Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Windlight Magazine Debut Issue

Visit the official web site here: http://windlightmagazine.com/2015/07/01/debut-issue-of-windlight-magazine-is-out-now/

View the full magazine here: http://issuu.com/windlightmagazine/docs/windlight_magazine-july_2015

My friend John (Johannes1977) has produced the inaugural issue of "Windlight" Magazine featuring the SL art community.  Their debut issue showcases some very high profile artists and to quote from their site: "We are pleased to announce the debut issue of Windlight Magazine is available both online and inworld for you to view! This packed issue features stories on Bryn Oh, Skip Staheli, Inara Pey, Nikki Mathieson, The Raglanshire 2015 Artwalk, Sasun Steinbeck, and debuts the Curator’s Corner series by Shakti Adored! Please contact Johannes1977 in Second Life if you would like one of our in world kiosks"  This will be a great publication to follow as SL is filled with some very talented artists.  I've been given permission to copy the cover here:

Windlight Magazine

Monday, June 29, 2015

Red, White, & Blue Sparkle Ball July 3rd

Visit here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Scotland%20Balloch/193/139/24

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Their press release states,

FRIDAY July 3rd
6-7 pm slt
July 3rd we have Friday's LIVE at 6 spotlight on Samm Qendra as we present the Red, White and Blue Sparkle Ball for your dancing and listening pleasure.  You know her beautiful voice and her connection with her audience.  This lovely songstress brings an awe-inspiring array of vocal capabilities to her music and her sensitivity is deeply moving. Come enjoy Samm and let her take you on a soul-stirring musical journey along the waterway and under the stars in Scotland. Sparkly formal dress is suggested but certainly not required.
From Broadway hits to the best in easy-listening, the delightful musician Samm Qendra invites you on a journey of song. Her vocal range is astounding and her connection with her audience touching. This lovely songstress brings an awe-inspiring array of vocal capabilities to her music and her sensitivity is deeply moving. Come enjoy Samm and her soul-stirring music. Presented by:
Grey Owl Productions & Nicky Tams Pub - Scotland
Barret Bonden
Annie Greymoon-Magic
Gerad (Host28)"
Sounds like fun!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

HuMaNoiD is Back at LEA6

I made this above video in 2013 when the original HuMaNoiD was a popular place to visit.  It later closed but is temporarily back at LEA6.  I was so excited to hear about this and ran over for a look and was pleased to find most of the original features by Wendy Xeno.  Some things have changed a little but the magic doors and places remain.  This is a must see.  Visit here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA6/206/80/22

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The Decades Festival and Ball Today June 27th, 2015

Visit here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Vahalla%20Island/159/8/24

There are a lot of great things going on in SL this weekend, most prominently SL12B which I blogged here: http://karasecondlife.blogspot.com/2015/06/sl12b-happy-birthday-second-life-open.html


Decades Festival

But if you are looking for something more, check out The Decades Festival and Ball is set for June 27, 2015 starting at 12:01 AM SLT and runs for 24 hours.   I'm just going to post their press release info. as they say it best.

"June 27, The Decades Festival Site on Vahalla Island in SL will be host to nine HUGE history exhibits and 15 live and/or interactive events, which run the gamut from Renaissance music to coffee house RP.  There will be balloon rides and pony rides, even a zip line.  There is a historical ship to explore and a space museum that will knock your socks off.  You won't believe the attention to historical detail and accuracy in all of the exhibits, no matter what their subject, from hats to fine art to tarot to houses.  Donations made through the many donation signs scattered across the island go to support historical RP and education in SL through The Historical Communities and Royal Courts website, http://royalcourts.ning.com/.  The primary organizers of the Decades Festival are Freda Frostbite and Sister (SisterButta).

(Edited to include event times remaining following this post)
 All times are SLT (US Pacific Time)
6:00 AM
Observatory Cafe
Coffee Break!  The "mouth of the South" Trolley Trollop will host. IC event.  Come from your favorite time period.(Local Voice and Text)
7:00 AM 
Observatory Cafe
Coffee Break!  Saraphen Colliope is your host in the observatory coffee house.   IC event.  Come from your favorite time period. (Text)
7:00 AM
Pavilion Stage
Mar Biddle Graces us with her fabulous voice and sparkling personality.  Seriously, this gal has pipes AND presence and that's not easy to pull off in an avatar.  Mar sings music in a variety of styles and we are thrilled to have her at Decades.  (streaming)
Decades Festival 8:00 AM
Decades Underground
Poetry from the last 2 1/2 Millenia with Sabreman Carter and Freda Frostbite.  From Sapphos to  Cisneros,     Sabreman and Freda have selected some of their favorites to share with you in an hour of     historically     significant poetry in The Decades Underground.  (Local Voice)
9:00 AM
Pavilion Stage
Madmax Huet takes the stage with his great mix of rock and blues.  We promise Max will have you shaking your groove thang, no matter what decade you are from!  (Streamed)
9:00 AM
Observatory Cafe
Coffee Break!  Mary Von Hardenburg will host in the observatory coffee house.  IC event.  Come from your favorite time period.  (Text)
10:00 AM
Decades Underground
18th century physician,  Dr. William Greymoon, will discuss advances in medicine and herbology.  IC event.   (Text)
11:00 AM
Observatory Cafe
Coffee Break!  Lady Aph MacBain will host in the observatory coffee house.  IC event.  Come from your favorite time period.  (Text)
12:00 NOON
Decades Ball in The Pavilion.  Freda will provide an eclectic stream of dance music from many, many time periods, from the time of the Pharaohs to the time of Lady Gaga.  Come decked out in dance garb from your favorite time period.  Balloons will be dropped!  Conversation will be scintillating!  Prizes will be awarded!  (Streamed and in Text)
2:00 PM
Observatory Cafe
Coffee Break!  Hester Lynch Thrale Piozzi will be your barista (and bartender?) in The Decades Observatory Coffee House.    IC event.  Come from your favorite time period.  (In Text)
2:30 PM
Decades Fashion Tent
“What shall I wear?” Those four words must be among the first ever uttered. Our all-star fashion show produced by  Algezares Magic of aQuarela Models in Second Life will feature formal attire for both ladies and gentlemen from ancient Rome right up today’s haute couture offerings. Come and see history walk the runway!  (Streamed)
4:00 PM
Decades Underground
Live Theater in The Decades Underground, organized by the phenomenally talented, Sere Timeless.  Featuring performances from ancient Rome, the ever-so- romantic Brownings, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez by some SL's best known and loved RP and spoken word talents.  (Local Voice)
5:30 PM
Pavilion Stage
Wald Schridde takes the Decades Festival Stage for an hour of Renaissance and Medieval music.  He may throw in a shanty or a folksong too!  Wald is known throughout SL's historical RP communities.  You won't want to miss this talented musician. 
Observatory Cafe
Coffee Break!  Heximer Thane will be your barista for a half hour.  Be sure to ask him about jet engines. And entropy.  Don't forget to mention entropy.    IC event.  Come from your favorite time period.  (In Text)
7:00 PM
Decades Underground
Caledonia Skytower of the Seanchai Library (on THREE grids now) will share her unique talent as a storyteller when she performs historical prose at The Decades Festival.  (Local Voice)
8:00 PM

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

SL12B, Happy Birthday Second Life Open June 21-28

Official blog site: http://www.slcommunitycelebration.info/

Visit Welcome Station inworld directly here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL12B%20Beguile/128/128/24

The Huge Cake Stage inworld here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL12B%20Captivate/128/128/22

The Second Life 12th Community Birthday Party opens 6-21-15 and their official press release info. states:

"Spanning 15 regions with over 200 exhibits and more than 600 performers, disk jockeys and speakers, SL12B is a showcase for the accomplishments and content of all SL residents, celebrating the anniversary of Second Life© leaving its initial beta in 2003.
The SL© "Birthday" event started 12 years ago as a parade through mainland regions. It has since evolved into the Resident-run event you see today .
On the 23rd of June, Second Life© will be officially twelve years old.  Our hard-working staff of Resident volunteers, coupled with hundreds of other Resident creators, have been busily preparing for our annual birthday bash—laying down the groundwork (literally) for you to celebrate.
The event kicks off at 12:00 p.m. SLT on Sunday, the 21st of June and runs through Sunday, the 28th of June, with a glittering assortment of musicians, speakers, artists, business leaders, media mavens, merchants, social organizers, and other amazing Residents like you. We’ll be keeping the 15-region site open for another week, so you’re welcome to come and tour the builds at your leisure."

More info. on the theme is as follows: "This year's theme for the SL12B Community Celebration is "What Dreams May Come."
The line is part of the "To be, or not to be..." soliloquy from Shakespeare's Hamlet. It later became the title of a book by Richard Matheson, then an Academy Award winning movie.
Unlike our physical world, everything we see in Second Life© was born out of the stuff of dreams. For some, these dreams are what they aspire to, while others seek to recreate that which is unattainable in their lives.
Some may craft elaborate worlds of gleaming gold, while others may descend into the netherworld, portraying realms of flame and darkness.
Still others may have dreams of a simpler variety: a nice house, a picket fence, and a perfectly green lawn. All dreams, big and small, are valid and welcome."

There is also a hunt: "About the SL12B Nano Hunt, provided by Hunt SL:
For the second year in a row, we will be holding a hunt at the event. For additional information and a list of participants, please see" :

I went in for press day for some early info. and pictures.  I was greeted by Doc Gascoigne, Marianne McCann and Harper Beresford near The Station SL12B Welcome Area which is a super cool armed (as in it has arms like a creature) train that magically snakes off into the distant sky fading to invisible. I checked out some other areas and first tp'd to the giant cake stage by Mikati Slade.  The HUGE cake is pretty impressive, in her typical style, and has freebie gifts around.   Check out the web site or landing station area for event lists and locations as there are several stage areas.  Then I visited Grazietta Cazenove's parcel which is a domed area filled with her art that includes 3 d matching props and is along the lines of dreamy art which matches the birthday theme.  Once again they have the pod tours you can hop on and enjoy a narrated tour.  They have a great freebie gift area again and the annual time capsule.    The Flickr group for photos is here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/sl12b/

(this pic puts the cake stage in perspective) SL12B

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Carnival of the Arts, The Dirty Grind's 2nd Anniversary Event June 18-20

 Visit here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fender/128/128/27

One of my fav sims is having a big event coming up in just a couple of days, so I asked them for some PR info., which is as follows:

"Join us at the acclaimed The Dirty Grind Independent Artist Community as we celebrate our second anniversary with this annual celebration of the arts in Second Life.  Showcasing the members of our artist community, enjoy four days of some of the best 100% live musical talent and visual artists who share their talent with residents of the grid, including our newest featured artist, Sina Souza."

Their official web site is here: http://www.thedirtygrind.com/

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I also have some more detailed information:
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            The Dirty Grind Independent Artist Community
                                  Jasmine's Hollow
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Ian and I have come to an exciting time in the evolution of our
dream of a not-for-profit artist community in Second Life,
The Dirty Grind Independent Artist Community. As we near
our second anniversary, we are working to expand and
improve upon the already groundbreaking personalized
support we offer artists involved in Second Life and their
management team..
Our goal...our passion has always been to provide a haven
for artists in which creativity and community. flourishes. We
are here for our artists and wish to extend our reach as a
service organization.
The members of The Dirty Grind Family put their heart, soul,
time and much more into their art. We give them our resources
and experience so they can better concentrate on creating.
Ian and I share a background in music and business.
My background includes innovation and leadership in the international,
nonprofit sector, communication, creative writing and art knowledge
I am the  founder and former president of a multi-national 501(c)3 and
an independent mixed media artist. Ian brings his experience
with corporate administration, as well as management history
with a brick and mortar live music venue.
We offer our artists and their management team our knowledge,
expertise, time and sim to help them and their team in many ways;
-  promoting artists work though listening and discovery
   booths at our sim and in satellite locations, as well as
   our website and blog; 
-  providing one of SL's highly acclaimed venues,
-  engaging listeners and helping others discover their
-  hosting a 24/7 radio station, Radio Grind, dedicated to         
    playing The Dirty Grind family
-   host over 40 hours of 100% live music concerts every        
The Dirty Grind Independent Artist Community is by invitation only.
 "...one of the friendliest communities around." -Linden Lab about
     Jasmine's Hollow and The Dirty Grind from Highlights from the
                     Second Life Destination Guide
Nominated for three Avi Choice Awards
Current artists:
Anidi Huet, Bat Masters, Benski Korhonen, Beth Odets, Billy Thunders, David Csiszer, DennyMac,
Doug Lind, Effinjay, Grace McDunnough, Gweeb, Gypsy Dhrua, KatRose Serendipity, Ke Aloha, Kiesta Aljon, Kinagree-Smith, Lyndon Heart, Phemie Alcott, Reggie Sunset, Ren Enberg & Quai Franklin, Sassy Nitely, Sina Souza, Senjata Witt, Shannon Oherlihy, Suzen Juel, TerryLynn Melody,  Tallulah Winterwolf, the matthew show, The Vinnie Show, Toysoldier Thor, Wald Schridde, Winston Ackland"

Music, art, an amazing sim.... what more could you ask for? See you there!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Lost Dreams, RAYNE, and SaNaRae Telephone Poles and Lines to Explore This Weekend

I found some cool weekend explores and wanted to blog 3 very pretty sims that all have scenic telephone poles and lines!

Lost Dreams at Isla Tequila
Visit here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Isla%20Tequila/128/128/21
First there is Lost Dreams which I saw just today popping up all over blogs and Flickr because it's very scenic and amazing for exploring, taking pictures and hanging out with someone special.  This adult rated sim states: "Lost Dream, original world of dreams and creativity, with the atmosphere of nature and soothing and rejuvenating, discover and rejoice in his wonderful, Explore, stay awhile, and do not forget to bring your camera." It appears to be owned by Zaziaa (Chanell)

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RAYNE Isles a moderate sim at Wishing Well
Visit here:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wishing%20Well/128/128/23
This is also a beautiful sim to explore and their sim info. states: "RAYNE Isles: a classic landscape with simple beauty to while away the hours. The perfect location for dreamers to unwind, relax and take photographs. Release the stress of yesterday at RAYNE, and find your inner peace." This sim is owned by Pink.Rayne. The sim also hosts a store with some very nice items, RAYNE Couture, fashion to re-inspire. See their marketplace here: https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/145611

RAYNE RAYNE And finally I enjoyed a moderate sim SaNaRae, Heaven Ocean at Junin.  Visit here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Junin/128/128/21
Their beautiful sim info. says: "Sa-Na-Rae  =  Wings of angel (in pure korean language)
Healing ur soul  by Dream Ocean  -  peace and calm chill photo beauty ocean relax heal Gacha Yard sale korea Club Live music." This gorgeous sim appears to be owned by mewz.artis SaNaRae Heaven Ocean SaNaRae Heaven Ocean SaNaRae Heaven Ocean SaNaRae Heaven Ocean

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Dirty Grind: Where it Was Raining Babies and Plans for a Carnival of the Arts

Visit here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fender/128/128/27

Tonight I re-visited one of my favorite SL live music venues and a great sim to explore, The Dirty Grind at Jasmine's Hollow.  They were having a surprise 10th rez day party for singer Beth Odetes.  The lineup was as follows:
4p Bat Masters Burton​
5p Matthew​ Perreault
6p Shannon​ Oherlihy and Beth Odets
7p Beth Odets
The Sim is owned by Jasmine/Lisa and Ian Witt.  Lisa always does an amazing job decorating this sim.  I love to explore it over and over.  In general it is a steampunk theme with a lot of nature and coolness mixed in. She often makes new sets for special events and the theme of Beth's party was "Ot's raining babies".. apparently you have to be familiar with this .....https://www.facebook.com/lilolive13/videos/632239210240700/?pnref=story a little bit of an inside joke I guess but the set was out on the lake .. with a HUGE umbrella and rain boots and smaller poseable umbrella boats alone with huge raindrops, rain and, yup, you guessed it.. many many babies both static and falling from the sky! :)   Anyway, we had a great time and I took a few pics. I've blogged the sim before, as there is always something cool going on or to see so search the search bar if you want to read and see more from the past.  Now Lisa is working on a Carnival of the Arts which will open June 18-22.  I never know what to expect, so I'm looking forward to it.  Be sure to check it out.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Panther Dolls Season Final Routine

Many of you know I've been cheering this season with the great ladies of The Panther Dolls in the UFL.  We had a lot of fun and lost to the Bills in the finals last night, but the Bills are undefeated and will play in the season final this coming Sunday so we had our work cut out for us.  Great season Panther Dolls and Panthers and thanks for the fun times United Football League of Second Life.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Joe Borowsky Reveals his "Soul Vision" Debut Album in SL Today

Visit here: http://www.joeborowsky.com/bio/
4pm SLT Soulvision (Joe) presented and reviewed his album and talked about his first life and music during the show that is happening as I type this up.  Hopefully you can hurry over and hear him here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Trax/128/128/27, but if not he plays around SL with Dirval Music Associates.  His SL Manager is Carol Greenwood. 
So now we know more about this professional musician who has his own music school.  As his blog site says, "Just who is Joe Borowsky? A singer, songwriter, humanitarian, spiritualist, teacher and mentor." And he's great.  Just check him out around SL some time soon!
More info. and a video here: https://dirvalmusicassociates.wordpress.com/soul-vision/
And to find more of his music see here: http://www.joeborowsky.com/soulvision/

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The Arcade Gacha and The Most Wanted

Gacha Arcade Galley here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gacha%20Galley/128/128/0

The Arcade Gacha Intrigue Wanted item.. Kathy and myself.. fits us perfectly
The lastest edition of The Arcade gacha opened June 1st and while I still have not been able to get into this seemingly always full sim I have made it to the overflow galley.  So the above direct link is the landmark for the ship that sits just within cam/buying range. You can swim over from there if the actual Arcade sim is not full or use my search bar for past posts about The Arcade for a direct link.
 I was able to cam and get what I wanted that way and that's fine because I was in good company and I've been around long enough to know how to cam well.  But they do give out a notecard with instructions on how to set preferences to be able to cam and reach all the arcade machines if a person is not familiar with that.  Anyway, my gacha addict friend Kathy Nikolaidis turned me on to these cute Arcade Gacha wanted placards by Intrigue Co. There are a WHOLE bunch of different placards with funny sayings, so really something for everyone.  Kathy and I were skilled (er I mean lucky, wait luck has nothing to do with it really as we both played until we got what fit us perfectly.) enough to get the following placards...... too perfect. At any rate there are a lot of super cute items to be had again and you can check out the options here at the official Arcade Gacha site: http://thearcadesl.com/  They even have a photo contest so be sure to check out the info. and rules. And as Kathy says, Orange is the new black.  I thought grey and sometimes even invisible was the new black, but for today.. Orange is the new black.  Gacha!

Flux Sur Mer

Visit Flux Sur Mer here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Flux%20Sur%20Mer/128/128/22

Apparently I was a day late and a dollar short for the Flux Sur Mer grand opening day and party yesterday.  I was aware of it and even previously saw it blogged by Ziki Questi and planned to go but got too busy.  So I missed the crowd and am now enjoying this beautiful French country sim with a few other visitors. From what I see from other bloggers and Flickr, a crowd they did have.  It's understandable as this scenic sim is full of natural beauty with places such as a many woodsy areas tucked away from the surrounding beachs, a yard sale area, fishing, dorms and rentals, multiple beautiful buildings and relaxing loung areas, all quaintly decorated with beautiful detail.  The 3 large islands are wonderfully connected and includes a large beautiful stone bridge way that is great for photography.   Their are large ships off the shoreline and so many details quite that frankly the whole place is great for taking pictures, and many can already be seen all over Flickr.

Flux Sur Mer

Their sim info. states: "lux Sur Mer is a detailed and artistically developed French country estate/ full sim, stunningly brought to life by creator and designer Nic Bour (nicbor resident), along with custom mesh designer Imoken Neox."  The sim is owned by Mya Richards and managed by Posh Jones.  It sounds like this sim may not be intended to last forever so be sure to head over and enjoy some time on this beautiful sim. Flux Sur Mer Flux Sur Mer Flux Sur Mer