Shell show at Wetlands Institute
What Is It: Sure, lots of us have gone out hunting for shells on local beaches. But the shells at the annual Jersey Cape Shell Show and Sale aren't the kind your kids are likely to find on the beach down the street.
What To Expect: Many of these shells are exotic, and others are artistic, used by crafters as a basis for beautiful creations. And speaking of crafting, there are opportunities for kids to get crafty with shells from noon to
2 p.m. each day of the show on the institute's side porch.
Event Info: Show hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 10 a.m. to
4 p.m. Sunday at the Wetlands Institute, 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd., Stone Harbor. Tickets are $2 for adults; children 12 or younger are free. Also free for Jersey Cape Shell Club members. For more details, call 856-691-5831.
Sinatra tribute in Hammonton
What Is It: Frank Sinatra was famous for doing it his way, and in "My Way," Sinatra fans get a loving tribute to the Chairman of the Boards. The show runs this weekend and again next weekend at the historic Eagle Theatre, in the heart of Hammonton.
What To Expect: This tribute act stirs up a tasty cocktail of comedy, the Sinatra-Rat Pack shtick and, of course, the music that made the man a legend. Check out the classics that add up to the soundtrack of a lifetime for many Americans.
Event Info: Showtime is 8 p.m. today and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday, with the same hours next weekend. The Eagle Theatre is at 208 Vine St., Hammonton. Tickets are $22. For more details, see theeagletheatre.com or call 609-704-5012.
'Rock of Ages' at Caesars
What Is It: It was just a few months ago that this story made a small splash as a movie starring Tom Cruise and Alec Baldwin, but now you can rock out live with "Rock of Ages" at Caesars Atlantic City, through Labor Day weekend.
What To Expect: "Rock of Ages" burns through a stack of hit songs from the 1970s and '80s, from "Don't Stop Believin'" to "I Want to Know What Love Is" to "We're Not Gonna Take It" - and a whole lot more. The show mixes the music in with an old-fashioned love story, and plenty of laughs along the way.
Event Info: Showtime is 9 p.m. today and every Tuesday through Sunday, plus an added 5 p.m. performance on Saturdays, until Sept. 2 in the Circus Maximus Theater at Caesars Atlantic City. Tickets range from $55 to $105 and are available at the box office or at PressofAC.com/tickets.
'101 Quilts' at African-American Heritage Museum
What Is It: Quilts have a long history as art in America, and were especially significant for some black Americans in the 1800s. Ralph Hunter, the president of the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey, says that in the days when slaves were escaping from the South on the legendary Underground Railroad, quilts became a code to guide them to safe houses on their way to freedom.
What To Expect: The museum has opened "101 Quilts," which features a wide selection of pieces - some designed to fulfill the quilting tradition of telling a story, most colorful and all artistic. The exhibit is open through Dec. 15, and a meet-the-artists reception is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Event Info: The AAHMSNJ is in the Martin Luther King Center, 661 Jackson Rd., in the Newtonville section of Buena Vista Township. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and every Tuesday through Friday; or on Saturdays by appointment. See aahmsnj.org or call 609-704-5495.
Kozak the Magician, Tropicana, Comedy Stop, mature PG-14 material, 6:15 p.m. show, 5:15 p.m. dinner seating, $20 show only ($10 age 11 and younger); $30 dinner and show. 609-348-0920.
Divas Do AC, Resorts Casino Hotel, Screening Room, 10 p.m. $25. 800-322-SHOW.
Legends in Concert, Bally's, Palace Theater, 8 p.m. $32.50. 609-340-2709.
"Identity: An Exhibition of You," Franklin Institute traveling exhibit, Trump Plaza's East Tower, noon to 7 p.m., $12 adults, $8 ages 12 and younger. 609-441-6000.
Girls Night:The Musical, Resorts, The Screening Room, 7:30 p.m. $45. 800-322-SHOW.
Extreme Trampoline, Trump Taj Mahal, The Boardwalk, 1, 3 and 5 p.m. Free. 609-449-5150.
I.Fly Trapeze School, Trump Taj Mahal, 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. $65. 609-449-5150.
Country Superstars, Golden Nugget, The Showroom, 9 p.m. $19.95. 800-777-8477.
Beyond the Falls: Nik Wallenda and the Wellenda Family Experience, Tropicana, Showroom, 9 p.m. $25, $42.50 adults, $15 children 13 and younger. 800-736-1420.
Atlantic City Air Show Flight Line Club - Thunder Over The Boardwalk, Boardwalk Hall, 10:30 a.m. $30. 609-348-7000.
Ladies Night featuring Jagged Edge and Dru Hill, Showboat, House of Blues, 8 p.m. $30, $40, $50. 800-736-1420.
Gigantes: Marc Anthony, Chayanne and Marco Anthony Solis, Boardwalk Hall, 8 p.m. $55, $75, $100, $150, $200. 609-348-7000.
Rob Falcone, Alan Bursky, Gary Delena, Borgata Comedy Club, The Music Box, 9 p.m., $20.
Lucas Bohn, Christine Stedman, Jay Black, Tropicana Comedy Stop, The Quarter, must be 18 or older, 9 and 11:15 p.m., $27, $25.
Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, guided birding and nature walks, 8 to 10 a.m., starting at visitor center, off Route 9 in Oceanville, Galloway Township. 609-652-1665, ext. 21.
N.J. Audubon's Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Ave., beachcombing, 8:30 a.m., Second Avenue Pavilion, $10 adults, $5 ages 3 to 12; leisurely 12-mile cycling tour of natural areas, 9:30 a.m., $10 adults, $7 ages 3 to 12. 609-898-8848.
N.J. Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory, Research & Education Center, 600 Route 47, Middle Township, and Northwood Center on Lily Lake, Cape May Point, birding trips, $10 show and go: Higbee Beach WMA, 7 a.m., at lot, west end of New England Road, south of canal; Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge, 5:30 p.m., meet at lot, Sunset Boulevard. 609-861-0700.
Wetlands Institute, 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd., Stone Harbor, salt-marsh film and trail walks, 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.; live animal program 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.; seining for tidal life, 3:15 p.m. $8 adults, $6 ages 3 to 12, includes activities. 609-368-1211.
Thunder Over the Boardwalk Airshow, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., view from anywhere on beach and Boardwalk, Atlantic City, headliners United States Air Force Thunderbirdsm United States Army Golden Knights Parachute Team. www.doatlanticcity.com
Grand opening celebration Amish Farm Market, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., 720 Shiloh Pike, Route 49, Bridgeton, horse and buggy rides, pig roast, shopping specials. 856-451-3008 or wwwbridgetonamishmarket.com
Movies under the Stars, dusk, Bartram Place and the Boardwalk, Atlantic City, bring chairs, blankets, picnic baskets. 609-344-8338 or www.njcrda.com
Tours of Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm, noon to 1 p.m., ACUA Waterwaster Treatment Plant, 1801 Absecon Blvd., Atlantic City, free. 609-272-6950 or www.doatlanticcity.com
New Jersey Tall Ship A.J. Meerwald, public sails, from Utsch's Marina, 1121 Route 109, Cape May, evening sails: $45 adults, $40 seniors, $22 children 3 to 12; afternoon sails: $40 adults, $35 seniors, $20 children; reservations recommended for all sails. Schedule: www.bayshorediscovery.org or 856-785-2060.
Weekly Farmers Market, 5 to 8 p.m., along Central Avenue, downtown section, Hammonton, opening night health fair, vendors, produce, live entertainment, art exhibits from Hammonton Art Center, 609-567-9014 or www.hammontonfarmersmarket.org
Nashville on the Green, 6 p.m., Mays Landing Golf & Country Club, 1855 Cates Road, Mays Landing, amusements, country line dancing, live music, fireworks 9 p.m., $10 adults, free children 12 and younger. 609-641-4411 or www.mayslandinggolf.com
Little Miss Chaos and Little Mr. Chaos and Miss and Mister Miscellaneous, 11 a.m., Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, Ocean City, free entry, 609-525-9300.
Little Miss Ocean City Pageant, 7 p.m., Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk, Ocean City, $10. 609-525-9304.
Pointe Blank Comedy Series, 9 p.m., Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, 908 Shore Road, Somers Point, seating 8 p.m., national headliners and local showcase, $15 advance, $20 door. www.acROCKsolid.com
Free Friday Fun Shows, 11 a.m., across from Children's Museum, inside Shore Mall, 6725 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township. 609-484-9500.
Bartram Beach Block Concert Series, Tony DeLuca Trio, 7 p.m., Bartram Avenue and the Boardwalk, Atlantic City, free, bring chair or blanket. 609-377-7117 or 609-345-2269, ext. 3112.
Mays Landing United Jazz Band, Rhythm in the Park Concert Series, 7 p.m. Fridays, Tony Canale Park amphitheater, off Dogwood Avenue, Egg Harbor Township, bring blanket or chair, free.
Midori Brothers Band featuring Franny Smith, beach concert series, 7 p.m., William Morrow Municipal Beach, between Higbee and New Jersey avenues on the bay, Somers Point, free, bring blanket or chair, www.somerspointbeachconcerts.com
Rick Recht, 6 p.m., part of Congregation Beth Judah's Devotion by the Ocean service, Newport Avenue beach, Ventnor, free and open to the public. 609-822-7116.
Third Friday Music series, "Music of '50s at the Shore," 5 to 7 p.m., Fishing Creek School grounds, Bayshore Road and Arizona Avenue, Villas, free, picnic fare available.
"Gypsy," 8 p.m., Ocean Professional Theatre Company, Bengal Auditorium, 180 Bengal Drive, Barnegat, $35 adults, $20 children 12 and younger. 609-312-8306 or www.oceantheatre.org
"The Sound of Music," 8 p.m., Surflight Theatre, Engleside and Beach avenues, Beach Haven, $36 to $54. 609-492-9477 or www.surflight.org
"The Poe Mysteries," 8:30 p.m., East Lynne Theater Company, First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St., Cape May, $30 adults, $25 seniors, $15 students, free age 12 and younger. 609-884-5898 or www.eastlynnetheater.org
"The 39 Steps," 8 p.m., Cape May Stage, Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank and Lafayette streets, Cape May, $35 adults, $30 seniors, $15 students. 609-884-1341 or www.capemaystage.org
"Into The Woods," 7:30 p.m., Landis Theater Junior Actors, Landis Theater, 830 East Landis Ave., Vineland, $13 adults, $10 children. and $13 for adults. 856-691-1121 or landistheater.com
Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, 3400 Pacific Ave.: The Beach Bar, 609-340-4636 - After Hours Trio. 5 p.m., Fame & Fortune, 9 p.m.; The Burger Bar, 609-340-4636 -Michael Powers.
Bally's Atlantic City, Park Place and Boardwalk: Blue Martini, 609-340-2000 -DJ Nick D, 11 p.m.; Harry's Oyster Bar & Seafood, 609-340-2000 - Live Music, 7 p.m.; The Mountain Bar, 609-340-2000 - DJ Kyle Sweeny, 9 p.m., Shorty the Sheriff and the Vixens, 10 p.m.; Sammy's Beach Bar, 609-340-2000 - DJ Sonatra, 3 p.m.. Lifespped and DJ Aiden Scott, 8 p.m.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, 1 Borgata Way: Gypsy Bar, 609-317-1000 - The Loop, 7 p.m.; Hyjinx, 11 p.m.; MIXX, 609-317-1000 - Mayhem Fridays with Carlos Melange, 10 p.m.; mur.mur, 609-317-1000 - Eli Escobar, 10 p.m.
Caesars Atlantic City, 2100 Pacific Ave.: Dusk, 609-345-3875 - DJ Royale, 10 p.m.; 21 Bar, 609-348-4411 - DJ, 10 p.m.; Mia, 609-348-4411 - DJ Lu'AP, 10 p.m.; Toga Bar, 609-348-4411 - DJ Patrice McBride and Toga Dancers, 10 p.m.; Suite 7400 Roof-Top Pool, 609-348-4411 - DJ Bryan B, 10 p.m..
Golden Nugget, Huron Avenue and Brigantine Boulevard: Live Bar, 800-777-8477 - Hyjinx, 10 p.m.; Rush Lounge, 800-777-8477 - Karma, 6 p.m., All Souled Out, 10 p.m.; The Deck, 800-777-8477 - M 80, 8 p.m.
Harrah's Resort, 777 Harrah's Blvd.: Eden Lounge, 609-441-5165 - Jeremiah Hunter, 8:15 p.m., Lima Bean Riot, 12 a.m.; The Pool After Dark, 609-441-5165 - Friday Night Live with DJ Camilo and Milky Mike, 10 p.m.; Xhibition Bar, 800-242-7724 - Vida Ventura, 11:30 p.m.
Resorts Casino Hotel, 1133 Boardwalk: Night Fever, 800-336-6378 - '70s and '80s Dance Party, 9 p.m.; ProBar, 800-336-6378 - Music Videos, 8 p.m., DJ Zathan, 10 p.m., Gogo Boys, 11 p.m.
Revel, 500 Boardwalk: The Social, 609-572-6488 - Goodman Fiske, 8 p.m., Shake, Shake, Shake, 11 p.m.; Ivan Kane's Royal Jelly Burlesque Nightclub, 609-225-9898 - DJs, Classic Burlesque 11:30 p.m. and 1 a.m., Rock 'n Roll Burlesque 2 a.m.; HQ, 855-348-0500 - Sultan and Ned Shepard, 10 p.m.; Mussel Bar, 855-348-0500 - Private Stock, 10 p.m.
Showboat Casino-Hotel, 801 Boardwalk: House of Blues Party Pit, 609-343-4000 - DJ Sonatra, 9 p.m., Star 69 and Dancers, 10 p.m.; Foundation Room, 609-343-4000 - Ladies Night "After Party" with Dru Hill and Jagged Edge, DJ Webster and DJ, 10 p.m.
Tropicana Casino and Resort, 2831 Boardwalk: Anthem, 609-576-5206 - DJ Luap and DJ B Easy, 10 p.m.; Boogie Nights, 888-940-7080 - Michael Mania, 10 p.m.; Providence, The Quarter, 609-345-7800 - Sinbad, 10 p.m., Pink House, 2 a.m.; Red Square, The Quarter, 609-344-9100 - Siberian Night with DJ Sean M., 11 p.m.; Ri-Ra, The Quarter, 609-348-8600 - DJ Mike the Wild Man, 11 p.m.; Rumba Lounge, The Quarter, 609-340-4000 - Dancers and DJs, 10 p.m.; Cuba Libre, The Quarter, 609-348-6700 - Late Night Latin Floorshow, 11 p.m., 11:30 p.m. and midnight; Firewaters, 609-344-6699 - DJ Dance Party, 10 p.m.; Tango's Lounge, 609-345-7800 - Faith, 7 p.m., DJ Alisha Monique, 11 p.m.; Planet Rose Karaoke Lounge, The Quarter, 609-344-6565 - Karaoke, 8 p.m.
Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, 1000 Boardwalk at Virginia Avenue: Ego, 609-449-5138 - Almost Angels and DJ Joey Catz, 10 p.m.; Casbah, 609-449-5138 - DJ Bizz & DJ Dnial, 10 p.m.
Trump Plaza Casino Resort, 2500 Boardwalk: Trump Plaza Beach Bar, 609-449-5138 - DJ Eric Apelt, 5 p.m., Pop Rox, 7 p.m., DJ N9NE, 10 p.m.
W.L.Goodfellows and Co., 310 E. White Horse Pike, 609-652-1942 - Karaoke, 8 p.m.
Chelsea Prime, Chelsea Hotel, 111 S. Chelsea Ave., 609-652-1942 - Supper Club performances, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Bobby Dee's Rock'n Chair Restaurant, 2409 Dune Drive, 609-967-3300 - The Other Side, 10 p.m.
Fuze Restaurant, Third Avenue and 79th Street, 609-368-1919 - Music Magic, 7 p.m.
Jack's Place, 3601 Ocean Drive, 609-967-5001 - 2Twenty2, 8 p.m.
The Princeton, 2008 Dune Drive, 215-725-8681 - DJ, 9 p.m., Lucky You, 10 p.m.
The Windrift, 80th Street and the beach, 609-368-5175 - Darin MacDonald, DJ Will, Gypsy Wisdom, Kyle Campbell, DJ Jeff Walden, Joey DeNoble, Mr. Greengenes.
Lefty's Tavern, 547 North Main St., 609-607-0707 - Dale & Amy Acoustic Duo, 9 p.m.
The Bridgewater Pub, 22 S. Laurel St., 856-455-9551 - DJs, 9 p.m.
Boiler Room, Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place, 609-884-8421 - Twelve:01, 9 p.m.
Brown Room, Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place, 609-884-8421 - Beth Tinnon, 8 p.m.
Cabanas Beach Bar and Grill, Beach and Decatur avenues, 609-884-4800 - Chris Huff, 4:30 p.m., Midnight Social, 10 p.m.
Ebbitt Room, The Virginia Hotel, 25 Jackson St., 609-884-5700 - Paul Sottile, 6:30 p.m.
Hemingway's, Cape May Grand Hotel, Beach and Philadelphia avenues, 609-884-5611 - DJ, 9 p.m.
The Rusty Nail, Beach Shack, 205 Beach Ave., 609-884-0017 - Carl Behrens, 4:30 p.m., The Billy D Light Trio, 9 p.m.
Mad Batter, 19 Jackson St., 609-884-5970 - Geno White Duo, 7 p.m.
The Pilot House, 142 Decatur St., on Washington Street Mall, Cape May, 609-884-3449 - Open mic hosted by Barry, 8 p.m.
The Ugly Mug, 462 Washington St., 609-884-3459 - Live music, 9 p.m.
Buck Tavern, 621 New Jersey 50, 609-628-3117 - Spencer Belz, 6 p.m.
Bulldog's Bar and Grill, 743 White Horse Pike, 609-965-4433 - DJ Dance Party, 10 p.m.
Assaggio!, 500 W. White Horse Pike, 609-965-3303 - Live piano music, 7 p.m.
DiDonato's Bowling Center and Cocktail Lounge, 1151 White Horse Pike, 609-561-3040 - Karaoke, 8:30 p.m.
Long Beach Island
Buckalew's Restaurant and Tavern, Beach Haven, 101 N. Bay Ave., 609-492-1065 - The Following, 9 p.m.
Nardi's Tavern, 118th Street & The Boulevard, Haven Beach, 609-492-9538 - Elvis Show, 5 p.m., Mass Mojo, 9 p.m.
The Sea Shell Resort and Beach Club, 10 S. Atlantic Ave., Beach Haven, 609-492-4611 - The Impulsives, 3:30 p.m., Nine Deez Night, 10 p.m.
Sofia, 9314 Amherst Ave., 609-822-9111 - Live music and piano, 7 p.m.
Steve and Cookie's By the Bay, Amherst Ave., 609-823-1163 - Lew London and Chris Sooy, 7 p.m.
The Dockside Grille, The Inn at Sugar Hill, 5704 Mays Landing Road, 609-625-2226 - Local musicians Rock The Dock, 6 p.m.
Testa's Good Guys Pub, 5698 Somers Point-Mays Landing Road, 609-625-1926 - DJ dance party, 10 p.m.
Watering Hole Cafe, 6494 Weymouth Road, 609-625-9300 - DJ, 9:30 p.m.
Bogart's Books, 210 N. High St., 856-327-3714 - BMC, 7 p.m.
Old Oar House Irish Pub, 123 N. High St., 856-293-1200 - Undercover, 9 p.m.
Flip Flopz Beach Bar and Grill, 300 Olde New Jersey Ave., 609-522-3350 - DJ entertainment, 9 p.m.
Keenan's Irish Pub, 113 Olde New Jersey Ave., 609-729-3344 - Double Trouble, 5 p.m., Big House Band, 6 p.m.
Sea Isle City
Dead Dog Saloon, 39th Street and Landis Avenue, 609-263-7600 - Brian & Danny of Foster Child, 9 p.m.
Kix McNutley's Bar, 63rd Street and Landis Avenue, 609-263-7286 - Quizzo, 6 p.m., Karaoke, 9 p.m.
La Costa Lounge, 40th Street and Landis Avenue, 609-263-3756 - The Rockets, 5 p.m. TBA, 10 p.m.
The Ocean Drive, 40th Street and Landis Avenue, 609-263-1000 - Stellar Mojo, 5 p.m., DJ Tommy B, Rock the OD Stage, 9 p.m.
Shenanigans, 3815 Landis Ave., 609-263-3900 - DJ K, 9 p.m.
Springfield Inn, 43rd Street and Pleasure Avenue, 609-263-4951 - Ed & Mike, 4:30 p.m., The Matt Santry Band and DJ Brother Mike, 10 p.m.
Philippe Chin Bistro, 800 Bay Ave., 609-926-3500 - jazz with Shawn Ashley, 8 p.m.
The Crab Trap, 2 Broadway, 609-927-7377 - Higher Ground, 7 p.m.
Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, 908 Shore Road, 609-927-2759 - Jack & Yvonne, 7 p.m., Comedy Series with Tracy Locke, 9 p.m.
The Deauville Inn, 201 Willard Rd. Strathmere, 609-263-2080 - The Fabulous Grease Band, 6:30 p.m.
Levari's Seafood and American Grill, Route 50 and Tuckahoe Road, Petersburg, 609-628-2225 - Lenbo Live and The Thrill Ride, 7 p.m.
Tuckahoe Inn, Route 9, Tuckahoe, 609-390-3322 - The Mighty Parrot Band, 7 p.m.
Yesterday's Tavern, 316 Roosevelt Blvd., 609-390-1757 - Live music, 9:30 p.m.
Luna's Outdoor Grill at Merighi's Savoy Inn, 4940 Landis Ave., 856-691-8051 - Live entertainment, 8 p.m.
Dog Tooth Bar and Grill, 100 E. Taylor Ave., 609-522-8383 - Name the Tune, 9 p.m.
Good Night Irene's Brew Pub, 2708 Pacific Ave. 609-729-3861 - DVDJ Mollo, 10 p.m.