He is probably in his mid-50s, but more important, he is well coifed, as if, maybe, he is here for a dating event.He appears taken off guard by the abundance of women at tables drawing each other, and he turns to look at the art on the wall, as if that is what he’s here for on a Friday night past 8 p.m.“There’s a guy!The women are here because they are hoping to avoid another night at the bar. ” one laments.) They are also tired of dating apps like Tinder and Ok Cupid.“I find out if someone is who he says he is,” says Leah Solomon, 58, of her interactions on Tinder.“One guy said he was from Brazil, so I started to speak Portuguese and he was like, ‘Oh no, I don’t speak Brazilian.’”Solomon is tall, busty and blond with a youthful voice and demeanor. She was married for 21 years, but the marriage broke up about 10 years ago and she has been pretty much single ever since.It’s a picture of a young man with a shiny brown beard and thick black-framed glasses.“Look who showed up,” she writes. Then he invited another friend and we had drinks at Sausal.”She’s referring to a restaurant down the street that left coupons next to the cheese plate that night.Our events offer a fresh alternative to speed dating and matchmaking.She left her husband because she fell in love with another man who turned out to be a great Peter Pan.When she reflects on the end of her marriage she sometimes thinks, “Wow, I must’ve been out of my mind.
As she finishes her thought, a distinguished-looking man walks into the museum.
I’d be really disappointed if I were you,” she says, adding that it would be great if everyone wanted to continue anyway.
The point of the night, after all, is to meet people and make art. After a bit of embarrassed laughter, the mood lightens up.
The plan was to have the guests sit at a long table and draw one another’s portraits. All the men, the women joke, are across the street at Rock & Brews.
Each portrait would take about eight minutes before people switched partners. With rows of massive TV screens, more than 100 craft beers and a rock-themed beer garden, the restaurant is a bit of a macho magnet.
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I watch movies and I count the number of women, because our stories don’t matter.”The men who thought of coming to this event and decided against it (if they exist) are missing out. The kind of women you imagine you might bump into at an art gallery.