Region Access Changes – Who Gets In?

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Earlier this week, I caught a blog post by Inara Pey about changes that Linden Lab will be rolling out for region access.

Basically, the number of avatars who can access a region has increased.  The amount of the increase depends on the type of region.  A full region will increase by 10%.  So if you have a full region (usually 100 avatar limit), that limit will now be 110 avatars.

There is a caveat, however. The extra 10% of avatars are limited to Premium members.  I happen to be a Premium member, so this is a nice perk.

It immediately made me wonder about access to events (shopping and dance events came to mind first).  If there is a full region dance event, for example, what does access then look like?  Normally, once the 100 avi limit is reached, everyone would get a ‘region full’ notice.

Now, however, it appears that if the limit is 100, it will work a bit differently.  100 avatars can still get in.  But the limit is actually now 110, with that extra reserved for Premium members.  So if you are not premium, once there are 100 avis on the sim, you’ll get the ‘region full’ notice.  But if you are a Premium member and there are only 100 people on the sim, you’ll be able to get in.

I can see how this would be frustrating to people who are not Premium members, but this is a nice perk for those of us who pay to be Premium members.

You can read more details about the changes in Inara Pey’s article linked below, as well as an article from Ciaran Laval here.

One other thing that I wondered about was regions where the limit has been lowered, as often happens with popular dance events.  According to Ciaran, if you have lowered the limit (say to 50 from 100 on a full region), then LL will automatically assign 10% of the limit to Premium members.  Which means that the limit for non-Premium members will be 45 avis, with the other 10% of the 50 avi limit (5 avis) assigned to Premium members only. Something to keep in mind if/when you are setting limits for your events.

Inara’s article link:  Lab announces improved region capacity and access in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

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MJ’s Burlesque at Toadsfahrt Theater

This past weekend I went to see MJ’s Burlesque Review.  They were performing at a new/different theater build, so my interest was piqued.

It was the same MJ’s crew (and show) that we all know and love – lots of great dancing, amazing costumes, and absolutely filthy emotes. 😛

mj-1I was expecting things to be a little different due to the change in venue (which isn’t permanent, I don’t think).  However, I was really impressed with the show.

mj-2The show was amazing, as usual. But it was different because the sets were stripped down – a few props, a few effects, but the focus was really all on the performer.

MJ did a lovely sentimental act (seen above) and the new format just added to the drama of it.

mj-3Nancy was fantastic (I’d love to borrow her creative muse – just for 5 minutes!) and the stripped down stage allowed the performers and their stories to shine.

I know many people don’t like emotes, but I’ve always loved them. I get a little window into the mind and soul of the performer when they write stories to go along with their shows.

mj-4It’s been quite a while since I’ve been able to catch a show at MJ’s.  I’m so glad I didn’t miss this one.

Main Event Show Lounge – Dance Show

Saturday, February 28, saw another performance from the Burlesque Dolls of the Main Event Show Lounge.

MESL Feb 1Opening the show was Lady C, dancing to ‘Whatever Lola Wants.’

I’m always fascinated by the costumes she puts together for her performances.

After all the glitter was cleaned off the stage, Miss Exhi took the stage, dancing to ‘Hey, Big Spender.’

MESL Feb 2I love the song and I’ve never seen anyone do a routine to it before.

This is one of my favorite Exhi routines so far – always so glamorous!

Lady C returned to the stage for a fantastic number to Joe Cocker’s ‘You Can Leave Your Hat On.’

MESL Feb 3That’s about all she left on!

If you’ve never been to a Main Event show, you’ve also been missing out on one of SL’s smexiest DJ’s, Diamonique Viper.

Her voice – sooo gorgeous!!

MESL Feb 4Next up was Babypea.

I never know what to expect from Baby – lyrical, hip-hop, sci-fi, or anything in between.

This time she treated us to a view of her more equine side. 😛

MESL Feb 5And just like that, it was time for the finale of the show.

Dancing to ‘We Are Family,’ the Dolls wrapped up the show in fine style.

The Main Event Show Lounge does shows once a month.  The next show will be March 26 at 4pm SLT.  Join the group to stay updated on the latest.

Breezes Dancers Show

This weekend I was able to attend a show put on by the Breezes Dancers.

Each act was based in a different country.  The sets were minimal, but very well done.

Breezes 1The show opened with a number danced to a medley of ‘Cabaret’ and ‘Fever.’

I thought the costumes were fantastic. 🙂

Breezes 2Up next was a tango number – all the routines were group dances, but the choreographer did a great job of finding ways to accent groups of dancers.

I liked this set and how the textures added to the feeling of ‘depth’ and perspective.

Breezes 3One of the numbers was set in Spain, and also included an opera singer.

There was also a number done to a gospel song by Elvis, though I didn’t capture any pics of it.

The costumes were fabulous, though!

Breezes 4My favorite number of the show was the tap dance number.  I love watching tap dancers. 😀

Having all the male dancers with top hat in hand was a nice touch.

The finale of the show took us to France for a traditional can-can dance.

Breezes 5The show was very smooth and the time between acts was very minimal (even with music playing, sometimes it seems to take forever for the next act to take the stage!), which I appreciate.

If you are interested in seeing the Breezes Dancers, join their group or subscriber to stay updated on the latest happenings.

TerpsiCorps ARTwerks – Gothic Opera

Yesterday I attended the Gothic Opera dance show put on by TerpsiCorps ARTwerks.

The venue was lovely, and the crowd was large, around 80 on sim at my last count.

TerpsiCorps 1Opening the show was the beautiful Lil Angels, who did a fabulous number that was an homage to Snow White.

The music in the show was just gorgeous – lush, dramatic, and perfectly chosen.

(Note: Lil was using her Artiste HUD for this performance, so kudos to her! It was fantastic!)

TerpsiCorps 2After Lil was the ever-amazing Jilley, with an absolutely breath-taking costume.

The whole show was full of stunning visuals, so if you missed it, you missed out.

The set builds were all fantastic, and many of the routines included multiple set changes.

TerpsiCorps 3Following Jilley was Aubreya, every inch the terrifying the spider queen.

The build was fabulous, a terrific pairing with her choreography.

I love this image, with the fog rolling down the steps as she glares out menacingly.

TerpsiCorps 4Next up was Zahra, whose work I admire greatly.

Another gorgeous set build – 3 actually, and all amazing.

I love dramatic and lyrical dances, and this was by far one of my favorites.

TerpsiCorps 5Closing the show was Chrissy, joined by Lil and Jilley.

The dance started innocently enough, and ended with three gorgeous demonesses wreaking havoc wherever they went.

It was a fabulous show.  If you’re interested in attending future events (and you should be!) join the group to stay updated on the latest happenings.

La Coquette Cabaret – Premiere Show

On Monday, I attended the opening show for La Coquette Cabaret, a new venue run by Dani Sari.

LCC 1The theme for the show was Mardi Gras and the show itself was full of frolic, fun, and of course, the quintessential Mardi Gras color palette of green, purple, and gold.

The opening act was spectacular, with the dancers arriving via circus hoops, resplendent in their Mardi Gras finery.

LCC 2After the opening group number, Diva took to the stage.

The set build was fantastic and she had some gorgeous particle effects.

The performers did a terrific job, especially considering that a couple of hours prior to showtime, SL was experiencing the ever-dreaded ‘unscheduled maintenance.’

LCC 3Next up was Dani herself.

I loved the set for this routine; I thought it was such a creative use of object and avatar movers. 🙂

(Note: She was wearing pasties, but since I try to keep things G-rated on the blog, I had to drag out my trusty ‘censored’ bar!)

LCC 4The next act was a bit of a switch from the fun and frolic of Bourbon Street, but was a fabulous routine about the famous (infamous) voodoo queen Marie Laveau.

After Marie had her way with a couple of unsuspecting ‘Joe’s,’ we headed back to Bourbon Street.

LCC 5I loved the concept of this routine.  A girl wanders down the street, peering into store windows, and then magically joins the store mannequin in a dance.

And the costumes were gorgeous!

A terrific use of mirrored dances in this set.

LCC 6After all the glitter was cleared off the stage, it was time for the hottest act of the night. 😀

I tried to snap a quick pic from the rear (a gorgeous view itself), but didn’t manage it.  So, another appearance of the black bar.

LCC 7Having made it through without a hitch, it was time for the last act of the show.

Another group act, it was done in true Mardi Gras style – glitter and fabulous costumes!

The show was fantastic.  If you missed it, they are doing an encore show on Monday, February 29 (leap day!) at 6:30pm.

MJ’s Burlesque Review Show

This weekend I was finally able to see the newest show from the creative geniuses at MJ’s Burlesque. 🙂

The show was originally scheduled for Friday, but due to technical issues, was cancelled.  Luckily, I was able to make the show Sunday.

MJ 1Nancy was the first to hit the stage, in a sexy piano number.  The staging was perfect, and her steamy emotes were a hit with the audience, left drooling in their seats. 🙂

I always love to watch Nancy perform, because she has such a terrific sense of stage presence.

And she’s one hell of a designer – I wish I had half of her design sense!

MJ 2After Nancy, it was time for MJ to take over with her performance tribute to David Bowie.

I love the runny mascara effect she donned – a very moving homage to Bowie’s creative genius.

I must say, I was never a huge Bowie fan, but I’ve been amazed how many songs I never realized were his.

MJ 3Next up was Zed.  I’m always tickled when Zed dances, because she has such an offbeat, wicked sense of humor.

This time, though, she threw me a curve, and danced to a piece about her nightmares.

MJ 4I was excited to see the number, because our very own Yumster was going to be dancing as well.  MJ and Nancy were spectacularly frightening as monkey-headed, suit-wearing figures.

Yummy turned out to be an imp who was all kinds of creepy.  The routine was a fantastic piece of performance art and it was amazing. :-O

MJ 5Nancy was up next with her homage to Bowie.  The set was spectacular, as always.  But what impressed me most with this act were her emotes.

Not many venues do emotes anymore, but I love it when they do and it enhances the story they are telling with their dance.

MJ 6The last act of the show was MJ, with a fun, sassy, and trashy little number set inside a 50’s-style diner.

Such a great set, and a fantastic show all-around.  If you missed it on Sunday, there will be an encore performance on Tuesday at 2pm SLT.  Enjoy!