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Smithsonian Exhibit at Atlantic City Art Gallery; Harrah’s celebrates Earth Hour; Benatar and Giraldo set for Revel’s Ovation; Imax to offer new show

Lou Perri

Sunday, March 30, 2014 • 12:09pm

The Atlantic City Free Public Library brings an exciting exhibit created by the Smithsonian Institution to the city for a six-week stay.

 

The library is one of six organizations in New Jersey selected to host “Hometown Teams” – a traveling exhibition that celebrates American sports and sportsmanship. Atlantic City will be the second stop on the Hometown Teams’ 2014 road trip.

 

The exhibit is on display at the Noyes Art Garage Stockton College, located at the Wave parking garage at 2200 Fairmount Ave., from March 22 to May 4. Visitors will be able to view the exhibit from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday during that time.

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“We are honored to host an exhibit from a well-known institution such as the Smithsonian in Atlantic City,” Library Archivist Heather Halpin Perez said. “We think it’ll be a great opportunity for residents and visitors to see a national exhibit locally.”

The Smithsonian developed this display especially for smaller museums or rural audiences.

 

As a companion to Hometown Teams, the Atlantic City Free Public Library also presented a new exhibit, “The Atlantic City Experience: Devotion and Determination.” This sports-based exhibit, also located at the Art Garage, showcase some of the people and places that are a part of the fabric of the city’s rich sports history.  Highlights will include Atlantic City Olympians and all-stars, women sports greats both before and after the enactment of Title IX, and the many venues in Atlantic City where sporting events have occurred.

 

The theme of the Hometown Teams exhibition is the ongoing cultural processes that have made America such a celebrator of sports, through teamwork, leadership and team pride. Through a selection of photographs, artifacts and memorabilia, the Hometown Teams exhibition explores various aspects of sports and teams, from how and why we play these games to what makes us fans and why we root for our home teams. The story is full of surprises about familiar games, histories of our teams and sports traditions, and how sports and teams have become such an integral part of American society.

 

The library receives funding from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities for programming related to the exhibit. The programs will be held 6 p.m. Thursdays at the Art Garage. They will focus on various Atlantic City sports topics, with local sports figures serving as guest speakers.

 

“Atlantic City is an American sports story,” Atlantic City Historical Museum Coordinator Beth Ryan said. “From Boardwalk Hall to the beaches, from the basketball courts to the baseball diamonds, we have many stories to tell. The Smithsonian exhibit will allow us the opportunity to bring these Atlantic City stories to light with special programming that visitors and residents of all ages can enjoy.”

 

Hometown Teams has been made possible in Atlantic City by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Hometown Teams is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institute and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

 

Hometown Teams and Atlantic City Experience: Devotion and Determination is brought to Atlantic City by: Smithsonian Institution, New Jersey Council for the Humanities, Atlantic City Free Public Library, City of Atlantic City and Noyes Arts Garage, Stockton College, in partnership with Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, Atlantic City Alliance, Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, Atlantic City High School, African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey, The Press of Atlantic City, Ocean City Home Bank and the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3064 for more information about Hometown Teams.

 

 

On March 29th, between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. EST, Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City casinos and Harrah's Philadelphia will participate in Earth Hour to bring awareness to one of the world’s most pressing environmental concerns – climate change. This is the sixth consecutive year that Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City (Caesars, Harrah’s Resort, Bally’s and Showboat), as well as Harrah’s Philadelphia, will encourage guests and employees to turn off all non-essential interior lighting, while the resorts and casinos lit exteriors and marquees are shut off for the hour. Sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour has grown to involve hundreds of millions of people across 7,000 cities and 154 countries in a collective statement of concern about climate change. 

 

"Earth Hour is just one of many ways that we participate in activities that improve the lives of our employees, guests and our community," said Gwen Migita, Vice President Sustainability & Community Engagement for Caesars Entertainment. “We are also encouraging employees and guests to keep the spirit of Earth Hour alive by making a habit of turning off unnecessary lights and personal equipment when it is not in use, both at work, or at home.” 

 

Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City resorts and Harrah’s Philadelphia join Caesars Entertainment's resorts across North America in powering down for Earth Hour. This is the sixth consecutive year that the company has partnered with World Wildlife Fund to raise awareness for this important issue. 

 

Earth Hour is one of the company’s many initiatives comprising its larger sustainability strategy,CodeGreen, and serves as a visual representation of their commitment to sustainable practices and environmental stewardship. Every year, Caesars Entertainment and its nearly 70,000 employees engage in environmental programs and sustainable business practices that provide tangible low-carbon solutions to reduce water, energy and waste consumption at all resorts and casinos.

 

 

 Rock legends Pat Benatar & Neil “Spyder” Giraldo have just announced plans to keep their 35th Anniversary Tour rocking fans through the summer with an additional 35 concerts added coast to coast.   The powerhouse duo behind one of the largest arsenals of rock hits including "Love is a Battlefield", "Hit Me with Your Best Shot", "Heartbreaker", "We Live For Love", "Promises In The Dark," "We Belong," and more will be headlining solo concerts nationwide -- as well as joining forces with Cher this spring, and co-headlining a summer tour with Rick Springfield, which includes a stop at Revel Casino Hotel’s Ovation Hall on July 4th at 8 p.m..

 

For complete concert and ticketing information, fans should visit benatargiraldo.com. 

Billboard Magazine ranked Benatar as one of the most successful female rock vocalist of all-time.  Her emergence as a fearless, fighting force has helped forge a path for other female rock stars around the world.  In addition to the arsenal of more then 100 songs he's written, produced, arranged and recorded for Benatar, Giraldo's helped create hits for legions of other artists including John Waite, Rick Springfield (No. 1, Grammy-winning classic “Jessie’s Girl and Top Ten hit "I've Done Everything for You"), Kenny Loggins and more. Theirs is a chemistry that will, undoubtedly, be thrilling music lovers forever.

 

Tickets are $49.50, $59.50 and $89.50 and are on sale now.  Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com and by calling 800-745-3000.   

 

 

IMAX and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Island of Lemurs: Madagascar will open at Tropicana’s IMAX Theatre on April 4. The spectacular documentary journey to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar, which highlights the incredible true story of nature’s greatest explorers, lemurs, is narrated by Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman. Tropicana’s location will be the only theatre in the Philadelphia region to feature the film.

 

Additionally, Tropicana’s IMAX Theatre has partnered with the Cape May Zoo to feature a 2-hour live endangered species presentation on April 5th and April 6th from 10:30am-12:30pm. The animal exhibit is free to movie goers on these dates. For movie tickets, visit www.tropicana.net.

 

The IMAX®3D release of Island of Lemurs: Madagascar will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie. 
 
Island of Lemurs: Madagascar reteams Freeman, who has one of the most distinctive voices in the movie business, with Drew Fellman, who also wrote and produced the 2011 IMAX 3D documentary spectacle Born to Be Wild 3D. David Douglas serves as director of the film, which features trailblazing scientist Patricia Wright, an expert on lemurs and the wildlife of Madagascar.

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar has been rated G.

For group sales please contact Kathleen at 609-340-4045 or kflorich@tropicana.net. The IMAX Theatre at Tropicana is located on the third level of the Quarter in the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City, NJ.

You can learn more about Island of Lemurs: Madagascar by visiting its official site athttp://islandoflemurs.imax.com/

 

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