Chestnut Rau’s weekly round-up of upcoming SL events…
The Erie Isle role play sim and musician Winston Ackland will come together on Saturday, February 21st at 12:00 PM for an unusual performance. Winston will play live at Erie Isle's Phantom Theater as part of an ongoing role play storyline that incorporates the region's cast of characters. Sim owner Colleen Marjeta (above) the staff at Erie Isle and the Ackland camp are tight-lipped about plot details but promise surprises and plenty of openings for spontaneous role play.
Erie Isle offers immersive role play from the frightening to the dramatic with elements of mystery, romance, combat and lust. Winston Ackland offers clever original
songs and quirky adaptations of obscure covers from a blend of rock, bossa nova, and jazz. In December of
08, Winston Ackland's cover of "Lithium" was included in the blockbuster hit, "Marley and Me," which was written about here on NWN.
Everyone is invited to this innovative concert and you need not be "in character" to enjoy the show. In Erie Isle. Click here to teleport
Also after the break: Australia Fire Benefit Performances, SL London Arts Festival, Meet RL Romance Novel Writers, and much more
B. Billy Marse is a professional Geologist and he will give a 20 minute talk about how the brief period of global summer occurs and reoccurs as an anomaly in the geological time line. This discussion is designed for students without a scientific background and there will be a question and answer period. In Rockcliffe Conservatory. Click here to teleport
5PM – Phemie Alcott at Z’s Music Club
Phemie Alcott has been writing and performing her very own flavor of indie/folk/pop since she was a teenager. She covers the Cranberries, Tori Amos, Nelly Furtado and others in addition to her own original songs. In Mahteria. Click here to teleport.
6PM – CQ Bravin @ Z's Music Club
CQ Bravin is The Colorful Quiet, which is the name under which Stephen Webster performs in RL. His many names may be a little confusing but one thing is abundantly clear. CQ's indie/folk acousitic music is well loved by audiences whenever he plays. In Mahteria. Click here to teleport.
Opens Today – SL London Arts Festival
A week long celebration of SL art will take place in the heart of virtual London beginning today. The results of photography, machinima and sculpture competitions will be presented and there will be an art market with graphic an illustrative work from artists around the grid displayed for sale. SL London is a fabulous place and the addition of great virtual art makes this an event worth seeing. In Knightsbridge. Click here to teleport.
The Penn State Dance Marathon is the largest student-run
philanthropic event in the world. This 46-hour dance marathon kicks off
tonight at Penn State
Surreal Babi (above) is working with many others to coordinate 72
hours of live music, DJs and dozens of content creators who have donated
their talents for this event. For a complete list of participating musicians and vendors please go here. All proceeds will go to the Australian Red Cross. The party will be opened by nuvolino Roffo,
an electronic musician who has created a song especially for the event. Come enjoy good
music, a little fun shopping, great people and support our friends in Australia. In SexGen. Click here to teleport.
1PM - Opening -- StormEye Installation by Douglas Story and Desdemona Enfield
StormEye is a large scale, fully immersive art installation
by Douglas Story and Desdemona Enfield. The huge work is located high in the sky
above The Aho Museum on the New Media Consortium campus. For more information about the artists, the installation and a short teaser video please go to the StormEye blog.
To experience StormEye visitors walk through a complex tunnel comprised of more than 1,000 prims. Once inside you are surrounded by moving images and sound which cycles between calm blue skies with puffy cotton ball clouds and dark turbulent purple skies, driving rain and random flashes of lightening. The experience is beautiful and compelling. I had the pleasure of touring the installation with Douglas Story and was really impressed with both the art and the artist. This is a must see event. In NMC Campus West. Click here to teleport.
2PM – Music and Dance to Support Australian Bushfire Victims
Cellandra Zon of the LightDancers performs with live musician Louis Volare,followed by Mankind Tracer and CelticMaidenWarrior Lancaster. Sales and proceeds from this great lineup of artists will benefit the Australian Red Cross and people hurt by the devasating fires in Australia. In Magoja. Click here to teleport
6PM - 9PM Grace McDunnough followed by Frogg and Jaycatt on Heron Island
Grace's sultry voice, personalized versions of your favorite songs and an ever-changing set list make this show one of the best hours of live music on the grid. Expect fantastic original songs, many of which are co-written with Salome Strangelove, and a lively crowd. Up after Grace are the funtastic Frogg Marlowe and Jaycatt Nico. Their show includes brilliant harmonies, sweet guitar work accompanied by inspired piano with a joke or two thrown in for good measure. In Heron Island. Click here to teleport.
7AM – NCI Class on Land Ownership Basics
Learn the basics of owning land in SL. This class will cover
how to find, buy, sell and use land in SL.
This class will give you the information you need to make informed
decisions about land ownership and renting land as
well. In Fishermans Cove. Click here to teleport.
Noon – Mardi Gras Parade
A purple, gold and green Mardi Gras parade will take place in New Toulouse. Dress up in costumes, marvel at the fantastic parade floats and catch prizes! In New Toulouse. Click here to teleport.
Nikita Weymann (in photo, left) tells me that DJ Gabrielle Riel will spin tunes for a wild Masqueade Ball in
New Toulouse. Laissez les bon temps
roulez! More information about the Parade and the Ball in the New Toulouse Tattler. In New Toulouse Algiers. Click here to teleport
6PM - Copper Robot: Mitch Wagner Interviews SL Business Leaders
Mitch Wagner interview two of SL's leading business owners, Bill Stirling and ArminasX Saiman. Bill Stirling is the founder of the SS Galaxy which is certainly one of the largest builds in-world. The Galaxy was saved from deletion by an infusion of cash from an anonymous benefactor this week, so this should be an illuminating discussion. ArminasX Saiman is the creator of Electonic Pixels, a great particle shop. He is also the author of one of my favorite blogs Second Effects where he offers insights about running a business in SL. Copper Robot is recorded live and podcast so if you can't be there you can listen here at your leisure. In World2Worlds. Click here to teleport.
Learn the ins and outs of texturing your creations in Second Life. Good texturing is as important to most builds as prim construction or scripting. Come learn how to give your creative efforts a professional edge. In Caledon Oxbridge Village Click here to teleport.
MichelleD Ecksol is a singer/songwriter who plays soulful rhythm and blues music. She has a clear strong voice, a fantastic performance style and a very loyal following both inside SL and in RL. Catch Michelle in Isere. Click here to teleport.
Join host Robert Bloomfield and guest Gentle Heron (Alice Krueger in RL) to learn about how technology provides accessibility in virtual worlds. Gentle Heron has quietly helped large numbers of people with disabilities learn and explore in Second Life. Imagine what it means to be visually or hearing-impaired within a virtual world interface, the challenge of typing with your toes, or using voice recognition software. This discussion will make you think about SL in a whole new way. In Muse Isle East. Click here to telport.
6PM – Fabulous Fashion with Angie Mornington
week on Fabulous Fashion top designers are interviewed by Angie about their
work in Second Life. This week Angie previews the upcoming Miami Fusion event. Taking place on March 1st, Miami
Fusion will be a festival of fashion and music featuring some of the most celebrated
performers and designers in SL. Details will be posted here in advance of the event.
Noon – Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball
Ballroom in the Clouds is celebrating creativity in Second Life during their 1st annual Mardi Gras Invitational Showcase between 2/16 and 2/28. The event culminates in a ball from 12PM to 2PM in Elemental Desires. Click here to teleport.
6:30 Meet RL Romance Writers at West of Ireland
This week’s feature presentation at the West of Ireland Library & Cultural Center you will have the opportunity to meet RL Romance Authors Elaine Levine and Melissa Mayhue. Elaine reads excerpts from “Rachel and the Hired Gun” and chats about writing, romance, and the Wild West. Melissa will read excerpts from her book “A Highlander of Her Own” and chat about her writing career, time travel, romance with fairies and more. In West of Ireland. Click here to teleport
5PM - Joaquin Gustav on Nitida Ridge
Joaquin Gustav plays his sweet guitar live from Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a focus on Smooth Jazz, Rock, and South American music such as Tango, Milonga, Candombe. Bree Birke's Nitida Ridge is one of my very favorite music venues as well so this promises to be a relaxing evening of music. In Nitida. Click here to teleport.
5PM - Research in Virtual Environments Discussion
Conducted by Rockcliffe University, this monthly discussion series is about conducting research inside virtual collaborative environments. In Rockcliffe. Click here to Teleport