Upcoming Events


Parting Glances, Artwork by: Nick Butler, Paris Henderson, Dana McKnight, Ryan Pchy, and Ashley Powell | Curated by Seth Girod and Dana Tyrrell
On View: June 7-June 28, 2019 in honor of Pride Month
Opening Reception: Friday June 7th 6-9pm | INVITE
Gallery Hours: Fridays 5:30-7:30PM, during all Sugar City events and by appointment.
“Parting Glances” brings together LGBTQ+ artists and artists of color who have added to the cultural fabric of Buffalo through their respective art practices. By no means a comprehensive survey, this exhibition instead is a snapshot of artists both currently enmeshed within Buffalo’s cultural milieu, and those who are extrinsically linked to it, as distant relations who have once called the place home. The Dreamy Exhibition Series is a series of nomadic exhibitions curated by Dreamland in an effort to reconstitute the organization’s visual arts branch. This comes in the wake of Dreamland being forced to leave its first home at 387 Franklin Street in the heart of Buffalo. Dreamland’s long-term goal is to raise enough money to purchase a property within the city of Buffalo and renew our commitment to Buffalo as a coalition of artists, activists, curators, and volunteers dedicated to Dreamland’s mission of providing a cultural alternative for artists and patrons of the arts in the Greater Buffalo area.

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Weds 6/12 6-10PM | MUSIC | $15 | INVITE Fury (California hardcore), Diztort (California hardcore), Wild Side (Canada hardcore), The Elite + Bear No Shame (Buffalo hardcore locals playing short sets)

Fri 6/14 5:30-7:30PM | GALLERY HOURS | Stop by to see our current exhibition Parting Glances Artwork by: Nick Butler, Paris Henderson, Dana McKnight, Ryan Pchy, and Ashley Powell

Fri 6/14 7-10PM | MUSIC | $15 | INVITE Chokehold (Canada hardcore), For The Love Of (New Jersey hardcore), Juggernaut (Buffalo hardcore), Rain of Salvation (Long Island hardcore), War By Other Means (Buffalo hardcore)

Sat 6/15 7-10PM | MUSIC | $7 advance/$10 at door | The Progressions (Buffalo, Jazz Fusion) and Francs (Buffalo, Rapper)

Weds 6/19 -9PM | CRIT CLUB | $5 or pay what you can | INVITE Meeting to talk about art you are making orart you’d love to critique!

Thurs 6/20 7-9PM | MEETING | INVITE Buffalo DSA June Chapter Development Meeting: EcoSocialism 101 The crisis we face exceeds ecological breakdown. Deepening inequality, suppressed democracy, precarious jobs, racial and gendered violence, border hostility, and endless wars make up the terrain on which climate destabilization will be unleashed. The most vulnerable members of society will be hit hardest, first, and suffer most. We must solve the climate crisis and the inequality crisis together. Join us for EcoSocialism 101 to learn about the movement, and how to get involved with the work that we’re doing. For more information about the work being doing at the nation level inter-regionally.

Fri 6/21 6-11PM | MUSIC | $10 | INVITE Dishonored (Buffalo hardcore/beatdown powerviolence), Snake Charmer (Philadelphia Metalcore/Beatdown), Murderous Intent (Allentown, Pa deathcore), Cycle of Abuse (Philadelphia, slamming beatdown), Catharsis Theory (Pottstown, PA Metalcore)

Weds 6/26 7:30-7-9PM | ART | Donation: $5 or pay what you can/Bring Your Own Supplies) | INVITE Dreamland’s Figure Drawing 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.

Fri 6/28 and Sat 6/29 6-11 PM | PERFORMANCE| $10 for both days | Underground Empire: Part III Krump Dance Battle: Come see the battles between out of state dancers vs Buffalo dancers

Mon 7/1 7-10 | MUSIC | $8 | INVITE Irae (DC Metalcore), Backslide (Georgia Beatdown Hardcore), Habits (Buffalo Heavy), Sleepers (Buffalo Death)

Tues 7/2 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 is about half way through 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.

Weds 7/3 5:30-10PM | MUSIC | $12 | Pure Energy: Looney Acres (Amherst, NY, hiphop), Spacebound (Cheektowaga, NY, hiphop), Kane Wave (Buffalo, NY, hip hop), Jiggy Jay (Amherst, NY hiphop), Quisi LaFlare (Niagara Falls NY, Hiphop), Sammy Gambino (Amherst, NY HIphop), Shortcake (Amherst, NY), way2wavybaby (Amherst, NY)

Fri 7/12 6-10PM | MUSIC | $5 | INVITE Muddle (Buffalo, NY Punk), Not For Nothing (Buffalo, NY Indie), Redacted (Buffalo, NY Metal)

Sat 7/13 7-11PM | MUSIC | $5 | INVITE Uazit (Indiana, Trip-Hop), Small Smalls (Buffalo, Dream Pop), ToneyBoi (Buffalo, Hip Hop)


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