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PLU Open Mic featuring Nick Calderbank and Damian Corcoran

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

Nick Calderbank and Damian Corcoran, old acting mates, have teamed up to perform a series of short sketches about working class British blokes from a slightly different era. Nick Calderbank is the founder member of the On Stage/Open Space theatre company and has produced plays by Shakespeare, Pinter, Ayckbourn and Mamet. More recently he has turned his hand to writing and last year wrote and directed the short film” The Power Within”. Damian Corcoran has been working as an actor, trainer and coach since following his French wife to Paris in 1990. He has recently started writing and performing his own poetry at open mic events in France and...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Amel Toumi

Posted on 15 Apr 2017 in Featured, PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Join PLU and the gang for another Thursday of artistic inspiration and social non-judgement. This week we welcome on to our stage Amel Toumi, who will be wooing us with tales of loves lost and found. Amel is a regular in the Parisian open mic scene, doing the rounds of Paris Lit Up, Spoken Word, the Highlander and Café Oz. For years, she would play covers only but since 2016 has been composing and performing her own music. La Bellevilloise and Le Vieux Léon (among other places) have seen her perform solo concerts recently. One of her original pieces was used as a soundtrack for a short video by artist and photographer Véronique Durruty https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkIee47VXGY. Amel also composed a song for the Acoustic Guitar Project (which so many of you seem to be familiar with). http://theacousticguitarproject.com/project/paris/amel-toumi-all-the-things-we Lady Sebastien is...

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Paris Lit Up EN TOUR: some feedback

Posted on 10 Apr 2017 in Featured, News | 0 comments

We asked some of the troupe to give us some thoughts about this year’s Paris Lit Up England tour. Here’s their brutal feedback…           Elia Cohen, aka Rorsha “Art, like knowledge, love and amazing puns, is better when shared.” As I was in the bus going « home », it dawned on me that we are living the times of our live(r)s, and also that I should be awarded a prize for best 2017 written pun. First of all: Thank you very much for this opportunity and the overall organisation of what will stay one of the best memories of my life. It is all so true and proven, over and over during this tour, that art like knowledge, love, and amazing puns is better when shared. In coming years we’ll need words of courage, patience, some amazing...

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Paris Lit Up England Tour 2017: SYNOPSIS

Posted on 8 Apr 2017 in Featured, News | 0 comments

As we do every year, a bold and brazen group from Paris Lit Up went to wow England with our words and music. Why? Because the PLU philosophy is a borderless one, and we believe that the more one absorbs, the better one becomes as an artist and person. PLU is nothing without its web of creative connections, and this web has to be fostered and fed. This year, our troupe included Richard Earls, Isabelle Lorion, Elia Cohen (aka Rorsha), Dom Stevenson, Maysan Nasser, Ed Bell and Emily Ruck Keene. We were joined along the way by other members of our creative community, for 8 events over 7 days in London (x 3), Guildford, Bristol, Bath, Bradford on Avon and Oxford. London saw us first perform near Oval, at Bar 48, where the Fourth Friday Open Mic has relocated while the...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Matt Jones

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

Join us on April 13 for our weekly open mic! Sign-up opens at 8pm, we start the evening around 8.30/45pm. This week we’re featuring ex-military, current professional bohemian Matt Jones…. Matt Jones served in the Canadian military for thirteen years before becoming a Parisian bohemian. He’s written about his experiences on a warship and serving in Afghanistan, as well as his travels in Nicaragua, China and Europe. In Ottawa he worked as the artistic director of VERSeFest 2015, and was an editor of In/Words magazine, where he published a chapbook, “White Flowers and Landmines.” In 2014 he won Arc Poetry Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award for his poem “Wounded Village” and has published other work in Arc, Scintilla, Ottawater and other...

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Paris Lit Up at Bar 48 in Oval, London

Posted on 25 Mar 2017 in Featured, News | 0 comments

Last night the tour began in earnest and we learned that our team has impeccable timing: literally as Emily was introducing the PLU project, with two absentees, Elia and Maysan arrived (see photo), bags on backs, “fresh” from the bus, to be thrown on stage and knock the good people of Oval’s socks off. Bar 48 welcomes Fourth Friday in a new setting due to renovations at the Poetry Café in Covent Garden.  An Eritrean restaurant – which Emily and Ed would go on to eat with their fingers – the room was lit up with fairy lights and words. Dominic Stevenson, having enjoyed his 45-minute hike from Brixton station to Oval, opened the show with his northern rhetoric and Richard Earls told us that it was not “do or die”.  Elia reminded us not to leave fires unattended...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Elspeth Graty

Posted on 18 Mar 2017 in Featured, PLU Comedy, PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

This Thursday (April 6) Paris Lit Up welcomes comedian Elspeth Graty as our featured performer! Sign-up starts at 8, kick-off is around 8.45. Elspeth would describe herself as Desperate Housewives meets 50 Shades of Grey.  She started doing standup comedy so she could talk about herself uninterrupted for anything from 5 to 30 minutes at a time.  She wouldn’t call herself ambitious – never mind the Rolex,  if she finds two matching socks in the morning she’s...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Gene Ruda

Posted on 17 Mar 2017 in Featured, PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Open Mic was a musical travel experience last Thursday at Culture Rapide featuring Gene Ruda. Kelly opened round one with two short poems, about the Great Mother of the decimated jungles and just needing the warm press of love, and then about mommy dearest and tasting the hot edge of anger. Sarah invited all the ways to “fuck me.” Travis read about being a catalyst for change, about a shell inside a dog and flowers into injection molded plastic. Thomas told a story about Fante and her lisp. Jac introduced his current free discussion society event hosted at Chat Noir and read a short story about a Kansas City man pulling at his jeans, holding boots against his chest and asymmetrical steps. Moe read three erotic poems from his I Wanna Make Jazz to You collection. Elia sang “When...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Kelly Odette Dochy

Posted on 10 Mar 2017 in Featured, PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Thursday night continues March 16 with you and the poetry animation of Kelly Odette Dochy. Psychonaut from the Pacific, born in San Diego, California, Kelly Odette Dochy was formed as a 3D animation lighting/post-production artist, and is a published illustrator and poet of French-Mexican origin. She performs periodically at the immersive cabaret night “The Poetry Brothel”, in Paris and New York, under the stage name Lady Lilith. She dreams of forming an art colony, and exploring the...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Sella Malin

Posted on 1 Mar 2017 in Featured, PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Open Mic last night was a groovy & sultry exaltation with the soulful music and poetry of Sella Malin. Audrey La Bombasse kicked things off in Round One with a slam piece about violence and silent battles, which was timed for practice purposes and came in at 3 minutes and 7 seconds. Lauren read a poem about soul incarnated into flesh before singing a touching song accompanying herself on the guitar, “Il y a des conséquences pour tout.” Sierra took the stage or her first time with a powerful poem about about happiness being a side effect, giving her pain buddy a hug, dancing with father Time’s friend, and then another poem about her song and the moist autumn leaves. Timo sang a splendid version of Bob Dylan’s “North Country Blues”, then a song of his own about wolves,...

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