Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Arpeggio Opening Night

Visit The Arpeggio here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Illusion%20Forest/60/223/26

One of my all time fav SL singers,  Toxie, Toxic Darkmatter has opened her own venue, The Arpeggio, at Forty Thieves Hideaway.  Toxie is well known not only for her beautiful voice, but also for her design and decorating skills;  She's designed sims for other venues previously but now she's opened up her own new space for live music events and her opening night tonight was a huge success with Erik Kottzen singing at 9 SLT followed by Gibson at 10.  The venue is a beautiful ruins filled area with all the romantic lighting, plenty of cool pose spots, the super cool stage area with huge skull backdrop in the ruins of a theater setting, lots of well designed nature areas fun for hanging out, music shows, exploring and photography.  I'm glad I hit this special opening night that was a huge success with a large crowd of lots of fun people.  I look forward to future shows here.  There is already a Flickr group for people to post their fav pics of the area or music event.  You can post the pics here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/toxies-arpeggio/
Thanks Toxie for your contributions to SL and our fun times!

Welcome to The Arpeggio:

Arpeggio Grand Opening,  Toxie's Venue (Toxie) Arpeggio Grand Opening,  Toxie's Venue -Toxie Arpeggio Grand Opening,  Toxie's Venue Arpeggio Grand Opening,  Toxie's Venue Arpeggio Grand Opening,  Toxie's Venue Arpeggio Grand Opening,  Toxie's Venue Arpeggio Grand Opening,  Toxie's Venue Arpeggio Grand Opening, Gibson at Toxie's Venue

Sunday, August 13, 2017

SL LIve Radio Slowbake Show on Sundays

Visit SL Live Radio Here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Harms%20Way/105/97/1233

It was great to hang out with my long-time friends Sonicity Fitzroy and Belinda Barnes at Soni's radio show "Slowbake" with SL Live Radio today.  It's typically held each Sundays from 12-2pm  unless Soni is out traveling or something.  She plays SL live musician's music and we hang out with whoever joins us dancing to the tunes and having a good time.  Join us some time or you can hear the show during these times wherever SL Live Radio is played inworld or on their stream.
SL Live Radio blog and Stream here: http://radiosllive.blogspot.co.uk/
Soni's blog here: http://sonicityradio.blogspot.com/


Soni, Bel and Kara /slowbake radio show Soni, Bel and Kara /slowbake radio show

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Gab, Toxie, and Erik Sandwich at Solar Winds!

Tonight I caught a triple stream live music show by Gabriel Da Silva, Toxie Darkmatter, and Erik Kotten at Solar Winds music venue.  First Maxilillion Kleen sang, then Gab dual streamed with Max, then Gab sang a set and Toxie and Erik joined him for a few songs, then Eirk sang a set.  Great night. They all did an amazing job.  The venue really packs a crowd and has great talent all the time.  Check it out some time. Visit Solar Winds here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Atlantis%20World%204/128/128/18

If you want to learn more about Toxie and for booking you can check her out on Whispering Sands live Promotions here:  http://wslpromo.net/toxic-toxie-darkmatter/

To learn more about Gab and Erik or to book them contact Gabryel.nyoki

(Gab, Toxie, and Erik)
Gab, Toxie, and Erik Gab, Toxie and Erik (Gab and Max) Gab and Max

Friday, August 4, 2017

Sansar is Open Beta For Everyone Now

Try out beta Sansar by going here: https://community.secondlife.com/blogs/entry/2218-open-beta-begins-for-sansar/

Free Sansar is open to try out beta for all, and I had to try of course.  We've all been curious about this new Linden Labs platform designed to work with VR (virtual reality head mounted display headsets) and new technology for a while now.  I don't have VR so I just went in anyway as it works fine to explore and creat in both HMD or desktop mode.  There are minimum computer configuration requirements though but my laptop was able to run it.  However, the first place I visited was a club and the graphics were washed out for my older laptop in spite of another person there saying the graphics were really great for him and appeared to him as the atlas image did.  Then I visited another location that was much clearer with great graphics so I'm not sure if it was just my computer settling in or what specifically.

  My impression is that persons with VR will have a much easier time moving and playing around and enjoying it in general.  The graphics were great overall, and while the starter avatars left much to be desired regarding hair and facial look after coming from SL, the clothes were well designed with good textures, wrinkles, etc that looked realistic. I used my Kara Trapdoor name so I'll be the same in there as in SL.  There are some basic customization options to the few starter avatars to select from.  I met and added my first friend.  There were other people out and about but most were new to it checking it out for the first time too and mostly moving from place to place looking around like I was.  I snapped a couple of pictures to show.

The information page reminds us this is beta with many more features and much more content yet to come.  They also make it clear Second Life is here to stay and Sansar does not take away from their love and dedication to Second life which they continue to invest in.. Yay for that!  Sansar is just another option, so check it out if so inclined.  Friend me there if you like! After a while my laptop just died and seemed hot so I came back in to play in the Second Life that I love.  It was super cool to see for the first time though.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Sands Grand Opening

Visit The Sands here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gigli%20Live/128/128/23

Tonight I enjoyed some great dj music by Drew McDunnough and then some live music by Jae Sands for his rez day and for the grand opening of The Sands formal club he owns and will be performing at regularly.  Satyriasis Sheryffe  then Ambrosia Kamala also sang a few songs for Jae. There was an attractive large crowd for the evening and we had a great time to some great music in a great atmosphere.  Check it out some time. Jae Sands at The Sands Grand Opening Jae Sands at The Sands Grand Opening Jae Sands at The Sands Grand Opening

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Ocho Tango / Digital Art Cammino e Vivo Capovolto

Visit Ocho Tango here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Retrospect/128/128/21

One of my all time fav sims had a facelift a short while back and it's redone just as glorious as ever.  There is adventure, exploring, romance, art, dancing, and relaxing hanging out. I've blogged it before with more detail, but it's worthy of some more. : )  Check it out.


Ocho Tango Ocho Tango Ocho Tango

Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Crystal Heart Festival June 30 -July 31

Visit The Crystal Heart Festival here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Crystal%20Heart%20Kingdom/128/128/2

This event runs June 30th through July 31st.  The Crystal Heart is an annual mahou shoujo themed event, dedicated to all of those who love magical girls. ♥
Sponsored by: The Sugar Garden, Altair, Vincue & Cerberus Xing, Blueberry, Olive, Murray, Violent Seduction, Catwa, Cureless, Reign, Candydoll.
There is a lot of Sailor Moon type stuff, Kwaii, costume, free gifts, gacha, and some super cute quality fashionable dresses and other clothes and cute products. I love the Blueberry dress and had to get that among other items. This is a very large event with many well known name brands in a big  area .. plan to spend a lot of money and time there if you like to shop in SL. Sorry guys, but I mostly saw things for the ladies.


The Crystal Heart Festival The Crystal Heart Festival The Crystal Heart Festival The Crystal Heart Festival

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Visit LEA1, Love Beach, and Leave a Selfie

Visit LEA1, Love Beach here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA1/128/128/21
Vaneeesa Blaylock invited me over to this sim area last week to check it out.  I finally made it over and left my Kara Cutout.  It's a fun little self-expression area people can rez a selfie expressing their love. Hurry over because I think it's only up for the week.
 The note card says:
"For the first week of Summer (N. Hemisphere) / Winter (S. Hemisphere) LEA1 is LOVE BEACH!
We love this world.
We love the avatars that share it with us.
Can you think of a world built as much on User Generated Creativity as SL?
We may never experience a place like this again.
I love this world.
I love my friends here.
I love the myriad strangers I’ve encountered here who have given me a flower or played a game.
I LOVE YOU!
Join us:
1. Take a selfie
2. Write “I Love You” on it (or anything you like)
3. Come rez a prim @Love Beach @LEA1
4. Put your selfie on your prim
Everyone is welcome
Why?
Because we love you."
I feel the same.. so rez I did!


LEA1 Love Beach Selfie Island_003

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Music Matters 2017 For a Good Cause Friday and Saturday

Visit Music Matters here:http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Urban%20Style/96/88/2
Music Matters Logo

 This weekend we can look forward to some great SL music for a great cause. Music Matters 2017's press release states in part:

"EVENT:  Music Matters 2017
WHEN: Friday, June 23, 2017
Saturday, June 24, 2017
WHERE: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Urban%20Style/90/71/21
BENEFITING: Spread Music Now

Spread Music Now Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spreadmusicnow/

Spread Music Now Website: https://www.spreadmusicnow.org/

EVENT ORGANIZERS:
Alliekattz Resident
Carol Greenwood
CollinMartin Resident
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WHO ARE WE?:
We are a group of Second Life Performers & Music Lovers who come together once a year to raise money for children's music education thru Spread Music Now.
Event Facebook Page:
  https://www.facebook.com/MusicMattersSL
SecondLIfe Group:
secondlife:///app/group/5dfb0839-2825-654a-5d47-cd051b8aeb89/about
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SCHEDULE:
Friday, June 23, 2017
3:00 Chillee Hernandoz
4:00 Agatha Martin
5:00 Toxie Darkmatter
6:00 LuvOfMusic
7:00 Samm Qendra
8:00 Collin Martin

Saturday, June 24, 2017
9:00 WalMArt Idol
10:00 TrickyLicks
11:00 Suzen Juel
12:00 Hogman
1:00 Mimi Carpenter
2:00 Phemie Alcot
3:00 Twostep Spiritweaver
4:00 Vinnie (Acoustic Rhapsody)
5:00 Strum Diesel
6:00 RaRa Destiney
7:00 DirtyDee Sweatwater
8:00 SoulVision
** Schedule subject to change & all times are SLT
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WHAT IS SPREAD MUSIC NOW? WHY MUSIC?
This Is Spread Music Now: https://youtu.be/7COgYexbeZA

"Some people think music education is a privilege, but I think it's essential to being human."

-Jewel - singer, songwriter and instrumentalist

SpreadMusicNow believes that by funding music programs that clearly foster an appreciation for music, children will reap the benefits of improved academic performance, awakened creativity, heightened self-esteem, and an overall sense of accomplishment.

Study after study proves that regardless of socioeconomic background, music- making students do better in school than those who have no music involvement. Whether it is improved spatial-temporal reasoning, which is integral to math, or repetition of tunes and melodies, which is integral to verbal memory, learning, playing and creating music benefits children in a myriad of ways.

Spread Music Now Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spreadmusicnow/

Spread Music Now Website: https://www.spreadmusicnow.org/
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WAYS TO DONATE:
1) Linden Donations - Attendees will have the option to donate using Linden via a kiosk at the event. All Linden will be converted to USD and donated (minus conversion fees) to Spread Music Now

2) Credit Card Donations - Attendees & also those who are unable to attend will have the option to donate using a Credit or Debit card on the event Crowdrise page.

https://www.crowdrise.com/Spreadmusicnow/fundraiser/musicmatters2

3) Music Matters 2017 black short-sleeve virtual t-shirts will be sold for $50L each, with all proceeds being donated to Spread Music Now

4) Music Matters color chnaging headbands will be sold for $50L each, with all proceeds being donated to Spread Music Now

5) Spread Music Now (Play, Learn, Become) black short-sleeve virtual t-shirts will be sold for $50L each, with all proceeds being donated to Spread Music Now

6) Sponsorship - Prior to June 15, 2017 sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact AllieKattz Resident  for more information

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*For more information about this year's upcoming event, please contact any of the event organizers or visit our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/MusicMattersSL"






Sunday, June 18, 2017

SL14B, Second Life Annual Community Celebration Opening Day Sunday June 18th

Visit the welcome area here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL14B%20Impressive/96/122/80
A greeter at the main landing area gave me a wearable hud map, a had and flag.  The hud map is very handing in gettiner around.  They do have the moving pods again too for a nice tour.  Another good landing area is here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL14B%20Stupendous/128/128/18

The Second Life Community Celebration runs from June 18th through the 25th.
Visit their official web site for full details, daily event schedule, more landmaarks, etc here: http://www.slcommunitycelebration.info/

Their theme this year as stated in part from their website states "Our theme for SL14B is “Carnivalesque!” If this is a birthday, then we’re going to have a festival worthy of Second Life®! Strike up the band, toss on your glad rags, and join us at the SL®14B Community Celebration as we hit the carnival."

The annual Second Life community/birthday celebration is underway and I stopped by for opening day as I was busy RL for the press day.  I have to say, there was one corner I was very excited about from the minute I saw it.   This was the area of Stupendous Stage Left, The Guardian, by Faust Stamer/Walton F. Wainwright , direct SLURL here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL14B%20Stupendous/119/200/26) which caught my eye.  Atop this creature sits a cool venue too that was filled with music and dancing visitors.  It's absolutely huge and delectably eclectic and steampunk looking in design. The 3 headed armoured creature moves its heads, blows steam out its nostrils, has a pool at its base you can walk in and be teleported up to the glass tented stage dance and show area he holds atop his back. And believe me, once you've climbed the many steps up to the initial pool, you are ready for that cool teleport. There are some other large and very nice builds in this general area and in all the sections of this huge 18 sim community celebration.

I also very much loved Pan's Labrynth and ultimately Neverland Soiree here.. I hope: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL14B%20Wonderous/236/27/24

Once again there are associated Linden freebies/prizes (see their home web site for landmarks under the SLURLS tab) there are also SL birthday sales going on around the grid and on the SL Marketplace.

Happy 14th birthday Second Life and to all the residents.  Come out and enjoy the wonderful variety of builds, art, music and other entertainment, etc. representing many of the things residents make and do to contribute to everyone's pleasure and experience.


SL14B SL14B SL14B SL14B SL14B SL14B SL14B SL14B SL14B

Monday, June 12, 2017

Flash back/flash forward, by Giovanna Cerise at Split Screen Art Installation Space

Visit Flash back/flash forward, by Giovanna cerise at Split Screen Installation Space here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Coppelia/128/128/23

(note the new LM for Split Screen)

Giovanna writes of this installation... in part: "The tendency to emphasize and almost exacerbate the instability and impermanence of the perception of what has passed and of what is not yet is the leitmotif of "Flash Back / Flash Forward."  and more....." Inside there are spaces that vanish in the complex but, depending on the angle, they are perfectly visible. I gave them names:
The dream
The point of view
The desire
The lightness
The bird
The impossible choice"
Upon landing accept the note card with much more detailed information.
This is a cool immersive build.  I took a few pics as usual.. fun exhibit.  Check it out! Open through July 31st.


Flash Back Flash Forward Flash Back Flash Forward Flash Back Flash Forward Flash Back Flash Forward

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Hands MOVE and Music Matters in Second Life





 I just had to make a little video of my bento hands and head with a new bento AO. I LOVE the natural movements of the hands. SL hands and feet used to be high on my pet peeve list and new avatars will never know of the old block feet and unattractive hands pre-mesh. Now we have beautiful mesh bento body parts and bento movements. I'm so happy. The bento heads are also cool and the AOs for bento range from naturally subtle to downright obnoxious, based on brands, adjustments, and personal preference. Thank you SL for the many happy years and improvements! I am still tweaking my bento head but at least I have it on now. Loving the possibilities!

 In this video I'm wearing my music matters t-shirt. This is in support of a SL benefit to support music education, the first life campaign "Spread Music Now" program. The music matters in SL will hold a 2 day benefit for first life music education for children June 23rd and 24th. You can get your Music Matters t shirt in SL for just 50L each that goes to support the program. What a deal! They can be found in kiosks around the grid, or from AllieKattz Resident, who along with Carol Greenwood, are organizing the SL event filled with lots of SL live music.

Check out the SL Music Matters Facebook page for more information and lineup of over 19 musicians for us in SL here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1738570286420853/

and here: https://www.facebook.com/MusicMattersSL/?fref=mentions

 You can read more about the first life Spread Music Now program on Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/spreadmusicnow/

Monday, May 29, 2017

Chess Wonderland

Visit Chess Wonderland here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Egypt/128/128/22

 I visited Chess Wonderland, an adult sim in Egypt 44,24,21 owned by LUCKY, lucky3005.mattercaster and I also met the designer, Wise Zenovka,
The sim info. states: ""The Life of Black and White"
Chess is all about black and white trying to conquer each other. There is no grey in chess and same goes for life.
Chess, Fantasy, Wonderland, Alice, Arab, Egypt , Ksa, Syria, Lebanon, UK, Japan, Asia, Oblivion, Photography'

This sim cool to look at and take pics in, and it even has a giant interactive chess board you can play while sitting in some pretty fun chairs : )   Wise told me they have a Flickr group for photos and the sim is now in editor's picks on the SL Destination Guide. The sim build is about 2 months old.  The natural sim lights are a little dark for my photos so in some of the pics I turned them up a little.. but you deff want to see it in their lighting as it brings out all the colors and floaties in the air.


Chess Wonderland Chess Wonderland Chess Wonderland (7) Chess Wonderland (4) Chess Wonderland
The below pics are as follows: Lucky, Wise, and me

  Chess Wonderland LUCKY Chess Wonderland, Wise (2) Chess Wonderland

Friday, May 26, 2017

Saturday Events

Sometimes I post events after they happen but here are a few coming up for tomorrow that I know will be good.

First here is one for the adults in SL
Visit The Inner Room Here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Zodiac%20Beach/73/77/3510
Quoted/pic from their event notice:
"The Inner Room Lounge Presents...
Cloud 9 - The Mile High Club
Saturday May 27th 2017
Starting @ 9 PM
Who is in the mile high club when they walk in? Who will be in it before they leave? Only one way to get your wings all you sexy and handsome people and that is on CLOUD 9 with us and our special guest singers Sassy Nitely and Gina Stella. We can't wait to have you fly with us! Don't miss out on your favorite Saturday night party and left sleeping at the airport :P

9PM - Sassy Nitely (Barbie Horsley) is a singer/songwriter from Nashville, TN and is a true performer who engages her audience. SassyĆ¢s shows will lead you into an unforgettable kaleidoscope of acoustic covers, original music and impromptu song productions. Her music will move you and you will be allured by her charisma and energy. Come join us and let her soul-felt voice captivate you. A Sassy Nitely performance cannot be missed.

10PM - Gina Stella has been playing music on sl for over ten years! Gina has a loyal fan base who will come multiple times a day just to be with her & her music, she draws and holds crowds and is poised to play at your venue soon!! Gina embraces music and it embraces her back. This is heard in the diversity of her original and cover tunes. Her music is heartfelt, full of emotion, and you will want to hear her music over and over. "You don't just hear her music, you feel it!"

Attire: Pilot, Sexy Air Hostess, Fantasy Stewardess, Aviator, Naughty Stowaway .. Be creative (but tasteful) and as always adult encouraged ;)"


TheMileHighClub


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This one is is a great interactive costumed experience, Whymsee.  I've blogged an event with Whymsee and Flygearz before just to give you an idea here:  http://karasecondlife.blogspot.com/2016/11/flygearz-and-whymsee.html

Their advance notice states: "This week at Whymsee it's the year 2217 and we're gonna be dancing to something the old Earthlings called Rock 'N Roll! Cordelia Cerise and Jenna Dirval will be taking turns dancing you to great rock songs from the "past" all choreographed with YOU our stars in mind! We can't do this without you because YOU are the dancers of this show! Costume ideas include space gear, hacked leather and cyber gear and cyber punk! Have Fun with it! The fun starts at 6pm SLT! "

These interactive events are great fun and wonderful photo ops too!

Whymsee


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And if you are looking for some events to attend, well of course there is the SL community events calendar search here: http://events.secondlife.com/

For sims and event check out the Second Life Official Destination Guide here: http://secondlife.com/destinations

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And my go-to place to find live music events daily with Whispering Sands Live Promotions here: http://wslpromo.net/
And just to show you how wild and crazy their shows can get here is a pic of WSLP owner/mgr Jorr with his responsive sign to singer Essence during a show after a Van Halen request.
(sorry for the Jelly doll in pic, I forgot to unjelly the few I saw) 
Jorr and Essence Jorr and Essence