>> A GRRRRREAT DAY: When the Kellogg brothers stumbled into inventing cereal in 1877, they had no idea their simple Corn Flakes would spawn a sugar-coated breakfast empire. Over the years, cereal has been simple — Rice Krispies, Raisin Bran, Wheaties. There’s been cereal royalty — King Vitamin, Count Chocula, Baron Von RedBerry. Scary cereal — Boo Berry, Frankenberry, Yummy Mummy. And cereal Hollywood style – C3PO’s, Superman cereal and even a Mr. T cereal. (You BETTER eat that one.) Why is this important? Because Thursday is National Cereal Day! That’s why. No other reason.
>> IRISH EYES ARE SINGIN’: ‘Tis that time o’ year again. The time o’ year when people with no Irish heritage in ‘em start talkin’ and writin’ like they was full of authentic Irish blarney. Luckily, there’s a trio of lads from the real Emerald Isle comin’ to town with true Irish roots under their feet. And they’ve got fine singin’ voices too. The Irish Tenors will be holding court this Friday at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performin’ Arts. If you be goin’ to the show, best be puttin’ the wind at your back before 8 p.m., because that’s when the entertainin’ begins.
>> MONSTER MASH: COMING THIS FRIDAY TO THE MOHEGAN SUN ARENA! IT’S THE FIRE-BREATHING, EAR-SPLITTING, ALL-CAPS INDUCING MONSTER TRUCK SHOW OF DOOOOOOM! … MOSTER JAM INVADES THE AREA WITH SOME MEAN, METAL MACHINES DISHING OUT THE HORSEPOWER AND TAKIN’ NAMES! … Sorry, that typing was loud. Had to turn it down. … Shows run Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
>> PAY ATTENTION TO THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN: Did you ever watch the 1939 classic “Wizard of Oz” and wonder just how that wizard got to that magical land in the first place? No. Well, Hollywood thinks we’ve all been wondering about that, so they’ve rolled out an origin story for us moviegoers. It’s called “Oz the Great and Powerful,” and tells the tale of the titular wizard, Oscar Diggs, and his adventures with balloons, witches, Munchkins and flying monkeys. Interested? Then check it out this Friday.
>> IT’S ALL RELATIVE: If you believe the Internet, then it may come as a shock to learn that Robert Pattinson of “Twilight” fame is actually a descendent of Vlad the Impaler. Or that Tom Hanks is a descendant of King John of England. Or that House speaker John Boehner is a distant relative of Genghis Khan’s valet? OK, that last one’s not true and the first two are pretty dubious. But if you want to explore your real family tree than why not do it this Saturday? Especially since it’s Genealogy Day.