By Jack FertigDavid+Hyde+Pierce


David Hyde Pierce turns 53 on Tuesday. The out actor received four Emmys for his most famous role as Niles in the NBC sitcom Frasier. Since the show’s end in 2004, Pierce went on to win a Tony for his 2007 Broadway performance in Curtains. For his research activism, he will receive the Lifetime Leadership Award at the Alzheimer’s Association’s gala later this summer.



Venus entering Gemini boosts charm and facilitates communications, but hard aspects to the sun, Neptune and Mars can make her too eager, egotistical and assertive. Real help and empathy require slowing down and paying attention. Fix existing messes before forging ahead.


ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
Slow down and breathe as mishaps pile into catastrophes. Take it easy and double check everything. Ask those who rush you, “Do you want it done fast or done right?

TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
Feeling fun and flirty is great, but don’t let that exuberance eat a hole in your wallet. Dream about being rich and stay mindful of the economies needed to get you there.

GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
Start cleaning up the problems you’re tripping over. Don’t be distracted by fun, frolic and other good f-words. Focus. You need to get work back on track. Fun times will come soon enough.

CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
The real world is getting strenuous and the comforts of home beckon. Recharge your batteries, but don’t hide from responsibilities. Knowing the difference will just spoil it for you.

LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
Offer charity and support. If your ego is involved, people will notice that more. Sloppy, romantic idealism can interfere with your logic, but broaden your appreciation for the arts.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
Clean up relationship problems. List mistakes, misunderstandings and miscommunications and make whatever corrections you can. Before any committments, get everything in order.

LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
Your mind is hungry for new ideas like junk food. Indulge in cheap sentiment, nostalgia and sodden clichés. That could open your sympathies to others. Real intellectual stimulation can wait.

SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
Your frustration with co-workers boils over. Trying to be popular will backfire horribly. A frank exchange of ideas may be rough, but helpful. Let someone else take charge of that.

SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
You can be a healer in your home and/or community. Empathy is the key. It’s necessary, but not enough to listen and let others do the talking. Take initiative and work.

CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
Hard childhood lessons prove helpful now at work even if by negative example. Or maybe the real work is forgiving your parents, even if they were a bit psycho.

AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
Be careful not to spend too much time just having fun with people who won’t be there when the chips are down. Times are tough. You need a posse you can count on.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
Clean up recent snafus, but don’t get cocky. Not everyone shares your priorities and your eagerness to fix things can create more problems than it will solve. Slow down and listen.

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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 30, 2012.