La Petite Mort – My Tribute to Fracture, an 8+ Year Gathering Place & Labor of Love in Second Life

Fracture, a Second Life club of sorts with a loyal, long-lasting following, was built about eight years ago by the inimitable music curator & DJ extraordinaire, Beta Bates.  It has weathered a lot of changes, but is still going strong.

Fracture’s tagline:

Fracture.  If you’re here you probably know the deal.  Awesome music.  Queer safe space.  All are welcome, but respect your sisters & brothers & others.

When I say “loyal,” I mean that a lot of its regulars have known each other & have been friends for years — many of whom have met each other in real life, and continued friendships and relationships in meatspace as well.

Hanging out with Beta

Neb & Beta

I’ve been lucky enough to know most of the folks there for nearly all of that time and have had the pleasure of meeting quite a few of them face-to-face — including my partner.

In the Fracture Gardens

In the gardens at the old Fracture

The friendships I have forged here are like no other.  Having Fracture as a meeting place has been a constant and a refuge for me for nearly all of my existence in Second Life (10 years this May!)  The people here have made a huge impact on my life for the better, and I am eternally grateful for their love, companionship, and support.

Halloween in July event at Fracture

Halloween in July at Fracture (2010)

Some time ago, Jubilant Quakenbush (a close Fracture friend) and I were brainstorming for a collaborative event at Fracture — a themed decor with a collection of music to be played during the event to match the theme — but we never got around to doing it before my PC went kaput.  Since I’ve had the good fortune to use my partner’s laptop for a few months, Jubi & I got around to planning as soon as I was back on the grid — and the timing was perfect to hold it during Fracture’s 8-year anniversary celebration — so, of course I had to go all out.  It happens today (21 February) from 10AM PST – 2PM PST.

“La Petite Mort”, an installation by Nebulosus Severine

“La Petite Mort”, installation at Fracture

Jubi’s announcement for the event:

“La Petite Mort”, an installation by Nebulosus Severine (in collaboration with Jubilant Quackenbush, and with additional music provided by Phant Nabob and Beta Bates) was originally inspired by a conversation about songs with orgasms incorporated into them.

La Petite Mort Preview

Picture courtesy of Jubilant Quackenbush

Fracture’s event announcement:

Saturday: to celebrate Fracture’s maturity, Nebulosus Severine and Jubilant Quackenbush have turned the club into an adult fantasy boudior, complete with bordello colors, naughty pictures, lava lamp and a rotating chandelier! Come see the Le Petit Mort instillation and listen to sexy tunes at our 8th Fractureversary Party, 10 AM- 2 PM PDT. Smoking jackets and burlesque outfits would fit in well.

Fracture is here —->

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