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PLU Open Mic Festive Fete

Posted on 15 Dec 2015 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Happy New Year! Out with the old and in with the new. With that in mind, the final old report from last year is out, and Fred is looking forward to welcoming you in to Culture Rapide on the shiny new Thursday 7. Hamish, half of our photography duo, volunteered to go first (a first), with Playtime and the day we fell into ruins. Léonore, the other half, and PLU virgin, was back to seven years old again. René broke up at the film club / fight club and Rachel bit the bullet and sang her own song “Light Up” (she’s not jealous of the butterfly). Steve is only writing another novel about his life on the road, Lot Lizard. David Leo Sirois was smiling to himself with “strange in the worst of ways” at Chateau Rouge and Rebecca prepared to put on a hat for Christmas. Yasser read in Spanish & English from Roberto Sosa, and your host wrote down something that looks like “trend oe Yohan than blue bang sass mgras muffin.” Maybe it was a poem. Round two saw the night owls come calling and singing. Josh was thrown onstage and shouted at to provide a Christmas carol, so we had a nice little singalong to Drummer Boy. Fred was the product of his errors with Marvin...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Fourplay

Posted on 8 Dec 2015 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Foreplay Fourplay-ing. Haircutting. Rapping. Dickpicking. Guitaring. Pianoing. Poetising. Prosing. Joshing. Only some of these are real words, but the PLU Open Mic on Thursday December 3 was all real… (that’s some quality clickbait there.) René opened the show with some dick-pics at a call centre, and the night would get progressively less predictable from here on. Josh provided musical support for almost everyone: Maria (Evita, lovely), Sella (the black cat who balanced her keyboard on my shoulder) and VIRGIN Erin (Living in Midnight). We saw the crazy sides of both Alison and Ryan as she cut his hair into what can only be described as a mullet live on stage: Fourplay, our VIPs, came to the stage to introduce themselves. There’s an interview here (shameless plug) if you need to know all the details, but essentially they’re a brand new arts collective that are doing some really cool stuff with theatre. For our first round, Chris and Alice the curators teamed up with Josh R for some farcical role-playing. Rrrrround two began with a rip-roaring game of Just a Minute, your host’s favourite radio show, in which we learnt that Josh Cake is a master of all skills, and can talk about anything for a really really long time. Rose had an announcement about this Wednesday’s acoustic guitar...

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PLU Open Mic feat. Francis Powell

Posted on 24 Nov 2015 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

On November 19, we all put sobriety on hold, and called upon the spirit of story-telling, song and solidarity to guide us through the night. In no particular order,  round one saw Ryan cutting his beard for Amanda live onstage, René guitaring to the Eagles’ Desperado, Scott filming himself to the first story he ever told (with a sort-of happy ending) and technical issues proving something even telepathic David Blair couldn’t predict. Moe had a story to tell on the...

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LIMBO – A theatre screening by Manish Gandhi

Posted on 22 Nov 2015 in News | 0 comments

Review by Helen Cusack O’Keeffe Filming a play is no simple exercise: the performance necessarily targets the physical audience in the theatre space and though they may be aware of the camera’s presence, it is very much a secondary point of their focus, a fly on the wall. Here, the stage is almost exclusively shot via a wide-angle point of view, thus though the subject distance is largely unvaried, the sense of theatrical performance is preserved due to the...

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PLU Open Mic featuring René Ghosh

Posted on 22 Nov 2015 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

A full moon and a howling night at Paris Lit Up Open Mic featuring René Ghosh. Starting off the ceremonies was Amruta reading Special Problems in Vocabulary by Tony Hoagland. Next Nick gave us some droll English humor with a perfect accent and Alison ate some Fruit of Fire. David Jaggard from read his new, recently printed piece, Napoleon is the American Dream. Musical duo Alison and Arthur played Jethro Tull’s A Birthday Card for Christmas on Thanksgiving. Steve...

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PLU Press @ Berkeley Books of Paris

Posted on 10 Nov 2015 in News | 0 comments

Join Paris Lit Up Press at Berkeley Books of Paris as we celebrate our first year of publishing activities with a multimedia presentation including American jazz poet Steve Dalachinsky as he presents Flying Home, an extraordinary artistic collaboration that features 55 original works of art by Sig Bang Schmidt and French author Sven Hansen-Løve presenting his first collection of twelve short stories, Tender Neighbors, that explore the painful isolation and droll absurdity of contemporary life including illustrations by the Italian artist Claudio Calia. We’ll also...

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PLU Meeting – Speak up, speak out!

Posted on 10 Nov 2015 in News | 0 comments

Since its inception, Paris Lit Up has always aimed to create shared spaces where literary and creative energies can interact and produce synergies. Community, transparency and open communication are our fundamental working principles. In this spirit, we’d like to invite everyone to join us for our annual PLU brainstorming apéro on Tuesday, November 24th at 19h00 at the Maison des Associations du 11ème (8 Rue du Général Renault, 75011 Paris). Bring your ideas, your projects and your thoughts on new directions and new poetic ventures....

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PLU Open Mic Featuring Eduardo Pisani

Posted on 10 Nov 2015 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Excuse the rushed version of this. You host wrote loads more then it crashed and everything was deleted. Rage. Anyway… Gunpowder, fireworks, burning men. None of this happened on November 5, but we nevertheless had some explosive poetry, prose and music to light up our evening, including Eduardo – our Featured Reader – with pieces from his collection “Les poèmes tout nus”. Round one René lit the first match with some pretty fiery competitive yoga, Maxx read us three pieces,...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Jason Stoneking

Posted on 9 Nov 2015 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Last week Paris Lit Up welcomed special guest and local writer Jason Stoneking on our stage as well as a host of other writers, poets and musicians. Performers in the first round included: René singing La Jeunesse on his untuned guitar, Amanda (first time reader, a.k.a. virgin) telling about her Kung Fu heartbreak, followed by some Moe poems and the Syrian poet Maysan reading They are able only because they think they are able. Ciat gave us a musical...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Sven Hansen-Løve

Posted on 4 Nov 2015 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Sven Hansen-Løve has released a collection of short stories with Paris Lit Up Press! And he decided to launch the work at our open mic! Hurrah! There’ll be a short video-taster coming soon…  while we wait, here’s who else joined us onstage: Nick’s back in town! He told us about his mates. Now we know why he came back. Thomas bathed in beautiful red rain and VIRGIN Amanda delivered a section from her upcoming performance piece. VIRGIN Marie brought her...

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PLU Open Mic feat. Steve Dalachinsky

Posted on 16 Oct 2015 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Flying Home finally flew home to Paris with NY poet Steve Dalachinsky for a long evening of poetry, music, prose and heckling (especially from Steve). Kicking off the ceremonies was PLU Slam host Winona Linn with her It’s not hard to love you. Check out the next slam competition on December 16th. Doreen Stock, a virgin from San Francisco with her own book, In place of me, read Paradise now and the title poem from her collection. René played...

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PLU Open Mic & Slam Competition – Hosted by Winona Linn

Posted on 13 Oct 2015 in PLU Open Mic, PLU Slam Poetry | 0 comments

Last Thursday (October 17th), PLU started our 2015/16 slam season! It was a great turnout for such a rainy Paris night. Performances in a variety of genres by both PLU regulars and shiny new faces lit up (see what I did there?) the bar. We started the evening off with a Canadian transplant, Jeff Cottrill, who gave us helpful advice on how to write a slam poem, complete with clichés and not-so-subtle subtlety. Then we were treated to a string ensemble (The...

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