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WILD ABOUT WANDA

Veteran funny lady takes stage at The Music Box

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Now that she’s a mother, domestic life takes up a larger percentage of Wanda Sykes’ stand-up act. “It’s about what’s going on in my life. It’s a snapshot of the lay of the land,” said the comedienne and actress who also has done her bit on “Sesame Street.” “I did the word of the day with Elmo. The word was ‘journal.’ ” Sykes, who performs at Borgata June 15 and16, still incorporates politics, but not as often as she once did. “As a mom, family life and kids take up most of my time.’’ Plus, there’s not much in the news she wants to discuss: “I don’t like election years. It gets everyone all in a fuss. People are more sensitive, because so much is on the line. It’s harder to get good political material. I get sick of it, too.” Though she’s done several comedy specials, Sykes does not rehash material from these shows for her stand-up performance. Sykes, one of Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Funniest People in America, keeps the material fresh, saying “85 percent” of her act is new. Sykes loved comedy from an early age. “I made everyone around me laugh. So this is something I always wanted in the back of mind. I wrote some jokes and got on stage. And I realized this is what I am supposed to be doing.” Sykes cites Moms Mabley, Bill Cosby, Carol Burnett, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Pryor and George Carlin as her comedic inspirations. Like these comics, Sykes has branched out to film, television and animation. She lent her voice to animated features “Over the Hedge,” “The Barnyard” and “Rio.”

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Wanda Sykes appears June 15 and 16 in The Music Box at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, One Borgata Way. Show time is 9 p.m. each night. Tickets are $55 and $59.50 and can be purchased by calling (866) 9004849, visiting www.theborgata.com or stop by Borgata’s box office.

Wanda Sykes cites Moms Mabley, Bill Cosby, Carol Burnett, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Pryor and George Carlin as her comedic inspirations. PHOTO PROVIDED

Next month, she can be heard in “Ice Age: Continental Drift” as Granny the Sloth. In 2010, she starred on her own latenight talk show, “The Wanda Sykes Show” and co-starred in “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and also has a recurring role in “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” playing herself. But she’s still true to her first love. “I like stand-up because you just walk in the theater grab a mic and go on stage.” She doesn’t know whether she will return to “Curb” this year. Then again, the beauty of the show is its spontaneity. “I’ve never seen a script or storyline. They just tell me what’s going on in a scene,” she said. Things You May Not Know About Wanda Sykes n Wanda Sykes went to college because her parents said she had to go. After graduation, she landed a job with the National Security Agency as a procurement specialist. “I bought spy stuff,” she said. So many of her co-workers had side jobs, like selling Mary Kay or working in stocks. “My side job was as a comic.” n Like a lot of comics, Sykes describes herself as shy, especially in one-on-one situations. “But when I talk to strangers, I’m OK.” n She still keeps in touch with some of her high school friends. “They’re not surprised at my success. They’re more surprised I went for it and I took a chance.”


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SURF’S UP Who knew Atlantic City was the Big Kahuna of East Coast boarding? By WILLIAM SOKOLIC Courier-Post Staff

Surfing conjures up images of suntanned people shooting the waves in Southern California or Hawaii or Australia. Yet Atlantic City has its own reputation as one of the more coveted surf locales on the Eastern seaboard. “You don’t think of this area, but Atlantic City has some of the best waves,” said Dean Randazzo, who grew up in Margate and Somers Point, and surfed professionally for more than 20 years. Indeed, the history of surfing on the East Coast started in Atlantic City in 1912, said another longtime local surfer, Tom Forkin. Hawaii’s Duke Kahanamoku, the father of modern surfing and an Olympic swimming medalist, introduced what had once been the private sport of Hawaiian kings to Atlantic City when he gave a series of exhibitions after the 1912 Olympic Games. The first East Coast pro surfing contest was in Atlantic City in 1969. Last fall, Surfing America held its prime series surfing competition here. “We’ll bring more events like this to town through collaboration with the Association of Surfing Professionals,” said Forkin, who opens the Inlet Surf Shop in Historic Gardner’s Basin this Saturday, with Randazzo a partner. The favorable surfing conditions in Atlantic City are due in part to the lay of the land, Forkin said. “The angles jut out into the ocean a little further than other towns. There’s more variety of swells. Couple that with the presence of jetties, piers and the inlet,” he said.

For example, States Avenue, considered one of the premier surfing beaches, lies between Steel Pier and Garden Pier. The surf shop — the only one in Atlantic City, Forkin said — will offer clothing, skateboards, sunglasses, wetsuits and Dean Randazzo-designed surfboards, among other related items. A portion of sales go to charities aiding in cancer research and treatments, Forkin said. It’s a nod to Randazzo, who developed Hodgkin’s Disease in 2001. The shop also makes a nice companion piece to the Atlantic City Surf School & Club that Forkin operates in Atlantic City. “Before, we would send students to other shops. We don’t have to anymore,” said Forkin, a former lawyer who teaches social studies in Atlantic City when he isn’t tending to the shop and school. The surf school offers a program for everyone’s needs, whether beginner, intermediate or advanced. Classes encompass all age groups and lifestyles. Take weekend classes or learn to Zen Surf, a cross between Tai Chi, yoga and surfing. While locals appreciate what Atlantic City has to offer on the surfing front, it’s often lost on tourists, said Randazzo, who went into surfboard design out of frustration when manufacturers couldn’t meet his specifications. But that is changing. The new Revel resort embraces the beach and everything it represents, Forkin said. The casino hotel approached the school about offering lessons to guests. In addition, surfing and its cousin, stand-up paddle boarding, work well with the new tourism mission to go beyond gaming, Forkin said. “They can market surfing,” he said. “The biggest asset is the beach. It’s why people came here in the first place. The surf school and surf shop highlight that.” What began as occasional week-long surf camp a decade ago, became a fulltime venture last year, Forkin said. The

IF YOU GO The Inlet Surf Shop is located at 800 N. New Hampshire Ave. For more information , visit www.acsurfschool.com or call (732) 575-3845.

Tom Forkin (with a Randazzo board) and his business partner Dean Randazzo will open the Inlet Surf Shop in Historic Gardner’s Basin Saturday. PHOTO PROVIDED

school has three locations: New Jersey Avenue, Raleigh Avenue and Revel’s beach. Jetties and piers from New Jersey Avenue past Revel to Massachusetts Avenue, as well as the approach of Absecon Inlet, help create larger swells suitable for intermediate and experts, Forkin said. Raleigh Beach, in the Chelsea section, creates softer waves. “They break in water not quite as deep as near the inlet, so it’s

safer for kids,” said Forkin, who served in the beach patrol up through his first year as a law student at Villanova. Surfing is the kind of activity that people are never to old to learn, Randazzo said. “Now matter how bad you are, you’re still having the best time of your life in the water. You leave the land, you leave all the problems behind,” he said.

Xhibition Bar marks the spot

Opened in 1898, the original Steel Pier was known as the ‘Showplace of the Nation’ during its heyday when visitors were entertained by the world's top performers. FILE PHOTO

Vida Ventura prefers electronic dance music but plays all types including old school from the 1950s and 1960s. PHOTO PROVIDED

DJ Vida is a crowd pleaser By WILLIAM SOKOLIC Courier-Post Staff

Drop by the Xhibition Bar on the casino floor at Harrah’s Resort Saturday night, and say hello to Vida Ventura. She’ll be the one behind the turntables, dishing out the music as one of two DJs working the crowd. For Ventura, gigs like these are a dream come true. When she was young, Vida Ventura saw the light, and the light was actually in sound. “I always wore headphones. I always mixed tapes for friends. I knew I couldn’t live without being involved with music, surrounded by it,” said the Miami native. When her roommate purchased professional audio equipment, Ventura learned the mechanics necessary to DJ. “She encouraged me. Once I figured out the ropes, I couldn’t put it down. It became an obsession.” Ventura turned professional six years ago. Was it difficult? “It’s more fun than it is challenging. I’m still learning,” she said. Yet Ventura kept her options open. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social science and worked as a social worker for eight years in Miami. She moved to New York eight years ago, and continued as a social worker while still doing the DJ thing. “I felt like a superhero with both jobs. Then I made the decision to go full time,” she said. In a typical month, Ventura works two weekends in Atlantic City, mostly at Harrah’s Resort. She also works in New York, and on occasion performs in Miami, Philadelphia, Vermont, even in L.A. and Germany. And

she DJs at corporate events, fashion shows and movie premieres. Being a woman doesn’t make it harder to get jobs, she said. “There’s more interest in females. The difficult part is gaining respect from the crowd. They assume a female is not as good as a male,” she said. Ventura prefers electronic dance music but plays all kinds, if requested, even old school from the 1950s and 1960s. As such, she considers herself an open-format DJ, playing to the client. The DJ has a lot more control over the music in clubs, she said. “We have a quick transition if it’s a hip-hop vs. electronic crowd,” said Ventura, who notes a difference between early and late crowds at the Xhibition Bar. “Early crowds tend to be more casino gamblers who strolled in. Later ones are high-intensity partygoers there for the party specifically.” While she uses a laptop for music, like most DJs, Ventura relies a lot on a turntable. ”It elicits a better response from the crowd. It’s weird and indefinable. But if you observe a DJ with records, you’re more apt to enjoy it.” The DJ also has more control and manipulation over the song. Scratch and rewind techniques sound better with a turntable, she said. “The sound in the Xhibition Bar is phenomenal for the size of the bar.

IF YOU GO In addition to Saturday night’s performance, catch DJ Vida Ventura at the Xhibition Bar on the casino floor at Harrah’s Resort on June 15 and 16 and July 13 and 14. Harrah’s is at 777 Harrah’s Blvd.

Pier review

Changes to the historic Steel Pier amusement park, new for summer By WILLIAM SOKOLIC Courier-Post Staff

How many amusement parks in New Jersey can boast a visit from the “first children?” Steel Pier can, since Sasha and Malia Obama joined a record crowd of 75,000 who came for the rides over Memorial Day weekend. Steel Pier has embarked on what is dubbed the most ambitious pier renovation in the world. The three-year project, assisted by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, begins with an initial $21 million in improvements, which included new rides, food and beverage outlets and an amphitheater, which will feature thrill shows all summer long. “Visitors to the pier will see a complete makeover,” said Anthony Catanoso, president of Steel Pier Associates, LLC, which owns and operates the pier. “Our goal is to attract more families and be a part of showcasing non-gaming attractions in Atlantic City.” Opened in 1898, the original Steel Pier was known as the “Showplace of the Nation” during its heyday when visitors were entertained by the world’s top performers and featured novelty acts such as the diving horse and the bike riding bear. “We are in the midst of re-creating the excitement that once surrounded the

Steel Pier,” Catanoso said. “There are so many people who share a love of the pier and unique memories. We are rebuilding with that in mind, adding modern improvements with a nod to our incredible history.” For 2013, look for a bigger arcade and food area, with restaurants and nightclubs opening on the bridge connecting the Pier to Trump Taj Mahal. Look for two new rides — the adult-oriented Star Flyer and the Yo Yo coaster ride, at the end of the pier. The company has begun soliciting Coca-Cola and other corporations as sponsors of the revamped pier. In 2014, a 200foot-tall Ferris wheel will become a centerpiece of the amusement park. Initial steps will be taken to enclose the pier. Come 2015, the focus will be on re-creating the famed Marine Ballroom, home to many an entertainer, along with its views over the sea.

IFYOU GO Steel Pier is at 1000 Boardwalk. The Pier will be open at noon on weekends until June 15, and then will be open daily from noon. For more information, visit www.steelpier.com or call (609) 345-4893


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DISCO BISCUITS July 6 at the House of Blues Music Hall. Tickets, $27.50-$37.50. GANNETT FILE

CHICAGO Aug. 4 with the Doobie Brothers at The Event Center at Borgata. Tickets, $76-$96. GANNETT FILE

CHEAP TRICK Aug. 31 at the Borgata’s Music Box. Tickets, $59.50-$65. COURIER POST FILE

EVENTS CALENDAR

SATURDAY, JUNE 9

THURSDAY, JUNE 7

LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return for another stand in Legends in Concert Theater. $32.50 GYPSY BAR 10 PM Borgata >> Modern Bliss performs in this eclectic setting noted for its tequila selections. SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 2 PM, Bally's >> Lefty Lucy kicks off the music for the afternoon. DJ B Lee takes over at 7 alternating with Rockstar Karaoke with RPM XHIBITION BAR 10 PM Harrah’s >> DJ Ed Smooth provides the musical entertainment EDEN LOUNGE 9 PM Harrah’s >> B Street Band does a Springsteen tribute. PARTY PIT AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES 8 PM, Showboat >> DJ Patrice McBride starts the evening off, with Shake Shake Shake coming on at 9 PM 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> Live music in this new lounge off the casino floor. RUSH LOUNGE 8 PM, Golden Nugget >> Live music performed in this intimate lounge. LIVE BAR 8:30 PM, Golden Nugget >> A live band rocks the room.

FRIDAY, JUNE 8

STING 8 PM, Borgata >> Veteran British rocker does his catalogue in The Event Center. $96-$196 FRANKIE VALLI 9 PM, Borgata >> Ageless Jersey Boy and lead singer for the Four Seasons rocks the hits in The Music Box. $55-$65 HOB COMEDY JAM WITH CHARLIE MURPHY 9 PM, House of Blues >> Some very funny stuff in The Music Hall. $29-$49 LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return for another stand in Legends in Concert Theater. $32.50 FOUNDATION ROOM 10 PM, Showboat >> HOB Comedy Jam After Party featuring Charlie Murphy and Friends and DJ Kid Capri 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> Live music in this new lounge off the casino floor. DUSK Caesars >> Global Fridays. SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 3 PM, Bally's >> DJ

Man for all seasons Frankie Valli performs this weekend at the Music Box at the Borgata, and will be back in October. Tickets for all shows, $55-$65. GANNO PROVIDED

Comedy is tough, and so is Charlie Murphy, who headlines the House of Blues Comedy Jam at The Music Hall on Friday. Tickets, $29-$49. Sonatra works the afternoon. Big Bang Baby provides live music at 8 PM, alternating with DJ Aiden Scott FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE AT THE POOL AFTER DARK 10 PM, Harrah’s >> featuring DJ Toro and DJ Bizz, with Milky Mike THE POOL DECK 10 PM, Caesars >> DJ Eddie Edge spins the music till the early hours GYPSY BAR 7 PM Borgata >> Two bands rock the house of tequila throughout the evening. TOGA BAR 10 PM Caesars >> DJ K plays the music with the Toga Dancers providing the visuals. MIXX 10 PM Borgata >> DJ Alesso shows why Borgata loves house music in this bi-level lounge provides an intimate experience with plush seating and private table service areas. $25. mur mur 10 PM Borgata >> Eli Escobar returns to provide the music. EDEN LOUNGE 8:15 PM Harrah’s >> Sensational Soul Cruisers rock on early and Reservoir Doggs takes over at midnight. XHIBITION BAR 11:30 PM Harrah’s >> DJ Hannah Rad does the music. PARTY PIT AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES 9 PM >> DJ Sonatra kicks off the evening of music, with The Rockets providing live rock at 10 PM, with dancers as an added attraction. MOUNTAIN BAR 9 PM, Wild Wild West, Bally's >> DJ Joey Marini spins the records. Shorty the Sheriff and Vixens entertain from 10 PM BLUE MARTINI 11 PM Bally’s >> DJ K Spins provides entertainment for the evening. RUSH LOUNGE 6 PM, Golden Nugget >> Entertainment throughout the night in an intimate setting. LIVE BAR 10 PM, Golden Nugget >> Local rock band kicks off the weekend. THE DECK 7 PM, Golden Nugget >> The Rockets rock the room

STING 8 PM, Borgata >> Veteran British rocker does his catalogue from The Police and his solo days in The Event Center. $96-$196 FRANKIE VALLI 9 PM, Borgata >> Ageless Jersey Boy and lead singer for the Four Seasons rocks the hits in The Music Box. $55-$65 2012 ULTIMATE ELVIS CONTEST 7 PM, Bally's >> the 5th annual preliminaries to determine the Elvis Tribute Artist of the year. $16.25-$32.50 EPIC SATURDAY AT THE POOL AFTER DARK 9 PM, Harrah’s >> Vanilla Ice performs live. DJ Konflikt and DJ James Strzz add their own touch. SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 2 PM, Bally's >> Secret Service kicks off the day of live music, with DJ Xtina alternating from 3 PM. The Next takes over at 7 PM, sharing the stage with DJ Patrice McBride from 8 PM till the wee hours. THE POOL DECK 10 PM, Harrah’s >> DJ Redline spins the music till the early hours. DUSK Caesars >> New York City’s DJ Steve Powers returns to Atlantic City 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> Live music in this new lounge off the casino floor with DJ Be-Easy until 5 AM. GYPSY BAR 7 PM Borgata >> A pair of bands rock the house in this eclectic setting. MIXX 10 PM Borgata >> D-Nice deejays with DJ DL. mur mur 10 PM Borgata >> Jesse Marco with Doug Grayson spin the music EDEN LOUNGE 8:15 PM Harrah’s >> Cheers the Band entertains until midnight when Karma takes over till the wee hours. LOBBY BAR 10 PM Bally’s >> Beth Tinnon Duo provides entertainment. BAYWALK 2 PM, Harrah’s >> Steel Source rocks the afternoon away. XHIBITION BAR 10 PM Harrah’s DJ Hannah Rad and DJ Vida Ventura divide musical duties till 5 AM. PARTY PIT AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES 8 PM >> DJ Aiden Scott plays an eight hour shift with Total Whiteout c oming on at 10 with live music. MOUNTAIN BAR 9 PM, Wild Wild West, Bally's >> DJ Cool Jon Sprang spins the records. Shorty the Sheriff and Vixens entertain from 10 PM BLUE MARTINI 9 PM Bally’s >> Big Bang Baby plays live with DJ Prefer spinning records between sets. TOGA BAR 10 PM, Caesars >> DJ Ed Smooth spins the music with the Toga Dancers providing the visuals. RUSH LOUNGE 6 PM, Golden Nugget >> A pair of performers play this intimate setting. LIVE BAR 10 PM, Golden Nugget >> Rock band livens up the lounge. THE DECK 2 PM, Golden Nugget >> Rocking music makes for good vibes afternoon and evening. AFTER HOURS FOUNDATION ROOM 10 PM, Showboat >> DJ Paul DeSisto and Friends settle in for the long haul till 6 AM. On the Ocean Terrace, DJ Yan and Guest provide music.

SUNDAY, JUNE 10

LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return for another stand in Legends in Concert Theater. $32.50 EDEN LOUNGE 9 PM Harrah’s >> Dane Anthony rocks the room. GYPSY BAR 8:30 PM Borgata >> Lucky You rocks in this eclectic setting with all manner of tequila. BAYWALK 2 PM, Harrah’s >> Scotty P Band rocks the afternoon away. MIXX SUNDAYS 10 PM Borgata >> S.K.A.M. Artist Sundays with Fashen and Paul Castro in this bilevel lounge with plush seating and private table service areas. SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 2 PM, Bally's >> Shorty Long and the Jersey Horns provide live music while DJ Alisha Monique spins records between sets. Industry night kicks in at 8 PM with guest DJs. RUSH LOUNGE 8 PM, Golden Nugget >> Doug Jennings performs in this intimate lounge. THE DECK 2 PM, Golden Nugget >> The Exceptions rock the afternoon away. PARTY PIT AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES 9 PM >> 2twenty2 rocks the pit with DJ B. Lee from 8 p.m. 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> Live music

MONDAY, JUNE 11

mur.mur 10 PM Borgata >> Hardwell rocks the house. $20 RUSH LOUNGE 8 PM, Golden Nugget >> Beth Tinnon sings in this intimate lounge. THE DECK 2 PM, Golden Nugget >> Slamm closes out the holiday. SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 9 PM, Bally's >> Latin night 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> Live music in this new lounge off the casino floor. EDEN LOUNGE 8 PM Harrah’s >> Band Showcase, beginning with Under Pressure and followed by Someone Say Something; The Love Haters; A True

Story.

TUESDAY, JUNE 12

LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return for another stand in Legends in Concert Theater. $32.50 DUSK TUESDAYS Caesars >> An adult playground awaits. DJ Tony Tone provides the music. 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> Music in this new lounge off the casino floor. RUSH LOUNGE 8 PM, Golden Nugget >> Patty & Bugzy perform in this intimate lounge. SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 9 PM, Bally's >> DJ Diamond is sandwiched between other DJs.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13

LEGENDS IN CONCERT 3 and 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return for another stand in Legends in Concert Theater. $32.50 KORN WITH SPECIAL GUEST SLUGGO AND J DEVIL 8 PM, House of Blues >> Hard rockers show they still have it as they play the Music Hall. $39.50$49.50 SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 8 PM, Bally's >> DKGB rocks the beach with DJ Micah between sets. RUSH LOUNGE 8 PM, Golden Nugget >> Drew Stevyns entertains in an intimate setting. 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> Live music in this new lounge off the casino floor.

THURSDAY, JUNE 14

LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return for another stand in Legends in Concert Theater. $32.50 GYPSY BAR 10 PM Borgata >> The Benjamins perform in this eclectic setting noted for its tequila selections. SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 2 PM, Bally's >> Lefty Lucy kicks off the music for the afternoon. DJ B Lee takes over at 7 alternating with Rockstar Karaoke with Emily’s Toybox. XHIBITION BAR 10 PM Harrah’s >> DJ Ed Smooth provides the musical entertainment EDEN LOUNGE 9 PM Harrah’s >> 7 Bridges with an Eagles tribute. PARTY PIT AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES 8 PM, Showboat >> DJ Patrice McBride starts the evening off, with Shake Shake Shake coming on at 9 PM 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> Live music in this new lounge off the casino floor. RUSH LOUNGE 8 PM, Golden Nugget >> Karma performs in this intimate lounge. LIVE BAR 8:30 PM, Golden Nugget >> Scream rocks the room.

FRIDAY, JUNE 15

LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return for another stand in Legends in Concert Theater. $32.50 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> Live music in this new lounge off the casino floor. DUSK Caesars >> Global Fridays. SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 3 PM, Bally's >> Split Decision plays live alternating with DJ Q Ball. DJ Sonatra provides tunes at 5 PM. EDEN LOUNGE 8:15 PM Harrah’s >> Don’t Call Me Francis rock on early and Jumper takes over at midnight. XHIBITION BAR 11:30 PM Harrah’s >> DJ Vida Ventura does the music. PARTY PIT AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES 9 PM >> DJ Sonatra kicks off the evening of music, with Burnt Sienna providing live rock at 10 PM, with dancers as an added attraction. LIVE BAR 10 PM, Golden Nugget >> No Pressure kicks off the weekend. THE DECK 7 PM, Golden Nugget >> Big Bang Baby rocks the room

SATURDAY, JUNE 16

LEGENDS IN CONCERT 7:30, 10 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return for another stand in Legends in Concert Theater. $32.50 WANDA SYKES 9 PM, Borgata >> Hilarious comedienne and guester on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" jokes in The Music Box, $55-$59.50 EPIC SATURDAY AT THE POOL AFTER DARK 9 PM, Harrah’s >> DJ Camilo and Milky Mike, hosted by LaLa Anthony SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 2 PM, Bally's >> Reservoir Doggs does the afternoon gig with DJ Xtina doing the honors from 3 PM. Johnny Drama rocks from 7 PM, while DJ Dnial taking over for Xtina AFTER HOURS FOUNDATION ROOM 10 PM, Showboat >> "Show us your Tat" featuring Megan Massacre from NY Ink. DJs Letz-Massacre and Patrice McBride provide the music. On the Ocean Terrace, DJ Yan and Joey the Hatt. WANDA SYKES 9 PM, Borgata >> Hilarious comedienne and guest on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" jokes in The Music Box, $55-$59.50 THE SMITHEREENS 9 PM, Golden Nugget >> Pat Dinizio and the rest of the North Jersey band play the intimate Showroom. $30.46-$41.76


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Boardwalk Beer Garden bigger and better

Viking Cooking School chefs will lead classes on barbecued dishes and much more this summer. PHOTO PROVIDED

VIKING ADDS TO MIX The Viking Cooking School at Harrah’s Resort has become one of the more popular non-casino attractions in town. “Viking is a great amenity to add to all the offerings at Harrah’s. We get a lot of repeat customers,” said Jack Whelan, executive chef for Harrah’s Resort. The school, designed to educate regular folks in various culinary skills, has added offerings to its summer menu of classes. Girls Night Out, among the trendier offerings throughout the year with classes on recipes from Tuscany, Paris and other exotic locales, has gone summery with Bahama Mama. The selection focuses on foods from the Caribbean Islands, including tropical cocktails, with island music as a backdrop. “It kind of works you into summer feelings,” Whelan said. And despite its name, Girls Night Out is not just for girls, he said. The guys can — and do — show up, too. “A lot of grilling flavors blend well this summer. These menu components are very light and very fast and easy to prepare,” Whelan said. A new steakhouse theme class also covers summer barbecues. The class will address different cuts of meat, proper seasoning and cooking preparation, Whelan said. Students will also prepare a baked sweet potato with compound but-

ter. “You can do it in the kitchen and out at the barbecue grill,” he said. The chef instructors also suggest beers to pair with the food. “Have Dad take the class and be king of the barbecue,” Whelan said. Another class revolves around the menu served on the Titanic to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ship’s tragic sinking. “We mimic the last dinner served, with asparagus, rack of lamb and chocolate éclairs, along with vintage cocktails,” Whelan said. “Classics never go out of style.” This summer will also feature celebrity instructors including Nadia G, the Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, Sammy DeMarco and Luke Palladino. “Harrah’s will become a culinary mecca,” Whelan said.

IF YOU GO Viking Cooking School is near the hotel lobby at Harrah’s Resort, 777 Harrah’s Blvd. For details on these and other courses, call (800) 242-7724 or visit www.vikingrange.com/consumer/ cookingschool/classes /calendar.jsp?id=cat13660022

Last year, the folks at Dusk, the popular late night watering hole in Caesars, took it outside with the Boardwalk Beer Garden. The exterior is a roped-off section of the famed boardwalk with tables and chairs and sea air. The beer garden also came with an adjacent bar for those who prefer to party inside. It proved such a success, the Boardwalk Beer Garden has returned for the summer of 2012, bigger and better. “We wanted to remain true to what made us successful in the first season yet evolve the experience in various ways. Aesthetically, we redesigned the inside of the bar with surfboards and neon signs to give it a more beach-like look and feel,” said Craig Slotkin, director of operations and marketing at Dusk Management Group, who says the Beer Garden offers Atlantic City’s best rotating selection of

craft beers. This summer, the bar added10 new frozen cocktails, some two dozen summer-inspired specialty cocktails and Mardi Gras-style “yard” drinks — those in very tall glasses — such as the Boardwalk of Shame. Still, the biggest change for this year is food. Dusk has partnered with Phillips Seafood to offer crab cake sandwiches, Buffalo wings, wraps, salads, crispy golden shrimp, fish & chips and more. The entertainment is another aspect to the beer garden experience, Slotkin said. During the day, acoustic duos and bands will play everything from Jimmy Buffett to Bob Marley. “At night, we have DJs outside giving the center of the Atlantic City Boardwalk a lively, energetic, and fun atmosphere well into the night,” Slotkin said. The Boardwalk Beer Garden is one of three elements to Dusk. “We like to consider Dusk, 21 Bar and the Boardwalk Beer Garden as one entire entertainment complex within Caesars, each offering its own unique experience,” Slotkin said. “The ability to be on the fiftyyard line of Atlantic City and offer three different yet complementary venues is unlike anywhere else in Atlantic City.”

This season the Beer Garden has partnered with Phillips Seafood so beer drinkers can wash down crab cake sandwiches, Buffalo wings, wraps, salads, crispy golden shrimp, fish & chips and more. THINKSTOCK

IF YOU GO The Boardwalk Beer Garden is at the corner of Arkansas Avenue and the Boardwalk. It’s from noon to midnight Sunday through Wednesday and noon to 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

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LAND A FUN GIG The Thunder Over the Boardwalk air show thrills throngs of spectators every summer. Fans who want to get more involved can volunteer to help run the Aug. 17 event. PHOTO PROVIDED

Thunder Over the Boardwalk show needs volunteers By WILLIAM SOKOLIC Courier-Post Staff

Thunder Over the Boardwalk needs you. The annual air show that will draw hundreds of thousands to the beaches of Atlantic City on Aug. 17 doesn’t run on its own. Volunteers make it happen. A variety of positions are available. If you are a fan, a veteran, or just have a passion for the show and want to donate your time, email acjaycees@yahoo.com

or contact Elisa Monroe, director of member events for the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, at (609) 3454524, ext. 12, or email emonroe@acchamber.com. Along with performances and demonstrations by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S. Army Golden Knights, past demonstrations and flybys have included the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, Air National Guard and civilian acts. A full list of performers and a schedule of events will be released

as the show date nears. This year, Atlantic City will again celebrate America’s military with the second annual Atlantic City Salutes America’s Armed Forces Boardwalk Parade on Aug. 15 in conjunction with Thunder Over the Boardwalk. The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. at New Jersey Avenue and the Boardwalk and proceed to Albany Avenue, lasting about 90 minutes. Thunder Over the Boardwalk is a partnership among the Greater Atlantic City Chamber, the 177th Fighter Wing of the

New Jersey Air National Guard, South Jersey Transportation Authority, FAA William J. Hughes Tech Center, The Atlantic City International Airport; Caesars Entertainment, David Schultz Airshows, the City of Atlantic City and the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority. Caesars Entertainment is the host hotel sponsor for this year’s show and the Atlantic City International Airport is the host airport. For more information on Thunder Over the Boardwalk, visit www.atlanticcityairshow.com.

Gear up for beach fun Web Feet offers shore apparel and recreation supplies in Gardner’s Basin

By WILLIAM SOKOLIC Courier-Post Staff

Dotty Webb knows something about sales. After all, she spent more than 30 years in radio sales in Philadelphia. So when she saw the rundown building at Historic Gardner’s Basin, she saw a sales opportunity that could keep her busy in her retirement years. Webb bought the 140-year-old building, renovated it and in 2005 opened up Web Feet Watersports and Beach Boutique. As the name implies, the boutique sells all manner of beach gear, from bathing suits to wetsuits, plus cover-ups, hats, beach tags and beach chairs. The store even stocks a collection of handmade clothing from Nepal. Web Feet is also ready for adventureseeking shore visitors. The store sells surfboards and skimboards and life vests, and rents kayaks, surfboards and bikes. In the market for a shore souvenir? Check out Web Feet’s upstairs consignment shop with shore-themed artwork, such as decoy ducks constructed from teak wood. “Tourists love it,” Webb said. Raised in Riverton, Webb’s attachment to the shore began with visits to her parents’ summer home in Brigantine. When she worked in sales, she bought a sailboat and brought clients down to sail in and around the island town. She hopes the new emphasis on nongaming amenities in Atlantic City will boost business throughout Gardner’s Basin, including her store. In the meantime, Webb is definitely enjoying her new line of work — especially the location. “I love Gardner’s Basin,” she said.

IF YOU GO Web Feet is at 800 N. New Hampshire Ave. Hours are daily from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and the store is open March to December. For information, call (609) 572-1004 or visit www.webfeetwatersports.com.

Dotty Webb rents bikes and surfboards, and stocks a wide range of beach supplies at Web Feet, her store in Gardner’s Basin. PHOTO PROVIDED


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