Upcoming Events


Illustrations by Hetta Gardner
Curated by Rebecca Wing and John Massier
Opening Thursday August 2nd 6-9PM | INVITE
On View: August 2nd-18th
Gallery Hours: Fridays 5:30-7:30PM, during all Sugar City events and by appointment.

Hetta Gardner is an artist from Buffalo, New York. She is fourteen and is in the ninth grade at City Honors School. Her first art exhibition was in 2017 at Rust Belt Books. Her work was also included in the 2018 Hallwalls Members Exhibition. Hetta received the Celebrating Art! award presented by Buffalo Public Schools in 2017.

Hetta Gardner draws primarily in graphite. She illustrates human figures which often feature self portraits. Warped versions of the face and body are common in her work. Each drawing represents an emotion or feeling and its outward appearance on the human form.

Artwork of Esther Lan
Opening: August 23rd, 6-9PM | INVITE
On view: August 23- September 8
Gallery Hours: Fridays 5:30-7:30PM, during all Sugar City events and by appointment.

Esther Lan is an artist from Buffalo, NY. She is 14 years old and a current freshman at City Honors School. Esther has been drawing since she was very young, and had her first show with her twin sister, Hetta, at Rust Belt Books in May of 2017. Her work has been displayed on the cover of The Public in May 2017, as well as the centerfold in July 2018. She was awarded 1st place for her political cartoon by The Buffalo News in 2017. Esther also won a Celebrating Art! Award from Buffalo Public Schools in May 2017.

Esther Lan works in graphite, colored pencil, and acrylic paint with a focus on portraiture as her subject matter. Her graphite drawings are a mix of photo realism and abstraction. Esther’s acrylic painting series features strange portraits of people with unusual features, colorful skin, and drastic makeup. Her colored pencil works are photorealistic and range in size. They include a number of self portraits, renderings of famous celebrities, and other imagined figures.

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Mon 8/13 7-10PM | MUSIC | $5-$10 dollars suggested donation | Raycats (Bflo alt punk), Space Cowboys (Bflo alt punk), Muddle (Hamburg alt punk)

Tues 8/14 6:30-10PM | MUSIC | $10 | “NIGHT LIGHTS” Buffalo hip hop & rap feat: D. Money, Jiggy Jay, King Loot, AP, IMYOUNGWORLD, Freak The Mighty, Goodneighborsclub, Space Bound, Kid Kev, Mo Lotto, Play Nice

Thurs 8/16 6-10PM | MUSIC | $7 presale, $10 day of show | INVITE City In The Clouds (Float-Pop/Alternative Rock from Brooklyn, NY), The Filthy Casuals (Ska/Skawesome from Erie, PA), Groton Ave (Cosmic Ska from Cortland, NY), Astrabula (Indie/Emo Acoustic from Buffalo, NY)

Fri 8/17 5:30-7:30pm | GALLERY HOURS | INVITE Illustrations by Hetta Gardner

Sat 8/18 10AM-5PM | FLEA MARKET | FREE | INVITE Come down to Sugar City on August 18th 2018 and visit a huge flea market full of odds and ends, art, music, clothes, toys, crafts, jewelry, magic cards, used chewing gum, old greasy combs, car parts, human bones, pretty much anything you can imagine! All for SALE! Get yer shop on!

Sat 8/18 7-11PM | MUSIC | $7 | The Sans (Buffalo, NY, alternative experimental), Darth Nater (Buffalo, NY, indie rock), Groton Ave (Buffalo, NY, alternative rock), Skulking Ghost (alt indie Fredonia)

Tues 8/21 7-10PM | MUSIC | $5 | INVITE Queer Kevin (ohio shoegayze), Dump Him (northampton queercore), Kay Stuitje (Buffalo slow ambient), Honey Coma (Buffalo slow emo)

Thurs 8/23 6-9PM | ART OPENING | FREE | INVITE Works by Esther Lan

Fri 8/24 5:30-7:30PM | GALLERY HOURS | FREE | INVITE Works by Esther Lan

Sat 8/25 8-11PM | FOOD PANTRY FUNDRAISER | Donation Grocery Gift Card or Cash to purchase gift cards | INVITE Performers TBA A fundraiser to help stock an up and coming food pantry, being created to help an underserved population of WNY. The fantastic woman, the director of the WNY Resistance Revival Chorus, Drea DNur is working to get it established and needs some help, so we’re going to show her some love. Bring it, Buffalo! ❤️ This event will be an evening of family friendly performances and entertainment, in one of our favorite all ages / alcohol free / drug free community spaces, hosted by the magical Miss Figgy Pudding, and produced by Destiny 716 and friends.


Mon 8/13 7-10PM | MUSIC | $5-$10 dollars suggested donation | Raycats (Bflo alt punk), Space Cowboys (Bflo alt punk), Muddle (Hamburg alt punk)


Sun 8/12 7-9PM | ART| Donation: $5 or pay what you can/Bring Your Own Supplies) | INVITE Dreamland’s Figure Drawing! Multiple models will sit for 5-20 minute poses. Bring your own supplies (and we’ll have some available as well). Safer Space rules will be in full effect! Be respectful 🙂 Have questions are are in modeling? Then email dreamlandarts.buffalo@gmail.com


Fri 8/10 6-10PM | FASION | $5 | INVITE
FNC Exchange: Music meets Fashion. This is far from your average casting call. It is the prelude event to the first ever Doni Ahmoni “Minutiae” fashion show coming this fall October 27th brought to you by Villa Maria College fashion design students Donisha Gant and Jay P Hawkins Sr aka Cashis Green. We’re looking for all the key components of the fashion world to meet, network, and share their resources from models & designers to MUA’s & photographers.


Tues 8/7 7:30-8:30PM | MEETING | INVITE Would you just like to volunteer? Or maybe you are just curious about how we manage this endeavor? Are you a current volunteer that wants to dive deeper into programming? Well come out to our open monthly meeting! Sugar City is in the second half of year 4 of our 5 year lease at 1239 Niagara ST. WOOOWWEEEEEEEEE!!!Since Sugar City is all volunteer run we are always in need of help for events and are open to the community’s input for our programming.


Sun 8/5 11:59PM | Buffalo Zine Fair Call For Vendors DEADLINE INVITE Sugar City and Gutter Pop Comics are proud to present BUFFALO ZINE FAIR on Saturday September 8th 11am-5pm.. This event celebrates self-publishing and hand-made D.I.Y culture. PRINTED MEDIA IS NOT DEAD. Let us rebel against library closings, newspaper downsizings, and e-readers by celebrating good old-fashioned physical handmade print media! Apply here!

Seeking vendors: Calling all writers, illustrators, comix creators, photographers, printmakers looking to sell, trade and share your work. In order to table, 75% of your tabling material must be printed materials. We have a limited amount of tables and want to have a variety of makers and distros. For this reason we will only be offering half tables (about 3′) for the cost of $5. There are a variety of tables so some variation will happen. Please don’t let this discourage you from submitting but just understand that we may not be able to fit everyone. You can pay your fee the day of the event. Interested? Fill out this form: https://tinyurl.com/buffalozinefairfall18 Submissions are due by August 5th at Midnight.

Zine makers ages 18 and under are welcome to table at Sugar City’s counter free of charge on a first-come first-served basis. If you are under 18 please email us directly sugarcityzineteam@gmail.com

What is a zine?
“A zine (pronounced “zeen,” like “magazine”) is a self-published, small circulation, non-commercial booklet or magazine, usually produced by one person or a few individuals. Zines come in all shapes, sizes, topics, and formats. Most zines are photocopied, but they can also be printed offset, like a magazine or newspaper. Zines range from handwritten and sloppy to cut-and-paste (text pasted on top of background images) to artsy with handmade touches to produced on a computer with a professional looking layout. Zines may incorporate screenprinting, linoleum cuts, and hand-stitched bindings. Most zines have print runs of a couple dozen to a few hundred copies.

In a zine, you might find typos, improper grammar, and brilliant or radical or just plain honest ideas that you don’t normally see in Time, Newsweek, or People. A zine can be about whatever subject its creator decides upon, or it may contain a variety of subjects and writing styles within the same issue. Zines can include personal essays, political discussions, fiction, craft or do-it-yourself advice, articles about music or movies, comics, poetry, reviews – anything under the sun, really. Zines are personal and idiosyncratic. The best thing about zines is this: There are no rules. “ -Description from Grand Rapids Zine Fest https://grzinefest.wordpress.com/

About Sugar City:
Located at 1239 Niagara St Buffalo, NY, Sugar City is the area’s only legal, DIY, volunteer-run, all-ages performance venue. Accordingly, all events at Sugar City are drug and alcohol-free and end before 11pm. Our goal is to provide an alternative space to share and create art and community projects based on participatory culture and a do-it-together attitude. Events and initiatives include, but are not limited to music, films, poetry readings, a zine library, meeting space, art gallery, workshops, and more. We want to break down the barriers of what is and isn’t “art” because in some way everyone is an artist. More information: www.buffalosugarcity.org

About Gutter Pop Comics:
Recently opened over the summer, Gutter Pop Comics is focused on showcasing the wide breadth of the comics medium: everything from classic cartooning, to underground zine culture, to the most celebrated comics in popular culture. Gutter Pop aims to help support the burgeoning comics and self-publishing scene in Buffalo through event organizing and publishing assistance. Currently at 1028 Elmwood Ave, hours are 11am – 7pm, Wednesday – Sunday. www.gutterpopcomics.com