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March 21 - April 19 Aries

The Center for Jewish History (15 W. 16th St. in Manhattan) presents a fascinating panel discussion with four Jewish fathers of Punk Rock on Thursday, June 11 at 7pm. Loud Fast Jews Tommy Ramone, Lenny Kaye, Chris Stein, and the Handsomest Man in Showbiz, Handsome Dick Manitoba, will discuss the glorious heyday of NYC punk, their individual career arcs, and the impact their Jewish experience has had on their music. Tix are way reasonable ($18 for the public, $12 for students) and this promises to be a fascinating evening for yids like me and non-yids alike, not to mention those of the Aries persuasion and non-Aries folks too. More info here. Tickets can be purchased here or call 212 868 4444.

April 20 - May 20 Taurus
Avast ye Taurean souls, you foodies, you lovers of great prose. Have your cake and read it too with Nancy Mehagian’s recent book Siren’s Feast, An Edible Odyssey (Cielo Press). Mehagian quotes Parisian designer Elsa Schiaparelli in her forward; “A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.” And a good writer who is also a good cook, and Mehagian is both, dispenses a tome that is hard to put down. A first generation Armenian-American, Mehagian left her Phoenix home to travel the world, bedded a Bedouin gypsy, established Ibiza’s first vegetarian restaurant, was jailed in London (with her newborn child) for over a year, was a cabaret dancer in Syria, and is now settled in L.A. making a living as a massage therapist. Her life reads like a novel, and the book is sprinkled liberally with over forty recipes. It’s a feast of the senses. And Quincy Jones sums it up best: “A spicy brew of recipes and adventures. I don’t know whether to eat this book, smoke it or make love to it.”

May 21 - June 20 Gemini
It’s time for all Geminis to celebrate the occasion of their birth. Yes, the spotlight’s on you, twin people. Here’s something you might want to work into your weekend; how about an orgasm? (Yes, all of us can benefit – not just Geminis). You’ll really want to bait the hook, charm the cobra, play couch hockey for one, or any other synonym you prefer for having one off with yourself or with a loved one, after watching author Mary Roach’s extremely appealing speech on the subject at a recent TED conference. Roach, a freelance writer and humorist, presents 10 fascinating claims about the subject of sexual climax. It’s definitely the most interesting 16 minutes and 37 seconds you’ll spend this weekend. Watch it here. And be good to yourself. Because you deserve it!

June 21 - July 22 Cancer
While we’re on the subject of loud fast rules, as we were a few signs ago in Aries-Land, leave us not forget to thank the universe that Miriam Linna has entered the blogosphere, my Cancer moonchild brethren. Yes, it’s finally happened. If you – like me – are addicted to Miriam’s scribing style in the Norton Records email newsletters and website, you’ll be throwing out hosannas left and right when you dial in to Kicksville 66. Mir started up the blog with a lengthy and fascinating autobiographical piece about moving to Manhattan when she was 20 and becoming the first drummer of seminal band The Cramps: It was a lifetime ago– everything’s changed, and nothing’s changed. Like when you spin around real fast and stop, and you’re digging your heels in, and everything around you is a whirling blur. This woman has had a life most of us can only dream of – but we can now read about it in loving detail – with photos and posters! – on her blog. And we can hope some enterprising agent realizes that she should write her memoirs. I’m already waiting at the bookstore for that. Also check out Nortonville – the official blog of Miriam and husband Billy Miller’s label, Norton Records.

July 23 - August 22 Leo
Leo, your sign is ruled by the Sun and is the epitome of hellzapoppin’ fierceness. I know you truly value the importance of your local library, especially as we lose independent bookstores every day in this rancid financial climate. Perhaps you did not know that New York City’s Mayor Mike Bloomberg wants to cut funding from the New York City public library system. Each of NYC’s three public library systems are facing budget cuts in excess of 22 percent in the coming fiscal year. With an unemployment rate higher than 8 percent in the city, more people than ever before are turning to libraries to make use of their job-hunting resources and to improve their professional skills. Get off your ass and sign this petition now. Go into your local library and browse. Pay your overdue fines (this one’s for me). Email your city council member. And if you can, throw a few extra bucks out there to help save the endangered library system. Even $10 can help.

August 23 - September 22 Virgo
The Virgo of the Week is Leonard Norman Cohen, born September 21, 1934 in Quebec. I recently had the chance to see Mr. Cohen play a concert at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, and I’m here to tell you that it was a transcendent experience. I hadn’t seen him perform since I was in college, back in the days when I never missed a Leonard Cohen show and used to call him music to kill yourself by. Oh, but he’s that and so much more! Apparently in the last few decades his popularity has grown to crazy proportions and now he’s certifiably cool and hip (um, I was there first on this one). Cohen was born into a middle-class Canadian Jewish family and studied with poet Irving Layton in high school. He first became known as a published poet in the early sixties, and moved to the U.S. in 1967 where he was signed by famed talent scout John Hammond to Columbia Records and released his first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen. He’s gone in and out of the public consciousness ever since like a silver stitching needle of love and pain and beauty (sorry, he just brings out the poet in moi). Suffice it to say that to see him in concert now is a life-affirming and wondrous experience and his band is absolutely top-notch. I don’t want to spoil anything for you, but take a look at these videos and start counting your change for when he’s next in town. And do not miss it. And thank you, Kati M.

September 23 - October 22 Libra

Librans love the pleasures of the aesthetic, beauty and harmony and all like that. Combine that with your occasional penchant for crazy sixties ephemera and it’s a safe bet you could be entertained for hours watching Scopitones on the fabulous World Wide Web. A Scopitone is actually a film jukebox invented in the early 1960’s from surplus World War II airplane parts as well as the short music films which were played on such machines. And the whole thing happened in France. Bien sur. N’est-ce pas? De rigeur. There are hours of fun that await you, mes cheres! Check out Fiesta Hippie by Les Ballets Jackson for a taste. Or perhaps you’d like to enter the Web of Love by Joi Lansing, or catch the adventures of these cute English College Girls here. This site tells it all and has links to where you can buy your own DVD copies so you can have these things playing on the TV monitor at your next big party.  Once you’ve seen the glory that is Scopitone, there’s no going back.

October 23 - November 21 Scorpio
There are candles, and there are candles. And then there are candles by Cire Trudon. Established in 1643 by Claude Trudon, Cire Trudon is France’s most famous wax producing factory. You can light one up while scoping your French scopitones and enjoy two fab French experiences at the same time! I know a few Scorpios, and I must say that they are very fond of candles. These beautiful works of art are 100% paraffin-free and devoid of any secondary materials derived from petrochemicals. Cire Trudon uses a secret mix of palm oil, rice, soy, and coprah with wicks of pure cotton. The candle glass was made in Italy by master craftsmen. The embossed gold labels on each candle were made exclusively by the oldest champagne label maker in France. Choose from Spiritus Sancti (flickers of crimson, gold, and olibanaum), Dada (a touch of tea and vetiver, dressed up with crumpled mint leaves and eucalyptus), Revolution (the delicious scent of hot and crusty bread right out of the oven), Carmelite (top notes of orange and armoise; heart notes of rose, spices and iris), and many more.

November 22 - December 21 Sagittarius
Our Sag friends love travel, adventure, and the arts. I’m thinking that you, like me, will be thrilled at my new web discovery, Virtual Vintage Postcards, E-Cards & E-Greetings. Perhaps you, like me, have trolled the internet for cool images to send to your friends or decorate your blogs or what have you. Wander no more, because this site has it all: everything from themed cards for Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Navy Day (October 27), broken down by graphic genre (baseball, fine art, romance, World War II), and regional groupings as well (New England, Old England, etc.). You’re all set for a year of holiday e-cards, get your clicking finger ready.

December 22 - January 19 Capricorn
A while back we told you Capricorn kids (and everyone else) about the incredible Green Book of Songs, the Thematic Guide to Popular Music, where you can look up lists of songs about any subject instantly. This book should be on the shelf of every radio programmer and television producer. The fine folks at GBOS have now started their own blog, and it totally rocks, of course. This week’s post is about Five Songs of Nuclear Destruction. I’m a little crushed to see that Barry McGuire’s Eve of Destruction is not among them, but it’s a good list – Metallica, Black Sabbath, Slayer, Def Leppard and Anthrax. A couple of weeks ago they posted a list of the Top 10 Songs about Unemploymentten songs that tell it all — the frustration, the anger, the despair. These songs reach all the way from the Great Depression to the current crisis, from steel mills and auto assembly lines to coal mines and farms, and show in ways statistics never can that some things about job loss are timeless.

January 20 - February 18 Aquarius
The Aquarian mind is keenly intelligent and highly unorthodox, which makes you a very fascinating character. I know you’ll truly dig The Big Sur Spirit Garden, an International Arts and Cultural Center located between the Santa Lucia Mountains and the ocean in the Big Sur Valley. The Spirit Garden provides world-class production and mult-cultural education programs, hosting artists from across the globe. Tomorrow and every Sunday you can participate in a Capoeira and Afro Brazilian Drumming Class from 12 noon to 2pm. June 12th through 14th they host an African Music and Arts Festival, a native herb walk is planned for June 21st, and the First Annual Festival of Ethnobotany and Plant Medicine will take place here from September 18th to the 20th, among many other interesting events. Check it all out here and get thee to Big Sur.

February 19 - March 20 Pisces
James Tiberius Kirk will be born on March 22, 2233, making him a Pisces. Yah, mon. So, let me just say this. I am not one to go to blockbuster movies. In fact, when I was younger, I eschewed books and movies that were big sellers like the plague. My feeling was, if the masses liked something, well it just couldn’t have any merit. I’ve softened a bit on this front, and I trotted myself out to see Star Trek because it just looked so good on the commercials - and because J.J. Abrams was responsible for it. And you know what? It is well worth seeing, whether or not you know anything about the original series or not. It’s really kick ass awesome. My favorite actors were those who played McCoy (Karl Urban), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Uhura (Zoe Saldana) (wow! breakout great feminist character!), and Sulu (John Cho). Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Kirk (Chris Pine) were great too, of course. Here’s some great trivia from the original 1966 TV series; tubes marked GNDN can be seen in the hallways of the Enterprise. Those initials actually stood for “Goes Nowhere Does Nothing.”

March 21 - April 19 Aries
Aries is a fire sign, ruled by the planet Mars. You’re a mover and a shaker. Next time you’re moving and shaking in West Hollywood, I advise you to consider doing so at The Charlie at 819 N. Sweetzer. Glamorous old L.A. at its finest, just steps away from the adrenalin rush of the Sunset Strip, this brand new hotel is a collection of 14 bungalows that were once owned by Charlie Chaplin. Chaplin built this enclave of serenity in 1924 and used it as his creative center of operations. While writing his films there, he was visited by iconic screen legends like Marilyn Monroe and Marlene Dietrich. I’d like to thank the redoubtable Vanity Fair (June 2009 issue) for the tip off to this lovely hideaway. Bungalows are available by the month or daily.

April 20 - May 20 Taurus
Taurus is all about the senses, you love the pleasures of the material world. Allow me to clue you in to the sensual world of Lampe Berger - a diffusion system that improves the air quality of your home and fragrances it. Their patented technology allows extremely fine diffusion of fragrance into the room, which provides fast, long-lasting, and homogenous performance. A mere 20 minutes of diffusion lasts for several hours. The first Lampe Berger lamp was created in 1898 by pharmacy dispenser Maurice Berger, who fashioned it to purify the air in hospitals. Take the quiz on their website to determine what the best fragrance for you might be, based on air quality in your home and the kind of atmosphere you want. Find a retailer near you that sells these marvelous elixirs.

May 21 - June 20 Gemini
It’s almost birthday time for you Gemini folks. Your sign is ruled by Mercury and is what’s known as a mutable sign – which means changeable. As you march on towards the imminent anniversary of your date of birth, how about taking a look backwards utilizing our website/blog of the week, Childhood Memory Keeper. CMK is all about the cartoons, toys, TV shows, books, and music of the 1960’s, 70’s, and 80’s. And it’s a fun ride! This week CMK remembers the primetime soap opera Knots Landing, which ran an astounding 14 years on CBS from 1979 to 1993; a 1985 commercial Karl Malden did for American Express traveler’s checks (don’t leave home without them!); and Schoolhouse Rock (unpack your adjectives, why don’t you). Take a stroll down Memory Lane and explore the cartoons, commercials, and toys of your youth. Garbage Pail Kids, anyone?

June 21 - July 22 Cancer
Cancer – The Crab – ruled by the Moon. Your intensity and sensitivity play often into your modus operandi, n’est-ce pas? Therefore I bet if this week’s Poetry Jam at the White House flicked across your consciousness, you allowed yourself a smile or even a joyous huzzah! President Obama and the First Lady hosted an evening of music and poetry on Tuesday, May 12 in the East Room. Michelle Obama told the audience that she wants the White House to be a place where all voices can be heard. Performers at the event included Chicago poet Mayda del Valle, writers Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, actor James Earl Jones, and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda, among others. They were also joined by two finalists from HBO’s Brave New Voices national teen poetry competition: Jamaica Osorio from Team Hawai and Josh Bennett from Team Philadelphia. The event was streamed live on www.whitehouse.gov. The Brave New Voices finals are broadcast on HBO tomorrow, Sunday May 17 at 10pm. Dial up a poem every day (and tons of other great stuff) at www.poets.org.

July 23 - August 22 Leo
Our Leo of the Week is American songwriter Jimmy Webb, who wrote many, many fantastic hits for many great artists. By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Wichita Lineman, Galveston, Up Up and Away are just a few of the massively successful songs he’s penned for artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Glen Campbell, and the Fifth Dimension. But I’d like to turn you on to (or reacquaint you with) MacArthur Park, which was a hit for Richard Harris in 1968. To say it was an anomaly is putting it mildly – in an era of AM radio hits that rarely broke 3 minutes, this song was over 7 minutes in length. It was originally written as part of a cantata for the rock band The Association, who rejected it. It’s been covered over fifty times by a wild group of folks ranging from Vic Damone to the Supremes to Waylon Jennings to Donna Summer (who had a huge hit with it) to the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (and the Wu-Tang Clan reworked the lyrics on one of their albums). But the original is, I think, still the best. The glorious sadness in Harris’ voice is unmatched and flush with beauty as he sings “I recall the yellow cotton dress foaming like a wave on the ground around your knees / The birds, like tender babies in your hands / And the old men playing checkers by the trees.” Listen here. Read the lyrics here. And throw back a melancholy glass of red wine as you contemplate the sweet, green icing flowing down.

August 23 - September 22 Virgo
Virgo, your sign is an earth sign and you’re known for your practicality, intellectual acuity, and love of beauty. I know you’ll be all over The Emancipation Network, a national organization dedicated to fighting human trafficking – AKA slavery. TEN helps survivors of slavery rebuild their lives, with sustainable income, education and help reintegrating into society. They also work to prevent slavery in high risk locations such as red light and refugee communities, by creating jobs for adults and through volunteer trips and donations to our shelter partners for rescue, school fees, emergency needs and reintegration. Support their wonderful work by buying beautiful handcrafted products made by survivors of slavery at their online store, or visit their retail outlet in Cape Cod, or host a home party/community Awareness Event. Thanks Rosie A. for this tip!

September 23 - October 22 Libra
Libra, you hold us all in balance. And you love to keep it all together, am I right? There are oh so many ways we can take care of ourselves and that’s what the horoscoop is all about. Whether it’s music, film, art, or food. This week for Libra it’s all about Nutty Steph’s Vermont Granola, which I recently sampled and fell in love with. You know, once you’ve had good granola, there is no going back. Made by hand and shipped fresh, it’s available online and also at some specialty shops like Zabar’s (more, soon, please!). This addictive nutlicious blend is made with almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, and pure maple syrup (from Vermont – the home of maple syrup). Oh God, it’s so good. And Nutty Steph’s also makes trail mix, chocolate bars, and fabulous gift items (check out Tropical Intercourse – now that’s a gift). Thanks Elizabeth M. for this lead!

October 23 - November 21 Scorpio
Since Scorpios traditionally love beauty and movement, and are open to art of all types, no matter your age, I want you to know about the marvelous and talented Tina Sugandh. Tina’s debut album, TablaGirl, was released this week after three years in the making. They say everything happens when it’s supposed to and you know what, this is the perfect time for this record, now that the collective consciousness has been stoked towards Indian music by A.R. Rahman’s stunning soundtrack for Slumdog Millionaire. Tina grew up in a musical household in New Jersey after her parents moved to the States from Bombay when she was an infant. She’s been performing since the age of five. She started playing the tabla at a very young age and became an expert player on this very difficult instrument. TablaGirl is mainstream pop shot through with seductive Bollywood overtones. Check out her YouTube show, The Making of a Bollywood Popstar. The most recent webisode has her teaching Ringo Starr (yes, Ringo Starr) how to play the tabla.

November 22 - December 21 Sagittarius
Sagittarians love to stimulate their minds and one of the best ways to do that is by reading. Therefore this is the slot for Independent Bookstore of the Week. I’ve been spending a lot of time on the Upper East Side of late, and I recently was clued in to The Corner Bookstore at 93rd and Madison (1313 Madison Ave. to be exact). They’re open every day and have received all kinds of kudos for their knowledgeable, attentive staff and lovely atmosphere. They are also known for their extensive selection of children’s books. Imagine – going into a bookstore and having the people behind the counter actually know books to recommend. Like the olden days. Support this store, and all independent bookstores.

December 22 - January 19 Capricorn
Capricorn, thy name is pragmatism, order, and structure. How about smelling good and feeling great? These important items also figure in to your daily plan. We recently found the good folks at C.O.P.A. Soaps at a street fair in New York and they fit the bill nicely. C.O.P.A. stands for coconut, olive, palm and almond oils which are the key ingredients of these fabulous soaps. And they smell absolutely divine. Go with the sensory qualities of Spice, rife with warming essential oils. Or the delicious olfactory yumminess of Harvest, which mixes cinnamon, clove, and pimento berry with fresh pumpkin. Wake up with Peppermint, which is so stimulating they recommend it for adults and not children. Shop online here for one of the best gifts you can give yourself – or someone else.

January 20 - February 18 Aquarius
Aquarians love the great outdoors and now that we’re finally ensconsed in the deep heart of Spring you can take a trip to the Hudson Valley to scope Maya Lin’s new permanent installation, Storm King Wavefield, at the Storm King Art Center. The Storm King Art Center is a sculpture park which is 500 acres in size and the Lin installation covers 11 acres. You may remember Ms. Lin from her stunning and deeply felt work of art, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., which was designed while she was in graduate school at Yale. The New York Times this week called Lin’s Storm King Wavefield installation a soul-soothing place of retreat. The Storm King Art Center is located on Old Pleasant Hill Road in Mountainville, New York. More information here.

February 19 - March 20 Pisces
Our Piscean brothers and sisters are oh so spiritual and extremely creative when they want to be. That’s why your slot is all about the Bay Area’s Café Gratitude, ‘cause I know you will massively dig this great organic outpost which is now in 6 locations in and around San Francisco. Their motto comes from the learned Hippocrates: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” The menu is peppered with names like I Am Enlightened, I Am Worthy, I Am Luscious, I Am Cool (my favorite: hazelnut milk, vanilla bean, raw cacao nibs & mint milkshake), I Am Great, I Am Joy (another favorite: sweet coconut filling, almonds and vanilla in a chocolate shell), etc. etc. The food is super healthy organic and locally farmed and ranges from salads and pizza and veggie enchiladas to coffees, teas, and desserts TDF. Yeah you heard me right; organic and healthy can still be delicious! Now, if they would just open up some east coast locations, they would be (I Am) Perfect. Thanks Neha and Ritu for turning me on to this marvelous place.

in art, everything must be fair game, everything must be explorable, everything must be speakable, or we go BACKWARDS! we go DOWN!
~ Amanda Palmer ~


March 21 - April 19 Aries
Aries, my sweet. I’ve got two words for you: 1) Amanda. 2) Palmer. Hear me now and believe me later; she’s the real thing. There isn’t space here to wax on about her incredibleness so suffice it to say that this weekend she’s doing a play at Massachusetts’ Lexington High School (she’s a ’94 grad of same) called With The Needle That Sings In Her Heart. The play can be seen Friday night (tonight) and twice on Saturday, this weekend, yes, go there if you can (tickets available here until 5pm tonight). And if you can’t, glory hallelujah, the play will be webcast on Saturday night here. The play, which was written by Palmer with 23 students, is based on Neutral Milk Hotel’s 1998 album In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, which was inspired by the story of Anne Frank. The whole shebang was born of Palmer’s desire to come back to her alma mater to collaborate with former theater teacher Steven Bogart. And by the way, Ms. Palmer’s going to be appearing with Neil Gaiman on June 3 at Housing Works Books in NYC. Tickets here and going fast. Lucky New Yorkers can see her perform at the Highline Ballroom on June 5 (tix here), in LA on June 25th, and San Diego on July 24. If you’ve believed nothing else I ever wrote in this column believe this: Amanda Palmer is amazing. See her now while you can still get tickets.

April 20 - May 20 Taurus
Us Taureans, we love good food, yes, indeed we do. And recently we were privy to same, the southern soul food variety, at Murphy’s in Atlanta, Georgia, thanks to Katy J. Seriously: fried green tomatoes with delicious dipping sauce; cheddar cheese grits; eggs benedict with sundried tomato hollandaise. Add in a couple of Bloody Marys and oh man! what a meal. And there were about twenty other things on the menu we wanted, bad, but had to consign to another trip. Murphy’s has been on the Atlanta landscape for 25 years and people wait, as we did, in line for hours to eat there. If you’re lucky enough to live in the area – I can hardly think of a better place for a Mother’s Day Brunch. It’s this Sunday so plan on getting in line early. Free roses to all Moms!

May 21 - June 20 Gemini
Mercury – that foxy trickster – turned retrograde in the sign of Gemini on Thursday May 7. You know, even my friends who don’t believe anything else about astrology believe in mercury retrograde. Right on schedule for me Thursday morning I felt the retrograde presence when my computer suddenly stopped being able to burn discs. Then I went to a store to print photos at a kiosk that mysteriously stopped working when I used it. Typical M.R. stuff. If it has to do with machines or communications, just beware. And try never to sign legal documents during M.R. The retrograde period generally lasts about three weeks which is a stone drag, but there are – believe it or not – a few good things about this time. It’s a fine time to clean your house, do creative work (write, paint, make music), and sleep. Mercury goes retrograde four times this year – each time for three weeks or so – which is about one more time than usual. The planet Mercury turns direct again on May 31, though the effects can last until June 9. Keep your head down and don’t sign anything. Except for your rent check.

June 21 - July 22 Cancer
Cancer presides over home life and comfort. You love to be safe and secure in your feathered nest. And don’t we all like to snuggle up to the hearth with a nice glass of wine, n’est-ce pas? Therefore I’d like to suggest that you consider purchasing said wine at Artisan Wine Shop in Beacon, New York. If you’re anywhere near the Hudson Valley, Beacon’s definitely worth a day trip. And every Saturday you can pretty much count on a wine tasting with some delicious snacks at the shop. Call for times (845-440-6923), but generally this takes place in the late afternoon / early evening. You won’t find the ordinary group of labels here. Artisan specializes in lesser-known smaller-production wines, putting a great deal of time and effort into finding well-balanced, great-tasting wines. Proprietors Tim Buzinski and Mei Ying So are both graduates of the Culinary Institute of America and are delighted to help customers pick just the right bottle of wine for whatever occasion it happens to be. They’re also available as wine consultants and to lead private tastings and events. The current Wine of the Week is Tomàs Cusiné Geol Costers del Segre 2004; available for 31% off. Artisan Wine Shop is at 180 Main Street in Beacon (845-440-6923).

July 23 - August 22 Leo
I know that Leos love music of all genres and varieties. I’m sure you’d like to be apprised of the good work of the New Orleans String Project, which is all about making high-quality stringed instrument instruction accessible to inner-city NOLA kids. The New Orleans String Project believes in the importance of early music education to improve the well-being and overall quality of life for children. To enroll your child in this marvelous program, to send them a contribution for the wonderful work they’re doing, to donate an instrument, to read about the correct postures for playing the cello or viola, visit their website here. Thanks to Norena B. for this tip!

August 23 - September 22 Virgo
Hey, while you’re in Beacon picking up some vino at Artisan Wine Shop, stop by Mount Beacon Fine Art at 155 Main Street to check out the beautiful photographs of one of my favorite Virgos, Ronnie Farley. The show is called Earth Keepers: Portraits and Testimonies of Native American Women and opens May 9. Join Ronnie in celebrating the spiritual, strong women that she’s interviewed and photographed over the past 23 years. If you’re in Beacon this Saturday May 9 stop in for the opening night reception from 6 to 9pm. See more of Ronnie’s work here. She is the author of Women of the Native Struggle: Portraits and Testimonies of Native American Women, Cowgirls: Contemporary Portraits of the American West, and Diary of A Pedestrian: A New York Photo Memoir. A three year national tour of the Cowgirls photo series is currently on exhibit through the Mid-America Arts Alliance and appears from May 15 to August 16 at the Sheldon Art Galleries in St. Louis, Missouri.

September 23 - October 22 Libra
One of the best Libras you can find anywhere is Bruce Springsteen. Celebrate his magnificent career, literally From Asbury Park to the Promised Land, at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. This exhibit, the first of its kind about Springsteen, will be on display through the spring of 2010. The first artifact-driven exhibit about Springsteen’s life and work includes several of his guitars, handwritten lyrics, posters and handbills, numerous photos, and the 1960 Corvette he purchased in 1975 after the Born to Run album catapulted him onto the national stage. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is open seven days a week (seven nights to rock, anyone?) from 10am to 5:30pm.

October 23 - November 21 Scorpio
Whilst in Atlanta, hanging out with Katy J. as mentioned earlier, we also visited the incredible Paris on Ponce – 50,000 square feet of Antique and Modern Detritus, a veritable bohemian warehouse located in the heart of midtown Atlanta. I know that you Scorpios like to keep on the cusp of what’s cool and suchlike. Paris on Ponce was created about eleven years ago by George and Judi Lee, who aimed to create an interesting experience where everyone is welcome to browse and dream. Which you will do, as you stroll through three buildings which include everything from 18th century antiques to new designer furniture at lower than wholesale prices. If you’re looking for something, chances are they have it in this incredible place. Plus, they have a spring sale on at the moment – up to 75% off. Slideshow here. Can’t make it to Atlanta right now? Check out their ebay store. Need an amazing place for a film or music video shoot – or a party? Look no further than the burgundy velvet nightclub Le Maison Rouge inside Paris on Ponce. It’s kind of like walking into 1920’s Paris. Rental info here.

November 22 - December 21 Sagittarius
Sagittarius, the Archer, lover of travel and culture and idealism. Be the first on your block to experience the total awesomeness of the debut CD by Montreal’s Elephant Stone, The Seven Seas. Formerly of the band The High Dials, for which he played bass and sitar, Rishi Dhir started this new band in 2008. After leaving The High Dials in 2006 after six years, Dhir studied up on classical Indian music, which informs this new release. Dhir also played sitar on recordings by the Black Angels and the Earlies. The Seven Seas is true psychedelic pop and you can hear the sparkling, gorgeous tunes on Elephant Stone’s myspace page. Close your eyes and it’s 1966 again. And I mean that as the highest compliment. According to Rishi, we worship at the altar of Sri Ganesha, the Beatles, Ananda Shankar, and Indian food. Buy it here.

December 22 - January 19 Capricorn
I know that Capricorns love to support artists and writers and also love ethnic food and old New York. At least the ones I know have these characteristics. May I present the new book Sizzle in Hell’s Kitchen by Carliss Retif Pond, recently published by Gibbs Smith and available here as well as in your local bookstore (if you’re lucky enough to have one). Pond earned a masters in English Lit from the University of New Orleans and received a culinary education at Paris’ Le Cordon Bleu and the Ritz Escoffier School. She’s been a culinary advisor for Bloomingdale’s and a banquet coordinator for the Plaza Hotel. The book gathers ethnic recipes from 27 different cuisines in the colorful Ninth Avenue neighborhood of Manhattan, also known as Hell’s Kitchen. HK is internationally known for its diversity and the longevity of its restaurants, many of which are in the same family for generations.

January 20 - February 18 Aquarius
On a recent Aquarian-themed fact finding mission SDJ signed up for a three day free trial with Sirius XM. Whilst perusing the channels, we came upon the beauteous Elizabeth Cook, who has her own show twice a week on Outlaw Country, Channel 63. We’ve told you before how great Outlaw Country is - Steven Van Zandt’s sanctuary for the rebels and renegades, rabble rousers and rogues of country music. They’re all here: Bob Dylan, Loretta Lynn, Steve Earle, David Allan Coe, Emmylou Harris, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, and of course all generations of the Hank Williams Dynasty. Cook’s show, Apron Strings, is worth getting up early for (it is broadcast from 6 to 10am on Thursday and Friday mornings). She’s fresh and awesome and just plain fabulous. She’s also got a bunch of records out, the most recent being the Rodney Crowell-produced Balls on Thirty Tigers Records, available here.

February 19 - March 20 Pisces
The website of the week was picked with our Piscean friends in mind. Creativity, sensitivity, and spirituality – that’s you guys. I know you’ll dig Crazy Sexy Life, the brainchild of author/filmmaker/motivational speaker Kris Carr. You may have heard of Crazy Sexy Cancer, the film which Carr wrote and directed about herself for TLC and Discovery Health. The site is a self-described supercharged health hub which gathers together resources and cutting edge experts in one easy to navigate hot spot. Kris has gathered a terrific Blog Posse (featuring Kathy Freston, Rory Freedman, Sara Melngailis, Chloé Jo Berman, and others) to augment her own writings on the site. Quoth the site: Whether you want to dazzle your guests with a rockin’ vegan dinner, embark on a juice feast, clean up mama earth, or connect with other like minded bright lights, you’ll find that, and a whole lot more here . . . An entire community loaded with love and support awaits you. Don’t miss their store which features one hundred percent vegan, cruelty free products.