Immersively Integrated: The Dirty Grind

The Dirty Grind presents art in a way that is as creative as the art itself. The venue stands out by blending visual art and music, while bringing even more to the experience. The Steampunk theme is intriguing, intricate, inspiring, and always evolving. The stage presents only live musicians, the more original, the better. Displayed are works by talented visual artists that enhance the attending experience. Lisa Witt and Ian Witt discuss how they achieve such an aesthetic fusion. The full article is published in-world. Here is an excerpt and visual hint of what to discover there.

Lisa and Ian Witt of The Dirty Grind

Ian: “Although I had not heard very good things about Second Life®, I joined with a friend that had some health problems. I never intended to say long. But then I discovered the live music scene!”

Lisa: “When I came to SL, I was just beginning to heal from a health crisis that left me quite unable to communicate. I also heard a lot of negative things about SL, so I researched into it. Not only did I learn that it is rich in creativity, but that I could practice not being a vegetable. It came at a time when my life had drastically changed. I had been the founder of an international non-profit, an independent artist, etc., and then everything just stopped. SL is a beautiful outlet that allows me to open up to the world again.”


Ian: “I don’t have any physical difficulties to speak of, but I’ve never been overly comfortable talking to people. SL had been a boon for me! Here, I talk to a lot of people! Learning to communicate better has helped me in real life too. By gaining confidence, I can better share my thoughts and ideas.”

Lisa: “Besides giving Ian more confidence, being in SL has also refined his interest in music and has given him an outlet to share it with others. The core of this place is to bring art and music together. Have you heard of Lena Spencer? She ran the Café Lena in New York that was at the heart of the folk era. She gave Dylan a start, and many others. My dad was a close friend and stayed with her on weekends, took her shopping, did everyday stuff, too.”

SSJ#16-Dirty Grind patrons online

Ian: “The players that performed there felt a sense of ownership. That’s what we try to build here.”

Lisa: “My dad’s stories from then, since I was very little, gave me a spark and instilled my love of the arts.”

Ian: “Mostly we enjoy the art in SL. Lisa will tweak the venue to best showcase it. We do what we do because we want to see the artists that play or show with us be as successful as possible. And because we want those who come to have as much access as they can. We bring art to the audience, and the audience to the artists.

SSJ#16-Eleanor dances at Dirty Grind

Read the full article from Lisa and Ian Witt featured within Sim Street Journal #16 in-world.
It will soon be available as a PDF here, and in Marketplace.

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Please see the in-world edition of Sim Street Journal #16 with comparative and critical articles that add to this online content. Available in kiosks and at the Sim Street Journal SL Office (Innu 40, 36,1649) or download PDF Sim Street Journal #16.
Back issues are available on MARKETPLACE.
— The in-world magazine has topics that relate to those who understand the virtual context, including photographs, parallel articles. It has tabs for information landmarks, and web links.
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Please see the INDEX for all contributors and articles.
(Back issues are available on MARKETPLACE).


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INDEX for all contributors and articles
Sim Street Journal #1: Virtual Reveals Real
Sim Street Journal #2: The Old in the New
Sim Street Journal #3: Magicians of Meaning
Sim Street Journal #4: Telling Stories
Sim Street Journal #5: Champions of Expression
Sim Street Journal #6: Overlapping Realities
Sim Street Journal #7: Luck Created
Sim Street Journal #8: Facing the Inevitable
Sim Street Journal #9: Motivated Learning
Sim Street Journal #10: Serious Fun
Sim Street Journal #11: Fantasy Fulfillment
Sim Street Journal #12: Insights from Extremes
Sim Street Journal #13: Bridging Boundaries
Sim Street Journal #14Realities Blend
Sim Street Journal #15: Creative Collaborations
Sim Street Journal #16: Visual Music

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