Plus, Resorts-Mohegan Sun Deal, John Hughes Film Fest at Dante Hall and the Album of the Week.
India Day Parade Is Saturday
The Indo U.S. Council and members of Atlantic City’s Indian community will be hosting the third annual India Day Parade on the Atlantic City Boardwalk starting 5pm Saturday, Aug. 11, in front of Showboat and ending at the south end near the Tropicana. Several decorated floats representing different parts of India’s diverse culture will be part of the parade, and it will also celebrate its 65th year as a sovereign nation. India gained independence from Great Britain on Aug. 15, 1947, after more than 200 years of British rule. The Atlantic City India Day Parade was first organized by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a Cherry Hill physician and president of the Indo U.S. Council, and his wife Kavita in 2010.
“We, as Indians, represent the biggest democracy in the world, and we all want the world to see how beautiful this democracy is,” says Dr. Gupta in a statement on the Indo U.S. Council Web site (indouscouncil.org). “Atlantic City has the opportunity to offer its visitors something unique, something different than what other destinations offer. These initiatives offer A.C. that ‘something different,’ which just happens to be a spicy concoction mixed with Indian heritage, culture and diversity that reminds its visitors of the traditions of the Indian homeland. Perhaps this very initiative will make A.C. one of the most desirable destination hotspots for the Indian-American community, from the U.S. and abroad.”
"The parade will be a tribute to all heroes who sacrificed their lives so India can be free and to remind the present generation that Independence was not easy and required sacrifices of many lives," says Carmen Vitanza, assistant to Dr. Gupta. "While we enjoy and cherish our freedom we should remember those who made it happen.This will also bring community together as together we stand. The parade will also celebrate the progress India has made with our hard work and family values in last 65 years. It will aim to familiarize all with vibrant , friendly and colorful nature of our culture and our efforts to work with all regardless of race, gender or nationality.
"We expect around 35,000 visitors watching this parade ... During the rest of the weekend we will have some programs providing recognition to people serving the community." — Ray Schweibert
Mohegan Sun Deal with Resorts
Two weeks after Jimmy Buffett came to Atlantic City announcing a partnership with Resorts to create a Margaritaville venue on the Boardwalk side of the city’s oldest casino, the Mohegan Sun Advisors group, an arm of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Association, came to town on Tuesday, Aug. 7, announcing that the group is taking over the casino-hotel’s operations. Pending approval, the new operators should take over operations at the casino in the fall. Some insiders think it is the early stages of a complete takeover by the Native American gaming company, which owns and operates the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut and the Mohegan Sun Casino at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, although the casino is not for sale, according to co-owner Morris Bailey. Since Resorts’ co-owner and CEO Dennis Gomes, who ran the Resorts operation with his family and a tight-knit executive staff since taking it over in 2010 with business partner Bailey, passed away in February, many have been wondering what lies ahead for the iconic Atlantic City casino. For one thing, former Trump Plaza executive and current MTGA CEO Mitchell Etess is coming back to town and sees plenty of opportunities for the tri-state partnership. At the press conference in Atlantic City, Etess said that the MSA group will do most of its work in relation to Resorts from a managerial standpoint and hopes to keep Dennis Gomes’ son Aaron Gomes on the new team. “The timing is right,” says Etess. “We have long looked at the Atlantic City market as an excellent opportunity and with a solid commitment by state and local agencies to revitalize the area [now] is the perfect time to align our brands.” The MSA will become the first Native American tribe to operate an Atlantic City casino — ironic, since the city is located on Absecon Island, a name derived from what the barrier island’s first settlers, the Lenni-Lenape tribe, called it. (See video from the Tuesday, Aug. 7, press conference here.) — JS
‘Breakfast Club’ at Dante Hall
Dante Hall Theater and the Downbeach Film Festival, which presents the Atlantic City Cinefest Film Festival Oct. 12-14, presents its second installment of Movies at Dante on Saturday, Aug. 11. The double bill pays tribute to the director/producer John Hughes, with one of his classic teen angst comedies, The Breakfast Club, and the road movie comedy Trains, Planes & Automobiles. Showing at 6pm, Trains, Planes & Automobiles (1987) stars Steve Martin as a straight arrow salesman whose plans to get home for Thanksgiving become a nightmare when he has to team up with the lovable slob played by John Candy to find the various modes of transportation in the title. These are two of the top movie clowns of the era in top form. Showing at 8pm, The Breakfast Club (1985), is a teen comedy featuring several prominent members of what would soon be known as “The Brat Pack,” Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy, as well as Hughes’ favorite leading lady, Molly Ringwald, and another Hughes’ regular, Anthony Michael Hall. Five high school students, a jock, a nerd, a weirdo, a popular girl and a smartass find out they have more in common that they thought when they are all stuck in detention. Guest Speaker Joe Molineaux, director of the Small Business Development Center at Richard Stockton College (and a Hughes fanatic), will host a Q & A session between films. Bring your movie stub to Tun Tavern, located at 2 Convention Boulevard, and get ½ price appetizers; $1 off their hand-crafted beers; $1 off all wine by the glass; and $1 off cocktails. Dante Hall, 14 N. Mississippi Ave., Atlantic City. $5 for one movie, $8 for both. For tickets, stockton.edu/dante or downbeachfilmfestival.ticketleap.com. — Lori Hoffman
‘The Salesman and the Shark’ (ANTI-)
A year after the ANTI- label re-released Sean Rowe’s sublime Magic album, the baritone-voiced singer-songwriter who spent a decade playing for small audiences in his native upstate New York area, is following up the acclaimed album with The Salesman and the Shark, a stripped down collection of 12 new brooding tunes, due out Aug. 28. Part Leonard Cohen and Greg Brown, the song’s opener “Bring Back the Night” is a small dark movie painted in waltz time with a lush chorus of background singers, crashing cymbals and a truly addictive sound. Ditto for most of the soulful, heartfelt tracks, which combine gentle structures, country-music meets U2 instrumentation, a nine-piece string section and lyrics in the vein of Rowe’s label mates Joe Henry, Nick Cave and Tom Waits (the latter’s sound can also be detected in the strong track “Joe’s Cult.” With a few years to go until he turns 40, Rowe sings “I’m getting older,” on the mellow track “Signs,” but his sound is new and his songs speak to the dark ages of modern times. — Jeff Schwachter
In a year that saw the return of widespread protests around the world, the power and potential of grass-roots movements, such as Occupy Wall Street, more and more bad economic news and forecasts, the music industry seemed to bounce back with a bunch of solid releases, including new albums by Kanye West and Jay-Z, Adele, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, and others, as 'indie' labels such as Sub Pop, Yep Roc, and ANTI-, emerged as the leaders of a new renaissance in the music biz. Meanwhile, reissues, by specialty labels like Legacy, were among the most exciting "new" music of 2011. Atlantic City Weekly runs an Album of the Week column on the Coasting page each week, and the editors have put together a list of the best 2011 albums of the bunch, as well as several re-issues, and albums we didn't get a chance to write about yet for a total of 50 albums that you may or may not have heard yet. 2011 Albums of the Year (in no particular order. Click on links to see album review; when you get to page, scroll down to the Album of the Week column). Rock on. Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The...
Rabbi/Dir. of Programming; Chabad Lubavitch Atlantic Co. Rabbi Avrohom Rapoport was born to a large Chassidic family that served as the Chabad emissaries in Atlantic County, N.J. He jokes that he grew up as the only Chassidic beach bum at the Jersey shore. Avrohom was ordained in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 2002 and spent the next two years working as a resident rabbi in Africa, Ukraine, Russia, and India. Today, he lives in Ventnor with his wife and daughter and directs the programming of...
Covering Aug. 12-18, photos include Barry Manilow at Boardwalk Hall, B.J. Thomas in Ocean City, India Day celebrations in Atlantic City, Rhianna at Borgata, Superfly Snuka at Resorts, and more.
Members of Atlantic City’s Indian community and the Indo U.S. Council paid tribute to India’s original homeland and the homeland of the nation’s ancestors with Atlantic City’s first-ever India Festival, which was held Aug. 13-15.
The majestic peacock -- the national bird of India -- serves as the thematic talisman of Egg Harbor Township's newly opened Feather restaurant (6041 Black Horse Pike). Owned and operated by Mays Lan...
Newly opened on the Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Township, The Nizam's restaurant offers earnest Indian cuisine in a casual, colorful setting. The location -- formerly the excellent Drazil restaura...
By Sandy Posnak � The menu at the Bombay Indian Restaurant is a fine example of the maxim "Variety is the spice of life." The diversity of food available at the Egg Harbor Township restaurant reflects the many ethnic groups that settled in India throughout the country's long history. Dried lentils and beans represent Rajasthani cuisine; Bengal's contribution to India's food heritage is found in the sweet and spicy flavors of some dishes; tangy soups and delicately spiced curry suggest three centuries of Moghul reign. Bombay's array of more than 100 dishes can satisfy a wide spectrum of tastes. It includes seafood, lamb, chicken and plenty of vegetarian dishes. Although early explorers dubbed India "the land of spices," Indian cuisine does not have to be hot. Bombay's chef prepares every entrée to order, so the degree of spiciness can be tailored to satisfy each diner's whim. Our dinners at the restaurant last Tuesday evening began with a complimentary basket of poppadom (a.k.a. papad), crunchy, thin, disc-shaped wafers. We ordered an appetizer called "Bombay assorted" that consisted of a variety of vegetables coated with chickpea batter and deep-fried to a golden brown. This included generous portions of pakora (fritters) prepared with potato, spinach, onion, chili...
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