Chris Carlsson 11.6

Friday November 6th 7pm
Donations Appreciated

Join Chris Carlsson (San Francisco-based activist, author, historian and co-founder of Critical Mass), Justin Booth (Green Options Buffalo, Buffalo Blue Bicycle) and Kirk Laubenstein (Grassroots Gardens) for a discussion on how the future is being built today… in Buffalo and beyond.

Chris Carlsson is the executive director of the multimedia history project Shaping San Francisco, and has edited four collections of political and historical essays. He helped launch the monthly bike-ins known as Critical Mass, and was the longtime editor of Processed World magazine.

Outlaw bicycling, urban permaculture, biofuels, free software, and even the Burning Man festival are windows into a scarcely visible social transformation that is redefining politics as we know it. As capitalism continues to corral every square inch of the globe into its logic of money and markets, new practices are emerging through which people are taking back their time and technological know-how. In small, under-the-radar ways, they are making life better right now, simultaneously building the foundation-technically and socially-for a genuine movement of liberation from market life.

In his current book, Nowtopia: How Pirate Programmers, Outlaw Bicyclists, and Vacant-Lot Gardeners are Inventing the Future Today!, Carlsson uncovers the resistance of a slowly recomposing working class in America. Rarely defining themselves by what they do for a living, people from all walks of life are doing incredible amounts of labor in their “non-work” time, creating immediate practical improvements in daily life. The social networks they create, and the practical experience of cooperating outside of economic regulation, become a breeding ground for new strategies to confront the commodification to which capitalism reduces us all.

The practices outlined in Nowtopia embody a deep challenge to the basic underpinnings of modern life, as a new ecologically driven politics emerges from below, reshaping our assumptions about science, technology, and human potential.

Urban Biopsy

Urban Biopsy is a visual ethnography dissecting and analyzing personal narratives collected from Buffalo and Erie County residents. By presenting documentation of the artist’s performances across Erie County as well as installations constructed from the resulting data, Urban Biopsy constructs a guerrilla history of this while mapping stories on visual terrain. urban-biopsy-card_sugar-city

Buffalo News

Buffalo News:
” Give ’em Sugar

On Monday, Sugar City will welcome three artists from the Pacific Northwest to its cozy confines at 19 Wadsworth St. in Allentown. Billed as a showcase for the influential independent label K Records, the show will feature performances by Lake, Karl Blau and Curious Mystery, all of whom record for K, and most of whom hail from Olympia, Wash.

Founded by musician Calvin Johnson, K records is emblematic of the true indierock ethos. Lake, for example, has recorded 12 albums since forming in 2005, which is more than most bands manage to craft across the expanse of an entire career. With the middle man taken out of the equation, and supply created to match demand, not vice versa, the K crew crafts music at its own pace, for the sheer thrill of it all.

Lake’s latest, “Let’s Build a Roof,” is also indie in execution, not just intent. The record blends the melodic contours of seminal alt-rock to the jangly guitars and atmospherics of art-pop, in the process crafting a recording that is to modern indie-rock what Dr. Seuss is to kids’ literature. Child-like, brightly colored, enthralled with its own imagination.

Like Lake, with whom he has performed and recorded, Karl Blau has spent his career marching to a different drummer. Listening to his work is like taking a tour through a music historian’s library, so prevalent is the man’s creative wanderlust, and so delightfully difficult is his music to pigeonhole.

Don’t worry, though, things won’t get too rootsy on Monday. Seattle’s the Curious Mystery will see to that with its nigh-on-avant-garde mash-up of ’60s psychedelia, alt-country minimalism, and just plain weirdness.

The shenanigans will commence at 7 p. m. sharp, and will wrap at 10 p. m. on the nose, so come on time. Admission is $6 at the door. “

Monday is almost here!

Monday October 26th!
Karl Blau
Curious Mystery
7pm (this is a real start time)
$6 donation (space is limited)

show ends by 10pm.
Sugar City is an all-ages alcohol-free space.

From Artvoice:
“Influential indie label K records (former home of Modest Mouse, Buil to Spill) is coming through town on Monday (Oct 26) with a cast of underground innovators hand-plucked from the rich musical landscape of the Pacific Northwest. A new find-ear candy out of Olympia, Washington-called LAKE will be serving up songs from all over the musical map. Sometimes they sound like Sufjan Stevens covering Broken Social Scene; sometimes they sound like labelmates the Microphones; sometimes they just sing songs about sandwiches. LAKE is six-members-all of whom have side projects and has released 12 full-length albums since 2005. Their latest Let’s Build a Roof, was recorded by label-mate and tour-mate and visionary Karl Blau, who will be accompanying LAKE on this tour, performing from his new album Zebra. Blau is equally eclectic, choosing for this album to integrate elements of African music into his signature style. And as if enough weird ground hasn’t been covered, Seattle’s’ Curious Mystery will be providing bluesy, drug-soaked psychedelia. Oh, the beautiful uneveness of life.” Sal Vigietta

Open Mic Comedy Night!

Sugar City’s First Open Mike Comedy Night
Thursday October 29th at 7:30 pm

All are Welcome (novices, pros and voyeurs who just want to watch the fools
$3 donation (a $1 of which goes to the best act; so 50 people=$50)

So look bring your best sh** , knock ‘em dead and have some laughs. Stage time will depend on how many sign up. Let’s figure 5-7 minutes. Share the news. Tell your friends.

MC for the evening: Richard Cimbalo (

Saturday October 24th!


Get Involved

If you ever wanted to get involved with the space on any level this is the day for you!

ever wanted to book shows? get into shows for free? build stuff? curate an art show? do accounting? update website? cook yummy food? or just help out for fun? take your pick!

Sugar City will be saying bon voyage to some dear Sugar Citizens in the next month so we need YOU! Lets D-I-T (do it together!!11!!11!)

Saturday October 24th 2pm
19 Wadsworth ST Buffalo, NY

Goodbye Joe and Jenn :(

Friday 10/23 Goodbye Joe and Jenn – Not the Usual Suspects/Potluck/Swap-o-rama-rama/Pumpkin Carving 7pm 6-10pm $3 donation

On this night we will bid adieu to Sugar City founders Joe and Jenn Bochynski. We wish them a Bon Voyage with a frenzied night in their honor!!!!!!

Not the Usual Suspects/Potluck/Swap-o-rama-rama/Pumpkin Carving

Bring a dish if you wish (Joe and Jenn are vegan)
Bring some clothes to swap.
Bring your talent! (how can we top last month’s acid house, accordion, classical violin mayhem?)
We will have some pumpkins to carve!

More info on NTUS
get out your crayons, camera, notebook, drum machines or baking sheet! It’s time for the return of not the usual suspects!! Even if you aren’t an “artist” we hope you’ll consider creating something to contribute to the upcoming show.

not the usual suspects is a variety art show that aims to open up the Buffalo art scene to “artists” and participants who have not yet experienced the talent Buffalo has to offer. We hope to combine fresh, different, and original music, performances, poetry, comedy, readings, video/films, and still art together in one experience that will hopefully bring art and our community together. Share the art that you make for yourself: songs in your bedroom, doodles in your notebook, poems about your summer vacation, cookies for your friends.

email to participate. Basically each live-performer gets a 10min slot, non-live art gets table or wall space. we don’t promote who is featured as we like this event to be more of a happening that doesn’t separate performers from audience. We are all in it together!

Monday 10.26.2009 K Records Showcase LAKE, Karl Blau, Curious Mystery

Sugar City Presents:
K Record Showcase
Karl Blau
The Curious Mystery
Monday 10.26.2009
7pm sharp, show ends at 10pm $6 donation
Sugar City 19 Wadsworth Buffalo, NY 14201
Contact: or Brian Formo

Sugar City is so excited to host a K Records Showcase! We are very lucky to have 3 K Records bands performing in Buffalo on the same night! Sugar Citizen Aimee Buyea met LAKE and Karl Blau on a trip to the Pacific NW this July. They shared car rides, campfires, snacks, and sleepovers. Join us as we return the kindness for what will surely be an intimate encounter with these world class musicians.

K Records is an influential independent record label based in Olympia, Wa, operated by Calvin Johnson (Beat Happening, Dub Narcotic Sound System.) For almost 15 years K has been a hotbed for raising indie stars such as Bikini Kill, Mahjongg, Built to Spill, The Microphones / Mount Eerie , The Blow, Mirah and Kimya Dawson in addition to releasing the audio works of over 150 artists. K records’ artists have a strong tradition of supporting Do-It-Yourself all-ages venues.

Since forming in 2005, LAKE has recorded 12 full length albums. Their new album Let’s Build A Roof was produced by Northwest legend and tourmate Karl Blau. Their sound has been described as sweet, funky and nostalgic with a retro-jingly pop aesthetic that captures a childlike wonderment. The six member group creates a kaleidoscopic of sounds and harmonies. They have played across the world supporting such acts as Adrian Orange and Her Band, Half Handed Cloud, Laura Veirs, and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy

Karl Blau is an indie rock and folk musician based in Anacortes, Wa. His music is eclectic, incorporating elements of folk, dub, R&B, bossa nova, grunge, hip hop, drone, and worldbeat. The common thread running through Blau’s records is a love felt for homegrown music. His passion has led him to produce many recordings in his backyard studio for an array of artists and the creation of a mail-order music subscription service called the “Kelp Lunacy Advanced Plagiarism Society.” For his latest release Zebra, Blau explored the frontiers of folklore, adding one instrument at a time (drum, guitar, bell, keys, saxophone, flute, piano) in an organic process of response to this confluence of sounds.

The Curious Mystery blends Sixties-style psychedelia with American country-blues and garage experimentalism. Formed in Seattle,Wa in 2005 their first album Rotting Slowly hit May 2009. The group places an emphasis on dense sonic texture and unorthodox song structures.