Plus, 'Scrooge Unplugged' at The Palm, the Album of the Week (Bill Withers box) and Drew Toonz weekly comic.
By Lori Hoffman
"Winter Sweet,” is the new, seasonal replacement for the “Duality” light show outdoors at Boardwalk Hall. It uses sophisticated 3D projections to illuminate the exterior of Boardwalk Hall and is presented with an original musical score. “Winter Sweet” will be shown nightly every half hour from 6-9pm and is scheduled to continue until spring. The seven-minute show features three magical worlds. By using hundreds of visual elements, including a number of 3D effects, in this newest holiday show, Moment Factory aims to capture the enchanting season and heartwarming, memorable moments of winter. The first world, “Snow and Ice,” features historic Boardwalk Hall icing over as winter approaches. Projections of dancing ballerinas, softly falling snow and a train that appears to be chugging along the top of the building continue to evoke the magical season until a crumbling effect acts as a transition to the second world. In the second world, “Winter Village,” Boardwalk Hall is transformed into a candy wonderland, lit by the glow of candles, sledding elves and sugary treats with a humorous and surprise ending. The third and final world, “Illumination,” features elegant ornaments and intricate lighting that eventually “melts” the surface of the building as spring and new beginnings come to Atlantic City.
By Casey Harper
The Palm Restaurant, located inside the Quarter at Tropicana, serves up award-winning cuisine and holiday fun with matinee and dinner shows this season. The productions, Scrooge Unplugged and A Very Noir Pinot or Sour Grapes Murder Mystery, the latter of which returns to the Palm after a sold-out stint in August, will accompany a three-course meal. Dishes, which include Nova Scotia Lobster Salad and Roasted Monkfish Tail, among others, will be served at the start of each scene. Matinee shows of Scrooge Unplugged will be offered at 1pm every Sunday through Dec. 30. On Monday, Dec. 17 a dinner show will take place at 6pm. This family-friendly experience tells the classic Dickens’ tale spiced with Marx Brothers humor as it relates to one of their films. Tickets for the matinees are $55 for adults, $35 for children 12 years and under, while dinner tickets are $85 for all. A Very Noir Pinot or Sour Grapes Murder Mystery is penned by local playwright, Jeanne-Andree Nelson, and tells the tale of a hotel heir who encounters mischief when he moves from the city back to his small suburban town. This whodunit will once again deliver laughs in its special holiday encore productions taking place on Sunday, Dec. 9 and Monday, Dec. 10, with both shows beginning at 6pm. Tickets are $85 per person and available at The Palm via Barbara Bermel at 344-0483 or BBermel@thepalm.com.
‘The Complete Sussex and Columbia Masters’ (Columbia/Legacy)
Not only do you get two dozen chart hits (“Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lean on Me,” “Use Me,” “Lovely Day”) on this new box set that presents the masterful singer-songwriter Bill Withers’ nine landmark albums on the Sussex and Columbia labels (starting with 1971’s Just As I Am and ending with 1979’s Watching You Watching Me), but you get all the great under-played album tracks. The hits we know sound great, sure, but the other songs (there are 91 total) are sensational throughout the set. A new essay written by Withers, newly mastered tracks, sweet mini-LP replica packaging and an essay — ”Hello Like Before” — written by Michael Eric Dyson are included in this November release. Good gift for the R&B, pop or all-around music lover in your life. — Jeff Schwachter
It’s called “the crumble,” and to the producers of the 3D laser light and sound show projected nightly onto the façade of Boardwalk Hall, it’s become the signature move for three of the four shows created by the Canadian firm Moment Factory.
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