Atlantic City hosts tattoo expo, antique show, and the 5th annual A.C. Cinefest, plus more.
Tats ‘n’ ’Tiques Back in Town
A couple of innovative entrepreneurs, Allison Kohler and Jon Henderson, will be making their respective presences felt again this weekend when the Atlantic City Antiques Show and the Atlantic City Tattoo Expo both return to town — the former at the A.C. Convention Center and the latter at the Tropicana. For years the A.C. Antiques Show was a biannual event held each the spring and fall. Under prior ownership it was scaled back to just springtime, but Kohler, president and owner of event producer JMK Shows, reinstated it to its former twice-per-year glory. Scheduled for Saturday (10am-6pm) and Sunday (11am-5pm), Oct. 13-14, the show will include a glass repair clinic, an appraisal panel of foremost authorities who, for $5 an item, will give their expert evaluations, a broad spectrum of experienced buyers and sellers from around the country, and scores of displays of antique dolls, toys, jewelry, pottery, furniture and more. Tickets are $15 for one day, $25 for both days, and $30 for an early buying weekend pass. Visit jmkshows.com for more. The three-day, seventh annual A.C. Tattoo Expo is Friday 2-10pm, Saturday noon-10pm, and Sunday noon-6pm at the Trop. Tickets are $15 at the door or $40 for a weekend pass. It will feature 90 of the world’s best tattoo artists, various seminars, live music and entertainment, 15 tattoo contests (including Best of Show and a Saturday-night contest to benefit the Pinups for Pit Bulls no-kill animal advocacy group), and live appearances by the Spike TV Ink Master crew. Additionally, emcee extraordinaire Dr. Blasphemy will be at your service all weekend long. Check out actattooexpo.com for more. — Ray Schweibert
A.C. Cinefest, the Roaring ’20s and Al Gold Lecture Series
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 and Heather Halpin Perez, 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. Gold-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, the archivist for the library’s Alfred M. Heston Collection of Atlantic City history, 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. The Atlantic City Free Public Library assumed management of the museum in August 2012. See more at atlanticcityexperience.org.
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.) in Atlantic City.
Terence Winter (left), the series creator 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.
The fifth annual A.C. Cinefest takes place at various locations throughout Atlantic City. Features, shorts and documentaries will be screened Friday night at Showboat, Saturday at Dante Hall and the Carnegie Center, and Sunday (horror films!) at Dante Hall and the Golden Nugget.
Also attending and showing their films — Robert Downey Sr. (Putney Swope) and Peter Dobson (White Mule).
“The lineup of guests we have attending is second-to-none,” says Nichole Kilpatrick, vice president of Downbeach Film Festival. “This makes our fifth anniversary festival that much more meaningful.” downbeachfilmfestival.org
On Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Campus Center Theater, Vicki Gold-Levi and Stockton’s Visual Arts faculty will present the inauguration of the Al Gold Lecture Series starting 3:30pm.
Michael Bzdak, director of corporate contributions at Johnson & Johnson and a visiting part-time lecturer at Rutgers University, has the honor of being the series’ first guest lecturer. The title of his lecture will be “American Photography, 1912-2012: In the Shadows of Art and Commerce.”
Gold-Levi will speak at the top of the program about her father’s legacy, and will show a selection of his photographs taken in Atlantic City. Al Gold’s foray in photography began in 1921 when he photographed the first Miss America pageant. His photographic skills became widely known and in 1939 he was appointed Atlantic City’s first “chief photographer” — a post he held until his death in 1964.
“Goldie,” as he was affectionately known was one of the most popular new photographers in the East. He was voted posthumously into the Atlantic City Hall of Fame, has a photography gallery dedicated in his name at the Atlantic City Historical Museum, and each year the annual Al Gold Memorial Purchase Award is given annually to two photography students at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. — RS
Fourteen years after his eponymous sitcom left the television airwaves following a ratings-topping nine seasons, Jerry Seinfeld has finally reached the point where his art imitates his life, and vice versa.
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
In episode 26, "Spaghetti & Coffee," Eli Thompson is let out of jail, and gangster Gyp Rosetti takes over the fictional New Jersey town of Tabor Heights.
The fifth annual AC Cinefest, presented by the Downbeach Film Festival, will feature Robert Downey Sr. in addition to Terry Winter, award-winning creator of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, and actor Peter Dobson.
"The game has changed quite a bit. Things have gotten a lot more violent, a lot more competitive, and Nucky has sort of had to up his game as well in order to survive. "
"It’s almost foreshadowed in the pilot when Jimmy tells Nucky: 'You can’t be half a gangster anymore,' and I knew that at one point Nucky would cross that line and fully become a gangster."
The Atlantic City Free Public Library will now be operating the Atlantic City Historical Museum located across from Revel on the Garden Pier.
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