'Steel Magnolias' at Surflight

What Is It: A quintessential story of friendship and trust, "Steel Magnolias" chronicles the lives and friendships of six women in Louisiana. It will be performed tonight and continue through Oct. 7 at the Surflight Theatre.

What To Expect: Supporting each other through their triumphs and tragedies, the women of "Steel Magnolias" congregate at Truvy's Beauty Shop to ponder the mysteries of life and death, husbands, children - and hair and nails - topics that unite and celebrate women. Playwright Robert Harling was an aspiring actor when he wrote "Steel Magnolias" to cope with the death of his beloved sister.

Event Info: Performances will be held 2 and 8 p.m. today, 8 p.m. Thursday, 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Oct. 3, 2 and 8 p.m. Oct. 4, 8 p.m. Oct. 5, 2 and 8 p.m. Oct. 6 and 2 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Surflight Theatre, 201 Engleside Ave., Beach Haven, Long Beach Island. Tickets priced between $36 and $54. Tickets are available at the Surflight box office, by phone at 609-492-9477 or at surflight.org.

Casinos

Kozak the Magician, Tropi-cana, Comedy Stop, mature PG-14 material, 6:30 p.m., seating for dinner 5:30 p.m., $20 show only ($10 ages 11 and younger); $30 dinner and show. 609-348-0920.

Legends in Concert, Bally's, Palace Theater, 3 and 8 p.m. $32.50. 609-340-2709.

The Price is Right - hosted by Jerry Springer, Harrah's, 3 and 8 p.m. $27 and $37. 800-2-HARRAH.

Comedy

Steve Lazarus, Patty Rosborough, Kevin Meaney, Borgata Comedy Club, The Music Box, 9 p.m., $20.

Mark Riccadonna, Bob Seibel, Manny Oliveira, Tropicana Comedy Stop, The Quarter, must be 18 or older, 9 p.m., $25.

Kids

Justin the Puppet Master, 11 a.m., inside Shore Mall, near Jersey Shore Children's Museum, Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township, puppet show for preschool-age children, free. 609-645-7741.

Nature

Marine Mammal Stranding Center, Brigantine Avenue and 34th Street, Brigantine, museum, gift shop, tours for a fee. 609-266-0539.

Nature Conservancy, Bayshores Center, 2350 Route 47, Delmont, nature trails. 609-861-0600.

Atlantic City Aquarium, Gardner's Basin, North New Hampshire Avenue, Atlantic City, displays fish, reptiles and amphibians. $8 adults, $5 children. 609-348-2880.

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, free Cape May hawkwatch, dawn to dusk, Cape May Point State Park platform; free hawk I.D. mini-workshops, 10:30 a.m., Hawkwatch Platform, Cape May Point State Park; birding trips, $10 show and go: Cape May Point State Park, 7:30 a.m., at platform; Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge, 5 p.m., meet at lot, Sunset Boulevard. 609-861-0700.

Theater

"Time Stands Still," drama, 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

"It Pays to Advertise," comedy, 8 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 eastlynnetheater.org

Nightlife

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, 1 Borgata Way: Gypsy Bar, 609-317-1000 - Gypsy Wisdom Duo, 9 p.m.

Golden Nugget, Huron Avenue and Brigantine Boulevard: Rush Lounge, 800-777-8477 - Generation Next, 8 p.m.

Harrah's Resort, 777 Harrah's Blvd.: Eden Lounge, 609-441-5165 - Rock Star Karaoke with Big Ragu, 9 p.m.; The Pool After Dark, 609-441-5165 - DJ Vito G and Alphamix. 10 p.m.; Xhibition Bar, 800-242-7724 - DJ Freezie, 10 p.m.

Resorts Casino Hotel, 1133 Boardwalk: 25 Hours, 800-336-6378 - Blanche, 4 p.m.

Tropicana Casino and Resort, 2831 Boardwalk: Anthem, 609-576-5206 - Fish Out OF Water and DJs, 10 p.m.; Planet Rose Karaoke Lounge, The Quarter, 609-344-6565 - Karaoke, 8 p.m.

Absecon

W.L.Goodfellows and Co., 310 E. White Horse Pike, 609-652-1942 - Karaoke, 8 p.m.

Barnegat

Lefty's Tavern, 547 North Main St., 609-607-0707 - Open Mic Night, 8 p.m.

Bridgeton

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

Cape May

Mad Batter, 19 Jackson St., 609-884-5970 - Blondage, 7 p.m.

The Merion Inn, 106 Decatur St. at Columbia Ave., 609-884-8363 - Dean Schneider, 5:30 p.m.

The Pilot House, 142 Decatur St., on the Washington Street Mall, Cape May, 609-884-3449 - Family Friendly Trivia, 8 p.m.

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

Egg Harbor Township

Caffe Luciano, 301 Longport Blvd., 609-822-1002 - Don't Call Me Francis, 9 p.m.

A Touch of Italy, 6629 Black Horse Pike, 609-646-1855 - Alex Glover and Bob Mower, 6 p.m.

Galloway Township

JD's Pub and Grille, 45 S. New York Rd., 609-404-9000 - Quizzo, 8 p.m.

Margate

Sofia, 9314 Amherst Ave., 609-822-9111 - DJ, 10 p.m.

Steve and Cookie's By the Bay, Amherst Ave., 609-823-1163 - Joe Mancini and Friends, 7 p.m.

Tomatoe's, 9300 Amherst Ave., 609-822-7535 - Rock and Roll Sushi, 9 p.m.

Mays Landing

Applebee's Restaurant, 700 Consumer Square, 609-383-9290 - Quizzo, 9 p.m.

Somers Point

Applebee's Restaurant, 51 Bethel Rd., 609-653-2270 - Quizzo, 8:30 p.m.

Clancy's By the Bay, 101 East Maryland Ave., 609-927-6969 - Steve Moore and MIA Trio, 8 p.m.

Gregory's Restaurant, 900 Shore Road, 609-927-6665 - Karaoke with Troy, 10 p.m.

Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, 908 Shore Road, 609-927-2759 - End of Summer Wake hosted by South jersey Parrotheads, 5 to 9 p.m.

Upper Township

Tuckahoe Inn, Route 9, Tuckahoe, 609-390-3322 - Bob Campanell, 5 p.m.