Feb. 16, Turning Point, Piermont, NY Frank's 40th Birthday celebration with his all-star group, OCTOPOET, featuring Scott Murawski (of Max Creek), Robbie Gordon (of Gil Scott-Heron's Amnesia Express), Souren Baronian, Victor Jones, with special guests David Amram, Tyrone Cotton, Ron Whitehead. The Turning Point, 468 Piermont Ave, Piermont, NY. SOLD OUT
Feb 29-March 10, Port St. Lucie, FL, Frank finalizes Mets poetry book during Spring Training and gives "sneak-preview" readings at select bookstores, museums and clubs.
March 1, Urban Think Bookstore,
Orlando, FL, 625 East Central Blvd.
March 4, The Dandelion, Orlando, FL 8:00 PM
March 6, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando FL, 2416 North Mills Ave. Frank is a featured reader as part of the 1st Thursdays series. Paintings by Messina will also be displayed as part of the event celebrating Abstract art and and poetry inspired by the 1950's. $10. 6:00-9:00pm.
March 20, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, NY Dante's 'Inferno' read the way he originally intended as part of the Maundy Thursday Vigil. Once again, this dramatic literary event will take place in the nave of the Cathedral, near The Poets Corner, with selected Cantos read by honored guests, distinguished poets, eminent translators, visiting scholars including William Louis-Dreyfus, Frank Messina, Michael Palma and others. The Very Reverend Dr. James A. Kowalski, Cathedral Dean, and Charles Martin, Cathedral Poet-in-Residence, host the event. Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave @ 112th St. New York. 9pm-midnight. free.
March 29, Memphis, TN, Civil Rights Game, Mets vs. Chi-Sox Frank Messina and Ron Whitehead do baseball poetry reading in Memphis. Attend game and events.
April 5, Goodbye Blue Monday,
Brooklyn, NY A special evening of jazz and prose
readings. Joseph Pasquale will debut and read from his two new books titled, "Liar's
Regret" and "The CBA Conspiracy." Frank Messina and Liza Monroy will also
be reading from their books.
April 11, 12, The Rudyard Kipling, Louisville, KY, Frank headlines the 2008 Wanderer Insomniacathon, hosted by Kentucky legend Ron Whitehead. Performances by Tyrone Cotton, Southside and many others. 422 West Oak. Louisville, KY.
April 19, 20, 21, New York City, Filming of The NY Mets Fan documentary in which Frank Messina is featured.
April 23, 24, Washington, DC, Private Party, Frank with special guests.
May 2, Quixote's True Blue, Denver, Colorado Frank appears as special guest with Stir Fried, Buddy Cage and Michael Kang of the String Cheese Incident. Both nights will be recorded by GenAudio and it's AstoundSound technology, a 3D DVD will also be produced for both nights. 2637 Welton St. Denver, CO.
May 3, Quixote's True Blue, Denver, Colorado Frank appears as special guest with Stir Fried, Buddy Cage and Michael Kang of the String Cheese Incident. Both nights will be recorded by GenAudio and it's AstoundSound technology, a 3D DVD will also be produced for both nights. 2637 Welton St. Denver, CO.
May 30, Brookside School, Allendale, NJ Frank reads his Mets-related baseball poetry as part of the Brookside School Annual Poetry Festival. 1:30PM.
May 31, The Turning Point, Piermont, NY Frank will be making a special appearance with blues great TYRONE COTTON at the famous Turning Point. Don't miss this show! Reserve Tickets $20.00. The Turning Point, 468 Piermont Ave, Piermont, NY.
June 2-4, San Francisco, CA Frank does taping of selected Mets baseball-related poetry segments to be aired during the Mets 2008 baseball season.
June 5-8, San Diego, CA Frank does taping of selected Mets baseball-related poetry segments to be aired during the Mets 2008 baseball season.
June 17, Riverspace Arts, Nyack, NY (formerly the Helen Hayes Theatre) A special Evening of Jazz and Poetry. Frank Messina performs with the Erik Lawrence Quartet.Tickets on sale now. Riverspace Arts of Nyack. 119 Main St, Nyack, NY. Box office 845 348-1880
June 18 - 30, Writer seclusion
July 3, Mexicali Blues, Teaneck, NJ, Frank appears as special guest with Stir Fried.
July 4, 5, 6, Philadelphia, PA Frank does taping of selected Mets baseball-related poetry segments to be aired during the Mets 2008 baseball season. Special guest musicians.
July 7 - Sep 20 Writer seclusion (with few exceptions)
August 14, Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, NY Frank reads with the Erik Lawrence group featuring Rene Hart and Allison Miller with special guests David Amram and Eric Mingus (son of Charles Mingus). 82 North Broadway, Nyack, NY. 7:30pm. Free show. Lawn chair, blankets, coolers and picnic baskets welcome.
Sep. 13, Adopt a Platoon Benefit, West Nyack, NY Frank reads as part of the 9/11 Memorial and fundraiser at the Town of Clarkstown Germonds Park Complex. Rockland County Orchestra and Second Helping will also be peforming. Goods and supplies for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan will be collected by AdoptaPlatoon.org . 2-8PM, Germonds Road, West Nyack, NY.
Sep. 21, Italian Experience Festival, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY. Frank Messina is the featured poet at this event presented by the Association of Italian-American Educators and Hofstra University's 16th Annual Italian Experience Festival. 1pm, Main Tent. Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY.
Sep. 30 - Nov. 30, writer seclusion in undisclosed location
Dec. 1, New York City, Cornelia Street Cafe, Frank appears as surprise guest with David Amram Quartet. Debut's new poems. Guest artists join Amram and his quartet with Kevin Twigg, drums and glockenspiel, John Dewitt,bass, Adam Amram congas, Maria Teresa Colamonico percussion. Featured guests are actor John Ventimiglia of The Sopranos .and singer/songwriter Morley Kamen. Other surprise performers will also appear. Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia St, New York, NY. 212-989-9319
Special Guest Appearance, Dec 31, New Year's Eve,Frank made a special guest appearance with Max Creek at Mill Street Brews Performing Arts Center, Sturbridge, MA
More Dates Announced Soon