Boxing back at Boardwalk Hall

What Is It: Atlantic City hosts a full night of HBO World Championship Boxing tonight at historic Boardwalk Hall. The main event features Antonio DeMarco, the WBC lightweight world champion, defending that title against an undefeated challenger, Adrien Broner.

What To Expect: But there's another big-time fight on this card, as two highly ranked heavyweights - Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell and Johnathon Banks - fight it out for the NABO championship currently held by Mitchell. And that comes after a packed evening of undercard action.

Event Info: Tickets range from $25 to $200. Fights start at 6 p.m., and the headliners duke it out at 10:30 p.m. in a fight running live on HBO. Boardwalk Hall is at 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City. For more details, see

'Joy to the World' from the Jersey Shore Pops

What Is It: You can get a jump on your Christmas spirit tonight, thanks to the Jersey Shore Pops. The Pops' last concert of the year, at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center, features the music of the holiday season plus some Broadway-style favorites added in as gifts.

What To Expect: The soloist on "Joy to the World" is Jacklyn Buckingham, a singer with Broadway experience. The program includes a new arrangment of Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" by the Pops' conductor, Linda Gentille, plus many more of the greatest hits of the Christmas season.

Event Info: Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the Middle Township PAC, off Exit 10 of the Garden State Parkway. Tickets are $25 to $40; student and group seats are $22. For tickets or more details, see jerseyshorepops.org or call 800-838-3006.

Cape May gets lit

for the season

What Is It: Cape May starts its Christmas early with tonight's lighting of the tree at the Emlen Physick Estate, the historically restored mansion that's the unofficial capital of the Victorian town. And Cape May knows how to do Christmas right - and to draw crowds with its celebration of the season.

What To Expect: There's much more to this party than the dramatic lighting of the tree. Look for Santa to show up, with help from local fire trucks, plus free, self-guided tours of the Physick Estate from 6 to 8 p.m.. plus refreshments.

Event Info: The tree will light up its world at 7 p.m. Free, but visitors are welcome to bring donations of food-bank items. The Physick Estate is at 1048 Washington St., Cape May. Free shuttle 5 to 9 p.m. between the mansion and the Washington Street Mall information booth. For more details, see capemaymac.org or call 609-884-5404.

'Annie' at Millville's Levoy Theatre

What Is It: The Off Broad Street Players bring a perennial Broadway classic, "Annie," back to life at the newly reborn Levoy Theatre in Millville's arts district.

What To Expect: Most of us know what "Annie" is all about by now, but it's still fun to see this story of a Depression-era but irrepressible orphan roll crookedly into a happy ending, complete with her lovable pooch, Sandy. And yes, the sun will come out - tonight and again tomorrow, when there's a matinee.

Event Info: Showtimes are 8 p.m. today and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Levoy, 126 N. High St., Millville. Tickets cost $20 for adults or $14 for seniors and students. For more details, see levoy.net or call 856-327-6400.

Casinos

Kozak the Magician, Tropicana, Comedy Stop, 6:30 p.m., dinner seating 5:30 p.m., $20 show only ($10 age 11 and younger); $30 dinner and show, mature PG-14 material. 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, 7:30 and 10 p.m. $32.50. 609-340-2709.

Wanda Sykes, Borgata, Music Box, 9 p.m. $55, $59.50.

609-677-1000.

KC and the Sunshine Band, Tropicana, Showroom, 9 p.m. $25, $50, $55, $75. 609-340-4020.

Mike Epps, Showboat, House of Blues, 7 and 10:30 p.m. $49.50, $69.50, $89.50.

800-736-1420.

Olivia Newton-John, Trump Taj Mahal, Mark G. Etess Arena, 8 p.m. $35, $55. 609-449-5150.

Comedy

Alycia Cooper, Brian McFadden, Al Ducharme, Tropicana Comedy Stop, The Quarter, must be 18 or older,

9 p.m., $27; 11:15 p.m. $25.

Nature

N.J. Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory, Research & Education Center, 600 Route 47, Middle Township, and North-wood Center on Lily Lake, Cape May Point, Cape May Hawk-watch, dawn to dusk, Cape May Point State Park platform, free; Avalon Seawatch, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Seventh Street and ocean, Avalon, free; birding trips, $10 show and go: Rea Farm, West Cape May, 7:30 a.m., at Beanery lot, Bayshore Road; Cape May Point State Park, 3 p.m., at platform. 609-861-0700.

Wetlands Institute, 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd., Stone Harbor, crafts, 1 p.m.; animal program, 2:15 p.m., $8 adults, $6 ages 3 to 12, includes activities.

609-368-1211.

Events

Girls Weekend, throughout Sea Isle City, discounts, specials participating salons, shops, boutiques, eateries, live entertainment, wine tasting events, dancing. 609-263-9090 or seaislechamber.com

Island Dog Inc. Charity Event, for women only, 7 to 11 p.m., Showboat Casino, at The Mansion, Atlantic City, shopping, music, food, fashion show, male revue, portion of proceeds benefits Humane Society of Atlantic County, $65. 609-705-4294 or islanddog.org

Weekend Social, 7:30 a.m. to noon, Boardwalk Operations Center, Indiana Avenue and Boardwalk, Atlantic City, weather permitting and while supplies last, complimentary cup of coffee, special programs and displays from local retailers. 609-347-0500 or njcrda.com

Candlelight Walk, 5:30 to

7:30 p.m., Historic Cold Spring Village, Route 9, Cape May, demonstrations, live musical entertainment, refreshments, $25, advance purchase required. 609-898-2300 or hcsv.org

Old Barney Amateur Radio Club demonstrations, noon to 4 p.m., presentation "History of Tuckerton Wireless," 2 p.m., Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum, 35 Leitz Blvd., Little Egg Harbor Township.

609-294-1547.

Trail of Two Cities, 8 a.m., 5K run/walk, start Transportation Center, 10th Street and Haven Avenue, Ocean City, conclude at JFK Park in Somers Point, runners compete in age groups, medals awarded to top finishers, registration $30, proceeds benefit Somers Point Foundation for Education and Ocean City Children's Programs. 609-525-9300 or 609-927-2053, ext. 3101, or 609-525-9300 or lmsports. com

Music

Hurricane Relief Concert,

8 p.m., Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave., Cape May, live music by Fred Hall Orchestra, Twelve:01, Red Mare, cash bar with beer and wine, $20. 855-708-9699 or 609-884-9563.

Lenny B Duo, noon to 4 p.m., Balic Winery, 6623 Route 40 Harding Highway, Mays Landing, live music, wine tasting. 609-625-9528.

Kids

Santa arrives, 1 p.m., across from the Children's Museum, Shore Mall, Egg Harbor Township, performance by the Give & Take Jugglers.

Theater

Moliere's "Tartuffe," comedy, 7:30 p.m., Richard Stockton College, Performing Arts Center, main campus, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, $8 general admission, $6 students and senior adults. 609-652-9000.

"Amadeus," 2 p.m. (special understudy show) and 7 p.m., Ocean County College, Performing Arts Center, main campus, College Drive, Toms River, $13, half price for Saturday matinee. 732-255-0500 or tickets.ocean.edu

"The Legends of Sleepy Hollow," 7 p.m., St. Mary School, 735 Union Road, Vineland, for all ages, $10 adult, $5 ages 13 and younger. 856-692-8537 or smrschool.org

"The Importance of Being Earnest," 8 p.m., Cumberland Players, The Little Theatre, Sherman Avenue and the Boulevard, Vineland.

856-692-5626 or

"Little Shop of Horrors," musical, 7 p.m., Wildwood Catholic High School, 1500 Central Ave., North Wildwood, $12.

609-522-7257.

Nightlife

Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, 3400 Pacific Ave.: The Burger Bar, 609-340-4636 - Speedo Jones, 9 p.m.; The Dizzy Dolphin, 609-340-4636 - Waynard, 6 p.m.; Christine & Carl Duo, 9 p.m.

Bally's Atlantic City, Park Place and Boardwalk: Blue Martini, 609-340-2000 - DJ Prefer, 9 p.m.; Harry's Oyster Bar & Seafood, 609-340-2000 - Live music, 7 p.m.; The Lobby Bar, 609-340-2000 - Beth Tinnon Duo, 10 p.m.; The Mountain Bar, 609-340-2000 -DJ Cool Jon Sprang, 9 p.m.; Vixens, 10 p.m.

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa,

1 Borgata Way: Gypsy Bar, 609-317-1000 - The Next, 7 p.m.; 3AM, 11 p.m.; MIXX, 609-317-1000 - Jermaine Dupri,

10 p.m.; mur.mur, 609-317-1000 - Havana Brown, 10 p.m.

Caesars Atlantic City, 2100 Pacific Ave.: Dusk, 609-345-3875 - Albie Manzo, 10 p.m.; 21 Sports Bar, 609-348-4411 - DJ Be-Easy, 10 p.m.; Mia, 609-348-4411 - DJ Lu'AP,

10 p.m.; Toga Bar, 609-348-4411 - VJ Benny C and Toga Dancers, 10 p.m.

Golden Nugget, Huron Avenue and Brigantine Boulevard: Live Bar, 800-777-8477 - Scream, 10 p.m.; Rush Lounge, 800-777-8477 - Marc Antonelli,

6 p.m.; Xclusive Soul, 10 p.m.; 46 Bar, 800-777-8477 - DJ and dancers, 10 p.m.

Harrah's Resort, 777 Harrah's Blvd.: Eden Lounge, 609-441-5165 - Secret Service, 9:15 p.m.; The Pool After Dark, 609-441-5165 - DJAIS Party, 10 p.m.; Xhibition Bar, 800-242-7724 - DJ K Styles and DJ April, 10 p.m.

Resorts Casino Hotel, 1133 Boardwalk: 25 Hours, 800-336-6378 - Blanche, 4 p.m.; Sherrie Gold, 10 p.m.; The Piano Bar, 800-336-6378 -Music Videos, 8 p.m.; DJ Naj, 10 p.m.; Gogo Boys, 11 p.m.; ProBar, 800-336-6378 - Music Videos, 8 p.m.; DJ Naj, 10 p.m.; Gogo Boys, 11 p.m.

Revel, 500 Boardwalk: The Social, 609-572-6488 - Second Majesty, 8 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 - Cedric Gervais, 10 p.m.

Showboat Casino-Hotel, 801 Boardwalk: House of Blues Party Pit, 609-343-4000 - DJ Aiden Scott, 8 p.m.; Total Whiteout and Dancers, 10 p.m.; Foundation Room, 609-343-4000 - DJ Vic Latino, 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 - KC and the Sunshine Band After Party -

$5 off cover with ticket stub,

10 p.m.; Providence, The Quarter, 609-345-7800 - DJ Finesse, 10 p.m.; Ri Ra, The Quarter, 609-348-8600 - Eleven Eleven, 11:30 p.m.; Rumba Lounge, The Quarter, 609-340-4000 - Dancers and DJs, 10 p.m.; Cuba Libre, The Quarter, 609-348-6700 - 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 - Jynx, 3 p.m.; Johnny & Sherena, 7 p.m.; DJ Ralph D'Amelio, 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 Ernesto, 10 p.m.; Casbah, 609-449-5138 - DJ, 10 p.m.

Atlantic City

The Irish Pub, 164 St. James Place, 609-344-9063 - DJ Fran, 9 p.m.

Tun Tavern, 2 Convention Blvd., 609-347-7800 - Bryan McCabe, 8 p.m.

Bridgeton

The Bridgewater Pub, 22 S. Laurel St., 856-455-9551 - DJs, 9 p.m.

Cape May

Boiler Room, Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place, 609-884-8421 - The Dane Anthony Band, 9 p.m.

Brown Room, Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place, 609-884-8421 - Darin MacDonald,

10 p.m.

Ebbitt Room, The Virginia Hotel, 25 Jackson St., 609-884-5700 - Paul Sottile, 6:30 p.m.

The Ugly Mug, 462 Washington St., 609-884-3459 - Live music, 9 p.m.

Galloway Township

Bulldog's Bar and Grill, 743 White Horse Pike, 609-965-4433 - DJ Dance Party, 10 p.m.

Ram's Head Inn, 9 W. White Horse Pike, 609-652-1700 - John Arnett (piano), 6 p.m.

Assaggio!, 500 W. White Horse Pike, 609-965-3303 - Live piano music, 7 p.m.

Fred and Ethel's Lantern Light Tavern, Route 9 and Moss Mill Road, 609-652-0544 - Roger, 7 p.m.

Hammonton

DiDonato's Bowling Center and Cocktail Lounge, 1151 White Horse Pike, 609-561-3040 - Karaoke, 8:30 p.m.

Margate

Sofia, 9314 Amherst Ave.,

609-822-9111 - Live music and piano, 7 p.m.

Mays Landing

The Dockside Grille, The Inn at Sugar Hill, 5704 Mays Landing Road, 609-625-2226 - Live music 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 - Furious George, 7 p.m.

Millville

Old Oar House Irish Pub,

123 N. High St., 856-293-1200 - DJ, 9 p.m.

Somers Point

Philippe Chin Bistro, 800 Bay Ave., 609-926-3500 - jazz with Shawn Ashley, 8 p.m.

Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, 908 Shore Road, 609-927-2759 - Bob Mower & Lew London, 7:30 p.m.

Upper Township

Yesterday's Tavern, 316 Roosevelt Blvd., 609-390-1757 - Live music, 9:30 p.m.