Old Info Noisebridge needs money. An idea is circulating to host a benefit/fundraiser event at Noisebridge in March or April (Ides of March or April Fool's Day soiree?) It could be a simple affair with art for sale donated by local artists, or a splendid gala event with performances, bands, alt fashion show, &c (someone suggested a hacker art auction). Potential really fab way to replenish the NB coffers, clear out old stuff & revitalize the space with new members. In order for it to happen, a bunch of people must come together to organize & commit. People already tentatively involved include DanF, TLongshanks, KimKim & Gay Jew Josh (written w/ approval). To get involved, subscribe & post to Noisebridge-discuss or you can email noizparty-at-riseup.net. With the art auction w/ 100% of proceeds to NB.
Stan's Thoughts: I will help. Just let me know what I should do next. Just pick a date and I will pack the place with volunteers and deep pockets as I am a certifiable event organizer. In the 1990's I was the local arrangements chair for two different ACM conferences held in San Francisco. These were in different years and held in local event venues. The first was 3.5 days long and the second one was 12 days. I personally negotiated all the contracts for the hall(s), catering, banquets, transporation, etc., and I know how to motivate volunteers for 100% volunteer projects. I know the first event was a success as I was later told the event made money for ACM.
Tony's Thoughts The firstname.lastname@example.org email address I started for this purpose will remain active & I will check it regularly. A NB-er named Dwayne Crosby has offered his band to perform in a benefit if we want it; he can be reached at wineandspearit-at-gmail.com. Also, my friend Stan, who offered to help organize & attract donors, has experience & can really Get Things Done, said as follows: "The NB event should be 6-8 weeks in the future, or it will be hard to get groups to commit. The NB place is not that large, so organizing something that fills it up is not to hard. The difficult aspect is attracting people with deep pockets and motivating them to donate."