Busy Busy Bee!

Me this week! Image Source: www.clipartpanda.com
Me this week!
Image Source: http://www.clipartpanda.com

It’s been a hectic week in both SL and RL for me.

Wednesday I visited all the dance animation stores and updated the spreadsheet, noting any new offerings (check out the update on the Animation Stores page).

I have enough pose stores listed (and more I should add) that I will probably break the spreadsheet into two sections – one for dance animations and one for poses.

I didn’t find much new.  So, of course, the day after all my travels, I came across two new listings.  AKEYO has released a new Giana Wild! AO.  It’s specifically for female avis with breast/butt attachments, something I don’t wear.  However, a few of the walks were cute, and it comes with 3 sexy dances.

Also, A&M Mocap has released The Real Twerk 2 solo dance.  Twerking’s not for me, but if you like it, head over to A&M.

Today I got a notice from oOo Studios about her new pose set for 50L Friday, called Paulina.  I love her poses, so if you haven’t been to the store, go check it out!

I got a new HUD last week and found a some time this week to open all the boxes and start playing around.  I’ll be blogging about it later in detail, but here are a few general notes:

It’s called the Artiste Performer’s Series, and it’s really a set of tools rather than ‘just’ a dance HUD.  There is a HUD, of course, where you load your animations and your sequences.  However, it comes with much more than that.

This HUD is geared towards ‘performances’ and includes a host of tools to help a performer do all those ‘extras’ that add to the performance.  I think it has many uses other than just a ‘dance HUD.’

It’s made by DQ’s own Yummy (Lat Lovenkraft) and is currently in ‘release candidate’ status.  She will be holding some Q&A sessions about the HUD this weekend (11/22 @ 12pm SLT and 11/23 @ 2pm SLT) at the DQ Info Center.  If you’re interested in the HUD, I encourage you to attend.

Check out Yummy’s blog ‘The Artiste Performance HUD‘ where you can find all kinds of information about what the HUD can do and watch demonstration videos.

It’s finally Friday, which means there will be lots of dance performances the next few days.  Guerilla Burlesque is tonight, and tomorrow Paramount Playhouse is putting on their Rocky Horrid show.  And Blue Moon Cabaret is putting on a dark carnival/monsters show on Saturday at 2:30pm.  Come watch me as your friendly neighborhood alien!  Check out the Dance Queens blog for all the latest show news.

As for me, I need to get busy and log in, so I can do the MadPea Blood Letters clue of the day.  I must say, I have thoroughly enjoyed this hunt.  Regardless of the prizes (many of which, although wonderfully made, I will probably never use), I have enjoyed solving the puzzles and hunting around for clues.  I’ve had to go back and redo things I missed the first time, which, while frustrating at the time, has actually made me enjoy the hunt more.

Enjoy your weekend, everybody!!

Dance Challenge

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Image Source: http://www.coolartvinyl.com.au

A while ago on the blog, I asked the question of whether dance in SL is/should be considered art.  It led to an interesting conversation and sparked an idea.

I asked for volunteers in the dance community to create a dance – with each dancer creating their routine to the same song.  I thought it would be interesting to see the diversity (or if there is any) in the routines – to see how each dancer interprets the same song, but in (hopefully) visually different ways.

I have a list of volunteers and I have sent out the song selection.  After they are done creating their routines, they will be filmed and posted on the blog for everyone to see.  So in around 4 weeks from now, videos will start appearing.

Stay tuned!

Avatar Repertory Theater

In my quest to uncover new things, I came across this post from Inara Pey about ART: ART for you.  As a Shakespeare lover, this is definitely now on my to-visit list.  (I’ve actually been to the theater, but haven’t made it to a show.  Last week they did ‘Flash Gordon,’ but sadly RL interfered and I didn’t make it.)  I want to see a performance so I can decide who I’d like to bid on.  (The actors are having an auction to help raise funds for their efforts.  I visited the theater and checked out the bids so far.  They are ridiculously low, so head on over there right now!!)

If you want to check out the performers first, as I do, you can attend one of the company’s Plays Around performances on Friday, October 21st and Friday, November 7th, both at 5:00pm SLT.  To bid, find the patio area outside of the theater building, where there are bidding panels for the actors participating in Shakespeare By Request. Touch the board for the actor of your choice and place your bid.

Find out more about ART from their website:  Avatar Repertory Theater. 

Don’t forget to bid!!!