This month we are introducing a new series on our Blog.  Each month, one of our team members will be sharing a list that comes directly from our own calendar and experiences. We might share a recipe we’ve come across, a band to “Listen” to, or an article or book to “Read.” Each list reflects our own tastes, but we’ll do our best to represent a variety of options and events each month so you can ideally find something that might suit your own interests. We hope you enjoy it!

DO

My absolute favorite weekend of the summer is here. The Lewiston Jazz Festival takes place August 24 & 25. This year it features Veronica Swift with The Benny Green Trio and Elio Villafranca and the Jass Syncopators. Along with music, you have your choice of food vendors. Anywhere from Casa Antica, Water Street Landing, Pizza Amore, the Chateau Niagara Winery, and more! The weekend is free, but you can purchase reserved seats to the two feature shows. Learn more here!

EAT

Last month, Pastry by Camille opened on Hertel Avenue. If you’re looking for some French culinary delights, this is the new go-to. Featuring eclairs, croissants, macaroons, and creme brûlée, this new spot is sure to be a hit with the Buffalo community. I’ll see you there (probably with a French Baguette in hand).

READ

I am a huge fan of Roxane Gay. The honest, vulnerable, rap loving, self-proclaimed bad feminist. After reading her New York Times Bestseller Bad Feminist a couple of years ago, I was hooked. She’s quirky, without shame, and the furthest thing from coy. I had the pleasure of seeing her speak last year for UB’s Distinguished Speaker series where she spoke briefly about her next book, Hunger. The memoir uncovers her raw truth of food, weight, self-image, and reclaiming the body she should never have had to lose. Learn more about the memoir here.

WATCH

This summer, Gillian Flynn’s book Sharp Objects was made into a mini-series on HBO, directed by Jean-Marc Vallee (of Big Little Lies). With a killer cast (Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, and Chris Messina just to name a few) this mini-series is set to be a smash. Watch the teaser trailer here.

LISTEN

I am an avid Ted Talk listener. With the app on my phone (download here), I love the variety of topics they offer. From fashion to feminism and science, you are bound to find something. This talk from TED2018 features Christoph Niemann, an artist and illustrator who dives into the idea that we are all fluent in the language of pictures. As a self-proclaimed “visual” person, I’m just a little excited to learn more. Watch the talk here.