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The news is alarming. It is a January evening, Friday the 13th — a nightmare dating scenario.
Eight women mill about the museum lobby, carefully dressed and nervously snacking on a cheese and veggie platter laid out beside bottles of Champagne and wine. The clock ticks 10 minutes past p. A few men walk past the picture window on Main Street, but none turns and enters.
Hogan, now sure that no surprise attendees are in store, finally breaks the ice by gathering the women together and stating the obvious. The point of the night, after all, is to meet people and make art. After a bit of embarrassed laughter, the mood lightens up.
Each portrait would take about eight minutes before people switched partners. I find out if someone is who he says he is. With rows of massive TV screens, more than craft beers and a rock-themed beer garden, the restaurant is a bit of a macho magnet. The women are here because they are hoping to avoid another night at the bar.
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They are also tired of dating apps like Tinder and OkCupid. Solomon is tall, busty and blond with a youthful voice and demeanor. She has two sons, one 18 and one She was married for 21 years, but the marriage broke up about 10 years ago and she has been pretty much single ever since. She left her husband because she fell in love with another man who turned out to be a great Peter Pan. As she finishes her thought, a distinguished-looking man walks into the museum.
He is probably in his mids, but more important, he is well coifed, as if, maybe, he is here for a dating event. She als with an exaggerated arm wave to Hogan, and then addresses the man from her spot at the table. The man pauses, gathering his wits about him like a protective blanket.
He becomes incredibly gracious and debonair as he turns to exit the museum. Meanwhile, at another long table, women have been instructed to cut out quotes from printouts provided for that purpose. They are told to paste those quotes to the pictures they have drawn of one another.
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The quotes provided come from the Nobel laureates who are the subject of the exhibit that has been on display at the museum. Ironically, Wieder notes, most of the photos are of men.
The men who thought of coming to this event and decided against it if they exist are missing out. This is a sharp, funny group of ladies. The kind of women you imagine you might bump into at an art gallery.
Katie Neal, a petite blond, found the event through a popular South Bay events website. She says she does a lot of community and charity work, and she keeps her fingers crossed that she might meet someone that way.
She speculates that no men showed up because women are more willing to put themselves out there than men are. Jaray Watkins, whose smile and laugh light up the room, found out about the event from the same website as Neal. Will anybody want to take my ?
With the pressure off, the women simply enjoy themselves. There is Champagne and laughter, and quite a few creative pictures are completed.
Later that evening, after the Times reporter has left the event, Solomon texts her an update. Then he invited another friend and we had drinks at Sausal. Friday, January 13, only. To read the article in Spanish.
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Art museum hosts a speed-dating night and only women show up. here’s what happens next
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