For one night only, Buffalo’s favorite artspace and multi-use funplex Sugar City invites you to their very own ZAIREEKA LISTENING PARTY. Experience the majestic psychedelic freakout that is the Flaming Lips’ legendary ZAIREEKA album as it was meant to be heard on Friday Sept 25 at 8pm at Sugar City (19 Wadsworth St).

For those who don’t know, ZAIREEKA is an experimental album by the Flaming Lips that consists of 4 separate CDs meant to be played simultaneously on four separate sound systems. The result is an album unlike any other ever recorded. Due to differences in timing (CD players do not play in perfect sync), sound sources, speaker arrangement, and different rooms, ZAIREEKA is never the same twice and can only be experienced in person. Orchestras crescendo behind you while swarms of insects whirl around on either side of you, until three synced-up drum solos emerge from six different directions, which then drift in and out of sync with each other. Be ready for some of the strangest and most unique music you’ve ever heard.

Due to the logistics of playing four CDs at once, ZAIREEKA is inherently a social listening experience that can only be heard properly by a group of people getting together and having fun. There will be Christmas lights, projections, and other surprises. So come hang out in Sugar City’s comfy space and freak out to the mindbending sounds of ZAIREEKA. The event is FREE, although as always Sugar City will be accepting donations for the generous use of their space and equipment. For best results, bring a boombox, a friend, a costume, a flashlight, and/or yer brain.

Also, stick around afterwards for a screening of Jeff Krulik’s hilarious cult documentary HEAVY METAL PARKING LOT (1986). One of the great rock movies of all time, HEAVY METAL PARKING LOT consists of 2 men, 1 video camera, and 20,000 tailgating Judas Priest fans who very much want you to know that punk sucks, Priest is the baddest, and metal will always rule.

Take a taste here:

It’s an unstoppable night of RAW ROCK ACTION. DO NOT MISS.


Sugar City
7pm $3
with Doe/Buck

Returning to the East Coast for the first time since last Christmas (Kimya Dawson’s Off the Sauce at Bowery Ballroom), indie-folk singer Malcolm Rollick treks gig to gig by bicycle. You can read about her epic pedaling from Portland, OR on blogspot ( The tour kicked off in Portland, OR on the 7th of March this year, passing through San Francisco, Southern Utah, Portland, ME and Boston along the way. Malcolm’s music carries the depth of Damien Rice, the edge of Mirah, and a character that is completely her own. The personality, honesty and power she brings to the stage are not to be missed. (Sugar City, Sept 18th, 6pm)

Friends at CEPA!

Friday 9.11 7pm-12am & Saturday 9.12 12-4pm: Come experience the
collaborative work of the innovators of Sunday Soup! Chicago’s
InCubate (Institute for Community Understanding Between Art and The
Everyday) As part of CEPA’s new exhibit Conversation Pieces. They are
also looking for helpers!

Chicago-based collectives InCUBATE (Institute for Community
Understanding Between Art and The Everyday) and Material Exchange,
together with architect Adam Bobbette, will temporarily transplant
themselves to Buffalo and collaborate with each other and local
non-profit Buffalo Re-Use to build out CEPA’s FLUX Gallery as an
evolving and performative installation called “Repair Shop.” The
Repair Shop will be realized through various projects each considering
the notion of repair broadly and metaphorically (an object repair
service, a temporary space for non-profit use, a soup kitchen that
generates money for artist projects) while working to raise funds that
will be distributed at a closing event in the form of an artist grant.
more info at

The Soup Grant program supports artist initiatives or community
projects and is funded by a series of meals where soup is served for
$5 a bowl. Soup grants provide funding for small to medium sized
projects that might not ordinarily find funding elsewhere. For the
installation at Conversation Pieces, the money raised by selling soup,
the money raised at the bar, and money made from facility rental will
be given as a grant. Anyone whose money contributed to the grant
will get to vote at the closing reception to decide its recipient. The
grant is completely unrestricted. Anyone living in Buffalo can apply
to receive a grant. Visitors to the exhibition will be encouraged to
submit their own proposals which will be posted in the space and
accumulate over the course of the exhibition.


InCUBATE is looking for artists, cooks, and anyone interested in
funding culture who would like to help us make soup during the opening
weekend of Conversation Pieces. Helping could mean anything from
chopping vegetables, washing some dishes, or contributing a recipe. We are looking for people to fill two soup helper shifts per hour (you
can sign-up for how many you want). If you would like to help out,
email us or contact CEPA Gallery:

Times (2 people needed per shift):
Friday September 11 (7-12 PM)
7 PM
8 PM
9 PM
10 PM
11 PM

Saturday September 12 (12-4 PM)
12 PM
1 PM
2 PM
3 PM

An Interactive Space for Families

On September 11th, 2009, Sugar City will host “An Interactive Space for Families”: an evening of contemporary art by Joesph Bochynski entitled, “New Suburban Landscapes” accompanied by performances by C. Frances Fallon and Tom Van Deusen.

Gallery Opening:New Suburban Landscapes Paintings by Joe Bochynski
“New Suburban Landscapes” features an insider’s perspective of the refuse of the American Dream complete with cars, strip-malls, dumpsters, and loading docks. These elements become symbols of the sentiments that dot the suburban mental landscape, and that Bochynski has internalized from experience: Sentiments such as irony, emptiness, contradiction, desire and frustration, simple ugliness and ridiculousness. The paintings reflect what one could see and feel when traversing the suburbs, but what one may not want to focus on in favor of tree-lined streets and a feeling of safety. This idealized environment for families often lacks real human interactions and promotes superficial community development.

Rearing your tween: parenting seminar by Tom Van Deusen. 7 PM.
Watch as artist TVD pontificates on a subject he knows absolutely nothing about: parenting. Assisted by an elaborate slideshow and soundtrack, every difficult and trying aspect of raising a child in their “tween” years is tackled, from dealing with bullies to the disgusting changes going on in their bodies. Advice is given that is darkly humorous if not permanently damaging.

You Know This Girl Presented by C. Frances Fallon. 8 PM.
A one woman comedy about the depths of shallowness. Come meet Courtney. She’s not a bad person, she’s just painfully familiar. Follow Courtney from Spanish class, to beer pong, to reality television audition tapes as she typifies an all too familiar American culture.

WARNING: “An Interactive Space for Families” contains adult material, language and partial nudity. Not suited for families.

Open hours: Fridays 6 to 8 PM, Saturdays 12 to 2 PM – and by appointment Sep. 11th to Oct. 2nd.


VACATIONS (Bobby Burg of chin up chin up/Joan of Arc/Make Believe) with guests Vox Humana Back Off Track (Brooklyn) &Red Tag Rummage Sale

Start@ 7pm $5 donation please!

Rearing Your Tween

@ Sugar City Art Space

7:00 pm

Raising a child is like sculpting with clay. You can either sculpt a masterpiece worth a trillion dollars, or you can make a top-heavy monstrosity that will probably explode in the kiln.  Your child is most malleable in their “tween” years, from age 10 to 13.

These years are incredibly challenging for both parent and tween alike.  From dealing with bullies to the disgusting changes going on in their bodies, the trials and tribulations of owning a tween may make it seem hardly worth the trouble.

Luckily, artist Tom Van Deusen is here to help.  With the aid of an elaborate PowerPoint presentation and a jazzy soundtrack, he will give advice that is darkly humorous, if not potentially damaging.  So quit trying to find a foster parent for your tween on CraigsList and clear September 4, 2009 on your calendar, because you do not want to miss this life-changing event.

[NOTE:  Parents are not recommended to follow any of Tom Van Deusen’s advice, and if they do, Tom Van Deusen can not be held responsible for any subsequent arrests.  Also, Rearing Your Tween is not recommended for anyone under the age of 13, as Tom Van Deusen plans to use the “F” word a few times.  Tastefully, of course.]

This is the last performance by artist Tom Van Deusen in Buffalo, NY, made possible by Sugar City and funded by their Sunday Soup grant.

Opened with Performances by:
Pat Neveu
Matthew Baker Thompson

Our newest Exhibition

Building Buffalo: a Structural look at the History and Culture of Allentown

A neighborhood history introduced through the context of its structures, Building Buffalo invites you to explore the homes and buildings of Allentown which may have previously gone unnoticed as well as the stories of those who lived there. The opening evening reception will also provide tips for anyone who is interested in researching the history of their own property.

Opening Reception on July 31st, 4p.m. to 10 p.m. at
Sugar City Gallery Space
19 Wadsworth Street in

Partial Exhibit available for viewing throughout the month of August.

Presented by Amy Krafft, With the assistance of Robin Foley
Thanks to generous contributions from CSB Communications, Partners Press and Chris Scuito

Infringment Fest 09!

Sugar City is proud to be avenue host for this year’s infringement festival! come on by for the following events:

Friday 7-24 6:00pm – 8:00pm Christopher Bell & COMPASS ROSE
Sunday 7-26 7:00pm – 8:00pm Chymia
Tuesday 7-28 5:00pm – 10:00pm Community Quilts & Infringement Film Fest At Sugar City
Wednesday 7-29 8:00pm – 10:00pm Roaring Sequoia &Nate & Kate
Thursday 7-30 9:00pm – 10:00pm You Know This Girl
Saturday 8-01 8:00pm – 10:00pm Forever Evra & Quest for Friends
Sunday 8-02 6:00pm – 9:30pm You Know This Girl & Paul’s Grandfather

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