Art in Hats returns

Art in Hats 2014
Art in Hats 2014

Following a successful inaugural event in 2013, Art in Hats returns to Second Life with a new  venue and even more designs and images to see – and more to do!

Art in Hats 2014 is taking place through until the end of July at Boutou. As with the 2013 event, it focuses on hats as both a statement of fashion and art. On display in a open-air, urban-style environment, are around 100 hats and headgear from some eighty designers and artists.

Art in Hats 2014
Art in Hats 2014

Exhibition curators Quan Lavender and Emma Portilo paired the designers with SL photographers, who produced portraits and images of the hats being worn. The result is a stunning display of art and fashion, all of which is available for sale should visitors feel inclined to obtain something to make a splash at the next major event they attend, or if they are looking for fashion-inspired art for a wall of their home. Demos of some of the hats are also available if those who prefer trying-before-buying.

At the centre of the installation is a little gift and freebies area and a selection of classic top hats from The Mad Hattery for sale at L$10 apiece.

Art in Hats 2014
Art in Hats 2014

As well as the main exhibition, Art in Hats will be hosting a fashion show on Saturday June 21st at 14:00 SLT, and there is a special charity auction event being held through until the exhibition closes on July 31st, which features a number of unique hats which are being auctioned-off in support of Feed a Smile. These include the delightful Dark Collection, comprising six items of headwear by Secret Rage, including Symphony, which features piano keys which can be played, and Life of the Party, which turns on and off when touched. Visitors just need to touch the little red top hat next to each item to place a bid.

Visitors can also participate in the Art in Hats contest which offers some very impressive prize packages. All visitors have to do is take the Copy / Mod basic bowler hat on offer, decorate it, take a photo of the finished item (aspect ratio 3:2) and send the image to Quan Lavender. All entries received are displayed in a special section of the exhibition, where they can be voted on by other visitors (who account for 50% of the voting, with the competition’s judges providing the other 50%). So that everyone has an opportunity to see and vote on competition entries, they must be sent to Quan no later than July 27th. The three winning entries will be announced during the closing event on July 31st.

Art in Hats 2014
Art in Hats 2014

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Miracles, wars, quests and more

It’s time to kick-off another week of fabulous story-telling in Voice, brought to Second Life and Kitely by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library.

As always, all times SLT / PDT, and unless otherwise stated, events will be held on the Seanchai Library’s home on Imagination Island.

Sunday June 15th, 10:00: Seanchai Kitely: Miracles: A Trio of  Island Tales

Trio Island  Book Cover V3 smallJoin Caledonia Skytower as she reads from her own book Miracles: a Trio of Island Tales, best described in her own words:

Belief is essential part of life. If there is a through-line to most of my work, it is the essential need for all of us to believe in something beyond ourselves. It does not matter what. Simply believe. By believing in something beyond yourself, you learn to better understand your world: to believe in yourself.

Belief is woven into all three stories in Miracles: A Trio of Island Tales. These stories are fictionalizations of family stories shared by my collaborator, Saane Tome. She is a native-born Tongan and devout Christian. The power of her stories is moving and undeniable. You may or may not share her belief system, and that does not really matter. It is hard to hear her stories and not recognize the essential power of them.

Join Cale in-world at Seanchai Library, Kitely (hop://

Monday June 16th, 19:00: Space Wars: The Man Who Would Be Kzin Concludes

Gyro Muggins continues to tell a tale drawn from the deadly Man-Kzin Wars.

The Kzinti, are a warlike race Niven first introduced to the world in his 1966 story The Warriors. They permeated many of his stories set in the Known Space series, and well as appearing in his Nebula and Hugo award-winning Ringworld. In his stories, Niven references a series of conflicts between Kzinti and humans, but did not write about the wars himself. Such was the demand for more information on the wars, however, he allowed the Man-Kzin wars to become a shared universe series, with the majority of the stories written by other science-fiction authors such as Poul Anderson, Dean Ing, Jerry Pournelle, S.M. Stirling, Greg Bear and others.

The Man Who Would Be Kzin, written in 1991 by Greg Bear and S.M Stirling, appears in the Man-Kzin Wars IV, and The Best of All Possible Wars. It poses the interesting question: how exactly does a human spy infiltrate a civilisation of 8-foot tall anthropomorphic tiger-like cats?

Tuesday June 17th, 19:00: A Dog’s Purpose, Continued

Reincarnation can be confusing for a human; reborn into different lives, trying to learn lessons of the past in order to discover one’s purpose … Imagine what it must be like for a dog.

That’s exactly what humourist W. Bruce Cameron has done in his 2010 best seller A Dog’s Purpose. Bailey, pup of a stray, is rather surprised to find himself reborn as a Golden Retriever after being euthanized. It surprises him even more when, after a happy life involving a young boy, a farm and more, Bailey passes from the world … Only to find himself occupying the body of a German shepherd bitch. Thus comes the realisation that he is serving some higher purpose.

The problem is, and as his lives continue, Bailey can’t figure out exactly what that purpose might be…

Travel with Caledonia Skytower and Kayden Oconnell as they continue their journey through Bailey’s heartwarming and funny tale of many lives, a dog’s-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man’s best friend; a story in which love never dies, and true friends are always with us.

Wednesday June 18th, 19:00: Tales of Despereaux, Continued

Following-on from Flora and Ulysses, Caledonia Skytower reads from Kate DiCamillo’s first novel to win a prestigious Newbery Award.

The Tales of Despereaux is a story of four parts, each part told from the perspective of a different character. Despereaux Tilling, is a mouse, and the hero of the piece. Born a runt with big ears and eyes, he is an incurable romantic, given to reading tales about knights and princesses. Chiaroscuro is a dungeon rat with an obsession with light, bright things. Miggery Sow is a simply serving girl with an impossible dream.

Together, these three become bound in a tale of dungeons, betrayal, kidnap, redemption and a princess named Pea, as well as a host of other memorable characters.

Thursday June 19th

19:00: Legends of the Brethren Court

Shandon Loring takes to the high seas with none other that a young Jack Sparrow, Pirate Lord of the Caribbean Sea, Captain of the Black Pearl, and the youngest Pirate Lord ever admitted into the Brethren Court. With the Shadow Lord seeking to destroy the Brethren Court and it’s down to Jack – sometimes helped, sometimes hindered, by his fellow brethren Pirate Lords – to prevent it.

21:00 Seanchai Late Night

With Finn Zeddmore


Please check with the Seanchai Library SL’s blog for updates and for additions or changes to the week’s schedule. The featured charity for May-June is Habitat for Humanity: envisioning a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

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