Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy New Year from Palais!

Hello readers,

How are you? I hope you’re excited and ready for the New Year! I know I am! May the coming year be even better than this year!

Since coming back from the Christmas holiday, I’ve been looking around for awesome New Year sims. I typed in New York Times Square in the Places section of search in my Phoenix viewer (BTW, the Phoenix developers are doing a great job with the viewer, latest version is 818 and if you haven’t already…join the Phoenix Viewer Support group) and I got one result: New New Years Eve. I hit teleport and landed at the Aeropines sim, that’s where you can skate and ski, it’s a winter resort sim. At the landing platform you should get 2 notifications, one is for a landmark of the place and the other is a note saying that on December 31st, there will be a New Year’s Eve party at Aeropines at 9pm SLT, I believe. Here’s the landmark to the place:, go and check it out!

If you type in New Year’s in search, you’ll get a lot of stores where they sell New Year’s decorations…very nice. I went to this one store that had a flashing New Year sign and balloons just in the front courtyard ( There are so many others, so see how many you can see. Warning, you may be tempted to buy a lot of what you see…but don’t do that. You never know when you might need to spend on HUDS, building supplies, clothing, and other non-holiday goods. If you’re like me, you’ll manage to find some free holiday stuff. I went to a store that sells skin and hair and I found some free New Year’s stuff in the front lobby, cool eh? And if you went to the Winter Maze, you would find some free sweaters and hats. It’s quite fun to walk around and explore. It really does feel like “walking in a winter wonderland.”

I wish you all a very Happy New Year! Be safe and stay warm!

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Pretty Pin Ups

A re-release of some fun pictures. "Pretty Pinups: A Tribute to Gil Elvgren" is back in the for of a 2011 calendar. Originally this was these were the "Pin-Up" part of a 1954 Roissy Calendar.

Palais Orleans Art Studio and Designs. Gift cetificates will expire at the end of the year and this is priced very low. Enjoy.


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Cat Bocacio's Calendar Girls Exhibit...last chance to see it is Thursday!

Hello readers!

I hope you've all had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends, I know I have!

I have some great news to share with all of you! Cat's calendars have sold well, sales have exceeded expectations and donations for The Hunger Project have exceeded expectations as well! Congrats to Cat and a big thanks to all who have helped out! We couldn't have done it without you!

Your last chance to visit the exhibition is Thursday, December 30th! So bring your friends with don't want to miss this! Let's end this year on a high note!

Happy New Year from all of us at Palais!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Callipygian Christensen: Sunsets, Sepias & Other 'scapes

"I have been photographing SL, and creating photographic art images from these shots, for over 4 years now.  Recently I have found myself fascinated by sepias and colourized images, and am pleased to be showing a new selection of  this style here at Kiku Gallery.

I was asked to include a small selection of previous work, and have done so, but there are also  20 new images offered for your enjoyment.  Many were shot in the Amatsu Shima sim  and others in some of the other SL locations I enjoy.

The images will be in dispaly until January 30th. Please feel free to visit at any time and to IM me with any questions.


I had visited this collection earlier in the week and was not disappointed. Callipygian Christensen had shown "the Body of a Woman" at the Palais Orleans gallery earlier in the year. "Sunsets, Sepias and Other 'scapes" showcases her diversity as well as her talent for setting moods.

Visit the collection at Kiku Gallery here.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Update to the Charities in SL Article

Life moves fast in Second Life. In the time between the writing of this article and the publication of this issue, the Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Museum has closed their doors.

They were forced to close due to the loss of their licensing agreement with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation who own the intellectual property rights to Frank Lloyd Wright's estate.

The loss of the licensing came as a complete surprise to the museum staff who had been in negotiation with the Foundation. All builds had to be taken down within 12 days of the cease and desist order. The sim where the museum was located will be renamed shortly, removing the Frank Lloyd Wright name.

We spoke to Rosalie Oldrich, the former co-executive director of the museum, who told us she feels a great educational application of Second Life has been lost. However, the staff of the museum have plans for another virtual museum at the same site. We will remain in touch with them and keep you posted on their progress.

More details on the closing can be found at:

December Music Review: Diesel

Strum Diesel has a reputation that precedes him and we were not new to his performances before we went to do our review. Mr. Diesel performs nearly every night, so, you won't have trouble finding him! We caught him at the Phoenix Falls live music venue a few days before Thanksgiving. At first, there were challenges with the venue, with the sim crashing early in the show. The crash took Mr. Diesel with him, but the stream survived, and, as the venue slowly filled, we looked at an empty stage for a while, still listening to the performance. Finally, things settled down and we were able to focus on the music. Both of us went into the show a bit down on Strum. We had seen him once before and remembered several songs that focused on left wing political views. We are as liberal as anyone but get annoyed when being preached at. And, so, there was a hurdle for Mr. Diesel to overcome. The venue did not help things even when it was stable after the crash. Trivia questions in local chat were downright annoying and badly distracted from the performance.
However, the performance itself was a pleasant surprise. Mr Diesel performed standing upside down his piano,as is his habit, and on this night the element of indoctrination was missing from the show, which was a positive change from before. The level of musicianship in the show was astounding - the piano and his voice are a potent mix. The material was a mixture of covers and originals. One odd element in the show was Mr. Diesel's many hints to mortality, which made us guess that someone known to him and his group Strum's Strumbolis must have passed shortly before. In this context, at the end of the show, Mr. Diesel read a quote from Marcel Proust which was so beautiful that we would like to repeat it here.

"People do not die for us immediately, but remain bathed in a sort of aura of life which bears no relation to true immortality but through which they
continue to occupy our thoughts in the same way as when they were alive. It is as though they were traveling abroad."

More information about Mr. Diesel and his music can be found at:


Friday, December 17, 2010

Moulin Rouge's Production of Chicago, you don't want to miss it!

Hey readers!

How are you all tonight or today?

I have some exciting news! Saturday, December 18th from 7-9pm SL time, the Moulin Rouge venue is hosting the musical production of Chicago! Among the cast members are Palais's very own Elizabeth Weinberg and Kiushu Rau! Go over and support all the actors! Show your support for Moulin Rouge! Here's your ride:

Come and enjoy Chicago..."and all that jazzzzzzzz."

Happy holidays and stay warm!

Victoria Lenoirre

Monday, December 13, 2010

Winterfest and Sanguinus!

Hello readers!

I hope you're all doing well! I've been busy exploring and talking to people! Second Life is such a sociable, fascinating place! Anway, I have 2 things to share with you!

From the latest issue of SL's magazine The Sandbox, I found the winter maze. I teleported in and found myself in a hockey rink. Really cool! When you go, don't forget to dress warmly! I made my way out of the rink. I had to go into the locker room (fortunately or unfortunately, there was no one in there haha.) and I walked out the front door. Once outside you look for signs that point you in the direction of the maze. I saw 2 sizes. Here's the LM, it sets you right at the entrance of the maze! . See if you can find your way out...I dare you! ;-)

My second piece of news is that I found a lovely shop that features dress silks, Sanguinus Silks: The shop is owned by Veronica Vervain. These are not the freebie silks you can find in most freebie stores. These are quality silks that come in several colors: red, green, gold, purple, and white. Below I have included some pictures.

The sim is not a Gor sim, but she says "we (at the sim) do enjoy some of their traditions." She also creates skins, shapes, makeup layers, among other things. She has about 20 skins that she gives to new residents who can't afford to buy them. She also does custom work. She has designed skins and shapes for many people. Also, she does some scripting. She is working on designing clothing that can compliment Open Collar software. In real life she's a graphic artist. Her work is detailed and brilliant! Currently she is working on expanding her store to make room for her other creations. Won't you come by for a visit?

Saturday, December 4, 2010

December and Christmas!

Hey lovely readers!

It's Victoria here! I have been exploring and collecting ideas for future entries here.

As you know, the theme this month for Palais Magazine is Business. It's quite fitting, since this is the month when business thrives. There are lots of sales going and some lots of fun hunts going on in SL.

I intend to interview some SL business owners. I hope to post one by next week. Stay tuned!

Happy hunting, reading, and exploring!