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.

12.13.09 Sunday Soup


Sunday Soup at CEPA Gallery
$5 donation to the current Soup Grant Fund
Sunday 12.13 Noon-2pm
617 Main Street, Buffalo, NY
(716) 856-2717
with performances from Mock Syringa and Russell Pascatore

Sugar City is excited to host the closing reception for “Repair Shop.” We will share delicious soup and other accompaniments. You will generously donate to the future Sunday Soup winning artist. Then, while we eat and relax you can review the project proposals that have been submitted to CEPA over the course of the current exhibit Conversation Pieces. Sunday Soup goers will vote via ballot and select an artist to receive all the donations collected throughout the course of the exhibit. The grants are completely unrestricted and will be awarded at the discretion of the attendees at Sunday Soup.

As part of the current exhibit Conversation Pieces, Chicago-based collectives InCUBATE (Institute for Community Understanding Between Art and The Everyday) and Material Exchange, together with architect Adam Bobbette and CEPA Gallery has created a growing fund to support small artist initiatives or community-based projects with a focus on those projects less likely to receive funding support elsewhere. The SOUP GRANT is foremost a method of arts funding that is both transparent and participatory. It draws upon entrepreneurial and grass-roots strategies in its generation. Grant applications are posted for the public and those people who have contributed to the fund are afforded the opportunity to vote on its recipients. The program is part of “Repair Shop” a collaborative project with local non-profit Buffalo Re-Use to build out CEPA’s FLUX Gallery as an evolving and performative installation.

Sugar City holds the Buffalo’s own version of Sunday Soup. Past winners includes Tom Van Deusen’s Rearing Your Tween and Madeleine Cutrona’s Urban Biopsy.

Conversation Pieces is an exhibition that brings together projects by artists who stage, subvert, provoke, intervene in or document public dialogues. These projects have multiple, often interrelated objectives: claiming public space, time and attention to start specific conversations around specific issues; questioning the current states, definitions, and limits of dialogue in the public realm; and presenting alternative possibilities for or re-imaginings of the public through various models of participation in (variously public) dialogues. Visit http://www.cepagallery.org/ for more information

12.19 Tough Stuff from the Buff

Saturday December 19th 8pm $3 donation.
Tough Stuff from the Buff: Experimental and Activist Video from the Fringes of Buffalo, NY

with co-organizers Dave Gracon and Julie Perini!!!!

Tough Stuff from the Buff makes It home! The film program, brought to you by ex-pats Mark Moscato, David Gracon and Julie Perini, highlights Buffalo’s little known Do-It-Yourself (DIY) media arts community, focusing on contemporary works that blur the lines between video art, personal documentary and media activism. Representing a diverse group of artists, from accomplished media makers to youth-produced projects, the collection reflects the city’s public spaces, political struggles and its resiliency under late capitalism. Artist include: Chris Ernst, Tony Conrad, Meg Knowles, Critical Art Ensemble, Terry Cuddy, Kelly Spivey, Stephanie Gray, and more!

Buffalo has only recently started to become recognized for its lo-fi, experimental and uncompromising body of film and video. Last year’s release of Buffalo Heads: Media Study , Media Practice, Media Pioneers, 1973-1990 (MIT, 2008) has brought renewed interest in the city’s media community and the organizations that have fostered its vibrancy, including New York State Council on the Arts, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, University at Buffalo’s Department of Media Study and Squeaky Wheel. Tough Stuff from the Buff acknowledges the origins of this tradition, while focusing on contemporary examples of those persevering against the odds of creating media in a dying rustbelt town.

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12.11 Bustin’ Out IV

Bustin’ Out IV- Sugar City Dance Party and Mix tape Exchange
Friday, December 11 10pm
Soundlab 110 Pearl St
$4 21+ / $5 under
$1 off with a Mix Tape/CD to trade

Rockers, soul boys, and punks – come together! Sugar City presents a party that’ll smack you upside your head and make you remember the power of rock and roll! Featuring all your favorites from legends like James Brown, Otis Redding, The Ramones, New York Dolls, Curtis Mayfield, Devo, and many more. Bring a mix CD or tape to show your friends how hip you are and get a buck off!

Groove to tunes by Sugar Citiy’s soulman and resident punk Dan Carosa, La Cacahouette’s heavy hitting rocker Blake Ellman and special guest DJ’s- Professor of New Wave and all things fabulous Dan O and Queen City Rollergirl #66 and beat-master Lease A Hearse. Come on down Friday night to get up, shake your hips, and let your backbone slip!

Sugar City’s made it through 2009 with your support! Let’s celebrate and carry the vibes into the next year. Anniversary Party coming in January 2010.