WATCH THIS: Take a Virtual Tour of Borgata’s New Festival Park, and See What Performers Are Lined Up

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Atlantic City’s Borgata will be introducing a unique new venue this summer for entertainment: the Festival Park, a 4,500-capacity space that will host performers, dance music parties, and food festivals. The space, which is set to open on June 13 with a concert featuring The Hooters, G. Love and Special Sauce, Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes, will be the newest addition to the hotel resort and one of the more exciting features for the Jersey shore this summer. Below you can watch a virtual tour of what the space will look like when it opens:

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Margaret Cho to Play Atlantic City’s Borgata

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Everyone’s favorite comedienne Margaret Cho will be returning to our area this July at Borgata Hotel, Casino, and Spa in Atlantic City.

The outlandish Cho, who is openly bisexual and a staunch advocate for the LGBTQ community, will be playing Borgata’s The Music Box on July 18 at 9:00pm. More information can be found via Borgata’s website.

No post about Cho could be complete without a video of her, and, of course, we found an April 2013 episode of In Bed With Joan with the late Joan Rivers, where Cho calls herself the “Helen Keller of STDs.”

My First Big Gay Atlantic City Weekend

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This weekend was not only my first big gay weekend at the Borgata Hotel & Casino, it was my first time going to Atlantic City, period.

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Our carload on the way to Atlantic City. I’m the one in the back with the dark beard.

A group of us from G Philly—and other queer folks from up and down the East Coast—were invited down to stay two nights at the Borgata (you can’t miss its shimmering gold towers as you enter Atlantic City) for the hotel and casino’s first OUT at Borgata weekend. This was the kickoff event for their new initiative to lure down queer folks to AC with parties and entertainment catering to the LGBT crowd. For the opener they invited ’90s songstress Sarah McClachlan and comedian Kathy Griffin.

But the entertainment’s only a fraction of the draw to the Borgata. Once you’re there, you’re in a city all its own, full of top-notch restaurants, a luxurious spa, and shopping if you’re not in the mood to Jitney over to the nearby Tanger Outlets (which is worth a trip if you have the time).

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Kathy Griffin On Taylor Swift, the Kardashians, and (Some) Fashion Police

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This weekend the Borgata invited several of us from G Philly down to their launch of OUT at Borgata, a new initiative that aims to bring the gays down to AC. One of the incentives for the weekend, was a ticket to see comedian and gay icon Kathy Griffin in the Casino’s main show room.

Entering, we were all waiting with bated breath as Kathy Griffin took the stage on Saturday evening: What was the dirt behind her sudden departure from Fashion Police just two days earlier? What kind of shit was she going to talk on Giuliana Rancic and some of the other hosts of the show? Read more »

Wendy Ho and Mimi Imfurst to Headline OUT at Borgata Party

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Wendy Ho

Several weeks ago, we reported on a brand new LGBT initiative that Atlantic City’s Borgata is rolling out, including a series of concerts, travel packages, and parties featuring entertainers like Kathy Griffin and Lady Gaga. Now, Borgata Nightlife announced that the OUT at Borgata kick-off party on March 13th will be hosted by none other than rapper/comedian Wendy Ho, with DJ Mimi (AKA Mimi Imfurst) spinning beats all night long. Read more »

Tickets to Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett at Borgata Go On Sale at 10AM

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It’s Mother Monster like you’ve never heard her before: The epic duo of Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are coming to the Borgata in Atlantic City on July 24 with their “Cheek to Cheek” tour, and tickets go on sale at 10AM this morning.

Unless you’ve been hiding under a giant rock, most likely you’ve heard and seen Gaga and Tony perform classic jazz hits from their duo album, which just won a Grammy on Sunday evening. It’s been said once, but it is worth saying again: This is amazing music, and we finally get to hear Gaga reach vocal heights outside of her pop routines. Case in point:

And we can’t forget the iconic Tony Bennett. At 88 years old, he can still croon like none other. The event is a perfect compliment to the Atlantic City resort’s new OUT at Borgata LGBT initiative, which includes plenty of travel and entertainment opportunities.

Tickets to the show run $125-250, and can be purchased here.

Borgata Launches Major LGBT Initiative With a Celebration Weekend

Kathy Griffin will headline the OUT at Borgata March weekend.

Kathy Griffin will headline the OUT at Borgata March weekend.

If you’re looking for a gay getaway, Atlantic City’s Borgata and Water Club are rolling out the rainbow carpet … literally. The luxury resort, which features a casino, two hotels, and multiple spas, is launching an OUT at Borgata initiative, and they’ve got a killer March party planned with headline entertainment all weekend long. Read more »

What’s Worth Seeing in November: Usher, Bob Dylan, Jerry Seinfeld, the PMA Craft Show and More

Corrina Burns | Photo by Jauhien Sasnou

Corrina Burns | Photo by Jauhien Sasnou

The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence
November 5-23
Off-Broad Street Theater
Time and time again, we’ve heard that there’s a dearth of roles for actresses of a certain age. “But I think that might be changing,” says Corinna Burns, the female lead in Azuka Theatre’s The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, a 2014 Pulitzer Prize finalist. Last season, the 42-year-old Swarthmore grad was cast in just one show. This season? “I have five shows,” she says, including Revolution Shakespeare’s just-wrapped Macbeth and a Fringe play that won accolades from the New York Times. “I feel very lucky. It’s an embarrassment of riches.”

More November must-dos after the jump

Bobby Flay Customer Ordered $3,750 Wine, Says He Thought It Cost $37.50

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Photo by Victor Fiorillo

It’s easy to drop a lot of money at the Borgata, and not just at the blackjack table. The Borgata’s restaurants, which feature celebrity chefs like Bobby Flay and Wolfgang Puck, flaunt prices as high as many of their customers. But one recent diner seems to have been a bit more shocked than most when he got the check. Read more »

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