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Billy Dee Williams & Seth Gilliam Highlight OC-Con on April 1-2

Girls Weekend Returns to Ocean City on Same Weekend

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 3/1/17

Hollywood icons Billy Dee Williams and Seth Gilliam will be special guests at the OC-Con Comic Convention on April 1 and 2. The same weekend will feature the return of Girls Weekend for its second year. The pair of events promises something for everybody to help kick off the 2017 season in Ocean City.

OC-Con features meet-the-artist sessions, discussion panels, costume contests, a superhero run, and the display and sale of comic books and memorabilia.

Williams starred as Lando Calrissian in “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi” in the “Star Wars” trilogy. His career in film, television, music and art spans five decades and began to soar in the 1970s with memorable roles in “Mahogany,” “Lady Sings the Blues” and “Brian’s Song.” He will appear at OC-Con on Saturday (April 1) and be available for Q&A, photo and autograph sessions.

Gilliam landed his first big role as Aaron Dexter on “The Cosby Show.” He is best known as Ellis Carter on HBO’s acclaimed series “The Wire,” and he has appeared recently as Father Gabriel Stokes in AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” He will be at OC-Con on Sunday (April 2) and, like Williams, will be available for Q&A, photo and autograph sessions.

Tickets for OC-Con go on sale at 9 a.m. Wednesday (March 1) and are expected to sell quickly. Prices are as follows:

$Adult admission: $10 per day or $15 for both days.

$Child (12 and under) admission: $5 per day or $8 for both days.

BBilly Dee Williams Q&A: $20 (noon to 12:45 p.m. April 1)

$Billy Dee Williams Photo: $55 (maximum two people per photo)

$Billy Dee Williams Autograph: $50 (no photos, one item signed)

$Seth Gilliam Q&A: $15 (10:30 to 11:15 a.m. p.m. April 2)

$Seth Gilliam Photo: $40 (maximum two people per photo)

$Seth Gilliam Autograph: $40 (no photos, one item signed)

Tickets are available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center (Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue) or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.

The event also includes the one-mile OC-Con Superhero Run on the boardwalk at 10 a.m. April 1, and the Superhero Obstacle Dash for 12-and-unders on the beach at 11 a.m. April 1. Run registration fee is $15 and includes admission to the show and a T-shirt. The fee for 12-and-unders is $10 and includes the Obstacle Dash as well as admission and a T-shirt. Register online.

For complete information on all of OC-Con, visit ocnjcon.com.

Girls Weekend features hotel and bed-and-breakfast packages, dining offers, shopping discounts, a fashion show, prizes, yoga and wellness classes, craft projects and demonstrations at various locations throughout Ocean City. The event provides a good reason to escape to the shore early in the season and to see what Ocean City’s downtown retail district has to offer.

The weekend actually begins at 7 p.m. Friday, March 31, with a Fashion Show that features the men of Ocean City walking the runway. Last year’s inaugural event was both a riot and a sellout, so get your tickets ($20) while they last. They are available by calling (609) 399-1412 or by visiting the City Hall Welcome Center (Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue), the Roy Gillian Welcome Center (on the Route 52 causeway), 7th Street Surf Shop, Ta-Dah (1040 Asbury Ave. location) or The Sneaker Shop (704 Asbury Avenue). The show will be held at Glazed Over Studios (also at 704 Asbury Avenue) and doors open at 6 p.m.

The latest hotel and inn specials are posted on the Girls Weekend Facebook event page. Check back for updates on the complete event schedule on the same page.

KC AND THE SUNSHINE BAND TICKETS GO ON SALE THURSDAY

Tickets for the May 28 show by KC and the Sunshine Band on the Ocean City Music Pier go on sale at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 2. The Music Pier will be set up with seats removed to allow people to dance. Purchase tickets at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.

Tickets also are on sale for the first eight shows announced in the 2017 Summer Concert Series on the Ocean City Music Pier:

$Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (June 9) Tickets

$Dave Mason (June 19) Tickets

$The Temptations (June 26) Tickets

$Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes (July 10) Tickets

$The Hooters (July 17 and 18) Tickets

$Graham Nash (July 24) Tickets

$Shawn Colvin with opening act Joan Osborne (July 31) Tickets

$The Beach Boys (August 21 and 22) Tickets

More tickets are on sale for American Legion Post 524 Presents Philly Soul and Rock & Roll on May 6, Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience (3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. May 10 on the Ocean City Music Pier), the Ocean City Theatre Company’s Children’s Series (five morning stage shows on the Music Pier July 3 to Aug. 1), “Fiddler on the Roof” (July 11 to 14) and “Mary Poppins” (August 8 to 11). Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice

COMING UP THIS WEEKEND

(March 3) FRIDAY WITH FRIENDS: Local teenagers are invited to come hang out at the Ocean City Civic Center from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. The fun will feature dodgeball, pizza and music with DJ Brendan Haddon. The event is for Ocean City and Upper Township students in grades 8 to 12. Teens must show a school identification, but there is no cost to participate. The Ocean City Police Department and Community Policing Unit, Ocean City Free Public Library, Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center, Ocean City Recreation Department and the Ocean City and Sea Isle City School Districts co-sponsor the seasonal series of events. For more information, call Lisa Rumer at 609-525-9317 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

(March 4) “THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS”: The Ocean City Free Public Library’s free Saturday afternoon movie features the story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of western Australia and raising a baby they rescue from a drifting rowboat. It stars Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weiss. The movie will be shown at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall.

(March 5) CLASSICAL COMPOSERS THROUGH THE EPOCHS: Acclaimed international concert violinist Dr. David Podles will commemorate magnificent composers from centuries past with a free concert at the Ocean City Free Public Library at 2 p.m. Sunday. Podles of Riga, Latvia, is laureate of three prestigious international competitions and graduated from Conservatory in Riga with a PhD in music. He will be accompanied by pianist Irina Kupchik. The concert is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall.

MORE SPRING EVENTS

BOOK SALE AT OCEAN CITY FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY (March 11): 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the atrium outside the library.

FREE LECTURE ON THE USE OF RAIN BARRELS (March 16): 6:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Free Public Library.

DOO DAH PARADE (April 8): Noon on Asbury Avenue and the Ocean City Boardwalk. Free.

MR. MATURE AMERICA PAGEANT (April 8): Regis Philbin hosts the annual tribute to men 55 and older at 7 p.m. on the Ocean City Music Pier. Sponsored by Flanders. Ticket sales to be announced.

THE GREAT EGG HUNT (April 8): The first of two egg hunts on the beach between 11th and 14th streets. Starts at 2:30 p.m.

THE GREAT EGG HUNT (April 15): The second of two egg hunts on the beach between 11th and 14th streets. Starts at 2:30 p.m.

EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE (April 16): Traditional nondenominational service starts at 6:30 a.m. on the Ocean City Music Pier.

EASTER FASHION PROMENADE (April 16): Judging begins at 1 p.m. in front of the Ocean City Music Pier.

BOARDWALK AND DOWNTOWN MERCHANT TABLE SALES (April 29 and 30): Between Sixth and 14th streets on the boardwalk and downtown Asbury Avenue.

SJ SHORE MARCH FOR BABIES (April 30): Five-mile walk on the Ocean City Boardwalk starts at noon. Register at www.marchforbabies.org/event/sjshore.