PBQ was back for more slam on February 26th. Andrew was host to a rowdy crowd of first-timers and seasoned slam vets, all of whom braved the cold to join us at P&P. Brownies (courtesy of Nicole) circulated and jokes popped off all night. At stake in the final round were two tickets to the Arden Theatre.
The words for Round 1 were salacious, confection, and abandon. Kevin was first up with a nod to Alex Trebek and “late night salacious confection.” Next was Michelle who went to Target for trash bags and deodorant but got distracted by the cookie jar shaped like a cupcake. Leah spoke about “reckless abandon” followed by Heather who said, “buy me some taffy!” Jill made her way to the mic and shared about selling candy from the trunk of a car and a metaphorical c-section. Finally, Slam virgin Nora wanted to “abandon chatter” for “salacious desire.” After a vote by applause, Michelle was chosen as the winner of Round 1.
The brownie bag made another round and we chose betrayal as the theme for Round 2. Nicole started us off with a humorous story of choosing between two people. Josh, our second Slam virgin of the night, followed with a struggle “to feel something again… that bitch.” Next was Jenny who thought it was unbelievable that another cat had taken her place and Michelle who cursed the “son of an imp” who watched the series finale without her. Talha took over next, questioning “who would you betray? And who would you betray for?” Then Emily lightened the mood with a tale about teeth and lips and forgetting what she was saying. Heather grabbed the mic next and shared a compelling poem about walking a child to the bus and feeling betrayed by the other kids’ stares. Bryan went next and spoke about “smoking nothing down to the butt” and finally Leah brought the round to a close with the love of a “cat-mom.” This round had 9 participants, but ultimately Heather was dubbed the winner.
The sentence for Round 3 was “I once was lost.” Josh volunteered to start, sharing his vision of being lost in the forest which was interrupted by the doorbell. Next was Emily who prayed “Lord, please show me the exit to New Jersey!” (This was met with a chorus of “amen!” and “praise Jesus!” from the audience.) Somebody asked if there were any brownies left and Michelle took the podium, lamenting the olden days before smart phones and Google Maps. Kevin made us laugh with his attitude towards getting lost: “fuck that shit, it’s annoying!” Next up was Leah, whose powerful poem relating crucifixion and Amazing Grace hushed the room. Lisa shared next about a road trip to nowhere when “destinations are starting points.” After much deliberation, Lisa was chosen as winner of Round 3.
Round 4 was based on the words from this month’s Sidecar competition: gate, crunchy, and bust. Slam virgin Jordan wrote about breaking in to an old, scary mansion and getting “busted” by footsteps and a voice. Kevin got busted too while sneaking out of the house and said that it “sucks growing up in Kentucky.” Michelle entertained us with an elaborate story about the “feral Walgreen’s child” and “Disney’s Frozen: Ana & Elsa Winter Explosion temporary tattoos,” and Heather talked about the “guy at the gate in Christianity” who decides if you get in or not. Leah brought the round to a close with the warning that “words go down easy but believe me, they are your hearse.” This round was close and Michelle and Leah tied. An intense battle of Rock, Paper, Scissor ensued but finally Leah was named winner of February’s Slam and went home with two tickets to the Arden Theatre!
Thank you to all who came out, and shout out to Nicole for those awesome brownies! Please join us again for our next Slam on March 26th. In the meantime, the words for Sidecar 38 are icicle, outward, and calibrate. Happy writing!