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PLU Open Mic Featuring Mark Norman Harris

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

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 the conceptual theatre festival Fourplay in April of this year. His work typically explores themes of religion, absurdity, politics, and...

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PLU Open Mic Featuring Jordan Nadler

Posted on 17 May 2017 in Featured, 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 Featured, 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 Featured, 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, www.francerevisited.com, 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 Featured, 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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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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