Soup for 2nd Floor Rear: A fundraiser and community meal

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Our 2015 Indiegogo campaign ends this Saturday (January 24) at 11:59 PT, and we’re capping it off with a community meal to benefit the campaign.


So how does this work? 

We’ll round up pots of soup and other goodies from friends, artists, and neighborhood partners, schlep it all to Crown Liquors, and set it up dive bar banquet-style. You’ll show up, contribute a pay-what-you-want donation, and enjoy a great meal with friends and friendly strangers. (We’ll take cash, check, or on-site contributions to our Indiegogo.) Wash it down with Crown Liquors’ super affordable drink specials. Stick around after the meal for drinks and dancing, tunes compliments of DJ Jay Parkin. To recap:

What: A fundraiser and community meal to benefit 2nd Floor Rear 2015

When: Saturday, February 24 at 7pm

Where: Crown Liquors (2821 N. Milwaukee Ave.)

Why: Because you ❤ us, and want to hang out

RSVP on Facebook and invite friends here.

Can’t make it? You can still contribute! Follow this link to our Indiegogo campaign to pledge your support by January 24.

Want to donate a pot of soup, or other edible? Get in touch with us ASAP at

Warm in the Winter Festival Readiness Kits

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A donation of $30 or more to our 2015 Indiegogo Campaign gets you a canvas tote (item 1) emblazoned with our 2015 poster design, courtesy 2Fr designer-in-perpetual-residence, Silvia Vasilescu (item 2). The tote will be filled with stuff to make you warm and keep you going (items 3 and 4). Proceeds benefit 2nd Floor Rear 2015. A donation of $30 gets you a better festival with more perks, and some sweet essentials that’ll make attending easier. It’s a reward that gives both ways.

Pledge your support here.

2nd Floor Rear 2015 VOLUNTEER-INS


Sometimes it takes a village to raise village-wide event. We 2nd-floorers need all the help we can get to get this year’s festival off the ground. During the last three weekends in January, we’ll be collaborating with partner spaces around the city to host volunteer-ins.

What’s a volunteer-in? Think of it as a drop-in jam session for people with time, administrative skills, enthusiasm, and/or arts-and-craftsiness to spare. During each session, we’ll have a list of short(ish) tasks, complete with pointers and instructions, that just about anyone can complete. Tasks will vary, from posting fliers to sewing, folding, research, computery things, and more.

Each volunteer-in features sneak peek programming relevant to 2nd Floor Rear 2015, as well as refreshments, conversation, camaraderie, a chance to meet people involved with the festival, and deep gratitude. As an added bonus, we’re awarding an arty (or festival-related) prize to the person who completes the most tasks over the course of all three weekends.

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