Thursday, September 14, 2017

Say goodbye to Hollywood...

Starlite Dancers - September 12 2017

The closing of Origen (sp?) at Hollywood has me thinking about venues.
(They're closing, right? Or just that theater?)
What is it about venues?
I mean, you can perform anywhere, right?
Probably even on a sandbox if you wanted to.

What is it about a sense of place? A sense of... belonging to something or somewhere?
The old ballpark gets torn down, a new one goes up.
I remember seeing games at the Dome. Now, the Astros play at Minutemaid.
Saw games at Franklin County. And then Huntington.
(Of all my minor league ballcaps, The Clippers are the lamest, but still have a strange place in my head. Well, on my head.)

Columbus Clippers 

Old place, new place.
That's where that restaurant used to be, the one I liked.
Man, do I miss the salads and tacos at Cabo's.

In SL, Old Salt's Pub and Freudian Slip and others have faded from the grid. And memory.
Circe's never was quite the same after she died.
These days, After Dark first comes to mind.
What is it about these places?
What keeps it from being "same shit, different SLURL" ?

There's a lot of venues and theaters out there.
Big stages, small stages.
Some with runways, some without.
Fancy, basic... different seating, different styles.

Some stuff I think is important:
  • Group joiner.
  • Welcomer? Maybe? Is that annoying?
  • Easy access to the seats.
  • Adequate seating, a few different poses that don't jam my hand into my innards, and couples seating options. (I’m quite capable of sitting in an Adult sofa without staining the cushions every time, thank you.)
  • Schedule.
  • Posters for other groups, and DQ. (Gotta plug the DQ)
  • Chat relays, because these places are huge, man. Or do they really need to be?
  • Tipjar for the venue and group.
  • Photos from past shows? Does this cause texture overload and thrashing?
  • Who the owner and hosts are. Online indicators?
  • Sponsors.
  • Freebies and gifts. Or shops? Winds has shops, Debauche is part of Miss S, right?
  • Rules, in a concise and simple notecard. Way too many long-winded notecards out there, man. Keep it simple, keep it brief.
  • Lighting that does not disrupt performances.
  • Personality in the build that distinguishes it from other venues.
What am I overlooking? (Yes, I left out "A wall or shelf for awards" because, man, fuck awards. But that's a rant for another post. I'll recycle my Thank Yous and repackage it for another day, but seriously, fuck awards.)

What do you think a venue should have... and shouldn't?


  1. I honestly do not think there is an easy answer.

    I will not name names here but I am all too familiar with two sims that both have exactly the same theater. I mean exact in every detail, right down to cushion covers. We love playing in one of them, we will never go back to the other. The same problems existed in both, the same benefits. So can we say its the venue?

    The key, I think is the people. In one, we are welcomed, respected, dare I say admired? In the other, there is a very definite sense we are intruding and should be merely put up with. And that, my dears, makes ALL the difference to a traveling group. Some people, in some venues, render the journey meaningless.

    We have played in some magnificent, grand theaters that felt empty. We have played in some hastily cobbled together shacks and it felt wonderful. Its really all about the people, the attitudes and the willingness to host a group.

    I do not care much about the building. I care about the people.

    Having said that, give me a beautiful theater and some beautiful people every time!

  2. I plan to bring up the subject of hosts and greeters and such soon... may get a bit touchy since it might feel like I'm singling one place out in my preferences.

  3. I agree with Laura on the people thing.SL is a social thing and people like to be where ..the people are. I think a good host that engages people
    that want to talk and reinforce (for a lack of a better term) the venues requests.Far as design, you should be seated as close as possible to the performers and not have anything behind you that pushes your view. theaters should be dark in the seating area..every theater that i been ,plays, concerts. always bring down the lights before the performers come on. its a exciting feeling. Ok..awards..what are these awards you always mention lol.. only awards im aware of were way back in 2012, if your talking about the AVI awards...why. awards are fun to get ..if your handing any out toss one my way! "Winner of the Pita Awards"