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March 21 - April 19 Aries
Ah, Aries, you enthusiastic pioneering soul. I’m sure you’re well aware that LOST has returned to the airwaves to further mess up our minds. We’re about to learn what John Locke already knows; the island sees and knows all, and is a greater power than we can yet dream of. And like that. The zany shenanigans Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Sayid, Hurley and the gang get up to every Wednesday night will keep us raptly engaged, verily. So two more things for your radar: Previously On Lost is a Brooklyn band that hilariously posts a song on their MySpace page after each episode airs which recaps what happened that week. And, finally, am I the only the person that remembers a show called The New People? It aired during the 1969/1970 TV season on Monday nights. Aaron Spelling produced this program about a plane full of college kids who crash on a deserted island somewhere in the South Pacific. The island is fully equipped with buildings and food, due to it previously being a test side for atomic bombs. It was very Lord of the Flies; the earthy crunchy version. Tyne Daly, Richard Dreyfuss, and Billy Dee Williams are a few of the actors who were part of this show.

April 20 - May 20 Taurus
Get off your bum, my Taurus friends, and immediately go to a movie theater and see Slumdog Millionaire if you haven’t already. Recession? Yes, I know. Just bite the bullet and spend a few bucks on this film. Because it’s wide open, breathtakingly full of incredible images, and full of heart. And yes you could Netflix it later, but nothing’s like the big screen sometimes, especially for this film. All I knew about it was that it’s a love story, and about a TV game show, and set in India. That’s the perfect amount of information so that you will be surprised and stunned by the twists and turns of the plot. Go, go, go. And don’t leave before the credits come on, because they’re magical.

May 21 - June 20 Gemini
You’re so versatile, Gemini! You’re always open to new ideas and experiences. Did someone say change we can believe in? Well, you can Obamanize all your photos and whatever else there is around the house with the Obamicon.Me app. You can take the look and feel of artist Shepard Fairey’s iconic Obama poster and run it through the Obamiconizer, then choose a word to add to the bottom of the image (as in, um, “Hope”). The fun part is that the possibilities are endless. Talk about a supremely fun time-waster! You can also upload your work of art to the site and view other people’s Obamicons. From Paste Magazine’s genius division who created this bit o fun: The longest election season in memory is now over, and we wanted to help you unwind and express yourself as we head into the new era.

June 21 - July 22 Cancer
You Cancerians love to feather the nest, perhaps to a fault. You’re intuitive, you’re a tad spiritual, and you have a really good memory (sometimes too good, n’est-ce pas?). Something tells me that you’d love to know about all the weird and wacky holidays that the month of February has on tap because, well, why not. Did you know February is Sweet Potato Month? Pet Dental Health Month? Time Management Month? Black History Month? Marijuana Awareness Month? And by the way, in addition to the annual testosterone fest, the Super Bowl, tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 1, you can also celebrate Hula in the Coola Day, Robinson Crusoe Day, and Freedom Day. And put this one on your calendar now: Ferris Wheel Day is Feb. 14 (that date sounds familiar. Not sure why…).

July 23 - August 22 Leo
Leo the Lion. You’re creative, broad-minded, and a really good, loyal companion to those lucky enough to be your friend. And you do love your books and learning new things. So if you happen to be in Lititz, Pennsylvania (in the heart of Lancaster County) anytime soon stop in to Aaron’s Books and marvel at the incredible selection of new and used books. Curl up in the Reading Lounge and indulge in free wireless internet. Park your kids in their children’s room. Have some organic and Fair Trade Tea. Aaron’s is Family Owned and Operated. They are open every day except Sunday. They buy and trade used books. You can order books online through their site. And they have a really cool blog. And hey, by the way, congratulations to Lititz for being chosen a Distinctive Destination of 2009 by The National Trust for Historic Preservation!

August 23 - September 22 Virgo
Submitted for your approval: Follow Me Caffe. If I know Virgos (and I think I do…), you love comfort and good food. You’re all about a latte or hot chocolate and a sandwich or a pastry sitting there on the plate in front of you. Perhaps a good friend across the table from you, or a great book to read, or you’re just doodling and daydreaming. And chocolate always helps. Follow Me Caffe is located on East 62nd Street between Lexington and 3rd Avenue. Try a crepe with a scoop of gelato. Or the red beet salad with goat cheese, cornichons, apricots, and chives. Or the Viking’s Dream Omelette. Or perhaps the ricotta pancakes with melted raspberries. And it’s comfy and cozy, just perfect for these freezing cold winter days. Thanks to Angelica C. for turning me on to this!

September 23 - October 22 Libra
Well, the new TV season has started up in case you haven’t noticed, and that means Big Love is back on HBO with Season 3. God, I’ve missed that twisted fictional polygamist web of intrigue in suburban Sandy, Utah. Bill Henrickson and his three wives and a hot looking waitress on the side. Can you beat this show? I don’t think you can. The acting is superlative. There is not one dud in this cast. Not one! Nominated for serious ass-kicking greatness: Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloe Sevigny, Ginnifer Goodwin, Grace Zabriskie, Matt Ross, and Harry Dean Stanton. And that’s not even half of the cast. Watch it on Sunday nights and follow up on the summary posted every week by Pop Culture Critic Mark Blankenship on the Huffington Post. Mark runs it all down like it’s a play by play at the Super Bowl and also has a feature called Wife Watch, where he writes about the most powerful wife on the show each week. Because Mark knows, even if the fictional Bill Henrickson does not, that it’s the wives who secretly run this particular universe.

October 23 - November 21 Scorpio
You may be a powerful, mysterious Fixed Water Sign, a Scorpio in fact, but even you will become undone before an amazing slice of coconut cream pie. And when you’ve had the best, there’s no going back to mediocre imitations. The best can be had at the world famous Sokolowski’s University Inn in Cleveland, Ohio. Established in 1923, the University Inn’s name comes from its address on University Road in Cleveland’s Tremont district. It’s currently run by the third generation of the Sokolowski family. The place is cafeteria style, so grab your tray and load up on some pierogis or schnitzel or stuffed cabbage. Just be sure to save room for that pie. I feel like getting on a plane right now and heading for Cleveland!

November 22 - December 21 Sagittarius
Our website of the week this week is Crackberry.com, for all you Blackberry addicts out there. I know there are plenty of Sagittarian users, because you love to stay organized and productive, and that’s what this little gadget is all about. Crackberry.com gathers all things blackberry for your obsessive viewing pleasure: you can shop for accessories and software here, read discussion forums, get wallpapers, get free MP3 ringtones, or read a blog that caters to whatever you happen to be stuck on at the moment – from news & rumors to media to tips to games to apps. And if you are not under a rock somewhere, then you probably know that President Obama was able to keep his beloved blackberry (the 8830, for you geeks out there) after taking office. Because nothing says plugged in like a blackberry. And I don’t know about you, but I like knowing that the Prez is an information junkie blackberry user like myself.

December 22 - January 19 Capricorn
Capricorn, thy name is prudence and practicality. But once in awhile you gotta let down your hair and think outside the box. So the next time you need a great baby gift I want you to consider the Ramones Too Tough to Cry onesie for only $20. I mean, seriously. Don’t you suddenly want to make friends with someone who is having a baby – just so you can give this gift? Hey ho let’s go all out and get the Baby Ramones Shoes too – for $21!!! These cuties are teeny tiny black and white striped canvas trimmed in red with the Ramones logo on the side, and the word “Ramones” repeats around the bottom of the shoes. Any infant sporting these items is sure to grow up to be a rock and roll star. Brought to you by a very hip company called Sourpuss.

January 20 - February 18 Aquarius
When you enter the store Clearly First at 980 Madison Ave. in Gotham City, you’ll immediately catch an Aquarian vibe. Meaning intellectual, inventive, and friendly. This is a store / showroom that specializes in distinctive objects from art pieces to vintage toys to international design, all sharing a kind of charisma and an across the board Scandinavian élan. Fashion – Accessories – Furniture – Toys – Books – and Bicycles the likes of which you’ve never seen before. If you need something that is not food or drink, odds are you can find it here. And you’ll find a really interesting and unique items as well.

February 19 - March 20 Pisces
Pull up a chair and let’s talk about my all-time favorite Pisces, George Harrison (of Speke). You know I still can’t believe that George is no longer with us. He’s so quiet and all, it’s like he slipped out and went into the next room or something. Back in the day, we’re talking 1970 here, not even a month after the Beatles broke up (if you didn’t live through that you can’t imagine how traumatizing it was for fans) George suddenly released a triple album set presciently called All Things Must Pass. And suddenly all those years when he didn’t have a lot of songs on Beatles records were seen in a new light. This record was freaking incredible. George roped in a number of famous sidemen to play on it like Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Phil Collins, and Alan White. The single, My Sweet Lord, caused a storm of controversy for copyright infringement of the ChiffonsHe’s So Fine. But there are dozens of songs better than that here. What Is Life, Isn’t It A Pity, Wah-Wah, Behind That Locked Door, Beware of Darkness, and my personal favorite, Awaiting on You All. Some of this material had been percolating in Harrison-Land since 1966. A thirtieth anniversary edition with bonus tracks is now available, with a booklet containing photos from the recording sessions, a video commentary and an essay by George. Thanks for the Pepperoni is all I can say.

real life intervened this week with a slew of deadlines and therefore the multi-hour block of time needed to craft the horoscoop* disappeared. mea culpa ~ we’ll be bringing you the ins & out of the zodiac next week.

so for this week, i decided to publish a list of 25 random things about me, for no particular reason.

1.    Life fascinates me.

2.    When I was a little girl, I wanted to be the first female rabbi.

3.    The best thing I ever did was to take a huge risk and quit my crushingly boring secretarial job at a multinational bank to go into television production.

4.    I’ve helped make documentary films for lots of people for many years; this year I am making my own film and possibly even two films.

5.    My favorite restaurant in New York City is Nobu.

6.    Since the night I was mugged in high heeled boots walking home from the subway after a Clash concert, I’ve never worn high heels except for a few minutes at a time and never outside walking around.

7.    If I could do anything I wanted to do and not have to worry about making a living – it would be travel, write, take photographs, read, meet new people, learn about new things, and get a massage every day.

8.    I have very eclectic taste in music – in the same week I’ll be listening to Mory Kante, the soundtrack of Jesus Christ Superstar, Ofra Haza, the Cure, Jah Wobble, West Side Story, Sam Cooke’s Soul Stirrers, Simon and Garfunkel, the Roches, and Courtney Love.

9.    The most interesting and artistically satisfying jobs I’ve ever had were marketing and promoting a TV series about censorship and the arts for Deep Dish TV, and producing the radio show Little Steven’s Underground Garage.

10.    I love to travel and a few places I really want to go back to are New Mexico, Barcelona, Iceland, and Ireland.

11.    I’d love to know more about my birth family (I was adopted in the dark ages when they sealed the adoption records).

12.    The love of my life is Mr. Boy.

13.    Paul was my favorite Beatle.

14.    The best coconut cream pie I ever had was at Sokolowski’s University Inn in Cleveland, Ohio with the great Steve Popovich.

15.    After a friend in grade school told me I was going to burn up in the apocalypse because I was Jewish, I tried to learn the rosary and did a catechism by mail course. The final step in becoming a Catholic was going to a church to get baptized, and I chickened out at that point. I actually have a certificate.

16.    I really miss John Lennon.

17.    I am enthralled by the Delacorte Clock in Central Park.

18.    My favorite place in Manhattan is the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.

19.    I did modern dance to Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sounds of Silence” in front of my school when I was in eighth grade. In a green satin costume.

20.    When I was in third grade, I used to direct and star in “Peter Pan” every day at recess, casting the rest of my class in the production. Captain Hook was played by the boy I had a crush on at the time.

21.    In grade school, I brought a jar carrying a fetus to class for show & tell. I’d borrowed it (with permission) from my obstetrician uncle’s office.

22.    I realized recently that I had an unusual education. I went to a really great progressive high school based on Summerhill in England called the Parkway Program (in Philadelphia), and an extremely progressive (ok, a hippie school) college in the 70’s (Thomas Jefferson CollegeGrand Valley State Colleges in Allendale, Michigan - now Grand Valley State University). My college was a place where people got credit for hitchhiking across the country and calling it an independent study. I taught a class called “The Beatles: Their Myth and Influence” with another student, Tom Foote.

23.    I meditate every day.

24.    I’ve always been fascinated by the lives of the saints.

25.    When I was 9 years old at summer camp, I told everyone I was related to Vincent Price.

26.    Barack Obama’s Presidential campaign completely energized and re-politicized me. And I’m not going back to sleep.

Jan 20

1.20.09

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Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.

- Martin Luther King Jr.

We are one people; We are one nation; and together, we will begin the next great chapter in America’s story.
- President-Elect Barack Obama

The weekend horoscoop* will return next Thursday at its regularly scheduled time, but in between it being freezing cold right now in Manhattan (um, 14 degrees) and me being giddy with joy at the fact that we’re so close to Inauguration Day, this weekend’s column is completely consumed with the events of Tuesday January 20. And it’s for those of all astrological signs, religions, nationalities, races, sexes, and like that. So here’s 12 ways to get your groove on in regards to our new President.

1. On Monday, Jan. 19, to celebrate the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President-Elect Obama asks us to summon a new spirit of service and make an enduring commitment to the neighborhoods we live in. As Americans we have a responsibility to help our communities and fellow citizens. Volunteer for the King Day of Service Monday. Gandhi famously said, You must be the change you wish to see in the world. Find or host an event here.

2. Check the Countdown Clock on Backwards Bush here. This site has a clock that gives you the exact days, hours, minutes and seconds until Obama is sworn in as President on Tuesday. You can also download a free screensaver, and widgets and gadgets up the wazoo in order to mark the last remaining moments before the regime change.

3. Note to self: purchase the special issue of Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man Comic (#583) which was published earlier this week. Obama is on the cover and the storyline is about him meeting up with Spider-Man to fight crime and save the world, one would think. Actually I am not sure what kind of mayhem they get up to after they meet but it sounds like something they should be doing. There’s even a fist bump between the two superheroes. Apparently, Obama is a longtime comic book aficionado and Marvel Comics stated, “This is not so much a pro-Obama statement but a tip of the hat to having a Spider-Man fan in the White House.”

4. If you’re one of the many millions of folks heading to our nation’s capital for the festivities, check out the Opening Ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial that kicks off the entire week Sunday, January 18 at 2:30pm. It’s free, free, free. Musical performers include Mary J. Blige, Beyonce, Bono, Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Herbie Hancock, John Legend, John Mellencamp, Shakira, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, will.i.am, Stevie Wonder and more. Historical passages will be read by Jamie Foxx, Martin Luther King III, Queen Latifah and Denzel Washington. More performers will continue to be added and it will be broadcast live on HBO and repeated twice later that night. HBO is unblocking their signal to all cable providers, so you don’t have to be a subscriber to watch this event.

5. The swearing-in ceremony begins at 11:30AM on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday January 20 and it will be telecast live on just about every TV station in the world. If you want to go and you don’t have a ticket, you will be able to go to the National Mall and watch and hear the broadcast on large screens. Get there early is all I can say. The Presidential Inaugural Parade will follow along Pennsylvania Avenue starting at 2:30pm. My guess is no one will be throwing rotten fruit at any of the cars like they did last time. Guide to inaugural events here. YouTube Inauguration Channel here.

6. If you’re not making it to D.C., you can watch Obama take the oath of office amongst a happy throng of people celebrating at any number of places; in New York you can watch at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (515 Malcolm X Blvd at 135th St.) or Trinity Church (89 Broadway at Wall Street) or BAM (30 Lafayette Ave between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St, Fort Greene, Brooklyn). Check this site out for a list of events near you. Or host one!

7. If you are in D.C. next Tuesday you can swing out sister with the Dresden Dolls (among others) at the 9:30 Club starting at 8pm. If you’re not going to one of those exclusive inaugural balls, this is the place to be for sure. To quote Dolls Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione, let’s start this new chapter of american - and world - history in style and with rock love. Tickets are $50.

8. New Yorkers can say goodbye to Bush at the Boom Boom Beauty Bar between now and next Tuesday. They’re offering 25% off bikini waxing (ranging from $20 to $49). The location is 35 Seventh Avenue between 12th and 13th Streets. Call for more info at 212 229 2666. According to the proprietors, Let’s have our own personal party in our pants and rejoice that we still have the right to choose a landing strip, Bermuda triangle or skinny dipper. We hope this will also help welcome the ‘Big O.’

9. Wake Up World comes to DC this weekend! 2 shows only, Friday Jan. 16 and Saturday Jan. 17 at the Arlington Cinema n’ Drafthouse. Wanna see how wacky these folks can be? Check out their Joe Biden Commemorative Plate video. Rachel Maddow said of them: “Best thing I’ve seen in a million years.” Wake Up World is a satirical wrap-up of the week’s news from Daily Show Co-creator Lizz Winstead. A live sketch comedy show that gives us the world as seen by fictional producers and on-air talent at the worst morning news show in America. The results are both a hilarious and scathing view of both newsmakers and the news media that molds them. Tickets here.

10. If you’re in Times Square on Tuesday night, Jan. 20 you can celebrate the end of the last 8 years of soft shoe shuffling and shoe ducking by President #43 at the Goodbye Bush Bash at the Latitude Bar & Grill (783 Eighth Ave between 47th and 48th Streets). Bush-themed drink specials and a quote wall of the most idiotic lines uttered by GWB will be featured. Sometime around 10pm the organizers of this event will lead the party outside for – literally – dancing in the streets. RSVP here. And for the last time I’m quoting #43: If you don’t stand for anything, you don’t stand for anything! (November 2, 2000 at Bellevue Community College)

11. If I hadn’t maxed out all my credit cards I’d be heading right now to the Presidential Inaugural Store right now to buy these fabulous limited edition items. Buttons, stickers, glassware, coins, tote bags, t-shirts, scarves, cufflinks, coloring books, fleece jackets, coasters, onesies, hats, wristbands, key rings, messenger bags, even a wooden train for kids imprinted with Obama Biden / Renewing America’s Promise and the inaugural seal.

12. Look ahead to the next chapter of our lives on Wednesday January 21 at 8pm at the 92nd Street Y in New York City when Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post, moderates a discussion on The Year Ahead in politics and culture on the day after the inauguration. She will be joined by HuffPost bloggers Nora Ephron, Erica Jong, Barbara Ehrenreich, Trey Ellis, and Paul Rieckhoff. More info and tickets here. And remember, today is the first day of the rest of your life. (By the way you are a child of the universe and you have a right to be here)


Patrick McGoohan, 80, star of the 1967 The Prisoner series died Tuesday in a Los Angeles hospital following a brief illness. Best known for his role as Number Six in the iconic British TV series The Prisoner, McGoohan not only played the lead but developed the concept and wrote and directed several episodes. The Prisoner ran for just one season with 17 episodes and later this year AMC will remake a miniseries based on the cult classic.

During his career, McGoohan won two Emmy Awards, 16 years apart, guest starring in two episodes of Columbo in 1974 and 1990. He also made several memorable appearances in movies such as the warden in the 1979 film Escape From Alcatraz, King Edward Longshanks in the 1995 film Braveheart and as the judge in the 1996 drama A Time to Kill. McGoohan is survived by his wife, three daughters and five grandchildren.

~ Be Seeing You ~ and we’ll miss you.


March 21 - April 19 Aries
It’s 2009, people (finally)! I know you Aries people like to be prepared, so be it known that tomorrow, Sunday Jan. 11 the planet Mercury will go retrograde and stay that way until February 1. I know you’re all ‘what does this have to do with me’ and like that. Well, the planet Mercury affects us all, in a plethora of ways that range from the mildly annoying to a huge pain in the ass. It’s the astrological equivalent of Murphy’s Law – if something can go wrong, it will, and usually during this time. This is when your computer can crash for no reason, letters somehow get lost in the mail, office machines break down. Basically it affects anything to do with communication on just about any level. Try to avoid signing any legal documents or making any big decisions. Or, for that matter, starting new projects. However, your powers of focus are enhanced during this time and therefore it can be a very good time to do research, catch up on paperwork, and complete projects you’ve already started. And keep in mind that there are two more Mercury retrograde periods later this year: May 6 to 30 and September 6 to 29.

April 20 - May 20 Taurus
If there’s one thing Taureans adore, it’s finding cool things off the beaten path. For instance, I had a meeting with a friend in Times Square the other day. We planned to meet at Starbucks and did. It was jam packed, no tables, long lines to order, etc. However, across the street (literally) was the Juan Valdez Café. Who knew? We headed over there and were pleasantly surprised to find no lines, tables, and interesting food items like arepas topped with cheese. Plus the counter people were pleasant and helpful! In other words it was as unlike Starbucks as it could be. Naturally they have coffee, hot chocolate, etc. They also have free wifi available. Seriously, if you have to go to a chain coffee place, keep this one in mind. Apparently there are 4 locations in Manhattan, 4 in Philadelphia, 2 in D.C., and 1 in Seattle. Que bueno!

May 21 - June 20 Gemini
If you’re anything like most Gemini folks, you have retained a soupçon of childhood innocence no matter what your biological age happens to be. This is exactly the part of you that will dig watching the DVD’s that are available of the brilliant children’s TV show Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. Five seasons of this show aired between 1986 and 1990. These programs were remarkable in their psychedelic graphics and art direction (even today they look cutting edge), the original music (written by lightweights like Mitchell Froom, Van Dyke Parks, George Clinton, Danny Elfman, Todd Rundgren, Mark Mothersbaugh and more), the recurring characters (Cowboy Curtis played by Laurence Fishburne! Captain Carl played by Phil Hartman! Miss Yvonne! Reba the Mail Lady! The King of Cartoons! Jambi the <totally gay> Genie! Chairry – the chair that hugged! Clockey! Globey! Penny! And of course Conky, the robot who gave us the Secret Word every week). This show was so far ahead of its time I don’t think we’ve even caught up to it yet. Go buy those DVD’s now and achieve hours of endless fun. Official website here. And my final words on the subject are mecca lecca hi, mecca hiney ho.

June 21 - July 22 Cancer
Let’s tap into the contemplative side of the Cancer persona this week, the side that adores curling up in bed with a good book and reading for hours on end. Which brings us to the indie bookstore of the week. That would be Blue Hill Books in Blue Hill, Maine, the oldest and most complete bookstore on the Blue Hill Peninsula. They’ve existed since 1986, and kudos to them for that! And therefore in honor of the Changing of the Guard taking place soon (how many hours? can you tell I can’t wait?) in Washington, D.C. I suggest you pick up a copy of Howard Zinn’s remarkable A People’s History of the United States (1492 – Present). You may have the experience I had when I first read this book many years ago; I felt like everything I had been taught in school was now the Bizarro World version of actual events. Zinn’s a genius and a scholar and this book reads like a novel, but every word is true.

July 23 - August 22 Leo
My older music historian Leo friends might remember the 1968 hit Games People Play, written and performed by Joe South. A song well worth revisiting or discovering. The song (though this has never been confirmed) is thought to refer to the 1964 book about transactional analysis by the same name written by Dr. Eric Berne. The extremely innovative guitar sequence at the beginning was played on a Danelectro Guitar Sitar. The song has been covered by Jerry Lee Lewis, Tesla, The Georgia Satellites, Ike and Tina Turner, Dreadzone, Hank Williams Jr., and countless others. South, himself an accomplished songwriter (Down in the Boondocks, Hush, Walk A Mile in My Shoes, I Never Promised You A Rose Garden), is also a reknowned session musician. Among other things he was the guitar player behind the distinctive sound in Aretha Franklin’s Chain of Fools. Games People Play is a masterpiece that examines human nature’s saddest tendencies, that of the endless game playing which causes heartbreak and the loss of love and friendship. Oh the games people play now, every night and every day now; never meanin’ what they say now, never sayin’ what they mean. © Joe South.

August 23 - September 22 Virgo
If you’re like most people I know right now, even if you’re a very careful Virgo who has serious control issues, you’ve either lost your job or you’re hanging onto it with both hands for dear life and frightened to death by the carnage around you. U.S. unemployment rates skyrocketed to 7.2% in December and we lost 2.6 million jobs during 2008. It’s been 16 years since we’ve seen statistics quite this dire and all predictions point to this number going possibly as high as 10% of the population being unemployed by year’s end. Every single day another company announces more personnel being pink slipped. I don’t mean to scare you more than you’re already scared. But even if you are one of the lucky ones that are still employed, it’s time to fine tune your resume. The folks at Shop Around Your Resume provide that service. Do you need your c.v. assessed, polished, or even completely written from scratch? They can do all that and it won’t break the bank either. Drop them a note: shoparoundyourresume@gmail.com. They’ll even give you a free consultation. This is the most important $ you’ll spend all year.

September 23 - October 22 Libra
Librans, assuming you are working and getting paid, if you’re in that indulgent mood I know you can sometimes get into, how about going all out and visiting Artisanal Fromagerie & Bistro? You want cheese? They have cheese. This place beautifully showcases the formidable creativity and passion of Chef-Proprietor Terrance Brennan who adds playful twists to classic French bistro dishes. Selecting only premium ingredients, Brennan’s commitment to the use of artisanal, sustainable and organic products is evident in the quality of each dish. Very much in the style of a Parisian bistro, Artisanal’s interior was designed by noted architect Adam Tihany. A mural-sized painting, which had hung in French restaurants since the 1930’s, presides over the Art Deco space. When the bistro opened in 2001 Gourmet Magazine wrote, “as cheese-intensive as Artisanal is, as profoundly as it caters to the basest of lactic desires, the restaurant may already be one of the best bistros in New York, remarkable even without the cheese.” Yes – cheese or not, this place truly rocks. They also have a gift shop and tasting events.

October 23 - November 21 Scorpio
If there’s anything that can keep a Scorpio entertained, it’s a wacky website that delightfully sucks you in until you suddenly wake up hours later as if from a technicolor dream. Such a site is Retrocrush, which calls itself the World’s Greatest Pop Culture Site. And it is. You want articles? They got ‘em. Interviews? Yes, here. Podcasts even? Si, Señor. A gallery of retrobabes, literally hundreds? Come on down. Seriously, this is like someone looked into my head and said, what website would delight Holly Cara Price the mostest ever – and created it. I could do whole horoscoop columns about this site alone. Go there. And good luck getting out of it. I’m living inside my computer now, just paging through it. Oh yeah, join it on MySpace. Join it on Facebook. Read their blog. See ya there.

November 22 - December 21 Sagittarius
The Sagittarius of the week is Bill Hicks, born December 16, 1961. Unfortunately he left us way too soon after being felled by pancreatic cancer in 1994. A stand up comic, he described his own work as “Chomsky with dick jokes.” He skewered politics, culture, religion, sent darts towards every sacred cow you can name. He was brilliant, cutting, intense, truthful, philosophical, and diabolical. It’s such a goddam shame we didn’t have his voice of sanity around during the Bush Years. Said Hicks: “I was told when I grew up I could be anything I wanted: a fireman, a policeman, a doctor - even President, it seemed. And for the first time in the history of mankind, something new, called an astronaut. But like so many kids brought up on a steady diet of Westerns, I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. And in my heart of hearts I still track the remnants of that dream wherever I go, in my endless ride into the setting sun.” Bill Hicks had a deep and profound love of animals and stated many times he preferred them to people. Since 1995, the Bill Hicks Foundation continues to make a lasting contribution, in Bill’s memory, towards a cause he loved and cared about: helping animals. Check them out. February 26, 2009 marks the 15th anniversary of Hicks’ death. Several tributes are in the works, more info here. (Thanks to Amanda Palmer for reminding me of Hicks’ greatness)

December 22 - January 19 Capricorn
My little Capricorn, ma petite cherie, I want you to listen to me very carefully. In these recessionary times we need to eschew expensive concert tickets and opt for the Netflix moments instead. I’ve got the perfect film for you; my favorite horror film ever, Roger Corman’s 1959 masterpiece A Bucket of Blood. Roger Corman produced many many great films but this is my hands down favorite. The film was shot in five days on a budget of $50,000; writer Charles B. Griffith and Corman actually came up with the premise and outline in one day. Basically the storyline is about a nerdy bus boy who works at a beatnik café called The Yellow Door. After accidentally killing his landlady’s cat, he covers it in clay, calls it “Dead Cat,” and is acclaimed as a great sculptor. I’m sure you can figure out what happens next as, for the first time in his miserable life, he is feted as an artistic genius. Lots of people start to disappear. It’s a real period piece, and some of the best scenes take place in The Yellow Door. During a poetry reading, one of the beatnik poets intones, “Life is a hobo…hitching a ride to eternity.” Buy it, rent it, see it. Some trivia: the sets used in this film were later used in Corman’s film The Little Shop of Horrors.

January 20 - February 18 Aquarius
The freewheeling, free thinking Aquarian mind will no doubt be engaged by the current exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art. Pipilotti Rist: Pour Your Body Out is resident there until February 2. MOMA commissioned the Swiss artist to create a monumental site-specific installation that immerses the Museum’s Marron Atrium in twenty-five-foot-high moving images. Visitors will be able to experience the work while walking through the space or sitting upon a sculptural seating island designed by the artist. Rist’s lush multimedia installations are known to playfully and provocatively merge fantasy and reality. Go there and be enchanted. (Thanks Sue L for this item!)

February 19 - March 20 Pisces
Haven’t you longed to find a saint for every occasion? I know I have. And now it’s easier than 1-2-3. Check out the Saints & Angels page. Sign up for the Saint of the Day email list. There are lists of the most popular saints, female saints, Irish saints, Japanese saints, Black saints, martyr saints. There’s a whole section on stigmata (with a picture gallery). There’s a list of feast days (Happy St. Petronius Day by the way). And there’s a fascinating list of Saints Fun Facts which I’ll leave you to discover for yourself. Bless you, my child.

The beat goes on, the beat goes on
Drums keep pounding a rhythm to the brain
La de da de de, la de da de da

Charleston was once the rage, uh huh
History has turned the page, uh huh
The mini skirt’s the current thing, uh huh
Teenybopper is our newborn king, uh huh

And the beat goes on, the beat goes on
Drums keep pounding a rhythm to the brain
La de da de de, la de da de da

The grocery store’s the super mart, uh huh
Little girls still break their hearts, uh huh
And men still keep on marching off to war
Electrically they keep a baseball score

The beat goes on, the beat goes on
Drums keep pounding a rhythm to the brain
La de da de de, la de da de da

Grandmas sit in chairs and reminisce
Boys keep chasing girls to get a kiss
The cars keep going faster all the time
Bums still cry “hey buddy, have you got a dime”

The beat goes on, the beat goes on
Drums keep pounding a rhythm to the brain
La de da de de, la de da de da

(c) 1964 Sonny Bono

Sonny & Cher - The Beat Goes On - 45 RPM