2009 Archived Dates:
Jan 9, Special Guest Appearance, Casa Del Sol, Nyack, NY Frank makes a special guest appearance with Stir Fried. 10PM. 104 Main St, Nyack, NY.
Sat. Jan 31, Special Guest Appearance, Port 41, NYC, Frank made a special appearance with the Papa Hoodoo Medicine Show, featuring former Spoken Motion guitarist Bob Susko and drummer Wes Jensen.
March 14-15, Recording Sessions, New York City. Frank records new spoken word album. To be released later in 2009.
March 20, Special Guest Appearance, MMAC Theatre, Bloomfield, NJ Frank makes a special guest appearance with Victor Jones' CultureVersy. Multi Media Arts Center, 562 Bloomfield Ave, Bloomfield, NJ. 9PM,
March 26, Special Guest Appearance, Lit Lounge, NYC,
April 2-9 is "MESSINA WEEK" IN NEW YORK CITY
April 2, Gelf Magazine's Varsity Letters Sports Reading Series Frank gives a sneak preview reading of Full Count: The Book of Mets Poetry. Hosted by Gelf Magazine. Happy Ending Lounge 302 Broome St. (bet. Forsyth and Eldridge) NYC. 212-334-9676 J/M/Z/F to Delancey, B/D to Grand Street. 8PM.
April 6, Cornelia Street Cafe, New York City, Frank makes special appearance with David Amram Quartet. Debut's new poetry. David Amram and his quartet with Kevin Twigg, drums, John Dewitt, bass, Adam Amram congas. Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia St, New York, NY. 212-989-9319
April 8, Live From Little Italy: Giambotta Dolce Radio Show, hosted by Maryann Maisano, broadcast live from Grotta Azzurra Ristorante in Little Italy. 177 Mulberry Street, New York City. 8PM. Dolce Channel.
April 9, Barnes & Noble at 18th Street, New York City, The World Premier official reading and book signing of Full Count: The Book of Mets Poetry. Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, (Largest Bookstore in America). 105 Fifth Avenue@ 18th St, Manhattan. 6PM. 212-807-0099. Can't make the reading? Buy the book at Amazon.com . Limited Seating. Standing Room Only. Event will be filmed for SNY-TV. No video/audio taping.
April 13, Mets Opening Day Pre-Game Netcast: Frank appears as featured guest on Baseball Digest Live, hosted by Mark Healey, editor of Baseball Digest, the oldest baseball magazine in the United States, 11AM-1PM, streaming live from America's most famous baseball bar, Foley's Pub (across from Empire State Building). Stop in, say hello and eavesdrop on conversations with current and former MLB players, umpires, scouts, managers, authors and execs. You never know who you'll meet at Foley's Pub, 18 W. 33rd (bet 5th and 6th Aves). Click Here to Dowload Interview
April 27-May 1, Recording Sessions, Frank works on new spoken word album. To be released later in 2009.
May 2-7, SNY-TV Mets Weekly, Frank appears on Mets Weekly. Check local listings for schedule.
May 11-14, Recording Sessions, Frank works on Mets-related music and spoken word "video-poems".
May 16, The Midnight Ramble, Woodstock, NY, Frank is honored to make a special guest appearance with Hipmotism, led by Levon Helm's long-time sax-man Erik Lawrence. The legendary Levon Helm headlines this very special event. Limited amount of tickets on sale now! Midnight Ramble, Woodstock, NY. Sold Out.
May 18-22, Recording Sessions, Frank works on Mets-related music and spoken word "video-poems".
June 1, Cornelia Street Cafe, New York City, Frank makes special appearance, sitting in with David Amram Quartet. Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia St, New York, NY. 212-989-9319
June 6, The Turning Point, Piermont, NY Frank makes special appearance, sitting in with blues great Tyrone Cotton. The Turning Point, 468 Piermont Ave, Piermont, NY 845-359-1089. 9:00PM
June 10, Heart of Little Italy: hosted by John Anello, broadcast live from Grotta Azzurra Ristorante in Little Italy. 177 Mulberry Street, New York City. 10:00PM. Dolce Channel.
June 13, Barnes & Noble, Hackensack, NJ Reading and Book Signing of Full Count: The Book of Mets Poetry. Barnes & Noble at the Shops at Riverside, 187 Riverside Square, Hackensack, NJ 1:00PM. 201-488-8615.
June 14, The Happy Recap Radio Show, The "All Mets" radio show hosted by James Blind. Sunday, June 14 at 6PM, following the Subway Series Mets vs. Yanks game at Yankee Stadium.
June 29, 30 and July 1, Miller Park, Milwaukee, WI, Taping of selected baseball-related poetry segments to be aired during the Mets 2009 season.
July 12, Frank Talk Art Bistro & Bookstore, Frank reads poems both old and new including works from Full Count: The Book of Mets Poetry and Disorderly Conduct, plus debuts new poems. Frank Talk Art Bistro & Bookstore, 163 Shrewsbury Ave, Red Bank, NJ. 2pm. Also reading will be poet/author Adele Kenny. Hosted by John Petrolino. Click here for more info
July 14, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, Frank gives the first ever poetry reading and booksigning in the famed venue's 125-year history! This happens on All-Star Game day in the Pee Wee Reese Gallery at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, Reading and book signing begins at 4:00PM, Free and open to the public! 800 West Main St. Louisville, KY 40202 1-877-7-SLUGGER (877-775-8443)
July 16, Mets Viewing Party at Foley's Pub, NYC, Join us at America's most famous baseball bar as Frank Messina signs copies of Full Count: The Book of Mets Poetry from 6-7pm. Then, cheer on the Mets (or heckle them if you wish) as they battle the Braves in Atlanta. Live on the flatscreens. Foley's Pub, 18 W. 33rd (bet 5th and 6th Aves) Directly across from the Empire State Building.
July 17, The Cameo Theatre, Orlando, FL. Frank is honored to make a special guest "cameo" appearance with featured performers Mr. Robert Johnson, Holly Riggs, Bret Perry and others. Doors open at 9 PM, 1013 East Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL, 32803
July 18, Orlando, FL, Dinner Guest of Writer in Residence, poet, Brian Turner at The Jack Kerouac Writers in Residence Project of Orlando, Florida. Special Dedication of Frank's poem, "Directions to The Soul of America". For info about the Kerouac Project go to www.kerouacproject.org
July 30-August 30, Writer Seclusion at an undisclosed location. Frank works on novel.
**September 6, Frank appeared on stage as a special guest with Max Creek at the Creekend Festival at Eastover Resort in Pittsfield, MA.
**September 7, Frank appeared on stage as a special guest of the David Amram Trio at the Cornelia Street Cafe in New York City.
September 12, Jersey City, NJ "A Tale of Our City" Book Festival, Van Vorst Park, 10AM-4PM. Sponsored by the Jersey City Public Library. Frank reads and signs copies of Full Count: The Book of Mets Poetry. Also reading 9/11 Commemorative poems.
poetry made visible:
paintings by frank messina
Victory by Frank Messina: Acrylic, gesso, poppy, crushed stimulants on ceramic board
Friday, Dec. 4: Art House Productions presents JC Fridays, a citywide celebration of free arts and culture programs in Jersey City.
Bistro la Source invites you to an evening with artist Frank Messina. Messina incorporates cayenne, poppy seeds, pharmaceuticals and shredded poem-fragments into his large, dramatic canvases. While there, enjoy the fine food and spirits of Jersey Citys first French-American Restaurant. Bistro la Source, 85 Morris St (at Washington St), 201-209-1717. Barrier free.
Please note: Selected Messina paintings will also be exhibited earlier in the day from 12-3PM at El Sabroso Restaurant, 414 Central Ave (South/Thorne St), Jersey City. 201-216-1497. Barrier free.