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March 21 - April 19 Aries
Escape into the starkly beautiful black&white photographs of Ronnie Farley, award-winning photojournalist and author of Women Of The Native Struggle: Portraits and Testimony of Native American Women (The Library of the American Indian), Cowgirls: Contemporary Portraits of the American West, and Diary of A Pedestrian: A New York Photo Memoir. Farley’s work captures and illuminates the quiet strength and dignity of her subjects in a way that observes without judgment. She’s very special. Currently showing at the Sheldon Art Galleries in St. Louis, Missouri, the Cowgirls Series is on tour through a grant from the Mid-America Arts Alliance from now until 2010. More info, books and prints here.

April 20 - May 20 Taurus
Staying in New York City for the long weekend? May I suggest a trip to the largest gothic cathedral in the world, The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. Not only do they conduct tours of this vast structure, but you can also throw a Medieval Birthday Party here (now that’s a reason to become a child again if ever I heard one). This Monday night at 8pm come on down and enjoy a free concert by the New York Philharmonic. Now that’s a Memorial Day.

May 21 - June 20 Gemini
We lost Dean Johnson last September, and I still can’t wrap my head around the realization that this unforgettable big-hearted towering presence of the New York City club scene is gone. Whether or not you knew him, come out and celebrate his incredible life on what would have been his 47th birthday, Friday May 30 at Don Hill’s. Both bands that he oh-so-fiercely led, Dean and the Weenies and the Velvet Mafia, will play extended sets with copious guest artists. All proceeds benefit Sylvia’s Place, providing emergency shelter to gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transexual, and/or transgendered youth.

June 21 - July 22 Cancer
Yes, the Sex in the City movie is finally coming out next week and you can see what happens to the quartet from swingsville on the big screen. But allow me to draw your attention to the just-released DVD Square Pegs - The Complete Series. This 1982 television series starred a very young Sarah Jessica Parker (’Patty’) as a high school freshman who tries to fit in. She is the center point of a posse of ’square pegs’ which includes actors John Femia (as comic Marshall Bletchtman) and Merrit Butrick (as New Waver Johnny Slash). Sarah and her best friend Lauren (played by Amy Linker) try to impress the ‘cool kids.’ On the fringe of it all is television’s most obnoxious and preppiest Jewish American princess, Muffy Tepperman (splendidly played by Jami Gertz). Perhaps all that needs to be said is that this series was created and written by the amazing Anne Beatts.

July 23 - August 22 Leo
While you’re on the upper west side visiting St. John the Divine, stop off on Amsterdam Ave. between 101st and 102nd Streets and have the world’s best hot chocolate (outside of Mexico) at Noche Mexicana. One of the city’s best kept secrets, this is totally a family operation. The hot chocolate is made the traditional Mexican way with melted chocolate and cinnamon folded in. Well worth a stop, and the food is great too.

August 23 - September 22 Virgo
Jack Kerouac
is known for many iconic books, but my personal favorite is one you may never have heard of -Maggie Cassidy. It’s an incredibly sharp snapshot of 1930’s American life in a small town and the agony & ecstasy of Young Love. Revisit the most painful and beautiful time of your life in this book, before you were fully formed and knew the ways of the world.

September 23 - October 22 Libra
Because it’s a long weekend, your suggested download of the week is a full album: the magnificent Imperial Bedroom by Elvis Costello. This 1982 gem was produced impeccably by Geoff Emerick who made his name as an engineer with a little band called the Beatles. Costello’s voice is like mahogany velvet on these songs, suffused with both heavy irony and, on some of them, musical touches like a 40-piece orchestra. Maybe you don’t believe my heart is in the right place / Why don’t you take a good look at my face / Other boys use the splendour of their trembling lip / They’re so teddy bear tender and tragically hip (Town Cryer, (c) Elvis Costello).

October 23 - November 21 Scorpio
One of our more wellknown Scorpio Sisters is the formidable Hillary Rodham Clinton. HRC: I know you’re getting a lot of unsolicited advice these days and you’ll quite probably never read this, but stop re-making the rules and be gracious. That’s all I’m sayin’.

November 22 - December 21 Sagittarius
Your lucky number is 4815162342. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to watch the Season Finale of LOST next Thursday night. Will they - won’t they - who are they really - and where the hell did Claire go?

December 22 - January 19 Capricorn
I admit it; I’m addicted to Green Tea. Ever since I found ITO EN’s TEAS’ TEA, now available in plastic bottles in your local grocery store, I’ve become a junkie for the stuff. Hey - it’s actually really good for you too. Try this instead of a can of soda and see how good you feel afterward.

January 20 - February 18 Aquarius
Discover Six-Word Memoirs. It seems that Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in only six words, to which he replied: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” SMITH Magazine re-upped the ante by asking contributors for their own six-word memoirs and made a cool book out of ‘em, Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure. They range from haunting (”Cursed with cancer. Blessed by friends”) to hilarious (”Catholic school backfired. Sin is in!”).

February 19 - March 20 Pisces
You can’t buy it, but you can hear it here: the supremely fabulous 12-inch version of Nona Hendryx’s 1982 dance hit Keep It Confidential. Nona was one-third of Labelle (and their primary songwriter), but also a solo artist of ultra-cool reknown. She is all that and then some, and this song is one of her finest creations.

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