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A message from Community Beer Works & Larkin Square

By Leslie Zemsky  
August 21, 2016

A message from Community Beer Works and Larkin Square

Our intention was to celebrate a band that has been so close to our hearts and a part of our lives, and to make a meaningful donation to the Sunnybrook Foundation in their honor. We know that’s why you came to share it with us as well. We sincerely apologize for all the problems with last night’s event and for taking away from a moment we had hoped would be special. 

CBW will honor all ticket refund requests via email to . 100% of ticket donations were to be sent to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research. As a means to make sure that we follow through on that pledge, event organizers will make a donation to replace any refunded monies. 

Larkin Square Summer Sale!

By Samantha Epps  
August 17, 2016

Summer Sale Vendor banner-01Larkin Square is pleased to announce the inaugural Summer Sale, a celebration of local artists and an opportunity for one last Larkinville party before summer comes to an end and back-to-school season begins. (Lovers of Food Truck Tuesdays do not despair! Food Truck Tuesdays continue through October 4th, 2016.)

The Summer Sale’s main attraction is a vendor market of over 20 local artists, peddling the last of their inventory before the Holiday season ramps up. The market consists of many Larkinville favorite vendors including: Custom T-shirts by RetroBuffalo, Home Décor by Kitch Studios, and beauty products by Zandra. We are also excited to welcome a handful of new vendors, never before seen in Larkin Square, including: Remedy Coffee House Pop-Up Espresso Bar, quirky stationery by Witty Gritty Paper Co., and melt in your mouth baked goods from Beautiful Cookies.

Finalist on ‘The Voice’ and Larkinville resident, Keith James will set the tone with creative covers and the outdoor Grill will be open serving made-to-order burgers, wraps, and salads as well as a full beer and wine menu. The night will coincide with a free, all-inclusive Cornhole Tournament, starting at 5:30pm in Larkin Square. All attendees are encouraged to participate or simply stand by and watch.

Be one of the first 50 individuals to check in and receive a Larkin tote bag filled with free vendor giveaways and goodies!

“Summer always seems to slip away from us so quickly,” said Larkin Square Director of Events, Samantha Epps. “We wanted to give folks another opportunity to enjoy the summer vibe of Larkin Square before school and other activities ramp back up. Its also a fun way to support our local maker community and pick up something unique.”

For more about Larkin Square events, please visit

Race Project in (716) GAL-LERY

By Leslie Zemsky  
August 01, 2016

(716) GAL-LERY, Buffalo’s smallest art gallery, is pleased to collaborate with two Buffalo arts organizations to present The Race Project.  The gallery is a re-purposed phone booth inside the Hydraulic Hearth Restaurant & Brewery.

Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Arts Center is working in partnership with the Buffalo Center for Arts & Technology (BCAT) on this project with the Buffalo Youth Media Institute. The Buffalo Youth Media Institute, established in 2005, works to build social capital through the cultivation of critical thinking and 21st century skills, such as innovation, digital literacy, and collaboration. Through videos, lectures, critiques and hands on demonstrations, youth producers work with Squeaky Wheel’s lead teaching instructor and Director of Education, Kevin Kline, to learn digital production skills and create self-directed projects.

“Students of our Buffalo Youth Media Institute spent a few weeks interviewing people they know from the community about their experiences with racism.  We wanted a project that did not intend to give answers or take any sides.” said Kevin Kline,” We simply wanted to give people voice, and lend them our ears to be heard.”

More information on the Race Project may be found here.

Visitors to the Gallery will be able to watch the video while listening to the audio on the vintage telephone. “We are proud to showcase the creativity of the students from BCAT. The topic of racism is particularly timely with the upcoming national elections; the students handle the topic in an open and moving way. We encourage viewers to take a look and listen in.

The Race Project will be open for viewing August 2nd, – October 30th, 2016, Tuesdays – Saturdays, 4 pm – 10 pm

Click here for more information about the Hydraulic Hearth and its (716) GAL-LERY . Click here for more information about Squeaky Wheel   Click here for more information about the Buffalo Center for Arts & Technology.


Larkin Invitational Miniature Golf Tournament

By Leslie Zemsky  
June 27, 2016

ALL are invited to the 2nd annual Larkin Invitational Miniature Golf Tournament at Larkin Links!

Saturday, July 9th, 11:30 am – 2 pm, for just $5 a person, ($20 a foursome), play a round of golf in Larkinville, on a nan0-sized, artist designed golf course. Each hole was designed and fabricated by a different artist/designer.

Enjoy all the benefits of playing in a major golf tournament with out the hassle!…swag and trophies, of course, no dress code…golf attire always welcome but not necessary! After party is at the Hydraulic Hearth Beer garden with live music and drink specials.  ( Adult Arnold Palmers of course.)

Put a foursome together or we will pair you up. Click here to register for the tournament! All ages and abilities welcome!



Geraldine Brooks speaks at Larkin Square Author Series Monday, June 27th, 2016

By Leslie Zemsky  
June 16, 2016

The Larkin Square Author Series, presented by First Niagara and sponsored by Independent Health, along with Talking Leaves Books, is pleased to welcome Geraldine Brooks to Buffalo and Larkin Square on Monday, June 27th at 5:30 pm for a free talk and book signing.

Ms. Brooks’ talk will be in a “conversation style” format with her long-time friend and Larkin Square Director of Fun, Leslie Zemsky. Topics will range from her books, writing style, to her inspirations and more. Her novels include her most recent one,  The Secret Chord (Penguin, 2015) along with other NY Times bestselling books including The Pulitzer-Prize winning novel March, Caleb’s Crossing, People of the Book and Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague.Secret Chord cover

She is also the author of the non-fiction books, Foreign Correspondence: A Pen Pal’s Journey from Down Under to All Over and Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women.

Ms. Brooks was born and raised in Australia. She came to the United States to complete a Masters degree in journalism at Columbia University.  She began her writing career as a journalist for the Wall Street Journal, covering the Rust Belt cities and was later based in the Middle East which served as the backdrop for her book on Islamic Women.

The audience will be encouraged to join in the conversation as well with their questions posted ahead on social media Twitter @LarkinSquare, FB /Larkinville) by email to and in person at the event.

This will be Geraldine Brooks’ second visit to Buffalo in the past decade. She is an engaging speaker with a keen interest in a wide variety of topics, we will probe them all in what is sure to be a lively conversation.

Books will be available for purchase from Talking Leaves. The outdoor grill will be open before and after the event for the purchase of beer, wine, refreshments and seasonal food offerings. Keith Shuskie, finalist from The Voice will provide live music during the book signing following the talk. For more information on Geraldine Brooks, visit  For a complete line up of the Larkin Square Author Series, click here.

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