(5 Jan. 1931 - 1 Dec. 1, 1989) - Modern dancer, choreographer, and founder of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Quote of the Week
"Every good painter paints what he is."
Jackson Pollack (28 Jan. 1912 - 11 Aug. 1956) - Influential American abstract expressionist painter.
"I felt a responsibility to present a viable alternative to the popular electric sound"
Ron Carter (born 4 May 1937) - Legendary American jazz double-bassist who has played on thousands of albums and played with most of the giants in jazz and rock.
"I don't understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little -- if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that's the day she has a date with destiny. And it's best to be as pretty as possible for destiny."
Coco Chanel (19 Aug. 1883 - 10 Jan. 1971) - Pioneering French fashion designer.
"We spend the first year of a child's life teaching it to walk and talk, and the rest of its life to shut up and sit down. There's something wrong there."
Neil deGrasse Tyson (born 5 October 1958) - American astrophysicist.
"I disregard the proportions, the measures, the tempo of the ordinary world. I refuse to live in the ordinary world as ordinary women. To enter ordinary relationships. I want ecstasy. I am a neurotic -- in the sense that I live in my world. I will not adjust myself to the world. I am adjusted to myself." (March 25, 1933)
Anaïs Nin (21 Feb. 1903 - 14 Jan. 1977) - French-born author.
"My primary influences were the best jazz players from the '50s and '60s and later some of the pop people from the same time period along with the better of the well known blues musicians."
Walter Becker (20 Feb. 1950 - 2 Sept. 2017) - American musician, songwriter, and record producer. He was best known as the co-founder of the American rock band Steely Dan. RIP, Walter.
"Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business."
Henry David Thoureau (12 July 1817 - 6 May 1862) - American author and philosopher.
"To sing a song is quite different than to write a poem. I'm not and never will be a novelist, but to write a novel is not the same thing as writing a play. There is a difference in form, but essentially what you're after is the same thing."
Sam Shepard (5 November 1943 - 27 July 2017) - American actor, writer, playwright, director, winner of three Pulitzer Prices in theater. I shall always remember your brilliant play/musical The Tooth of Crime at La Mama Theatre starring Ray Wise. Or the Quaid Brothers in True West at the Cherry Lane Theater. I'd forgotten that you and Bob Dylan wrote the epic "Brownsville Girl" from Dylan's Knocked Out Loaded. You were a guy's guy; a dude well before The Big Lebowski. RIP, Sam.