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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 and actress Zoé. Accompanied by poetry and music, his live body painting of a nude model will push poetry into a new dimension. As always, sign up is free (starting at 8pm) and open to all, all night long. Sing, read, mime, dance or challenge the host to a rap battle: the stage is yours. 36.15 lives and works in Paris....

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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, White and Jewish and Baby Love, and the editor of the anthologies To Be Real, What Makes a Man, One Big Happy Family, and Black Cool. Her writing has appeared in Bookforum, Newsweek, Real Simple, Glamour, Interview, The Washington Post, Corrierra de la Sera, French Vogue, and Marie Claire Italia, among many other publications and literary collections. Her latest book,...

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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 co-editor of Paris Lit Up magazine. Her work has been published in World Literature Today (forthcoming), NOON, great weather for media, Four Chambers Press, Paris/Atlantic, Literary Bohemian, 5×5, Rumpus, Cleaver Magazine, Cerise Press, The Prose Poetry Project. She organizes anglophone writing workshops in Paris. Helen Cusack O’Keeffe has been on the PLU magazine editing team since issue #1. A fiction writer and translator...

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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 ever – no it wasn’t a ukulele – wielded by Hannaka. Helen, one of the editors of the PLU magazine, cooked up a storm in prison, and Katie from Australia sang us through sunset. Colin needs a light for his window, Alice introduced us to some Miss Marple poetry, and Shannon exposed her mark of Cain. Danez Smith came on as...

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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 a quarter-life crisis, and virgin Sojourner responded to the shooting of Michael Brown. Pierre also got through his first experience on the PLU stage, and Maysan was relieved she hadn’t tried to kill herself…that day. Ryan is also experiencing an identity crisis – he can’t stand looking in the mirror (which is not a form of contraception btw) – and Ben...

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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 ironic this one seems now) Nick and Damian finished with a good old British moan about “Some People”. Break over, Brexit as yet not even a wave on the horizon, our euphoria was catching. Jason jumped on bus 26 and was suddenly illuminated by love and the tinkling of goat bells in Brittany. Moe was picking at his bones, and...

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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 aloud/To a small crowd”, then a second poem about being the best that one can be, about leaving the confinement of closed doors. Ash sang an original song about a guy who fell from the moon, beating his guitar percussively while strumming the chords, a magical one-man band performance. Brittany recited a highly rhythmic poem “I’m not soulless/I’m not without love”,...

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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...

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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 onctueux under a stained glass dome. Yaël wondered if evolution hadn’t gone maybe a little too far in perfecting the human capacity for anxiety, or as he called it, his ‘Frankenstein’. Claire read poems in English for a change, wishing to connect with the largely anglo audience. She warmed up with a poem by James Elroy Flecker before diving into...

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