Plus, Drew Toonz, South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble and the Album of the Week
Library Seeks Suggestions for New A.C. Museum
The Atlantic City Free Public Library invites the public to attend a special forum on Wednesday, Dec. 14, to learn more about the Atlantic City Experience Museum — a newly proposed, world-class museum and research center dedicated to preserving the city’s rich history and multicultural heritage. The library recently hired the Princeton-based Mills+Schnoering Architects, LLC to conduct a feasibility study for the project, and seeks public input to help provide the M+S team a foundation from which to begin work. “The feasibility study will provide essential information needed to move forward with this project, including defining the market area and community needs, analyzing current and projected trends, demographics and potential competition, outlining potential funding sources, and providing parameters related to the location and size of the museum,” says ACFPL public information officer Don Latham. The forum will start at 2pm in the meeting room of the main library, located at One North Tennessee Ave. in Atlantic City. “We think it’s the perfect time for a project like this,” says Latham. “There has been much talk about the need for more non-gaming attractions, and interest in the city’s history has increased with [the HBO series] Boardwalk Empire. Our Heston Collection of Atlantic City history features a wealth of resources and memorabilia — we want to make that more accessible to people.” For more information, go to the Atlantic City Experience Web site at atlanticcityexperience.org or call 345-2269, ext. 3112. — Ray Schweibert
The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble Brings it Home for the Holidays
The Stockton Performing Arts Center holiday program, which includes performances of The Nutcracker by the Atlantic City Ballet Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10, closes on Monday, Dec. 12, with a performance of another local holiday staple, the South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble. The 65-member group is made up of musicians from throughout the region, many music teachers, that play for the love of their craft. Their annual holiday concert is titled “Snow Globe” this year and searches the world for holiday traditions and music. The ensemble explores the long history and rich culture based in a variety of folk music, folklore, sacred texts and secular fantasy. Vocals will be provided by the Stockton Chorale and Oratorio Society. The ensemble is celebrating its 15th year playing in southern New Jersey. The international flair for the holiday show echoes the traditional spring concert the group performed at Stockton in April that also celebrated music from around the world. Still, while the ensemble may look to the world for inspiration, it’s southern New Jersey where they are home for the holidays. Tickets are $10 for the 7:30pm show. Visit sjawe.com. — Mike Pritchard
‘Some Girls’ Re-issues (Universal)
The greatest albums of one of the greatest rock band’s of all time continue to get the re-mastered, re-release and deluxe-issue treatment. Universal’s latest upgrade is the Rolling Stone’s masterful 1978 album, which is available as a super deluxe box set (2CD/DVD set with banned 7-inch “Beast of Burden” vinyl, 100-page hardback book, Helmut Newton print, postcard set and poster); a deluxe 2CD set featuring a remastered version of the original album, and an amazing second disc of “new” tracks (both in the deluxe box as well), including the never-before-heard “No Spare Parts,” and digital, vinyl and CD versions of the original album remastered. Like the recent re-release of Exile on Main Street, this new glimpse into the Stones’ seminal late-’70s effort is outstanding and if you can afford the box set, it’d make a perfect holiday gift for the Stones fan in your life. — Jeff Schwachter
The Atlantic City Free Public Library will now be operating the Atlantic City Historical Museum located across from Revel on the Garden Pier.
Aside from calling, writing, e-mailing, or using a new Web site the CRDA says is in development for users to share ideas, as well as offer new ideas and projects, there are public CRDA meetings (on the third Tuesday of every month; the next one is Nov. 15) that you can attend to vocalize your support for certain projects or offer new ideas.
ATLANTIC CITY — John Palmieri, the new head of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, comes to Atlantic City like no other executive director of the authority ever has. Palmieri, who was head of the Boston Redevelopment Authority from 2007 up until earlier this year, and has headed redevelopment and economic development in other cities such as Charlotte, North Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; and Hartford, Connecticut, certainly has the qualifications and background for the job. But so have other CRDA directors. What’s different is the CRDA he’ll be heading. Never in the authority’s history has the role of the CRDA been so large. An agency created to build housing in Atlantic City and...
Atlantic City residents filled the Westside Complex auditorium to offer input to Susan Ney Thompson, interim director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA), as they prepare to take over many functions of Atlantic City's municipal government.
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For years the Atlantic City Free Public Library (ACFPL), located at One North Tennessee Ave. in A.C., has been putting together an exceptional array of free exhibits and activities to honor February as Black History Month.
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