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Arthur Bovino and Andrew Galarneau: A Conversation about Food in Buffalo, August 20th, 2018

By Leslie Zemsky  
July 30, 2018

The Larkin Square Author Series is pleased to welcome Arthur Bovino, author of the new book Buffalo Everything: A Guide to Eating in the Nickel City
to speak in Larkin Square on Monday, August 20th at 5:30 p.m. Bovino will be joined by Buffalo News food writer Andrew Galarneau for a conversation about food in Buffalo. 

During the past couple of years, Bovino has traveled and tasted food served throughout Buffalo. He discovered such an abundance of delicious food that Buffalo Everything is the first of two books to be published by Countryman Press.  Buffalo Everything is about the city’s dining scene and history, to be followed in February 2019 by a cookbook focused on iconic local foods and Buffalo sauce-flavored comfort foods and party dishes.

Bovino is a classically trained cook passionate about fine dining—and also a self described  wing nut and pizza nerd. “I’d long heard about Buffalo’s unique pizza scene, so when a friend recommended me for a project focused on a Buffalo sauce-themed cookbook, I jumped on it.” wrote Bovino in a recent blog post, “I dined at 120-plus restaurants and got a comprehensive education on the city’s food history from leading local chefs and writers. From classic Italian and Polish restaurants to New-School Buffalo cuisine, it was food discovery at its best.”

Andrew Galarneau is the food editor for the Buffalo News and writes frequently about Buffalo area restaurants and other local food related news.

“With Buffalo’s wide variety of locally owned restaurants, including in Larkinville, we know this will be a delicious conversation around new and old Buffalo favorite foods.” writes Larkin Square’s Leslie Zemsky, “Food Truck Tuesday receives a mention in the book along with dozens of other dining suggestions and observations.”

Books will be available for purchase at the event courtesy of Talking Leaves Books. Book signing to follow the talk.

Refreshments will be available for purchase from the Filling Station.

Larkin Square Author talks are presented by KeyBank and sponsored by Independent Health.

 

Kick off KeyBank Live at Larkin with Big Mean Sound Machine

By Leslie Zemsky  
May 25, 2018

KeyBank Live at Larkin is almost here and we can’t wait for this year’s lineup! With a fresh mix of local acts and national bands, you won’t want to miss a minute of this free concert series. First up – Big Mean Sound Machine. 

They’re name describes them best – they’re BIG and they’re ready to have some fun. Formed in Ithaca, NY, BMSM aims to get everyone dancing! The 8 piece afro-punk band will be making its debut at Larkin Square as part of their summer tour. Check out more here:

Catch BMSM performing with Miller and the Other Sinners on June 6 at 5pm at Larkin Square. KeyBank Live at Larkin runs every Wednesday from June 6 – September 5 and are family friendly. Free admission and parking thanks to Larkin Square’s presenting sponsor KeyBank and sponsor Independent Health. Check out the full line up below!

A Celebration of Writing: Buffalo and Beyond with Elizabeth Licata and writers from Voices from the Rust Belt

By Leslie Zemsky  
April 20, 2018

The Larkin Square Author Series welcomes you to a Celebration of Writing: Buffalo and Beyond on Thursday, May 10th at 5:30 pm in the Larkin Square Filling Station. The event features Elizabeth Licata, author of the new book 100 Things to do in Buffalo before you Die along with the writers Jeff Klein and Ben Gwin who wrote essays for the new book Voices from the Rust Belt.

Licata offers suggestions for Buffalo residents and visitors for enjoying “a rich banquet of intriguing history, iconic architecture, lush scenery, fun food, and a relentless nightlife”, (book cover). Suggestion number 57 encourages partying in the Hydraulics aka Larkinville, we heartily concur!

Voices from the Rust Belt features a collection of essays edited by Anne Trubek previously published in Belt City anthologies including writers from Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit, Flint, Youngstown, Akron and Buffalo.

The essays in the book “address segregated schools, rural childhoods, suburban ennui, lead poisoning, opiate addiction, and job loss. They reflect upon happy childhoods, successful community ventures, warm refuges for outsiders, and hidden oases of natural beauty. But mainly they are stories drawn from uniquely personal experiences: A girl has her bike stolen. A journalist from Buffalo (Margaret Sullivan)  moves away, and misses home. A father gives his daughter a bath in the lead-contaminated water of Flint, Michigan” (from the introduction).

Joining the event will be the writers Jeff Klein and Ben Gwin with the editor Anne Trubek

Books will be available for purchase at the event through Talking Leaves. A signing will follow the talks. Beer, wine and other refreshments along with snacks will be available for purchase from the Filling Station.

The event is free and open to the public thanks to the support of presenting sponsor KeyBank and sponsor Independent Health.  Talking Leaves is the co-sponsor of the Larkin Square Author Series.

Lauren Belfer and Margaret Sullivan Monday, June 25th

By Leslie Zemsky  
April 20, 2018

The Larkin Square Author Series welcomes Lauren Belfer and Margaret Sullivan on Monday, June 25th at 5:30 pm to Larkin Square.

The two nationally acclaimed  writers and expat Buffalonians will interview each other on stage and then open up the event to questions from the audience. Lauren Belfer is the best selling author of City of LightAnd After the Fire and more. Margaret Sullivan is the former managing editor of the Buffalo News, former Public Editor of the New York Times and currently the Media Columnist for the Washington Post.

Books will be available for purchase at the event through Talking Leaves.  Included books are a selection of novels by Lauren Belfer and Voices from the Rust Belt which includes an essay written by Margaret Sullivan.  Beer, wine and other refreshments along with snacks available for purchase at the event. Book signing to follow the talk.

KeyBank Live at Larkin Returns June 6!

By Leslie Zemsky  
April 18, 2018

Larkin Square’s signature music series is back! KeyBank Live at Larkin will be 13 weeks of rocking live music beginning June 6. This season is an exciting mix of local talent plus nationally touring bands making their debut at Larkin Square.

There is an abundance of free parking during KeyBank Live at Larkin. Lots located on Exchange and Seneca Streets are free to park in, including the gravel event lot located at 111 Hydraulic Street. Ride sharing to and from Larkinville is also encouraged!

KeyBank Live at Larkin kicks off at 5:00pm every Wednesday (no concert on july 4), and features a range of different food trucks each week, specialty beverages, entertainment and law games. Enjoy the outdoors this summer and get to the best happy hour in town! Check out the full lineup below.