Larkin Square Blog

Live at Larkin Music Lineup announced

By Leslie Zemsky  
May 08, 2015

Live at Larkin, presented by First Niagara and sponsored by Independent Health, has become synonymous with summertime in Buffalo; entering its fourth year of free Wednesday night concerts in Larkin Square, the 2015 installment of the series will present its most ambitious lineup to date with 35 homegrown bands including more homecomings and theme nights, plus an increased offering of food carts and vendors.

Live at Larkin 2015 lineup

6/17 – John & Mary and the Valkyries w/Zak Ward
6/24 – New Orleans Swamp Donkeys w/Black Rock Zydeco
7/1 – David Michael Miller w/Miller & the Other Sinners ft. Zuri
7/8 – The Tins w/Applennium
7/15 – The Ragbirds w/Stoneflower
7/22 – Vinnie DeRosa w/Toney Rhodes
7/29 – Alison Pipitone Band ft. Pamela Ryder w/Whiskey Reverb
8/5 – West Side Bazaar Night: Outer Circle Orchestra w/Drea D’Nur
8/12 – Caitlin Koch w/Lady Lush & the Vinyls
8/19 – Eric Starr Group w/Grūvology
8/26 – South Buffalo Night: Brian Higgins & the Exchange Street Band, South Buffalo All-Stars, Crikwater, John Higgins
9/2 – East Side Night: Unity Band, Buffalo All-Star Band, Buffalo Touch
9/9 – Buffalo Heritage Night: Twang Gang, Sabu Adeyola & Friends, Lynne Fredericks Band ft. Hayden Fogle, Cosmic Kat ft. Eric Crittenden, 12/8 Path Band, Slyboots Drum Ensemble
9/16 – Dive House Union w/Jony James Band

Verlyn Klinkenborg and Lauren Belfer return to Buffalo

By Leslie Zemsky  
April 16, 2015

Larkin Square is pleased to welcome writer Verlyn Klinkenborg back to Buffalo for a special edition of the Larkin Square Author Series. Mr. Klinkenborg will be joined by his friend, fellow writer, and fellow expat Buffalonian Lauren Belfer.  Ms. Belfer will introduce Mr. Klinkenborg and both will participate in a Q and A along with a book signing.

Verlyn Klinkenborg is the author of the best selling Buffalo set book, The Last Fine Time.  While the novel centers around a polish tavern on Sycamore Street and its transformation from a pre-war tavern to a swanky fine dining restaurant, the real character in the book is the city of Buffalo in transition.

Mr. Klinkenborg is the author of several other books including Making HayThe Rural Life and Timothy; Or, Notes of an Abject Reptile. He was a member of the New York Times editorial board from 1997 – 2013.

Lauren Belfer is a Buffalo favorite as the author of City of Light and A Fierce Radiance.  This will be the third May that Ms. Belfer has returned to Larkin Square to talk about her writing and to introduce her writing friends to Buffalo and Larkinville!

It will be interesting for Mr. Klinkenborg to see the transformation of Larkinville, not far from the setting of the tavern in The Last Fine Time!

The Larkin Square Author Series welcomes: Bill Donohue

By Leslie Zemsky  
March 19, 2015

Himself_Cover_FINALBill Donahue will present an informal author talk and book signing on Wednesday, April 8th from 5:30pm -6:45pm in the Filling Station Restaurant. As always, the Filling Station will have small plates and drinks available for sale during the talk. Talking Leaves Books will be selling copies of Himself: A Civil War Veteran’s Struggles with Rebels, Brits and Devils, Donohue’s most recent novel set in Buffalo.

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Murder Mystery Night at The Filling Station!

By Leslie Zemsky  
March 04, 2015

Join us for a night of intrigue at The Filling Station! Authors Jeff Schober, David Coleman, and John Grandits will present an informal talk and dialogue about their crime and mystery novels, all of which are based right here in Buffalo. The conversation will be followed by a book signing, made possible by Talking Leaves Books. As always, The Filling Station will serve beer, wine, and delicious pizzas and soups for consumption during the talk. Tuesday, March 31st from 5:30-6:45pm in the Filling Station Restaurant (745 Seneca Street). 

Jeff Schober writes about a police crime set in Buffalo in the 1980s.

David Coleman published a private detective crime fiction set in modern day Buffalo.

John Grandits published a police crime fiction set in 1800’s Buffalo (Canalside).

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