"Frank Messina has become a classic." New York Times
February / March: Filming for HBO's Boardwalk Empire, Frank returns as Al Capone's bodyguard in Season 5 of HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Produced by Martin Scorsese.
March 3: Cornelia Street Cafe, New York, NY Frank makes a special guest appearance with the David Amram Quintet. Kevin Twigg, drums; Rene Hart, bass; Elliott Pepper, percussion, Adam Amram, percussion. Cornelia Street Cafe, 8:30pm. 29 Cornelia St, New York, NY. 212-989-9319. Frank's reading will be filmed for a movie celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the World Champion New York Mets. Directed by Heather Quinlan.
March 22-23: Filming on location, Charlotte, NC Frank makes a starring appearance as the fiercely obsessed but lovable vigilante, "Ginger Lafferty", in the Toxic Avenger off-shoot feature, Toxic Tutu.
April 4, GonzoFest, Louisville, KY A celebration of the life and work of Hunter S. Thompson. Frank reads Thompson's work accompanied by Tyrone Cotton, guitar; Tim Brothers, bass; Mike Hymen, drums. Honored guest Anita Thompson, composer David Amram, poet Ron Whitehead. The Muhammad Ali Center,144 North Sixth St., Louisville, KY 40202, 502.584.9254 8:00PM Tickets
April 17: Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City The annual reading of key selections from the Inferno by Dante Alighieri. This dramatic literary event will take place in the Cathedral, with selected Cantos read by honored guests, distinguished poets, eminent translators and visiting scholars including Michael Palma, Charles Martin, John Ventimiglia, Frank Messina, Paolo Valesio, Annie Finch, John Simko, Anthony Vicusi, Eileen Myles and others. Hosted by The Very Reverend Dr. James A. Kowalski, Cathedral Dean, and Cathedral Poet-in-Residence Marilyn Nelson. St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave @ 112th St. New York. 9pm-midnight. Followed by Pipe Organ meditation at midnight. Free and open to the public.
April 27-28, Filming on location, Maryland
May 17: Mighty High Mountain Fest, Tuxedo, NY Frank makes a special guest appearance with Stir Fried featuring Steve Kimock, Mookie Siegel, Buddy Cage.
May 19-June 20: Filming for HBO's Boardwalk Empire, Frank returns as Al Capone's bodyguard in Season 5 of HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Produced by Martin Scorsese.
July 6-20: Filming on location, Manhattan Film Institute, Greenport, Long Island, NY, Filming for Frank's short film, "Grunt", about a soldier returning from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
July 25,26, Filming on location, New York City
August: Frank makes final edits to his forthcoming book of poetry.
August 15, Filming on location, New York City Frank has principle role in the indie short film project, "Wear".
September, 6, Poets House - Elizabeth Kray Hall, New York City, Finishing Line Press Fall Poetry Reading. Featured Reader, Rodica Draghincescu, with Leah Maines, Mark Belair, Hélène Cardona, John FitzGerald, Sherri Felt Dratfield, Michael J. Grabell, Frank Messina, Ilene Starger, Rose Auslander. 1:00PM, Free and open to the public. Poets House, 10 River Terrace, New York, NY 10282. Tel: (212) 431-7920. www.poetshouse.org
September 11, Frank reads his iconic poem, "Bicycle", at this year's ceremony, sponsored by the Jersey City 9/11 Memorial Committee. 8:30AM-11AM, at the foot of Grand Street and Hudson River, Jersey City, NJ. 07302
September 12, Cornelia Street Cafe, Rodica Draghinescu, Carmen Firan, Michael J. Grabell, Sherri Felt Dratfield, Frank Messina. 6:00PM. 29 Cornelia St, New York, NY. 212-989-9319
September 26, Last Waltz Live, Bethel Woods Center
for the Arts, Woodstock, NY, 200 Hurd Rd., Bethel, NY 12720,
September 28, Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, New York City
Legendary composer and early Jack Kerouac
collaborator David Amram and his quartet (Kevin Twigg, drums; Rene Hart,
bass; Adam Amram, percussion) perform music of Kerouac's era and accompany actors Michael
Shannon (Man of Steel, Boardwalk Empire), John Ventimiglia (The
Sopranos) and poet, actor and spoken word artist Frank Messina as they
read the works of Kerouac. Special guest speakers include author and biographer Joyce
Johnson, Kerouac Project co-founder Summer Rodman and former
Kerouac Project resident and novelist Maya Sloan. Guest vocalist Trisha
October 18, Jersey City International TV & Film Festival The short film, "Grunt", about a US Marine combat veteran with PTSD and schizophrenia, makes its world premiere. Starring Frank Messina, Cece King, Yani Marin. Written and directed by Frank Messina. Film will be shown at 3:30PM at WFMU's Monty Hall, 43 Montgomery Street, Jersey City. Note: Red Carpet and reception will be Friday, October 17, at Parlay Studios, 161 2nd Street, Jersey City at 6PM. Tickets and more info: http://www.jcitff.org/
October 22, Orlando, Florida, Kerouac House Marker Unveiling Ceremony Frank attends dedication ceremony for historic marker plaque, the cost of which was donated by actor Michael Shannon. Discussion by Bob Kealing, city officials. 12:00PM. 1418 Clouser Avenue, Orlando, Florida. Tours and refreshments to follow.
October 25, McGuire Air Force Base, Lakehurst, NJ Frank gives poetry reading to the troops.
Nov 1-30 Agrigento, Sicily. Frank works on writing project.
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