It’s Pride Month, and Juneteenth is coming up, so in VR, we are celebrating that. If you think that’s “woke,” and it offends you, then we think you’re a mean bigot, and we’d prefer you spend your time in real life, and don’t taint our beautiful virtual worlds.
Without further ado:
A Diversity Weekend
Saturday, June 18, 2022 from 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM (EST), AltspaceVR, free
A musical event featuring “unplugged-style performances” that the organizers say are “designed to foster love, peace, and harmony.” We could use some of that! Featuring Nina Creese. Part of the Juneteenth Meta Fest.
Friday, June 17, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EST), AltspaceVR, free
An “experimental” Microsoft event, which the corporation promises will allow participants to “learn about the state of LGBTQIA+ rights in a virtual world from activists, players and advocates from LGBTQIA+ communities at Microsoft, Team Xbox and organizations like the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA World) and OutRight Action International. Discover how we can bridge borders and bring about collective change for all.”
There is a lot of criticism these days about “woke” corporations promoting diversity and supporting their LGBTQ employees, but at Audere Magazine, we think it is good.
Concert of the Month
June 25, 2022, check local times, VARK, admission charge
Kaede Higuchi’s mini-album was released in May, and the VTuber – an entertainer who performs behind a virtual avatar – is supporting the release through this live (kind of) virtual concert, in VARK’s beautiful concert hall, where everyone has a great seat. Kaede (pictured above), who is allegedly a second-year high school student living “in VR Kansai,” who is “tall and has a great style,” will be joined by Joe Rikiichi, another VTuber, who performs in clown makeup. This show is guaranteed to be tuneful and energetic (and pretty weird), you’ll lose touch with reality, and, as noted, you will have a great seat with an unobstructed view.
An Outer Space Rave!
Friday, June 17, 2022 from 5:59 PM to 10:00 PM (EST), AltspaceVR, free
A truly spectacular two-part experience from Jake Upfront (whom we mention frequently in this column), a dance party on a spaceship flying through the solar system, then a second dance party on Mars. Both environments are monumental and spectacular, and way more detailed than we have any right to expect. If this were a real dance club, it would be the most incredible experience of your life, which just shows you how the wonders of VR have spoiled us already. DJ’ing by Upfront and Janine Mayo.
High School Dance of the Month
Saturday, June 25, 2022 from 9:00 PM to 12:00 AM (EST), AltspaceVR, free
We mentioned this event once before, but now it’s really happening, and we are so stressed about what we’re going to wear! From our friends at VR Forward, this is just like a real prom (except that, unlike a real prom, it’s free to get in), a follow-up to their smash hit in 2021, but this one’s in a beautiful, all-new aquatic dance hall. Some lucky couple will be voted King and Queen, of course. It could be you!
And please don’t forget:
Another great Bratwurst Meets The World party is coming up week, and this time you will have a chance to “party with the pirates,” on Thursday, June 23, 2022 from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM, and another great la madriguera terraza club event the following week, Thursday, June 30, 2022 from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM.
See you soon in a better world than this one.
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