Stories for March 2013


Sunday, March 31

Historical play brings Bleeding Kansas characters to life

Some of Bleeding Kansas’ strongest personalities will come to life when the Lecompton Reenactors present the play, “Kansas Territorial Characters.”

Liberty Hall to screen Lawrence native's award-winning 'Story of Luke'

Liberty Hall is presenting a one-time screening of Lawrence native Alonso Mayo’s debut feature film, “The Story of Luke," starring Lou Taylor Pucci, Seth Green, Cary Elwes and Kristin Bauer.

April Fools' Day comedy show pokes fun at Lawrence, helps causes

“50 Shades of Baby J?” Prepare yourselves. That’s the theme of the first-round comedy sketch at the April Fool Comedy Showdown coming to Jackpot Saloon.

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Hero or terrorist? Pulitzer Prize-winning author, historian to discuss John Brown

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Tony Horwitz is set to visit Lawrence for the event, "Reconstructing John Brown," where he and a Kansas University historian will discuss the famous abolitionist's place in history. By Giles Bruce

Local video game developers build buzz for ‘Sticky Bees’ sequel

Fourfire Studios, a local game studio, is in a sprint to raise money during the final days of its Kickstarter campaign for "Sticky Bees: Unleashed." By Meagan Thomas

Book signing event features authors, illustrator of ‘Kansas Bestiary’

Copies of “A Kansas Bestiary” will be for sale at an upcoming event hoped to celebrate the book’s hard-cover release and raise funds for the Kansas Land Trust.

Horoscopes for March 31

For Sunday, March 31: This year you encounter many crosscurrents, no matter what you are doing or with whom you are having a discussion. Your ability to see many sides of an issue will help others, but at first, it could be confusing for them to understand where you are coming from. If you are single, you could meet someone quite exotic who gives you a case of the butterflies. If you are attached, the two of you benefit from taking a special, long-desired vacation together.

Kansas City Connection: Museum offers a trip through a Chinese forest; Middle of the Map draws big-name acts

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has the largest Chinese landscape ever created and the Middle of the Map festival draws national headliners Owen Pallett and Grizzly Bear.

60 years of KPR

This year, KANU, the flagship station of Kansas Public Radio, is celebrating its 60th anniversary. The station has broadcast through fires, transmitter vandalism and even the death of one of its live performers. By Sara Sneath

Saturday, March 30

Horoscopes for March 30

For Saturday, March 30: This year you often have to redo conversations or repeat your point over and over again. Some of you might decide to sign up for a class in communication, while others simply will go with the flow. If you are single, you can work with nearly anyone, but take your time and wait for the right person. If you are attached, you seem to be able to communicate on many levels.

Friday, March 29

Tune In Tonight: 'American Masters' profiles Philip Roth and his novels

Reading is fascinating; writing is boring. The act of sitting before a desk and a blank piece of paper or a typewriter or a laptop is about as solitary and unexciting as it gets. But that fact is what makes the “American Masters” (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) presentation of “Philip Roth Unmasked” so remarkable.

Horoscopes for March 29

For Friday, March 29: This year, if you follow your intuition, you will make the correct choices for your life. Know that you do not need to consult others — you know what is best for you. If you are single, you could unintentionally create some distance between you and a would-be suitor, as you can be sarcastic. If you are attached, plan on taking that long-desired vacation together.

Thursday, March 28

At some sports bars, best seats in the house don't come free

When March Madness hits Lawrence, they’ve been known to commandeer tables for half a day, ordering water and free chip refills to secure a good seat for the big game. These so-called campers are the target of a new policy some Lawrence sports bars are enforcing for big tournament games: paying for tables. By Sara Shepherd

March Final Fridays Preview: Arts madness

The art in this month’s Lawrence Final Fridays covers the gamut, from a photographer who documents stalwart items from the history of the heartland to a forward-looking artist known for ephemeral set designs in Hollywood. By Margie Carr

Fab 5: Easter brunches

All four restaurants in this week's Going Out feature story will be open for breakfast Sunday morning. Here’s five more places to get Easter brunch in Lawrence. By Sara Shepherd

Rise and shine: Lunch and dinner spots give breakfast a shot

A handful of downtown Lawrence restaurants that are better known for their lunch, dinner and even live music scenes have started dabbling in breakfast. Especially with popular breakfast-specific restaurants nearby, it’s a tough meal to break into. But each hopes unique menu items paired with the usual morning favorites will get more people in the door. By Sara Shepherd

Style Scout: Andrew Claypool

Tell us a secret … I have this condition that my body doesn’t produce its own chocolate, so I have to supplement chocolate.

Style Scout: Megan Lindemann

Dream job: My dream job would involve working as a pharmacist. However, I love drawing sketches of different designs and dresses. Doing fashion on the side of pharmacy would give me the best of both worlds!

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Off the Beaten Plate: Wellington Kobe Burger at Dempsey’s

Fancy-schmancy beef Wellington transforms into something to eat with your hands on a barstool with a pint of beer and game of trivia. By Sara Shepherd

Horoscopes for March 28

For Thursday, March 28: This year you easily could be linked to the unexpected. You’ll enter a room, and something surprising will occur. If you are single, you could go through a sequence of different sweeties. If you are attached, the two of you are on a seesaw of emotions.

Wednesday, March 27

Horoscopes for March 27

For Wednesday, March 27: This year you will grow through handling negotiations and learning to accept that others also can be right. This process might be challenging at times, but your self-discipline will strengthen and you’ll learn patience as a result. If you are single, the world is your oyster. If you are attached, the two of you will learn ways that allow both of you to be right.

Tuesday, March 26

Horoscopes for March 26

For Tuesday, March 26, 2013: This year you will be more concerned about your relationships. At times, you might question your boundaries, as well as those of the other parties involved. If you are single, you could have difficulty deciding whom to date. If you are attached, the two of you have a hard time juggling your different needs.

Monday, March 25

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Nest & eggs: Natural, homemade Easter crafts

As a grown-up, Easter still feels like the real start of spring, but it seems like throwing eggs might be undignified. So instead, I set my hands to something a bit more adult — a lifelike nest and some naturally dyed eggs to use as an Easter centerpiece.

The Fashion Column: Try Pantone's color of the year

There are two ways you can dress yourself in emerald this year. You can either have an all-or-nothing attitude with a statement piece, or you can ease your way in with separates or accessories.

Horoscopes for March 25

For Monday, March 25: This year you greet change in a positive manner. Your daily life takes on a more upbeat tone. If you are single, you will have to decide whether you want to stay that way, as many people find you intriguing. If you are attached, take up a new hobby or project together.

Sunday, March 24

Kansas City Connection: Keillor in K.C. and Easter’s in the air

Musicals, parades, concerts and brunch, brunch, brunch — Easter weekend will be a great time to visit Kansas and take part in an Easter egg hunt or two (and did we already mention brunch?)

Lindsey Stirling strings together success

It’s amazing, the power of social media. So says Lindsey Stirling, the dubstep violinist, the dancing, emotive pop-inspired classical music YouTube sensation. By Alex Garrison

Musical looks to create laughs for moms

Two Kansas University alumnae have teamed up to create “Mother%$!#Hood,” a musical comedy showing next month at the Lawrence Arts Center. Three very different moms sing and dance their way through life from pregnancy tests to empty nests.

Noted production designer teams with local rock band for ‘Servants’

A sculptor and production designer who has worked with film iconoclasts such as Isabella Rossellini and James Franco will present a multi-part “art experience” in collaboration with Lawrence rock band Hospital Ships.

Wonder Fair announces secret 'adventure' to celebrate anniversary

To celebrate its fifth anniversary, Wonder Fair is planning a community-driver art event befitting of its reputation as one of Lawrence’s best-kept secrets. On Friday the small, upstairs art gallery, shop and studio at 803 1/2 Massachusetts St. will kick off a month-long “art adventure.”

Congressional art competition open to high schoolers

High school students in Kansas’ 3rd Congressional district are invited to submit work for this year’s Congressional Art Competition.

Horoscopes for March 24

For Sunday, March 24: This year you will be inspired to try something new. You also will have a yearning to go off on some far-out tangent. If you are single, you might desire a close, personal tie, and you’ll see that potential in several people. If you are attached, you often have misunderstandings with your sweetie.

Saturday, March 23

Horoscopes for March 23

For Saturday, March 23: This year you are energized and full of fun. You also have a strong sense of what your destiny is. If you are single, many potential suitors will come forward. If you are attached, you will have fun together when out and about.

Friday, March 22

Auction delivers art to the people, funding to the Arts Center

You can own original art. Yes, you. The Lawrence Arts Center's annual Benefit Art Auction is its most important single fundraiser of the year, but organizers also see it as a way to introduce artists to new eyes and community members to a way of life that includes owning art. By Sara Shepherd

Horoscopes for March 22

For Friday, March 22: This year you will kick back and enjoy yourself more. Lately, you have been too focused on your many different responsibilities. If you are single, romance builds, which adds to your overall happiness. If you are attached, you will make a point to focus on each other much more.

Thursday, March 21

Style Scout: Lorraine Hillary

Fashion influences: My mother and grandmother as well as my beautiful group of friends.

Style Scout: Lanndin Stowe

Fashion influences: Anything that has swag! If you don’t have any, you get some!

Horoscopes for March 21

For Thursday, March 21: This year you are sensitive yet assertive. You often experience conflicts regarding what you want to do and what you should do. If you are single, you will attract quite a list of suitors. If you are attached, your domestic life is key to every other part of your existence.

Wednesday, March 20

Carving a niche: Sous chef shows how to turn food into art

Michael Davis, sous chef at the Oread hotel, doesn’t just make meals with food — he makes art. By Meagan Thomas

Bite Sighs: There’s still time for stew and these savory biscuits

Well, with snow refusing to go away, it looks like there’s still time to try out those yummy-sounding soup and stew recipes that you’ve been collecting all winter. And where there is stew, there should be biscuits. By Audrey Lintner

Horoscopes for March 20

For Wednesday, March 20: This year you experience a division between your home life and your personal life. One is not reflective of the other. If you are single, you might want someone who is nurturing. If you are attached, the two of you will need to work on being on the same page.

Tuesday, March 19

Horoscopes for March 19

For Tuesday, March 19: This year you often swing from being a recluse to a wildly creative person. You spend a lot of time thinking about who you are and what you want. If you are single, you will express an unusual interest in romance this year. If you are attached, the two of you will enter a new phase in your relationship.

Monday, March 18

Book review: Banished by Phelps

Lauren Drain recounts how she got sucked in to the Westboro Baptist Church and subsequent banishment in her book "Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church." By Susan Kraus

The Fashion Column: Spring accessories report

A new season calls for brand-new trends that I’m typically eager to try — or, in some cases, to completely avoid.

Horoscopes for March 18

For Monday, March 18: This year you gain through identifying your emotional and intellectual needs. You often will question which voice to follow. If you are single, you could meet someone at work or out and about. If you are attached, include your sweetie more in your public life.

Sunday, March 17

2013 Spring Arts Guide

Highlights of arts and entertainment events happening in Lawrence through the season.

Kansas City Connection: Options abound for rocking out

After all the debauchery of spring break, St. Patrick’s Day and the Big 12 men’s basketball tournament, this week offers visitors to Kansas City a chance to regain their cultural equilibrium with a series of concerts, performances and art exhibits.

Behind the Lens: Great snow photos about finding the right exposure

I realize we’re probably done with snow for the year, but after talking to people about their recent photographs of snow, I thought I’d offer some tips that can apply to photos taken year-round. By Mike Yoder

New art exhibit explores water, eco-critically to symbolically

Crystalized urine from an artist who drank from the Yangtze River for 21 days. Photos for which an artist placed herself in danger to depict the ocean’s turbulence. Contemporary interpretations of the bends of the Kansas River. All come together in “Conversation XIV: Water,” a new exhibition at the Spencer Museum of Art. By Sara Shepherd

Symphony in the Flint Hills tickets on sale this week

Tickets go on sale Saturday for this year’s Symphony in the Flint Hills, which — in a departure from years past — will be performed amid the historic buildings of Fort Riley instead of a remote prairie.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Chilaquiles at Mexquisito

Just to be clear, this isn't nachos. Eat chilaquiles with a fork and — if you're going for the Mexican-approved method — a fried egg on top. By Sara Shepherd

Smithsonian exhibit highlights hands that built America

Earl Davault’s elbow grease at the Baldwin Lumberyard and Irvin Greer’s mechanical aptitude at Hey Machinery Co. built Baldwin City. But the two men were far from alone. A traveling Smithsonian exhibit is celebrating workers like them who shaped our country. By Sara Shepherd

Horoscopes for March 17

For Sunday, March 17: This year you work on fine-tuning your communication skills. You will note a tendency to have misunderstandings with others. If you are single, the issue won’t be meeting people, but rather choosing the right person. If you are attached, your mate could find you to be unpredictable.

Saturday, March 16

Morrissey cancels tour due to illness

Health concerns are forcing Morrissey to cancel his North American tour, which includes a show scheduled for Monday at Liberty Hall.

Horoscopes for March 16

For Saturday, March 16: This year you enjoy your surroundings and your interactions with others. You will flourish in your present environment, as you will meet new people and bond more deeply with friends and loved ones. If you are single, you might stumble into a very intense romance. If you are attached, your first child could become a topic of conversation.

Friday, March 15

Horoscopes for March 15

For Friday, March 15: This year you communicate with precision because you want others to receive your message. Unfortunately, you can’t control others’ responses; however, you can clarify and confirm that they understand you. If you are single, you might meet someone in a class or by participating in some other mind-opening experience. If you are attached, a conversation will reveal that the two of you need to revive a goal.

Thursday, March 14

Style Scout: Valentino Moreno

What would you like to see more of in Lawrence? There’s a lot of girls’ stuff. It would be great to have more fashion places for guys where you have access to shoes, ties and stuff like that.

Style Scout: Raya Bowden

Dream job? International puppy baby sitter

Horoscopes for March 14

For Thursday, March 14: This year you become familiar with the unexpected, so much so that you might become bored when nothing new happens. Your luck with money depends on how well you respond to your inner voice. If you are single, remember that you don’t need to impress a new suitor. If you are attached, the two of you might make a major investment that you both find exciting.

Wednesday, March 13

Tune In Tonight: 'Neighbors' musical episode defies logic and humor

The musical episode: a sign of confidence or the kiss of death? It’s not like “The Neighbors” (7:30 p.m., ABC) wasn’t already a tad over-the-top. A tale of two New Yorkers, Marty and Debbie Weaver (Lenny Venito and Jami Gertz), who are stranded in a sterile New Jersey subdivision populated by aliens trying to pass themselves off as hyper-”normal” Americans. The visitors have even adapted names from the sports pages -- Larry Bird (Simon Templeman) and Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Toks Olagundoye).

Horoscopes for March 13

For Wednesday, March 13: This year you might consider making a change in your professional life or opt for a new career. The reason might be irrelevant, but your decision will not be. If you are single, serendipity could come into play. If you are attached, you and your sweetie will become more visible to others this year.

Tuesday, March 12

Horoscopes for March 12

For Tuesday, March 12: This year you could make money just to turn around and spend it right away. You call the shots in your life, so only you can change this pattern. If you are single, avoid making any impulsive commitments. If you are attached, the two of you might be eyeing a property investment.

Monday, March 11

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Digging into their roots: Amateur genealogists try to grow knowledge of family trees, history

Joni Hughes’ obsession with researching her family tree started with a simple enough question. She was looking for the first name of an ancestor from a few generations back. Finding that easily, she wanted to know more. And more. “Let me give you a warning,” Hughes said. “It’s addictive. You find one little piece of information, and you’re hooked.”

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The Fashion Column: Kansas City Fashion Week recap

Although today the Midwest isn’t exactly known as the fashion hub where trends are born, Kansas City Fashion Week has innovatively revived the fashion scene with fresh new designers showcasing everything from edgy styles to bridal wear and everything in between.

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Delicious/Nutritious: Spicy sides

Sriracha is a Thai hot sauce, and it’s not for weak taste buds. But for cooks looking to spice it up, try these side dishes.

Horoscopes for March 11

For Monday, March 11: This year your creativity flourishes and evolves. Others look to you for resolutions to their problems. If you are single, you can afford to be discriminating when it comes to romantic suitors. If you are attached, your passion comes through in many ways, especially toward your sweetie.

Offbeat Occupations: Flower power planner

In 2013, the city of Lawrence will plant 31,000 flowers and bulbs and take care of about 30,000 trees. And someone has to oversee it all. Enter Crystal Miles, the city’s horticulture and forestry manager.

Sunday, March 10

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Off the Beaten Plate: Flaming Cheese at the Mad Greek

If any food merits being served with a big “opa!” it’s a dish that comes on fire. By Sara Shepherd

Kansas City Connection: St. Paddy's Day on parade

In Kansas City this week: The Big 12 men's basketball tournament tips off, Sporting KC kicks off their season at home and St. Patrick's Day parades galore. By Lucas Wetzel

Playing dead: Here Come the Mummies bringing funky, ghoulish act to Granada

Everybody has a dead rock star or two they wish they could have seen before they checked out to that great gig in the sky. Well, a bevy of long-since-buried rockers have been unearthed and will take the stage in Lawrence this week. By Mike Krings

Duo to give free musical performance at art museum

The Goldenberg Duo will present a free recital at noon Friday in the Central Court at the Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St.

Big impact, big stage: KU Wind Ensemble to perform world premiere of weighty work at Carnegie Hall

Just write something fast, flashy. Don’t get deep. We’ll pay you a lot of money. Composer Mohammed Fairouz says he turns down many such requests. “In the Shadow of No Towers” is nothing like those. It’s not an everyday selection for the Kansas University Wind Ensemble, either. By Sara Shepherd

Percolator seeks material for trash bin exhibit

The Percolator Artspace is looking for community members with photos, objects and experiences to share from the Social Service League’s alleyway trash bin.

Pi Day pie contest and variety show planned

Expect a celebration of math, science, pastry and nerd pride at the Alferd Packer Memorial String Band’s annual Pi Day variety show, set for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lawrence Arts Center.

Horoscopes for March 10

For Sunday, March 1: This year you break down barriers by implementing many of your ideas. Explain your reasoning, and be willing to respond to inquiries. If you are single, decide what type of bond you desire. If you are attached, as a couple you might decide to make one of your long-term desires a reality.

Saturday, March 9

Horoscopes for March 9

For Saturday, March 9: This year ideas keep popping up from all directions. At times, you will need to vanish or close down from excess communication. If you are single, you could meet someone very special to your life history. If you are attached, you know that there is another solution just around the corner.

Friday, March 8

Horoscopes for March 8

For Friday, March 8: This year you might want to keep your own counsel more often. You will need time to center yourself, rethink situations and make important decisions. If you are single, some of you might tie the knot or move in with a new person. If you are attached, you enter a very romantic period.

Thursday, March 7

Style Scout: George Waters

Fashion trends you hate: Saggy pants. The other day, I saw someone walking out of my store and I was concerned that he wasn’t going to make it out because of his saggy pants. I guess it’s just my age.

40 years ago: 'It could not be worse" -- Local farmers weigh in on weather

Several area farmers were calling the winter just ending as the "worst on record."

Style Scout: Amy Lamphere

What would you like to see more of in Lawrence? The girls here are so beautiful. I wish they would really celebrate that and not wear sweatshirts and leggings all the time. Dress up!

Horoscopes for March 7

For Thursday, March 7: This year you alternate between being practical and being a dreamer. Balancing these strong, opposing qualities takes talent. If you are single, you could confuse someone you’re dating, as this person never knows which side of your personality to expect. If you are attached, your sweetie is used to your changeability.

Wednesday, March 6

Home-curing meats easy to do but requires planning

While the dish is more Irish-American than truly Irish, for St. Patrick’s Day there’s not much that beats a plate of corned beef and cabbage. By Meryl Carver-Allmond

Horoscopes for March 6

For Wednesday, March 6: This year you gain greater insight because of your willingness to open up to others and explore new ideas. You genuinely have a great deal of compassion for people in general. If you are single, you have the opportunity to meet someone quite special anytime from this summer on. If you are attached, the two of you will fulfill a long-term dream or desire.

Tune In Tonight: Supernatural stuff and other delusions

Can possessions be possessed? Just last week, news stories spread about a segment on Pat Robertson’s “The 700 Club,” as he advised a young woman to pray over her recent thrift store purchases “to rebuke any spirits that happened to have attached themselves to those clothes.”

Tuesday, March 5

Horoscopes for March 5

For Tuesday, March 5: This year you often can be challenging or difficult. You have accepted so much responsibility that you could feel overburdened. If you are single, you could push away a potential sweetie with your spontaneous outbursts. If you are attached, your sweetie won’t appreciate being a stand-in for someone else in your life with whom you might be angry.

Monday, March 4

Style for the Ages: The wool overcoat, a classic that has hardly changed

There are small, relatively inexpensive changes you can make to your wool coat to not only make it unique, but also to put it on par with much more expensive designer coats.

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‘Treat yourself’ to healthy eating

Moderation is best for long-term weight loss. It’s also a rule to keep in mind when visiting restaurants.

Go-Getter: Try boxing

Swimsuit season is on its way, so now is the time to get in shape. Boxing is a great workout that also teaches fighting techniques, which can be useful for self-defense or fun in the boxing ring.

Horoscopes for March 4

For Monday, March 4: This year tension often is the motivator that creates important events and opportunities in your life. Your career, your relationships and your public image become even more significant. If you are single, take your time getting to know a potential suitor. If you are attached, bring your significant other into your public life.

Sunday, March 3

A return to Oz

‘Great and Powerful’ a high-tech take on classic, unique universe

“Oz the Great and Powerful,” out Friday, is the second movie Disney has produced that’s set in the mystical Land of Oz, though you may not recognize the studio’s first foray into novelist L. Frank Baum’s fantasy word. By Eric Melin

Kansas City Connection: Get some cuisine that’s wunderbar

As most of the snow melts, it’s OK to hit the road to K.C. for some events this week.

Behind the Lens: Remotes help you be in 2 places at once

It always seems as though referees pass in front of the photographers right when players like Ben McLemore are milliseconds away from completely “posterizing” a helpless defender. The result is a view of a tremendous play obscured behind the backside of the game official.

Library calls for artists to turn fallen trees into sculpture

The bad news for tree lovers is that the Lawrence Public Library renovation required workers to cut down trees around the building. The good news? Those trees aren’t gone forever. By Sara Shepherd

Orchestra presents annual Baroque by Candlelight concert

The Lawrence Chamber Orchestra will present its 16th annual Baroque by Candlelight concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vermont St.

Cut paper art on display at Law Library gallery

The intricate cut paper creations of Lawrence artist Angie Pickman are on display through March at the Douglas County Law Library Art Gallery.

Oz over the years

A look at some of the forms (successful and not so much) “The Wizard of Oz” has taken over the years. By Eric Melin

Horoscopes for March 3

For Sunday, March 3: This year could be very special for you. You might feel more inspired than you have in many years. If you are single, you could meet someone who will introduce you to a different lifestyle. If you are attached, the two of you might take up a hobby or a commitment that makes you more visible as a couple.

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Lawrence Libations: Schooners at Louise’s Bar downtown

Back when Louise herself owned and operated Louise’s Bar downtown, the bar’s big draw was 10-cent pints. Those went by the wayside long ago (rats!), but the next big thing has been going strong since the 1970s or earlier: schooners. By Sara Shepherd

Saturday, March 2

Horoscopes for March 2

For Saturday, March 2: This year you listen more carefully to your instincts, as you will be unusually perceptive and intuitive. If your sixth sense points you toward a different path, follow it. If you are single, you are very attractive to others. If you are attached, the two of you start acting like new lovers.

Friday, March 1

Horoscopes for March 1

For Friday, March 1: This year no one can deny the fact that you are able to tackle a problem and work through it. When it comes to personal issues, you are able to look within yourself and find a solution. If you are single, someone quite different barrels into your life when you least expect it. If you are attached, as a couple, you might want to plan a trip away from your normal stomping grounds.