We are happy residents of Second Life® and together own Ce Soir Arts, an arts venue space. We are engaged in the arts in both worlds - along with being wonderfully happy traveling about and enjoying the art of life.
Tuesday this week is a very special day! Our Poet Laureate Russell Eponym will be reading at the beautiful LEA7 sim that has been dressed in Victorian splendor to honour the work of Charles Dickens. Indeed, this is the Fifth Annual Dickens Project from Seanchai Library. Caledonia Skytower and her outstanding team of collaborators have outdone themselves again this year, and you must go enjoy the beauty of 19th Century England. You can get a sneak peek at the Seanchai Library website.
Tuesdays at NOON SLT is Russell’s regular reading time at The Magic Tree in Ce Soir Arts, but we have been invited to take a field trip today to enjoy a special presentation from Russell on Church Street at LEA7. It will be a lovely time – and you are encouraged to dress in 19th Century Victorian clothing, if you wish! Caledonia and friends will be there, and we cannot wait to share this special hour!
Ce Soir Arts is one of many venues and locations in Second Life® that has a small “shoppe” on the LEA7 sim for the tenure of The Dickens Project. There, we share information about our regular readers at The Magic Tree – all in a sweet little spot decked out for the merriest of Christmas holidays! Do visit, and be sure to take your special Christmas gift along with the information! CLICK HERE for the Ce Soir Arts Shoppe!
It is indeed a new week…and here are some changes coming this week (with more later!)…
MAD MASQUERADE ART EXHIBIT CLOSES 30 NOVEMBER at MIDNIGHT, so do not miss your opportunity to see these amazing (and sometimes downright chilling) pieces of art.
Striking expressionistic pieces from Rage Darkstone and Owen Landar – vivid and touching modern art from Isabel Hermano – engaging artistic poesy from Secret Rage and Mireille Jenvieve – to deeply dramatic portraiture from Fae Varriale fill Côte de la Mer Galerie with dark beauty. Ivy Tower sizzles with elegant portraits by Xanthe, fiery horror pieces by Michael Romani, mystic fractals by Spiral Silverstar, and frighteningly wicked statuary by Silas Merlin. At Misty Glen Gallery, spirit-stirring art by Liam, Lovecraftian cityscapes by Virginia, delightfully dark and stylish views by Olyvia DeCuir, beautiful seasonal landscapes by Wildstar Beaumont, and creepy views of Ce Soir Arts by Mireille Jenvieve will give you the chills.
START HERE – and grab the notecard with information and LMs. ENJOY!
SCHEDULE for the WEEK AHEAD – note the shift to a more wintry/Christmasy theme underway!
In the United States, the holiday season is really gearing up. This coming Thursday is the traditional Thanksgiving holiday – a time when families and friends gather to give thanks for all the blessings of the year. Begun in the time of the pilgrims (1600s), the traditional feast that is the central aspect of this holiday for most Americans was initially a meal shared by the recently-landed Europeans and the American Indians. They began their relationship feuding over land and food, but began a time of peace with a shared meal prepared from the autumn harvest. Whilst there are many legends and stories about the first Thanksgiving, it is remembered fondly today and celebrated with warmth.
Our little family is gathering at home this week, and we are busy with meal preparations and activity planning. Of course, there is the 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City to enjoy on television – and FOOTBALL, which will keep fans busy most of the afternoon. Black Friday shopping the next day begins the holiday shopping season, which has actually been in high gear since Hallowe’en! Wherever you reside – and whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving – we wish you a beautiful week and coming weekend. Take time for yourself and count your blessings; it’s guaranteed to lift your spirits!
The schedule at Ce Soir Arts will reflect our wee vacation, and we hope that you will come enjoy Poet Laureate Russell Eponym’s stellar reading on Tuesday, 21 November at NOON. Join us at The Magic Tree for what is always a delightful hour of poetry, prose, music, and friendship – LIVE from Wales with Russell and friends! Click HERE to teleport!
As we were planning this week’s readings and shows, several outstanding ideas came to the fore – of course, Russell planned his usual engaging hour of poetry, prose, and music – and Cale came up with reading POOH-BEAR By Request! (see an earlier post for details!). We know we are going to enjoy Tuesday – Noon and 1:30 PM at The Magic Tree!
In addition, one of our regular readers – master storyteller Bryn Taleweaver – came up with a lovely story he wanted to tell. It’s about love and tragedy – mermaid style. It sounds just wonderful, so we gave a hearty thumbs-up to the idea. Then – as is often the case around here – ideas began to pop around that initial thought, and before we knew it, we had scheduled the reading in an alternate location at Ce Soir Arts! We have long had our little Mermaid Cove…just a little quiet spot for our Mer friends to rest, dance, and spend some quiet time alone or with someone special.
That sweet little underwater corner of the sim has never been used for anything formal, and it is too small for a music show or theatrical production. BUT…it is perfect for a reading – especially one centered on the sea! So, we’ve added some seating and are awaiting the wonderful reading on Wednesday at 1 PM – Bryn’s usual time.
As Dubhna, who usually reads at 2 PM, is moving house, she will not be reading that day. This has given Æon an earlier hour to read – and since we will be at Mermaid Cove already, he will read from there as well. On this particular day, he will read more from Ray Bradbury in The Martian Chronicles. This time, it will be The Fire Balloons…which promises to be an intriguing psychological sci-fi tale.
Come along and enjoy with us on Wednesday! Here are your fins: MERMAID COVE
The MAD MASQUERADE BALL was so amazing this year…and then the week that followed was incredible – such fine spoken word events, such a beautiful art exhibit (ongoing), and so much lively – and mellow – music was enjoyed! This is our favourite time of the year, and we max out on it! Enjoyment is the name of the game, and we did that with abandon.
So…we were tired and ready for a few days of rest when our kitty-cat (the flesh-and-blood one) fell inexplicably ill. We consulted the veterinarian who suggested we observe her for a couple of days and report back (as she did not appear to be in actual pain, just not being herself and a bit listless – which is certainly not her usual modus operandi). After that, we took her in for a little visit that included a full physical, lab work, and overnight observance. We missed her at home, so we HAD to visit periodically – and to say that we were worried would be a dire understatement. Hannah is our baby, and we love her to the moon and back! Usually, she is affectionate and yet energetic – even at 14 years of age. But we knew something was wrong, and we fretted over it as we awaited the diagnosis and – we hoped – treatment recommendations.
FINALLY, the word came. Hannah has a relatively common ailment for cats of her breed (Ragamuffin) and age: hyperthyroidism. This requires treatment with a thyroxine agonist, administered daily. She also has early renal failure – another relatively frequent diagnosis. Treatment for that is dietary, and we now have the low-nitrogen food; thank goodness, she seems to like it! She is still drinking an inordinate amount of water, but Dr. Jenny says that’s OK for the time being. We do expect improvement, and we’ve already been seeing it – Hannah is more social again, although she tends to stay by herself much more than usual. She does come for grooming and allows us to apply the transdermal medication without complaint. She is still eating a bit much too, but it’s the medicinal-quality food, so that’s fine. We always served top-of-the-line cat chow, but this is even better because it is tailor-made for kitty-cats with kidney issues.
We are quite relieved…and hopeful! AND…EXHAUSTED. There were many things going on in-world and in the physical realm for us these past few weeks. We have enjoyed every moment in-world – the ART – the MUSIC – the FRIENDS – the CELEBRATION! AND…HALLOWE’EN!!!! Our home life has been very busy as well, though. Hannah’s needs, the purchase and delivery of some new furnishings, Hallowe’en celebrations in the neighbourhood…and all the rest that daily life demands. So…we will be around Ce Soir Arts, of course – and usual programming will continue (with a few special events as well!). We’ll just not be around quite as much in-between events. We need some sleep and some down-time as Thanksgiving nears. There will be a crowd at our house for that beloved American holiday, much like there will be for your family if you also reside en Amérique. As we relax a bit, we wish you all the very best! And if you’re in the UK for Remembrance Sunday on 12 November and St. Andrew’s Day on the 30th, we wish you well!
Today (11 November) is VeteransDay in the US, and we wish to thank our military families for their service. We so appreciate all they do in order to protect our country. We know full well the many trials of the military life – as well as its amazing joys and wonders. THANKYOU! It’s also our dear cousin’s birthday…so we’ll be celebrating that as well.
As November moves along, do come see the striking art that is in at three galleries at Ce Soir Arts. Note previous postings for all the details (check HERE) – and be sure to take the notecard that is available at each location for information about these marvelous artists and their work. We are honoured to host them!
After Hallowe’en’s outstanding readings at The Graveyard Dungeon, we have something extra-special coming on 01 November… Join us there at 1 PM for three readings that will chill us to the bone – the last hurrah of Hallowe’en will be stellar! Check the line-up below and come on over! Remember to visit the galleries for the very special art exhibit that is on through November! (See earlier posts for details!)
◥▲◤MAD MASQUERADEReadings Continue – 01 November – Graveyard Dungeon◥▲◤
1 PM: BRYN TALEWEAVER with Saints & Sinners! Master storyteller Bryn takes us on a journey into another dimension of dark story. Come travel through the mists to the underworld. Perfect for the dark season!
2 PM: DUBHNA RHIADRA with Creepy Lovecraft Stories! Dubhna thrills us with this scary seasonal selection of creepy tales. The frightful darkness of Lovecraft shines in Dubhna’s telling. Come enjoy the haunting chill!
3 PM: AEON WOODFORD with Night Meeting by Ray Bradbury! Come relax as AEon shares another of Bradbury’s finest tales from The Martian Chronicles. We will be pleased to welcome you to the underground at Ce Soir Arts!
It is really a pretty creepy Hallowe’en around here…the music stream is spoooooky, the art in The Mad Masquerade Exhibit is dark and lovely, and the ball was spooktacular! And now, it is actually HALLOWE’EN…and time for some outstanding readings at The Graveyard Dungeon – one of the stars in the Ce Soir Artscrown!
◥▲◤HALLOWE’EN at The Graveyard Dungeon – 1:30 PM ◥▲◤
CALEDONIA SKYTOWER Reads THE GRAVEYARD BOOK
“Rattle his bones, over the stones. It’s only a pauper, Who Nobody owns.”
– Traditional Nursery Rhyme
Cale, one of SL’s premier writers and readers, heightens the spookiness of Hallowe’en with selections from Neil Gaiman’s multi-award-winning story of a boy who loses his family and ends up being raised by the unlikely and very deceased residents of a graveyard. Riveting storytelling in one of Ce Soir‘s spookiest locations!
◥▲◤ HALLOWE’EN at The Graveyard Dungeon – 2:30 PM ◥▲◤
AEON WOODFORD Reads I HAVE NO MOUTH & I MUST SCREAM
By Sci-Fi Master Harlan Ellison
NOTE: This story is grim and not for the faint of heart!
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream is a post-apocalyptic science fiction short story by American writer Harlan Ellison. It was first published in the March 1967 issue of IF: Worlds of Science Fiction. It won a Hugo Award in 1968. The name was also used for a short story collection of Ellison’s work, featuring this story. Ellison showed the first six pages of I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream to editor Frederik Pohl, who paid him in advance to finish it. Ellison finished writing the story in a single night of 1966 without making any changes from the first draft.