Join us for The Mad Masquerade Ball #1 – 25 October at Witchwood Hollow….

As HALLOWE‘EN nears, it is time for the FIFTH Annual MAD MASQUERADE BALL #1.

Join us on Thursday, 25 October as RUSSELL EPONYM starts us off with 90 minutes of exceptionally enjoyable music. Dress in your HALLOWE‘EN finery and come to Witchwood Hollow at Ce Soir Arts for a grand time! Russell offers a growing collection of historical folk tales set to music and his own lovely compositions. Lyrically beautiful and musically rich, the Russell Eponym sound invites the listener in. This troubadour has the talent and wisdom that makes for a fantastic show. This time, it’s the beginning of a marvelous evening of ghoulish fun!

After a short break, DONN DEVORE takes the stage at 5 PM. DONN is a professional musician and technician of sound, and his electronic music is out-of-this-world wonderful. It’s like a magic carpet ride across the universe – and it comes complete with background visuals that set off those astounding original tunes perfectly. DONN has an exceptional sense of the time and movement of music, and you don’t want to miss this hour. It’s guaranteed SPOOKTACULAR!

The fun is not over yet! Next, the deeply talented ANJ GUSTAFSON is on board at 6 PM. This multi-instrumental musician and commanding vocalist brings a cool repertoire of classic rock and modern tunes – including a taste of his own outstanding songs. Stellar performances from his extensive repertoire let us dance the night away with Anj! So dress up in your HALLOWE‘EN finery and come for the joy! Ki will be along with her dance HUD to add to the fun! 

NUVOLINO steps up at 7 PM to take us on his own musical journey. NUVO is a professional musician from Australia who offers an eclectic blend of original tunes made of smooth sonic magic mixed with an undeniable tempo. You just HAVE to dance when Nuvo is around! Come join for this hour of CHILL us as this ambient musician explores his special sound to delight our ears as we chill and wind down the MAD MASQUERADE BALL #1.

Dress like you mean HALLOWE‘EN for this awesome celebration of all the amazing art that fills the region! Look back a bit for details of what’s in at all the galleries! On Thursday, as the crows fly, we’ll be at Witchwood Hollow in Ce Soir Arts, so come on over! Trick or Treat has never been this good! (PS: YES, there will be a MAD MASQUERADE BALL #2 – on Sunday, 28 October featuring the stunning DJ STORMY SOMERTON and the incredible RED HEAVEN with JOEL EILDE! More on that in just a bit…so stay tuned!)

Witchwood Hollow awaits! MUAHAHAHAHA!

Brief outline of artists participating in The Mad Masquerade Exhibit 2018

We are thrilled that things are coming together well for The Mad Masquerade 2018. Musicians are ready for the TWO Mad Masquerade Balls this year (see an earlier posting for more of the exciting details…and return for even more soon!)….

As for the Mad Masquerade Art Exhibit, we could not be happier with the way these marvellous artists have captured the theme…and have run with it! There will be much more information about the exhibit and these exceptional artists, but for now, we provide a listing of those participating and making The Mad Masquerade 2018 so spooktacular! The art will be on exhibit through 22 November, so do come round and take your time enjoying all they have to offer.

At Côte de la Mer Galerie is the centrepiece of the exhibit. A moving and important artwork by Ricco Saens is highlighted. More information will be posted soon, so do look for it, but you can gather what you need to know now by visiting his wonderful BLOG. Look back too, if you’ve not visited before, as Ricco provides some thoughtful insights on life in SL™. You don’t want to miss his photography either…so hop on over. You will be moved by his latest posting regarding this amazing work: Your anger, your facism.

Also at Côte de la Mer Galerie, and offering some beautiful dark art for your enjoyment: Zack Elliott with deeply moving emotional pieces, Owen Landar with stunning works from the spooky season, Isabel Hermano with some of her outstanding iPhonography pieces, and one by me (Mireille) that is a poem I wrote in response to a gorgeous piece that Secret Rage shared with us several years ago. It is a tender piece for me, personally, and I am honoured to share it – especially this time, given the art by Ricco.

At Ivy Tower, those incredible Monsters from Silas Merlin once again add to the fright-night theme. Check the notecard for information on how you might own these ghoulish sculptures. Xanthe Firehawk has increased the number of her outstanding fantasy works from the eerie dark side, and Michael Romani has provided a series of eight horror works that will set your hair on fire. I’ve added a compilation of more scary works by Secret Rage, and Larke Longmeadow offers us a softer view of the fearful season with two lovely pieces.

At Misty Glen Gallery, you will find an array of art that will spark your fears as well. Scotland’s CybeleMoon has graced us with two beautiful, misty works and Isabel Hermano offers us two more spooky pieces to enjoy. Relatively new artist Viktor Savior has three colourful nature pieces that evoke mystery, and the wonderful Mathilde Vhargon returns with two of her striking modern pieces to give us a delightful jolt. Our old friend Liam Saxony, no longer in SL™ but definitely not forgotten has two of his spiritually moving pieces up (not for sale) and I (Mireille) have placed two of my personal favourites to share.

Don’t forget about the sculptural 3D art that is sprinkled about the place (see an earlier post about something wonderful from Kicca Igaly!). Kicca, nessuno Myoo, Terra Merhyem, and Silas Merlin have spooky wonders in store!

Do plan to come round – all will be open tomorrow – if not late tonight! Read back for some other details, and – as always – more information coming soon! MAIN LANDING has all the LMs….

Château Ce Soir at Ce Soir Arts

The Mad Masquerade 2018 has begun…opening formally 22 October…

The Mad Masquerade 2018 has begun! With a few technical glitches besetting us, we will be fully open with outstanding exhibits in all galleries on Monday, 22 October. These things happen in our virtual world, and we roll with it all!

Note the kiosks at each location with a notecard and LMs to all the galleries – and do enjoy the additional 3D art you will see around the region. For example, Kicca Igaly and nessuno Myoo have given us two magnificent works (the one below created by Kicca) to enjoy at Witchwood Hollow! Look for the work by nessuno to be posted soon as well.

Signs are out at the galleries, and notices will go out as soon as things are ready, and all will be well for a fantastic event!

Teschio - by Kicca Igaly - 2018
Teschio – by Kicca Igaly at Witchwood Hollow

 

The Mad Masquerade 2018 is coming…! And you’re invited!

Just a quick note today. The Mad Masquerade 2018 is indeed near! Outstanding art exhibits will open at all three galleries, late day on 20 October. We have a wonderful array of artists, all looking at the spooky, the frightful, and a whole lot more! Look for a post soon outlining everything – and everyone! Until then, get ready for something very special….

The readings that will be scheduled throughout the event will be presented by exceptional spoken word artists. Included are RUSSELL EPONYM (Poet Laureate of Ce Soir Arts), CALEDONIA SKYTOWER (of Seanchai Library and more), Master Storyteller BRYN TALEWEAVER, author and spinner of tales fantastic DUBHNA RHIADRA, sci-fi aficionado and English lit professor ǢON WOODFORD, and meeee (MIREILLE)! You won’t believe the fright-night tales that await you in some of the spookiest surroundings imaginable.

Of course, on THURSDAY, 25 October we will enjoy The Mad Masquerade Ball! It’s one of two this year, and on that Thursday, RUSSELL EPONYM plays at 2 PM with his signature folk, blues & beyond – at Witchwood Hollow here at Ce Soir Arts! Dress in costume as you wish and come enjoy this SPOOKTACULAR EVENT!

Then, return at 5 PM SLT for a stellar hour with DONN DEVORE, master of cutting-edge electronica. He comes with a unique and outstanding repertoire including several instruments and a commanding voice and a spectacular backdrop with particles, driven by MINTY MAGIC! It’s quite an experience!

At 6 PM, the multi-faceted ANJ GUSTAFSON will step in with his incredible setlist – all set off perfectly by dancing, courtesy professional SL dancer KIRAN SPORG. ANJ will ROCK the hollow and nearby cemetery. Hmmm…I wonder whom he might awaken with his awesome sounds!

Following ANJ, Aussie trance-master NUVOLINO will call us into the Old Abandoned Church for a very special hour of his original made-for-dancing music…and drama! It’s over-the-top, and a whole lot of spooky FUN! Just you wait, friends! MUAHAHAHAHA!

ALL THE ABOVE is just for The Mad Masquerade Ball Number One! Yes, there’s another one…on 28 October, starting at 1 PM SLT with the sparkling and edgy DJ par excellence STORMY SOMERTON! She is queen of special shows, and an hour with her is more than enjoyable…well, you just come and see for yourself!

After that exceptional hour, we have the return of the amazing (and I mean ah-MAZ-ing!) RED HEAVEN with Joel Eilde! This Canadian rocker goes way beyond where you might expect…and it’s always a fantastic ride! There just isn’t anything else like Joel and his band. The lovely BonBon will be here too, so do not miss this!!!!

More information – and photos – coming soon! Watch for it! And in the meantime, pop on over to the region and look about. Here’s the LM to Witchwood Hollow at Ce Soir Arts…and don’t forget to look UNDERGROUND TOO………..!

NEARING WITCHWOOD HOLLOW at Ce Soir Arts

DJ Stormy and Skye Galaxy at The Ruins in Ce Soir Arts – 02 September

 

DJ Stormy & Skye Galaxy – The Ruins at Ce Soir Arts

There are many reasons to celebrate this coming weekend, especially if you live in the US. It’s the long Labor Day Weekend, a federal holiday set aside to celebrate work and workers – and many will have Monday off to enjoy a last hurrah of summer. There will be family and neighbourhood gatherings for cookouts and the last of summer activities as the school year resumes and the weather begins its long, slow shift into autumn.

At Ce Soir Arts, we have our own reasons for having a party this weekend. Of course, we will be celebrating the onset of cooler weather, but as Æon often reminds us – it’s always a balmy 72° Fahrenheit at Ce Soir! Presently, it’s especially cool in the garden glades of the region, and our favourite spot – The Ruins – is going to be exceptionally busy on Sunday.

At 11 AM, the delightful DJ STORMY SOMERTON will bring her enchanting, edgy, and eclectic session to the SL airwaves. It will be a grand hour of dancing and chatting as we gather to enjoy her specially-chosen selections. You know it’s going to be fun, so you might as well hop on over to the Ruins at Ce Soir Arts for the Garden Party. Bring your smile, because you’re going to need it – and don’t forget your EARS! Stormy’s disc sessions are always more than a treat, and energy will be high, even as we relax in the soothing environment. We’ll see you HERE, and we will be happy to welcome you to Ce Soir Arts!

Up next at NOON SLT, our all-time fave – SKYE GALAXY – will take a seat at the piano to share his absolutely stunning music. Skye has returned to SL for a summer tour, and it’s been a fantastic journey for his fans and friends; his enjoyment of singing and playing for us has been a treat for everyone. His exquisite voice has a mystical quality, a richness that imbues its range with magic. From sweet whispery tones to full-on vibrato and falsetto, Skye has it all. At the first note on the piano, we are ready to follow wherever this musical artist will lead. It’s guaranteed to be a time you won’t soon forget. Come join us HERE – and do come early to grab a spot. This stellar performer will take your breath away!

Come…be inspired!

Through September at Dover Beach Theatre: Xirana’s Summer Gardens by Xirana Oximoxi

We are so pleased to host another exhibit by the wonderful Catalan artist Xirana Oximoxi at Ce Soir Arts. When I asked if she could provide some of her stunning floral paintings and garden views, she quickly responded, and the exhibit is open! These works tie nicely with our Summer Gardens theme, and enrich the experience of visiting the region. We are hosting special performances by DJ Stormy and Skye Galaxy on Sunday, 02 September, and the area is a restful garden – sweetly appointed by Xirana‘s gorgeous artworks.

Here you will find striking impressionistic interpretations of floral beauty and landscapes that evoke a delightful sense of communion with nature. The artist’s commitment to her own creative process is evident in the detail of her work, borne of active artistic research and the exploration of new expressive possibilities. Her work is a journey of sensitivity. Rich colours are often softened, but always find their way to full presence in many of her pieces – the hues dance across the canvas in a beautiful ballet, no matter the medium; her brushwork is superb. She is adept with many including oils, watercolour, acrylic, ink, charcoal and pastels. This facility with media opens Xirana to innovation, and brings us a lovely experience as we take in the wonder of her work.

Do come enjoy at Dover Beach Theatre in Ce Soir Arts. Visit on 02 September and also enjoy the music of DJ Stormy (11 am) and Skye Galaxy (12 noon). The exhibit of this splendid collection by Xirana Oximoxi will rest here through September, but its images and meanings will be with you for many moons. As the seasons shift, come enjoy these precious remembrances of a vibrant, tranquil summer!

Xirana’s Summer Gardens Exhibit Open through September

Dover Beach Theatre in Ce Soir Arts

End-of-Summer Beach Blow-Out This Thursday…!

We’ve had quite a summer at Ce Soir Arts. Marvellous readings at The Magic Tree and fantastic music at both Château Ce Soir and Ce Soir Beach have provided us with many restful – and invigorating – hours. We’ve relaxed under the canopy of The Magic Tree to be regaled by poetry, song, and story. There’s been elegant poetry – and that with a decided edge. We’ve laughed at humourous tales and been drawn to the edges of our seats by mysteries and more – exceptional sci-fi and sweet children’s stories have filled the hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays as we’ve escaped the summer heat (or – for our Australian friends – the winter chill) by resting in the temperate glades. Now, as summer begins to fade, our attention turns more to the dark side…a bit of macabre tale-telling will soon be de riguer as time for the annual Mad Masquerade arrives! More soon….

For now, we thank our exceptionally talented readers including the Poet Laureate of Ce Soir Arts Russell Eponym, whose weekly readings are the jewel of every week. So much to say about the erudite and charming Russell, whose extensive knowledge of literature and the arts makes every hour with him a treasure. And then, there’s Caledonia Skytower, a lead at Seanchai Library and contributor to Fantasty Faire and a hundred other events. Her readings encompass a wide variety of genres and are always spot on! Master Storyteller Bryn Taleweaver always brings something incredible to hear…with readings that are riveting. His voice lends itself to tale-telling – be it a humourous or dark story…both of which he relates with obvious relish. Of course, Dubhna Rhiadra, known far and wide as a teller of tales fantastic and/or rich with social commentary, is another of our regular readers. Whether she’s reaching back in time or reading something up-to-the-minute, it’s always an adventure!

Not to be outdone, the music scene has been vibrant as well. Of course, Russell Eponym is always in at Château Ce Soir on Thursdays at 2 PM. It’s 90 minutes of great music and fun with Russell – who’s a genius with fingerstyle guitar and has a repertoire of songs he calls (and aptly so) Folk, Blues, and Beyond! His velvety voice fills the hall with magic…. And then, on alternate Thursdays, the gifted musician and sound technician Donn Devore comes round to give us both music and stunning visuals to go with! He’s got an undeniable sound and a setlist of covers and originals that just won’t stop. He’s colourful, charismatic, and a whole lot of fun – whether we’re at the Château or out on the beach. Up next at 6 PM is a musician we wanted to have in for a long time. Finally, we made the schedule work – and we’re enjoying his signature style to the hilt! His beloved Ki comes along with her professional dance HUD – and everybody dances! Some use the venue’s couple dances for a bit of romance, but others pile on with Ki and friends to dance the night away to Anj and his cool collection of tunes. He’s affable and fantastic with guitar, piano, flute…etc. Another not-to-be missed show, every time! And then…the Australian powerhouse of chill and electronica pops round with his amazing staging and deeper than deep house music. Each original tune tells a tale – and he tells it well! Nuvolino has a light show that is outstanding and pulses along to the beat of the music. If you like to dance…come on over this Thursday. These shows are over-the-top good, whether we’re in the castle or on the beach,  dancing under the stars, having a blast!

And THIS WEEK it’s the end-of-summer bash to beat all bashes: The SUMMER BEACH BLOW-OUT! At 5 – 6 – and 7 PM SLT this Thursday: we know where you ought to be! Pop on over HERE! You might want to slip down to Mermaid Cove during the show…it’s near and you’ll be able to hear and dance in that cozy little spot!

SUMMER BEACH BLOW-OUT at Ce Soir Beach

We must mention ART! Even during the summer hiatus, galleries at Ce Soir Arts have brought us beauty to enjoy. Artists have graced us with fanciful faeries and luscious landscapes depicting the heat and full-on blossoming of spring-into-summer and beyond. We won’t soon forget those sweet sprites and rich summery views of shores teeming with travelers or trees heavy with rich green leaves as they shaded verdant fields abloom. Ah…summer! Perhaps I miss it already!

Not so fast! As previously noted, we’ve got summery views for you to enjoy a bit longer at Côte de la Mer Galerie – and the wonderful Catalan artist Xirana Oximoxi is in for the month of September at the Dover Beach Theatre with delightful florals and gardens. Xirana’s Summer Gardens is a gorgeous exhibit, and it’s opening just in time for a very special appearance by SKYE GALAXY, who will play at NOON on Sunday, 02 September. We cannot wait for this stellar performance and a visit by one of our very favourite people! Skye has been at the top of our list since he first set foot on the grid, and you must come hear him (if you have somehow not heard him yet!). He was away for a time, but has come in for a special series of shows in a Garden Tour that has been stupendous so far. And don’t forget! We just secured an hour with the fabulous DJ Stormy Somerton, who will come in and charm us all at 11 AM SLT! Her style is eclectic with a really nice edge that we at Ce Soir Arts enjoy. The next couple of postings will have ALL THE DETAILS! So check back soon!