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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Weekender

I gentili lettori italiani sono pregati di scorrere in giù
It was National Do Something New Day today, so I decided to give four new places a try - some just new to me, some brand new. First, I rezzed a prim, which was an invitation to Shamen Galleries a lovely palace with a large courtyard full of Trasco Beaumont's sculpty statues including a very good Prometheus. Shamen Rune and Cierra Loxley have curated a great show, opening tomorrow at 2pm SLT, with Fuchsia Nightfire's sculptures and pictures, she's a mural painter in rl, specializing in trompe l'oeil you can imagine how much fun she finds in SL. If you click on the pictures, they get bigger.
Also in the main hall, Antenna Rea's gentle pastels contrast well with Zoree Jupiter's bright portraits - the one called 'Colorful thoughts' shown below, under the flags, is particularly striking. Cristian Rexie's photographs have a charming wistful quality we all know from Koinup. In his bio he says that he tries to get more than a simple touristy snapshot of the places he visits in his virtual travels, and as you can see here he definitely scores on that front.
It was nessuno Myoo who suggested I drop in, and many of his best bits are on show. I gushed about them to Rory Serpente and Lora Lowenstark, you can see them humouring me down in the Italian bit. Nessuno's Angel in search of colours is here and the new piece The Secret Escape Of Puppets has a life and intriguing narrative of its own, don't miss it, the opening is tomorrow.
Next was Nemo, which is new to SL - it's a Jules Verne inspired underwater Steampunk extravaganza by Sextan Shepherd, an avatar whose chest looks like it deserves a SLURL of its own: here is Sextan's machinima of his build in Fabulous French. The sim has been Showcased, so lines were very long and the lag palpable even at the lowest settings, till some crazy person started shouting "Evacuate! Region restart imminent!" at which point the throngs melted just enough for me to see these beauties - see the Italian part for Tesla's electrifying workshop - then karma caught up with us and there really was a region restart.
Then there was some shoe-related newness.
Then, off to hear my favourite reader in all SL, Corwyn Allen. Corwyn is a wonderful poet, master of the haiku among other forms, and always gives a polished, poised performance. The setting exactly matched the material - we were at Circe's Sanctuary. It was Circe's birthday, but she kindly took a moment to tell me a bit about her land and her group.
Circe Broom: My group is one of the largest in SL, at about 2540 members; that is saying something, when groups are limited to only 25 for each person; SL is such a great opportunity for creativity to be shared. I do live music 7 days a week, and my music venues are spread around the island, but Saturday from 11am on is devoted to spoken word here at Sanctuary.
When Corwyn had finished, another firm favourite of mine got up to share a story with us. I love the West of Ireland crowd, they always provide the craik, at the WOI library - just look in the sidebar to your right for the SLURL - and at venues across the grid like Circe's.
Caledonia Skytower has a rich warm Irish American brogue and she read the Quiet Man by Maurice Walsh in voice which, for those wondering, is 'fair use' and breaches no copyright laws. If, on the other hand she had used streaming, that would count as a broadcast and has other implications. It is no easy feat to read a 40 minute-long story, but she kept us entranced to the end with grace, drama and humour, I loved it, and it was  the perfect end to a perfect day in SL... until tomorrow! See you inworld!
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Un viaggio alla ricerca di posti nuovi, oggi -  prima tappa Shamen Galleries la vernissage è domani ma ho voluto vedere la nuova scultura di nessuno Myoo The secret escape of puppets - un burattino di legno che personalmente ha fatto pensare alla 'ferrovia sotteranea' statunitense, esposta in un'ampia sala insieme alle sculture di Fuchsia Nightfire affreschista in real e bravissima artista in Second Life. 
Ho visto in anteprima la mostra insieme a Lora Lowenstark e Rory Serpente e ci sono piaciuti moltissimo i quadri di Antenna Rea e Zoree Jupiter - mi ha colpito in particolare pensieri colorati, visibile nella foto con le bandiere nella parte inglese. 
Nel cortile troverai le belle sculture sculpty di Trasco Beaumont particolarmente bella il suo Prometeo. Cristian Rexie invece ha scelto alcune delle sue più belle e suggestive foto - tra le immagini, una della scultura di ness, esposta nella sala principale. Aperto al pubblico domani alle ore quattordici SLT, non mancate!
Dalla sky di Shamen al fondo del mare... Nemo, di Sextan Shepherd,  il suo machinima in francese spiega il raison d'etre di questa meravigliosa stazione sottomarino che prende ispirazione da Nicola Tesla (ecco il laboratorio del grande scienziato serbo) e dai libri di Verne. 
Quando abbiamo fatto la nostra visita il sim era strapieno ma vale la pena soffrire un po' di lag - è un build stupendo! A me piacciono molto i frutti di mare...
Infine ho visitato la bella land di Circe, in SL una cantastorie benigna e gentile, qui troverai sempre la musica, e il sabato a partire dalle ore 11,00 SLT ci sono eventi in voice, frequentati dai più bravi lettori, poeti, e attori di lingua inglese in SL. Poesie originali e classici, racconti nuovi e alcuni famosi, oggi abbiamo avuto il piacere di sentire prima Corwyn Allen, e in seguito la bella Caledonia Skytower, una delle lettrici principali della land irlandese West of Ireland, troverai il link a destra in alto sotto Biblioteche. Letteratura, colori, movimento e buona compagnia, un sabato all'insegna dell'allegria!

2 comments:

Shandon said...

This was really great. Thank you for having such talented people!

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