Plus Bob Dylan's recently discovered 1963 concert at Brandeis finally released, and find out about the upcoming RNS Amazing Taste event.
In association with National Library Week, the Atlantic City Free Public Library (ACFPL) is hosting its inaugural “Author Expo” on Saturday, April 16, from 1-4pm at the main library (One North Tennessee Ave.). The free forum will allow guests to interact with the authors, among them AC Weekly contributor Sandy Warren (who penned Art Blakey Cookin’ and Jammin’, pictured, which includes a charcoal drawing of Blakey done by AC Weekly editor Jeff Schwachter), and AC Weekly columnists Raymond Tyler and Turiya Raheem. Others will include Joy Berke, Denise Black, Harriet Diamond, Diane Hamilton, Herbert V. James, Marte’ King, Dr. Robin L. Moore, Thomas Murphy, Jackie A. O’Neal and Cheryl B. Sellers. “We wanted to offer a literary event for the community in celebration of National Library Week, and also provide a forum for area authors to expand their local fan base,” says the ACFPL’s Don Latham. “Those who attend the Author Expo will be able to purchase books from the featured authors and talk with them one-on-one. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the authors, their books and the process they went through in writing their book and then getting it published.” The ACFPL is also accepting non-perishable food items through April 16 in lieu of accrued fines. Those with overdue materials can make food donations at the main library or the A.C. Library Express (3001 Atlantic Ave.), and the donated food will be given to the local Community FoodBank. “It has become something of a tradition at the Atlantic City Free Public Library to offer a Food for Fines exchange during National Library Week,” says Latham. “It gives customers a chance to wipe the slate clean as far as overdue fines go, and at the same time they’re contributing to a very worthwhile cause. We even receive food donations from people who don’t have overdue fines. We usually receive a few hundred pounds of food over the course of the week, so it’s a significant amount that we’re able to give to the Community FoodBank.”
— Ray Schweibert
A Tasty Way to Help: RNS Amazing Taste
Last year, The Ruth Newman Shapiro Cancer and Heart Fund (RNS) kicked off a new fundraising event dubbed “Amazing Taste.” Featuring wine, beer, hors d’oeuvres and more, the event drew about 180 people and was a great kick off to the fund’s yearly fundraising events. So, of course, it’s back. The second annual RNS’s “Amazing Taste” event will be held Friday, April 15, at the Linwood Country Club. “It’s our first fundraiser of the year,” says Joanne Kennedy, co-chair of the event. “The hors d’oeuvres are by the country club and the drinks are from Circle Liquors [Somers Point]. They’re featuring beers of the world, so it’s not just wine. There’s also spirits and even a few surprises. They’re featuring some things that even I don’t know about. The auction is a silent auction, so it’s very relaxed and people get to talk to each other and enjoy themselves.” Other highlights include desserts from the Tropicana and the ACCC Academy of Culinary Arts, and the auction featuring items donated by local businesses including gift certificates from area restaurants, jewelry, sports memorabilia, art work, tickets to local attractions and much more. Tickets are $60 each, with all monies supporting RNS pledges to area hospitals including AtlantiCare Regional Center, Shore Memorial Hospital, Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation and Cape Regional Hospital. Tickets will be available at the door of by visiting rnscancerandheartfund.org. — Mike Pritchard
Bob Dylan In Concert - Brandeis 1963
Bob Dylan will turn 70 in May, but a few weeks earlier (this past Tuesday) Columbia’s Legacy reissue arm is making available a recently discovered, never-before heard or released 1963 Dylan concert at a college in Massachusettes. Until recently nobody even knew it existed. Available on vinyl, CD and digital formats, this first stand-alone release (the disc was previously offered as a limited edition item in conjunction with Dylan’s Bootleg Series Vol. 9, released last year) captures a young Dylan, before he became a big-time superstar, at a folk festival performing original songs — including “Masters of War” — that had not been heard before in public. Here is an interesting recent article about the show and new release from the school's newspaper. — Jeff Schwachter
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Peering out of the second floor window of his white stucco home on East Mill Street in Northfield, Art Blakey could see nothing but sky and greenery. He used to say it felt like he was in a tree house -- miles away from the hustle and bustle of New York City or Paris. If the the late musician had peered into the future, however -- say about 30 years -- he couldn't have possibly foreseen the events that would transpire in his temporarily adopted hometown region this weekend. The Cape Savings Bank Jazz @ The Point festival, March 1-4, being presented as a multi-event tribute to the jazz legend, will honor a man who spent the better part of the 1950s through the 1980s helping to shape (and keep alive) the hard bop side of jazz. While doing so he performed all over the world, recording on hundreds of sessions and, perhaps most significantly, fostering the careers of numerous young jazz players who would become huge forces on the jazz scene themselves -- Clifford Brown, Keith Jarrett and Wynton Marsalis, to name a mere few. Although he was born in Pittsburgh and spent most of his life as a...
When Art Blakey, the legendary jazz drummer (and 2005 Grammy lifetime achievement award recipient), lived in Northfield during the late 1970s and early '80s, he could not help running his bicycle into the side of the 507 NJ Transit bus, which, at the time, stopped right in front of the home he shared with his longtime companion, Sandy Warren, and son, Takashi, at the intersection of Mill and Shore roads. "The bus driver would just sit there and look at him," remembers Warren. "He just never really learned how to ride his bike. But he kept trying because he thought, you know, that's a nice thing that you can do in Northfield--you could ride your bike. "It's so weird because you think of someone talented enough to be the world's greatest drummer, who can close his eyes and throw the sticks up in the air and catch them with his eyes still closed and never miss a beat - that he should be able to ride a bicycle and do some other things that require a bit of dexterity. He couldn't. Drumming was the only thing that required dexterity that he could do!" Thank heaven for that. In the decades after the Pittsburgh-born...
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