Tuesday, February 28

dance of the internets

My site stats are over 10,000 today.

Just thought I'd put that out there.

Monday, February 27

the wolf

I was actually trolling google for reviews of PVC and came across this instead.

From Niall O'Sullivan's review of Reactions 5 in the UK literary magazine The Wolf:

"It's also good to see NYC spoken word star Cheryl B printed in blighty. Her prose/free verse poetry is often so explicit and frank that they prompt a belly-laugh one moment, a wounded gasp the next, sometimes both, here's a line that never made Sex in the City: 'You know when a bunch of guys get together, they're like going out for pizza. We're going to the abortion clinic,'."

Sunday, February 26

recent conversation with my mother

I bought you a cat pin.


A Cat pin. A pin with cats on it, like a brooch. You can put it on your coat. It’s cute.

I don’t wear cats.

I thought you loved cats.

I do love cats, but I don’t want to wear them – then people think you’re a crazy cat lady.

Well, you are a crazy cat lady aren’t you?

Friday, February 24

PVC rocked the BKNY

If I do say so myself, last night's Poetry vs. Comedy Variety Show was one of the best performance evenings I've ever seen. I am biased of course, since it is my baby and a brand-new one at that but I think the audience really enjoyed themselves and all the performers made me so proud!

It's more nerve-racking for me to produce a show I'm not in than to actually perform myself. And I'm such an overbearing Italian mother about the whole thing. I ran around Galapagos the half hour before the show putting out candy, distributing drink tickets, introducing people by the wrong names and fretting about nothing in particular. Once the show started though, it was as smooth as a fountain of warm chocolate.

Carolyn was a FIERCE emcee from beginning to end, starting the evening with a new rap about PVC! This girl is going to have her own sit-com someday, I swear.

A quick rundown:

Jon Friedman kicked off the performances with his signature dead pan wit and hilarious observations. Too bad he never finished that joke about the vagina. Greg Walloch read from the Abercrombie & Fitch catalog, there's words in there you know. Desiree Burch mused on shaving down there. Hal Sirowitz regaled us with tales of ex-girlfriends and penis-naming. Janice Erlbaum brought us a found poem about the sluttiest woman in New Rochelle.

Drumroll: And the winner was Becky Yamamoto performing as PP Snatch, obnoxious teenage pop star extraordinaire! She even gave birth on stage in stilettos.

Even the judges were stars.

And hey, we were the Pick of the Day in The L Magazine! We'll probably do the next show in April and perhaps monthly after that.

Photo: Becky Yamamoto as PP Snatch

Thursday, February 23

you are going to be there aren't you?

Look, we got a write-up on The Smart Set!

See you at PVC tonight!

lessons learned

Self-discoveries made while in SF:

- I am still shy after all these years

- I cannot be trusted with unstructured time (ie. I go shopping)

- I drink too much coffee

- I really do like half and half

- Shopping is a substitute for sex

Yes, I'm back at the day job. Boo hoo.

winter heart party - 3/16

General Admission Tickets Now On Sale
Only 800 tickets will be sold!
$75 in advance
$95 at the door, if available
* Sponsorships and VIP tickets starting at $150 (yes, you can still purchase sponsorships!)

Event Info
Thursday, March 16th
7:30 - 11pm
Club Quo
511 West 28th Street, NYC
Music provided by DJ Stacy (GirlNation/RubyFruit/Cattyshack/Libations)

Honorary Host Committee
Patricia Field
Marga Gomez
Sue Wicks
Barbara Hammer
Stephanie Adams
Cheryl B.

Partial List of Sponsors
Bud Light
GoNYC Magazine
Henrietta Hudson
here! Gay TV On Demand
Time Warner Cable
GMHC - The Women's Institute
Corcoran Real Estate Group
Corcoran/East Hampton
Working Golfer
Sean Patrick Maloney

For more information on sponsoring this important event in support of the Pride Agenda, or to learn more about its work, visit the website.

Wednesday, February 22

goodnight mission

Actually, it should be good morning. A week has passed and I still haven't gotten used to the time difference so I've been getting up at 6:20 A.M. EST every day. Trip has been relaxing, I can't believe it's over already, but like I said I think I need structure ie. gigs, planned dates, etc. when I travel.

Hopefully, the next trip I go on will be either a tour or colony of some sort. If not, I think I need to plan a completely different venture, perhaps with a tropical island theme or something I usually don't do.

SF is still fun and beautiful with a whole different vibe than NYC. Years ago, I thought it would be ideal to be bi-coastal, but
that still hasn't happened.

Tuesday, February 21

sf doggies

lucy, lily, stuffed dog
Originally uploaded by cheryl_b.

This is Lucy and Lily, the two dogs I've been staying with. Lucy carries that little stuffed dog around alot and Lily is super cuddly.

My cats are going to be jealous.

kgb bar lit

The KGB BAR will launch a new monthly on-line literary journal this spring and an annual print issue in 2007.

KGB BAR LIT will publish, as is our tradition, provocative and compelling works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry by a mix of literary heavyweights and talented emerging authors.

For our premiere issue, scheduled to launch April 17, we’re publishing feature articles on the PEN International Festival of Literature and the Tartan Festival of Scottish Writers In NY, an event sponsored by the Scottish Arts Council & the British Council. In honor of these programs, the issue will have an international twist.




3. FEATURES EDITOR – this section covers about 5 main events going on at the bar each month.


If interested, please send an email immediately to Susan Chi at de_los_tigres at yahoo dot com. Please indicate
in the subject line which of the above you’re interested in. Please include a short cover letter and a sample of your work.

Thank you!

Susan Chi

Monday, February 20


Originally uploaded by cheryl_b.

I hiked to the top of this hill in three-inch heels and a leopard print coat.

don't forget - PVC This Thursday!

The Poetry Vs Comedy Variety Show
“where the stanzas and the stand-up collide”

PVC (Poetry Vs Comedy) is neither an ordinary poetry slam nor a stand-up comedy show. The Poetry Vs Comedy Variety Show is a battle of wits and rhymes where the stanzas and the stand-up collide. The show is February 23, 8PM at Galapagos Arts Space in Williamsburg (70 N. 6th St)

Produced by writer and literary series curator Cheryl B., the show premiered last summer much to the delight of performance poetry and comedy fans. This year, PVC boasts a line-up of venerable poets and rising star comedians.

Janice Erlbaum (author of Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir, Villard)
Hal Sirowitz (former Poet Laureate of Queens)
Greg Walloch (NPR)

Desiree Burch (host of SMUT)
Jon Friedman (Rejection Show Producer)
Becky Yamamoto (Chicks and Giggles)

Hosted by: Carolyn Castiglia (Caroline’s)

PVC has been featured on Gothamist.com and Lauren Cerand’s The Smart Set on MaudNewton.com who called the show “superbly of the moment.”

For more information and performer bios visit the show’s website.

Saturday, February 18

lisa king

The website Got Poetry has a tribute to Lisa King inculding photos, one of her most well-known poems, "Bring Them Back!" and some video of her performing. It's hard to look at the pictures, she had the most unique smile.

Thursday, February 16

goose bumps

Arrived in SF late last night, greeted my hostess and popped open the laptop to check the e-mail.

That's when I found out that an old friend of mine had died. I'd heard she'd moved out of Brooklyn, but I wasn't sure where she was living. Her e-mail bounced back and I took her out of my address book. Sometimes friendships stop like that for no apparent reason. We hadn't talked/written in a few years but I still had fond memories of her. And the past few days I found myself thinking of her frequently, wondering what she was up to.

I'm sitting in front of a fireplace right now in the warmth of my host's living room, but I still can't shake the chill.

Tuesday, February 14

v-d day

I'm writing my first-ever online personal profile and I have to say I had an easier time buying my apartment. Why is it so hard to describe myself? I do it all the time for artistic bios, why can't I do it to get laid?

Monday, February 13

rad librarians!

Join a few radical librarians and their sympathizers for a Radical Reference
NYC Benefit Gala!

With Zine Readings From

Dave Roche
On Subbing

Cristy Road

Sean Stewart

Plus more TBA!

Worse for the Wear
Acoustic From Philly

And the movie:
Party Girl
Parker Posey plays a rebellious party girl/librarian in training. Can Mary (Posey) find happiness by mastering the Dewey Decimal System-- while dancing around the library to a club beat?

Friday, February 17th
$5 Suggested Donation

ABC No Rio
156 Rivington St.

Radical Reference is a collective of volunteer library workers who believe in social justice and equality. We support activist communities, progressive organizations, and independent journalists by
providing professional research support, education and access to information. We work in a collaborative virtual setting and are dedicated to information activism to foster a more egalitarian society.


Had a great time at the Hot and Nasty. There was lots of flirting and making out (although none on my part) and I got to snap this photo of the Ms. N's delectable decolletage.

Sunday, February 12


Totally snowed in but at least the Hot and Nasty is still on tonight. I hope I can get in to the city for the party.

I've been looking through some old photo cd's and found this pic from 5 or 6 years ago. I can't remember if I posted this one before but it's one of my favorites. Photo credit: Laurel Jensen

Thursday, February 9

you know what you should do?

You should go see "Rock The Line," a new play by the fantabulous Kathleen Warnock playing through Feb. 26th at Emerging Artists Theatre. I just got back from the opening night performance and thoroughly enjoyed it. The play centers around a group of groupies (this is redundant) who are waiting in line to see their idol Patti Roxx play a show in an obscure club. The dialogue is really sharp, the play is well-crafted and the actors are all at the top of their games. Rock on.

i do love the girlie stuff

My inner virgo has already started packing for SF, even though I'm not leaving until next Wednesday. I've gathered the miniature toiletries and taken out the travel bags. I still have a lot of laundry to do before I pack, but I have a good idea of what I'm bringing: lots of cute black tops, jeans, skirts and several bra/panty variations to match the needs of my outfits.

This is how I procrastinate.

Wednesday, February 8

i'm so gay...

The date for the Empire State Pride Agenda Winter Heat party has changed to March 16th.

I'm an honorary host along with the rock group BETTY! Comedian Marga Gomez! Filmmaker Barbara Hammer! And former member of the New York Liberty Sue Wicks!

Don't know how I wound up in such company, but it's pretty cool.

Tuesday, February 7

finally some photos from atomic...

C.O. Moed at ATOMIC.

Blaise K at ATOMIC.

I've been bringing my camera to atomic for months now and I keep forgetting to take pictures. Thanks to G Emil Reutter for snapping these on Sunday.

because sometimes you just feel like a muffin...

I broke my no-sugar rule this morning and got a jumbo chocolate crumb muffin. As we all know, a muffin is basically an acceptable way to eat a large piece of cake for breakfast and it was the least I could do for my aunt flo. I also got the Irish Creme coffee. Now I'm all sugar and caffeine charged.

Monday, February 6

cats 'n' racks

One of my favorite blogs Cute Overload has wisely created a category called Cats 'n' Racks featuring felines and cleavage.

It's like chocolate and peanut butter.

Sunday, February 5

oodles of atomic goodness

Fantastic reading tonight!

Big, big thanks to G Emil Reutter, C.O. Moed, Blaise K and Carol Novak for such great work!

Friday, February 3

don't forget!


February 5th – 7 p.m.

Atomic Reading Series
with Blaise K. (Bazima.com), writer/filmmaker C.O. Moed, Mad Hatter’s Review editor Carol Novack and poet G. Emil Reutter


Lucky 13 Saloon
273 13th St. (5th Ave.)
Park Slope, Brooklyn

Thursday, February 2

new issue of ssn

The latest issue of Small Spiral Notebook, brainchild of the fabulous Ms. Felicia Sullivan, is available for pre-order. So get out your paypal accounts people.

Wednesday, February 1

really limber jello

Post massage I feel like really limber jello. There was lots of crackling and some pain but the good kind of pain.


Tonight, I am treating myself to a massage. I haven't had a proper massage in almost two years and I'm feeling kind of creaky.

I've managed to avoid the sweet treats for a month now - no chocolate, cookies, cupcakes, tasti-d-lite, etc. for over thirty days. I've lost about 4 pounds and I haven't been sick all month. I don't know how much longer I'll be without chocolate, but this little respite has made me realize how much crap I was eating before.