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    PacificaRadio Archives www.pacificaradioarchives.org The Pacifica Radio Archives Invites you to a Benefit Performance of JAMES BALDWIN DOWN FROM THE
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 8, 2003
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      PacificaRadio Archives

      The Pacifica Radio Archives Invites you to a
      Benefit Performance of

      A New One Man Play Written & Performed By
      Tony Award Nominated Actor
      Making his Los Angeles Theater Debut

      *Levels intense stage presence beguiles*
      Pick of the Week - LA Weekly 1/3-1/9

      Fundraiser Aims to Help Stem Deterioration Of
      Rare Recordings, Including the Voices of Malcolm X,
      Martin Luther King, Fannie Lou Hamer, Langston Hughes
      Lorraine Hansberry and James Baldwin

      LOS ANGELES (January 5)- - Pacifica Radio Archives is holding a special
      event-- a benefit performance of JAMES BALDWIN DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAINTOP, a
      newone-man play written and performed by Tony award-nominated actor Calvin
      Levels,depicting the rich, impassioned life of the great novelist,
      playwright,essayist and civil rights activist.

      The fundraiser will be held Sunday, January 12, 2003, with performances at 2
      PMand 6 PM with a VIP reception from 4-6 PM at the 4305 Village Theatre at
      4305Degnan Blvd. in the legendary cultural center of Leimert Park Village
      (nearCrenshaw and 43rd Street).

      The VIP Honorary Host Committee includes: Ed Asner, Ben Caldwell, EsoWon
      Books,Danny Glover, Dexter Scott King, Martin Landau, David Moses, CCH
      Pounder, MarkRydell, Susan Sarandon, Tavis Smiley, Paul Alan Smith, Rep.
      Maxine Waters,Howard Zinn & Michael Zinzun.

      producedby Theatre Dreams in association with Ron Richards Production.

      To order tax-deductible tickets call: (818) 506-1077 ext. 264. TICKET PRICES:
      2PM show -$50.00 and 6 PM show - $75.00 each. Ticket prices include a
      VIPreception 4 PM-6PM.

      Proceeds will benefit the Save Pacifica Radio Archives Project, KAOS
      NetworkYouth Programs & Momma Di's Kitchen for the Homeless.

      THE PACIFICA RADIO ARCHIVES is working to save more than 47,000 historic
      tapesthat span half a century of radio programming. Considered by many
      historiansand scholars to be one of the most important audio collections in
      the world,thousands of tapes in the Los Angeles-based Pacifica Radio Archives
      are indanger of permanent damage caused by aging. Internationally recognized
      soundpreservation experts have advised Pacifica to conduct an immediate
      review ofthe endangered tapes and to transfer them to new mediums, such as

      The archives house rare recordings of internationally known writers,
      politicalactivists, religious leaders and entertainers such as Rev. Martin
      Luther King,Jr., Cesar Chavez, Malcolm X, Archbishop Oscar Romero, Fannie Lou
      Hamer, PaulRobeson, Pablo Neruda, Langston Hughes, Rachel Carson, Lenny Bruce
      and ofcourse James Baldwin.

      *It's a recorded history of the 1st Amendment,* said J. Brian DeShazor,
      thePacifica archives manager. *Every American should understand it and
      appreciateit and help fund it. It is our collective history.* (Los Angeles
      Times November18, 2002)

      Founded in 1949 by World War II conscientious objector Lewis Hill,
      PacificaRadio was created as the irst non-commercial, listener-sponsored
      radio stationin the United States. The Pacifica Radio Archives was
      established in 1971 tohouse the audio-tape collection gathered from Pacifica
      Radio stations,KPFK-90.7 FM here in Los Angeles, KPFA-94.1 FM in Berkeley,
      WBAI-99.5 FM in NewYork, KPFT-90.1 FM in Houston, and WPFW-89.3 FM in
      Washington D.C.

      JAMES BALDWIN DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAINTOP traces the turbulent life of
      theAmerican writer recognized for his novels on sexual and personal
      identity,along with plays and sharp essays on the civil rights struggle.
      Baldwinreturns from the ethereal realm and embodies a playwright-performer on
      thebrink of failing miserably before an opening night Broadway audience.
      Baldwin, intent on setting the record straight, directly addresses the
      audienceas he recounts various topics about his life.

      They include his early childhood growing up in Harlem as a prodigious reader
      and fiery young minister; to his first sexual experiences and love affairs;
      to forming and destroying a relationship with his idol Richard Wright, author
      of Native Son; leaving America and moving to Paris; publishing his works,
      including his first novel Go Tell It On The Mountain; friendship and
      rivalrieswith the likes of Marlon Brando, Loraine Hansberry, Truman Capote,
      NormanMailer, William Faulkner, Langton Hughes and many others; his sour
      relationshipwith the Actors Studio; his association with Dr. Martin Luther
      King , MedgarEvers, Malcolm X and the civil rights movement; up until his
      death at his home in the South of France. Baldwin, finally summoned back to
      the mountaintop, leaves the performer imbued with a passion that will change
      his life forever.

      Calvin Levels portrays the performer-playwright and James Baldwin.This is
      Mr.Levels Los Angeles theatre debut. In New York he has appeared in OPEN
      ADMISSIONS the one-act at The Ensemble Studio Theatre, David Mamet’s THE
      SHAWL at Lincoln Center Theatre and OPEN ADMISSIONS at the Music Box Theatre
      on Broadway for which he received The Theatre World Award for Outstanding New
      Talent, and nominations for The Tony Award, New York Drama Desk Award and
      NewYork Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actor in a Play. He has also
      appeared in numerous feature films television movies and series.


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