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Sunday’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Premiere Party
With Martin Scorsese’s Emmy award for best director still fresh on everyone’s mind, be reminded that Caesars Atlantic City is hosting a free premiere screening for the second season of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire on Sunday, Sept. 25, inside Caesars’ Circus Maximus Theater. Doors for the event open at 8:45pm and the show starts 9pm sharp. The complimentary admission will be matched by free live entertainment by the Jersey Rhythm Devils, who will perform music from the 1920s, including songs played on the show, outside the theater before doors open. Special guests will include show stars (and New Jersey residents) Anthony Laciura (who plays Eddie Kessler, right-hand-man to lead character Nucky Thompson) and Adam Mucci (a Rutgers grad who plays Deputy Halloran), and William Hill, who plays Ward Boss O'Neill. The series was renewed by HBO almost immediately after its 2010 premiere, when it garnered 4.8 million viewers in its debut (second most in HBO history). Along with Scorsese’s win for best director, the show was nominated for a total of 18 Emmys, including best drama and best actor (for Steve Buscemi’s role as Thompson). The day before the premiere (Saturday, Sept. 24, starting 1pm), the Jersey Rhythm Devils, the Jim Craine All-Star Band, and dancer Melanie Brough will perform “Music and Dance of the Roaring ‘20s” at Kennedy Plaza on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, across from Boardwalk Hall. — Ray Schweibert
Welcome the Season in Margate
It’s become a signature event on Absecon Island as the Margate Fall Funfest by the Bay will once again welcome the season this weekend, Sept. 24-25. The outdoor festival fills up Amherst Avenue from Decatur to Coolidge aves. This will be the 11th annual offering of the Funfest and organizers say they continue to try and schedule events and activities to keep the festival fresh, calling it “six blocks of fun, food, music, games and great shopping.” The festival features 115 booths displaying the wares of 58 juried crafters. Ray Scott’s Dock, (Decatur and Amherst aves.) offers the display “Wetlands Wonderland” and 11 live bands performing on two stages, as well as strolling entertainers, are on tap for the two days. Bands include the Bubba Mac Blues band Saturday (3:45pm) and the Danny Eyer Band Sunday (1:15pm). The U.S. Coast Guard will conduct sea rescue demonstrations at noon both days. Atlantic City’s own Kozak the Magician performs at 1pm Sunday and there’s also a popular pet show that day. The Atlantic City Police Department will also have a K-9 demonstration at 11:30am Sunday. The schedule is also packed with performances for kids and 18 food vendors will be on hand. Hey, when Margate says they’re having a Fun Fest, they aren’t kidding. See a full schedule at marvelousmargate.com. — Mike Pritchard
Annie Clark, the clever, sensuous and risk-taking 32-year-old singer and songwriter who goes by St. Vincent, released her third album Sept. 13. Acclaimed by critics as all of her music has been, including her stints with Glen Branca, the Polyphonic Spree and Stufjan Stevens, Strange Mercy is a wild and eclectic ride through haunting yet beautiful melodies and sometimes very frightening imagery. Bjork fans and even Beth Orton fans will be in love with this album; its 11 tracks mix Clark’s gorgeous voice with an array of electronic soundscapes. The album’s first single, “Cruel,” is already making big waves in certain music circles and a recent interview with Clark on NPR revealed the Texas-born artist to be a very mature, daring and passionate young artist. And one who’s star will continue to rise if her subsequent offerings are as fantastic as Strange Mercy. —Jeff Schwachter
Kozak — for the first and only time during his five-year run — pulled off the ultimate vanishing act.
The HBO Emmy Award winning series Boardwalk Empire may be the talk of the town, but I bet you didn’t know that Terence Winter, Boardwalk Empire’s creator, gifted the cast and producers of the show with jewelry by local Atlantic County designer Paula Jerome to help celebrate the Emmys!
I’ve probably done a thousand location shoots, but none affected me more that this one. That’s because I can trace my family history back to this bawdy and tawdry period in Atlantic City’s history.
The famed seaside resort that is portrayed in HBO's hit drama series Boardwalk Empire celebrated the show's second season premiere on Sunday, Sept. 25, in a number of ways over the weekend.
Along with the premiere screening, at least three Boardwalk Empire actors have been confirmed to appear at the event — Anthony Laciura (Eddie Kessler), Adam Mucci (Dept. Halloran) and Michael Stuhlbarg (Arnold Rothstein) — and they will likely do meet-and-greets with fans.
“[Empire’s] helped remind people of what a colorful history we’ve had as a city, and helped bring these things back into focus for some people. And I think the fact that the series is very well regarded only helps.”
“The three eras that attracted me where the 1920s, the ‘50s and the ‘70s. And really HBO’s mandate was [so broad that] I literally had a huge canvass to work from.”
"I wasn’t the only critic that wrote that there is nothing new on broadcast TV that’s as good as Boardwalk Empire. It used to be that cable wouldn’t counter-program against broadcast TV, but in the last few years they’ve gotten stronger and tougher and more arrogant."
Terry Winter, the executive producer, creator and one of the chief writers for the award-winning, Martin Scorsese directed HBO drama series Boardwalk Empire, has finally wrapped filming on the second season's last episode as of Wednesday, Sept. 7.
Sedaka and the Globetrotters