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Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri brings his original one-man show, “A Bronx Tale,” to Ovation Hall at Ocean Casino Resort. The critically acclaimed play details his true-life story of growing up in the Bronx and more.(April 1, Ocean Casino Resort, 500 Board-walk, Atlantic City, N.J., theoceanac.com)
Uncle Louie Variety Show, Biagio & The Wiseguyz Dinner brings together comedy, music, and dinner! The comedy is provided by two hilarious Italian-American comedians, Carlo Russo and Lou Greco, who perform original music and stand-up comedy.
The music comes from Italian singing sensation Biagio. His “The Italian Touch” album is considered to be the ultimate Italian/American dance party album featuring well-known songs chosen to appeal to young and old alike.
Dinner is provided by Galdo’s. (April 1, Galdo’s Catering and Entertainment, 1933 W. Moyamensing Ave., Philadelphia, Pa., unation.com/event/uncle-louie-variety-show-biagio-the-wiseguyz-dinner-show-philadelphia-10310395/)
Philly’s first Wine Walk, presented by The Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, includes unlimited wine tastings of more than 48 wines and live entertainment all day long. Vendors include artisanal foods, handmade local crafts, animal adoption and more. Bottles of wine will be available for purchase inside Victory Beer Hall. (April 2, Xfinity Live, 1100 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia, Pa., axs.com/events/447909/wine-walk-philly-tickets)
Brittany Lynn’s Queen Cabaret at Resorts Casino features the most award-winning drag queen around — not only for her shows, but for her work with multiple charities on various platforms. She’s been performing at casinos, restaurants, and concert venues all over the tri-state area for 26 years. Prepare for an evening of music, comedy, and more! (April 4, Resorts Casino Hotel, 1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J., phillydragmafia.com/about)
Moore Brothers Wine Company presents The Wines of Piemonte. Join Brian Healy for a detailed discussion about Piemonte, and taste a series of fantastic Piemontese wines, learning about the history, unique terroirs, and grape varieties of this remarkable place. (April 4, Moore Brothers Wine Company, 1416 N. Dupont St., Wilmington, Del., https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-wines-of-piemonte-registration-543114489057)
At Summit City Winery, they believe that wine and music make a perfect pair. Join them for Oldies Music Night with DJ Lou Costello, in a unique setting, accompanied by one of the most diverse wine selections in the region. (April 15, Summitt City Farms & Winery, 500 University Blvd., Glassboro, N.J., summitcityfarms.com/events/#scheduled)
Get ready for The Italian Chicks Comedy Show. Comedians include Maryann “Boom Boom” Maisano, a singer, songwriter, musician, comedian, writer, and actor. She was the winner of the New York City Song-writers Festival. Her original song “City of Light,” was recorded by the late Danny Aiello and was nominated for a Grammy. She has opened for comedy greats such as Joy Behar & Ray Romano. Cara Amore has performed throughout the New York and tri-state comedy scene. She was in the acting troupe “Improbable Players” dedicated to educating middle school-aged children about alcohol and drug addiction. She was a semi-finalist in the Food Network’s “Next Food Star” and winner of the “Ladies of Laughter!” Gianna Messina got her start as a baby model. She has performed throughout the New York comedy scene. She’s also in the Guinness Book of World Records for performing in the world’s longest-running variety show along with Tony Danza. Debbie Bazza has been making audiences laugh since her days at Junior High School 135 in the Bronx. She’s also appeared in films, and on ABC TV as a finalist in “The View’s Most Hilarious Housewife.” (April 22, Kathedral Event Center, 499 S. Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton, N.J., kathedral.com)
Opera Philadelphia presents Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme. The story and music you adore are presented in reverse order, ending with the promise of new love and the joys of friendship, wine, and song in this visionary production from director and MacArthur “Genius” Yuval Sharon. (April 28, April 30, May 5, May 7, Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, Pa., operaphila.org/whats-on/in-theaters-2022-2023/la-boh%C3%A8me/)
Cherry Hill native Joe Materese will entertain audiences with his original and unique comedy at City Winery this spring. Joe has performed at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia with Bill Burr and again with Sebastian Maniscalco. He’s also performed with Artie Lange at Carnegie Hall, and appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “America’s Got Talent,” “The Howard Stern Show,” and “WTF with Marc Maron.” He’s also a regular guest on WMMR’s “Preston & Steve Show” and on “The John DeBella Show” on WMGK in Philadelphia. (April 29, City Winery, 990 Filbert St., Philadelphia, Pa., citywinery.com)