes’ list of most profitable comedians. An… Read more

  • Lori Hoffman

In 2010 when I interviewed Guy Fieri about his appearance at the Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival he raved about the Atlantic City dining scene: “A.C. is absolutely one of my favorite places to go. Put it in capital letters, double underline it. Granted I get an incredible reception fr… Read more

  • Ed Condran

Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard isn’t talking at the moment. The sensitive singer/guitarist/keyboardist is waiting until the band’s forthcoming album drops later in the year. His dreamy music ought to speak just fine, though, when Death Cab plays Sunday, May 25, at Revel’s Ovation Hall. Read more

  • Ed Condran

Chelsea Handler is scorching hot right now. She was rumored to take over the Late Show With David Letterman. That didn’t happen but there is word that she could still host a network late night chat show. Could Handler replace Craig Ferguson for a late, late time slot? Read more

  • Lori Hoffman

When Scores Atlantic City opened last year at the Trump Taj Mahal, it became the first gentlemen’s club complex to open in a United States casino. However the space can’t really be defined as just a gentleman’s club. Scores wants to be known as an adult entertainment venue that is more inclu… Read more