The Earth is crumbling. Disease is rampant, population is out of control, ice caps are melting. Of course, the logical thing to do is pack up and relocate –– to outer space.
Several Fort Worth artists operating under the moniker of theHomecoming Committee have banded together to create “our ticket out of here,” the group says in a sarcastically officious press statement. In an artistic spoof, the committee has designed a “crude/crewed launch demo, a prototype based on existing cargo-capsule designs, modified for human travel” and will unveil the XLP-11 –– “a spaceship by the people, for the people!” –– at 9pm on Saturday at 2525 Weisenberger St. in Fort Worth. The XLP-11 was built by the committee’s own Christopher Blay, Timothy Harding, and Kris Pierce, with help from guest artists Elliot Johnson and M.
Attendees/prospective passengers are encouraged to bring to the launch party one item: old lights, tin foil, out-moded electronics, “whatever else it takes to get to space.” Cover is $5 for contributors; $10 for folks “who just want a seat.” Prospective passengers also can visit www.homecomingcommittee.com to donate $5 or more to reserve a ticket. The first 100 online donors will receive a limited edition Homecoming button. Entertainment on Saturday will be provided by DJ Juan Solo; open bar for 21-and-uppers. “Space-garb is strongly encouraged,” the committee says. “Help us help you reach the stars!” — Anthony Mariani
Homecoming Committee’s Launch Party is at 9pm Sat at 2525 Weisenberger St, FW. $5-10. Open bar.