While some are too distracted by the bright lights of the slot machines, there’s more to see in Atlantic City than the inside of a casino. And since its first lighting in 1857, the Absecon Lighthouse has been one of the most beautiful landmarks the city has to offer. This year marks the lighthouse’s 154th birthday, and everyone’s invited for cake and a free climb to the top. Jan. 15, 1 p.m., 31 S. Rhode Island Ave., Atlantic City, (609) 449-1360, AbseconLighthouse.org
In Cold Blood
Some people just don’t want to wait until summer to swim at the Wildwoods’ sunny beaches. Lucky for them, the Polar Bear Plunge is scheduled for Jan. 15. The event is not only a chance to prove you have what it takes to jump into 40-degree water; it’s also an opportunity to give. All proceeds benefit the Spe??cial Olym?pics of New Jersey. Jan. 15, 10 a.m. at 4501 Board??walk, Wildwood, (609) 729-9000, NJPolarPlunge.org.
Song & Dance
Whether you prefer the passion of the tango or the more restrained joys of chamber music, there is an ideal event for you at Stockton Performing Arts Center. “Tango Fire,” Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m., $20-40; and Bay-Atlantic Sym?phony’s “Facile Fa?cades,” Jan. 30, 2 p.m., $25; both at Jimmie Leeds Road, Pomona, (609) 652-9000, Stockton.edu/PAC.
The Anti-Social Network
Four hilarious headliners booked for a one-night-only comedy extravaganza. That was the plan—until the Anti-Social Network sold out the Borgata Event Center in record time. Now, the Borgata has added two more shows for the comedy event, hosted by Jim Norton and featuring funnymen Dave Attell, Jim Breuer and Bill Burr. Jan. 15, 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.; Jan. 16, 8 p.m. at the Borgata, One Borgata Way, (609) 317-1000, TheBorgata.com, $45-65.
Though it’s been decades since their “Love Shack” days, the B-52s still know how to bring the party. Jan. 22, 9 p.m., at Harrah’s Resort, 777 Harrah’s Blvd., (609) 441-5000, HarrahsResort.com, $35-55.
After years off the radar, the critically acclaimed artist is touring again, performing favorites from her solo repertoire and her Fugees days, as well as more recent compositions. Jan. 29, 9 p.m. at House of Blues at Showboat, 801 Boardwalk, (609) 236-2583, ShowboatAC.com, $49.75-$70.50
Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Magazine, Volume 7, Issue 10 (January, 2011).
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