Thursday, March 4, 2010
7:30pm – 9:00pm

Dorkbot Buffalo kicks off March at Sugar City this Thursday. Featuring presentations by Cayden Mak and Stephanie Rothenberg.

Presenter Bios:
Cayden Mak is a cyborg, game designer, theorist, and reality hacker. He is pursuing his MFA in UB’s Department of Media Study. Previously, he earned a degree from the University of Michigan in philosophy, where he studied Wittgenstein, language-games, and speech acts. Beginning this spring, he is working on a pervasive game with the Intermedia Performance Studio for the Beyond/In Western New York Biennial, commissioned by the Burchfield Penney. He writes about philosophy, games, critical pedagogy, and cyborg post-feminism (amongst other things) at thenoiseofthestreet.net

Stephanie Rothenberg’s interdisciplinary practice merges performance, installation and networked media to create provocative interactions that question the boundaries and social constructs of manufactured desires. Her recent work investigates new models of online labor and the virtualization of the global workplace. Stephanie has lectured and exhibited at venues and festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, Banff New Media Institute, ISEA and LABoral. In 2009 she received a Creative Capital grant and has recently participated in artist residencies at Eyebeam and Harvestworks in NYC. She is Associate Professor of Visual Studies at University at Buffalo.


Sunday Soup 2.28.10 winner YOUR MONEY AT WORK.

Announcing the first tour!
Saturday, March 13, 2010, 10:00am – 7:00pm
Western New York (exact details TBA)

“If it’s been buried, it’s been buried in Niagara County”
— Lou Ricciuti and Geoff Kelly

Come with us for a trip digging up the buried secrets of Western New York’s heritage of environmental disaster and injustice. Starting with Love Canal, we’ll spend the day traveling around the region, visiting radioactive and toxic waste burial grounds, ecologically and socio-economically abusive industries, and other sites of devastation. We’ll be joined by eyewitnesses and activists, who will provide more information about both the tragic history and hopeful future of the region.

This project is funded in part by a Sunday Soup grant from Sugar City!

The itinerary is still in development — contact Jordan Dalton (jordan.a.dalton-at-gmail.com) or the facebook event pagefor more details, suggestions, or to RSVP!

The tour will cost a suggested $5, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.


These are friends of Sugar City direct all direct questions to the BADL.

“Buffalo Arts Digital Library will be a digital library of contemporary artistic production in Buffalo. Made as part of a semester-long group project for UB’s Digital Libraries course, it is meant to be a prototype for further development that will include the work dozens of Buffalo artists; as such, it is not a complete view of the enormously productive arts scene in Buffalo

Buffalo Arts Digital Library (BADL) is seeking submissions from Buffalo area artists. The BADL Project is a prototype for an internet archive of contemporary artistic production in Buffalo being developed by graduate students of the UB MLS program. Works in creative writing, craft, visual, film, media, performance and music arts are eligible.

Please send work according to the specifications of your genre (below). Send as attachments to buffaloartslibrary@gmail.com by February 15, 2010. The subject line should include the artist’s full name as subject along with ‘BADL submission ( ex. Sam JonesBADL) Sending your work to us gives us the right to reproduce it online. If you do not own the copyright to a piece or have a contract with a studio that does not let you reproduce work, do not send that work.


An event for everyone to get involved

This is our 4th edition of SUNDAY SOUP! This time around we are looking for TWO winners-one original project and one project dedicated to being presented as part of the Sugar City’s anniversary party at WNYBAC in April.

Sugar City will share delicious soup (vegan and vegetarian!) and other yummy accompaniments. You will generously donate $5 to the future winning artists. Then, while we eat and relax artists will present their projects. Sunday Soup goers will select two artists to receive the donations collected that night-one original project and one commissioned project to be presented at our anniversary fundraiser.

Soup grants provide funding for small projects and a free show/ing at Sugar City. Projects can be anything such as fine art, media art, cooking, sewing, producing an album, whatever you can imagine using your creativity and imagination and would not be funded by traditional sources. The grants are completely unrestricted and will be awarded at the discretion of the attendees at Sunday Soup.

Please send a short proposal and whatever other materials you deem appropriate to buffalosugarcity@gmail.com. For the party we are looking for a multi-media piece-such as a performance, film , poetry reading, giveaway or installation that will be presented for one night only!

To be eligible to win a grant you must be in attendance and donate at the soup event. This event is as much about community building as supporting art making.

***PS let us know if you’d like to help prepare food or bring some treats!***

This project was inspired by Chicago’s Incubate (http://www.incubate-chicago.org/) and is dedicated to the memory of Ben Schaafsma.

Sunday Feb 28 7pm-9pm
19 Wadsworth St in Allentown

Past Winners
Tom Van Deusen “Rearing Your Tween”
Madeleine Cutrona “Urban Biospy”
Sugar City (in conjunction with a CEPA/InCubate residency) “Sunday Soup”


The last Saturday of the month is our regularly scheduled volunteer orientation. Please join us at 2pm if you are interested in learning more about Sugar City, want to become a regular volunteer or are interested in hosting events at the space.

We are always look for volunteers for event staffing, web management, writing press release, organizing the zine library,popcorn popping, listening to bands that are seeking shows, art installation, making repairs, food making/eating, email responding, gallery sitting, artist recruitment and more!

ALSO if you are just in a good mood and want to hang with us for the day come at 3pm to help us spruce up the space. We need to sweep, mop, fix hardcore dancing windmill punch holes in the wall, painting, make some informational signs, fix the distressed library, figure out what to do with the Christmas tree, setup a tea station, lift heavy stuff and more!



Friday, February 26, 7PM
LAZERWALTZER consists of Joey Viglietta & Brandon Schlia (formerly of “Old Engines”) and Bobby McGee & Colin Phelan (formerly of “Beard Fight”)




FREE FILM SCREENING: “The Films of Ladislav Starevic”
Monday, February 22nd, 8:00pm
**FREE** (including free popcorn and snacks)

Continuing Sugar City’s ongoing monthly series of classic cinema screenings, there will be a FREE screening of short films by Ladislav Starevic, the Russian animator and independent filmmaker who pioneered stop-motion puppet animation, on Monday February 22 at 8pm. Sugar City will be screening a selection of four of Starevic’s best films, almost all of which are unavailable in the U.S. and rarely if ever screened, including his most famous work “The Camerman’s Revenge” and a rarely-seen uncut version of “The Mascot”. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to enter the strange and wonderful world of one of the great masters of animation!

Although he remains a hugely important filmmaker due to his invention of stop-motion puppet animation 100 years ago, Starevic’s work would be notable no matter when it was made due to his bizarre and fantastically unique vision. Although ostensibly for children, Starevic’s weird and wonderful films exhibit a sensibility more in tune with the dark minds of Tim Burton or Edward Gorey than with other children’s films of his era (or any era). For starters, Starevic is notorious for using the actual dead bodies of insects, frogs, and other animals as the puppets in his films, giving them more than a twinge of the strange and bizarre. At the same time, like the best fables of Aesop and Grimm, the stories he told with his grotesque menagerie of puppets often had disturbingly adult themes lurking just below the surface.

“The Cameraman’s Revenge”, for example, follows the story of an adulterous beetle who spends his ‘business trips’ in a creepy insect burlesque house. “The Mascot” (aka “The Devil’s Ball”) is certainly the strangest film in Starevic’s strange body of work, telling the story of an adorable stuffed animal who comes to life, only to run into the Devil himself and become trapped in an unforgettably weird carnival of demons that makes fare like “The Corpse Bride” seem like an episode of Sesame Street. After seeing the rare, complete version that will be presented at Sugar City, it will be no mystery why Terry Gilliam (director of “Brazil”, “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”, and “The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus”) named “The Mascot” as one of his favorite films of all time.

For fans of recent films like “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, “Coraline”, or “The Fantastic Mr. Fox”, the strange and beautiful films of Ladislav Starevic are a must-see. Among the other pioneers of early cinema like Lumiere and Melies, Starevic’s name has been unfairly forgotten, due mostly to the general unavailability of his films in the West. But all it takes is one look at any of Starevic’s work to understand how far-reaching his influence remains, even 100 years later.

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