Mad Masquerade Ball was…a ball! And it’s still rather spooooky around here!

To say that The Mad Masquerade Ball was…well…a BALL would be an understatement! We enjoyed SIX HOURS of incredible music and spooktacular fun! People came from all around to enjoy the music and eerie banter provided by RUSSELL EPONYM, BAZ, ANJ GUSTAFSON, and NUVOLINO! Each offered their own special blend of music and mayhem – and it was such ghoulish fun!

Here are a few photos…

RUSSELL SERENADES at The Mad Masquerade Ball 2017 – and friends!
BAZ and the Ungrateful Dead Rockin’ PINK FLOYD!
ANJ creepin’ us out – rockin’ Mad Masquerade!
NUVO – creeeeepy and cooool with ginormous sounds of trance and chill!

So, as you can see, we had a BALL at the BALL. Next year…we hope you will join us!

The Mad Masquerade Art Exhibit and Musical Celebration!

It’s that time again! Hallowe’en is just around the corner and The Mad Masquerade is on at Ce Soir Arts! This year, the art exhibit that will be celebrated at The Mad Masquerade Ball is extensive and three locations dedicated to displaying beautiful (and creepy) artwork are ready to open come Thursday. The musical celebration is kicked-up a few notches as well – SIX HOURS of continual sound and fury (the best kind!) will celebrate the art – and the season! Dress as you wish and join us! The ball begins right at 2 PM SLT…26 October! Witchwood Hollow…

The many fine artists who are joining us for this unique and marvelous exhibit bring an array of styles and perspectives to this haunting showing – and haunting exhibit spaces. Here’s the 411 on this outstanding display that will enchant and chill us to the bone for a frightfully delightful experience!

We have three galleries involved, and you must see them all! Officially opening on 26 October, most of the work is available now, so scoot on over and have a look at some of this exceptional yet eerie artwork! PLEASE leave a note in the Gallery Guest Book at Côte de la Mer Galerie – and be sure to visit all three locations. There are some surprising treats to enjoy!

You will find much to delight your dark side and your aesthetic for expressive art. The following artists have work on exhibit at the galleries – and Nessuno Myoo, Kicca Igaly, Silas Merlin, and Secret Rage have sculptures out and about. Much more information will be posted throughout the exhibit, but for now, check out this artistic line-up:


THE IVY TOWER                                                                                                                                                 Silas Merlin – his MONSTERS sculptures are stunning  // Xanthe shares gorgeous gothic-themed works // Spiral Silverstar’s beautiful fractal art evokes a sense of the darkside // Michael Romani offers series of seven chilling horror photos

CÔTE de la MER GALERIE                                                                                                                                  Fae Varriale’s lovely dark portraiture is mysterious and deep // Secret Rage’s unique themes inspire // Mireille’s poetic art is inspired by Secret’s work // Rage Darkstone displays a moving piece of expressionistic art // Isabel Hermano shares a touching and moving piece

MISTY GLEN GALLERY                                                                                                                                Liam’s nostalgic pieces—rich with mystery // Wildstar Beaumont’s work in a seasonal mood // Olyvia DeCuir explores fashionable expressions of Hallowe’en // Virginia takes us on a Lovecraftian journey

OUT ON THE SIM                                                                                                                                                 Nessuno Myoo presents a powerful sculptural image from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre                          Kicca Igaly displays a beautiful sculpture of haunting skeletal remains – HALLOWEEN

Kicca Igaly’s HALLOWEEN (Nessuno’s Spirit of Mechanical Angel is in the background)

THEN…on Thursday (tomorrow as I write this!), come for the annual MAD MASQUERADE BALL! It’s going to be incredible this time out, so don’t miss it!

2 PM – RUSSELL EPONYM with Folk, blues & WAY beyond – outside at Witchwood Hollow ☆
Come enjoy this 90 minutes of delightful music with Russell and friends! What better way to celebrate the beauty of autumn than with stunning and melodious music!

3:30 PM – BAZ with cool sounds and two hours of PINK FLOYD at The Witchwood HollowCemetery ☆
This is going to be creepy-fun – do not miss this!!!!
Baz & Band bring a lot of professional clout to the music…and two whole hours of nothing but PINK FLOYD will be amazing! It’s outside too – with a crazy setup you just have to see to believe!

6 PM – ANJ GUSTAFSON will ROCK the graveyard at Witchwood Hollow! ☆
Come dance the night away in the mists…under the stars…! Anj is an expert musician who plays guitar, piano, Moog, and flute – and he sings like the rockstar he is! Come on over and HOWL with us!

7 PM – NUVOLINO gives us the CHILLS at Witchwood Hollow Abandoned Church ☆
Last year, his setup was a huge SPIDER! Who knows what he has in store this time around?!?!
Come along for the fun as we groove to the undeniable beat of the best in trance/electronica!

The long view – Witchwood Hollow at Ce Soir Arts


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