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Published on: September 13, 2011


Annual celebration honoring the music and legacy of Frank Zappa with concerts,
a Zappa Family symposium and a special award to David Simon and Nina Noble

BALTIMORE – The Enoch Pratt Free Library celebrates the music and legacy of legendary artist Frank Zappa in a daylong celebration at the Southeast Anchor Library, where Baltimore’s Zappa sculpture is on display.

ManiFESTo: A Declaration of Free Expression
In Commemoration of Frank Zappa Day
Saturday, September 17
Southeast Anchor Library
3601 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21224

Absolutely Free: A Working First Amendment
10am, Southeast Anchor Library Auditorium
Join Gail and Ahmet Zappa, Emily Sheketoff of the American Library Association, and Maryland lobbyist and attorney Bruce Bereano for a conversation about what it means to have a working First Amendment in today’s society.

Frank Zappa Day Proclamation & Free Mind Award honoring David Simon & Nina K. Noble
Noon, Southeast Anchor Library Plaza in front of Zappa sculpture
The first annual Free Mind Award honors the work of David Simon and Nina K. Noble (The Wire, Treme).

2pm, Southeast Anchor Library Auditorium
To raise awareness of the fundraising efforts to keep Baltimore’s Poe House & Museum open for business, curator Jeff Jerome hosts POEt HOUSE, a poetry reading featuring Gail Zappa, Maryland Poet Laureate Stanley Plumly, award-winning poet Greg Williamson, and some of this region’s most innovative emerging poets. There may even be an appearance by Mr. Poe himself!

In 2010, the Frank Zappa sculpture was installed and dedicated in front of the Southeast Anchor Library. In his lifetime, Zappa supported libraries, literacy and free speech. The sculpture is a gift to the City of Baltimore by Saulius Paukštys and Saulius Pilinkus of the Lithuanian nonprofit organization Public Establishment ZAPPART. The sculpture is a replica of a work of art in Vilnius, Lithuania by artist Konstantinas Bogdanas.

There will also be an all-day block party outside the Southeast Anchor Library with nine hours of concerts, food, and a whole lot more. Please visit for complete schedule of the day’s festivities.

ManiFESTo is a partnership between the Enoch Pratt Free Library and Clearpath Entertainment, Southeast Community Development Corporation, Zappa Family Trust, Mission Media, the Creative Alliance, and Highlandtown Arts & Entertainment District.


The late Frank Vincent Zappa was a singular musical figure. For three decades, he made timeless rock, fusion and avant-garde classical music. Dedicated fans propelled the Baltimore born composer, guitarist, singer and bandleader to media stardom. His interest in music grew during his high school years in Lancaster, California. Shortly after graduation, Zappa began a performing and recording career that would soon gain widespread acclaim.

In 1966, he and band members of The Mothers of Invention released debut LP “Freak Out!” The group went on to do several albums before disbanding. Zappa had solo success, as well, with more than 50 records released during his career.

Known for being an articulate spokesman, Zappa, an opponent of censorship, became a leader of the opposition to the Parents Music Resource Center. On September 19, 1985, he testified before the Senate Commerce Technology and Transportation Committee and shared his opinion on the matter. He later used his testimony in a recording, “Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention,” released that same year.

Frank Zappa passed away early in 1993. He has not only become a part of musical history, but his legacy still influences the genre today.

For more information on the Zappa Celebration, visit our website at Also look for the Pratt Library on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Foursquare and YouTube.

Remember at the Enoch Pratt Free Library: “Your journey starts here.”

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