Ah, the good ol’ year-end recaps – aka: another way to fill some content while we wade through the inevitable slow news days surrounding the holiday season.

Still, 2012 was quite the year in our local arts and entertainment scene – we were roasted by Jeffrey Ross, we welcomed a fleet of new food trucks, got glamorous at Glamorama and were mooned by Madge herself. Here are just a few memorable quotes from the year that was …

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Jan. 26, 2012
Curiocity: Jeffrey Ross Ready To Roast Minneapolis

Jeffrey Ross on his next target:
“Well, I always say I’m most excited about who’s next because the writing and the preparation for the roasts are so much fun. But I guess I would say, in this case, the good people of Minneapolis … that’s my next victim. I lost my virginity in St. Louis Park so I feel a special connection to the area and I’m going to come fully loaded with jokes.”

May 2, 2012
Curiocity: Marilu Henner’s Wild Ride On Memory Lane

Marilu Henner on her incredible memory and how she helped writers on the show ‘Unforgettable’:
“I start watching it and the first thing is, a character says to Poppy’s character, Carrie, ‘Hey Carrie, show em that thing you do: March 27, 1998,’ so I’m thinking March 27, 1998, that was a Friday, I flew back from New York to Los Angeles, the night before I went to dinner at Picholine restaurant, I had the oysters and the white peppercorn soup, you know, I’m thinking this and all of a sudden she goes, ‘It was a Tuesday,'” Henner said. “And I’m thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, no! It was a Friday, it wasn’t a Tuesday!'”

May 23, 2012
Curiocity: Interview With Ann Wilson Of ‘Heart’

Ann Wilson on being a nominee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:
“I’m not sitting on a hot stove waiting, you know, to be inducted, because they seem to have a little bit of a … I mean, there’s a woman deficit in the rock hall. But having said that, it’s incredible acknowledgment for your work. And I think if that ever happened, it’d be really amazing to be acknowledged that way. It’s just an amazing deal.”

June 14, 2012
Curiocity: Q&A With Kristin Chenoweth

Kristin Chenoweth on which character that she’s played she relates to the most … Olive Snook (Pushing Daisies), April Rhodes (Glee) or Carlene Cockburn (GCB):
“Oh man. It’s sort of a sad trilogy of all three. Probably I’m most like Olive. I mean I would say I relate to her character, I always want to figure things out and she wasn’t a very good waitress, she wanted to be included, she was in love with a man she couldn’t have, more realistic issues. However, Carlene, I’m pretty sure I’m related to her and April Rhodes, you know, there’s a very fun part of her that just lets go and I have that too. So I don’t know, I guess an amalgam of all three of them.”

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

June 20, 2012
Curiocity: Q&A With Motion City Soundtrack On River’s Edge

Justin Pierre of Motion City Soundtrack on the craziest thing to happen to them while on tour:
“We did a 360 with a van and trailer once on some ice at 75 mph. It induced a panic attack that continues to this day whenever I am in a vehicle driving during winter weather.”

June 29, 2012
Curiocity: Friday Food Truck Feature — SushiFix

Enkhbileg “Billy” Tserenbat of the new SushiFix Food Truck, on how he names his rolls:
“One small example, the roll we call 2-14, last year on Valentine’s Day I created that one and I have an accent so it’s really hard for me to say “Valentine” every other day so I said, you know what I’m going to call it 2-14 and people can figure it out.”

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

July 24, 2012
Curiocity: Q&A With Chef Marcus Samuelsson On New Memoir

Chef Marcus Samuelsson on writing a memoir of his life:
“I’m constantly evolving and trying to get better and ‘Yes, Chef’ was a time for me to reflect on where I am, at the moment. It was five years in the making and I didn’t get it on the first try — writing a book is like composing a dish. At first you put things on a plate, then afterwards you decide what you want to add or take away from it. In the end it has to be yummy and delicious.”

Aug. 1, 2012
Curiocity: Q&A With Karmin Before Glamorama Debut

Nick Noonan on planning a wedding while touring:
“That’s right, next question please. (Laughs) I’m kidding, I’m kidding. Uh, my mom asks that questions about every 13 seconds. (Mimicking mom) “Hello Nick? Are you eating? Are you planning a wedding? What’s going on?” But we have not planned a second one yet — we had the first one planned, which was obviously postponed, and that was supposed to be on 9-10-11. And everyone’s saying, now you have to do 10-11-12. And that’s coming up quicker than we had anticipated.”

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Sept. 7, 2012
Curiocity: Q&A With John O’Hurley, ‘Chicago’s’ Billy Flynn

John O’Hurley on still being recognized as “J. Peterman” from “Seinfeld:”
“I don’t mind it at all. I do many other things outside that character but I like the idea of the idiosyncrasies of Peterman has kind of made him an advertising hero over the years and I owe a lot to that and I’m very grateful for it. The P.S. of the story is that the year after Seinfeld ended, I bought the J. Peterman company with the real J. Peterman. We own the company together so I don’t mind the Peterman mention at all. It keeps the brand alive.”

(credit: AZ Canteen)

(credit: AZ Canteen)

Sept. 28, 2012
Curiocity: Friday Featured Food Truck — AZ Canteen

Andrew Zimmerman on naming his new food truck:
“I’ve always loved the idea and concept of a “Canteen” — growing up in NYC in the 60s, I’d see small canteens working the construction sites, pouring hot coffee and making egg sandwiches. I saw expanded ideas of the same concept in Los Angeles. We worked through a list of three dozen names, and kept coming back to AZ Canteen. Luckily, it wasn’t already taken by another food truck or restaurant in Arizona. Everything with the letters AZ seems to reside there.”

Oct. 18, 2012
Curiocity: Q&A With Joshua Radin

Joshua Radin on performing at Ellen DeGeneres’ wedding:
“It was amazing and surreal. I mean, it’s not like we were friends or something. I’m just a fan and apparently, she was just a fan. So it was really cool. There was all 20 people in her living room, so it was about as intimate as possible. It was just family … and me. (laughs) I played about six of my songs and her and Portia just sat right in front of me on the couch and looked at each other and cried. It was emotional.”

Oct. 31, 2012
Curiocity: Local Celebs’ Best Halloween Costumes

Justin Morneau on his favorite Halloween costume of all time:
“Halloween’s my favorite. Favorite time of the year other than Christmas. The most memorable one I’ve had is when I played in the Arizona Fall League. Rob Bowen and I were teammates and we dressed up as scarecrows and we sat outside the entrance of the clubhouse, put masks on and we had a little sign that said ‘Happy Halloween from the Arizona Fall League.’ And then, as people were walking in to the clubhouse, we’d jump up and scare them. It was hilarious. It was the old trick that you do where you put the candy bowl in the scarecrow’s lap and then when the kids go to get the candy, you jump up and scare the kids but we actually did it to grown men. We actually had a couple of guys try to punch us because they were so scared.”

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Nov. 4, 2012
Curiocity: Madonna Returns To St. Paul With A ‘Gang Bang’
A clip from our review of Madonna’s concert:
“I love her for her energy and ability, but hate her for her arms and toned abs. … ‘I made it through the wilderness’ might stand as the signpost refrain of the evening, as the newly twice-divorced 54-year-old, having invited the audience to take a look at the bruises on her backside, climbed atop a piano and slowly, deliberately savored the bitter ironies within the lyrics of ‘Like a Virgin.'”

Nov. 7, 2012
Curiocity Interview: Lawrence Gowan Of ‘Styx’

Lawrence Gowan, of Styx, shares his thoughts on Cartman’s version of ‘Come Sail Away’ on South Park:
“That, to me, is the definitive version. We’re always trying to get it as good as that. I can never be Cartman, but I can dream. (Laughs)”

Nov. 12, 2012
Curiocity Interview: Ketch Secor Of ‘Old Crow Medicine Show’

Ketch Secor, of ‘Old Crow Medicine Show’, on his influences:
“Your native son, Bob Dylan. Certainly, Bob Dylan … Bob Dylan … Bob Dylan. More than anything else. More than any book or song or story or play. The work and the recorded work of Bob Dylan. It’s the most profound influence on me. And then the other people that really influenced me tend to be the same people who influenced Bob Dylan.”

Nov. 14, 2012
Curiocity: Q&A With Tristan Prettyman

Tristan Prettyman on what writing her album taught her about herself, and the public end of her engagement to singer Jason Mraz:
“I thought my life was gonna go one way, and when it fell apart, I was devastated. But looking back, I realized I would have been settling. Settling for someone who didn’t really know how to love me the way I felt like I deserved to be loved, because they were still trying to figure out how to love themselves. That’s something you can’t change. Everyone has to figure that one out on their own.”

Dec. 11, 2012
Curiocity: A Chef’s Profile Of Doug Flicker, Part 2

Doug Flicker on cooking with pork:
“Everything just gets a little better with a little pork fat in there.”

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Happy Holidays to all of our readers! Thanks for your support this year. We’ll see you in 2013!