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Monday, April 16, 2012

Happy Birthday, Merce Cunningham!

Photo credit: Mark Seliger

April 16 would have marked Merce Cunningham's 93rd birthday. Here are some gifts that might have pleased him:

The I Ching
Who couldn't use a new copy of this well-thumbed text.

Swarovski Crystal Dice Set in Alligator Case
Sure, these are a little flashy for the humble choreographer, but who doesn't love sparkly things?

The 25-Year Retrospective Concert of the Music of John Cage
His partner's opus, no doubt a source of immense pride to Merce. In companion with:

Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones
Come on, who among us doesn't want a little peace & quiet sometimes?

Space Ranger Unitard
Even people who wear lycra and fleece for a living need some spice in their wardrobes.

Philosophy Soul Owner Exfoliating Foot Cream
Dancing is hard work, especially when it's modern and barefoot and Cunningham.

Menu for Merce, Chez Panisse, April 25, 1999
Chez Panisse prepared a special menu in honor of Merce's birthday, published in a collection: 
  • Shellfish and Fairview Gardens white asparagus salad w/ mustard blossom vinaigrette
  • Artichoke and spring garlic soups
  • Baked Northern halibut with morel mushroom hachĂ©e sauce, vegetable ragout and garden greens
  • Strawberry and orange sherbet bombe
Sounds like a wonderful spring-like celebration for an incomparable artist. Happy birthday, Merce.


  1. How about some John Cage Cookies to go with that?
    Here's the recipe, via the Merce Cunningham Trust Blog:
    Happy Merceday!

  2. Ah, the perfect sweet ending to the perfect theoretical birthday. Thanks.


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