Starvoice • 09.23.11

By Jack Fertig

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Olivia Newton-John turns 63 on Monday. The singer/actress reached queer iconicism as the muse Kira in the roller skating fantasy film Xanadu. She only helped that with her role as Bitsy Mae Harling in the Sordid Lives film and the television series. We think her guest appearances on Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List and Glee her well on queerdom’s radar.

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THIS WEEK

Fresh into Libra, the sun and Mercury stimulate friendly conversation but they’re opposite Uranus and squaring Pluto; any dialogue can turn fiercely argumentative or deliciously wicked. Either way, secrets will be revealed!

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LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
Getting older beats the hell out of the alternative. The trick is to celebrate maturity, not to try hiding your age. Staying active and fit is one thing; holding on to your adolescence is another.

SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
Your energy is high, perhaps hard to control. Worrying about that can turn it into nervous aggravation. Stay focused. Staying where you’re visible will help you stay on purpose.

SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
If arguments with friends leave you irritated, it’s because they’re right. Be big enough to admit it. You’re in too much demand now to be in a cranky sulk. What you learn can prove helpful at work.

CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
Rewards for your accomplishments are more spiritual than remunerative. If that disappoints you, take it in stride. Remember, you’re always being seen and attitude is key to further success.

AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
Charm is more persuasive than facts. That doesn’t mean you have to compromise your integrity, but you want to adjust your attitude. Especially with the one you love, remember to be kind.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
Outstanding debts should wait. Focus on your sex life. What do you really want? Partnered: A long heart-to-heart talk is in order. Single: An adventure can open up amazing new possibilities.

ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
Accepting invitations to fun causes as much trouble as refusing them. Adventure and drama are inevitable, so embrace them consciously with eyes open or they will sneak up on you.

TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
Don’t let work stress you out. Exercise shakes off the tension. Redistributing the workload among your co-workers can help. Staying focused on the goal is important, but don’t obsess on it.

GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
Your efforts to include friends just annoy them. Let them be the audience when you’re done. If you find a good collaborator, though, it could become more than a working relationship.

CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
Make new contacts in your community. You’ll be surprised to discover how well known you are. Those new connections prove helpful in your career. When in doubt, stay close to home.

LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
Some things need to be said and feathers have to be ruffled. Be tactful, but also be ready to deal with the fact that someone will be upset, and he or she will just have to hear it and adapt.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
Be careful whom you contract with in financial undertakings. It could work out brilliantly, but is more likely to be a disaster. Sexual explorations can improve partnerships or help start one.

Jack Fertig can be reached at 415-864-8302 or Starjack.com

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 23, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

Starvoice • 09.02.11

By Jack FertigJ-Foxworth

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Jeff Foxworthy turns 53 on Tuesday.
The comedian known mostly for his “You might be a redneck” jokes has been fairly harmless in his jokes regarding gays but gave us gold when he sang “Islands in the Stream” with Kenny Rogers while holding hands. Classic. He’s currently in the reality show Shark Tank.

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THIS WEEK

Venus in Virgo and Mars in Cancer are in a sextile that suggests homey seductions. The best way to your intended’s heart, or other parts, is through dainty treats, preferably at home. These planets are also in hard aspect to Eris bringing a creative edge to competition, but perhaps too much competitiveness to your efforts.

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VIRGO Aug 23-Sep 22
Venus in your sign brings charm that you can use to social advantages. That can boost your sex life, but with complications. Volunteering time and effort for your community challenges you.

LIBRA Sep 23-Oct 22
You can accomplish a great deal sequestered at your job. That will arouse competitive suspicion, but who better than you to find a cooperative solution? Granted, that will be a job in itself.

SCORPIO Oct 23-Nov 21
Ask your friends for the most far out entertainment they can think of. Go one better if you can. Better yet, read something that will challenge your political or spiritual values.

SAGITTARIUS Nov 22-Dec 20
Slow careful moves promote your career better than bold actions. Take initiative to be helpful and look for problems to solve. Creative answers are brilliant, but can be divisive.

CAPRICORN Dec 21-Jan 19
You are likely to lose arguments with your partner. Pay close attention to understand his or her point of view. Your silent acceptance will be spiritually enriching and save your relationship.

AQUARIUS Jan 20-Feb 18
Deep insights can make work more productive but can prove divisive. Include colleagues in the process; make them feel part of it to help your team be more competitive and less fractious.

PISCES Feb 19-Mar 19
You and your baby need fun. How much to spend can be a bone of contention. Get creative about economizing. The best way to keep domestic peace is to keep your mind on long-term goals.
ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
Being neat, sweet and domestic is the best way to sustain love or meet a new one. Resist being critical. If you can offer improvements, first make sure they’re welcome.

TAURUS Apr 20-May 20
You’re cute when you’re being shy, but being shy doesn’t mean being a wimp. If you have to choose between being adorable and standing up for yourself, you know what to do.

GEMINI May 21-Jun 20
Organize household finances or rearrange things to make more sense. Check in with your partner or roommates first. You get away with your initiative, but consultation makes it better.

CANCER Jun 21-Jul 22
It’s tempting to gripe about your boss, but he or she will hear about it. Tame your critical mind and turn it to your work. Among other benefits, focusing on productivity pulls you out of worry.

LEO Jul 23-Aug 22
Most arguments are a waste of time. Is convincing some clod that you’re right that important? The most important arguments are within yourself and lead to new realms of self-expression.

Jack Fertig can be reached at 415-864-8302 or Starjack.com

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 2, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Starvoice • 07.08.11

By Jack Fertig1299179798-64

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Michelle Rodriguez turns 33 on Tuesday. The San Antonio born actress scored big with roles in films like Avatar, Machete and Fast Five playing the tough chick roles. In 2007, Curve identified her as bisexual, but while she has openly appreciated her queer fans, she’s been clear that she is neither bi nor lesbian.

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THIS WEEK

The sun in Cancer deepens our sense of identity with family and tribe. Sun squaring Eris, however, can increase tribalism and factionalism. Being with people is important; against others, not so much.

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CANCER Jun 21-Jul 22
Nobody succeeds on their own. Stay clear on your goals and dedicated to your hard work, but knowing where you come from is essential for getting ahead in any endeavor.

LEO Jul 23-Aug 22
Temptations to arguments come out of inner doubts are better confronted. Worthwhile challenges are the internal ones. Creative expression in any mode helps you gain insight.

VIRGO Aug 23-Sep 22
Some of your friends have a better idea how sexy you really are. See what they see. Your sign is about detailed appreciation and utilization of material facts. That alone offers immense erotic skill.

LIBRA Sep 23-Oct 22
Great opportunities pull you away from the one you adore. Make your baby a partner in your success. Be sure to reciprocate. Start by sitting down and talking about it.

SCORPIO Oct 23-Nov 21
Sharpen your mind, not your tongue. Branch out and learn more about your field, new and different techniques or philosophies. Focus on priorities, even if it does slow down your sex life.

SAGITTARIUS Nov 22-Dec 20
Good sex is not about being the best there is, but being authentically who you really are and accepting your partner in the same authenticity. Developing technique doesn’t really hurt either.

CAPRICORN Dec 21-Jan 19
Family members mean well trying to help your love life, but the best they can do is to butt out. Time alone is the best thing to get clear on your needs in a relationship, existing or hypothetical.

AQUARIUS Jan 20-Feb 18
Keep a clear eye to the future. That requires going back and brushing up on old skills, or learning new ones to remain competitive at work. Heed advice from your partner and colleagues.

PISCES Feb 19-Mar 19
Hone your skills at games and/or arts, just don’t expect to win any prizes right now. Being your best is the way to get ahead; trying to be better than others distracts you from that.

ARIES Mar 20-Apr 19
Rushing to defend your family is necessary, but don’t circle the wagons. Your greater challengeis to take on a more expansive view that sees your tribe in a more global connectedness.

TAURUS Apr 20-May 20
Revealing your deepest secrets is scary. It’s also necessary for your well-being. Holding onto all that tension undermines your health. Find a professional counselor.

GEMINI May 21-Jun 20
Be careful not to get sucked into competitive spending. Relationships are built on shared values and a vision of the future, not rounds of drinks and flashy baubles.

Jack Fertig can be reached at 415-864-8302 or Starjack.com

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 8, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Starvoice • 02.25.11

By Jack Fertig

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYTommy-TUne

Tommy Tune turns 72 on Monday. The legendary Tony award-winning dancer, singer, choreographer still keeps busy in the business. Not only does the Wichita Falls-born Texan returns in March with performances in Dallas, he’s also developing a musical based on the iconic club Studio 54 in the age of disco.

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THIS WEEK

Venus entering Aquarius opens new aesthetic opportunities and challenges. Be daring and adventurous in your own presentation and your choices for entertainment and art. The North Node entering Sagittarius opens new challenges to look past apparently logical details to the fuller picture. Both are leaving Capricorn, so break out of old problems with new perspectives.

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PISCES Feb 19-Mar 19
Your social instincts are sharp. Resist the tendency to fall back into the partying embrace of your home and community. Network! Hang out with people who can help you get ahead.

ARIES Mar 20-Apr 19
Being charming and innovative are great ways to promote yourself. The energy is there. Dress for the job you want, not the one you have, but don’t shy away from your own sense of style.

TAURUS Apr 20-May 20
Ask yourself what’s the most beautiful country in the world (besides your own). Do some research and expand your aesthetic vision to open up a much deeper sense of yourself.

GEMINI May 21-Jun 20
New erotic exploration won’t just spice up your sex life but helps you understand where your relationship needs to go — or where one should get started. Invite your honey to surprise you in bed.

CANCER Jun 21-Jul 22
Start a new conversation with your partner about old challenges. A breakthrough will require risks and experimentation, but probably not sexual. Review how the two of you share or divide tasks.

LEO Jul 23-Aug 22
Redecorate your workplace to make it more efficient. Innovate your beauty and health regimen. Dance classes are fun and introduce you to new people. Try something wild and different.

VIRGO Aug 23-Sep 22
Play with new ideas and images. The urge to be the best or to utilize these expressions professionally should take a backseat to expressing youthful visions and affirming your roots.

LIBRA Sep 23-Oct 22
Call your mother, grandmother or an aunt. What starts out as a simple conversation can reveal a lot about your family and more about yourself. Keep it simple, direct and personal.

SCORPIO Oct 23-Nov 21
Grab keyboard or pen and paper; liberate your mind writing whatever occurs to you. Scrapbooking works. Review it a few days later and see what you can learn about yourself.

SAGITTARIUS Nov 22-Dec 20
Set aside some money for a spontaneous indulgence or impulsive whim. Resist the urge to splurge on anyone else. This treat is for you! Get yourself something outré, so wrong that it’s right.

CAPRICORN Dec 21-Jan 19
Take time out — a long walk or a spiritual retreat — to think about who you really are deep inside and who you want to be. Then consider how best to make your outside match your inside.

AQUARIUS Jan 20-Feb 18
Old traumas contain lessons, but better yet review your earliest feelings of love and beauty. Sure, age brings disappointments. So what? You can still keep those innocent ideals alive.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 25, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

‘Today Show’ features really dumb author

Meredith Viera

So maybe I’m not the best one to offer relationship advice, but in this case, I think I can help.

On the Today Show Thursday morning, Kiri Blakeley promoted her new book, Can’t Think Straight. Here’s NBC’s promo for the segment:

Kiri Blakeley, whose memoir “Can’t Think Straight” describes the shock she experienced when she learned her fiance of 10 years was secretly pursuing relationships with men, tells Meredith Vieira that she “couldn’t get as angry” as she would have if he’d been having an affair with a woman.

Let’s start with “fiance of 10 years.” Really? After 10 years, she thought they were getting married soon?

In the video, she said her fiance didn’t fit any of the stereotypes of what a gay man should be, so she didn’t know. Really? In this day and age you think gay men only fit stereotypes?

But what clues might she have picked up on? They weren’t having much sex anymore. They weren’t seeing each other as much anymore (because he’s spending time with his boyfriend). They weren’t having much sex anymore. And the biggest clue? They weren’t having much sex anymore.

—  David Taffet