Shot from last year’s Sand Blast. | Photo by Alexander Kacala
Event producers BradHurtado and BruceYelk have released the full itinerary for Sand Blast, what they’re billing as the largest mid-Atlantic summer gay and lesbian beach party. The festivities are taking place July 17th through the 19th in Atlantic City for the second year in a row. It comprises three days of beach parties, dancing, entertainment and I’m guessing lots of other things that are too risqué to mention here.
Hurtado reports that 1,100 men and women showed up for last year’s Sand Blast, and they’re expecting even more in 2015. The big news this year is that the main beach party is moving from Saturday to Sunday, and they’ve wrangled MargaretCho for an evening of comedy and mom jokes at the Borgata, and a lineup of DJs from around the world.
Weekend passes are on sale now, and individual event tickets are up for grabs starting Friday, May 29th. To give you a little taste of what you’re in for, check out the three-day itinerary below. For more information and to buy tickets, go here.
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:
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.”
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).
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 GiulianaRancic and some of the other hosts of the show? Read more »
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 »
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.
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 »
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.”