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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 stage, as well as our special guest and Verso author, Joshua Clover. We’ll also be screening Sean Simerly’s documentary on the Paris lit scene, Allumé. Join us and help us raise money for non-profit, grassroots art and...

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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 two poems, one about an afternoon in the library and silence being the ocean and seeing light in drops of black, the other about a picture taken at 6:30pm. The poem was missing a line and he asked for anyone to find it for him, but the audience failed to follow through and it is probably still missing that line. Lara posed as an alien civilization contacting earth after receiving their mixtape, or the Voyager golden record. Who knew that extraterrestrial civilizations could be Bonnie Tyler fans? Ferdinand told a story about a horrible car-pooling experience in an overpopulated car with French travelers going to get weed in Amsterdam. Featured poet Rhiannon read poems in both French and English, reciting a thoroughly moving piece about dust simpering through dawn, tripping over sonnets and the ghosts...

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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 The Other Black Girl Collective & Danez Smith

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

PLU’s open mic on July 21 rocked its socks off, thanks to our buzzing brilliant crowd and finger-clicking good featured performers The Other Black Girl Collective and Danez Smith! As tradition has recently had it, your host asked/demanded that PLU Secretary General Ed be the first sacrifice to the stage. Virgin Kemi was an absolute pro with her jazz-inspired poetry, James was the first of many a musician to our stage that night, followed by the smallest guitar your host has...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Dr. Monique Wells

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

(ERK) It’s impossible not to think of Nice when it comes to doing the write up for July 14. While we watched Paris’ sky break into multi-colored lights, Nice la Belle was being driven into darkness. I wish English had a better word than “sorry”. If you have a language that says it better, let me know.    PLU Open Mic July 14 René aka “Smarty Author Jerkface” had a serious case of STN (sexually transmitted narcissism), Ed hit the waves of...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Break a Leg

Posted on 27 Jun 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

What fun, what laughs, what joy was had last Thursday, as we hosted readers, singers, musicians and, of course, our featured performers Break a Leg! Emily and René did some stage stealing/warming before inviting the talented troupe onstage for their three sketches. Henri and Carey started by trying to reignite the old flames despite distractions… Then – quick, get the kids out – we learned how internet dating can go horribly wrong with Damian and Julie…yikes… and (how crushingly...

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PLU Open Mic featuring James Jewell

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

  PLU Open Mic got more than its share of music and excitement on June 23, featuring the transporting sounds of James Jewell on guitar/harmonica/foot tapping. Round one started with Gene, the self-described ‘son of a survivor’, who sang a song about the jewish traditions, touching on daven and tefillin, rolling off the rockin’ chorus ‘I sit, shower and shave’ If you’re interested in singing it yourself, the chords were C – F – G – Am – F...

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PLU Comedy feat. Lisa Raduszynski

Posted on 15 Jun 2016 in PLU Comedy, PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Hello, people of Paris Lit Up! We’re back with a new night of Paris Lit Up Comedy in the craziest venue in town. 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 our guest is Lisa Raduszynski. She is a...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Sonya Chung

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

Last week PLU enjoyed a sweet start as we soaked up the sun’s rays on the terrace with our special guest, Sonya Chung and her six students. Round One began with Belleville resident James Jewell singing the Same ol’ Song with his trusty guitar and harmonica. We dashed through the first three virgin students: Sophie, obsessed with French cuisine, read her essay Finger Food, Jake told a story about Alice burying her cat and eating cat food (yum!), Chloe topped...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Rebecca Seiferle

Posted on 31 May 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Rebecca Seiferle brought beautiful poetry to a very crowded Culture Rapide on June 2nd, where enough performers answered the open mic call that a third round had to be opened and quickly filled up. Round One Kamel and Karim opened the evening in round one with a song “Marie” that blended English and French lyrics, about lonely guy/life/street/girl/city/dreams and a new life beginning for Marie Vanille. Clare read a meta poem “If I had to write a poem read...

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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...

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