Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo

Tuesday Jan 19 7pm
Sugar City is excited to host the 1st official meeting of
Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo.

This is the new Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo Networking Group. An arm of the national Americans for the Arts Emerging Leader Program that works to identify and cultivate the next generation of arts leaders in America. It is a place for new leaders to share their interests with others as they continue to develop their skills and their commitment to the arts. The Emerging Leader Program targets professionals who are either new to the arts field, with up to five to ten years of work experience in the arts, or are 40 years of age or younger.

More Information about the national program:


Sat Jan 16th
$5 7PM All Ages

7:00- The Bella Donna
7:30- Goodnight From The Desert (Tour Return)
8:10-Walls (New Buffalo Pop Punk)
8:50-Sounds Of Goodbye (Tour Return)
9:30-Smoke And Mirrors (Erie,PA)


1.5 The Rainbow Connection Zine Tour

The Rainbow Connection: Richard Hunt, Gay Muppeteer: Zine tour
Tuesday January 5, 2009
8pm $3 donation
Sugar City 19 Wadsworth St
Buffalo, N

Author Jessica Max Stein is coming to Buffalo to support the zine “The Rainbow Connection: Richard Hunt, Gay Muppeteer” Richard Hunt was a central puppeteer on the international blockbusters
Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, playing Scooter, Statler (in thebalcony), Janice, Beaker and even briefly Miss Piggy and Elmo. He was also out and proud. He died of AIDS in 1992 at the age of 40.

The 84-page chapbook is part meticulously researched biography, part celebration and analysis of Hunt’s work, and part queer reading of the Muppets. The presentation combines stories from the zine with about an hour’s worth of video clips of Hunt’s work. This is the second leg of the Rainbow Connection zine tour, which was a big hit at bookstores in Manhattan, Madison, Minneapolis, Portland OR and San Francisco.

“The Rainbow Connection: Gay Muppeteer Richard Hunt” is Jessica Max Stein’s 10th zine. Her zines “The Long Walk Back to Myself” and “Mad Love” are also available from Microcosm Publishing (http://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/zines/2858/). She teaches English at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Her writing has appeared in many publications including The Sun Magazine, The Indypendent and make/shift magazine.