Mark Sommer in conversation with Lauren Belfer

By Leslie Zemsky  
August 26, 2019

The Larkin Square Author Series is pleased to present Buffalo News writer Mark Sommer in conversation with best selling novelist Lauren Belfer on Thursday, September 12th at 5:30 pm in Larkin Square.

Mark is the author of the new non-fiction book Rocky Colavito: Cleveland’s Iconic Slugger . The book details the life of famed Cleveland baseball great, Rocky Calavito, Jr.

Books available for purchase at the talk.

Sommer’s comprehensive biography of “the Rock”—the first in more than half a century—recounts his origins in an Italian immigrant family, his close friendships with Herb Score and Roger Maris, and his rise through the minors to become one of the Cleveland Indians’ most beloved players. Colavito retired with the third-most home runs by a right-handed batter in American League history.

Mark Sommer is an award winning journalist for the Buffalo News. His writing in the News covers development, urban planning, the waterfront and culture. Sommer grew up as an avid Yankees baseball fan. Writing this book was an opportunity for Sommer to revisit his childhood passion.

Buffalo native, Lauren Belfer will be returning to her hometown for her seventh consecutive talk in Larkin Square. Belfer is the author of the best selling novels, City of Light, and After the Fire and A Fierce Radiance.

Friends, Belfer and Sommer will talk about Sommer’s new book and writing in general. A “Q and A” along with a book signing will follow their talk. Books will be available for purchase at the event, courtesy of Talking Leaves. The Filling Station will offer refreshments available for purchase.

Larkin Square Author Talks are free and open to the public, no reservations needed. They are presented by KeyBank and sponsored by Independent Health. Parking is free in Larkin Square and the surface lots across the street.

*SOLD OUT* Beatles Rooftop Concert 2019 – Details, Rules & Regulations You Need to Know!

By Leslie Zemsky  
July 24, 2019

The Larkinville Beatles Rooftop concert is AUGUST 8TH (rain date is August 15th). If you purchased tickets and plan on attending, here are the rules and regulations to keep in mind:

  • NO backpacks or coolers
  • NO dogs (Certified service animals permitted)
  • Feel free to bring your own lawn chairs / blankets
  • NO smoking on Larkin Square property
  • CASH ONLY at the Larkin Square bar (see map below) – there is an ATM located in the square next to the Filling Station
  • FREE PARKING is located in the Larkin Square parking ramp and in the surface lots along Exchange St. Handicap accessible parking is located behind Swan St. Diner, off Hagerman Street and also in designated spots in the ramp and lots.
  • EVENT ENTRY: There are two points of entry to the venue (see map below). Please plan accordingly and have your ticket (printed or on a phone or tablet) ready, along with your license if you plan to drink alcohol. DOORS OPEN AT 5PM – PATRONS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED INTO THE AREA BEFORE THEN.

Doors open @ 5pm, music is from 6-9pm on Hydraulic Hearth’s rooftop.

7th Annual KeyBank Live at O’Larkin

By Leslie Zemsky  
February 18, 2019

St. Patrick’s Day weekend starts at Larkin Square! Join us from 5-8pm for live music by McCarthyizm, Crikwater, and Greater Buffalo Firefighters Pipes and Drums, plus Irish dancing with Clann Na Cara Irish Dance. Food trucks, craft beer, hot beverages and Irish fare from The Filling Station will be available. This event is free to attend thanks to KeyBank and Independent Health.

Free parking will be available in the ramp located behind Larkin Square, with entrances off Hydraulic Street and Van Rensselaer Street. Handicap parking is available in the lot off Emslie Street, across from Larkin Square.


Ari Weinzweig, CEO of Zingerman’s in conversation with Tim Bartlett from the Lexington COOP

By Leslie Zemsky  
February 12, 2019

The Larkin Square Author Series welcomes you to a talk and book signing with Ari Weinzweig, CEO of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Joining Ari in conversation will be Tim Bartlett, general manager of the Lexington COOP. The free event will be held on Tuesday, March 19th, 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm in the Filling Station in Larkin Square, 745 Seneca Street in Buffalo. Parking is free. You may park in Larkin Square, behind the Swan Street Diner or in the lot off of Emslie Street next to the Hydraulic Hearth. Talking Leaves will be selling copies of Weinzweig’s books. Make an evening of it and enjoy dinner across the street from Larkin Square before or after the talk at the Hydraulic Hearth.

Tim Bartlett and the team at the Lexington COOP have worked with Zingerman’s through their ZingTrain program to fine tune their best business practices. This is a great talk for anyone interested in food, small business, entrepreneurship, leadership, creativity, the arts, writing and making books.

Ari Weinzweig is CEO and co-founding partner of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, which includes Zingerman’s Delicatessen, Bakehouse, Creamery, Catering, Mail Order, ZingTrain, Coffee Company, Roadhouse, Candy Manufactory, Events at Cornman Farms. And the newest business, Miss Kim, which serves great tasting Korean fare.

Zingerman’s produces and sells all sorts of full flavored, traditional foods in its home of Ann Arbor, Michigan to the tune of $60,000,000 a year in annual sales. Ari was recognized as one of the “Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America” by the 2006 James Beard Foundation and has awarded a Bon Appetit Lifetime Achievement Award among many recognitions.

Ari is the author of a number of articles and books, including Zingerman’s Guide to Better Bacon (Zingerman’s Press), Zingerman’s Guide to Giving Great Service, Zingerman’s Guide to Good Eating (Houghton Mifflin), Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 1: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Building a Great Business, and Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 2: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Being a Better Leader. Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 3; A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Managing Ourselves, was released in December of 2013. Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 4; A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to the Power of Beliefs in Business was released in summer of 2016. In 2017 Ari was named one of “The World’s 10 Top CEOs (They Lead in a Totally Unique Way)” by Inc. Magazine. His most recent publication is the pamphlet, “The Art of Business; Why I Want to be an Artist.”

Zingerman’s website shares this about The Art of Business: “What would happen if everyone approached their lives as artists? Put together their communication as if they were poets? Designed their spaces—small and large—as if they were architects? Listened to others like a musician? What if business leaders looked at their organizations as if they were making art for the ages instead of being just vehicles for making money? What if everyone—not just those who society calls “creatives”—is capable of turning what they do every day into amazing art?”

For a deeper dive into creativity and leadership, Ari, along with a full roster of interesting speakers, will be presenting the following day, March 20th, 2019, at Awaken 2019, a conference presented in conjunction with the grand opening of the Buffalo Center for Cultural Innovation.

Larkin Square Events, including the author talks,  are presented by KeyBank and sponsored by Independent Health. They are free and open to the public.

Mason Winfield and Daniel Starr: 2 acclaimed local authors, February 20th, 2019

By Leslie Zemsky  
February 01, 2019

The Larkin Square Author Series is pleased to welcome two acclaimed local authors, Mason Winfield and Daniel Starr, for an evening of stories, book sales and signings.  Join us Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 at 5:30 pm for this free event in the Filling Station in Larkin Square.

Mason Winfield is well known for his popular ghost walks in various locations around Western New York. He is also the author of numerous books filled with ghost stories and local lore and legends.  Mason will be sharing a story from his newest book,  The Rose Witch: Supernatural Tales Among Western New York Ethnicities 

Daniel Starr, professor emeritus of Canisius College and life-long Buffalonian, also writes stories set in Western New York. For the past decade, Starr has written the popular Starr Gazing column for the publication Over 50.  The column is the inspiration for his book, Starr Gazing.  Daniel will share some of his stories at the the talk. 

Both authors’ books will be available for purchase at the event through Talking Leaves.

The Filling Station will have refreshments and snacks available for purchase. The Hydraulic Hearth, across the street from Larkin Square is open before and after the book event.