'Nucky' author appears at A.C. Library

Who Is He: Frank Ferry, the Ventnor-based lawyer who wrote "Nucky: The Real Story of the Atlantic City Boardwalk Boss," will speak about his star subject today at the Atlantic City Free Public Library. The old-school political boss Nucky Johnson is the basis for the lead character in HBO's hit "Boardwalk Empire" series, but Ferry knew the real Johnson late in Nucky's life.

What To Expect: Ferry actually met Johnson in 1964, 23 years after the former boss was convicted in federal court for tax evasion. The young lawyer and his aging client stayed friends until Johnson died in 1968. Ferry will speak about his memories of Nucky, and answer questions about his book and its subject.

Event Info: Free. Starts 11 a.m. in the library's second-floor meeting room, 1 N. Tennessee Ave., Atlantic City. For more details, see acfpl.org or call 609-345-2269.

Jewel to shine at Golden Nugget

Who Is She: In a perfectly logical pairing of artist and venue, Jewel, the singer-songwriter, comes to the Golden Nugget, the Atlantic City hotel-casino, for a show tonight. And old-time fans can be assured that they'll hear their old favorites - the star is touring to promote her new album of greatest hits.

What To Expect: That means you're likely to hear her breakthrough hit from 18 years ago, "Who Will Save Your Soul," along with other big numbers from Jewel's past, including "You Were Meant For Me" and "Foolish Games."

Event Info: Showtime is 7:45 p.m. in The Grand at Golden Nugget, Brigantine Boulevard and Huron Avenue, Atlantic City. Tickets are $40 and $60. For more details, call 609-441-2000 or see goldennugget.com

Cheerleading championships

return to Wildwood

What Is It: Competitive cheerleading is a growing trend these days, and the Wildwoods Convention Center has hosted the Mid-Atlantic championships for years. The competition is back today and Sunday, and it includes teams from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware. What To Expect: The squads start early and do their thing all day on a sprawling, springy floor. That setting lets the teams, including high schools, colleges and all-star ensembles, do routines that feature "aerial and acrobatic feats ... choreographed to music and sound effects," the promoters say.

Event Info: The cheering kicks in at 9 a.m. both days. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for kids ages 10 or younger and free for ages 3 and under. For more details, see SpiritBrands.org or call 866-522-4337.

Casinos

Divas Do AC, Resorts Casino Hotel, Screening Room, 10 p.m. $25. 800-322-SHOW.

Savage Men Male Strip Show, Tropicana, Boogie Nights, 7:30 p.m. $28. 609-340-4020.

Legends in Concert, Bally's, 7:30 and 10 p.m. $32.50, $16.25 children. 609-340-2709.

Darwish Brothers EFC Relentless, Trump Taj Mahal, Xanadu Theater, 8 p.m. $65, $75, $100, $125. 609-449-5150.

NJSIAA Individual State Wrestling Championships, Boardwalk Hall, 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., $10.

The Saw Doctors, Borgata, Music Box, 9 p.m. $25, $29.50. 609-677-1000. 609-677-1000.

Alla Duhova's Todes Modern Russian Show, Tropicana, Showroom, 9 p.m. $65, $85, $95, $125. 609-340-4020.

Gianni Morandi, Trump Taj Mahal, Mark G Etess Arena, 9 p.m. $100, $125, $200. 609-449-5150.

Melheim Zein, Shereen and George Defouni, Resorts, 8:30 p.m. $125, $165, $250. 800-322-SHOW.

Lisa Lampanelli, Borgata, Event Center, 8 p.m. $49.50, $55.50, $59.50. 609-677-1000.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Golden Nugget, 9 p.m. $29.95, $34.95, $39.95, $44.95. 800-777-8477.

Comedy

Steve Kramer, Laurence Mullaney, Derek Gaines, Tropicana Comedy Stop, The Quarter, must be 18 or older, 9 and 11:15 p.m. $27, $25.

Nature

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.

NJ 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: Cape May Point State Park, 8 a.m., meet at Hawkwatch Platform; Nature photo walk, Cape May Point State Park, 8 a.m., meet at platform. 609-861-0700.

Events

New Jersey Home & Garden Show, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Convention Center, One Convention Blvd., Atlantic City, free seminars, complimentary wine tasting, Kid's Zone, live plant sale, special presentations by celebrity guest Roger Hazard, $8.50 adults, $5 seniors, retired military, free with ID for active duty military, free age 16 and younger, discount coupons at showtechnology.com and area Home Depot; parking $10 for first four hours.

Roller skating, 1 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m., Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave., Cape May, $5 to skate, $2 non-skaters, bring own skates or rent ($2 traditional skates, $4 in-line skates). 609-884-9526 or capemayrecreation.org

View and discuss "Skyfall," 1 p.m., Atlantic City Library Film Society, One N. Tennessee Ave., Atlantic City, rated PG-13, open to adult library members. 609-345-2269, ext. 3112, or acfpl.org

Gardening for Wildlife workshops, with Pat Sutton, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cape May Bird Observatory, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, handouts, question & answer sessions, working lunches, discussions, site visits, registration required, $35 each New Jersey Audubon members, $45 nonmembers. 609-898-8848.

Dinner Dance and Silent Auction, Somers Point Foundation for Education, 6 to 11 p.m., Greate Bay Country Club, Somers Point-Mays Landing Road, Somers Point, $75. 609-927-2053.

Theater

"The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)," comedy, 8 p.m., Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine St., Hammonton, $25. 609-704-5012 or theeagletheatre.com

"The Last Five Years," musical, 7 p.m., Our Gang Players, Surflight Theater, Engleside and Beach avenues, Beach Haven, $15 adults, $12. 609-597-0553 or ourgang.org

Nightlife

Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, 3400 Pacific Ave.: The Dizzy Dolphin, 609-340-4636 - Waynard, 6 p.m.; Carlo & Doug Duo, 9 p.m.; The Burger Bar, 609-340-4636 - Jamie McLean, 9 p.m.

Bally's Atlantic City, Park Place and Boardwalk: Blue Martini, 609-340-2000 - Latin Night, 10 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 Loop, 7 p.m.; Johnny Drama, 11 p.m.

Caesars Atlantic City, 2100 Pacific Ave.: Dusk, 609-345-3875 - DJ A-Run, 10 p.m.; 21 Sports Bar, 609-345-3875 - DJ Eric Vanderslice; Toga Bar, 609-348-4411 - DJ Patrice McBride and Toga Dancers, 10 p.m.

Golden Nugget, Huron Avenue and Brigantine Boulevard: Live Bar, 800-777-8477 - Evolution, 10 p.m.; Rush Lounge, 800-777-8477 - Richie Balin, 6 p.m.; All Souled Out, 10 p.m.; Bar 46, 800-777-8477 - DJ & Dancers, 9 p.m.

Harrah's Resort, 777 Harrah's Blvd.: Eden Lounge, 609-441-5165 - Drop Dead Sexy, 9:15 p.m.; The Pool After Dark, 609-441-5165 - Residency Kick Off Party - Pauly D and DJ Vito G, 10 p.m.; Xhibition Bar, 800-242-7724 - DJ Iron Mike, 10 p.m. & 3:30 a.m.; DJ Freezie, 12:30 a.m.

Resorts Casino Hotel, 1133 Boardwalk: 25 Hours, 800-336-6378 - Blanchem 2 to 7:30 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 - Eleven Eleven, 8 p.m., 3 AM, 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 - Manufactured Superstars, 10 p.m.

Showboat Casino-Hotel, 801 Boardwalk: House of Blues Party Pit, 609-343-4000 - DJ Clayton the Chemist, 8 p.m.; Big City and Dancers, 10 p.m.; Foundation Room, 609-343-4000 - Freddie Z, 10 p.m.

Tropicana Casino and Resort, 2831 Boardwalk: Anthem, 609-576-5206 - DJ, 10 p.m.; Boogie Nights, 888-940-7080 - Tight And Bright Night - wear neon or spandex and get in free before 11 p.m.; Providence, The Quarter, 609-345-7800 - DJ Finesse, 10 p.m.; Ri Ra, The Quarter, 609-348-8600 - Seven Stone, 11 p.m.; Rumba Lounge, The Quarter, 609-340-4000 - Dancers, 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 - 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 Chris Rivera; Casbah, 609-449-5138 - DJ, 10 p.m.

Absecon

The Black Cat Bar & Grill, 1 North Shore Road, 609-641-2323 -Blondage.

Barnegat

Lefty's Tavern, 547 North Main St., 609-607-0707 - Bill McLeod.

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 - DJ Dramadik, 9 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 - The Big House Band, 9:30 p.m.

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

Mad Batter, 19 Jackson St., 609-884-5970 - Joe & Mike, 7 p.m.

The Ugly Mug, 462 Washington St., 609-884-3459 - Live music, 10 p.m.

Forked River

Caffrey's Tavern Steakhouse, 440 Route 9 South, 609-693-6613 - Rachel Allyn Band.

Galloway Township

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.

Hammonton

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 - Earl on Piano, 5 p.m.; Dan Brown, 9:30 p.m.

Margate

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.

Mays Landing

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 - Triple XXX, 9 p.m.

Millville

Bogart's Books, 210 N. High St., 856-327-3714 - Marc Ambrosia and Shane Rojas, 7 p.m.

Old Oar House Irish Pub, 123 N. High St., 856-293-1200 - Scott Seabock, 9 p.m.

Richland

The Rail, Route 40 and Cedar Avenue, 856-697-RAIL - Mike Yacovelli & "TOGETHERAGAIN."

Somers Point

800 Bay by Philippe, 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 - Starr.

Gregory's Restaurant, 900 Shore Road, 609-927-6665 - DJ Ralph, 10 p.m.

Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, 908 Shore Road, 609-927-2759 - Bob Mower & Lew London.

Upper Township

Tuckahoe Inn, Route 9, Tuckahoe, 609-390-3322 - Love & Branca, 6:30 p.m.

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

Wildwood

Shamrock Cafe, 3700 Pacific Ave., 609-522-7552 - Pong Tournament with $100 Cash Prize.