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French Poetry Grand Slam on Thursday May 26

Posted on 23 May 2016 in PLU Slam Poetry | 0 comments

No PLU Open Mic this week. Instead, all week-long, Culture Rapide will play host to the French Poetry Grand Slam!...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Scott Harris

Posted on 16 May 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

It was an absolute pleasure to host documentary filmmaker Scott Harris at last week’s PLU Open Mic! It seemed there was a lot of love, reflection, backdrops and mic drops  in the room this evening, from soundtracks and breakups to AOL messaging… Rrrrrround ONE Fellow host René sang us into the start of the evening with the heart-crushing I’ll soon be part of your soundtrack for not looking back, then accompanying Mallory on Elliot Smith’s “Behind the Bars”. Jason Stoneking was all hot and cold: 2am and shivering/The two of us were warmer together than we could be alone (“Stranger than the Weather”). Lara found a way to make weddings interesting with her pre-ceremony Truth or Dare suggestions, Steve met Sass McGrass from “Other Lives for the Desert” and drove towards the cherry horizon with her in his truck. Alison had a colour-idea chicken and egg conundrum, and Amélie – representing Canada – kicked some ass in preparation for her performance at the Slam Poetry Competition. Finally, to close round one, filmmaker and storyteller Scott Harris stole our hearts with his true stories of falling in love, frustration, desire and happy (?) endings…! Rrrrrround TWO Moe read from his brand spanking new book “We Want Everything”, Donald FUCKING HATES THE SACRE CŒUR and prefers the North Sea. Stand-up comedian Mark has fail-proof...

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PLU Comedy with Amber Minogue

Posted on 12 May 2016 in PLU Comedy | 0 comments

After a little hiatus, come back to laugh your ass off at the 5th edition of Paris Lit Up Comedy, with Paris’ best stand-up comedians. Hosted every six weeks or so by Fred Eyangoh (Unfiltered Comedy Hour), comedians and stand up performers are invited to sign up for free starting at 20h for a slot during the evening. Each performer is given ample time to strut their stuff – just beware the flying tomatoes! This week’s special guest is comedian Amber Minogue!...

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Paris Lit Up n°4 — Call for Submissions

Posted on 9 May 2016 in News | 0 comments

Accepting submissions from 01 March to 31 May 2016 Transgressive voices crossing national borders and breaking traditional lines, mestizo origins and citizens of the world narrating unique experiences: Paris Lit Up n°4 is looking for transcultural expressions that move in the margins and push beyond static identities. We want to see a moveable feast; the complex alterity that is the City of Light. Show us how Paris is at once here and elsewhere, give us the local with the global, and...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Mallory Guinee

Posted on 2 May 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

PLU Open Mic packed Culture Rapide with talent and passion last Thursday, featuring Mallory Guinee’s intricately layered indie rock harp and voice interpretations. Round 1 started with Sue reading two poems inspired by films set in Paris. There was a depiction of Juliette Binoche’s character from Blue, swimming in Pontoise and doing all the things that normal people do, and the other about Kirsten Dunst’s character in Marie Antoinette, which had been written while sipping a jug of chocolat...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Mary Noonan

Posted on 18 Apr 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

April 21 saw us welcome writer and professor Mary Noonan into the PLU fold! Here’s what we merry and mischievous monkeys got up to… Mallory serenaded us with a scrumptious old American toon, followed by Thomas who’d pulled a sickie from work, and used it to write a delicious poem of gold and grey. VIRGIN Matthew, a friend and colleague of our featured reader, picked out his pieces in The Poetry Review (bravo!!) “Frogman” and “The Red Helicopter”. Ryan, wait, no it...

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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...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Carla Drysdale

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

[Hosted by René Ghosh, photos by Armando Segovia] A rainy evening in Paris didn’t prevent a slew of talented writers and musicians from calling up sun from their performances on April 14th. Carla Drysdale traveled from Ornez, France to regale a packed Culture Rapide with her feature, a selection of poems from her books Little Venus and Inheritance. Round one kicked off with an open mic virgin, Amina, whose poem evoked spring light on skin and had everyone yearning for...

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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...

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Paris Lit Up & friends in England

Posted on 6 Apr 2016 in News | 0 comments

Five intrepid members of the PLU community (we misplaced one en route) packed their words and waterproofs and set off on a week-long tour of fair England. We visited London (Covent Garden and Clapham), Guildford, Oxford and Bristol to belatedly celebrate the launch of the Paris Lit Up Magazine n°3. Sure, it came out in September but, you know, time difference and all that. The Poetry Café welcomed us into their cave and, like last year, we found ourselves with a...

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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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