>> IT’S DRAFTY IN HERE: Even if you’re a casual football fan, you probably know that the Indianapolis Colts took Stanford QB Andrew Luck with the first pick in last year’s NFL Draft. But if you know that with the 253rd and last pick the Colts bookended their draft by choosing another QB — Chandler Harnish from Northern Illinois – then you, my friend, are a draft junkie. And this Thursday is YOUR day. The selection frenzy that is the 2013 Draft kicks off at 8 p.m. on ESPN. Kansas City is on the clock.
>> CIRCUS MAXIMUS: Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. And you will see a most STUPENDOUS attraction: One that cannot be described with the mere words the English language allows. It is superfunctory, gargantulicious and wonderiffic entertainment. Born from the marriage of two great circus traditions in 1919, and headed this week to the Mohegan Sun Arena, comes The Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus. Prepare to be AMAZED beginning Thursday and continuing on into Sunday. They don’t call it the Greatest Show on Earth for nothing, folks!
>> BLACK AND WHITE AND CUTE ALL OVER: For some reason, people just can’t get enough of penguins. Those cute, waddling, flightless waterfowl are cool — literally and figuratively. And, as with all things that become popular, someone has decided giving penguins their own day would be a good idea. So this Thursday is World Penguin Day, a day to learn about and appreciate penguins. Watch a documentary about them. Read a book. Wear a tuxedo. Watch old “Batman” episodes with Burgess Meredith. It’s your choice.
>> DOES SOMEONE NEEED A HUG? Did you ever stop and think about your local plumber? No? That’s because your home’s plumbing is functioning properly. If your toilet was overflowing and black sludge seeping up your bathtub drain, he’d sure as heck be on your mind. But you don’t have to wait until a disaster strikes to give a shout-out to your plumber. This Thursday in “Hug a Plumber Day,” and while you don’t technically have to walk up and bear hug the guy, you could at least say thank you for keeping you safe from raw sewage.
>> CAN WE TALK? Joan Alexandra Molinsky turns 80 year old on June 8, but you’d never know it. That’s because she doesn’t use that name anymore, and she’s had a little “work” done. The comedian from Brooklyn changed her name to Joan Rivers back in the 1960s, and has been dabbling in plastic surgery for almost as long. And by “dabbling in plastic surgery,” we mean she’s had more work done on her than parts of I-81. You can check out her latest eye lift as well as her acidic wit this Saturday night when she takes the stage at the F.M. Kirby Center. The show starts at 8 p.m.