On November 19, we all put sobriety on hold, and called upon the spirit of story-telling, song and solidarity to guide us through the night.
In no particular order, round one saw Ryan cutting his beard for Amanda live onstage, René guitaring to the Eagles’ Desperado, Scott filming himself to the first story he ever told (with a sort-of happy ending) and technical issues proving something even telepathic David Blair couldn’t predict. Moe had a story to tell on the Mount of Olives abotu “When Ibrahim Fell”, Zachary needed a hug and a climbing rope with two halves of two songs, Ania aka 3-little-hearts brought smiles all round with Bo Jangles, VIRGIN Lisa shared and took a stand, and Featured Reader Francis Powell read “Bug Eyes” from his new book Flight of Destiny, featuring Dr. Shady, the Lockjaws and Lord Lombard.
Mallory started round two with some rousing crowd-pleasing gospel, David Blairfinally got to show his telepathic films, with the help of some cable-jiggling by Jason, and Francis Powell came back with some Sex Robots with perfect hair. David Jaggard, who has a site somewhere, tickled some chuckles with his “Bad Old Days in Paris”, Yasser didn’t give a fuck if we understood – but I think we did – and Rachel also reminisced about the city. Amruta made us all hungry for croissants, Amanda was missing the “W” from a Hole (not easy to find) and David Leo Cured us with a Lullaby. Joshua got all Ancient Greek on us with Antigone, Maria showed us more of her Paris-based video series, and What, there’s going to be a third round? And a rap battle? Ok then…
The elusive and dangerous round three arrived, with Flavi’s beautiful voice opening the acts. Maxx followed with Invictus by W.E. Henley, Allison spoke to us from the moon’s croissant (clearly also inspired by Amruta) and Rose told her Paris story. René went driving on nine, Yasser punched out some Pessoa, and Jason led the rest of the night into a 6-language rap party!
Come and be proud of our city’s culture and freedom of expression. We are a family that writes, speaks, sings and dances.
This week our Open Mic features Paris-based writer Francis Powell launching his most recent work, Flight of Destiny. Read the description of Francis’ work below.
“Flight of Destiny is a collection of short stories about misfortune. They are characterized by unexpected final twists, that come at the end of each tale. They are dark and surreal tales, set around the world, at different time periods. They show a world in which anything can happen. It is hard to determine reality and what is going on a disturbed mind. People’s conceptions about morality are turned upside down. A good person can be transformed by an unexpected event into a bad person and then back again to their former state. The high and mighty often deliver flawed arguments, those considered wicked make good representations of themselves. Revenge is often a subject explored.”