M. Gustave: I’m not angry with Serge. You can’t blame someone for their basic lack of moral fiber. He’s a frightened, little, yellow-bellied coward. It’s not his fault, is it?
Zero: I don’t know. It depends.
M. Gustave: Well, you can say that about most anything, “it depends”. Of course, it depends.
The Grand Budapest Hotel -Wes Anderson
5. Ratatat @ The Rapids Theatre (Sep 3)
I know it’s a bit out of Buffalo, but if you have even a passing interest in electronic music you should check out Ratatat at the Rapids Theatre. With 5 studio albums under their belt (including 2015’s well received Magnifique), Evan Mast and Mike Stroud are not afraid to push their music in interesting directions. Deftly toeing the line at times between a little bit of punk and a bit of hip hop as well as their raison dêtre experimental electronica, Ratatat is basically perfect music for cruising through the city on a hot day. They also have a pretty damn good and weird sense of humor. Give them a listen and it’s hard to not be hooked.
4. BFLO Harbor Kayak @ Canalside
Contrary to what the national media of hucksters looking for an easy laugh at our expense say, Buffalo has a summer that extends well into September. There are still plenty of opportunities to get out and go on summer adventures. If you haven’t had a chance yet, the best way to explore the historic Buffalo River and the Canalside Harbor is via kayak. If you do not have your own kayak, I recommend checking out BFLO Harbor Kayak to get hooked up for your trip. They aren’t cheap really at 20 bucks an hour, but if you have the scratch then it is absolutely worth it. You can also do kayak tours by appointment which I bet is a blast as well. Enjoy the summer while you can!
3. Tuesday Night Flicks ft. Grand Budapest Hotel @ Canalside (Sep 1)
Considered by some to be Wes Anderson’s finest work, The Grand Budapest Hotel is certainly his most adult-oriented feature. It’s particularly violent, especially for a Wes Anderson movie. It also has the most “colorful” language of his movies as well. The Grand Budapest Hotel however is at times one of his funniest and heartfelt movies and one of my personal favorites (they are all pretty damn good). Canalside Tuesday Night Flicks (click that link and see how packed and fun it looks) is a fantastic way to enjoy a great movie in our harbor with your fellow Buffalonians, but make sure to get down there early to snag an Adirondack chair in time for the 8:30 PM show. I don’t know about you, but I’ll be starting at Food Truck Tuesday at Larkin first and then heading over to Canalside in time for the show. That’s a damn great night if you ask me.
2. The Albrights @ Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Sep 4)
As a part of the excellent M&T Bank-sponsored Free Fridays, Buffalo favorites The Albrights will fittingly be playing the Albright-Knox Art Gallery this week. The show is $5, or free for Albright Knox members. Admission to the gallery is free from 10am to 10pm, while the band goes on at 8:30. It is a phenomenal opportunity to check out the gallery if you have not done so already and a just-as-great opportunity to check back in if you haven’t been in a while. Check it out!
1. Visit the Darwin Martin House
In case you didn’t know, we happen to have one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s finest architectural achievements right here in Buffalo. Don’t know who Frank Lloyd Wright is? Put Law and Order: SVU on mute for a second and read. Just kidding, I know you’re busy. In fact, this place had been all but abandoned until the early 90’s when restoration began in earnest, so you really can’t be blamed for not knowing much about it since the City of Buffalo ignored it for decades.
This needs to be a destination in your regular rotation for when people come in from out of town. It was good enough for Mick Jagger, so it ought to be good enough for your relatives flying in from Ft. Lauderdale. Get off your butts and show them why Buffalo is one of the most unique architectural destinations in the country. Bonus points for being able to talk smartly about educated topics about Buffalo when out of town and someone talks smack about our city. Check the tour schedule here and enjoy one of the best treasures Buffalo has to offer.
Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next week!