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!

Valentine’s Week at Ce Soir Arts – Love Conquers All!

Most everyone adores Valentine’s Day. Of course, there are exceptions, but it seems clear that regular visitors to Ce Soir Arts are of the romantic persuasion. And so, we move into this special week with joy! Have a look at what we have in store below…with more detail coming soon about the Valentine’s Day Party and Saturday with Skye & Friends!

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12 – 13 – 14 – 16 February 2019

TUESDAY – A lovely reading at The Magic Tree with our Poet Laureate!
NOON – RUSSELL EPONYM: Outstanding Poetry & Song
Join us as he explores the worlds of music and literature…with a hint of the romance to come for Valentine’s Day! He’ll be playing at the big party on Thursday, so don’t miss this preview!

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WEDNESDAYStorytime Readings at The Magic Tree

10 AM – AOIFE LOREFIELD with beautiful Celtic literature to delight!
Charming tales from Robert Kirk’s “The Secret Lives of Elves and Faeries” will enchant us as she continues reading from this marvelous tome! Aoife began the reading last week, and so we are very early in these recounting. Don’t miss a session – it’s fascinating!

11 AM – MORGUE MCMILLAN SHORELAND with original poetry
Morgue brings her beautiful writing to share with us as we relax beneath the boughs at The Magic Tree. Her work is rich with both form and content, as she often speaks to important personal and social matters in her lovely writing. Come…be engaged in this wodrous hour!

Catch this breeze to The Magic Tree HERE!

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THURSDAYVALENTINE’S PARTYChȃteau Ce Soir
——–You are invited to dress formally, but dressy casual is fine!——-
2 PM – RUSSELL EPONYM – LIVE from Wales – Folk, Blues & Beyond
Russell will have a charming Valentine’s Day theme with lovely music for us to enjoy in this 90-minutes musical programme!
6 PM – ANJ GUSTAFSON – Cool Contemporary Tunes & Dancing
With a focus on love, Anj’s set will delight as friends gather to groove and enjoy as we trip the light fantastic to dance the night away!                                                                                                  7 PM – DONN DEVORE – Stunning Original Electronica
Donn brings a stellar show of sights and sounds! He will light up the night!
8 PM – CALEDONIA SKYTOWER & DJ KTAHDN VESUVINO – Something Special!
LOVE in Words and Music – A collaborative presentation!
There are some songs that find a path into the heart of love, and some poems written by those who see deeply into life. Caldedonia and DJ Ktahdn take turns reading and playing songs, together weaving for us a glowing, delightful work. Come enjoy this romantic wrap on our Valentine’s Day party! Dancing whilst listening is encouraged!
CALEDONIA will read poetry in Voice, so have your ears on!
DJ KTAHDN will provide the music on stream.

Your ride to Château Ce Soir is HERE!

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¸。。¸SPECIAL THIS WEEK at Ce Soir Arts¸。。¸
SATURDAY with SKYE & Friends: DJ STORMY, MIMI CARPENTER and SKYE GALAXY
NOON – DJ STORMY SOMERTON – As always, Stormy brings her best set of very cool, edgy rock and delightful banter! What a great way to start the party!
12:30 PM – MIMI CARPENTER – With her lilting voice and lovely songs to sing, Mimi will again charm us as we enjoy the gathering of friends!
1 PM – SKYE GALAXY – This singular artist offers us an hour of his stellar signature sound. Come along for a musical magic carpet ride with Skye!

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Come…be inspired tonight!
Mireille & Ǣon, Co-Owners
Ce Soir Arts

This Week at Ce Soir Arts

This is going to be a lovely week at Ce Soir Arts. The Magic Tree will offer some wonderful programmes you won’t want to miss! The Poet Laureate of Ce Soir Arts – the marvelous Russell Eponym – will read at Noon SLT on Tuesday (29 January), as he does every week. He always brings both exceptional stories and poetry – AND music from across the melodic spectrum. This week, he continues with the amazing autobiographical work by Bob Dylan – Chronicles. It’s Dylan speaking about his life in real time. The book is filled with fascinating encounters with other musicians, and his reflections on them and his own music. Add this to other written works and music (this week by the Kings of Convenience), it’s going to be a very special hour indeed!

On Wednesday, the lovely Aoife Lorefield will debut, beginning a series from Robert Kirk’s The Secret Lives of Elves and Faeries. Such a charming and true account of Vicar Kirk’s many encounters with the fae and the elfin folk, the book will unfold as Aoife reads for us at 10 AM every-other-Wednesday, starting this week (30 January). Do come along for this absolutely delightful time at The Magic Tree. We know you are going to enjoy sitting back and relaxing under the sweet spell of this exceptional reading.

Then, on Thursday, Russell Eponym returns to treat us to 90 minutes of his fantastic folk, blues, and beyond. He drops in at Château Ce Soir every Thursday at 2 PM. We dance, chat, laugh, and enjoy spectacular music with Russell. He shares many fine covers, playing a variety of instruments – most especially, the guitar. He is adept with a range of gorgeous finger-styles and his voice is velvet magic on the air. Friends gather, and it’s always a beautiful time. Do come join us!

The week’s schedule is below – followed by LMs you can use to jet over to join us!

THE MAGIC TREE                                CHÂTEAU CE SOIR

Come, be inspired tonight!