Sat. Jan 17: Italian American Writers Association Reading Series- Cornelia Street Cafe, Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani, Frank Messina. 6:00PM. 29 Cornelia St, New York, NY. 212-989-9319. IAWA website: http://iawa.net/
Jan 19 - Feb 12: Feature Film Project (NY,NJ,FL,New Orleans)
Friday, Feb 20: The Turning Point, Piermont, NY. An Evening of Words, Music and Rhythm with Frank Messina & Friends Frank's birthday show with an all-star line-up of musicians including guitarist SCOTT MURAWSKI (Max Creek, Mike Gordon Band), bassist MARK EGAN (Pat Metheny Group, Gil Evans), drummer VICTOR JONES (Dizzy Gillespie, Chaka Khan), keyboardist BRIAN JACKSON (Gil Scott-Heron), master percussionist LEE BARONIAN, genius guitarist and soundscaper MIKE CALLAGHAN. Plus secret surprise guests! 8:30 Show. $20. Turning Point, 468 Piermont Rd. Piermont, NY. 845-359-1089 www.turningpointcafe.com
Friday, Feb 27: The Gallery at Avalon Island, Orlando, Fl. Frank Messina reads with accompaniment by jazz pianist Per Danielsson, Also reading, award-winning poet Caitlin Doyle. Paintings by Frank Messina will be exhibited and for sale in benefit of the Kerouac Project. Hosted by Naomi Butterfield. 8:00PM. The Gallery at Avalon, 29 S. Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL, 32801.
Monday, March 8: City World Radio Network Frank is a special guest on the legendary Johnny Mandolin Show. 8:00PM. Listen Live
Thursday, April 2: The Annual 'Inferno' Reading at the 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, Frank Messina, Annie Finch, John Simko, Cynthia Zarin, Anthony Viscusi 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.
Sunday, April 19: Hoboken Historic Museum, Something Old, Something New (Jersey) - A Celebration of NJ Poets Words by Toi Derricotte, C.K. Williams, Patti Smith, Maggie Estep, Reg E. Gaines, Stephen Crane, Frank Messina, Ntozake Shange, Danny Shot, W.S. Merwin,Teresa Carson, Magdalena Alagna Schmidt, Renee Ashley, Bob Rixon, Joe Weil, James Richardson and Gretna Wilkinson. Sunday, April 19, 3:00PM at the Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson Street, Hoboken, NJ. More Info
April 23 - May 30: Spoken Motion: An Evening of Choreagraphed Poetry Frank appears in the interpretive dance theater production where the art forms of poetry, dance and music meet on stage. Choreagraphed by Katrina Phillip.
Saturday, May 16, McGuire Air Force Base Frank reads for the troops. The first poetry reading at the base in its 77 year history. Closed to the general public.
June 1-25 Filming
Saturday, June 27: The People's Garden, Brooklyn, NY Frank with bassist Rene Hart and drummer Ray Rizzo. 6:00PM. Corner of Broadway and Greene Avenue in Bushwick.
July-August: Filming on Location - NY, PA, MA
Friday, October 30, Joe's Pub @ the Public Theater, New York City
The Kerouac Project's 3rd Annual Benefit Concert
with DAVID AMRAM, LEE RANALDO, JOYCE JOHNSON, TYRONE COTTON, JOHN VENTIMIGLIA, BOB HOLMAN, FRANK MESSINA
Legendary composer and early Jack Kerouac
collaborator David Amram and his quintet (Kevin Twigg, drums; Rene Hart,
bass; Eliot Peper, percussion; Robbie Winterhawk, congas) perform music of Kerouac's era
and accompany actor John Ventimiglia (The Sopranos), rock legend Lee
Ranaldo, poets Frank Messina and Bob Holman as
they read the works of Kerouac. Special guest speakers include author and biographer Joyce
Johnson, Kerouac Project co-founder Summer Rodman.
Nov 1-15, Filming for NBC's The Blacklist, and Toxic Tutu.
Monday, November 16, Theater for the New City
Friday, December 4, JC Fridays Festival: The All-Star Music Showcase and After Party at JC Underground, 116 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302. Steps from the Grove Street PATH station.
Hosted by FRANK MESSINA
Starring Kentucky Blues Great
TYRONE COTTON with Ray Rizzo drums, Vin
Monday, December 21, Theater for the New City, New York, NY Back to Where it All Began, Amram at 85. Celebrating David Amram's 85th birthday, musical guests and readers including Elmira Darvarova, Kenneth Radnofsky, Damien Francoeur-Krzyzek, MIchael Shannon, John Ventimiglia, Frank Messina, Erik Lawrence, Larry Kirwan, Kevin Twigg, Avram Pengas and many others. 8:00PM-Midnight. Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue, New York, NY.
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