Starvoice • 05.27.11

By Jack Fertig

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Heidi Klum turns 38 on Wednesday. The model turned TV host and producer changed the way we look at the fashion world with her very popular Project Runway. Because of the show, some gay designers have gone to be stars of their own like Austin Scarlett, Santino Rice and season four winner Christian Siriano. A Runway all-stars is apparently in the works.

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THIS WEEK

Mercury squaring Neptune in Pisces while entering Gemini inflates wonderfully imaginative notions. Jupiter entering Taurus could ground them and find profitable applications. Jupiter in Taurus for the next year should_ be good for the economy. It will be good for bankers at least.

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GEMINI May 21-Jun 20
Get creative. You have big challenges in the next year. Your intuition is now unusually sharp to see how you can turn those into opportunities. Spiritual guidance can be especially helpful now.

CANCER Jun 21-Jul 22
Dreams lure you too easily into never-never-lands of fantasy and escape. Sharing some of those phantasmagorical reveries with friends can help you find some practical outlet for them.

LEO Jul 23-Aug 22
Remember the difference between dreams and goals. Friends encouraging you to chase after your dreams offer helpful inspiration, but don’t let them distract you from practical aims.

VIRGO Aug 23-Sep 22
Your brain is buzzing with schemes for success. Your partner encourages all your wildest ideas. Not. You need a leveler head with a bit of critical distance to give you pragmatic advice.

LIBRA Sep 23-Oct 22
Expansive, fortunate Jupiter is starting a year in your house of sex. The deeper you go the greater the rewards. Don’t be shy. Neither is without risks, but Jupiter is good to have on your side.

SCORPIO Oct 23-Nov 21
You and your sweetie are due for some frolic. That could open up some questions and confusion. Keeping communications clear is a small challenge. The rewards are well worth it.

SAGITTARIUS Nov 22-Dec 20
Job opportunities open up for you. Have faith in yourself. If familial encouragement is unrealistic, don’t worry about letting them down for what’s in the real world. If you’re happy, they are too.

CAPRICORN Dec 21-Jan 19
You’re way too open to distractions and thus, accidents. Mediation, poetry, music or art will get you back in balance. Take classes in any of those . You need new ways of seeing the world.

AQUARIUS Jan 20-Feb 18
Struggle between your deepest desires and economic necessity feels brutal. A light, playful conversation with your partner  can help you find a way to afford your dreams, or find reconciliation.

PISCES Feb 19-Mar 19
Whatever you have to offer, make it heard and known. Your family will back you up in your endeavors, but you really need to be very clear on who you are and what it is you’ve got.
ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
Your recent lucky spree will focus more on financial fortune. Mad dreams and inspirations offer some clues. Talk out your crazy notions with friends and find a way to bring them to the bank.

TAURUS Apr 20-May 20
Recent hard times turn around. Cash in on your good fortune. Turn your friends’ suggestions into practical ideas. Inspirations now point the way to future fulfillment of your dreams.

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

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition May 27, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Put a ring on it

Okay, it is the end of 2009, and everyone everywhere is making their “year in review” lists (including Dallas Voice; see our Friday, Jan. 1 issue to find out who is our LGBT Person of the Year and our Top 10 Stories of 2009).

Change.org has its list online of the “Top 5 Gay TV Moments in 2009.” Most of them I didn’t see, because I don’t watch the shows they cite. They have clips of each of the five moments, starting at No. 5 with the scene from “Modern Family” where the gay couple present their newly-adopted daughter to the rest of the family. Wonderfully funny!

Ongina’s coming out as HIV-positive on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is No. 4, followed by Vogue Evolution on “America’s Best Dance Crew” at No. 3, the “Single Ladies” dance by the football team on “Glee” at No. 2 and Callie Torres standind up to her anti-gay father on “Grey’s Anatomy” at No. 1.

The clips from “Modern Family” and from “Glee” had me laughing out loud at my desk, but it was the other clip — included in the paragraph about “Glee” that made me realize what Change.org was saying was truly valid: Positive, realistic depictions of LGBT people on TV really can make a difference.

The clip I’m talking about its a video of the real-life football team from real-life Glendale High School in California performing the “Single Ladies” dance on stage, in full football uniform, for a talent show. I have NO DOUBT that I would have never seen the football team at my high school do something like this, and if they had, they would have been laughed — or booed — off stage.

We really have come a long way baby.

—  admin

Cathedral of Hope to change time slot on WFAA this month

The times they are a changin’.

Reverend Dr. Jo Hudson mentioned yesterday that Cathedral of Hope’s broadcast will change times as of July 12. They’ll move from Sunday morning airings at 11 a.m. to Sunday EARLY mornings at 12:35 a.m. Hudson said doing this is going to save them bundles of money on broadcasting costs.

I just spoke with Paul Taylor, director of communications for CoH and he says that the money it took to produce and air cost them about $7,500 a week. “We were thrilled to have that time slot. It’s prime time for them on Sunday morning. But it is very expensive,” he said.

Initially, COH jumped on the opportunity when it was presented to them by WFAA. However, because of the expense, they contacted the channel about less expensive options. WFAA came back with the 12:35 a.m. time slot after “Monk” on Saturday nights. “It sounded great and it is much less money, just over $1,000. Plus, the potential audience doubles,” Taylor said.

Which seemed a little far-fetched but not so much after Taylor explained the case.

“We’ve been averaging 30,000 viewers according to the Nielsen ratings. That time slot (12:35 a.m.), averages about 58,000 viewers and that’s with an infomercial. Plus, we could be reaching a whole new audience,” he said. He figured the night owls who are just getting in or those about to go out might just have the TV on to wind down or get ready to. “It’s a great thing for us,” he said.

Their last 11 a.m. airing will be July 12. Taylor is working to have a 12:35 a.m. airing that same day but right now July 19 will be the official first day of the broadcast time.

—  Rich Lopez