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Sunday, October 19, 2008

In the zone(s)

It was about noon SLT when I got inworld today and did my usual double-take *what on earth am I wearing?* as I went through my pile of IMs and group messages. Moments later, I got a tp to go to Tanalois for a concert with guitarist extraordinaire rokkemasky Rolls. I'd never heard him before, boy is he good. He sang many songs in Italian, some wonderful numbers by Lucio Battisti, Fabrizio de Andre, and my personal favourite, Claudio Baglioni, and then surprised me by having an excellent diction with some Mark Knopfler, a bit of Beatles among others. If you like music from the 60's 70's and beyond, or if you think Italian music is all mandolins, you should definitely join his group which shares its name with the Rasky Club, is his usual hangout. Tonight - in Italy it was already 9 pm - he was doing an improvised after-dinner concert at the beachfront club of Aloisio Congrego and Tani Thor. Tani has made the sim lovely with both art exhibitions, a Tai Chi garden and lots of sand, so do explore while you're on sim Gemini Isle. Rokke shared with us some reminiscences of his youth, how the guitarist doesn't always get the girl, and how even if he does, his mind must always at least partly be on the safety of his instrument...
As rokke finished, I remembered that I had been planning on going over to see Votslav Hax's new sculpture garden (OK he sent me about a million reminders too, which helped me get the idea) at Pat O'Brien's - or more specifically the riverside garden just outside Pat's. Here's the TP (*oh yeah because my TP links always work*). Suddenly, it was lunchtime again! I had forgotten it was Vot's famed Sunday Brunch concert - what a treat to TP into the French Quarter and hear the dulcet tones of Prowess Rayna. She was talking about some life philosophy when I first arrived, which had me slightly puzzled, then suddenly, her fingers hit the keyboard and ...wow. As you can see from the photo down in the Italian bit, she's no wallflower; she played a number of her own composititions, really beautiful pieces. "I put a lot of my energy and my feelings, often painful feelings, into my pieces," she told us as she finished her original tune Thorny Glove. Her pain distilled into our listening pleasure.
As usual, the walls of Pat's were graced with good art, this week it's the turn of Wolk Writer whose paintings are just beautiful. You can see and buy the art inside the club, and you'll find a notecard with her biography on it just outside the building.

Outside is where I was, looking over the gaily coloured sculptures by another SL artist, White Lebed (Great Lindens above, some of these surnames are one double-entendre away from a French farce) whose work runs along the riverbank with the mossy cliffs of Gibson Island forming a pastel backdrop that set off her pieces a treat. Don't miss the show, and remember, the art at Pat's changes every two weeks. Brunch and supper, all in an hour or so? Time for some more toast, I think...Arrivata in metaverso a mezzogiorno SLT, ho avuto appena il tempo di pormi la solita domanda "ma cosa ho addosso? Non mi ricordo d'essermi vestita così ieri!!" e di leggere un po' d'IM e notice, quando mi arriva un TP per un concerto di rokkemasky Rolls. E un chittarista straordinario, ci ha fatto sentire un po' di Battisti, de Andre e Claudio Baglioni. Poi ha cantato anche in inglese, devo dire molto bene, un pezzo di Mark Knopfler io da sempre grandissima fan di Dire Straits puoi immaginare quanto mi è piaciuto. Era la prima volta che ho assistito a un concerto di rokke, non sarà l'ultima. Lui suona al suo locale Rasky Club che è anche il nome del suo gruppo in SL, abbonati per avere le sue notizie. Il concerto a Tanalois su sim Gemini Isle era una dopo-cena improvvisata sotto le stelle sulla riva del mare, sul palco costruito dalla bravissima Tani Thor. Ma la vostra Thirza non si ferma mai... Mentre ascoltavo rokkemasky, mi sono ricordata del nuovo parco d'arte sul sim French Quarter, accanto al famoso locale Pat O'Briens. Votslav Hax ha da pochi giorni inaugurato questa iniziativa, dando spazio sul prato lungo il fiume del sim a opere d'arte più grandi, le sculture che magari non possono essere esposti nell'interno del club. Arrivando col TP sulla strada davanti a Pat's ho sentito il pianoforte di un'altra artista bravissima, Prowess Rayna. Prowess ha suonato alcuni sue composizioni originali tra le quali il mio pezzo preferito Thorny Glove. Ecco l'artista in ...primo piano. Sulle pareti di Pat's c'erano i quadri d'una pittrice di grande talento, Wolk Writer è consigliabile passare presto per vedere i suoi quadri e magari comparne uno... le mostre cambiano ogni due settimane quindi non aspettare troppo a lungo. Naturalmente a New Orleans, era ora di pranzo, e infatti l'esibizione di Prowess faceva parte del concerto 'brunch' un'appuntamento da non perdere a Pat's ogni domenica verso l'ora del pranzo... ora SLT. L'idea di pranzo dopo un dopo-cena mi ha lasciato un po' confusa e molto affamata... Uscendo da Pat's, accanto all'ingresso troverai anche un note con la biografia dei vari artisti, sono interessanti perché conoscere la storia dell'arte la fa davvero vivere. Io sono uscita perché volevo vedere da vicino le sculture di White Lebed. Come vedi sono di colori sgargianti molto divertenti e vivaci, ringiovaniscono il lungofiume, mi sono piaciuti molto. Brunch, pranzo, cena, non importa quale pasto si mangia, nel metaverso l'appetito per l'arte rimane sempre appagata!

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