Sugar City, the plucky alternative arts venue that opened its doors in 2009 and quickly became a major center for the city's vibrant DIY art and music scene, is closing. Word has it that its building at 19 Wadsworth St. has been purchased by someone who intends to turn it into a venue for chamber music. It's a surprising about-face for a place that had built a reputation for outside-the-box programming over the past three years.

But Sugar City's founder, Aimee Buyea, is optimistic about the future of the organization, which she said is looking for a new home. In the meantime, Sugar City will celebrate its final days at 19 Wadsworth with what it has dubbed, in characteristic Sugar City style, "30 Days of Awesome."

The month of awesomeness kicks off Saturday with the organization's periodic "Soul Night" fundraiser at the Elmwood Lounge (522 Elmwood Ave.) and continues Wednesday with open figure drawing at Sugar City, a poetry workshop Thursday and lots of other events, many to be announced. Check out the venue's Facebook page ( for updates on its final month.

-- Colin Dabkowski