Author Archives: Jo Yardley

About Jo Yardley

I run the 1920s Berlin Project in Second Life and record a podcast with Draxter Despres.

Fall Festival

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Fall is coming to Berlin, time to celebrate!
We’re having four days of events coming up;
October 18th – Farmers Market Opens/ Kid Hay Maze (starts at 11 am SLT, opened through out the festival)
October 19th– Wine tasting at Chateau Eloise, Boat ride around Wannsee, 2pm Happy Hour
October 20th – Pumpkin Hunt 12 pm SLT (whole day)
October 21st – Picnic at Wansee at 11- 1pm SLT
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The Supporters program upgrade!

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By paying L$5000 a month people can become a Supporter, helping the 1920s sim not just survive but also to thrive.
Thanks to their generosity I can justify spending even more time than I already do running the place but it also helps me invest in the future by continuously improving and updating the sim but also work on other new exciting projects like Time Portal and one day 1940s London.
It brings a bit of security to a very insecure and uncertain career.

To thank these Supporters membership of their club comes with several benefits, like increased land impact allowance, a portrait in the gallery but also access to some exclusive locations.

But I wanted to do more so I’ve decided to make make being a supporter even more rewarding!

For starters, I’m combining the 1920s Berlin Support program with the Time Traveller’s Society membership, a brand new initiative I’m creating for Time Portal.
It works exactly the same as the Berlin Supporters program, but you join both automatically.
So once you become an 1920s Berlin Project Supporter, you also become a member of the Time Traveller’s Society, that means you’ll get to enjoy the benefits of both clubs but without your fee going up.
You’ll still pay L$5000 a month, but get to enjoy double the benefits.

1920s Berlin Supporter benefits;

  • Portrait in the Amtshaus
  • 50 prims to use in Berlin or extra on top of on your tenant prim allowance
  • The option to rent 100 or 200 extra prims.
  • Exclusive access to the Long Term Tenants & Supporters Club Room
  • Exclusive use of the Hotel Adlon penthouse
  • No eviction for a week after being behind on rent in stead of 3 days.

Time Traveller’s Society benefits;

  • Portrait in the Time Machine Laboratory, once the to be build Time Traveller’s Club opens, the portrait will move there so everyone can see who the honoured members are.
  • 50 prims to use in Time Portal
    For instance to rez props for a photo-shoot, to decorate a home you rent there or maybe just to use for a little private skybox to work in.
  • The option to rent extra prims.
  • Exclusive access to special Society member only events, such as sneak preview of new Time Portal areas, a tour of a new exhibit, etc.

And once more, if you join one, you automatically become a member of both!
So you will get the benefits for both clubs regardless of which one you join.

Yes, you Berlin Supporter now have 50 prims to use in Time Portal (if you can’t rez yet, let me know!), a great excuse to rent a place or hotel room if you haven’t already.

To become an 1920s Berlin Supporter pay L$5000 to an available Supporters portrait at the Amtshaus on Alexanderplatz.

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Berlin goes camping!

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This Friday Berlin is holding a role-play camping event on one of our tiergarten parcels.

The event begins August 25 at 12PM SLT and will end on August 26 10AM SLT.

It is our hope that Berliners young and old will find time to visit the camp, have a drink, go for a swim, or sit around the campfire telling stories. Food, drink, tents, sleep pallets are all provided. Henry Payne has dragged a phonograph out to the woods so there will be music and perhaps dancing. Everyone is encouraged to dress down for this event, and wear what a person in 1929 would have worn for a trip into the woods. Hope to see you there.

You can find the clearing with the tents by clicking here.

The landmark will drop you at the start of a path through the woods that will lead you into camp. There are candles in place to light your way. The windlight setting for the parcel is called Raymond’s Night which provides a nice dark setting for camp.

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Eldorado Cabaret celebrates 6th anniversary!

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Picture by Jelena Matova

Picture by Jelena Matova

In 1925 (2011) the infamous Eldorado Kabarett opened its doors to the public for the first time.
A place that would embody the wild, free and bohemian spirit of our city.

With the well known designer Sonatta Morales at the helm our Cabaret soon became one of the most popular spots in Berlin and even (in)famous outside of our sim.
Every Saturday she builds a set, choreographs a dance and puts a costume together for a different show every week while Myron spins the disks as smoothly as he spins his lady on the dance floor.
Jelena pours drinks for customers who suddenly become a lot thirstier when they see her, Sasa sells ciggies and nuts to guests who turn into chain smokers when she shakes her smokes.
Sometimes Crazy Cad manhandles the drum kit and sometimes Henry is somewhere in the back counting the empty bottles.
And Max the piano player, well he provides services I can not repeat here.

It is one hell of a team they’ve got there, and these are just the people I remember, don’t wordpress and schnaps kids.

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This Saturday the 24th at 2pm we’ll have a special 6th anniversary show, everybody is welcome as long as you’re wearing 1920s clothes and have a realistic avatar.
And just like in the 1920s; cross dressing is encouraged but not a rule.

A club that not only has been around and doing very well for over 6 years but that manages to keep surprising its visitors with a brand new show every week, that must be some sort of record.

Just like the real Eldorado, our place is a safe haven for gays, transvestites and of course straight people as well.
Back then Berlin was probably the only city where you could have a place be this public about what went on inside, the Eldorado was so famous it was promoted to tourists as a place you must visit and magazines published photo spreads.
A kind of freedom and tolerance almost unheard of in the rest of the world at that time and sadly still not that generally accepted today.

Berlin: Das Vergnügungsetablissement "Eldorado" an der Ecke Motz- und Kalckreuthstraße. (Aufn.: 1932) 12933-32

Berlin: Das Vergnügungsetablissement “Eldorado” an der Ecke Motz- und Kalckreuthstraße. (Aufn.: 1932)

The real life Eldorado, Tanzlokale für Herren was an openly gay and transvestite friendly bar situated at the corner of Motzstraße and Kalckreuthstraße from 1926 to 1933.

It is referred to in countless novels and guide books over the years, including those by Christopher Isherwood, well known for writing “Goodbye to Berlin” and the musical and movie;”Cabaret”.
Eldorado became immensely popular and a centre of attraction for homosexuals, transvestites, transsexuals and open-minded people, among whom numerous artists and writers.
In the late 1920s it was considered the most fashionable nightclub in Berlin.
The cabaret shows and the refined atmosphere of the nightclub (in which is was difficult to distinguish the boundary between “male” and “female”) became legendary, and were immortalized by artists such as Otto Dix.
Eldorado is even mentioned in the first German-language recording of a song featuring an openly gay love affair in 1929, ‘Am Sonntag will mein Süßer mit mir Segeln geh’n’.

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It featured regular performances by the likes of Marlene Dietrich, Paul O’Montis, Claire Waldoff and the Weintraub Syncopators, and was widely known to be a regular venue for transvestites and transexuals.
Customers could buy ‘chips’ to exchange for dances with the ‘performers’ who would then compare to see who got the most tokens and thus was most popular.
Of course it was most fun if a man gave a token to a transvestite thinking it was a woman.

In February of 1933, the Berlin Chief of Police announced a “comprehensive campaign against Berlin’s depraved nightlife” and brought forward the closing time of all “amusements with dancing of the homosexual kind’” to 10 O’clock.
Shortly afterwards Hermann Goering ordered the closure of a raft of premises and the Eldorado was raided and closed down.
The premises was then taken over by the Nazis and used as a local headquarters.

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The writers and artists that had made the cabaret shows unique underwent brutal persecution by the regime. Many of them were arrested and deported to the concentration camps.
Others committed suicide in order to escape the torturers, and others took refuge in the United States.
Ending the golden age of art, culture and tolerance in Berlin for several decades.

But being the wild and free spirited city she is, Berlin today is (almost) back to her former glory.

In Second Life you can join us and try and experience that wonderful moment in history when the exotic nights at the Eldorado seemed to go on for ever.

Sources:
http://www.cabaret-berlin.com/?p=11
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eldorado_(Berlin)

Picture by Jelena Matova

Picture by Jelena Matova

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Our exhibit at Second Life’s 14th birthday community celebration

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This year’s theme for the SL14b Community Celebration is “Carnivalesque!”,

Looking at Berlin during the 1920s, it was not easy to find a connection between this city and the exotic theme.
Although the 1920s were a golden era for Berlin, for most people it was a harsh time, with extreme poverty, political instability, crime and in stead of living in brand new modern comfortable Bauhaus buildings most people lived in small dark apartments, such as the infamous ‘Mietskazernes’, rent barracks, the tenements.

But when doing my research I found several pictures and drawings (especially by the amazing Heinrich Zille) showing these same common working class people having dances, parties and even a circus in those typical Berlin ‘Hofs’, the courtyards that existed inbetween their tenements.

This inspired me for our SL14B exhibit.

I have created a typical Berlin “Hinterhof” as it could have looked in the 1920s.
A courtyard overlooked by lots of small apartments where big families lived.
The tenants are having their ‘Carnival’, the yard has been decorated, a biergarten has been set up in a corner, there is a little stage and the place is ready for a party, allowing our Berliner to forget their worries for a short moment.

Every day during the first week of SL14B, at 2pm SLT Berlin locals will gather here in the Hof and have a drink, dance and chat.
You’re welcome to join us.

The 1920s Berlin Project has been an vibrant community in Second Life for over 8 years and has allowed many thousands of people the opportunity to do not only try but share one of the most exiting adventures imaginable; Time Travel.

As a historical immersive roleplaying sim, people are given the chance to step back into the past to try and find out what life was like in this wonderful city before the Nazis took over.

If you want to come and visit us, click here;
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL14B%20Wonderous/129/164/30

Keep in mind though, the sims won’t open to the public till the official opening at noon SLT on June the 18th.

Auf Wiedersehen!

Jo Yardley

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Relaxed Rules Day in Berlin

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On the 6th of June we are organising a so called ‘Relaxed Rules Day’.

As you of course know, Berlin has a dress code, we ask visitors to look realistic and authentic for the theme of our sim.
But once a year, as part of our anniversary celebrations, we decide to relax these rules to give new people a chance to explore our sim even if they don’t feel like dressing up or changing their avatar.

On Relaxed Rules Day we will NOT be asking people to dress in the 1920s style and we will be welcoming unrealistic looking avatars such as furries, tinies, etc.
The only rules we will be enforcing are that we will not accept public nudity or Nazi related behaviour and dress.
Of course anyone bothering or harassing people will also be send home.

This may be a good day to show Berlin to your friends who have not been here before and may feel a bit intimidated by our rules or roleplay.

For our tenants this is also a special day.
It can be a lot of fun to ‘let your hair down’ in this city and go a bit crazy.
We will allow flying on this day so you can see the city from a whole new angle, but you are will also not be locked up for doing things that are unrealistic or unauthentic.

Some of our tenants will also be opening up their houses to the public.
Look for the Open House sings.
Wherever you see one, you’re welcome to go inside and see how the people in our city live.

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Happy 8th anniversary as a tenant in 1920s Berlin, Sonatta Morales!

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Wait, what, I hear you think.
You’re celebrating the 8th anniversary of 1920s Berlin next week and yet famous model, designer and night club owner Sonatta Morales is celebrating her 8th anniversary as a tenant already?

And you’re right, something fishy is going on here!
I am horrific at math but even I know that this isn’t quite right.

The truth behind this strange situation is that Sonatta is a cheeky sneaky naughty squatter!
When I started Building my very first version of 1920s Berlin, a tiny skybox with one club, one cinema and a few shops, I asked Sonatta if she wanted to open a shop there.
I wasn’t sure if she would because I was a total noob with no experience and just a crazy idea, while she appeared to be so much more experienced, had her own shop and even knew how to rotate a prim, still something I had to master.

We had met in a club named Flashmans and chatted about my Berlin idea and she was very enthousiastic and much to my relief, she said yes and started decorating a little shop.
But without my knowing, she secretly created a little room above her shop and had put some furniture in it!
She had moved in and had become the first tenant in Berlin long before I had even thought about building something residential, long before I even realised some people might actually want to live in this pile of prims I was gluing together.

And that dear children, is the story of how Sonatta became a tenant before Berlin was even opened to the public.

Today Berlin wouldn’t be Berlin without her.
Not only are her clothes the pride of the KaDeWe department store, is her modern Bauhaus villa the talk of Behrenstrasse, are the scandals with young dashing men and some famous German actresses the gossip of the day, but she also runs the Eldorado Cabaret.
The most amazing club in SL where people can be themselves and enjoy a brand new show every single Saturday, a show Sonatta creates, every weekend again.

But before all that she is my best friend, confidant and partner in crime in this crazy virtual world.

Happy 8th anniversary Sonatta!

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