RFL 2016: Paint it Purple

Relay d'Alliez region: Paint SL Purple kick-off event, Sunday February 28th
Relay d’Alliez region: Paint SL Purple kick-off event, Sunday February 28th

Sunday, February 28th 2016 marks the start of RFL of SL’s Paint SL Purple week.

Running through until Sunday, March 6th, the campaign is aimed raising awareness and excitement as the official launch of the year’s fund-raising season for Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society draws near, by encouraging residents to paint the grid purple, the official colour of RFL of SL.

So how does it work? The official description of the campaign explains:

Turn your world purple. Wear purple clothes, purple hair, even purple skin. Turn your house purple, paint your grass purple! Do you own a store? Paint your store purple. The goal is for people to take notice!

And why purple? Because it’s the official colour of Relay For Life, and is the colour representing  every type of cancer, while RFL raises money for research into all types of cancers.

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The campaign will kick-off on the Relay d’Alliez region, with an afternoon and evening of music and fund-raising from 13:00 SLT runs through until 19:00 SLT, with the schedule lining-up as follows:

  • 13:00 – 14:00: Jen Waddington
  • 14:00 – 15:00: Relax Free Radio
  • 16:00 – 17:00: Savannah Coronet
  • 17:00 – 19:00: T1 Radio

As well as enjoying the music and offering donations, those attending the kick-off event will be able to grab Paint SL Purple kits and t-shirts from the supply stands near the lighthouse landing point. Find out more by visiting the Paint SL Purple campaign web page, and discovering some of the many ways you can help Paint it Purple!

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TerpsiCorps ARTWerks: performance art in Second Life

TerpsiCorps ARTWerks: the muse Terpsichore, presiding over the entrance to the Theatre of the Nine Muses
TerpsiCorps ARTWerks: the muse Terpsichore, presiding over the entrance to the Theatre of the Nine Muses

Caitlyn and I recently received an invitation to visit the new home TerpsiCorp ARTWerks, a relatively new art and performance company in Second Life. The invitation was extended by the company’s founder and director, Cassie Parker (nanki Hendes), and we were more than delighted to accept.

TerpsiCorpsARTWerks has been established with an ambitious vision to become a major force for performance art in Second Life, offering the potential to forge connections between performance art in the physical and virtual worlds whilst also supporting the arts in Second Life.

TerpsiCorps ARTWerks: looking towards the Belly Dance Pit
TerpsiCorps ARTWerks: looking towards the Belly Dance Pit

“From the very beginning, we wanted to create art that actually meant something … art that was more than simple entertainment,” Cassie Parker says of the company in an article she penned for Rez Magazine’s February 2016 edition. “I sought out artists that could bring a unique perspective to their performances, artists that were not only highly sensitive (as most artists are), but that could also bring a sense of intimacy to their performances on stage.”

It a fascinating piece to read, tracing the creative process that led Cassie from a casual introduction to in-world performance art and the SL art scene as a whole, through the formation of TerpsiCorps ARTWerks to their first in-world performance in September 2015, and onwards to the founding of their new base of operations at TerpsiCorps Isle.

TerpsiCorps ARTWerks: Dionysus Workshop Pavilion
TerpsiCorps ARTWerks: Dionysus Workshop Pavilion

The forcal point for this new home is a magnificent sky platform which officially opened on Sunday, February 21st. Designed by TerpsiCorp’s Artistic Director, Chrissy Rhiano, assisted by Cordelia Cerise, it is largely built along the lines of classical Greek architecture and is a work of art in itself, offering a range of public facilities in celebration of the arts.

Visitors to the centre arrive on a stone-paved avenue lined with olive trees and alcoves featuring the nine muses. This is bookended by two stunning theatres, one of which, The Theatre of the Nine Muses, continues the classic Greek theme, its entrance presided over by Terpsichore, one of the nine muses of dance, and from whom the company takes its name. At the other end of the avenue is the Belly Dance Pit, a structure of distinctly Arabian influence, offering an intimate theatre in the round design and which hosts performances of conventional and other styles of belly dance.

TerpsiCorps ARTWerks: Molly Bloom
TerpsiCorps ARTWerks: Molly Bloom

Between the theatres, and set back within lush wooded groves, lie three gallery spaces. Two of these are respectively dedicated to the work of Molly Bloom and Bryn Oh, while the third is offered to emerging artists within Second Life. Most recently (at the time of writing) this housed an exhibition by Lantana Silverweb, who is also the company’s official photographer. Also accessible from the central avenue is the Dionysus Workshop Pavilion, offering both a workshop space and room to host music events.

Nor does it end there. Reached via two flagstone paths flanking the entrance plaza to the  Theatre of the Nine Muses, lies the Trail of the Muses: a walk designed by Cordelia Cercise which takes you around the theatre through eight shrines dedicated to each of the remaining muses. Within the lush wooded gardens there is more so discover: wildlife in the form of giraffe, elephant, caribou, and deer, as well as glades and water features.

TerpsiCorps ARTWerks: the garden wildlife
TerpsiCorps ARTWerks: the garden wildlife

The official opening of these facilities was marked by a performance of the company’s Gothic Opera at the Theatre of the Nine Muses. Such was the interest in the event that some 80 people were in attendance, with more wishing to see it. To this end, an encore performance is to be staged on Sunday, February 28th at the theatre, with curtain up at 19;00 SLT. However, if you do plan to attend, an earlier arrival might well be in order to secure a seat.

There is still some work to be done in support of the company’s activities; as I mentioned to Cassie (although she was already aware), the platform could benefit from some discrete information boards, or have gallery name boards and production advertising offer information note cards. These, I gather will be added. There are also plans for an associated website, but for now the best place to find out more on the company is via its Facebook page.

TerpsiCorps ARTWerks: Theatre of the Nine Muses
TerpsiCorps ARTWerks: Theatre of the Nine Muses

All told, this is a fabulous and fascinating venture, and I genuinely look forward to both witnessing more of TerpsiCorps ARTWerks activities as they continue to develop both their productions and the region, and to reporting more about their activities through the pages of this blog.

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Bicycles, harmonicas, and backpackers

It’s time to kick-off a week of story-telling in voice, brought to our virtual lives by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library. As always, all times SLT, and events are held at the Library’s Second Life home at Bradley University, unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday, February 28th

13:30 Crazy Eights: Tea Time at Baker Street

Crazy Eights sees Caledonia, Corwyn and Kayden reading from The Return of Sherlock Holmes every Sunday from the living room of 221B Baker Street. Holmes-return

The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist finds Holmes and Watson embroiled in a conundrum of a case when they are visited by Miss Violet Smith, who has travelled up to London from Surrey to seek their advice.

Having been left with very little money following the death of her father, Violet Smith and her mother are rather surprised to learn that they are being sought-out by two men recently returned from South Africa, a Mr. Carruthers and Mr. Woodley. They are an odd couple, about as alike as chalk and cheese: Carruthers seemingly a gentleman, and Woodley little more than an oaf and a bully. They claim to have known Violet’s Uncle Ralph whilst in South Africa, and report the sad news of his destitute death – and that he asked them to seek out his relatives in England and ensure their well-being.

Violet finds this strange, given that her Uncle Ralph has gone unheard from  for 25 years. Her concerns deepen as Carruthers offers her £100 a year – twice the going rate – to be his daughter’s live-in music teacher, allowing her to see her mother on weekends.

Despite her misgivings, Violet accepts the post, and while Carruthers is ever the gentleman in her presence, Woodley is most certainly not. While visiting the Carruthers’ household, he makes unwelcome and lewd advances on her, resulting in a breakdown of his odd friendship with Carruthers. Not long after this incident, a third man seems to enter the equation, as Violet finds herself followed by a mysterious bearded individual on a bicycle as she cycles to and from the railway station for her weekend visits to her mother…

18:00 Magicland Park: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Mied-up FilesWhen running away, it’s always handy to have some idea of where to run to. In Claudia Kincaid’s case, the ideal place is the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. As her younger brother has money, Claudia decides he should come with her to help on the finances front.

The museum proves an interesting place to settle into, but when the museum purchases what appears to be an early work by Michelangelo, a statue of an angel, for the unbelievable price of $225, Claudia and Jamie, her brother, find themselves taking on the role of investigators.

Is the statue genuine? Has the museum bought itself a bargain, or is the statue something else? Digging into the matter, Claudia and Jamie are led to the remarkable Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, former owner of the statue and the owner of some remarkable files which promise to led Claudia into some discoveries about herself.

Join Caledonia Skytower at Magicland Park as she reads from E.L. Konigsburg’s engaging story.

Monday February 29th 19:00: Wizard of Karres

Gyro Muggins returns to the universe created by James H. Schmitz and given form through his 1949 novel, The Witches of Karres, as he concludes reading the 2004 sequel, The Wizard of Karres, penned by Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint, and Dave Freer. So why not join Gyro as he once more traces the adventures of Captain Pausert and his companions, Goth and the Leewit, the Witches of Karres.

Tuesday March 1st, 19:00: Echo

EchoCaledonia Skytower reads Pam Muñoz Ryan’s Newbery Honour novel. Three entwined stories focusing on a magical harmonica, which start with the tale of 12-year-old German boy Friedrich. He dreams of being a conductor; so much so that he cannot stop his hands rising to guide the music only he can hear. Such public displays, coupled with the birthmark which disfigures half his face leads to him being shunned and regarded as his peers as being Monster Boy.

Faced with this, and the rising threat of Hitler’s National Socialists, Friedreich is determined to gain entry to the local music conservatory, but while preparing for his all-important audition, he happens across the harmonica. Playing it, he gains strength and courage to face those who shun him and the rise of Hitler’s power. But as each day brings some new threat, the chances of Friedrich achieving his dream, or even keeping his family together, grow more and more faint.

Wednesday March 2nd 19:00 Crazy Eights: The Hunter’s Moon

HuntersAoife Lorefield commences reading the second in the Crazy Eights series of monthly Featured books

When she arrives in Ireland to visit her cousin Findabhair (Finn), American Gwen expects a fun backpacking trip to sites of the fairy lore they’re both fascinated with. What neither cousin knows is that it’s the summer of the Hunter’s Moon, a dangerous time for mortals to meddle in the kingdom of Faerie.

Whilst camping out, Finn is kidnapped by the handsome Faerie king, and Gwen must rescue her. In attempting to do so, she travels between modern day and mystical Ireland. And when she does finally reach Finn, she finds her biggest challenge might be actually persuading her cousin she is in need of rescue!

Thursday, March 3rd

19:00 Drabne of Dole

Shandon Loring  brings us another tale about the formative years of  legendary giant Finn McCool – Fionn mac Cumhaill – the mythical hunter / warrior who appears in folklore spanning Ireland.

21:00 Seanchai Late Night

Contemporary science-fiction with Finn Zeddmore.

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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 January / February is Heifer International, working with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.

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