Larkin Square Blog

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.

Barbara Ballinger talks Gardens on June 20th!

By Leslie Zemsky  
June 10, 2016

The Larkin Square Author Series is pleased to welcome Barbara Ballinger to Buffalo and the Larkin Square Author Series for a free talk and book signing on her new book The Garden Bible: designing your perfect outdoor space (Images Publishing, 2016).  She will be speaking in Larkin Square on Monday, June 20th from 5:30pm – 6:30 pm. The event includes time for Q and A as well as a book signing.

With the kick-off of Garden Walk Buffalo just a few weeks away, Barbara will be speaking in Larkin Square about easy ways to improve our gardens. Her book The Garden Bible is filled with inspirational photos, including photos of five Buffalo gardens, taken on a past visit to Buffalo for Garden Walk. Read More

Ethan Cox talks about the history of Beer in Buffalo on June 13th.

By Leslie Zemsky  
June 05, 2016

The Larkin Square Author Series is pleased to partner with the JCC Book & Arts Fair to welcome Ethan Cox to speak in the Hydraulic Hearth beer garden (716 Swan St.) on Monday, June 13th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Ethan is the president of Community Beer Works, one of Buffalo’s most innovative craft brewers in Buffalo. In addition to their headquarters on Niagara Street, Community Beer Works also brews on location at the Hydraulic Hearth.

history of beer book coverEthan will be speaking about his book (co-authored with Michael Rizzo) Buffalo Beer: The History of Brewing in the Nickel City- The story of the Revitalization of the Craft Beer Industry.  He will also speak about the rapid growth of craft breweries in western New York.

The beer taps run directly to the outdoor bar in the Hydraulic Hearth Beer Garden, we can’t think of a more refreshing way to learn about the history of Beer in Buffalo!

Amy’s Food Truck will be serving food. The Hydraulic Hearth will be pouring house-brewed Community Beer Works along with other beverages. The event is free and open to the public.

The Larkin Square Author Series is presented by First Niagara and sponsored by Independent Health