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Open Mic Featuring Rhiannon McGavin

Posted on 21 Jul 2017 in Featured, PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Open Mic shakes on July 27th to the whirlwind poetry of Rhiannon McGavin! Rhiannon McGavin won’t acknowledge that she’s lost her house keys, but she has performed original poetry on Grace Cavalieri’s “Poet and the Poem” podcast and NPR, and at venues from the Hollywood Bowl to the Lincoln Center. She represented Los Angeles throughout high school at Brave New Voices. Rhiannon is a 2016 YoungArts Finalist in Writing for Spoken Word, as well as a current English major at UCLA. She can break into her own house with...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Naniso Tswai

Posted on 7 Jul 2017 in Featured, PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Naniso Tswai is a Berlin-based author and academic. His work is strongly embedded in broader issues of justice and peace, particularly as these relate to human rights and identity. Over the past five years he has shifted his focus from academic writing to fictional writing, this has come in the form of short stories and novels. He is also a Spoken Word performer, an artistic outlet which allows him to express himself with a different voice. He is the founder and current co-director of Berlin Spoken Word (BSW). BSW is an international group working on various projects based in Berlin. Its main event – which draws an audience of over 60 people each week – is a weekly open mic night providing a familiar space for spoken word poetry, stories, music, comedy and more. Several times throughout the year...

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PLU Open Mic Featuring Siân Melangell Dafydd

Posted on 16 Jun 2017 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

PLU Open Mic features cross-language cross-discipline artist Siân Melangell Dafydd on June 22. Siân Melangell Dafydd is an author, poet and translator. Her first published novel, Y Trydydd Peth (The Third Thing; Gomer, 2009) won her the coveted 2009 National Eisteddfod Literature Medal. She writes in both Welsh and English and often collaborates with artists of other disciplines. She was the co-editor of the literary review Taliesin and Y Neuadd online literary magazine for six years. Her second Welsh language novel and a collection of hybrid literature, Spitting Distance are forthcoming. She works with authors and poets internationally to translate literature between minority languages and is undertaking research in yoga and writing as parallel practices. She runs yoga and writing retreats all over Europe and when she’s not working as a lecturer in Creative Writing at the American University...

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PLU Open Mic Featuring Ash Orphan

Posted on 9 Jun 2017 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

PLU Open Mic comes to you June 22 with the physically musical virtuosity and soulful singing of Ash Orphan! Ash Orphan is an international self-taught musician (guitar, bass guitar and vocal) travelling between Los Angeles (California), Paris (France) and Melbourne (Australia). He played in several bands (Huxley Met Soda, L.E.D, Tarah Who?, Jane Gray Black Orphan) before stepping out as a singer-songwriter, sharing his worlds and his stories through his voice and a melodic percussive guitar playing. Storyteller, he sings the adventure of a man who fell from the moon. This invitation is both a physical and mystical journey taking us – Moon children – to awareness and self-consciousness. The Man Who Fell From The Moon album will be released in...

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PLU Open Mic Featuring Krishna Bagadiya

Posted on 2 Jun 2017 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

PLU Open Mic runs with the comedic meanderings of Krishna Bagadiya on June 8th! Krishna Bagadiya is an Actor-Director-Comedian and a university lecturer based in Paris. Born and raised in India, he studied films and acting in the US, France and Poland. He has directed many short films, ads and a feature length documentary on Mumbai. He has also penned a couple of screenplays and currently devoting himself to...

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PLU Open Mic Featuring Mark Norman Harris

Posted on 21 May 2017 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

***Change of venue for tomorrow’s PLU Open Mic *** It’s happening at Cantine de Belleville, 108 Boulevard de Belleville … Open Mic May 25th features the layered work of multi-talented, enigmatic figure Mark Norman Harris. Mark Norman Harris is a Canadian artist living in Paris. His work is based in performance, music and writing although he is an avid painter. He studied religion and semiotics at the University of Toronto. Prior to living in Paris he was in Nepal where he wrote for the Kathmandu Post, and created an artist exchange program that brought artists to rural villages for workshops and performances. Mark is currently recording an album titled “Prewar Era” with Quvib records in Paris, and is the organizer of the Cabaret Voltaire. His play The Penal Clause, a « hiphopera » satire on freemasonry, was featured in...

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PLU Open Mic Featuring Jordan Nadler

Posted on 17 May 2017 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Please join us on May 18 for an exciting open mic, starring Jordan Nadler! Jordan is a NYC writer/journalist who moved to Paris in search of creative fulfillment & better carbs. Originally intent on studying creative writing, Jordan fell into journalism when she was made Editor-in-Chief of Peacock Magazine, American University of Paris’ largest publication. Her work as a writer and journalist spans many subjects and platforms, and over the past couple of years she has written for some well-regarded publications, from The Daily Beast to Matador Network to HereYouAre. Over the past year she has also been quoted in The Guardian, USA Today and Vogue – where she proudly managed to get into the chicest magazine out there by simply continuing to bash the patriarchy. Jordan writes about everything from human rights to culture and sex to politics....

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PLU Open Mic featuring David Robert Brimat

Posted on 6 May 2017 in News, PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

David Robert Brimat, aka DRnB, is a performing songwriter from the USA. Born and raised in New York, he went to Archbishop Stepinac high school in White Plains where he joined the vocal arts and performed for Disney. Having graduated from Manhattanville College with a BA in Spanish Education, he went on to win awards from the NAACP ACT-SO competition for poetry and drawing. His debut album, Revival of Lost Love, was released in February 2008. His second album, Mental Metamorphosis, came out on 12-12-12. He is working on his third album. Contact Info Social Media – DRBlyricsofLove Email –...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Gary Lee Kraut

Posted on 28 Apr 2017 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Lambs, bunnies, flowers… and PLU Open Mic! On Thursday May 4, why not gamble your way though Belleville and hop up to Culture Rapide to savor the springtime delights of our weekly open mic? Our special guest tonight is Gary Lee Kraut! Gary Lee Kraut is a long-time resident of Paris, where has trouble focusing. He writes irregularly (fiction, non-fiction, travel narrative, articles), operates the web magazine France Revisited,, teaches a weekly vignette writing workshop, serves as secretary general of a French journalist association, helps couples and families find peace and joy in France through travel therapy and personalized tours, and leads bar/drinking tours for writers, artists, intellectuals and their...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Nick Calderbank and Damian Corcoran

Posted on 23 Apr 2017 in News, PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

PLU Open Mic was a masterfully acted trip to a Great Britain of yesteryear with the astoundingly vivid and funny portrayals of working class brits by Nick Calderbank and Damian Corcoran. There was a lot of music in round 1, kicked off with Yvan singing a song about a sitar asking to be played by a young boy. Darshana played his song “Useless Man”. Rebecca read a poem about chickens, all sorts of chickens, in strange and not-so-strange situations, and one about her friend Leslie. Ash Orphan did a splendid version of Radiohead’s “Creep”, making it hard to believe the only instrument accompanying him was his guitar. European Son kept the music going with his song “Rio de Janeiro”, then another one “Bourgeoisie”. Krishna did the only stand-up routine of the evening, joking about vegans and what zebras are....

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