Upcoming Events


Good Fortune by Altercation Dreamer Solutions
Opening June 14th 6-9 pm | INVITE
On View: June 10-30
Gallery Hours: Fridays 5:30-7:30 PM, during events and by appointment.

Each day, the average American produces 4.6 lbs. of trash that ‘conveniently’ disappears from view every week. But where does it all really go? Is removing it from the elements that could break it down helpful? And is making billions of tons of trash mysteriously vanish sustainable in the long run? These are the thought provoking questions raised by the art show ‘Good Fortune’ at Sugar City opening on June 14th 6-9 PM.

ALTERCATION DREAMER SOLUTIONS is a ‘Life Artist’ who has worked intimately with America’s trash; at a landfill, doing NY State Fair clean-up, reselling trash-picked home items and saving all of their trash in the year 2015. In 2005 they started collecting roadside detritus and creating time capsule dioramas in glass jars. This is their 3rd show with such work, but their 1st in Buffalo since becoming a resident here last year. Every piece in this series contains either a fortune cookie fortune or quippy tea tag developing the context of what each capsule’s scene is looking to evoke.

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Sun 6/24 6:30-1PM | MUSIC | $10 | INVITE Mutilatred (OH death metal), Livid (WI powerviolence/hardcore), Treadwater (Rochester hardcore/metalcore), Anthropic (Buffalo grind)

Mon 6/25 6-10PM | MUSIC | $8 | INVITE Second Death (GA heavy), Grievance (NJ hardcore), Sleepers (Buffalo/Erie deathcore), Dishonored (Buffalo beatdown), Rockpile (Buffalo hardcore)

Tues 6/26 7-10PM | MUSIC | $10 | CTG (hip hop Buffalo), Teeqo (hip hop Buffalo), Jiggy Jay (hip hop Buffalo)

Weds 6/27 6:30-10PM | MUSIC | $5 | INVITE A Film In Color (NJ Ambient Doom-gaze), Stclvr (Jamestown – harsh electronic/industrial), Circular Logic (Buffalo Experimental Noise Rock), Hoarding (Bflo noise), Debouch (Bflo Doomy grooves)

Thurs 6/28-Sat 6/30 | DANCE | $10 for all 3 days | INVITE Come see the battles between out of state dancers vs Buffalo dancers! Thursday June 28th: 6-10 PM // Local dancers sign up and compete! Additional $20 fee for Krump workshop with 1K, Friday June 29th: 6-11 PM // Battles: Rowdy rexx v monster tetris, Lil uprawr vs ruffnek, Twin maine v kushmad, Yulaw v Grinch, Killa showoff v jdot rexx, Ghost shaykez v l.b, Jr bad side vs Jr con, Freakazoid vs twin con, Thrillz v Jr street corner, Saturday June 30th: 6-11 PM // Battles: Landmine v crime, Maine v klipz, Count vamp v tetris, Hxxdlum v streetz, Kurrupt v con, Showoff v Bandit, Rellik v flxg, Lightning v j rexx, Knives v Lyricc, Twin neco v material, Blackout v Seven

Fri 6/30 | 5:30-7:30PM | GALLERY HOURS | INVITE Good Fortune by Altercation Dreamer Solutions

Fri 7/6 6-11PM | MUSIC | $10 | INVITE Edge Control (Straight Edge Hardcore Syracuse), Combust (Hardcore NYC), Downfall (Hardcore RVA), Windoc (Hardcore Ontario), Worn (Hardcore Wilkes Barre, PA)

Sat 7/7 6-11PM | ART & MUSIC | INVITE 6-8PM Art Opening: Paintings by Rinko The Molice on tour from Japan 8-11PM Music from The Molice (Rock’n Roll Tokyo), Green Slime (Two piece Buffalo rock band), Gun Candy (Buffalo punk rock n’ roll)

Sun 7/8 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. Every Second Sunday of the month.

Tues 7/10 7:30-8:30PM | MEETING | INVITE 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 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 7/12 6-9 PM | ART | FREE INVITE Cause Arts Silent Auction 1.0: artists supporting people in need | Proceeds from this event will support Buffalo native Maria Rola, who was hospitalized in April while traveling the country in a van, and subsequently was unable to collect social welfare stipends after being crushed with $3800 in medical debt and having no home address or official documents on hand. A body arts performer by trade, Maria has been forced to strategize her funding project anew. An emergency cash stipend was collected and distributed in May to assist in providing basic needs while she struggles to find labor that is physically and emotionally appropriate. 100% of the proceeds from the silent art auction will go toward resolving her medical debt.vParticipating Artists: (will be added as more join on) Florian Ayala Fauna, Julianna Burkhardt, Mickey Harmon, Glenn Murray, Curtis A. Guy, Newt Smith, Dana Tyrrell, Rin Leung

Tues 7/17 7-10PM | MUSIC | $10 | INVITE Big Huge (Brookyln, NY, glam punk), Sofa Kingz (Buffalo, NY, indie pop), Party’s Over (Queen City Lottery Survivor)

Fri 7/20 5-9pm | DANCE PARTY | $5 person/$10 family | INVITE Resistance Dance Party Vol. 4 DJs Jen & Bill Page (transmission) will be hosting our fourth family friendly dance party with all proceeds to benefit Jericho Road.

Sat 7/21 6-11PM | MUSIC | $8 pre, $10 door | INVITE Trench (Syracuse, NY Alternative Rock), Anyone Anyway (Providence, RI, Alternative Rock), Ghostpool (Buffalo, NY, Alternative Rock), Into The Wake (Buffalo, NY Alternative Rock), Worse Things (Buffalo, NY Alternative Rock)


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