A little more than two years ago, a group of do-it-yourself artists and music-lovers got together, gathered up their collective clout and raised some funds to start a new arts center. Shortly thereafter, Sugar City opened its doors in Allentown.
Since then, the grassroots arts center has played host to dozens of innovative art installations, concerts and communal arts activities of nearly every stripe. And tonight, the center will celebrate its success with a wildly eclectic, two-venue evening of performances, comedy, music and art that reflects "the Sugar City spirit of doing it together and celebrating our grassroots community."
Things get started at an unnamed space at 523 Main St. and include a visit from Ric Royer and Lexie Mountain, a pair of "comedic characters" that will serve as emcees, experimental electronica from UVB-76, "tough beats and harsh licks" from local band A Hotel Nourishing and an exhibition of experimental films that are part of Liz Flyntz and Anna Scime's "free art journal." At 10:30 p.m., the much-loved 1 2/8 Path Band will make an appearance and the entire party will march with the band to the nearest Metro Rail station and on to Soundlab (110 Pearl St.), where the second half of the party will commence.
Tickets are $5 to $10. For more information, visit www.buffalosugarcity.com.
-- Colin Dabkowski