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.


Sunday, December 13th 6PM. $5.

Failures’ Union – http://www.myspace.com/thefailuresunion
Local 90’s alt-rock.

Tin Armor – http://www.myspace.com/tinarmor
Catchy jangly indie rock from Columbus, OH.

The Sidekicks – http://www.myspace.com/sidekicks
Pop Punk from Cleveland, OH that doesn’t sound like the garbage that came out on Lookout! in the 90’s.

Fences Make Good Neighbors – http://www.myspace.com/fencesmakegoodneighbors
Local Acoustic/Drums/Keyboards from Mark from Exit Strategy, Renee from Mohawk, and Tony from Failures’ Union.

12.11 pre-show

Bustin Out pre-party….

Friday December 11, 2009
Everything Falls Apart
Ida Sessions

$3.00 Donation



Join Us for a reading adn book signing by Colleen Dunphy.
Saturday 12.5 7pm

Dunphy has had 3 short stories published in a compilation book, Best Lesbian Erotica 2010. This is her first major publication and the event is in celebration of that, as well as bringing a different kind of art to the community.

You can find more information on the book here. Colleen has lived her whole life in Buffalo.



Sugar City presents:
Exhibition: Tuesday, December 1st through Thursday, December 3rd 2009
Opening: December 1st 7 to 10 pm, artists in attendance

Sugar City is presenting the work of two established student artist’s Brielle Simone Greenberg and Nicole June Wurstner. Both artists deal with the self and the different personas they reflect and fabricate. They explore their inner characters and express them through visual presentation.

Brielle Simone Greenberg’s work, Come And See, visually reflects the confusion and the difficulty one faces when trying to escape his or her past. With the use of pixilated imagery and mirrors, her artwork invites the viewer to see a visual deterioration and to witness what is exposed thereafter.

Brielle Simone Greenberg is a fine art student at The University At Buffalo. She works within the various mediums of photography, sound, and film. Her themes tend to deal with the self and psychology.

Nicole June Wurstner’s work, Epitomic Anatomies, consists of an ethereal scene of sculptural configurations of the woman and the self. The construction of the sculptures, primarily based on actual human height,
coil and intertwine with each other in search for the embodiment and ownership of a body. The sculptures are covered in various fabrics correlating instances of sexual objectification and the conscious apprehension of sexualization.

Nicole June Wurstner studies Fine Art as an undergraduate at The University at Buffalo. Her artwork largely focuses on connotations of the self. Her selection of mediums varies from photography, sculpture, and installation based work.



Book launch for Nava Fader’s All the Jawing Jackdaw from local publisher BlazeVox. Gallery exhibit featuring collage artist and cover designer Maureen Matthews. With poetry readings by Nava Fader and Robin Brox.
Friday, December 4
$5 donation requested.
Art on view thru 12.12
Sat 12.5 24, Thurs 12.10 68, Fri 12.11 6-8, and Sat 12.12 2-4pm


Thursday 11.19 7pm
POETRY NIGHT IS BACK! We do miss our pal Doug Manson who put together our monthly series Endocrinology. But our new pal Richard is here to keep the idea alive! 7pm. Arrive on time to get an open slot to share your writing! Or just come on down to take a listen.


Special Guest appearance by Berlin artists Mathias Jud and Christoph Wachter

Wachter / Jud (Honorary Mention ARS 2006, Honorary Mention Transmediale 2008, Winner Cynetart 2008) are in Buffalo as part of their first US tour this week. Wachter / Jud’s work visualizes forces we are subject to, but have no control over. They are the creators of Zone*Interdite, a community project that maps restricted military areas around the globe and unveiled secret prisons such as the children’s prison in Guantanamo or Bagram, Afghanistan as well as Picidae, a message passing system that converts texts into images and makes them illegible to common forms of filtering and censorship.Wachter / Jud will present their work at UB’s Department of Media Study and Sugar City on Tuesday November 17 (3pm and 9pm).

Presentation: Department of Media Study, University at Buffalo, CFA232, Tuesday, November 17, 3pm

Discussions: Sugar City, 19 Wadsworth St., Buffalo, Tuesday, November 17, 9pm

Both events are open to all. Limited seating available. Please arrive early.