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Strawberry Linden

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Pictured: Relay For Life of Second Life

Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team. Don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions to the Destination Guide!

This week we're featuring some events to keep you busy this weekend!

 

Relay For Life is raising money for the American Cancer Society and Back to 1955 is raising money for Parkinson's Research. Find more Nonprofit destinations at this link.

 

 

Check out these colorful Pride events! Find more Pride-related destinations in the LGBTQ+ Friendly category.

 

 

 

Here are some events with an artistic flair. Find more Art-related destinations in the Exhibits and Installations category.

 

 

And now let's get some shopping done! Find more in the Shopping Events category.

 

 

 

 

Got a spot that you’d like listed in the Destination Guide? Make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form.

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Save the date! The 18th annual Second Life birthday celebration (SL18B) will be held from June 17th to July 6th. Get ready for fun-filled weeks of live music, performances, shopping, and amazing community exhibits!

During the SL18B celebrations there will be a special edition of “Lab Gab” featuring several executives from the Linden Lab leadership team. Now is your chance to share your thoughts and ask questions directly to the leadership team! 

Click over to the submission form and submit your questions now. You have until Tuesday, June 15th to do so.

As always, you can watch all episodes of Lab Gab, including this one when it airs, on the Second Life YouTube channel in the Lab Gab Playlist: second.life/labgab

Keep an eye on this blog and the Second Life public calendar for all the dates and information about SL18B coming soon! We hope to see you at the celebrations!

Linden Lab

Second Life Destinations: Euphoria


Second Life Destinations

This week we are taking a look at Euphoria, a region dedicated to life, loss, and love.

From Euphoria's creator, Kris Miss:

The inspiration behind Euphoria has a lot to do with the Covid pandemic. I lost so many relatives and family friends in just a year's time. Trying to cope became difficult and overwhelming, really. How does one mourn for several at a time? I was exhausted, to say the least. I come from a long line of huggers, and to hug my family during that time was out of the question. So how do I deal with my loss and still carry on? I kept logging into Second Life to try and forget. But inside me, I really wanted to express how I was feeling because I don’t want to forget. I want to always think about them, even when I log into Second Life. 

So, I decided to create Euphoria not only for me but for everyone else who is trying to cope with a loss. 

When I think of my family, I picture them in a place that’s truly peaceful and beautiful. Euphoria is my vision of that place. It took over two months for me to do. I just wanted the {region} to be special enough that even Second Life Residents would want to visit and memorialize a lost loved one there as well. And, now it is. Euphoria is my little oasis. I get to visit the memorial wall every day and as many times as I like. 

Second Life made it possible for me to at least be with friends, and I will forever be grateful. They helped more than they know. And if I can return the favor, I do hope the {region} brings comfort to them and others who may be missing a loved one.  

I hope more people will take advantage of the services I offer, like meditation and memorializing their loved ones. Meditation helped me a lot during those dark moments and I believe it can help others, too. SL Residents can also add their loved one's name to the memorial wall or light a candle for them. And maybe, while visiting, someone will meet their true love and have a wedding at the {region}. Now that would be truly special!

(Music for this video was written by Draxtor in memory of Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Linden, who passed away on June 3rd, 2021. You can download the piece “For Ebbe” here. You are welcome to use it in your own work,  but if you do, please credit Draxtor.)

Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres

 

 

Patch Linden

Hello, Community of Second Life

Second Life found new highs in 2020 between a worldwide pandemic taking grip, through the times of a tumultuous leadership change in the United States, and during movements of civil changes that will forever live in history books.  Second Life provides many with the comfort of a normal that continues to exist for all of us, where many use it to escape real life pressures, stressors and day to day challenges.  In Second Life we can be our ideal, our best, celebrate all that is good across the world together.  Sadly we have also seen some people go, and they will never be forgotten as they touched us, gave us their best from their hearts, minds and souls - this thing called real life sometimes knocks on our door and makes a call.   

This is one of those calls.

Ebbe Altberg started with Linden Lab as our CEO on February 5th, 2014.  He took the helm of the company and immediately went to work on reinvigorating our spirit and culture.  Ebbe brought a profound openness, and transparency in his operation which was key and that had many effects on all of us internally, and externally.  Lindens were encouraged to be part of the vibrant community in Second Life, to participate in and to cherish it as part of our daily duties.  Ebbe also worked internally on embracing all aspects of Second Life, learning about its many nuances to understand impacts of decisions we make; while being sensitive to those and utilizing all of our resources, which firstly included you, the community, and many of us who are deeply embedded in Second Life.  Ebbe’s goals for Second Life included promoting Second Life as the world’s best virtual world, community and platform.  He also sought new adventures in building next generation products.

As I am here before you today, it is with profound sadness that I share with you Ebbe passed away yesterday evening restfully and surrounded by the love of his family. 

I commit to all of you to carry forward with our mission of making Second Life the biggest, best, most vibrant virtual world that there ever can be.  Together, myself, Grumpity, and Brett, along with Oberwolf at the helm and the entire team, our mission is clear.  To grow Second Life and to ensure the Residents in Second Life continue to be respected and happy.

 

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Rest in peace Ebbe, our fearless, kind, loving, gentle leader, and friend.

 

Patch Linden and The Linden Lab Team
 

Linden Lab

Second Life Destinations
This week we are talking to Fly Kugin, who plays both her own mesmerizing violin compositions, as well as cover tunes, in Second Life.

Music is a huge part of Fly’s life; in the physical world Fly works as a professional musician and music teacher in Istanbul, Turkey. In SL, she reports that she performs “solo shows, dual streams, benefit shows for non-profits all around the grid and recently produced an exhibition of {my} own real life art in SL.”
Initially, Fly was unaware of the possibilities for musical performances in SL. She tells us: “I explored Second Life for about four years and participated in social and cultural activities to improve my English. Then I realized... Why am I not bringing my profession of music to Second Life?”
Fly’s performances in SL were even more prolific over the last year, given the circumstances. She played several live shows per week throughout 2020. She was eager to bring her art to people across the world, saying “sharing these feelings with people around the world gives me great energy and happiness.”
Fly adds, “the effects of music on human psychology have been scientifically proven. That's why I can clearly say that Second Life is a great platform to touch people in profound ways.”
There is actually a chance to witness her perform tomorrow at the Musical Concert for Virtual Ability, which takes place from 12:30PM to 3:00PM. The opportunities to experience art, culture, and music in SL are truly limitless and we encourage all to come explore!
Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres
Shot at The Rose Theatre
Linden Lab

Second Life Destinations
This week we are transported back in time to Bellefleurs, an ornately detailed recreation of a High Renaissance English estate.

Creator India Canning has been active in SL almost from its inception, hence her mastery of world building. It runs in the family, as India tells us that in 2006: “my sister and brother-in-law had been contracted to explore the possibilities of using SL to promote Hawai’ian tourism in a seven {region} project based on West Maui.” 
India loved building inworld so much that she also mentored other Residents. Eventually, she decided to take her creations to the next level: “I decided to combine my background as a professional historian and in architectural design and art into storytelling, and conjured Bellefleurs as an evolving platform, and an open home to the community.” This region encapsulates the many possibilities of creating in the virtual world. Part duchy, part museum, with an educational angle and a romantic fountain. It's whatever you want it to be.
This massive property is a wonderful place to get lost in, with so much potential for storytelling in the walls of art and attention to detail in the countless rooms. There is a level of interactivity for those curious about the region’s narrative. India says “Bellefleurs, rooted in the English history I knew, illustrates the life of a mysterious independent Duchy, yet preserves a lived-in home spanning centuries.  It seeks to provoke thoughts about loss, mortality, as well as love and the essentials of life experience. There is an incomplete, written history, and a huge store of clues and evidence about the background of the elusive Canning and von Baerwald families…” For those who would like to know more, join the official group for more information.
Not to mention the weekly Salon music series, fencing, opera, dancing, and more! Visit Bellefleurs today for an immersive cultural experience.

Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres
Bellefleurs
The spectacular Bellefleurs has been the seat of the Duchesses of Ominum since the 1590s. Built in the High English Renaissance style, it offers an incredible treasure of artwork and a full historic background of this authentic, highly detailed experience, as well as an active Salon Music series, opera, dances, En Garde, and other daily events.
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Strawberry Linden
Pictured: Nelipot
Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team. Don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions to the Destination Guide!
 
Nelipot
Nelipot at Kings Harbor is an escape from busy life and a place to reconnect with nature filled with flowers and animals for you to explore. Come visit it and listen to the sounds of nature.
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Land of Lunaria
The Land of Lunaria is a high fantasy magical realm set in the Age of Discovery. Travelers and denizens enjoy tranquil beaches, forests, ponds, channels, gardens, meadows, and more. Folks often say The Land of Lunaria is one of the most beautiful realms they have seen in Second Life.
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Blur
Blur is a calm place to enjoy the farm, and beach. Escape your city life stresses and relax in this beautiful place, which is dedicated to Second Life photographers.
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Sunvana
A blend of sun and nirvana - Sunvana is your Second Life sweet summer escape! A place to kick back, catch some waves, hang at the beach, capture moments and spend time with good company.
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Summer Quest at Four Bridges
Summer Quest offers every nature enthusiast the opportunity to enjoy all of nature's recreation. An extensive trail network runs through forests, past scenic waterfalls, and across mountain peaks. Ride horses along a country road, or go canoeing across the water into a vast region-spanning canyon. The lakes are also great for snorkeling, and there are places to jump off and take a deeper dive into aquatic places. Take the chairlifts or hike around, visit the wildlife, and have an epic picnic lunch.
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Paradise of Fun Park
Welcome to Paradise of Fun Park, Second Life's newest premier amusement park. You will find rides, games, roller coasters, and a live chat area. Enjoy bowling, chatting in the game area, relaxing on the beach, and other fun activities. Family fun for all!
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Shark Bay Ocean Park - A Mer Retreat
Shark Bay is a beautiful underwater ocean park. It is a mer retreat with loads of sea life and opportunities for swimming, scuba diving, windsurfing, and more. The region is full of artificial intelligence sea animals that will stalk and kill nongroup members. No kills are permanent. Join the group to swim safely!
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Angels Rest Arts Collective
Where art and music collide in an immersive environment for the senses. Curated by Chuck Clip, Angels Rest is the sister region and mirror to Sinful Retreat with a focus on the performing arts and large 3D art installations.
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Fantastic Critters Event at M.I.C.A.H
The Fantastic Critters Event at the Moonshadow Isles Creative Arts Hub will be open until the end of June. Explore the region and discover the magical critters. You can also take part in the egg hunt and photo contest!
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WBH Cold Shot Readers & Writers
Want to try composing a 10-minute play? It's easier than you think! Visit Cold Shot Play Readers & Writers on the first Saturday of the month at 11am SLT for the Flash&Dash. Newbies and experts welcome! They briefly discuss how to get started and share ideas, then write for 45 minutes. If you'd like your play considered for a reading, submit it to the host. Remember, having fun is priority one!
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Second Life Destinations
This week we are taking a field trip to Hammifari, an African safari themed zoo event that runs until May 21st. Don’t miss out!

Hammifari is the latest creation of the Bellisseria Hammies, a couple/building team that oversee the Bellisseria Animal Sanctuary. They go by Hammie (Jessycajayne) and Varistentia Varriale. 
Hammifari has an open-plan setup, with the animals roaming freely. You can get up close and personal with giraffes, zebras, elephants, and more. There is also an elevated wooden walkway that lines the perimeter of the exhibit. It’s a great vantage point to enjoy the waterfall, trees, and surrounding nature.
This event takes place on the Bellisseria Fairgrounds, a space the Hammies are quite familiar with. They tell us they have done many events here, such as “Zoo-Palooza 1, {and} a winter fantasy land we called Hamnia - a play on Narnia. And we also did a summer-long Water Park last summer, which will be returning for its second year this coming July.”
Of their inspiration for Hammifari, the Hammies say “our main message to folks that come to see Hammifari or any other builds that we do, is a universal message to be kind to animals. To learn more about them and their needs, habitats etc. And to just generally help create a fun environment where families and anyone who also has an appreciation for wildlife can explore.”
The event is only up for a few more days, so teleport over soon before it disappears!
Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres
 
Hammifari - Zoo-Palooza 2
The Bellisseria Animal Sanctuary returns for their second annual zoo at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds this spring! The Belli Hammies decided it would be fun to bring the beloved community of Bellisseria a brand new adventure this year! They are heading deep into the African Savanna! The animals are out, roaming in the wild. There are no cages and gates to keep them in. So be mindful of where you tread! Hammifari will run from May 2nd to the 21st.
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Strawberry Linden
Pictured: Bid the Lindens Bald at RelayStock 2021
Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team. Don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions to the Destination Guide!
This week we are highlighting some interesting Featured Events that offer a variety of different activities to keep you entertained. 
 
It's going to be a weekend of peace, love, and hope with lots of good music at RelayStock. Head on over to Bid the Lindens Bald at RelayStock and enjoy the party while helping to raise funds for Relay for Life in Second Life and the American Cancer Society. Several Lindens and Moles are up for bidding, click this link for all the details.
Bid the Lindens Bald
For the fifth consecutive year, Linden Lab and the Relay Rockers are teaming up to fight cancer and support the American Cancer Society with the 2021 Bid the Lindens Bald Challenge. The challenge runs from May 12th to the 19th. More info on the website: relayrockers.org/bid-the-lindens-bald
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Lupus Awareness Fair
Lupus Awareness Fashion Showcase and Fair is an annual event hosted by the sorors of Sigma Upsilon Nu, SL Sorority, and The Red Door Models. During the month of May their mission is to educate and raise awareness and funds for both Lupus Awareness of America and the Lupus Awareness of the UK. As they did in their inaugural year in 2010, they begin May 1st with their annual Lupus Walk that opens the Lupus Fair that will last the full month of May. The fair is composed of various events and interactive activities, i.e. a Fashion Show, a Charity Boxing Event, and a ballet.
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Bay City's 13th Anniversary
Bay City, the first mainland community created by the Linden Department of Public Works, will celebrate its 13th anniversary this Sunday, with a parade down their Route 66, followed by a music event featuring GoSpeed of KONA Stream, Mimi Carpenter, Parker Static, and Noma Falta in the Bay City Fairgrounds. All are welcome to join in Sunday, May 16th from 12:30pm to 4:30pm PT/SLT for the fun!
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The Twisted Gallery grand opening will be on May 16th at 12pm PT.
Twisted Paradise
Twisted Paradise is an eclectic artist's retreat, a home, and a playground for diverse interests. Twisted Paradise offers an abundance of inspiration, activities, and fun to maximize all this life offers. Let the mists of creativity twist up and around as you wander through the magical locations. The Twisted Gallery grand opening will be on May 16th at 12pm PT. This month come to see the digital art of Cullum Writer, and the first life photography of Jasmyn Roecastle and Zane Farman.
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Colors of Darkness at Janus Gallery II
You are cordially invited to Janus Gallery II on Saturday, May 15th from 11am-1pm slt for the opening of Ladmilla Medier’s Art and the depictive Poetry of Eli Medier. The exhibit is “Color of Darkness.” Fly Kugin and Nina Setner will perform live, making for a life-altering afternoon of art and music. The exhibit will be open until June 10th, 2021.
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Raglan Shire's 16th Artwalk
Raglan Shire's 16th Artwalk will run from May 16th to June 20th. A five-week-long event that spans 5 regions. Over 150 artists from around the world participate in this event. Everything from RL photos, paintings and drawings to SL sculptures will be displayed. Artwalk features live music shows as well as regular weekly games, poetry slam, and DJ events. For more info, visit: raglanshire.com/events
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The Modify Event
[Mod]ify is an up-and-coming event that emphasizes creativity among designers and their users. It is the only event in Second Life for items with modify permissions. They want to encourage the creative freedom that is Second Life. Their goal is to establish an event that can showcase designers who are committed to quality, creativity, and customization! The event is open from May 1st to the 31st.
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Summer Is Coming Event
Summer is coming! Here you find everything for a great start into this year's summer, a big treasure hunt, and plenty of other fun things to do and discover. The event runs from 1st - 30th May 2021.
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Enchantment A Midsummer Night’s Dream
ENCHANTMENT is a one-of-a-kind shopping experience within the virtual world of Second Life. Enchantment was created to showcase the incredible abilities of creators, bloggers, photographers, and artists within Second Life in collaboration with the wonder of Fairytales. Each build is created to immerse the visitor in the tale. Enchantment hosts a hunt, photo exhibit, photography contest, performance art, music, and Role Play. Every three months a Fairytale is chosen to inspire us all. May's theme is, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream" So come and be Enchanted! The event runs from May 8th to the 31st.
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Focus Photography Fair ends today, so visit soon!
Focus Photography Fair
Focus Photography Fair Spring 2021 offers all the tools that photographers and bloggers need and want to facilitate and inspire their creativity! You will find it all here! Photogenic regions are showcased and they have three professional photographers to make that profile photo you dreamed about! Adding to that, several workshops and photo challenges, and you can also enjoy daily live music shows! The event runs from April 30th to May 14th.
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Summer Sailstice in Second Life
Summer Sailstice is the annual celebration of sailing that happens every year on the Saturday closest to the summer solstice; this is their 21st year! The idea is simply to get as many people around the world out on a sailboat on the same day. In 2021, because of the pandemic, it is safer to move to virtual sailing! Summer Sailstice in SL is officially registered as a Summer Sailstice Event. If you’re already a sailor in SL, visit this location to find out how you can register and join the inworld group to participate in this event on June 19th. For more information, visit: sailvirtual.com
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SL Sci Fi Con The 13th
The Scifi Con realms are a mysterious pocket of spacetime orbiting through the many planes of the Multiverse. They are wondrous places, always changing and morphing into new and fascinating shapes and landscapes. Once a year, the Con realms briefly intersect our regular Second Life reality, and we get to explore them all over again, discovering what new treasures they have in store for us this time! The Con supports the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Second Life’s quest to achieve a world without cancer and will run from May 13th to the 24th. For more information, visit: scificonventionsl.wordpress.com
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Our annual multi-region inworld birthday shopping event is coming back this summer, and we’ve just opened up the new application form for merchants who want to participate! 
The SL18B Shop & Hop event, to be held June 17th through July 1st, is the official multi-region shopping event of the 18th annual Second Life birthday celebration (SL18B). This event brings together many of the top merchants across SL for exclusive items and discounts on some of the best creations in Second Life.
Are you a merchant or creator that wants to participate? If so, then please fill out this form before Sunday, May 23rd, 2021. We will be filling in stores as we receive applications so please apply sooner rather than later.
Some important details for participating merchants:
The set-up for participating merchants will be held June 9-13 and all participating merchants are required to have at least a 20% discount on all items. All merchants must provide a new and exclusive, for the duration of the event, non-group gift. Items need to be appropriate for a moderate audience. Please note that the closing dates of the applications for Performers and Exhibitors have now changed to May 10th.
CURRENT APPLICATIONS FOR SL18B:
Shop & Hop Application - Applications close on May 23rd, 2021 Volunteer Application - Applications close on May 28th, 2021 (Blog Post) Performer Application - Applications close on May 10th, 2021 (Blog Post) Exhibitors Application - Applications close on May 10th, 2021 (Blog Post) Music Fest Application - Applications close on March 28th, 2021 (Blog Post) Over the next month, keep an eye on our blog for more information about the SL18B celebrations!
Linden Lab
To celebrate Mother’s Day and all the mothers in the Second Life community, we are releasing new limited edition last names today, only available until May 10th: 
Mama
Matriarch
Mum
These names are seasonal and may come back around this time next year, for a limited time.
We will continue to make additional updates to the available last name pool, so if these options aren’t for you, stay tuned for future updates. 
For more information about the costs and how-tos involved in name changes, read the Changing your username FAQ. Click to change your name now!
 
Linden Lab
Save the date! This June, Second Life will be turning 18! The 18th annual Second Life birthday celebration (SL18B) will be held from June 17th to July 1st. Get ready for fun-filled weeks of live music, performances, shopping, and amazing community exhibits!
This year’s theme for SL18B is Hidden Worlds, but don’t think that limits you! Just like last year, your exhibit does not need to stay in theme. If you are inspired by the thought of the hidden worlds around you, show us! Or, share your Second Life passions with us. Your interests. Your communities. Your worlds! Every year we celebrate because of you, the amazing and creative Residents, who have chosen to call Second Life home. What has drawn you into this world and what keeps you here? This year at the eighteenth annual Second Life Birthday, show us what fuels your Second Life and inspires you. Let's go exploring!
If you want to participate as an exhibitor with a presence at SL18B then please join us by filling out the exhibitor form no later than May 28th (this date has now changed to May 10th). Please note that the rules for exhibitors have been updated this year, so it is important to read them even if you have participated in SLB before. The rules can be found at the top of the application form.


Photo by Junie
As a reminder, we are also still seeking Live Musicians. We previously announced a call for audition signups for the SL18B Music Fest - and those applications remain open through March 28th.
Over the next few months, keep an eye on our blog for more opportunities to participate in the SL18B celebrations as a Performer, Volunteer, Merchant, and more!
 
Linden Lab
This week we invite you to take a fantastical journey to the regions created by Resident Natalie Starlight.

United by thematic elements that draw from fairy tales, the fantasy genre, and her boundless imagination, these regions are visually sumptuous and will truly make you feel as if you have been transported to a different world.
The Lost Unicorn Gallery, shown in the video, features a beautiful elven castle full of amazing fantasy artwork. There are monthly shows and events for different artists, as well as rotational exhibits. Check out the official website for more information on the latest featured artist, cottage rentals, and photos.
Finian’s Dream, based on old Celtic Ireland, is a mysterious mountainside village. Walk into the fog to explore the castle, tavern, and rolling green hills.
There is also Storybook, which has a more whimsical aesthetic. Frolic amongst the flowers and glistening trees! This region welcomes all avatars but is a particularly wonderful place to visit for elves, faeries, fauns, satyrs, fae and the like.
Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres
Finian's Dream
A mystical and beautiful land, based on old Celtic Ireland. Come discover the secrets of the forest as you explore the misty woods, stop by the tavern, see the countryside, and visit a castle. The region was designed by Noralie78.
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Strawberry Linden
Pictured: Craggy Island
Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team. Don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions to the Destination Guide!
 
The official Titmouse event space will be open for a limited time, until the end of May, so make sure to visit soon with your friends and enjoy the 90-minute production which consists of dozens of edgy short animations produced by the talented Titmouse team. Learn more about it in our blog post from the other day, and watch the CEO of Titmouse on Second Life's Lab Gab from earlier today.
Titmouse Animation Screening Event
Visit the official event space for independent animation studio Titmouse (creator of "Big Mouth," "Star Trek: Lower Decks," and many more popular shows). Watch an exclusive showing of the "5 Second Day" animations in a virtual cinema and take out your frustrations in the smash cage. Don't forget to grab your free swag, too!
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Craggy Island - A wee bit of Ireland
A peaceful and picturesque island off the coast of Ireland. Come to explore, come to unwind, come for the craic! Céad míle fáilte.
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JuVa
JuVa is the place for entertainment! A destination for all kinds of art in Second Life. There is a theater, an outdoor stage, a wedding area, and of course an exclusive club in the sky. There will be live singers, theater groups, dance groups, and the club world together. Even exhibitions are possible in the french garden. Drop by and check it out, for your entertainment!
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Tulum Township
Brightly colored homes and tropical plants trailing over wrought-iron balconies. The smell of spiced, street food permeating the air. The vibrant sounds of a steel-drum salsa band. All of this awaits you at Tulum Township, the newest addition to Tulum Reserve! Come wander the alleys of a truly Mexican plaza filled with all the sights and sounds of the Caribbean coast!
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Northern Shore
Inspired by the Swedish Skärgården this bustling fishing port captures the essence of those idyllic islands. Grab yourself a coffee and freshly baked pastries from the cafe and watch the local fishermen bring in the fresh catch of the day. You can explore this rocky landscape on foot or by the sea on our new rubber dinghies, or own your cottage and immerse yourself in the role of becoming a true archipelago resident. Enjoy your visit!
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Nekomachi Street
Nekomachi Street is on a sky platform in the Tonarino region. It is a cat city set in an urban Japanese market crawling with delightful scenes with animated cats.
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Burgundy in Blood
Burgundy in Blood is a role-play community set during the 100-year war in the Duchy of Burgundy. It is a medieval fantasy supernatural. Join them if you're looking for intrigue, a political plot, and an immersive and magical community. The power of the Duchy spreads in the mortal world, but beneath its grip lies immortal power that threatens humanity, will they prevail?
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CandleWood
Candlewood is a quiet spot on the Northwest Pacific coast featuring forest, rocky beaches, and surf-able waves. A romantic hideout or just a place to relax and let the world pass by. Wander the woods and spot the animals or sit at a fireplace and watch birds. Explore and find wonderful photo opportunities as well as cozy hidden retreats. The region is created to give everyone the opportunity to slip away from the stress of daily life and reconnect to nature and one’s self.
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Mni Wiconi
Experience the tropical beauty of Mni Wiconi. With amazing waves, it is a picturesque setting for the perfect photos. You will also find many activities such as surfing, horseback riding, diving, and more!
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Asteroid VH706-C. Baldur
Baldur: Resilient Station is a remote asteroid station. Come experience space and asteroid life, unlike any other. Sci-Fi Roleplaying and planetary exploration at its very finest. Sequel to Planet Idun.
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This week we are taking a look at several anime themed regions that are bursting with fun and colorful odes to Japanese culture.

Anime, a Japanese style of animation, has become popular throughout the world. It can be found in graphic novels, film, television, and of course, Second Life! There has been a massive following of anime devotees inworld for years, and there is now an anime category in the Destination Guide.
Taikou, created by Hiro Hamada, is a small Japanese town with a market and arcade. Hiro tells us, “I'm deeply inspired by Japanese architecture and culture, so I enjoy creating builds, backdrops, decor, and even food. Whenever I'm back in Japan I take a bunch of photos of the scenery so I have references of what to make in SL. I want everyone to be able to feel the joy of Japan. I've made a lot of great friends in SL that I never would have been able to meet anywhere else.” Hiro’s travels add a great degree of authenticity to this region, which shows the unlimited possibilities when elements of the physical world and imagination collide in the virtual realm.
For those who would like an anime style avatar, Waifu Factory cannot be missed. Here you can find many brands: UTILIZATOR, ABC apparel, Wretch, Ayashi, MelonBunny, Pirocius, and more. From bodies to eyes and even animations, the detail that many Residents put into their avatars is breathtaking.
SU-SHI City is great for photos, with rows of cherry blossoms that are characteristic of Japan. Owner Marcus BlueSky says, “We began with just an ancient town, but then wanted to add more details and now we can finally present an ancient village, a town, and a modern city. Visitors use the place for their blogs, product pictures, and even want to live and run shops here.”
Other visually stunning anime regions include Tonarino, which includes Nekomachi Street. This urban cat city feels like a whimsical daydream and is sure to make anyone smile. Additionally, Hikari and UMIMOTO Marina offer relaxing spaces with impressive attention to detail.
These regions are open to everyone and feel like a museum, cartoon, and vacation all in one. Teleport over today and discover your inner anime character.
Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres
Strawberry Linden
Pictured: Nefeli
Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team. Don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions to the Destination Guide!
 
Nefeli
Let your dreams set sail at Nefeli! Nefeli is a picturesque Mediterranean-themed beach. Relax, have fun, and enjoy your visit. Share your images in their Flickr group: https://www.flickr.com/groups/14817704@N22
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The Poetry Cove
The Poetry Cove is a virtual cafe and performance space. It is home to the world's most extensive poetry community which holds live poetry events, open mic nights, poetry hangouts, poetry discussions, writing sessions, radio, and more! For more information, visit: thepoetrycove.com/virtual-cafe
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GBTH presents Ed. COLONIA
Ed. Colonia is a group art exhibition and the first of its kind at the GBTH. The idea behind Ed. Colonia was exploring further the format of group exhibitions, preserving each artist's individuality as we occupy a common space. No theme has been suggested and each floor, inhabited by a different artist, is an exhibition on its own. A group of artists is also referred to as a colony of artists, which inspired the title of this show. Simple and straightforward enough to leave room for the installations to shine and speak for themselves.
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Marcel & Sebastian's Art Gallery
Marcel & Sebastian's Art Gallery is an art gallery to display works of art by Marcel Mosswood and Sebastian Pandu. In the main building, you can enjoy paintings and drawings, in the skybox, you can enjoy photographic works with the theme of nature and the beauty of the virtual 3D world. This art gallery is located in a calm and quiet area, perfect for enjoying art.
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TITAN Wrestling Federation
At the TITAN Wrestling Federation Arena, you will find quality wrestling entertainment, where Gladiators fight to prove their worth in the ring. They are always recruiting new team members! Want to be a wrestler, referee, commentator, or help out in staff in any other way? Come join as part of the roster or as a spectator. All species welcome furries, humans, elves, and anything in between! Training provided if needed, veterans also welcome!
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Ansa`fel - High Fantasy RP
Looking for adventure? You'll find it in this High Fantasy medieval RP destination. Explore the beautiful city of Ansa`fel, take a boat to the Moon Willow forest, and possibly catch a glimpse of the magical beasts within. Looking for ultra-rare items for that special spell? Visit the Mystic Market. Or for truly rare items only found on the black market, try the Undercity. Experience the beauty of Ansa`fel.
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Lune Space Station
Lune Space Station is a derelict, scientific research and experimental station set in the distant future and galaxy. The precise year and location as compared to modern La Lune Parish is unknown. The station is exceptionally old and has begun to deteriorate, despite outward appearances. Clean, futuristic and modern, the LSS looks pretty but underneath the pristine surface, it’s rotting.
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This week's featured artist is Downunder, who has been playing energetic rock music in SL for over six years. Come get amped up at one of his shows soon!
His music can be found on SoundCloud.
Q: When/how did you hear about Second Life?
A: Well it was by accident really. I was on a program for a while called IMVU, where I could dj only. A friend on there that recommended Second Life to me, as he said you can perform there, so I joined up. At first I didn't like it, avatars weren't so good, so I went back to IMVU for another year or two. Then, I finally went back to Second Life and stayed. I was lucky to find an awesome manager, Pam Astonia, who has been with me for many years, and of course the amazing Downettes. They get to experience what it's like to be onstage and they all do an amazing job.
Q: How did music come into your life, and what instruments do you play?
A: My love for music began at an early age, always listening to the radio for new bands, but unfortunately I played professional sports so that took priority. It was only when I retired from sports that I joined bands and started playing all over Australia. I’ve tried to play the guitar but was hopeless, so singing is what I concentrated on.
Q: How would you describe your style, and how has it evolved over the years?
A: My style is all over the place, I like to consider myself an entertainer as well as a singer. I love having the crowd involved, I feed off that energy and at most shows I have too much energy and perform for many hours. I think my record is a five hour show. I think most SL performers evolve together for all new genres that come around.
Q: What are some of the albums/tracks that have helped get you through the last year?
A: Bands like Matchbox 20, Neil diamond, Foo fighters, and Inxs to name a few that I draw my inspiration from and have helped me get through a personally terrible year for myself.
Q: What was your favourite inworld performance?
A: Other than the numerous charity events, the show that always sticks in my mind was a memorial for a past manager of mine, Annie, who unfortunately passed away. It was a very hard show to do as she was loved by a lot of people, and I still dedicate her favourite song to her to this day, bless her.
Q: What is the most meaningful aspect of the SL music community to you?
A: Well, the talent. So many amazing performers in Second Life right in your lounge room, every genre, anything you like. Now that is amazing.
 
Thank you, Downunder! If you or someone you know would like to submit content for Music Mondays, please fill out this form.
Have an amazing week, everybody! 
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Attention, Second Life musicians! Do you have an incredible yet unexpected singing voice? FOX TV is now casting amazing U.S.-based singers for the new nex-gen talent competition “Alter Ego,” which is scheduled to air Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. on FOX TV immediately following “The Masked Singer” this fall.
“Alter Ego” is an all-new original singing competition where lost dreams and second chances are reignited when singers from all walks of life become the stars they’ve always wanted to be. However, these contestants won’t perform as themselves. Rather, they’ll be given the chance to show how they’ve always wanted to be seen, creating their dream avatar to reinvent themselves and perform like never before.
Producers of the show are inviting Second Life musicians to apply now to be considered for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
 
Tara Linden
This week’s featured artist is Virgil, who plays mainly rock and blues, and has had his SL shows streamed on the South Pole!
Check out his music and calendar below.
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Q: When/how did you hear about Second Life?
A: When I first came to Second Life I was looking for an online game to play, like The Sims or WoW, and had never even heard of SL. Once I got online and started exploring I was hooked. I did all the things we all do, I imagine, and then a few years ago I met a woman that sang in SL. When she found out I was a musician, she said I should give it a try. So I did.
Q: How did music come into your life, and what instruments do you play?
A: My parents sent me to piano lessons when I was eleven years old. I went for a few years, and this really helped me understand music and some theory. I purchased an acoustic guitar from a childhood friend for $5.00 around that same time, and started learning open chords and beginner stuff. One of my friends played a little more than me and he would show me things… of course back then we did not have the internet - it was all sharing and listening to other players and just figuring stuff out.
I play the guitar and also play the bass and some keyboards. I used to have a drum kit as well, but now usually just program my drums or grab a drum track offline. I record all of my own backing tracks and play 100% of the guitars you hear, and I play all of the instruments on many songs. And, of course, I play the guitar and sing live at shows.
Q: How would you describe your style, and how has it evolved over the years?
A: I am a rock and blues guitar player. I also play pop, country, and can play a little jazz, but mainly I just love to play guitar. I have played in bands since I was 17 years old and still play shows in real life. The guys I listen to and learn from are guys like Brian May (Queen), Peter Frampton, Joe Bonamassa, Eddie Van Halen, and Stevie Ray Vaughn… Jeff beck...David Gilmour… I could go on and on. As for singing, I never really sang more than a few songs here and there, I was always the lead guitar player. When I came to Second Life I started singing more, and now I sing all the time. I also write songs. Songwriters I admire are guys like Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, JJ Cale, The Stones, Ric Ocasek (The Cars)... Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam, and of course so many blues guys. As for evolving… well, we are always evolving and striving for new and better sounds. For me, the journey is always about tone and taste. I try to slow down and focus on phrasing and expressing my feelings through the instrument, to have some kind of communication or conversation with the listener. I also believe that tone is 90% of the battle when playing live. If you have a good tone in your instrument you are able to play and express yourself so much better.
Q: What are some of the albums/tracks that have helped get you through the last year?
A: Oh wow… this is a tough question. Music really lifts us up, you know? I don't care what you are into or like listening to, it touches the pleasure centers in your mind and transports {you}... I tend to listen to The Stones, Clapton, Beck, Matthew Sweet… some harder rock too. I go back to Sheer Heart Attack album by Queen or Queen II, just about ANYTHING by Joe Bonamassa.
Q: What was your favorite inworld performance?
A: I enjoy all of the venues I play at and the idea that I am able to reach people from all over the planet is remarkable to me. I would say my most memorable was probably the SL17B. I had a great slot there on a Friday night and there were SO many people there… really a good time, and I met some good friends due to that show.
Q: What is the most meaningful aspect of the SL music community to you?
A: The most meaningful aspect is reaching people and providing some relief or comfort or just plain entertainment to them. When someone IMs me and tells me how my playing or singing touches them, it just makes my day. I was once playing a show and I got an IM from a woman that was part of a research team in Antarctica… she sent me some pics of their station and wanted me to know I was being heard at the South Pole, I mean how awesome is that? I have had people tell me they have their guitar out at home and are playing along, and some go and get their spouses or kids to listen. I have also had people tell me they play my shows while driving and share with others in the car… it is an honor to be able to reach that many people in all of these different situations and share a feeling or moment with them.
Virgil also sells his own line of guitars on the marketplace! Check them out here.
Thank you, Virgil! If you or someone you know would like to submit content for Music Mondays, please fill out this form.
 
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This week Drax interviews Chris Prynoski, who runs Titmouse Animation with his wife Shannon. Don’t miss the exclusive five-second shorts screening only in SL!

The screening region, which was custom built for the Smash Party event last year, has a very authentic urban grunge vibe. Matter of fact, the SL location represents an authentic replica of the Titmouse studios in Hollywood, California, right down to the porta potties. Surrounded by concrete buildings, the open outdoor space has everything from a cage to smash things with a hammer, an area to grab a beer, and plenty of seating to hang with your friends or meet new people. There are hidden easter eggs to explore as well, like the lonely animator, who is working away day and night while his colleagues party.
Chris tells us that the tradition of screening five-second clips started 13 years ago. Traditionally screened at a live event in the physical world, previous events have taken place in cities like Los Angeles, New York, and Vancouver. This year, due to the physical constraints of COVID, the screening moves exclusively to Second Life through May 24.
Chris says this is an opportunity to let every animator do what they want, so be prepared for a wide range of styles as well as content ranging from wholesome to slightly crude, but always hilarious.
Hopefully we have many more inworld Titmouse events to look forward to. Last year’s premiere of the show “The Shivering Truth” brought thousands of Residents to the event. These collaborations illustrate the many possibilities within SL and make it so wonderfully hard to describe. Visit this quirky virtual cinema today!
Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres
Titmouse Animation Screening Event
Visit the official event space for independent animation studio Titmouse (creator of "Big Mouth," "Star Trek: Lower Decks," and many more popular shows). Watch an exclusive showing of the "5 Second Day" animations in a virtual cinema and take out your frustrations in the smash cage. Don't forget to grab your free swag, too!
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Pictured: Hammifari
Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team. Don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions to the Destination Guide!
Hammifari - Zoo-Palooza 2
The Bellisseria Animal Sanctuary returns for their second annual zoo at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds this spring! The Belli Hammies decided it would be fun to bring the beloved community of Bellisseria a brand new adventure this year! They are heading deep into the African Savanna! The animals are out, roaming in the wild. There are no cages and gates to keep them in. So be mindful of where you tread! Hammifari will run from May 2nd to the 21st.
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80Days - The Bayou
80Days - The Bayou is in the deep south and is home to the Jazz and the Blues. Visit this colorful French Quarter, take a break barbecuing at the banks of the majestic Mississippi, or board the impressive Dixie Belle. Romantic spots invite you to stay for a dance or for enjoying the atmosphere with your beloved ones. If you prefer adventures to romance, explore the bayous by boat. But beware of alligators!
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Krak Bak Caye at The Sim Quarterly
Krak Bak Caye is a tropical island built to engage your senses and your lust to wander! Turn on your sounds and get lost in the sights of this beautiful destination! Boating, windsurfing, paddleboarding, sunbathing, snoozing, snorkeling - Krak Bak Caye has it all! Come be a tourist again! This scenic installation is open from May 5th to July 25th at The Sim Quarterly. Find out more details at thesimquarterly.com/KrakBakCaye
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IMAGO Land
IMAGO Land is a nature, art, and culture destination open for visitors who love to explore, relax, take photos or admire the highly talented artists' works displayed in IMAGO Art Galleries. Add your images to their Flickr group: flickr.com/groups/imagoland
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El Pueblito at LeLoo's World
A little Pueblo nestled in the middle of a desert patch. A place to wander as you take in the desert's beauty and simplicity. Or, make your way to the colorful market street with its little shops and food booths. Everyone is welcome to this PG event! Find your favorite spot for those wonderful desert pictures and feel free to share them in the Flickr group: flickr.com/groups/leloosworld
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Hermosa Tierra
Step into the history of soulmates Veleta & Jorge and the Texas land that they loved. Allow the desert sun to glow your skin, while you dance amid the bluebonnets. It will be a photogenic holiday for you. Explore the two photography art galleries and the vast canyons. Read the story at valiumsl.com
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Bryn Oh's Singularity of Kumiko
Supported by a grant from the Ontario Arts Council, the Singularity of Kumio is an immersive chapter within the universe of Bryn Oh. A HUD-based narrative following the mysterious environment Kumiko wakes up to find herself in. For more information, watch the machinima: youtu.be/MTxT8fN0SjI
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Twisted Paradise
Twisted Paradise is an eclectic artist's retreat, a home, and a playground for diverse interests. Twisted Paradise offers an abundance of inspiration, activities, and fun to maximize all this life offers. Let the mists of creativity twist up and around as you wander through the magical locations. The creative team behind Twisted Paradise wanted a beautiful and fun home to play on.
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Do you love Second Life? Do you love to party? Do you love to help? Join the SL18B Volunteer staff and you can do all three! 
We’re looking for volunteers to help people celebrate at the upcoming 18th annual Second Life birthday celebration (SL18B), held June 17th to July 1st, 2021. We are seeking Residents with great people skills and a love and excitement for Second Life to help us make SL18B a huge success! If you like the idea of promoting Second Life in a positive way to thousands of people in a celebratory atmosphere, we welcome you to apply today! The application will remain open through May 28th.
CURRENT APPLICATIONS FOR SL18B:
Volunteer Application - Applications close on May 28th, 2021 Exhibitors Application - Applications close on May 10th, 2021 (Blog Post) Music Fest Application - Applications close on March 28th, 2021 (Blog Post) Over the next few months, keep an eye on our blog for more opportunities to participate in the SL18B celebrations as a Performer, Merchant, and more!
Linden Lab
Calling all performers! Second Life is seeking talent for our upcoming 18th annual Second Life birthday celebration (SL18B) held from June 17th to July 1st, 2021. Get ready for fun-filled weeks of live music, performances, shopping, and amazing community exhibits! 
One of the things that makes Second Life so vibrant and exciting is the wide range of Performers who share their talent with our Residents. Are you a DJ who can spin up a great party set? You might be one of the grid’s amazing Dance companies, or perhaps you’re a Particle Performer! Whatever your medium, we would love to hear from you. 
Fill out the official performer application form by May 28th (this date has now changed to May 10th) and tell us a little about how you roll, and one of our Event Staff Leaders will contact you soon.
CURRENT APPLICATIONS FOR SL18B:
Performer Application - Applications close on May 10th, 2021 Volunteer Application - Applications close on May 28th, 2021 (Blog Post) Exhibitors Application - Applications close on May 10th, 2021 (Blog Post) Music Fest Application - Applications close on March 28th, 2021 (Blog Post) Over the next few months, keep an eye on our blog for more opportunities to participate in the SL18B celebrations!
Tara Linden

Music Mondays
Photo by Selena Whalen
We would love to have more Residents sign up to be featured in Music Mondays!
Especially with SL18B and Music Fest coming up... If you are performing and haven't been featured, we'd love to get you some publicity before the events.
Don't be shy! Sign up today
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Are you missing nights out at the movies with your friends? In Second Life, you can now watch and enjoy films together in an all-new virtual cinema featuring short cartoons from independent animation studio Titmouse.
For the next month, you can watch an exclusive showing of its annual “5 Second Animation” shorts program within a massive cinema space in Second Life. The 90-minute production consists of dozens of edgy short animations produced by the talented Titmouse team.

Titmouse is known as the Emmy Award-winning maker of many of today’s most popular animated shows available across a wide number of cable and streaming outlets including “Big Mouth” on Netflix, “Star Trek: Lower Decks” on Paramount +, Adult Swim’s “Metalocalypse,” and  “Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures” on DisneyXD.
Several Hollywood industry insiders attended an April 23rd premiere screening of the show, which will continue to screen to the general public through May 24. 
Check it out for a limited time in Second Life!

...and there’s more!
Fans of Titmouse and independent animation won’t want to miss our exclusive Q&A with Titmouse CEO Chris Prynoski, held this Friday, April 30 at 9am SLT on “Lab Gab”! Here’s your chance to ask questions and interact with the Titmouse co-founder during this special live event.

 
Check it out today!
Titmouse Animation Screening Event
Visit the official event space for independent animation studio Titmouse (creator of "Big Mouth," "Star Trek: Lower Decks," and many more popular shows). Watch an exclusive showing of the "5 Second Day" animations in a virtual cinema and take out your frustrations in the smash cage. Don't forget to grab your free swag, too!
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