Our usual fantastic mix…and much more as Baz comes to Château Ce Soir!

As the week moves on, we’re get more and more excited! Not only do we have some of the very best in spoken word events on Tuesday and Wednesday at The Magic Tree, we’ve got something very special coming to Château Ce Soir on Thursday! You can see by the schedule below (posted earlier), you can come enjoy the beautiful work of our Poet Laureate Russell Eponym – at Noon on Tuesday at The Magic Tree. Caledonia Skytower follows him at 1:30 PM, this time with her annual reading of Maurice Walsh’s The Quiet Man, and MrG Darkrose takes the Reader’s Throne at 2:30 with more adventures with Harry Potter. We hope you’ll come enjoy!

Wednesday brings us a visit from master storyteller Bryn Taleweaver, who this week will scare us silly with some wonderful spooky tales in GHASTLY GHOSTS. This is going to be spine-chillingly good! And then, when we’re all on alert, Dubhna Rhiadra comes along to treat us to some stories and poetry about one of my favourite topic – TREES – that will charm us like spring!

Then…then…then…comes THURSDAY! It’s always special because everyone who plays on Thursdays brings a first-class programme, every time. This week, though, we’ve got something new going – and you don’t want to miss it! Read on for some details…
°•·♫·•°°·. Thursday – 23 March – at Château Ce Soir .·°°•·♫·•°

2 PM: RUSSELL EPONYM – Folk, blues & beyond…
Russell brings 90 minutes of historical folk tales set to music and his own lovely compositions. Streaming LIVE from Wales, this multi-faceted performer brings an array of instruments and an unstoppable setlist. The banter is loads of fun!

THEN…it’s BAZFUSION TIME! Nuvolino and Baz will play back-to-back, bringing us some really cool tunes with an electronica base. You’ve got to hear this!

6 PM: NUVOLINO – LIVE with Trance & Cool Ambient Music                                           Join us as Nuvolino grooves with a powerful collection of original ambient tunes that sweep you away on a magic carpet ride of pure energy.. This is rhythmic electronica at its best. Come, let the beat move you!

7 PM: BAZFUSION – LIVE with Atmospheres of Sound
Come on an exciting musical adventure! Stellar talent with piano, guitar, and technology interlace with vibrant vocals in incredibly smooth arrangements. A deep-blues and jazz interpreter with sublime taste, Baz delivers superb original and classical tunes that let your heart take flight!

Come…be inspired tonight! Click on either photo above for your landmark. See you there!
Æon & Mireille

Oh, the things we learn!

This quick post is to let you know that even though we’ve been in SecondLife™ for about EIGHT YEARS…we’re still newbies, at least in some things. CASE IN POINT… A very nice young woman mentioned to me that she landed in the weeds when she clicked the LM for Ce Soir in SL Search. “Hmmm…” I thought. So, I investigated. And I suddenly realised what was happening. The REGION is listed first, and that’s Ce Soir. THEN, the PARCEL (which, in this case is the whole sim) is listed second, and that’s Ce Soir Arts. Sooo…people who don’t know about Ce Soir Arts – or who have, understandably, confused the two, click on the REGION and land in the weeds! YIKES!

To alleviate this problem, I’ve “prettied up” that spot with a nice bench and have placed one of our Landmark Cranes there so that people can grab the LM notecard and get to wherever they want to go at Ce Soir Arts:

The Magic TreeChâteau Ce SoirCôte de la Mer Galerie & LawnDover Beach TheatreThe Graveyard DungeonWitchwood HollowThe Conservatory (and the neighbouring Oracle Parlour)

Come see us…you’ll be welcome at any time. Check out the current schedule here on the blog and at the Château Ce Soir landing. A big “thank you” to that lovely young woman who drew my attention to this situation. Yes, I should have known, but…nobody’s perfect! We are very pleased about this and hope that it will make visiting Ce Soir Arts much more enjoyable – especially for those who don’t know to use the parcel LM. We want everyone to enjoy Ce Soir Arts – from their very first visit!

Come…be inspired tonight!

This week at Ce Soir Arts…

Quick morning post to go with coffee and croissants… Note the schedule below – and the addition of BAZ, stepping in to provide an outstanding musical adventure every Thursday at 7 PM! I have a LOT more to say about that, but this is a very hectic start to the much-longed-for Spring Break. So, for now, have a great Monday, and may it be the start of a wonderful week! Check back for more information soon…!

Our love of the spoken word – and another milestone for our friends at Seanchai Libraries coming up!

It should be no secret by now, but we at Ce Soir Arts are into the spoken word art form. In our view and experience, there’s just nothing like a well-told tale or a deftly written (and read aloud) story. Whether it’s a riveting play with tightly-woven twists and turns – complete with a surprise ending – or a heart-wrenching account of love-gone-wrong…we adore it. In fact, it is the vast diversity of language the world over as it is used as a medium for conveying everything from fact to fancy that has captured us. Indeed, from sparse – and sometimes acerbic – turns of phrase to entire compendia of sweet poetic genius, words and their meanings in their capacity to be formed into unique collections that draw from us the full range of thought and emotion is both the prison and the playground of our hearts.

This is one reason why we celebrate what’s coming up next weekend – and beyond: the celebration of nine wonderful years for the Seanchai Library in Second Life™. This collection of talented creators, writers and readers has brought something wonderful and enriching to life on the grid – and have done so from the very beginning of their adventure. They inspire us to greater good, and for that alone they deserve our congratulations and appreciation; they give voice to the full spectrum of the spoken word and honour this form of artistry by presenting a continually growing programme of presentations. From exquisitely detailed group performances like their annual ode to Dickens (The Dickens Project) to several gatherings for readings and much, much more…this troupe of talented individuals makes for a fine collective. In fact, Seanchai Library (website: HERE) is a treasure trove of outstanding work that deserves our attention and appreciation. Join us in congratulating and thanking Seanchai Library, its founders and present staff for all they have contributed and will continue to offer us. We thank their hosts at Bradley University for bringing their work to the grid. Check below for details of the celebration to be held next weekend – and click for the address!

As academics, Æon and I have long entertained the mystery of communication. How it is that human persons routinely form meaningful syllabic miracles within the spaces of their mouths is an amazement. That they can then project an array of sounds that make glorious melody on the air – frightful or delightful – well, let’s just say that we’re into it! Add to that the beautiful language of those not able to hear, and you’ve got a vehicle for connection that is unparalleled, for it embodies the spiritual as well as the physical, the common as well as the unique. Hence…we have created The Magic Tree in the virtual palace of Second Life™. Here, we enjoy the gift of gab in all its available permutations. From wildly humourous yarns to subtle and intriguing narratives, from fanciful faerytales to the deepest legends rich with culture and meaning, it’s all welcome here.

We have several partners – both formal and informal – at Ce Soir Arts, and we enjoy their many contributions to the ambience of the sim and to the entire grid. As a Libran sensitive, I can be deeply affected by the environment that surrounds me, and ensuring that the breezes that blow here carry echoes of voice and value is important. Encouraging the life of the spoken word art form throughout the metaverse is vital, and we do what we can to fan the flames and feed the fire. Of course, hosting readings is primary, and we love doing that. The Poet Laureate of Ce Soir Arts – the erudite and charming Mr. Russell Eponym – demonstrates our shared commitment to both education and entertainment. His work is stellar and truly singular. His command of language and artistic expression across the creative horizon is striking and heart-warming; his readings are the highlight of the week here – and have been every week since January 2012. Join us – Tuesdays at Noon – for an exceptional hour under the branches of The Magic Tree

We have the privilege of hosting Russell with his visual art, musical virtuosity, and expertise in the spoken word. His knowledge is vast – and he loves both sharing it and learning more. He continues to inspire us – which is, of course, the centrepiece of life at Ce Soir Arts: inspiration! In exploring that inspiration, we are blessed to host several of the grid’s finest talents. Russell is joined by writers and readers such as master storyteller Bryn Taleweaver, whose well-researched presentations take us around the world in word and wonder. Dubhna Rhiadra steps to the Reader’s Throne with her stunning work – both fanciful and deeply impactful – from the writings of others and her own flowing pen. MrG Darkrose captures our love of story by (at the present) taking us on adventures with Harry Potter and friends – complete with spot-on character voices and expressions. These, along with the gifted writer and reader Caledonia Skytower – whose Celtic leanings are filled with gold – make up the present cast of characters who regularly read at The Magic Tree. Over time, several others have taken the spotlight here, and all have delighted us – and will again. (By the way, check back in coming weeks and months for a summer series of interviews with artists from various areas of endeavour including visual arts, the written/spoken word, music, and dance.)

Æon and I have been known to share a tale or recite a poem, now and again…and our students regularly find their way to Dover Beach Theatre to explore the beauty of the stage and stories told in dramatic frame. Look for some public presentations this summer! Note also an upcoming post about an April 01 presentation by the excellent theatre troupe Avilion Cameo Theatre (ACT) – website HERE. We’ve hosted them before and always enjoy their artistry! This time out, it’s If Music Be the Food of Love – and it will be enchanting at a special locale at Ce Soir Arts. Stay tuned!

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day…with musical fun in store!

Thursday always brings something special to us at Château Ce Soir…and it’s about to get even more interesting. Look for a posting about that soon, but in the meantime, look at the slate of what’s coming up ce soir!

THURSDAY, 16 March at Château Ce Soir

2 PM: Russell Eponym 

This is folk, blues and beyond in a St. Patrick’s Day mood. Russell always brings great music and fun, so come enjoy 90 Minutes of virtuoso music with Russell! 

6 PM: Anj Gustafson

Anj brings awesome piano, guitar, flute and amazing vocals that will ROCK the castle with a bit o’ the Irish thrown in for good measure. Come toast old Eire and enjoy the night with dancing!

7 PM: Nuvolino

Cool trance & electronica for dancing the night away is what we groove to when Nuvolino is here. Come on over and get lost in the chill sounds. Let the music move you!

Your first class jetliner to a great night of music at Château Ce Soir!

Pi Day Fun!

Our friend, Stranger Nightfire came along to enjoy some readings today at The Magic Tree…all decked out in one of the coolest avatars we’ve ever seen! Stranger arrived as…Pi! Take a look and be amazed! Happy Pi Day! Thank you, Stranger, for the smiles!

We really do have fun at The Magic Tree!

The Magic Tree This Week… Terrific Tuesday is Pi Day!

Yes, it’s that time again…that wonderful day when we pause to celebrate the almighty Pi! Pi touches infinity, and there’s MORE! Check out this cool article from The New Yorker that ran on the Pi Day of the Century in 2015…when a once-in-a-lifetime thing happened to the date: Pi to the fifth digit!

Yes, Pi Day is worthy of celebration; it’s all but indispensable in mathematics and other sciences. And, besides…(in US parlance) 03/14 is the birthday of Albert Eintstein! DOUBLE-PI! We have pie (and pi) to enjoy, so come on over. AND…there’s MORE!

TUESDAY, 14 MARCH at The Magic Tree

NOON – RUSSELL EPONYM with Poetry & Song
Poet Laureate RUSSELL EPONYM offers excellent music and the best in prose and poetry every week at The Magic Tree. Russell reads with focus and energy from the old masters as well as modern writers – with depth, sensitivity, and sometimes great humour. He now and again reads from his own fascinating memoirs and takes us on adventures of many kinds as we follow characters through outstanding stories told with his own engaging style. The music he shares is often from a specific musician or group that Russell wishes to help us explore; it’s always something special, and he often sings one or two of his own compositions. Add to all that the Thought for the Day – which is always encouraging – you’ve got a charming hour indeed. Come join us…and be inspired!
The hour is presented by stream, LIVE from Wales!

1:30 PM – BRYN TALEWEAVER with “Tales from the Tribes”
Bryn will share fascinating stories and legends from various tribes of America’s native peoples. These American Indian tales will explore the rich folklore and cultures that have existed since well before the pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock. This master storyteller imbues each adventuresome reading with his own panache including great voices and a well-studied presentation. Come enjoy Bryn as he embarks on an excellent storytelling hour as we rest beneath the branches of The Magic Tree to listen and learn.
This event will be presented in Voice, LIVE from the UK!

Ce Soir Arts – The Magic Tree

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Come, be inspired tonight!