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PLU Open Mic with Maysan Nasser

Posted on 27 Jan 2017 in PLU Open Mic, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Open mic was a transportive experience with an amazing feature by Maysan who stunned the attendance into a wondrous silence with the most compelling poetry ever. Round one opened with Fred comic-ing away on themes of sleep, showing one’s underwear, seatbelts and penis enlargement. Jac delivered a poem with empty bottles next to beds, crying, not crying, talking to oneself. Drnb transformed the stage onto a dancefloor with his stunning bright orange led belt lighting up the place to the tune of “You love me some days but it’s not all days”. Lara A asked if everyone had Tinder but already knew the answer and explained about looking for gold. She has a dramatic mind. She takes photos of people crying. Charlie offered everyone fin-sized m&ms and used issues of the New Yorker, before delivering a poem about a...

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PLU Open Mic with Jason Stoneking

Posted on 20 Jan 2017 in PLU Open Mic, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Join PLU Jan 26 for an evening of intoxicating words and a decent bar. We have the pleasure of welcoming as our featured performer Jason Stoneking, a man of honest expression and flowing verses. Jason Stoneking is a poet, essayist, and occasional performance artist who has been reading his work live for more than 25 years. He is the author of two volumes of poetry and four essay collections, a handful of screenplays, and one punk rock album (that he knows of). He divides his time between writing, playing chess, and generally making trouble for the good people of Paris. Additional information about him can be found in more places than he would like to admit. (Photo by Sabine...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Marin Fouqué

Posted on 15 Jan 2017 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Join PLU Jan 19th for a special hardcore session with French poet, rapper and badass Marin Marien. For everyone else, sign up is free and open to all forms of expression, starting at 20h. Marin Marien est un jeune poète et artiste plasticien. Considère la prose comme combat, les vers en mitraille. Dans sa bouche : rap, râles et poésie-à-pompe. Né dans le 77, au milieu des champs, monte sur la ville, jeune, découvre le rap, étudie cinq ans dans une école, obtient un permis pour faire de l’art, pratique la vidéo, l’installation, le parcours de performance, forme un binôme appelé Les Bauréales avec Eden Tinto Collins, attaque la poésie-action, rentre dans l’Armée Noire, continue en solo avec des projets comme Marin Marien, Marien CRS, Le Mutin, Marin, Marin Fouke, collabore avec Marius Loris, fait de la B.D. avec Michel, anime...

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PLU Open Mic with Matt Longabucco

Posted on 6 Jan 2017 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Matt Longabucco is the author of the chapbooks The Sober Day (DoubleCross Press, 2016) and Everybody Suffers: The Selected Poems of Juan García Madero (O’Clock Press, 2014). Other work has appeared recently in Prelude, Haunt, and The Brooklyn Rail. He is a co-founder of Wendy’s Subway, an independent library and meeting space for writers, artists, and readers. He teaches at New York University and Bard College, and lives in...

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PLU: Cultural Revolution IS Here!

Posted on 5 Jan 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Beautiful documentary by Dina Khan and Maria Cavallo on PLU! In Dina’s own words: “I would like to dedicate this movie to all the artists who work torn with doubts or fears. We have a terrific job, but sometimes to make art and share it with the public makes us vulnerable. This is, for me, the greatest sign of authenticity. I would like to see more vulnerability around me. The more we feel vulnerable in our work, the more our art has to offer to the public. It is my deepest conviction. I am delighted to finish this beautiful test of motivation and zeal thanks to my many collaborators.“ Click below to watch the entire...

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PLU Open Mic with Elia Cohen

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

This week’s (January 5) says bonjour to 2017 (please, 2017, don’t be a stinky shit like 2016) in the best way with our anyone-welcome* open mic PLUS featured performer, the uber-talented musician and lyricist ELIA COHEN!! Sign-up for the open mic (poetry, prose, words, no words, theatre, art, whatever) starts at 8pm, your host will be the Em C of the RK, and we’ll kick off the new year with whatever you feel like around 8.30/45…. * Just don’t be an intolerant shit. That said, even if you are a little stinky (we’re all a little rotten),  you are still more than welcome and maybe we can wash your soul with creativity and love  🙂 Singer/songwriter, Elia’s first insight into music came through the discovery of Indian traditional Raga. Since then, and with a renewed interest in traditions and pop music, Elia created RORSHA:...

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PLU Open Mic with Pépin

Posted on 21 Dec 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

  Come hear the sound of the joyous ukulele this Thursday 21st of December with Pépin! Entre 4 accords de Ukulélé et Le Double de Grimaces, Pépin kidnappe tes oreilles et leur susurre des Histoires. Des chansons farfelues plein les valises, Ici on parle cul, alcool et coup de gueule mais attention, en rimes et avec le sourire ! On t’invite à poser ton anus entre deux chaises: Le tabouret haut du comptoir, ou se mêlent confidences et révoltes, et le banc du chapiteau ou se succèdent clowneries et...

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PLU Open Mic Featuring Lara Azar

Posted on 14 Dec 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Open Mic was a blast last Thursday 15/12 with the cringe-happy standup comedy of feature Lara Azar. Round One started with Nasser reading poems in both Italian and Spanish. Then Gene read a story about the Costellos’ restaurant experience, interspersed with a bluesy song he belted out on guitar, with that haunting lyric “Let her go, God bless her.” Rebecca read a piece that combined white russians and lubricious thoughts. Ap Cooper flatly stated that he hated the English government and proved it in a song that mentioned letters to the BBC that he will never send, then another one about rivers catching fire and ice and a Japanese revolt. Elynn read a poem from Mahmoud Darwish, “A Soldier Dreams Of White Lilies”. Jennifer, who was a photojournalist in Kenya, read from her frontline account of covering the Westgate...

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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...

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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 could write poems for wine and cheese parties, and about salves of the healing kind. Gino also detailed the happenings at the Poets for Change and a song about ‘Just Us’ and justice. Laura made her open mic debut with a poem about a street taken over every day by open-mouthed women overflowing with words they don’t mean. Vic invited...

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