Top Five Phoenix Arts and Culture Stories of the Week

Top Five Phoenix Arts and Culture Stories of the Week
Benjamin Leatherman

If Bob Ross were alive today, he'd be painting happy little trees all over the place in ecstatic fervor for all the arts and culture happenings in Phoenix. To help you see the forest for the trees, here's a recap of the top arts and culture stories of the week. We Tested the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo "Watch 'n' Sniff" Cards; Here's What We Smelled

Ready or not, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo once again invaded the pop culture consciousness last week when the second season of the infamous reality program debuted on TLC. And if you're one of the millions of viewers who plucked one of those "Watch 'n' Sniff" cards from the pages of People or Us Weekly, which are part of the summertime show's Smell-O-Vision-like stunt, it was an experience for all your senses.

Here's what we smelled.

-Benjamin Leatherman


WWE Superstar Curtis Axel
WWE Superstar Curtis Axel
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WWE Superstar Curtis Axel on Restoring The Intercontinental Championship Belt's Prestige

Like in many tight-knit clans, Curtis Axel decided to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather by going into the family business. In this case, however, the family business happens to involve kicking much ass inside a wrestling ring.

The 33-year-old WWE superstar, who's real name is Joe Hennig, is the progeny of professional wrestling royalty. Both his pops (the late Curt "Mr. Perfect" Hennig) and grandpa (Larry "The Axe" Hennig) are widely considered to be legends in the business. It's certainly given Axel some big boots to fill, a fact that we discussed with him during a recent phone interview promoting WWE Raw's upcoming appearance at US Airways Center next month. Check out the full interview with Curtis Axel.

-Benjamin Leatherman


Richard Lewis Will Be the Gandhi of Comics

Oy vey.

Interviewing comedian Richard Lewis is like being inside one of his monologues. The only difference is that rather than a one-sided conversation operating on a stream of consciousness level, there are breaks where questions are inserted -- though those are only brief bumps in Lewis' full-throttle comedic autobahn. Comedy is Lewis' life, and his life quite literally is his comedy.

Check out our complete interview with Richard Lewis.

-Glenn BurnSilver



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