Sat 3/24 7-10PM | READING | FREE | INVITE Essay Press reading, book launch, reading and celebration with EP authors Carla Harryman, Karla Kelsey, and Mary-Kim Arnold and local Buffalo poet Christina Vega-Westhoff
This event is co-sponsored by Myung Mi Kim, the James McNulty Chair and Director of the Poetics Program at SUNY Buffalo.
Mary-Kim Arnold is the author of Litany for the Long Moment, which won the 2016 Essay Press Open Book Prize. A multidisciplinary artist and writer, her work has appeared in a number of literary and art journals, including Tin House, The Georgia Review, Hyperallergic, and The Rumpus, where she serves on the Advisory Committee. The recipient of fellowships from the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts, she holds graduate degrees from Vermont College of Fine Arts and Brown University, where she teaches Nonfiction Writing Program. She was born in Seoul, South Korea and lives in Rhode Island.
Karla Kelsey has published three books of poetry, most recently A Conjoined Book (Omnidawn, 2014). Blood Feather, her fourth book of poetry is forthcoming from Tupelo Press. Her book of experimental essays, Of Sphere, was selected by Carla Harryman for the 2016 Essay Press Prize and was published November 1st 2017. Poems and creative prose have been published by such journals as Bomb, Fence, Conjunctions, New American Writing, The Boston Review, Verse, and Tupelo Quarterly. Critical essays on poetry, poetics, visual art, and pedagogy have appeared in anthologies and literary journals. From 2010-2018 she edited The Constant Critic, Fence Books’ online journal of poetry reviews and she currently co-publishes SplitLevel Texts, a small press of book-length hybrid genre projects.
Carla Harryman has authored twenty books of experimental poetry, prose, essays, and plays. Her work begins in a radical exploration of the sentence and its non/narrativeperformative capacities, developing in the context of the West Coast Language Writing scene of the 1970s and 1980s as well as in text-based performance and interdisciplinary collaboration. Much of her recent work has focused on zones of negativity and hope in a durational project titled “Letters Not about Hope” and on writing informed by improvisation and sampling in music and time-based art. Recent works include Gardener of Stars, an Opera, an exploration of “the paradise and wastelands of utopian desire,” presented in Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles as a performance for microelectronics, piano, and speaking and singing voices. Her most recent books are Sue in Berlin and Sue á Berlin (trans., Sabine Huynh), a collection of Poets Theater plays and performance texts written between 2001-2015 released in English and French volumes (To Series, PURH, 2018) Impromptu de Hannah/Hannah Cut In, an experimental play for typewriters and speaking voices (trans., Abigail Lang, Joca Seria, 2018), and the documentary essay Artifact of Hope (Ordinance Series, Kenning Edition’s, 2017). Other critical writing and presentations have most recently focused on Poets Theater and text-based improvisation, durational time and the politics of contemporary feminist experimental writing, and Canadian novelist Gail Scott’s The Obituary.
Christina Vega-Westhoff is a poet, translator, aerialist, and teaching artist who works locally with The Bird’s Nest Circus Arts, the Geneseo Migrant Center, Just Buffalo Literary Center, and Young Audiences of Western New York. Her first book, Suelo Tide Cement, won the Nightboat Poetry Prize and is forthcoming this spring.
Buffalo Fun-a-Day 2018
Opening: Thursday March 22nd | INVITE
On View: March 22nd- April 14th
Gallery Hours: Fridays 5:30-7:30 PM, during events and by appointment.
Sugar City Art Gallery is pleased to announce Buffalo Fun-a-Day 2018 a Group Exhibition
Fun-a-Day is the simple idea of doing something you think is fun or interesting, do it everyday in February and document it in someway. It could be drawing, photography, swimming, pillow making or anything you can imagine. The project can either be 28 individual pieces, or one piece. For example you could make a unique drawing everyday, or you could make one drawing and work on it everyday.
This is an exhibition of over 50 local creators who decided to partake and have fun everyday this past February.
Buffalo Fun-a-Day is Inspired by Philadelphia’s ArtClash Collective Fun-A-Day
Sat 3/10 12-3PM | INVITE Queen City Music Lottery #5: The Drawing | In a nutshell, the Queen City Music Lottery is a showcase of “new” Buffalo area bands formed entirely at random!
These “new” bands must complete a few simple but super important tasks to remain eligible to perform in a final showcase Saturday June 2nd ! How does it work? To participate you must come to this SIGN UP meeeting. At the meeting all names of the willing participants will be DRAWN at RANDOM and you will be formed into a BAND! Once your band is formed you will have roughly 12 weeks to write a 15 minute set of music which your new band will perform at a showcase with all the other bands from the project. IMPORTANT-Bands ARE NOT chosen based on participants musical “skill” or what instruments they might play. ALL BANDS ARE FORMED AT RANDOM. For example: this means that any given band could consist of multiple members that primarily play guitar or maybe your band consists of people that normally play drums, or maybe no one in your band actual knows how to play anything and you are all complete strangers!!! The point is to met new people, play new instruments, and DO SOMETHING NEW AND FUN!
Fri 3/9 7:30-11PM | MUSIC | $2 for people under 18. $4 for one person 18+. $6 for a pair of adults. | INVITE Futura (LA femme fronted Latinx Punk) on their “Slave To Life” Tour
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with Visual Art Pop-Up from: charlie best, Maybe Heaven, Kelly-Rae, No Labels Co-Op, Nick Green, Deconstructed Designs
Tues 3/6 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 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.
Fri 3/2 6:00-9:00pm | DANCE PARTY | Donation of one unopened box of menstrual pads (only, no tampons) -OR- $5 individual/$10 family | INVITE |
Round two of the Resistance Dance Party will be collecting donations of menstrual products for Buffalo Public School students in need. As always this is a family friendly event. DJs Jen & Bill Page will be spinning tunes!