A couple of years ago Atlantic City Weekly started encapsulating key elements of the lives and careers of musicians and entertainers who were coming to town to perform, along with some longtime Atlantic City residents and difference-makers, in a series dubbed 5 Questions With ...
Below are 12 of the more notable personalities AC Weekly interviewed for 5 Q’s during 2011. The list is currently in chronological order, but tell us at the end of the list which 5 Q’s were your favorites. Of the 12, Associate Editor Lori Hoffman’s Aug. 22 interview with former teen heartthrob Donny Osmond (still touring in his 50s, sometimes with his sister Marie) got the most reader reaction.
Jan. 17 — Marc Antonelli (right)
Feb. 9 — Turiya S.A. Raheem (teacher, author and AC Weekly columnist)
Feb. 16 — Dennis Casey of Flogging Molly
March 30 — comedian Billy Gardell (left)
May 4 — Rick Neilson of Cheap Trick
May 26 — Johnny Lyon of Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes
June 6 — Miranda Lambert
July 13 — comedian Adam Carolla
July 20 — John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls
Aug. 22 — Donny Osmond
Sept 15 —TV critic David Bianculli
Nov. 10 — Borgata (Izakaya) chef Michael Schulson
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When Don Marrandino, president of Caesars Entertainment’s four Atlantic City properties, asked the Osmonds to bring some of the elements of that show to Atlantic City, Donny was initially hesitant.
"The ending caught me by surprise even though I know the history to which it's adhering. I thought it was such a bold and dramatic move. You sort of figured the series was going to be about these two characters and then one of them dies suddenly at the end of season two."
A look back at what happened in the Atlantic City area in 2011.
Atlantic City Weekly’s team of photographers captured some fascinating imagery spanning a wide gamut of subjects in 2011.
A look back at 2011 in the Atlantic City area in photographs.
As we continue our countdown of “Best Lists” at Atlantic City Weekly, here are the 10 best interviews we had in 2011, in alphabetical order.
Here, in no particular order are 11 AC Weekly feature stories we are proud of from 2011.
The New King of Comedy Long-time CNN TV personality and newsman Larry King brings his stand-up show to Borgata's Music Box May 14. By David J. Spatz Add Comment Add Comment | Comments: 0 | Posted May. 10, 2011 ATLANTIC CITY — Did you hear the one about Larry King doing stand-up comedy? It’s no joke. The man whose interview program anchored CNN’s prime-time lineup for a quarter-century says he’s very serious about making people laugh. “If I was starting [over] today, in spite of the terrific and wonderful career I’ve had in broadcasting, I’d have chosen comedy,” King says.
"What can I say, interesting shit happens in New Jersey."
"All I remember really is that the same resonance and remnants of people wanting peace at the peak of Vietnam — you know, we wanted the war to stop — and we felt that we could make a difference. Whatever we were calling each other back then — freaks, heads or hippies or whatever — but it all came down to people who have tangible faith and hope that humans could coexist with unity and harmony."
"But if you have a bad show, the audience doesn’t join in on that. They’re like, “YOU are bombing, You, buddy — by yourself. You get to where you can fake it sometimes and get through it. But every once in a while a show doesn’t get on the tracks and you spend an hour trying to scramble and keep it from going into the abyss."
“I needed to move on from Soundgarden. There was other things to check out and I went for it. I have no regrets. I think we all needed to move on. It was the healthiest thing that we could have done.”
"I imagine any of us can do any of the songs, but the only songs I’d be comfortable doing are the ones that I co-wrote or brought in myself. I certainly wouldn’t sing 'Hotel California,' because only Don [Henley] can do that."
"I mean, it’s been a slow process. It’s not like, bang, surprise we were an overnight success. Surprised isn’t the right adjective for how I feel. I just feel grateful [that] people want to come to our shows and it’s obviously depressing to have it go the other way; just enduring, things like that, try to make a living from it. So it’s nice to go to these smaller towns or towns we don’t typically go to and have a few thousand people there So yeah, it’s great. I just feel grateful. But [in the era of] Picaresque, if we’d had such a large audience [like we have now] that would’ve been surprising."