Plus, the premiere of 'Bernie & Ges,' the Album of the Week and 76ers coming to Boardwalk Hall.
Trop Unites Again at 5th Annual Taste of the Quarter
Now in its fifth year and vastly expanded, the Tropicana’s Taste of the Quarter will be held Monday, Aug. 27, from 6-9pm. And again, all proceeds from the event will benefit the 60-plus Atlantic County programs and services funded by United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. Over 20 Tropicana establishments will offer samplings of their specialties including appetizers, main courses, delectable desserts, and premium wines, beers and cocktails. Items will be served up by local celebrities and media representatives (among them Atlantic City Weekly editor Jeff Schwachter), and DJs from WAYV 95.1 FM will provide a high-energy soundtrack. “Each year this event grows in popularity,” says Tony Rodio, Tropicana president and CEO. “This year we’re going to be bigger and better than ever, adding even more samplings. More importantly we are supporting a worthwhile cause in the community by fundraising for the United Way.” Some samplings include Ri Ra Irish Pub’s beef and Guinness stew, Carmine’s rigatoni broccoli and sausage in a red sauce, FIN’S lobster bisque, assorted cookies from Zeytinia, wine samplings from A Time for Wine, a beer garden at the newly renovated Tango’s and much more. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 day of the event. Purchase them at the IMAX box office on the third floor of The Quarter or call 1-800-745-3000. Guests can also browse an art exhibit featuring works by students of the Richard Stockton College of N.J, and gain free entry to the “A Taste of Fashion” live fashion show at Boogie Nights nightclub from 8:30-9:30pm with a Taste of the Quarter ticket. — Ray Schweibert
Dark Fall’s ‘Bernie and Ges’ Sneak Preview
Dark Fall Productions, the local film production company developed by Margate resident Alex DePhillipo and Ocean City’s Andrew Gesler, is getting ready to unleash another project. As a follow-up to their award-winning surfing move Dark Fall, which debuted at the House of Blues in 2010, DePhillipo and Gesler are premiering their new project, Bernie and Ges, on Saturday, Aug. 25, again at the House of Blues. Tickets are $32, available from Ticketmaster. The doors open at 8pm. After the premiere of Bernie and Ges, there will be a live performance by T.S.O.L. There will also be an after party at the Worship Surf Bar at Showboat. Bernie and Ges is the first episode of an animated internet/TV series that features local surfer and writer/producer, Gesler, and his talking dog, Bernie, who have to save the Jersey shore from a guido zombie invasion. Local animator Drew Toonz, who does a weekly editorial cartoon for Atlantic City Weekly, did the animation, and local actor Michael Anthony provides the voice of Bernie. Anthony has had roles in Limitless, The Challenger, and Never Judge a Book. The project will start touring to various film festivals starting Sept. 1, and TV distribution talks have been in the works. — Lori Hoffman
Sixers Vs. Nets at Boardwalk Hall
When the Philadelphia 76ers pulled off the trade to obtain one of the league’s best centers, Andrew Bynum, hoop fans were excited about the team’s chances this year. Now local fans can see Bynum and the rest of squad in person in Atlantic City. The Sixers have announced plans for hosting the Boardwalk Classic, a pre-season game Saturday, Oct. 13, 7pm, against the Brooklyn Nets at Boardwalk Hall. Tickets are available in the upper and lower level ranging from $10 to $49. Premium and courtside seats range from $75 to $150. The game is sponsored by Caesars Atlantic City, Global Spectrum with Longport Media serving as a promotional partner. “We are delighted to add Sixers basketball to the thriving entertainment in Atlantic City, and we truly appreciate their hospitality during our Boardwalk Classic weekend,” says Sixers CEO and co-owner Adam Aron. “This game can only further the unique rivalry between these two organizations – a series of battles including some of the 76ers’ all-time greats; and now, some of today’s team stars in Andrew Bynum, Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner. As we celebrate 50 years in the Philadelphia region, we’re excited to tip off a year’s worth of memories with this special event.” The Boardwalk Classic will mark the third meeting of the Sixers and Nets at Boardwalk Hall, the first two being wins for Philadelphia. On Oct. 9, 1982, a Sixers team led by head coach Billy Cunningham and Darryl Dawkins beat the Nets in a 93-91 victory. The following year, on October 8, 1983, Moses Malone had 19 points and Julius “Dr. J” Erving added 18 points to lead the Sixers to a 117-113 overtime win. (See video announcement and more) — LH
The Hidden Treasures of Taj Mahal: 1969-1973’
Columbia/Legacy has reached deep into the Taj Mahal vaults for a new 2-CD set that includes previously unreleased live and studio recordings from the American bluesman. While the second disc features a full concert from April 1970 in London (at the Royal Albert Hall), the first disc debuts studio cuts from the young musician who was just starting to make a name for himself. Musicians such as Jesse “Ed” Davis and John Simon help out on tracks such as “Chainey Do,” Bob Dylan’s “I Pity the Poor Immigrant,” “Shady Grove, “Butter” and the wonderful “You Ain’t No Stretwalker, Honey But I Do Love The Way You Strut Your Stuff.” All gems here. — Jeff Schwachter
Plus, Wildwood Tattoo event, the Album of the Week and Drew Toonz.
Dark Fall Productions, the local film production company developed by Margate resident, Alex DePhillipo, is getting ready to unleash another project.
ATLANTIC CITY — There’s a definite correlation between “extreme” or “action” sports — basically those that involve not getting killed in the face of high rates of speed or sheer drop-offs — and the brash, rambunctious form of rock known as punk. And like anything else, over time participants in such activities or art forms learn from their mistakes, pick up pointers on how to do them better, and refine them in ways that make them not just fun to engage in, but fun from a fan perspective too. Take the veteran Atlantic City-based punk-rock band Jumpship for example. As lifelong shore-area residents, the five-man group gravitated toward the surfing lifestyle and the music of the hardcore punk-rock bands of primarily the 1970s through ’80s. They released two CDs on sort of a whim and very low budget in the early to mid 2000s — Delusions, Attachments and Pain, and Walk the Plank — before zeroing in on a self-titled, eight-song compilation that, according to the band’s lead singer and principal lyricist Daniel Ginsburg, is more representative of the band’s collective skills and how its evolved. On Wednesday, Aug. 10, from 9pm-midnight, Jumpship’s record release party will take place at the Diving Horse...
The truth is, our region has been a live-music mecca since the early 1900s, when cats like Eubie Blake and Eddie Cantor hung out for summers and performed at local clubs. Decades later the Atlantic City jazz scene was as hot as they come, with internationally heralded performers from Billy Eckstine and Louis Armstrong playing residencies at some of the hottest clubs on the East Coast, namely the venues on Atlantic City’s fabled Kentucky Avenue — all of them are gone now — including the Club Harlem.
Dark Fall was one of 10 officially selected, feature-length surfing films and two cult classics screened, winning the top-two awards presented annually. It was up against a wide range of international films ...
If you were to randomly check out any stretch of New Jersey’s 127-mile-long coastline on a typical day during the summer, chances are good you’ll see surfers attempting to make the most of whatever wave action exists. It’s a common sight in a seashore environment, and it’s a sport that appears to be growing in popularity and range of ages annually.
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