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PLU Open Mic featuring Richard Earls

Posted on 28 Nov 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Join us on December 1 as we toss away crappy Christmas toons and stamp some warmth into our feet at the Paris Lit Up Open Mic with featured performer Richard Earls! Signup for everyone starts at 8pm, grab a chair and a mulled wine for an 8.30/45pm start. Richard Earls writes and performs poetry and songs from his Older Wiser Harder collection on subjects as diverse as love, war, family, death and desperation on the dance floor. A musician and songwriter for four decades, having been involved in the mid-80s UK jazz/pop scene (CBS compilation LP, Get Wise and Virgin/Paladin release Pull Me UP). He wrote his first anti-war poems five years ago after an encounter with an ex-GI begging on Market Street in San Francisco. This unforgettable experience opened the flood-gates and he is now a regular on the folk and spoken word circuit in the UK at venues such as Songs from Below at the Fiddler’s Elbow, Camden; Hush Hush, in Brighton; Freeway Poets, Bournemouth; Rich Mix, London; The Big Untidy at the Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading; The Birmingham Indiepop Festival and the Frome Festival. He also appeared in October at Spoken Word Paris, Au Chat Noir. Holding up a mirror to this dangerous and daunting world, Richard takes to task the...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Anne Marsella

Posted on 13 Nov 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

PLU Open Mic was a mindful orgasm last Thursday November 17 with delicious and funny readings from Anne Marsella’s upcoming next novel. Momo kicked off Round One with two instrumental guitar performances, one Satie piece and an ‘orientalization’ of Aranjuez. He was then joined onstage by Nathalie who sang “Marcel”. Stacie sang an a capella version of Mumford and Sons’ “Give Her Your Heart”. Scott took the opportunity to broadcast his performance live, telling a story taken from his current film project “An American Ginger in Paris” which is currently seeking finishing funds on kickstarter. Nick reminded us all that the 400-year anniversary of Shakespeare’s passing was just 45 days away and read (beautifully, as always) two of the Bard’s sonnets, numbers 71 and 29. Moe did some improv with Momo, then read the poem he’d written for the Russian delegation. Kat read from a screenplay she wrote about Leonard Cohen, inviting everyone to the memorial/drunken singalong taking place November 26th at the Bar le 17. John read two poems, one about upstaged pots of plastic plants and ringtone chime-like bowels pouring from atrium cliffs, and another “Red Skies” about breasts burned before becoming silent and how Jesus could afford to lose a few pounds before turning 60. Featured writer Anne took the stage...

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PLU Open Mic featuring James Navé

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

PLU Open Mic this week welcomes a special guest and longtime friend, all at the way from the good ol’ US of A, James Navé! Make sure you check out the workshop he’ll be doing next week! For over twenty-five years, poet, public speaker, creative strategist, and arts entrepreneur James Navé has spent his time working globally as a facilitator and presenter in workshops, assembly programs, conferences, salons, and creativity coaching situations. He is one of the pioneers of the spoken word...

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PLU Open Mic featuring 36:15 Live Body Painting

Posted on 25 Oct 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Naked people night! Emily kicks everything off by complaining about her Neighbours, Florant Frenches it, Jon loses his poetry virginity, the Ciat comes back with this burning ukulele, Daniel slams from SanFran, and Scott asks for a Kickstart. Then: Round 2 saw: Donald, Alison, Maysan, Pupple & P’tit Ben, Rebecca, Adrian, Ed and a rap battle at the end.   On Thursday, October 27th, PLU’s Open Mic expands into visual performance with the calligrapher and artist 36.15 with writer...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Rebecca Walker

Posted on 17 Oct 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Stamp those feet and clap those hands, this week on Thursday, October 20, Paris Lit Up is honored to host the award-winning, super talented Rebecca Walker (JUST LOOK AT HER MINI BIO BELOW)! Sign up for the open mic starts at 8pm, we hit the stage running at 8.30/45pm. REBECCA WALKER is an award-winning writer and lecturer, named by Time magazine as one of the most influential leaders of her generation. She is the author of the memoirs Black,...

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PLU Live Telethon via Periscope

Posted on 27 Sep 2016 in News, PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

UPDATE: We did it! Thank you to everyone who made our Kickstarter campaign a success and to everyone who came out for our Telethon, both in Paris and around the world! Join Paris Lit Up this Thursday, September 29th from anywhere in the world for the live Periscope broadcast of PLU’s first ever Telethon! Our last night of fundraising via Kickstarter will kick off at 20h30 Paris time as we welcome writers, poets, musicians and artists to strut their stuff on...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Joshua Clover

Posted on 25 Sep 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

An exciting night at PLU with our first ever live-streamed Telethon! We managed to raise a huge amount over the course of the evening and, just a few hours later, met our goal of 3000€. Thank you to everyone who donated / shared / contributed. Participating at the live event were: Maysan practicing for her upcoming slam competition in Lebanon, Scott telling his story about bullies, Amruta and her poetry, Tobias losing his guitar virginity followed by a German...

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PLU Open Mic Featuring Alecia McKenzie

Posted on 17 Sep 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Paris Lit Up Open Mic was dreamy last Thursday with the delicious poetry and prose of Alicia Mackenzie, whose reading was accompanied by the thoughtful strummings of guitarist Alun Ba.    Karen opened round one with a poem about moments that are like religion, about eyes caressed green, fingers and eyes half closed and pillows for the weary. Moe followed, pitching the upcoming busy poetry and art event ‘Stop the Killing’, before reading his meta poem about wishing he...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Rhiannon McGavin

Posted on 10 Sep 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

PLU Open Mic was an intense experience last Thursday September 8th with featured poet Rhiannon McGavin. Mo opened round one with a poem about ‘making jazz to  you’, about finding strokes, about getting on, off, etc. James and Jonathan performed a duet to James’ song about gardens older than me and grandma’s begonias that he plants for free. Katie did a smacking cover of 99 luftballons to which the host may or may not have sung along. Simon read...

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Kickstart la rentrée!

Posted on 3 Sep 2016 in News | 0 comments

The city of Paris is synonymous with creativity.Paris breeds creativity, Paris inspires creativity. Yet Paris does not come easy. A bustling and rugged metropolis, it fights illusions, and forces discovery, just as it did for Joyce, Hughes, Hemingway, Nin and countless other foreign writers and artists. For over 4 years, the non-profit association Paris Lit Up has hosted free Open Mic nights every Thursday, published five books, has thrown some really great parties with our multicultural, transnational community of writers, artist, musicians and activists and even toured extensively through Europe. We’ve...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Rachel Bell

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

Fresh back for the réntrée, PLU hosted lost o’ peoples. Round One included: René speaking to his 13-year-old self: don’t stop breakdancing, Steve’s Other Lives, Sonya’s 250 word sentence, Thomas was Red with Angry Animals, Moe said We Want Everything and was Tired of Being Poor, Karen fell in love with The Lady in Black, Simon had a bunch of really short Draft Poems and our feature, Rachel Bell, did this: Round Two included: Gino’s Dark Guitar Rock Poetry,...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Helen Cusack O’Keeffe & Stephanie Papa, aka The Editors

Posted on 17 Aug 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Here come the girls! Come and meet some of the members of our team on Thursday August 18, as we welcome PLU Editors poet Stephanie Papa and creative chameleon/writer Helen Cusack O’Keeffe to the stage! Signup for the regular open mic starts at 8, we’ll hit the deck running with host Eddy B from 8.30/45…   Stephanie Papa is a poet and translator living Paris, France. She has an MFA degree in Poetry from the Pan European program. She is poetry...

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