Events 8/23-9/17

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In the gallery:

Going Places
Opening Wednesday August 24th 6-8PM | INVITE
On view until August 27th.
Gallery hours are Fridays 5:30 to 7:30PM, during all events, and by appointment.

Going Places is a collection of images captured of places near and far, as seen by women who travel.

Sonia Veiga is an educator who prefers to do her teaching outisde of the walls of the classroom. She is in the midst of a years-long quest to visit and photograph as many State and National Parks as possible in her travels. Her photographs explore the pockets of the United States where the landscapes remain (mostly) unblemished by the hands of man.
Shortly after her visit to Buffalo, Sonia will begin living and working in Yosemite National Park.

Also featured in this show, photographs by: Ainsley Moy, Emily Churco, Emma LaQue, Julia Conte, & Lisa Brown.

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Necropolis Metropolis: Photography by Mark Thomas Duggan
Opening Thursday September 1st 7-9PM | INVITE
On view until September 25th.
Gallery Hours: Fridays 5:30-7:30 PM, during events and by appointment.

Sugar City presents “Necropolis Metropolis,” local photographer Mark Thomas Duggan’s exploration into a population exceeding 10,000 informal settlers that are born, live out their lives, and die within the perimeter gate of The Manila North Cemetery in the the Philippines.

For decades Filipino families and individuals have been moving from rural, provincial villages to the nation’s capital, Manila, in hopes of finding a better life. Like European families moved to the United States in the early 20th century in order to search out better opportunities but instead found long work hours, child labor, and racism; Filipino families move to the capital and too often find situations that push them to sleeping on filth-covered sidewalks, earning money as prostitutes and beggars (regardless of age), and having to actively evade the violence and drugs that fill the streets of the slums. To darken the picture even further, each of the aforementioned conditions puts each life at risk of becoming a victim of human trafficking, an industry that strips people of their identity, individuality, and basic human freedoms.

In order to avoid the many pitfalls of the city, many have come to find shelter and rediscover a sense of community on par with that of their former provinces, by turning to an unlikely location. The ten foot walls of the Manila North Cemetery provide families with a peaceful, spacious, relatively clean haven from the comparatively dangerous, deafening, filthy, teeming city outside. Mausoleums are converted into homes and store fronts. Depending on time of day, crypts serve as either dining spaces or beds. Small roads where funeral processions go by in the morning later transform into busy avenues where adults imbibe and kids play basketball at night.

For one year, photographer Duggan worked in the Manila North Cemetery along side a team of volunteers in order to provide various services to the families that lived there. He assisted in establishing feeding programs for families that needed them most, provided skills trainings for out of work parents and young adults, and most of all, acted as a tutor to the at-risk youth population who hoped to reenter into the formal education system thereby elevating their and their families’ chances of improving their stations in life beyond the walls in which they lived. The photos in this collection encompass the majority of photos taken by Duggan during his term there. As remarkable as the situation seems, those who lived in the cemetery carried with them a sense of esteem and community that fostered a feeling of normalcy which made raising a camera a disrespectful, and almost absurd thing to do.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Tues 8/23 7:00-10PM | MUSIC WORKSHOP | FREE | INVITE Buffalo Institute for Improvisational Music and Performance BIIMAP is a gathering open to all who long to express their passion though the art of improvisation. Come join and experience how to open up your creative flow. Take the challenge in improvising with others’ collective, creative energies! Acoustic, electronic, vocal/performance artists are all welcomed. Led by bassist Juini Arthur Booth.

Weds 8/24 6-8PM| ART RECEPTION | FREE | INVITE | Going Places: a collection of images captured of places near and far, as seen by women who travel.

Thurs 8/25-Sun 8/28 | MUSIC | INVITE | Sugar City takes part in Nights Lights Music Festival, Join Soul Night DJs’ Rev. Johnny Drama and Handsome Dan on Sat. 8/27 2am-dawn.

Sat 8/27 5-8PM | MUSIC | $5 | INVITE | Harvey Pekar (Cleveland hardcore), Grain Assault (Bflo punk), DNR (Bflo punk), GOA (Bflo hardcore)

Thurs 9/1 | OPENING RECEPTION | FREE | INVITE | Necropolis Metropolis: Photography by Mark Thomas Duggan

Fri 9/2 6:30-11PM | MUSIC | $5 | INVITE | JAY FEST aka Noise Fest: Blessed Sacrifist (Milwaukee Depressive Electronics), Chris LiButti (Brooklyn, NY. Guitar based noise, Half of Red Channel), with local experimental/noise openers: God Of Gaps, Ryan Gormady, Sparklebomb, VWLS, Justin Von Strasburg, Streetcleaver, Uncertain, Flesh Trade, When The Pony Dies, Steel Winds

Sun 9/4 5:30-10PM | MUSIC | $10 | INVITE | Full Of Hell & The Body ( Maryland/Portland Brutal jamz), Gas Chamber (Bflo hardcore), Flesh Trade (Bflo harsh noise), Human Dissention (Rochester Death Metal), Vile Creature (St Catherines Doom)

Tues 9/6 7:30-8:30 | MEETING | INVITE | Monthly Open Meeting: Are you interested in getting involved with programming at Sugar City? Would you just like to volunteer? Or maybe you are just curious about how we manage this an endeavor? Are you a current volunteer that wants to dive deeper into programming? WELL come out to our open monthly meeting!

Fri 9/9 6-11PM | MUSIC |$7 pre/$10 door | INVITE | Sparrows (Toronto Indie/Punk), Pity Sweater (Bflo Indie/Alt), Derek Gregoire (Gowanda Acoustic), Restless Nights (Attica Metal), People Can Be More Awesome (Rochester Indie/Alt), Crooked Gener8ion (Bflo Alt Rock)

Sat 9/10 7-9PM | MUSIC IS ART FESTIVAL | FREE Sugar City curates a stage on Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park! 7PM Low Prospects (Ambient noise collage duo), 7:40PM Slow Mutants (warped n’ grimey indie-punk trio), 8:20 Little Cake Band (Daring dazzling delightful tunes and vibes from Ana Vafai and crew)

Sat 9/17 8-11PM | COMEDY | $5 | INVITE | Krish Mohan-An Indian Comedian: How Not To Fit In featuring Jamie Bono & Nora Hurley

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9.6.16

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Tues 9/6 7:30-8:30 | MEETING | INVITE | Monthly Open Meeting: Are you interested in getting involved with programming at Sugar City? Would you just like to volunteer? Or maybe you are just curious about how we manage this an endeavor? Are you a current volunteer that wants to dive deeper into programming? WELL come out to our open monthly meeting!

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8.24.16

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Going Places
Opening Wednesday August 24th 6-8PM | INVITE
On view until August 27th.
Gallery hours are Fridays 5:30 to 7:30pm, during all events, and by appointment.

Going Places is a collection of images captured of places near and far, as seen by women who travel.

Sonia Veiga is an educator who prefers to do her teaching outisde of the walls of the classroom. She is in the midst of a years-long quest to visit and photograph as many State and National Parks as possible in her travels. Her photographs explore the pockets of the United States where the landscapes remain (mostly) unblemished by the hands of man.
Shortly after her visit to Buffalo, Sonia will begin living and working in Yosemite National Park.

Also featured in this show, photographs by: Ainsley Moy, Emily Churco, Emma LaQue, Julia Conte, & Lisa Brown

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8.23.16

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Tues 8/23 7:00-10PM | MUSIC WORKSHOP | FREE | INVITE Buffalo Institute for Improvisational Music and Performance BIIMAP is a gathering open to all who long to express their passion though the art of improvisation. Come join and experience how to open up your creative flow. Take the challenge in improvising with others’ collective, creative energies! Acoustic, electronic, vocal/performance artists are all welcomed. Led by bassist Juini Arthur Booth.

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