Upcoming Events


Pixels of Ambivalence: Work by Brian Nacov
On View: April 1 – 20, 2019
Artist Reception: Saturday April 6, 6-9pm | INVITE
Gallery Hours: Fridays 5:30-7:30PM, during all Sugar City events and by appointment.

University at Buffalo MFA Thesis candidate Brian Nacov presents “Pixels of Ambivalence” an exhibition featuring paints and multimedia explorations of nostalgia, escapism and video games. In collaborations with the Buffalo Art Dispensary. Brian Nacov is a Buffalo-based artist and art educator whose work contains environments and structures evocative of the video games of his past. Manifesting as surreal landscapes and strange monsters, or hard-edged pixel sprites distorted and corrupted by glitches, his recent practice examines themes of escapism, capitalist ideology, and gamer/otaku identity through painting, DIY publication, and locative media installation. Interested in the ways game spaces bleed into real space and vice versa, Brian conveys a sense of longing for the virtual dreamscapes games provide, while maintaining a critical eye on how they affect their players.

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Fri 4/19 7-11PM | MUSIC | $7 | INVITE Matthew Danger Lippman (Brooklyn slackerglam soul), Welks Mice (Bflo experimental positivity pop), Lesionread (Bflo experimental electronic pop)

Sat 4/20 7-11PM | MUSIC | $10-$12 | INVITE Bad Waitress (Punk Rock Toronto), Thick (Punk BKNY), Tina Panic Noise (Buffalo Queer-Core Alt Punk)

Fri 4/26 8-11PM | COMEDY | $7 | INVITE Sarah Squirm & Helltrap Nightmare (Chicago-Adult Swim) featuring Shrimp Boys, Ruby McCollister (NYC), Scott Egleston and musical guest Mister Wallace (Chicago rapper)

Sat 4/27 11AM-5PM | Sugar City Record Fair | Free Admission | INVITE After a long break the Sugar City Record Fair! Come peruse records for sale from over 20 vendors. This event does not charge a fee to enter so stop in and look around. Sugar City’s record fair differs from others as we encourage local collectors and vinyl enthusiasts who are looking to thin the herd.

Mon 4/29 7-10PM | MUSIC | $12 | INVITE Year Of The Knife (Delaware hardcore), Vamachara (California hardcore), Chamber (Tennessee hardcore), War By Other Means (Buffalo hardcore)

Thurs 5/2 6-10PM | MUSIC | $13 adv/$15dos | INVITE Priests (DC post-punk), Gurr (Berlin garage rock), Mallwalkers (Bflo party-punk)

Fri 5/3 7-11PM | MUSIC | $10 adv // $12 door | INVITE Swiss Army (Pittsburgh Alternative/Punk), On The Cinder (Buffalo Punk Rock), Ghostpool (Buffalo Emo/Pop Punk), Elemantra (Buffalo Dream Rock)


Tues 4/2 7:30-8:30Pm | MEETING | INVITE Open Meeting: Program, Volunteer & Collaborate! Sugar City’s Open Meeting! Program, Volunteer, Collaborate! 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 about to start year 5 of our 5 year lease at 1239 Niagara ST. What does the future have in store? Its up to you to find out! 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.


Nate Ely

Psychonoclasm// Works by UB MFA Candidates: Julia Rose Sutherland, Carlos Llobet Montealegre, Patrick Facemire, Nate Ely, Martin Chittum, Brandon Giessmann, Xaio Yang, Brian Nacov, John Van Houten
On View: March 10 – March 30
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 16, 2019, 6-9pm | INVITE
Gallery Hours: Fridays 5:30-7:30PM, during all Sugar City events and by appointment.

Psychonoclasm is a portmanteau of psychoanalysis and iconoclasm. Psychoanalysis is a pseudo psychological philosophy and analysis of that which lies beneath the surface of human behavior. It uses discourse and introspection to unveil and polish difficult and hidden concepts into a narrative, whereas iconoclasm challenges cherished beliefs or institutions. In this exhibition, artists from UB’s MFA program combine these two elements in one manner or another, creating a critical and philosophical art practice. Exhibiting a group MFA exhibition outside of the institutional white walls of UB, this show aims to stimulate your minds and your eyes, uncovering that which lies beneath the surface to challenge your thoughts and beliefs.


Sun 3/10 7-9PM | ART | Donation: $5 or pay what you can/Bring Your Own Supplies)| INVITE Dreamland’s Figure Drawing Returns 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 🙂 Donations accepted at the door.