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PLU Open Mic featuring 36:15 Live Body Painting

Posted on 25 Oct 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Naked people night! Emily kicks everything off by complaining about her Neighbours, Florant Frenches it, Jon loses his poetry virginity, the Ciat comes back with this burning ukulele, Daniel slams from SanFran, and Scott asks for a Kickstart. Then: Round 2 saw: Donald, Alison, Maysan, Pupple & P’tit Ben, Rebecca, Adrian, Ed and a rap battle at the end.   On Thursday, October 27th, PLU’s Open Mic expands into visual performance with the calligrapher and artist 36.15 with writer...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Rebecca Walker

Posted on 17 Oct 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Stamp those feet and clap those hands, this week on Thursday, October 20, Paris Lit Up is honored to host the award-winning, super talented Rebecca Walker (JUST LOOK AT HER MINI BIO BELOW)! Sign up for the open mic starts at 8pm, we hit the stage running at 8.30/45pm. REBECCA WALKER is an award-winning writer and lecturer, named by Time magazine as one of the most influential leaders of her generation. She is the author of the memoirs Black,...

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PLU Live Telethon via Periscope

Posted on 27 Sep 2016 in News, PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

UPDATE: We did it! Thank you to everyone who made our Kickstarter campaign a success and to everyone who came out for our Telethon, both in Paris and around the world! Join Paris Lit Up this Thursday, September 29th from anywhere in the world for the live Periscope broadcast of PLU’s first ever Telethon! Our last night of fundraising via Kickstarter will kick off at 20h30 Paris time as we welcome writers, poets, musicians and artists to strut their stuff on...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Joshua Clover

Posted on 25 Sep 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

An exciting night at PLU with our first ever live-streamed Telethon! We managed to raise a huge amount over the course of the evening and, just a few hours later, met our goal of 3000€. Thank you to everyone who donated / shared / contributed. Participating at the live event were: Maysan practicing for her upcoming slam competition in Lebanon, Scott telling his story about bullies, Amruta and her poetry, Tobias losing his guitar virginity followed by a German...

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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...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Rhiannon McGavin

Posted on 10 Sep 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

PLU Open Mic was an intense experience last Thursday September 8th with featured poet Rhiannon McGavin. Mo opened round one with a poem about ‘making jazz to  you’, about finding strokes, about getting on, off, etc. James and Jonathan performed a duet to James’ song about gardens older than me and grandma’s begonias that he plants for free. Katie did a smacking cover of 99 luftballons to which the host may or may not have sung along. Simon read...

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Kickstart la rentrée!

Posted on 3 Sep 2016 in News | 0 comments

The city of Paris is synonymous with creativity.Paris breeds creativity, Paris inspires creativity. Yet Paris does not come easy. A bustling and rugged metropolis, it fights illusions, and forces discovery, just as it did for Joyce, Hughes, Hemingway, Nin and countless other foreign writers and artists. For over 4 years, the non-profit association Paris Lit Up has hosted free Open Mic nights every Thursday, published five books, has thrown some really great parties with our multicultural, transnational community of writers, artist, musicians and activists and even toured extensively through Europe. We’ve...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Rachel Bell

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

Fresh back for the réntrée, PLU hosted lost o’ peoples. Round One included: René speaking to his 13-year-old self: don’t stop breakdancing, Steve’s Other Lives, Sonya’s 250 word sentence, Thomas was Red with Angry Animals, Moe said We Want Everything and was Tired of Being Poor, Karen fell in love with The Lady in Black, Simon had a bunch of really short Draft Poems and our feature, Rachel Bell, did this: Round Two included: Gino’s Dark Guitar Rock Poetry,...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Helen Cusack O’Keeffe & Stephanie Papa, aka The Editors

Posted on 17 Aug 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Here come the girls! Come and meet some of the members of our team on Thursday August 18, as we welcome PLU Editors poet Stephanie Papa and creative chameleon/writer Helen Cusack O’Keeffe to the stage! Signup for the regular open mic starts at 8, we’ll hit the deck running with host Eddy B from 8.30/45…   Stephanie Papa is a poet and translator living Paris, France. She has an MFA degree in Poetry from the Pan European program. She is poetry...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Lara Touitou

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

Open Mic was a quirky-dark funny mélange last Thursday featuring the inimitable prose and forceful ukulele strummings of Lara Touitou. Emily opened round one with a poem by Maggie Smith (the poet, not the actress) about the many ways she shortened her already short life, about the world having as many strangers who will break you than otherwise and many other things she hid from her kids. Gene followed, singing his song “Party Girl” about his youth, asking why...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Reginald Barris

Posted on 13 Aug 2016 in News, PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

  Small but mighty we were on Thursday night, with the volume of a thousand times our number, led by the bold and cavalier comedian Reginald Barris. Despite your host’s best efforts at democracy, Fate willed it that René open the evening again with his very own “your coffee’s getting cold” on the gee-tar. Flavie followed, also taking up the strings, and weaving between the bars. VIRGIN and awesomely-named Loch Martini brought up some standup about moving from Paris...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Pierre Paco

Posted on 6 Aug 2016 in PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

Open Mic probed into the collective psyche last Thursday under the expert guidance of Pierre Paco. Sam opened the evening assuring everyone that he had once been like us, i.e. a loser, before telling how he became friends with Scott Campbell, renowned paper airplane thrower, thanks to a special Pokémon card. Mo described an awkward date with someone who never danced to James Brown, whose cuticles chewed to the bone discredited her as a vegan. Aditya took the stage...

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