Events 9/1-10/29

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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.

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Everything is Chemical: New Works by Joshua Nickerson
Opening Friday October 7th 7-10 PM | INVITE
On view until October 29th.
Gallery Hours: Fridays 5:30-7:30 PM, during events and by appointment.

Joshua Nickerson’s most recent body of work uses the language of abstraction to explore how we assemble the realities we experience. These drawings are designed to illustrate the ways in which we filter and sort all the information provided us to create the tiny models of our inner worlds.

The work takes advantage of abstraction’s ability to generate images that are both, either/or, and neither all at the same time, as well as its unique ability to contain multiple references to both the organic and human-generated world.

The working process used combines both printmaking and drawing, including the use of hand-cut stencils, use of found objects as stencils, and the use of small handmade prints as well as traditional drawing methods.

Joshua Nickerson is a visual artist based in Buffalo, New York. He has received solo exhibitions at The Barco Gallery at the University of Pittsburgh, Starlight Studios and Gallery and most recently at the C.G. Jung Center. Recently his studio practice has shifted from painting to works on paper. Artist Website

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Weds 9/28 6-10PM | MUSIC | $5 | INVITE | Forever Grey (Cold wave/Goth duo from Grand Rapids, Michigan), Bring Her (Darkwave from the sun starved western hills of Pittsburgh), Sparklebomb (Buffalo noize), Streetcleaver (Jamestown noise), Uncertain (Buffalo noise)

Fri 9/30 7-11PM | MUSIC | $7 INVITE | Radiation Blackbody (Bass/drum prog grind from NYC), Black Iron Prison Effected drums and spastic vocals from Toronto, Ish Kabbible (Bass/drum progressive duo), Flesh Trade (Heavy electronics)

Sun 10/2 6:30-10PM | MUSIC | $5 Seeing Red (hardcore, Rapid City, South Dakota ) and Chipped Teeth (hardcore, Indianapolis), Pawn (Bflo) and Depleted (Bflo)

Tues 10/4 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 10/7 7-10PM | Art Opening | FREE | INVITE | Everything is Chemical: New Works by Joshua Nickerson

Sat 10/8 8-11PM | MUSIC | $5 | INVITE | Peach Poison (Buffalo Electro-Punk), Quantum Folk Lords (Buffalo, NY, Psychedelic-Surf-Punk), 1996 (Valor Club) (Buffalo, NY, Cerebral-Rap)

Weds 10/12 7-9PM | WALK | FREE | INVITE | MYSTERY TOUR: walk-a-about journey full of creative surprises-art, film, performance and more at various unexpected spots in our neighborhood. BUT IT’S ALL A SECRET. Bring a flashlight and dress for the weather. Kids are encouraged to join.

Thurs 10/13 6:30-PM | FILM | $5-10 sliding scale donation for the filmmaker | INVITE | Screening “Exotic” Documentary with a talk by filmmaker Amy Oden. The look at the strip club culture in Guam.

Fri 10/14 6-11PM | MUSIC |$7 Presale/$10 Door | INVITE Four Arm Shiver (Pop Punk, Lawrence, KS), Bruise (Emo/Hardcore, Lawrence, KS), The Concord Kids (Pop Punk Bflo), Coma State (Metalcore Bflo), Nate Cox (Acoustic Bflo) 

Sunday 10/16 7-10PM | MUSIC |$10.00 or $12.00 w/ a copy of the new GAS CHAMBER-“ADVICE FROM YAMA” cassette | INVITE | Cult Leader (Prog Crust Metal on Deathwish Records), Gas Chamber (Release Show Buffalo HC/Punk/Prog/Noise masters), GAZM (Scathing Hardcore  Montreal), Basement Rat (Punk Bflo), Grain Assult (Punk Blfo)

Sat 10/22 7-11PM | MUSIC | $5 The Sans, Lost Connections, and Tyler Okun

Fri 10/28 6-11PM | MUSIC | Lost connections, Scathed and more TBA

Sat 10/29  6-11PM | MUSIC | $TBA | INVITE | MALLWALKERS “Dial M For…” release party with Mags (Anthemic Buffalo indie-rock), GUN CANDY (Wild Buffalo punk ‘n’ roll), Trinkit (Buffalo’s #1 ladypunk party band), WELKS MICE (Buffalo’s infectious minimalist pop duo) plus goofs by Pat Kewley

Weds 11/2 7-10PM | $3-$5 | “Torrey Pines” stop motion animation with live accompaniment by Clyde Peterson of Your Heart Breaks with local support from Welks Mice. Torrey Pines is a feature film based on a true story by stop-motion animator Clyde Petersen. The film is a story about growing up with a schizophrenic single mother and identifying as a gender queer punk highlighting coming-of-age of age during the turbulent shift of media and politics in Southern California in the late 80’s and early 1990’s. Petersen’s life story unfolds in a series of baffling and hallucinated events. With a mother fueled by hallucinations of political conspiracy and family dysfunction, Petersen is kidnapped at the age of 12 and taken on a cross-country adventure that will forever alter the family as they know it.

Sat 11/5 10-4AM | DANCE PARTY | $5 | Milkie’s 522 Elmwood Ave 18+ It has come to our attention that you’ve been feeling an ache in your toes, a want so great you don’t know what to do, you’ve been wishing and hoping and thinking and praying that we’d come back. Bold soul brothers and sweet soul sisters, Sugar City’s SOUL NIGHT is back! Sets by: Handsome Dan,The Reverend Johnny Dramma with special guests: DJ GARBAGE MONSTER, and DJ Nightbus

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10.7.16

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Everything is Chemical: New Works by Joshua Nickerson
Opening Friday October 7th 7-10 PM | INVITE
On view until October 29th.
Gallery Hours: Fridays 5:30-7:30 PM, during events and by appointment.

Joshua Nickerson’s most recent body of work uses the language of abstraction to explore how we assemble the realities we experience. These drawings are designed to illustrate the ways in which we filter and sort all the information provided us to create the tiny models of our inner worlds.

The work takes advantage of abstraction’s ability to generate images that are both, either/or, and neither all at the same time, as well as its unique ability to contain multiple references to both the organic and human-generated world.

The working process used combines both printmaking and drawing, including the use of hand-cut stencils, use of found objects as stencils, and the use of small handmade prints as well as traditional drawing methods.

Joshua Nickerson is a visual artist based in Buffalo, New York. He has received solo exhibitions at The Barco Gallery at the University of Pittsburgh, Starlight Studios and Gallery and most recently at the C.G. Jung Center. Recently his studio practice has shifted from painting to works on paper. Artist Website

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10.4.16

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Tues 10/4 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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9.24.16

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Sat 9/24 6-10PM | ART | $25 Register here | INVITE |

The Art Trade is a one-of-a-kind way to promote your work, collect work from fellow artists, and build your network within the creative community.

Our goal at The Art Trade is to encourage networking and collaborations between our growing community of artists and emerging creative types.

The event itself will be interactive, where artists working in all mediums can share and collect works of art from each other while establishing professional and collaborative relationships.

The Art Trade aims to encourage art students and new artists in the area to interact with professional and experienced artists. We want to help build our growing artistic community.

Each artist participating should bring five pieces of work they value at $25 each to trade with other artists at the event (similar to trading cards).

Most important is that no cash is allowed at this event; we will be treating our work as the currency.

We aim to help artists see the value in their own work as well as their peer’s.

All mediums will be welcome.

Deadline to register is 9.19.16.

WAY MORE INFO AT http://www.the-art-trade.com/

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2016 Buffalo Zine Fair – Call for vendors!

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Sugar City and Gutter Pop Comics Presents: BUFFALO ZINE FAIR

Saturday November 12th, 11AM-6PM
Sugar City 1239 Niagara St Buffalo, NY 14213
Free Entry
Facebook event here

Sugar City and Gutter Pop Comics are proud to present BUFFALO ZINE FAIR. 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!

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. The cost for a half table is $5 and for a full table is $10. Full tables are approx 6′ long. Half tables are approx 3′ long. There are a variety of tables so some variation will happen. 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. Interested? Fill out this form: http://tinyurl.com/buffalozine /// Submissions are due by October 9th at Midnight.

Vendor list and more event info TBA.

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 

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:

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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

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9.17.16

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

When you’re born in India and immigrate to the U.S., it can be hard to find a place to fit in. Using his quirky attitude and intelligent comedy, Comedian Krish Mohan tries to find where he fits in. Krish will be performing his one hour show called “An Indian Comedian: How Not To Fit In” at Sugar City in Buffalo NY, along with local comedians, Nora Hurley & Jamie Bono. Krish has toured across the MidWest, South, Northeast and Mid Atlantic regions and has opened various nationally touring headliners including Lee Camp, Stewart Huff & Cameron Esposito. Audiences have called Krish’s show “brilliant”, “hilarious” and “refreshing” as he “skewers mainstream American ignorance: a nation of foreigners doesn’t seem to know what to make of them”. Find out where he fits in; Is it with Americans or the Indians in the U.S?

“an honest, funny approach to describe how his expectations of moving to America didn’t line up with reality; how he has handled racism; his relationship with his parents who raised him to be a devout Hindu, yet he is no longer faithful; and even sex education” -NUVO (Indianapolis)

“If you appreciate comedians that deliver a message with style and truth, and make you LOL while they’re delivering the message, then go see the Indian Comedian, unless of courseyou’re racist.” -Randy Clark from IndyFringe Talks

“wry observations about how he’s treated in America as an immigrant, though he uses where he was born and what he looks like as a jumping-off point, not a crutch” -IndyStar

$5 cover at the show. http://krishmohanbuffalo.bpt.me/
*Krish will be working on new material on this tour

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