Elsewhere, the connecting flight had broken down. Photo by Nicole Zelniker.
April Parker and Matthew Giddings should not be allowed to fly an airplane under any circumstances.
Giddings, Executive Director of Elsewhere and Parker, Managing Director of Elsewhere, hosted the 12e Annual extravaganza at the eccentric Greensboro Living Museum and Artist Residency Saturday, an event that included a street party with live music and a simulated flight / tour around the museum.
The two boarded their flight, which was shown on a projection screen on the ground floor of Elsewhere, and zoomed into Greensboro and the third floor window. Unfortunately for them, they found themselves trapped in the ribbon room and unceremoniously thrown off the plane. After a quick encounter with a toy shark, they walked through the Hall of Mirrors as someone in the back of the audience laughed and shouted, “This is hilarious.”
“The theme is to take flight,” explained Devin Miller, an event volunteer. “It’s all about the start and finish. “
Throughout the evening, participants were invited to leave their homes to go to the museum and the terminal-themed street party, which the Elsewhere team took a long time to plan. . At one point, the theme was “back to basics,” but Giddings thought that word might be too strongly associated with NCA&T. Then the idea became transport. Finally, they landed on flights.
Miller was there as a flight attendant, one of the many volunteers who guided guests from points A to B. Miller, who previously worked with Giddings, said he immediately jumped at the chance to ‘help when asked.
“When he called us up and said, ‘Hey, we need volunteers for our exhibit,’ that wasn’t a problem,” said Miller, whose wife was also volunteering as a flight attendant. “We’ve been here a few times, maybe a dozen times, and we love what they are doing in the community. So when he called to ask for volunteers, I absolutely introduced myself.
This is Giddings’ first extravaganza as executive director and Parker’s first as managing director. Much of the event was new, including the many collaborations with the neighborhood. Every restaurant on Elm Street contributed to the event, either financially or with food, like most businesses. Elsewhere ended up with over $ 10,000 in sponsorships.
“To leave and to arrive is to mark this moment in the history of Elsewhere,” said Giddings. “The coming of this moment, the departure of the way we have organized extravagances in the past. “
Inside, Giddings began a tour of a group of a dozen passengers.
“This is our very first flight, so I hope you feel safe on this trip,” he said, standing in front of a projection screen. “There may be a few bugs, but because we do everything together you will be called upon to make sure we get to where we need to go safely.
“We will fly to Elsewhere, Terminal E,” he continued. “You will have about five minutes to prepare for your next flight. You will need to take your shoes off to safety, so be prepared for that, and you might want to say a prayer. His last comment earned him laughter from the group.
After the flight simulation played on screen, the group passed through the next room, where they were redirected to the bar behind the museum, where another volunteer was posing as a comedic and rather artistic vampire.
The charismatic facilitator showed the group his drawings which included a blank canvas, or “self-portrait”. At one point, he claimed that bats are better than cats.
“I can prove it alphabetically,” he said. He turned the page of his sketchbook, where he had alphabetized the words Bat, Cat, Dat, Eat, and Fat.
“You see?” he said. “Right at the top of the alphabet, it’s okay, ‘Bat.’ However, “Cat dat is eating, fat. “This elicited grateful laughs from the small crowd.
The group then dispersed into the street party. The bands played through the night, filling the cold November air with music that mingled with the sound of amused laughter from the audience. And even though this year’s event has just ended, the museum team is already planning the extravagance for next year, which, for now, will be themed around Nightmare on Elm Street.
“It’s on the mark for Ailleurs to be a bit on the top,” Giddings said. “There is a maxim that we keep repeating, that ‘more is more’. So, we often just did what was more complicated, collaborative, and fun, even though we weren’t making as much money as we would have hoped. The investment in all of these relationships is more than a certain number of dollars.
The next event by the way is a 24 hours Fort Night Membership Campaign, the event being free for members, $ 5 for children and $ 15 for adults.