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Everything is Political by Matthew Coté
Reception: May 03, 6-9PM | INVITE
On view: April 16- May 04
Gallery Hours: Fridays 5:30-7:30 PM, during events and by appointment

This series of work, a culmination of work created during my graduate term at Edinboro University, is a journey of discovery about the politics of making a choice and finding a balance between the polarities of that choice. If there is anything I have learned from engaging in and creating politically charged work, it is that everything is political. It is a blanket statement that sometimes provokes people to roll their eyes, but there is truth to it. Politics can be seen simply as navigating interaction. We make choices based on our stature, how others perceive our choices, as well as the consequences of those choices. Our ability to discern the effect of our choices is political. Dealing with the consequences of those choices is political. Understanding our role and contribution to society is political.

I am motivated to create work that critiques politics and choices, while simultaneously expressing an understanding of the politics of choice. Through my work I mediate tensions, polarities, and divisions by using paradoxes, visual puzzles, and subliminal messages. It is my preference to use jewelry/metalsmithing to hone the message of my work rather than specifically strive to further the techniques of the medium.

Artist Bio: Born and raised in Tacoma, WA, Matthew Coté received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from Central Washington University, and his Associate of Arts and Sciences from Tacoma Community College. Never shying away from controversy, Matthew pursues subjects that may offend, however are meant to spark a greater discussion. He has an interest in using art for political activism, as well as broadening art outreach within a community. Currently, he is working to finish his MFA in Metalsmithing at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

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Charming Chillers Movie Poster Designs by Cassandra Chu
Opening: May 06, 6:00-9:00 pm
On view: May 06- May 12, 2018

Each movie genre frequently has specific design elements—colors, typography, layout, and imagery—that are associated with that genre. It serves to reinforce how the viewer is meant to interpret the content. Growing up as an artist surrounded by film enthusiasts and future directors, I spent a lot of time in small, run-down theaters watching the latest indie film whose name most people didn’t recognize. I always liked the dramatic cinematography and the romantic perspective of avant-garde films. The posters for those films blended quirky typefaces with subdued color palettes.

I admit that I am part of an anxious generation that is surrounded by constant negativity on the news and social media’s pressure to be perfect. Horror movies are so hyper-realistic now that it is hard to keep in mind that it’s not reality, and that parallels almost every other source of media that we consume. I decided to design a series of indie posters for iconic horror films, which would advertise them in a non-threatening way. For example, I have stripped objects of their meaning by making the ominous Psycho house millennial pink and putting an ornate frame around Jack Torrance’s typewriter from the Shining. I wanted to incorporate my style by digitally drawing most of my pieces, and I was inspired by minimalist design and film director Wes Anderson’s recognizable color schemes. Finally, I wanted to confuse the viewer so they would question the way information is presented to them and interpret it their own way.

Artist Bio: Cassie Chu is a graphic design student at Buffalo State College. She grew up going to art camp, making pottery and selling jewelry at festivals, but began university as a nursing major before embracing her true passion and studying design. She has a strong background in fine art and sketches most of her work by hand before digitally rendering it. Her style is still evolving but she likes to balance modern design with personal elements like hand drawn illustrations and quirky typefaces. She is particularly interested in advertising and branding, and has several side projects in the works including zines and hand lettered pieces. Charming Chillers will be her first solo show but she hopes to have more exhibitions in the future

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Mon 4/23 7-10PM | MUSIC | $5 | INVITE Terror Pigeon (Synth Punk Nashville, TN), White Rope (rock n’roll Brooklyn, NY), MEDUSA (Rap synth Bflo), Jack Topht (awesome rap Bflo), Eric Barry Drasin (Speed Metal PowerPoint Bflo)

Mon 4/30 7-10PM | MUSIC | $5 | INVITE Dirt War (Bflo Hardcore/Sludge/Metal), Pure Heel (Bflo hardcore/punk/DDTs), Grain Assault (Buffalo punk)

Tues 5/1 7:30-8:30PM | MEETING | INVITE Open Meeting: Program, Volunteer & Collaborate! 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! Sugar City just entered 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.

Thurs 5/3 6-9PM | ART RECEPTION | FREE | INVITE Everything is Political Artwork of Matthew Cotè

Fri 5/4 5-9PM | DANCE PARTY | $5 single/$10 family or supply donation | INVITE Resistance Dance Party: DJs Jennifer Page & Bill Page (Transmission) will be playing music to please families of all ages and to help raise money and collect donations for Haven House. “There are so many items that we require on a day-to-day basis as our shelter is usually full and at a moment’s notice we may need to serve a mom and her children who are fleeing an abusive situation. Items such as: TOPS/Wegmans gift cards, baby wipes, laundry detergent, (new) women’s socks and underwear (sizes 5-8) and hair brands such as: Ampro Style, Shine & Jam, Pink Oil Sheen BB Super Gro and Pink Lotion, are needed most frequently.” Link to donations needed

Sat 5/5 70-11PM | $12 adv / $14 dos | INVITE ‘68 (Atlanta, GA, Southern Rock), American Nosebleed (Buffalo, NY Hardcore-Rock), Squatch (Buffalo, NY Experimental Metal), Out Last (Buffalo, NY Metalcore)

Sun 5/6 6-9PM | ART OPENING | FREE | INVITE Charming Chillers Movie Poster Designs by Cassandra Chu

Mon 5/7 6-10PM | MUSIC | $8 adv/$10 | INVITE Letters To A Liar (metalcore Cleveland), Until We Fall (heavy metal Pittsburgh), BASH (metal Buffalo) , A Stranger to Remorse (metal Buffalo)

Fri 5/11 6-11PM | MUSIC | $10 General Presale, $12 Day Of Show | INVITE Taylor Phelan (Dallas, TX | Indie Rock), Mike Mains (Michigan | Indie Rock), KRXS (Buffalo, NY | Indietronic), Matthew Ruhl (Buffalo, NY | Acoustic), Michelle Lange (Buffalo, NY | Acoustic)

Sun 5/13 3-6PM | MUSIC | FREE | Selective Aggression (Buffalo hardcore XXX), War By Other Means (Buffalo hardcore First show FFO: Strife, Trial, OKD), Recognition (Buffalo First show FFO: Negative Approach)

Tues 5/15 6-9PM | Art Opening | INVITE Chorma Photographs by Emily Sniegowski

Weds 5/16 6-10PM | MUSIC | $5 | INVITE Stone Priest (Buffalo, NY, stoner rock), Squatch (Buffalo, NY, Progressive hardcore), Monte Luna (Austin, TX, psychedelic sludge rock)

Sat 5/19 6-11PM | MUSIC | $8 | INVITE Aspired Infliction (Buffalo metal), WHITETHRASH (Pittsburgh thrash), DredNeks (Olean punk/metal/country), ARCADIA (Buffalo punk)

Fri 5/26 7-11PM | MUSIC | $10 adv | INVITE Rick Maguire of Pile with Yazan


From Your Collection
Opening Thursday August 24th, 6-9PM | INVITE
On view until Sunday September 17th.
Gallery hours are Fridays 5:30 to 7:30pm, during all events, and by appointment.

Sugar City is proud to present the third round of our collaborative group exhibition featuring works from your collection. We believe that everyone owns a piece of creative work that has value. We like to give a platform to share these items with a broad audience. Let us do away with the mystery of where art comes from and what authority assigns value and celebrate the art that we each have.

Over the last two years we have shown close to 75 pieces! People were gracious enough to loan us a variety of work as the theme pretty open to interpretation: items range from paintings, videos, prints, to tchotchkes you hold dear. The only rule is that the piece cannot be something the owner didn’t create. This exhibition follows the Sugar City do-it-together ethos and seeks to further empower everyone’s creative endeavors.


Thurs 8/3 6-10PM | MUSIC | PWYC | INVITE

As part of Buffalo's Infringement Festival WBNY Invades Sugar City:

Always Cool Society (poetic lyricist hip hop) A poetic lyricist with the ability to lead and inspire her generation, dev11n is a breath of fresh air in Hip Hop. Her jazz influenced style, coupled with her thought provoking lyrics, create a sound reminiscent of the 90’s with an all new feel. After the release of her debut EP #The11thHour, she launched a docu-series “I Am: dev11n” to document her journey as an up and coming artist.

Spliff (hip hop artist/vocalist )

Chronic Collective (emcees) Alibi and Illusive. Earth dwelling meanderthals/space travel experimentalists. One time got high score on Gallaga in another dimension in a dive bar.

Tilapia (3 piece funk jam band) three piece funky jam band that believes in two chains not three.

Diverze (vocals)

Dark Matter Trio (new music) Kevin Urso on fender rhodes/bass keys, Ryan Campbell on drums, and Nick Randall on guitar this group creates a sound bigger than the word 'trio' suggests. This energetic yet soulful merge to stand on the shoulders of great improvisors like Medeski Martin & Wood; John Scofield; Soulive; Joshua Redman; and Brad Mehldau, and adds an edge reminiscent of 90's grunge. You may recognize some of the melodies despite them being distorted through a kaleidoscope of captivating rhythms and jazz harmony. Their own fabrications come and go as only a temporal art like music can allow, yet they are truly

Deadwolf (psych rock) 5-piece Psychedelic Pop/Rock band that started off in the fall of 2015 with the objective of crafting larger-than-life songs that have a timeless atmosphere. Having recorded in their own studio, Afterglow Studios, they created the 65-minute long, 14 track album titled, Heavy Heart. Deadwolf has been hailed as, “Psychedelic Rock gods” and “The Harmony Kings.” In a Recent review by Buffablog, they said, “Half A Man, the latest single from Buffalo psych rockers, blew my mind straight up. If you haven’t already gotten this towering, epic jam into your ears, you really need to do so immediately.


Ghosts In the Sunlight: Photographs by Nick Torsell
Opening: July 27, 6:00-9:00 PM | INVITE
On view: July 28 – August 12
Gallery Hours: Fridays 5:30-7:30 PM, during events and by appointment.
Ghosts In The Sunlight are photos that were made from a car looking for a patch of dirt on the side of the road to park on. I pick up my camera wrapped in an old t-shirt and look for the thing I thought I saw in the car. Usually it’s an emptiness, a potential for something new or imagined to happen in that space.

I majored in literature at University at Buffalo. So I wasn’t an art major in college, and I haven’t always looked at things in pictures, but once I started to I realized I was looking for them all along, in old movies, in television, on the side of the highway looking up at the power lines. Photography gave me a way to compose the world into something more manageable.

About Nick Torsell: Nick Torsell was born in 1989 and started taking photos a few years ago. Though Nick has exhibited previously, this will be his first solo gallery show in Buffalo, NY. His sense of reality was deeply shaken by the 2016 Cubs winning the World Series for the first time since 1908. Wait ’til he gets his money right. Instagram: nftorsell