Monday, January 11, 2010

Beach Party Dance

Put on your dancing sandals and come rock out by the sea! The Shin Tao Haiku Retreat presents a BEACH DANCE PARTY, Friday, January 15, 2010, at 7pm slt.

DJ DanteOsaka Deschanel will be spinning tunes and swishing his spotted tail in the sea breeze. Everyone is welcome!

Monday, January 4, 2010

SL poetry

The Lag Monster's Intrusion Into a Moment's Proposal

"What's wrong, dear?" she said. "You look pensive tonight." Indeed I did, standing midst-stride with one leg sticking out to the side. "Oh nothing," I said. "Just a bit of lag." Just a bit of lag. As if that which gashed the inestimable pride of Titanic, sending her to the depths of immortality's ruin was just a bit of ice. I tried to reassure her, tell her good things, In fact, tonight was to be that special night When I would tell her all I felt, all I believed and dreamed as we stared longingly into one another's pixelated eyes

I knew I had to blurt it all out, tell her everything before my nerves got the best of me, and so I began, but there was that other thing, just that bit of lag, like a court recorder turning innocent pleas into confession, stealing letters and jamming words, delighting in defiling all my treasured, carefully selected texts, and I delivered all my heart with daggers plunging deep. "I am so glad," I thought, "We met and are more than mere friends." "I'm so glad," I said, "Wet and a mother fiend." "You are a dear to me," I thought, "One of a kind, fun, deserving." "Youre a demon, "I said, "of a kind undeserving ."

"Excuse me?" she said, and though I wasn't sure, it seemed her avatar was frowning to a scowl. "You are a fair delight, my love!" I thought, "always in the know, on the go." "You're a fright, "I said with exclamation point. "Move away now, go." "I want you to move in, my pet," I thought, "share my wish, complete me." "I want you to move," I said excitedly, "my harem is complete." "YOU CREEP!" she said, all caps for certain emphasis "I never want to see your sorry toon again! And so she left, and left me pondered, wondering at my sorry state, my screen now frozen to her final words. And through it all, with just a bit of lag, and unseen breaking heart, my avatar still standing, one leg stuck out to the side.

by DanteOsaka Deschanel

Thursday, October 29, 2009

All Hallows Festival in Second Life

Shin Tao Haiku Retreat is holding the All Hallows Festival on Saturday 10/31 & Sunday 11/1. There will be many events, including the Great Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt, performance of “A Lantern for the Crane Maiden” written by DanteOsaka Deschanel, Haiku contest winners, Halloween Dance, Poetry Reading and Dia de los Muertos celebration. Come join us or drop by any time to see the Haunted House or read some haiku in the Library.

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Ugly Duckling- Kabuki performance

The Shin Tao Theatre presents "Le Vilain Caneton" the ugly duckling, a kabuki performance by the Shinmachi Kabuki Group.
Everybody is welcome at the Shin Tao Haiku Retreat on Tuesday, October 6th, at 6pm SLT.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Shin Tao in motion

Watch the Shin Tao Theatre Haiku Play & Kabuki performance at last week's Obon festival on youtube. “The Haijin Tea Party” is a play written by DanteOsaka.
Thanks to the performers and everyone who joined the play and the Obon festival!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Shin Tao Theatre

Shin Tao Haiku Retreat is celebrating the 2009 Obon Festival with lanterns, poetry, plays, dance, fireworks, and more, August 7th - August 9th in Ophelia, Second Life.

Make sure you catch the world premiere of The Haijin's Tea Party, a haiku drama with dialogue straight from the masters. Happy Obon!

Monday, July 6, 2009

"Spirit of Obon" haiku contest

Announcing the "Spirit of Obon" haiku contest for the Obon Festival at the Shin Tao Haiku Retreat, to be held August 7,8,9. The deadline for the entries is August 2nd at Midnight, slt. Haiku, Haiga, Senryu and Tanka are all welcome for this contest. Please contact DanteOsaka Deschanel, Pomona Writer, or Sunnie Beaumont in Second Life if you have other questions. Happy writing! -- Dante