10 Questions With… Giada De Laurentiis

1. You recently opened Luna by Giada at the new Caesars Republic Scottsdale. Why did you decide to be part of the project? Scottsdale is a great market. My cookbooks have always done very well there. Plus, there’s a strong economy with a great restaurant scene, so it felt like a natural fit. It was […]

10 Questions With… Kristina Wong

1. How does a performance artist, comedian and actor become an artist-in-residence at ASU? Well, truth be told, ASU Gammage and I have been dating for a while. Back in 2010, I performed “Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” at the Beyond Series. A few years later, I performed “The Wong Street Journal.” So when […]

10 Questions With… Kevan Hall

1. How did you become a fashion designer? Early on, I would reimagine what I would see celebrities wearing. I would sit with a sketchpad and reimagine what I would see people on “The Sonny & Cher Show” and other shows wearing. That was the beginning of the design process for me. I went to […]

10 Questions With… Jim Brickman

1. You started piano lessons as a young boy. Whose choice was that? My family wasn’t musical, and they weren’t sure what to do with me. They thought, well, he seems musical. Let’s sign him up for lessons. So, I found my own way, but I was drawn to it from the beginning. 2. When […]

10 Questions With… Audra McDonald

1. What was your “aha” moment when you realized you were meant to be a performer?   I was 7 years old and given a solo in the kids’ church choir. I had to stand up, turn around, face the congregation and sing the solo. I remember the butterflies in my stomach before I sang […]

10 Questions With… Sophie Cunningham

Phoenix Mercury guard  You’re from Columbia, Mo. How different is it living in the Valley?  I never knew I would miss the color green so much! But there’s a huge Missouri crowd out here and a lot of people from Mizzou (the University of Missouri). The people here are awesome, and our fan base is […]

10 Questions With… Alice Cooper

Rock star and philanthropist You’re 74 and still rocking strong. Any tips to share? I got sober 40 years ago, and I never smoked cigarettes. That has a lot to do with longevity. Plus, if you love what you do, it’s not really a job.  When you started out, did you think your career would […]

10 Questions With… Carla Hall

Describe the journey from being a contestant on a reality cooking show to becoming a culinary media star. When I was on “Top Chef,” I did it as a personal challenge. It had nothing to do with television. Almost 15 years later, it is my job to be on television. I lived the journey and […]

10 Questions with… Jason Alexander

Tell us about your show coming to Arizona Musicfest in January. This is the same show I often do with symphony orchestras —a celebration of theater, music and life stories. But the music is scaled down and intimate and makes for a fun, funny and engaging night with the audience. Songs you know, lots of […]

10 Questions with… Richard Thomas

You’ve had an incredible career, but to many people, you’re still John-Boy Walton. Does that get old? Well, it is old. In fact, it’s 50 years, but I love it. I love the association and am proud of that show and that character. I always take such delight when people remember it and talk about […]