(This thought comes from another of the museum’s event coordinators, Joan Mace, in a bit of quick thinking intended to switch up the mission of the evening.)Kerry Wieder, a slender actress with striking features and close-cropped hair, has snipped out “Syntax errors” and placed it above her head on her picture.
He becomes incredibly gracious and debonair as he turns to exit the museum.“Oh no, no,” he says, bowing ever so slightly.
“But thank you much.”Solomon turns back to the women, shrugging.“I tried,” she says, adding: “He was very polite.”Meanwhile, at another long table, women have been instructed to cut out quotes from printouts provided for that purpose.
It is a January evening, Friday the 13th — a nightmare dating scenario.
Five minutes prior to the start of a speed-dating program called “Drawn to You” at the El Segundo Museum of Art, organizer Chelsea Hogan confides that no men have RSVP’d.
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.“Women might be prone to come to something more thoughtful,” she says. All these things go through your head when you’re single.”With the pressure off, the women simply enjoy themselves.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.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!A few men walk past the picture window on Main Street, but none turns and enters.