Don Rickles at Taj Mahal
Who Is He: His admirers call him "Mr. Warmth," and Don Rickles has lots of admirers - even if he has spent the last half-century or so insulting everyone he could think of, from his friends to his fellow stars to his audience. Rickles brings his act back to Atlantic City tonight for one show in the Trump Taj Majal's Mark G. Etess Arena.
What To Expect: If you're a Rickles fan, you know the shtick. The standup guy picks his targets out, he brings them down and then he moves on to the next target - and the next and the next. He's the archetype of the insult comic, but he makes the attack fun for everyone.
Event Info: Showtime is 8 p.m. in the Arena at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Hotel, 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City. Tickets are $29, $49 and $69, available at the box office or at Ticketmaster.com. For more details, call 609-449-1000.
Celtic Festival at Cold Spring Village
What Is It: If you're a fan of Ireland and Scotland and other areas of the Celtic Highlands, this is a good weekend to visit Historic Cold Spring Village, just outside Cape May in Lower Township. Because the history-heavy village is celebrating that part of the world with its ninth annual Celtic Festival today and Sunday.
What To Expect: Sure, there are bagpipes, from the Nae Breeks Pipes & Drums Band. And there's more music from acts including Tom Brett, Smitty's Kitchen, Mary Roth, Joe McGonigle and Robert Mouland. Adults may enjoy the pub tent, and the kids will have fun with the fest's first-ever Kiddie Highland Games.
Event Info: Historic Cold Spring Village is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 720 Route 9 South, Cape May. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 3 to 12. For more details, call 609-898-2300 or see hcsv.org
Night in Venice boat parade in Ocean City
What Is It: Night in Venice has to be the most popular event in America's Greatest Family Resort. The bayfront boat parade is back tonight, so you can see why it's such a hit in its hometown.
What To Expect: Humor seems to be the key to Night in Venice, from the goofily decorated boats to their often even goofier-looking crews, to the dressed-up docks and their occupants lining the the parade route, which runs along Bay Avenue from Battersea Road to 16th Street.
Event Info: The parade starts 6 p.m. Look for grandstands for free viewing at many places on Bay Avenue, or visit the Bayside Center, at 520 Bay Ave., for entertainment, a picnic area and food vendors. Bayside Center admission is $7 for adults or $3 for kids. For more details, call 609-525-9248 or see OCNJ.us/boxoffice
A day of music at Gardners Basin
What Is It: Historic Gardners Basin, the bayside park in Atlantic City, is hosting a monthly series of free, city-sponsored concerts this summer that feature some big musical names. The music is back today with a crowded bill that includes six acts, most notably "Sly's 'Original' Family Stone."
What To Expect: The day's full lineup features the group New Birth, the Rick Cason Express, Mark "Big & Tasty" Baxter, Jackie Greggs and Kas. The legendary but troubled Sly Stone himself isn't in the standard lineup for "Sly's 'Original' Family Stone," but several veteran members are, and you can expect the show to include such classics as "I Want to Take You Higher," "Everyday People," "Dance To The Music" and "Family Affair."
Event Info: The event is free. The music is set to run 1 p.m. to dusk at Gardners Basin, 800 N. New Hampshire Ave., Atlantic City. Bring a chair or blanket. Vendors are available selling food and drinks. For more details, call 609-347-5643.
Divas Do AC, Resorts Casino Hotel, Screening Room, 10 p.m. $25. 800-322-SHOW.
Legends in Concert, Bally's, 7:30 and 10 p.m. $32.50 adults, $16.25 children. 609-340-2709.
Joe Holiday All Ages Magic Show, Tropicana, The Comedy Stop, 6:30 p.m. $20 adults, $10 children. 609-340-4020.
Beatlemania Now, Trump Plaza, 8 p.m. $48. 609-441-6000.
I Love Lucy: Live on Stage, Harrah's, 5 and 9 p.m. $29, $49, $59. 800-2-HARRAH.
Magique, Grand Illusionists, Tropicana, Showroom, 8 p.m. $25 adults, $10 children 16 and younger, $25.
Jerry Seinfeld, Borgata Event Center, 8 p.m. $95, $135, $155. 609-677-1000.
BJ Thomas, Atlantic Club, 8 p.m. $20. 609-347-7111.
Wang Chung, Resorts, 9 p.m. $25. 800-322-SHOW.
Brian Wilson with Al Jardine and David Marks, Golden Nugget, 9 p.m. $55, $85. 800-777-8477.
Alice Cooper, Showboat, House of Blues, 7 p.m. $40, $50. 800-736-1420.
Tu Rae Gordon, Mark Riccadonna, Mike Donovan, Tropicana Comedy Stop, The Quarter, must be 18 or older, 9 and 11:15 p.m., $27, $25.
2013 Designer Show House, Cavalier Cottage, 1109 Washington St., Cape May, across from Emlen Physick Estate, self-guided tours 1 to 4 p.m., $15. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or CapeMayMac.org
Inaugural Steel Pier Alumni Reunion, 8 to 10 p.m., rain or shine, Ocean Reef Bar And Grill, end of Steel Pier, Atlantic City, live music, celebrity guests, live broadcast on WOND AM 1400, fundraiser for the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, free and open to public. 609-652-5322.
Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Center City Park, Atlantic Avenue between North and South Carolina avenues, Atlantic City, vendors, live music. 609-347-0500 or NJCRDA.com
Downtown Market, 9 a.m. to noon, Vine Street parking lot, Hammonton, across from The Eagle Theatre, farmers' market, local artists, craftsmen. DowntownMarket.org
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Maritime Festival, grounds and surrounding streets of Hereford Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, 111 North Central Ave., North Wildwood, artists, crafters, authors, historians, demonstrations, pirate performances, seafood vendors, free admission. HerefordLighthouseFestivals.org
"Tuckerton and the Castor Oil Industry," Historical Society lecture presentation, 2 to 4 p.m., Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum, 35 Leitz Blvd., Little Egg Harbor Township. 609-294-1547.
"Remembering the Storm of '62," 10:30 a.m., main meeting room, Cape May County Library, Sea Isle City Branch, 4800 Central Ave., Sea Isle City, photos, panel discussion, guest speakers, free. 609-263-2992.
Art & Antiques in the Park, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wilbraham Park, Broadway and West Perry streets, West Cape May, artists demonstrations, works for sale, food vendors. 609-884-9325.
Third Annual New Jersey State Crab Festival, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., grounds of Ice House Restaurant, 4415 Park Blvd., Wildwood, block party, live entertainment, vendors, food, contests, free admission. 609-522-0033 or NJCrabFestivalIceHouse.com
"Disney's Aladdin," 7 p.m., Summer Camp for Young Performers, The Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine St., Hammonton, suitable for all ages, $13.50 adults, $11.50 age 12 and younger. 609-704-5012 or TheEagleTheatre.com
Princess Etiquette Tea, 10 a.m. to noon, for girls ages 6 to 10, Latz's by the Bay, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point, table manners lesson, interactive skit, photo sitting by Darci Doran Photography, $36, limited to 20 girls. 609-432-9692.
Unite!, live music event, 10:30 p.m., Moorlyn Family Theatre, Boardwalk between Eighth and Ninth streets, Ocean City, for ages teen to young adult, free. 609-399-0006 or MoorlynFamilyTheatre.org
"Italian Opera Gala," 7 p.m., Bay-Atlantic Symphony, Avalon Elementary School, 235 32nd St., Avalon, free but tickets required, available on first-come, first-served basis. 609-967-7155 or AvalonFreeLibrary.org
Summer Concert Series, 7:30 p.m., Centennial Park, Fern Road and Ocean Avenue, Wildwood Crest, bring blanket or chair, free. 609-523-0202 or VisitWildwoodCrest.com
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 trip, $10 show and go: Cape May Point State Park, 7:30 a.m., meet at platform; Photo birding walk at Cape May Point State Park, 7:30 a.m., at platform. 609-861-0700.
Cape May National Wildlife Refuge, free family nature walks, 9 a.m., at Two Mile Beach Unit of Cape May NWR, Ocean Drive south of Wildwood Crest. 215-341-1044.
Cape May Point State Park, free programs include beginner's bird walk 9 a.m., live animal program 11 a.m., nature walk 2 p.m. 609-884-2159.
Cape May County 4-H Fair, noon to 9 p.m., Fairgrounds on Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House, rides, livestock, live music, equine events. 609-465-5115, ext. 605.
Wetlands Institute, 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd., Stone Harbor, salt marsh film and guided walk 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; $8 adults, $6 ages 3 to 12, includes activities. 609-368-1211.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats," musical, 8 p.m., Ocean Professional Theatre Company, Bengal Auditorium, 180 Bengal Blvd., Barnegat, $35 adults, $20 age 12 and younger. 609-312-8306 or OceanTheatre.org
"South Pacific," musical, 8 p.m., Surflight Theater, Engleside and Beach avenues, Beach Haven, $45. 609-492-9477 or Surflight.org
"Lend Me A Tenor," comedy, 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 CapeMayStage.org
"Almost Love," A Series of One-Acts by John Cariani, 10:30 p.m., Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank and Lafayette streets, Cape May, pay-what-you-can. 609-770-8311 or CapeMayStage.org
"Lost on the Natchez Trace," 8:30 p.m., East Lynne Theatre Company, First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St., Cape May, $30 adults, $25 seniors, $15 students, age 12 and younger free. 609-884-5898 or EastLynneTheater.org
"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," musical comedy, 8 p.m., OCCollege Repertory Theatre, Ocean County College Arts & Community Center, Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, $22 adults, $18 seniors, $10 students. 732-255-0500 or Tickets.Ocean.edu
"The Heiresses," dinner theater, 7 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. curtain, Cape Island Theatre Company, The Cold Spring Grange Restaurant, 735 Seashore Road, Cape May, meet and greet with cast following performance, $47 adults, $20 children, age 6 and younger free. 609-408-6595 or CapeIslandTheatre.com
Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, 3400 Pacific Ave: The Burger Bar, 609-340-4636 - Kirk Yano/Felix Cabrera, 9 p.m.; The Dizzy Dolphin, 609-340-4636 -InCognito Trio, 4 p.m.; Bobby Kit & Greg, 8 p.m.
Bally's Atlantic City, Park Place and Boardwalk: Blue Martini, 609-340-2000 - Savage Men, 6 p.m.; Taylor Hicks and DJ Clayton the Chemist, 10 p.m.; The Lobby Bar, 609-340-2000 - Girls Next Door, 10 p.m.; The Mountain Bar, 609-340-2000 - DJ Cool Jon Sprang, 9 p.m.; Vixens, 10 p.m.; Bally's Beach Bar, 609-340-2000 - Taylor Hicks and DJ Patrice McBride, 1 p.m.; The Rising, 2 p.m.; Karma, 7 p.m.; DJ Chris Rivera, 8 p.m.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, 1 Borgata Way: Gypsy Bar, 609-317-1000 - Garden State Radio, 7 p.m.; Peat Moss and the Fertilizers, 10 p.m.; MIXX, 609-317-1000 - SNDCLSH: DJ Lupe Fiasco & DJ Sky Gellatly; mur.mur, 609-317-1000 -Sky Nellor, 10 p.m.
Caesars Atlantic City, 2100 Pacific Ave.: Dusk, 609-345-3875 - Vinny from Jersey Shore; 21 Bar, 609-345-3875 - DJ Be-Easy, 10 p.m.; Toga Bar, 609-348-4411 - DJ Patrice McBride, 9 p.m.; Toga Dancers, 10 p.m.;
Golden Nugget, Huron Avenue and Brigantine Boulevard: Haven Nightclub, 609-340-5111- Sid Vicious, 10 p.m.; H20 Pool & Lounge, 800-777-8477 - DJ, 2-7 p.m.; Rush Lounge, 800-777-8477 - Joe Parker, 6 p.m.; New York Minute, 10 p.m.; The Deck, 800-777-8477 - M80, 2:30 p.m.; Seven Stone, 8 p.m.
Harrah's Resort, 777 Harrah's Blvd.: Eden Lounge, 609-441-5165 - The Exceptions, 9:15 p.m.; The Pool After Dark, 609-441-5165 - Johnny B and Eddie Edge; Xhibition Bar, 800-242-7724 - DJ Iron Mike, 10 p.m. and 3:30 a.m.; DJ K, 12:30 a.m.
Resorts Casino Hotel, 1133 Boardwalk: Landshark Bar & Grill, 609- 431-4100 - Jessica Kartalis, 2 p.m.; Sam & Jay, 5 p.m.; Margaritaville, 609- 431-4100 - 2-Stilts, 6 to 9 p.m.; Animal House, 10 p.m.; ProBar, 800-336-6378 - Music Videos, 8 p.m.; DJ, 10 p.m.; Gogo Boys, 11 p.m.
Revel, 500 Boardwalk: The Social, 609-572-6488 - EagleMania: Tribute to The Eagles, 8 p.m.; Ultrafuze, 11:30 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 Nightclub, 855-348-0500 -Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, 10 p.m.; HQ Beach Club, 855-348-0500 - EC Twins, 10 a.m.
Showboat Casino-Hotel, 801 Boardwalk: House of Blues Party Pit, 609-343-4000 - DJ Aiden Scott, 8 p.m.; Ed K formerly of Live and Dancers, 10 p.m.; Foundation Room, 609-343-4000 - Vito G.
Tropicana Casino and Resort, 2831 Boardwalk: Anthem, 609-576-5206 - DJ B-Easy, DJ Hook and DJ Luap and D-Sharp; Boogie Nights, 888-940-7080 - Do Ya' Think Im Sexy Saturday, Rod Stewart impersonator; Providence, The Quarter, 609-345-7800 - DJ Finesse, 10 p.m.; Ri-Ra, The Quarter, 609-348-8600 - Last Call Casualty, 11 p.m.; Rumba Lounge, The Quarter, 609-340-4000 - Dancers, 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.; Planet Rose Karaoke Lounge, The Quarter, 609-344-6565 - Karaoke, 8 p.m.; Tango's Lounge, 609-345-7800 - Jynx, 3 p.m.; Johnny & Sherena, 7 p.m.; DJ Ralph D'Amelio, 11 p.m.
Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, 1000 Boardwalk at Virginia Avenue: Ego, 609-449-5138 - Almost Angels and DJ Joey Catz, 10:30 p.m., 12:10 a.m. and 1:50 a.m.; Casbah, 609-449-5138 - DJ Xtina & DJ Ed Smooth, 10 p.m.; The Lounge at Robert's Steakhouse, 855-500-ROBERTS - Late Night Happy Hour featuring live entertainment by Kevin Hildebrandt and drink specials, 9 p.m. to close.
Trump Plaza Casino Resort, 2500 Boardwalk: Trump Plaza Beach Bar, 609-449-5138 - DJ, 3 p.m.; Pop Scene, DJ, 8 p.m.
Harry's Oyster Bar, 1900 Pacific Ave., 609-431-0092 - Nick Vallee Duo, 3 p.m.; Danny Eyer, 7:30 p.m.
Chelsea, Chelsea Hotel, 111 S. Chelsea Ave., 609-428 4544 - Day: Chelsea Pool Parties, Fifth Floor rooftop pool; Night: Dining, Dancing and DJ's.
Tun Tavern, 2 Convention Blvd., 609-347-7800 - Dave Vroman, 8 p.m.
Bobby Dee's Rock'n Chair Restaurant, 2409 Dune Drive, 609-967-3300 - The Other Side and Don McCloskey, 10 p.m.
Jack's Place, 3601 Ocean Drive, 609-967-5001 - Goodman Fiske.
The Princeton, 2008 Dune Drive, 609-725-8681 - The Tall Boys, The Benderz and DJ.
Rick's America Cafe, Fourth and Broadway, 609-494-8482 - Chevy Lopez.
Towne Tavern, 694 N. Pearl St., 856-455-3474 -DJ.
Boiler Room, Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place, 609-884-8421- The Dane Anthony Band, 5 p.m.
Brown Room, Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place, 609-884-8421 - Darin MacDonald. 8 p.m.
Cabanas Beach Bar and Grill, Beach and Decatur Avenues, 609-884-4800 - John McNutt, 10 p.m.; Fourth Annual Cabanas Cape May Beach Bash Volleyball Tournament, After Party At Cabanas 3 to 7 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 - Kate Delany Duo, 5 p.m.; Edgardo Contron & Friends, 9:30 p.m.
Mad Batter, 19 Jackson St., 609-884-5970 - Squares.
The Ugly Mug, 462 Washington St., 609-884-3459 - Live music, 10 p.m.
Bulldog's Bar and Grill, 743 White Horse Pike, 609-965-4433 - DJ Dance Party, 10 p.m.
JD's Pub and Grille, 45 S. New York Road, 609-404-9000 - Live music, 9 p.m.
Ram's Head Inn, 9 W. White Horse Pike, 609-652-1700 - John Arnett plays piano, 4 p.m.
The Smithville Inn, 1 N. New York Road, Smithville, 609-652-7777- Lenny Mitchell, 6 p.m.
Pitney Pub, 200 S. Pitney Road, 609-241-8906 - Live music.
DiDonato's Bowling Center and Cocktail Lounge, 1151 White Horse Pike, 609-561-3040 - Karaoke, 9 p.m.
Long Beach Island
Buckalew's Restaurant and Tavern, Beach Haven, 101 N. Bay Ave., 609-492-1065 - The Kootz.
The Sea Shell Resort and Beach Club, 10 S. Atlantic Ave., Beach Haven, 609-492-4611 - Face Down, 5 p.m.; Under Pressure, 10 p.m.
Bocca Coal Fire Bistro, 7805 Ventnor Ave., 609-823-3663 - Secret Agents Band, 9:30 p.m.
Sofia, 9314 Amherst Ave., 609-822-9111 - Live music and piano, 7 p.m.
Steve and Cookie's By the Bay, Amherst Avenue, 609-823-1163 - Joe Mancini, 7 p.m.
Tomatoe's, 9300 Amherst Ave., 609-822-7535 - DJ Steve O.
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, 10 p.m.
Watering Hole Cafe, 6494 Weymouth Road, 609-625-9300 - Tremendous Horendous, 9 p.m.
Bogart's Books, 210 N. High St., 856-327-3714 - Acoustic Folk.
Old Oar House Irish Pub, 123 N. High St., 856-293-1200 - Rob Huntley, 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 - Slainte, Touche.
The Rail, Route 40 and Cedar Avenue, 856-697-RAIL - Hofenakus.
Sea Isle City
Dead Dog Saloon, 39th Street and Landis Avenue, 609-263-7600 - Nicki Sbaffoni.
The Ocean Drive, 40th Street and Landis Avenue, 609-263-1000 - Total White Out, Stellar Mojo, Lost in Paris and Tommy B.
Shenanigans, 3815 Landis Ave., 609-263-3900 - DJ Daily.
Springfield Inn, 43rd Street and Pleasure Avenue, 609-263-4951 - On the Deck: Jammer Dave Collaton, Inside Jam: The Juliano Brothers, At Night Element K & DJ Hunter.
800 Bay, 800 Bay Ave., 609-926-3500 - Jazz with Shawn Ashley, 8 p.m.
Clancy's By the Bay, 101 East Maryland Ave., 609-927-6969 - DJ Nick Teti, 9 p.m.
The Crab Trap, 2 Broadway, 609-927-7377 - That 70's Band.
Gregory's Restaurant, 900 Shore Road, 609-927-6665 - DJ Ralph, 10 p.m.
The Deauville Inn, 201 Willard Road, Strathmere, 609-263-2080 - Lew London and Terry Showers on the deck, 1 p.m.
Tuckahoe Inn, Route 9, Tuckahoe, 609-390-3322 - Jesse and Ben Singleton Band.
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.
Shamrock Cafe, 3700 Pacific Ave., 609-522-7552 - Pong Tournament Pong Tournament with $100 Cash Prize.
La Piazza Cucina, 4600 Pacific Ave., 609-522-8300 - Bittersweet.