Roaring Back to the ’20s
Throughout October and in concurrence with the still-sizzling Boardwalk Empire-mania, the Atlantic City Free Public Library (ACFPL) will host several programs to further enlighten folks about the Roaring ’20s. Starting Saturday, Oct. 2, special guest and A.C. native Ed McGinty will discuss his work as a Boardwalk Empire production consultant to ACFPL Film Society members. “Boardwalk Empire provides a great opportunity for the Atlantic City Free Public Library to showcase Atlantic City history,” says Heather Halpin Pérez, archivist of the ACFPL’s Alfred M. Heston Collection. “The 1920s were a vibrant time in American culture in terms of music, dance, movies and literature. The library’s slate of 1920s-themed programs is designed to highlight the era, as well as the things unique to Atlantic City’s history.” On Monday, Oct. 4, starting 5:30pm, the film The Roaring Twenties starring James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart will be shown and later discussed with members of the public. On Saturday, Oct. 9, at 2pm, there will be an interactive seminar by A.C. historian Allen “Boo” Pergament including a historical overview and discussion, and featuring photos and memorabilia showcasing A.C. in the 1920s. On Saturday Oct. 23, at 2pm, the ACFPL will host a 1920s jazz concert and lecture with the Shenole Latimer Quartet, in which the history of jazz will be reviewed from the early 1900s through the present, with a special emphasis placed on the 1920s. Many jazz greats like Miles Davis and John Coltrane and others will be explored through a combination of live performance, lecturing, and prepared recordings of these icons. For more information, call 345-2269, ext. 3112, or visit acfpl.org. — Ray Schweibert
‘Diary of Anne Frank’ at Stockton PAC
It’s one of the most heart-wrenching and ultimately tragic stories of the 20th century and it leads the way as The Stockton Performing Arts Center begins its fall season. The PAC will present The Diary of Anne Frank, performed by the Barter Theatre group on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 7pm. The Barter Theatre has produced famous alumni such as Patricia Neal, Gregory Peck and Ned Beatty. Frank’s diary recounts her and her family’s ordeal as they hid from the Nazi’s in the occupied Netherlands during World War II. The beauty of the story of Anne Frank is that she left behind in her diary not the fear or the mundane, but the everyday thoughts, dreams and ordinary existence of an adolescent girl growing up in extremely difficult conditions while struggling with those things every adolescent experiences. Yet, Anne’s life is far from ordinary; it is courageous. “Live your life with courage,” says Richard Rose, the director of the play. This adaptation is written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett; edited by Otto Frank and directed by Richard Rose. Tickets are $40 orchestra, $25 mezzanine. Call 652-9000 or visit Stockton.edu/pac. — Mike Pritchard
Aussie Nick Cave’s side project — featuring members of his Bad Seeds — put out its first album in 2007. The sequel, just released, continues the feel of that first album, but is even more improvisational, open-ended and sonically adventurous. The spontataiety of the writing is the key here an the result is a window into Cave’s mind like never before.
Ludacris celebrated his 38th birthday in Atlantic City last weekend, including a show at the House of Blues at Showboat.
Q: How was the show?
Photos by Rob English
A: Ludacris was so hot on stage tonight. He put on a great show.
A: Luda killed it.
A: I had so much fun at the show. He played all his hits.
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
The Atlantic City Free Public Library will now be operating the Atlantic City Historical Museum located across from Revel on the Garden Pier.
Sedaka and the Globetrotters