Quick post…because this week is so good…

This week at Ce Soir Arts brings favourite readers home to roost – and a grand musical show with Russell on Thursday to wrap it up before the MAD MASQUERADE Events really begin in earnest. The Art Exhibit will be open over the coming weekend, so be sure to come round and enjoy – at various areas of the sim! More details soon!

For now…check the schedule below and join us as the autumnal feel and spookiness continue to increase at Ce Soir Arts. Muahahahaha!

MAIN LANDING POINT… You can walk or fly from here to everywhere on the main level of the sim – and LMs are available there and at other primary locations. Enjoy!

The Spirit of Hallowe’en Creeps In….

The dark and mysterious seems to be creeping in at Ce Soir Arts…just like the natural autumnal changes you will note in colourful trees and falling leaves. I dare say the temperature has dropped a wee bit outside on the main level of the sim, and sweater weather is here!

This week, as we move closer to The Mad Masquerade Events, we have wonderful poetry and music to share. Check the schedule below and come join us! If you’re in the Halloween spirit, please feel free to dress up in your frightfully delightful best!

Côte de la Mer Galerie             The Magic Tree                 Château Ce Soir

We’re baaaaaaack….!

The birthday turned into a weekend – and then turned into a week! It was a glorious time of fun and frolic including some amazing shopping and lots of fine meals with friends and family. Of course, there was the obligatory strawberry cake and presents galore. What a fun celebration!

Now, we’re back and things are popping at Ce Soir Arts. Of course, the Poet Laureate of Ce Soir ArtsRUSSELL EPONYM – will present his delightful programme of poetry & song on Tuesday at The Magic Tree. You won’t want to miss it, so come round at NOON SLT to hear from RUSSELL as he shares from his extensive music collections and literary library. Always a treat!

At 1:30, the lovely CALEDONIA SKYTOWER will join us – also at The Magic Tree – for a reading of Washington Irving’s stunning Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The headless horseman will have us all thrilling to his adventures in the night, and Cale’s deft telling of the tale will have us riveted so as not to miss a single word. What a grand way to open the chilling season of Mad Masquerade here at Ce Soir Arts!

Wednesday will roll around to bring us more spoken word magic. Master Storyteller BRYN TALEWEAVER will be on hand at 1 PM SLT with his outstanding programme: DAEMONS! He’ll be dressing the part…and I think we might just join him with a bit of gothic flair as he regales us with a bit of fright and intrigue!

Our dear author/reader DUBHNA RHIADRA is traveling and finds herself in an area where Internet connection is shaky, at best, and so her planned presentation of Andzerj Sapkowski’s Geralt the Witcher (you may know the game!) will have to wait until next time. Stay tuned!

We’ll wrap the week on Thursday with a stunning 90-minute musical show with RUSSELL EPONYM. His folk, blues, and beyond is legendary, and we so enjoy it – and the wonderful crowd of friends who gather – every week at 2 PM SLT. All are welcome to enjoy this fine music and charming banter. It’s a fine time, so do join us at Château Ce Soir!

As you note by the schedule above, the AUTUMN LEAVES Exhibit remains open for viewing at Côte de la Mer Galerie. It will close mid-October to make way for the MAD MASQUERADE Exhibit – which will be found in various creepy locations on the sim. Hallowe’en is near…and it’s going to be SPOOKTACULAR at Ce Soir Arts!

Come, be inspired tonight!

Côte de la Mer Galerie      The Magic Tree      Château Ce Soir


My birthday week! Time to celebrate!

Yes, friends, it is Mireille’s birthday week. Not my Rez Day, but my actual RL birthday – you know, that gloriously happy day when my parents and siblings and just about everybody in the universe welcomed sweet little ME! (Giggling here!)

ANYWAY, it is going to be a good week. Birthday is on Friday, so I am taking the whole week including next weekend and claiming it to be MINE! It’s going to be fun, definitely. There will be online and RL shopping, some presents from near and far, and some delicious gluten-free CAKE to be enjoyed! PLUS, I am going to take a wee journey to a favourite spot to meditate and radiate love, joy, peace, and HOPE to the world. I do this, every year, and it is one of my favourite things to do. It is sort of my birthday gift to myself – a reminder that I can do something good, something positive for myself and everyone by taking really good care of myself; by taking time for rest and quietude; by holding positive thoughts for all; by being positive – even when being negative seems like the easy way.

Another thing I can do is try to create a supportive pathway for beauty. And so…our annual MAD MASQUERADE is in planning for October. There will be the annual MAD MASQUERADE BALL (on 26 October); a lovely diorama-like literary presentation; and a unique art exhibit – not just at Côte de la Mer Galerie, but all over the sim…in some dark and mysterious spots as well as more traditional locations. If you or an artist friend would like to add something to the MAD MASQUERADE Exhibit, contact me in-world!

The AUTUMN LEAVES Exhibit will be open until 15 October, so do come round to enjoy the beauty of this colourful season. Note, when you do, that the sim trees seem to be turning in response to the season as well. It is cooler here this morning, and I think most of Europe, Canada, and the US are feeling the autumnal shift. Let us enjoy it! And – for our Australian friends – how nice it is that spring has sprung for you! It really is a wonderful world!

Come join us this week for the following…more details soon!:

Come…be inspired tonight!

The Magic Tree      Côte de la Mer Galerie       Château Ce Soir

Research Opportunity for Second Life® Residents: Survey Available through 15 October

Our friend, millay Freschi, who founded the Four Bridges Project in Second Life®, is completing her PhD studies at the University of Maine in the US. As part of her dissertation, she is conducting a study that explores the avatar experience. I attended a meeting with her at the ISTE VEN sim on Tuesday night, and it was quite informative and interesting. For one thing, I learnt more about the International Society for Technology in Education and their Virtual Environments Network. They are doing some outstanding work, so pop over to see their place at EduIsland and learn more HERE.

Here is the message I have been sharing, along with a notecard from millay with more information. I do not know how to send a notecard via this blog (impossible!), but if you pop over to our place, you can click the poster at Château Ce Soir landing to receive one.  Access the link provided below, and you can read her note and access the survey:

NOTE: millay Freschi (Amy Cross in the physical world) is conducting research into the Second Life® experience as part of her PhD dissertation at the University of Maine. She has set up an anonymous survey of 48 questions about your relationship with your avatar, your SL relationships and group memberships, as well as some demographic information. There is nothing involved that reveals your location or identity. millay founded The Four Bridges Project in SL and will host a concert for the community in January 2018.

She wants to show what, if any, effect our avatars have on our other selves and how this might affect choices and decisions that we make in both worlds. Your participation will be appreciated; the survey will be available until 15 October 2017.

Here is a link to the Four Bridges Project website and the online survey that should take about 30 minutes of your time. Please consider participating! Thank you!

Main Landing at Ce Soir Arts

As autumn begins, change comes…along with Talk Like a Pirate Day!

This coming week will have some magic in store…readings you will not want to miss, for one thing. There are some changes afoot, so do read on below for the details. Let us begin however, by exploring what is planned for the week; you will find it enchanting!

First, the lovely writer, reader, and all-around gifted spoken word artist Caledonia Skytower returns to The Magic Tree on Tuesday at 2:30 PM. As that day is celebrated as International Talk Like a Pirate Day, Cale has put together a marvelous session based in Rafael Sabbatini’s wonderful work: Captain Blood. Good Pirates! Bad Pirates! Maidens in Distress! Scurvy Scalawags and Unlikely Heroes populate the story, and we will be ever so happy to pipe you aboard the SS Magic Tree to enjoy it! Do dress the part, if you wish. Eye patches are optional, of course! Whatever you do, come join us. AAAHHHRRRRRR!

That will be a stunning hour – and our only one on that day. (See notes below for details about that and more about what’s coming up too!)

On Wednesday, we’ll hear from two other of our favourite spoken word presenters, and master storyteller Bryn Taleweaver is up first at 1 PM SLT. In his always delightful style, he will bring us a magical tale he is calling The Last Dragon. This enchanting yarn will have us riveted as we enter the era of magical dragons and daring quests of the realm! As the mists part we will get a look at what life was like at that time in history, and will be charmed by the dashing and the daring.

We always enjoy time with Dubhna Rhiadra, the gifted writer and reader of soulful and expressive poetry and stories. This session will have us in rapt attention as she delivers tales of the seasonal shift as the Autumnal Equinox approaches. It is a magical time of the year, with change all about us! As the darkness starts to creep forward, beloved writer and storyteller Dubhna shares more dark and strange little tales for this time of mists and change. This transitional time brings mystery and enchantment. These storylines are rich with history and fine telling, so do join us at 2 PM as we gather under the branches of The Magic Tree.

Then, on Thursday (21 September), Russell Eponym drops in with an array of musical instruments and a soaring setlist from his ever-growing repertoire of folk, blues, and beyond! This 90-minute show is filled to the brim with charm and lovely music to soothe us (and bring us many notes of fun and frolic along the way) in preparation for the coming weekend. Always a treat, a warm and wonderful group of friends – and new people too – from around the world flock to enjoy this special time with Russell, who streams live from Wales. You’re invited, so come on over to Château Ce Soir. The fun begins at 2 PM, so set your clocks!

And now, about those aforementioned changes. To begin, Russell Eponym, Poet Laureate of Ce Soir Arts will not be reading at his usual Noontime hour at The Magic Tree on Tuesday (19 September). As summer truly begins the shift to fall, Russell is taking a few days respite and enjoying the weather and the company of special friends. We will miss his weekly session, but are thrilled that he will be enjoying some time off – even as work on a new studio in his home attic continues. How exciting it will be for him to have more room for all those guitars, harmonicas, banjos and streaming equipment gadgets! And we will benefit as we gather to hear him in the near future. And so…off you go, Russell! Have a marvelous time, and we will see you on your return. Note that he will indeed join us at Château Ce Soir for his usual Thursday music show. Come enjoy with us!

MrG Darkrose has been delighting us with his on-the-money readings from J.K. Rowling’s exceptional Harry Potter series. His voices are spot on and he often comes in a special avatar, just for each reading. We’ve been visited by Dumbledore, Hagrid, Snape – and more! We’re knee-deep in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets…but that other world has knocked and MrG must answer, changing his reading dates and times in order to accommodate. We do our best to be flexible at Ce Soir Arts and The Magic Tree, so you can expect MrG – with his complete entourage of Harry Potter and friends to return in early October. We look forward to it and will keep you posted!

With the above schedule change – and the new semester underway – Æon will also shift his reading hour. He too, will return in early October (likely reading right after MrG), and continuing his outstanding presentations of sci-fi master Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles. Note also that Æon will also be sharing a very special set of readings for the Hallowe’en season coming up. We are creating a special area at Ce Soir Arts for that…so do stay tuned!

Other special readings, dramatic presentations, musical shows, and a very unique art exhibit are in planning for the frightful time of year including the annual MAD MASQUERADE BALL. You will not want to miss that, planned for Thursday, 26 October! There will be quite the creepy environment to navigate all around the sim (and at dungeon-level!) and wonderful music and mayhem – costumes encouraged!

Note also the private collection of AUTUMN LEAVES is on exhibit now through mid-October. Come relax at Côte de la Mer Galerie and enjoy some autumn beauty!

The Magic Tree     Château Ce Soir    Côte de la Mer Galerie

And so, here we go, off on another week. Come…be inspired tonight!

September…another week!

Sometimes, we all wonder where the time goes. Life on and off the grid is terribly busy for most of us; work, family and friends require time and attention – as do our health and other personal needs. Nourishing our souls in the creative environment of Second Life® is important as well to many of us, but it too, takes time and focus. Balancing our time and activities can be a challenge from time-to-time, but it is well worth the effort, as we discover the wonders that await us in both worlds.

This coming week, we have the following to offer for your edification and entertainment. Come relax with us and enjoy!

Note, if you will, the AUTUMN LEAVES Art Exhibit that is scheduled to open mid-month. Slated to run from mid-September to mid-October at Côte de la Mer Galerie & Lawn, the exhibit is a showing from the private collection of Ce Soir Arts owners and family. Most are in-world photographs from family members, but there will be a few others to round out the presentation. We do such exhibits once or twice a year, and we truly enjoy sharing; none of the pieces from family members will be for sale, as they are simply offered for viewing, but any others made available from the collection may (or may not) be purchased., benefiting the artist(s).

Other exhibits through the end of the year will include MAD MASQUERADE, a Hallowe’en special exhibit that correlates with our annual Mad Masquerade Ball, to be held 26 October this year. For this exhibit, works may be dark or macabre in nature, or focus on the fun of dressing up and enjoying the holiday. A notecard is available to guide those who would like to submit work for this exhibit, so do contact Mireille in-wold if you are interested. In addition, special readings will be held at both The Magic Tree Reading Spot and at The Graveyard Dungeon – an especially spooky spot at Ce Soir Arts. We promise you a spooktacular time!

Other holiday-themed events and exhibits will be held as 2017 winds down. It is incredible that we are talking about the end-of-the-year! Before rushing ahead, let us slow down and enjoy the enchanting autumn in all its glorious, colourful beauty – and in its cooler weather – at least for those of us in the northern hemisphere!

Enjoy the remainder of the weekend – and the week ahead. Come…be inspired tonight!

Main Landing at Ce Soir Arts