Larkin Square Blog

Lauren Belfer returns to Buffalo and Larkinville!

By Leslie Zemsky  
May 05, 2016

We are thrilled to welcome best-selling author and Buffalo native, Lauren Belfer back to Larkin Square for the fourth consecutive May. Lauren will be speaking at the Larkin Square Author Series on Monday, May 16th from 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm.  Her talk will feature the Buffalo debut of her new novel and After the Fire.  

And After the Fire book cover-01The New York Times-bestselling author of Buffalo set City of Light and A Fierce Radiance returns with a new powerful and passionate novel—inspired by historical events—about two women, one European and one American, and the mysterious choral masterpiece by Johann Sebastian Bach that changes both their lives.

Lauren is  a thoughtful and engaging  speaker. May 16th will be a memorable treat for guests.

In honor of this special event, Larkin Square will have the Grill open for dinner service before and after the talk. Music on The Boardwalk following the talk by the finalist on The Voice, Larkinville’s own Keith Shuskie.  Enjoy a beautiful evening in Larkinville!  Books will be for sale at the event courtesy of Talking Leaves. A book signing will follow the talk.

The novel is already receiving rave reviews: “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture, the saying goes. If so, Lauren Belfer has pirouetted the New York skyline in and After the Fire” writes USA Today in a four star review.  “and After the Fire” is a bold and hugely ambitious novel with the transfixing appeal of a best-seller” writes Jeff Simon in the Buffalo News.

Larkin Square Author Talks are presented by First Niagara and sponsored by Independent Health.

Erin Morris Photography “Grain Elevators” opens at (716) GAL-LERY

By Leslie Zemsky  
May 05, 2016

Erin Morris Photography exhibition “Grain Elevators” is on view  at (716) GAL-LERY, May 1 – July 31, 2016. The (716) GAL-LERY  is a repurposed 1950’s era telephone booth, now Buffalo’s smallest art gallery located inside the Hydraulic Hearth Restaurant & Brewery.

As a photographer, and a native of Western New York, Erin is drawn to many things… the history and architecture of the city of Buffalo in particular… the grain silos of Buffalo specifically. Her body of work explores the grain silos on Buffalo’s waterfront – from the gentle giants themselves, to the minutiae that reflects their storied past. Her photos work to capture the beauty contained in what was once an incredibly influential time in Buffalo’s history.

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Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin speaking on Thursday May 12th

By Leslie Zemsky  
May 04, 2016

Join us for a very special edition of the Larkin Square Author Series, Presented by First Niagara and Sponsored by Independent Health, as we welcome Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin to Larkin Square on Thursday May 12th at 5:30 pm.

Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin are the co-authors of the new book, Five Presidents My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford (Gallery Books, May 2016). Clint Hill brings to life the extraordinary moments in history he experienced during his career as a U.S. Secret Service Agent to five U.S. Presidents. Mr. Hill pulled Jackie Kennedy from the Limo when President Kennedy was shot. He documented his time with Mrs. Kennedy in his NY Times bestseller, Mrs. Kennedy and Me. Read More

Live at Larkin 2016, presented by First Niagara and sponsored by Independent Health, kicks off Wednesday, June 1st, 5-8:30 pm

By Leslie Zemsky  
April 23, 2016

With more theme nights and more acts than ever including 24 of 38 making their Live at Larkin debut, Larkin Square will celebrate its fifth summer of free Wednesday concerts with another diverse collection of Buffalo-bred musical acts.

Beginning earlier than ever with a wild June 1st kickoff, Live at Larkin will again offer 14 Wednesdays of at least two bands, complete with its signature collaborative encore in which the acts perform together for a uniquely fun finale.

Just a few highlights of the series include a six-act Opening Night headlined by annual favorites John and Mary & the Valkyries, with each act representing at least one local music nonprofit organization; new theme nights in “Buffalo ’66: Cash & Stones Revisited” marking the 50th anniversary of the week in which both legends performed in Buffalo (June 29th), “Latin at Larkin” complete with dance lessons before each band (July 6th), and “Sinatra’s Second Century” featuring a look both back and forward on the Frank Sinatra songbook (August 24th); and a rare performance for closing night from special-occasion supergroup The Buffalovebirds (August 31st).

Admission is free. Free parking available along with $5 premium parking in the ramp behind Larkin Square. Each event also features food trucks, beverages for purchase and an occasional visit from community groups.

Thank you to Presenting Sponsor First Niagara and Sponsor Independent Health for Buffalo’s best night for music, food and fun!

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Ellen Wayland-Smith speaks on the history of Oneida May 2nd

By Leslie Zemsky  
April 08, 2016


9781250043108The Larkin Square Author Series welcomes Ellen Wayland-Smith, author of the new book, Oneida: from Free Love Utopia to the Well Set Table- An American Story (Picador/hardcover/May 2016) on Monday, May 2nd from 5:30pm – 6:45 pm. Join us for an author talk, signing and book sale.

Author Ellen Wayland-Smith is one of the many direct descendants of John Humphrey Noyes, who in the early 19th century received visions from God anointing him as a new spiritual prophet. His philosophy was called Perfectionism, a form of Christianity based on self- perfection and communalism. His gospel was one of sexual liberation, communal living, and the perfectibility of human nature here on earth. Along with several followers, Noyes started a community in upstate New York to put his ideas into practice. Scandal,  resulting from the free love movement, surrounded the Oneidas. Read More

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