Pangea Day – May 10, 2008

Pangea Day - May 10, 2008Been a while since I’ve turned my attention to his blog. Busy with work and daily care and feeding of Cue the Penguin! But something caught my eye today. David Pogue, tech guru of the NY Times “Circuits” newsletter, blogged about Pangea Day, a day film-fest centered around films dealing with tolerance among various nationalities. In the words of Pangea Day organizers:

“In a world where people are often divided by borders, difference, and conflict, it’s easy to lose sight of what we all have in common. Pangea Day seeks to overcome that — to help people see themselves in others — through the power of film.

On May 10, 2008 — Pangea Day — sites in Cairo, Kigali, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, and Rio de Janeiro will be linked live to produce a program of powerful films, visionary speakers, and uplifting music.

The program will be broadcast live to the world through the Internet, television, digital cinemas, and mobile phones.”

Though this blog usually concentrates on technology which brings live performance to people together in real/virual worlds, I find this project fascinating. Welcome to a one-world screening room! Check out the website for details. If you’re on Facebook, do join the Pangea Day group for details and updates.

Peace.

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SL Shakespeare Company: Hamlet, Act. I, Sc. 2, April 23rd

Now that I’m back to working full-time, blog writing has become a bit of a luxury. While Cue The Penguin! still provides my self-imposed daily escape, I haven’t had much time to roam around SL, save to grab some shots for Cue. Nonetheless, much is still happening in SL. A new CSI:NY mystery is afoot (watch this space for details coming soon) and I received the following notice in my inbox yesterday.
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Group Notice From: Ina Centaur

Bard’s Birthday 4/23 Special Performance…

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We have finally settled the chaos of having to schedule a large international cast for a simultaneous live performance.

Join us at 6 PM SL Time, one week from today, at the SL Globe Theatre for a special advance showing of our second miniproduction — Hamlet, Act 3 Scene 2, a.k.a., The Mousetrap.

Thank you,
SL Shakespeare Company

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I don’t think I’ll be able to catch this preview, unfortunately, but will be on the look out for any video clip on this new production.

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There’s a second life for disgraced politicians

CNN iReportAnother interesting video surfaced during today’s meeting at the CNN Amphitheater in SL. We were encouraged last week to start filing video reports. Hugo did just that, while offering a possible new work avenue for Eliot Spitzer, the now ex-Governor of New York state.

See story & video: NY Governor Spitzer to retire in Second Life

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Shakespeare in SL: Also on YouTube

I caught the opening of the mini-production of Hamlet in SL on February 28th. The theatre was packedHamlet Poster - Shakespeare in SL, which was great for the actors, but not so great for lag. I reported on this experience on the CNN iReport in SL blog.

In today’s meeting at the CNN Amphitheater, Henry iReport pointed out that a video clip of the same scene was available on YouTube. Although it’s not a clip of the actual production, it is the same scene, in the same location. At least, the costumes are visible. Thanks to Inacentaur for posting it.

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Playing Live in SL: [insert up-and-coming musician name here]

The VibeThinking back to when I joined SL in October of 2005, the abundance of activities now present was negligible. Point-to-point teleporting (TP) was non-existant, and half the fun getting anywhere was flying from the teleport hub to the actual location, indicated by a red beam of light. There were clubs you could dance in, new lands to explore and people to meet. SL was definitely in building mode. However, even back then, live music was rapidly gaining a foothold. Today, you can find pretty much any genre of music played live, from folk to jazz, blues, rock and bluegrass, it’s there for the listenin’.

A couple of months ago I tumbled upon a musician who goes by the name of Hep Shepherd. Actually, I stumbled upon a free download offer of one of his Hep Shepherd/Jeff Krantzsongs through SL: Last Goodbye. Not one to pass up free music, I downloaded the song and liked what I heard: Acoustic guitar, for a nice blend of soft rock and folk. His MySpace profile highlight Cat Stevens, Paul Simon, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Pearl jam, Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews as his influences.

I dug deeper and found out that Hep in RL is New York musician, Jeff Kranz. I signed up for his newsletter and his SL group. I was thrilled a couple of weeks ago when he announced he would be playing live in SL at The Vibe. I’ve caught two of his shows now and look forward to the next show. Jeff/Hep is currently working on his first album. I don’t know when the album will be released, but I’m looking forward to that. If you’re in Austin next week for SXSW, you can hear Jeff on March 14th at 7 pm.

More info on  Jeff can be found on MySpace and Facebook.

You can listen to a couple of his songs through his website at: jeffkrantzmusic.com.

Jeff Kranz onstage - The VibeAre you a musician interested in reaching a worldwide audience? Check out the Second Life Blog here on what you need to stream on SL. To perform at The Vibe, contact Bratt Lunasea or Dior Flanagan in-world or through The Vibe website.

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Catch Me If You Can Musical: now in workshop

Catch Me If You Can Movie PosterIn the works since 2003, a musical version of Stephen Spielberg’s film, Catch Me If You Can, has reached the workshop stage. Helmed by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the Tony-winning composing team behind Hairspray, it will star Nathan Lane as Carl Hanratty, the federal agent played by Tom Hanks in the movie. After a lengthy search, the role of Frank Abigail Jr, played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie, was awarded to relatively newcomer, Aaron Tveit.

The book is written by Terrence McNally (Love, Valour, Compassion, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Master Class, Corpus Christi).

Nathan mentioned the workshop during an interview on The View this week. Video here.

BroadwayWorld.com has a video montage of Nathan’s current play, November, here.

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Live mini-production of Hamlet in SL: Feb.28

Intercepted this email in the SL Educators listserv this morning. One of the Lindens is actually performing…

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Humanities Curators, Theatre Aficionado, Shakespeare Fans, and Everyone Else!:Globe

I am happy to announce the inaugural live performance of the SL Shakespeare Company to SLED. Each miniproduction will be showcasing a live scene from Hamlet, with a professional troupe, and photorealistic actors and historically accurate wardrobe and props.

Join us exactly one week from now, in-world at the SL Globe Theatre.

Playbill below ;-D

LIVE PERFORMANCE ON SLSC THURSDAY FEB 28, 6 PM SLT… and

Fri, Feb 29: 3 PM
Sat, Mar 1:  11 AM
Sun, Mar 2: 1 PM
Mon, Mar 3: 11 AM
Tues, Mar 4: 6 PM
Weds, Mar 5: —
Thurs, Mar 6: 3 PM
Fri, Mar 7: 1 PM
Sat, Mar 8: 6 PM
Sun, Mar 9: 3 PM

The Globe Theatre - Second LifeSLURL:  Globe Theatre

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