Arthur is very pleased indeed to present a special Los Angeles screening of the new feature-length documentary RADIO UNNAMEABLE about free-form FM radio pioneer Bob Fass and his ridiculously long-running midnight program.
For nearly 50 years, Bob has been heard on New York City listener-supported station WBAI, utilizing the airwaves for in-the-moment journalism, in-studio artistic performance, learned philosophizing and righteous mobilization, long before today’s innovations in social media. He is one of the original Yippies, whose outrageous/visionary actions helped sway pigheaded America in the late ‘60s toward eventual progress (or at least getting the hell out of Viet Nam). The film draws from Bob’s extraordinary personal archive of audio recordings—including appearances by Bob Dylan and Abbie Hoffman, and performances by Karen Dalton, Arlo Guthrie, Jerry Jeff Walker, Hamza El Din and more.
RADIO UNNAMEABLE opens at the Arena Cinema in Los Angeles on Friday, April 5 for a one-week engagement. Arthur is presenting the 7:30 screening this Saturday April 6. Journalist, counterculture scholar and longtime Arthur contributor Michael Simmons will introduce the film with his patented song-dance-and-groove approach. Directors Paul Lovelace and Jessica Wolfson, along with subject Bob Fass, will do a Q and A afterwards.
AUGUST 26 — JULIO CORTÁZAR
Cronopio? Fama? Fine leftist novelist, Hopscotchplayer.
AUGUST 26, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY.
ALSO ON AUGUST 26 IN HISTORY…
1786 — Shay’s Rebellion, armed insurrection, begins, Western Massachusetts.
1880 — Guillaume Apollinaire born, Rome, Italy.
1904 — British writer Christopher Isherwood born, High Lane, Cheshire.
1910 — American philosopher William James dies, Chocoura, New Hampshire.
1914 — Argentine novelist Julio Cortazar born, Brussels, Belgium.
1920 — 19th Amendment guarantees U.S. women’s right to vote.
1937 — “Gimme a pigfoot” chanteuse Bessie Smith dies, Clarksdale, Mississippi.
1968 — Pigasus, a true porker, wins Yippie! nomination for U.S. President.
1970 — “Alice Doesn’t” Day. (Unfortunately, Alice still does, more than ever.)
APRIL 12, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Guatemala: Cuchumatan Indians have ceremony to preserve corn from frost by using prayers to chase the frost into a crack in the mountain and sealing the crack with mortar.
ALSO ON APRIL 12 IN HISTORY…
1790 — Richard Steele publishes first issue of The Tatler
1961 — Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin is first man to orbit Earth.
1971 — Women’s peace march on Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
1975 — Black American dancer Josephine Baker dies, Paris, France.
1981 — First U.S. Space shuttle launched.
1988 — Harvard University patents gene-altered mouse.
1989 — Yippie activist Abbie Hoffman commits suicide, New Hope, Pennsylvania.