Buffalo Leaves & Lit: Climbing Poetree

Books, Culture & Arts


Written by Emma Janicki-Gechoff

Published on November 29, 2016

Climbing Poetree

Climbing Poetree

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 Event: Climbing PoeTree Performance

Just Buffalo Writing Center @ 468 Washington St., 2nd floor (right above WNYBAC)
Friday, Dec. 2
7 p.m.  /  FREE
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Scholarly Eats: EXPO

617 Main St., Buffalo
Open 10:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Fridays
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As the leaves have officially dropped off trees and been swept away into the street, this is the final installment of the “Buffalo Lit and Leaves” series and man, are we going out with a bang.
This Friday night you will be remiss to miss Climbing PoeTree’s performance at the Just Buffalo Writing Center. Climbing PoeTree is an award-winning performance with Alixa and Naima at the helm. The duo combines spoken word with some serious beats and multi-media theater.

The shock of the presidential election has pushed many into self-care mode, but it’s time to strap up our boots and fight for the causes that burn our fires – expect to get that fire burning at Climbing PoeTree. Alixa and Naima take on critical themes of localized and globalized oppressions, but also spirituality and women’s empowerment. The two don’t just underline our society’s problems, they offer solutions to our shared struggles.
Even Angela Davis has said about Climbing PoeTree, “Each time I have the pleasure of attending a performance […] I feel enriched, renewed, and inspired.”
I know that’s what I need right now.
Expo Market / Step Out Buffalo
Head downtown early to snag dinner from EXPO – as stated rather pretentiously on the website, “Buffalo’s first-ever upscale food hall.” EXPO really does have a laidback vibe though and enough choices were your whole crew will be satisfied.
Knowing me, I’d probably make a beeline straight for a Sun Roll by Sun Restaurant, Buffalo’s only Black Rice bar and one of the best Asian fusion places in town. But you can also grab drinks from Gypsy Bohemian Grove Bar, a sandwich from Bobby Alfman’s, or Italian from Mercato by Osteria 166. If you’re into juice and salad, stop by Newbury Salad and Juice Bar or Crush Juicery.

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