Monday, April 12, 2010

Q and A: Week of April 12

Q: I read somewhere that KISS frontman Paul Stanley went to the “Fame” high school majoring in art. Is that true? — Matt H., Akron, Ohio

A: Paul Stanley attend the High School of Music & Art in New York City. The “Fame” high school was the High School of Performing Arts, which later merged with the High School of Music & Art to form Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.

I spoke with Paul recently, and he told me about his high-school experience: “It’s funny, because when I first saw ‘Fame,’ and then I went to my school, I was expecting to see people dancing on the cars, but it wasn’t happening. But I ended up putting art aside at some point, because for me, I’m just not a fan of being told what to do by somebody else. Some people are cut out for listening to authority, and some people are cut out for going their own way. I just sort of soured on art.”

But now, Paul is back in the art scene, but on HIS terms. You can see Paul’s artwork at paulstanley.com, and also check to see if he is touring with his art in your area.

Q: This season of “The Celebrity Apprentice” is really good so far. I love the different personalities clashing as they try to work together on their challenges. I was wondering, who decides what the challenges will be? — Hank F., via e-mail

A: Ivanka Trump, wunderkind daughter of mogul Donald Trump, recently revealed on Twitter that they all — Ivanka, Donald and brother Donald Jr. — throw out ideas for all the different challenges and then decide collectively which ones they’ll do throughout the season. Next season “The Apprentice” is going back to its original format of casting regular people to compete for a job within the Trump empire. If you are interested in auditioning, go to nbc.com for all the details.

Q: “In Plain Sight” is one of our favorite shows. Will it be back for a third season? — Jackie D., via e-mail

A: The USA Network’s popular drama centering on a Deputy U.S. Marshall for the Federal Witness Protection program began its third season on March 31. The show has moved to Wednesday nights at 10/11 p.m. Central. Season Three will consist of 16 episodes — and if you need to catch up on any previous episodes, season one and two are available on DVD.

Q: Were Jordan and Jeff, teammates from “The Amazing Race,” on “Big Brother” together? — Lee R., via e-mail

A: Jordan Lloyd and Jeff Schroeder met while they both were contestants on “Big Brother 11″ in 2009. As you may know, Jordan won a half-million dollars on the show, and also walked away with Jeff’s heart. Jordan was unable to repeat her winning magic, as the pair was eliminated from “The Amazing Race” in March.

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