Midsummer Night’s Dream


Tired of doing the same old stuff? Are you in need of a little outside-the-box fun? Do yourself a favor and head to Tuckerton Seaport this weekend for “Carve Wars,” a chainsaw carving competition where artists turn ordinary logs into works of art. Also on hand will be food trucks and craft beer vendors, as well as live music. The festival is a two-day affair, running from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15. Admission is $10. Tuckerton Seaport is located at 120 W. Main St. in Tuckerton. Go to TuckertonSeaport.org.


Check out American icon and activist, Erin Brockovich, who will appear at Ocean County College’s Grunin Center 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12. Brockovich shot to fame after the 2001 movie starring Julia Roberts in the title role as Brockovich. It became an international box office smash. Always willing to battle against injustices, Brockovich remains one of the most respected figures of our time. Tickets, priced at $40, can be purchased by calling the Grunin Center Box office at 732-255-0500. Ocean County College is located at 1 College Drive in Toms River.


Get ready for a celebration this weekend as Tropicana Atlantic City plays host to the Big Gay Ball. The event will be held at Boogie Nights and is set to feature the original Village People Cowboy Randy Jones, several former and current Miss’d America winners, as well as celebrity impersonators, a live DJ and a performance by Primal Men. The event begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Tropicana is located at 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City. Go to Tropicana.net.


April Fools Day may have passed, but that may just be part of the joke here at the Atlantic City April Fools Half Marathon. The event, which takes place at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 15, in front of Resorts Casino Hotel, will have runners spending nearly half the length of the race on the Boardwalk, in addition to passing through Ventnor, Margate and Longport. The event includes medals for those who finish, plus free photos and beer, as well as a post-race party at LandShark Bar & Grill. Cost to enter runs from $65 to $100. Go to ACRaceSeries.com.


Lovers of ballet will want to head to Caesars Circus Maximus Theater at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 14, for the Atlantic City Ballet’s performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Perhaps Shakespeare’s best known comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” mixes fantasy and reality with soaring music by Felix Mendelssohn. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com. Go to ACBallet.org.

—Ryan Loughlin

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