Buffalo has a strong literary undercurrent. Just as important contemporary literary figures live and work among us layfolk today (check that noun usage off on my writing bucket list), our city has a wonderful history of welcoming authors, poets, filmmakers, and artists.
This fall, Step Out will help you keep your scholarly interests alive with the “Buffalo’s Leaves and Lit”weekly guide. We’ll alert you to the high-minded going-ons around Buffalo – dinner and drink recommendations included (you know us).
Scholarly Activity: Artist Talk with Joan Linder
Albright-Knox Art Gallery – 1285 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo
Friday, Oct. 7
Talk from 6-7 p.m., Part of First Fridays (gallery open for free from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
Scholarly Eats: The Dapper Goose
491 Amherst St, Buffalo
Open from 5 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. on Fridays (kitchen closes at 11 p.m.)
A week and a half ago, the University at Buffalo was awarded $5.5 million to begin 10 years of research into the health of residents in Tonawanda and Grand Island. The university was also awarded $711,161 to conduct a separate soil study of samples from around the Tonawandas, Grand Island, and even Kenmore and Riverside, according to the Buffalo News.
Like I wrote as a college journalist in 2014, it all “began with a bucket, a hose, a vacuum, and a stench”.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Tonawanda Coke, basically what happened was, in 2004 citizens of Tonawanda took air samples and discovered that the town’s micrograms per cubic meter of benzene were outrageously high. The culprit was Tonawanda Coke. Two years ago, a jury found Tonawanda Coke guilty on 14 counts of criminal charges. The system worked.
So what does all of this have to do with spending a night on the town?
Well, on Friday, Oct. 7, Joan Linder, an Associate Professor of Art at UB will discuss her (first ever!) solo exhibition Joan Linder: Operation Sunshine. Linder has been exploring, surveying, and doing surveillance on areas in the Buffalo region related to toxic waste, from Love Canal to Tonawanda. Linder draws her subjects, becoming intimately involved with a region’s history as well as its present and future. Come check out how our region’s sometimes toxic past has been rendered by both Linder-as-researcher and Linder-as-artist.
After you’ve gotten your fill of art and toxic waste research, head just a touch north to one of Buffalo’s newest and most ambitious restaurants – The Dapper Goose. Check out Step Out Buffalo contributor Brett Smith’s take on what will probably end up one of your favorite trendy (in the best sense of the word) places in the city. But if you’re turned off by all things dapper, maybe make an exception here – co-owner Keith Raimondi is striving to make a welcoming, warm atmosphere where laughter and discussion flow like the wine.