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January 5, 2005

1/29 Graybill, Lentz, Jones & Carter at Gala

From: DEAF Media - Jan 5 2005

January 29 -- DEAF Media's 30th Anniversary Gala Benefit at the Oakland Museum features performances in a "Taste of Celebration" by:

Patrick Graybill
Ella Mae Lentz
"CJ" Jones and
S. Melvin Carter, as MC

Plus, a delicious Tapas and Wine Reception, "A Taste of California" sponsored by MCI.

The Board of Directors of DEAF Media invite you to join us for our Gala Benefit celebrating DEAF Media's 30 years of service and programming.

Ticket info:

Tickets: $100

Tickets are limited. Deadline, January 21

Checks to:
DEAF Media, Inc.
2600 Tenth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

If you would prefer a printed invitation sent to you, send your mailing address to We'll be happy to send you one.


Patrick Graybill was among the original acting members of the National Theater of the Deaf for ten years--touring nationally and internationally. After which, he joined National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) in 1979 where he was a Professor in the Department of Cultural and Creative Studies until his recent retirement. There he taught classes, translated approximately thirty plays, acted, directed, and served as a translation consultant. He is renowned for his performances, poetry, and for his extraordinary English to ASL translation work.

Ella Mae Lentz is known internationally for her for her original poetic works in ASL She has produced a videotape of her ASL poems called "The Treasure: poems by Ella Mae Lentz" with In Motion Press, Berkeley. Involved in pioneering scientific ASL research she is currently the Chair of the American Sign language Department at Vista College, Berkeley and a co-author of the "Signing Naturally" curriculum series for teaching ASL. She has been teaching ASL, Deaf Culture, interpreter preparation and has lectured at national and international symposiums since 1975.

"CJ" Jones is a producer, director, writer, actor, comedian, teacher, and an internationally known deaf entertainer. He has been captivating and delighting audiences young and old for over 25 years with his lively performances. CJ has traveled with the National Theater of the Deaf and toured with "Children of a Lesser God" on Broadway. He has also appeared on the Broadway stage, in television, video, and on the big screen.

with Master of Ceremonies -- The fabulously humorous, S. Melvin Carter, Deaf raconteur who is famous for his skills as an MC, Mr. Carter is also a Professor of Deaf Studies at California State University--Northridge.

We you will be able to join us for this extraordinary evening.