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.

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

check out more at

Put your record on.

Tuesday June 16 9-11pm @ Sugar City 19 Wadsworth ST

Put your records on. A monthly community listening party.
Bring your favorite records and play us all a song!
We will be making a mix of the music we play.
Bring a CD or cassette if you’d like a copy. There will be refreshments too! Donations welcome to keep Sugar City sweet.

Time is ticking!

Sugar City presents Double Incidence, a camera obscura by Buffalo artist Mark McLoughlin. Using inexpensive materials, McLoughlin has created an ephemeral installation where soft light projects onto two
screens in the darkened gallery space.

Come and groove to the passing of (real) time at Sugar City, 19 Wadsworth, in Allentown.

TWO WEEKS LEFT- its best to view this when the sun is still out-come for a saturday afternoon adventure.
THUR June 4 6-8
SAT June 6 1-4
THUR June 11 6-8
FRI June 12 5:30-8
SAT June 13 1-4

read about it in the Buffalo News!


Sunday June 14 Sugar City presents Swap-O-Rama-Rama
Clothing Swap
Free Do-It-Yourself Workstations
1-4pm $3 donation with a bag of clothes $5 donation without.
Sugar City
19 Wadsworth St (in Allentown)

Bring any size bag of your unwanted clothes-swap them for something new and then get creative! At Swap-O-Rama-Rama you get access to everything from sewing machines to silk screens, and all the supplies and coaching you’ll need to make an amazing garment, a new tote or anything you can dream up.

Swap-O-Rama-Rama is a clothing swap and series of do-it-yourself workshops originally organized by Wendy Treymayne ( in which a community explores creative reuse through the recycling of used clothing.

When you attend the swap bring a bag of your unwanted clothing is possible and a small donation. Every swap begins with a giant collective pile of clothing, the unwanted clothing of all who attend. Everyone is welcome to dive in and find their next new/used items from the pile. Take as little or as much clothing from this pile as you like, it’s all free.

After you have chosen your new clothes slide on over to one of the sewing stations and attend a workshop. Learn to make modifications or totally transform your finds. Each swap features a variety of workshops by local artists who are there to share their sewing and modification secrets with you. All the materials you need to sew, embroider, bead, fix, repair, knit etc, are supplied.

IF YOU HAVE A SKILLS such as sewing, embroidery, knitting, screen-printing and other applicable abilities we would love to have you volunteer to help run this great event! Email us