It’s another FREE FILM SCREENING @ Sugar City:
“Freaks” (1932) by Tod Browning
Monday, March 22, 8:00pm
(Come early to enjoy free popcorn and refreshments, and a program of vintage trailers and shorts!)

Few films in cinema history are as notorious as Tod Browning’s “Freaks” (1932), which stunned audiences and shocked critics by casting actual deformed “human oddities” as themselves in a behind-the-scenes tale of love, deceit and revenge amongst a traveling carnival. The unforgettable cast is made up of a who’s-who of the top sideshow attractions of the era, including the legless Johnny Eck, the conjoined Hilton Sisters, the hermaphrodite Joseph Josephine, Prince Randian the Human Torso, and lead actor Harry Earles, who was 30 years old and 39 inches tall at the time of filming.

The plot follows the midget Hans, who is seduced by the evil trapeze artist Cleopatra with the aim of poisoning him to get at his fortune. Slowly, Cleopatra ingratiates herself into the private society of freaks until she is fully accepted as “one of us” in a bizarre, elaborate ceremony. Eventually her scheme is found out, however, and the freaks exact a horrifying revenge on her in the film’s unforgettable climax.

Far from being exploitative, director and ex-circus performer Tod Browning (whose previous film was the horror classic Dracula starring Bela Lugosi) took great pains to humanize his cast and present them with dignity, showing them not as monsters but as honorable individuals who hold proudly to a code of conduct that takes an affront to one as an affront to all.

The empowering message was entirely lost on audiences at the time, though, and it was met with near-universal revulsion on its release. Critics were horrified by the frank treatment of the deformed cast, and some audience members at early screenings literally ran for the exits. The film ignited controversy in every city where it played, and was frequently banned (but not in Buffalo, incidentally, where it sold out the Court Street Theatre for 4 days straight). The U.K. prevented it from being shown for 30 years. Not until the 1960s was the film unearthed and rediscovered as the invaluable cultural artifact that we know it as today.

So come on out to Buffalo’s favorite all-ages culture spot Sugar City on Monday 3/22 for another FREE night of unforgettable classic cinema.

Olga The Bearded Lady!
Joseph Josephine, the half-man/half-woman!
Johnny Eck, the Half-Boy!
Prince Randian, the Human Torso!
Schlitzie The Monkey Girl!
Koo-Koo the Bird Girl!
Harry and Daisy Doll, the 3-ft Midgets!
The Living Skeleton!
Frances the Armless Girl!
Daisy and Violet, the Siames Twins!


Come down to Sugar City Sunday, March 14th 6PM for an intimate evening of songs ranging the gamut. Featured this night from out of town is Brandon Schmitt, currently an Ithaca-based songsmith, Brandon has a sound eerie and stark, reminiscent of Daniel Johnston, but with a sensibility and sense of humor fully in the moment. A Relative Term is the vehicle for songs written by Mark Longoluocco, a resident of our fair city for the past 5 years or so; his sound ranges from somber to vibrant and at times features a cast of local all stars as his backing band. Sonny Baker & the Machinery is the moniker for Sonny Baker’s solo craft, blending talents from local all stars well and evoking early Americana and modern indie freak folk all the same.


Sugar Ciy zine making party @ Buffalo Small Press Fair
planning meeting
Wednesday, March 10
8:00pm – 10:00pm
sugar city

we need your help for this year’s Buffalo Small Press Fair Saturday March 27th!!!!

Sugar City needs volunteers for our table and our all-day zine making event!!!!!!!!!

above image is the beautiful zine Tom Van Deusen designed for Sugar City to present at the Small Press Fair in 2009

THIS YEAR’S PLAN: a zine by the people, for the people called: by the people, for the people

Inspired by our pals Hit Factorie we will make a collaborative zine in ONE DAY!
This is a cyclical event where participants can contribute their artistic talents, learn some cool zine making/binding techniques and help the space live long and prosper!

Partcipants each design 1-2 pages for Sugar City’s 2010 zine (we will provide art supplies and etc). Everyone that contributes will leave their name and email address and they will get a free copy of the zine (when they are mass produced) and they will be invited to the zine binding party where we will pump out over 100 copies of the zine to be sold at the space, our next fundraiser party, the Allentown art fest, distributed to zine libraries and more!!!

to come to the planning meeting to:
1. plan this project
2. list/gather/donate supplies
3. sign up to volunteer to man the table and smile at the small press fair
4. meet a few days before the small press fair to make signs and get the supplies all set.

so please come and tell your friends about our cooool ideas.

ps don’t forget about our cooooool sunday soup grant program this sunday 2.27 at 7pm…

Art in Review: 3.13.09-4.3.09

Hello. Sugar City is really proud to have presented several “nontraditional” art exhibits. Part of our mission is to showcase works of art that have may not receive space from traditional sources. We are going to begin reviewing some of our past featured artists on this website. Some of our fans may not have been able to visit in awhile or even since the opening. We just want to let you know about the neat work we strive to showcase.

First Up:
Sweettalker by Tom Hughes


Tom Hughes just had a show at the Buffalo Arts Studio and was a solo-exhibitor as part of “Top Spin” at the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University. Tom stated that the work he featured at Sugar City helped him workout the ideas that were expressed in his later shows. Tom is currently an art professor at Erie Community College and received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin in 2005. Tom’s artwork has been received international and national exposure with exhibitions in Rome, Italy, Madison, WI and at Sugar City in Buffalo, NY. The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is exhibiting Tom’s work in the
regional/international biennale, Beyond/In Western New York in the Fall of 2010.





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.