Saturday, November 10, 2012

Brique is back from Kenya

Click here for Project Update September-October 2012

Stay tuned, Briques travelog is coming soon.

In the meanwhile lets feed some smiles at the Lavender Field

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Friday, October 19, 2012


What an awesome 2 days it's been at the brand new Lavender Field for Feed a Smile. Fabulous musicians - and to top it off the one and only DJCitizenK Ilex premiered at the Lavender Field and really got things going and avatars hopping :)

Today is the last day of this 3-day event and we're ready to go. So don't miss a moment of this awesome event.

I will be on my way to Kenya next week for my annual "Chairwoman - Mama Brique" visit to the Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l project in Nakuru. I thought you might be interested in knowing exactly where all those meals are being cooked.

Lake Nakuru National Park is absolutely gorgeous with all of those famous animals (except elephants - they don't live in Nakuru...), including the thousands and thousands of flamingoes living there that made Lake Nakuru so well-known and a tourist attraction.

It's hard to imagine that these extreme beauties can border some of the poorest and most extreme slums fathomable. The Rhonda slums - where the children on the Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l program live, is just over a high fence away. They'd never seen the beauties of their own region until we hoarded them all into buses and took them on a "safari" on the other side of the fence. Many of the parents who accompanied us actually shed tears. They had never even dreamt that "their" Nakuru could also be so beautiful. So, we'll be going there with another bus of kids during our visit.

Two of us from Second Life will be traveling there next week. Hopefully even more next year! The AVIF photo was taken by one of our volunteers who was placed with us by the British volunteer charity organization AVIF.

Poly and I (and two other German visitors) will be leaving for Kenya on Friday the 26th. We'll be meeting up with Nhaomi's nephew (Nhaomi owns the LA Walk Of Fame venue in SL and organizes events for Feed a Smile there). Her nephew and his fiancé are working as volunteers in Kenya and will be at the Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l project for our winter school holiday camp for 4 weeks. They will be tutoring in the morning and organizing activities with the kids in the afternoon. It will be nice to meet them in Nairobi. We'll keep you updated while we're there.

But for now it’s - party party party. There are more Feed a Smile events coming up on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday - but more about that after the opening celebrations!!!


Monday, October 15, 2012

Great Opening Celebration at the new Lavender Field for Feed a Smile Sim

...which is better than “grand opening” :)

Time is just flying and the new Lavender Field sim is looking totally awesome thanks to all of the hard work from Maria, Poly, Safira, Georg and Cesar. Parts of the sim are completely different than the old sim – and some parts are just like home again. Come and see it for yourself. It won’t be finished for a while – but it is looking great already.

Blindboy Gumbo will be the first up on the brand new stage on Wednesday, the 17th. Three days of super awesome music. I only wish I could have been able to ask all of the fabulous musicians who have graced the stages at the former sim – but there aren’t enough waking hours for that – and I’m on my way to Kenya on the 26th with lots of preparations and packing to do. So, please, please dear friends – if you haven’t been asked to perform for the opening, please think of a time and date after I return from Kenya on November 5th.

Here is the lineup. Come – Enjoy – and be a part of it all!

Wednesday - October 17th
11AMBlindboy Gumbo
12PMJames Corachea
1PMMar Biddle
2PMRussell Eponym
3PMSamm Qendra
4PMBat Masters
5PMTwostep Spiritweaver
6PMTamra Hayden
7PMMando Dragonash
8PMPT Beardmore

Thursday - October 18th
2AMGuido Gitano
10AMDJCitizenK Ilex
11AMDJCitizenK Ilex
12PMChelseaM Noel
1PMDusty Smyth
2PMSunrise Rhapsody

Friday - October 19th
11AMMommaLuv Skytower
12PMPutri Solo
1PMTheresa Nayar
2PMSeamore WildeHart
3PMVirtual Live Band
5PMNick Razor

Happiness and SMILES!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Okay, so I’m not the most patient person in the world – but who could be while watching one of the most beautiful sims in Second Life blossom from a green patch of nothing in the ocean into an amazing charity sim for Feed a Smile. It’s even called FEED A SMILE! So, for all of you who are as impatient as I am – go have a peek at the results of Maria and Safira’s awesome and creative building abilities in the making:




But no rest for the weary... We still have some super charity concerts lined up – and I can hardly wait for today’s concerts. (yup impatient again....) Twostep and Roze are letting us use their lovely Spirit in the Sky venue – so this is the place to be today:

Steely Decosta will be taking the stage at 1PM. Steely is a singer/guitarist from Louisville, Kentucky.

Not only is Steely a versatile and accomplished guitarist, but his voice will captivate you as you feel the passion and emotion for each song he performs come through. His sound and style of playing has created a signature original to Steely. Having played many clubs and events in Real Life Steely Decosta brings a range of songs to us such as Kings of Leon, Ben Harper, Amos Lee, Eagles, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Ray Lamontagne, James Morrison, Otis Redding, Elton John, Robert Cray, Wilco, Todd Rundgren, Beatles. Influences credited to Steely Dan, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton and too many to name.

LaidBack Celt is next up – at 2PM.

Conceived on a blind date in the backseat of at ’57 Chevy, LaidBack Celt was born to rock. With a rock ‘n roll voice, a rock ‘n roll soul… armed with only an acoustic guitar, a little bit of distortion and a whole lot of attitude… he delivers raw, powerful vocals to the accompaniment of hard driving guitar.

His repertoire is mainly rock and classic rock with a little bit of country and a few originals thrown into the mix, but all are in his signature, rocking style played on acoustic guitar… no backing tracks… all screw-ups are totally live! The crowd always has fun at a LaidBack Celt show, so come on out and have some fun!!!!

So, call your friends – come – enjoy – and be a part of it all....


Friday, October 5, 2012


Rock Doghouse will be jumping back onstage with his guitar and and piano and rocking you into the Saturday afternoon in style at 12PM. This professional singer/composer/songwriter knows no boundaries to swooning the ladies – so hold on tight guys and get dancing!

...and Sunday afternoons will never be the same after being spoiled by Marky Helstein's RL band - SONIX - will be playing a TWO HOUR show at The Amphitheater on Sunday 7th October at 2pm SLT in aid of the Feed-A-Smile program for Live and Learn in Kenya. LLK feeds and educates needy children in Kenya, and tries to ensure they have a positive future to look forward to. This is what makes being musicians worthwhile for us so please come join us for a couple of hours as we rock the living shit out of SL!! ... and yes, there WILL be Pink Floyd songs :))))

It’s going to be an awesome weekend folks!


Thursday, October 4, 2012


Slowly getting over the devastation of losing the Lavender Field after it poofed on Monday, September 24th was not quite as horrible as it could have been if it hadn’t been for all of the wonderful, generous and caring friends in Second Life. So many people offered their sims, venues, support and loving smiles! Even people that I hardly know – or didn’t know at all pitched in to help. The great news is – THERE WILL BE A NEW LAVENDER FIELD VERY SOON! Two fabulous and very generous people will be renting an entire sim – and if we’re lucky even the sim will be named Feed a Smile. It’ll take a bit to get things built and ready for action though. We are still striving for the most beautiful sim in SL – so we can’t rush the start too much. But you can be sure, we are going to have a grand opening to beat the band!!! So please stay tuned for more information about that. Until then we will be holding the Feed a Smile events at different venues. It’ll be at l’Eprit today. And people call Second Life a game...

And to all of you fabulous musicians out there – you know who I mean ;) - please let me know if you’ll be will to take part in the Grand opening celebration.


Those sweet, old hippie songs that Twostep Spiritweaver performs will sway you right into an absolutely peacefully beautiful hour of lovely music which will awaiting you at l'Esprit for Feed a Smile on Thursday, October 4th. The concert begins at 3PM. “All we need is love” and some Linden love for the kids in Kenya. Come join us and have a great time getting some kids in Kenya fed...

Have a listen while you’re waiting for it to finally be 3PM!

Twostep Spiritweaver on YouTube

Hope to see you at l’Esprit today.

Joy and Smiles!

Thursday, September 27, 2012


Well, as most of you have probably already heard, the Lavender Field for Feed a Smile went POOF on Monday – very surprisingly and totally without warning. I’m still in shock... Obviously there was a management/owner issue and OT Rentals closed down all of their sims – including the lovely and one-of-a-kind venue of Feed a Smile’s good friends at The Colour Factory. How sad is that...?! Well, it may have set us back pretty badly seeing as the sim was a donation – but we are very grateful to OT Rentals for the more than 2 years of kind and generous support.
We are searching for a new mainland sim donation.
We get up to 100 avatars visiting our events, so we need to be ready for them in a lag-free atmosphere... So please keep your ears and eyes open for us – and in case you happen to have a sim that needs a Lavender Field.... We need a new home for our wilting lavender ...

They don’t call me Brique for nothing! My mama always said “There she goes again putting her stubborn head through a brick wall” - which is how I got my nickname. I don’t give up so easily – and especially not with all of the wonderful SL friends supporting the cause! I’ve had many offers to use people’s land and venues for events until we have our own home again. Tiia from l’Esprit – whose tip jars are hooked right up to the Feed a Smile account – will be holding most of the events at her beautiful venue:
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Yesterday’s fabulous event with Lisa Brune, Maximillion Kleen and FunkyFreddy Republic triple-streaming was held at the awesome Portland Family venue – Tree of Lovers. It took in 266 meals. Marb and Tigger have offered the use of their spectacular venues with the words “We’re just an IM away!”. So thank you – asante sana – and kudos to all who have offered their assistance and support over the past 4 days. We still have a long road to the next Lavender Field – but we’ll get there.

In the meantime....

The one and only Twin Ghost Ronas and Quantamis Navarathna will be performing at l’Esprit for Feed a Smile on Friday the 28th – starting at 3PM slt.

... a highlight to be sure!

And then on Saturday the 29th....

The fabulous Roe Woodford, CEO/Executive Director ProFashion Productions has organized a fashion show at 12PM slt. You’ll need to contact her if you’d like to experience this amazing event. It is by invitation only!
Vikeejeah Xevion, Designer and Owner of the LD MAJOR Brand has graciously pledged to donate 100% of all proceeds of her exclusive new creation designed specifically for this event to benefit the cause.The fabulous outfit will be showcased on our runway and will be available for purchase at the event.The event takes place at our fabulous state of the art venue designed by their very own Locked Semaphore exclusively for this affair.

Ai Hienrichs
Anigma Eulenberg
Anjelica Carling
Brittainy Collins
Nemi McCoy

Music by the Amazing DJ Lynn Wylder

There’s no stopping our feeding the very needy children on the Live and Learn in Kenya International program... So, come and be a part of it all!

See you there.

Smiles and Happiness!