PLU Open Mic Featuring Lauren Elkin
A most memorable evening at Paris Lit Up Open Mic featuring our special guest, Lauren Elkin. We kicked off the ceremonies with slam champ Winona Linn rehearsing SOMUCHNOISE! and If I were a superhero (I’d be Awkward Girl) for her upcoming Canadian tour followed by Will Cox‘s For my angels and One month later. Sella then sang some dark blues with her magical keyboard, Tell me why… with a sneak preview of René‘s chapter 32: Fuck Frank from his upcoming novel. Marie covered Phosphorus and Nick celebrated Shakespeare‘s 400 years reading Sonnet 29. Our featured reader, Lauren Elkin, gave us a preview of her forthcoming book Flâneuse: Women Walk The City.
Round 2 began with Alison embarrassing Missy and Pissing between cars holding hands, Missy responding with her song Monogamy is the Best. A new voice, Diana, shifted the focus to #PrayforSaintDenis and Rachel, another first timer covered Gil Scott‘s Cannibal. Rachel (n°2), herself a virgin, belted out Bipolar and we got another selection from Lauren Elkin, finishing up with Ciat‘s flying ukulele.
Round 3 and 4 went on late late late with: Moe in Birdland, Lara‘s Struggle, Emily, yet another virgin, and her Flying poem, Christen (another virgin!?!) previewing his new novel, Maysan‘s rough draft of Suspended cliché. Danica read Uman, Thomas jammed acoustic with Georges Brassens, and James came back from the States lookin’ all cowboy. From that point on, PLU became a drunken jam session until 2 a.m…..
This week’s Open Mic (March 10) features Lauren Elkin as our VIP! Lauren is the author of Flâneuse: Women Walk the City, forthcoming from Chatto & Windus/Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times Book Review, frieze, and the Times Literary Supplement, and she is a contributing editor at The White Review.
Sign-up starts at 8pm with our new guest host Amel! We hit the stage around 8.30pm. Prose, poetry, music, song, dance, dear diary, bring it all! See you there.