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: Amirtha Kidambi’s Elder Ones
Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center – 341 Delaware Ave, Buffalo
Saturday, Nov. 5
$15/$12 students & seniors/$10 members
Scholarly Eats: merge
439 Delaware Ave, Buffalo
Open 5-10 p.m. Saturdays
Can make reservations through yelp.com or 1-716-842-0600
Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center is Buffalo’s go-to spot for all that is new in the local and global art world. At Hallwalls you can attend film screenings, workshops, poetry readings, and this Saturday, Amirtha Kidambi’s quartet Elder Ones.
Elder Ones premiered in June 2015 as part of the Emerging Artist Commission, performing Kidambi’s composition Mother Tongues. Kidambi says that the composition – a four-part suite – is an expression of the diversity of “equally native musical languages” she uses in her pieces. The group has since released the album “Holy Science.”
The quartet creates complex improvisational templates by drawing upon styles like hip-hop, Kidambi’s lifelong experience with Bhajan (Hindu devotional singing) and the Indian harmonium, and John Coltrane’s free jazz. Kidambi has delved into seriously wide-ranging formal trainings in Carnatic and Western classical music as well as more contemporary experimental works.
Simply put, be prepared to hear anything and everything.
Just a few minutes walk from Hallwalls is Buffalo’s delightfully rustic restaurant merge, which brings together sustainably-grown organic meals with a solid cocktail bar and a calm, cozy atmosphere. There’s also live musical entertainment on the weekends.
If you’ll allow, the variety of musical styles in Elder Ones will be complemented by the ever-changing multitude of styles at merge. Although the menu available online is not necessarily always representative of what you’ll find at your table, merge’s offerings range from Udon Miso bowls, to sweet potato gnocchi, to bison sliders, and seitan wings. If you or your dining partners have dietary restrictions, have no fear! Merge’s menu is labelled vegan and gluten free so nobody has to miss out on a delicious meal.