Upcoming Events


Curiosities: Artwork of Hannah Wiech and Erika Benham
Reception: November 3, 6-9PM | INVITE
On View: October 27th- November 3rd

Curiosities is a collaborative art exhibit created by Hannah Wiech and Erika Benham that includes a collection of paintings, sculpture, taxidermy, and other unique oddities.

Hannah Wiech is a visual artist whose focus is mainly oil paintings of portraiture, animal portraiture and the concept of manipulated realism. Her techniques include layering and glazing oil paints to capture texture and precise color detail in her subjects. She also dabbles in mediums such as watercolor, embroidery, wood burning, and restoring antique sculpture with modern accents. She does commissioned oil paintings upon request.

Erika Benham is a multimedia artist who focuses mostly on illustration and acrylic painting. She commissions custom shoes, paintings, and other types of work upon request.

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Thurs 10/18 7-10PM | MUSIC | $6 | INVITE Seafox (Niagara Falls ex-pat Singer-Sonwriter/Indie Rock), heave (Bflo bedroom folk), Ian McCuen (Bflo indie-folk)

Sat 10/20 6-10PM | FUNDRAISER | Donations welcome | INVITE Nickel City Housing Cooperative presents: Concentric; an Autumn Celebration and Silent Auction: Come celebrate fall, community, and self-governance with snacks, cider, music, and a silent auction of the best services and goodies Buffalo’s cooperative scene has to offer! All proceeds will go towards sending people to NASCO Institute, a conference on community building, social justice, and skill sharing.

Fri 10/26 5-9PM | Resistance Dance Party Volume 5 | $5 a person/$10 a family or donation of items needed for Project Mona’s House | INVITE Volume five will be a Halloween party with a costume contest with guest judge! We will be donating to MONA’S HOUSE! As always our dance parties are all ages family fun! $5 a person/$10 a family or donation of items needed (toilet paper, paper towels, menstrual products, towels, linens. cleaning supplies, gift cards, luggage) The Mona’s House Project helps the homeless, orphans, and those exploited through Human Trafficking. Mona’s House Project exists to shed light on the terrible crime of Human Trafficking and to restore those who have been victimized.

Fri 11/2 6-9PM | MUSIC | $TBA | INVITE Eye of Nix (Seattle Avant-garde Doom), Hearse (Formerly Monolith Doom Ithaca), Settlement (Post-Metal Buffalo)

Sat 11/3 6-9PM | RECEPTION | INVITE Curiosities: Artwork of Hannah Wiech and Erika Benham

Sun 11/4 1:30-4PM | MUSIC | $5 Great Reversals (detroit hardcore ffo: trial, bane), Old ghosts (buffalo hardcore)

Tues 11/6 7:30-8:30PM 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 in the second half of year 4 of our 5 year lease at 1239 Niagara ST. WOOOWWEEEEEEEEE!!!


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