As promised on the posters and postings, Sunday Jan. 9th at Kari’s Kantina del Mar, my little seaside bolero dance spot, we tried a nice mix of SL live artistic entertainment in the form of Kabuki theater, stream -weaving poetry and good smooth sax. Adam Luponox was the welcoming host for this two -hour event of live talent and the sim began to fill up quickly.
Mojo and Luckymoon Manamiko delighted the audience with their presentation of “The Garden” a Kabuki-styled original play, performed on a beautifully decorated stage with scene changes between acts and a touchingly written narration accompanied by the sounds of sweet Oriental strings on the music stream.
The audience applauded enthusiastically between acts. The actors costumed in traditional robes moved, danced and pantomimed the storyline for the enjoyment of all.
The finale was a moving and brilliant fireworks display that miraculously worked perfectly, defying lag and many script -heavy patrons that filled up the seating to capacity.
After the applause died down we moved up the stairs to the bolero bar, where I leaped up on the small balcony stage and began to read on stream with my chosen music to a capacity crowd of 46 avatars at the peak. From my end it was wonderful and from what I could read in chat, it seemed the audience also agreed. I will include a few pictures from this part of the event and also a sound clip of a live reading of one of the poems. The waves crashed below… the night was full-mooned and magic was in the air.
I put up images on a screen behind me for each poem so that the audience could get a visual as well as an audio feeling of my words. As some of the poems were inspired by paintings, I feel this helped to create a more immersive experience for all present.
My little “Aussie Cheering Squad” found a table close to the stage and snapped most of the pictures I have now put up here. Missy Rothmanay, Sanne Brune and Stress Blister are much more than fans to me, they have become family and they loyally appear at almost every reading I have done. Sometimes they get up earlier than the birds down-under to catch a show.
This incredible painting by Fiona Leitner, “The Grinner” is what inspired my poem, which from start to finish is similar to a marathon run. Her paintings are up now and will be at a special exhibition at Pirats SAS Art Gallery until Saturday, January 22. It’s a great show and I recommend it highly. Also if you would like to visit her whole collection, it can be found at “Fiona Leitner Showroom”
Another artist at the show at Pirats is Chrome Underwood, whose art just keeps on inspiring my poetry. This painting “Curve”, one of his older works, set my poetic muse on fire like a car crash. I will share now the poem “Curve” recited live at the event and hope you will click on it in a separate tab and enjoy listening. You can see the full painting and words to this poem in my post entitled “Curve”
I finished up my part of the evening with a poem recited in “Spanglish” written first in Spanish entitled “Estrella Fugaz” in English “Shooting Star. I chose to dance this one to the music of the “Gipsy Kings” and dedicated the poem to the very talented Seba Sideways who, as soon as I turned over the stream began to play his saxophone to dreamy backtracks. Many got up to dance and the night ended with slow love songs, some smooth reggae, and the sweet sounds of this gifted Argentine musician who never stops playing in RL or Sl. He is a professional and a great guy too. I hope to repeat another show next month at Kari’s Kantina del Mar so stay tuned to when that might be.