Alan Macklovitch, better known as the master DJ A-Trak, has pretty much had things his own way since winning the DMC World DJ Championship in 1997 at the age of 15. That’s what you call making a career entrance.
Since then, the question isn’t what has the 32-year-old DJ done, it’s what hasn’t he done?
Win all three major DJ competition titles (DMC, ITF and Vestax)? Did that.
Developed his own notation system for scratching? Did that
Started his own record label (Fool’s Gold Records)? Did that too.
Become the personal tour DJ for an act like Kanye West? Uh-huh.
Become a street-wear icon by collaborating with Nike, New Era, Kidrobot, Zoo York and pretty much every other designer getting any notice? Yep.
Produced a ton of hit singles and remixes? That too.
You may be noticing a trend here. Still, A-Trak hasn’t done everything—close, but not yet, However, he will be spinning at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa at MIXX along with Carlos Melange on November 29. The appearance comes just days after the scheduled release of his newest single, Push on November 25.
At Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, we know that even as our guests take in all we have to offer from great nightlife and dining to the best casino action on the East Coast, some of our guests just want to work.
And we’re not talking about their jobs.
We’re talking about working your abs, your cardio system, your lats and everything else gym rats love to work. So at Spa Toccarre, Borgata provides guests with The Pump Room, a state-of-the-art hi-tech fitness center that offers the best workout you’ll find, the best fitness equipment available and the best overall experience complete with spectacular views of Atlantic City.
And if that’s not enough, we’re about to make The Pump Room better.
The Pump Room will be closed from December 1 to December 12 as it receives a major upgrade that will include installation of all new cardio equipment (from Life Fitness), a new stretching station and more. The upgrade replaces much of The Pump Room’s original equipment form its opening 11 years ago.
And that’s not even mentioning a complete redecorating with new wall coverings, carpets and ceiling tiles.
Here’s a look at what we’re adding to The Pump Room.
Believe it or not, there’s actually some small controversies surrounding the unique and wonderful holiday of Thanksgiving.
Oh, sure we all know that the pilgrims and Native Americans got together about 1621 and celebrated a great feast and then watched some high school football before going out at midnight to get great bargains to start their Christmas shopping. And it was in 1863 that Abe Lincoln declared the first official national Thanksgiving Day along with the proclamation that the Detroit Lions always play a game on the holiday.
But to tell the truth, there’s a lot of controversy over that first Thanksgiving Day–especially the menu. The pilgrims probably ate some turkey, but venison (deer) was the likely main course along with a lot of seafood and also vegetables from their great harvest that year (which was the reason for the whole thing).
What’s not clear is if they had pie. Records show the pilgrims had access to a lot of wild fruits and berries growing around New England, but whether they baked them into a flaky crust and served them with coffee and ice cream is anybody’s guess.
Think of it—a pie-less Thanksgiving. Oh those poor, poor pilgrims.
Fortunately, we in the modern age don’t have to put up with that thanks to the Borgata Baking Co., which is offering up a special selection of Thanksgiving pies.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa offers up so much to do, sometimes it can be a little hard keeping track of it all.
Great nightlife, fantastic dining, amazing shows and entertainment, luxurious rooms, decadent spas, heart-pounding casino action, the best live poker room on the East Coast—the list goes on and on.
So it’s no wonder people like to play here. But those very amenities that make Borgata a great playground also make it the perfect place to do business.
Let us explain.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is the premiere meeting and event venue in Atlantic City and for that matter the country. Just ask the folks at Smart Meetings magazine, which has named Borgata a winner in its 11th annual Platinum Choice Awards for meeting venues in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Smart Meetings’ readers pick the winners based on venues that set exemplary standards in a range of categories, including ambiance, amenities, breadth of resources, facility quality, guest services, meeting space, meeting packages, recreational activities, restaurant and dining facilities, and technical support.
That’s a lot of categories and Borgata excels at them all.
Tony Bennett is timeless.
Now on the surface that seems like a pretty standard publicist’s type of thing to say about a singer who had his first No. 1 hit, “Because of You,” in 1951 and saw his most beloved song, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” released in 1962.
But Bennett—who performs November 28 in the Borgata Event Center—doesn’t need some slick code for “old” or “from yesteryear.” Not when he has the No. 1 album in the country right now in 2014.
That’s right. His No. 1 album Cheek to Cheek, featuring classic duets with the very modern Lady Gaga—you may have seen Bennett’s and Gaga’s recent live televised concert special on PBS—is being hailed by critics for introducing jazz to a new generation.
On the charts at No. 1 in 1951. On the charts at No. 1 in 2014.
Tony Bennett, at 88, is still new.
His secret? He stays true to himself and sings the standards of American music that can touch any generation. And since his revival with young audiences in the 1990s (Anyone remember Tony at the “MTV Video Music Awards” at the height of the grunge era?) he’s sung them with a litany of great artists, old and new, from Christina Aguilera to Willy Nelson to Amy Winehouse to Billy Joel and so many more.
Borgata Nightlife’s mur.mur Mondays prove that the party never has to stop even if the weekend does.
Meanwhile DJ MakJ (aka. Mackenzie Johnson) has taken his art of partying around the world. His creativity and diversity have gained him the praise of an army of performers for his originals, edits, bootlegs and remixes.
So imagine when the two ever come together. You know, DJ MakJ playing at mur.mur Mondays.
It’s happening November 10.
All of Borgata’s DJs know how to keep a party going, but there’s no question that MakJ brings a fascinating background with him. At 15 he was a race car driver in China. At 17, he was in the U.S. spinning.
Now he’s a successful producer and radio host. And per his website, 2014 Has already seen MAKJ release “Let’s Get F*cked Up,” a huge collab on Ultra with megastar MC Lil Jon, as well as “DERP,” a collaboration with his good friends Bassjackers.
Wanda Sykes plays Borgata’s Music Box November 7 & 8. So here’s a quick Wanda Sykes quiz.
Which of these three quotes come from Sykes?
“I can hear my mother now: ‘What? Oh, you gonna get a divorce? It’s just that easy, huh? Things get hard, things get rough – you just want to throw in the towel, just like that. Let me tell you something, that’s a bunch of bull. Let me tell you something – your father and I had a shootout, OK? He took one in the arm – Harry, show her where I shot you – now, see that’s love right there. You gotta learn how to work these things out. He was wrong, I shot him – you move on.”
“I don’t understand this whole Elvis thing. There are dead people in my family that we miss and love dearly, but shoot, we don’t dress up like them and do impressions. I’ll show up at the family reunion in a dirty t-shirt and a bald cap – ‘Look, everybody, I’m Uncle Earl.’”
“I love doing stand-up, because it gives me the freedom to say what I really want to say. I think that’s why it’s my favorite thing to do.”
The answer? All three.
Wanda Sykes has carved out an impressive TV career with stints on “The Chris Rock Show,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” “Curb your Enthusiasm,” her own late night talk show and a bunch of HBO comedy specials. And that’s not even mentioning films like “Bruce Almighty” and “Monster in Law.” She’s a writer, actor and producer.
Let’s say, for argument’s sake, you were really hungry and feeling really adventurous at the same time.
You want something different—not your 1 millionth pizza or cheeseburger, not your 500,000 meal of pot roast and mashed potatoes. And you’re also a little sick and tired of what passes for standard restaurant fare out there with the endless salad bowls and unlimited cheesy bread sticks.
No, you want adventure, excitement, a new taste sensation. Like you were on a gastronomic safari.
Well, would you eat alligator?
How about rattlesnake? Snails? Duck tongue? Wild boar?
Avacado and mint ice cream?
Ha, you say. Not in a pig’s ear. Really, how about if the pig’s ear came Vietnamese style in a summer roll with a roasted cashew sauce?
Let’s face it, you know you would. That’s just the kind of dining adventurer you are and Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has the perfect dining adventure for you
Welcome to Extreme Eats, a special dining event at Aqua at The Water Club Hotel that’s part of Savor Borgata’s Weekend of Savoring and helps cap off Borgata Restaurant Week. The event starts at 7:30pm at Aqua on Friday, November 7.
When Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa was looking to highlight the amazing dining and restaurant options we offer here in Atlantic City—not to mention our incredible line-up of chefs—we decided to offer a series of events, demonstrations, and special deals at our dining venues.
Thus was born the Savor Borgata Series. Of course, first we had to come up with a name for the series.
After rejecting the “Them’s good eats at Borgata” series and the “Chow down until you bust at Borgata” series options, we decided to go with the more refined, Savor Borgata Series title (which we were absolutely thrilled someone thought of).
It was the perfect name for the series of occasional wine tastings, chef demonstrations, cook-book signings or special restaurant deals.
Except, as time went on, it became clear that you, the savorers (the ones who savor?), wanted a lot more than an occasional event. No, once you start savoring, you never want to stop.
Well, we heard you.
The annual Savor Borgata Restaurant Week at Borgata is November 2 to November 7.
There’s a definite art to the perfect Halloween costume. You want to stand out and get noticed, but at the same time you don’t want to wear what everyone else is wearing.
Or maybe you do, which is fine. The sexy nurse, or sexy witch or buff superhero costume always works and usually gets you noticed. But it’s not like the old standbys are going to win a Halloween costume contest on originality are they?
But wait. Costume contest, you ask? Would that be Halloween costume contests at Borgata Nightlife?
Why yes. This year Borgata Nightlife is holding … wait for it … six different Halloween contests at our nightlife venues and giving away cash prizes and overnight stays at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
It starts out at mur.mur Mondays October 27 for a kind of pre-Halloween costume extravaganza. First prize is $1,000 with a second prize of free bottle service and an overnight stay.
On Halloween night—which conveniently is a Friday night this year—Borgata Nightlife has three costume contests with one each at mur.mur, MIXX and Gypsy Bar. First place is $2,500 at MIXX and mur.mur with free bottle service and an overnight stay for second. At Gypsy Bar, first prize is $1,000 with a $250 bar tab and reserved table for second place.
Finally, on Saturday, November 1, MIXX and mur.mur both hold contests again with first place winning $2,500 and free bottle service and an overnight stay for second.
Check out Borgata Nightlife’s full Halloween schedule.