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PLU open mic featuring John David “JD” Ragan

Posted on 15 Feb 2018 in |

John David “JD” Ragan is the featured artist at Paris Lit Up on Thursday, February 15, at 8:30 pm. JD is a member of Laborers Union Local 942, in Fairbanks, Alaska, and he will be playing traditional folk songs supporting Labor Unions, and music from Sunday Jams at the Golden Eagle Saloon in Ester, Alaska. JD has been singing and playing guitar since he was 16 years old. He has traveled and studied in 50 countries, hitchhiking, riding motorcycles and bicycles, and paying for much of it with work in the building trades in Alaska, in commercial fishing, and in the restaurant industry. He has a Masters in French from the University of Paris IV Sorbonne, a PhD from NYU in European history, and he has studied Spanish in Latin America and in Spain, German for a year in Berlin, and Arabic in Cairo and Tunis. He has published two...

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PLU open mic featuring John David “JD” Ragan

Posted on 6 Feb 2018 in |

John David “JD” Ragan is the featured artist at Paris Lit Up on Thursday, February 15, at 8:30 pm. JD is a member of Laborers Union Local 942, in Fairbanks, Alaska, and he will be playing traditional folk songs supporting Labor Unions, and music from Sunday Jams at the Golden Eagle Saloon in Ester, Alaska. JD has been singing and playing guitar since he was 16 years old. He has traveled and studied in 50 countries, hitchhiking, riding motorcycles and bicycles, and paying for much of it with work in the building trades in Alaska, in commercial fishing, and in the restaurant industry. He has a Masters in French from the University of Paris IV Sorbonne, a PhD from NYU in European history, and he has studied Spanish in Latin America and in Spain, German for a year in Berlin, and Arabic in Cairo and Tunis. He has published two...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Break a Leg

Posted on 27 Jun 2016 in PLU Open Mic |

What fun, what laughs, what joy was had last Thursday, as we hosted readers, singers, musicians and, of course, our featured performers Break a Leg! Emily and René did some stage stealing/warming before inviting the talented troupe onstage for their three sketches. Henri and Carey started by trying to reignite the old flames despite distractions… Then – quick, get the kids out – we learned how internet dating can go horribly wrong with Damian and Julie…yikes… and (how crushingly ironic this one seems now) Nick and Damian finished with a good old British moan about “Some People”. Break over, Brexit as yet not even a wave on the horizon, our euphoria was catching. Jason jumped on bus 26 and was suddenly illuminated by love and the tinkling of goat bells in Brittany. Moe was picking at his bones, and...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Karen Murphy

Posted on 28 Jun 2015 in PLU Open Mic |

PLU Open Mic this week (July 2) features a poet visiting all the way from down under: Karen Murphy!

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PLU Open Mic featuring Travis Cebula & Sarah Suzor

Posted on 21 Jun 2015 in PLU Open Mic |

Feelin’ hot, hot hot! We sizzled under some seriously lip-smacking literature on Thursday, June 25… Round 1. Ethan bravely broke the evening’s seal with some hair in his mouth and a lie-in, after which queen Kate invited us to see her perform at Carr’s bar on Sunday (past). Eliot came back from a heavy year and delighted us with Auden and Yann, Rene showed his asshole yet sweet dad side with his daughter on his hip, Tui-z (VIRGIN!) stunned us all with his big hands made for holding “Not all giants from the oceans are violent” and Moe missed being in the US, especially in a time of unjustifiable massacres. Elisa read from her blog entry about the “condom conversation” and Tanya found some peace in telling us her powerful story about sexual slavery. Travis Cebula and Sarah Suzor were our...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Luke Thompson

Posted on 18 May 2015 in PLU Open Mic |

    We all had a great barrel of laughs (points for anyone who can explain where that phrase came from) on Thursday May 14 with our featured performer, funnyman Luke Thompson!   Round one Lorenzo bravely took the stage first, reading in Italian, followed by a sexy announcement about the sexy Poetry Brothel by Kate. VIRGIN Ryan went with the stand-up theme and Swedish graffiti masturbation (keep your eyes peeled in public toilets, people), followed by his accomplice VIRGIN Jack who had a prayer for his ancestors and nostalgia. David B celebrated the ascension with atomic bombs and Lou shared a beautiful analysis of depression. Greyhound Ben read a selection of pieces, and Dolores & Vera took us through their road trip to Morocco with a dual-duo poem on a rug. Then it was time for our featured...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Luke Thompson

Posted on 14 May 2015 in |

Luke Thompson is an English stand-up comedian from London who now lives and works in Paris. He has been an English teacher for over 14 years and that has taken him to such glamorous and exotic international locations as Tokyo, Oslo and Solihull. Luke has been doing stand-up for nearly 6 years in London, Brighton and in Paris. He also produces an award-winning podcast called “Luke’s English Podcast” which combines comedy and English teaching. “Most of my listeners start listening to my podcast because they want to improve their language skills, but then I manage to sneak in some comedy in there, without them realising. In fact, this technique is so affective that listeners rarely even laugh or express any kind of enjoyment while they are listening” says Luke, who particularly enjoys writing his own bio for comedy shows,...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Annie Woodward

Posted on 2 Apr 2015 in |

Thursday April 2nd Paris Lit Up is hosting the scantastic Scandinavian Annie Woodward! Join us from 8pm onwards for an evening of music, poetry, prose and whatever else you’d like to bring to our stage… Annie Woodward is a grunge folk-rocker born and raised in Scandinavia who originally set out to write lyrics for other bands. Through her projects in theater Annie found her own voice in music and has been performing ever since. She has played two independent tours, one European and one in Northern America. Annie spent most of 2014 couchsurfing and taking trains and buses across the US playing shows and making her first album. This album, 2 faces on a clown is released on AmpÆr records, a small independent label founded by Annie and one of her childhood friends. Half of the record was produced...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Annie Woodward

Posted on 31 Mar 2015 in PLU Open Mic |

Music and magic and merriment. Round one of PLU’s open mic on April 2nd started with Ethan’s “If You Love Me” and his Ferryman “If you love me, close the door tenderly but with force” “Some things cannot be lived in books” Also appearing in round one were a faux-grumpy Ghosh and Ten Modern Tragedies. Charlotte regretted her penchant for astrophysicists, and read The Idea of the Lightening Bug and Be Kind to the Wolf (Games of Thrones spoiler???) Jovan lost his virginity to a story of his heroin-addicted neighbour and Scott recorded another love story, this time from Portree, on the Isle of Skye. Vera’s ex sent her a book in the mail, just like that, and Elisa put Taylor Swift to shame. Ray rapped his way into our hearts with “Being a drifter” and his story of being homeless...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Stephanie Papa

Posted on 16 Mar 2015 in PLU Open Mic |

On a jam-packed Thursday eve, with the oncoming spring in the air, Paris Lit Up Open Mic night was visited by wonderful wordsmith Stephanie Papa, who brought with her a whole host of phenomenal performers! Round 1: First up on the stage, King among men Ray Knight gave us the grand truth about his noble lineage, while Anna flexed her multilingual muscles by singing to us in German, the third language she’s performed onstage thus far. Then this round displayed a duo of strong virgins: First, Alix sang to us a bilingual song that came to her in a beer Rien ne sert de dire que je vais mal, and then documentary filmmaker Scott spellbound us with a stalker-iffic story of how “romantic comedies fuck you up”. PLU pillar Alison shared with us the story of her mother’s life...

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