Wrapping up June at Ce Soir Arts this week…

Summer marches on, and as we all enjoy the sunny weather (well, those of us in the Northern hemisphere, anyway…), the pace slows and quickens in time to things like vacations and celebrations. Some big celebrations are coming up in July, and as we gear up, let’s take time for some excellent spoken word events this week. Of course, Russell will be in with fabulous folk, blues, and beyond on Thursday, but Tuesday and Wednesday are devoted to poetry and prose including various stories of interest and intrigue. Check out the schedule below, and come join us!

TUESDAY at The Magic Tree
NOON – Poet Laureate Russell Eponym: Marvelous Poetry & Song
1:30 PM – Caledonia Skytower: “Wind in the Willows” Part 2
2:30 PM – MrG Darkrose: More with Harry Potter & “The Chamber of Secrets”

WEDNESDAY at The Magic Tree
1 PM: Bryn Taleweaver: Spooky Tales (inspired during his trip to Sicily)
2 PM: Dubhna Rhiadra: Classic Welsh Tales – stories from the Mabinogion
3 PM: Æon Woodford: “The Martian Chronicles” by Ray Bradbury

THURSDAY at Château Ce Soir
2 PM: Russell Eponym-90 minutes of the fabulous folk, blues & beyond

See you there!

Fantastic Beach Party!

We had a wonderful time celebrating the 10th Rez Day for one of our favourite musicians, the multi-faceted ANJ GUSTAFSON last Thursday night. Somehow, we all managed to keep the secret, and ANJ landed to hear cool beach tunes from BAZ – with many of his friends already gathered and partying on the beach!

Baz was outstanding with that amazing beach sound; he had us dancing and grooving to a fabulous rhythm that just wouldn’t quit. It was a very cool hour – and when Anj landed, he was truly surprised. He joined the party and enjoyed the rest of that amazing set from Baz before offering us an hour of his own special sounds. Ki, Andi, and Selene did some wonderful choreographed dancing on stage – that included a huge cake and loads of sparkles!

After that awesome hour, Nuvolino delivered an hour of super-cool trance that kept us dancing as the moon rose in the night sky. His original tunes are outstanding and the banter was just as much fun as we put the very cool wrap on this very special night!

These three musicians will return in a fortnight for more fantastic music!

Thank you to the more than 80 folks who joined us over the course of the evening. Photo during Anj’s rocking show is below!

HAPPY 10th Rez Day, Anj!

Surprise Beach Party Thursday Night – Honouring Anj Gustafson’s Ten Years of Music in SL!

We’ll start the day at Ce Soir Arts with a wonderful 90-minute show of folk, blues, and beyond with the inimitable Russell Eponym at Château Ce Soir. It’s always a lovely time with friends and outstanding music from our Musician Extraordinaire! Russell has been making music in Second Life™ for more than 10 years now, having begun singing and playing on his very first day! He’s been playing at Château Ce Soir since our opening day in 2012, and we’re thrilled that he continues this rich tradition. He also reads poetry & prose at The Magic Tree on Tuesdays at noon (do join us next Tuesday!) – so come along whenever you can to enjoy this supremely talented artist! CLICK HERE for LM to Château Ce Soir!


SURPRISE BEACH PARTbegins at 5 PM in honour of ANJ GUSTAFSON’s 10th Rez Day!

Starting us off at Ce Soir Beach with amazing beach tunes, that exceptional surfer dude, BAZ gets us going with an hour of sheer fun! He starts this three-hour extravaganza, with Æon at the grill! Baz has mastered the beach sound with outstanding tunes that will get us dancing! Wear your swimsuit or other casual summer attire. It’s going to be something special, so don’t miss it!

We’re not quite sure exactly WHEN Anj will arrive, but it will be well in time for his own fantastic set at 6 PM! Ki, Andi, and Selene have a special dancing surprise for Anj – and it’s going to be really fun! Of course, his music is second-to-none, and we always have fun when Anj is on stage; the beachy atmosphere will be perfect! Tonight is a SPECIAL SURPRISE for Anj so SHHHHH! And get yourself over here!

After all that, we’re going to keep the party going with our Aussie friend and chill-master, Nuvolino! His original trance is so danceable…and the LIGHT SHOW is fantastic! You won’t want to miss this undeniable beat as the sun goes down. Come barefoot and dance on the sands with us! Nuvo always gives us the thrill of the chill, and it’s an awesome way to wrap up Anj’s Surprise Beach Party!

The music, the sun, the waves…it will all be amazing. All we need is YOU! CLICK HERE FOR LM to CE SOIR BEACH!

Come, be inspired tonight!

A very quiet week ahead…but wonders await soon!

Yes, it is quiet at Ce Soir Arts – and we have to admit: we’re loving it. This is so mostly because we are inundated with RL company and they are keeping us very busy! We originally had Russell coming to read at The Magic Tree on Tuesday, but he had an appointment pop up on his schedule and so he won’t be here at his usual time that day (which is, as I write this, coming up soon). We’ve taken the event off Search and have signs up so that anyone dropping by will know. He’ll be back next Tuesday – and will be followed by Caledonia Skytower with another installment of Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame AND by MrG Darkrose with more adventure from Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets. It will be a wonderful time at The Magic Tree next Tuesday (27 June) – beginning at NOON SLT – so come enjoy! We have brand-new seating for Tinies (our old mushrooms went KAPUT! for some reason)…so there is room for everyone!

The Magic Tree at Ce Soir Arts

Wednesday will also be quiet this week, but Thursday is quite a different story! Russell Eponym will be back – but this time, at Château Ce Soir. He’ll be bringing 90 minutes of his signature folk, blues, and beyond – plus lots of charming banter – LIVE from Wales. We always have a marvelous time, and you’re invited to join us, so do come along at 2 PM SLT to enjoy this exceptional musical show with one of the most beloved performers in SecondLife™ (and other grids – including RL). You’ll be happy you did, as it’s guaranteed to be a fine time!

Thursday night has some truly special shows…beginning at 5 PM with the always excellent BAZ. This professional composer and arranger will astound you with his eclectic mix of stellar music. He almost always has a special theme (look for details soon!), and it’s always quite an adventure! From smooth jazz and love ballads to 50s rock and roll to 70s Motown sounds to contemporary music fresh off the airwaves, BAZ has got it covered! Don’t miss this hour of supremely danceable music in what I like to call atmospheres of sound. We’ll be happy to greet you!

At 6 PM, it’s an hour with the inimitable Anj Gustafson – a musician of high calibre who plays magnificent guitar, keyboards, flute, and Moog synthesizer. His command of popular music from Pink Floyd to Radiohead (and everything in-between) is astounding – and his repertoire just keeps on growing! His vocals are rich, floating above the solid music he plays, and he just keeps playing, packing the hour with truly some of the best music to be found anywhere. His original tunes are an earful of wonderful, and warm banter is peppered throughout. That magnetic music – contemporary with a strong electronica influence – draws a discerning crowd! Check back soon for a bit more details on this show…!

Putting a definitive wrap on the night, Australian trance-master, Nuvolino, drops in at 7 PM SLT to share his original music and keep us dancing. His is an undeniable beat, and you just can’t help yourself MOVE as the tones echo through the hall, literally dancing with the amazing light show that is part of any Nuvolino gig. The colours are stunning and the timing to the music is impeccable, as we’re transported on waves of sound. The lyrics are compelling too, as each one seems to tell a story that gets our attention. Come on over – and be sure to wear your dancing shoes!

We’ll look forward to seeing you! Remember: you are always welcome at Ce Soir Arts!

Oh. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY to SecondLife™ – turning 14 this year; do visit the SL14B celebration for a look at the history – and the future – of this virtual platform we call home; LMs are at the Destination Guide. A hearty birthday greeting also to Sir Paul McCartney, who was born on 18 June 1942. SL has brought virtual worlds into stunning focus over the years, and Sir Paul (with The Beatles and on his own) has made contributions to music and all the arts that are of inestimable value. Bravo!

Do note that a new art exhibit – BEACHES – will materialize in early July, just in time for happy celebrations like the American Independence Day AND France’s own  la Fête nationale. Plan to drop in at Côte de la Mer Galerie & Lawn to enjoy the work of several of our favourite artists.

Happy Summer!

Happy Birthday, Æon! After-party update!

UPDATE (12 June):

Wow! That was a fun birthday party! First, Æon was in high form, and the guests were outstanding – most of whom were appropriately attired for a remake of Beach Blanket Bingo (a film from the 60s, I think…)! And…not to mention BAZ and his fantastic take on beach party music! He hit the best of the best, an eclectic mix of happy music with his own arrangements and musical verve. We should have all been hanging ten out on the water…and I’m going to see what I can do about that for the next beach extravaganza. Stay tuned!

Have a look at the FUN:

Beach Revelers
BAZ Rockin’ on the Beach

We can’t wait to do this again…so look for more beach parties coming up!

THE ORIGINAL POSTING (08 June):

A Saturday birthday is a special one, as the weekend offers lots of time for relaxation and chosen activities. This is especially true for us in early summer, as we’re already on les vacances…and it’s joyeux anniversaire to Æon himself, the King of the castle! To celebrate this RL birthday, we’re going to have a fun weekend – a special dinner on Friday, a relaxing Saturday morning at the spa (mimosas in hand!), and some SL fun with an hour of music and dancing with our friend Baz at Ce Soir Arts. We’re going to go out on the beach for the festivities, and we hope you’ll join us for some summertime fun at 1 PM.

Baz makes fantastic music that is supremely danceable. If you’re looking for a truly good time, come on over for an hour of excellent and very beachy music. We’ll be happy to see you! No gifts, please – just bring yourself, your smile and your dancing shoes!

Baz doing what he does best: making music!

Land at Château Ce Soir and follow the crowd down to the beach. (Here’s a little extra help: CLICK HERE!) We’ll see you there!

Good times ahead as les vacances continue…

Yes, we’re hard to find in-world these days. That’s by design, as we’re extremely busy IRL. We’ve been working at home and have just made it through the first wave of summer visitors. After all, we do live in a beautiful part of the world and there are many exciting points of interest nearby including some of the world’s best restaurants and entertainment centers. Add to that the relative remoteness of our home and the quiet of this gorgeous hilly landscape not far from cool blue ocean…we’re a prime destination for family and friends, and we do love it. We’ve settled into a nice, easy tempo for early summer, and we hope you have too!

Of course, there’s always time for fun at Ce Soir Arts…and here’s a closer look at what’s in store, coming up!

TUESDAY, 06 June – NOON at The Magic Tree

Russell Eponym, the quintessentially British artist living in Wales and Poet Laureate of Ce Soir Arts, will have our attention for an hour of outstanding poetry, prose, and music. It’s always a fascinating hour with a compelling Thought for the Day and a brief reading from Richard Templar’s wisdom book: The Rules of Life. Add to that various readings and some genuinely enjoyable music – often from other artists as well as from Russell himself – and you’ve got something relaxing and special. Come along, as there’s plenty of room for a crowd at The Magic Tree!

THURSDAY, 08 June – 2 PM, 5 PM, 6 PM, and 7 PM at Château Ce Soir

At 2 PM it’s more with Russell – this time, it’s all music and smiles in a 90-minute show – LIVE from Wales – that is bound to please. Beautiful original songs mixed with an array of well-chosen covers will fill the time and delight us, one and all! Russell is known as the master of his own genre: folk, blues, and beyond, and it’s truly a wondrous mix. Come ready to dance or relax to his velvet vocals and exceptional finger-picking guitar…PLUS! We’ll be ready to welcome you!

5 PM, 6 PM, and 7 PM…the musical magic continues – starting at 5 PM with BAZ doing an hour of Stevie Wonder! That is going to be extra-special, because this guy is a superb professional musician who has extensive talents in arranging as well as performing. His original music is excellent, but he truly makes a song his own whilst honouring other musicians. Come along to hear this fabulous hour and you’ll soon know what I mean! An excellent instrumentalist, BAZ has some of the most stunning arrangements of stellar music around. Join us for a fantastic experience: Stevie Wonder music through his lens!

As you can see by the above image, BAZ will start things off with some of the sweetest music around at 5 PM, but the party keeps going through 6 and 7 PM with even more marvelous music for your enjoyment! Come get in the swing with some really happy music from the masterful Stevie Wonder! BAZ is known for creating shows that highlight singular musicians or groups; you may have heard one of his striking Beatles sets, or maybe one of his deep blues evenings. These programmes of his creation have always swept us away on clouds of magic…and we’re expecting an especially exciting hour with BAZ on this night!

At 6 PM, the PARTY continues, as that southern star – ANJ GUSTAFSON – steps to the stage and shines with his guitar, piano, flute, and powerful vocals. Friends gather and there’s lots of warm banter – and usually a toast to the night! Ki will be along with her professional dance HUD, and other dances available at the Château will keep you moving in time to the music. You’re likely to hear music streaming live from ANJ‘s studio from the likes of Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Matchbox 20, and lots more. His own music is gorgeous, and my favourite is Crystal Lake…. Come join us!

NUVOLINO, our favourite Aussie composer/arranger/performer, brings his signature trance/electronica to help us CHILL for the night. His light show is in-cred-i-ble, and you do not want to miss the opportunity to groove to the sound he makes. It’s all originally-written music and there’s really nothing like it on the grid. Many of the songs have a story – and you can get lost in them as waves of sound whisk us away on a sonic magic carpet ride. This music makes your body move and the groove runs deep. Come on over and grab your spot on the dance-floor – if you’re not already here!

See you this week!

Summer has arrived…or so it seems!

In our area, we’ve had some cooler temperatures as spring has shifted into summer mode. This is not completely unusual, as nights do seem to cool in the hills, almost year-round. However, this has been truly COOL for some time now, so we’re starting to look forward to summertime warming. We’ve got it this weekend, but – fortunately – it’s mild, so we have time to acclimate. It’s another big weekend in our area, with a major community event that most people anticipate all year long. We’ll go, but probably won’t spend much time there, as work awaits at home – and a sunny weekend sounds perfect for getting some things done. Still, we’ll enjoy the food, wine, and time with friends before coming home to “the list.” <SMILE>

This means another quick plan for the week ahead, and so we’re relying on our wonderful regular slate for the next seven days – as we likely will throughout the month. There MIGHT be one exception – for Æon’s birthday. (Shhhh!) If anything materializes regarding a celebration, I’ll be sure to post. Otherwise, we’ll hope to see you for some of the absolutely top-drawer performances listed below. Look for more information about these on an individual basis early next week. Until then…happy weekend!

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