Here’s a review of this week’s questions:
- What midwestern city has a minor league hockey team called the Capitols?
- What southern city is the birthplace of actors Michael Shannon and Harry Dean Stanton?
- What midwestern city is the home of the restaurant Service Bar and its chef, Avishar Barua?
And here are the answers:
- Madison, WI. Since Madison is the capitol of Wisconsin, it makes sense that their AAA hockey team calls itself the Capitols. Founded in 1984, where they played their games at the Hartmeyer Ice Arena, they changed their name to the Wisconsin Capitols in 1991, and then back to the Madison Capitols in 2014. The team is currently owned by NHL great Ryan Suter , who plays just down the road with the Minnesota Wild. The team went on hiatus during Covid-19 restrictions and has returned for the 2021-2022 season.
- Lexington, KY. Lexington is famous for beautiful horses and the University of Kentucky Wildcat sports programs, but it is also the birthplace of two unique and talented actors. Harry Dean Stanton was born in 1926 and attended Lafayette High School in Lexington before moving on the University of Kentucky, and eventually to Hollywood, where he scored memorable roles in “Cool Hand Luke” and “Kelly’s Heroes”. Interestingly, his biggest success came as an older actor, becoming a favorite go-to character actor in quirky films like “Wild at Heart” and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”. Michael Shannon was born in Lexington in 1974. The two-time Academy Award nominated actor moved to Chicago at a young age and cultivated his acting skills in that city’s thriving local theater scene. He made his film debut in “Groundhog Day” in 1993 and went on to receive acclaim in movies like, “Revolutionary Road,” Bug,” and the Superman film, “Man of Steel,” in which he played the villainous Dr. Zod.
- Columbus, Ohio. Avishar Barua was born in Columbus, to immigrant parents who left Bangladesh in search of better opportunities in America. Avishar received bachelor’s degrees in biology and psychology at The Ohio State University, and later attended culinary school. Aside from appearing on season 18 of Bravo’s “Top Chef” TV show, he has also been featured in FOOD & WINE Magazine for his signature dish, the Cheesy Brisket Crunch. His restaurant, Service Bar, is a top dining destination for locals as well as discerning visitors to Columbus.