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PLU Open Mic featuring Kristen Beddard

July 7, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm


PLU Open Mic last Thursday got an insider’s view of kale in France with readings from Kristen Beddard’s memoir “Bonjour Kale: A Memoir of Paris, Love and Recipes”.

Round 1 kicked off with Céleste reading the nose job manifesto, explaining how rhinoplasty runs in Italian families and asking how much identity do people ascribe to a bump of cartilage. Max read Keats’ poem “La Belle Dame sans Merci” before launching into his own personal poem about getting closure by visiting Lebanon after ten year’s absence. Emily mused about integrating languages into others and lamented the idea that all translations might be false. Tiara delivered a story set in bed, ankles rolling around to reflect the thoughts of the person rolling them as he gazes at the sleeping form of his partner in bed. Flavie exposed prevalent thoughts about writing before taking us into a train coming home from a party weekend.

Kristen read a chapter from “Bonjour Kale,” evoking the pungent smell of rotting vegetables that hadn’t made the trip from the US to France with quite the same success of their owner.

Mark started Round 2 with a jokes about his Armenian heritage and his girlfriend he likes to call ‘Tofu’. Audience participation was provided by Jordan who quipped “Tofu wants a carrot.” Hayley described satanic rituals and managed to work in the poverty of cracking one’s thumbs because there’s only one joint to crack. Jack floated a beatnik injunction to ‘walk farther, street to street, write something for Paris’ and then in “Visionary for Past Suffering” evoked the gleam of instruments and breastfeeding women bereft of their children. Mayssan described a Sunday market negotiation, replete with its pseudo-walk-away and ‘eyes like wild animals,’  then sang a song about nobody knowing anything. Conor treated the audience to another reading of Keats from the Max’s book, though he did know most of it by heart. In case anyone is wondering, Moe is actually from Pittsburgh, and so is his story about two old friends sharing cigarettes and coffee under a naked lightbulb in a kitchen. Alison spoke of nailing metal sprayed white down the stairs. Laura was all about “I miss you”, cold dark skies then the golden arms of the sun.

Kristen came back to close the evening with America meeting France at a dinner party.

It’s time to get healthy, go green and chow down with our featured performer, food writer Kristen Beddard! Kristen’s coming to read from her new book “Bonjour Kale: A Memoir of Paris, Love and Recipes”, so bring your seasoning for a fresh and fun open mic! Sign-up starts at 8, get your cutlery/beer ready for go-time at 8.30.

Kristen Beddard is the American founder of The Kale Project, a successful initiative to reintroduce kale to France. Through her work with local French farmers, le chou kale can now be found at various outdoor markets and supermarkets. She is the author of the French gardening and cookbook Savez-vous manger les choux and a contributing author toWe Love Kale: Fresh and Healthy Inspiring Recipes. Her most recent book, Bonjour Kale: A Memoir of Paris, Love and Recipes was published in May 2016 by Sourcebooks.


July 7, 2016
8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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103 rue Julien Lacroix
Paris, Ile-de-france 75020 France
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