Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat XXXVIII at Tropicana
WHAT IS IT: Ring of Combat is a mixed martial arts competition organized by world kickboxing champion Louis Neglia. The events have proven to be quite popular and successful in Atlantic City. Past events have been set up as a Tournament of Champions, with the winners receiving cash prizes. Several top fighters including Matt Serra, Frank Edgar, Josh Koscheck and Kurt Pellegrino began their careers with Ring of Combat.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Ring of Combat XXXVIII boasts a huge fight card, consisting of 15 bouts. Pete "Drago" Sell (9-5) will battle Nordine Taleb (3-1), while Deividas Taurosevicus (13-5) takes on Marlon Moraes (5-2-1). Undefeated Al Laquinta (6-0) squares off against Patrick Audinwood (9-2-1) and Jimmie Rivera (8-1) faces Anthony Leone (9-4). Other fights on the card include Pat Defranco (4-0) vs. Robert Gittens (2-2), Andre Harrison (5-0) vs. Alex Davydov (1-0), Uriah Hall (5-2) vs. Matt Secor (2-0) and Tom DeBlass (5-0) vs. Davit Tkeshelashvili (1-1).
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $40, $60, $75, $100 and $150. The event begins at 8:30 p.m. on November 18 at the Tropicana Showroom.
Social Distortion at House of Blues
WHO ARE THEY: Los Angeles punk rockers Social Distortion combined elements of roots rock, blues and country to form a sound and style all their own. The band's debut album "Mommy's Little Monster" was released in 1983 and featured the single "Another State of Mind." Five years passed before their sophomore release "Prison Bound" hit the shelves in 1988. Social Distortion's 1992 album "Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell" became their most popular to date and featured the minor hit "Bad Luck."
WHAT TO EXPECT: Despite various lineup changes over the years, front man Mike Ness has remained at the helm, keeping the spirit of Social Distortion alive and well. Along with contemporaries such as Bad Religion, Black Flag and Dead Kennedys, Social Distortion was a major part of the 1980s punk rock revival. Fans can expect to see the kind of spirited, high-energy performance that has characterized the band since its inception. This is a band that flat out rocks and you're a punk rock fan, you don't want to miss them.
WHAT'S NEW: Social Distortion's latest album is called "Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25 and the show begins at 7 p.m. on November 19 at the House of Blues.
Peltz Boxing featuring Garrett Wilson vs. Chuck Mussachio at Bally's
WHO ARE THEY: Garrett Wilson is a 29-year old cruiserweight boxer from Philadelphia with a professional record of 10-5-1 with 4 knockouts. Known as "The Ultimate Warrior," Wilson is the current USBA Cruiserweight Champion.
Chuck Mussachio is a 32-year old fighter from Wildwood with a professional record of 17-1-2 with 5 knockouts. Mussachio has won his last four fights, the most recent of which was nearly a year ago in December of 2010. Mussachio has held full time jobs as a teacher, guidance counselor and bartender in addition to his boxing career.
WHAT TO EXPECT: USBA Cruiserweight Champion Garrett Wilson will put his belt on the line Saturday night against local boy Chuck Mussachio of Wildwood in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds. Wilson (10-5-1, 4 KOs) will be defending his title for the first time after winning a 12-round decision over Omar Sheika back in April to win the vacant title. After losing his day job, and losing a close friend and family member to untimely deaths, Mussachio took some much needed time off in 2011. This will be his first fight since December of 2010 and he's determined to come back with a vengeance. The fight card also includes Ronald Cruz vs. Anges Adjaho, Manuel Guzman vs. DeCarlo Perez, Bryant Jennings vs. Kevin Franklin, Deroy Beaton vs. Naim Nelson, Julio DeJesus vs. Dontre King and Antowyan Aikens vs. Charles Kirby.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $50 and $75. The show begins at 7 p.m. on November 19 at the Showroom, Bally's.
Kathy Griffin at Borgata
WHO ARE THEY: Comedian Kathy Griffin became known for her role as Vickie Groener alongside Brooke Shields on NBC's "Suddenly Susan" in the late 1990s. Prior to this, the Chicago native had guest starring roles on "ER," "Seinfeld" and "Mad About You." In the past several years, Griffin has appeared on several reality based programs, including "Celebrity Mole," "Average Joe" and "Kathy's So-Called Reality." In 2005, she released a stand-up comedy DVD titled "Allegedly." For several years she starred in her own reality show, "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," on the Bravo network. In 2011 she starred on Broadway in "Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony."
WHAT TO EXPECT: There's not much middle ground with Griffin. She's one of those comedians you either love or hate. Her brand of comedy is catty, edgy, opinionated and often involves the recounting of both real and embellished events involving celebrities. She loves to poke fun at celebrities such as Clay Aiken and Whitney Houston. Typical topics at a Griffin comedy show include plastic surgery, eating disorders, drug abuse and sexual orientation. Another aspect of Griffin's act is self-deprecation, as evidenced by the title of her show, "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List." She also frequently talks about her admiration for gay men and the fact that she has a large gay following. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $55, $65 and $75. The show begins at 8 p.m. on November 19 at the Event Center, Borgata.
Tower of Power at Harrah's
WHO ARE THEY: Led by tenor saxophonist Emilio Castillo, Tower of Power is funk, R&B and soul band from Oakland, CA, which released its debut album "East Bay Grease" in 1970. In 1972 the band released the classic album "Bump City," which was followed a year later by a self-titled release featuring the hit "What is Hip?" Tower of Power's 1974 album "Back to Oakland" along with 1975's "Urban Renewal" and "In the Slot" are also considered to be essential recordings by the group.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Throughout their career which has spanned nearly four decades, Tower of Power has always been known as one of the great live acts as well as one of the most sought after backing groups. The band's horn-led sound comes alive on stage in a way that is sometimes difficult to capture or fully appreciate on record. Fans can expect to hear classic Tower of Power songs such as "You're Still a Young Man" and "What is Hip?"
WHAT'S NEW: Tower of Power have a new DVD out titled "40th Anniversary" which was recorded live at the Fillmore in California.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $35, $40 and $45. The show begins at 9 p.m. on November 19 at the Concert Venue, Harrah's.
Martin Nievera at Trump Taj Mahal
WHO ARE THEY: Singer Martin Nievera released his first album "Martin…Take One" in 1982. The album was a platinum-selling success and cemented Nievera's status as a star right out of the gate. He also began to branch out right away, co-hosting the TV show "Penthouse Live!" along with his future wife Pops Fernandez. Over the years Nievera has appeared in numerous films and television shows in addition to continuing to release albums. After his marriage failed, he wrote and recorded music specifically for the purpose of winning back his wife. The albums were eventually released as "Forever," "Forever Forever" and "Return to Forever."
WHAT TO EXPECT: Martin Nievera has been entertaining audiences for over 25 years with his relaxed crooning vocal style and affable personality. A truly international star, Nievera was raised in Hawaii, returned to the Philippines and went on to tour throughout the United States, Canada, the Middle East and Guam. Fans at the Trump Taj Mahal can expect a typical outstanding performance out of Nievera on Sunday.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $38, $58, $78 and $98. The show begins at 3 p.m. on November 20 at Xanadu Theater, Trump Taj Mahal.
'The Price is Right - Live!' at Bally's
WHAT IS IT: One of America's most popular game shows of all time, "The Price is Right" first aired in 1956, and was re-vamped in 1972, becoming one of the most beloved game shows in America. It now comes to Atlantic City as "The Price is Right Live!" It is an interactive show in which audience members are given the opportunity to win prizes including vacations, new cars and appliances. The proceedings are hosted by Joey Fatone.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Fans of the game show "The Price is Right" will want to come on down to Bally's Atlantic City to watch or even possibly compete in "The Price is Right Live!" Contestants will compete for big prizes in a series of games such as Cliffhangers, Hole in One, Plinko, The Big Wheel and the fabulous showcase. Contestants must be at least 21-years of age. There is no age requirement to be a spectator.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25. The show begins 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays to Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays at the Palace Theater at The Claridge Casino Hotel. The show runs through April 27.
Cirque Polynesian at Resorts
WHAT IS IT: Cirque Polynesian is an elaborate circus featuring fire eaters, dancers, acrobats and contortionists. The show is family-friendly and part of a series of three circuses Resorts Casino Hotel is launching this summer.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Expect the standard cadre of death-defying stunts circuses have popularized for hundreds of years - among them, spinning motorcycle acts and the Wheel of Death, a large rotating apparatus on which acrobats perform.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $30, $35 and $45 for adults, $12, $15 and $18 for children. The shows begin 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. The show runs through the fall at Resorts Event Pavilion.
Cirque Risque - The Naked Circus at Resorts
WHAT IS IT: Cirque Risque - The Naked Circus features nearly-nude acrobats and contortionists performing an array of stunts.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Not your children's circus, this sexy show only welcomes patrons 18 and older.
SHOW INFO: Must be 18 or older to attend. Tickets are $39, $49 and $69. The shows begin 11 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. The show runs through the fall at Resorts Event Pavilion.
Legends in Concert
WHAT IS IT: Legends in Concert is an award-winning celebrity tribute show that has been entertaining audiences for years. Legends in Concert has traveled to 15 different countries on five continents, entertaining more than 10 million people.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Always an Atlantic City favorite, the Legend in Concert Series has been bringing its lineup of talented impersonators to stages since the early 1980s. For this run at Harrah's Resort, performances will feature impersonations of Michael Jackson, Britney Spears and more.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25 and $30. The show begins 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturdays, 8 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays. The show runs through Nov. 17 at Harrah's Resort's Concert Venue.
'The Price is Right' - Live Stage Show
WHAT IS IT: "The Price is Right" is one of the most beloved and well-known television game shows of all time. It originally debuted in 1956 and later received a makeover, re-launching in 1972 with Bob Barker as the host. Barker's remarkable run as host lasted until late 2007 when Drew Carey took over.
WHAT TO EXPECT: "The Price is Right" is back at Bally's by popular demand after a successful run earlier this year. This live version of the legendary television game show offers contestants a chance to win cash and prizes by playing games such as Cliff Hangers, Showcase Showdown and The Big Wheel. The show is hosted by TV personality Todd Newton.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $20 and $25. The show begins 7 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays. The show runs through Nov. 16 at the Palace Theater at Bally's Claridge Tower.
'Believe, Divas in a Man's World' at Resorts
WHAT IS IT: "Believe, Divas in a Man's World" is a show presented by Steven Andrade that features seven celebrity impersonators performing their takes on Cher, Prince, Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler, Lady Gaga, Patti LaBelle and Joan Rivers. In addition to Andrade, the cast includes Frank Moore, Phyl Craig, Jimmy Electra, Eddie Summers, Jay Sanchez and Gary Dee.
WHAT TO EXPECT: "Believe, Divas in a Man's World" is a dream come true for Andrade, who put the show together and stars as Cher. "I have entertained nationally and internationally (and) so has the rest of the cast," Andrade says. "Our show, through song, dance and dazzling costumes, is an homage to the legendary divas that have shaped the entertainment landscape for the past several decades." Resorts Casino Hotel owner, president and C.E.O. Dennis C. Gomes also is excited about what this show has to offer. "It's a one-of-a-kind cast with remarkable talent that is a welcome addition to our entertainment calendar," says Gomes in a press release. "We believe in the show and love that we are able to bring truly top-notch entertainment back to the Screening Room at Resorts."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $20. The show begins 9 p.m. on Thursdays, 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 8 p.m. Sundays. The show runs through the fall at Resorts' Screening Room.
Kozak the Magician at Tropicana
WHO IS HE: Kozak the Magician began his career as a street performer in Pittsburgh and quickly became a successful comedian and magician. Kozak headlined comedy clubs for years, eventually branching out to performing at casinos, colleges and corporate functions. Kozak performed for Prince Charles and Princess Diana at the Palladium Theater in London.
WHAT TO EXPECT: A comedic night of magic is what one can expect from Kozak the Magician, who performs at the Tropicana Casino and Resort's Comedy Stop for an extended engagement. "Magic is a blend of art, science, history, philosophy, theology and psychology," says Kozak on his official website. "I bring these to the table along with a razor-sharp wit honed from years of improvisational experience in comedy clubs." Kozak is the type of performer who is always looking to exceed people's expectations. "I never promise more than I can deliver and I always deliver more than I promised," Kozak adds. "My greatest joy is performing the magic I love so much and bringing people laughter."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $23 and $32; the $32 tickets include dinner. Dinner is 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 6 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, with the show following one hour later, at the Comedy Stop in The Quarter at Tropicana Casino and Resort.
'The Accused: Nightlife on Trial' at Tropicana
WHAT IS IT: "The Accused: Nightlife on Trial" is a theatrical, acrobatic show produced and co-created by Bob Pereira and Tad Emptage and written by Eric Walton. The cast comes from Cirque-tacular Entertainment, and the line-up features performers who have worked on Broadway, on "American's Got Talent," at the famous Apollo Theater in Harlem and Cirque.
WHAT TO EXPECT: The audience gets to decide the fate of the characters in "The Accused: Nightlife on Trial," a new production at Tropicana Casino and Resort's Providence Nightclub. The cirque and burlesque cast is accused of outrageous crimes and it's up to those in attendance to determine their guilt, innocence and possible punishment. The show is for those older than 21 and will feature a rotating cast.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $30 for general admission and $50 for VIP seating. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show begins 8:45 p.m. Saturdays at Providence.