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The latest episode of the Drax Files: World Makers focuses on actress MadameThespain Underhill, who directs the virtual reality theater troupe - Avatar Repertory Theater in Second Life.

A.R.T has been performing live theatre in Second Life since 2008,  with a cast of actors from multiple generations that span several locations all over the world.

MadameThespian - a seasoned Chicago-based actor who also performs and directs for her local Shakespeare company - feels that the virtual theater affords opportunities to those who could otherwise “age out” of many roles in live theater.  "Second Life levels the playing field when we interact with each other," she says.

This leads to the unique combination of professional TV and stage actors working  with dedicated hobbyists and community theater buffs to perform drama, comedy, musical and improvisational theatre to the global audience of Second Life.

In addition to the creative possibilities that a digital universe such as Second Life holds, MadameThespian is enthusiastic about its social aspects as well.

"The value for older people is wonderful because of the ability to interact with other people from all over the world of other ages,” she says. “You are being judged by what you say - the pure essence of who you are!"

Be sure to watch for the latest shows and performances from the Avatar Repertory Theater who are performing scenes from some of Shakespeare’s plays tonight at 5 PM SLT/PT  - details are available on their Facebook page.

Want to see more personal Second Life stories? Find all the previous episodes at Draxtor’s Website or below:

 

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 1: Kriss Lehmann

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 2: Jo Yardley

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 3: Eshi Otawara

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 4: Fantasy Faire / RFL

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 5: Engrama

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 6: Abramelin Wolfe

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 7: Rod Humble

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 8: MadPea Games

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 9: Elie Spot

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 10: Robin Sojourner

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode11: Dwarfins

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 12: Ole Etzel

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 13: Creations for Parkinson's

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 14: Rose Borchovski

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 15: Scottius Polke

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 16: Feed a Smile

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 17: Zachh Barkley

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 18: Paradise Lost

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 19: Virtual Chemistry at Texas A&M

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 20: Flockers

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 21: Editorial Clarity

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 22: Virtual Health Adventures

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 23: Meshworx - Ioz Hyde

 

When’s the last time you visited the Second Life Destination Guide? There’s always something new and interesting happening in Second Life, so come take a look!

 

In case you haven’t heard, there’s less than a week to go in the 2014 Toys for Tots Breedable Expo. Stop by for fun pets and great performers on two whole sims of charitable fun. You can’t really go wrong when all proceeds go to a good cause.  

 

2014 Toys for Tots & Breedable Expo

The Toys for Tots & Breedable's Expo will be kicked off by Amaretto & KittyCats Breedables on Nov 15th through Nov 23rd. Hosting two sims full of fun, the event will feature some of Second Life’s top breedables, non-breedables, and the grid's finest live performers. All proceeds will be donated to Toys for Tots, visit www.sl-t4t.org for more info.

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Where do you go for electronica, looking for a new favorite place? Club Lucente boasts four well-designed stages, live DJs and a multitude of electronic genres.

 

Club Lucente

Club Lucente has been around since 2008, offering live DJ's, dancing, house, trance and more. With four wild stages, you can't go wrong at Club Lucente!

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2Lei is a week-long discussion community event chock full of ideas, art and more relating to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Share perspectives, join discussion groups or just enjoy the beauty of 2Lei.

 

2Lei

2Lei brings people together once again to inaugurate a week of reflections, ideas, artistic and cultural stimuli over the common theme discussed at the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This is the fifth consecutive year for 2Lei in Second Life, so join them for this year's theme: rebirth.

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A recurring seasonal shopping bonanza, the Thrift Shop’s Winter Edition is an enormous warehouse stuffed with games, gachas and collections from a huge variety of brands and creators. Looking for your new favorite brand? Look no further.

 

The Thrift Shop Winter Edition

The Thrift Shop is a quarterly sales event that runs for 22 days. The focus of this event is to bring a large variety of designers together in one spot to present samples of their work at great prices. This edition is a full-sim event with sales tables, new releases, and gacha machines. Visit www.depravednation.com to learn more.

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Chaos, Kosmos is a complex installation representing the understanding of an even more complex idea. Is it possible to understand the origin of the cosmos through the artist’s interpretation of chaos?

 

Chaos, Kosmos

Chaos, Kosmos is the newest creation from artist Giovanna Cerise. See the artist create aesthetic meaning from formless matter, cosmogony regulated by quantum mechanics, order from chaos. Set to sunset or midnight to best appreciate the nuanced setting. For more information, be sure to visit http://giovannacerise.blogspot.com/.

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A seasonally fun hunt coinciding with Depraved Nation’s fifth anniversary, the Dirty Turkey Hunt features over 100 free shops, stops and prizes.

The Dirty Turkey Hunt 5.0

The Dirty Turkey Hunt 5.0 runs from November 1st through the 30th, marking Depraved Events' fifth year on the grid! Over 100 stores are offering new, exclusive and free gifts to hunters who find the hidden hunt objects. Each store provides helpful hints and a full gallery will be listed on the website when the hunt opens. Make sure you join the Depraved Events group for helpful hints and chatter along the way.

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When was the last time you shared a creation with the rest of the grid? It’s surprisingly easy! And if you’re looking for new ideas, the official Second Life Flickr page is a wonderful starting point for ideas and inspiration.

Running short of fun ideas for the weekend? Check out what’s new at the Second Life Destination Guide. You’re sure to find something interesting to enjoy.

 

The Linden Department of Public Works are an amazing group of creators constantly working to make the grid a more vibrant, amazing place. Their home, Meauxle Bureaux, is an amazingly whimsical place where the LDPW hang their collective hat.

 

Meauxle Bureaux

Meauxle Bureaux is the home of the Linden Department of Public Works, a program focused on improvements related to the experience of living in and visiting the Linden Mainland. This intricate build was lovingly crafted by resident experts for all to enjoy, so come see the ultimate in shared creative spaces!

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A Second Life institution for more than five years, everyone should visit the freshly-remodeled Pixel Bean Coffeehouse. In addition to the enormous attention to detail, the wonderful design choices and incredibly realistic decor, it’s an almost perfectly relaxing place to spend an afternoon.

 

The Pixel Bean Coffeehouse

Established in 2009, this cafe has been a well known part of the Second Life community for many years. Come stop by a charming old island home transformed into a unique cafe and bar. A great sense of community, wonderful people, and casual conversation await you, as well as countless events involving music, poetry, discussion, art, and more. Anyone and everyone welcome!

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No matter what level of nerditude you embrace, the Freaks and Dorks Rock Club welcomes you with open arms. With a great staff, multiple rooms, and a huge dance floor, everyone will find something they enjoy here.

 

Freaks & Dorks Rock Club

Feeling a bit dorky or freaky? Freaks & Dorks Rock Club is a place for you! Join all sorts of outsiders as they come together to enjoy great music. They play anything under the genres rock, metal, alternative, indie and trip hop. Come to relax or get crazy, you won't constantly be bugged for tips!

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If you’re looking to add some magic (or just a little more oomph) to avatars or creations, be sure to visit M2D Magic Land. Few stores offer the interactive depth and variety of particle effects you’ll find here.

 

M2D Magic Land

M2D Magic Land is an interactive particle store. Visit the platforms to use huds and create beautiful scenes for photos, or just play around. One of the best store designs around, every particle can be rezzed and looked at. There's even a group-member party area and freebie store. Embrace creativity at M2D Magic Land!

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Lastly, do you seek the rush of combat? Separating the quick from the dead, the wolves from the jackals? The 2142nd Regiment’s looking for a few good recruits, if you think you’ve got what it takes.

 

2142nd Regiment

The 2142nd is a British-themed military group founded in February of 2007 that participates within the Second Life Military Community. SLMC is a collection of groups who use the Linden Lab Combat System or LLCS. Visit http://2142sl.info and join the 2142nd today. Weapons and uniform provided free of charge. Meet lots of new people and experience combat in Second Life like never before!

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Interested in how your fellow residents enjoy their grid-based adventures? Take a peek at the official Second Life Flickr Page. Have you created something cool you’d like to share? Share it with the grid and show it off on the Second Life Destination guide!

Check out Drax's Ad for SL Go!

by Community Manager ‎11-12-2014 09:59 AM - edited ‎11-12-2014 10:27 AM

OnLive's SL Go allows you to access Second Life on mobile devices - including recently added iPad support - and Draxtor Despres has produced a fun video ad for the service that you can watch below or on YouTube here:


As the ad shows, SL Go allows  you to enjoy Second Life even when you're away from your main computer. Where will you take it?  

For more info about SL Go, including regional availability, pricing options, and to get started with a free trial, visit the OnLive website for Sl Go and get playing outside.

For those who crave year-round chills and thrills of the last month - the Haunted category remains open with spooky attractions that have not packed away their Halloween decorations. For those inclined to fall into the crunchy leaves of November, we encourage you to grab a steaming mug of cinnamon-spiced coffee or hot mulled wine, and check out what’s new this autumn in the Second Life Destination Guide.

This week, we have a range of diverse activities for you to choose from - from a risque murder mystery from the folks at MadPea to a German electronic club and much more in between.

While you’re out making new memories and exploring, be sure to share the memories on the official Second Life Flickr Page. You might even get a last minute entry to the snapshot contest - you’ve got until 5 PM on November 8th, PST.

If there is something cool you’ve come across in Second life that you don’t see listed in our Destination Guide, be sure to share.

Blood Letters

Become the lead character in an erotic thriller and assume the role of a private investigator specializing in infidelity investigations. You've caught the attention of an infamous serial killer and it’s clear that you're going to be the next victim. Will you catch the killer before you’re dead? This immersive and interactive grid-wide adventure is strictly for adults.

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The Dirty Turkey Hunt 5.0

The Dirty Turkey Hunt 5.0 runs from November 1st through the 30th, marking Depraved Events' fifth year on the grid! Over 100 stores are offering new, exclusive and free gifts to hunters who find the hidden hunt objects. Each store provides helpful hints and a full gallery will be listed on the website when the hunt opens. Make sure you join the Depraved Events group for helpful hints and chatter along the way.

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Eupalinos Ugajin's Taxy to the Zircus

Eupalinos Ugajin is an artist who highlights the surrealism in his work, while enriching it with interactivity and humour. Come see his newest work, Taxy! to the Zircus, from November 1st through December 31st. Don't miss it!

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Unique Breedables

Unique Breedables is a company dedicated to creating breedables that are fun and unique, with a fresh approach to how the breeding in Second Life works. They listen to their customers and welcome input on how to improve the overall experience of breeding animals. Their goal is to innovate and improve upon the breeding and the community in order to foster a more enjoyable environment for all.

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Sound Pirate

SoundPirate ist ein einzigartiger Club! Hier treffen sich nette Leute zum feiern, plaudern und vieles mehr! Kommt vorbei und genießt die ganz andere Atomsphäre Ihr seit Spasskanonen wollt einfach nur FUN und gute Musik? Dann seid Ihr hier genau richtig! Wir freuen und auf Dich.

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Tonight is the night when weeks or months of planning costumes, makeup and hair comes to its glorious fruition. Or, perhaps you prefer to masterfully throw something together last minute that looks like you spent months on it. Either way, there’s no denying that Halloween is one of Second Life’s biggest holidays and one that Residents enjoy to the fullest.

What are your Second Life Halloween plans? Are you looking to scare yourself silly, explore fantastical locales or party the night away? Check out these great destinations from the Second Life Destination Guide!

We’ve scared up just a few of the many great places you can wander this Hallow’s Eve. Explore an exciting look at el Dia de los Muertos, or wander through an abandoned steampunk island town. Enjoy not one, but two exciting Halloween hunts before stopping by a beloved clothing designer celebrating a full ten years on the grid. Lastly, be sure you visit the Haunted Halloween Tour before it vanishes. Just be sure you’re ready for quite a fright!

Happy Halloween to all!

Smithsonian Dia De Los Muertos Festival

The Smithsonian Latino Center in collaboration with the University of Texas at El Paso are proud to present a Day of the Dead 3D experience, Oct 29 through Nov 2, 2014. Join them in celebrating Latino cultural heritage through this holiday for honoring both the dead and the cycle of life and death. There'll be a Halloween dance party, dead poets reading, ofrendas, a meso-ballgame tournament, costume contests, music, art and more!

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Little Town by Cica Ghost

The inhabitants of Cica Ghost's Little Town have all disappeared for the day, are they just hiding? Take this chance to to explore their quirky, curious, humorously delightful island.

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Terror-iffic

Terror-iffic is a annual quality L$5 Halloween Hunt, bringing together the love of all things Halloween to stores across the grid each October. 100% original content creators bring back the spooky, fun and cute to celebrate the love of all things Halloween, tricks and treat hunting. Come celebrate Halloween like never before, be sure to make it Terror-iffic!

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Second Pride Halloween 2014

Come to Second Pride's 2014 Halloween festival October 25th through November 1st for live performances all week leading up to Halloween. Voodoo is open 24/7 for your haunted exploration. Be sure to check out the haunted mansion, the fun house, the pumpkin hunt and more. Check out the performance schedule at http://bit.ly/1tarW2g.

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DE Designs

Offers original clothing for men and women including formal wear, casual attire, shoes, lingerie, dresses, and themed items.

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Haunted Halloween Tour

What will you do this Halloween? Help children with a sugar fix? Buy overpriced masks from big-box stores? Do something different, something frightening and fun. Linden Lab is proud to present the Haunted Halloween Tour. Strap in and prepare to experience haunts, ghouls, death, scares, and a descent through madness itself. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart!

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If you know some great spots missing from our Destination Guide, please drop us a line to let us know about them.

Performance, Performance, Performance!

by Community Manager ‎10-30-2014 12:18 PM - edited ‎11-07-2014 08:01 AM

11.07.2014 - For a technical update on specific performance metrics since the launch of our performance improvements, please check out this blog in Tools and Technology.

 

Has Second Life seemed a bit faster for you lately? Improving performance for all Second Life users has been an important focus for us at Linden Lab, and we’ve recently seen some great results from several projects that should make your Second Life experiences faster, smoother, and more reliable.

 

Speeding Up the Marketplace
If you visit the Marketplace today, you should be seeing a much snappier experience than in the past. We recently deployed infrastructure upgrades for the Marketplace, and the site has since shown some of the best performance we’ve ever seen from it. Even during peak usage periods over the weekend, when in the past performance would degrade, we’re seeing response times that average 70% faster and page load times that are 30% faster than before the changes.

 

Improving Group Chat
Last week, we also deployed new group chat server configurations. Our internal metrics are showing dramatic improvements in group chat performance, and we hope that you’re seeing that in your own experience as well. We are still seeing some cases in which performance for some groups degrades for shorter periods of time than before, and we are continuing to investigate and make changes; the project isn't finished, but we've made a lot of progress.

 

Faster Texture & Mesh Loading
The entire grid is now using a CDN service for textures and meshes. This change means that textures and meshes should load more quickly, particularly for those who login to Second Life from places that are far from our US data centers. Our testing showed dramatic improvements: average download times for textures and meshes have been reduced by more than 50% on average, and the improvement is even more dramatic outside of North America.

 

Quicker Viewer-Server Communications
Another way we’re enhancing Second Life performance is through our HTTP project, which improves the way your Viewer communicates with grid services. With the HTTP Project Viewer out now, the faster content download times you’ll see thanks to the CDN change get even better - we’re talking 80% faster!

As you look for these improvements, please bear in mind this important note from Oz Linden:

The CDN (and HTTP in those viewers that have them) improvements for texture and mesh data are improvements to how long it takes to download the data. Once they've been downloaded, your viewer caches them locally so the next time you need that data it doesn't need to download them at all. What that means is that these improvements mostly affect how quickly you see new things: places and objects you've never seen before. You probably won't see a big difference in familiar places because your viewer should be using cached data for those.

So... now's the time to try checking out places you've never seen before!

The use of pipelined HTTP for the initial load of your inventory when you log in matters every time, since while we cache some inventory data locally we always make sure it's correct by loading it all at the beginning of your session. 

So, How’s Second Life Performing for You?

Performance improvements are generally behind-the-scenes work, and we know it’s not always as exciting as rolling out a new feature, but these changes directly impact all our Second Life experiences and our daily lives inworld. We hope you’re starting to notice the effects of these improvements - if you are, please let us know in the Forums, on Twitter, or however you prefer.

Don't forget to grab the latest Official Viewer to experience the improvements. 

 

We interrupt this month’s bevy of doom and gloom Halloween themed destinations for some bright and light destinations - but don’t get scared - we’ll return with more delightfully dark treats next week. So stay tuned!

This week, the Second Life Destination Guide Highlights leads off with an inworld stroll to help raise Breast Cancer awareness. The event starts Sunday morning, at 9 AM PST - so set your clocks.

There’s also an intimate and atmospheric art gallery, some wild music venues, and a chance for you to party your way through Burn2 on the open pixel-playa!

And for those of you (like us!) who just can’t get enough trick or treat fun, peruse a shop filled with Halloween and autumn decorations or traverse an island spawned from darkest nightmare. We couldn’t help but include a little seasonal fun.

Hoping to get your cool spot in the Destination Guide? Share it.

See what other people are up to on the Official Second Life Flickr Page.

 

Making Strides Walk

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the official breast cancer charity of the American Cancer Society. The Making Strides Walk is an annual event in honor of breast cancer awareness and fundraising. Join the very first Strides Walk on October 26th as everyone makes strides to promote awareness, honor caregivers and survivors and remember those lost. For more information, visit www.makingstridessl.org.

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Petit Chat Art Gallery

Underneath a southern French garden soothed by a concert of cicadas stands a dark and peaceful art gallery. The artist, Trinity Yazimoto, gives an ode to the beauty of Second Life. Come see her she gives her whimsical view of both Second Life and life in general. After the visit, why not follow the ladder to a superb garden landscaped by Trixxie Nitely?

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Burn2

A festival of fire, art and community in Second Life, Burn2 is the virtual world version of the real life Burning Man community festival. Burn2 is a unique culture which seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising.

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SoulForge Electronica

SoulForge Electronica was built by and for lovers of electronic music to present artists from all areas of the genre. Their artist-created mixes are unmistakable and helped to shape the world of sound in Second Life. It is also place for new DJ’s to achieve in private parties and open stages. Come explore the 10 clubs and three open stages of SoulForge.

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Halloween at Snuggles

Come to Halloween at Snuggles to find everything, from spooky Halloween stuff to cute Autumn decorations. With over two sims to wander through, your sure to find just what your looking for.

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Mystic Haunted Island

Enter if you dare! Ghost, ghouls, zombies, spiders, pirates and more await in Mystic Haunted Island, hidden amongst mist and tombstones. Float a boat along the river, be sure to set your environment to region default to see the blood river at its best and bloodiest. Wander through and enjoy, if you think you'll survive...

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This Sunday, October 26th, at 9 AM PST you can be a part of Second Life history by attending the 1st Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Second Life.

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Make strides to promote awareness, support caregivers and survivors, and honor those who have passed.

The event takes place at the Making Strides Walk location here.

Lace up your most comfortable virtual shoes and show your support by showing up.

For specifics about the event, how it works and who it benefits, you can visit the official Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Across Second Life blog.

 

This time of the year ( and well, all year, really!), residents take pride in pushing dressing up to a whole new level - but as the rollicking extravaganza that is Halloween tears through, leaving ghosts and candy in its wake, the spirit of costuming is off the charts! So embrace the fun, Second Life-style, and partake in some fiendishly fun outfits before exploring yet more of Second Life’s most frightful and delightful offerings!

Go on a journey into the mouth of madness at the Haunted Halloween Tour - a treat from the mad scientists at the Linden Lab for everyone. If you survive that ride, wander an outdoor haunting with scenes guaranteed to chill even the bravest of viewers, or find the perfect makeup and costumes at some seasonally festive shopping events. After all that, you may want to take a moment to reacquaint yourself with the earthly realms and visit a charity festival in support of breast cancer research.

Don’t forget to share those ghoulish discoveries on the official Second Life Flickr Page and enter them to the 2014 Second Life Fab-OO-lous Snapshot Contest for a chance to win some L$s.

Do you prefer your Halloweens dark and gritty or bright and candy-filled? Let us know and show us your Halloween spirit!

Haunted Halloween Tour

What will you do this Halloween? Help children with a sugar fix? Buy overpriced masks from big-box stores? Do something different, something frightening and fun. Linden Lab is proud to present the Haunted Halloween Tour. Strap in and prepare to experience haunts, ghouls, death, scares, and a descent through madness itself. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart!

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Damned Divine Haunted House

Come visit the Damned Divine sim-wide haunted house experience! Will you survive the many and varied intricately-terrifying horror zones?

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The Cosmetics Fair Halloween Edition

Running from through October 31st, the Cosmetics Fair Halloween Edition is a great place for all your makeup, henna, freckles, blushes... Know what? Come here for all of it.

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Bloody Horror Fair

Running from October 15th through November 5th, the Bloody Horror Fair is a place of dark deals and delightfully grim fashion. Come see a host of vendors offering everything your dark heart desires in this darkly atmospheric locale.

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Cure Con Festival 2014

Cure Con is a nerdy/geeky/gamer-themed event with a heavy focus on pink, breast cancer awareness, costuming and cosplay. Come see amazing items from some of Second Life's nerdiest designers! For more information, be sure to visit http://bit.ly/1w43EJA.

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