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PLU multimedia workshop – Alessandra Trevisan

Posted on 12 Apr 2016 in News, PLU Open Mic, Workshop | 0 comments

PLU multi media workshop – Alessandra Trevisan 16/01/16 ferabam in oculis Latinos poetas, apud quos ferventer rerum naturam meus visus legabat. Cor ardet qualis scientia siderea personam novam induescat. Before my eyes lie those Latin poets, in whose works my mind reads keenly of the nature of things; my heart burns like when starry knowledge brings about a new personality. Back in January – this reviewer has only just woken up from the winter sleep – PLU had the pleasure of receiving Alessandra Trevisan from Venice, Italy, to watch her experimental performance of words, music and a whole lot of looping. As is the case with the Mini Writing Residency (MWR), Alessandra then led a workshop at Berkeley Books, by Odéon, where she unveiled and deconstructed more of her Art. Before coming to a description of this Art, though, we have to first look at some etymology. In the handout she gave us, which was a big spider diagram of concepts that inspired her work, the prefix ‘con-’ repeatedly appeared: corroborate, concentration, etc. Wiktionary’s definition of it is illuminating: 1. Used in compounds to indicate a being or bringing together of several objects; 2. Used in compounds to indicate the completeness, perfecting of any act, and thus gives intensity to the signification of the...

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Use poetry as a way of giving a shit: A workshop with Dominic Stevenson

Posted on 7 Apr 2016 in News, Workshop | 0 comments

By Edward Bell.  By the Theatre of Odeon is Berkeley Books, a fine second-hand bookshop that cradles every Saturday the Paris Lit Up weekly workshop, featuring our special guest from Thursday night. This greying Saturday, PLU had the pleasure of receiving Dominic Stevenson, a storyteller and charity worker who had come over from London to teach us with his words and enchant us with his teaching. He had planned for our sesquipedalian delectation a series of exercises that were intended to make us “think about words and how we react to the world”. I had come along to the workshop to write, and the following exercises were very useful; it was an exploration into how to break down a scenario when on fieldwork and then how to dissect later back at the desk. We are looking to create something as a testament to ourselves and to our time, by becoming the craftsmen and craftswomen of our instruments. And in order to do this, we need to see life through notes and then after make “your words regrow” in the hope of acquiring what Ovid did: I have finished a monument more lasting than bronze and higher than the royal structure of the pyramids, which neither the destructive rain, nor wild Aquilo is able to...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Dominic Stevenson

Posted on 5 Apr 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

A bit like – but mostly not at all like –  Noah’s ark, Culture Rapide played vessel to a menagerie of beasts on Thursday, March 31, for our weekly Paris Lit Up open mic night! Dominic Stevenson traveled the stormy seas of La Manche to read for us as our Featured Reader and participant in the PLU Mini Writing Residency. Elisa was in town to baptize the evening with songs from her album “Men I Want to Sleep With”, including her...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Steve Nahaj

Posted on 4 Apr 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Apologies for the delay, dear readers. Here’s your host’s resume of what shakeouts and shenanigans shook the shtage on April 7 #! (shebang) Ursula dove headfirst into an awful lot of salty water with Pat Ingoldsby’s “Vagina in the Vatican”, followed by Lara’s experiment in free will on our resident guinea pig René. Next, Nick read Sylvia Plath’s “Daddy”, Moe read some Moe Poems – “The poem is a web that a poet spins from his own gut” –...

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PLU Grand Tourists – Italy 2016

Posted on 29 Mar 2016 in News | 0 comments

Following in the footsteps of the old masters, Paris Lit Up embarks on our Grand Tour of Italy this spring. Writers, musicians and artists from Paris will descend upon five Italian cities for readings, performances and festivities in collaboration with local associations at the forefront of contemporary culture. Building a new Europe of creativity and imagination from the bottom up, we invite you to join us to celebrate life, art… and excellent wine! For the complete program, see here:   Edward...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Andre K’por

Posted on 20 Mar 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Last Thursday at PLU was a night that just kept on giving and giving and… We sang, read, played and freestyled out the night until 2! Our special guest, Andre K’por kept us entertained with both amazing spoken word performances as well as song. But I’m getting ahead of myself… Round One began with René jamming on some French rock, followed by Alison‘s stark poem Tell me the truth. Melissa, our first virgin sacrifice of the evening, spoke of...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Not Anyone

Posted on 14 Mar 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

PLU Open Mic ran ramped last Thursday with a suspect collective Not Anyone refusing to show for their featured performance. Instead, they contacted performance artist Ryan Galer to bring in a bunch of Trash Poetry to litter the premises. Luckily, we still had many performers who did show up, despite – or possibly due to – Saint Patrick’s festivities. Round one included: René‘s pitch for a new movie, to be entitled Tattoo & Genitals, Janice – who gave Advice...

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PLU Open Mic Featuring Lauren Elkin

Posted on 6 Mar 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

A most memorable evening at Paris Lit Up Open Mic featuring our special guest, Lauren Elkin. We kicked off the ceremonies with slam champ Winona Linn rehearsing SOMUCHNOISE! and If I were a superhero (I’d be Awkward Girl) for her upcoming Canadian tour followed by Will Cox‘s For my angels and One month later. Sella then sang some dark blues with her magical keyboard, Tell me why… with a sneak preview of René‘s chapter 32: Fuck Frank from his upcoming...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Dina Khan

Posted on 29 Feb 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

A flattering evening at PLU as we presented Dina Khan’s new short documentary about… us! There were also some important announcements: the Call for Submissions for PLU n°4 has gone out, and we’ll also be going on a Grand Tour of Italy in April! As for our evening, we heard Yasser‘s French translation of a famous Spanish poet whose name I forgot to write down, Maher, a Syrian poet, lost his on stage virginity, reading Them, The heart of...

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PLU Open Mic Featuring Marius Presterud

Posted on 22 Feb 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Paris Lit Up Open Mic on February 25 was a classy affair. We had yodeling, a flute duet, opera, musical comedy, flowers and…. toilet rolls (Ryan). Our VIP Featured Performer was writer and stage-presence-master Marius Presterud, who threatened to crush us with his dramatic pauses. Thankfully, instead of going all Pinteresque on his audience, Marius tolerated Emily’s (Les) Miserables serenade, and performed a selection of pieces and rants for us. If you’re interested in the PLU Writers Mini Residency, see the...

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PLU Slam with Winona Linn

Posted on 16 Feb 2016 in PLU Slam Poetry | 0 comments

Another great slam night with Paris Lit Up! We started the night off with a solemn, moving poem by Maxx, about the friends he lost at the Bataclan this past fall. Although much too long for a traditional slam poem, the importance of his words far outweighed competition rules, which we ended up scrapping later on anyway! Time penalties? What time penalties? Next up was Cait, with a charming ukulele love song (we’re a permissive slam) followed by Flavie’s poem...

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Paris Lit Up Magazine n°3 England tour

Posted on 11 Feb 2016 in News | 0 comments

Paris Lit Up is taking an elite team of volunteers to the fair shores of England to share our beautiful magazine n°3 with our neighbours. We’ll be hosting & performing around the country from March 21 – 27.  We’d like to invite as many people as possible to come and read/perform at our (free) launch nights. So, if you’re based near London, Oxford, Guildford or Bristol, please come along – or send a friend – to support the work we do, say hello, read...

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