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as we'll update with the latest and greatest happenings as they cross our desks
here at Insomniacathon.org
to The Insomniacathon
Year's Eve Galleria!
this Holiday Season 2007, we here at Insomniacathon On-Line! wish each
and every one Peace, Patience and Pace, right here, right now and throughout the
New Year! Click
Here for "A
Wish and A Prayer"
& Of Note - The Trip Is Over but The Journey
Continues - Ron
Whitehead just back from San Francisco after touring with Gerry Nicosia,
Steve Dalachinsky and Rob Zoschke highlighting the release of the new
book "Reflections upon The 50th
Anniversary of Jack Kerouac's On The Road"
brings white hot prose to Air
Devil's on 12/22 with Paul
K and The Weathermen and 12/28 Ron combines energies with with Scott
Mertz and Freddie Wethington (both of The Shinerunners who performed
at LIPS II) for Southside
an amalgam of outlaw Country and Spoken Word at The
Rudyard Kipling. For a reverberant reflect of Ron's experiences
in San Francisco read his latest emote, "Searching
For Jack Kerouac."
- January 1st Ron Whitehead joins Paul K and The Weathermen
again at Air Devil's Inn
for The Annual Townes Van Zandt Tribute!
Note - War Is Over If You Want It -
December 8th marks the day John Lennon was senselessly taken from this
world. On this December 8th, Yoko Ono asks all people of the world to make
it a Day of Healing. Insom brother, Michael
Dean Pollock who lives in Reykjavik, Iceland where the Imagine Peace
Tower resides reflects on John Lennon on this Day of Healing. Click
Here To Read his story, Lennon
Lightening Strikes Thrice.
New & Of Note! "Reflections
upon The 50th Anniversary of Jack Kerouac's On The Road" hits
the Road with Ron Whitehead and Robert M. Zoschke making appearences in the San
francisco Bay area!
Click Here for More Details!
New & Of Note! American
composer, musician and writer David Amram was born November 17, 1930 in
Philadelphia. His eclectic use of jazz, ethnic and folk music has led him to work
with the likes of Thelonious Monk, Willie Nelson, Charles Mingus, Leonard Bernstein
and Jack Kerouac. Insomniacathon
On-Line! celebrates his creative
pioneering work and collaborations with stars from the worlds of music, literature
theater and film. Click
Here and join us at the Insomniacathon
Anram 77th Birthday Party!
& Of Note! - The Lincoln Center Library Celebrates
David Amram and the NY Shakespeare Festival - On November 17th,
The New York Public
Library of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center is hosting a Shakespeare
and Music series celebrating David Amram's
77th Birthday and the 50th anniversary of the opening season of Shakespeare in
the Park which David was the NYSF music director and composer for
their first eleven seasons.
in the celebration will be cast and crew members from the the earliest days of
the 1956 Lower East Side pre-Central Park era at The
Public Theater. Performers including Metropolitan Opera violist Midhat
Serbagi, pianist Heidi Upton,opera singers Anne McCenna and
David Kellet will perform excerpts from David's opera Twelfth
Night with a libretto by Joe Papp, the founder of the New
York Shakespeare Festival.
Also performing will be Adira, Alana
and Adam Amram with John Ventimiglia reading from David's first
book Vibrations about meeting
and collaborating with Joe
Papp in 1956 as well as an excerpt from hids latest book,
Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Cat, in a chapter about David's
work in the theater. The festivites start at 3 PM, admission is free.
& Of Note! - From Louisville to
New York and Beyond! - Louisville Blues jewel, Tyrone
Cotton comes to the Turning
Point for a double-header of smokin' soulful Blues. On 11/16 Tyrone
opens for legendary Texas Blues GuitSlinger, Johnny
Winter and on 11/17 Tyrone and his band take the headline and will
be joined by NYC poet, Frank Messina for an evening of Blues SoulSpoke
performing new excursions from the new Frank Messina and Ron Whitehead
Home" amongst other favorites. Either of these shows is
a Can't Miss, Click
Here To Reserve tickets for these fabulous shows!
New & Of Note - Veterans Day 2007 -
story of a Son of a Soldier and their search for that great city in anthother
world system is a reflect from Insom contributing journalist, Jeremy Hogan,
from the new Ron Whitehead and Rob Zoschke (editors) book, "Reflections
upon The 50th Anniversary of Jack Kerouac's On The Road" just
released at this year's LIPS II Festival in
London. Click Here To Read.
Note - Bring It Forth - the
transcendent American journalist, Norman Mailer,
died November 10th in NYC, he was 84. His achievements included publishing 30
books, helping found The Village Voice and twice winning the Pulitzer
Here To Read The Village Voice's,
Harry Bruinius' reflect on one of the great American writers of the 20th
century. Also Of Note -
Here To Read fellow Village Voice writer, Tom Robbins',
"Why Mailer Matters - Appreciating the
rascal writer who started it all."
New & Of Note -
Astrologick Comes To Insomniacathon - Gary Paul Glynn
is the author
of Astologick a popular weekly astrological
report that offers intelligent people another look at astrology, one that utilizes
the planets and signs in the way they were meant to be understood, not just fortune
Here To Learn More about and Read the Premiere Weekly Forecast of Astrologick!
Note - Fred W. McDarrah - Veteran
Village Voice photographer Fred W. McDarrah
died in his sleep at home in Greenwich Village early Tuesday morning. He was 81.
Over a 50-year span, McDarrah documented the rise of the Beat Generation, NYC's
postmodern art movement, its off-off-Broadway actors, musicians, politicians,
rabble-rousers and social protests. Click
Here To Learn More about this visionary photographic artist.
New & Of Note - Multi-instrumentalist,
Graphic Artist and Documentarian, Thordis
"Thordeez" Claessen is an interweaving creative force in the
Icelandic Music and Art scene and has brought forth a stunning new Photo Book,
- Icelandic Street Art" . The culimanation of 6 years
of photos in and around Reykjavik, Icepick is a brilliant collection of street
art images about the folklore, music, art and politics of Iceland. Click
Here To Learn More about this dynamic artist from the Northlands!
this November 2nd,,"PoorBob" Sushko weighs in with some sooth
on this All Souls Day (aka Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead)
2007! Click Here
to read his reflect.
Note! On Halloween 2003 Ron Whitehead took
to the stage of The Rudyard Kipling
in Louisville, KY to kick off the start of 72 hours of Poetry and Music at the
10th Insomniacathon. Click
Here to view his rousing Welcome and Proclaimation in "From
Hank Williams Grave to Insomniacathon 2003, Keeping The Flame Alive!"
Here to view David Amram's Hymn and Harken of "Amazing
Grace" . Be sure to visit The
Galleria at Insomniacathon On-Line! Click
Here for more Video, Pix and Page from this historic event!
Note On October 26, 2001, poets and musicians from around the globe
converged in London, England to bring spoken word and song to the first London
International Poetry and Song Festival (LIPS). Conceived in 2000 by poet and
writer Richard Deakin, LIPS
intention was to be an extension of the theme of contemporary performance
poetry with a musical background (which has been evolving for the past 50 years
into a Beatific heritage) and bring it all together in an international amalgam
which still reverberates to this day, and now . . .
New & Of Note! - This November 10-12,
LIPS II will exclaimate in celebration
the continued perpetuation of this Beatific heritage at London's
Marquee Club. Click
Here To Learn More about LIPS past and soon to come!
New & Of Note! - Chicago Calling
- Chicago Calling Arts Festival, Chicago-based artists will
showcase performances and projects that involve collaborations with artists living
in the USA and in other countries around the globe. The collaborations between
the Chicago artists and those living elsewhere will be prepared, improvised, or
a combination of both. Some of the performances will involve live feeds between
Chicago and elsewhere. Be sure to go to WNUR
89.3 FM for some of these Live Feeds streaming on the Web!
Calling is part of Chicago Artists Month. Click on the above banners
to find out more about these exciting happenings!
Releases from . . .
& Of Note - New Releases
from Published In Heaven - October
reveals three new CD's and a book from Published In Heaven.
"Don't Die Yet" from
Sarah Elizabeth, "Walking Home"
from Ron Whitehead and Frank Messina and Ron Whitehead's "I
Refuse" CD and new book "The
Wanderer" are all officially released this month. In celebration
of these releases there are Release performances at Ear
X-tacy (October 19th, 7 PM) and Clark-Todd Hall
at The Kentucky
Center (October 20th, 8 PM) both in Louisville, KY. The CD's
and book are now available, visit Published
In Heaven On-Line for more info.
& Of Note - The Journey Goes
On - Celebrating 50 Years ofJack Kerouac's On The Road - October
finds David Amram in Denver, CO from October 14th thru the 18th to celebrate
Kerouac's spirit and legacy. Click
Here for More Info on David's Celebration dates in Denver!
Check David Amram & Trio appear Live on KUVO
FM on October 16th at 4 PM MDT (6 PM EDT) Click
Here To Listen Live on The Web!
& Of Note - Imagine Peace
- This October 9th
would have been John Lennon's 67th Birthday. On this day, Yoko
Ono will dedicate the Imagine Peace Tower on the island
of Videy, near Reykjavík, Iceland. The Imagine Peace Tower is a
beam of light that represents light and power to the realization of World Peace,
which was John Lennon's lifetime wish, and what he had worked for. You too can
send your wish for World Peace by visiting www.imaginepeace.com
Note - Happy Birthday Sputnik!
- On October 4, 1957, Sputnik I was launched. The fact that
the Russians were in space and the U.S. was not was shocking due to the military
implications. On April 2, 1958. San Francisco Chronicle reporter,Herb
Caen coined the term by adding the Russian suffix -nik after Sputnik I to
the Beat Generation. Hence the word "Beatnik."
and Learn More about the origin of the word "Beatnik"
at WiKi and read a great
story at The
Beat Miseum of "Have
The Beats Found Sputnik?
& Of Note - 2007 Season?
Yea, Now But A Memory - "Some of the greatest poetry has been born
out of failure and the depths of adversity in the human experience."
The Mets melted down as September dwindled away along with their mid-month seven
game lead, The Mets were dealt the final blow on the last day of September, denying
them the opprtunity to stand in the October Sun on a play-off field.
Season is over for The Mets but the story goes on for The
Mets Poet, Frank Messina. Click
Here To Read David Shankbone's Interview with The
Met Poet and his reflect and recount of the apocalyptic Mets Meltdown
of 2007 at WikiNews.
more Messina, The Mets and Everything Poetry!
New & Of Note! - Kerouac's Last
Call - On Sunday, September 30th,
actor, director, Ed Dennehy, will present a new play by Patrick Fenton
entitled Kerouac's Last Call
at Gunthers Tap Room , (Jack Kerouacs old hangout) 84 Main
Street, Northport, Long Island at 2:00 PM.
play deals with Jack Kerouacs time in Ozone Park, Queens, Richmond Hill,
and Northport, Long Island. It is the end of the summer in 1964, a major cultural
shift is starting to happen, and on his last night in Northport, Long Island,
the America Kerouac saw through a rear view mirror along side of Neal Cassady
is slowly playing again in his mind. While wondering back on his road days, he
receives a series of soul--searching phone calls from his daughter Jan. Kerouac's
Last Call stars, Ed Dennehy, Jack OConnell, Sonja
Tannenbaum, Drew Keil, Sophie Vanier, and Michael Newman, music by
Sue Sizza. Click
To Learn More about Kerouacs
New & Of Note - Fuzzy Math - Or how 160+
ganes comes to a common denominator of one. " Chased
by Ghosts of Failure while staring through Victory's door" The
Mets Poet, Frank Messina, gets tapped by New
York Tines' Corey Kilgannon in his 9/29 feature, "A
Poet of The Mets Versifies Gloom." It's not over till
the last out makes the scoreboard, until then, the phrase remains the same . .
. "Ya' Gotta Believe!"
more Messina, The Mets and Everything Poetry!
New & Of Note! - This Land Is
Your Land - World
Premiere of "Symphonic Variations On A Song By Woody Guthrie"
In a work commissioned by the Guthrie
Foundation centered thematically around, This
Land is Your Land, Paul Polivnick conducts the premiere
performances of David Amram's new orchestral work,to be performed by the
Symphony Silicon Valley
on September 29th and 30th. Click
Here To Read David Amram's Notes
for Symphonic Variations on a Song by Woody Guthrie.
& Of Note - You can hear the world premiere performance of
Symphonic Variations on a Song by
Woody Guthrie on line from the website of Symphony Silicon
Here To Listen!
& Of Note! On
a beautiful late Summer night, The Bowery
Poetry Club hosted "Diamonds
In The Sidewalks" with David Amram and his quartet
celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the publishing of Jack Kerouac's
"On The Road."
David in this celebration of sounds and sooth was Tim Moran, John Ventimiglia,
Adira Amram, Russell Brand, Casey Cyr, Ron Whitehead, Frank Messina, Katinka Klein
and Jose Pacheco.
contributing journalist, Jeremy Hogan was there snapping stills and rolling
Here to view The PhotoBook
there's some great VidClips Click
Here To View John Ventimiglia's "I
Think Of Neal", Adira Anram imparts, "On
The Roof of America" and Click
Here To View Jose Pacheco and his tale of "The
Night Charlie Parker Played Tenor at Montmartre Café in Greenwich Village."
Note - Joe Zawinul
- Pioneering Austrian jazz pianist and founder of the jazz-rock group
Weather Report died September 11th in Vienna at age 75. Zawinul, who rose
to fame as one of the creators of jazz fusion, won widespread acclaim for his
keyboard work with Miles Davis, Dinah Washington and Cannonball Adderley
and is credited with bringing the electric piano and synthesizer into the jazz
Here To Learn More about this Jazz-Fusion titan and Click
to View Video of
a great 6 Part RetroSpect of Joe Zawinul on YouTube,
Click Here To View.
Note On this September 11th Remembrance Day
Insomniacthon On-Line brings to you, in respect and reverence to those
that have lost and have survived, three New Yorker's intimations of dreams of
better days and the potential we all have to make a difference.
Frank Messina "American't
Get Home - Bicycle" Read
Susan Gerardi's reveal of potential sadly, senselessly lost in
"Boys Dressed As Men." And
view James Walck's VidClip "Remember
We Will, Forget We Will Not" .
year Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Jazz trumpeter, Jacob
Lane, joins us in respect and reverence with his TonePrayer
New & Of Note! The annual Howl!
Festival named in honor of the groundbreaking poem by Allen
Ginsberg attracts more than 100,000 visitors bringing to the clubs,
galleries, parks, streets, and theaters of Manhattan's Lower East Side an explosion
of poetry, music, dance, film, food, performance, painting, sculpture, and theater.
Be sure to visit HowlFest 2007 - News, Events and
Performances Page for ALL the details to HowlFest 2007 festivities
happening in NYC September 3rd thru 9th!
& Of Note!
Celebrating 50 Years of Jack Kerouac's On The Road
September 5th 2007 marks the 50th Anniversary
of the publishing of Jack Kerouac's "On
Throughout 2007, events marking this milepost have been going on all over
the world. Starting in January, Kerouacs first musical collaborator,
David Amram, has been tirelessly "Chasin' Cool' criss-crossing America
bringing his unique perspective and style to audiences across the country.
This September finds David bringing his year's travels to a splendorous crescendo
in his friend's home town of Lowell, MA and NYC to celebrate Kerouac's spirit
and legacy. Click Here
for More Info on David's
Celebration dates in NYC and Lowell!
New & Of Note!
"The Mets Poet"
will be appearing as a special guest during the Mets
vs. Phillies Live SNY Broadcast Wednesday, August 29th at 6:00 p.m
at The Clearview's Ziegfeld Theatre 54th Street (btw. 6th and 7th) NYC.Admission
is $10 and includes two Mets games tickets to a September matchup vs. the Braves
with each admission. Click
Here to order tickets on-line.
Of Note! Around this time last year, August 4th to be exact,
Frank Messina sat in with David Amram and the Trio to read his Mets/Baseball
Poetry at The Cornelia Street
Cafe'. This evening of SpokeSoul Baseball prose also ran on SNY
Magazine show, Mets Weekly.
Click Here to View the VidClip .
more Messina, The Mets and Everything Poetry!
& Of Note - The Chicago Poetry Fest
- On August 25th, the poets in
Chicago will gather together to celebrate the big poetry event of the year! This
mega event organized and hosted by CJ Laity features dozens of poets and
musicians from in and around Chicago and is a must see and hear! The Chicago
Poetry Fest will take place at The
Mercury Cafe, 1505 W. Chicago Ave, from 2:30 to 7:30 PM. Admission is
free and open to the public. For More info visit www.chicagopoetry.com
Note - Max Roach -
percussionist whose rhythmic innovations and improvisations defined bebop jazz
during a wide-ranging career where he collaborated with artists like Duke Ellington,
Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton and Charles Mingus
passed on August 16th after a long illness, he was 83. Click
Here to learn more about this great American treasure and seminal
icon in the world of modern music.
New & Of Note - Movin' On -
After 4 years together as Husband and Wife, Ron Whitehead and
Sarah Elizabeth have decided to let go of the institution most commonly
recognized as marriage. Neither one known to conform to conventional norms, Ron
and Sarah will end their marital relationship but will continue their creative
endeavours colaboratively. In final punctuation of this chapter in their lives
as Husband and Wife, Ron and Sarh will be presenting Divorce
Ron and Sarah Style - Movin' On - An Evening of Kick-Ass Rockin' Blaster Music
and Spoken Word at The
Rudyard Kipling on August 18th (7-9PM). To Learn More about Divorce
Ron and Sarah Style and how they are Movin' On, Click
Here to read Joanna Richards story in this weeks
& Of Note! -
Soul Journey to The Four Winds - An
Evening of Native American Music, Dance, & Spoken Word featuring Grammy nominated
Sarah Elizabeth and Ron Whitehead at The
Rudyard Kipling July 21, 7PM. - Air
Check - Be sure to tune in to WFPK
Saturday morning 10 AM EDT July 21st for an interview with Tony Redhouse and Sarah
Here to connect to the On-Line stream!
New & Of Note! -
Politics, Truth and Justice: The Writings of Hunter S. Thompson -
On Saturday, July 21st The Aspen Institute will hold a symposium discussing
the enduring qualities of Thompsons writing, both in terms of content and
style, and will examine how these qualities influenced journalism, literature,
politics and counter culture. Click
Here To Learn More about this event in a letter from Hunter's
Son, Juan Thompson.
Note! Poet, Activist,
Raul Salinas, a tireless crusader for human rights and
social justice is one of the few remaining poetic voices from a special circle
of writers including Jose Antonio Burciaga, Ricardo Sanchez, Miguel Piñero
and Pedro Pietri. A peoples poet, aka the cockroach poet,
Salinas has traveled the world as a champion of indigenous philosophies and revolutionary-humanist
ideologies. It has come to our attention Raul has become seriously ill. If you
would like to honor him, please write a letter to the Mexican-American
Cultural Center and request that a space or room in the center
be named for Mr. Salinas. Send your letters to: Warren
Strauss, Director, Austin Parks and Recreation - P.O. Box 1088 - Austin, TX 78767.
Click Here To Learn
More about Raul Salinas.
- Fire The Grid -
On July 17, 2007 at 7:11am EDT (11:11am GMT) there will be a a massive international
effort to bring together as many humans as possible, throughout the world from
every corner of the globe, to simply sit and pray or meditate for one hour in
a collective conection to heal our planet and to heal ourselves. Click
Here To Learn More about Fire The Grid.
New & Of Note!
- Internet Neutrality
The FCC recently launched an official inquiry into Net Neutrality.
They're already hearing plenty from AT&T, Verizon and Comcast - who want to
be the gatekeepers deciding what you can do online. Now they need to hear from
you.This may be the best
chance we have this year to demonstrate to Washington that protecting Internet
freedom is an issue that matters to millions of Americans. Please Tell your story
to the FCC Now! Deadline is Julu 16th! . Click
Here To Learn More and Make Your Voice Heard!
New & Of Note!
- 7.7.07 - The Concert
for A Climate In Crisis - Live Earth is
a 24-hour, 7-continent concert series taking place on 7/7/07 that will bring together
more than 150 music artists and 2 billion people to trigger a global movement
to solve the climate crisis. Live Earth will reach this worldwide audience
through an unprecedented global media architecture covering all media platforms
- TV, radio, Internet and wireless channels. Live Earth concerts will be
broadcast to a live worldwide audience by MSN at .LiveEarth.MSN.com.
For complete details visit LiveEarth.org
New & Of Note!
- Kerouac's Last Call - On
Thursday, July 5th, at 8:00 P.M., The Image Theater of Lowell, MA will
present a new play by Patrick Fenton entitled "Kerouac's
Last Call." The play deals with Kerouac's time in Ozone Park,
Queens and Northport, Long Island. On his last night on Long Island, the America
Kerouac saw through a rear view mirror along side of Neal Cassady is slowly playing
again in his mind. While wondering in his past wanderlust he recieves some late
night calls from his daughter, Jan. "Kerouac's
Last Call" is directed by Ann Garvin.and stars Jerry
Bisantz as Jack Kerouac. To Learn More about Patrick Fenton
and his play "Kerouac's Last Call"
New & Of Note!
- Endings and Beginnings June
29th was the last night The
Pink Pony West Poetry series at The
Cornelia Street Cafe will be hosted by Jackie
Sheeler. For the past eight years Jackie has shared with many incredible
writers and performers at The Pink Pony West. The Friday night series now becomes
"Son of a Pony" with a rotating series of hosts. As one door
closes another opens for Jackie with the release of her new book "to(o)
long" from Three
Rooms Press. There will be a release party at the Bowery
Poetry Club on Saturday, June 30th (4-6 PM) also being celebrated will
be author, Kathi Georges new TRP book "Punk
Rock Journal." Thanks for eight great years at PPW and congratulations
on the release of "to(o) long."
2007 History sadly repeats itself in that our nation's latest involvement
in "conflict" has passed the terrible toll of 3,500 lives lost. "Mistakes
are the portal of discovery." do what you can to help others
discover that Peace Is Patriotic.
New & Of Note!
- Sooth From Shea Stadium -
Met Poet" Frank
Messina waxes poetic
Mets Weekly magazine show with special guest, world reknown percussionist,
Larry McDonald (Dub Is A Weapon, Antibalis, Spoken Motion,
Gil Scott Heron, Bob Marley). The Mets Weekly
show runs on Saturday 6/16, 12:30 PM (just before the Yanks/Mets afternoon
game) and Sunday 6/17 at 6:30 PM and 11:30 PM (EST) Don't miss the
fun from the comfort of your own living room...or favorite sports bar!
for more Messina, The Mets and Everything
Symbol, Statement or Shill - On this Flag
Day 2007, an "Observation and Perspective*
by Insom alt-journalist, Jeremy Hogan inspired by an ill-flown American
Here for Symbol,
Statement or Shill .
New and Of Note! - Amazing
Grace - "The Best concert
I've ever had anything to do with. You've got to understand. Since childhood I've
attended, performed at, produced, and participated in tens of thousands of concerts
round the world. Last night, June 3rd 2007,The Rudyard Kipling Benefit Concert
was The Best." - Ron Whitehead - Click
Here to Read and See all about the Benefit For The Rudyatd
and Of Note! Rising From The
Ashes - Doddi at Cafe Rosenberg Won't Back Down Pordur Palmasson
better known as Doddi stands at the crossroads regarding the continuation
of Cafe Rosenberg after the recent fire in midtown Reykjavik (Click
Here for Fire Story and Pix). He is not impressed with the bullies
at City Hall and Doddi's supporters have gathered to raise money and support to
reopen Cafe Rosenberg in the same location. Click
Here to read his story.
New and Of Note For over 2 decades The
Rudyard Kipling has been the hallmark of alternative entertaiment
in Louisville and the most gracious host of many an Insomniacathon.
On June 3rd, Jim James of My
Morning Jacket, Ron and Sarah Elizabeth Whitehead play a Benefit
for Preservation of The Rudyard Kipling.
Day 2007 we stand in mindful respect for those who have made the ultimate
sacrifice and bring to you a passage from the Frank Messina poem "The
in honor and respect for those who have lost we bring you a VidClip of Joan
Baez at Camp Casey in Crawford, TX asking the question once again, "Where
Have All The Flowers Gone."
Birthday Bob Dylan! - We
here at Insom celebrate Bob and his great contribution to the Americam Literary
Landscape. Fellow Insom alum,
Frank Messina was
at Dylan's 60th B-Day Bash where he read his B-Day Salute
"For Bob Dylan"
for Bob and the crowd on
that day 5 years ago.
Click Here to
read Frank's Bobby D B-Day reflect. Happy Birthday Bob!
May You Stay Forever Young!
New and Of Note! -
20,000 Km, 66 Days, 25 Countries, 2 Bikes,
1 Coast - On May 19th, Chris Schweizer and Stephan
Schacher will embark on an exceptional journey. Starting in Istanbul, these
two travelers will mount their Harley-Davidson motorcycles and navigate
the coast of Europe in 66 days taking them to the northernmost point of Europe.
journey has begun and the team has been posting entries of Vid, Pix and Text to
the True-Spirit Log Book.
Click Here and Learn about the
freedom dream of True-Spirit.
New & Of Note! With
the 2007 Baseball Season in full swing,
Mets Poet", Frank Messina is
back in the stands cheering the Amazin's on. As in the 2006 season,
SportsNet New York
"The Met Poet" on
the run, at the Ball Park and about town, tapping him for some Mets sooth as the
07' season steams along. Catch him on the SNY magazine show,
"Mets Weekly" on
Saturdays and Sundays.
for SNY's broadcast
schedule for air times.
Also Of Note! On
August 4, 2006, Frank
Messina sat in
with David Amram
and the Trio to
read his Mets/Baseball Poetry at
The Cornelia Street Cafe'.
This evening of SpokeSoul
Baseball prose also ran on SNY Magazine show,
Click Here to View the VidClip and
be sure to check out Messina, The Mets and
Everything Poetry! Click Here
to Read Messina's latest SpokeSoul Baseball prose!
and Of Note On April 23rd, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and tireless
author of books on the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement and Professional
Sports David Halberstam died in a car crash south
of San Francisco. He was 73.
Almost a month to the day prior to his death,
Alt-Journalist, Jeremy Hogan, was at one of his lectures in Indiana. Click
Here to read his "Reflects
of David Halberstam."
Fire and Ice in Reykjavík
and Of Note On April 19th downtown Reykjavík experienced one
of the largest fires in the capital city's modern history. Home to some of Reykjavík's
oldest houses, nearly 100 firefighters fought the blaze for over 24 hours. Amongst
the buildings ravaged by the fire was Cafe Rosenberg, Iceland's oldest
Jazz/Blues/Folk music venue and home to countless other musicians, poets and performers.
Here for Fire Story and Pix
Note On April 22, 1970, 20 million people, 2,000 colleges and universities,
10,000 grammar and high schools and 1,000 communities mobilized for the first
nationwide demonstrations on environmental problems. Congress adjourned for the
day so members could attend Earth Day
events in their districts. The response was nothing short of remarkable, and the
modern American environmental movement took off. Click
Here for more History detail -
has come to protect and nurture this tiny blue marble we all live on but there
is is still much more to do if we are to survive in spite of ourselves. In honor
of all the efforts past, present and yet to come, two poems. Read Novelist Saulander
Evans' "Hunger for a Better
Tomorrow" and from his last book, A
Man Without A Country, read
Kurt Vonnegut's "Requiem".
Earth is our only home. Click
Here to Learn 10 Ways you can do your part to help perserve
her for our future generations. Think
Green! - Happy Earth Day!
and of Note -
So It Goes - American counterculture Novelist, Essayist and Playwright,
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. died Wednesday night, April 11th,
as a result of injuries sustained from a fall several weeks ago. He was 84. Sparking
the imagination of a generation, Vonnegut's dark humor tackled the basic questions
of human existence in his self-designed alternate universes but not all of Vonnegut's
themes were metaphysical. With a wry, witty blend of science fiction, jokes and
philosophy, he took on the banalities of consumer culture, politics and the destruction
of the environment. To Learn More about this great American literary titan, Click
& Air Check - Just back home from The
Wanderer Tour Ron and Sarah Whitehead celebrate National
Poetry Month with an evening of poetry and music in the Moving Mystery
Theater Presentation of Plowed Earth
at The Rudyard Kipling on April
14th (7-9 PM). Click
Here to Listen to the Mp3 of Plowed
Earth from the Ron Whitehead and James Walck CD, "The
Shape Of Water". Air Check
- Be sure to tune into Dan Roberts' KZYX&Z
radio show "Rhythm Running River"
where you'll hear in studio Wanderer troupe interviews and live excerpts from
their performance at The Saturday Afternoon Club in Ukiah, CA. Show airs on
April 15th 3 PM PST (6 PM EST) Click
Here To Listen Live!
and of Note! The fabulous Louisville
Blues song-stylist, Tyrone
Cotton, opens for Grammy Nominee Bluesman, James
Hunter at the legendary Turning
Point in Piermont, NY on Sunday April 8th.
and of Note! "The immaculately
hip aristocrat," Lord Buckley
was the epitome of cool. His comic philosophy intertwined Be-Bop word-jazz virtuosity
with highly eloquent British emote which he swung like Bird's Horn and delivered
in the tongue of The Bard himself. On Saturday, April 7th
all Lords and Ladies are invited to convene in celebration of this visionary of
spontaneous American poetry and humor at The Sir Oliver Trager
Lord Buckley Birthday Bash at The
Bowery Poetry Club. Musical vibrations will be provided by David
Amram, John DeWitt, Kevin Twigg, Marc Greene and Steven Skollar sustaining
the cerebral skatilogical stylizations of Steve Ben Israel, Tom Calagna, Richard
Corey, Robert Dick, John Kruth, Jason Eisenberg and MORE! This
Natal Gala begins at 7:00 PM, a splendid time is guaranteed to all!
National Poetry Month - Started
in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month brings
together publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools,
and poets around the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American
Click Here to Learn More about National Poetry Month!
& Of Note!
- AIR CHECK - The
Wanderer Tour will be making a couple of radio appearances this week.
First at KRUSH,
Santa Rosa, CA on Wednesday March 28th at 3 PM, PST (6 PM EST) Click
Here to Listen Live. And on Thursday March 29th at
KMUD, Redway, CA at 1
PM, PST (4 PM EST) Click
Here to Listen Live.
Forward, Look Back Celebrations of Spring were born of Earth's
natural cycles of light and darkness, of life and death. Ancient cultures took
note of the change in seasons and made offerings to their local gods to receive
blessings for the year. On March 20, 2007, at precisely 8:07 P.M. EDT (March 21,
00:07 Universal Time), the Sun will cross directly over the Earth's equator. This
moment is known as the Vernal Equinox.
Click Here to Learn More
of this Physical and Metaphysical point of transition.
and of Note! In celebration on this
St. Patrick's Day 2007, a Story
some Prose and an
salute to those of like Heart that take to the road for The
Here for this year's offering.
New & Of Note!
For the past four years, across the United States the American
people have voted, lobbied, vigiled, and marched to end the US war in Iraq. On
the heels of Januarys massive march on Washington (see Jeremy
Hogan's PhotoFeature) March 16-19 is a National call to all people
of conscience to participate in the act of Nonviolent
Civil Disobedience to end funding for war in Iraq and to bring the
troops home. Click
Here and visit the Declaration
of Peace website to learn what you can do, where you can go
to lend your voice to a Declaration
Voice of Dissent, Reveal and Affirmation, read the Global Version of the Ron Whitehead
Will Not Bow Down"
the early Spring of 2003, Ron Whitehead, NYC poet, Frank Messina
and fellow Kentuckyians Andy Cook and Sarah Elizabeth crossed the
Atlantic on The War Poets Tour to perform in Iceland, The UK and Ireland.
In observence of yet another
year of "Poetry Amidst a World
of Struggle" Click
Here to see and hear their experiences.
& Of Note!
As The War in Iraq still persists, so does Poetry
Amidst a World of Struggle and finds
Louisville Folk, Blues great, Tyrone Cotton joining Frank
Messina, Ron and Sarah Whitehead
Andy Cook regrouping for
The Wanderer Tour. The Journey
begins March 21st at The
Rudyard Kipling. Click Here
to view all the dates as The
Wanderer Tour makes the way West.
New & Of Note!
March 16-17 will be two days Jam Packed with films, poetry, and
jazz in celebration of the release of photographer, film maker,
Chris Felver's, new book "BEAT"
David Amram, Philomene
are just a few of the guest performers that will be appearing at
Beyond the Baroque Gallery
Robert Bergman Gallery. Click
visit Chris' website for all the details and to view a great VidCollage of
New & Of Note!
George Wallace and Friends present
-- "Scroll To Lowell"
a benefit reading at The
Bowery Poetry Club, March 15th, 6:30
PM to help bring Jack
Kerouac's "On The Road"
manuscript to his hometown of Lowell Massachusetts this summer. Tentative guests
include Simon Pettet, Jason Eisenberg, Eero Ruuttila, LZ
Nunn and special guest Yesod..
$6 admission at the door, proceeds will go to the cause.
New & Of Note! Insomniacathon
On-Line! celebrates National
Women's History Month 2007 and
the release of "Bowery
Women Poems" This book is an entertaining, highly readable,
challenging and stimulating amalgam of work ranging from elegant classical poems,
free-flowing slam to experimental forms. The poets, too, are diverse:
multi-ethnic, teens to octogenarians, academics to drop-outs, urban to rural.
Here to Learn More abour this fantastic new book from the Bowery
Of Note! In
honor of National Women's
History Month 2007, a pooling of the wealth the women at
Insomniacathon On-Line! bring to a Global Literary Renaissance!
Click Here to View!
Les Bon Temps Roule!!
this year's Mardi Gras,"PoorBob" Sushko weighs in with some sooth
on this Fat Tuesday 2007! Click Here
to read his reflect.
The Chinese New Year begins on Sunday, February 18th, celebrating
the Year of the Pig. The Boar is considered to be honest, sincere, hard-working
and forgiving of others. This new year is known as a yin-fire Pig, with fire on
top, conquered by water below; a indication that we're entering a year of considerable
turmoil, disharmony and struggle, shaking things up before a time of calm and
order takes its place. Click
Here to Learn More about the Year of
New & Of Note!
George Wallace, editor of Poetrybay,
kicks off a new monthly event at The
Bowery Poetry Club, set for the third Thursday of every month,
6:30-7:30 p.m. The series will feature poets in performance from local, national
and international scenes. Kicking off the series on February 15, 2007 is
Wallace, with guest poets Patricia Carragon and Sarah Herrington
of the Bowery Poetry Women. $6 admission.
New & Of Note! World
Sound Healing Day
"The Sound Heard Around
the World" For five minutes, this Valentine's
Day sound healers, meditators, peace activists and lovers of all
humanity and sentient consciousness will send a Sonic Valentine to the Earth with
the Heart sound "AH" filled with the intention of Peace and Love!
Click Here to Learn
More about this Global Sonic Event!
New & Of Note!
January 27, 2007 found Alt-Jouralist, Jeremy Hogan, back on the streets
of Washington D.C. along with 250,000 Americans protesting the war in Iraq. With
George W. Bush proposing a surge of 21,000 more Americans to be sent
to Iraq to help them defend themselves from themselves, a question comes to bear
. . . Click Here
to read "Is This 2007 or 1965?"
New & Of Note! Due
to skyrocketing operational costs, Louisville's Players, Poets and Pavaneurs are
rallying on January 21st for an evening of entertainment to benefit the
Preservation of The Rudyard Kipling. For over 2 decades The
Rudyard Kipling has been the hallmark of alternative entertaiment in Louisville
and the most gracious host of many an Insomniacathon. Doors open at
5:00 PM. Click
Here for More Details.
& Of Note!
- AIR CHECK - Poet/punk-rock star
Charlie Newman guest hosts Wordslingers,
Chicago poets just off the streets and out of the slams on WLUW
88.7 FM Sunday, January 21 8:00-9:00 PM (CST). Featured artist is Fractal
Edge Press founder Wayne Allen Jones. Click
Here to Listen Live!
New & Of Note! Art
House Productions presents The
First Annual Snow Ball. Hosted by Def Poetry
Jam, Regie Cabico on January 20, Victory Hall, Jersey City. A fundraiser
for Art House Productions' large scale, multimedia production of "Camino
Real" by Tennessee Williams, there will be a silent auction and amongst the
items on the block will be paintimgs from Frank Messina. Music by the Dave
Willocks Jazz Duo, with late night DJ Dancing Tony. For more info go
this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day read these
Newman . May Peace Be.
& Of Note
Over the weekend Alice Coltrane
and Michael Brecker passed
away. The mark they both made creatinely in this world will remain indelible.
New & Of Note! Icelandic
Vocal Stylist Siggi Palma has a new CD "Stories"
Insom alum Michael
Dean Odin Pollock lent hand and heart from a lyrical end and co-penned
4 tunes on this 10 song CD that sways in a sultry souful wash.
and listen to "You"
and make sure to visit his website www.siggipalma.com
for more info and Mp3's!
New & Of Note! On
Amram and special guests performed at the
Trieste San Francisco.
Pix from this gig!
New and Of Note - 2006 Click Here!
back often as we'll update with the latest and greatest happenings as they cross
our desks here at Insomniacathon.org!