2010 Archived Dates:
January 4, Cornelia Street Cafe, New York City,Frank makes a special guest appearance with the David Amram Quartet. Kevin Twigg, drums; John Dewitt, bass; Elliott Pepper, percussion; Adam Amram congas.8:30pm Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia St, New York, NY. 212-989-9319
January 23, Baseball Writers Association of America Awards Dinner. Frank is a guest of The 87th Annual Awards Dinner. The MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year along with other awards will be presented, with several Mets and Yankees players on the dais including Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran, Jeff Francoeur, Derek Jeter. The New York Hilton, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York City, 7PM
February 16, Pitchers, Catchers...and Hitters! Sports Writers Night at Cornelia Street Cafe, New York City, Cornelia Street Cafe presents Sports Writers Night: In celebration of the 2010 Spring Training, Frank reads from Full Count: The Book of Mets Poetry; Greg Prince, author of Faith and Fear in Flushing; and Boxing writer Peter Kearney, whose writing addresses a lifelong interest in getting punched in the face. 6PM sharp. Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia St, New York, NY. 212-989-9319. **Reservations suggested.
March 5, Poetry Made Visible: Paintings by Messina, The Light Horse Tavern invites you to an evening with poet and artist Messina, who incorporates cayenne, poppy seeds, pharmaceuticals and shredded poem-fragments into his mixed media works. While there, enjoy the fine food and spirits of Jersey Citys finest restaurant Light Horse Tavern 199 Washington St, Jersey City, NJ 201-946-2028. 6:00 PM. Free and Open to the Public.
March 23, "Amazin' Tuesday" at Two Boots Tavern Frank reads from Full Count: The Book of Mets Poetry. Greg Prince, famous blogster and author of Faith and Fear in Flushing. Edward Hoyt, a major contributor to the must-have 1969 tribute volume, The Miracle Has Landed. Bring a Mets baseball card, get a free beer. Two Boots Tavern, 384 Grand St., between Norfolk and Suffolk. F to Delancey; the J, M or Z to Essex; or the B or D to Grand. Phone: 212-228-8685. 7PM
March 24, Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY "A Night for Dave Nolan". Frank appears as a special guest, reading a piece honoring the late Dave Nolan. Zen Tricksters, Chris Barron (of the Spin Doctors), The West Side All-Stars, Jaik Miller and others. Doors 6pm. Show 8pm. Free and open to the public. Donations requested at the Door, all proceeds go to Dave Nolan's daughter Alison's College Fund. Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211, 718-963-3369.
April 1, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, NY The annual reading of key selections from the Inferno by Dante Alighieri. This dramatic literary event will take place in the nave of the Cathedral, with selected Cantos read by honored guests, distinguished poets, eminent translators and visiting scholars including Messina, Wyatt Prunty, Michael Palma, Willliam Louis-Dreyfus, Charles Martin, Paolo Valesio, Cynthia Zarin 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 11, Timucua
White House, Orlando Florida, David
April 16, Cherry Lane Theatre, New York, NY The Motherlodge Festival presents National Poetry Month / National Past Time : The David Amram Quartet featuring "Mets Poet" Frank Messina. David Amram, piano, pennywhistles, french horn, dumbek, shanai, Chinese Husai, and scat vocals; Don Miller, bass; Kevin Twigg, drums; Adam Amram, percussion. Amram and Messina draw from their vast repertoire of original and tributary compositions in a celebration of American music, poetry and the great American past time. Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street, New York, NY 212-989-2020. 8:00PM. Tickets on Sale Now at Telecharge.com and Cherry Lane Theatre Box Office.
April 22 - June 27, Writer's Retreat, Frank works on upcoming book at undisclosed location.
Friday, August 27, The Rudyard Kipling, Louisville, KY An Evening of Burlesque Music Dance Art Photography Spoken Word, Frank appears as special guest at Ron Whitehead's book release mega-party and concert featuring Ron, Tyrone Cotton, Messina, The Show-Me Burlesque Troupe, Dean McClain and others. Rudyard Kipling, 422 West Oak Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40203. 10:00PM. Don't miss this once in a lifetime celebration
Saturday, September 11, 9/11 Memorial Ceremony, Frank is a guest speaker at this year's ceremony, sponsored by the Jersey City 9/11 Memorial Committee. 8AM-11AM, at the foot of Grand Street and Hudson River, Jersey City, NJ. 07302.
Saturday, October 2, Orlando, FL Lake Lily Park, 840 Lake Lily Drive, Maitland, FL 32751 5:00PM
Thurs, Fri, Sat, October 14, 15, 16 The First Annual Gonzo Festival, Celebrating the life of Hunter S. Thompson The Monkey Wrench, Louisville, KY w/ Anita Thompson, Ron Whitehead, Frank Messina, Tyrone Cotton, Gnuma and more The Monkey Wrench, 1025 Barret Street, Louisville, KY. Two Stages, noon-midnight.