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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.“I’m sorry.” Solomon says, perking up and speaking a bit too loudly.She signals with an exaggerated arm wave to Hogan, and then addresses the man from her spot at the table.“Are you here to draw? He turns and blinks his eyes like a fawn in high beams.I didn’t realize that the men out there aren’t good men — those are staying in their marriages.”Solomon is a performance artist, but she says she doesn’t meet a lot of single men in art circles.“I think they’re just there to buy art,” she says.As she finishes her thought, a distinguished-looking man walks into the museum.
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.
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 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.