Time for a Raod Trip! Ce Soir Arts Readers to Fantasy Faire LitFest this Week!

Every year, we join thousands of Second Life™ residents who get more excited about FANTASY FAIRE! There is just so much to love about this spring event. Of course, part of that is the fact that all funds raised go to benefit RELAY FOR LIFE OF SL™ – a long-standing charity in our virtual world that is connected to the American Cancer Society. I’m posting the link to the LitFest Schedule at the Fantasy Faire website…and do check those impressive fundraising totals that are posted on that page as they add up! This is definitely something everyone can take part in, because absolutely every L$ counts!

We’re especially excited this year, as several of our regular readers at The Magic Tree will be sharing some wonderful poetry, music, and stories at this year’s event. It all happens for us on a grand Road Trip this very week! Here’s the pictorial schedule – and more details below about each event. It’s going to be exceptional, so do come along!

 

Here are a few details about each special reading along with the LM for Undertoe. That is the reading area at the Trollhaugen region. It’s a lovely wooded area, just perfect for our readers from The Magic Tree!

Russell Eponym, Poet Laureate of Ce Soir Arts, will stream LIVE from Wales to join us at LitFest for Fantasy Faire! This will be at his usual reading time at The Magic Tree – NOON on Tuesday, 23 April. His extensive knowledge, kindly spirit, and lively wit and wisdom make every hour an unforgettable experience. Reading from an eclectic mix of some of the best poets and writers of all time, he sometimes peppers in his own original writing. Russell generally opens with a beautiful selection of music from across the artistic horizon and often brings out the guitar for an original song. It’s absolutely magical!

On Wednesday, 24 April, the lovely Aoife Lorefield – a principal with Team Fantasy Faire – will read wonderful stories from beloved science fiction and children’s author Ursula K. Le Guin. LitFest is honouring Le Guin, and Aoife has a lovely reading style that is perfect for her chosen selections. Her reading will gather us into the stories, and we’ll be taken on an enchanting journey at Undertoe. We’ll see you there!

Immediately following Aoife, the gifted poet Morgue McMillan-Shoreland will take the Reader’s Throne. Her marvelous original works are often deeply moving, touching on important issues and elements from life. Her selections are a symphony of beauty and expression. Do come join us at 11 AM SLT!

Next (NOON SLT), Stranger Nightfire will read from his extensive collection of striking poetry at LitFest as we continue our Road Trip to Fantasy Faire. He often touches on serious issues that we deal with in life. Do come join us to enjoy his exceptional reading style. You might catch an original poem or two!

Then, we take a break and come back to our home base at Ce Soir Arts. Russell Eponym will provide us with 90 minutes of wonderful music and dancing at Château Ce Soir. Join us HERE at 2 PM for a delightful time with Russell and friends! The music is exceptional – what Russell terms Folk, Blues, and Beyond! It’s a growing collection of historical folktales set to music and some of his own outstanding original songs. (By the way, check out his slideshow of original art and lyrics at the Spring Awakenings Art Exhibit that is open into May at Ce Soir Arts. It’s lovely!)

We’ll return to LitFest on Friday, 26 April. At NOON, we’ll gather once more at Undertoe for more wonder! This time, Ǣon Woodford will read this fanciful (and a bit grim!) tale from the rich imagination of Ursula Le Guin. The Poacher is a fascinating tale that will have our attention throughout the hour. A peasant boy discovers a gigantic bramble hedge, and spends all his free time cutting a tunnel through its branches. dreaming of what he will find. When he breaks through, he finds an enchanted castle with all of its occupants asleep – as if under a spell – including a sleeping beauty! Come along to enjoy!

To say we are pleased to take part in this lovely literary event would be an understatement indeed. It is our joy to bring excellent storytelling to Fantasy Faire 2019 – and to support the efforts of all on behalf of Relay for Life of SL™ and the American Cancer Society™. These organisations make such an incredible difference in the lives of so many! Seeking the cure for cancers of various types by professional research and exploration is just the beginning. Training for medical personnel and assistance for patients and their loved ones is essential, bringing people together in caring and hope. Please join us in the fun of Fantasy Faire 2019 – and do donate what you can, by purchasing items or simply clicking the donation kiosks with your gift. Thank you!

 

Ostara: Goddess of Spring – A Concert with Terra Merhyem at Ce Soir Arts – 08 April

Terra Merhyem is an artist who has two sculptural pieces in the SPRING AWAKENINGS Art Exhibit at Ce Soir Arts. Both are exceptional, celebrating the beauty of spring and the strength of women. We are pleased to have these works displayed and available to patrons of the exhibit into May 2019. You must come see them – and indeed, the entire region-wide exhibit celebrating the beauty of spring.

You are also invited to join us for a special event (at 1:30 PM SLT on 08 April) to celebrate with Terra as she brings her music to honour the arrival of the season. Come enjoy Terra and her musical selections in an atmosphere of art and the beauty of spring. Wander and enjoy the many works of art that are part of the exhibit and dance to this beautiful music as we celebrate. To join us, catch this sweet spring breeze HERE.

Terra shares that Ostara is the German Goddess of the Spring and also a pagan festival celebrated at the time of the spring equinox. It symbolizes the renewal of the life and the earth, after a cold and harsh winter, and the return of the Goddess as the season blossoms.

See you there!

Spring Awakenings at Ce Soir Arts…and beautiful readings at The Magic Tree

With the region brimming with beautiful artistic representations of the awakening of spring, we continue on with exceptional literary events at The Magic Tree. In fact, three of our readers have some of their writing – paired with art (some of it their very own) – for your enjoyment. Do stop near The Magic Tree to have a look at Poet Laureate Russell Eponym‘s original paintings paired with his own song lyrics. Eleven in all are shared in a slideshow that is charming indeed! Additionally, some of poet Morgue McMillan-Shoreland‘s original writings are presented with illustrative photographs – and I share some of my Words & Pictures (original poetry and photographs).

 

This week, we have another wonderful hour with the Poet Laureate at his usual Tuesday hour at noon SLT. Russell Eponym‘s readings are always a joy, as various storybooks, poetry, and thoughtful writings are shared. Presently, he is reading from Bob Dylan’s Chronicles, Vol I (2004). It’s a fascinating look at Dylan’s early career and offers many insights into his talent. Russell often shares from Richard Templar’s The Rules of Life and another wonderful life guide – Zen Guitar by Philip Toshio Sudo. Add to these a beautiful array of poetry from across the ages AND some very interesting music to share (his own and others), it’s always a marvelous hour! Join us at Noon each Tuesday.

Also this week, Wednesday’s Storytime at The Magic Tree brings us wonders galore! We alternate each week and this time, the three-hour event begins with Master Storyteller Bryn Taleweaver bringing us a variety of excellent stories – some has written himself. He often shares frightening chills and thrills as well as outstanding humourous and dramatic pieces for our entertainment. Bryn reads with an amazing array of dialects and characterisations that are incredibly appealing, drawn directly from the literature and his own rich imagination. Join us at 1 PM and experience it for yourself!

Well-known reader and writer Dubhna Rhiadra steps up next at 1 PM SLT, bringing along with her a vast collection of fantasy and other readings. She is an incredible sleuth when it comes to finding exceptional tales to tell – many of them historic and cultural in nature. She is an animated reader, and an hour with her is always an adventure. She has been reading The King of the Copper Mountains by Paul Biegel. Old King Masolain is dying…unless the Wonder Doctor can find a cure. As he searches, the kingdom’s inhabitants visit each night to keep the King going with interesting stories. I think we’ll discover this week if the doctor delivers the cure in time. Join us for the intrigue!

To wrap up Storytime this week, beloved writer and reader Caledonia Skytower joins us for an hour that is always just a joy. Her collection of outstanding stories and poetry is truly exceptional, and her reading is sensitive and expressive. Last time, Cale shared one of her own writings – the first of the Liam stories, The Fairy Tree. Our young man had an adventure, rich with learning and growth, and it was a delight to hear. We can’t wait for another installment! However, Cale – who is a principal at the wonderful Seanchai Library – has a rich compendium of her own works as well as those from others. She specializes in Celtic literature, but draws from the world’s best authors including the likes of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. In short, she brings everything from drama and riotous humour when she’s at The Magic Tree. We hope you can join us at 3 PM SLT.

Enjoy Spring – especially if you are in the Northern Hemisphere. Our friends from “down under” the Equator can come enjoy the season in-world too! The point is beauty…and we have it in abundance at Ce Soir Arts. Come…be inspired tonight!

Awakenings Art Exhibit Opening Thursday!

Awakenings CelebrationThe Spring Awakenings Art Exhibit opens this Thursday at Ce Soir Arts, and we have quite a party in store! Russell kicks off the party at 2 PM and then…well see the notes above and below for details – and do plan to join us!

SPRING OPENING SCHEDULE

Château Ce Soir          The Ruins at Ce Soir Arts

We have stunning spring awakenings art from a range of outstanding artists, and it’s all over the region for your enjoyment! There are announcement stones at each gallery and location that note the artists exhibiting. Click those signs for Artist Statements and Biographies that will enhance your enjoyment of these exceptional works. The theme has been followed from various interesting perspectives.

As you wander about in the beautiful spring environment, ask yourself the questions these artists have answered in their work: “What inspires you, moves your spirit, broadens your horizons? What frees you of winter doldrums, those things that hold you back in darker times? Ask yourself…hear your own answer in your own voice. What does it whisper to you…or shout?”

Enjoy the work of (in alphabetical order by first name): Ǣon Woodford, Amy Inawe, CybeleMoon, Daze Landar, Fae Varriale, Isabel Hermano, Jojo Songlark, Jolie Parfort, JudiLynn, Mathilde Vhargon, Michael Romani, Mireille Jenvieve, paula cloudpainter, Pieni, Rage Darkstone, Randy Firebrand, Russell Eponym, Secret Rage, Silas Merlin, TaraAers, Terra Merhyem, Virginia, Xanthe, and Xirana Oximoxi. More information about each one of these creatives coming soon!

Come…be inspired tonight!

Spring Awakenings Art Exhibit Opens 21 March at Ce Soir Arts

As spring dawns, it’s time to turn our attention to the beauty of nature – and the beauty of the human spirit. We – in the northern hemisphere – are coming through the last dreary days of winter, moving slowly into the freshness of spring! Winter is beautiful: snow sparkling in the moonlight, sweet red cardinals taking refuge in snowy firs, and the warmth of home enveloping us as we come in from the cold. But spring! And awakenings!

Some of us in the US and EUR have had very difficult weather to contend with this winter. LOADS of snow, blizzard conditions, icy roads, and below-zero temperatures have challenged us to the core. Amidst the beauty of the winter wonderland, there have also been slippery roads, roofs groaning under the weight of wet snow, and heating systems that were sometimes shaky – or worse. That sort of dismal description may seem a bit overblown…until you live it. And so, we look forward to fresh air, sunshine, green grass, flowers budding, and outdoor activities to help us shake the winter blahs.

To us at Ce Soir Arts, spring is more than a change in the weather. It’s a symbol for new life…possibility. And so, the idea for SPRING AWAKENINGS Art Exhibit is more than a call for lovely florals and brighter skies. Of course, those are part of the celebration of the season, but we’ve asked our artists to explore those and consider going a bit deeper by asking them, “What inspires you, moves your spirit, opens your mind, broadens your horizons? What frees you of winter doldrums. Listen to yourself…hear your own voice…express it in your art.”

We have quite a group of wonderful artists preparing their works now. We’ll be placing them soon…some as early as this coming weekend. It will take some time, as we are using the entire region to display this marvelous art. To celebrate, we’re having in some fantastic musicians for a night of excellent entertainment! More details will be posted soon, but please plan to join us on 21 March! The festivities begin at 2 PM and will go through the evening. There are some special moments to come!

 

Saturday! DJ Stormy, Mimi Carpenter and Skye Galaxy at The Ruins in Ce Soir Arts!

We’ve had some really amazing presentations at Ce Soir Arts since 2012. Visual art, music, dance, spoken word, drama, diorama…you name it, we’ve probably done it. Valentine’s Day was a shining example – with music and spoken word simply glimmering including a unique collaboration that brought music and spoken word together in a new way that had us spellbound. Check a previous post for details about that and look for more such special events to be held soon. But speaking of being spellbound…. Have we got a show for you!

Come visit us at The Ruins in Ce Soir Arts this weekend – Saturday, to be precise. It will all begin at 12 Noon when the beautiful DJ Stormy Somerton opens a very special event (that we’re calling Skye and Friends) with her very cool, edgy mix of rock tunes and delightful banter. We have such fun when Stormy is here, and we can’t wait to see and hear what she has in store! Professional and sweet, this DJ is a cut above – and she’ll have us dancing as friends gather. This is going to be a marvelous time, and Stormy offers the perfect way to start the party in style!

Next up at 12:30 PM, the charming Mimi Carpenter will treat us to a half-hour of sweet music that highlights her lilting voice. Lovely songs with her own guitar accompaniment will keep us smiling as friends congregate at The Ruins. Her choice of tunes is spot-on, always a fit with her presence and sweet voice, and she often will treat her audiences to a song or two en français, which is her native language. Do come and enjoy Mimi and her music as we gather for Skye and Friends!

Skye Galaxy at the piano…

As 1:00 PM rolls around, Skye Galaxy will step to the piano at The Ruins. That first note – as always – lets us know that we’re in for a magic carpet ride of sound. Stunning piano and vocals in a rich range from whispery tones to full on falsetto fill the region with magic. There is an ethereal quality to this man’s music, whether he’s crooning a love song or delivering one of his stunning electronica-genre originals. We look forward to hearing some of his own captivating lyrics, but will be happy with any of his selections; those crystalline notes are something to behold. Skye weaves a setlist with precision – or lets the moment take him wherever it will. Audiences are in for a treat, either way, so do come join us. Pop on over early, as the region often fills to capacity in anticipation of the stellar experience that awaits!

Your teleport to The Ruins at Ce Soir Arts is HERE!

Valetine’s Day Party to offer wonderful music and poetry…

Valentine’s Day is a very sweet reminder of the gifts of love. Among those gifts is artistry – something we know something about in Second Life®. The space for creativity that our virtual world offers opens us to the possibilities of artistic expression. Visual art, music, dance, poetry and literature abound and bring much joy – and the creativity of those who provide the breathtaking landscapes and the structures and articles of virtual reality make the verisimilitude sing! And just think of our avatars – our clothing, hair, and expressiveness. Amazing!

And so…let us celebrate! Join us on 14 February at Château Ce Soir for a Valentine’s Day party to remember! Dress to the nines in formal attire or dressy casual and come along for what promises to be something special indeed. The theme of love will be woven throughout and the last event of the evening will take your breath away!

That being the case, I’ll start with that – a truly marvelous collaborative presentation by two of the most innovative inhabitants of our world: CALEDONIA SKYTOWER and DJ KTAHDN VESUVINO. These two gifted spirits join forces to create an hour of poetry and music that must be experienced. The result is perfect for Valentine’s Day. Indeed, they have chosen lovely poetry from across the ages and beautiful music so in synch with the message that it warms the heart. “LOVE in Words & Music” is an event not to be missed!

Join us at Château Ce Soir for an evening of music and dancing that begins earlier in the day at 2 PM, 6 PM, 7 PM- and this beautiful event at 8 PM SLT. Dancing is encouraged during the presentation! Cale will be reading in Voice, so have your ears on – and enjoy the music Ktahdn will provide on stream at the same time!

Earlier, we have more unmatched music and dancing to enjoy as we celebrate the season of LOVE! Excellent musicians – RUSSELL EPONYM, ANJ GUSTAFSON, and DONN DEVORE will deliver a soundtrack for the most wonderful Valentine’s Party!

At 2 PM, Russell Eponym will bring a special theme to his usual 90-minute show of folk, blues, and beyond! Beautiful original music and well-chosen covers highlight his many talents. Intricate guitar stylings; creative lyrics and tunes; and his rich, velvety voice fill the castle with magic! Formal attire or dressy casual are perfect for this enjoyable event.

RUSSELL EPONYM – Folk, Blues, & Beyond!

After a short break, we return at 6 PM SLT to Château Ce Soir for more fantastic music with none other than grid favourite ANJ GUSTAFSON! This multi-faceted performer is a talented guitarist, keyboardist, flautist, and vocalist who always brings an hour of contemporary sounds that have us dancing the night away! Anj has a cool repertoire that includes his own lovely compositions (I’ll request “Crystal Lake”!) and an exceptional collection of tunes from creative artists such as Collective Soul, Radiohead, and Coldplay. It’s an hour of sweet music and banter just perfect for a Valentine’s Day celebration!

ANJ GUSTAFSON – Multifaceted musician!

Up next at 7 PM is another of SL’s gifted musicians – technician of sound, DONN DEVORE. This innovative creator of stunning electronica always provides an hour of soaring music. We’re having a party, and Donn will have us riveted with his incredible talents with the guitar, keyboard, and electronic instrument – not to mention that amazing voice. Add to that his electric light show…and it’s definitely a party! Donn has an array of stunning original material, and he usually peppers it with his own renditions of tunes by the likes of Pink Floyd, Sting, and other exceptional artists. We’ll be happy to welcome you!

DONN DEVORE-Soaring original electronica!

AND THEN…at 8 PM, as previously noted, CALEDONIA and KTAHDN will put the perfect wrap on the evening with a captivating hour of poetry and music that will delight and elevate us in the best of what Valentine’s Day has to offer – sweet romance at its best! Don’t miss this exceptional collaborative presentation! In fact, don’t miss a moment of the 2019 Ce Soir Arts Valentine’s Day Party! You are always welcome here, but are especially invited to come enjoy this evening of star-studded entertainment.

Special presentation – 8 PM!

Dress up in your elegant best (or wear your favourite dressy casual outfit) and come join us! Your limousine to Château Ce Soir is HERE!