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A benefit for Sugar City's Aimee Buyea

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Aimee Buyea sits on the steps of Sugar City, the alternative arts center she founded in 2009, shortly after its opening. Photo by Sharon Cantillon / The Buffalo News.

Almost a month ago, Sugar City co-founder Aimee Buyea suffered serious injuries after being struck by a vehicle while riding her bike. She's now on the mend, and to help her along, her friends and supporters are throwing Buyea a benefit at the arts venue she helped to found some two years ago. The benefit gets started at 4 p.m. Saturday and runs through 10 p.m., after which it'll move down the street to Nietzsche's.

The Sugar City portion of the evening, according to a release, features "a dinner prepared by a roster of Sugar City's resident chefs, a Chinese auction featuring contributions from many local artists and businesses, live music by Al Larsen, The Mordaunt Sisters, and The ________ Hotlights, a reading by Matthew Baker Thompson, and a film screening curated by Liz Flyntz."

Afterwards, at Nietzsche's, supporters of Buyea can drink and dance to the beats of DJs ABCDJ, Frankie Rainbows and MJB Corporation. Admission is a cool $10, which goes to help Buyea pay her bills while she's laid up.

Having met Aimee on a number of ocassions and interviewed her for these pages, I can tell you that she has been one of the leading forces in the latest evolution of Buffalo's vibrant alternative arts scene.

"The landscape of the Buffalo art scene would look very different today without Aimee's years of hard work and devotion," the release reads.

I couldn't agree more.

--Colin Dabkowski


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