I’m flying to Beverly Hills on Friday to make an onstage appearance at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, which presented Satchmo at the Waldorf earlier this year and is celebrating the centenary of the birth of Frank Sinatra this weekend. When not singing, Sinatra was a movie star, and I’m going to be moderating a panel discussion of his film career. The panelists include—no fooling—Nancy Sinatra and Tina Sinatra. Also present and accounted for will be Charles Pignone, the Sinatra family archivist and author, most recently, of Sinatra 100. In addition to talking about Sinatra and his screen appearances, we’ll be showing clips from On the Town, From Here to Eternity, The Man With the Golden Arm, High Society, and The Manchurian Candidate.
The panel discussion kicks off at four p.m. on Saturday, followed by a seven p.m. screening of Ocean’s 11. From Here to Eternity will be shown on Friday at seven p.m., and On the Town will be shown on Saturday at two p.m.
Admission to the panel discussion is free. To order tickets to the screenings or for additional information, go here.