Entertainment

Remarkable Rookie Class Highlights Harlem Globetrotters’ Arrival To Mohegan Sun Arena

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Live in Mohegan Sun Arena on December 27th at 7:00pm

On the heels of signing one of the most extraordinary rookie classes in team history, The Harlem Globetrotters will bring their 2012 World Tour to Mohegan Sun Arena on Tuesday, December 27th at 7:00pm.

Tickets are $72.00, $50.00, $30.00, $25.00 & $19.00 and go on sale Monday, October 17th at 10:00am through Ticketmaster.  Ticketmaster customers may log on to ticketmaster.com; call Ticketmaster’s national toll free Charge By Phone number 1.800.745.3000; or visit any Ticketmaster outlet.  Tickets will also be available at the Mohegan Sun Box Office starting Tuesday, October 18th, subject to availability.

The outstanding rookies include Paul “Tiny” Sturgess, the world’s tallest pro basketball player at 7-8, Jonte “Too Tall” Hall, the shortest Globetrotter ever at 5-2, and Fatima “TNT” Maddox of Temple University, the team’s first female player since 1993 and ninth female in team history. 

The new Globetrotters also feature the top three finishers from the 2011 College Slam Dunk Contest, including the reigning champ Jacob “Hops” Tucker. At 5-10, Tucker sports a 50-inch vertical leap, and his YouTube videos have garnered well over four million views.  Tucker joins slam dunk runner-up John “Jet” Williams of UNC-Asheville and semifinalist Darnell “Spider” Wilks of the University of Cincinnati.

The 2012 rookie class has a total of three seven-footers including 7-4 Jermaine “Stretch” Middleton, the third-tallest player in team history and 7-foot Anthony “Biggie” McClain.

At 7-8, Sturgess becomes the tallest Globetrotter ever after a career at Mountain State University (W.Va.). He is the 19th internationally born player in team history, hailing from Loughborough, England.

Current Globetrotters stars Special K Daley, Big Easy Lofton, Flight Time Lang, Dizzy Grant, Scooter Christensen and many others will team up with the world class rookies for nearly 270 games on the North American portion of the World Tour, bringing the Globetrotter magic to over 230 cities in 46 states, the District of Columbia and five Canadian provinces.  

Player rosters in each city will vary and are subject to change.

Mohegan Sun Arena is ranked the 4th best venue by Billboard Magazine and was the 2008 and 2010 recipient of a Country Music Award for “Casino of The Year.”  For more information on concerts and other great events at Mohegan Sun, visit mohegansun.com.  For information on this week’s schedule, call the Entertainment and Special Events hotline at 1.888.226.7711, ext. 27163.

Mohegan Sun’s Reality Check Presents Owner Of Carlo’s Bakery, Buddy Valastro

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Cake expert & reality star unveils 15th Anniversary cake creation and takes part in exclusive Reality Check event in The Shops at Mohegan Sun on October 22nd

WHAT:  Mohegan Sun is excited to announce that another “ingredient” has been added to its 15th Anniversary celebration.  Buddy Valastro, owner of Carlo’s Bakery in New Jersey and star of TLC’s Cake Boss and Next Great Baker will be presenting Mohegan Sun with a special 15th Anniversary cake and serving it to guests on the terrace of Todd English’s Tuscany at 12:30pm. Valastro will continue the festivities with a signing event in The Shops at Mohegan Sun at 1:00pm. Both events are free and open to the public.

WHEN:  Saturday, October 22nd

12:30pm –15th Anniversary Cake Presentation

1:00pm – Book Signing

IN DETAIL:  Presented by The Shops at Mohegan Sun, Reality Check is an exciting and interactive event that brings the best and brightest stars from the reality TV world to Mohegan Sun.  Reality Check events provide fans with the ultimate exposure to their favorite reality stars with engaging, live exhibitions in The Shops at Mohegan Sun followed by intimate signing events. Events are free and open to all ages.

Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to time restrictions, only Buddy Valastro’s Cake Boss: Stories and Recipes from Mia Famiglia will be signed. Bracelets for entry to signing line and books will be available on the day of the event at Spin Street.

ABOUT BUDDY:  For Buddy Valastro, 34, mixing eggs, sugar, butter and flour means a lot more than “making a cake.” As a fourth generation baker, it’s a constant source of pleasure, pride and creativity. Creating amazing cakes connects Buddy with the memory of his father Buddy Sr. and his extended Italian family history. His talent and passion for the family business, Carlo’s Bakery, has earned the straight-talking cake expert the moniker and TV show, Cake Boss. In December 2010, the spin-off series, Cake Boss: Next Great Baker premiered where Buddy challenged bakers from around the country to compete for a chance to work alongside the Valastro family at Carlo’s. Proven he’s a master when it comes to sweets, in Buddy’s third show, Kitchen Boss, he welcomes viewers into his kitchen to demonstrate he’s just as skilled at savory items, preparing his family favorite Italian recipes. Following the launch of his best-selling first book, Cake Boss, Stories and Recipes from Mia Famiglia (Free Press, Nov. 2010), Buddy continues to bring the pages of stories and tips to life on stage via his highly successful Bakin’ with The Boss Tour, and will be releasing a how-to book, Baking with the Cake Boss: 100 of Buddy’s Best Recipes and Decorating Secrets (Free Press, Nov 1, 2011). To give Cake Boss fans a real taste for what Carlo’s can offer, Buddy is building a 50,000 square-foot baking facility in Jersey City that will allow him to fulfill one of his (and his father’s) life long dreams – to ship his product across the country.

ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN:  Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, is one of the largest, most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and dining destinations in the United States.  Situated on 185 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country.  More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting mohegansun.com

This event is part of Mohegan Sun’s month-long 15th Anniversary celebration. Be sure to check out mohegansun.com/15th for all the latest updates on events, celebrity appearances, special offers and other anniversary celebrations.

Mohegan Sun’s Reality Check Presents Katie Stevens On October 23rd

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

WHAT:  As part of Mohegan Sun’s 15th Anniversary celebrations, season 9 contestant of Fox’s American Idol, Katie Stevens, will be hosting a special Reality Check on Sunday, October 23rd in The Shops at Mohegan Sun.  The free event will feature a live performance at 2:00pm followed by a signing event at 2:45pm.

WHEN:              Sunday, October 23rd

                        2:00pm

                        The Shops at Mohegan Sun

IN DETAIL:  Presented by The Shops at Mohegan Sun, Reality Check is an exciting and interactive event that brings the best and brightest stars from the reality TV world to Mohegan Sun.  Reality Check events provide fans with the ultimate exposure to their favorite reality stars with engaging, live exhibitions in The Shops at Mohegan Sun followed by intimate signing events. Events are free and open to all ages.

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Be sure to check out mohegansun.com/15th for all the latest updates on events, celebrity appearances, special offers and other anniversary celebrations.

ABOUT KATIE:  Katie Stevens is an American singer from Middlebury, Connecticut who finished in eighth place on the ninth season of American Idol. On August 13, 2009, she auditioned for American Idol in Boston, Massachusetts and sang “At Last” where all four judges advanced her to Hollywood. After her elimination, Stevens made several appearances on talk shows. On April 16, 2010, she appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show where she performed “Over the Rainbow.”  Stevens also appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman along with Andrew Garcia, where they sang “Superhuman” by Chris Brown and Keri Hilson. She also, along with Andrew Garcia, appeared on The Wendy Williams Show where she performed “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” After the tour, Katie moved to Los Angeles where she began to pursue a singing and acting career.